Kathie Lapcevic

Kathie N. Lapcevic is a farmer, writer, teacher, and homebody living in northwest Montana with her soul-mate, Jeff.

6 Reasons to Stockpile Blankets

Have I told you about my collection of Vera Bradley blankets? I discovered these wildly colorful, plush blankets about 4 years ago when I was on a business trip and wanted to splurge on a little something just for me. Well, one blanket quickly turned into 2, 3 and now I believe we own a grand total of 6. I love blankets and, if I am a hoarder of anything, it would be blankets. For practical purposes, though, there is …

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Frugal Fall Planting - The Survival Mom

Frugal Fall Planting

Great tips here! Pin for later! Fall is not necessarily considered a time for planting, especially for folks in the colder growing zones. However, fall plant sales at your local nursery or greenhouse should not be passed up when thinking of long-term food gardens and self-sufficiency needs. These sales give us a great opportunity to purchase plants at a super discount while also allowing the plants time to develop healthy root systems. Use this time of year and the sales provided at …

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Maximizing Garden Produce - The Survival Mom

5 Tips for Maximizing Garden Produce

If you keep a garden of any size, it can be hard to keep up with a harvest that’s coming in at various points during the growing season. It can be a bit of a juggling act to eat what’s fresh and preserve the extra for winter eating. It’s not always easy to decide either what should be eaten fresh and what should be saved. Let’s face it – it’s all tasty! No one wants to let all that homegrown (and …

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Small Batch Fruit Preserving - The Survival Mom

Small Batch Fruit Preserving

As we work on maximizing garden produce, we need to stretch our preservation skills to include small batches. Fruit sauces, butters, and syrups are all easy and tasty ways to put up small bits of produce before any spoilage occurs. It might seem intimidating at first, but with a little confidence and some practice, small batch fruit preserving can quickly add up to a stocked pantry. Making Fruit Sauces Applesauce is probably the most common of all fruit sauces. However, almost any fruit can …

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5 Ways to Build Endurance Before SHTF - The Survival Mom

5 Ways to Build Endurance Before SHTF

As we prepare for emergencies of all levels, many of us stockpile water, food, first aid supplies and more.  What happens should those supplies run out?  What happens if the garden needs tilling and access to fuel machinery is limited or completely gone? As Amy said in her post about running for our lives, many of us think we’ll do it what needs to be done, because, well, it now suddenly needs to be done. I believe that’s true, but I also …

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Culinary Medicine: Cilantro, Mint, & Strawberry - The Survival Mom

Culinary Medicine: Cilantro, Mint, & Strawberry

A few weeks ago, we talked about the medicinal properties of chives, lavender, and sage.  Those are all good starts and generally available most anywhere, however, there are so many more culinary plants that are also medicinal storehouses.  This week, let’s tackle the Culinary Medicine: Cilantro, Mint, & Strawberry and all the reasons that they should be in our medicine cabinets as well as on our spice racks. Strawberry Leaves Most of us already prize strawberries for the sweet red berry that …

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