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How To Make Crock Pot Hot Process Soap For Immediate Use

How To Make Crock Pot Soap   I have been experimenting with fresh herbs in my soap recently but that requires the cold process method which needs 6 to 8 weeks to cure before you can use it.   But with the hot process soap making method the soap is ready

Making All Natural Soap With Fresh Herbal Tea

Homemade Soap With Fresh Spearmint   I made another batch of soap but this time I wanted to use some fresh herbs from our own garden instead of using essential oil. Essential oils are expensive and in order to have any lasting benefit in soap you need an entire bottle for a

Boiling Maple Sap Into Syrup & Restoring An Old Macbook For Work

Its all hands on deck this week with the maple sap flowing like water faucets from the trees now. We are into late February and the maple trees are waking up. The 70 taps that I have out there are producing heavily.   Chris is here boiling the sap down for me each day. He wor

Building A Wood Stove Boiler System For Greenhouse Heating

I am building a wood stove water boiler heating system for our off grid winter greenhouse using an antique wood stove water boiler and two 55 gallon steel barrels. This will work using the thermosiphon effect and will have no moving parts and no outside power source to run it.  

Still working on a newer and better Hydrogen Booster for my old Honda

July 8th, 2011   With the cost of gas prices soaring, I have been stressing about not using a hydrogen booster in my car so far this summer. I pulled it out to rework the design.   I have been working like crazy in the shop on a new design for my H2O boos

Chicory, coffee substitute and medicine

I have been studying the common roadside weed, chicory. This plant is actually quite amazing and will always be kept in my pantry from now on. Chicory root roasting in the oven leaves an incredible smell something like chocolate combined with a woody scent. The whole room smells good.

Low Cost Homemade Laundry Detergent Goes A Long Way

This is a simple old fashioned homemade laundry detergent which will last you a very long time. The cost of this homemade soap is very low compared to commercially purchased laundry detergents on the market. For only about ten dollars of raw ingredients you will have years of laundry detergent us

Make A Chainsaw Sawbuck From Scrap Materials

We are clearing about an acre and a half on our 56 acre land to make space for our off grid homestead. We are cutting a lot of trees and I needed an easier way to cut them with the chainsaw so I made a sawbuck using all scrap materials.   We are buying this land and trying to

World Famous Simple Granola Cookie Recipe

This is my now World famous simple survival cookie recipe. I used to make these cookies for survival and camping trips but one time after sharing with friends they became so popular that I had to make them all the time. This is a very simple and easy recipe using few ingredients.  

Repaired Broken Tumbling Composter Even Stronger & Better

I got a tumbling composting bin that had broken off legs and built a new stand using all free pallet wood. The new stand is rugged and way stronger than the original wobbly tube stand that it came with. My new composting bin should last a lifetime.   A friend of mine gave me

Wintergreen A Year Round Natural Treat & Medicine

Wintergreen is a low growing ground cover plant with tiny red berries in the fall. It is an evergreen shrub so you can always find its green leaves, even in winter. Most people know wintergreen from chewing gum or toothpaste but it has many other uses. Wintergreen is a tasty treat i

How I beat the allergy season this year so far

I used to get sick all the time when I was younger. I was allergic to almost everything. Just about all palnts and animals and most fresh fruits and vegetables. Through the years I started to realize that I can change this myself through healthy eating and living. Here is my story.  

Raw Maple Sap - The Health Benefits of Drinking Maple Water

When you are making your preparations for a more self-sufficient lifestyle, don’t forget about the things you have available in your own yard.  You can plant a garden, of course, but there are also greens, not-so-fondly known as weeds, that provide natural nutrition and health benefits

How to tap maple trees to make your own maple syrup Pg2

This is page two of the article. If you missed the first plage, please read it here:  How to tap maple trees to make your own syrup   Trees should be ta

How to tap maple trees to make your own maple syrup

More and more people are trying their hands at homesteading and self-sufficient lifestyles.  Rather than depend primarily on grocery stores, the idea is to grow, or raise, one's own food.  Whether you choose to do this to save money, or due to a desire to eat more organically, tho
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