My friend, Eric, messaged me this week asking how to cook pumpkin for pumpkin pie, so I decided to put together a quick guide for everyone tackling pumpkin cooking for the first time. Sure, it's easy to pop open a can of pumpkin from the store, but cooking pumpkin is also pretty darn easy. Like most fruits and veggies, fresh tastes better! We'll cover how to cook pumpkin in the oven, on the stove and in the microwave. Pumpkin and most other winter squash can be used interchangeably in recipes, so the techniques covered here work for both. [Read more…]
Winter driving can be a pain in the backside. In recent years, many areas of the country have been hit with some heavy snow and ice storms, sometimes unexpectedly. Snow and ice increase the odds of ending up in the ditch. Stay a little safer when you hit the road by preparing yourself, your vehicle and packing an winter emergency car kit. Don't leave home unprepared – stay safe!
Note: Check out “Car Won’t Start in the Cold? Check Out these Troubleshooting Tips” for help with cold weather starts.
One of my favorite things about fall and winter is the availability of fresh citrus. The lower temperatures also mean cold and flu season, not to mention another season that is my favorite – the holiday season! I use citrus to do many things – quench my thirst, treat my colds and inspire my gifts. I let no part of the citrus fruit go to waste. In this post, I'll share some affordable and easy to make homemade citrus gifts that are sure to please. (You can also check out a delicious citrus cider blend in the spiced apple cider recipe roundup.) These gifts are simple enough to make that the kids can lend a hand, making them great for family project times. [Read more…]
How to Make Money Homesteading So You Can Enjoy a Secure, Self-Sufficient Life
“How to Make Money Homesteading So You Can Enjoy a Secure, Self-Sufficient Life” is a new book by Tim Young, author of The Accidental Farmers: An urban couple, a rural calling and a dream of farming in harmony with nature. Tim and his wife, Liz, farmed at Nature's Harmony Farm in Elberton, Georgia. [Read more…]
Our main outbuilding is a combination of garden shed and chicken coop. The main human door is a screened patio door, which opens to the inside of the building. The chicken door was a custom built. As we were building, we left an opening in the wall for the chicken door, but didn't have a chicken door design we really liked. Through trial and error, searching the internet and talking with neighbors, we came up with a solution we believe will work for most chicken coops. [Read more…]