Napa Cabbage & Radish Salad with Butter Toasted Nuts

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(gluten free, paleo, vegetarian, grain-free, easy side dish) There is an “original” version of this recipe. You’ve probably had it at a potluck, birthday party, or family reunion. You’ve probably wolfed down four servings and then demanded the recipe. My recipe has all the same flavors, but uses only whole foods and garden fresh produce. No […]

Char-Grilled Zucchini with Basil and Gouda

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(gluten-free, paleo, grain-free, easy side-dish) And char-grilled it is. Or rather, maybe just charred. Karl and I like our food grilled hard! If you like your food with less flavor black marks, by all means grill it less. You could even bake or sauté the zucchini… In summer, our grill is indispensable. We use it more […]

Use Vanilla to Protect Your Chickens from Gnats, Biting Flies, and Biting Midges

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I think those are all the same thing… Our chicken coop is at the back of our lush yard, just nestled under the towering cherry and oak trees. Its southern exposure picks up the first rays of the sun, and the canopy above keeps it shady during the mid-day heat. The coop is surrounded by […]

Chicken Vitamin Vittles… or, A New Technique to Get Powders to Stick to Your Homemade Chicken Feed

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Yes, I called these “vittles.” I like saying that word… try it once. Vittles. I feel like a chicken-feed revolutionary. A homemade chicken-feed pioneer. A poultry innovator! I was pretty proud of myself for coming up with this technique. I just hope it’s not old news and you all aren’t already doing it… Measuring spoon […]

Hoover’s Hatchery: My Review

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I always search for reviews and stories from other people before buying…well, just about anything. But especially something as important as my first flock! I really couldn’t find that many reviews on Hoover’s Hatchery before I bought my chicks-  a couple of negative experiences, but nothing that seemed out of the ordinary for the chicken business. For […]

Dried Wild Violet Sprinkles

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I love these so much. I love everything about them. Straight from the earth, very easy to prepare- with no dehydrator or special equipment needed. Unless you consider a twist tie and a string as special equipment… Plus: no food dyes, no sugar, no additives, no gluten, no bad stuff at all. Heck, these even […]

Natural Tick & Lyme Disease Prevention

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I am convinced we live in the middle of Tick-Central. Meeting place of the National Association of Wood-Ticks. If ticks had a yearly convention, they might hold it in the state of Wisconsin. And I hate them. I loathe these weird, disease-ridden, blood-gorging, leg-climbing creepy stalkers. I didn’t worry much about ticks when I was […]

Lard Bread & Boiled Flour: A Farm Story

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A couple weekends ago we celebrated the spring season with Karl’s family. His Grandparents came over to the big city from their small farming town a couple hours away. As usual we had a meal and talked farming with Grandpa. No one can talk farming like an 85-year-old farmer! (That’s him, above in the picture.) Grandma and […]