It’s that time of year when we look back at all we accomplished (or didn’t) and I thought I would share with you my most popular DIY posts from 2013.
By far the most popular project, and probably one of the easiest! This makes a wonderful, easy and inexpensive gift and is a must-have if you don’t like to get into cold sheets in the winter – or hot sheets in the summer! I wrote a complete tutorial with lots of pictures on how to make your own bed warmer/cooler. To see the tutorial, click on DIY Bed Warmer and Cooler (in red) above.
So many people are trying to go lactose free, and almond milk is a great alternative to dairy! Recently I have also developed a recipe for almond milk greek yogurt along with almond yogurt ice cream! I will be posting those articles (with recipes) next week.
Making cheese with your own rennet made from plants instead of the inside lining of a baby animal is so much more appetizing – especially if you shun animal meat! I will be planting cardoon this spring to begin making more goat’s milk cheese. Cardoon (a relative of the artichoke) is supposed to be the ultimate plant material to make vegetable rennet! Stay tuned for that one.
This was one of the first DIY projects for our future homestead. Making the soda can heater was a lot of fun. My hubby and I researched a lot of soda can heaters on the internet and then came up with our own design for the heater. We changed a few things as we went along, including the delivery system into our travel trailer which is parked up on our future homestead. It’s amazing how much heat can come out of such a simple, non mechanical device that requires no electricity and no firewood!
5. Stevia Syrup
Growing stevia from seed, harvesting the leaves and making it into syrup was a learning process! I quickly found out that stevia grows best in full sunlight with an adequate amount of water and no crowding, especially from the overzealous zucchini! When refining the stevia into syrup, I discovered a way to take out some of the “green” taste with coffee filters. I am still learning how to cook with it, however. Another post on why I chose to grow and refine my own stevia is HERE.
6. The Outhouse
Necessity called and we answered. This is a continuing series of posts on how we built our outhouse up on the future homestead! For the first post, click on the title The Outhouse above. For the second post click HERE, the third post click HERE and the fourth post click HERE.
This was a two part article (HERE is the second post) on how we set up our gravity flow watering system, beginning with rain collection from the metal roof of our tool shed to the final step of automatically watering our fruit and nut orchard.
Maybe one of the easiest yet complicated projects we have tackled. Learning how to moderate the moisture level so we didn’t end up with a worm exodus of massive proportions (again) was tricky, but once we had several tray layers going (which I think is the key) we have been very successful with our vermiculture bins! Click above for the first post, then click HERE for the second post and HERE for the third.
Well – there you have it!
Thank you, my faithful friends and co-bloggers, for a wonderful first year of blogging. May 2014 bring you peace, happiness and health!
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