5 Easy Steps Into Backyard Homesteading

  I call it Backyard Homesteading but you may have heard other names like, urban homesteading, suburban homesteading or backyard farming. But the basics are the same – taking the space you have and raising food on it and reclaiming vintage skills. It’s funny that in 2014 it has become a somewhat trendy thing to do; as if it’s a revolutionary idea. But, in truth, this is really taking a concept that has been part of our lives until the last few decades and making it work in today’s home. From the meat rabbits of the great depression to the victory...

DIY Coke Can Solar Heating Panel

DIY Coke Can Solar Heating Panel

From Coke Cans to Solar Heating Panel Upcycling is a way of life here, but that is only one reason I love our new Coke Can Solar Heating Panel. The best part is all that lovely heat in our old house. Before we installed the panel, we often saw winter temperatures warmer OUTSIDE than inside. Admittedly, the winters in Northland aren’t known for being punishing, but going outside to get warmer isn’t something I like to do. Plus, Frugal Man calculates that using the system will cost us approximately $1.50 in electricity per year. No typo there. That is PER...

6 Survival Uses for Charcoal

6 Survival Uses for Charcoal

6 Survival Uses for Charcoal Survival Uses for Charcoal There is charcoal and then there is activated charcoal or activated carbon. Both are the byproduct of removing water and other constituents from animal and vegetation substances. This articles’ focus, however, will be on charcoal made from hardwoods and its uses in a survival situation. Activated charcoal can be made from various materials that are combined together then heated at high temperatures. Then the substance is further processed using chemicals to make the substance more porous. Activated charcoal can be made in your own backyard but the process is laborious and...

Top 5 Guard Dogs to Protect You and Your Preps

Top 5 Guard Dogs to Protect You and Your Preps

Top 5 Guard Dogs to Protect You and Your Preps Sometimes all the weapons and high tech security systems money can buy can’t replace a living and breathing guard dog to oversee you, your family and your preps. Animal instincts, sense of smell, keen hearing and loyalty are a deadly combination for intruders trying to compromise your property. Canines are animals of habit and can easily recognize when something happening is out of the ordinary and hopefully alert you in time. Check out these top 5 guard dogs See the rest of the article below. Top 8 Guard Dogs  –...

Top Ten Survival Foods You Should Grow

Top Ten Survival Foods You Should Grow

Top Ten Survival Foods You Should Grow Can you live off your land if there’s an emergency? Can you meet your food needs for even a few weeks? Planning perennial agriculture systems, such as food forests, along with getting some chickens is a really good plan long-term – but if you had to start gardening like it’s the end of the world – right now – what would you grow? Here’s my top-ten list.  Continue Reading

Prepper Apps: Survival Tech For Your Phone

Prepper Apps: Survival Tech For Your Phone Is There an App for When the Lights Go Out It seems that life is now ruled by apps. You can download a meditation app that reminds you to stop, breathe, and calm down. It has soothing pictures and music to help you unwind because obviously, people are too busy to remember to relax these days. A timer app allows you to focus for 30 minutes, intently mind you, on any task. A buzzer goes off at the end of 30 minutes because you simply cannot break away to glance at a clock....

5 Small Garden Tips to Save You Time And Money

5 Small Garden Tips to Save You Time And Money

5 Small Garden Tips to Save You Time And Money Small gardens can be a lot of fun and produce valuable sustenance for you and your family. Preparing a garden, planting a garden, and maintaining a garden are all very different tasks, with different requirements. Nearly all of these tasks will cost a little bit in time and in money. We recently planted our first garden in our back yard, and below I’ll share some of the tricks we’ve learned that can make the entire process either cheaper or less time-consuming. I’m certain that there are other things that could be done...

