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Putting Up! (Ways To Make The Harvest Last)

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If you follow this blog, you know that I (Daja) have moved from Southern California to Maine.  We have a little farm we call Kylo. It’s a slow-and-steady-wins-the-race kind of thing.  We got a huge garden in this year and are gradually adding our animals. What blows me away is how wonderful the soil is here. I’ve been gardening in California for years and it is definitely an uphill battle–what with the water issues, intense heat, clay-like soil.  But here, it has been much easier and much more delightful to garden. Stuff actually grows here without so many tears.  The downside is that in Southern California I gardened year around. Here, you have 90-120 days. So, you better be movin’!

Today I sat down at my computer and my ten year old son walked by and said, “Whatcha doing?”  I replied, “Ordering a few things online.” He said, “Let me guess. Canning supplies.” #dontjudgeme Read More

Putting Up

{This post contains affiliate links. Clicking on or purchasing through an affiliate link costs you nothing, but lets you support this blog and the families who write it and love it.} ________________________________ If you follow this blog, you know that I (Daja) have moved from Southern California to Maine.  We have a little farm we […]

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Christmas in July

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At the time I am writing this we are 165 days, 1 hour, 44 minutes and 32 seconds from Christmas.

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Insane. Let's not be.

[This post contains affiliate links. Shopping through affiliate links will not cost you a penny more, but we may make a little commission. And that keeps this blog running for the two families who love to write it. Thank you.] At the time I am writing this we are 165 days, 1 hour, 44 minutes […]

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We Have Something New For You!

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We all have full-up-to-the-brim sort of lives and the only way to keep it all going and still keep our focus on the important stuff, is to have mad calendar skills!  Here in the Provision Room we are always looking for ways to make life just a little bit easier and a little bit more joyful for you.  We have put together a beautiful new printable month by month calendar!   Read More

Nov 2014 Final

We all have full-up-to-the-brim sort of lives and the only way to keep it all going and still keep our focus on the important stuff, is to have mad calendar skills!  Here in the Provision Room we are always looking for ways to make life just a little bit easier and a little bit more […]

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Answering Your Questions: Ordering food in bulk from Azure Standard

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Q. I’d love to see exactly what you order from Azure on a regular basis.  The catalog is too overwhelming and I’m not sure where to start.

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Azure Favorites

Q. I’d love to see exactly what you order from Azure on a regular basis.  The catalog is too overwhelming and I’m not sure where to start.

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Comfort Measures To Get You Through This Cold and Flu Season

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Sometimes despite our best efforts at staying well, we still get sick.  And then we use everything in our arsenal to get well as quickly as possible.  But, in the meantime, when your little ones are whining and everyone is uncomfortable and irritable, you need a few ways to cope.

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Sometimes despite our best efforts at staying well, we still get sick.  And then we use everything in our arsenal to get well as quickly as possible.  But, in the meantime, when your little ones are whining and everyone is uncomfortable and irritable, you need a few ways to cope.

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72-Hour Kit Challenge

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Welcome back to our Big Girl 72-Hour Kit Challenge!

Last week we challenged you to plan out your 72-Hour Food Kits.  These are the kits we all should have neatly stored away for the first three days of an emergency.  If you have been following along with Daja and me, we have spent the last year increasing our food stores through freezing extra meals, buying in bulk and putting up foods by canning.  These are all great, and perfect for the unexpected job loss, illness or food shortage, but what if you suddenly had an earthquake and your house was no longer stable, or God-forbid there was another attack on American soil but this time in your city and you had to evacuate immediately?  This is when these little kits would be absolutely priceless!  We want to be like the sons of Isachaar who were credited as men who understood the  signs of the times and knew what to do.  (1 Chronicles 12:32)  Simply, we want to be prepared for anything. Read More

72-hour food kit

Welcome back to our Big Girl 72-Hour Kit Challenge! Last week we challenged you to plan out your 72-Hour Food Kits.  These are the kits we all should have neatly stored away for the first three days of an emergency.  If you have been following along with Daja and me, we have spent the last […]

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Emergency Preparedness Checklist & A Reader Challenge

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Here in Southern California we are in windy season.  The Santa Ana winds blow offshore and usually bring much warmer weather since they blow from the direction of the Mojave Dessert.  I actually really like them as I feel something sort of magical in them.  They can be extremely destructive as was the case last December when most of our area lost power for a week due to downed trees and power lines.  We had many friends with a lot of damage to their homes.  It was at this point Daja and I felt like it was time to get organized about preparing for “life’s happenings.”  Over the past 11 months we have diligently been putting away our stores for those unexpected events that are inevitable in this life.  This month in particular we thought it would be good to give you a simple checklist of items we all should have around.  The list also will help you track where these items are located so there is no panic in an emergency. Read More

Emergency Checklist

Here in Southern California we are in windy season.  The Santa Ana winds blow offshore and usually bring much warmer weather since they blow from the direction of the Mojave Dessert.  I actually really like them as I feel something sort of magical in them.  They can be extremely destructive as was the case last […]

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We left in a truck and came home in a tractor…

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(AKA: Living With One Car)

How many cars are parked in your driveway?  Like most in Southern California we are a two-car family.   My husband has a truck that he drives for work, stocked with his tools and supplies.  It’s essential that he has a truck for work because he’s a skilled carpenter and handyman.  So he’s always hauling and dumping and moving tools around to various job sites.  But, of course we can’t fit our family of nine in the cab of a truck.  So, we have a suburban–that seats 11.   Yes, ma’am.  Eleven.  Just in case we have the kids’ friends spending the night or we have a couple more kids. Read More

Nothing ups your mom cred like having a tire on the front of your car.

(AKA: Living With One Car) How many cars are parked in your driveway?  Like most in Southern California we are a two-car family.   My husband has a truck that he drives for work, stocked with his tools and supplies.  It’s essential that he has a truck for work because he’s a skilled carpenter and […]

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Making a Safe Decision

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(Written by Daja’s husband!)

My wife’s goal for April was to make copies of all our important documents and to store them in the safe.  (The safe I purchased for the family with LAST YEAR’S tax refund, but was still empty this year.  Yeah, that one.)  It’s a worthy goal.

I thought I would share a little about the process of choosing and purchasing a safe for your home. Read More

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(Written by Daja’s husband!) My wife’s goal for April was to make copies of all our important documents and to store them in the safe.  (The safe I purchased for the family with LAST YEAR’S tax refund, but was still empty this year.  Yeah, that one.)  It’s a worthy goal. I thought I would share […]

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3 Month Pantry Update from Kristina

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Wow!  I can hardly believe how fast these last three months have flown!  Yes, I’ve had to do some work and sometimes when I really didn’t feel like it.  But when I look at how far I’ve come and the new and exciting things I’m doing to not only feed my family but nourish them, well I just have to smile!  My smile is extra big this week since it’s my cooking vacation!  Woot!  Woot!

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Kristina's Pantry after 3 months

Wow!  I can hardly believe how fast these last three months have flown!  Yes, I’ve had to do some work and sometimes when I really didn’t feel like it.  But when I look at how far I’ve come and the new and exciting things I’m doing to not only feed my family but nourish them, […]