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Jun 2, 2017

Weekend Links

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

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"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."

James 1:2-4
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* To paraphrase a blog title, fats make your pants fall off...and turn your shirts into tents, too! When I started the keto lifestyle just before Christmas, I couldn't button up this shirt. I'm a little bummed that certain weird foods are spiking my blood sugar; I'm a lot sicker than even I realized. But I'm SO happy with the keto lifestyle. My blood sugar is still a thousand times better, and I feel a thousand times more energetic, too. Plus...shirt tents. (Check out a recent newspaper article on why eating fat helps you lose weight.)

* The previous owners of our homestead left behind all kinds of junk. Piles, and piles, and PILES of it. We are using what we can, sorting out scrap metal, and will spend thousands hauling the rest to the landfill. One of the things they seem to have collected were broken tools, including rakes with broken or missing handles. Last week, I had hubby turn some of them into the BEST garden tool organizers. They are totally practical but also look like they've been there a 100 years. (Hubby wants me to tell you that normally he'd have everything lined up perfectly like the type A he is, but he knew I wanted the old, imperfect look...so he gave it to m.)

* I have an article on growing and using figs in the summer issue of Self-Reliance​ magazine. It includes my super yummy homemade "fig newton" recipe! Grab a copy of the issue - or better yet get a subscription of this terrific homesteading magazine - right here.


* Graco car seat recall.

* Tuna recall due to hepatitis.

* Recall on Kroger's macadamia nuts, due to listeria.

* Hot dog recall due to metal shards. 

* How 36 million pounds of soybeans treated with pesticides became "organic."

* Make your own organic, liquid fertilizer with compost or manure: A video from my YouTube channel.

* Chicken coop mistakes that will cost you. 

* Tips from Christian author Tricia Goyer on teaching kids to give generously. 

* Think you know what drowning looks like? Then you better read this. 

* Lots of free homesteading ebooks! 

* How to homestead even if you live in an apartment.

* Lacto-fermented garlic scape pickles.

Oldies But Goodies:

* Activities to go along with the Little House on the Prairie books.
* Canning Strawberry Rhubarb pie filling.
* How to Make Brownies FROM SCRATCH.


May 20, 2017

Weekend Links


Berry picking led to some excitement this past week.
In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.

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"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."

Psalm 139:13-14

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* Friends, I have sad news. For a while now, I've been vomiting "randomly" and having nausea. I finally learned why. I. Am. Egg. Intolerant. How completely sad is that??? I've been eating eggs all my life, but I admit I sometimes felt just a wee bit icky afterward. But when I started the keto lifestyle to reverse my diabetes, I began eating more eggs per week, and...well, my body rebelled. Incredibly, I also learned eggs were raising my blood sugar! They were consequently preventing me from losing more weight. Now that I eat no eggs (except in baked things) I feel SO much more energetic, all the tummy troubles are gone, and I'm losing weight again. So while I'm glad I figured out my problem, I'm sad to say bye-bye to eggs. Maybe one of these days, when I'm willing to risk feeling sick all day, I'll try just the yolks (statistically, you're far more likely to be allergic to the whites) or maybe even duck eggs. Who knows? We might add ducks to the homestead!

Took the kids wild berry picking this afternoon, when suddenly the dog started growling and barking, then began pulling me firmly the opposite direction (I was holding his leash). Yep, that's why we got ourselves a guardian dog! I'm sure he kept us from bumping into something we wouldn't have wanted to bump into. My first thought was a bear bed - but he's passed by fresh bear beds before without freaking out. Then I thought a bear itself - but it should have been sent crashing through the woods by the dog's barking, and we didn't hear that. Hubby thinks it was a cougar...which gives me the shivers. Whatever it was, the dog didn't like it. He spent the rest of the day very jumpy, and he kept staring in the direction of whatever it was, growling very low. I've never seen him like that before.
I'm thrilled to have my first-ever homegrown artichoke!

