Animal Predators on the Homestead

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Bobcat tracks. Identifying predators on the homestead can be difficult | PreparednessMama

Do you know what predators are eyeing your homestead animals? Learn how to recognize and prepare for 50 common animal predators on the homestead. Several years ago we lived on a beautiful, wooded piece of land in the Oregon Cascade foothills. The pine trees were abundant and so were the predators, although the latter were […]

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How to Organize a Preparedness Fair

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Will you organize a preparedness fair this year? Aim for hands on, enjoyable activities instead of giving a bunch of information download. You'll find tons of ideas in this post | PreparednessMama

Will you organize a preparedness fair this year? Aim for hands on, enjoyable activities instead of giving a bunch of information download. You’ll find tons of ideas in this post. As August creeps in on us, the temperatures inch upward and school supplies start taking over the stores. With September and National Preparedness Month looming […]

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What is Canning Salt and Can You Substitute Other Salts?

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How to make your own canning salt is this weeks feature on Front Porch Friday | PreparednessMama

It goes by many different names, NaCl, Halite (also known as rock salt), sodium chloride, or salt. This crystalline mineral has been used for over 8,000 years in food flavorings, trade, religious rituals, and has caused wars because of its scarcity and benefits. It has been used to preserve meats primarily for many thousands of […]

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7 Tips for Saving Garden Leftovers

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Your summer garden is winding down, what can you do with the last bit of the harvest? Saving garden leftovers is a cost saving idea every grower should embrace | PreparednessMama

Your summer garden is winding down, what can you do with the last bit of the harvest? Saving garden leftovers is a cost saving idea every grower should embrace. Gardening is fun, but it also requires a lot of work. There’s planning, planting, weeding, watering, and of course the harvest. At the end of the […]

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No Fat Dehydrator Zucchini Chips

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No bake, no fat, very tasty! Dehydrator zucchini chips | PreparednessMama

Dehydrator Zucchini Chips are so tasty that your family will gobble them up. You’ll have a hard time getting them from the dehydrator to the storage bag. Our family loves chips and dip, especially in the summer when we are having family gatherings and BBQ’s. Have you taken a look at the preservative and fat […]

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3 Secrets of a Prepared Pantry

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When you have a stocked pantry, you can have affordable, healthy meals every day. These secrets to a prepared pantry save you time, money, and worry | PreparednessMama

When you have a stocked pantry, you can have affordable, healthy meals every day. These secrets to a prepared pantry save you time, money, and worry. Busy families go in a hundred directions, and it can be a struggle to get healthy, home-cooked meals on the table every day. One late class, a sick child, […]

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How to Build a Compost Pile at Home

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One of the easiest projects that you can do when it comes to gardening is to build a compost pile. It is also one of the most important parts of your garden | PreparednessMama

One of the easiest projects that you can do when it comes to gardening is to build a compost pile. It is also one of the most important parts of your garden, helping with fall cleanup and soil improvement. Typically, all that organic material needs to begin breaking down is exposure to the elements and […]

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Dinner Planning with Freezer Meals + Tips

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Dinner planning with freezer meals can be easy, but thinking ahead and planning is the key. Be super smart, and save time and money with these dinner ideas | PreparednessMama

The freezer meal philosophy is a simple but powerful one. Make a plan for next week’s meals, purchase the ingredients, and make the meals ahead of time. Some people actually do all the cooking and then package the meals for freezer storage, others put the raw ingredients together and freeze it so it’s ready to […]

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Know the Risk: Wildfire Preparedness Before You Need It

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If you live in an area that is susceptible to wildfire, it can be scary. Your best course of action is to know the risk, be aware and prepare for wildfires | PreparednessMama

Be Aware and Prepare If you live in an area that is susceptible to wildfire, it can be scary. Your best course of action is to know the risk, be aware and prepare for wildfires. For our last seven years in Oregon, we lived in a wonderful little town of 2500 people called Estacada.  It is […]

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9 Steps to Finding Local Disasters

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9 Steps to Finding Local Disaster Information for your area of the USA | PreparednessMama

Do you know what to prepare for? I used to live in the Pacific Northwest, where there is a real chance of major earthquakes. Most residents are aware of it and smart ones will, at the minimum, have an earthquake kit under their bed. Then I moved to Texas and needed to learn to prepare […]

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How to Effectively Pull Off Long Term Water Storage

