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There has been a major change in the procedure for canning in Mason jars.  I’ve been pondering hard on why I’m having too many jars not seal when canning lately.  I’m very careful with my process, so I’ve been very upset to have jars not seal.  As it turns out, there was a change in [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: September 1, 2014, 5:02 am
  At the end of every summer, the state of New Mexico shares its bounty with the rest of the world.  The famous Hatch Green Chile is in season!  During this season, all the stores in Texas offer these peppers for a great price.  Usually they can be had for less than a dollar a [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: August 31, 2014, 5:42 pm
Last year, when the Self Reliance Expo visited north Texas, I assisted Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy of Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine with their booth.  They teach classes during the Expo and have to close their booth if they can’t find someone to cover during these class times.  I was honored to help some [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: August 25, 2014, 9:41 pm
  As promised, I finally attempted a batch of homemade lye soap.  I had plans for an informative how-to article.  Those hopes have been dashed for the time being.  Here’s how to NOT make soap… The first problem I encountered was not a lack of information available, but there is too much information online about [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: August 21, 2014, 5:19 pm
This year my pepper plants aren’t doing well.  I’m not sure if it was the weird spring weather that stayed cold longer than normal or something I’m doing wrong.  Whatever it is, the plants are stunted.  They look healthy, but small.  I’ve managed to harvest a couple of Jalapenos and a handful of small Cayenne [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: August 2, 2014, 12:01 am
I got clever and wrote a couple of articles ahead of time and set them to publish at later times in WordPress.  I figured it would give me some time away from the computer for work, family, and homestead responsibilities.  As it turns out, I’m not one for automation.  I screwed up on some setting [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: July 27, 2014, 9:05 pm
Plantain (the weed, not the small banana) has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb.  Native Americans and Europeans have used it to treat a variety of medical issues including skin wounds, insect and spider bites, snake bites, and indigestion.  It is said to even help with acne and blood clotting.  Overall, this prolific [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: June 14, 2014, 3:59 pm
Maevis is now coming up on 11 weeks old.  In the past few weeks, she’s started to lose the roly-poly fat puppy look.  She’s gotten a lot taller, and all of it is legs.  She’s also a lot more effective at chewing on everything.  She chews on shoes, furniture, Sarah, Me, the kids, and Maddie [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: June 11, 2014, 11:49 pm
This is a first at Surviving Modern Life.  I’m featuring a guest author for an article.  As promised in my last article, the Brewmaster has given us a lot more info than I could offer.  A link to his blog is included at the bottom of the article.  Swing by and say Hi!     [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: June 7, 2014, 4:02 pm
  Give a man a beer, waste an hour. Teach a man to brew, and waste a lifetime -Bill Owens   A few weeks ago, I had the chance to learn a new skill relating to self reliance.  My cousin has taken up the new hobby of home brewing beer, and asked me to give [...]
Author: Justin
Posted: May 31, 2014, 4:41 pm




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