Thunder Ridge Homestead

Don't have a garden? Mid winter or early spring with nothing ready to harvest? Don't let that dehydrator sit idle! Now is the time to take advantage of grocery store sales! Buying dinner time staples, like frozen fajita mixed vegetables, when you see them on sale and dehydrating them, saves money and pads the pantry at the same time.

Dehydrated vegetables are great to have on hand. They are easily added to soups, casseroles and other recipes to add variety and nutrition. By properly dehydrating them they will store in the pantry cupboard, shelf stable and safe, for years while freeing up valuable freezer space for other items. Dehydrated foods take up less space. It is a wonderful way to store food long term ... just in case.

I have been homesteading now for well over 35 years. Come along with me and I will teach you what I know. Help me grow this new channel by subscribing (it's free!), sharing the videos with your family and friends, hitting that like button (it really helps). I love to hear from you so leave those comments and feel free to ask plenty of questions. I am here to help you get started on your homesteading, money saving, home economics journey. If you find out that you learned something or really enjoy my videos, help the channel out by leaving me a tip. It will be most appreciated!

The dehydrator shown is a Nesco Garden Master. They are NOT sponsors, but I highly recommend their dehydrators. My last one was worked to death and still lasted over 25 years! https://www.nesco.com/product/fd-1010-gardenmaster-pro-food-dehydrator/

Our homestead guard goose has a wing deformity called "Angel Wing". Will I be able to help him?

Angel Wing is a condition that sometimes affects young ducks and geese and it can cripple them for a lifetime. Also known as an airplane or slipped wing, the last joint of the wing develops a twist with the end pointing out to the side. Males are usually the ones that show the condition and it also most often affects the left wing for unknown reasons, although sometimes, as in my goose Flipper’s case, it can involve both wings.

The jury is still out as to the cause of the condition. It may be genetics, a vitamin deficiency, or a diet with too much protein? What we DO know is that with treatment the condition can sometimes be reversed… as Flipper and I will show you.

I have been homesteading now for well over 35 years. Come along with me and I will teach you what I know. Help me grow this new channel by subscribing (it's free!), sharing the videos with your family and friends, hitting that like button (it really helps). I love to hear from you so leave those comments and feel free to ask plenty of questions. I am here to help you get started on your homesteading, money saving, home economics journey. If you find out that you learned something or really enjoy my videos, help the channel out by leaving me a tip. It will be most appreciated!

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Have you tried those homemade laundry soap recipes before and been disappointed? Was storage a problem? I have the solution!

My Gee Whiz recipe checks all of the boxes! A very easy DRY homemade laundry soap recipe that will save you lots of money and time. No cooking. No bulky storage. Just good clean clothes for less that 15 cents a load! A dry recipe is easy to store, easy to use, lasts indefinitely and works great.

Easy to make with a purchased laundry or soap bar, like Fels Naptha, Zote, Ivory or even Kirks Castile, or you can go a step further and use a cold process soap bar that YOU made from scratch for even more cost savings. I will bring you along... step by step. You will wonder why you haven't been doing this all along!

I have been homesteading now for well over 35 years. Come along with me and I will teach you what I know. Help me grow this new channel by subscribing (it's free!), sharing the videos with your family and friends, hitting that like button (it really helps). I love to hear from you so leave those comments and feel free to ask plenty of questions. I am here to help you get started on your homesteading, money saving, home economics journey. If you find out that you learned something or really enjoy my videos, help the channel out by leaving me a tip. It will be most appreciated!

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Gee Whiz Laundry Powder

1 cup grated basic soap *
1 cup borax (20 mule team)
1 cup washing soda (sodium carbonate)
½ cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
½ cup salt (for hard water areas optional)
½ cup oxygen booster (optional)

Use 2 to 3 T for a large load! Not much suds but clothes get nice and clean.

Do you meet yourself coming and going? Is the pocket book tight and the family all cold and hungry? This delicious soup is cheap and easy, but OH SO delicious! Proving once again that a bit of prep ahead of time, combined with a few stock pantry items can make an amazing Gluten Free dinner on the homestead a breeze.

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Lazy Homesteader Potato Soup - Gluten Free

3 c Turkey or Chicken broth - homemade much preferred
1 can of canned chicken meat or left over chicken or turkey meat (optional)
5 large potatoes well scrubbed, and cubed ... or 1 potato per person + 1 for the pot
1 large yellow onion peeled and chopped into cubes
salt, pepper, garlic powder
1 T butter (optional)
2 cup warm milk
1/3 cup powdered milk

Time to get growing one of the easiest super foods ever... Sweet Potatoes! (Ipomoea batatas)

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The time to get started is right now in the middle of the winter. Yup. Right now is the time to start growing your slips to plant when the weather warms up.

