Monthly Archives: September 2014

Produce, Preserve, and Prepare Your Harvest

 

 

So, what have you been preserving lately?

Do you grind your own flour?

Have you hopped on the Homesteading Wagon yet?

I love going from Farm to Table, but I really enjoying preserving my harvest!  Right now, I have all kinds of stuff growing in my garden.  Everything should be ready for pickin’ in the next month or so!  It’s FALL here in Florida. 🙂

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I can’t wait to start making some of my garlic dill pickles!  My vines are growing quite nicely so it won’t be long now!  My friend Hope and I bought this ridiculous amount of mason jars a few years ago from a lady for $60.  I think I had a total at one time of 250.  I have them organized in my garage and whenever we get free time then we will get to canning.  There’s a huge variety of regular, wide mouth, wired, pint, quart, lids, etc.  We were blessed when we found these!

 

The one thing I do have my eye on for this year’s purchase is a food mill.  Do you have one already?  I’ve got my eye on this one right here….

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A friend of mine has one and if you have never tasted fresh ground flour, well, then you are missing out!  It literally took us 1 minute to grind the flour.  Crazy!

I can’t wait to get mine so I can start grinding my own.  The whole Gluten-Free epidemic is so bad because all of the commercial flour is tainted with chemicals during their process.  My grandpa made bread all the time and I don’t ever remembering either of my grandparents having food allergies.

If you have a mill already, which one do you have?  Is it manual crank or electric?  How often do you use it?

Stop over and see my friends at Pantry Paratus.  They have everything we need for homesteading, canning, grain mills and I love all of their tutorials!

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Have you signed up for The Self Reliance Summit?  It starts TODAY and will go through October 7th. It will be jam packed with anything and everything you want to know about homesteading.  One of my favorites will be presenting as well – Jill Winger over at The Prairie Homestead.

Hope to see you on the summit!

Click here to sign up for The Self Reliance Summit!

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Only 48 More Hours to Register – Learn to live more self-sustained!

Get ready for the most comprehensive and inspiring FREE global summit for mastering the art and science of self reliance!  I’m so excited that we can all learn and be educated from these amazing speakers and authors!  It all starts October 1st and will go through October 7th.  Sign up today!

The best part is that you get to watch it ONLINE in the comfort of your home!

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Go here for all the details!

With World Renowned speakers such as:

Mike Adams from Natural News
Marjory Wildcraft from Grow Your Own Groceries
Best Selling Author of When Tech Fails Matthew Stein
Jill Winger from the Prairie Homestead
Power and Electricity Expert Steven Harris
Gerald Celente from Trends Research
Master Herbal Medic Doug Simons
Laurie Neverman from Common Sense Home
The Duke of Permaculture Paul Wheaton
David Christopher from School of Natural Healing
Daniel Shrigley from the TV Show Survival Trek Escape
Scott Hunt from Practical Preppers
Sam Coffman from the Human Path
And more!

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During the summit you will learn:

• How to Grow Your Own Food Effectively and Efficiently
• When Disaster Strikes: What You Need to Know, Do, and Have on Hand
• Return to Your Roots: How Anyone Can Embrace the Homesteading Lifestyle
• Emergency Home Power. More Electricity than you need in a Disaster
• What most people don’t know about self-reliant living and preparedness
• The intersection of self-respect and well-being
• Alternatives to Dentist – How to Prevent and Heal Common Tooth Ailments
• The New Homesteading Movement
• Creating Sustainable Food Forests, Building Community, and Staying Warm
• Emergency Herbal Medicine Storage
• Survival In A Nut Shell
• Water:What to do if the Tap Runs Dry
• Sustainable Medicine before, during and after a collapse
• And So Much More!

REGISTER HERE For This Free Global Online Summit:
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I hope to see you on the summit!

