Herbs to Know Stevia rebaudiana

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Herbs to Know Stevia: This easy to grow tender perennial will give you years of fresh leaves to use in cooking and herbal preparations. | PreparednessMama

Do you grow stevia in your herb garden? This easy to grow tender perennial will give you years of fresh leaves to use in cooking and herbal preparations. This month’s herb to know is Stevia. Learn how to grow it, harvest and use it. Get the Facts on Stevia: Name: Stevia rebaudiana, sweet leaf, sweet herb […]

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Cooking with Peanut Flour

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Cooking with peanut flour - How to store it, where to get it and how to make a peanut butter replacement | PreparednessMama

This year, in an effort to diversify my food storage, I am trying to add new items to my plan. Have you ever tried peanut flour? I started out looking for a shelf-stable peanut butter substitute and arrived at peanut flour instead. Nutritionally speaking peanut flour is gluten-free and low in carbohydrates. Two tablespoons of […]

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Essential Herbs Series – Herb Blogger Roundup

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While researching my Essential Herbs series I ran across many wonderful bloggers. I thought you'd like to meet them too . Herb Blogger Roundup| PreparednessMama

Herb Blogger Roundup While researching the Essential Herbs for Every Garden series I ran across many wonderful bloggers. I thought you’d like to meet them too. Join me for a Herb Blogger Roundup. I spent the morning in the garden. Planting a few extra seeds, transplanting some basil and tending to the herbs. Even though […]

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Mary’s Heirloom Seeds Giveaway

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Mary’s Heirloom Seeds Giveaway

We LOVE Giveaways!!!! Mary’s Heirloom Seeds is sponsoring their first GIVEAWAY for 2017! PreparednessMama is pleased to take part in offering this great package. Are you ready??? This is a super simple giveaway with loads of seeds! This will run from Tuesday, January 31st thru Sunday, February 5th and is open to residents of the US […]

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Savory Solar Oven Sweet Potatoes

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Try this savory solar oven sweet potatos recipe. It's a nice change on a cold winter day | PreparednessMama

I’m lovin’ my new solar oven! This month for our solar oven cooking demo we are making sweet potatoes. You may think that sweet potatoes are only for the holidays and need to be packed with sugar, but you’d be wrong. This recipe for savory solar oven sweet potatoes is a nice change for these cold […]

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10 Things to do While Waiting to Garden

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10 things to do while waiting to garden | PreparednessMama

For those of us looking forward to gardening season, these long winter days and nights can be torture. You stare longingly at the yard, itching to get out and dig. Knowing full well that the snow is too high, the ground is too wet, and the wind it too bitter for you to get out […]

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How to Use Lemon Juice Powder in Cooking

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Lemon juice powder is a kitchen standby for any pantry. It gives you the ability to add a punch of lemon flavor to any recipe you are creating | PreparednessMama

Include this flavorful addition in your pantry. Lemon zest is a kitchen standby for any pantry. It gives you the ability to add a punch of lemon flavor to any recipe you are creating. What happens when you run out of zest? Substitute lemon juice powder instead. You may not be familiar with this little-known […]

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DIY Dry Banana Peels as Fertilizer

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How to dry banana peels and give a potassium boost to your garden | PreparednessMama

Did you know you can take dry banana peels and turn it into fertilizer for your garden? We eat a lot of bananas at our house so I like the idea that all the peels that we would normally compost can be used to benefit the garden. Homemade potassium fertilizer using banana peels is very […]

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Seed Packets: Big Gardening Lessons Packed in a Small Space

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Seed packets: BIG gardening lessons packed into SMALL spaces | PreparednessMama

Don’t overlook lowly seed packets for gardening knowledge. They often pack a big lesson into their small space. Seed packets have such a wealth of growing information but I think we often overlook how great they really are.  We reference our favorite seed catalog or gardening book for the details to grow our favorite plants […]

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10 Reasons Seed Catalogs are Still Relevant Today

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10 Reasons seed catalogs are still relevant in the age of online shopping | PreparednessMama

