Please Share: Food Preservation and You

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This Friday, I hope you’ll be joining me for Food Preservation 101, a free webinar! I will help you sort out your food preservation options, weighing out the pros and cons of each. Often, people don’t fully understand the pros and cons of all the preserving methods, nor have many really taken the time to think through what their goals are. Food preservation plans look different for each person, each family, so what one family does may not be the answer for another. Where do you stand? Please help me out by taking this quick survey!

Blueberry-Lemon Muffins

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‘Tis the season for berry picking! When we came home with 34 pound of blueberries, I created these scrumptious blueberry-lemon muffins. You can use blanched almond flour in this recipe if you’re on GAPS, or spelt or wheat flour if you’re not. Enjoy!

Simple Lives Thursday #106

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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.

Baby Steps to GAPS

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Leola from The Urban Hearth is our guest today, and she’s a breath of fresh air! Why? Because she’s talking baby steps. Baby steps are gooooood. :) They make changes doable without overwhelm. If you’re new to traditional foods, new to whole foods, or starting GAPS, you’ll be inspired by Leola’s story.

Cucumbers: Seasonal Recipe Round-Up

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We’re featuring cucumbers in this bi-weekly Seasonal Recipe Round-Up. In this post, you’ll learn all about them and how to store and prepare them, plus I’ll share six of my favorite cucumber recipes. Then, it is your turn to add your recipes and tips to the linky box or to the comments. The linky won’t close and you can add as many old and new posts as you’d like. Please read the guidelines for our link-up before posting.

6 Delicious Dishes with Cucumbers

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For today’s Seasonal Recipe Round-Up featuring cucumbers, I’m pleased to look back in time and pull out a set of delicious recipes using fresh, seasonal, summer cucumbers. You’ll probably notice that most of these recipes have a Mediterranean bent. That’s because I grew up eating these foods, and cucumbers are a large part of the cuisine. When you have cucumbers coming out your ears, these recipes will help you use them up without being bored.

Simple Lives Thursday #105

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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.

Butchering Our First Home-Grown Grass-Fed Beef

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We find as time passes that we hit more and more first experiences. This week hosted a biggie — the butchering of our first grass-fed beef. We got the local experts, Oakland Lockers, to do it for us — both the butchering and the processing. They’re very good. All in all, a milestone, and it felt like a very big deal when it was happening! So…. here are the highlights of the butchering event. This post is photo heavy, and if you’re queasy, you might not want to look.

Circle Star Ranch

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We’re heading down home… to your farms! Urban, suburban, or rural — whatever you’re growing and doing, we want to see it. Today’s featured farm is Circle Star Ranch in Roseburg, Oregon (which my family has visited, plus we’ve eaten their delicious foods). Mike and Elizabeth Lofrano, and daughter Carly, raise offer raw milk in a herdshare program, milk-fed pastured pork, milk-fed chicken, free-range eggs, and grass-fed beef.