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Mini Homestead Happening for 1/29/2011

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on January 29, 2011

Two naturally-leavened (sourdough) loaves. Fro...

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Not much has been happening on the home front. I have mostly been writing articles and working on the Living the low-Income Life and Frugal Recipes blogs. I have also set up the How to Live the Freelance Life blog.  I have also begun a newsletter titled Freelance Ponderings and Advice. Work has been coming in steady, and I have spent much tome at my sisters using the wireless to be able to accomplish it all.

Zowie has moved back onto campus, and I am plucking away at the heavy duty cleaning and organizing that was not kept up on while I was sick and throughout my surgery and recovery. Things on this front are coming along slowly. I just packed away the Yule stuff this past week, and placed the items in storage a few minutes ago.

I had some good news this past week, in that I may be getting health insurance. I hope so. It would be nice to have my asthma meds refilled so that I can actually breathe normally again.

That homemade apple butter was a success, though I am still looking for a simple, good sour dough recipe that will go the distance. I am rereading the Little House series, and Ma had one that she only had to start the night before. She didn’t keep it going at all times. That is more along the lines of what I want. Any ideas?

Hope you are all enjoying your winter.




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The Frugal Food Column

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on January 21, 2011

Vegetable garden

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If you want to take the time to check out the left sidebar on this blog, you will see a number of categories of articles and whatnot. Notice the category Shannon L. Buck on Experts123. That is me! My very own food column, called Frugal Food. I am very excited over this column, as it is helping me to market the Frugal Recipes blog, which is also mine 🙂

I already have an accumulation of column articles, as well as a question on answered. Feel free to check each of them out. The current column article series is about growing your own food organically and frugally, perfect reads for the homesteader.

I hope that you enjoy the articles.



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Are You a Survivor? Tips for Setting up Survival Food Storage… and a Garden.

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on November 12, 2010

A contemporary kitchen pantry in a U.S. house.

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There was a time when I had a good store of food in the pantry. Whenever Skye would come home for a quick visit from Fort Kent, I would send her home with bags of groceries. If anyone was in need, I could fill a box with food.

Unfortunately, with all of the being ill and the surgery, my stores have dwindled down to nothing. That is what happens when you are unable to replenish.

It is now time to begin this process again. I do not like the feeling that, in an emergency, I will not have plenty of food and other items available. While I am getting back on my feet, I will be purchasing items to restock the pantry with.

Here are the guidelines I plan to use:

  • Store food that I like. Don’t base my purchases on what the girls like. Skye lives away from home, and Zowie is in college and rarely here.
  • Purchase items on sale, with a coupon, whenever possible. Or by using whatever method gives me the best price.
  • Rotate foods. New foods go to the back. Use the older foods first.
  • Garden next year, to help to fill the pantry with minimal cost.
  • Learn how to can and dry foods.
  • Purchase a few of at least 1 food item each week for the pantry.
  • Reevaluate how much food I will eat (by myself) for a year and purchase accordingly, plus 10% to 20% more for visits from the girls and others, and helping people when they are in need.


If you have any tips that will help others to create their survival pantries, please share them in the comments below.

Here are a couple of articles that may interest you:

Survival Gardening Foods

Food Storage Guidelines for Survival

I hope you enjoy the articles.



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Mini Homestead Happenings 11/29/2009

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on November 29, 2009

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. While my daughters and I do not celebrate the old Thanksgiving, we do celebrate all that we are thankful for: Food, shelter, warmth, family and friends.

We have spent some time preparing for winter. We cleaned out much of the junk from under the trailer, left by previous owners, cleaned up the yard, banked the trailer and closed up windows.

Oil has been delivered, and we have a little food stocked. Not a lot, as funds have been limited this year. But enough to feed us a couple of weeks.

Moxie kitty has gone home to her mama. My friend was able to procure a small apartment, and she brought Moxie home to it last week. We miss Moxie, here, but she is safe and well cared for.

Our cats have their winter coats, and they are settled in for the winter. The two who go out during good weather, but do not like winter.

Zowie needs boots, and we will get them next month. We are all set with coats and such. I purchased us gloves last month.

The furnace runs at 65* during the day, 70* in the evening for showers and such, and at about 55* at night. This will take place all winter, and we will turn the furnace off as soon as we can next spring.

Zowie is doing just fine in school, and has her college applications and essays in. We are hoping for a good school. She wants to major in Psychology, and eventually work with adolescents.

I am working at my writing career, and building it up nicely.

How do homesteaders prepare for winter? I am interested in learning about all of the necessities involved. I will add this information to my homestead notebook for future reference.

Warmest Wishes,


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Family Guide to Going Green 2009

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on June 16, 2009

The Family Guide to Going Green 2009 is a great resource for any household. I think that, by nature, homesteader live pretty green lives already, but I wanted to share the guide with everyone anyway.

I, personally, found the guide very useful. I am already do some things in the guide, and my daughter and I will be incorporating more things into our daily lives as well.

For instance, here is what we have already done:

  1. Zowie now has a less toxic water bottle for Upward Bound this summer.
  2. We reuse old towels, dishcloths, etc., as rags.
  3. I have cleared the cupboard of all plastic containers, replacing them with glass jars with metal/glass lids.
  4. We have switched out the light bulbs.
  5. We grow some of our own food.
  6. We are eating more fruits and vegetables.
  7. We are purchasing more organic/all natural foods and other products.
  8. We have a compost bin.
  9. We uses canvas shopping bags.
  10. We dry clothes outside.
  11. We use only cold water to wash clothing.