Garden Dreaming?  Use Seed Catalogs for Ideas to Plan Your Garden 10 Reasons seed catalogs are still relevant in the age of online shopping. These weeks after Christmas are one of my most favorite times of the year. I love the possibilities of the New Year and the way we are naturally encouraged to start […]

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Trench Composting Basics

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Trench Composting is an easy and inexpensive way to get nutrients into your garden soil when you don't have room for a compost bin. | PreparednessMama

When you don’t have room for a compost bin. Trench Composting is an easy and inexpensive way to get nutrients into your garden soil when you don’t have room for a compost bin. Many years ago in another city, I made friends with a wise master gardener. She had the same love of gardening that […]

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Food Storage Made Easy Book Review

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Food Storage Made Easy, a new paperback volume by Jodi Moore & Julie Weiss | PreparednessMama

A Three Part Program for Success Food storage is a big part of my preparedness plan and since we all have a different take on how to accomplish it, I love to look at how others plan theirs and learn something new. In their new hardbound book, Food Storage Made Easy.com bloggers Jodi Moore and […]

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Lemon Chocolate Chip Scone Mix in a Jar

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Looking for a quick and tasty gift for friends and co-workers? Lemon Chocolate Chip Scone Mix is just the thing. Package it up in a Mason jar with a reCAP Flip lid and it will be the gift that keeps on giving | PreparednessMama

+ a Mason Jar re-CAP Giveaway If you are looking for a quick and tasty gift for friends and co-workers, this Lemon Chocolate Chip Scone Mix is just the thing. Package it up in a Mason jar with a reCAP Flip lid and it will be the gift that keeps on giving. The chocolate chips […]

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Managing Garden Expectations

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Managing garden expectations - THe Suburban Micro-farm by Amy Stross | PreparendessMama

The Suburban Micro-Farm by Amy Stross I have created many gardens over the last 25 years. Big yard and small – I’ve done them all. We moved from Oregon to Texas and purchased our home just over a year ago.  I went right to work on my new garden, hiring a tractor to get the […]

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5 Essential Knots to Learn Today

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5 Essential Knots for every Homestead | PreparednessMama

…and two you should never use My husband grew up in the country where hard work was expected. He worked alongside his father and brother wrangling animals, fixing fences, and hauling supplies from one point to another. He learned to tie down tarps and attach a come-along to a winch. There are 5 essential knots that he […]

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7 Ways to Upcycle Old Calendars

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7 Ways to upcycle old calendars | PreparednessMama

Calendars are the gift that keeps on giving. Every year, for the past 20+ years my sister in law has gifted my family a new calendar for Christmas. I say family, but it’s really me she gives it to. They are always made with  high-quality paper and have a theme that almost always has to […]

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Solar Oven Spiced Apples

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Solar Oven Spiced Apples | PreparednessMama

Tasty and Easier than you think! Several years ago my family moved from Oregon to Texas. These two places could not be any different. There are many fantastic qualities for both Oregon and Texas, but one of the biggest bonuses of moving to the South is being surrounded by the sunshine on many days. Let’s face […]

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MYO Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce

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For a healthy alternative to sauce in a jar, MYO Cauliflower alfredo sauce | PreparednessMama

This week I’ve asked my daughter to share her favorite homemade cauliflower alfredo sauce. She assures me this stuff is so good, even the grandkids will gobble it up! Here’s Allison: I am always looking for ways to sneak healthy foods into my children’s diets. It was so much easier when they were little, but […]

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8 Chest Freezer Organization Ideas

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8 Family Friendly Chest Freezer Organization Ideas | PreparednessMama

Make the Most of Your Freezing Friend Updated November 2016 – Since my original chest freezer organization post in August 2013, I have moved two times and downsized my freezer space from two large chests to just one. Now freezer organization is even more important. Do you feel this way? It’s grocery shopping day. You’ve had […]

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5 Non-Toxic DIY Bath & Body Products + a giveaway

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5 DIY bath & body products to make for the ultimate gift basket | PreparednessMama

