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Old world self-sufficiency in a new world ...
So much of our lives literally revolves around the kitchen. We eat all our meals together there, sharing the day's challenges and successes. It served as the school room and the family room for playing games. Plans for the day and the future are discussed and solidified over food and drink. The bills get paid, records are kept and taxes figured there. Seeds are spread on the table while planning the garden and jars are sorted and filled there at harvest time. Quilts and clothes get cut and sewn on that table. Neighbors and friends are always welcome to share a cup of coffee and baked goods of the day. Wonderful memories reside in the kitchen while delightful new, little people come to add their chapters.

Nothing is Easier than Pickles

Posted by Pam on 7/10/2017 to Canning
Nothing is Easier than Pickles
Who eats boiled cucumbers? Right, nobody!
But most "FDA approved" recipes result in a mushy product.

Here's a dependable old fermentation style pickle recipe that simply can't be any more simple.

Shouldn’t the Spring Equinox be New Year’s Day?

Posted by Pam Molloy on 3/25/2017 to General Homesteading
Shouldn’t the Spring Equinox be New Year’s Day?
Monday was the first day of Spring .  Kidding season begins, buds on the aspen trees and daffodils pushing up, rocks on the lawn left by the snowplow. As I stripped off my coat and got down to work, I pondered the real significance of the Spring Equinox.

Spring Conditions Can Cause Travel Hazards

Posted by Pam Molloy on 3/10/2017 to Preparedness
Spring Conditions Can Cause Travel Hazards
"Cabin Fever / Spring Fever" has led many a traveler into dangerous situations. Just like FEMA, the US Forest Service publishes recommendations to be prepared.

The Guardian Elite Survival Kit Is An Efficient Survival Package.

Posted by Pam Molloy on 2/9/2017 to Preparedness
The Guardian Elite Survival Kit Is An Efficient Survival Package.
Prepare yourself for when disaster strikes, or you find yourself in an emergency situation.

I can’t help myself, I was born with two X chromosomes.

Posted by Pam Molloy on 1/23/2017 to Current Events
I can’t help myself, I was born with two X chromosomes.
I just want it ‘out there’ - for the record … I am NOT a nasty woman.

Honesty in Nutritional Labeling

Posted by Pam Molloy on 7/1/2016 to Current Events
Honesty in Nutritional Labeling
You simply have to love honesty!

Determining Which Generator Best Fits Your Needs

Posted by John Molloy on 6/27/2016 to Alternative Energy
Determining Which Generator Best Fits Your Needs

Generators are used in many different ways - as a supplement to or backup for an alternative energy system, in emergencies when power lines are down, on the ranch, construction site, campground, beach - anywhere we want to have power and land lines are not accessible.

Creamed Beets with Rice

Posted by Pam Molloy on 6/22/2016 to Recipes from the Great Depression
Creamed Beets with Rice
You don't need a bunch of fancy ingredients to make ordinary food festive.

"Different" Baked Beans

Posted by Pam Molloy on 6/16/2016 to Recipes from the Great Depression
Sometimes, a single ingredient can make a dish an exciting variation when the palate is exhausted.

Keeping Kids Occupied During Camping

Posted by Brock Cooper on 6/7/2016 to Tips on Tuesday
Keeping Kids Occupied During Camping
For adults, camping can be wonderful vacation, but for many children who are joined at the hip to their cell phones, game systems and general comforts of home, it can be closer to a waking nightmare. Here are some tips to keep your little ones occupied and interested on camping trips.

French Vanilla Mousseline Sauce

Posted by Pam Molloy on 5/17/2016 to Recipes from the Great Depression
French Vanilla Mousseline Sauce
This sauce makes an excellent foundation for a mousseline sauce.
Any sauce may be made mousseline sauce by adding the whites of an egg, beaten stiff, to the sauce while hot.
For a could mousseline sauce add to any cold sauce one-quarter cup whipped cream.

