The 5 Easiest Vegetables to Store

The 5 Easiest Vegetables to Store - These crops are so simple to store they should be a staple in every garden or "stock up" item from the farmers market.

In this post I’ll discuss the easiest vegetables to store and how to store them.  These crops have all moved onto my “must plant” list because they  require little or no processing and last reliably in storage for months.  I also have a quick video of our awesome new root cellar makeover.  August and the boys did a great job adding a ton of storage to the root cellar under our front porch. [Read more…]

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How To Heal Thyroid With Foods

“How to Heal Thyroid With Foods” is a guest post by Magdalena Wszelaki of Thyroid Diet Coach.  She is a holistic practitioner who specializes in thyroid treatments that address the underlying causes of thyroid problems.

20 million American people, mostly women, suffer from thyroid related diseases. Out of these 20 million only 50% have been diagnosed. This means there are about 10 million of us who might be undiagnosed and misdiagnosed – this results in an ongoing struggle with unexplained weight gain, fatigue, depression and infertility.

Today’s medicine answer to thyroid diseases is to either nuke the thyroid (for hyperthyroidism) or prescribe synthetic hormone replacement drugs like Synthroid (for hypothyroidism). For too many of us these “treatments” do not help to recover and do not make us feel at our optimal health. [Read more…]

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“Roadkill” Sandwich Spread

"Roadkill" Sandwich Spread - quick and easy, budget friendly sandwich spread or dip that's a great way to stretch leftover bits of meat into another meal.Just so you know, if you’re looking for ways to cook roadkill, i.e., critters that have met their ends in traffic, this is not that kind of post.  This is about a quick and easy, budget friendly sandwich spread or dip that’s a great way to stretch leftover bits of meat into another meal.  I grew up calling it “roadkill”; it may have different names other places.  [Read more…]

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Brazilian Cheese Bread

Brazilian Cheese Bread or Rolls, also known as Pao de Queijo, makes a great gluten free hamburger bun or a delicious cheesy bread to accompany any meal.

I was out to lunch a few weeks ago with some homeschooling mom friends that I haven’t seen in ages, and as usual, the conversation turned to food.  Our little homeschool group has a number of members with food allergies and sensitivities, including several of us who are currently avoiding gluten.  We discussed the pros and cons of various gluten free flour blends, options for avoiding the need for flour altogether (I’ve been eating a lot more veggies recently instead), and what to do for a gluten free hamburger bun option.  “Look up Brazilian Cheese Bread”, said my friend, Robyn.  “That’s become our go to recipe for gluten free buns or bread.”  [Read more…]

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5 Reasons I Want Weeds in My Garden

Buzz off, Monsanto! 5 Reasons I Want Weeds in My Garden. From free food and medicine to wildlife habitat, weeds are a natural part of a healthy garden.

I know this is going to sound crazy to many of you, but I let some weeds grow in my garden on purpose.  This wasn’t always the case.  When I was growing up on the farm, we had a huge garden for fresh eating and preserving.  With long, straight rows of veggies and paths in between each row, weeding was a never ending chore.  My stepdad used to run the tiller up and down the paths, while the rows themselves were tediously weeded by hand.  Inevitably by the end of the season, weeds that escaped the hoe would be overgrown and seeding out, to be tilled into the soil and start the whole cycle again.  I dreamed of a garden without weeds.

Fast forward to the 90’s, and my very own garden beds to arrange any way I wanted. I discovered the magic of mulch and planting in blocks instead of rows with nekked empty space between.  Instead of dirt paths that turned to dust when things got dry and mud when it got wet, I had raised beds with tidy paths between, perfect for a suburban yard.  Then things changed again.  Attached to the end of another article a friend had copied off for me was a page of another manuscript – “Weeds:  Guardians of the Soil“.  It caught my eye, but I had no idea where to read more as the book was no longer in print, and the friend passed away.  [Read more…]

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