Author Archives: Deborah Lee

Doomsday Preppers: New TV Show






[ad name=”Google Adsense”] Last Tuesday, February 7, 2012, a new show premiered on the National Geographic channel. It’s called Doomsday Preppers. A pilot episode was filmed in 2011 and received good reviews so they decided to run the show. In … Continue reading






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100% Whole Wheat Buns






[ad name=”Google Adsense”] In the last few years I’ve been trying to make lifestyle changes that help my family be more healthy and more self-sufficient. One of those has been making our own whole wheat bread. It is definitely an … Continue reading






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Homemade Laundry Detergent






[ad name=”Google Adsense”] I showed up at the church craft night a couple of weeks ago with boxes of old-timey cleaning stuff and a grater. Invariably, someone asked me what project I was working on. When I said I’m making my … Continue reading






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“How to Raise a Musical Child” Resources






The advent of recorded music has changed us. We can now listen to symphony orchestras on demand. We can hear music from across the ages on our cell phones. We have gained greater access, but the down side is that our relationship to music has become passive and it often times nothing more than filler.






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What Would Ma Ingalls Do?






I’m not giving up the world of modern conveniences, I’m just looking at things differently with an eye toward the past. When I think of what Ma Ingalls would do, I also think of how my grandparents lived. They didn’t have a lot of these things either. As I ponder these things I am finding a richness in remembering them and in finding a slower way of living.






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Book Review: Possum Living






[ad name=”Google Adsense”] There’s a great little book I just read—Possum Living: How to Live Well without a Job and with (Almost) No Money. It was written back in the late 70’s by a then 18-year-old going by the pseudonym of … Continue reading






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Projects for 2011–In My Dreams






[ad name=”Google Adsense”] I’ve been thinking about projects that I want to accomplish this year. One of my problems with doing projects is that I spend way too much time learning about things, quite a bit of time accumulating supplies, … Continue reading






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Thinking on Chickens






[ad name=”Google Adsense”] We have had four Barred Plymouth Rock chickens since right after Thanksgiving. It has been a fun experience for us. It is surprising to me how easy they are to care for and how much I really … Continue reading






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“What Led You To Decide To Homeschool?”






This was the question a parent at Adam’s music class asked me tonight. I was set a little off guard by it because I didn’t just sit down and decide. It’s almost like it has been part of me always.






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Blessed Are The Cheese Makers






Making cheese is my latest kitchen experiment. As usual, I looked for the simplest recipe I could find. This one has only two ingredients.






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