3 Evacuation Lessons Learned From Aftermath

3 Evacuation Lessons Learned from Aftermath

Recently, I was given a copy of Aftermath: A Story of Survival by LeAnn Edmondson. I’m not a huge reader of the post apocalyptic genre. I’ve only read a few books in this category—One Second After, The Road, The Jakarta Pandemic, and the Hunger Games series, to name a few. But each one that I’ve read has left a lasting impression on me and Aftermath is no different. Even though Aftermath is a fictional survival story, it gives you plenty to think about and makes you evaluate your family's emergency plans.  In fact, right in the beginning pages, you learn some valuable evacuation [Read More...]

Do You Make These 10 Food Storage Mistakes?

Do You Make These 10 Food Storage Mistakes?

When we think about all the things we need to be ready for an emergency, food storage usually tops the list. Obviously, food is necessary for survival so it’s really a no-brainer. Whether your planning for a natural disaster, a job loss or just “Mom’s down with the flu”, stocking up on food is the smart thing to do.  However, as you get started, the process seems overwhelming. You're full of questions. What do I buy? How much should I buy? And what do I do with it once I buy it? You're not feeling confident and what you really want to know [Read More...]

7 Tips for Seed Starting Success

7 Tips for Seed Starting Success

Are you impatiently waiting to get your spring garden started? I sure am. This month, we had a few warm teaser days and all I could think about was getting out in the garden and playing in the dirt. Well, guess what? Even though spring is 32 days away, we don't have to sit idle any more!  Seed starting is a great way to get a jump start on spring planting, save some money and get your gardening fix! Starting seeds indoors isn't all that difficult but, there are a few tricks that can ensure an abundance of healthy plants. Here [Read More...]

How to Make Vanilla Extract

How to Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is one of those kitchen staples that is used in just about every baking dish. It’s often the “secret” ingredient that will really pull out all of the flavors in a sweet treat and enhance it. It’s a definite staple of cooking from scratch, but PURE vanilla extract, (not the imitation stuff) is actually kind of hard to find in the US. And if you are able to find it, it’s typically outrageously priced considering how cheap and easy it is to make. That’s why I’m going to show you how to make vanilla extract. Trust me, once you taste this wonderful deliciousness, you’ll never buy [Read More...]

Maxpedition TRIPTYCH Organizer Giveaway

Maxpedition TRIPTYCH Organizer Giveaway

Maxpedition is known for creating bags and packs with superior durability and ergonomics.  Their quality gear is preferred by tactical officers, military operators & adventure travelers around the world.  That's why I'm super excited to be a host in today's Maxpedition giveaway.  One lucky winner will receive one large Maxpedition TRIPTYCH Organizer (ARV $59.99).  If you haven't put together your office emergency kit or vehicle first aid kit yet, be sure to enter. This bag would be perfect for that!  It's a large organizer [Read More...]

Easy Homemade Dog Treats Recipe

Easy Homemade Dog Treats Recipe

Today, is the last day of the Wondermill Grain Mill Challenge. If you aren't familiar with the challenge, it goes like this: Wondermill sends a grain mill to a blogger and challenges her to make 3 recipes using freshly ground flour.  After I received my Wondermill, the first thing I made was Christmas cookies for my kiddos.  Then, I made the best-tasting, gluten-free bread for my husband. So now, that only leaves one thing to make—some homemade dog treats for my best girl, Ig. Here's what she thinks of this idea: As you [Read More...]

Yes, You Can Can Nuts!

Yes, You Can Can Nuts!

When you think of canning, what comes to mind? Fruits and vegetables, right? And then, maybe some meat. Were you thinking about nuts?  Yes, You Can Can Nuts. If you are surprised to hear this, you’re not alone. Recently, I received a copy of  The Organic Canner, a new book by author, Daisy Luther. The Organic Canner is a how-to can book that includes more than 65 recipes.  I was cruising through it, getting excited about all the new canning possibilities when I came to a screeching halt on page 133. There is a chapter titled, [Read More...]

