Why I am even addressing different types of shelters is because when starting out a homestead it depends a lot on what your willing to spend money on and how much. So say you are building a home, you can choose to 'camp out' while you build for the experience and to save money. Here are a list of different ideas of things you can use as shelters from one extreme to another.
When you're out in the forest for emergency or survival needs or just for fun to say you have tried it, here are some creative ways to build a shelter for yourself while out in the wilderness.
I have seen so many things going around in the media lately that have made a lot of controversy with opposing ideas and opinions. It makes me wonder if we are all drifters leaning on each others impressions or if we know enough to think for ourselves and stand firm. The United States Constitution and The Bill of Rights are what I think of when it comes to the things that matter in our country. I want to become well informed and learn more about them so I am not tossed on the wind from one point of view to the next. It is so easy to get confused by all the speculations out there through so many news and media outlets. That is why I really like what George Washington had to say, "The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon."
We all have some sort of thing leading and guiding us in our own lives. For me, I try and use my Scriptures as a guide to help me in my daily life to draw me closer to the Lord and give me the strength to get through the trials I face personally. I want to get to know the constitution better in that aspect so I can stand firm in the things pertaining to our rights and freedoms that we all have been richly blessed with. I feel like now more than ever we are being bombarded by so much out there in the world. I want to do what Abraham Lincoln says, "Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm."
With all of these Amendments I firmly believe that we are Accountable for the actions we take with those given rights. For an example, if we choose to not 'peaceably assemble to petition' but riot and make an unsafe scene, then we will pay for the consequences of that by probably getting arrested. We all have the right to choose for ourselves how we will act in any situation and whatever or however that is done the consequence will follow.
I feel like that is something lacking in the public eye of Americans, to hold themselves accountable for the actions they take. There are so many examples like abortion because of a unwanted pregnancy or single parents raising children without a spouse because they won't take responsibility for their actions and so on.
That is why I decided to brake down the Bill of Rights on this blog post so I can see each Amendment better and get to know them and know where I stand and Stand Firm.
The First Amendment
Since I was a little girl I have always heard that you should keep a journal and for the most part I did. But with time and life getting busy I found it hard to open up a journal and actually write about my day. I needed more space between writings to actually have something to write about. Then I started understanding the wonderful purpose behind a journal.
Hearing about my Grandparents and Great Grandparents and what they were like, the adventures they had, the life they lived through journals, pictures, voice recordings and video let me have a glimpse into their lives and drew me closer to them.
I now keep a family journal with a blog. An easy way to share with family and friends about the comings and going of my life but the real reason is for my children. I do it for them. So when they are older they have something to look back on, that their children can see what their grandparnets were like. Life is so precious and short in some ways that if I was to leave this world tomorrow then I would want to have something to give them and that would be my journal.
I also write to remember the tender mercies from my Heavenly Father. There are countless times in my life, whether they be big or small, where I have felt like the Lord was lifting me up, protected me in some way, blessed me with a small miracle or brought me the beautiful gift of being a mother. When I am struggling with whatever any of us struggles with, I can look back at the times where my life has been blessed, where I was happy or I got the help I needed. When you look back during dark times at ways that can help you through those trials then you will be lifted again through that trial you are going through.
Here are some fun ways to keep a journal that may fit your lifestyle.....
Who loves Brownies? Well I for one Love them.
Have you ever gotten a mix and been disappointed in them or worked hard on some that just didn't quite turn out how you hoped. I am pretty particular when it comes to brownies and these have not failed me yet.
I have tried and tested this recipe twice this month and it has been awesome both times. They are so good and soft and make me want to keep eating them. So word of caution; make them for a gathering or for the family or if its just one of those days I guess you could have the whole pan to yourself. *Wink* Enjoy!
1 cup butter
1/2 cup cocoa
2 cups all purpose Flour
2 cups sugar
4 tsp vanilla
For instructions you can go to her website here...
Lunch Lady Brownies
Your Traditional Campfire
The most common way to cook without electricity is just over a regular campfire. Here is some advice from no one better than Smokey the Bear with how to build a fire. When you get a fire hot enough there are a few ways to cook on it. You can use a flat rock to lay over the fire propped up on two other rocks so you are not crushing your fire, and the fire will heat the rock and you can cook on it like a cook stove. You can use a cast iron grill/grate over the fire to cook on or use logs such as the one in the picture. You can also wait for your fire to burn down a bit and use the hot coals to set your cast iron or steel pots and pans down in to cook with. It is the same idea as Briquette cooking your just using the hot coals from your fire. You can cook just about anything over a fire. Take your favorite recipe and make it with the right equipment and with some practice you will be a pro in no time with campfire cooking.
Washington's Birthday has just passed and I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge this wonderful man and all he fought and sacrificed for our country. It is men like him and Abraham Lincoln and many others that we need today in our leadership. Men of Faith, Men of Virtue and men who would put it all on the line for their country. Here are a few quotes I like from George Washington.
"The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good."
~ George Washington
Most people know the basics of cooking outdoors without electricity. You can make a fire, have a BBQ or use your propane camp stove. But what if it is bad weather or dead of winter. Are you really going to be up for cooking outdoors? Are you prepared enough to cook indoors safely?
I found many ways to cook your food without electricity but had a harder time than I thought looking for different ways to cook without electricity indoors. Most of what I saw had some form of Carbon Monoxide danger in closed quarters. So I did my research to see what is safe indoors as well as the many ways to cook outdoors.
Abraham Lincoln was our 16th president and we celebrate his 205th Birthday today.
From what I know and understand of Abraham Lincoln is that he was not just a good man but one of the greatest presidents we have ever had in the United States.
An exerpt from Wikipidia says this...
Barry Schwartz, a sociologist who has examined America's cultural memory, argues that in the 1930s and 1940s, the memory of Abraham Lincoln was practically sacred and provided the nation with "a moral symbol inspiring and guiding American life". During the Great Depression, he argues, Lincoln served "as a means for seeing the world's disappointments, for making its sufferings not so much explicable as meaningful". Franklin D. Roosevelt, preparing America for war, used the words of the Civil War president to clarify the threat posed by Germany and Japan. Americans asked, "What would Lincoln do?" However, he also finds that since World War II, Lincoln's symbolic power has lost relevance, and this "fading hero is symptomatic of fading confidence in national greatness". He suggested that postmodernism and multiculturalism have diluted greatness as a concept.
Greatness will not be diluted in my home. This was a Great Man. I want to remember him as 'a moral symbol inspiring and guiding American life' and I will teach my children about this man and all the good he stood for.
Everyone who has become a 'homesteader' knows that everyone goes about it differently and goes to different extremes due to their needs.
Homesteading: Broadly defined by Wikipedia is 'a lifestyle of Self Sufficiency'. So with that said what would you do in your modern life to prepare for a change in a lifestyle and go from living a modernly convenient lifestyle to one where you would rough it for a while without electricity or plumbing to start from scratch and build up from there.
Camille Loves being a mother of six, wife to an amazing cowboy, A photographer, blog writer, and an Adventure seeker.
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