Monthly Archives: June 2010

The cost of "free"

My sister, over at Knot in the Rope, has a post on how misleading many “free” can be. Very few things are really free. What is the mentality of “free”? It’s the belief that “free” means there is NO cost!  … Continue reading

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More self reliance fun

How to make your own laundry soap and soap dispenser! The benefits and rules of family dinners.  

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Storing and rotating grains

The latest in the Long Term Food Storage series on Self Reliance Exchange is up: Step 4 – Grains Go! Read it! I’ll still be here when you get back!  

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On marketing, consumerism, and self reliance

Rhonda Hetzel at Down To Earth Forum has an interesting essay examining the idea that unwarranted concern over food safety has made us all dependent on pre-packaged foods. I think there is something to that. For one thing, marketing has … Continue reading

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Gardening ideas

Smithville Post has a good entry up for getting ideas on how to set up a garden. He doesn’t say much about it (I’ve invited him to do so in the comments–feel free to add some pressure of your own … Continue reading

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Self reliance vs. fostering self reliance in others

Tonight I was reminded again that self reliance, while a worthy goal, is sometimes at cross purposes with other values I hold to. As a Christian, I also believe in looking out for my fellow man. While I do not … Continue reading

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Food storage tips from Self Reliance Exchange

Self Reliance Exchange has Part 4 of their series on food storage up. This one discusses a general approach to building up your supplies. The biggest obstacle in planning for long term food storage is trying to figure out where … Continue reading

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Growing onions in a tin can

Lauren at Path Across decided to grow some green onions instead of throwing them away. The results–and how she did it–are here. An interesting quote: Look, you’re not going to save a whole lot of money. But you will get … Continue reading

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Deck project update

The deck removal/garden bed project is pretty much complete. After clearing away the decking we dug up the area. I quickly found that someone had devoted a great deal of concrete to making…I don’t know what. Every few feet I’d … Continue reading

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Long term water storage

Self Reliance Exchange has part two of their series on food storage up, discussing how to store water. This is one area where I really could use some improvement, personally. Part one is here.  

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