Making soap from our homekilled beef tallow has been a goal for a few years now. I didn’t like the idea of making soap using oils that I had to buy, it just didn’t fit with our aims for self-reliance. First I learnt to make a tallow and oil soap, and then I tried the […]
Its not quite sourdough, but its not quite commercial bread with “dough conditioner”, soaked dough is one way to slightly ferment the bread dough before you cook it, while still using commercial yeast. I share my recipe and some tips in this post.
There are many reasons to consider raising chickens for meat. The fact that they are small means that they are very easy to butcher, with no specialty equipment required. Even on a small property, you can raise a few chickens, and even better, you can either butcher them all at once, or just do a […]
Hand sewing is an important skill and the ability to mend garments by adjusting hems, sewing on buttons and darning small holes, can be a good way to save money by making clothes last longer. Here’s how I sew a hem by hand.
Even though we call it a “simple life”, getting started can appear anything by simple. There are lots of ways to start living a simple life and the path you chose will depend on your priorities and abilities. I’ve been thinking about some good (easy and cheap) places to start, based on my own experiences, […]
If I was to encourage you to grow just one herb, whether you have a large garden or only a small balcony, without a doubt it would be parsley (Pertroselinum crispum). Parsley is incredibly easy to grow and propagate, it goes with nearly every meal and has a number of important medicinal properties.