Pictures and text show you how to strengthen and reshape a sagging, gambrel-style barn roof, using floor jacks and wood bracing.
The story of my homemade violin, and how it encouraged dreams of uplifting others through all kinds of music, including my own compositions.
Homemade custard may be safely preserved by pressure canning and is suitable for most uses. Chocolate, vanilla, butterscotch, and coconut milk recipes are given here, along with a whole-egg variation. The entire canning process is shown.
As a child, I was known for being odd and a bit difficult. The fictitious rabbit Fiver was my hero, as he used his strange traits to everyone's advantage, and never lost sight of his dreams. His far-sight and determination still inspire me.
Holy Sex is a commentary on the Bible book "Song of Songs" which also endeavors to give advice to married couples on how to improve their sexual enjoyment through ridding their relationships of guilt.
Jerusalem Kugel is a "cake" made with pasta and several eggs. It is filling, sweet, and versatile. The cooking process is simple and straightforward.
Queso blanco made with yogurt culture is particularly good for slicing for sandwiches, frying into delicious cheese snacks, or chopping into chunky omelettes, hashes, and soups. Learn how to make this semi-hard pressed cheese at home (photo guide included).
Pressure canning your own homemade chicken broth is easy, and having it available in your cellar is convenient and inspiring.
Pressure canning chicken is easy, and it gives you access to meat for quick meals, as well as cellar stock for emergencies and a DIY lifestyle.
Have you acquired a deer that is either intended for dog food or is not fit for human consumption? In this article, the pictures and text show you how to easily cut a carcass into parts to make it suitable for a dog to eat.
Pictures and text show you how to butcher a deer into parts which will be suitable for splitting up amongst your family and dog. It's easier than you think! Article 3 of 4 showing deer butchering and raw dog feeding.
How my daughter taught me a lesson about reality by refusing to play with playdough until after she knew how to shape bread dough.
Photos and text teach you step-by-step how to pressure can milk by sealing it in jars for long-term storage.
A chapter book about the paranormal, which is neither unduly scary nor depressing. The story is plausible, the characters true-to-life, and the subject matter both interesting and helpful. The question to answer is: How do you return a doll when its owner is dead?
Selfish behaviors are encouraged by common Christian marriage advice. Avoid this lifestyle by learning what to look for. Part 4=Interpersonal Relationships, Responses to Stress, Family History/Health.
Selfish behaviors are encouraged by common Christian marriage advice. Avoid this lifestyle by learning what to look for. Part 3=Conversation Cues, Lifestyle, and Habits.
Selfish behaviors are encouraged by common Christian marriage advice. Avoid this lifestyle by learning what to look for. Part 2=Control, Maturity, and Sexual Considerations.
Selfish behaviors that are encouraged or exacerbated by common Christian marriage advice can be avoided, by learning what to look for before you are married. Part 1=Overview of Problem.
Thoughts on the landmark science-fiction/horror movie, "The Lawnmower Man", as it relates to human nature, and the potential for grace.
A review of a book which has been crucial to my family's exploration of early history, and which has helped ground us in faith.
Forgiveness can be the toughest thing in the world to actually do. See if these six suggestions don't help you conquer your worst memories at last!
This article walks you through step-by-step on how to truly forgive anyone, for anything...even yourself.
The Tale of Despereaux is a charming and thought-wrenching children's chapter book, suitable for all ages.
Encourage joy to take root in your children's hearts by teaching them to give thanks through a simple journaling project with you.
Giving thanks to your Creator can increase your joy, improve your health, and make you a better friend. See how easy it is to get started writing a Thanks (Gratitude) Journal.
How my father and I modified a pre-1910 farmhouse-style kitchen sink (never properly plumbed) to accept modern plumbing. Pictures and text show process, which you may adapt to your own needs.
How-to with photos, showing how we installed hand-operated pitcher pumps in our home. Includes tools and supplies list, instructions, and analysis of hand pumps and our experience with them.
A how-to with photos and discussion, showing how to use a wringer washing machine - a good solution when limited water, power, or other resources are available.
Learning the difference between people-pleasing, and truly loving - from the perspective of someone with Dissociative Identity Disorder (Multiple Personalities).
A how-to with photos and discussion, showing how to take down your old grain bin for moving or complete removal. Be sure to check out the comments for further discussion and advice.
