A Work In Progress — The Experiment That Is My Life

For the first time in ages, I feel optimistic about a plan to get my health moving in the right direction again.  It seems like I’ve been spinning my wheels — even backsliding — since last summer.  After a visit … Continue reading

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Finally — Eggs at the Homestead

Not long ago, I started to wonder if we’d ever see eggs here at the Wittekind homestead.  After all, we hadn’t programmed a light this winter, so we got our last eggs from the girls around Thanksgiving.  Mother Nature came … Continue reading

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From Rural King’s Blog: Awesome Powdered Laundry Detergent

Last year, Fred sent me a link to a powdered laundry detergent recipe from Rural King’s blog.  At first, I thought, “I’m not interested.  I have a recipe that I like, and I can even use it to make powdered … Continue reading

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Product Review — Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000

My dear husband found an amazing deal on a refurbished PC, and he decided to get it for me for Christmas.  The machine came with awesome specs; it even included an operating system (which we promptly replaced with CentOS 7.) … Continue reading

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Chili Done Chernobyl-Style v2.0

I modified my go-to chili recipe so that it’s a bit thinner.  It’s still wicked-hot and very filling, but it won’t mound on your spoon like a glob of peanut butter would.  I think this’ll be the way I start … Continue reading

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Save with Sarah — Amazon Prime

It’s that time of year again — tax time. And if you’re anything like me, tax time means it’s time to think about how to get the biggest bang from your tax refund buck. At the Wittekind homestead, that means … Continue reading

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When WordPress Gives You Lemons

Last week, I spent several hours working on a product review for the blog.  I wanted to add some photos, so I saved my draft and I tabled it for later.  Apparently, “later” meant “a lot later” though because when … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned from This Year’s Cold-Weather Camping Trip

For the third year in a row now, my husband and our older son went to Winter Rendezvous, a cold-weather camping event at Maumee Scout Reservation.  The event targets Boy Scouts, but they do allow Cub Scouts to attend.  They … Continue reading

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Product Review: Pineapple Corer, Slicer, Peeler & Cutter

Back in November, Kroger had an amazing sale on fresh pineapples — $.99 each.  Of course the prepper in me got to thinking, “If I could process whole pineapples easily, I could put up a lot of pineapple with the … Continue reading

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Gas Can Modifications Prompted by Drop in Fuel Price

By combining fuel savings programs with the recent plummet in fuel prices, it seemed like a perfect time to expand our home fuel storage.  For us though, the prospect of fighting with 5-gallon gas cans almost seemed like more trouble … Continue reading

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