How to Hand Pollinate a Lemon Tree

How to Hand Pollinate a Lemon Tree

If you live in the U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11, consider yourself lucky. You don't need to bring your lemon trees indoors for the winter. But for the rest of us who have to move our citrus trees inside before it gets too cold, we need to know how to hand pollinate a lemon tree. Last year, around this time, my new-to-me Meyer lemon tree was in full bloom with beautiful white flowers.  I shared a photo on Facebook and you were kind enough to remind me that because it was indoors where bees and other natural [Read More...]

The Best Gluten Free Bread

A recipe for The Best Gluten Free Bread

Last year, my husband decided to go gluten-free. It wasn't really a problem for me or the rest of the gluten-eating gang in our house. I prepared the family meals as normal and he ate what he could—which was pretty much everything except for bread products. The only thing I had to do differently was pick up a loaf of Udi's gluten free bread at the store. If you're familiar with Udi's, then you'll know that their loaves are not that big. They're also very pricey. So, after a few months of buying their bread, I knew I needed an alternative. The search was on for a homemade gluten free [Read More...]

How to Build an Emergency Fund The Easy Way

How to Build an Emergency Fund The Easy Way

Recent studies show that more than half of Americans do not have an emergency fund set aside.   Yes, we could get into all the reasons why many of us haven't been able to save, but for today, let's focus on what we can do to make a dent in that statistic. If you've been unsuccessful at saving money, I'm going to show you a way to get your emergency fund started. What is an Emergency Fund? An emergency fund is money you set aside in an easily accessible savings account to be used only in an emergency. It's not your "Let's go on a cruise!" fund or "Now, I [Read More...]

Top 10 Posts of 2014

Home Ready Home's Top 10 Posts of 2014

Another year is coming to a close. Can you believe it? Traditionally, the new year is a time to reflect back on the passing year. So in the spirit of reflection, let's look back at 2014's blog posts and see which ones y'all liked the most. And if you missed one of these the first time around, I have good news. This is your chance to catch up.  :) Here are the top 10 posts of 2014 starting with... #10 → How to Store Food in Buckets "Oh boy, are you one of those people with buckets full of wheat, beans and rice?" That was my friend's [Read More...]

Wheat Grinding For Beginners

Wheat Grinding For Beginners

How do you make flour out of wheat? A few years ago, I wouldn't have had an answer for you as I'd never heard of anyone outside of the history books making their own flour. It wasn't until after I made the decision to live a more self-reliant life that I learned about grain mills. But still, not having a mill of my own, I didn't have much knowledge to share. So, recently, when a wonderful opportunity arose to try my hand at making flour, I jumped at the chance. As part of the Grain Mill Wagon Challenge, I was given a WonderMill Grain Mill and [Read More...]

6 Types of Mulch to Use in Your Garden

6 Types of Mulch to Use in Your Garden

In the last post on Home Ready Home, Mike the Gardener shared with us the 3 steps to take now for next year's garden.  I followed Mike's advice and reviewed the notes I made regarding my last garden.  If you remember, this summer I had a garden at the mountain house. My neighbor had a neglected garden plot and we decided to work it together. He would provide the plot, tools and knowledge and I'd do the planting and weeding.  It worked out well. We successfully grew potatoes, peppers, tomatoes and squash.  But we also grew a ton of [Read More...]

3 Steps To Take Now for Next Year’s Vegetable Garden

3 Steps to Take Now for Next Year's Vegetable Garden

Good planning can make a big difference between a prosperous and productive home vegetable garden, and one that sputters throughout the season.  Even though we are on the cusp of winter time, and gardening may be the furthest thing from your mind, now is the perfect time to start planning a few things. 1. Review Last Year's Plan Before you even start thinking about your 2015 garden, the first step in every plan should be to review your 2014 garden.  Did you write a plan down for 2014?  If not, how do you know what worked?  When did you feed your plants, water them and [Read More...]

“Better than Mott’s” Homemade Applesauce

"Better Than Mott's" Homemade Applesauce

Growing up, the only applesauce I ate came in a jar with a label on it that said Mott’s. I liked it fine as a kid but as I got older I stopped eating applesauce all together. It just wasn’t that great. As a newbie canner, I was told several times to try canning applesauce because it’s easy to can. However, if I’m putting in the effort, I want to can something I like. Applesauce didn't make the cut. So, instead, I canned strawberry and blueberry jam. Then, I canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, traditional salsa and peach salsa. I even tried pressure canning. The result? Darn good [Read More...]