• 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! ūüôā 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…

  • Farms,  Homesteading

    How to Fail at Farming Post #2

    Figure out who you are and what God is REALLY calling you to do. You can't do everything well. You will drop at least one of the balls you're juggling if you try to juggle too many. Is farming your passion above all else? Will any of your personality traits cause issues for you as you try to run a farm? Are there aspects of your personality that you will need to consider, to make sure that you choose the right farm for you?

  • Dinner,  Full GAPS,  Gluten Free,  Grain-Free,  Lunch,  Nut-Free,  Paleo,  Recipes,  Salads,  Side Dishes

    Grain-Free Carrot Raisin Salad

    We’ve been making this salad since we were on the GAPS Diet (which we started approximately 10 years ago & were on for 3 years!). My kids love this salad. It is a nice dinner addition and quite easy to prepare. This recipe is in my GAPS Meal Plans. Grain-Free Carrot Raisin Salad Author: Brenda Scott Serves: 6 Ingredients 1 lb carrots, shredded 2/3 cup raisins, no sugar added 1 cup plain yogurt (homemade is best, use coconut milk yogurt for a dairy free version) 3 TB honey 1/2 tsp cinnamon, optional Instructions Combine yogurt, honey and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Shred carrots in a food processor or with…

  • Farms,  Homesteading

    Introducing a New Blog Series! How to Fail at Farming (Or, Mistakes to Avoid if You Want to Succeed at Farming) Post #1

    If you’ve been following my blog over the years, you know that we bought a farm in 2010 with big dreams and goals. I had been reading every homesteading book I could get my hands on before that. Our oldest son said emphatically that he wanted to be a pig farmer (of course, he was only 8!). We had planted as many fruit trees and as big of a garden as we could manage on our tiny neighborhood lot. We were ready for space and a¬†real¬†farming adventure! We¬†did¬†end up having many farming adventures, and also many failures. Farming was a giant learning curve for us, as neither one of us…

  • Animals,  Farms,  Supporting Small Farms,  Vegetables

    Friday Farm Photos: Can I Share Your Farm?

    If you have been following my blog for a while, you know that we once owned a farm where we raised pastured, soy-free, corn-free chickens, hens for eggs, a few dairy cows, pigs, geese, ducks, turkeys & a pretty big garden. We worked really hard, and made some stupid, newbie mistakes along the way. Jumping into farming, without previous experience or education, is quite a learning curve! We had a quick, on-farm education and then the realization that we weren’t going to make it at farming any longer and had to sell our farm. See the photo above? It is one of my favorite shots of the land that was…

  • Dinner,  Full GAPS,  GAPS Stage 2,  GAPS Stage 3,  GAPS Stage 4,  GAPS Stage 5,  GAPS Stage 6,  Lunch,  Nut-Free,  Paleo,  Recipes

    Grain-Free Tomato Soup

    This soup is from my GAPS Meal Plans & we enjoyed it again for lunch last week! This is really quite simple to prepare, and it is suitable for people who are eating GAPS, Paleo, Primal, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and even vegetarian or vegan. My family serves this alongside gluten free grilled cheese sandwiches. There is a grain-free grilled cheese sandwich recipe in my meal plans, but you can use any kind of “bread” that works for your diet restrictions. Make sure to use tomatoes that are stored in a jar, not canned tomatoes. Tomatoes are acidic and therefore leech toxins out of metal cans lined with BPA. I prefer Jovial…

  • Condiments & Ferments,  Recipes

    Homemade Paleo/GAPS Mayonnaise

    Recently I shared my Chicken Curry Salad recipe, and I promised that I would also share my homemade mayonnaise recipe. Why should commercial mayonnaise be avoided? Mayonnaise at the grocery store is usually filled with unhealthy oils like soy. Soybean oil is associated with weight gain, diabetes, glucose intolerance, insulin resistance, fatty liver, and more. (source). Don’t be afraid of the¬†healthy fats in this¬†mayonnaise! I’m currently reading The Big Fat Surprise, and I want you all to be aware that the fear of fat that we have in the United States is SO off base and not truly scientifically proven. Eat good fat, in good conscience, for good health! This…

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

    Paleo Chicken Curry Salad (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free)

    I made up this Curry Chicken Salad and served it at a Norwex party at my house last week. I’ll blog more about Norwex later, my friend Erin is selling it here¬†if you want to check them out before I get a chance to blog about them. I don’t typically like microfiber because of the feeling/texture, but I am¬†super impressed¬†by Norwex! (I do not make money off of the link to Erin’s Norwex shop, but she does if you buy something, which I think is fabulous, because she’s a stay at home mommy of a busy 2 year old¬†and¬†a real foodie!). ANYWAYS, back to the curry! I made this up,…

  • Allergies,  Food

    What it’s like to parent a child with an anaphylactic allergy…

    Our sweet oldest daughter is 10 years old. I’m so thankful to have her. She was diagnosed with an anaphylactic peanut allergy when she was 3 years old. We’ve lived with this fear for 7 years, though we didn’t understand how scary it really was for the first few years. I thank God that He protected her in our ignorance. Over the last 7 years, we have learned that¬†she reacts to foods that were cross contaminated with peanuts but not labeled for it. We’ve learned that companies are only required to make allergen statements on packaging when there are definite allergens in the product. If the food was manufactured¬†on the…

  • Homeschooling,  Travel

    A Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Foundations Road Trip!

    I’ve been planning out an ideal cross-country road trip, and wondered what a road trip to as many Classical Conversations related stops for Cycle 3 would look like. At first I tried including every stop I found, and created a 43 day road trip. I decided to reduce the road trip to 1-2 sites per CC week instead. Note that when I list multiple sites below, only the first two are actually mapped out, making this approximately a 28 day road trip. I chose the 2 sites to visit by sorting the list of possible sites for each week by 1. Relevance and 2. Trip Advisor Reviews. You, of course,¬†may…