12 Ways to Raise Cash Quickly In An Emergency

12 Ways to Raise Cash Quickly In An Emergency Everyone faces a financial emergency at some point: the car breaks down, unexpected medical bills, legal troubles etc.  It can get so dire that rent gets behind or utilities such as water and power are being threatened with disconnection.   Pretty soon, TV or radio commercials singing the virtues of payday loans start to sound tempting. If you find yourself starting to wonder whether a payday loan may help you in the short run, stop right now. Payday loans have outrageous interest rates. If you fail to make the payment or need...

The Sustainable Living Balancing Act

I’ll take a wild stab and assume we’d all like to save some money, be socially acceptable and not hurt the environment in the process…  That’s not as easy as it sounds.  Some of us gravitate towards the fringe of these traits, but most of us agree that being a greedy cheapskate or a non-washing, hemp-wearing hippie or a wasteful, ditsy socialite are not acceptable human conditions. For the most part, we’re comfortable when the actions of others are in the “acceptable center”.  So how do we keep ourselves there?  This is The Sustainable Living Balancing Act.  I know that my...

10 Tips for Canning Over a Wood Fire

“For our first fire canning experience, we decided to use our pressure canner as a water bath. We wanted to get a feel for how much wood it would take to build a fire hot enough, how long it would take for the canner to come to a boil, and just practice the process before throwing pressure canning into the equation. We had been given a lot of zucchini and yellow squash, so we decided to make bread and butter squash pickles. The second day we did more squash, dill pickles, and used the pressure canner for green beans. (See...

11 Point Plan to Bust the Myth of Retirement

11 Point Plan to Bust the Myth of Retirement 11 Point Plan to Bust the Myth of Retirement First, for those of you that are baby boomers (or younger like me), it is important to know that you are not alone in your thoughts and much-altered retirement dreams.  And second, perhaps more important, I want to encourage the all-important younger generation to remain laser-focused on self-sufficiency and self-reliance.  Life has a way of tossing curveballs and everything you believe about your future may change. The Promise of Retirement…Someday Years ago, when George posted an article titled “You’ll Never Be Able...

14 Tips For Building a Survival Farm

14 Tips For Building a Survival Farm

14 Tips For Building a Survival Farm 14 Tips For Building a Survival Farm Building a survival farm is not easy. But it sure is rewarding, I’ll tell you that. For those who choose to build a survival farm, it is very important to realize that it may not look or operate precisely like a conventional family farm.  Here are 14 tips you will need to take into consideration and some ideas about what things may be of most use to you. Unfortunately, inflation and decreasing monetary values make it very hard to give accurate cost estimates.  When in doubt,...

The “Reality” of Reality TV: Doomsday Preppers

The “Reality” of Reality TV: Doomsday Preppers

As some of you may know, I’m a bit of an attention… uh… grabber. And so when the opportunity to be on national television arose, I jumped for it. My goal was to get my name and business out to the national audience. What I got was a watered down and slightly twisted variation of what I do and why I do it. So today we’ll address some of the missed info and blatant failures to portray reality in reality TV. So I present The “Reality” of Reality TV: Doomsday Preppers… The “Reality” of Reality TV: Doomsday Preppers Many who...

Live Food Storage: Homesteading With Rabbits

Live Food Storage: Homesteading With Rabbits

“Live Food Storage: Homesteading With Rabbits… with LFS systems, a small footprint, and a little FUN labor you will feed your family all they need. One of the other benefits of raising animals is you are no longer a “food hoarder”, you are a producer…” Prepping/ Food Storage Prepping. The term seems like a new crazy cult-style movement that is sweeping the nation. This “new” set of ideas includes stockpiling food, ammo, and medical supplies to outlast and survive “X” catastrophe(replace “X” with your own worst nightmare/disaster). What people fail to realize is this movement towards preparedness and survival is...

