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“How should I prepare a food storage for an emergency?

“How should I prepare a food storage for an emergency?

Someone asked a question about preparing for emergencies—specifically “Do you (or how do you) prepare?” I started to answer on the thread, but the answer’s pretty long, so I’ll put it here on the Poser Homestead instead. I got my food storage by accident. If you’ve...

Easy Cinder Block Planter Projects

Easy Cinder Block Planter Projects

Cinder block planters don't have to be ugly. We had a big empty space where we used to stack wood, but we built a woodshed. "Can't you do something about that space?" my husband asked. He suggested some whiskey barrels or nice flower pots, but those are expensive. So,...

PROJECT: Simple Raised Beds for the Garden

PROJECT: Simple Raised Beds for the Garden

Raised beds are a great way to organize the garden. I kill sections of my garden every year. It drives my family crazy, but me, not so much. I do what I can do, then I "Where's Waldo" for a tomato in July. This is my first year working remotely. So, I'm ramping up the...

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...

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...

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,...