Pioneering Today with Melissa K. Norris

These 12 baking substitutions will save you time and money and are something every homestead kitchen needs to know. Learn how to easily swap out common baking and cooking ingredients with other items in your pantry without sacrificing results. Never forsake a recipe or run to the store because you're out of an ingredient with these easy baking hacks. Grab the full article at https://melissaknorris.com/162

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Learn how to choose the best flour for baking in this home baker's flour guide, the properties in regards to baking with all-purpose flour, bread and cake flour. Plus how to choose the best wheat berries and grains when making fresh ground flour at home. The difference between hard and soft wheat, red and white wheat, ancient grains Spelt and Einkorn and how each performs, so you can chose the right flour every time in your kitchen and homestead. For resources and full blog post go to https://melissaknorris.com/161

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Learn these 5 secrets to creating a stress free handmade Christmas, including my free templates and downloads to help you customize your strategy and handmade gifts, including eliminating two of the biggest stress components, time and money. Grab the templates, downloads, and resources at https://melissaknorris.com/160 so you have the best handmade and homestead Christmas season yet.

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Learn the biggest mistakes we've made over our decades of homesteading and how you can avoid them on your own journey. Learn not only the tactical and practical steps to avoid these costly mistakes in raising your own food and in your garden, but also the critical mindset mistakes so you can do this homesteading and self-sufficiency. For full show notes and resources go to https://melissaknorris.com/159

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Learn how to grow more food by using these easy 5 fall gardening tips now to improve soil, put the garden to rest, and create a custom plan for you and your family by evaluating this year's crop and garden for next year's. Know what to look for, what to take notes on, and what to do now. Grab the links and blog post at https://melissaknorris.com/158

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Use these 8 tips for seasonal living as we move into fall to help you save time and efficiently preserve the harvest customized to you and your family's needs. Learn how to put the harvest to use in your natural medicine cabinet so you have remedies on hand as we move into cold and flu season. Today's episode is brought to you by the Pioneering Today Academy.
For links & resources go to https://melissaknorris.com/157

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Learn the best care and cleaning tips of your cast iron to keep that seasoning non-stick. Our favorite and must have tools for cooking with cast iron over an open fire, what you need and what's just nice to have. Plus, how to use a tripod for cooking over a wood fire with your cast iron Dutch oven and safety tips. Learn why baking with your cast iron Dutch oven outdoors is a skill everyone should learn and how to get started. For resources, links and tons of photos go to melissaknorris.com/156 Plus, check out our new e-course inside the Pioneering Today Academy Cast Iron & Dutch Oven Outdoor Cooking! 

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Struggle to find the time to get homemade and wholesome meals on the table? Use these 12 time saving tips for homemade meals with real food using the best of batch and freeze cooking to make the most of your time. Plus, get our freezer & batch cooking recipe sampler for FREE with step by step instructions on how to prepare them on your batch cooking day and the cooking instructions from frozen as well as fresh (because sometimes it's so good one simply cannot wait). Use these tips with your home canned food and as you continue to preserve up the harvest for your winter meals. Grab all the resources mentioned at https://melissaknorris.com/155 

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Learn the 3 main things to consider when purchasing a homestead property. Even if you're already on  your forever homestead, there's some important clues to look for that may be signaling you it's time for a change or you need to do things differently. Plus, learn some major things to consider if you're planning on purchasing a homestead or looking to move to a new piece of land. Get the resources and full blog post for this episode at https://melissaknorris.com/154

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How do you now if a canning recipe is safe and what do you do when someone isn't following canning safety? How can you make sure your canning recipe is up to date? Learn what you need to know about canning safety and recipes and how to handle those who aren't practicing up to date safe practices. Get the full blog post and resource links at https://melissaknorris.com/153

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In this episode learn the 6 tips to help you create a successful homestead business so you set yourself up for growth and with a strong foundation. This is Part 2 of the Making Money Homesteading Series and goes into practical but important steps to take to get your homestead business going without getting into debt and for long term growth and sustainability, including the things you should do, but also, mistakes to avoid. Grab the show notes and links at the website at https://melissaknorris.com/152

