POSER HOMESTEAD

Canning 101: How to Preserve the Harvest (safely!)

Canning 101: How to Preserve the Harvest (safely!)

Canning 101: Preserve the Harvest and Eat Well All Year Canning's not just for grandmothers anymore. Canning fed Napoleon’s armies and kept homesteaders alive. Now, it's back in fashion! Canning lets you eat like you hired Oprah's chef while saving the world from...

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Get Rid of That Mouse Now!

Get Rid of That Mouse Now!

The mouse was my friend. He was a cute little critter that showed up at 4AM. At first, I didn't notice him. I thought I had a speck of dust on my glasses. I cleaned it off and drank more coffee. Then, I thought, "I think it's a mouse." We argued for a few weeks, my...

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HOW TO SAVE $5K ON PMI WITH ONE PHONE CALL…

HOW TO SAVE $5K ON PMI WITH ONE PHONE CALL…

Every month I overpay my mortgage. Only a fraction goes to reduce the debt--most goes to taxes, escrow, and PMI.  An extra payment here, ten dollars there. It all adds up in the end. I'm not close to paying it off yet but I'm hoping to be close to the time when I...

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The Devil’s Lettuce: How to have Fresh Greens in Winter

The Devil’s Lettuce: How to have Fresh Greens in Winter

I wanted to grow lettuce, but I didn't have any light... So I went to the indoor gardening store looking for lettuce lights. This was a while ago before the Poser Homestead became a thing. I had an entire basement room to dedicate to winter crops. If I set out some...

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Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit

Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit

Beans, beans the magical fruit… Actually, they’re not a fruit, they’re a legume, but who cares? They taste good. You could buy beans for a buck or two a can, but they’d taste like the aluminum they’re canned in. You can do better. Make these fresh! Quick soak method:...

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Help! I’m Buried in Zucchini!

Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch? There is–if you’re in zucchini season. Zucchini is one of the world’s least appreciated foods, which is unfortunate. It's nearly impossible to kill zucchini, and if the world ended, there'd be only one food left on the...

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Couponing Is Costing You A Fortune

Couponing Is Costing You A Fortune

Stop couponing! It's costing you money! There! I said it.  Couponing is bad. I’m the cheapest person on earth.  I’m the master of thrift, the Chieftan of Cheap.  I was reusing, recycling,  repurposing, and bringing my own bag long before it became cool.  When extreme...

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Make Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Make Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Ratio-Based Bread Baking We bake our bread at home daily.  My friends say “If I had your time…”  I don’t have any more time than any other working mom who does a million extra things.  What I do have is a secret recipe and a process.  I make the bread dough at night,...

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