Self Reliance Challenge – Week Three

Self Reliance Challenge – Week Three

It’s week three of the Self Reliance Challenge. I’m still working away on last week’s list. Perennial plants didn’t come so they haven’t been planted. We bought more plants over the weekend that need to be planted. Homesteading is a marathon, not a sprint. That’s one of the most important lessons I’ve learned in homesteading.

Since I’m still working on last week’s list I’ll make that number on on this week’s, and I’ll add to it:

  • Start a ginger bug. I gave up soda on November 1, 2013. That limited me in what I drink. I started drinking too much G2 (carbs, so many carbs for a diet-controlled diabetic). I get tired of water, water with lemon, water with orange, water. We have great-tasting water but some days it just doesn’t go down easily. I should mention gastric sleeve surgery (Ask all the questions you want, I’m an open book.) as being the reason I gave up soda. Carbonation is hard on my tiny stomach. I’m hoping that homemade ginger ale gone flat will add to what I can drink and provide lots of healthy stuff. Kristin got me interesting in this.
  • Sour dough. I’m still improving my sour dough skills as far as a loaf of bread goes, and I’d like to use it in more than bread. Pancakes next weekend? We haven’t had sour dough pancakes or waffles in a while.
  • Chick and duckling watch begins. It’s a little too early for hatch but it’s time to keep an eye on three Silkie hens that are setting on eggs. Two have duck eggs and one has Silkie eggs (for my niece Olivia). The ducks will be meat and egg layers. Our Khaki Campbells are three and four years old now and didn’t lay as well over the winter as I’d like. One or two eggs a day would be great and that’s something young hens will do for us.
  • Continue to work in the garden.
    • Still waiting on the rhubarb and sage from last week’s list. Soon.
  • Fishing. I’d like a bucket of white perch (unlikely) and a few bass. We had fresh halibut last week thanks to a generous nephew and brother-in-law.
  • Dig up and share rhubarb, comfrey, lemon balm and horseradish. Do you need to know how to transplant rhubarb?

Self reliance seems overwhelming in the beginning but with decades behind us now it’s almost a non-thing. Grow a garden, put food up. Wild harvest and put food up. Firewood for heat. Being prepared for storms. What do you do to be self reliant? You can read more by following links you’ll find at The Self Sufficient HomeAcre.

5 thoughts on “Self Reliance Challenge – Week Three

  1. Your ginger drink sounds interesting. I don’t drink soda…except once and a while at a party (because I rarely drink alcohol), and I don’t really feel like I’m missing out. But I like ginger and I like trying new things. 🙂

    I hope you get some fish! I just picked up my license and need to get my gear ready. Hoping to go this week. Have a great week, Robin!

  2. I make a drink called switchel, to half gal of water add 1/2 cup cider vinegar, 1/4 honey or molasses and a few slices of ginger. It’s one of those you either love or hate. When it gets hot out I can polish off the half gal. in a day.

  3. This time of year when the rhubarb is growing so fast I use it for making Rhubarb tea. Wash and dice 6 cups of Rhubarb add 3 quarts water bring to a boil. Boil until the Rhubarb softens strain off the liquid and add sugar or honey to the sweetness of your taste. I prefer to use just a little of honey as I like the tartness of the rhubarb.
    Can be enjoyed hot or cold. I keep a pitcher in the fridge and use as a cooler after working in the garden.
    Use the leftover rhubarb in pancakes or muffins.

  4. I don’t drink sodas either. My favorite is Polar Water and some juice. I put organic Cranberry juice in the Cranberry Lime or orange juice in the Grapefruit flavored. I don’t use much juice to a can of water. For a diabetic, it might be too much sugar but the amount of juice is adjustable.

  5. When I get tired of soft drinks (my guilty pleasure) i switch to lemonade or apple cider.

    re: Homesteading is a marathon, not a sprint.
    No truer words.

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