2009 Self Sufficiency Challenge - Page 2
Page 2 of 59 FirstFirst 123451252 ... LastLast
Results 16 to 30 of 875
  1. #16
    Master Dollar Stretcher madhen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    California
    Posts
    17,583
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Blog Entries
    427
    Rep Power
    97

    Default

    Collected 21 eggs from the hens.

  2. #17
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Canadian prairies
    Posts
    16,430
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Blog Entries
    52
    Rep Power
    66

    Default

    Okay, this is what I'd like to learn in 2009:

    • Learn to make pasta
    • Change the oil in the car
    • Change a tire on the car
    • Pasta making
    • Soapmaking
    • Flax recipes (including crackers)
    • Read "Country Living" for ideas.
    • Buy and use a pressure canner.
    • Making environmentally friendly cleansers
    • Learn to make flavoured vinegars
    • Learn to grind own grain.

    I may have problems with some of this. It involves buying things like a pressure canner and a grain grinder. DH isn't keen on spending money on that kind of stuff. But if I can show him the improvement in quality of food, maybe he'll go for them.

    We had a co-worker of his give us some freshly ground grain once. He loved it. His response was to buy different grains from the health food store. That gets a bit expensive. Plus it's not as fresh as home ground...sigh.

    And the pressure canner would take the pressure off our smaller freezer now. We switched out for the smaller freezer, but we're still feeding 'kids' (mid-20's) every now and then. I'd like to make sure I have enough food to feed the family in an economic downturn. And I have lots of canning jars to fill...

    Jean

  3. #18
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    639
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    16

    Default

    do you have freecycle? you could ask for a pressure canner...maybe someone has one they don't use any more

  4. Remove Advertisements
    FrugalVillage.com
    Advertisements
     

  5. #19
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Posts
    23,290
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Blog Entries
    15
    Rep Power
    48

    Default

    Jan. 2nd...

    -baked 4 loaves of bread with freshly ground grain
    -learning to make our mitts

  6. #20
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Posts
    23,290
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Blog Entries
    15
    Rep Power
    48

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by peanut View Post
    Okay, this is what I'd like to learn in 2009:

    • Learn to make pasta
    • Change the oil in the car
    • Change a tire on the car
    • Pasta making
    • Soapmaking
    • Flax recipes (including crackers)
    • Read "Country Living" for ideas.
    • Buy and use a pressure canner.
    • Making environmentally friendly cleansers
    • Learn to make flavoured vinegars
    • Learn to grind own grain.

    I may have problems with some of this. It involves buying things like a pressure canner and a grain grinder. DH isn't keen on spending money on that kind of stuff. But if I can show him the improvement in quality of food, maybe he'll go for them.

    We had a co-worker of his give us some freshly ground grain once. He loved it. His response was to buy different grains from the health food store. That gets a bit expensive. Plus it's not as fresh as home ground...sigh.

    And the pressure canner would take the pressure off our smaller freezer now. We switched out for the smaller freezer, but we're still feeding 'kids' (mid-20's) every now and then. I'd like to make sure I have enough food to feed the family in an economic downturn. And I have lots of canning jars to fill...

    Jean

    Peanut, I buy all my grains from the health food store and then grind it up with my WhisperMill. I purchase in bulk and get 20% off the regular price. Canadian Tire has pressure canners and they aren't all that expensive. It's on my want list too.

  7. #21
    Master Dollar Stretcher madhen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    California
    Posts
    17,583
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Blog Entries
    427
    Rep Power
    97

    Default

    Today, I:

    • heated the house with the woodstove;
    • collected eggs from the hens;
    • put some items up for sale on eBay to declutter my life;
    • found a pair of mittens I wanted to knit, and that I actually already have yarn for;
    • got 4 DVD's free via Freecycle and also was promised some Freecycle items to be picked up tomorrow.

  8. #22
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Canadian prairies
    Posts
    16,430
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Blog Entries
    52
    Rep Power
    66

    Default

    homesteadmamma: where'd you buy the WhisperMill from?

    Jean

  9. #23
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Canadian prairies
    Posts
    16,430
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Blog Entries
    52
    Rep Power
    66

    Default

    Never mind. Found the website.

