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So I made a plan. I made a list of pros and cons to quit my job to be a full-time homesteading Momma. I ran budget numbers…over and over and over. Then I presented it to my husband. It took several months to convince him but we had many great conversations about what we wanted for our family of three. From there plans and goals were developed. It took us about three months to get everything in place in order for me to quit the job that I thought I’d retire from. This included paying off as much debt as possible. In May 2014 I gave my notice and my last day was the first week of June.
Other goals included increasing our food storage thru canning and dehydrating, neither of which I had never done before in my life. All the tools to do this were purchased before I quit my job as that was part of the plan. So, there I was with a water bath canner AND a pressure canner. My first foray into canning was water bath canning making strawberry jam and sauce and strawberries in syrup. I also dehydrated strawberries (which were excellent in oatmeal and cereal). Blueberries were next on my list. By this time, I was becoming a regular at the farmers market.Finally I was brave enough to use the pressure canner. I was tense the whole time but I successfully canned chicken broth. I haven’t bought broth or stock since! In all I successfully canned and dehydrated 106 jars of food. Not bad for six months and just learning! I also learned so much from all the homesteading and preparedness blogs that I knew 2015 had to be even better.
What was your reason? What led you on your journey?
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