Water is critical for survival. Life cannot be sustained without it. For those of you who live in the city, you simply turn on your tap and water flows freely; and if it doesn’t, you have a utility company to call for service and fix your water problem.
What do you do if you live out in the country, and you turn on the faucet one afternoon – only to have brown water trickle out and then stop flowing altogether? This happened to us recently! We are normally conservative with our water usage and we’ve also had quite a bit of rain this season, so running our well dry was not an immediate concern… until it actually happened.
When we started shopping a property last fall, one of my silly concerns was internet access. While it’s not technically a need, our plans entailed homeschooling for the kids and remote employment & continued education for me. Oh, how we’ve been spoiled with cable internet… And y’all, I just need to vent a little bit.
Homemade mayonnaise can be tricky to get right, but by layering the ingredients and using an immersion blender, it’s easy and delicious! Here’s how you can make Dill Mayonnaise with just a few simple ingredients.
When I first started mentioning that we were considering homeschooling our kids, I can’t tell you how many scoffed at the idea or tried to talk us out of it. People have VERY strong opinions on homeschooling… including those who have zero experience with it! I’ve been warned to make sure my children remain properly socialized, I’ve been asked about our (presumably very conservative) religious leanings, and I’ve had people with kids in public school take offense that we were considering removing ours. Our personal choice to home school is just that – it’s a personal choice. Our kids are happy, healthy, and they’re learning a lot, developing crucial skills, and growing as people. THAT’S WHAT MATTERS. I do not need to justify our choice to anyone; however I will explain why we made this choice as I feel it will resonate with many other parents.
Making your own laundry detergent sounds intimidating, but it’s one of the easiest things you can do! If you know how to use a cheese grater and a measuring cup, you can make your own detergent. The best part is, this stuff works BETTER than the stuff you buy in the store, and for fraction of the cost. There are three simple steps to the process – grate & melt the soap, combine with washing soda and borax, and add water. That’s it! This recipe makes 5 gallons of concentrated detergent, which you’ll further dilute to make 10 gallons of ready-to-use laundry detergent.
So what exactly are we aiming for, here on Fluster Farm? While we would love to have a completely sustainable, independent, off-grid lifestyle, our current property at a little over 5 acres is too small to support that dream. Continue reading “Our Dream”