Hey Pack. It sure has been a hot one on our survival homestead this week. I just looked at the thermometer and it is 108 degrees. I doubt I will get Bobby to work in the garden with me until dang near dusk.
This week I made soup from scratch for the very first time. Did I ever mentioned that I used to be a feral wife? I am an excellent cook outdoors, but not so much in the actual kitchen. Besides, I don’t like soup. The last time I had soup was chicken and stars when I was about eight years old and came home from school with a cold.
But, I knocked it out of the park on my very first try – or so I was told… I didn’t eat any of my own soup. I made Three Sisters stew with chunks of bone in ham I had smoked several days ago. The one thing I know for sure is that my kitchen smelled absolutely delicious.
The stew is chock full of nutrients, good carbs, and is shelf-stable for up to five years (in my opinion) when water bath canned.
Two of the grandkiddos and I also did a lot of forest school fun learning sessions after they helped with morning livestock turnout and general barnyard chores. They now grab their plant, weed, and bug books off of my kitchen table each morning and run out to the Polaris Ranger ready to go have an adventure.
The flower we are learning more about this week during our wildcrafting lessons is chicory. Auddie’s absolutely favorite color is purple, so she was the one to spot the healing weed first after our indoor and sitting learning session.
Our garden is coming along nicely, considering how late it was put in after all the months of record rainfall, and now such intense heat and humidity. We are berry picking like crazy most evenings, and coming across a decent amount of wild grapes, as well.
The only other preps this week included yet more tractor and fence repair, and learning how to make DIY natural shower and tub cleaner. Keeping the home clean is something I definitely count as a prep.
Thwarting the spread of germs during a long-term disaster will help keep my tribe healthy. Even a small cut that becomes infected can be deadly during a SHTF scenario.
I tried three recipes, and they all worked great on shower stall grime, but the baking soda, water, and liquid dish soap paste was completely amazing, and just lifted the gunk up with barely any effort on my part what so problem.
This Week’s Questions
- Do you harvest and use chicory?
- How is your garden growing?
- Do you make any natural cleaners for your home to avoid exposure to chemicals and as part of your long-term survival plan?
- What did you do to prep this week?