Canning Classes, DVD Review, Garden Planning

Canning Classes, DVD Review, Garden Planning

Canning
I often start to get the canning bug when peaches and apples start to show up in the neighborhood fruit stands. However, it doesn't hurt to think about canning in the SPRING when you can plan your gardens to best take advantage of growing your own foods that you want to harvest and use for canning later in the season. So let's talk a little about canning today and how you can get some great information and instructions if you are new to this topic :) CANNING/PRESERVATION CLASSES If you are local to Utah there is a series of classes being put on by the Utah State University Extension. It's being held in South Ogden over the next few weeks. I'm going to be attending as many of the sessions…
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How to Build a Wood Garden Box

How to Build a Wood Garden Box

Gardening
If you follow our Facebook or Instagram accounts you have probably seen hints of my garden box project that we've been working on for the last few weeks. My plan is to have three 4x16 boxes for vegetables, plus 4 3x10 boxes for berries and grapes. We have a big yard so I have plenty of space! We couldn't afford to do them all this spring so we are just doing them gradually. I asked my husband to write up a tutorial so that you can create your own garden boxes and just adjust the lengths for the size of boxes you want. Here's his wood garden box tutorial! While you can make these wooden garden boxes in any width and length you want, our example is 4 feet by…
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How to Make Ricotta Cheese from Powdered Milk

Baking Ingredients, Powdered Milk Recipes, Recipes
Julie and I often say if there were an emergency and we could eat PIZZA then everything would be ok. I've come to realize that cheese is a pretty major comfort food for me and is something I would miss significantly in an emergency situation. I've decided to try to have different cheeses on hand in several forms (shredded in the freezer, freeze-dried cheeses in my food storage, parmesan cheese in the pantry, etc.) One thing I couldn't store well was ricotta cheese which is a favorite in some of our lasagna recipes. I decided to try a completely shelf stable lasagna one day and ventured out to see if I could MAKE ricotta cheese using powdered milk. I googled a few recipes and experimented a little bit and found…
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5 Reasons Everyone Should Raise Chickens

Raising Animals
I have shared about my adventures in raising chickens on past blog posts here and here. We are on our second batch and we still love them! Today I wanted to let you know my top 5 reasons why I think everyone should raise their own chickens and also show you the new coop we got this year, yay! 1. It's great learning experience for kids. My kids share in the chores and responsibility of raising chickens. They loved playing with them in our kitchen as chicks, and they still go out and visit them almost every day in their coop. It is their responsibility to get the eggs, and they also let us know when they are running low on food and water. When the kids get a bit…
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Food Storage Meats and a Delicious Meatballs Tetrazzini Recipe

Recipes
When you look at typical food storage calculators you'll notice that the main source of protein is in the legumes. For a long time Julie was a little "scared" of beans and just decided that she could store tuna and peanut butter and call it good for protein. (not really, but kind of). Since then, we have both learned to love beans and the MANY MANY uses they have and how healthy they are to use in your everyday cooking. We also have discovered that it is not too difficult to add REAL meats into your food storage. We actually did a post a while back all about incorporating meats into your food storage that can give you some ideas on how to do it that best suits you. Some…
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How to Make Omelets Freeze-Dried Style

Recipes
Two years ago Julie and I won a trip to Cancun and we both brought our husbands and made a fun trip out of it. My husband and I fell in love with this breakfast place there that had the most amazing custom-made omelets. When we got home we had a little bit of an obsession with trying to recreate these omelets. (Our backyard chickens were still laying like champions so we had no shortage of eggs to try it out on every morning.) The problem was that we kept running out of the fresh veggies needed for the omelets. One day I was really wanting one of the famous omelets but had no peppers or tomatoes in the house. So I ventured to the basement and pulled a few…
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Homemade Household Cleaning Supplies

Budgeting
Do you ever have days where you just look around your house and feel discouraged? Yesterday I was having one of those days. It seems like no matter how hard I work at cleaning, my little munchkins manage to make it look like I didn't clean it at all (within minutes I tell ya). I had done a deep kitchen clean just a few days ago and already had tons of smudges on our appliances, a dirty floor, dishes everywhere, and to top it off a carton of strawberries had leaked all over my granite countertops and made a huge bright pink stain. I wanted to cry. I did what all good women do when they are overwhelmed and I sat down to check Facebook on my phone before I…
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Strawberry Macaroons (Food Storage Cookies!)

Strawberry Macaroons (Food Storage Cookies!)

Fruit Recipes, Recipes
I have a confession to make. I'm in love with the Thrive Macaroon Cookie Mix. If you ever need a super fast and amazingly delicious treat to bring to an event, these are THE thing to make. It's a cookie mix and you just add water, scoop onto a cookie sheet and cook for fifteen minutes. EVERY time I bring these somewhere I get asked for the recipe and have to sheepishly admit they are from a can mix. I don't care though. They are so good that I always offer to bring the treat, just so I can have an excuse to make them. They are awesome to keep as a comfort food in your food storage, but we always eat through them faster than I can replenish! Today…
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Pizza Casserole (Food Storage Style)

Pasta Recipes
I don't know about you, but some days I just see the same recipes going around Facebook and/or Pinterest over and over again. It's like a conspiracy to try to get me to make something naughty. A couple of weeks ago this delicious looking pizza casserole was making the rounds: I thought it looked easy and yummy but I was missing a few of the ingredients for it ... so I decided to make an adventure of it and try making a food storage version. I have to say I was pretty thrilled with the results, and it was a winner with my kiddos. That doesn't often happen when I'm trying new recipes. So here is MY version of the pizza casserole. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 16 ounce package rotini pasta…
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Rice Flour Crepes

Rice Recipes
When we go to expos and classes a lot of times we'll bring along a display item that has different grains in glass jars with the grain in the bottom half and the ground version in the top half. It's a great visual aid to show some of the things you can do with different grains. Well it never fails that someone asks "What can you do with rice flour?". I never had a good answer for it since I've never actual used it. I know it can be used in gluten-free cooking but I do not know all the ins and outs of that. I figured you could make rice noodles out of it, and I looked into trying some recipes for that but gave up as it seemed…
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