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    Change Your Life Kraut Melt Sandwich {Recipe}

    by  • February 24, 2015 • 0 Comments

    What I’m about to tell you is so devastatingly simple that it can hardly be called a recipe. And yet, a friend whom I recently served this to declared that it “changed her life.” All you need is vegetable kraut, bread and cheese. I ferment my own mixed vegetable kraut from whatever’s in season....

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    Wisdom & News from OEFFA Conference 2015

    by  • February 20, 2015 • 0 Comments

    I’m still riding high on the “agricultural intoxication”* of the 2015 Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association annual conference. My heart is warmed by so many great talks, both prepared presentations and side conversations, with friends new and old. My head spins with the possibilities of this coming year. I bounced around a lot...

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    Homestead Happenings #3: Plans & Yeast

    by  • February 8, 2015 • 0 Comments


    This week was dominated by planning for the spring ahead. The groundhog may have seen a shadow, but sunny, longer days mean that garden work will come very soon. The weather was warm enough for me to spend a little time digging roots and washing seedling pots yesterday! What’s happened this week: We watched...

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    Gardening on the Wild Side

    by  • February 4, 2015 • 4 Comments


    If you’ve seen me in person recently, you’ve probably heard me mention Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health. This book, a science-based review of how to select and prepare food for maximum nutritional benefit, has transformed my cooking more than any other writing ever. I even taught a class...

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    Homestead Happenings #2: Late & Great

    by  • February 2, 2015 • 3 Comments

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    Who is surprised that in the second week of what was supposed to be a weekly list, I’m already a day late? Not I. Last week was full in so many ways. Here’s what was going on in our world: Alex spent the week in Arizona and Mexico on business. It was a long trip...

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    The Luxury of Boiled Eggs {Recipe}

    by  • January 29, 2015 • 3 Comments

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    Before raising chickens, I would never have imagined myself longing for a boiled egg. I rarely made them, and when I did, they were often over cooked because I tend to wander and forget about timers. But now I give them my full attention from choosing the right egg to measuring the cooking time to...

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    Homestead Happenings #1: Seeds, Trees, & Braces

    by  • January 25, 2015 • 1 Comment


    I advise homesteaders to keep a journal. It’s a great practice because a record of daily homesteading activities is fun and useful to look back on. But I find myself not in the routine of writing daily now. “Do as I say, not as I do,” I suppose. I thought I’d try something different...

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    Homesteading Hair Care – Baking Soda & Vinegar Hair Rinses

    by  • January 23, 2015 • 0 Comments


    Over the last couple years, we’ve slowly simplified our bath and body routines and made the switch from “all-natural” manufactured toiletries to homemade concoctions from food ingredients. I discovered that making our own is cheaper, requires very little effort, and works better than what I can buy. Plus there’s no wasted packaging or unnecessary chemicals! The...

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    5 Places To Find Last Minute Gifts AT HOME

    by  • December 23, 2014 • 1 Comment

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    We’re giving entirely handmade gifts this year, with the exception of a couple things on Lil’s list that can’t be made from scratch. (Pokemon cards don’t trade well if mom makes them.) Some of our gifts have been in the making for several months and they’ll be accessorized with items we will make from things we...

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