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A Common Sense Approach to Food Storage

Food Storage
Food storage is essential for preparedness and self-sufficiency.

When I first became interested in prepping and homesteading, I read everything I could find on the subject of food storage. There is so much information out there on this subject. I became overwhelmed before I even got started. I am not a big fan of the food storage lists you see all over the internet because every family’s needs and situation are so different. Over time, I have developed a common sense approach to food storage that makes sense for our family.

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Welcoming Baby Chicks to the Homestead

Oh my Goodness, ya’ll! Look what we got in the mail! There’s nothing more exciting than welcoming baby chicks to the homestead! I am just in love! We were so pleased and very pleasantly surprised at how well these baby chicks did after two days in the mail. They are perfect! Every one of them is happy, healthy and adorable! We highly recommend McMurray Hatchery if you are considering ordering chicks through the mail. This was our first time ordering chicks through the mail and I would do it again in a second. Continue reading to learn what breeds we got and how we are caring for them.

Welcoming Baby Chicks to the Homestead
We are welcoming baby chicks to the homestead from McMurray Hatchery! This is the box they were shipped in. They are crowded together like this to keep them warm during shipping.

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Should You Prepare for World War III???

Should you prepare for World War III?  That seems to be the big question of the moment for those who keep an eye on what’s going on around the world. The possibility is looking more and more likely with each passing day.

Tensions are rising all over the world. In fact, tensions in our own country are on the rise as well, mostly due to political differences. Economies are crashing. Terrorism is at an all time high, and getting worse every day. Racial hate crimes are a common occurrence in many cities. Christians are being persecuted all over the world. Violence in general has become commonplace and almost goes unnoticed. While the threat of nuclear world war may be too terrifying to even contemplate, there are many threats that are already occurring daily.

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Perfect Deviled Eggs for Easter

This is a really fun way to jazz up your Deviled Eggs for Easter. My daughter and I had so much fun making these! You won’t believe how easy they are to make. Read on to learn how to make the perfect hard boiled egg, and then turn into these pretty Perfect Deviled Eggs for Easter dinner….

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Farmhouse Quiche: A Delicious Way to Use Up Extra Eggs

My Farmhouse Quiche is perfect for breakfast, lunch or brunch! It has a salty, smokiness, from the bacon and a savory, sweetness from the caramelized onions. The cheddar cheese and whipping cream give it a creamy, cheesy, fluffy decadence that everyone in the family will love! And, it’s a great way to use up some of those extra eggs, too!

Continue reading to learn how to make this delicious Farmhouse Quiche…..

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Hearty Crock Pot Beef Stew with Root Vegetables

There’s nothing like coming home from work to a house that smells like heaven from a Crock Pot full of my Hearty Crock Pot Beef Stew with Root Vegetables that has been simmering away all day! This stew is hearty and savory, with just a little sweetness from the sweet potatoes and squash. It’s one of my favorite Crock Pot recipes. I hope you enjoy it!

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Plant Profile: Thyme, an Essential Culinary and Medicinal Herb

Thyme
Thyme is very useful for both culinary and medicinal purposes.

Thyme is an essential culinary and medicinal herb in my household. There are many different varieties including lemon thyme as well as dwarf and creeping varieties.

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Protect Your Chickens From Bird Flu

Protect your chickens from bird flu - Goose Creek Homestead

Avian influenza, or bird flu, has been in news a lot lately. Sadly, chickens that contract this disease will die. Avian influenza spreads very quickly. Wild birds coming  into contact with domestic birds is one way the disease is spreading. Extremely tight biosecurity is critical to keeping a flock alive.

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The Victorio Hand Operated Grain Mill : A Review, Tutorial and Recipe

 

The Victorio Hand Operated Grain Mill
The Victorio  Hand Operated Grain Mill
The Victorio Hand Operated Grain Mill: Review

If you have never made a loaf of bread with freshly ground flour, you are truly missing out! Not only do freshly ground flours taste amazing, but they retain more of their nutrients. Also, you can store whole grains much longer than flours. Having your own grain mill gives you the advantage of using different grains or even beans to make flours, which is perfect if you have allergies or gluten intolerance. The Victorio Hand Operated Grain Mill is an affordable way to get started with grinding your own flour. We love ours, and use it regularly for grinding grains, like wheat and oats, to make delicious homemade bread. We keep it clamped to the counter in our kitchen so that it is always ready to go. It does take some effort to grind the grains by hand, but I prefer to do it this way since no electricity is required. You can also purchase an electric motor for the Victorio Grain Mill, if you want to save yourself some time by being able to multitask and do other things while the grain is grinding.

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Pet Health Emergencies: Are You Prepared to Handle Them At Home?

Pet health emergencies always seem to occur at the worst possible time! Usually, in the middle of the night, or over the weekend, when your only option is a very expensive trip to the emergency animal hospital. If you live in a very rural area, your only option may be to wait until the vet opens in town. Being prepared to handle your pet’s health emergencies at home could save your pet’s life, save you some money, and save your pet some needless pain and suffering! Continue reading “Pet Health Emergencies: Are You Prepared to Handle Them At Home?”