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Tips for Living a Simple Life

Tips for Living a Simple Life

Living a simple life conjures up images of idyllic, peaceful country scenes. And while that can indeed be true, it isn't the reality for many of us. Nor does it have to be the goal. The simple life is a deeply individual thing and looks different for everyone. It's...

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Canning Pumpkin and Butternut Squash

Canning Pumpkin and Butternut Squash

Canning pumpkin is a great way to preserve the harvest. If you have a root cellar, squash will store for up to six months. But for those without a root cellar, canning is a good way to have shelf stable pumpkin all year long. Butternut squash can be preserved in the...

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Herbal Infusions: Homemade Simple Syrups With Herbs

Herbal Infusions: Homemade Simple Syrups With Herbs

Herbal simple syrups or sugar syrups are easy to make and a fun way to preserve herbs from the herb garden to use all year long. Learn how to make mint, basil, lavender and other herbal syrups in this guide. Herbal infusions can be anything from a simple tea to a...

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How to Make Simple Syrup for Canning, Cooking, and Drinks

How to Make Simple Syrup for Canning, Cooking, and Drinks

Making an old-fashioned simple syrup is as easy as boiling water and sugar together. Depending on the ratio you can make a super heavy syrup or a very light syrup. You can also make flavored or honey simple syrups. Let's explore how to make simple syrup to use for...

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Best Chicken Breeds for Heat and Keeping Them Cool

Best Chicken Breeds for Heat and Keeping Them Cool

Choosing the best chicken breeds for your climate can be a big decision. Most people are concerned about their egg layers in cold weather, but many chickens actually adapt to cold weather far easier than to hot weather. Just as there are things to do to ensure your...

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Fermented Cherry Tomatoes

Fermented Cherry Tomatoes

Fermented tomatoes are a great way to preserve small bits of the abundant crop for snacking, salads, appetizers and more. Making lacto-fermented cherry tomatoes is an easy preservation project that only takes a few minutes to pull together and less than a week to...

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How to organize and store seeds for frugal gardening

How to organize and store seeds for frugal gardening

If you're a gardener, you need a way to organize and store leftover garden seeds for the next season. Stored properly, most seeds will remain viable for at least a year, some up to four or five years. Here are some simple seed storage solutions and answers to the most...

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Fresh Fruit Cookies

Fresh Fruit Cookies

Make the most of summer's most amazing delights with these fresh fruit cookies. Use any fresh fruit you have on hand and prefer in this super simple recipe. These also happen to be vinegar cookies. And while it might seem strange, the vinegar helps give the cookies a...

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Fermented Vegetables for Healthy Preserves

Fermented Vegetables for Healthy Preserves

Fermented vegetables are a great and tasty way to preserve the summer harvest. Fermentation recipes are basic and flavorful while also adding a healthy does of probiotics to our preserves and meals. The great thing about learning how to ferment vegetables is that the...

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