Sincerely,

Wendy Walker

P.S. As a special gift for attendees, you will receive advanced training resources after you register absolutely free that teach you how to:

• Make gasoline from alcohol at home
• Be prepared for any kind of global pandemic
• Create a home battery bank
• First Aid
• And More!
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The Book of Genesis – Are You In?

Are you still reading with me?  Did you get behind?  No problem.  You can get caught up quickly!

I’ve been Blogging Through the Bible with Courtney Joseph over at Women Living Well since September.  What’s amazing is how accountable I am staying just by merely blogging!  Isn’t awesome how God works in our lives??

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With there being just a few months left in September and we are moving into October, we have a new reading plan.

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We’re starting The Book of Genesis today!  Are you in?

This is where it all began.  I encourage you to read a chapter a day and really dive into the beginning of God’s creation!

YOU CAN DO THIS!!

Here’s this weeks reading plan:

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Here is this month’s printable bookmark:

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PRINT THIS MONTH’S READING PLAN HERE!

So are you ready to commit?  It’s just one chapter a day.  Pour yourself a cup of tea (or coffee) and join me this month in The Book of Genesis!

 

Be Blessed Today!

Wendy

Discover how to live more sustainably from world leading experts!

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Do you know how to collect, store, and purify rain water properly?

Do you know exactly what to have on hand in the case of an EMP attack or “Guaranteed” Solar Storm that knocks out all the power for days, weeks, or even months?

What about the top 5 Miracle Herbs to always have on hand that will help you heal any wound or injury?

And how about how to create sustainable food forests that thrive in any climate and provide food for you year after year?

All of this will be covered and a lot more during the Self Reliance Summit!  I am super excited and especially with what is going on in our country as well as others right now, we need to know this!

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REGISTER HERE For This “Free” Self-Reliance Online Summit:

During the summit you will learn:

• How to Grow Your Own Food Effectively and Efficiently
• When Disaster Strikes: What You Need to Know, Do, and Have on Hand
• Return to Your Roots: How Anyone Can Embrace the Homesteading Lifestyle
• Emergency Home Power. More Electricity than you need in a Disaster
• What most people don’t know about self-reliant living and preparedness
• The intersection of self-respect and well-being
• Alternatives to Dentist – How to Prevent and Heal Common Tooth Ailments
• The New Homesteading Movement
• Creating Sustainable Food Forests, Building Community, and Staying Warm
• Emergency Herbal Medicine Storage
• Survival In A Nut Shell
• Water:What to do if the Tap Runs Dry
• Sustainable Medicine before, during and after a collapse
• And So Much More!

With World Renowned speakers such as Mike Adams from Natural News, Marjory Wildcraft from Grow Your Own Groceries, Best Selling Author of When Tech Fails Matthew Stein, Jill Winger from the Prairie Homestead, Power and Electricity Expert Steven Harris, Gerald Celente from Trends Research, Master Herbal Medic Doug Simons, Laurie Neverman from Common Sense Home, The Duke of Permaculture Paul Wheaton, David Christopher from School of Natural Healing, Daniel Shrigley from the TV Show Survival Trek Escape, Scott Hunt from Practical Preppers, and Sam Coffman from the Human Path… this event will give you the leading edge when it comes to self-reliance and sustainable living…

….you can be assured that this will be the most engaging, uplifting, and empowering summit you’ve ever attended dedicated to providing real solutions to living more self sustained.

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The Summit is hosted and produced by Nathan Crane, founder of The Panacea Community and creator of Self Reliance Mastery.

I hope to see you on the summit. 🙂

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Sincerely,

Wendy Walker

P.S. As a special gift for attendees, you will receive instant downloadable training resources once you register absolutely free that teach you how to:

• Make gasoline from alcohol at home
• Be prepared for any kind of global pandemic
• Create a home battery bank
• First Aid
• And More!

DOWNLOAD YOUR Free Gifts When You Register Here

Happy Homesteading!  Remember, you can do it no matter how big or small your property is! YES, YOU CAN! <3

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Slowing Down while Blogging Through the Bible

Are you still blogging with me? I sure hope so…..

