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    Amish with cell phones??

    That is interesting, and I can certainly understand why they would want a phone to grow their business,, after all, i wear my cell phone on my hip and it's not even for business use. I guess I always thought it was nice to *think* their society doesn't change, but I guess even that changes.
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    Mini cow versus goat

    How often do you milk a cow and goat? I read on the internet that you have to do it twice a day and be very, very consistent with milking. Do you find this is true?
  3. I learned to sew about a year ago, I never dreamed I would enjoy sewing as much as I do! I have a question about cotton that is safe for children's sleepers. I made my son a sleeper, I picked up cotton material up at Joann's. After i made it I was looking at my scrap material and on the side it said "Not safe for children's sleepwear". Oops. I used cotton because I need a material that doesn't stretch like fleece can. Does anyone know of a cotton material that is safe? I looked online and found a chemical you could treat it with, but I can't do that because my son has seizures and I can't risk exposing him to alot of chemical type things. I also found cotton retardant fabric, but it was really expensive. A friend said that fire retardant fabric isn't like that forever, but i haven't found any info to back that up, so I don't know to believe her or not. Since so many people on here sew, I was wondering if anyone had any idea's. Thanks
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    Facebook Is My New Prep Item!

    I have a terrible addiction to Farmtown,,, for those of you who don't play the games,,, don't start! My word, you can spend hours on those games and not get a thing done! I also have FB and would really love to have Mrs. S friends on there, but I don't think most of my friends on FB prep and that is not a portion of my life I would like to share with them. I do post some things about baking, sewing etc. but I never post about preps in storage. I did find out through FB that an Aunt of mine preps, which surprised me, but we have only talked once about it through an instant message. My children have a very rare genetic developmental disability, to make it even more rare, we are the 3rd family in the world (that is known anyway) that have three children with this disability. My family tend to get alot of attention because of that and I sit back and think if those people knew I prepped, it would give us more attention (word travels fast in that community) which totally blows my plan to prep in private. I am curious, for those of you that are friends on FB, do you ever post about prepping? Or do you keep it more general?
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    Do you save your bones?

    I always used to throw bones away,,, how foolish was that?!?!?!? I am really shocked at how much of a savings you can have from just making your bones into soup stock for gravy or seasoning something! Just this year I started making use of everything and wished I had done it years ago. No more throwing bones out here!
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    Reading in December..................

    No holiday books here. I am currently reading Glenn Beck's book Broke. I like to read books i can learn from and as I go through it I look certain facts up on the internet, like when states chartered banks and not the federal reserve. It's a good book so far!
  7. Hi all, I have a question regarding sugar substitutes. I need to start cooking more heart healthy foods. We have had an unexpected change and need to change our eating habits. I bought a low cholesterol and sugar free cookbook, the cover says it helps if you have hypertension, heart disease and headaches, I thought it would help me learn different things i can cook with. To use as a sugar substitute it says to use Stevia instead of sugar in cooking, has anyone ever used this? I never heard of it Also, what do you think of refined sugar? It is really that unhealthy for you? My husband has high blood pressure and had a heart cath that did not come back good yesterday, it showed he would need at least a triple bypass. For those of you who have experienced this, how did you change your eating/baking habits? His sugar is fine, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to at least check into different sugar replacements. I think we are in pretty good shape since we don't eat alot of prepackaged processed food. I bought the book and it gave me some great idea's, but i'm not about to take advice from a book not knowing if they know what they are talking about, which is why I came here,, to ask people who DO know Any advice would be great, thanks!
  8. Leanna, thanks for the advice about the bypass recovery. He is doing really well. He had a problem with his heartbeat getting regulated, so he was in the hospital a few days longer, but now that he has been home for a few weeks, it is back to normal. He does not eat alot of sweets or sweet things. I did learn from the hospital what is good for him and what isn't good for him. I never really looked at how much sodium is in pre packaged lunch meat,, wasn't I surprised to see those numbers! I am thinking about buying turkey and chicken breasts, cooking it and making his lunch meat sandwiches out of that. I have a meat slicer and can always freeze the sliced meat. I cook from scratch alot, so eating clean won't be a hard transition. The things I need to concentrate on are healthy lunch meat, canned broths (they aren't very healthy come to find out), and things like that. It does say in his diet book that prepackaged foods are not good for you. I am wondering, with cookies and crackers homemade, if there would be alot of sodium in them, I only use a little bit of salt, and only for taste.
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    Canning Turkey Broth

