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Homesteading Mom is run by Cat Ellis, an herbalist, prepper and aspiring homesteader. Cat is the author of two books, Prepper's Natural Medicine and Prepping for a Pandemic. Cat Ellis also blogs at KetoCat.com, HerbalPrepper.com, and TheOrganicPrepper.com.


Grandma Rose’s Portuguese Rice Pudding

By Homesteading Mom / January 24, 2011

My grandmother used to make a dish called “sweet rice” (arroz doce) every Christmas.  Because of this, rice pudding is something I equate with the Yuletide season, but it is a very inexpensive and delicious dessert any time of year. 4 cups water 2 cup white rice 4 cups hot whole milk 2 cup sugar […]


Turkey (or Chicken) Pot Pie

By Homesteading Mom / December 7, 2010

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone, but the turkey remains!   Most folks I know are happy to be done with turkey for a while, but we ended up with seven turkeys this year- plus one carcass.  Yes, I said SEVEN turkeys. We spent Thanksgiving with my parents, and got the carcass and some leftover turkey […]


Pediatrician Recommends Honey & Lavender for Colds

By Homesteading Mom / December 7, 2010

We took our two young children to the pediatrician this morning.  They have both had nasty colds, complete with coughing, nasal congestion, coughing,  runny noses, and oh, did I mention coughing?  I wanted to make sure that they didn’t also have ear or throat issues, and needed to know what was causing the coughing (post nasal drip from […]


Winter is Knocking on the Door

By Homesteading Mom / December 6, 2010

It’s December now, and the garden is bare.  The honey has been harvested, and the beehives are closed up for the season.  The winds have been howling, and the first snow flurries of the season in our area are predicted for tonight. I always see the first snow as Winter officially knocking on our door. And while the sun is […]


Pressure Canning vs. Water Bath Canning

By Homesteading Mom / August 4, 2010

What is the difference between pressure canning and water bath canning?  Temperature!  A very high temperature to be exact.  Pressure canning allows the heat inside a pressure canner to build up to 240*F.  The water bath method uses boiling water, which only reaches 212*F, and even less if at higher elevations.  Something magical happens when a pressure […]

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