How To Cope With Unsupportive People

Posted by Bonnie

How to cope with unsupportive people. This is a bit of a deep topic, that hits very close to home for me because it’s not just any people, either. I am talking close friends. Maybe, close family. A grandparent. A brother, even. You decide. I think we all have someone like this – If you don’t, count yourself lucky.

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Breaking In Our New Canner

Breaking In Our New Canner

Posted by Bonnie

We’ve had our Presto pressure canner for a couple of months now, and believe me when I tell you… Canning is EASY. I am really not sure why people don’t seem to can anymore! I guess it is easier to buy canned food at a grocery store, but I prefer my own cooking to Campbells (no offence though Campbells, you make a solid tomato soup). Continue reading “Breaking In Our New Canner”

Our Path to the Homestead

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Every house we have owned was going to be our 5 year house – up until our last house, which was going to be our 25 year house. Buying a house is a funny experience though… You spend 30 minutes looking at it and then decide if you would like to plunk down hundreds of thousands of dollars on it  and commit to a 25 year payment / LIFE plan. It is actually insane when you think about it – you probably spend more time at the car dealership then you do when buying a house.

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DIY Dishwasher Powder

DIY Dishwasher Powder

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*Update*: I’ve had a couple of questions on whether this is safe to be used with septic systems and the answer is…. Yes! In fact, we have a septic tank / field system ourselves. There has been some controversy about whether powdered detergents are safe… What I can tell you is that some are and some aren’t, but the ingredients in this formulation are totally safe. The powders to avoid are commercially produced ones that contain fillers (like montmorillonite clay) which can damage septic systems.

To be on the safe side, ensure that all of your waste water flows into your septic tank before going to the field and use the hottest water possible to ensure powders dissolve completely.


We are slowly in the process of converting everything we can in our home to a homemade equivalent. From soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, cleaning spray, beard oil, hair pomade, bath bombs, lip balm, skin balms, you name it. Something new we have tried recently is dishwasher powder – And with two kids under 3 in our home we do a lot of dishes. Continue reading “DIY Dishwasher Powder”