November 22, 2017

Can You Live without a Refrigerator?

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Having a refrigerator in the house is one of those conveniences that we take for granted.  Most homes and apartments come with a fridge, and if it didn’t, most everyone would get one right away. Why even consider living without a fridge? Long term power outage Personal emergency:  your fridge breaks and you can’t afford another one right Living in a downsized space such as boat or RV.  Many boat and RVs have […]

Make Your Own Moisturizing Salve

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I have been looking for a homemade moisturizer recipe in a long time when I came across the recipe for Miracle Healing Salve over at Backdoor Survival. But I delayed in trying it out right away because I first had to gather up the ingredients (I’m on a budget) and I had a little mishap with essential oil that made me a bit shy about proceeding. After reading up on the proper ways […]

Hydroponics – A Small Garden with Big Benefits

(Editor’s note:  Today’s post is about a subject that interests me greatly:  hydroponics, because it works well in small spaces.  The post is written by Chris Wimmer, who writes at Health Smart Living What is Hydroponics? Hydroponics is generally translated from the Latin and Greek languages meaning “working water”.  The Greeks and Romans described this farming technique this way because the water was always in motion. A more modern way to explain hydroponics is growing plants without soil.  A variety […]

Update on Homemade Vanilla

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Back in November, I started my homemade vanilla project.  Now that it’s been three months, I wanted to let you know how it’s coming along. Every couple of weeks, whenever I remember to do so, I swirl the mixture around a few times. The mixture has now turned a much darker brown.  As far as smell, the vodka smell is still lingering, but the vanilla smell has gotten much stronger.   I don’t think […]

Save Money! Make Soda at Home

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Although I like an occasional glass of Coke, I prefer a glass of sparkling water with a twist of lemon or lime.  La Croix Sparkling Water was a regular item on the grocery list. Until we spotted the Soda Stream and started to calculate whether it would save us money.  After adding up what we spend on sparkling water, we figured we’d recoup the cost of the Soda Stream in four months.   I […]

Homemade Dog Biscuits

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com We were looking for all-natural, made in the U.S. dog treats at the pet store.  The affordable brands had a long list of unpronounceable preservatives and additives, and were made in China.   (I haven’t forgotten about Deaths of 500 dogs blamed on jerky treats, FDA says  so we don’t buy pet food from China.)  I found some that fit the bill at the farmer’s market, and at specialty stores, but they were too […]

Reusing Zipper Plastic Bags

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   Part of becoming self sufficient is learning to make things last as long as possible, so you don’t have to keep buying replacements. I like the convenience of zippered plastic bags, but don’t like the expense.  I resisted rewashing them because they took so long to dry and there is a chance for mold during our humid summers.  So I figured a way to let them air dry the quickest way possible. […]

Homemade Vanilla

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I’ve been wanting to try making vanilla for a long time.  I use a lot of vanilla for making muffins and desserts, but always found real vanilla to be expensive.  This is an ideal project for an apartment dweller:  it requires no special equipment and does not take up a lot of room.   And, it will save money in the long run. Ingredients: Vanilla beans – I chose organic vanilla beans that were […]

Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living

I was excited to receive a review copy of Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living  by Stacy Harris.  Stacy has written several cookbooks and writes the Game & Garden blog. I am always interested in ways an apartment dweller living in the city can adapt a sustainable lifestyle so I asked the author, Stacy Harris the following question: What activities do you recommend for apartment dwellers living in the city who what to take small steps toward sustainable living? Stacy’s […]

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