Homesteading

Then and Now: Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is May 10, 2015. How has it changed since 1955 (the year Lehman’s opened)? And how has it stayed the same? Plus, 5 great ways to spoil mom this Mother’s Day.

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It’s That Time Again, Part 2: 200 Gallons!

If you have at least one or two Maple trees, give it a whirl. Any Maple will work–even Silver Maple. You can boil the sap down on your kitchen stove, and put some moisture into your house. That’s not a bad thing after the dry air of winter.

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Sweet Syrup from Your Own Backyard!

With just a few maple trees, you can make your own sugary-sweet maple syrup! It doesn’t take a lot of fancy equipment; in fact, about the most expensive thing you will need is time.

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Amish Lenten Soup Recipe

When I came across this simple soup recipe, I was intrigued. A little searching led me to the following information.

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40 Below

I have experienced the bitterness of cold weather; so cold in fact, that you thought you were going to die. Traveling the back-roads of the United States and Canada can place you into some really remote parts of this country. It can be a real challenge in winter months.

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Thrifty Laundry Soap Recipe (From a Mother of 7)

As a mother of seven, laundry has always been a huge job. I swear the hamper has not been empty for more than five minutes in the past forty years. Some years ago I began making my own laundry detergent. It really only takes a few minutes of hands-on time and I see no difference in the quality of the finished product.

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Planning the Family Garden Together

When you plan your garden, plant the foods you enjoy eating. This was a hard lesson I learned when I planted my first adult garden off on my own. I planted all the foods my parents had grown.

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Seed Starting Secrets

This is a thrifty way to start seeds. Other ways are probably easier and more efficient, but my way utilizes what might otherwise get throw in the landfill. It’s a win-win in my book.

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