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Learn how to make money homesteading with 12 ways to earn a homestead income and real cash from your farm, even if you only own a small amount of land. Melissa share's real ways they've used to earn income from their homestead as well as how family and friends take their skills and land to earn them money and how you can too. For resources and links go to https://melissaknorris.com/151

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When summer heat blasts and you still need to get the harvest in without air conditioning or a pool, how do you keep a body cool? Here's how to stay cool in summer naturally without electricity using old-fashioned methods and tricks. Grab the resources and the full written post here https://melissaknorris.com/150

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Learn how to decide which method of home food preservation is best for your crops based on the time and storage you have, pro's and con's of each, and two homesteaders favorite recipes and methods, plus safety tips to make sure the method you're using is the best and safest for your family. For the free recipe and full blog post go to https://melissaknorris.com/149

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How to keep your house cool in summer without electricity, especially during the hot months when you need to have your canner and stove going. I share 8 old-fashioned pioneer tips that still work and don't require electricity as well as a few modern ways that are worth it to help keep the homestead cool. Explore outdoor cooking & canning options, get links, resources and full articles at https://melissaknorris.com/148

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Feel pressed for time but you don't want any food to go to waste? Then put these 8 tips to come up with your customized preserving plan for a year's worth of food, including our FREE preserving plan charts you can use year after year to put your plan into place to make sure you have the items most important to your family preserved for the year. Learn which foods can be saved to preserve until later (and why I actually prefer this route) and how to determine which ones you need to get on pronto, and my work around for day jobs and not being able to do everything all in one stretch. Grab the show notes, links and resources at https://melissaknorris.com/147

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Get these tips to help you save time, increase the health of your plants- healthier plants equal larger harvests, and cut back on disease. Learn my best tips for your tomatoes and my 4 tips to save time and how to deal with the plague of almost every gardener, weeds. For the resources, links and full blog post go to https://melissaknorris.com/146

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Fermentation for health benefits and food preservation. Learn how the process of fermentation changes food for increased health benefits. What you need to know about storing your fermented foods, when fermented foods have gone bad, the best recipes and foods to start with and tips for getting your family and kids to enjoy and eat fermented foods. Get the resources, links and full blog post at https://melissaknorris.com/145

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Everything you need to know about keeping a family milk cow, how to avoid milking twice a day, how much milk you'll get, how to use up all the milk and more. Join myself and Jill, one of the presenters in this year's 2018  Modern Homesteading Summit, make sure you go to the blog post here to snag the link to sign up for the Summit and get all the links at https://melissaknorris.com/144

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Learn how one family is using solar power to live off grid in a one room cabin without running water or a refrigerator, just like the pioneer families of old, and what tips you can glean from them when it comes to food preservation and creating your dream homestead.
Full blog post at https://melissaknorris.com/143

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Learn how to use these edible & medicinal weeds growing in your backyard. How to harvest, prepare and use them in multiple dishes to lower your food bill (+ recipes) plus how to use these common weeds for natural medicine treatments. You'll never look at these "weeds" again, instead turn them into delicious meals and treats. For recipe links, resources and show notes go to https://melissaknorris.com/142

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Learn how use these 14 tips homestead kitchen tips to get your kid's helping in the kitchen for stress free meal times, or as close to stress free as you can get. No matter if your kids are toddlers or teenagers, these basic kitchen skills and meal prep tips will help them (or any adult) make the most of their time in the kitchen providing healthy and whole food recipes for themselves and their family. We even break down age appropriate skills for kids. For links and resources go to https://melissaknorris.com/141

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Learn how to overcome challenges in the land and weather you have to grow your own food. Melissa and Laurie Neverman from Common Sense Home share 13 tips for combating extremely cold springs, high winds, excessive rain, and drought conditions so nothing stops you from growing a productive vegetable garden on your homestead, with these easy and very actionable tips you'll be growing your own food no matter what Mother Nature throws at you. 
Grab links and resources at the full blog post here https://melissaknorris.com/140

