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About the Author

Carrie (aka FarmGirl) is a small town, southern farm girl to the core that married her soul mate and then made 3 perfectly impish boys. They are working hard to provide their children with the kind of memories they had growing up-those of gardens, canning, baking, livestock, and most of all, family. Carrie is always looking for ways to eat better, live simpler and take care of the four men that mean the most to her.

You can find her on her personal blog, Life Imperfectly.

Read all Mom Prepares posts by Carrie.

The Backyard Homestead: An Excellent Resource for Growing Your Own Food

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One of my favorite resources for information on sustainable living, homesteading, preparedness, and more is The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan.  I have found this book to be an invaluable resource in planning how we can grow more of our own food with the resources we have. The concept behind this book is utilizing your… [read more]

Food and Water: Bug-Out Bag Essentials

Water and Food - Bugout Bag Essentials

Food and water should be one of your first concerns when planning and purchasing for your Bug-Out Bag.  I think it’s important that you have a short-term food plan as well as a longer-term food plan for your family and that your emergency kit be able to meet both of those needs. Emergency Supplies: Water… [read more]

How to Barter Your Skills and Bounty: Planning For Success

Bartering Your Skills and Bounty: Planning For Success

Ready to learn how to barter to save yourself some time and money by exchanging skills? Before you get started, think carefully about your skills and the products and services you’ll be exchanging. Make sure that you plan carefully, and you’ll enjoy your foray into the world of bartering. What Skills Do You Have to… [read more]

What To Do When a Tornado is Coming: Weather the Approaching Storm

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If you have to ride out a major storm or tornado in your home, you need to already have a plan for your family in place. We’ve talked some about how to prepare for tornado season, so you should be prepared. If your area is under a tornado warning, but the tornado isn’t bearing down… [read more]

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Pressure Canner verses Pressure Cooker?

Pressure Canner verses Pressure Cooker

One of the big ticket items on my canner’s wish list is a pressure canner/cooker.  Before, I was scared to use one, recalling the big, loud, jiggly one on my grandparents stove –their constant warning to stay away from it did not help my fear nor did the burned fingers on the day I rebelled… [read more]

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FarmGirl’s Favorite Tomato Varieties

FarmGirl's Favorite Tomato Varieties

I’ve always been around gardens. My grandparents were big gardeners, canning all summer long as well as selling produce. My dad and uncles now sell produce as well, so over the years, I’ve been introduced to a lot of varieties of tomatoes. We’ve talked about tomato growth and how to select the right tomatoes for… [read more]