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My Top 3 Easy Water Bath Canning Items For Your First Time!

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Alright, alrighty you hungry ass friends… I get it. You want me to tell you how EASY it is to preserve your food! Its SOO easy. Seriously I think water bath canning has to take the same amount of energy as it takes to boil eggs/noodles/potatoes! I’ve been on a path of homesteading/self sustainability and preserving food” for probably close to 7-8 years now and I have run the whole gammet of “food prep to preserving”. I started out with the cute homemade lunches and continually improving my dinner game and the occasional batch of my moms “famous” beef jerky. Then I moved into couponing and collecting an almost “prepper storage” status, the freezer meals and starting to dehydrate all the things followed while I was also just starting to really get into small scale gardening and raising rabbits for meat. When we moved into our last home it was…

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5 Ways To Use Your Homemade Infused Vinegars

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The more I dive into making my own homemade… everything… the more I laugh at how I have become. The thing is I have been throughly enjoying my quest through the zero-waste, less plastic, minimalistic, reduce reuse, repair, recycle… I know its some crunchy asss shit. But now I am using my own homemade infused vinegar like a CRUCHY ASS BOSS! But I am not working right now. I am a stay at home mom and I really enjoy the challenges that are involved in learning how to make things from scratch and with my (or our) own hands. I love it. Within this challenge to become the best naturalist I can be… I have fallen in love with the use and beauty of plain ole vinegar. Its actually quite amazing how many different ways you can uses of infused vinegar! Heres a list of ways I use vinegar: Non-Tox…

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Easy Homemade Bagels

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Baking has always scared me… mostly because it takes measuring and I rarely measure (exact) food items, which results in failure for baking. BUT its like playing with playdough… and who doesn’t remember doing that ?! Whilst broken down here in Valdosta GA for 2.5 months I got bored and decided I was going to try to bake/make as many home staple foods that I could. I actually got a really good handle on a homemade bagels, some bread (loaves and rolls), soy milk, crackers, and yogurt. My plant based cooking game has also gotten strong too! This recipe easily makes 12-14 bagels, depending on how you divide them up. I started off with the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addition and upped by another 1/2. I also converted the measurements to grams because honestly, I measure it all in the kitchenaid Needs: 525g  warm water  21g active dry yeast 850g bread flour …

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Basic Skills for Kids in the Kitchen

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I LOVE to cook, and I love good food. I try very hard to not sacrifice the quality of our meals for the quantity or price since we are a large family with growing kids. I want our kids to have a wide palate, understand meal planning, nutrition and be capable of independently preparing a meal. While Johnny and I have always encouraged “food” independence (like getting their own cereal, choosing their snacks for lunch, or baking sugar cookies etc) before bus life, I didn’t really “try” to take the time to teach them how to cook. It was just easier for me to make the one and done meal. As our tiny dwelling journey continues, our tiny home kitchen has really served us amazingly. It’s like a play kitchen, all of the appliances are smaller and my desk is on the other side… so I can sit and work…

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Super Easy Sugar Cookies

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Lately, I’ve started to really allow Alexis to experiment in the kitchen. She’s shown the most interest by researching, presenting and asking to try making it; so I figured I should let her explore this interest. Sure she leaves a little mess even after she “cleans up” and some items you question its palatability… truthfully though it’s a super cheap way to let your kids learn and fail. I mean a bag of flour and most of these ingredients is probably $40 and will last you plenty of creations. And who are we kidding, most mistakes made in the kitchen are rarely repeated. I mean who wants to take a bite of something that tastes awful or how many times do you burn/cut yourself before you say… “Next time remember oven mitts?!”. Just be sure to monitor them and supply them with the right tools, resources, and your attention when they…

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