Preserving · Recipes

Instant Pot Molasses Apple Butter

Using your Instant Pot to make apple butter is game changing. No baby sitting it for hours, no stirring, and it is done in a short time. You can water bath can it right away, and enjoy it for a long time. I prepped this in an 8 quart Instant Pot. A 6 quart is… Continue reading Instant Pot Molasses Apple Butter

Recipes

Depression Era Recipes: Hoover Stew

My Mom made a lot of Great Depression Era recipes when I was growing up. My Mom was a War Baby (born during WWII) and picked up the recipes from people she knew who were older, especially as my Dad was born in the Depression years. When I was young we lived more like it… Continue reading Depression Era Recipes: Hoover Stew

Gardening · Homesteading · Urban Homesteading

Growing Potatoes: The Easiest Vegetable To Grow

This meme always makes me laugh. Because it is so true. Every garden group I am in for self sufficiency always ends up on the topic of potatoes. And why? Because potatoes are so easy to grow. They are possibly the easiest vegetable to grow. Potatoes have in their code the drive to reproduce. They… Continue reading Growing Potatoes: The Easiest Vegetable To Grow

Gardening · Homesteading

First Look: AeroGarden Farm 24XL

I was gifted an AeroGarden Farm 24XL this winter, the largest hydroponic system that AeroGarden produces. (Hydropondic is where the plant is grown in water, rather than in soil.) Kirk got it on a fantastic deal for half the retail price for Black Friday. It's not cheap though. But it also has the features for… Continue reading First Look: AeroGarden Farm 24XL

Gardening · Homesteading · Urban Homesteading

No Garden? Small Garden? Grow Dwarf Plants

Have you ever grown dwarf plants? There are many seeds on the market to try out now, with more showing up yearly. If people show an interest, they become viable for seed companies to stock, instead of being hard to find. They can be grown in pots, 5 gallon buckets, hydroponic systems, and in raised… Continue reading No Garden? Small Garden? Grow Dwarf Plants