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

May 15, 2018

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 […]

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Friday Farm Photos: Can I Share Your Farm?

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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 […]

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Grain-Free Tomato Soup

May 10, 2018

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 […]

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Homemade Paleo/GAPS Mayonnaise

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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. […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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A Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Foundations Road Trip!

March 8, 2018

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 […]

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Homeschooling: Choose Your Best Subjects and “Outsource” the Rest

September 23, 2017

I think a trap that many homeschool moms get into is believing that in order to be a REAL homeschool mom, they have to do it all themselves. This isn’t true–it’s a lie–and it causes well-meaning moms to burn out. As a homeschool mom, you’re in charge of your child’s education, but this does not […]

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PNW/Oregon Post: Groceries are NOT cheaper at Winco. Really.

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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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New Improved Extra Chocolatey Chocolate Coconut Flour Cupcakes (Paleo Style)

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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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