Have you wondered how to improve your soil in your raised garden beds? I drove out to LaVerkin, Utah to a small family-owned garden shop called Ballard Nursery to get the scoop on soil, raised beds and so much more. We have all had good years of gardening and occasional years when we wonder what the in the world happened to my squash, or whatever.
Why you need to be self-reliant is a statement that often brings up a lot of questions. First of all, what does self-reliant mean? I found this statement describing the phrase self-reliant from Merriam-Webster and I quote “confident in your own abilities and able to do things for yourself : not needing help from other people” End of quote. That pretty well sums it up, we need to take care of ourselves. I don’t know about you, but I remember having to work from the time I was very little. No this isn’t a story about how I walked through two feet of snow to get to school. My mom raised me to be independent. I raised my four daughters to be independent.
If you are like me, you are looking for a frugal way to preserve your food. What I’m talking about are those bananas sitting on your kitchen counter and they are starting to get those tiny brown spots. Well, I can’t make banana bread all the time, so I slice a few of those bananas and dehydrate them for snacks. Once dehydrated I place them in a wide mouth mason quart jar with a lid, either by using my FoodSaver to remove the air or just using those Ball jar lids like these: Ball 37000 Wide Mouth Plastic Storage Caps 8 Count. I prefer using the wide mouth mason quart jars because they are wide enough so my hand fits nicely in the jar to grab a healthy snack like dehydrated bananas.
I’m sharing some of my healthy breakfasts you can make very easily today. Some of the recipes you can make ahead of time and eat them cold or heat them up in the microwave. I will share the printable recipes at the bottom of the post. I know we are all trying to eat healthier so I thought I would try and add as many vegetables to some of my old standby recipes as possible. You basically need a skillet, maybe a cast iron one like this: Lodge L10SK3 Pre-Seasoned Skillet, 12-Inch a muffin/cupcake pan similar to this one: Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Muffin Pan, 12 Cup and All-Clad 59946 Stainless Steel Lasagna Pan with Lid Specialty Cookware, 14.5 by 11.75 by 2.5-Inch, Silver
If you don’t want to be in the dark when the lights go out you need to be ready before you lose power. Yes, we will have power outages. The power may be out for a day, a week, several weeks or months. I’m not a doomsday prepper, I actually don’t even like the word prepper anymore because of the messages being promoted from some of the over the top survivalists in the world. But I will say this, I do not like the dark, period. Here’s the deal, we can get through a power outage during the day because we have windows with light coming through them. It’s when the sun goes down that we need some light in our homes.
Have you wondered how to use a thermal cooker to make meals? Do you know what a thermal cooker is by chance? It’s basically a slow cooker using zero electricity after you bring the recipe in the main pot to a boil for four FULL minutes. The next thing you do is quickly place the lid on the inner pan (that’s boiling) and place it in the sturdy thermal cooker and lock the lid in place. I wish every family had one of these to use for hot dishes and cold dishes. I bought mine about four years ago and love it to make meals for vacations or taking something to the park to eat.