The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It by John Seymour Book Review

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"Sitting on Books | stephsneckofthewoods.com"Title: The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It
The Complete Back-to-Basics Guide
Author: John Seymour
Category:  Nonfiction
Genre: Agriculture, Homesteading, Gardening
Details: Hardcover, 312 pages
How did I get this book: I purchased this book used from Amazon
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Overview: A comprehensive, back-to-basics guide that explains how to live independently in harmony with the planet, utilizing natural forms of energy, raising crops and livestock, preserving foods, gardening, carpentry, and other essential skills designed to help build a community and transform one’s life.  The book focuses on the natural cycle of life and how it plays into all things self-sufficient.

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Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt? Geocaching Adventures – Part Two

Treasure hunting, who doesn’t love it?  To learn more about our Geocaching adventures, click on the Geochaching/Letterboxing category on the right side of the page.

What is Geocaching?  Read more here.
Official Geocaching website is here.

Our family has enjoyed Geocaching over the years.  Here are a few of our adventures. Continue reading “Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt? Geocaching Adventures – Part Two”

Super Simple DIY Foaming Hand Soap

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Making your own DIY foaming hand soap is super simple to do!

Why make your own?  My number one reason for making my own hand soap is so that I know exactly what ingredients are in the bottle. Number two, buying in bulk makes it easy to be sure that the items I need are always on hand. Unexpectedly find the hand soap empty?  No worries!  Grab the ingredients and quickly refill the bottle.

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Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt! Geocaching Adventures – Part One

Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt? The thrill of discovering “clues”, sometimes involving a riddle, or simply following a map to the “buried treasure”. However you define it, a “treasure hunt” can be a lot of fun, and a great way to get out and move your body while enjoying time away from your day-to-day grind.   Want  to learn more about Geocaching?  Read this post.

"Microcache | www.stephsneckofthewoods.com"Our family discovered Geocaching around 2002, back before we all had smart phones with us daily. The Geocaching website was not what is today. Not as many features or interactive maps, just a simple map, and GPS coordinates with a few clues or a riddle to find the cache.
We did not own a GPS unit but instead, borrowed one from a realtor friend.

So, we set out on one of our early Geocaching adventures.  Back in the early days of caching, we did not always find what we were looking for.  Sometimes, the coordinates were inaccurate.  Other times, fellow “treasure hunters” were not always careful and did not place the cache back in the exact location after their find. Other times, “muggles” would find the cache and removed it altogether.  It was a bit frustrating at times.

But as with any good treasure hunt, don’t give up – try and try again.  Over the years the site improved, Geocachers became more and more common and they seem to be more careful with their finds. Continue reading “Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt! Geocaching Adventures – Part One”

What is a Chaffle anyway? The Low Carb/Keto Craze that Everyone is Talking About!

What is this latest low carb/keto craze, that has exploded all over social media?
It is a CHAFFLE!  But what the heck is a chaffle anyway?

A Chaffle is basically a waffle made of egg and CHeese, hence the name.

I’m unsure who actually came up with the name “Chaffle,” or if there was a specific recipe that started it, but I have seen many variations shared, from egg and cheddar cheese, to egg, cheddar and mozzarella, with additional spices and without.

But wait … there’s more!  Want something a bit heartier?  Add some ground sausage. Maybe some onions and peppers, or how about making a pizza flavored one, with pepperoni and spices? Continue reading “What is a Chaffle anyway? The Low Carb/Keto Craze that Everyone is Talking About!”

Essential Aromatherapy: A Pocket Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Susan Worwood Book Review

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Title: Essential Aromatherapy
A Pocket Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
Author: Susan Worwood
Category:  Nonfiction
Genre: Naturopathy, Aromatherapy
Details: Softcover, 190pages
How did I get this book: I purchased this book many years ago (1995ish), full price from a Borders Bookstore
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Overview: (from the back of the book) This lively A to Z reference shows us how to prepare and use essential oils as holistic healing agents.

Over the centuries, people have regularly turned to nature for cures, comforts, and cosmetics. Essential Aromatherapy reveals the secrets of this art and organizes every essential oil you’ll need into accessible, alphabetical listings of individual oil profiles, applications, and the physical and emotional conditions that warrant their use.
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Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt? Why Not Give it a Try!

Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt? The thrill of discovering “clues”, sometimes involving a riddle, or simply following a map to the “buried treasure”. However you define it, a “treasure hunt” can be a lot of fun, and a great way to get out and move your body while enjoying time away from your day-to-day grind. Why not get family and/or friends involved and make a day of it?

No time to devote an entire day?  No worries! Many of these treasure hunts can be completed in a short amount of time. Continue reading “Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt? Why Not Give it a Try!”

My Why and My 100+ Journey

Where to begin?  This is a raw topic for me overall and one that I have revisited many times over the years, but just eventually push aside when it seems too hard to deal with. 

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I was pretty much always an overweight kid, and that transitioned into being an overweight adult, and eventually, an obese one.

This past year I turned 50 and in a few short months will turn 51, and in looking back over the years there is a feeling of time wasted. Why have I not taken control of my health? Why have I allowed myself to miss out on so many social events, either because of embarrassment, lack of energy, or simply knowing I could not participate in whatever was going on. Admittingly though, sometimes it was just wallowing in my own self-pity and feeling tired of always being the largest person in the room. Worse yet, actually going to an event and not fitting in the chairs, or being over the weight limit for rides, etc.

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Let it Rot – The Gardener’s Guide to Composting by Stu Campbell

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Title: Let it Rot (3rd Edition)
           The Gardener’s Guide to Composting
Author: Stu Campbell
Category:  Non-Fiction
Genre: Gardening
Details: Softcover 153 pages
How did I get this book: I purchased the book in July 2000
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Overview: (from back of book) This is a classic guide to turning household waste into gardener’s gold!  Since 1975, Let It Rot! has helped countless gardeners recycle waste materials like household garbage, grass clippings, and ashes to create useful, soil-nourishing compost. Continue reading “Let it Rot – The Gardener’s Guide to Composting by Stu Campbell”

Smoked Sausage-Onions-Peppers-Garlic Bake

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This one is super simple!  Pop this low carb dish in the oven, or sun oven and have a quick easy dinner with leftovers.

What you will need:

Baking dish, deep enough to catch the grease from the sausage. Get one here

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1 package (I buy the bulk size) of smoked sausage (could also substitute kielbasa), cut up

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1 yellow onion, sliced

 

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1 Bell Pepper (I used multi colored), sliced

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2 garlic cloves, chopped

 

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