This journey is really about getting back to basics. I am no “tree hugger” or activist, but I know that living simpler is what I want to do. I’m tired of hearing about e-coli and other potentially deadly toxins in processed meat and imported vegetables. I’m tired of harsh chemicals taking my breath away. I’m also tired of the high cost associated with commercial products that are bad for us, our pets and the environment. I am just tired of living with the “status quo.” I have searched alternative energy until I’m cross-eyed. But it is more than just energy, it is about being independent and self-sufficient. When you decide to live off the grid, it is about changing a mindset and a lifestyle that you have been accustomed to for years. So, I have also researched composting, gardening, canning & freezing vegetables, water reclaimation and everything in between. I am going natural with my cleaning products and will be making my own whenever possible. I am rediscovering things my grandmother and great grandmother did on a daily basis. I’ve begun getting back to basics with cooking, too. Check out my recipies. I am buying meat in bulk (Lower your grocery bill and eat better than before) and butchering it and grinding it myself for hamburger. I am making bread from scratch, I’m making my own version of hamburger helper completely from scratch and my husband says it’s wonderful. We are eating more fresh veggies and less processed foods. I’ve always been a pretty good cook, but I have rediscovered my Betty Crocker Cookbook (I highly recommend this book if you are trying to learn how to cook, it is as close to fool proof as it gets!) and I adjust the recipies to suit my tastes or whatever I have on hand. I’m freezing leftovers as soon as dinner is done (my science experiments in the refrigerator are few and far between now and food lasts much longer.) We are trying to make every penny count and being unemployed and trying to clear a property and build makes it a necessity to make food last as long as possible.
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- Laundry Alternatives
- Dishwashing Alternatives
- General Cleaning Alternatives
- Natural Pet Remedies & Nutrition
- Lower that Grocery Bill (and eat better than ever)
- Utilize the Internet (there is so much free information out there)