A place I will document our journey in living off the land

Busy! April 24, 2013

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I have been fairly busy the past few weeks and have totally neglected my blog! I am sorry 🙂 I went and visited my sister in CA for a few days, and that was a much needed break and fun! I hadn’t seen her in a year, so it was definitely past time! During that time, the butcher came out and got my pigs. I now have a freezer full of meat and I am so thankful they have provided our family with food. I miss them, for sure though, and look forward to getting another batch this fall.

My seedlings are doing awesome! So awesome, that they really are ready to go outside. Unfortunately, I keep waking up to snow :/ I thought it was almost the end of April?! I know here in Montana though, the weather is very unpredictable, and who knows when it will be time to plant! So I may be setting containers up for this stuff until they can go out full time.


Beans in a pot! I am really excited about getting beans early and so far, they are doing well!


My freezer! This makes me SO happy and I am very proud of what I have accomplished so far. 90% of this freezer contains things I have grown or raised. There are vegetables from my garden last year, chicken that I raised last summer and pork! I am picking up another freezer this week, and hoping I can get this one defrosted. I need to paint it as well, since it is now a “in the house” freezer and not a garage freezer! Thinking chalkboard or dry erase paint. Then we can write notes, keep a record of what is IN the freezer, ect.


Blah! I know we need the moisture, but I am really over snow. I love the stuff.. in the winter. I saw a meme on Facebook the other day, that said we are currently celebrating “Sprinter” How accurate! Most of this snow is now gone though, but more is in the forecast.



Introduction March 14, 2013

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Last year I started my journey, in becoming as self sufficient as I can be. Learning how to grow and preserve my own food, including meat. That journey is continuing and I felt it important that I try to document it as best as I can, so that I;

  • 1. have something to look back on.
  • 2. have a place to share my thoughts and experiences easily with family and friends
  • 3. hopefully help others gain the confidence to do this themselves.

The more I learn about the things we buy from the store to eat, the stronger my desire becomes to avoid those items. The manufacturing process, the growing practices and the lack of care that is in the food supply these days, is downright scary. There is no thought to how it will affect those that are eating it, the only thought goes into how they can make more, make it faster, make it last longer and make more money. And that bothers me, a lot.

So I want to welcome you to my little spot on the web, where I will post our successes, and our failures. Because we only learn by failing. My 3 children will be with helping with this journey, as my desire is to instill in them the knowledge and the drive, to no longer succumb to what is considered “normal” and to do things for themselves. My hope is, when they are older, this will be what is normal, this will be what is natural. It won’t be whats always easiest, or fastest. But it will be what is the most rewarding.

I do want to put up a warning on here. Not only will we be gardening and preserving our harvest, we will be raising our own meat animals as well. My goal is give them the best life possible, while they are here with us. Their time may be short, but they will be happy, healthy and get to live their lives as they should. So please understand that, if you start reading my blog, that I will be discussing this. It is an important part in becoming self sufficient and its, in my opinion, the natural order of things. I know that not all agree with that, so I wanted to put this little warning up. I look forward to getting to know all that decide to take this journey with me!