Create the Ultimate DIY Bath & Body Product Gift Basket In this post, you’ll learn how to make 5 DIY Bath & Body Products to create your own gift baskets. Coconut Castile Liquid Soap Base Shaving Cream Sugar & Salt Scrub Coconut Salt Bar Whipped Shea Body Butter Even better – Karen at Blue Yonder Urban […]

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Cast Iron Skillet Gingerbread

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Cast Iron Skillet Gingerbread recipe is a hot and spicy holiday treat | PreparednessMama

Yearning for a taste of the holidays. I walked into my daughter’s house a few days ago with the scent of the holidays whisping around me. The smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger were front and center. I thought she was baking gingerbread, just for me. Nope, I was fooled! It was only a […]

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4 Season End Garden Tasks You Shouldn’t Skip

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4 Season End Garden Tasks you Shouldn't skip | PreparednesszMama

It will be easy to just turn your back on the garden until spring. It can wait, you think, the season is over and you’ve worked hard. You’re done growing and have moved on to preparing for the holidays. But skipping these season end garden tasks will be a big mistake. If you will take […]

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5 Everyday Items for Cutting and Curing Soap

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5 everyday items you can use for cutting and curing soap | PreparednessMama

Cut And Cure Your Soap With Everyday Things I have been making soap for many years. This part, cutting and curing the soap, is my weakness. My bars always look like a kid made them, which means that they are never pretty enough to give as gifts. My family doesn’t really care that my bars […]

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10 Tips for Fire Prevention Week

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10 Tips for fire prevention week | PreparednessMama

This year’s theme: Fire Is Everyone’s Fight During National Fire Prevention Week, which is October 9-15 we focus our attention on fire safety and prevention. You know, of course, that you should practice fire safety all year long. Many potential fire hazards will be alleviated if we simply would take the steps needed to fireproof our […]

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No Weigh 3 Ingredient Crockpot Soap

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No weigh 3 ingredient cropcpot soap using the hot process method | PreparednessMama

You can make a batch of plain soap in just a few hours. Making soap is fun. It’s fun to see the chemical reaction as the process unfolds. It can be a wonderful creative process as you choose which ingredients to use. It’s also a lot of work for a product you have to wait […]

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Mother Earth News Online Summit

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Register today for The Mother Earth News Online Summit starting 10/31/16 | PreparednessMama

All the great speakers without the travel expenses! Earlier this year I had the opportunity to attend a Mother Earth News Fair in Belton Texas. I had a wonderful experience exploring various booths and listening to speakers on the topics I was interested in. The fair was a two-day event but we only had time […]

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100+ Projects to Make with Food Scraps

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100+ DIY Food Scrap Projects. It's like getting free cleaning, bath, and gift items! | PreparednessMama

An Old-Fashioned “waste not, want not” recipe and resource book by JES at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth I have admired Jes and her wonderful herb posts for a while now. She really has her herbal pantry put together nicely and I strive to be as organized as she is. Recently I found that she […]

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Calendula Herbal Recipes for Health & Gifts

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Calendula herbal recipes to make at home | PreparednessMama

Don’t miss growing this old-fashioned favorite. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go plant shopping at a local nursery with a friend and we stumbled upon the humble Calendula officinalis plant. She had never heard of it, probably because it is hard to find at nurseries. It has such wonderful healing properties, that […]

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Back to School Preparedness

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School is back in session. Do your kids know what to do in an emergency? Make a back to school preparedness plan | PreparednessMama

It’s time to update the plan Yay! (Insert happy dance). School is back in session and I can hardly contain my happiness at having order, (or something like it) return to my home. Even the chaos of the first month while getting settled in school is superior to the craziness of summer break. I love the […]

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Lemon Verbena Simple Syrup

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Preserve the harvest with lemon verbena simple syrup | PreparednessMama

Today I’m making lemon verbena simple syrup as a quick way to preserve my harvest.  Lemon verbena is my favorite herb. It smells wonderfully fresh and inviting. I think it has the best lemon fragrance, even better than lemon balm, and right up there with fresh lemon. I planted a lemon verbena hedge of twelve […]