There are likely other things that we do as well.

What greening efforts are your family working on incorporating into your daily lives? Feel free to post about them in the comments.


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Mini Homestead Happenings for 5/19/2009

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on May 19, 2009

It has rained so much that the ground hardly has a chance to dry before it rains again. This makes it difficult to begin working in the garden beds. Soon, I will be starting seeds. I am excited! I am also able to begin adding to the compost bin again, but I first have to go out and turn the heap.

A friend has given me seeds and planters. I have also purchased other seeds.

I have clothes hanging outside, drying in the breeze. They will smell so good when I bring them in.

I also have blankets draped over the back of the sofa. I think the look has a homey feel.

Hope you are all doing well. We are eating up the last of the food stores from winter.


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Mini Homestead Happenings for 12/17/2008

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on December 17, 2008

The last storm, and convening rain, did not leave us with a lot of snow. However, it is snowing real good out there again today. I swear I looked like Mrs. Frosty when arriving at the store while out for my walk.

We are busy getting out cards and making gifts. We have an almost no cost holiday gift-giving season going on here. I spent $1.00 on cards, and purchased stamps to mail the cards (I do not include this as a cost of gift-giving, as people would get letters from us anyway.) The address labels are always free.

Right, so I made purchases at yard sales at under $20.00, and I purchased food to make gifts at $25.00. Everything else is made from things on hand, so we paid nothing. I did have to mail Zowie’s Grandmothers’ gift, which cost about $5.80. So, I spent $50.80 for gifts for everyone but the girls. Most of their gifts were free. except I spent about $20.00 for a couple of things. So that is $70.80. That cost also includes baked goods that will be eaten here and not given as gifts, so gift giving cost me about $60.00. Not too bad. I do like to bake, but food prices have gone up so much that I won’t be doing as much of it for gifts this year.

Skye is coming for the weekend, and it will be great to see her again. We miss her a lot, but I am grateful that she is enjoying her life.

I hope that you are all enjoying the holiday season.


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Preparing the Pantry

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on October 13, 2008

On my blog Living the Low-Income Life, I have a page dedicated to creating a pantry. Feel free to check it out if you would like. You may find it useful.

My daughter, Skye, is living out of the home now. She has four roommates, so she does not have a place for most of her things. Said ‘things’ are taking up a lot of space throughout my home, but she was able to pick a few things up this past weekend.

For starters, she took her futon (bed) which frees up space in her sisters room. I am unsure of what her sister is planning to do with the extra space at this time. It may turn out that a friend of hers will come and stay with us in a month or so, She may hold off until we learn more.

Skye was also able to take the food and cleaning supplies from the little room. For a couple of months now, I have not been able to move in that room, which is where the pantry shelves are. The shelves are filled with food, some of which will now be moved into the kitchen, then I will be adding more stock-ups to the pantry. I will first clean the shelves and organize them better. Thankfully, Skye organized her ‘things’ better in therem so I can now move.

I plan to post a picture of my pantry shelves as I progress with my stock-up plan.

I am also taking stock of what all is in the freezer, and will be stocking it with more food soon.


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Winter Stocks

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on August 19, 2008

I have more eggs frozen, which will be great for baking and making scrambled eggs over the winter.

I am trying to build a pantry, on little money. Whenever I am able to pick up extra food, it goes straight into the pantry for the winter stocks. It feels good whenever I can add to the shelves in there.

I have a pantry challenge going on at another blog that I have, Feel free to check it out an join in. You don’t have to tell us what you are doing, but the steps will help you to set up and organize a pantry of your own.

Have a nice day.


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Building Up a Sustainable Garden, a Little at a Time

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on August 2, 2008

My main goal in gardening is to be able to provide what produce is needed to last us from one year to the next. I have only had small gardens, so this will be a bit of a challenge for me. I have enjoyed gardening since my daughters’ were young, so I believe that I am up for the challenge.

I have a very small lot, though. And I rent. It houses a trailer and a shed, so I am not left with a lot of sunny space. I must determine what will grow in the shade, what will grow in partial shade, and what needs full sun. I also must decide what is most important to grow.

I have a fairly small garden this year (check out the My Garden page), but plan to expand it next year. While I want to be able able to eat fresh produce in season, I also want to preserve as much as I can. I can freeze, but only have the freezer above the refrigerator. I also would like to learn to dry and can foods.

So, my plan is to add new beds and container gardens each year. So, I will not have a lot of produce for preservation the first two or three years, but I will there after.

I do plan to mostly go the container garden route. It does make life easier, what with the lack of weeds. Also, I can plant pretty compactly this way. And containers will be able to be moved when I do get my actual homestead. Beds cannot be moved in the middle of a growing season. I could take the frames, but would have to leave behind all of the wonderful produce.

Oh, and I do know how to dry herbs, which will also prove to be a good set of crops for my family – small crops, but very useful. I grow these in pots as well. The only thing that is planted in the ground for herbs are is the chives, and they can be easily moved to a new location.

Each year, as I expand my garden a little more, I will be learning to preserve what I am growing. It will be a good experience for me, and I will know what to do when I move onto an actual homestead later on. I will also have all (or most) of the supplies needed to accomplish the food preservation tasks.


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