Category Archives: Simplifying

Avoiding Genetically Modified Foods: Some Tips and Tricks for the Grocery Store Avoiding Genetically Modified Foods: Some Tips and Tricks for the Grocery Store


We’ve all heard about genetically modified, or GM, foods.  And most of us, especially those who grow our own food and want to live a more sustainable life, know we should avoid or boycott them.  But the trick is, HOW do we avoid them? If you are like me (and most of the country), you…
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Buttermilk Basics: Culturing Your Own Buttermilk Basics: Culturing Your Own


Buttermilk.  Delicious and Irreplaceable. I used to substitute regular milk for it in recipes until I realized that they tanginess of buttermilk does, truly, add another dimension to the finished product.  It is easy to buy at the store but also fairly simple to culture on your own at home.  The benefit of doing it…
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Small-Batch, Homemade Applesauce Small-Batch, Homemade Applesauce


We had an amazing Labor Day weekend.  One of the best weekends in recent memory. We headed three hours south to the little town of Willcox, Arizona and did some serious apple picking. It was so much fun and only a *tiny* bit hot and humid.  (Ok…. maybe it was a lot bit hot and…
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Natural Homemaking: Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tablets Natural Homemaking: Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tablets


This month I am doing a short, weekly series on natural homemaking.  You can check out the first post here and the second post here. This week I’m excited to bring you a clever little idea that I had. Are you familiar with those little dishwasher tablets that are sold in all the stores?  (…
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Fresh Homemade Ketchup Recipe Fresh Homemade Ketchup Recipe


Have I mentioned that I froze a bunch tomatoes last spring? Yeah, I know, I’ve mentioned it only a million times.  Well, you should know, they’re gone now.  I’ve used them all!  My freezer has never felt so empty! Originally I made pasta sauce, then I made pizza sauce and now I’ve made homemade ketchup!…
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Pantry Revamp: Sourdough English Muffins Pantry Revamp: Sourdough English Muffins


This recipe for sourdough english muffins is part of the Pantry Revamp series here on Five Little Homesteaders.  To read more about it, check out the first post here.  To read all the posts in the series, click the “pantry revamp” label to the right. Last week I posted about making sourdough bread and now I have this starter…
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