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DIY Liquid Herbal Bath Soap

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This easy DIY herbal bath soap is ready in minutes and uses herbs you already have at home. Makes a great frugal gift | PreparednessMama

My vegetable garden may not have produced very well this year, but the herbs went wild. I’ve preserved lemon verbena, lavender, lemon balm, calendula, and mint – just to name a few. I like to use these to make fabulous frugal gifts that my friends love. Who says a gift has to be expensive! This […]

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Cast-Iron Cooking by Rachael Narins

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Seasoning my cast iron skillets with instructions from Cast-Iron Cooking by Rachael Narins | PreparednessMama

Recipes & tips for getting the most out of your cast-iron cookware Several years ago I bought a cute cast-iron cookware set from I forget where. I say cute because the bottom is a beautiful shade of green enamel, which I adore. It came with a 4-quart dutch oven and two sizes of skillets. These beautiful […]

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How to Dehydrate Cilantro for a Steady Supply

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Preserve the harvest by Dehydrating Cilantro | PreparednessMama

It’s been a hot summer in Texas with temperatures at 90° and above for months now. That means that I’ve not been able to grow lettuce, spinach, or cilantro in my garden. It’s too darn hot for those cool weather crops. Sometimes though, you just need a bit of cilantro to freshen up a dish. […]

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30 Days of Preparedness Challenge

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Put on your armor and be prepared! Join us for this year's 30 Days of Preparedness Challenge | PreparednessMama

Welcome to National Preparedness Month! This marks the 5th year that PreparednessMama has participated in National Preparedness Month. We use this time to year to reassess our supplies and restock important items that we may need for the upcoming winter months. This year I’ve put together a giant list of posts that you can use […]

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Be a Food Preservation Planner

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Do you know what will heppen with every piece of produce from your harvest?You need a food preservation planner | PreparednessMama

Next year have a plan for every piece of produce. Do you plan what you are going to do with your garden produce ahead of time? Well, eat it of course, but what else? Sometimes I find myself with a box of peaches that I couldn’t pass up from the grocery store and think ” […]

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My Daily Kefir Grain Routine

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After a serious bout with pneumonia i doubled down on my kefir grains. This is my kefir grain routine. It takes about 5 minutes to process each day | PreparednessMama

It only takes 5 minutes every morning. This summer I had pneumonia. It was my first time being seriously sick and also the first time that I had to endure an extended stay in the hospital. They pumped me full of antibiotics for six days. Guess what. It completely destroyed all the good bacteria in […]

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How to Save Heirloom Tomato Seed

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How to save heirloom tomato seeds using the fermentation process | PreparednessMama

Seed Self-Reliance This year I grew Mortgage Lifter tomatoes, an heirloom variety known for its huge fruit and excellent taste. You’ve got to love the name! Unfortunately, the plants did not do well in my new garden plot and I only had a few tomatoes for fresh eating. Fortunately, I gave a few plants to […]

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Make Your Own Sweet Onion Sauce

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A healthy alternative: Make your own sweet onion sauce with no preservatives and replace store bought dressing | PreparednessMama

A healthy alternative to store bought dressing My family has a thing for sweet onions. We buy them by the bag and they are, by far, our preferred onion. We always have a lot of them in the pantry. There is one drawback to sweet onions. They just don’t last long as a fresh onion.  They […]

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When the House Goes Quiet

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When the house goes quiet - recognize hearing loss in loved ones | PreparednessMama

Recognizing hearing loss in a loved one Several years ago when my kids were teens I thought I was losing my hearing.  I was constantly asking my family to repeat themselves; it felt like I couldn’t hear all their sentences. They found it quite annoying! Eventually, they insisted that I go get a hearing test. I […]

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The Backyard Bread & Pizza Oven

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Book Review: Building an outdoor bread pizza oven | PreparednessMama

An off-grid cooking method you’re going to love My friend Teri Page lives a wonderful, off-grid homestead life in Missouri. It’s pretty awesome the way her family makes their tiny house homestead work. The latest addition to her outdoor kitchen (which I’m completely envious of) is a bread and pizza oven. Wow! In her new […]

