• Farms,  Homesteading

    How to Fail at Farming Post #6

    I hope you’re enjoying this series! In case you’ve missed the other posts, here are the links to read them: A New Blog Series: How to Fail at Farming (Or, Mistakes to Avoid if You Want to Succeed at Farming) Buy a Farm without Considering Your Own Personality and Passions Buy a Farm without Considering Your Kids’ Activities Buy Land Before Learning How to Farm Learn About Farming from Books (Not People) I don’t know why I ever got the impression that farming was a “Simpler Life.” Let me start out by saying, loud and clear: Farming is NOT a Simple Life! You know what I mean, though, right? Picture…

  • GAPS Diet & Nutrition,  Homesteading,  Life,  Nutrition

    New Website Name: Why the Change?

    Image Source You might have noticed that there is a new name around here. And you might wonder why? I started this blog in 2010, right after we bought a farm and had many visions for how to run that farm! One of my first posts was about how we remodeled our farmhouse kitchen (with help!) and shortly after wrote a post about butchering chickens. I wrote a lot about the GAPS Diet. I think that’s what brought many of you to this site. Proudly, I can say I was *one of the first* GAPS bloggers. If you were with me, blogging about GAPS in 2010, tell me! I want…

  • Health,  Nutrition

    Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon: Book Review

    Nourishing Traditions is one of the many great books I have been privileged to read as part of the Nutritional Therapy program. Here is my book review: Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions presents the compelling argument that Americans ought to go back to their ancestral roots when it comes to nutrition. Sally’s book refers to a dentist named Weston Price and his nutritional research in the 1930’s. Weston Price traveled all over the world to study the relationship between dental disease, nutrition and overall health. He found that the healthiest people without dental disease were eating whole, nutrient dense foods that were untouched by “modern commerce.” Modern commerce is what Dr. Price…

  • Farms,  Homesteading

    How to Fail at Farming #5

    I hope you’re enjoying this series! In case you’ve missed the other posts, here are the links to read them: A New Blog Series: How to Fail at Farming (Or, Mistakes to Avoid if You Want to Succeed at Farming) Buy a Farm without Considering Your Own Personality and Passions Buy a Farm without Considering Your Kids’ Activities Buy Land Before Learning How to Farm I mentioned in my first post in this series that we knew nothing about farming. This did not stop me from acquiring every homesteading book I could find. Before we moved onto the farm, I checked them out at the library. I practiced making cheese, making my…

  • Homeschooling

    Homeschool Curriculum that Correlates with Classical Conversations Cycle 1

    Image Source We will be starting our second year of CC next year, and we love it! I’ve been thinking ahead about what books I want to read with my kids while we study Cycle 1. Out of curiosity, I decided to research curriculum that lines up (at least mostly) with what we will be studying. Note that some people use CC as a stand-alone curriculum. I like to add more to the curriculum to make sure it is full and complete. And besides, I really enjoy reading aloud with my kids. In all of my researching, this is what I found! Sonlight I personally really enjoy the way Sonlight is set up.…

  • Farms,  Homesteading

    How to Fail at Farming Post #4

    I hope you’re enjoying this series! In case you’ve missed the other posts, here are the links to read them: A New Blog Series: How to Fail at Farming (Or, Mistakes to Avoid if You Want to Succeed at Farming) How to Fail at Farming Post #2, Buy a Farm without Considering Your Own Personality and Passions How to Fail at Farming Post #3, Buy a Farm without Considering Your Kids’ Activities Please trust me on this one, guys. I know how easy it is to become excited at the thought of owning your very own land. I know all of the ways that you can convince yourself that RIGHT NOW is…

  • Allergies,  Dairy-Free,  Food & Diseases,  GAPS Diet & Nutrition,  Gluten Free,  Gluten Free,  Health

    What you eat will impact the health of your grandchildren!

    It is commonly known that what a pregnant mother eats can impact her growing baby. What we don’t often consider is the nutrition the expectant mother had as a child–and what her parents and grandparents ate before her. Do these foods impact the health of her unborn child? What about that child’s future children? If Dr. Francis Pottenger’s Cat study applies to humans, then yes, what the generations before us ate matters when considering the health of our children and grandchildren. When I first heard about Pottenger’s Cats, honestly, I wasn’t all that interested. I care about nutrition and studies in nutrition, I just don’t care about cats that much.…

  • Farms,  Homesteading,  Uncategorized

    How to Fail at Farming Post #3

    I hope you’re enjoying this series! In case you’ve missed the other posts, here are the links to read them: A New Blog Series: How to Fail at Farming (Or, Mistakes to Avoid if You Want to Succeed at Farming) How to Fail at Farming Post #2, Buy a Farm without Considering Your Own Personality and Passions How to Fail at Farming Post #3, Buy a Farm without Considering Your Kids’ Activities When we bought our farm, our kids were 8, 7, 6 and 2. We had dabbled in baseball, soccer and swimming lessons, but we did not have any set activities that were our family’s big activities yet. Buying…

  • Health,  Nutrition

    Why I decided to sign up for the Nutritional Therapy Program…

    I am 3 weeks into a program I wish I had signed up for 7 or so years ago when I first heard about it. Every year, multiple times per year, I have looked over the NTA site, studied it, and prayed about if it was the right timing for me. This year, the May program fit into our schedule, and so I am currently studying, and reading, and reading, and reading…..a TON! Why did I choose to sign up? How do I count the ways? #1 I believe that knowing how to nourish our bodies is immensely important. First, I signed up because I am a knowledge seeker. I…

  • Dairy-Free,  Dinner,  Food,  Full GAPS,  GAPS Stage 6,  Gluten Free,  Grain-Free,  Lunch,  Nut-Free,  Paleo,  Recipes

    Grain-Free Spicy Whole Roasted Chicken

    One of the things I learned on the farm, raising our own chickens, was that farm chicken isn’t easily served up as boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs. Most of the time, our home-grown chicken was served as whole, roasted chicken. This brought about the need to create different and interesting whole chicken recipes! 🙂 This was one of the recipes I created on the farm. This recipe can also be found in my GAPS Meal Plans. This chicken makes an excellent broth! I used it to make my Tomato Soup recipe & it made a tasty soup! Grain-Free Spicy Whole Roasted Chicken Author: Brenda Scott Serves: 4-8 Ingredients 1…