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Safely Canning Jam and Jelly at Home

If you were to gather 10 people together and ask them how to make and can jam and jelly, you would probably get at least 10 different answers. Whether someone grew up canning with Grandma who still clings to the old ways or someone just learned by watching a YouTube...

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Homemade Chicken Soup

When I think of being prepared, my thoughts immediately go to the kitchen.  Before me are cupboards, drawers, pantry, and a refrigerator loaded with: pots, pans, cutlery, appliances, seasonings, dehydrated foods, homemade canned foods, and foods that have been bought...

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Kitchen Herb Garden Cold Remedies

When the cold bug hits a home, it's a bugger of a thing to fight and get on top off. There are numerous remedies and medications available at the local pharmacy. You can also find natural relief by making herb garden remedies right from the abundance in your backyard...

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Teacher Spotlight: Tammy Trayer of Trayer WIlderness

Self-Reliance is of great interest to our community, in fact in one form or another, it’s what Rootsy is all about. This month, we are honored to present a teacher whose experience, and downright cheerfulness, will highlight the work, challenges, and joy needed to be...

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Homemade Golden Milk (aka: Turmeric Tea) Recipe

Have you every heard of Golden Milk? Although it has milk in the name, it’s not actually a dairy beverage. It’s a nutrient rich drink with a coconut milk base. Why not use dairy milk? While dairy does have loads of nutrients on its own, dairy-free coconut milk offers even more. When combined with turmeric – the spice that gives golden milk its golden color – you get a beverage that live’s up to the spice’s name. The spice of life.

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Keeping Chickens in Cold Climates

Raising chickens, whether egg layers or meat chickens, can be a challenge at times. Predators, sick animals, cleaning out the coops, or even just being home for feeding times can make life tough. Add freezing weather and snow to that mix and you get a whole new set of...

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5 Ways to Cook Outdoors

As the summer approaches, our family moves more and more of our cooking outdoors. Beyond the benefits of keeping heat out of the kitchen, establishing outdoor cooking systems also makes you more prepared. If your electric oven or electric-ignited gas stove loses power...

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Four Ways of Preserving Food

When the harvest is coming in heavy, it's often hard to know exactly what to do with it all. After all, your family can only eat so many jars of jelly in a year. Fortunately, there are many ways of preserving food so that your family can have a variety of food from...

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Get to Know Jami from An Oregon Cottage

This Month's Teacher Spotlight Self-Reliance is of great interest to our community, in fact in one form or another, it’s what Rootsy is all about. This month, we are honored to present a teacher whose experience and background will highlight the work, challenges, and...

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