• Does your life feel out of control? Do you look at all the rushing around, the skyrocketing price of food, the headlines of pink slime and food reca...
    Five Ways to Start Living the ...
    By Melissa K. Norris
    June 05th, 2014

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  • The average gardener spends $70 and reaps $600 from their vegetable garden. I heard this statistic on our morning news this weekend and it made me t...
    6 Reasons You Should Plant a V...
    By Melissa K. Norris
    June 12th, 2014

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  • Every pioneer home had a cast iron skillet. No matter how poor or rich, they all cooked their food with a cast iron pot or pan. Every meal, no matte...
    4 Tips on Caring for Cast Iron
    By Melissa K. Norris
    June 19th, 2014

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  • On my quest for to eradicate all processed foods from our home, I’ve started making my own lemonade. It’s super easy, cheap, and delicious. But ...
    How to Make Homemade Natural C...
    By Melissa K. Norris
    June 26th, 2014

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  • There is little else more rewarding than growing your own food. It cuts down on your grocery bill, improves your health, makes you more self-sustainab...
    10 Tips to Grow Your Own Food
    By Melissa K. Norris
    July 03rd, 2014

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  • Our raspberries are in full swing. As any pioneer, I try to use all of the crop when it’s ready to harvest. I made raspberry jelly, but with an enti...
    How to Make Fresh Raspberry Ju...
    By Melissa K. Norris
    July 17th, 2014

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  • Do you want to begin a garden but aren’t sure how to get started? Two autumns ago I decided I wanted a garden. Since I had never tended to more tha...
    5 Steps to Start Your Spring G...
    By Jill McSheehy
    September 11th, 2014

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  • I’ve been spending time in my kitchen canning. While canning I have a lot of time to think and reflect and I have been doing both.For one, I am miss...
    Time Spent Today, Are Memories...
    By Tammy Trayer
    October 02nd, 2014

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  • Our spring cleaning challenge begins in the kitchen. I’d say besides the bathroom, the kitchen is the most used room in our home. It also tends to b...
    7 Steps to a Clutter Free Kitc...
    By Melissa K. Norris
    March 05th, 2015

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  • Vinegar.Vinegar’s preserving ability is well-known. My mouth waters thinking of the variety of pickles lining my pantry shelves. Sauces and dressing...
    4 Ways to Clean with Vinegar
    By Melissa K. Norris
    February 26th, 2015

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  • Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – Work – Family – Health – Friends – Spirit, and...
    Finding and Maintaining Balanc...
    By Tammy Trayer
    March 12th, 2015

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  • I learned a few important tips last week helping my daughter, Tara, reorganize some of the rooms in her home.I plan to implement some of the following...
    4 Lessons I Learned Rearrangin...
    By Karen Jordan
    March 19th, 2015

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  • Spring cleaning isn't something that should just happen in our homes. Each Spring we can de-clutter our lives to eliminate the stress and make sure we'r...
    Seven Ways to De-stress This S...
    By Cindi McMenamin
    March 26th, 2015

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  • In such a beautiful wilderness of wildflowers we are amused with the very variety and novelty of the scene so much that we in our pleasure lose all se...
    Seeing God's Love for You in a ...
    By Jennie Atkins
    April 02nd, 2015

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  • Does your life feel out of control? Do you look at all the rushing around, the skyrocketing price of food, the headlines of pink slime and food recall...
    5 Ways to Start Living the Sim...
    By Melissa K. Norris
    April 09th, 2015

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  • One of the reasons I wanted to live like the pioneers was due to Pa Ingalls and The Little House books. He cared for his family and had an adventurous...
    8 Tips to Live Like the Pionee...
    By Melissa K. Norris
    April 16th, 2015

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  • Ever have those days where you just feel weary? You’re tired of stretching to make ends meet, you feel like no matter how hard you try, you never g...
    Finding Reasons to Be Thankful...
    By Melissa K. Norris
    April 23rd, 2015

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  • Ever heard the term black gold? It’s usually in reference to compost and to a gardener, it’s as valuable as gold.There are some basic rules to com...
    7 DIY Ways to Compost at Home ...
    By Melissa K. Norris
    April 30th, 2015

