Honey & Vanilla Bean Roasted Melon Seeds

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Yup, melon seeds. The gloppy, stringy mess that you scoop out with a spoon and throw away. We’re gunna eat it! Part of our journey into homesteading has been to increase our respect for where our food comes from. To utilize every part of the plant or animal and practice a no-waste lifestyle. Well, as […]

My Favorite Lettuce Varieties + How I Clean Fresh Garden Lettuce + How to Save Lettuce Seed

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Unlike tomatoes, who are cruel and taunt you for weeks as you wait for them to turn red, lettuce comes up and is ready to eat as soon as you care to harvest it. I love that about lettuce. I learned years ago that, just like most garden veggies, there are so many cool varieties […]

Grain-Free Zucchini Bread Granola

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(grain-free, gluten-free, paleo, easily dairy-free) Do you have at least six mondo-zucchini sitting on your counter at all times during the summer? I love to take all the extras and shred and dehydrate them. I add the dehydrated zucchini to various things all winter long- like soups, sprinkled on salads…and now, this granola. If you’re […]

Homestead Confession: We Have Two Chickens Living In Our House

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If you’ve followed my chicken journal you know that this past spring we got 20 Red Rangers to raise as meat birds. A handful of them developed leg problems when they were younger, and right about when we moved them from the house brooder into their outside coop, two of them developed a substantial limp. They could barely […]

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 […]