Saturday, May 13, 2017

Homemade Strawberry Jam

Today my husband and I made strawberry jam, it was fun and it turned out super yummy. Since we're newbies at this, we went with the no cook version until we get used to things.

For mothers day my wonderful hubby purchased me some books I wanted at the Tractor supply store, one being the ball preserving recipe book where we saw the strawberry jam recipe. I think he was more excited than I was since he's the jam eater in the house but we made it a family thing to do thing together. So off to the grocery store we went to pick up supplies and started as soon as we got back home. Fun, easy and tastes good too? Wow this is amazing.

Not sure what is on our list next, but I'm thinking something with herbs but since we don't at this current time, have our own garden we purchase from the farmers market or mass chain grocery stores for our ingredients, but hey it's a start.

Happy Homesteading!

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Tracy - SimpleTimeLiving
My love of repurposing, homesteading, learning to be
self-sufficient, making homemade goods & living simply!
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“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” ― Abraham Lincoln

Friday, May 12, 2017

Compost bin...check... NEXT a homemade bug repellant spray

I have to admit this is getting to be so much fun, learning new ways to be self-reliant and making my own things. Yesterday I got the compost bin finished and didn't need the carbon filters just some holes all around with some browns and greens to start it up and it's complete.

Today I made a homemade bug repellant recipe I found on a wonderful website (link down below) called the "Vinegar of the Four Thieves" which has a story behind it. I have it sitting for approx. 3 weeks till I can strain the herbs and get to using it before mosquitos and other yucky bugs come at us with the warm weather.

If you have a tried and true recipe, please let me know if the comments below, until next time... Live Simply!

Vinegar of Four Thieves Recipe and credit to Wellness Mama.


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Tracy - SimpleTimeLiving
My love of repurposing, homesteading, learning to be
self-sufficient, making homemade goods & living simply!
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“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” ― Abraham Lincoln

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Kitchen Composting Bin

As I learn many new ways to live self-sufficiently, I am really into making my own homemade things and next on my list is a composting bin.

Along my travels to many and I mean many YouTube videos, groups on facebook and various homesteading websites I figured I might as well get the feel for it before getting our own homestead and then being clueless or trying so many things at once so here goes.

So as of right now I'm heading to tractor supply to pick up some carbon filters to do a makeshift compost bin using an old 5 gallon pickle bucket with removable lid, where I'll cut some holes in the top and attach the filter.

If anyone has any tips or tricks, Please send them my way..... until then have an awesome day!


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Tracy - Simple Time Living
My love of vintage goods, antiques
handmade goods and living simply!
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

DIY Homemade Face or Hiney Wipes... the family loves them

Ok so in my adventure to become a little more self-sufficient, I came across a small tutorial while watching a YouTube video about hiney wipes but they are also great for your face as well since it contains all natural ingredients. Here's how ya make em'.

Small container with tight lid
Quilted Napkins and/or paper towels
16 oz. cup
Squirt of sweet almond oil
Dr. Bronners liquid castile soap (any scent / your choice)
Lavender Essential Oil
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Vitamin E liquid (optional)
Water

How to make:
Fill up your container with the napkins or paper towels
In a cup put in a dash of sweet almond oil, squirt of Dr. Bronners liquid castile soap, a few drops of tea tree and lavender essential oils, a few squirts of vitamin E liquid and mix, add water and mix again.

Pour cup contents onto the papers towels/napkins and make sure to lift a few so each one gets the mixture on them. Sometimes the bottom towels don't get wet so I usually lift the bottom ones and pour the mixture on the bottom of the container.

These not only are good for any part of the body but are compostable as well :) Be sure not to flush these down the toilet as it may cause clogging.

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Tracy - Simple Time Living
My love of vintage goods, antiques
handmade goods and living simply!
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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Murphy here for a visit?

I say that with worry in my heart, lately things  and little things only, are becoming a pain in the hiney. First the toilet seat broke ($6 fix at walmart), bathroom door hinge getting loose (Screwgun fix), just redid the dining room and living room hardwood floors and notice the chairs made scratches, no fix unless we want to sand down and start again, our dog Bella had to go to the vet ($300 later she has bladder stones) and we can try our homemade recipe of apple cider vinegar with food or water or pay another $800 to have them removed. Mind you our previous dog had the same issue we paid for the surgery and she passed away a week later. So for now, the apple cider vinegar is our first try and believe it or not, she actually likes it with yogurt. So without further ado, I will be planting some pretty flowers outside today in this lovely weather and get to cleaning.

Another day tomorrow at the flea market with the hopes to make some money to save for the future Tiny House and Land OR pay for the surgery for my baby girl Bella. Crossing my fingers the ACV works as I've been reading about how it's worked for other Shih Tzu dog owners. Prayers Please.


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Tracy - Simple Time Living
My love of vintage goods, antiques
handmade goods and living simply!
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Monday, April 24, 2017

The Wheels are turning....

Such a true statement but not as far as a bus but the wheels are turning in our heads and everyone is so on board now with simplified living. The reality of it all is we are ready, I was able to start simplifying my life by selling off a bunch of my belongings at the flea market yesterday, made a decent amount, put some in savings and the rest to my credit card which is now PIF. It's a start to a dream that will come true.

Spoke with hubby yesterday and as much as he loves his "things" he agreed to sell off our professional embroidery machine and t-shirt printing machine, even if it means taking a MAJOR loss on it just to gather funds to fund our dream. This is E X C I T I N G !!!

YouTube has been our friend lately and once we start this journey, we will also start our own youtube channel complete with videos, bloopers included just to record the process, the ups and downs, mistakes and ideas. So keep on the lookout for that in 2018!

For now, the saving begins and the house selling process will begin shortly, stay tuned!



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Tracy - Simple Time Living
My love of vintage goods, antiques
handmade goods and living simply!
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Off the grid....

Lately, my hubby and I have been watching videos on YouTube about living off the grid, building a tiny house, etc. And of course, it's appealing to me, some guy made a van into an off the grid camper, with solar panels, storage, kitchen and fully insulated for less than $5K, not bad if you ask me. It didn't have a bathroom though so that kinda bothered me but he did mention taking showers with a portable shower (water holder) and a magnetic shower curtain with rod once he opened the back doors to the van, kinda neat. Just not so much liking the no toilet.... I mean even a compost toilet would be an option, something to think about for the future I guess. For me this is an option but I would much rather buy a camper that is drivable, then fix it up how I see fit, since it still would be under $5K since around my area, people just want to basically give stuff away because it's just sitting in their garage or yard and not being used. Just the other day I saw a camper online for $800... what a bargain. If anyone has converted their camper into an oasis or even a van/truck into a camper, please show the love and send us pictures and a rough cost :)

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Tracy - Simple Time Living
My love of vintage goods, antiques
handmade goods and living simply!
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