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  • Can you really use the sun to cook your food? Absolutely!! There are SO many incredible benefits to harnessing the sun to cook your food. Being that o...
    Solar Cooking 101
    By Tammy Trayer
    May 07th, 2015

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  • Cookware Let’s talk about the dishes that I have found to work wonderful for cooking and baking in the sun. Thin walled, dark dishes work well, gla...
    Solar Cooking 101 (Part Two)
    By Tammy Trayer
    May 14th, 2015

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  • I have a thing for home canned foods, kind of like an obsession, but a healthy one. Because there is such thing as a healthy obsession, don’t ya thi...
    How to Pressure Can Shelled Be...
    By Melissa K. Norris
    May 28th, 2015

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  • Want to learn how you can safely convert recipes for canning? Learn these important safety tips for home canning, plus how to convert your combination...
    How to Convert Recipes for Can...
    By Melissa K. Norris
    June 04th, 2015

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  • Seed saving is one of the lost arts to many modern gardeners. It’s my aim to change that. Learning how to seed save is one of the most important thi...
    Seed Saving
    By Melissa K. Norris
    June 11th, 2015

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  • Knowing how to choose the best pressure canner for you and your family is one of the first steps towards becoming more self-sustainable. A pressure ca...
    How to Choose the BEST Pressur...
    By Melissa K. Norris
    June 18th, 2015

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  • The word that looms in my mind in our culture is excess. We eat too much, buy too much, schedule too much and stress out too much. Let’s consider th...
    More Stuff. More Life?
    By John Merritt
    June 25th, 2015

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  • It is a fact of life, we are made from dirt and we will return to dirt. We were born and are destined to die at the time God has planned for us."All go...
    Grieving a Loss
    By Tammy Trayer
    July 02nd, 2015

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  • Are you looking for ways to save money? Trying to live frugally? Wondering how to make meals for less?You are not alone! The web is full of informatio...
    16 Ways to Save Money and Live...
    By Melissa K. Norris
    July 09th, 2015

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  • Every old-fashioned soul needs to know how to make candles at home. Is there anything more cheery than the flickering light of a candle? Or romantic...
    How to Make Beeswax Candles
    By Melissa K. Norris
    July 16th, 2015

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  • Summer vacation is underway in my neighborhood! The air sings with the sounds of squirt guns, basketballs, and trampolines. While I anticipate this ti...
    Summer Sanity: 5 Tips for Fun ...
    By Grace For Moms
    July 23rd, 2015

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  • My children have heard me make this statement (today's title) so many times they’re probably sick of it by now. But if we’ll take this statement an...
    “Take advantage of what God ...
    By Shelley Hendrix
    July 30th, 2015

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  • Are you questioning the empty, frenzied paced, and fast food lifestyle taking over our country?Almost anytime I hear the news these days, there’s a ...
    Does Homesteading Bring You Cl...
    By Melissa K. Norris
    August 06th, 2015

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  • Several years ago I suffered an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy. I had to undergo immediate surgery and lost one of my fallopian tubes along with the baby. ...
    How God Uses Hardships for Our...
    By Melissa K. Norris
    August 13th, 2015

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  •  For the full article, please click here.intA yummy Spring pasta sauce using fresh spinach and oregano from the garden.Author: Melissa K Norris-Amy...
    Pasta Sauce with Spinach and F...
    By Melissa K. Norris
    August 20th, 2015

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  • How has your week gone? It's been a busy week here at fish camp. The salmonberries have come ripe, meaning forays into my island jungles and brambles, ...
    When Survival Isn't Enough: A B...
    By Leslie Leyland Fields
    August 27th, 2015

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  • This is SO important!  Having the right things in your pack is comparable to wearing the right shoes in a race!You wouldn’t run a race in ski boots...
    The Importance of Having The R...
    By Tammy Trayer
    September 03rd, 2015

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  • A common question we hear is, “What is Char”? So we figured we need to touch on this subject because char is actually something that could very ea...
    What is Char? - And Why Should...
    By Tammy Trayer
    September 10th, 2015

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