Category Archives: Eating Real Food

And Then I Found Five Dollars

It was a day of chores, doctoring the turkey, snapping beans and a couple of stories… then we found five dollars.

500 Subscriber Giveaway!


Wow… we now have over 500 subscribers on our YouTube channel!  To celebrate, we’re hosting a giveaway.  But first we’d like to thank each and every one of you who watches, comments and likes our videos. We really enjoy the positive comments, suggestions and fun conversations.
For this give away we’re offering water kefir grains. If you would like to learn more about them you can check out this site Posey Mom. We bought ours from there and they have excellent service plus offer a lot of information on making kefir and other probiotic drinks.
We’ll give away a heaping half cup of kefir grains to three different people. All you have to do to be entered is leave a comment in the comments section of the video saying you’d like to try some.
If you would like to be entered up to two more times, please share one of my videos. It can either be on social media or you can share with your friend, neighbor, family member and etc. Then just leave a comment in the comment section of the video telling me which video you shared and who you shared it with. Please make each entry a separate comment so that it’s easier to sort out entries at drawing time.
This contest is limited to US residents and will start as soon as the video is published and end Monday, August 15, 2016. A drawing will be held and the winners will be announced Wednesday, August 17.

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Thank you again for watching and all your support, you guys are so awesome! Good luck! 🙂
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Healthy Homemade Frozen Pizza

My kids love pizza. I love pizza, especially the quick and easy kind that the kids can pull out of the freezer and make themselves. Unfortunately I don’t get that kind of pizza too often because it’s not very healthy, plus it can be expensive especially if I buy enough to have on hand every time someone needs a quick and easy meal.
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The Not so Fun Part of Homesteading

Butchering time.

It’s the hardest part of homesteading. We have such conflicting feelings over it. On one hand, we find it empowering to fill our freezer with meat that we’ve raised ourselves from start to finish. To know where our meat comes from, what all it’s been fed and to know that we can do it all ourselves is a really great feeling. On the other hand, it makes us a little sad. Even though we know from the beginning we are raising the animals for meat, we don’t name them, and tell ourselves we can’t get attached, well… we still do. It’s just hard not to get attached when you spend months taking care of them.
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Fermented Pickles

Pickles… oh how I love to eat them, especially around the holidays. A plate full of a little cheese ball with crackers, veggies with dip, and summer sausage with pepper jack cheese just isn’t complete without a crunchy, sour pickle on the side. Unfortunately, since we try to avoid eating a lot of foods with added dyes because of allergies, we aren’t able to buy pickles from the store anymore. Most all brands have yellow dye added. It’s really kind of irritating that it’s added because the yellow dye doesn’t actually add any taste or nutrition value to the pickles. I don’t even know why they have to put it in… but that’s a whole other rant for another day. Not only do they have dyes, but they also usually have other ingredients that we try to avoid, like high fructose corn syrup.

So whenever I buy pickles, they’re one food I always buy organic. Not only do they not contain dyes or high fructose corn syrup, but most of the time they are made with more nutritious ingredients, like apple cider vinegar and sea salt. Plus they taste a lot better. The only down side to buying organic pickles is they’re expensive, so I don’t buy them that often. Because of that, I’ve been trying really hard to master the art of making them myself. During the summer, I’ve made several different attempts to can them but I’ve always ended up with mushy pickles. I do plan to keep trying because it would be so handy to have some canned pickles in the pantry to pop open when the mood for a good pickle strikes.
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Eating Real Food…Where to Begin?

With all the different diets and opinions on what makes the perfect diet, it’s really hard to figure out what a person really should eat. Are eggs good for you or not? What about fat, is it good or bad? How about grains, should we eat them or not? It can all be so confusing and really frustrating to figure out. So how do you figure it all out?
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Why we Choose to Homestead

The desire to homestead… raise our own animals, grow our own food, become more self-sufficient… why?

Well… for us it was the need to have a healthier lifestyle. I feel having good health is the most important thing you can do for yourself. When you don’t have any health issues, it’s so easy to take good health for granted. Sadly, it’s not until you start having your own health issues or watch someone close to you fight health issues that you realize exactly how important it is to take care of yourself.
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Easy Veggie and Egg Skillet Meal

IMG_1926-002When we started homesteading one of our main goals was to see how much of our own food we could grow and raise. So far we’ve raised hogs, chickens for eggs and meat, goats for milk, two turkeys a year for Thanksgiving and Christmas, grow a large garden and have an apple tree. As time and money allows, we have plans to add grass fed beef, more fruit trees, and a larger variety of vegetables in our garden. Right now every meal we eat has at least one homegrown thing in it, and most meals average at least 50% to 70% homegrown. After all the hard work that goes into growing your own food, it’s very rewarding to sit around the table with the family enjoying it all.
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