How to Put Up a Snow Fence

How to Put Up Snow Fence - Install Snow Fence to Keep Your Driveway Clear

When I was a little girl up in northwest Wisconsin, we had a lot of Big Snow winters.  The snow started early and lasted all winter long. (Sound familiar?)  The country roads cut through massive snow banks that my friends and I would build tunnels through.  (We always used the buddy system so someone was on the outside to watch for the plow or dig you out if needed.)  One year I made several snow carvings of different animals, each about 5 feet tall – a duck, a horse, a swan – it seems there were others, but I can’t remember now.  Cars would slow down as they passed mom’s place, trying to figure out what those odd shapes were back off the road. 

One of the other fixtures I remember from years ago was grandma’s snow fence.  Grandma had a fairly long, thin driveway, and without the snow fence, I’m sure it would have been blown shut more often than not.  When my brother bought grandma’s place, he planted a treeline where the snowfence had been, which now protects the driveway like the fence protected it for grandma – probably even better.

One of the first things we did when we moved here was to plant windbreak trees, but they’ll take a while to grow.  Like grandma, we have a long, narrow driveway – except it’s even longer than grandma’s was.  Unlike my brother, Rich, we can’t plant trees parallel to it along the whole length, because part of the land upwind from it belongs to our neighbor. 

After spending many days last winter literally stuck at home because the driveway drifted shut almost as soon as it was plowed (see the driveway in the post, ‘The Long Winter), we decided that this year we were going to put up a snow fence in an attempt to keep the driveway passable.  Since my husband will be home again this winter instead of working out of town (yeah!), he needs to be able to get out reliably to get to work.  Our neighbor used a short section of snow fence for one of his worst drifting spots last winter and it worked well, so he was cool with us running fencing through his field just for the winter.  (He does our plowing, too, so I know he’d appreciate it if the driveway stayed plowed for a while.)  In this post I’ll discuss why and how snow fence is used, so you can decide if you’d like to use it for your home. [Read more…]

Preparedness Month Mega Giveaway – 7 Winners, $1450 in Prizes

Preparedness Month Mega Giveaway - 7 Winners, $1450 in Prizes - The perfect way to either begin your preparedness journey or add to your preps.

The Prepared Bloggers are wrapping up Preparedness Month with a super mega jumbo preparedness giveaway!  Seven winners, over $1450 in prizes – a pretty nice way to kick off fall.  :-)  These prizes are the perfect way to either begin your preparedness journey or add to your preps.  

We are proud to partner with 6 great companies for seven great prizes. Each winner will win one of the following prizes listed below. The giveaway starts September 22nd, 2014 @12:15 am (CST) and ends September 29th, 2014 @ 11:55 pm (CST). This giveaway is open to anyone 18 years of age and older who is a US resident of the 48 Continental US States only. Each winner will be sent an email and the winner must respond within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen. [Read more…]

Getting Started With Dutch Oven Cooking

Dutch Oven Cooking - Cook anywhere and anyplace. Indoors, outdoors, in a stove, over a fire, in a hearth, on a wood stove, even in a sun oven. #castiron #castironcooking

If you can cook in a dutch oven you can cook anywhere and anyplace–literally and figuratively.  Yes, you can cook indoors and outdoors, in a stove, over a fire, in a hearth, on a wood stove, even in a sun oven, which is all pretty amazing. But there is something about that knowledge that spills into other parts of your culinary life.  Maybe, it’s the nostalgic images of our ancestors cooking over an open flame in a dutch oven that gives you confidence that the way has been paved, perhaps it’s simply the knowledge that if you can’t get it to work the way you want with one method you can find another, or maybe it’s just the attitude of if they’re hungry they’ll eat it as people have done for centuries because what is cooking in the dutch oven is what’s for dinner.

Getting Started with Dutch Oven Cooking

Dutch ovens can be made of ceramic, clay, or cast iron. I will be focusing on cast iron dutch ovens in this post as they are the most common and most versatile dutch ovens. [Read more…]

WaterBrick – Easy Water Storage – Giveaway

WaterBrick Stackable Easy to Use Water Storage Giveaway @ Common Sense Homesteading Aug 4th-10th, 2014 - How much water storage you need.  How to Filter Microcystin Toxins.

“TOLEDO, Ohio –- It’s too soon to tell if the water is safe in Toledo, Gov. John Kasich said Sunday.

The toxin microcystin, found in Lake Erie, polluted the water supply early Saturday morning. Residents have been without running water for more than 24 hours.” (source)

Would you be ready if your water suddenly got shut off or was unsafe to drink?  We should all have some water storage on hand, and a way to filter any available water.  The WaterBrick is an easy to use, portable water storage option.

How much water do you need for emergencies?

  • 1/2 Gallon (2 Liters) per day, per person for drinking and cooking
  • 1/2 Gallon (2 Liters) per day per person for hygiene (washing, teeth cleaning, dishes, etc)

Minimum water storage = 1 gallon per person per day = 14 gallons per person for 2 weeks = 56 gallons per a family of four for 2 weeks

Under “normal” conditions, the average person in the US uses over 16 gallons per day, so you could blow through two weeks of water storage in a day if you are careless. [Read more…]

Titan Ready USA HERCulean Giveaway

Titan Ready USA HERCulean Giveaway - Win a HERC (Home Emergency Radiant Cooking) oven or a Hydrant Water Storage System, ready to load with 100 gallons of emergency water storage.

The Prepared Bloggers are always looking for ways to help our loyal readers be prepared for the unexpected. We are so grateful to team up with Titan Ready USA for this fabulous giveaway. We all know we need water, and we need a way to cook our meals. These units are just what the doctor ordered when it comes to being properly prepared. We will have four winners in this giveaway. One winner will win one of the following items listed below. The giveaway starts July 14th, 2014 @12:15 am (CST) and ends July 21st, 2014 @ 11:55 pm (CST). This giveaway is open to anyone 18 years of age and older who is a resident of the USA. This giveaway is open to residents of the 48 Continental US States only. Each winner will be sent an email and the winner must respond within 24 hours or another one winner will be chosen. We are so excited for this giveaway! Who couldn’t use these awesome items?!

Titan Ready USA HERCulean Giveaway

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