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  1. Tons of chicken tractor designs http://home.centurytel.net/thecitychicken/tractors.html
  2. Miki: You can make sort of a salve with them. I have done it using gardenia petals. I found it by searching home made perfume. You spread a layer of crisco on a plate then cover entire plate with petals, pushing them gently down into the crisco. Cover with saran wrap and let set for a few days til they are yellow-brownish. Remove petals & repeat process 2 more times with more petals. Put crisco in a small jar. You will be amazed at how well it works and for how long the scent remains. I have had mine for a long time and still smells great. Of course it is a lil
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    Good Site

    Here is a site I just come across with all kinds of good DIY articles, etc. I especially liked the "self sufficiency" section. http://www.saveourskills.com/category/self-sufficiency/homesteading
  4. Is anyone participating in the Nat'l Can it Forward Day? I will be hosting a canning party with 12 people who I have become friends with through the Homesteading classes I teach at a local Community Center. The conference being held in Washington state will be fed live via internet all day with canning demos, etc. Sign up to be admitted into the webinar. http://www.freshpreserving.com/community/events/can-it-forward.aspx
  5. I ordered some decals when we bought our motion detectors. We also have these that can be purchased online http://www.nrastore.com/nrastore/Products.aspx?c=2
  6. This is hilarious. Steve Bridges immitates Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton & Gov. Schwartzeneger http://www.stevebridges.com/index.html#
  7. Thought I would bump this back up to top.
  8. http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/tv-schedule The four families all have You tube Channels or blogs that are awesome. Tonight (July 30th) on National Geographic 7:00 PM Central time also reairing on Aug. 1st 10:00 am Unique in their beliefs, motivations and strategies, explore the lives of four families preparing for the end of the world as we know it. From bunkers to fortified off-the-grid locations, these doomsday preppers will go to whatever lengths they can to make sure they are prepared for any of life’s uncertainties. And with our expert’s assessment, they w
  9. Only works if the powder stays in the inside jar. if it gets pulled out, chances are high that the seal will fail due to the powder being between the lid and the jar. You can cut a coffee filter or papertowel to put on top of the powder in the jar before sealing. Press it down pretty firmly and it should help keep the powdery stuff where it belongs. PS> If you ever vac-seal Mac & cheese, the powder kind, be really careful if you put the cheese packet inside the mason jar to vac-seal. I've had one or two pop their seams in the process. the vacuum in the jar makes the pouch puff ou
  10. Wormie: I ended up peeling my pears...I made 7 pints of pear mincemeat Saturday and 7 pints of pear sauce ( like apple sauce) Sunday. For the sauce I weighed out 14 pounds whole pears, peeled and just took the stem part. I then cut into quarters and cooked in a large dutch oven with 4 cups of applesauce til they got tender...about an hour and 15 minutes. By then most of the juice had cooked out. Stir more at that point to prevent stkcing. I then put them thru my Roma and it removed the seeds and remaining core. I returned the sauce to the heat and added 1/2- 1 c sugar, 2-3 t c
  11. Jeepers: I just tried that and it works great except it does take longer to seal since you are sealing both the jar and the canister. It would probably wear out the vacuum sealer faster... I have cut out coffee filters to fit my reg mouth and wide mouth Food saver attachments. I read that that also helps prevent powder from getting into the motor.
  12. I recently came across 2 more bits of info on vacuum sealing jars. #1 If you have one of those canistertype vacumm seal containers....you can vacuum seal any store bought jar that has the built in sealing lid inside the lid. For example a pickle jar... Just fill the jar with dried food and put lid on..then place it into the larger canisterand vacuum seal the canister. When the canister has sealed, release the pressure on it and the jar inside will have a good sel also. This is great as it frees up Mason jars for canning!!! #2 My second discovery was finding this tool to re
  13. I did buy one of these this week. It works but it takes ALOT of pumping to seal the jar. I am taking it back and letting the guy at the auto store try it to see if this is normal...that it should take sooo much to pull that vacuum. Will update.