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Camping Your Way to Preparedness

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Camping for Preparedness with the Kids | PreparednessMama

Camping teaches important survival skills and provides opportunities to sharpen them. Summer has been super crazy and super busy for my family this year. Unfortunately, it means we haven’t been able to go camping or hiking yet. My husband can attest to the fact I get a little high strung if I don’t get a […]

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10 Free Disaster Apps to Have in Your Pocket

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10 Free disaster apps to have in your pocket | PreparednessMama

These 10 disaster apps just might save your life! Isn’t technology wonderful! Every day businesses create new ways for you to learn about local and global disasters, stay connected with those you care about, and get a handle on what it means to be prepared. A disaster app is what you need. These 10 free […]

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Use Dry Pack Canning Methods to Preserve Food

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5 Ways to store food using dry pack canning techniques | PreparednessMama

5 Ways to Store Food Long-Term Dry Pack Canning is the process used to  store foods that have less than 10% moisture and are low in oil content. When properly done, these items will last a long time, maybe even 30 years under certain conditions. We’ve talked in the past about the reasons to have extra […]

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How to Make Stevia Syrup

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Growing & Preserving DIY Stevia Leaf at Self Reliant School | PreparednessMama

DIY Stevia Leaf Uses – Make Syrup and Liquid Extract Stevia is pretty amazing. With winter frost protection you can grow it just about anywhere, and depending on how you grow it, you can harvest leaf that is 15 times sweeter than sugar. I’d call that a hand food storage item to have around! In […]

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How to Make Infused Vinegar

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nfused vinegar for cooking, cleaning & remedies. 24+ recipes included | PreparednessMama

Plus over 20 ways to use it in food, cleaning, and herbal remedies Making infused vinegar is one of the first herbal preparations I learned. This simple technique can be used on any herb, fruit, or vegetable that suits your creative experiments. Once you know how easy it is to make you’ll never purchase expensive flavored […]

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3 Ways to Use Dandelion Root Tea

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3 ways to use dandelion root tea (with recipes) | PreparednessMama

Do you let dandelions grow in your garden? You know exactly how important it is to have dark, leafy greens as part of your diet. You know the many health benefits associated with kale and spinach and Swiss chard, and you know that the antioxidants in green tea help keep you calm while also preventing […]

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The Make Ahead Kitchen

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The Make Ahead Kitchen: 75 Slow-cooker, Freezer, and Prepared Meals by Annalise Thomas | PreparednessMama

75 Slow-cooker, Freezer, and Prepared Meals for the Busy Lifestyle Years ago when my family lived outside of Seattle we belonged to a make ahead meal group. We would plan our menu and the organizers would purchase the ingredients for 2 weeks of meals.  We would go to their kitchen and bag it all up […]

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How to Dehydrate Sweet Peppers

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How to dehydrate sweet peppers | PreparednessMama

This year I have a bumper crop of sweet peppers. So far I’ve harvested 45 fruits from the garden. What do you do with 40+ sweet peppers? First, we had a wonderful stuffed bell pepper dinner with our fresh from the garden crop. Delightful! Try a recipe from here, here, or for one with a twist […]

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Hand-Milled Acne Soap

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Hand-milled acne soap is easy to make with store bought soap and dried herbs. You'll be scrubbing up in a few hours | PreparednessMama

With store bought soap and dried herbs This acne fighting hand-milled soap is a family favorite and has worked well to clear up many a breakout. We keep a bar in each shower so it is always within arms reach. It is not necessary to know how to make your own soap while creating this acne […]

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The June Garden in Texas Zone 8b

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Garden success and failure in Central Texas garden zone 8b. | PreparednessMama

Take a photo tour of my June garden Welcome to the garden tour, we’re glad you’re here! Most of you may be finishing up your planting and are looking forward to the summer harvest. Here in Central Texas, the garden has been cranked up for a few months and the harvest will come to an […]

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15+ Ways to Use Ginger Syrup and How to Make it

