High Protein Soft Food Diet – Real Food Meal Ideas after Wisdom Teeth Removal

High protein soft food diet meal ideas! For when you can’t survive on mashed potatoes alone… At 39 years old, I’m not exactly a spring chicken, so going into my wisdom teeth removal (a procedure that most people have done in their teens) I wanted to make sure I set myself up for the best possible outcome. The standard recommendations for a soft food diet …

Homemade Honey Lip Balm {As Featured in Mother Earth News Magazine!}

Every year when the weather turns cool (the start of chapped lip season!) I make a new batch of homemade lip balm. It always ends up slightly different, but it’s always the best lip balm I’ve ever used. Homemade is best and nothing store-bought can even compare! My goal when I set out to make homemade lip balm was to create a recipe that was …

First Aid & Health Aid for Homesteaders (and Everyone)

First aid on the homestead- are you prepared? If there’s anything I’ve learned from homesteading, it’s that nothing ever goes exactly how you want it to. And it comes with inherent danger- being out in the elements, long days, using dangerous equipment, and working with farm animals. Like the time we brought home our first ducks, put them in a pen we cobbled together, from …

How to Make Fire Cider (Recipe + How to Use)

It doesn’t happen often, but when I get the sniffles I turn into a big whiney baby. I’m useless. No pushing through and carrying on with the day here, nope. I’m in bed, on the couch, taking it easy- and almost always with a pile of used tissues on the floor… yes mom, I still do that! You tried hard to break the habit, but …

Eliminate Seasonal Pollen Allergies Naturally

Seasonal pollen allergies are dreadful. There’s nothing worse than stepping outside on a gorgeous summer day and feeling your nose start to tickle and eyes turn itchy. You’ve got tissues shoved in every pocket, and you’re trying to finish your tasks as quickly as possible in order to retreat back inside as fast as you can. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to garden for hours, pick raspberries, …

Honey & Lard Lip Repair Cream

Yep, I’ve been slathering lard on my lips. And honey, naturally. Join me, won’t you? My lips need extra TLC all year round: in the below-freezing winter weather the dry air really takes a toll on them, and in the warm summer months I spend a lot of time outside in the wind and parching-sun, and this Honey & Lard Lip Repair Cream has been a …

The Everything Cast Iron Guide: How to Buy, Clean, Use, Restore and Season Cast Iron Pans

In my modern kitchen, on my modern stove sits a piece of equipment that connects me to the generations of cooks that came before me. It’s something that people have used for hundreds of years to make nourishing food for their families, and I love carrying on this tradition. If you don’t have a cast iron pan in your kitchen right now, I ask you: why in the world not?! …

Dried Wild Violet Sprinkles

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 have some nutrients in them! Natural, organic purple sprinkles. This …

Natural Tick & Lyme Disease Prevention

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 little. I played in the woods, rolled around in the …