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Apr 22, 2017

Weekend Links

I made spruce tip syrup last week.
In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.

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"For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land."

Song of Solomon 2:11-12

* The pole barn is fully up, the weather is less wet, and we've re-started the process of moving in! It feels really good; I'm ready to make this house a home! But projects are pressing us at every side. The greenhouse still isn't repaired (hurricane force winds blew off the roof) and my seedlings are suffering (especially the tomatoes), the garden spot still needs to be prepared, fallen trees need cutting up so they can cure for next winter's firewood, vehicles require repair...the list is long.

* 25 outdoor entertaining tips...cuz summer is coming! 

Our old apple tree started blooming on Easter.
* War room prayer ideas for our nation.

* How to raise innocent kids who are worldly wise.

* How to clean your home's air vents.  

* Store bought cream of...soup is so, so bad for you. Here's a great recipe for quickly making your own, healthier homemade version.

* Questions to ask before buying a homestead.

* Spring is an excellent time to learn to forage for wild food - or to expand your foraging
The wild berries are starting!

Even some bolted lettuce provides beauty, here on the homestead.
knowledge! My book The Ultimate Dandelion Cookbook is an excellent place to begin! 4 1/2 stars on Amazon, and available in digital and paperback formats.

Oldies But Goodies:

* Making Dandelion Jelly (it tastes like honey!)

* How to Make a Quiet Felt Book for small children 

* Starting a Garden from Scratch

Mar 25, 2017

The plum trees are blooming!
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* The plums and pear tree are blooming, and I have winter sowed tomato seedlings popping up! It's spring, my friends, and I am soooooo glad! Is my garden bed ready yet? No, not quite. But the trees are down, and my hubby is working hard on cutting and stacking all that lovely wood for next winter's use. I'm sure I won't have the garden of my dreams this year, but if there's one thing I've learned about homesteading - really, life in general - it's that baby steps, rather than giant leaps, usually work out better in the end.

* Three months ago, my doctor diagnosed me as a type II diabetic, with blood sugar so high I should be on insulin. Thankfully, my doctor also told me to go on a keto diet, and gave me three months to turn my health around...and I did! According to my most recent blood test, I have totally reversed my diabetes! There is no cure for diabetes; if I eat too many carbs, my blood sugar will go up and I will suffer the awful consequences of this disease. BUT if I continue to eat the way I have been (low carb, high fat, moderate protein), I will not suffer the consequence of diabetes - and that's a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, wonderful thing! You can bet I'll be blogging more about this, but in the meantime, just know that all diabetics (type I and type II) benefit from a therapeutic keto diet and eventually can either come off their medication, or reduce their dependence upon it.
Plant cell photo taken through My First Lab Duo-Scope.

* My 11 yr. old took this photo (left) of a plant cell. Both kids adore their microscope. I spent years looking for a reasonably priced one that would actually work, and ended up buying a My First Lab Duo-Scope. I highly recommend it! 

* Recall of Walmart's Marketside Pizza, due to listeria.

* Recall of beef due to E.coli.

* Recall of dog pig ears due to salmonella.

* Recall of Vulto Creamery cheese due to listeria.

* Did you know most sunscreens contain ingredients linked to skin cancer? Here's a great guide to choosing a natural sunscreen.

* Deep cleaning you can do in 60 minutes or less.

* Natural Homemade Cleaning Recipes.
* How to start an asparagus patch. 

* Colicky baby? Try an all natural, traditional, homemade gripe water. 

* Why you should be eating lard. 

* A simple way you can help end sex trafficking!

Oldies But Goodies:

* Oma's Old Fashioned Rhubarb Cake - so delicious!

* 14 Christ-Centered Easter Ideas

* Easiest Vegetables & Fruits to Grow.

* My #1 Housekeeping Tip

Mar 11, 2017

Weekend Links

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"Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord; for He is coming to judge the earth. O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting."
  1 Corinthians 16:33-34


* The workmen started replacing our burned down pole barn! At LAST! Once the building is up, we can maybe finish unpacking. That would be really, really nice :)

* I created a Facebook group that's all about sharing very low carb, keto recipes (like I'm using to loose weight and normalize my blood sugar). If you're interested, join us

* I got this brand new novel (from possibly my favorite modern author) in the mail. I can't wait to dig in! 

* SoyNut butter being investigated for E. coli contamination.

* Veal recall.
* Transform your bedroom into a couple's oasis.

* How to pray for a strong willed child.

