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My Homesteading Philosophy

The homesteading life is not a destination to get to, but a journey to self-discovery. It’s a journey back to our roots and living a simpler way of life.

It’s not all easy times and roses, though. In fact, it can be hard work! But take a minute to look at the simple beauty around you. The birds singing, the sun rising, the wind whispering across an open field — these things can lead to a more fulfilling inner peace that may be missing in your life right now.

So, what dreams do you have?

What gives you inner peace?

Share your dreams in the comments below and how you’re achieving them. It may help give others a starting point or a revelation that, YES, it CAN be done!

Remember: Don’t forget to look back and reflect on how far you’ve come.

Bulk Copycat Bisquick

Ever go to make a recipe and it calls for Bisquick and you realize that you’re out? Ugh! 🙁 Well, this recipe is a fundamental staple in any homesteaders pantry and can be made in bulk and have it on hand whenever you need it!

It is so easy to do using a food processor I use this one and love it!

If you don’t have or would rather not use a food processor, you’ll need 2 large bowls and a pastry cutter. You’ll also need a whisk, measuring cups and spoons.

This recipe makes 11-12 cups and can be halved or increased.

You will need:

  • 8 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 cups vegetable shortening (Butter Crisco sticks work well, too)

In your large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. Do this slowly or you’ll end up looking like “Casper the friendly ghost!” 🙂

Next, take 1/2 the mixture and add it to your food processor with 1 cup of shortening. Pulse together until mixture resembles coarse meal. Pour this into a large bowl and repeat with the other 1/2. Add both together after you’re thru and put in an airtight container.

If doing this by hand you can slowly cut in your shortening with the pastry cutter until it looks like coarse meal.

Store at room temperature for about 3 months. For longer storage, you can freeze it.

Use this mix in any recipe that calls for Bisquick!

Homesteading, Anxiety & a Simpler Life

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Homesteading, anxiety and a simpler life, how do we deal with it?

 

A homesteaders way of life is often times referred to as the” simple life…” while that is true in some ways, it isn’t in others. It can also be a time for anxiety attacks.

When we first began homesteading (a few years ago) we were doing so on 1 main outside income…mine. While this was a good way for us to begin our journey to the life we envisioned, it was anything but simple or easy and often created a high level of anxiety.  Anxiety can often create an enormous amount of pressure for the one working in the corporate world. You might be questioning yourself as to  “why am I not helping out”, “why aren’t I getting done the things I need to” and so on.

 

There are many ways to combat those feelings and keep them under control here are a few that I find comfort in

  1. Stop! Look around at the beauty that is all around you on your homestead. From the sunrise or sunset to the flowers, fields, gardens or trees and realize that the sacrifices you’re making now will be worth it soon.
  2.  Tell yourself every day that this life is worth every struggle you may encounter,  this job is only a brief stop in your journey to happiness.
  3. Start a journal,  sometimes simply writing down the things that cause anxious moments will help to keep the perspective of why these sacrifices are being made.
  4.  Have a spot where you can go on your homestead to meditate and find peace. That may be your flower garden, vegetable garden, on the porch in a swing, or even sitting on a stump as mom used to say :), you get the idea. Whatever and where ever works for you.
 Most importantly…BREATHE!! Close your eyes and just breathe in and out deeply. And never forget what it’s all about and how happy it will make you. All the sacrifices, worries, sleepless nights that you encounter believe me will be worth it.

You have to have the mindset that homesteading is a lifestyle in and of its own. And with that lifestyles are struggles, anxious moments, sacrifices and worried sleepless nights. But, they can all be dealt with by reminding yourself daily what you are gaining. How happy the little accomplishments make you feel. And most of all by remembering to “never let weeds grow around your dreams.”

 

Easy Blueberry Cobbler

Do you enjoy a good homemade cobbler?

Well, then you’re in the right place because homemade cobbler is “da bomb” and especially blueberry!

This is one of the easiest blueberry cobblers I have ever made and it is now my go-to recipe.

The recipe is quite simple and only involves a few ingredients, most of which you may already have on hand!

Utensils needed:
Large bowl and whisk
Or you can use a hand or stand mixer

Ingredients:

You will need the following:
  1. 1 Qt. blueberry pie filling ( you can also substitute 2 cans or any quarts of fruit you have on hand).
  2. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  3. 1 cup self-rising flour ( you can make your own by removing 1 Tbls. of flour and replacing it with 1 Tbs. of baking powder).
  4. 1 Tbls. Vanilla extract
  5. 1 cup milk
  6. 1 stick butter (melted)

This cobbler can be maybe with just about any fruit you like. I’ve made it with peaches, apples, blackberries, and even fruit cocktail!

Yummy! 🙂

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with Pam. You can also grease and flour your pan. (I have made this in a variety of baking dishes so if you’d like it thinner then try a 13×9.)

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the butter, vanilla, sugar, flour, and milk. Next, pour the batter into your prepared baking dish.

After this is done pour the blueberry pie filling on top of the batter and bake for 30 minutes. The batter will rise above the fruit and get really juicy.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

Enjoy!

Karen

Simple Ways to Save Money

Does your money not quite reach the end of your month?

Do you find yourself struggling to get there?

There are many ways to stretch your dollars from using coupons to menu planning…..

  • When shopping for groceries or other essentials the first thing you need to do is make a list and stick to it! Also, look for items with a coupon on them or buy generic labels. Try using coupons, many places accept them and some will even double the amount listed!

  • Buy in bulk when it’s on sale! Things like toilet tissue and paper towels are always good places to start. Try buying rice and beans to use as meal stretchers.
  • – Download an app for your phone such as Checkout51.com or iBotta.com which pays you to buy certain products by simply taking a picture of your receipt and sending it to them. (I personally love Checkout51 and it’s really easy to use too!) There’s also Befrugal.com and Swagbucks.com to name a few.
  • -After you have harvested, canned and frozen the things from your garden, take the excess and sell it to or trade it with your neighbors for something you didn’t grow. Try setting up a small stand and sell it IF your local ordinances allow it.
  • – Eat at home more often! It’s healthier and cheaper.
  • – Plan out your meals for the month this will help you to know what you need and don’t have on hand. I have a large monthly calendar that I write each day on and that way if something comes up and I need to switch to a quick meal idea I just simply switch the days on the calendar.
  • Lastly and most importantly…Don’t buy it if you don’t need it! Impulse buys are very costly to any budget!
  • Now then, you have a few ideas to help you to stretch your money a little farther. Buying in bulk, planning meals, growing your own food, and simply paying attention to where your money goes will help you to “stretch” it out!

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