• Desserts,  Food,  GAPS Diet & Nutrition,  Paleo

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

    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. It’s hard to go back to avoiding grains, sugar, and making everything from scratch. I’ve gone back to it for short stretches. I know it is a healthy way to eat, and also, I know how hard it is. I’m back to grain free, no sugar, and making everything from scratch, because I finally got desperate enough.…

  • Food,  Health

    16 Medical Conditions Related to Gluten Sensitivity

    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 conditions, I will not be able to cover it all in this article. This, friends, is what the research is saying. This is the truth of the matter. And there are also the millions of anecdotal stories about how a gluten-free diet has improved people’s lives, but let’s stick to research right now, for those left-brained people…

  • Farms,  Homekeeping,  Stewardship

    The Pros and Cons of Tiny Houses

    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 vacationing is pretty expensive for us). As I’ve been searching for RVs, I’ve come across several “Tiny Homes,” and the whole subject has sparked my interest. My first question was, why would people buy or build a tiny home rather than purchasing an RV? After all, isn’t tiny-house living and full-time RVing pretty much the same…

  • Farms

    When Newbie Farmers Wish Joel Salatin Could Come Move In…

    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 my great-grandparents lived on farms. By the time we were married, the only grandparents still around and on the farm were my husband’s. We enjoyed visiting them on their 280 acre farm in Montana, but by that time they were in their 80’s and they weren’t farming anymore. We could see the life that “once…

  • Homeschooling

    5 Reasons Homesteaders Should Homeschool

    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. I really enjoy being their teacher. I think that homeschooling on the farm was a great choice for our family. My title of this post sounds a little bossy, saying “you should homeschool,” like you’re doing something wrong if you have not chosen to homeschool. That is not the message I am trying to send at all,…

  • Beverages,  Recipes

    Maple Syrup Coconut Milk Mocha Recipe –Paleo!

    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 on the dark side, it’s hard to leave it, isn’t it Anakin? Oh, I mean–sorry, we’re not talking about Star Wars here. 😉 These days, I’ve been eating pretty much grain-free, dairy-free, and sugar only on rare occasions. One day I decided to make up a mocha that wouldn’t be “cheating.” I’ve been drinking it…

  • Dinner,  Lunch,  Recipes

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

    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 SO bad I could try it, but wasn’t willing to risk peanut (or wheat) contamination. The best way to get around an obstacle like this is to just do it myself! That is how this recipe came to be–and OH MY GOODNESS it is yummy!!! If you can have regular peanut butter, you can…

  • Uncategorized

    5 Essential Tips for Creating a Garden You Love

    photo credit This is a guest post from Anna, the editor of Green Talk. 🙂 I have been gardening for nine years now, and I have made more mistakes than I can count on my hands and toes.  What do I do? I learned from my mistakes and kept growing –literally. The following year I will probably make different mistakes. But that is okay.  Gardening is trial and error, but it is beyond rewarding.  Where else can you nosh on tomatoes, green beans, and lettuce at your whim?  So, to make that gardening experience more rewarding, I am going to share with you how to get your plants off to the right…

  • GAPS Diet & Nutrition

    7 Things I’ve Learned from 4 Years on the GAPS Diet

    Today’s post is a guest post by Megan Stevens from Eat Beautiful. Megan and her family have been on the GAPS Diet, and she has learned some unique and really cool ways to “cook GAPS.” I recommend checking out her site for more information and recipes!  My family and I have been on the GAPS Diet for 4 years. I share with you here some of the things I’ve learned along the way, both practical meal suggestions and emotional encouragement, as well as some insights to help the healing along. And humorously, I just couldn’t stop at 7; so if these are helpful please head over to my blog, Eat…

  • GAPS Diet & Nutrition

    How To Prep For The First Five Days Of GAPS Intro

    Today’s post is written by Melanie Christner, a GAPS Practitioner and a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who used to be one of my Meal Plan subscribers. 🙂 She writes at Honest Body, I am so excited that Melanie was willing to share some of her GAPS knowledge with all of us! She is also offering a GAPS Class, and the registration for the class ends soon. If you’d like to learn more about the GAPS Diet, I recommend checking out her class!   Hello! I’m so pleased to be able to write a post for Brenda. When our family first started GAPS (before I trained as a GAPS Practitioner) it…