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Taking time out of our day to spend with The Lord is so important.

We’re all busy. Actually, we are way too busy! I get it, I really do. Get up in the morning and rush around to get the kids taken care of. You either rush them out the door to school or you prepare your curriculum for those that are home-schooled. You then go to work, run errands, taxi kids around to different sports, go to meetings, blow through a drive-thru for dinner or quickly try to throw something together last minute. Finally, after you get the kids in bed and finish up with any homework, then it’s your turn.

So, now 11pm rolls around and you finally climb into bed, but guess what? You are so wired and tired that you can’t fall asleep right away! WOW, does anyone ever have those kind of days?

I sure USED to. Yes, there was a time in my life where I did all the above. I realized about four years ago that none of it matters if I am doing it fore all the wrong reasons.  This is where my family and I started to slow down.  I don’t run around int he evenings taking my kids here and there.  We do things as a family and of course, we are highly involved in 4-H and our church.

God desires for us to spend time with him. I now get up an hour or so before everyone else and fix my cup of tea and grab my bible. That is my time with God. Right now I have been going on the back porch in the mornings as it’s been so nice and cool in the mornings.

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“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of the sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” (Psalms 1″1-2)

 

As you are reading this week, ponder on what you have learned this week.  How can you make changes in your daily schedule to have more time with God?  He longs to have a relationship with you!!!

Give him your best right when you wake up, not your leftovers when you get home!  I am living proof that it will determined what kind of a day you are going to have!  Just try it and see how you will tackle those “sticky situations” that arise when you least expect it!

Please join me and share with a friend or a sister so she can “Blog Through the Bible” with you.  Two are always better than one ya know LOL.

 

Here’s this week’s reading plan:

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Blessings to you and have an amazing weekend!!!

Cooler Weather and Aunt Linda’s Pumpkin Bread

My kitchen smells amazing!  Just like I long for all year long!!!

There’s nothing like the smell of my Aunt Linda’s Pumpkin Bread and the weather has actually started to cool off here in Florida.  It can’t get any better than this!

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I LOVE my Aunt Linda.  She’s more like a mom to me than an aunt.  We are so much alike that I wished we lived closer to one another.  I treasure the time I get with her every time I go visit her in North Carolina.

Fall doesn’t start until I make her pumpkin bread.  Really, it doesn’t.  I’ve tweaked her recipe just a little bit to fit with some of my baking criteria.  I love this recipe because I literally just put everything in the mixer bowl and start it.  It’s that easy.  It may take roughly 15 minutes for prep.  Ridiculous when you get this much yumminess!

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Here’s the recipe:

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  • Servings: 6-8 slices
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3 1/2 cups of unbleached flour

2 2/3 cup of coconut sugar

1 1/2 tsp. of salt

1/2 tsp. of baking powder

2 tsp. of baking soda

4 eggs

2 tsp. of cinnamon

1 tsp. of cloves

1 tsp. of nutmeg

2 cans of organic pumpkin

2/3 cups of coconut oil

2/3 cups of water

1 cup of pumpkin seeds

Directions:

Place all ingredients in bowl and mix thoroughly.  Pour into a greased pan and bake at 350 degrees for an hour.

*I replaced the sugar with coconut sugar and the oil with coconut oil.  I also added pumpkin seeds instead of walnuts (what her recipe calls for).

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I use Organic Pumpkin that has a BPA free lined can

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Unbleached flour is the way to go or better yet, get your own grains and a mill and grind your own. I recommend buying from Pantry Paratus.

 

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Coconut Sugar

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Fresh Grated Nutmeg

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Coconut Oil…oh, so yummy!

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Into the oven they go!

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Once cooled, wrap them in foil and place in freezer.  They are great for taking to a sick friend or I am taking one to my good friend Annette so they can have something yummy for breakfast tomorrow.

