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 Giveaway

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...]

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The Easiest Way to Get Worms Out of Broccoli

The Easiest Way to Get Worms Out of Broccoli - use this simple kitchen trick to get rid of unwelcome green beasties in your produce.

Many years ago, when I had my first broccoli harvest from my very own garden, I was talking to my mom about the pesky green cabbage worms hiding in the nooks and crannies.  She told me about the simple kitchen trick that she used that might just be the easiest way to get worms out of broccoli.  Of course, you can eat the worms.  My sister ate one last year on cooked broccoli and said it tasted like broccoli.  :-)  I’m just not that hungry. [Read more...]

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Excalibur Dehydrator Giveaway and Vegetable Dehydrating 101

Excalibur Dehydrator Giveaway and Vegetable Dehydrating 101 - quick reference chart for vegetable dehydration preparation and drying times.

The stores and media channels are filled with Back To School everything.  We homeschool, so there’s not quite the mad rush here as for those who need to prep for brick and mortar schools, but I do like to take advantage of the sales to stock up on needed supplies.  For us, this time of year is all about harvest season.  Almost every day we are either picking or processing or both.  My husband and boys just finished a root cellar makeover, which I’ll be sharing in an upcoming post, but for now we are focused on canning, freezing and dehydrating.  (The root cellar will get filled a little later in the season.)

To help you with your food storage preps, I’ve teamed up with my blogging friends to giveaway an Excalibur 9 Tray Dehydrator with a timer.  I’ve also included basic instructions for vegetable dehydrating, to help you preserve “the good stuff” from your garden or farmers market. [Read more...]

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My Worst Gardening Mistake

Parsnip Burn - my encounter with phytophotodermatitis (PPD) after a morning in the garden. Learn what it is and how to avoid it and treat it if needed.

It was a series of unfortunate events, or perhaps the perfect storm of things I just shouldn’t have done.  If I had realized what the results would be when I was doing it, it would have been simple to prevent, but the pain didn’t start until two days later.  By then, the damage was done, and the only thing I could do was treat the symptoms.  I’m sharing my story here so you don’t make the same mistake I did, and end up with parsnip burn, AKA Phytophotodermatitis (PPD). [Read more...]

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