Cats, Kids and Playing Hooky

Cats, Kids and Playing Hooky - A not so serious look at our feline companions, garden and other homestead happenings.

I had planned to post today about solar water heating, and have been snapping photos, shooting video and gathering info about our system to share with you. Then I woke up this morning and thought, “You know what?  It’s the last “official” weekend of summer, and those that are doing projects already have them in the works, and those that don’t just want to take time to relax and have fun.”  So I shoved the solar to Friday, September 5th, and decided to play hooky from my normal blogging routine to share some silliness and give you an update on our homestead and upcoming events. [Read more...]

Gummy Zucchini Candy Recipe – Naturally Sweetened

Naturally Sweetened Zucchini Gummy Candy Recipe - Tastes like commercial gummy treats with no artificial flavors, colors or refined sugar.

Overwhelmed by zucchini or summer squash?  Make some zucchini gummy candy!  I saw a recipe online that made them with drink mix and sugar, and coated them with more drink mix – more sugar and artificial color and flavor than I prefer.  So I decided to experiment with a simpler version using fruit juice concentrate.  It worked out great!

Naturally Sweetened Zucchini Gummy Candy Recipe

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White Sweet Clover – Weekly Weeder #49

White Sweet Clover - Melilotus alba - Weekly Weeder #49 - Range and Identification; use as wildlife habitat; medicinal, food and other uses.

Today’s featured plant is White Sweet Clover, Melilotus alba.

Note:  Some guides treat yellow sweet clover, Melilotus officinalis, as a separate species, some group the two together under the name Mililotus officianalis.   (See discussion of yellow and white sweet clover.)  White sweet clover is also known as white melilot, honey clover, honey-lotus, tree clover, sweet clover, Bokhara clover, white-flowered sweet clover, and white millet. (source) (source)

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Would You Feed Your Kids Pesticide Chips?

Learn about the hidden pesticides in our food, where to find them and how to avoid them. If these crops make animals sick, what are they doing to people?

I did purchase pesticide chips for my kids, but I won’t be buying any more. Corn chips are just one of thousands of products on our store shelves made from crops that are legally classified as pesticides, not food, but still sold as food.

Pesticides in Food – How Much are We Eating?

Let me explain.  I read A LOT about food.  I’m reasonably sure that some would classify me as OCD about the whole thing.  I’ve made a lot of positive changes in our family’s diet.  Still, there were a few old “favorites” that we hadn’t given up, the above chips being one of them. After all, we’ve been told that pesticides either (a) wash off or (b) don’t stay intact during processing.

Then I read this information from an article in India Today: [Read more...]

Preserving the Bounty

Preserving the Bounty giveaway - amazing food preservation prize package, food storage and preservation articles,  vacuum sealing shelf life reference chart

The boys and I have been busy preserving the bounty on our homestead, so I thought it was a great time to team up with some of my favorite self-reliance blogging friends for another food preservation equipment giveaway.   I’ve also included a shortlist of my food storage and preservation articles on the website, and a chart showing how much longer vacuum sealing can extend shelf life for stored foods. [Read more...]