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Using chickens in your garden is the perfect way to get the most use out of your livestock and your crops, but there's 13 things you need to know for the safety of your chickens and to ensure you get the fruits and vegetables, and not the chickens, or worse yet, they destroy the plants. For the all the resources and show notes go to https://melissaknorris.com/139

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Learn these 12 tips that help you declutter and organize your homestead kitchen. How I've went from getting things in order and then finding it a total mess again within just a few days (or hours) to keeping it tidy. Learn how I took the wisdom from 100 years ago to make it work for the modern homestead kitchen, laundry, and cleaning so we can spend less time cleaning and doing more of those homestead projects we love with our family. Get all the tips and resources for this episode at https://melissaknorris.com/138

 

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Grab my spring cleaning tips & hacks on how to spring clean your homestead (aka house) pioneer style. My favorite homemade cleaning recipes, room guide, and when I do purchase cleaning things from the store, my favorites. Tips and inspiration for having a sparkling house done homestead style. For show notes, recipes, and links go here melissaknorris.com/137

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Learn the 5 most common myths in regards to growing a vegetable garden, but especially in regards to raising a years worth of food. I share the exact size of our vegetable garden, how much hands on time we spend in the garden, and how we manage everything in the business of harvest and growing time in the  middle of summer. 
Get the resources and links at https://melissaknorris.com/136

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Learn how and why it's important to test your soil ph when looking to grow healthy plants that give you the biggest harvest (because that's what healthy plant do). Methods for soil testing, what the tests mean, which plants grow best in acidic and alkaline soil, and how to amend your soil, when you should and what you need to know to keep your soil in tip top shape (aka what mistakes to avoid) when creating the best soil you can for your pasture, garden, fruit trees and bushes. 

For full blog post and notes go to MelissaKNorris.com/135

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6 natural ways to test and fertilize your garden soil now, so it's in the best shape it can be for healthier plants and larger harvests. What you need to know about soil amendments and which is best for your soil.

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My favorite sources for the best deals on real food and food storage when you're not able to grow it yourself. How I shop without coupons to build our food storage up with real food items we use on a daily basis, when I can't get it from farmers market or local source. Includes full lists of each item and how you can steal my strategies to save you time and money!

Grab the lists and links at Episode #133 Best Real Food & Food Storage Deals from Unlikely Sources

 

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Learn how to incorporate perennial plants for less hands on time food production on your homestead. What you need to know about planting perennials, their yearly care, using them for permaculture, pruning, fertilization, and how to grow them even if you don't have any acreage or yard space of your own. Plus, how to get a jump start on your home orchard and berries even if you're renting or not in your permanent home yet. Also, what you need to know about the first years of your perennial plant's life to set up for a healthy plant and bigger harvests for decades. All in today's episode, for show notes, links and resource visit 

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Why you shouldn't wait for the perfect time to start your homesteading dreams and goals. How to work with what you have right now. Even if you're in the city, how to begin homesteading now and how to transition from the city to your homestead. Learn why having a community is so important and how to move past discouragement. 

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Everything you need to know about starting seeds at home, when to start them for your area, which seeds to start indoors and which ones you shouldn't. Plus get our FREE seed starting blueprint and chart.

Includes 5 mistakes homesteaders and gardeners make when seed starting and how to avoid them, plus my favorite resources to use with seed starting.

Find out how to get a free packet of my families heirloom Tarheel green pole beans. All of the show notes, resources, and freebies are at Episode #130 on the website here 

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Learn how to organize your kitchen once and how that will help you build up your food storage and maximize your time and money. Why an organized kitchen is vital to a well run homestead and the exact steps and criteria to make sure it's working for you and your family, because it's all about customizing things to work for us. 

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Learn what happens to your body when you eat healthy and cut out sugar following a keto diet and how a keto diet follows ancestral eating patterns of eating food when it's in season and from what you can hunt, gather, forage and provide for yourself.

Learn how your genetics play into what foods work for your body. Plus all your answers from Dr. Hillary Lampers answered on going keto, if it's safe for certain diseases or conditions, and what's going to be best for you. 

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Discovering what your trigger foods are and how they affect your health is life changing. You might not even realize you're having a reaction to foods and think these symptoms are normal. If you have any of these signs, you may have a food sensitivity.