    ok, thanks! Once I started skimming, I wondered if you could even can turkey broth. I assumed it was like chicken, but you know what they say about people who assume! It's especially true when you can your own food. Thanks for the advice
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    Canning Turkey Broth

    Hi, I cooked my turkey today and thought I would boil what is left over and make it into turkey broth. I have been skimming and straining, skimming and straining it now for a few hours, fat keeps rising to the top,, it seems like it's never ending! I looked in my Ball Blue Book and didn't see a recipe for turkey stock. Is this something that isn't approved? Or did I just get a super fatty turkey??
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    my chickens are not laying eggs????

    Well, I took your advice, I kept them in their coop for about 3 days. I did let them out about 4 pm everyday so they had a few hours outside. The day after i did that, we started getting eggs! We get about 3-4 everyday, so it's a start! Thanks for the advice!
  12. Thank you for the replies. I am going to hold off on getting this for now, maybe try it in a few things next summer and see how it goes.
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    my chickens are not laying eggs????

    We got our chickens in May and they haven't laid any eggs yet. Out of 20 chickens we got one rooster, we named him Cletus,,, lol. Anyway, we go out everyday and look for eggs and aren't finding any. We got them as babies and fed them the 1st stage food from the feed store and then fed them the egg layer formula, so far, no eggs. We have 9 Rhode Island Reds and 10 Buff Orphingtons. Am i expecting them to lay to soon? Or you do think it's a possibility they are hiding their eggs? We let our chickens have the roam of the yard, i'd hate to have to search our whole 2 acres for eggs!
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    We did it!

    I'll bet that feels good doesn't it??? It's refreshing to see you post a success story. Keeps me trying and trying and trying,,
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    Red flags for an arrived crisis - Part 17

    Now that is really odd you bring that up! Just last week a friend and I were shopping in our grocery store and saw emergency food packages,, I know they were new, I would have seen them before. I commented on how that is a sign of the time, then, I saw them in another local grocery store. I wonder how many people will take them seriously when they see them, or just shrug them off.
  16. You'll get over it,,, I had to. I grew up eating canned food and never thought anything about it. A few years ago I found this site and started canning for my family. The first batch of chicken noodle soup I canned my husband ate,, all 8 quarts. I just didn't have the gumption to join in. Until the next batch was done and he was sharing with friends. So, i was a bit leary also,,,, but now I can't barely buy chicken noodle soup in the store, it doesn't taste good and is expensive!
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    Washing fresh eggs?

    Thanks for posting the egg info, our chickens should start laying their eggs in a month or so,, so I will need to know this info. I can't wait for farm fresh eggs!!
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    MAN, WOMAN, WILD

    I do watch this show. The first one I watched they were in Alaska. The weather was warming up there, the snow was melting and it made for dangerous walking, in the end, they ended up calling for a rescue. This really peaked my interest because most survival shows i've seen always have a solution and it ends just fine. This show did not. They gave up. This got me thinking. Unlike other At the end of the show I always find myself trying to problem solve how they could have made it,, etc. The husband also gives little tips here and there that adds to survival info. For example, if your lost in the woods, you will know your walking in a straight line if you keep touching the next tree in front of you. If you do this, you won't walk in circles. I know when i get lost while driving on a busy street, i have driven in circles, I couldn't imagine getting lost in the woods on foot. I love the show!
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    Been busy!

