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Lasagna

Lasagna                                                                                                                                NCC

This is a pretty quick and easy recipe for Lasagna that is lower in fat and sodium.

1 lb 97% Lean Ground Beef – cook and drain

1 16 oz can cut Tomatoes (diced) Rinse

1 6 oz can Tomato paste

8 – 12 oz Classico (Tomato and Basil)

1 tsp Basil Dryed

1 tsp Salt or

6 strips of whole wheat or glutin free Lasagna noodles – cook w/ 1 tsp Oil + Salt

Drain & rinse in colander

2 ½ cups Ricotta Cheese

2 Eggs

½ cup Parmesan or Romano cheese

2 Tbsp Parsley

1 tsp Salt

½ tsp Pepper

In 13 x 9 pan, layer:

½ of Noodles

½ of Ricotta mixture

½ of Mozzarella (shredded)

½ of meat

Repeat above

Sprinkle ¼ cup Parmesan or Romano on top

Bake 30 – 35 min. at 375

Venison with Butternut Squash, Pasta and Kale

Venison with Butternut Squash, Pasta and Kale

2 to 3 cups butternut squash cubed and peeled

1 ½ teaspoons olive oil

Salt

Pepper

2 slices bacon, chopped

1 pound ground venison

1 med onion coarsely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ cup beef broth

1 tablespoon honey

Dash of hot pepper sauce

8 oz. dry pasta

2 cups chopped kale with steams removed

Serve with your favorite shredded cheese.

Preheat the oven to 400. Mix the squash with the oil in a large bowl; add salt and pepper and toss well. Put the squash on a nonstick baking pan and bake for about 30 minutes, until tender but not mushy. Allow to cool. Cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp and add the venison and onion. Stir and cook until browned and well crumbled. Add garlic and stir for one minute. Add salt, pepper, honey, broth, and hot pepper sauce. Meanwhile cook pasta until al dente, adding the kale for the last minute or two. Drain the pasta and add the pasta/kale mixture to the skillet. Add cooked squash. Cover and simmer for a minute or two stirring occasionally, until squash is heated through and all ingredients are well blended. Serve with grated cheese.

Taken from Country Living Magazine.

Nontoxic homemade cleaning products

Nontoxic homemade cleaning products

homesteading non toxic cleaners

Here at the Cunningham homestead we are attempting to switch to all nontoxic homemade household cleaning agents. I have posted a few recipes on this topic in the past but today I want to talk about what supplies you need in your pantry and what they are good for. Baking soda, borax, white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, salt, castile soap, washing soda and lemons are the ones I want to talk about today. Let’s start with baking soda.

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Homemade window cleaner

Homemade window cleaner

homesteading window

My mother in law has used this for years and it works great. If ammonia is too strong of a smell for you and your family substitute ½ cup white vinegar.

 

 

1/2 cup sudsy ammonia

1 pint 70% rubbing alcohol

1 tsp liquid dish detergent

water to make a gallon

 

Shake or stir and it’s ready to go

Removing plastic from the kitchen

Removing plastic from the kitchen

homesteading bottled water

The CDC found BPA in 93% of urine samples collected in 2004, this is scary because BPA mimics estrogen in the body and not only does it increase cancer cell growth but it reduces sperm count. High estrogen levels have linked it to the US’s children going through puberty at a younger age than ever.  If BPA mimics estrogen then it is safe to say that this it contributing to the problem.   The FDA has admitted that all plastic leach chemicals into our food.

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OEFFA conferance

We are going to the OEFFA conference in Feb. OEFFA stands for Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association. We will spend the weekend of the 16 + 17 of Feb filled with workshops and networking with like minded people in the state of Ohio, exciting! Be sure to let us know if you are attending we would love to meet you.

Uncooked Play Dough

Uncooked Play Dough                                   NCC

homesteading play dough

I posted an article about homemade play dough last month and I found this recipe for uncooked homemade play dough needed to share it for those in the community who are trying to save energy.

5 cups Flour

2 cups Salt

4 Tbsp Water

4 Tbsp Veggie oil

Mix flour and salt.  Add water slowly to make pliable mixture.  Add veggie oil to prevent hardening.  Powdered tempera may be added with the flour, or food coloring can be put in the water for color.  If finished artwork is to be dried, substitute 5 tablespoons of wheat paste for the oil.  Store dough in covered container or plastic bag.

Water for your emergency kit.

Water for your emergency kit.

homesteading Berkey water filter

When an emergency happen you might not be able to count on your tap to supply the water you and family needs to survive. Prepare yourself by building a supply of water that will meet your family’s needs during an emergency.

Questions to ask yourself include:

How much water do I need?

How should I store water?

How do I prepare my own containers of water?

What should I store my water in?

How do I make my water safe to drink if it comes from outside?

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How to shelter in place at home

homesteading duct tape

Why would I need to shelter in place? You would need to shelter in place in the event of a chemical accident or terrorist attack. Some chemical accidents may include chemical  biological or hazardous materials spills or leaks, terrorist attacks could be anything from a dirty bomb to the releasing of a hazardous chemical into your town.

Choose your room in advance, the best rooms are ones with as few doors and windows as possible, having its own water supply is a huge plus, the master bedroom would be idea if it will work for your family.

 

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Home Emergency Kit

Home Emergency Kit

homesteading flashlight

Water, food and clean air are necessary during an emergency. That being said each families kit will need to be different accounting for the needs of all members such as infant needs, daily medications and pet needs. This list was compiled from many different sites including FEMA, The Red Cross, and The CDC among others. Hope you find it as helpful as I did. Continue reading Home Emergency Kit