* Get off to the right start by choosing the healthiest chicks this spring!* 3 Common Seed Starting Mistakes & How to Avoid Them.

* A primer on planting fruit trees.

* How to use weeds as garden mulch.

* Glass bakeware can shatter. Here's how to avoid that.

* 15 natural spring cleaning recipes & tips

Oldies But Goodies:

* Mom's Super Easy, Flexible, and DELISH Banana Bread Muffins or Bread.

* If you were being evaluated for your job as a home keeper, would you get a raise? Or would you be fired? 

* Lazy Girl's Guide to Spring Cleaning

Feb 25, 2017

Weekend Links

The fruit trees are budding!
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"Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord."

  Psalm 27:14


* Spring is the time homesteaders work hardest to fulfill their dreams. It's the time to start seeds, whip together new garden beds you neglected to create in the fall, and buy baby animals. But a lot of things seem to stand in our way this spring. Every weekend, my dear husband has either been ill in bed or working on an emergency project - like fixing the gas-mileage car he drives four hours every day to commute to work. And then there's all the unexpected medical bills we've incurred lately. And the undiagnosed illness I have that makes me vomit randomly. And a host of other things. (And did I mention we lost one of our laying hens for an unknown reason?) But we push onward, just like the millions of homesteaders before us. At least the homestead is beginning to show some signs of spring!
Clematis is blooming!
* Britax stroller recall.

* Recall of Little Tykes toddler swings.

* Study shows a medication commonly given to women during childbirth or after a C-section may be linked to postpartum depression.

* Make your own cream cheese. It's not hard, and it's less expensive.* Research backs up natural remedies for children's ear infections.

* There are sound reasons you should never leave your family's dog alone with a baby or small child.

* Are you eating food from Japan? Quite possibly. And that food might be contaminated with radioactive materials, says the FDA.

Oldies But Goodies:

* Can't Eat Just One Blueberry Muffins. (Time to get the freezer ready for coming harvests!)
* DIY Ranch Dressing. (Tastes better, cheaper, and healthier!)
* Dehydrating Citrus Peels to use in baking.

Books for Spring:

A Vegetable For Every Season Cookbook - just $2.99!
Starting Seeds - only 99 cents!
The Ultimate Dandelion Cookbook
Grow the Dirty Dozen - 5 stars on Amazon!

Feb 11, 2017

Weekend Links & Updates

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"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."

Deuteronomy 31:6

It's been very windy. Our large, main living windows often flex in the wind. A little scary! So sometimes I put tape across them...just in case.

* Happily, my blood sugar is now regularly in the 80s and 90s - normal. And I've lost 18 lbs. since going on this super-low carb keto diet right before Christmas. Yay!

* Another pet food recall.

* Have you seen Ball's new spiral canning jars? Pretty! I think they'd be great for gifts.

* Do You Truly Cherish Your Husband?

* Dealing with Sibling Fighting and Rudeness. 

* The Link Between Gut Bacteria and Your Child's Behavior Just Got Stronger.

* How to Adopt for (Almost) Free.

* How to prepare a home inventory, in case of fire or other disaster.

* Want to make your own natural cleaning products? Here's a great resource for getting started.

* Spring is nearly here, and with spring, come nettles - a natural, free superfood. 

* How tending a garden is good for your health. 

* How to prune blueberries for a larger harvest.  

* Have you seen the crazy news story about feeding cattle Skittles? It's true! And they've been doing it for years. Poor qualify feed = poor quality meat. 

* First GMO apple going on sale.

Oldies But Goodies

* How to tell if old seeds are still good.

* How to lead your children to Christ - with a free lesson plan.

* Keeping your marriage spark on Valentine's Day and every day.

* Make your own seasoning mixes to save money and eat more healthy.

Jan 21, 2017

Weekend Links & Updates

First egg from the new flock!
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"The Lord is slow to anger but great in power;
    the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished.
His way is in the whirlwind and the storm,
    and clouds are the dust of his feet."

Nahum 1:3

* Our roof blew off. Well, part of one of them, anyway. We'd known for a while that the original building on our homestead needed a new tin roof. We've had buckets catching rain inside the building all fall and winter. (An obstacle course for me, as I carry wet laundry from the washer on one side of the building to the dryer on the opposite end of the building!) When we had a big wind storm last year, my hubby tied down one especially precarious part of the roof, and we just prayed the thing would stay on until it grew dry enough to replace the entire roof.

