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Food Safe Wood Conditioning Cream

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Protect your wooden cutting boards, bowls and spoon with food safe DIY wood conditioning cream
I’ve been noticing my wooden spoons getting sadder and sadder. We don’t run them through the dishwasher, which can do some serious damage to wood, but eventually hand washing will take it’s toll. I’d seen quite a few wood conditioning creams online (ok, on Pinterest) but they all required mineral oil. I’m not sure about you but mineral oil in not on my list of things to eat more off this year.  [Read more…]

Fred & George – Pet Alpacas

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Find out what our two pet alpacas do on our small farm
I talk a big game about making the farm work for us. The apparent weak link in all of that is the alpacas. We don’t do anything with the fiber, they’re usually very dirty by the time we shear them and I don’t spin any way. The poultry all serve the purpose of insect control, eggs and meat. I’m sure as heck not going to eat the alpacas, so what do we keep them for? [Read more…]

Bitter – Cookbook Review

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An honest review of the cookbook Bitter: A Taste of the Worlds Most Dangerous Flavor

Maybe it’s the post-holiday sugar crash but I’ve been craving something different. I found that in this cookbook. Bitter: A Taste of the World’s Most Dangerous Flavor is a gorgeously photographed recipe and storybook focusing on, perhaps, the most maligned flavor. As a fan of dark chocolate I was intrigued to see what this book had to offer.

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Muscovy Ducks – Sustainability in your Back Yard

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Muscovy ducks are the most sustainable animals I can think of to keep, find out why we'll always keep them on our farm and how easy they are to care for
My husband is currently awaiting the Zombie Apocalypse, or something of that nature, so I hear a lot about planning for the end of civilization as we know it. Maybe that’s why he goes along with my never ending desire to plant more fruit trees, grow a bigger garden and raise all the livestock! Or maybe he just loves me and wants me to he happy. Either way, we’ve got a lot going on between the baby, the house pets, the alpacas, the chickens and the rest of the flock so we try to keep simple routines. The easiest keepers we have are the Muscovy ducks, hands down. I’m not the only one who thinks that way either, when I put together my post about Favorite Chicken Breeds Mike from Gentleman Homesteader shared that Muscovy are his his favorties too, you can read why on his post about Adding Muscovy Ducks to the Homestead[Read more…]

Word of the Year – Enjoy

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Enjoy - 2015 Word of the Year

I’m not much for new years resolutions. I tend to come up with (and quietly cast aside) overly ambitious goals all the time. I’ve seen people use a single word in place of a concrete resolution and I like that idea a lot more. I thought of a few different words, all of them applying to a specific part of my life as a mom, a wife, a blogger, a ‘homesteader’, a daughter, a sister and an employee (yes, I have a 40 hour a week job on top of all this madness). [Read more…]