Here at The Knotty Housewife, I aim to share my passion for rustic living and the empowerment earned by gaining self-sufficiency. There is something to be said about going back to your roots. When you live for a strong purpose, hard work is no longer an option, it's a necessity.
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Anybody have green beans right now! I sure as heck do! This is a quick and easy way to make your fresh harvest last a little longer without having to start canning already. You are going to love this recipe for Fermented Dilly Beans! (more…)
I recently came into a whole passle of pig ears… Yes really, that sort of thing happens to me:) We actually raised a bunch of pigs with friends and nobody else wanted the ears! Can you believe it! Pig ears happen to be one my dogs favorite treats, but at about a $2.00 a piece, and the fact that he eats them in like 30 seconds he doesn’t get them very often. I was super pumped to try making them myself!
Homemade Laundry Soap
This is it guys, this is the recipe I have used to make all of my family’s laundry soap for the past 4+ years. Its easy, fast, cheap… Key components to DIY for me! I can’t even calculate how much money I have saved using this recipe, and my son’s eczema has all but disappeared thanks to me making the switch! I’m not adding a lot of fluff to this post because for me laundry soap is and industrial family necessity, and if you are sitting at your computer or on your phone googling a DIY laundry soap you want it for one of three reasons, to save money, to use a more natural product for your family, or because gosh darn it you hate the grocery store and just want to do it yourself!
If you read through my last foraging post about wild violets you might be wondering what the heck you would do with them once harvested! This violet syrup is super simple and super rewarding! Its finished result is a sweet, wild treat with a the beautiful violet tint of its wild heritage.
Violets bloom up here in zone 5 in late May to Early June depending on the year. They appear in gardens and yards, along road sides and streams… (more…)
Sprouted Buckwheat Gluten Free Granola Recipe
You guys.. Have you ever made granola before? Well I have not.. at least not until last week and let me tell you.. I don’t think I will buy store bought again! This gluten free granola recipe is too easy to pass up! As you may know, my oldest daughter was recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease… (more…)
It has been one heck of a long, cold winter.. Whether you refer to it as the Polar Vortex, the Siberian Express or just wicked cold, the result is the same.. the northeast has been in the middle of a major freeze and Northern Maine is in the midst of the coldest February in History! With another storm predicted for this weekend, I figured.. why not share a little pattern love! So Hunker down with some chunky yarn and a big fat crochet hook! My Bulky Crochet Hat Pattern is free for a limited time! This has been a best seller on my Etsy site for a while now, here is your chance to pick it up for free! Get your Knotty on! (more…)
This literally saved my butt a couple of weeks ago! I drink this turmeric tea regularly to combat general inflammation, but recently I needed its power for something a little bigger! My husband and I had the amazing chance to spend a whole week together, without kids.. This is literally THE FIRST TIME this has happened since my oldest child was born (13 years ago)!! I was one excited momma! Low and behold, the week before we were supposed to leave all four kids got THE flu. … (more…)
Easy to make and easy to store, save a few bucks and skip the trip to the store with this easy DIY Ranch Seasoning!
- ⅔ cup dry buttermilk
- 4 Tbsp. dried parsley
- 3 tsp. dried dill weed
- 4 tsp. garlic powder
- 4 tsp. onion powder
- 4 tsp. dried onion flakes
- 4 tsp. ground black pepper
- 4 tsp. dried chives
- 2 tsp. salt
- *You can easily leave out the buttermilk and just go for the blended spices. If you are choosing to use who dried spices, just zip them up in the food processor real quick! I store mine in the fridge in a Mason Jar!
Episode 1 of Backyard Foraging: Wild Food
You don’t need to trek through the forest to forage and find edible plants. You will be amazed by how many of the everyday “weeds” you see each day are actually nutritious edibles! In this series I intend to forage my own backyard and outline the usage, storage and preparation guidelines for many of these backyard “weeds”, as well as their health benefits! Read on and enjoy!
JUST IN CASE you over do it this weekend.. I’ve got an oil for that!
I LOVE the fourth of July..! The backyard BBQ’s, firework displays, parades and for our family a birthday for an amazing little girl! So.. back to the party topic…. IN CASE YOU OVER DO IT THIS WEEKEND.. give one, or all of these hangover remedies a try!
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