No such luck. This week during a storm, that piece flew off. And, of course, my husband was sick in bed with a fever. It really could have been much worse, though. As it is, none of the appliances (washer, dryer, etc.) are wet. Mostly just miscellaneous junk the previous owners left behind are affected. This weekend, my hubby hopes to be well enough to temporarily repair the roof in a stronger way. Life on the homestead is certainly never boring!

* In happier news, last week we got our first egg from our new flock! In fact, at least three of our hens are now laying. I'm so thrilled. With my new diet, I eat a lot of eggs, and store bought eggs are really gag-a-maggot to me compared to backyard fresh eggs.

* I finished this book last week, after neglecting a lot of housework because of it. I really can't recommend it highly enough. It's a page turner with an inspiring message about redemption and grace.

* Chocolate candy recall. 

* Tupperware seasoning recalled due to potential salmonella contamination.

* Junket Pudding. Sounds weird, but it's another healthy, yummy fermented food worth trying.

* How I Learned to Stop Giving the Silent Treatment in My Marriage.

* 6 Newbie Homesteading Mistakes to Avoid 

Oldies But Goodies:

* The secret to backyard eggs that are cheaper than store bought!
* DIY Seed Tape
* How to Clean Soap Scum, Easily
* Sex Ed: Recommendations for Christian Kids


Jan 14, 2017

Weekend Links

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"Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow."Psalm 51:7

* It's been pretty cold here on the homestead. In fact, there's been a bit of snow! We only get snow maybe once every 15 years or so, so everything pretty much shuts down once the flakes start falling. The kids loved, it though - and so did the puppy! In fact, I had a hard time getting him back inside...and then he kept telling me he needed to go potty, but all he really wanted to do was play in the snow!

* Recall of some Tupperware seasonings due to possible Salmonella contamination. 

* Cat food recall.  

* Chip N Dip bars recalled due to undeclared potential allergen.

* I'm finally getting back into fermenting! My sauerkraut is almost done, and my kombucha SCOBY is growing! Here's how to make small batch sauerkraut (I promise it's easy) or a SCOBY.

* Is 2017 the year you're going to start a food garden? Or start sowing seeds instead of expensive nursery transplants? Then please check out my book on seed starting

* Thinking about getting goats? Here's a free e-course to help prepare you!

* 90,000 Christians killed in 2016 (1 every 6 minutes). 

Oldies But Goodies:

* Starting Veggie Seeds NOW - Even if it's Snowing!
* Free Films for Garden Inspiration
* How Mommies Can Make Prayer Their Ministry
* Popular Pins: Little House on the Prairie Birthday Party

Dec 31, 2016

Weekend Links & Updates

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Ball Heritage jars will soon be discontinued.

 In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.   

I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God.  But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God.  And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven"

Luke 12:8-10

* Three weeks ago, my doctor told me I had diabetes. My blood sugar was high: 260. And my A1c test, which indicates where the blood sugar has been in recent months, was 9.5%. At 9%, the medical guidelines are to put the patient on insulin. But after talking to my doctor, he gave me three months to get my blood sugar down. He gave me Metformin, which decreases liver glucose production, and suggested I go on a Keto diet. I did, and a few days ago, I had my first normal blood sugar test! I am doing a very strict and very low carb, high fat version of the diet: Nothing made from any type of flour, no rice, no fruit, no veggies that are higher on the glycemic index, and no sugar or any type of sweetener. My hope is to eventually get off the medication, since it does have side effects (like sleepiness) and can be hard on the kidneys and liver. Keeping it up is going to be the hardest part :)  Fortunately, I rarely feel deprived. Even at Christmas, I ate turkey, green beans, and broccoli salad. The food was good, and I was satisfied. I do miss popcorn, though...

* Recall on Herr's potato chips.

* Recall of Treehouse Foods mac and cheese.
* Cuisinart recall.

* Ball, the maker of a popular type of canning jar, just announced that come January 2017, they are retiring their colored canning jars. If you want some, now's the time to buy them! 

* If you've had a hard frost, and if there's not snow on the ground, now is an excellent time to gather dandelion leaves for eating because the cold weather takes away much of their bitterness. Try picking some, then saute them up for dinner!  Or preserve some by freezing, dehydrating, or canning for later use. You can also put the leaves in smoothies.

* Can Probiotic Foods Really Lower Blood Sugar?

* This is so spot on. We're Killing Our Kids and Calling it Love.

