Autumn is Here
Welcome to another edition of my 5 favorite things! This is where you can find all the things I’ve discovered that make my life easier. And hopefully will make your’s easier as well. With it being autumn officially in a couple of days, I thought we could focus on a couple of things that help with this time of year. Before we get to this month’s faves you should go check out August’s too!
Or NCHFP if you prefer acronyms. This is the website you want to go to for guidelines and tips for safely preserving your harvest. The NCHFP was created in cooperation with the USDA to help homemakers safely preserve their food. The standards suggested on the website are for those of us who live in the United States. But that doesn’t mean those outside of the US can’t use the website as a great reference.
I have found many tasty recipes and answers to canning questions on this website. What I love most is how user-friendly it is. The menu on the left side of the main page directs you to whatever topic you need help with. Whether it’s canning, freezing, drying, curing/smoking, fermenting, pickling, or making jam you can get the info you need in simple easy to follow directions. All in all, it is a must-have on the bookmark bar of any homesteader or homemaker’s computer.
As it says on the website, “Homesteaders of America is an organization created by homesteaders, for homesteaders.” It was founded by Amy Fewell, a homesteader and author, to help homesteaders share their knowledge and experiences with each other. The organization’s goal is to make homesteading a mainstream idea again and to provide a simpler way of life for folks.
Every year in October the Homesteaders of America hosts a conference in Virginia. It features many popular voices from the online homesteading community like Joel Salatin, Justin Rhodes, and Doug and Stacy from Off-grid with Doug and Stacy. They provide hands-on workshops, lectures, vendors, and some great food! If you live in the area you should really check it out.
If you’re a homesteader or thinking of becoming one, I would definitely check out the website! You can also become a member for the very low price of $25 a year!
Those of us Christians striving to get our finances under control know exactly who Dave Ramsey is. For those of you who don’t, take the time to check him out! Financial Peace University is the tool Aaron and I discovered last year. And thanks to Dave and his course we no longer fight about the budget. We finally see hope in saving for the future and being able to buy things without using credit. Well, Every Dollar is the free app that is part of FPU. But you don’t have to be a part of FPU to use it.
Every Dollar is very similar to the YNAB app I mentioned in my June 5 faves. The difference is that the basic version of Every Dollar is free. It is pretty easy to use and teaches you budget saving tips. In the help section of the website, you can watch video tutorials about the app’s features. It’s a great free tool to get your budget back on track! And now is a great time to focus more on our budgets with the holidays coming up, so we don’t end up regretting it later. I highly recommend Every Dollar!
I know it may seem odd to recommend a singer as one of my 5 faves. But I just have to share the beauty that is Lauren Daigle. I tell people all the time that she is like the Adele of Christian music. Her voice is truly Heaven sent and very soulful. I don’t know a single person Christian or not who has listened to her music and wasn’t deeply moved by her lyrics.
Many times on my journey to a relationship with Christ I have turned to her music to get connected to the Holy Spirit. Her song, “How Can it Be” has been like an anthem to me. Sometimes when I’m struggling to find the words for posts that are more spiritually based, I have her music playing to inspire me. Whenever I have needed to be reminded that God has a plan for me and it is always good, I just play her music and my spirit is lifted.
Take some time to visit her website and listen to the album she just released. I know you won’t be disappointed.
No this is not a shameless plug for our Pinterest. I have found some terrific pins to help you out with the coming of Autumn and the holidays. Whatever you may be looking for inspired by the season, I’ve probably pinned it. I may have gone a little pin crazy, but oh well, I couldn’t help myself!
Our Fall Favorites board is full of all things related to this time of year. Outdoor decorations, table settings, crafts for the kids, warm fall clothing, tasty pumpkin flavored treats, and easy meal planning centered around soups! I’ve really found the jackpot on Pinterest and put it all in one place so you wouldn’t have to search for it. Be sure to follow our Pinterest account as I update the boards daily!
I love finding new things for you all and I hope you enjoy what I share! I guess it’s a remnant from being a librarian, I’ll never stop loving research. Until next month, I wish you all well and hope I have helped you find something that makes your life a little less complicated. God Bless!