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First Steps in Building a Home by Hand

By Homesteading Mom / June 18, 2011

A couple of  years ago, we made a decision to build a home by hand.  The primary reason is the savings from doing the labor ourselves. We ended up building a tiny cabin that we’re putting the finishing touches on this summer. It was a pay-as-we-go project, no construction loan, and absolutely nothing charged on credit […]

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How To Buy Land Without Debt

By Homesteading Mom / June 13, 2011

I hate debt, especially one of the biggest debt burdens people can carry- the mortgage. Did you know that “mortgage” means “death grip” or “death pledge”? (Google “word origins mortgage”) A rough economy and the ever-increasing likelihood of layoffs has every thinking person justifiably concerned. Banks have foreclosed on millions of homes since 2008, driving home values […]

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How Rural Homesteading Makes Us Safer

By Homesteading Mom / June 10, 2011

Please watch the documentary “Urban Danger“.  The link will take you to the film’s home page and click on the tab to watch on line. The part that is probably the most important to see is the first 40 minutes or so, which nails down the various risks that are built in to city life, […]

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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 […]

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