I share how to find which foods are bothering your system, three ways to test, what I'm eating after finding out my results, and if the Ketogenic diet is right for you.

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How I was able to heal my stomach naturally from acid reflux and ulcers and get off of prescription medications I was taking up to 6 times a day. The exact steps and process I used to bring about healing and how you can do the exact same thing. 

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Learn how to make your own homemade maple syrup from tapping your own trees (and when to know conditions are right for tapping), boiling the sap to make syrup, how much sap it takes to make syrup, the health benefits of maple syrup you might not have known, and our baking guide on how to alter your current recipes to use all natural maple syrup as the sweetener.

 

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How we determine which crops we plant each year and how to make sure we plant enough to provide us with a full year of that food. I take you step by step through our process, even if you've never grown your garden before and don't have an inventory of home preserved food to guide you.

Get my FREE harvest and garden planning inventory sheet to help you create your best garden and harvest ever with a full years worth of food.

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Learn how to feed a family of 4 on just $82.50 a week (or $330 a month) with organic meats, fresh produce and real food sides, without coupons! This includes 3 meals a day and snacks.

We share how to do it month in and month out, how to get started with our FREE Cheat Sheet, 8 tips to get your grocery budget back on track NOW.

Get a sample meal plan, how to make it work without feeling like a slave to a specific plan and be flexible. 

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These are my favorite 6 tools that help save me time and money in our homestead kitchen where we're making almost all of our food from scratch. 

They're the things that if they broke, I'd go out and pay full price for them again, and that is saying something, am I right?

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Learn which foods were served in 1621 and how they've changed to what we typically serve now. Plus, how to use some of these traditions in your holiday meal prep from the food you've grown and harvested, along with  my families favorite traditional Thanksgiving recipes. 
You'll be surprised by the list of foods served back then, and maybe more so by the foods not served at the first Thanksgiving. 

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What you never knew about flour from the store, even organic and whole wheat, and how to bring back the lost art of home milling. Different flours, including gluten free options. Plus, using a home mill to grind up your own dehydrated vegetables and spices. 

Learn about the special offer on the new stone burr mill, including how to get my fresh flour baking mini e-course and baking guide with favorite recipes! 

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Learn why store bought soap is a poor alternative, why homemade soap is better, the actual chemical process of making soap, the 3 methods or types of soap making, and how to choose which is the best method for you.

Grab our soap making resource page including our chart on the properties of oils to choose when making your soap. 

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Learn these easy time saving tips that help keep the grocery budget down (and your energy bill) when serving up from scratch foods to your family. Shared from the Great Depression and my homestead kitchen to yours.

How we avoid cold cereal without cooking breakfast every morning, in fact, I usually only do this twice a month! 

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I share the exact steps we take to get our home and homestead ready for winter, from livestock, to the garden, inside and more. 

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Learn the tips we used to cut our debt and enable me to quit my day job 

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Learn these 5 tips to take your harvest further, how to create your own natural medicine items, and putting all parts of the harvest to work in multiple ways.

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Are homesteaders truly self-reliant? Looking at the myth of self-reliance in a modern age and back through history. 

In answer to Forbes article on Homesteading and Self-Reliance is a Delusion from a generational homesteader.

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Learn the benefits of homemade soap, how to source natural fats, and using natural colorants to create vibrant colors that are nourishing with herbs and spices. 

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Learn about ancient grains, how they differ from modern wheat, and the health benefits to Einkorn. Plus, tips to altering your recipes and baking with Einkorn to ensure delicious meals for you and your family, without the flops!

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In this episode I share why the truth about essential oils and how to stay safe when using them. The story of how I got started with essential oils, why I stopped using them for a time, and how I now use them but with safety factors in place. 

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My favorite 7 Natural Remedies I immediately put into practice to help treat coughs and colds. 

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Learn how to use insect repelling herbs and essential oils safely to create your own homemade bug block. 

