Self Reliance Journey

One of my goals for the self reliance journey was to learn to make chapstick.  I just happened to run out of the store-bought stuff a couple months ago, so the timing was perfect. It’s really simple, really fun, and really rewarding to do, in my opinion.  Well worth the effort!  The bonus is that you don’t need many ingredients, and they are all natural.  You can easily make a totally organic chapstick.       So, here’s the basic […]

Homemade Chapstick/Lip Balm

As I try to live life in a more self-reliant way, I find myself trying new recipes from scratch, trying to eat more REAL food, attempting to make my own products (chapstick, deodorant, etc), growing a garden, and building up my food storage.  But there is one big area that I’ve largely neglected, and that is physical fitness.   If I HAD to live completely self-reliantly, I would not be driving around, now would I?  Being dependent upon gasoline and […]

Self Reliance Journey – Walk, Walk, Walk Some More

Homemade Beef Jerky - Gluten Free 20 comments
So, as part of my self-reliant journey, I’m making an effort to learn how to do new things.  Last month I learned to make my own chap stick, and it was a huge success!!  For April, I decided to try to make homemade beef jerky with ground beef.  And all I got to say about that is: WHY?  Why did I not try this sooner?  It was SO easy, and so good!   I used the recipe from HERE, and […]

Make Your Own Homemade Beef Jerky

Ahh….spring time is finally arriving.  It’s the perfect time to start making fun summer plans, to plant flowers, to start spending more time outdoors, and to begin your garden (which just happens to be #7 on the list of 25 ways to be more self reliant).   Yes, spring is good.   Anyone who is looking to live a more self-reliant lifestyle is probably pretty dern’ familiar with gardening.  I’ve had a garden for years, but honestly, I kinda suck […]

Who Here Likes to Garden?

The second tip in this article is one I’m excited to incorporate into my journey.   2. Learn New Skills Learn one homemaking skill a month.   Things like gardening, sewing, crochet, making your own laundry soap, ANYTHING that you can learn to do to help your family become more self reliant is a victory!  Heck, if you know the basics of gardening, you can still learn something new by trying a new fruit/vegetable to grow.  The skill I’m working on […]

Journey To Self Reliance Tip #2 of 25