Saturday, October 10, 2015

The "S" Homestead (The Smith Ranch): Canning Bacon

The "S" Homestead (The Smith Ranch): Canning Bacon: Hello from the homestead! I have been looking up new things to preserve by canning and dehydrate. I ran across several people canning bacon....

Canning Bacon

Hello from the homestead! I have been looking up new things to preserve by canning and dehydrate. I ran across several people canning bacon. Yes, you heard me right....BACON!!! I thought this was crazy when my oldest son told me about it. So, I did my research. You can can raw bacon to store. Huh! Learn something new everyday!! Well, I gave it a try and I have to say not too bad. Now, let me walk you through the process. But, first the wonderful disclosure! "By following the process of canning bacon You, the reader take all responsiblitly for your family and yourself. This blog is for entertainment only and The S Homestead takes no responsibility for misuse of information or sickness incurred." Okay now, for the cool part! lol! First you need to buy bacon. I bought 2.5 pounds and this made 2 quart jars. You can get 1 or a little over 1 pound in each quart jar. Also, you want to use wide-mouth quart jars because it is a lot easier.

Next, you want to get a large piece of parchment paper and lay 1 or a little over 1 pound of bacon on the paper leaving about an inch of paper on each side.

Next, you will take another piece of paper cut in half and lay it on top of the bacon. (I did this the first time I canned it. Now, I just fold the extra paper at the top over the bacon. Parchment paper be high!!! ;)' ) Now, fold the bacon in half. Then start rolling it as tight as you can.

You will then put the bacon in a sterilized quart jar. You might have to twist it in to get it in. Then, you will put a hot sterilized lid and ring on the jar. You will pressure can this for 90 minutes on 10 lbs. pressure. 

When you open the can you can use the grease to fry eggs and you still want to cook the bacon when you get it out. Plus, I like mine really crispy! ;) So, there you have it Voila' Canned Bacon!! Till next time!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Making Valerian Root and White Willow Bark Tinctures

*** Note this blog post is for entertainment purposes only. I am not a doctor! I am showing you what I did and what I used. Use your own knowledge and judgement for your family and you. ***

Okay, now that the disclaimer is done! Lol! I love to read and learn about herbs and plants that people in the times passed used and some still use today. It amazes me all the plants God gave us to use to help heal ourselves. I started reading these two books about two years ago. They have a wealth of info in them.

The two tinctures that I am going to show you today is Valerian Root and White Willow Bark Tinctures. Valerian Root was used in WWII to help calm people when there were air raids. It was also used to help soldiers when they were injured. You can also use it to help you sleep. White Willow Bark is why we have aspirin today. It can be used the same way as aspirin. Now down to the nitty gritty. lol!

First, you need to get Valerian Root and White Willow Bark. I got mine from MountainRose 

Now, you will need to buy some vodka to make your tincture. I used 100 proof. Some of the books that I have read said you can use 80 proof. I use 80 proof for my vanilla extract. 

Next you need a glass jar with a lid. I used pint wide mouth mason jars. What can I say I like to can! :) You will put 2 ounces of herb to 1 pint of vodka. 

Now you want to label what it is and the date you made it. Now, with the White Willow Bark you will need to put it in a dark, cool place for 2-3 weeks. The Valerian Root you will need to put it in a dark, cool place for 14 days. You can shake the mixture every few days. Once it has been sitting for the allotted time you are going to strain the herb off and the liquid you have left is your tincture.


After you have strained it you want to put the liquid tincture in a dark colored bottle to keep. You also want to label it and the date made. I got these neat amber bottles with dropper lids at

Well there you have it my peoples, voila' homemade herbal tinctures! I will be posting more herbal and canning things in the near future! Till next time have a blessed day!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

My Weekly Meal Prep!

Hey everyone! Hope everyone is having a great week. I told everyone yesterday that I would tell you how I meal prep for the week. I usually make my menus on Friday then shop on Saturday. Sunday afternoon is when I cook. I cook our breakfast, lunch, and snacks for the week. The dinner I usually have simple meals or crockpot meals. This is what my husband and my meal prep looks like. (the only thing that is missing is our dinner and our Shakeology.)

The meat I cooked was chicken breast and ground meat patties. I seasoned the meat with garlic powder and lemon pepper. I then cooked them on a grill. Next, I cooked sweet potatoes. I sprayed the pan with coconut oil. I love this coconut oil because it uses a bag system so that means no propellant used to get the oil out of the can.
I washed the potatoes, then cut them into cubes and placed them in the pan. I sprayed a little coconut oil on them. I also seasoned them with lemon pepper and garlic powder.

I then put them in a preheated oven. (350 degrees) Cook until tender.

Next, I cooked my squash. I cooked the yellow and the zucchini the same way. I used a mandolin to cut them up. put a little olive oil in the bottom of a pan with a couple of cloves garlic chopped up.
Then just cook until tender.

I then cooked the cauliflower and broccoli. I just cut it up and steamed it. Then seasoned it with lemon pepper and garlic powder.

Sorry, I only took pics of the cauliflower. The breakfast I made my husband was just bacon and Eggs with spinach. Yeah, it is that easy! Crazy huh?? I then portioned it up and put it in containers for our meals. So, there you have it! That is how I prepare our meals every week. Till next time! Hope everyone has a great rest of the week.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Homemade Beef Stock! Oh My!!

Ok, if you have looked at my blog you know I love to can. I found these at Kroger's the other day. I was so excited! I could finally make beef stock!

What I did was put the shank in the oven on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees until it was brown. I rinsed the bones off and put them in the crockpot. When the shank was brown I added it to the crockpot.

I then  put in some scraps of onions peals, celery and carrots that I had froze for stock. I poured about 1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar on the bones and shank and let it sit for about an hour.


 Then, I filled the crockpot up with water and put it on low and cooked it for 24 hours. Then you just strain it and the liquid left is your beef stock. You can freeze it. I am going to can mine. Will post how to do that another day. Tomorrow I will post about my meal plan and prepping! Till tomorrow hope everyone has a great day!!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Autism Awareness Day!

Today everyone wore blue for Autism Awareness Day! This day is very dear to my heart. I have a nephew, cousin, and some loved ones who are autistic. I hope you wore blue to show your support!

My class had a field trip where we hunted Easter eggs and had our party! They had a blast! I did not forget my Shakeology this morning. The pollen has my sinus acting up so I am going to do another shake this evening! Got to get those superfoods in! Can't afford to get sick! I will be canning some next week. I will be posting some howto's for this! I hope everyone has a blessed Friday! Till next time!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


How has everyone been? Hopefully great! I feel so blessed to have such an amazing husband and such great friends! We all met up in Vegas! We toured the Grand Canyon, the strip in Vegas, and Red Rock Canyon! It is amazing how even if we have not seen or talked to each other in a long time we get together and it is like no time has passed! I love it! Here are some pics from our excursions!
This is from the High Roller!
Lunch with my Love!

The girls and I goofing off!
Goofing off on the Strip!
The men at Red Rock Canyon
The girls and I in the High Roller!
My love and I on the plane.
Great Friends!
My Love and I at Red Rock!
Red Rock Canyon

Another pic from inside the High Roller!

Getting my workout in the hotel room thanks to Beachbody On Demand!!

Till next time hope everyone has a blessed day!