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Weekend Links

I wanted to start something for the weekends and I couldn't really decide what. I have a lot of interests and I read about a lot of different things. I always want to share that information with you and I couldn't decide on the best way for a long time. I always want to sound like the expert and share this information with you after I tried it, but you know I just don't have the time to try everything I want to.

Every weekend I will share with you 5-8 articles, blog posts, or books that I think you should check out. I will be posting where they came from and what the article is with a link for you to go see them yourself. This truly is the best way because I do not want to take credit where credit is not due.

So, without further ado...

Canning Water for Emergency Preparedness by The Nerdy Farm Wife

10 Things Most Americans Don't Know About America by Disclose.tv posted on Survival and Beyond

39 Fantastic Prepping Tips by Backdoor Survival

How to Make Natural Moisturizing B…

Monday Frugal Update

This last week has been an exercise in not going to the store. I finally did some grocery shopping at Aldi's Thursday when Jordan went to see the oral surgeon. I knew our gas budget would be higher due to the driving to work, doctors, and meetings so I tried not to buy anything. I did break down on Saturday and go shopping due to the fact we needed cat food, blades for the reciprocating saw, and a few grocery items. I also treated the kids with a little snack on Saturday after swimming.

Not a bad week!

Right now, we are having a debate at our house and now I will have to do a cost analysis. I dislike cost analysis. I started Saturday morning with making beef broth for the first time. After researching many recipes, I decided on one that takes 12-72 hours of simmering for a good broth. I will always maintain that some things will have to be sacrificed for health benefits and for the from scratch lifestyle. Rob does not bother me much in this area, but this time he did. He was at m…

Scenes From The Farm

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If you stopped by today and visited with us, this is what you would see!

We have bell peppers starting to blossom and some are growing peppers. I can't wait for them to turn red and orange!

Some rugs over a chair waiting to go back inside

Some wild roses on their last bloom

We are surrounded on all four sides by corn growing tall

Beautiful yellow daylilies

The tomatoes are growing big and we have tons of blossoms!

An apple tree loaded with promise for a large crop!
Not much right now, but I love the promise of this farm and the potential for what is here! Such beauty on five acres!
Thanks for reading (and looking!), Erica

Monday on Tuesday Frugal Update

Paige and Dane are finally home! Yeah! Now if I could have all four home at the same time, that would be even better. Time is slipping away fast. Shali will be going to college in six weeks. I feel like there is so much yet to teach her and guide her in that I sometimes panic.

What do you teach an 18 year old about going to college and being frugal with their money? We did finally get a bank account set up for her and she is learning quickly how fast money can leave her account. She is learning also to manage her money. She has been living on cash for a long time so she does understand that when the money is gone, it's really gone - no more spending.

I would have liked her to stay on cash basis, but unfortunately her college bill has to be paid online. She will be paying her college bills from her account so she needs a bank account. My hope for her to be responsible with her money and to live within her means. That will require her to live frugally and sometimes creatively, but I…

Weekend Links

I wanted to start something for the weekends and I couldn't really decide what. I have a lot of interests and I read about a lot of different things. I always want to share that information with you and I couldn't decide on the best way for a long time. I always want to sound like the expert and share this information with you after I tried it, but you know I just don't have the time to try everything I want to.

Every weekend I will share with you 5-8 articles, blog posts, or books that I think you should check out. I will be posting where they came from and what the article is with a link for you to go see them yourself. This truly is the best way because I do not want to take credit where credit is not due.

So, without further ado...

How to Survive a Summer Power Outage by CTD Suzanne on Cheaper Than Dirt

Easy Homemade Ketchup by Whole New Mom

Is It "Anti-Faith" To Prepare For The Coming Economic Collapse by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse

101+ Ca…

Who will you rely on?

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After listening and watching to several podcasts and videos over the last few years as well as living life, I have figured out a few things. One is be prepared. The next is to take care of your family. The third thing is that having a community of like-minded people is far better than being the lone wolf.

Before I really get started on this topic, I understand there is many different viewpoints on this topic. I don't see a wrong answer for this. This is my view from what I have experienced and learned.

A community of like-minded people can be an awesome thing. The amount of work and ideas that happen can be fantastic. Communication flows well. Everyone knows what skills and talents the others possess. Division of labor and resources is easier. When one person needs help, others help.

There can be downfalls to a community of like-minded people too. People change their minds sometimes. Viewpoints can change. Beliefs can change. Those people become a danger to the rest of the community…

10 Days in July Update

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I told you all I would try to keep you updated on my progress in 10 Days in July project list. This has been going okay. I would like to be further along, but I am happy with where I am. I am at least getting something done!

The list:

The Kids Are Gone Project List

1. Change out the outlet in the living room. Cords just fall out when plugged in. **STARTED**

2. Clean and purge Paige's room. This will be a multi-day project.

3. Purge toys out of Dane's room. He has grown out of a lot of toys!

4. Fix the leg on the loveseat. Hopefully I can just fill in the leg and re-screw it onto the loveseat. Otherwise it will be bricks holding up that end.  **DONE**

5. Get some canning done. I have chicken stock, beef stock, chocolate sauce, and strawberry jam to get done. **Chicken Stock and Chocolate Sauce are DONE**

6. Put together second set of shelves in the basement and organize the rest of the stuff on the floor. **DONE**

7. Find shelves or reorganize my office for the books I am sell…

10 Days In July

10 Days in July...that is how long my youngest two kids are going to be gone. My oldest two kids will hardly be home either between working at the camp, regular work, college orientation, and summer fun.

This already feels weird, but I will taking advantage of the time to do some projects in peace. I have several small and big projects to get done and I want to get started. I always have to have a list first, otherwise I will not remember what needs to be done.

The Kids Are Gone Project List

1. Change out the outlet in the living room. Cords just fall out when plugged in.

2. Clean and purge Paige's room. This will be a multi-day project.

3. Purge toys out of Dane's room. He has grown out of a lot of toys!

4. Fix the leg on the loveseat. Hopefully I can just fill in the leg and re-screw it onto the loveseat. Otherwise it will be bricks holding up that end.

5. Get some canning done. I have chicken stock, beef stock, chocolate sauce, and strawberry jam to get done.

6. Put together…