Sprouted Spelt Scones With Berries & Cream

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Back in the day, I used to do a lot of soaking and home-sprouting of my grains. This ensured that the grains were easily digestible and the nutrients were readily available for absorption and use by my body.  Fast forward to three children and a farm, and I just don't have as much time for soaking and sprouting as I used to. Scratch that, I HAVE the time, I just use it to write blog posts, … [Read more...]

Homemade Beard Oil

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Man. Man, oh man, oh maaaan. Do I love my husband’s beard. I know. Not everyone out there is a beard-lovin’ woman, I just happen to be one of them. I think my love for beards first came from my love of Ray LaMontagne, a singer who continues to pull at my heart strings with his raspy, love-laden melodies. Not longer after I fell in love with bearded-Ray, I met bearded-Stuart. And since then, … [Read more...]

Things To Consider When Getting A Livestock Guardian Dog

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I will freely admit, it was almost impossible for me to sit down on the computer just now. The past few days have been filled with all sorts of goodness, primarily, in the four-legged, furry form. And actually, for once, I'm not talking about cows. Or goats. Or sheep. Man, there's a lot of four-legged, furry things runnin' around these parts. ...rather, I am talking about our new … [Read more...]

Homemade Ham Recipe

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Our pig, Wallace, used to eat slop from a bucket, lay in the sunshine, roll in his mud bath, and enjoy life. He was my garbage disposal for food scraps, extra milk from the cow, and organic garden waste.  Now, Wallace is serving a different purpose: feeding my family. As much as I love our homemade bacon, I've yet to decide on a favorite cut of pork from our homegrown hogs. Because … [Read more...]

How To Butcher A Lamb

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Two weeks ago, we said goodbye to our beloved ram lamb Guido, and hello to the most delicious meat I've ever tasted. Okay - next to our homegrown chicken and pork, of course. But this lamb stands alone. WOW. If you're on the fence, come to my farm. I'll roast you a rump roast that's been marinating in garlic and spices until it's cooked a perfect medium rare. You'll take a bite... ... … [Read more...]

Giving Up And Letting Go.

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I was running the vacuum through our bedroom for the umpteenth time last week when I accidentally sucked up the tail of one of Stuart's ties. Don't tell him that. And don't tell my Mom that I was using her vacuum that I borrowed, oh, I don't know... eight months ago. (Neither of those is an important detail to the story... ahem).  Regardless, there I was in the bedroom, pulling … [Read more...]

Natural Aids For Postpartum Depression

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For a variety of reasons, this has been a difficult post for me to write. I keep thinking the words will come easily and that I’ll be super eager to share, but in reality, they don’t. And I’m not. But I will - because I think it’s important, especially as a blogger, that we maintain some factor of ‘realness’. My friends, even for a farm-lovin’ Mama with a fantastic husband and a quiver of … [Read more...]

How To Store Potatoes

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Many  homesteading skills are best learned through experience. And that I say from, well, experience. Most any of the tasks that we so desperately desire to take on as homesteaders require a sense of adventure - of focus - of determination to make it work. It was the same situation this past August, when I dug 75 pounds of potatoes out of the garden bed (that had since been trampled in the … [Read more...]

Chicken Feet: Why you need them in your diet and how to prepare them!

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Chicken feet. The feets of the chicken. Boys and girls, that's what we're talking about today. Now, don’t go gettin’ all grossed out. Y’all are familiar with our ideals for our farm. Nothing gets wasted. And why on Earth Americans wasted these wonderful morsels is beyond me. We’ll eat fast food but we won’t simmer chicken feet for stock? Fu-get-about-it. Why You Should Be Eating … [Read more...]

Back To Basics: Kefir

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Many of you have been with me here on this beautiful blog journey for many years now. Many of you have stumbled with me through the beginnings of our way of eating and our way of life. Seeing your names come through the comments is like enjoying a cup of coffee with an old friend. That being said, many of you are new here as well. And many of you have no clue about many of the things that have … [Read more...]