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15+ ways to use ginger syrup and how to make it | PreparednessMama

Candied ginger is one of my favorite treats. It’s sweet and spicy, and a just little piece satisfies my usual afternoon sugar craving. Ginger is very good for you, packing a punch of anti-inflammatory benefits and is known to alleviate indigestion, general nausea, upset tummy, morning sickness, motion sickness, and stomach flu. I ran out of […]

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Join a Food Swap Near You

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How to join or create your own food swap and 80+ recipes that will leave their mouths watering for more. Part how to, part cookbook, you'll be sharing and swapping in no time | PreparednessMama

 Specialty Recipes for Bartering, Sharing & Giving What if you could get together with a group of like-minded people, once a month, and share your passion for homemade food. Would you do it? These people love the same things you do: growing, raising, and making food that most people buy. It’s a creative way to […]

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Herb Profile: Moringa Benefits + a Giveaway

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Herb Profile: Moringa Benefits | PreparednessMama.

Moringa was a new addition to my garden last year and I’m continually impressed with its health benefits. I received a root cutting from Blue Yonder Urban Farm at the end of March last year and it has come back as a healthy plant this year. I’m excited to begin using Moringa in my herb […]

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How to Repurpose Glass Jars

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How to repurpose glass jars into something spectacular for your pantry storage | PreparednessMama

I have a collection of Tostitos Queso Dip glass jars that I’ve been saving for quite some time. In fact, I love to use them for storage so much that I moved them all the way from Oregon to Texas. Today is the day that I’m going to repurpose those glass jars into something spectacular. […]

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A Lazy Gardener Struggles to Cage her Tomatoes

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Caging tomatoes lazy gardener style - A lazy gardener struggles to cage her overgrown tomato plants | PreparednessMama

This year while I was busy creating a new garden I got lazy with my tomatoes. They were planted on time and given nutrients. I even spent a few weekends pinching out suckers to give them plenty of room to grow. What I did not do was purchase tomato cages to contain them. Now this lazy […]

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Vegetable Families and Crop Rotation

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Crop rotation by vegetable families. I use a four year cycle to help cut down on soil disease and build soil health | PreparednessMama

Planning Your Garden Crop Rotation Schedules One of the easiest ways to prevent disease in the garden is to practice crop rotation. Basically, it means that you should not grow the same kind of crops in the same place every year. Best practices call for rotating related crops through your garden beds on a 3 or […]

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Prepper’s Communication Handbook

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Prepper's Communication Handbook by Jim Cobb. A must read if you want to stay connected during a disaster | PreparednessMama

Lifesaving Strategies for Staying in Contact During and After a Disaster. Communication is one of the most important things that is missing during a disaster. If we become separated from our loved ones, the stress of not knowing can be intense. We also need information about the disaster and what to do next. The new […]

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Potatoes in Grow Bags

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Try your hand at growing potatoes in grow bags. Easy to control the soil and watering requirements | PreparednessMama

Overcoming rocky ground This year in eager anticipation of my new garden being tilled, I purchased Red Lasoda seed potatoes from a local nursery. I had dreams of a luscious harvest summer and  began sprouting them so they would get a good start. Tilling day arrived and I learned the awful truth about how rocky my […]

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Mint, Calendula, & Plantain Herbal Bath Salts

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Make your own herbal bath salts with this recipe | PreparednessMama

How to make your own herbal bath salts….and other homemade products I collect recipes. Useful recipes for soaps, lotions, creams, and cleaning products. I have too many to count and I’m sure there are more to collect. These recipes often give me the inspiration to create my own variations and I love seeing what creative things […]

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7 Tips for an Effective Emergency Drill

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7 Steps to an Effective Emergency Drill | PreparednessMama

Planning and practice are the keys. Emergency drills are one of the most important ways to be prepared. You’ve worked hard to have all your food storage, emergency plans, and bug out kits together, but it mean little if you haven’t practiced enough to put them into action. We all remember the fire drills from grade […]

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Grow These 12 Fruits for a Year Round Supply