Oldies But Goodies:

* Why Every Housewife Needs Safety Goggles
* How to Use a Whole Ham
* 15 Bean Stew Recipe

Dec 19, 2016

Quick Update

Coming home with the Christmas tree, 1895.
If you've been wondering where I've been...sorry! Here's a quick update explaining why I haven't been posting.

My hubby is doing much better; however, he developed an infection a couple of days after his surgery. That's too quick to be from the surgery itself, so it probably was from the original injury. (Because, you know, a piece of old metal under your tongue isn't likely to cause infection! Ha!) He went to the ER for IV antibiotics and came home with antibiotic pills to take. By the next day, he was better, and today he feels just fine. The whole situation was a scary one, and we feel so thankful God preserved him.

My doc told me he'd give me three months; if my blood sugar numbers are good by then, he's putting me on insulin. That's pretty motivating! The frustrating thing is we couldn't figure why I am diabetic. He feels my diet is good; I rarely ate things made with flour and rarely ate rice. I very rarely ate anything sugary. I did consume potatoes, though, and I do wonder if all the fruit I ate this summer contributed. Mostly, I feel the diabetes is genetic.

At any rate, I'm now on a super low carb diet, as well as medication. Unfortunately, the medication has side effects while my body is getting used to it, so I've been feeling pretty sick. And when my blood sugar spikes? Ugh. I'm down for the count. But what's really clear is that I've been suffering with diabetes for a while and didn't know it. I had none of the more common symptoms. Extreme fatigue was my biggest one...but could have pointed to many things. It seems even my non-alcoholic fatty liver disease diagnosis may be incorrect; since beginning medication for diabetes, those symptoms (mostly nausea and vomiting) have all disappeared. (EDIT: I learned today that my diabetes medication is often a treatment for fatty liver, and that there's a link between fatty liver and diabetes.) I suppose the herbal medications I was taking for fatty liver made me feel better because they improved my liver function and therefore helped my liver process insulin better.

The lesson here is: Find a really good doctor and let him run blood tests!

I will be posting more after Christmas. In the meantime, I pray you have a truly blessed celebration!

Dec 10, 2016

Weekend Links & Updates

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 In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.

"Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies and your right hand delivers me."
Psalm 138:7

 * What a week! Last Sunday, we were in the ER because my son had a severe case of hives due to a food allergy. (He's just fine now.) Thursday, my doctor called and said I have fact, I'm right on the level where medical guidelines say I need insulin. (My doc is trying non-insulin pills on me first; in about a week he'll do another test to see how I'm faring.) Then yesterday, my hubby spent the afternoon in surgery.  Last weekend, he was weed whacking a trail on our property and accidentally hit a metal post with the whacker. A piece broke off the post and hit him in the throat. He bled like crazy, but wouldn't go to the doctor. Yesterday, he decided he'd better see a doc, because he could feel a weird bump on his throat. Turned out, he not only had a piece of metal in him, but it was all the way back at the base of his tongue. The doctor said if it had been just a little bit one way or the other, it would have killed him. The surgery was two hours (lots of prodding around, trying to find the metal) and now hubby is in a lot of pain. God definitely preserved his life, but if you think of it, will you pray for his healing and pain reduction?

* Recall of Publix Pancake and Waffles mixes, due to Salmonella.

* Recall of Phil-Am Smoked Mackerel due to possible botulism.

* Recall of Apple Tree Goat Cheese due to possible listeria. 

* Recall of 2 million pounds of chicken. 

* Excessive folate and B12 during pregnancy linked to Autism. 

Oldies But Goodies:

* Christmas Tradition: A Birthday Cake for Jesus
* Tricks for Mailing Christmas Cookies
* 20 Ways to Save Money this Christmas

Dec 3, 2016

Weekend Links & Updates

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"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6

* Yesterday, we cut our Christmas tree...right on our own property. Now that was fun! It even has cones attached; we're leaving them in place, since most of our Christmas stuff is still packed :)  Bonus: It was too close to the house, so that's another chore taken care of. Plus we got a little firewood out of the deal.

* Also yesterday, my Instant Pot arrived. After a lot of hemming and hawing, my husband finally said, "It will make your life easier. Buy it." So I did. So far, I've cooked perfectly hard boiled eggs in it (which were the easiest eggs ever to peel), and as I type, I'm working on cooking black beans. (By the time I finished this post, the beans were done!) I'm pretty much like a kid with a new toy, here. I can't wait to try making yogurt in it!