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If you are like me, you will slice a piece right when it comes out of the oven.  I know, I am bad, but if you don’t then Aunt Linda might get mad! 🙂

 

Enjoy and Happy Baking!

 

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How Well Does Your Garden Grow?

I know I’ve said it before, but I just really love this time of year!  Living in Florida, we get an extra growing season.  I just planted a few weeks ago my Fall crop – you can read about it here.

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It’s pretty exciting when you start seeing your seedlings start to pop up!  Again, here in Florida, we don’t have to worry with all the snow and cold weather, so we can just plant directly in the ground, unless it’s January – March.  It does actually get to freezing point here in those months, so you just have to be aware if you are planting.

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So, what did you plant this Fall?  I’ve got my garden spread out into several areas and it’s big enough to feed the four of us in my family.

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On my list this year, I planted: Corn, Blue Lake Green Beans, Acorn and Spaghetti Squash; Daikon Radish, Green and Jalapeno Peppers, Okra, Red and Yellow Onions, Collards, Kale and Kohlrabi; Texas Creamers, Black eyed Peas and a Cowboy Bean that those darn bunnies keep eating.

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I also have a few tomato plants and basil growing.  I’ll keep you updated as everything starts to grow!

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It’s not too late to start your fall garden.  Just grab your Farmer’s Almanac and a shovel and get to work!

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I pray you have a Bountiful Harvest in your garden this season!

Do Not Love The World, Says Who?

I’m Blogging Through The Bible with Courtney Joseph over at Women Living Well and today, we are reading 1 John, Chapter 2.

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So, does this mean we can’t love our homes, our cars, or our boats?  This is where it can get tricky in your relationship with the Lord.  Just how much are we willing to GIVE up to have a relationship with God?

Do not love the world or the things in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (1 John 2:15)

Absolutely!  We are to put God in front of all of our material possessions as well as things of this world.

He should be what we FOCUS on, not about what we can buy next.

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As a Christian, it’s hard not to get caught up in the worldly way; however, when we spend more time with God, our relationship with him grows deeper and deeper.  When that happens, there’s no way we won’t put him ABOVE ALL THINGS!

Ponder on this over the weekend and see if you have any things you love in this world!

 

This week’s reading plan:

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Next week’s reading plan:

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Dress Up a Picture Frame in Less Than Five Minutes

Do you have any picture frames that every time you walk past them, you think “That could use a little something”?  Well, I had two that I just wasn’t feeling it, so I went to my craft bag and got to work!

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Here’s a quick and easy tip to dress up any picture frame.  It can be wood, plastic, ceramic, porcelain, etc.

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Start with your blank frame.  I am using two of the same style but they came in different sizes (one 4×6 and one 5×7).

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Next, grab some embellishments.  It can be things laying around your house or go to your local craft store and purchase whatever you like.  I had these just sitting in my craft bag and I thought they were looking a little lonely, so they got chosen first!

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Then, you will need you glue gun or whatever type of adhesive that will adhere to your frame material.  Mine is kinda like a leathery material, so I used the glue gun.  You really only need a dab as it sticks immediately.

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Find the location that you want to place your embellishment on.  On this frame, I grabbed a piece of scrap burlap and just added a little extra “pop” to the flower (since it was a little small).

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And, your finished product.  Super duper easy and dresses up a plain ‘ole frame! Enjoy!

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Happy Friday!

Simple Lives Thursday

Every day I try to think of more ways to live a simple life.  Cook at home more or grow more veggies.

One way I definitely feel like I’m a pioneer woman is I dry our clothes on the clothes line.  If you missed my post on it, you can find it here on Home Spun Oasis or click here for my Saturday Morning Chores post.

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Today is Simple Lives Thursday as I’m blogging and sharing my page with Home Spun Oasis.

Be sure and check them out along with all the other awesome simple living bloggers.  It’s really exciting to know that there are so many of us out there!!

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I’m #36 if you scroll down to the bottom.  I hope you enjoy reading about all the others too!

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