Category Archives: Prepping

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: 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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Tornadoes in November: An After-Action Review

I thought we’d made it through the 2013 tornado season with relative ease, but as yesterday’s mid-November tornadoes tore through the Midwest, I realized that Mother Nature had other ideas. Yesterday’s storms gave me an interesting perspective, so I thought … Continue reading

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Canning Projects at the Homestead

Surprisingly, this summer has provided several opportunities to get more proficient with my canning skills.  And I’m stunned by the value of one purchase that’s made it all go so much easier. I believe it was last winter when my … Continue reading

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At the Wittekind Homestead: Update for 02/05/13

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a homestead update, and even though we’ve been dealing with the gloom of winter in Indiana, there’s plenty to do! Despite the fact that we’re a quarter of the way into year four at … Continue reading

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13Skills.com — Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Back in November, Jack Spirko over at The Survival Podcast started hatching this brilliant idea.  He asked his listeners to undertake a challenge; pick 13 skills to improve or master in 2013, and track goals and progress on a purpose-built … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts on Surviving Flu Season

Unfortunately, the flu is a particularly hot topic at the Wittekind homestead because Fred tested positive for influenza yesterday.  Our situation inspired me to share some random thoughts that might be useful — or at the very least, interesting — … Continue reading

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Egg-cellent News!

I wanted to get this out yesterday, but with sick people in the house, it just didn’t go as planned. We were so excited to find our biggest egg yet in the coop yesterday.  As you can see by the … Continue reading

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Frustration at the Gun Range

My husband’s employer was gracious enough to host a company picnic at Ceraland Park, Cummins’ recreational area.  We were excited about the food and the fellowship, the pool, the paddle boats, and the camping, but most of all, I was … Continue reading

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