from-scratch

How to Make Coconut Oil Soap
July 13, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Sold in several forms, coconut oil is used for cooking, in candies, within lotions and lip balms, and rubbed directly onto dry skin. You can also learn how to make coconut oil soap and harness its cleansing properties.

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Upping the Ante with Tractor Bucket Attachments

Add to Favorites Scoop, scrape and push are really the only things a tractor bucket was meant to do, but with the right tractor bucket attachments, there’s so much more we can do …

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10 Frugal Homemade Fire Starters for Your Hearth or Emergency Pack
August 27, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Save money on your survival gear list by making items from scratch. Homemade fire starters combine free or upcycled materials with inexpensive combustibles. Whether you need to …

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How to Build a Goat Barn Using a Prefab Shed

Add to Favorites Goat barns are essential if you raise goats, regardless of what sort of climate you reside in. When I was big into dairy goats, my family had …

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Growing Cherry Tomatoes in Pots is Perfect for Everyone
May 31, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites No matter your location, if you have access to even moderate sun, growing cherry tomatoes in pots is for you. With the right varieties and soil nutrients, …

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Handling Lye for Soap and Other Safety Precautions
April 28, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites It is critical to follow a few simple safety precautions when using lye for soap. Proper ventilation, along with gloves and eye protection, will help to prevent …

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Essential Oils, Non-Toxic Bug Repellents and More

Add to Favorites By Melissa Mink, The Homestead Moma To most homesteaders going green, natural or organic means that you are trying to reduce toxins that have crept into your everyday …

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We Came To Our Senses And Now Live Within Our Means

Add to Favorites By Kimberly Hansen, Wisconsin You don’t have to live in the middle of nowhere in order to live the “backwoods life” that most of us dream about, but …

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Solar Water Heating Off the Grid

Add to Favorites By Dan Fink, Colorado Solar electric systems are getting a lot of exposure these days, capturing media and public attention with massive utility-scale photovoltaic arrays covering acres, …

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What to Cook in a Solar Oven
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Several years ago, we added a solar cooker to our homestead tools. We have long, hot summers and cook from scratch every day, which was taxing our …

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Wind Energy Facts: Is Wind Power For You?

Add to Favorites By Dan Fink – My interest in wind energy facts started with a particularly brutal winter up here off-grid in the Colorado mountains at 8,200 feet elevation. It …

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10 Homesteading Blogs That Inspire and Educate
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Are you on the hunt for helpful homesteading blogs? You’re in luck. The Countryside Network features some of the most influential homesteading bloggers today. You’ll hear from these knowledgeable bloggers (and …

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Homesteading Tips for Self-Sufficient Farm Living
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Self-sufficient farm living means different things to each homesteader. The first thing to come to mind for me is a manual kitchen tools list. Of course necessary …

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Building Simple Homesteading Partnerships
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Establishing simple homesteading partnerships can start with a casual conversation. I caught up with Bryce as he loaded a pair of speed skis into his beat-up pickup truck. …

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Simple Homesteading: Food Culture is About Sharing
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites I’ve always gardened and cooked for my family. But I didn’t realize how much my simple homesteading centered on them until I no longer had family to …

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