photo credit I personally don’t like shopping at Winco, and don’t usually go there. I believe it’s one of the local *myths* that, if you live in Oregon and you want to get cheap groceries, you must shop at Winco. Last week, I decided to go there and see if this myth is really true. Let me […]

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Let’s Think About Emergency Preparedness

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by brenda on January 19, 2017

One of my New Year’s goals is to gain knowledge about Emergency Preparedness, and to start collecting supplies. As I read and learn, I plan to write posts here. The questions that come to mind are: 1. How do we prepare for emergencies with a real food (even grain-free) diet in mind? What about food allergies? I’m […]

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I wrote my original Extra Chocolatey Chocolate Coconut Flour Cupcakes recipe 6 years ago! Can you believe it!? My family had 3 successful years on the GAPS Diet. Then we went through some big life changes (like saying goodbye to our beloved foster kids of 14 months, etc.) and I dropped the ball on GAPS. […]

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photo credit Have you ever been told that gluten sensitivity isn’t real? Have you heard people say this to you? I have. And whenever I hear statements like this, it, again, drives me to reading medical studies. The truth is, there is SO much proof that a gluten-free diet is good for SO many people, and SO many […]

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  Image: Rise of GMO’s 1996-2009 Source This isn’t a post where I’m going to tell you who to vote for. Honestly, with less than a month until the election, I admit that I don’t know who I am going to vote for. This is the ugliest political race I have ever seen, and both […]

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The Pros and Cons of Tiny Houses

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photo credit  Over the last several months, I have been searching local sale sites for an RV for our family–not to live in full time, but for regular camping trips and an easy “head out of town” for the weekend option (and to reduce our hotel costs, as we now have a family of 7, and […]

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When Newbie Farmers Wish Joel Salatin Could Come Move In…

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Have you considered it? Writing Joel Salatin a letter, inviting him and his family to pack up their bags and move to your homestead? At least for a little while, maybe? We thought it. We wished it. The training we never got: Our story is probably too familiar to all of you. My husband’s grandparents, and […]

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5 Reasons Homesteaders Should Homeschool

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photo credit I say that I’ve been homeschooling our kids ever since my oldest was 2 (I was an over-achiever back then ;)). This year, for the first time ever, we sent one child to public school–that is a long story for another time. I am still homeschooling 3 out of 4 of our kids. […]

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Maple Syrup Coconut Milk Mocha Recipe –Paleo!

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I haven’t always been a coffee drinker. You can blame my husband. Yup, it’s all his fault. I was the tea drinker, and he was the coffee drinker, and he kept begging me to come to the dark side and join him. Anyone else have the same kind of situation going on? And once you’re […]

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Nut-Free Paleo Chicken Satay with Sunflower Butter Dipping Sauce Recipe

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I have not eaten peanuts in over 14 years, because I had (scary) negative reactions to them. We also have a daughter who has an anaphylactic allergy to peanuts. Needless to say, we haven’t ventured into any Thai restaurants. So many people seem to love Thai food, so I’ve been curious about it! I wished […]

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