This video will walk you through how to grow sweet potatoes from starting the slips yourself from a store bought potato all of the way to a bountiful harvest. This video shows that even in a container sweet potatoes are easy to grow and very productive.

Are Sweet Potatoes and Yams the same thing? Yes... and no.

Real YAMS (Dioscorea alata) are native to Africa and parts of Asia. They are a starchy tuber (not particularly sweet) with a bumpy, tough, bark like skin. They taste a lot closer to a russet potato than a sweet potato. However because they are both long edible tubers, the name yam was used by some people interchangeably for both species.

True SWEET POTATOES can come in several varieties and colors including white, purple and the commonly seen orange. They are highly nutritious and considered one of the super foods, providing 769 % of your daily recommended Vitamin A: and 4 grams of protein in a single cooked cup! They are also a great source of Vitamin C, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Copper and Niacin, as well as a great source of antioxidants!

They provide a huge bang for the buck as far as garden space because - unlike the standard Irish potato (which all parts EXCEPT for the tuber are highly poisonous) - the leaves and stems of the SWEET potato are EDIBLE as well as the tuber. Sweet Potato leaves are sometimes called "camote tops" and often used in Asian and Central American dishes.

The biggest secret to success in growing sweet potatoes? Heat and moisture. Sweet potatoes are a tropical plant. They love it hot. If you live where it is hot, sweet potatoes can be grown year round as a perennial.

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Winter on a homestead can be tough. You have animals to feed, frozen water, snow and sometimes the thermometer reads ... 13.

Come along with my Mobility Service Dog, Abel, and I as we do chores on a very uncomfortable day.

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I have been homesteading now for well over 35 years. Come along with me and I will teach you what I know. Help me grow this new channel by subscribing (it's free!), sharing the videos with your family and friends, hitting that like button (it really helps). I love to hear from you so leave those comments and feel free to ask plenty of questions. I am here to help you get started on your homesteading, money saving, home economics journey. If you find out that you learned something or really enjoy my videos, help the channel out by leaving me a tip. It will be most appreciated!

Hello new friends! I am coming over here from YouTube and thought that this video would be the best way to introduce myself. It is a long talking video, but it will give you a bit of understanding about who I am and how I got on this crazy homesteading journey in the first place.

Be sure to leave comments down below. I love to read them! Feel free to ask me questions, because I am always here to help. I appreciate you sharing my videos, subscribing to my channel and any support that you are willing to give.

Support This Channel!! Buy a T-shirt! https://www.bonfire.com/thunder-ridge-homestead/

Hello new friends! I am coming over here from YouTube and thought that this video would be the best way to introduce myself. It is a long talking video, but it will give you a bit of understanding about who I am and how I got on this crazy homesteading journey in the first place.

Be sure to leave comments down below. I love to read them! Feel free to ask me questions, because I am always here to help. I appreciate you sharing my videos, subscribing to my channel and any support that you are willing to give.

Support This Channel!! Buy a T -shirt! https://www.bonfire.com/thunder-ridge-homestead/

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Homesteading is not WHERE you live… it is HOW you live!

After over 39 years living this lifestyle, we have developed some skills. Homesteading is not a new adventure for us! We started on a tiny lot in the middle of the city, which made efficiency imperative. Now we are working to renovate the run-down small acreage where I grew up as a child. Sometimes this is a daunting job! We are not as young as we once were, money is always tight and I am disabled with arthritis. We are putting our experience to the test and striving for a productive homestead where we can really live and enjoy life.

On our little homestead my hubby and I currently raise Katahdin hair sheep, Bourbon Red Turkeys, heritage Dark Cornish and other breeds of chickens for meat and eggs. I am also always busy gardening, preserving, quilting and doing other homestead endeavors too many and varied to mention them all. I am always teaching, always learning and always having a great time. You never know what I will be up to next!

"Homesteading Head First!"

Efficiencies learned from past mistakes, taking time to plan, keeping good records and a lot of faith in Jesus Christ, will help us to develop a homestead that can still work even when our bodies don’t. We would be honored to bring you along with us on this journey. We hope this channel can provide you with some fun, as well as insight, help and encouragement. We are always here to help if you need it and ready to make new friends along the way. If you are new to the homestead lifestyle, or just considering it, we hope this channel can be a blessing.