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A pioneer kitchen consisted of basic tools to help them provide food for their family. These tools were found in kitchens a 100 years ago or more, but should still be used in every home and kitchen today. These are my favorites as well as the ones we use the most, on a daily or weekly basis. Grab our FREE guide how to cook outdoors with Cast Iron Dutch Ovens here

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Learn how to care for your baby chicks to set them up for a successful life span and providing you with fresh healthy food, that doesn't come from the grocery store. Our guide for the first 6 weeks. 

We take you out to the coop and brooder box, visit the show notes and the live video at Raising Baby Chicks- Complete Care Guide for the First 6 Weeks Episode #106

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Growing herbs for the kitchen is a great way to stock both your spice and natural medicine cabinet without having to buy them from the store. I share our 5 favorite best herbs to grow in pots when creating your kitchen herb garden. 

Plus, 2 bonus early spring time wild edibles you can forage for both food and medicinal purposes!

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Permaculture Gardening- Beginners Guide with 9 easy tips to implement in your garden today. Learn exactly what permaculture  means, how to begin adding permaculture design to your garden, with both your regular vegetable garden and your perennial and landscape. 

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I share what we've been struggling with and the criteria we use to decide what crops are worth it to grow at home and what ones we purchase from the store. And a little bit about why you haven't heard from me lately. 

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Learn the best seed starting container choices, reusing items in your home already, and how to choose which is best for which type of plant. Tips for starting your seeds and germination and special invite at the end.

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Feel like you have way more to do than hours in a day or week? You're not alone. These are 5 tips to help you find more time in your days and weeks so you can focus on the things that are important to you and getting them done. 

These are 5 tips for time management that actually work. 

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Look at the real cost of putting in a vegetable garden, from raised beds to in the ground gardening, with case studies from other gardeners, and how much money we save by growing our own vegetables to see if raising your own vegetables really saves money.

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Get these 8 tips for cutting out sugar for long term success and health. Why cutting out sugar actually has its feet in the days of the pioneers and a look at our current food system. 

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Learn what our ancestors served at Christmas and the history and necessity behind the recipes. Old-fashioned tips and recipes, plus tips to serve up some of these foods for your family in homesteading and pioneer style. Both the stories and their self-sufficiency were the base for many of these traditional Christmas foods. 

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Learn how to make these easy DIY 5 frugal and homemade gifts for Christmas or anytime. 

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Learn how to make an old-fashioned evergreen wreath and decorations like the pioneers, using items already growing on your homestead and land or in your home. How to repurpose and reuse them for your homemade holiday decor.

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Grab these tips to put into place now to have an old-fashioned, frugal, and homemade Christmas homestead style. These will not only save you money but also keep Christmas simple so you're not overwhelmed. 

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Learn how to make homemade extracts with tips on saving time, best sources of ingredients to avoid GMO's, best flavors, and recipes for making over 6 different homemade extracts. 

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We share over 5 tips today that will help you save money and cultivate a new mindset on your homesteading journey. I think my favorites are tip #4 and #6, how about you?

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Learn how to make old-fashioned saltwater brine pickles, aka fermented, pickles. The best type of salt, water, temperatures, and tips for success. Plus, how long to ferment and storage requirements. 

Make pickles like the pioneers and your great-grandmother did with just 3 ingredients!

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How to Make Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

Learn how to make easy homemade apple cider vinegar with troubleshooting tips to make sure it turns out and uses for apple cider vinegar for a natural homestead and home health remedies. 

For full show notes, pictures, and video on how to make apple cider vinegar go to 

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We dive into what the ingredients on your skin and body care products really mean and how to know which ones are benefiting your skin and which ones aren't. We share how to help your skin if you're suffering from acne, eczema, and other skin irritations and how to make sure you're not paying for filler ingredients that don't benefit the skin. 

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Tips for getting it all done when you're swamped, from a full time homesteader with a day job. 

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We discuss the cost breakdown of canning at home compared to store bought, plus other health and convenience concerns to consider when comparing. How much does that jar of home canned food actually cost? 

Direct download: Podcast88CostofHomeCanning.mp3
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Learn the plain living tips and lessons from the Amish and Mennonites, what makes them different, and clear up some common misconceptions about the groups. 

