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Papalo Seeds for Summer!


Those of us who love cilantro in the summer with zesty salsa and salads are usually out of luck. Cilantro is usually bolting and not doing well at all in the high summer heats of the south. So by the time you have lots of shiny red tomatoes fresh from the garden, the cilantro has bolted and is about over …

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Homemade Canned Salsa


One of my husband’s favorite foods is salsa. Give him a bag of chips and a jar of really spicy salsa, and he is happy! Our garden is full of tomatoes this time of year and at least half of them will be made into salsa. I plan to can around 60 pints of salsa this year, knowing that it …

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Baker Creek’s Red Russian Kale Review & Recipe


I’m a big fan of Baker Creek and the seeds they sell.  If you are into organic/natural gardening methods and have the same loathsome feelings as I do toward the genetic modification that is creeping into every aspect of the farming world, then you are probably a fan of Baker Creek as well. At our homestead, we want to grow …

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Homemade Flour Tortillas

There are so many things to love about homemade flour tortillas. Sure, it’s easy to pick up a package at the store, but they will probably taste like cardboard in comparison to the flavor of homemade. At least that is what my grandson says! He loves these tortillas and can’t wait to eat them straight out of the pan. If …

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Homemade Pudding (Vanilla and Chocolate)

Have you ever tasted homemade pudding? I mean the real stuff made from milk, eggs and sugar? When I was growing up, my mom taught me to make many things from scratch. By the time I graduated from high school, I was very proficient in the kitchen, having the skills to make all kinds of meals, pies, bread, and even …

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Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

Before we moved off-grid, I would not have thought about making my own vinegar. However, when my husband got some chickens, he discovered that it was good for their digestion to add apple cider vinegar to their water. This product, raw and unfiltered, is rather expensive to buy. So he asked me to make some, and even found me a …

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Chicken Noodle Soup

Will you allow me to sing the praises of canned chicken? Before moving off grid, the only thing I had ever made with the stuff was chicken salad and Buffalo Chicken Dip. I think stores must stock it merely because people buy it for that recipe! But I’ve learned that it is an essential item in my off grid/prepping pantry. …

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Baking Powder Biscuits

Can you imagine the original homesteaders not knowing how to make biscuits?! Could they have ever dreamed that something so simple and delicious could be reduced to a can full of chemicals made in a factory and sold in the refrigerated section of a supermarket. Chemicals in food? What’s a supermarket? And what’s refrigeration? Biscuits are so simple! Once you …

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Favorite Off Grid Recipes: Simple Cooking From Scratch

Our generation has lost the art of cooking. At the same time, we are more fascinated with food than we have ever been. Cooking shows are a big hit and pictures of beautiful dishes are so popular on social media. But that fascination doesn’t seem to translate to time spent in the kitchen. I think part of the reason is …

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Zucchini and Yellow Squash Bread and Butter Pickles

I’ve heard from many people that the result from canning yellow squash is not very tasty.  I’ve never done it myself, but I trust what they say.  Especially because I’ve heard it from several people.  The other day we received lots of zucchini and yellow squash, so I decided to try making pickles.  My favorite cucumber pickles when I was …

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