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Monthly Update From The Homestead - April Edition

How has your April been for you? Fairly cool and rainy with rare times of sunny and warm? That is what we had, have, and are currently experiencing. They are talking some snow on Sunday at the time of this writing. What the ?!?!?!

I am ready for May and much warmer temperatures to come. I want to get my garden planted and put some pretty flowers in the planters. I want to sit outside with a cold drink and enjoy the evenings on the porch. However, Mother Nature needs to get over herself and soon.

Speaking of the garden, what have you planted or are planting? As of right now, I have nothing planted. The ground temperatures have been a little chilly for me to be comfortable planting much. Last month I said I wanted to get the potatoes planted, but I am glad I didn't. I have a feeling we would be dealing with them rotting in the ground due to all the rain we have had. I have had that happen a few years and that doesn't sit well with me. I hate wasting that effort.

I also did not get …

The Prepper's Canning Guide Book Review

Disclaimer: I was given a copy and asked to review this book. The opinions of this review are mine.

The Prepper's Canning Guide: Affordably Stockpile a Lifesaving Supply of Nutritious, Delicious, Shelf-Stable Foods by Daisy Luther was a book I was looking forward to buying and using for this upcoming gardening season. I have almost every book by Daisy so I knew this would be a book I would want to get. 
Do you know who Daisy Luther is? If you don't, please check her out at The Organic Prepper and DaisyLuther.com. She also runs Prepper's Market which is a food storage company with delicious tasting food for your food storage! She is also co-founder of Prepper's University which helps new and current preppers get started in prepping and keep their prepping in good shape!
This book did not disappoint! I will be canning almost every recipe she supplies in the book. They look delicious. Some of the canning recipes are a little out of the box with recipes that can be canned any…

Want to Save Money? Learn To Live With Less!

Money is a necessary evil. We need it to pay bills, buy items we need, and put gas in the car. While we hear of people (and possibly know people) who might be able to live without money, it is nearly impossible to do so.

However, there is this idea that we need more things than we really do to live a comfortable life. That idea is really prevalent in America. We earn money and we think we need to spend money on more things. Then we try to earn more money just to spend more money for more things we thought we needed. It's a vicious cycle.

Yet we wonder why we cannot save money...

You want to save money? You need to learn to live with less! The less you need, the less money you spend. So what does this mean?

Less toysLess gadgetsLess collectiblesLess clothesLess furnitureLess shoesLess etc. 
We can live with less than what we have or think we "need" to have. You don't have to be a minimalist (although that is a great lifestyle) to live with less. You won't be depriving …

Five Prepping Things To Accomplish In April

April is a great time to really kick your prepping into gear. Besides the rain, the weather is warm enough to actually want to be outside. April is a great month to make lists and you will see that on at least two of the items this month. I am a big believer in making lists so I can prioritize what needs to be done or bought. By making these lists, you will be able to plan out your Spring and Summer. 

1. Walk around your house and your yard. Make a list of anything that needs to be repaired, replaced, or maintained. Prioritize the list and get cracking on the projects. If something bad happens, you don't want to have to worry about regular house maintenance.

2. Add meat (proteins) to your food storage.One of the most overlooked areas of food storage is meat. I know beans can provide protein also, but I believe meat is a better solution. I am not saying to not stock up on beans, but meat is also crucial. Buy several cans of canned chicken, turkey, and ham. Buy corned beef in a can an…