* Have you ever heard of tick paralysis? Sometimes when ticks latch on to children (and Learn more from the CDC.
occasionally adults) they can literally cause the child to lose the use of her limbs!

* A few simple ideas to help prevent ticks in your yard.

* How to dehydrate celery AND how to make celery salt, on my YouTube channel.

* How to grow great sunflowers - and some great ideas on what to do with all parts of the plant.

* Cauliflower can be expensive to purchase. Why not try growing it? You can even grow cauliflower in a pot!


* Copycat recipe for Claussen Kosher Dill Pickles.

* Making canned rhubarb butter. 

* How to make freezer jam without a recipe - also from my YouTube channel.


* Cute crafts for kids to make with toilet paper tubes.

Oldies But Goodies:

* If you're not use Fels-Naptha for laundry stain removal, you need to go grab yourself some now!
* The truth about salt.
* Banana Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
* Harvesting and Making Your Own Chamomile Tea 
* Now is the PERFECT time to make use of the dandelions growing in your yard! Every part of the dandelion is edible. Learn how to use this common plant to make super food! Check out my book The Ultimate Dandelion Cookbook! 
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May 6, 2017

Weekend Links

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

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"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God."
 
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
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* Things are looking pretty glorious here on the homestead. The fruit trees are either in bloom or getting bright green leaves, the grass is green, and the flowers are waking up. (It's fun to see what's popped up; I've never seen the homestead in spring before!) I've planted out a few veggies in the already existing beds, and this weekend, the hubs is fixing the greenhouse. (Hurricane force winds blew the roof off.) Life is good.

* Did you know I have a YouTube channel that features a growing library of videos not posted on the blog? I hope you'll check it out and consider subscribing and sharing.
* Recall  on Lords Organic ginger powder, due to potential Salmonella contamination.

* Bumble Bee tuna recall.

The robins are everywhere.
* Recall of Wegmans O'Brien hashbrowns due to golf ball pieces being mixed in with the food. (Can't make this stuff up!)

* Recall of "Chef’s Line All Natural Fire Grilled Chicken Breast."

* Recall of Frito-Lay chips.

* Lyme disease is spreading into broader areas.

* Did you know MSG - which is hidden in so many processed foods - raised blood sugar by as much as 300%?

Apple blossoms.
* How to grow rhubarb. (Hint: It's so easy! And while you're at it, check out my roundup of rhubarb recipes.)

* Did you know hosta shoots are edible? 

* Homemade mayo is so easy...plus it's cheaper and far healthier than store bought!

* Warm weather is coming! Here's a recipe for pink lemonade

* Common canning mistakes and how to avoid them.

* "The Bible verse that changed my finances."

* Fun free printable 3-D dinosaurs for kids.

Oldies But Goodies:

* How to grow honeyberries 
* To the mom who thinks she's not doing enough... 
* Teaching kids God's household order


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
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* 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.
 
https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Dandelion-Cookbook-Kristina-Seleshanko-ebook/dp/B00CTSA6A0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1491494072&sr=8-1&keywords=ultimate+dandelion+cookbook&linkCode=sl1&tag=vintageconnec-20&linkId=f6359e9ca185430676410509a0f59c7f

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

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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.


http://proverbsthirtyonewoman.blogspot.com/2016/05/omas-delish-rhubarb-cake-recipe.html#.WNbMrme1sdi
* 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

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

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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

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* 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!

http://proverbsthirtyonewoman.blogspot.com/2015/01/moms-super-easy-flexible-and-delish.html#.WMGuT_LkrcS* 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!
In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.

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"Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord."

 
  Psalm 27:14

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* 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.

http://proverbsthirtyonewoman.blogspot.com/2013/05/cant-eat-just-one-blackberry-muffins.html#.WLCt4PLkrcR* 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!
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Feb 11, 2017

Weekend Links & Updates

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

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

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

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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