Chocolate Bavarian Pudding

Posted by Pam Molloy on 5/16/2016 to Recipes from the Great Depression
Chocolate Bavarian Pudding
Chilled puddings are a great advantage to the busy housekeeper, as they may be prepared hours before needed, or the day before. There is no last minute hurrying in order to have something ready for a dessert course, and these are delicious in themselves.

Apple Rice Pudding

Posted by Pam Molloy on 5/9/2016 to Recipes from the Great Depression
Apple Rice Pudding
There are six varieties of pudding: steamed, boiled, baked, souffle´, chilled and frozen, Generally speaking, the most popular puddings are the baked, chilled, and souffle´ in the order given.

Hungarian Goulash

Posted by Pam Molloy on 5/1/2016 to Recipes from the Great Depression
Hungarian Goulash
Soups, stews and casseroles are the best ways to "stretch" meat. Adding vegetables and pastas creates bulk that absorbs and blends with the flavor of the meat. This recipe was obviously used in the boarding house but can easily be cut in half or even quartered for today's smaller family.

Who Buys Emergency Preparedness Trauma Kits?

Posted by Brock Cooper on 4/26/2016 to Preparedness
Who Buys Emergency Preparedness Trauma Kits?
One of the questions we get asked a lot about our large-scale first-aid kits is “who buys this stuff?” We have trauma kits for 1,000 people, 500 and for all different situations and most people can’t imagine who might need such a thing. They’re thinking about their little personal first-aid kit that’s in the car or home. It’s good for the occasional scrap or cut, but not for a major emergency.

Extra Energy is Simple

Posted by Pam Molloy on 4/26/2016 to Tips on Tuesday
All you have to do is put some energy food into your diet to replace the lost energy source, blood sugar. Most of us are conditioned to think in terms of candy bars or some expensive energy bar but sticking to a high-protein, vitamin packed diet eliminates empty calories.

Cost Free Calcium

Posted by Pam Molloy on 4/19/2016 to Tips on Tuesday
Cost Free Calcium
Here is a cost-free way to add calcium to the diet.

Pear Custard Pudding

Posted by Pam Molloy on 4/16/2016 to Recipes from the Great Depression
Pear Custard Pudding
Pears have long been considered the aristocrat of fruits. Monarchs grew them in secluded gardens. The names of some of the leading varieties, "Beurre D'Anjou" and "Doyenne Du Comice", suggest their royal origin. Only of recent years and in the rich orchard lands of the Pacific Coast have they been produced commercially in quantities to permit their being a regular part of the family diet. Because of their mildness and sugar-sweetness they can be eaten freely both by children and adults. They contain Vitamins A, B, and C and such minerals as calcium, phosphorous, iron and copper. Unless you plan to eat them immediately, pears should be purchased when slightly under-ripe. They will ripen to perfection at ordinary living room temperature.

This Pear Custard Pudding Recipe from the Great Depression works quite well with canned pears.

Fresh Pear Salads

Posted by Pam Molloy on 4/15/2016 to Recipes from the Great Depression
Fresh Pear Salads

Ripe Pears Add Freshness to Any Meal

A prominent nutritionist who has made a special study of fall and winter pears says: "The pear add minerals ... especially alkaline ones; it provides bulk; it dilutes the caloric value of an otherwise too concentrated diet. Pears will contribute pectin and uronic acid necessary in overcoming abnormal conditions in the stomach and intestine and help to overcome toxins"
"Pears are adaptable to many food purposes. One never tires of them. They add freshness and zest to any meal!"
Did you know that RIPE pears have a gentle laxative effect upon the system?
For complete satisfaction ... be sure they are ripe.

Fresh pears are preferable but canned pear halves can be substituted in these salad recipes with satisfactory results.

Baked Fresh Pears

Posted by Pam Molloy on 4/14/2016 to Recipes from the Great Depression
Baked Fresh Pears
It is economy  to bake a quantity at one time, and keep in icebox or cool place using as needed. Either recipe will remain delicious a week or more.