  14. I was in Big Lots today & they had a cheap Oster, 19.00 that had the threads.. The base just unscrewed from the pitcher. I wouldn't buy one just for that but will look at garage sales, etc.
  15. A friend passed this along to me. She has one and loves it. Have any of you seen this? I have a Pump N Seal and don't like it! This looks way better and you use it with the Food saver jar attachment instead of poking a hole through your lids with the Pump N Seal. The one I found locally was not the same brand and was plastic so I did not buy it. This one is available on Amazon and looks more sturdy. http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Alvin-Vacuum-Sealer/ http://www.amazon.com/Actron-CP7830-Hand-Vacuum-Pump/dp/B0009XQUK2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1310779216&sr=8-1
  16. Who knew you could do this with an old blender!! Just found this neat idea for an old blender. I just recently got rid of mine and bought a new one that will not work. Will have to find one at a garage sale, I guess. It seems that in the old days when you bought a blender it also came with a mason jar. You could attach the jar instead of the pitcher and use it to make whip cream, peanut butter or grind spices right in the jar! Check it out! http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/tip_blender_and_mason_jar/
  17. Wormie: What we have are cooking pears. I usually peel mine then cut into pieces and cook done til softer aand can them in a light syrup. This time I am gonna make pear/apple sauce. I will quarter them, core, then cook them with the skins on til tender, then put them through my Roma tomato thing. It will separate the skins and send out just the juice and pulp. I will also try the mesh to peel some for canned pear chunks in light syrup.
  18. Wormie: Recently I came across a blog where a lady did blanche pears, then used a piece of plastic like mesh to easily scrub the skin off. They looked beautiful. I plan to try it very soon as my pear trees are loaded. I have searched EVERY entry on my history and can not find the darn site. I don't remember how long she blanched them but we could test the pear....as the skin gets softer, try the mesh ..She did this under running cool water.
  19. Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmOCslkYT58&NR=1
  20. Here is another series ( 23 short you tube parts), this one on the 1900 home where a family lives for 3 months as it was done in 1900.
  21. I have posted this in the past but since I came across it again I thought I would post it again for those who may have never seen it. This is a 6 episode series about 3 families who went back to live in the 1880's on a homestead and how they survived doing EVERYTHING as it was done back then. It is now on youtube. Each of the 6 episodes has multiple parts. Each part automatically follows the last one.. I LOVE this series and am watching it for the 3rd time now. Enjoy! This youtube channel ( Moosegeek123) has other "house" series also. I have not yet watched any of the
  22. furbaby: Our area ext office doesn't test gauges either. I mailed mine to presto before canning season to: Call 1-800-877-0441 weekdays 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Central Time) National Presto Industries, Inc., Consumer Service Department 3925 North Hastings Way Eau Claire, WI 54703-3703 There is no charge to test them and they pay the shipping back to you. It is also a great idea to have that 3 piece weight set on hand too in case it gets to where we can't mail the gauges off.
  23. Media Silence on Disturbing New Evidence About Monsanto’s Roundup http://blog.friendseat.com/monsanto-round-up-ready-alfalfa-herbicide In January, Dr. Don Huber sent a then confidential letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack warning of a link between genetically modified crops and sudden death syndrome in crops and infertility in livestock. Huber, a retired emeritus professor of plant pathology at Purdue University who has done research for Monsanto on chemical herbicides, urged Vilsack to postpone the approval of Roundup Ready alfalfa because of a pathogen associated wi
  24. This channel has over 100 videos on solar cooking. It's amazing at how many items around the house you can make a solar cooker out of such as glass bowls.... I am still new to solar cooking. I have my Sun Oven outside doing some waterless boiled eggs. http://sunshinecooking-sunshinecooking.blogspot.com/
  25. I'm not a faraday cage expert, but this looks like it might work. I just wonder if it should also be grounded. http://www.youtube.com/user/LDSPrepper#p/u/3/EoQZY1FtI3c
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