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Self-Reliant Little By Little

Time got away from me and I didn’t get this post up as usual, but it was a profitable week in preparing to become more self-reliant.  We are still living in town in our temporary rental, but last week we closed on our 20 acres out in the boonies and we hope to be living back [...]

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My Super-duper Hand Powered Grain Mill

The GrainMaker® grain mill I want you to meet my new friend…a wonderful hand-powered GrainMaker® grain mill!  In our quest to be self-reliant I started searching about two years ago for the perfect hand powered grain mill to meet the needs of a family our size.  After a few months researching, comparing, and praying for [...]

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Homemade Probiotics, Part Two

To us, being prepared is much more than just having a stash of stuff put away for an emergency.  It is a lifestyle independent of modern systems.  Our goal is to be self-sustaining, and providing our own nutritional supplements is part of that.  If you didn’t read my first post about Homemade Probiotics, go here. Kefir is [...]

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Homemade Probiotics

For years I purchased probiotics, such as those with well-known acidophilus, as a nutritional supplement.  When there were yeast or fungus issues, or an infection, these supplements with active cultures effectively helped the healing process.  In fact, since we’re married (19 years) we have only used prescription medications in our family three or four times, [...]

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Helping our Children Prepare for Crises

Did you know that death by drowning is a big killer of children?  I recently heard that one of the most important ways to protect our children and prepare them for a crisis it to make sure they know how to swim.  This week we did swimming lessons for our younger children. With the exception [...]

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Back to the Old Ways

Today we visited an historic old homestead here in central Florida to learn more about the self-reliant lifestyle of the early settlers.  The old ways have been mostly forgotten, and now we see the value of them in light of difficult times we may be facing.  How did people survive before electricity and supermarkets?  We [...]

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