How To Prepare Bountiful Meals Ahead Of Time | Podcast 36

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Carol from Everything Home With Carol has six children ranging in age from 11 - 27 and 1 grandchild. Even though she and her husband grew up in town they decided to change their lives and the lives of their children about 14 years ago by moving to the country. They have tried to live a self-sufficient, sustainable lifestyle as much as they can since then. Carol tried once a month cooking in order to make dinner time less stressful, but found that it took a full day to shop, a full day to cook, and then a full day to recuperate so she looked for ways to make food ahead that would fit with her lifestyle. You can learn more about it in her book Homestead Cooking With Carol: Bountiful ... read more

How to Store Dehydrated Vegetables: Preserving Food’s Goodness

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It takes a lot of work to dehydrate vegetables. Finding just the right veggies that are both at their peak of ripeness, and in perfect condition, is just the first step. Then: cleaning, washing, and slicing into the right thickness before drying in the correct temperature for just the right amount of time. Whew! That's a lot of work - too much work to allow the dried product to ruin with improper storage methods. How to Store Dried Vegetables Let's look at the best ways to properly store dried vegetables to keep them in a usable, nutritious condition for as long as possible. Normally, the storable shelf-life for vegetables is only 6 months but with proper packaging you'll get months ... read more

Top 5 Misleading Claims About Essential Oils & Pregnancy

Debunking the Myths Surrounding Essential Oils and Pregnancy

This is a guest post by Dr. Eric Zielinski. Please note: This is NOT a "HOW TO" article, but one that is focused on DEBUNKING THE COMMON MYTHS associated with the use of essential oils while pregnant. I have a love-hate relationship with The Google. Just search “essential oils” and you’ll get every opinion humanly possibly thrown at you, which has stirred up a frenzy of confusion and misguided advise. I also hold a love-hate sentiment about our beloved 1st Amendment. People can say whatever they want on their blog and this leads more people astray than you might think. Hey, if it’s on the Internet, it must be true, right? Wrong! There are several "Million Dollar Bloggers" (as I ... read more

Growing Tomato Plants from Seeds

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Planting tomatoes can be expensive if you buy partially-grown tomato plants from a store or nursery. So, what's a frugal mom to do? Simple: buy the seeds and grow your own tomato plants from seed! Tip: How To Choose Tomato Plants For Your Garden Planting Tomato Seeds Ideally, you want to have the seedlings up and ready to plant when the danger of frost at night is over. If you miss that, don't fret, you've got lots of time to get tomato plants grown and producing. So let's get started. First of all, you need to buy sterile seed starting mix (young seedlings die easily from diseases and molds in unsterilized soil) and pour some in a large, well-drained container. Then, make ... read more

How A Family Of Seven Lives In A Tiny House | Podcast 35

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Stephanie, one of our writers here at MomPrepares, started her married life in a large house with three bathrooms. She felt like her possessions and what she had to maintain was controlling her instead of her managing it. After a brutal loss - and five kids later - her family of seven lives in 700 square feet and are very glad to have it! Listen to hear Stephanie's favorite things about living in a small house, how she handles clutter and what is hardest for her to get rid of, the unusual thing in her dining room, what the key to living in a tiny house is for her, how much clothes she personally has, how she handles homeschooling materials, what she thinks about ... read more

Bring Dried Vegetables Back to Life

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Remember all those dried vegetables you carefully dehydrated and stored away? It's time to bring them out and use them to cook with - but do you know how to bring them back to a usable state of re-hydration so you can present them to your family? Commercially-produced dried foods today are at a 2% to 3% moisture level - this means that the vegetable will be a less-intense version of the fresh vegetable. Home-dried vegetables may have a higher moisture concentration which will not affect re-hydration times but will cause the dried vegetables to have a shorter shelf life. How To Reconstitute Dried Vegetables Dried Green Beans: Soak in hot water for about 1 hour or 2 hours in cold ... read more