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Are you prepared to effectively pull off long term water storage? Because the greatest and most immediate need in the event of an emergency will be water | PreparednessMama

One of the greatest and most immediate needs in the event of an emergency will be water.  Imagine the storm of the century, tornado, tsunami or a whole host of other factors hitting your area.  Are you prepared? Imagine a fire hits your location and you, along with the next several towns, are evacuated.  Have […]

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Grow Salads in Pots & Tubs

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How to Grow Salads in Pots & Tubs. You can have fresh salad fixings within easy reach | PreparednessMama

For around $10 you can grow fresh salad fixings to harvest for months We are eating salads most every night now. They’re healthy and I love the variety I can get by having a different mix of greens each night. The fixings can get expensive, especially if I want to eat organic.  Here’s a simple way […]

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Teaching Situational Awareness to Kids

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We can be blissfully unaware of our surroundings and distracted much more than we realize. Teaching situational awareness to kids can be lifesaving | PreparednessMama

We can be blissfully unaware of our surroundings and distracted much more than we realize. Teaching situational awareness to kids can be lifesaving. Being married to a soldier changes how you view the world. Especially if you have a spouse who has served overseas and in combat. They struggle with crowded or confusing places and […]

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DIY Sunflower Petal Hand Balm

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Sunflower petal hand balm is delightful. After long winter months, your skin may be craving additional moisture. Use this balm to heal and soothe your skin. | PreparednessMama

Sunflower petal hand balm is delightful. After the long winter months, your skin may be craving additional moisture. This wonderfully fragrant ointment can be used to heal and soothe the skin, taking full advantage of the herbal and medicinal properties of the ingredients. Usually, people create lip balms, which are used to provide a protective layer on […]

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DIY 72 Hour Emergency Food Kit

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DIY 72 Hour Emergency Food Kit

For around $20 you can create a 72 Hour Emergency Food Kit This project is designed to help you create economical, easy, and individual 72-hour Emergency Food Kits to include in your Bug Out Bag. If you need to leave your home, this portable kit is easy to carry and reasonably light. The water supply, […]

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Companion Planting Basics

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Get companion planting basics for tomato, beans, peppers, and squash. Implement companion planting in your garden and have a bumper crop this year. | PreparednessMama

Implement companion planting in your garden The practice of companion planting has been around for generations. We see the principle working brilliantly when the three sisters – corn, beans, and squash – are planted together. Each crop is doing its part to sustain the other. “Companion planting is about marrying plants that work well together […]

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Smart People Include Cash in their EDC Bag

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Does your EDC include cash? EDC or Every Day Carry is a term that preppers use when they talk about their everyday supplies | PreparednessMama

Does Your EDC Include Cash? Every Day Carry, or EDC, is a term that preppers use when they talk about their everyday supplies.  You probably call it something different – maybe a purse, wallet, or your pants pocket. No matter what you carry your supplies in, your EDC should include cash. Actual cash is not […]

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Grow a Bumper Crop of Basil in Containers

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Basil is one of the most popular herbs to grow for culinary creations and you can easily grow basil in containers. Find out how to get a bumper crop for pesto and cooking | PreparednessMama

Basil and containers go together Basil is one of the most popular herbs to grow for culinary creations and you can easily grow basil in containers. After all, who can resist a batch of fresh pesto made from basil growing in your own yard! As soon as the weather turns I begin growing basil in […]

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Raspberry Pink Grapefruit Chia Seed Jam

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Raspberry pink grapefruit chia seed jam is a wonderfully tart jam that works well on your morning toast or yogurt. Try this naturally healthy recipe | PreparednessMama

Thicken Homemade Jam with Chia Seeds Did you know that you can substitute chia seed to thicken your jam instead of using pectin? If can be a quick way to prepare a simple jam using only natural ingredients. It also makes a great gift. Be aware that research is not clear about whether you can […]

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Growing a Lavender Hedge Year 2

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There isn't much maintenance with my lavender hedge year 2, it's looking great. A bit of compost and a bit of cleaning and you’ll be enjoying a wonderfully fragrant summer harvest | PreparednessMama

Last year I put a new garden in my Central Texas yard. It’s a 30×50 foot experiment that’s been a lot of fun. I’ve had successes and failures a plenty as I learn to garden in the South. The biggest success is my lavender hedge. Year two looks to be even better than the last. […]

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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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