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Growing fruit at home is easier than you think. Use this handy infographic to get started with the 12 most popular fruits for the home gardener | PreparednessMama

Growing fruit at home is not as tricky as you might think. We all know that fruits have a lot of health benefits, but growing them at home provides many advantages. Not only you are assured of a constant supply of fresh fruits, but tending to them right in your own backyard also adds physical […]

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5 Ways to Save Money

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5 ways to save money. How my family paid of $10k in debt last year | PreparednessMama

How my family paid off $10k in debt last year I’m always looking for a way to save a buck around our homestead. In fact, I think it’s the smart thing to do. If you’re not vigilant everyday costs just keep creeping up and creeping up, and before you know it there’s another $50 going out […]

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Canning 101: Canning Equipment

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Where should you begin? Most items suitable for canning can already be found in your kitchen. Next look at garage sales and then follow our recommendations. For under $50 you can have the tools to preserve your own food | PreparednessMama

Small investment, Big return By now you have planned and maybe even planted your garden in the hopes of preserving the harvest in months to come. Even if you don’t have room for a garden you can still preserve fruits and vegetables purchased from the grocer. This week I got a killer deal on asparagus! Start […]

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Expiration Dates on Food Storage- Know When to Throw

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Expiration dates on food storage - Know When to Throw | PreparednessMama

Are you wasting food because of confusing dates? I love to get a good deal on the usual supplies I keep in my pantry. Mayo, mustard, ketchup, peanut butter – sometimes cake mixes and nuts. You can usually get a good price at the discount stores, but you have to pay close attention to the […]

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25+ Resources for Teaching Kids About Disasters

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25+ Resources for teaching kids about disasters | PreparednessMama

…without scaring them As parents, we try to shelter our kids from “scary” things. It’s a mixture of love, a desire to protect, and if we are honest – we like to sleep – so we minimize the possibility of nightmares as much as possible. Disasters are about as easy to talk light heatedly about […]

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The Made From Scratch Life

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Looking for inspiration from a seasoned homesteader? The Made from Scratch Life by melissa K Norris | PreparednessMama

Simple Ways to Create a Natural Home Do you long for a simple life, one that follows the ebb and flow of seasons? Perhaps homesteading on acreage sounds fine in theory, but you’re not sure you could actually pull it off.  Melissa K Norris does it every day and her new book, The Made from […]

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10 Principles of Preparedness

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Use the 10 principles of preparedness to greate your foundation | PreparednessMama

Create a foundation to build on. Principle: a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning. Sometimes we need a reminder to continue to prepare. It is easy to become complacent and fall back to our old ways. Even preparedness gals […]

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Why You Should Make Homemade Beauty Products

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Review: Homemade Beauty Essentials by Jessica Lane |PreparednessMama

Make Your Own Natural Body Products by Jessica E. Lane. I collect herbal recipes. It’s one of my quirks. I just love to see the creative recipes that people come up with. Yes it is kind of crazy the number of recipes I have (probably in the hundreds) and you might think I should have enough. […]

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Planting a Lavender Hedge

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How to plant a lavender hedge for a beautiful garden windbreak | PreparednessMama

Make a beautiful windbreak for your garden There are few herbs that bring as much delight as lavender. Its sweet smell and beautiful color brighten any home garden. Scent and color aside, lavender is a hard worker too, providing flowers for cooking, crafting, and herbal preparations.  Lavender also mounds nicely into hedges to enhance your […]

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4 Paths to Your Food Storage Plan

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4 Paths to Your Food Storage Plan | PreparednessMama

Looking for a ways to put together a solid food storage plan? Try these ideas. I find it’s best to constantly evaluate my food storage plan. I evaluate it for overall cost, making sure I get the best deal on my purchases. I am also open to new preservation techniques (I’m trying my hand at […]

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The Habit of Preparedness

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Getting into the grove with the habit of preparedness | PreparednessMama

Preparedness is more than a checklist I’ve been at the business of being prepared for quite some time. Its something we talk about being “done” with. But are we really ever “done” with being prepared? Take your survival kit for example. You race to finish it for National Preparedness Month last year. Check! Guess what it’s […]