Direct download: Podcast87LessonsfromAmishandMennonites.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:39pm PST

Learn the money mistakes even frugal people make and how to get back on track homesteading style. 

Direct download: 86MoneyMistakesFrugalPeopleMake.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:43am PST

Learn how to dry cure meat at home like the pioneers, which recipes and cuts don't require refrigeration, salt ratios, and safety to making shelf stable meats like salami, pepperoni, and prosciutto with traditional methods at home. 

Direct download: PODCAST85DryCuringMeat.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:22am PST

Learn the best picks that double for companion planting and preserving while helping control pests naturally in the garden. 

Direct download: Podcast84CompanionPlantingandPreserving.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:47am PST

Learn how much of each plant you need to plant in order to feed your family for a year. Old time advice on putting up enough food from what you've grown to last you all year. 

Direct download: Podcast83HowMuchFoodtoPlantforaYearsWorthofFood.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:24pm PST

Put edible plants into your landscaping. Learn forgotten plants that are edible and how to incorporate these elements into existing areas or create brand new ones. 

Direct download: Podcast82CreateEdibleLandscaping.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30pm PST

What life was like during the Great Depression and 1940's without electricity or indoor plumbing. 

Direct download: Podcast81interviewwithDad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:36pm PST

A lost historical canning recipe and life lessons from the Great Depression. Plus, a special invite to send in questions for the Q&A podcast with my father, who was raised during the Great Depression.

Direct download: MasterPodcast80TOmato.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:55pm PST

How to raise ducks & why they're our top pick for preppers and homesteaders wanting a daily egg source! 

Direct download: Podcast79DuckEggsDaily.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:44pm PST

Tips on raising chickens without heat lamps, best breeds for cold climates, and how to keep your flock healthy and warm like the pioneers. 

Direct download: HowtoRaiseChickensPart1withLisa.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:09pm PST

Learn how eating this one old-fashioned food daily helps naturally boost your immune system and how to make it in less than 15 minutes for half the cost of store bought! 

Direct download: Podcast77BoostYourImmuneSystemYogurt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:28am PST

Which vegetables give you the most harvest for the smallest amount of space and are the best candidates for seed saving. We grow enough of these two plants to save the seed and preserve enough food to feed our family year round. 

Direct download: Podcast76BestPlantsForSmallSpacesSelfSufficiency.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:12pm PST

Direct download: podcast75gardeningtips.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:19pm PST

Direct download: 74BiggerFaithGoalsHomesteading.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:17pm PST

Make your own homemade from scratch mixes for gifts. 

Direct download: 73DIYMixesChristmas.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:38pm PST

Learn how the pioneers celebrated Christmas and how to use the same tips to transform your Christmas into something special and memorable without spending money. 

Direct download: 72PioneerChristmas.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:34pm PST

Direct download: 715FrugalTipsMaIngalls.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:11pm PST

Learn how to store vegetables using root cellar and cold storage techniques, even if you don't have a root cellar, for long term food storage!

Direct download: Pod7010TipsRootcellar.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:54am PST

Surprising lessons learned when we ate only from our food storage and pantry for two weeks straight. 

Direct download: 69foodstoragchallenge.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:06pm PST

Find out these 7 things our great-grandparents did better than us and what steps we need to take to bring these back. Plus, a free 14 Day Eat from Your Food Storage/Preparedness Challenge!

Direct download: 68greatgrandparentsdidbetter.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PST

7 herbs to use in your medicine cabinet for common ailments, plus safety tips and precautions. Create a medicine cabinet and preserve the knowledge our great-grandparents had while creating a more natural home.

Direct download: podcast67herbsfornaturalremedies.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:58pm PST

Learn how to forage wild edibles and the rules to keep you and your family safe. 

Direct download: 665RulesforForagingWildEdibles.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30pm PST

Learn 11 ways to cook without power

Direct download: 65wayscookoffgrid.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:54pm PST

Why everyone should be grinding their flour, not just for emergency or preparedness situations and how to choose which mill is right for you.

Direct download: 64Grindingyourownflour.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:49pm PST

Direct download: 4waystopurifywater.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:32pm PST