Simple Lives Thursday #74

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Welcome to Simple Lives Thursday, a blog hop dedicated to simple living. “Consume less, produce more. ” So many topics fit: Gardening, raising animals, cooking from scratch, real food, natural cleaners, sewing, recycling, thrifting, a mindset of simplicity, saving a buck… Come on in, check out the featured posts from last week’s submissions, visit posts shared this week, or add your own post to this blog hop.

Chocolate Mousse Cake (Grain-Free)

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This was my birthday cake. Twice. On Wednesday, my friend Brenna and her family surprised me with it. It was so good that I called Brenna yesterday morning — my birthday morning, the day I turned 37 (just when did I begin to approach 40? I feel like I should be edging toward 30). I asked her for the recipe so I could make it again for myself. “It was so good and I want more of it.” That about sums it up.

Simple Lives Thursday #73

simple-lives-thursday

Welcome to Simple Lives Thursday, a blog hop dedicated to simple living. “Consume less, produce more. ” So many topics fit: Gardening, raising animals, cooking from scratch, real food, natural cleaners, sewing, recycling, thrifting, a mindset of simplicity, saving a buck… Come on in, check out the featured posts from last week’s submissions, visit posts shared this week, or add your own post to this blog hop.

Video: Pickle Pro Lid + Giveaway

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Jerri from Homesteader Supply just sent me one of her new gadgets. She’s always coming up with cool and helpful tools for traditional kitchens. The newest one is awesome. The Pickle Pro Lid is an airlock lid that fits on all wide-mouth canning jars… so we can do airlock fermenting with jars we already have! (Be sure to get to the end of this post for the giveaway.)

Healing Homemade Broths and Stocks

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Did you tuck a turkey carcass into the freezer after Thanksgiving? Time to get it out! Today, Roxanne from The Holistic Mama shares her easy crock pot (or stockpot) broth method. Plus, she’ll totally win you over to the health benefits of making homemade broth and stock. My method for stock, taught on video in Fundamentals eCourse, differs only slightly, and mainly in how I flavor my stock with ginger.

Should We Get Goats or a Cow?

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I’m not an animal person. Never have been. But here I am, the chief milk maid in my family. I started out by milking goats and now I’m milking a cow. I figure, who better to tell you all about it (both the wonderful and the icky) than someone who was won over to it in spite of herself? Here is one of the most often-asked questions I get: what are the differences between milking goats and milking cows? And probably the second-most-asked question is: which do you prefer? I don’t claim to know it all, but I’ll do my best to answer.