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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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