I've used pressure cookers before, but I must say there are a lot of reasons the Instant Pot is better. Versatility is one. You can pressure cook, slow cook, saute or brown, and steam in this thing. I love kitchen gadgets that take the place of several other kitchen gadgets! (You've seen my tiny kitchen, right?) And I love that instead of having a Teflon or non-stick coating (which I feel is unhealthy; click here for more info on that), the Instant Pot has a stainless steel interior. (Which pops out and can be thrown in the dishwasher.) Previously I mostly used my pressure canner as a pressure cooker, and it's so large that it doesn't fit in the sink and therefore is a headache to clean. (For the record, pressure cookers are not the same as pressure canners. You can use some pressure canners as pressure cookers, but you cannot use any pressure cookers as pressure canners.)

* I haven't made any fermented foods since moving, and my body really misses them. So last week, I got a batch of fermented carrots going. These are so easy to make, and even picky kids love them. (Did you know that one bite of fermented food contains 100 times more probiotics than even the best pill? And homemade fermented foods contain more strains of "good bacteria" that store bought fermented foods.)

* Recall on dehumidifiers.

* Heinz gravy recalled.

* Sabra products recalled.

* Some products sold as containing aloe vera don't, according to recent tests.

* Focus on the Family has a free family Advent devotional this year. This link will also take you to links of their previous years' free advent calendars.

* Here's a free Advent calendar to go with The Jesus Storybook Bible (which is a book I highly recommend).

* Finally, mainstream science is admitting that studies showing negative effects of eating red meat are flawed. Red meat is good for you.

* On the Internet, there's an awful lot of misinformation about microwaves and how safe (or
unsafe) they are. Paleo Mom (who is a doctor and a trusted source) explains the truth behind these matters.

* Now is an excellent time of year to collect dandelion roots for food and medicine! Here's how. And if you want more idea on how to eat all parts of the high nutritious and medicinal dandelion, be sure to read my book The Ultimate Dandelion Cookbook! 

* While you're at it, please don't forget my Easy as Pie Cookbook, which is a mere $2.99 for the Kindle (or $6.99 as a paperback). You're Christmas guests will love my Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Pie...or my Green Tomato (tastes likes apple) Pie...or my Butternut Squash (which is the best "pumpkin pie") get the idea. 

Oldies But Goodies:

* Teach your kids meaningful Christmas carols this Advent.

* Activities to go along with popular children's Christmas books - a huge list!

* Our favorite Christmas cookie recipes.

* Gifts to help your child grow in Christ. 

Nov 19, 2016

Weekend Links & Updates

My daughter's pet rabbit, relaxing on her bed.
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"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
Joshua 1:9
* Today, I have to call my Dad and tell him I'm sorry his birthday card won't arrive on time. Do you think he'll believe me when I tell him the puppy ate his card? Because it's true! He also ate or chewed up my cell phone charger cord, my old laptop's charger cord (my children were using it for some school projects), the television cable cord the previous owners left attached to the dining room wall, my new-to-me dining room chair rails, his bed (he now sleeps on old towels), a myriad of papers (including my notes for a new recipe I'm working on), and our living room wall. Yes, the wall. So you can see I spend a lot of time "parenting" the naughty dog. 

I'm also spending an inordinate amount of time dealing with our mortgage company, which seems bent on making it difficult for us to re-build our pole barn. (The insurance company was legally bound to put our mortgage's company's name on our check...and now the mortgage co. gets to control the money.)
Just another thing the puppy tried to destroy - a new recipe I'm working on.
Otherwise, I am busy homeschooling, preserving figs, and just keeping up with everyday homestead chores like laundry and caring for animals. Did someone say Thanksgiving is coming soon? Ah well; I'll be ready...somehow.

* Glyphosate (Round Up) found in many common foods. This is really not a surprise, once you learn how much Round Up is used in commercial farming. I would caution, though, that the group that did the testing is pretty radical; I look forward to other organizations doing their own testing. In the meantime, do your best to cut all processed foods from your diet. Buy from local farmers who you trust to be honest about their growing practices. Better yet: Grow as much of your own food as possible!

* A good introduction to use the use of herbal medicine.

* Simple ways to focus on thanks this Thanksgiving. 

* Need some new and different - or classic! - pie recipes for Thanksgiving? Please consider my ebook or paperback Easy As Pie! I'm definitely making chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake pie! Sooooo yummy!

Oldies But Goodies:

* Getting Children to Listen During Devotions
* Teach Little Ones an Easy Way to Put on Their Own Jackets
* Thanksgiving Cookie Ideas
* Thanksgiving Games for Kids 
* Make Ahead Thanksgiving Food Ideas