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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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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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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