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Why We Butcher our own Turkey

OH MY GOD. HOW COULD YOU RASIE THAT ANIMAL AND THEN KILL IT?  HOW CRUEL!?  YOU ARE SO HEARTLESS!  THERE IS NOTHING KIND ABOUT KILLING. Ok, I get it.  I was vegetarian for SEVEN YEARS.  I have seen this mentality.   My choice to be vegetarian  was not always in the mindset of “killing animals is wrong.”  It was more in the mindset of “if I cant raise this meat myself, take its life, or hunt this meat I will...

Summer Squash Soup

Fall is lingering in the air and the last of the summer squashes have been picked.  After a summer of grilling them, frying them and eating them just about every way possible we are all sitting here like NOW WHAT?  I totally have my fix on these until next summer, but sometimes in the middle of winter I get a hankering for a taste of sunshine and garden veggies.  This soup is a staple in my freezer at the end...

Blackberry Chia Seed Jam

We pick back up with homeschooling next Monday so I am hoping to soak up as much fun as we can this week. This trip was certainly more interesting than our lasts with our sweet Bear in tow. He surely enjoyed himself! Im not sure if picking the berries or watching Bear get covered in berries was more rewarding! When we got home I knew I wanted to make something special with the berries we picked so I decided to...

Roasted Broccoli

Every year we attempt a small plot of broccoli in the garden and every year without fail, something happens and we hardly get any broccoli!  I decided to give it one more go this season and I am so glad that I did.  We can barely keep up with eating it!  It is producing beautifully and the only thing I can think of that is helping it out is that I planted it beside a rutabaga crop.  If its not...

Preserving Carrots from the Garden + Our Best Carrot Growing Tips

PRESERVING CARROTS: Freezing carrots are my most favorite way to save them for soups, pot pies, and stews for the fall and winter months. 1. Wash and scrub the carrots generously. I soak them in a sink bath and take a brush to scrub off all of the dirt. Children LOVE the busy work of washing carrots so let them in on the fun!  I do not peel them like some do as I find that method wastes a lot...

Cranberry + Pumpkin Seed Baked Oatmeal

I actually have lived my entire life hating oatmeal.  The texture was pretty much force fed down in the mornings of trying to boost my milk supply.  That is, until I started making this recipe.  I love it so much I usually cut the batch into bars and eat them trhough out the day.  It is DELICIOUS! Ingredients: 3 cups Gluten Free Rolled Oats (we love Bob’s! 1 cup Organic Coconut Sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons aluminum free...

Blackwater Falls Camping Trip + Bear Toast

This past weekend we took a little family getaway to Blackwater Falls.  It was just a one night camping trip, but it was seriously so fun!  We really didn’t want to come home.  We become slaves to the garden, farm, and life in general it was almost like we forgot how to have fun and just DO NOTHING for a bit.  Not to mention having ZERO cell service and totally unplugging was the best part! We love camping, but I...

Chaga Elixer

Chaga is a medicinal mushroom that grows on live birch trees in Northern temperate climates.  It can be found in regions of the world such as Russia, Korea, Europe, Canada, northern regions of the United States and in the forests of the Appalachian mountains. This super shroom is a powerhouse of antioxidants which helps strengthen your immune system.  It is anti-inflammatory, antiviral and holds antiseptic properties. It contains the highest amount of anti-tumor compounds of any medicinal mushroom known, especially in the...