Grilled Rabbit With Rosemary and Garlic

Grilled Rabbit With Rosemary and Garlic

Grilled Rabbit With Rosemary and Garlic: Now this is a dish I LOVE!!! I highly recommend this Meat Rabbit Recipe Total Time: 2 hrs 10 mins Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 2 hrs Ingredients: Servings: 4 Units: US 1 (3 lb) fryer rabbit 1/4 cup olive oil 4 garlic cloves 2 sprigs rosemary Directions: Cut the rabbit in 8 pieces; the legs, 2 pieces from the loin, and 2 from the ribs. place them in a bowl or Ziploc bag, and add oil. mince the garlic and chop the rosemary; add the rabbit, mix to coat well. Season with salt and pepper. Allow to marinate for at least 2 hrs, or...

Whole Grilled BBQ Rabbit

Whole Grilled BBQ Rabbit

Whole Grilled BBQ Rabbit: Not only can you boil or bake rabbit but BBQ grilled rabbit is so good too!… Ingredients – Fresh Rabbit *as many as you want* – Water *enough to cover all rabbits* – Salt *enough to make water taste salty* – Garlic Salt – Pepper – Spreadable butter – Olive Oil – BBQ Sauce of your liking – Tin Foil if needed Directions First, take your rabbits and wash with clean water. Second, take a bowl of water mixed with salt till slightly salty, put the rabbits in the bowl *make sure they are fully submerged*...

Rabbit Fricassee

Rabbit Fricassee

Rabbit FricasseeTotal Time:2 hr 50 minPrep:10 minCook:2 hr 40 minYield:4 servingsLevel:IntermediateNext RecipeIngredients1/2 cup vegetable oil2 rabbits, rinsed and cut into 8 pieces each1 tablespoon Essence, recipe follows1/2 cup all-purpose flour2 cups chopped yellow onions1 cup chopped celery1/2 cup chopped green bell peppers1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes2 green onions, chopped (green and white parts separated)4 garlic cloves, minced1 tablespoon tomato paste4 cups chicken stock or broth, plus more if necessary1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves1 1/2 teaspoons salt2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leavesCooked white rice, for servingDirectionsIn a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven heat the oil over medium-high heat. Season...

Rabbit Sausage Recipe

Rabbit Sausage Recipe

A rabbit sausage recipe to add to your books! Nothing better than having a nice rabbit sausage made from rabbit meat raised in your back yard! A Rabbit Sausage Recipe to Add To Your Books! Use the coarsely ground meat and fat of one large rabbit (save the bones for soup stock)1 1/2 teaspoons salt1 teaspoon pepper a pinch of ginger2 or more teaspoons sage (to taste)1 teaspoon thymea pinch of garlic powdera dash of cayenne pepper, or 2 or 3 dashes of hot pepper sauce (optional) Combine the seasonings with the ground meat (everything together should total about 2...

Fried Rabbit With Grapefruit Juice

Fried Rabbit With Grapefruit Juice

When cooking rabbit this tried-and-true Fried Rabbit With Grapefruit Juice Recipe makes for an excellent meal. Fried Rabbit With Grapefruit Juice Recipe 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon Season-All (we were unable to find this in MOTHER’s area, so we did without) 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/4 teaspoon thyme (optional) 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 3- to 4-pound rabbit, cut into pieces the juice of 1 grapefruit 1/2 cup cooking oil (or enough to measure 1/4 inch in the bottom of the pan) 1 medium onion, chopped Combine the flour with the seasonings. Dip each piece of rabbit...

Civet de Lapin (Rabbit Stew with Red Wine)

Civet de Lapin (Rabbit Stew with Red Wine)

Civet de Lapin (Rabbit Stew with Red Wine) Credit: Christopher Hirsheimer SERVES 6 INGREDIENTS 4 tbsp. butter 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 2 2½-lb. rabbits, each cut into 6 pieces; hearts, kidneys, and livers reserved Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and finely chopped 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 1 leek (white part only), washed and trimmed 2 carrots, peeled 1 turnip, peeled 2 celery stalks 3 sprigs fresh rosemary 6 sprigs fresh thyme 1 bay leaf 3⅓ cups dry red wine, such as cahors 4 cups Chicken Stock 1 lb. pearl onions, peeled...

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