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From Farm to Table – Strawberry Season!

From Farm to Table – Strawberry Season!

When it comes to local eating, strawberry season is my favorite time of year (although autumn apples are pretty high on the list as well…)  So much delicious goodness from such a beautiful little berry!  The past few weeks have been a yummy blur of picking, eating, and experimenting in the kitchen.  Some of our results were gobbled up right away, others got tossed into the deep freeze for later.  Below are our favorite ways to take advantage of the strawberry season. Strawberry Chia Freezer Jam This is seriously the bomb, ya’ll!  And the best part about it is that we’ll be…Read the rest of this entry →

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Homesteading: Making Your Daily Bread

Homesteading: Making Your Daily Bread

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the routine our family uses to make our own yogurt.  Once we got that down, the next obvious (and more intimidating!) step was bread-making.  While the process is definitely more complicated when it comes to number of steps (and timing those steps correctly around 2 exuberant kiddos!), baking bread for our family has not been nearly as difficult as I initially thought it would be.  (And I have never been known for my baking skills…so if I can do it, literally anyone can do it!) My first few attempts were a lot of trial…Read the rest of this entry →

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Homesteading: Finding Time to Make Your Own Yogurt

Homesteading: Finding Time to Make Your Own Yogurt

I’m one of those people that is hesitant to start something if I can’t envision how I’m going to finish it.  I am not a fan of failure, which means a lot of things on a lot of different levels. In the interest of this post, however, it meant I was pretty intimidated about the idea of regularly making kitchen staples like yogurt and bread from scratch.  But the potential benefits outweighed my fear, so I jumped right in…and haven’t looked back!  Finding the time to get both of these things made on a regular, consistent basis was actually far easier than I’d…Read the rest of this entry →

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DIY Nut Butters

DIY Nut Butters

If you are a frequent reader of this blog, it probably means your one of those outdoorsy types.  And if you’re one of those outdoorsy types, you’ve probably consumed more than your fair share of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches over the years.  Or maybe by now you prefer a more “grown-up” substitute, like almond or cashew butter.  Or perhaps you go for one of the seemingly contradictory “nut-free” options, like sunflower seed butter.  But whether you reach for something fancy and exotic, or just plain ole PB, this post is for you! One of the things I was most…Read the rest of this entry →

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DIY: Homemade LARABars

DIY: Homemade LARABars

Recently I posted about all of the changes our family has made in the direction of sustainability, specifically when it comes to making our own food.  We’ve been able to eliminate almost all of the processed food that was in our diet on a regular basis, and meanwhile have been saving money – win, win!  And one of the biggest money savers has come with our ability to make Larabars at home with nothing but a food processor. For those of you not familiar with Larabars, they are delectable RAW energy/protein bars made with often as little as 3 ingredients.  There…Read the rest of this entry →

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How Our Family Has Gone Home(steadin’)…

How Our Family Has Gone Home(steadin’)…

If you’ve been following our family on social media, you may have noticed a recent influx of posts about homemade food.  That’s because for the past few months, I’ve been on a quest to provide more healthy food options for my family.  Specifically, more  veggies, and less processed food.  It started last fall during Apple-mania week, when I realized how fun it was to cook with local ingredients that are in season.  The next progression was pumpkin and zucchini – and our house began to fill up with healthy breads, oat bars, and fruit butters.  Then some time around Thanksgiving…Read the rest of this entry →

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It’s Apple Mania Week at Our House!

It’s Apple Mania Week at Our House!

The temps have started to go down, and it’s finally starting to feel like fall!  For our family that means prime climbing season…but it also means the local apple orchards are ripe and ready for pickin’!  I love apples, and they are one of Big C’s favorite foods as well, so this year I decided to dedicate an entire week to cooking nothing but apples (well, maybe we’ll cook a few other things too, but apples will be our main theme!)  My hope is that we  can find a few go-to recipes that we love enough to establish a family…Read the rest of this entry →

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Reusable Snack Bags Tutorial

Reusable Snack Bags Tutorial

Last week I posted about greener packaging options for food, whether it be in a lunchbox or on the trail.  One of the ideas that got the most feedback were the homemade fabric bags I made to replace all the ziploc bags we were using on climbing/camping trips.  I had several requests for directions on how to make them, and since I certainly don’t plan on selling them, I’m happy to provide you with the “pattern” I went by.  FYI, I use the term “pattern” pretty loosely, as I’m not sure I’ve ever followed an ACTUAL sewing pattern all the…Read the rest of this entry →

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In Praise of Cloth

In Praise of Cloth

In my last Cragbaby post, I mentioned that our family uses cloth diapers.  I’ve received a few questions about it and decided there was enough interest to warrant a separate blog post.  It is something that I felt pretty strongly about before C was even born, but now that we’ve survived a full year almost completely disposable-free (except for the first week before the cord fell off and a time or two at the doctor when I forgot an extra…), I feel even more passionate about the merits of cloth.  But why on earth would anyone choose cloth over the “convenience” of…Read the rest of this entry →

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