    Whew! Have we been busy! where to start,,, i guess that would be with the chickens. In May we got 20 chicks, 10 Rhode Island Reds and 10 Buff Orphington. We lost one to our dog - i think he thought it was an intruder,,. other than that, we still have our 19 chickens. We think two are roosters, but still not sure. When we got our chickens i read on the internet that you should handle your chickens when they are young so they let you take their eggs with no problems. I think i may have handled them to much,, they are very, very friendly chickens! The Rhode Island Reds will let you pet them. The Buff's will eat out of your hand. This has kind of been a problem because if you are sitting outside eating a sandwich, they will take it right out of your hand! I don't think at this point we can retrain them. Also, we are having a hard time keeping them in their fenced in area, so they wander all over our yard, and sometimes our neighbors. But, they are fun to have,, i can't wait until they start laying eggs. We have been enjoying having 1200 acres of state land around us. People here go mudding alot,, never thought that could be so much fun,, but it is! We also went raspberry picking and blueberry picking. I think we stumbled on some elderberries, i though they were overripe blueberries so I ate one. Wow, was that ever bitter. Both the blueberry and raspberry grow wild. I am amazed at the huge amount of food that just grows in the wild! We are currently working on converting our house to wood heat, currently we have natural gas and it's expensive. I just can't believe the previous people who owned this house didn't have an alternative form of heat. So, this will be our first year of gathering our wood. It's kind of labor intensive. One thing does surprise me. Alot of people here don't grow their own food, or even can. I was under the assumption that maybe a few people in the country canned and grew their own food, but this doesn't seem to be the case around where we live. They buy most things at the grocery store and don't have more than a few days of food on hand. Anyway, this just surprised me as we get to know people. More to come later,, it's late :-)
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    No more chickens...

    Cat, i'm so sorry that you lost your chickens! And I think that's great of you to not make your DH feel bad, i'm not sure i could be that good of a person. I'm in Michigan, I will gladly give you a few of mine to replenish your loss. I remember you posted pictures of your when they were babies and i think ours are about the same age. Mine aren't laying yet, but should in the next few months. Let me know.
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    Too little too late?

    I felt like that to when i first started stocking up on long term storage. Then i found this site and realized something. My perspective was different than anyone else i knew. No one thought about long term storage, it was rare to find someone who knew how to cook from scratch, much less did it. People, even now, just seem to go day to day and not think about the future. Even now, as our economy is terrible, as it is everywhere, when it first got bad people worried. Now I realize they adjusted their life styles to fit their lives, and live day to day again. Not me. We moved last november and I did not realize how much more expensive it would be to live in a rural area. Now, we have no extra money to stock up on anything, so i just do the best we can, really it's all you can do. I know it's not much help, and I wish i could, but a mind set can get you through alot.
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    Food for a year

    Now that is a great idea, i'm going to start documenting this tomorrow!
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    are elderberries toxic?

    i had the same question. My husband and I went blueberry picking and came across what we think is Elderberries. They had a very bitter taste to them, it was only afterwards that i wondered what i was eating. They were growing my blueberries,, not sure what i was thinking. So, once you cook the elderberries you can eat them and it takes the bitter taste out? If i took a picture of the berry could someone tell me if these berries are Elderberries? kathy
  24. My DH and i are going in a few weeks to look at acerage north of us. I'm sure these questions have been asked before and i've searched the archives for answers, but haven't found exactly what i'm looking for. This is what we are looking for: We want atleast two acres - probobly more, Our immediate plans are to put in fruit tree's, these I assumed could be in the front yard. We want chickens to cut down the cost of eggs and meat. I am thinking the chicken coop can go on the side of the barn. The property has to have a barn. My husband wants to get a few cows to have our own meat (we would have to take them somewhere to slaughter them or have someone come to us). I would really like a pig - but not neccessary, and a horse, but again, not neccessary. currently we live in the city. I assume the country has some zoning laws about how many animals you can have per acre - I could be wrong about this. I am thinking when we go look we should keep in mind we will need about an acre cleared of any tree's for livestock. And the house has to have either really good storage somewhere, or preferrably a pantry. What should a newbie keep in mind about purchasing property in a rural or semi rural area? thanks for any tips.
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