Unschooling ideals demonstratedwith a photo-essay of a cement pour - not as hands-on as I would like, but valuable enough.
How a tumble-down goat shed and some weeds and wildflowers inspired me to lead my children into a life-long journey of mainly self-directed learning.
My husband and I dated while racing in demolition derbies - good fun, good relationships. If you are an adrenaline junkie, you should try demo derbies.
Learn how and where to locate used grain bins. You can use them for grain storage or even for housing. I'll let you know how to tell a good quality bin from one of poor quality.
A poem expressing that what is appropriate or wise isn't always so...and what may seem inappropriate or unwholesome may not be. God is not as narrow-minded as many people want Him to be.
6 instructions for learning to hear your Creator's voice - a skill that can be learned over time. Allow the riches of God's voice to fill you with hope.
Learn to hear God speaking to you, just like your best friend standing at your elbow. But your view of God can affect your hearing.
When your chickens produce too many eggs to use fresh, or you find a good sale on eggs, preserve some for later consumption using an old-fashioned method. Store eggs in your basement or closet.
A photo-and-text tour of a typical goat-milking session on a small, Colorado family farm. A pleasant, fun time.
A very special goat, who taught me to love dairying, gave me inroads to help the neighborhood children with their troubles, and became a curiosity in my little community.
A step-by-step how-to teaching you to make fresh-tasting, mild, versatile queso blanco cheese at home. Demonstrated with fresh goats' milk, using both text and photos.
A how-to with photos, discussion, and a Frequently Asked Questions section, teaching you how to successfully make your own, healthy yogurt.
In my photo essay on raising meat chickens, I introduced you to a Polish Buff chick, who was not butchered. He's grown up now, turned into a real, squawking, crowing, egotistical rooster.
This is the second article of four that demonstrates how to prepare a deer for dog food and how to safely remove the guts.
This article will show you how to skin a deer for dog food. Our dog is on a raw food diet, and deer is as healthy for him as it is for us. The photos are realistic and graphic.
How to finish cleaning your butchered chickens so they are ready to eat, and package them properly for freezing. Part 3 of a 3 part series.
A graphic how-to showing what you must do to properly gut and cut up a chicken for eating. Part 2 of a 3-part series.
A Bible timeline (or history timeline) is a fun project for kids of all ages, and can really help them focus on the details of Scripture.
A picture tutorial showing the first steps to butchering chickens at home - preparing your work space; killing, scalding, and plucking chickens.
I felt as if I had stepped through the wardrobe and was tramping into the heart of Narnia. I expected to find the lamp post, telling me this was indeed the western wilds. But the land was all mine.
Like many cheeses, making feta goat cheese is not complicated. It requires mostly common kitchen utensils, some time, and some refrigerator room.
Watch a group of 100 Cornish Rock chickens grow from fuzzy yellow balls to noisy adults. This photo essay shows all phases of care and feeding on a private farm.
A picture-journal entry showing how to move an erected grain bin on a flatbed trailer. Much useful discussion and advice in the comments section, should you wish to move your own bin in this way.
A how-to with photos and discussion, teaching you to make your own American Mozzarella Cheese.
A free-verse poem expressing a week in my life while married to a sheet-metal and grain bin building contractor. This job provided memorable days in which we moved and re-erected two WWII-era grain bins, in which pigeons had lived for many years. The bins are now in use for grain.
Pictures and text showing how to make fresh goats' cream butter at home, with an old-fashioned churn. (May shake in a jar, too.) Tips on equipment, goats' butter uses, also troubleshooting.
Thoughts on friendships that are cut off too soon.
How high-sugar and highly-processed snacks create little monsters...and what you can do instead.
A sweet friendship, interrupted by life. I'm still hoping for another dance, and he hasn't forgotten either what it was like to be all God meant us to be together.
A partially fictionalized account of my grandfather's experiences in France and elsewhere, during WWII. What happened to the rest of his machine gun squad?
Cooking curiously - Where does cinnamon come from? What's a chemical, and what is it doing in my food? Who enjoys eating snake; would we like it? - questions my kids ask, and how we learn.
If demons bother you, consider bothering them back. Here are 11 ways to begin making them uncomfortable in your presence.
My car, my friend. She had a definite personality, and a guardian role in my life and those of my siblings. May she RIP.
How the song, "The God That Failed," led me straight to Jesus and salvation in Him.