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Tattler Reusable Canning Lids

Tattler 2 Piece Lid & Gasket

Hello Mrs. Grossman, I just had what I would call a catastrophic failure. I finally got the courage up to use the new tattler lids yesterday. I had 36 of them and 19 DID NOT seal. Now, I have been canning for approx. 23-24 years with a brief 6 year hiatus when I had 4…

Preppers Versus Tradition

Fall Grasshopper

Just in time for “National Preparedness Month” – here’s September’s ASK GRANNY.  Granny Miller, I’ve recently been exposed to your website for the first time.  I’ve enjoyed what I’ve seen so far.  I actually found a link which led me to you while I was visiting the Rawles survival blog. I’m interested to know why…

How To Keep Snakes Out Of The Chicken House

Chicken House With A Dirt Floor

Here’s this month’s Ask Granny question. I very much enjoy reading your website, and have a question that I haven’t seen addressed there yet. I have successfully raised healthy chickens, geese and turkeys. I will never forget the year that my sons and I hefted our chicken house and were horrified to find 3 huge…

Problem: Wife Doesn’t Want Self-Reliance – But He Does

Rouen Ducks

I picked this month’s “Ask Granny” question because it’s an important issue for lots of young and not so young couples. Hello Granny Miller, I have a question for you…I was raised on a farm and lived the life style of self-reliance and after a lot of years working for someone else I am trying…

Why Won’t My Yeast Bread Rise?

Crusty Whole Wheat Bread

My wife and I are having a terrible time making yeast bread. Every recipe we have tried has failed to rise. Any idea what we may be doing wrong? We have tried about 5 different recipes including yours and cannot get the bread to rise. Harold Harold – Without more information I’d have to guess…

Advice About Oil Lamps

Early Morning

Granny, The oil lamps in the background of your pictures are beautiful! Do you have any advice on what to look for in an oil lamp? Aladdin? Thanks, Christine Why thank you Christine! As far as oil lamps go there are basically 3 or 4 kinds. Mantle lamps, flat or round wick lamps, floating wick…