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”

Pink Grapefruit Ombré CP Soap – DIY

Posted by Bonnie

It is February and it is freezing here in Manitoba. Today’s high was somewhere around -15 C and the low was -25 C. Add a bit of wind and temperatures felt as low as -30 C (-22 F). Winter came early this year, and after almost 4 months of snow, freezing temperatures, jewel tones and comfort food… I need a pick me up.

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DIY Herbal Skin Salve & Paw Balm

Posted by Bonnie

I want to start by saying I am a recent believer in the power of an herbal salve. I have always been a modern medicine junkie – I believe in it. I use prescriptions when prescribed and if I get a scrape, I use an antibacterial cream. So what changed? After having my second child six months ago (and living in a Canadian climate with harsh, dry winters), I have had daily flare-ups of hives and dry patches of red skin that are extremely itchy. I’ve tried all kinds of expensive lotions and medicinal ointments to find relief with no success. Since moving to our own homestead I have been trying to become more self-sufficient and live more naturally. I figured I would roll up my sleeves and give salve making a try – and LET.ME.TELL.YOU…. Within literally moments of slathering my salve on my skin, the red patches and hives disappear. One of our dogs recently got frostbite on her paws, and now we treat the dogs paws before they go outside; No more frostbite and no more ice damage. 

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Save Money and Get Fit with A DIY Home Gym

Posted by Kyle

As a fitness enthusiast, one thing that I wasn’t entirely prepared to give up on when moving to the homestead was a gym. This posed a bit of a problem however because we aren’t particularly close to any fitness clubs not to mention the cost of membership! We have had something of a epiphany when it comes to frugality lately, and have entered what we call “austerity mode.”

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