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Friday, February 26, 2010

Growing Our Own Popcon

We found growing our own popcorn very easy! Grow like regular sweet corn, but let dry on the stalk. After it dries quite a bit, we hang it up on our beams in the kitchen to dry completely. We test some after a month or two until it pops well. Then take to ears and rub together until the kernels come off. It's best to do this in a paper bag as they tend to fly all over. We store the corn in an airtight container. We go through a lot of corn over the year. We like the Japanese white hull-less popcorn. It doesn't get stuck between your teeth, and tastes great!!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Wood stoves are good for many things!

I use my wood stove to heat the house, cook, and dry laundry. It has saved us a lot of money, and if the electricity goes out we don't have to worry!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Some people think the world will end, some think something smaller might happen. For example: Solar flares could knock out all electrical devises. If this happens all cars would go too. Trucks can't get to the stores to deliver food, gas etc. I'm not saying it will be Armageddon, but I think we should prepare, just in case!

I've read up on what foods, medicine, etc. to store. I've found it hard to figure out what we'll need to store. Some books say certain foods my family doesn't like. Has anyone found a good book or website that will give you ideas on what to store, and how to substite some foods for others?

It's cold!

I'm sitting in my cold kitchen on my computer waiting for the wood stove to heat up my house. Is it worth it to heat with wood only? Somedays I wonder if it is.