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Pumpkin Pie From Scratch from Fresh Pumpkins?

I got a random free pumpkin this year and even though it is a somewhat tiny one I plan to dig seeds out of it and use the little thing….

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DIY Tree Stump Table, Forest Recycling Fun

It is a great treat when you can find items from nature to work into your decor and crafting fun. I had a lot of fun in the past playing…

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Small Space Gardening in a First-Year Garden

This year I have quite a bit of potential land to convert to a garden. Given this is my first year and the soil is decent though not built up,…

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Making Acorn Flour With Foraged Acorns

I no longer have my forest lot where I could collect tons of acorns, luckily via Facebook I can find people giving them away locally on occasion or I can…

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Pine Needle Tea For Tasty Drink

As I ease myself into the foraging world of Minnesota, I get to start off with some of my more familiar staples. My yard is full of 3 mulberry trees…

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Frugal Living Tips For Starting to Save

Since the divorce, I’m having to revisit the mindset and skills I developed at 19. My mother had a pretty good job so she always had a good bit of…

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First Dandelion Jelly From Fresh Flowers

While some people and places have never been introduced to the concept of using the resources around them and use of “wild foods”, I have always appreciated the first spring…

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Reaching for Early Retirement and Financial Safety

Since joining the FIRE community, I have set myself a task to try to be financially set in 3-5 years. My goal isn’t to stop working. I just want enough…

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Growing Garlic From Cloves in My Minnesota Garden

I love garlic. I use garlic in the majority of my cooking and it is often one of those crops I suggest to people showing interest in a market garden…

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9 Reasons You Might Be Broke and How to Fix It

Do you have a problem where you feel like you don’t have enough money to cover your expenses? Maybe you observe your friends and they all seem to be doing…

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