Finding Resources in Your Own Backyard

It has been a massive search for things to use for building materials. I was considering pallets but as right now I have no way to transport them without paying someone. Remember I like free and cheap. I can’t afford to put out money and run to Home Depot, Lowe’s, or any other type of store.

So what to do to get stuff done has become the question. Well here are some ideas I have come up with, inspired by my new friends over at Accidental Hippies.

Where to get wood?

It is all around our property honestly. From trees that need to come down to the ones that have already fallen. Not to mention the pieces from various older projects that are just hanging out. We already have a chainsaw and many other tools to make them all work.

How to put them together?

Well that is a little tricky. We have various size screws and nails already. Some cam be recycled from old projects and well there is always tongue and groove. They are also inexpensive enough to just go and buy. Free is best but cheap works well too.

Tools?

Well with what we already have and family members close by we can find what we need. Somethings we could even possibly make. There are plenty of options here including for human power. We want to be self sufficient not hermits. I am lucky to have a family equipped with multiple trade skills.

My main outlay will hopefully be in food. Nothing like working hard and having a good heart meal to celebrate a job well done.

Upcoming projects

  • Garden fence
  • Rabbit cages
  • Our own henhouse
  • Property fencing
  • House repairs
  • Barn
  • Outdoor kitchen

Not all of these this year but as time goes by. And many other things that will come up over time.

Light, Love, and Peace

Tammy~SSM~

Single Sustainable Mom vs Enchanted Farmstead

There has been some question as to why there are two different names floating around. I am Single Sustainable Mom and my farm name is Enchanted Farmstead. It really is that simple. I use SSM for Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest. For farm business I use the farm name.

Single Sustainable Mom

I have spent the last few years establishing an online presence as SSM. I talk about family life, farming, work, basically my entire life. The trials and tribulations of being a single mom, trying to be eco-friendly, and life as an adventure. I am a mom, nurse, farmer, crafter, and so much more. I want to inspire other people to look at life as a journey, adventure. I want people to realize that no matter the cards you are dealt you can always discard and pick up new cards and take off with it. That is Single Sustainable Mom.

 

Enchanted Farmstead

I own the farm. It is not a person but a place, my home. It is part of the lifestyle of sustainability that I am creating for my family. I am creating a home that is a sanctuary, a life that I do not need a vacation from. The end goal is that the land pays for itself by providing most of what my family needs. Whether it be food or products to sell. It is a business, escape from the world, and a place of peace all rolled into one.

 

Light, Love, and Peace
~Tammy~SSM

 

By Popular Demand

biz-logo2What makes my stuff different?

Probably not much. I know you can scour the web for various worksheets and information. Usually going through tons of different places to look. My goal is to build a comprehensive collection of sheets for my fans to download for FREE! Yep, everyone loves freebies. These worksheets are coming at you in easy to download and print PDF format. I believe in being able to make my own family planner. Definitely a discussion for another time.

Where can you find these little nuggets?

Well that would be on the new resources page. There are currently two sections of reference there. One is going to be all link resources. I will list reference books and other items as time goes on. But for now these worksheets will have to do. They should all be simple and easy to understand but if you have any questions please feel free to ask them here or on Facebook or Twitter.

Why am I doing this?elegant type

Well because I have always found resources helpful in getting my shit together and keeping it together. It at least gives me the appearance of being organized and on top of my game. It works most of the time, there is no perfect system but I think I am getting pretty close. I will have to work on getting more organized if I am going to work full time at the hospital and run a small farm. Luckily I have help with all of that.

Egg Pie

In our house we don’t eat quiche, we eat egg pie. This wonderful concoction looks and tastes much like a quiche, go figure. It is a quick simple recipe that will fill your family up and makes a wonderful breakfast, lunch, dinner or even a snack if you make minis.

Ingredients:

 

  • Pie crust
  • 6 Eggs
  • 1 cup Cheese
  • 3 TBS Milk
  • Salt and Pepper to taste.

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray your pie plate with cooking spray (put a little oil in a spritz bottle and voila! you have cooking spray you can mist).
  3. Place your pie crust into your pie plate.
  4. Beat your eggs with the other ingredients, reserving 1/4 cup of cheese for topping.
  5. Pour your egg mixture into the pie crust and top with remaining cheese.
  6. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until a knife goes into the center and comes out clean (make an allowance for gooey melted cheese on top. You don’t want to see uncooked egg on the knife.)
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool 10 minutes before serving.
You can add meat and veggies to your egg pie. Experiment with different cheeses for different flavors.
To make mini quiches I use a muffin pan and make small pie crusts to fill.

Homemade Laundry Soap

Homemade Laundry Soap

1/3 bar Fels Naptha or other type of soap, as listed above

½ cup washing soda

½ cup borax powder

~You will also need a small bucket, about 2 gallon size~

1. Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan.
2. Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts.
3. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved.
4. Remove from heat.
5. Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket.
6. Now add your soap mixture and stir.
7. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir.
8. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel