Complete Self Reliance eLibrary for Just $29.97

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Self Reliance
Over the last 8 years of running this blog we have learned that there is so much more to the world of being prepared than just having a food storage. That is a GREAT place to start but it feels even better to develop skills and acquire tools to become more self-reliant and less dependent on outside sources to meet your family's needs. We have taken really gone "back to the basics" to learn things that used to be common knowledge but are completely lost skills these days. It's been a grand adventure but one thing is for certain, there is always more to learn! Introducing this year's Back to Basics Bundle We are thrilled to be a part of the Back to Basics Bundle this year which is a…
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Five Tips to Save Time and Money This Thanksgiving

Baking Goods, Budgeting
This is the time of year that you can stock up and save big on a lot of your baking ingredients. We are super excited to share a post from our friend Shandra who we actually learned our BEST wheat bread recipe from. She is an expert at saving money on groceries and has some amazing tools to make it even easier for all of us. Today we invited her to post on our blog with her best tips for saving time and money on Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing Shandra! 1. HAVE A PLAN The holidays are in full swing and all of us are looking for ways to save a little money and keep from pulling our hair out from unwanted stress. I am excited to share a few…
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How to Can Peach Jam

Canning, Canning
I have lots of memories of canning as a child, some good and some not so good. I loved sitting by my mom and chatting all day while we worked. I loved eating delicious canned peaches and homemade jelly. I didn't love carrying the jars down the basement steps and having my brother trip me causing me to fall and break jars and cut myself on the glass (yes that's the brother that Julie married, he's much nicer now). As an adult I have found that it really doesn't save a lot of money to can things yourself, especially when you factor in the time spent. However, I do enjoy learning the process, practicing self reliance skills, and being able to control exactly what you put in the jars. Of…
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Rhubarb Crumb Coffee Cake Recipe

Fruit and Vegetable Recipes, Gardening
Sometimes I forget to check on my rhubarb ... I didn't quite realize that it would be ready to harvest in the spring, because I harvested a bunch last fall. Rhubarb is a beautiful thing! So the other day I went out and got a HUGE batch out of my garden. We were having a family dinner and I knew that I would be searching for an awesome rhubarb recipe to bring for dessert. I settled for a Rhubarb Coffee Cake recipe that was recommend by The Pioneer Woman since she never leads me astray. It was just the perfect combination of cake, fruit, and crumble. I took all the leftovers home and ate them for days. Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen which was adapted from New York Times recipe…
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Food Storage Do-Over Week 2: Financial Preps

Budgeting, Emergency Binders, Food Storage Do-Over 2015
We are excited to be starting week 2 of our food storage do-over! Last week we saw a lot of great progress from all those participating and we are excited to keep going. If you didn't catch last week's post you can see it here. Remember this is a 17 week process that we will be going through together. If you want to join in with the group on Facebook click here. If you'd like to receive email notifications of each week's do-over assignment you can join our mailing list here. Or you can always post in the blog comments with your progress as well! It is so much more fun and motivating doing it as a group so find a way to connect! In the Emergency Prep Basics section…
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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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What’s Your Threat:  A Personal Job Loss Situation

What’s Your Threat: A Personal Job Loss Situation

Budgeting
Today's post is something we've never done before. It's a group blog hop where a bunch of Preparedness Bloggers each post about the same theme and you ca hop around and check them all out. Our topic is "What's Your Threat?"We posted that question on our Facebook page recently and it was amazing to see all the different reasons why everyone prepares. (Click here to check out some of the responses or add your own). This post is dedicated to one of the main reasons why WE choose to prepare, and is a personal story from Jodi. I'm going to get a little personal in today's blog post so please bare with me as I share how I came to a believer in the idea that if you think you…
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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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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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Getting Started Raising Chickens

Raising Animals
When I first told Julie I wanted to get chickens and blog about it, her response was "Jodi, that's not FOOD STORAGE MADE EASY!" So here is my preface, you don't have to raise chickens if you want to do food storage. If you are just getting started, make sure to review our "Why Food Storage" series and sign up for our BabyStep Checklists which will walk you through getting your food storage (minus the chickens) over a series of emails for one year. Now, if you are interested in having chickens either for fun, for food, for self reliance, or for an educational experience for your kids ... READ ON! (Hint, it's easier than you think) Getting Started with Backyard Chickens The beginning phases of getting chickens is soooo…
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