Jul 212014

How To Restore Cast Iron Cookware - strip and reseason damaged and rusted cast iron cookware so it looks and cooks the way it should.

I cringe a little every time I see rust this bad on a cast iron pan. Yeah, it’s kind of nasty looking but that’s not what bothers me. When I was first married I had a cast iron pan and my husband, after cooking breakfast for me, left the pan soaking in the sink. Yes, you read that right, he left it soaking. As a young girl who thought men should just “know better” you can imagine the argument that followed. What was worse is that I had no idea how to fix the pan –  there was no internet to speak of at the time, and I wound up throwing it away. So those rusty pots and pans remind me of a time when I made a few more mistakes than I do now. Now, that I know better,  when I see those neglected pots or pans I have an overwhelming desire to take all of them and show them love and affection and help them “look and cook” like they they were intended to.  A little like marriage, it takes a little time and a bit of work to restore cast iron cookware, but it is really worth the time and effort! Continue reading »

Jul 192014

Homemade Jams, Jellies and Spreads - Over 20 Recipes to Enjoy - Plus 9 Tips for Perfect Results Every Time - Traditional, Low Sugar, No Added Sugar & Pectin

Homemade jams, jellies and spreads are a great way to preserve the taste of summer for year round enjoyment.  They are an easy introduction to home canning, because they require only a short time in a water bath canner, and the acidity and sugar in fruit makes it naturally resistant to spoilage. Because canned products are shelf-stable, you don’t need to give up valuable freezer space.

Unlike some store products that use high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors or colors, you know exactly what goes into every jar of your home canned goodies.  You can use less sugar, honey, or no added sugar at all.  If you’re in a hurry during harvest season, most fruits can be frozen and made into jam, jelly or spread at a later date – like mid-winter when it’s cooler, just in time for gift giving.  Even the littlest kitchen helpers can contribute to preparation by picking, removing stems or doing some smashing and straining.

I’ve gathered together over 20 homemade jam, jelly and spread recipes that are featured on our site; nine tips for perfect homemade jams, jellies and spreads; and a free printable recipe guide from Pomona’s Pectin.  Enjoy, and happy canning! Continue reading »

Jul 172014
15 Ways to Naturally Reduce Cholesterol and Lower the Risk of Heart Attack -  Plus Cholesterol's Role in the Body and Side Effects of Statin Medication

Clockwise form top left – strawberries, magnesium salts to make magnesium oil, nettle and fish oil.

Under the new guidelines issued by the American Medical Association, roughly 1/3 of all adults should consider taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.  Many healthcare practitioners already feel there is an overuse of statin medication in the United States.  Statins may cause serious side effects, which I’ll get to in a bit.  Also, 50% of people who die suddenly from heart attacks do not have high cholesterol.   In this post we’ll discuss 15 home remedies to naturally reduce cholesterol and lower the risk of heart attack, the role of cholesterol in the body and side effects of stain medication. Continue reading »

Jul 162014

The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet by Laura Fuentes Review and Giveaway

The new book by Laura Fuentes of Momables.com, The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet:  Make Lunches Your Kids Will Love with More Than 200 Deliciously Nutritious Meal Ideas is a great way to take charge of one of toughest food challenges faced by parents – packing nutritious foods your kids will eat and enjoy.    Laura is the cool mom who acts like a trusted friend, sharing her secrets and taking you through everything step by step.  One lucky reader will win a copy of her book.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  What does this have to do with homesteading?  I’ll get to that in a bit.

The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet

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Jul 142014

Titan Ready USA HERCulean Giveaway - Win a HERC (Home Emergency Radiant Cooking) oven or a Hydrant Water Storage System, ready to load with 100 gallons of emergency water storage.

The Prepared Bloggers are always looking for ways to help our loyal readers be prepared for the unexpected. We are so grateful to team up with Titan Ready USA for this fabulous giveaway. We all know we need water, and we need a way to cook our meals. These units are just what the doctor ordered when it comes to being properly prepared. We will have four winners in this giveaway. One winner will win one of the following items listed below. The giveaway starts July 14th, 2014 @12:15 am (CST) and ends July 21st, 2014 @ 11:55 pm (CST). This giveaway is open to anyone 18 years of age and older who is a resident of the USA. This giveaway is open to residents of the 48 Continental US States only. Each winner will be sent an email and the winner must respond within 24 hours or another one winner will be chosen. We are so excited for this giveaway! Who couldn’t use these awesome items?!

Titan Ready USA HERCulean Giveaway

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