Country Living Series

Welcome to the Country Living Series collection of ebooklets! Here you can purchase all 52 of our informative booklets on preparedness, frugality, home businesses, rural living skills (including gardening, livestock, and food preservation), homesteading skills, and simplicity. Formerly ranging in price from $0.99 to $19.99, we are now offering the entire collection for the low, low price of $20.

These ebooklets are available as a digital download (PDF format only!). We regret we are not able to offer a physical CD at present.

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What’s included

The Preparedness Series

Are you an ant or a grasshopper? (6 pgs)
The famous Aesop’s fable isn’t as cut and dried as we’ve been led to believe – and neither is preparedness. Most people like to think they’re ants, but there’s a lot more grasshopper in us than we may like.

Bugging Out to the Country: Your Obligations as a Refugee (6 pgs)
Many urban or suburban people have fantasies about bugging out to rural areas if the bleep ever hits the fan. But what do rural people think about these contingency plans? Here are ten important obligations as a refugee to the country.

Emergency Water (6 pgs)
Water is arguably the most important part of your preparedness supplies. Here’s how to store and purify enough water for you and your family.

Finding a Prepper Community (10 pgs)
One of the most difficult things to do as a prepper is finding like-minded people. This guide will help you find or build a community of fellow preppers.

How Hard Can it Be? (7 pgs)
Armchair preparedness is a dangerous pastime. It leads to false confidence – after all, how hard can it be? Learn to say “no” to theory and “yes” to learning new skills the old-fashioned way.

KISS Your Emergency Preparedness (10 pgs)
Sometimes the simpler ways are the best, particularly when it comes to emergency preparedness.

Is Total Self-Sufficiency Possible? (6 pgs)
Preppers like to think they can handle anything. But can they? Or are they deluding themselves? Here are some thoughts on total self-sufficiency.

Low Tech Solutions to High Tech Problems (11 pgs)
Sometimes bigger isn’t necessarily better. Despite the push to acquire high-tech preparedness equipment, sometimes it’s better to learn to do things the old-fashioned way. Remember KISS: Keep It Simple.

The Humble Kerosene Lamp (7 pgs)
Better than candles, kerosene lamps were a lighting staple for over a hundred years. Learn the basics of lamp anatomy, proper fueling, care, wick trimming, maintenance, and safety.

Prepper Gardening (18 pgs)
What makes a prepper garden different than a regular garden? Why should you grow a prepper now instead of later? How do you hide a prepper garden from raiders? All this and more are answered in this concise ebook on an important tool for food self-sufficiency.

Prioritizing Preparedness when Money is Tight (12 pgs)
Not many of us are rich, but we can all adopt a prepared lifestyle – for less money than you think. Here are some suggestions for prepping on a tight budget.

A Test of our Emergency Preparedness Systems (10 pgs)
No one knows if their emergency preps are enough until they’re tested. Here’s what happened in the aftermath of a powerful storm.

The Underground Economy (11 pgs)
Uncontrolled by any government influences, there’s an entire shadow economy taking place right now, all over the world, right under our noses. Here’s how it works.

You Can’t Prepare for Everything (8 pgs)
A common problem with new preppers is the inability to distinguish between realistic threats and hypothetical “zombie” threats. Here’s how to calm down and focus on the important things.

The Frugality Series

20 Ways to Cut Your Food Bill (9 pgs)
If money is tight, trimming grocery expenses should be a high priority. Here are 20 ways to cut your food budget – without using coupons.

Disposing of Disposables (10 pgs)
Reducing the number of disposable items in your everyday life is easier than you think, and saves money in the long run. Learn how to inventory your disposables and transition to reusables.

Plugging the Leaks (6 pgs)
If you’re on a tight budget, you can still make your dreams come true – but it takes work. Here’s how to plug some of the leaks in your finances.

Ten Cheap Ways to Go Green (7 pgs)
Why does “saving the planet” have to cost a fortune? It doesn’t. Here are 10 ways to save money and the environment at the same time.

Our Zero-Waste Experiment (15 pgs)
Think it’s easy to live without creating any garbage whatsoever? Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. Here’s how we measured up.

The Business Series

Craft Shows: Ticket to Success (54 pgs)
A comprehensive guide on how to do craft shows ranging from small weekend affairs to large multi-weekend events. Material covers jurying, booth setup and layout, financial transactions, the psychology of sales, the difficult customer, deterring theft, and much more. 54 pages.

Freelance Writing (9 pgs)
How do you start working as a freelance writer? This primer offers guidelines to build a new career.

The Home Craft Business: How to Make It Survive and Thrive (165 pgs)
A detailed guide to turning a craft hobby into a home craft business. Covers 23 lessons (chapters) including marketing, finances, pricing, efficiency, wholesale, custom work, consignment, billing, the psychology of sales, taxes, and much more.

Supporting a Family with a Craft Business (8 pgs)
If you ever thought about chucking your nine-to-five job and starting a craft business, here are some guidelines about whether yours will support a family.

Turning a Passion into a Business (17 pgs)
Working from home is a lot more feasible than you might think – if you incorporate a very critical component into your business idea.

The Canning Series

Introduction to Water-Bath Canning (11 pgs)
A comprehensive beginner’s guide to water-bath canning. It covers procedure, equipment, altitude adjustment, and safety tips. In addition, the reader is walked through detailed instructions on canning applesauce, peaches/pears, and tomatoes, all lavishly illustrated with photographs.

Introduction to Pressure Canning (12 pgs)
A comprehensive beginner’s guide to pressure canning. It covers procedure, equipment, altitude adjustment, and safety tips. In addition, the reader is walked through detailed instructions on canning chicken breasts, green beans, and split pea soup, all lavishly illustrated with photographs.

Canning FAQs: 100 Basic Questions about Canning (29 pgs)
A comprehensive beginner’s guide to canning, addressing 100 of the most common questions. Publication covers basic information, equipment, water-bath canning, pressure canning, heat sources and alternate equipment, troubleshooting, and much more. Special attention is paid to safety procedures.

What NOT to Can (14 pgs)
Not everything can be safely preserved in jars by home canners. Learn not only safe canning procedures, but learn what isn’t safe to preserve. Information was verified by the expertise of Dr. Elizabeth Andress, Project Director for the National Center for Home Food Preservation (NCHFP) and Extension Food Safety Specialist at the University of Georgia.

The Dairy Series

Basic Cheesemaking (13 pgs)
Covers the basics of making cheddar, mozzarella, and cream cheese, including step-by-step instructions and numerous photographs.

Making Yogurt (6 pgs)
A lavishly-illustrated step-by-step guide on making yogurt from fresh milk.

The Question of Pasteurization (6 pgs)
Covers the history, benefits, drawbacks, and nutritional differences of pasteurizing milk from your home dairy. 6 pages

The Home Dairy (19 pgs)
Covers the ins and outs of dairy animals, including comparisons between goats and cows, breeds, milk volume, infrastructure, feed, learning to milk, cleanliness, animal health, and mastitis. Also covers sheep dairying.

The Livestock Series

Bovine Basics for Beginners (8 pgs)
Getting a cow can be scary. What does it take to feed, house, milk, and care for an animal? Here’s what to expect with your first cow.

Dehorning Calves Humanely (7 pgs)
It’s not necessary to burn or lop off horns. Learn the easier and more humane method of safely using dehorning paste.

Dehydrating Eggs (9 pgs)
Faced with a glut of eggs, here is a method to preserve hen fruit safely and inexpensively.

Egg Anomalies (6 pgs)
Eggs do not come out of hens with perfect uniformity, day after day. Sometimes odd variations show up. This short primer lets you know what’s normal, and what’s not.

How to Milk a Cow (9 pgs)
How to get started milking, sample cow/calf pen and milking stall layout, breeding and weaning, and the ease of once-a-day milking.

Jersey Giant Chickens (6 pgs)
Consider the triple benefits of this enormous heritage breed.

Rural Living Series

A Grocery Store in Your Home (8 pgs)
If you’re an avid canner – or if you store food of any sort – you’re going to need a place to put it. Learn how we carved out a special “grocery store” in our home that provides us with abundant cooking ingredients and fast meals.

Black Gold: Homestead Composting (11 pgs)
Turn your barn, kitchen, and yard waste into beautiful and nutritious food for your garden. Learn the science of composting, proper ingredient ratios, methods, urban composting, and what should not be composted.

Making Fruit Scrap Vinegar (8 pgs)
Why let fruit scraps go to waste? Learn how to turn those peels and cores into fragrant vinegar. Publication covers the history and science of vinegar, as well as a step-by-step guide.

The Death of Knowledge (7 pgs)
A philosophical essay lamenting how rural knowledge honed over 5000+ years of civilization is dying out only in the last three generations. Discusses the importance of recapturing older methods and skills.

How to Move to the Country (16 pgs)
An honest assessment of the necessary research, nuts and bolts, and even attitude adjustment that must accompany moving to a rural area. Publication covers the stages of moving: Stage One: Preparing; Stage Two: Ready to Buy; and Stage Three: Living in the Country.

The Joy of Strawberries (11 pgs)
One of the world’s most popular fruits proved to be nearly impossible for us to grow – until we hit upon an unorthodox – and very successful – solution.

Tire Gardening (14 pgs)
When growing a garden proved impossible for us, we turned to using tires. Here’s the skinny on using a free, abundant, and safe resource to grow an amazing garden.

Bear Poop and Applesauce: An Urban Migration to the Country (188 pgs)
Here’s the story of how one family left the city and moved to the country, learning frugality and rural skills along the way.

The Simplicity Series

Confessions of an Imperfect Homeschooler (5 pgs)
Have you ever doubted your ability to teach your own children? Fear not, such concerns are normal. This short essay encourages you to stay on course – the long-term benefits are incalculable.

Raising a Reader (5 pgs)
While this essay is a deep dark confession from an obsessed book collector, it offers practical tips on how to raise your children to love reading.

Raising Simple Kids (7 pgs)
Not every child automatically turns into a texting, technology-obsessed young person. Plenty of children to still enjoy the simple things in life… but it takes work on the part of the parents. Publication defines “simplicity” and outlines steps parents can take to offer balance in a child’s life.

Ten Secrets of Simple Living (6 pgs)
Here’s a secret: simple living isn’t what you think it is. It has nothing to do with eating organic food or meditating in a lotus position. Here are ten solid, practical tips for truly simplifying your life.

The Secret of a Simple Life (9 pgs)
Why is a ‘simple life’ so darned complicated? Here’s a secret: It’s not. Three little words can change your whole world.

Why be Normal? (6 pgs)
Sometimes setting down a dirt road, marching to your own beat, is a more adventurous life than a typical suburban existence. Here’s our take on the path we chose


  1. 4/9/2020----just paid for a digital download and can't get the 'return to merchant' to direct me to the download. Can you please fix ? carol mcculloch

    1. Carol, please email

      Older Daughter is handling sales, and she'll help you out.

      - Patrice

  2. M+ It is said "knowledge is power." Learn all I can. I'm sorta of a "religious cook." Everything is either a burnt offering or a holocaust." I'll keep trying.
    Bless you all!

  3. Like what I see - how do you make this available outside the USA plse ?

    1. Your best bet is to get a digital download. CDs have to be mailed, and that's more costly.

      - Patrice