    Jean

  10. #24
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Posts
    23,290
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Blog Entries
    15
    Rep Power
    48

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by peanut View Post
    homesteadmamma: where'd you buy the WhisperMill from?

    Jean
    Peanut, I bought the WhisperMill from a place in Winnipeg on Pembina highway. Can't remember the name and don't have a telephone book here.

  11. #25
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Posts
    23,290
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Blog Entries
    15
    Rep Power
    48

    Default

    today:

    -using material I have on hand for backing for baby quilts.

  12. #26
    Master Dollar Stretcher madhen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    California
    Posts
    17,583
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Blog Entries
    427
    Rep Power
    97

    Default

    Today, I:

    • collected 9 eggs from the hens;
    • spent no money;
    • cleaned up one of my smaller pens near the coop, which included chainsawing down three large manzanita shrubs that had fallen over last year;
    • collected the wood from said manzanitas (approx 1/3 cord) and hauled it all up the house;
    • replenished my indoor supply of wood by hauling about 1/3 of that wood up the stairs!

  13. #27
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Canadian prairies
    Posts
    16,430
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Blog Entries
    52
    Rep Power
    66

    Default

    Seems like new ideas come all the time. I just finished sewing a couple of cloth hankies to try. I'm on my last box of facial tissue and wondering if I can do without. I don't like the amount of space it takes to store. It's also hard on my nose in winter. And I react to it...or whatever is in/on it. So let's see if this small step towards self-sufficiency will work.

    Jean

  14. #28
    Registered User freebs's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Tyler, tx
    Age
    46
    Posts
    1,129
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Blog Entries
    4
    Rep Power
    17

    Default

    Wow were did 2008 go?? i haven't been around for awhile so here is what we have done

    tore down 400 feet of fence from free-cycle
    got a portable cattle pen from free-cycle
    tore down a 12x30 deck made of treated lumber from free-cycle
    got a free feed shed(8x8 not real big) from my parents, i had to put a new roof on it and fix the door but now i can get the feed outta the house!!
    hauled my billy goat to my parents house for a 30 day stop over... lol
    have a bred nanny gonna pop any day now!
    acquired an incubator to start hatching my own eggs
    picked up another rabbit hutch brand new for $25!(they sell for $150!)
    sold 4 rabbits that i no longer needed
    sold 6 rabbit nesting boxes
    sold 2 chicken nesting boxes
    sold 2 guinea pigs
    sold 2 goats
    learned to butcher a rabbit
    butchered a rabbit and made BBQ rabbit sandwiches
    not sure of my last update on rabbits but now i have
    1-California buck
    1-champain de argent buck
    1-champain de argent doe
    1-new Zealand buck
    5-new Zealand does
    4-new Zealand babies

  15. #29
    Registered User Debbie-cat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    British Columbia
    Age
    55
    Posts
    26,302
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Blog Entries
    166
    Rep Power
    157

    Default

    Wow freebs you have been doing so well! Good for you!



    Last edited by Debbie-cat; 01-04-2009 at 07:49 PM.

  16. #30
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Posts
    23,290
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Blog Entries
    15
    Rep Power
    48

    Default

    I agree, freebs you've done well.

    Today 4th:

    ~made binding for baby quilts using strips I had on hand
    ~no spend day here

Page 2 of 59 FirstFirst 123451252 ... LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. 2012 Self-Sufficiency Challenge
    By madhen in forum Lifestyle challenges
    Replies: 227
    Last Post: 11-07-2012, 01:14 PM
  2. 2009 Wii Fit Challenge
    By djbout in forum Health challenges
    Replies: 180
    Last Post: 02-07-2012, 05:33 PM
  3. 2011 Self-Sufficiency Challenge
    By madhen in forum Lifestyle challenges
    Replies: 269
    Last Post: 08-12-2011, 08:13 PM
  4. Fling 2009 Things in 2009 Challenge!!
    By madhen in forum Home and family challenges
    Replies: 1942
    Last Post: 01-27-2010, 04:23 PM
  5. Self Sufficiency Challenge
    By madhen in forum Lifestyle challenges
    Replies: 678
    Last Post: 12-28-2008, 04:35 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •