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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 Non -Tox Infused Vinegar Cleaning Spray

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The thing is… once you start to really think about all the toxins we surround ourselves with and and how simple this infused vinegar cleaner is… its a no brainer. Not only does the American Lung Association state in this article to us vinegar and water as a cleaner but it also says: “Manufacturers are not obligated by U.S. law to list all ingredients in consumer products.4 Products that are labeled “green” do not necessarily mean they are safer. Do a little research on the product from a reliable source. For example, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a list of products that meet its Safer Choice requirements for cleaning and other needs. They include cleaning products for home and vehicles.” The thing is, commercial “cleaners” are chemicals and nothing else. Its meant to scorch the earth of that stain, smell, mold or build up. Speaking as a mom of 4, with constant…

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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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Chinese Chicken Soup | My Chicken Pho (Phở Gà) Recipe

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I’ve never considered “sharing my recipes on a blog. Mostly because it is a lot of work, especially if you cook without measurements like I do. Its a dash of this, handful of that, or I am using a 1/4c just to use for a scoop… maybe 3/4 ish cups… so it can be hard to translate it to measured directions. If I get a ton of questions about a specific recipes on Instagram, I’ll try and do my best to share my “rendition” of a recipe that I have found. Disclaimer, I know that a lot of food blogs will share extra information to making it vegan/vegetarian/gluten free etc…I will not be. While I love food and want to inspire people to get back in love with making real foods, you’ll have to go that extra mile to substitute/change my recipes to fit your dietary restrictions and even your…

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6 “Not-So-Glamorous” Things Of Living Tiny On A Skoolie

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After celebrating living our first year Living tiny & nomadic I was asked more than a few times this week to share some of the things that we don’t like about living tiny… and honestly it was a STRECH. It’s not that there aren’t parts of living tiny, its just a matter of what can you as an individual can handle. Over that past year, slowly the things that “kinda” bothered me, bother me less. We are having too much fun to really care about small nuisances. Disclaimer: looking over the images that I shared in this post… it looks like Johnny deals with all of the “harder” things… but it’s mostly that I just think to photograph it while its happening. 1. The Extra Vehicle To tow behind or to not tow behind…. that has been the question. Johnny wants to get rid of the car, leave it behind…

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Teaching Smart Financial Decision Making | Establishing The Family Bank

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The kids have all sorts of money making entrepreneurial ideas and are always seeing something that they’d like to purchase. It’s time to teach them smart financial decision making skill sets that will not only set their minds up for success, but their ability to have as many adventures as they are financially capable of with good banking techniques. I’m sure if we all blindfolded ourselves in a room, asked basic questions regarding bad financial decision-making, hands would go up. Why? Were they only lessons that could be experienced or could they have been diverted with the guidance of any role model in our younger years? Since we try to teach our children not to make our same mistakes in all aspects of life, why is it financial mistakes never seem to get untrained for the next generation? Or for that matter, GOOD financial decisions to raise our children with?…

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Old School Road Trip : Maine, Mother-In-Law, Marriott Bonvoy, and Memories!

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Want to budget travel? Get in your car for a good old fashion road trip! While we are parked in Vermont and still have our car, we figured we should go visit Maine! With Shiang-ling’s mom visiting for a week and friends that could “pet sit” we figured we could pop away for a little getaway!  Is it crazy that we literally jumped in the car with a few things to hope to see and just went for it. No pre-booking hotels, coordinating destinations and activities, just finding things as we go. So how does that all breakdown? Well, here’s my best day-to-day for you. Road Trip Total Cost: $1,372. This Road Trip was a total of 5 days and 4 nights, Saturday 14 Sep – Wednesday 18 Sep. Remembering that this is the cost for seven (7) travelers! That breaks down to an average of $196 for a five…

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We Finally Have Pubescent Preteen

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Ladies, I bet you can remember getting your period for the first time or when your little boobies started to grow and everything they accidentally hit HURT so bad! What about growing hair in all the places or shaving for the first time? I remember shaving for the first time like it was yesterday.  I was maybe 8 or 9.  I went to the bathroom after dinner and my dad left his razor out. I don’t know why but I had this urge to try it… the only problem I was pretty much hairless. I still don’t have much body hair these days actually… But when you are the wild child you just look at your eyebrow and think I could shave off a little and be fine. I ended up shaving off about ½ of an already lightly existing brow. My dad laughed so hard at me that he…

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