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Expandable Garden Hose + Giveaway

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Tools : Expandable Garden Hose | PreparednessMama

Simple tools make gardening easier Spade, shovel, fork and hoe; these are all important tools to the home gardener. We’d be hard pressed to get our garden beds in shape without them. A good garden tool makes all the difference in the amount of work we have to do and a well made tool takes […]

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7 Reasons to Attend a Preparedness Fair

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7 Reasons to Attend a Preparedness Fair and how to find them | PreparednessMama

…and how to find them Do you have an area of preparedness that you’d like to be better at? Maybe you’re looking for new food storage ideas, or gathering information to make your garden more productive. You will find all of this – and more – at a preparedness fair in your town. Whether they […]

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How to Dehydrate Spinach

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If you purchase fresh produce in bulk it can be sometimes be hard to eat it all before it goes bad. Learn how to dehydrate spinach and always have a supply | PreparednessMama

…and why you should. We are trying to eat healthier at our house by having a salad every day at lunch. We are also trying to do this on a budget, which can sometimes be problematic. I’m sure you’ve noticed that fresh, organic produce just costs more. I get around that by purchasing our food in as big […]

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How to Make Hand Milled Soap

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How to make hand milled soap from homemade or purchased soap base| PreparednessMama

Turn plain soap into into something special! Years ago when I learned to make my own soap I also learned a handy trick for reusing those little bits of leftover soap that seem useless. You can make hand milled soap with those bits and create useful bars. The frugal gal in me loves that nothing […]

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The Off Grid Homestead

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Would you go off grid if you could? The thought of going completely off grid may intrigue you. Would you be able to survive, without some amount of complaining, if you didn’t have city water, a tether to the electric grid, and an indoor bathroom? For each of us the answer is different, but I know […]

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Last Frost Date Planting Worksheet

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Download the Last Frost Date Planting Worksheet and get a jump on your seed starting schedule | PreparednessMama

Get a jump on your spring planting schedule It’s the time of year to think about starting your seeds, but how do you keep track of planting dates? I find it a struggle to remember what seeds need to be planted when. I don’t know about you, but every year I have these big hopes for […]

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DIY Preparedness – Get Ready One Project at a Time

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DIY Preparedness | PreparednessMama

Each step toward self-reliance is one less reason to be concerned about the future The thing that I find encouraging about preparedness is the fact that you can do it a bit at a time and you can do it yourself. If you don’t have the money go to out and buy a years worth […]

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Winter Travel Car Kit – Don’t Leave Home Without It

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Make sure you have a winter travel car kit | PreparednessMama

Your winter travel car kit can take the unexpected by storm. I’m a big baby when it come to traveling in the snow so for me winter travel can be stressful, you never know what kind of conditions you might have to face. I thought it would be a good idea to review the items […]

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Weekly Cleaning Schedule

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Make your own personalized weekly cleaning schedule and never spring clean again | PreparednessMama

What if you could have a clean house in just 20 minutes a day… I really dislike cleaning. Especially deep cleaning. You know, the top to bottom kind kind of cleaning that most people get a hankering to do in the spring.  I ran across this handy weekly cleaning schedule from fix-dot-com and thought it […]

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I’m in a Dinner Planning Rut

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Getting out of my dinner planning rut with the Cooking From Scratch books being offered in the Back to Basics Living Bundle | PreparednessMama

…but I found a promising solution This weekend I had a long talk with my husband and we lamented about our apparent inability to come up with anything creative in dinner planning. Do you get like that? You seem to eat the same thing every week because it’s easier than coming up with new ideas. Our dinner planning rut starts […]

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Natural Garden Pest Control Methods

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There are many alternatives for natural garden pest control. Use one in your garden this year | PreparednessMama

This is my first year gardening in Texas and I’ve become acquainted with the grasshopper. Let me tell you these bugs are big, measuring in at 2 to 3 inches long.  And they eat a lot.  I’ve caught them on more than one occasion nibbling the broccoli. They land on the moringa and move around […]

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