Recently, we moved across the country, from the majestic mountains of Oregon to the green valleys of Tennessee. While many families cringe at the idea of a road trip, desperately relying on television and every distraction possible in order to maintain the silence and mood on the road, we actually enjoy the solitude, somewhat frequent change of scenery, obvious differing practices of growing food and keeping animals, and generally relish our time and adventure together. However, this road trip was a bit different, being that it was our third cross country move in less than two years. Our lives, ordinarily very calm and consistent, were being uprooted.
Archives for September 2013
In this episode of Know Your Food with Wardee, I’m taking listener questions on: making pomegranate soda with a ginger bug, whether to soak or sprout, how did the Nearings of the book “The Good Life” maintain such good health and longevity without eating animals foods (plus I went on a bit of a tangent here), can you use 4-week old separated raw milk, and the best choice for filtering water. Plus, the Tip of the Week regarding how to get crispy sourdough pancakes.
The result of using commercial shampoo and condition is chemically coated hair that’s actually overproducing oil to compensate for being stripped by harsh chemicals. Learn how to make a slow, gentle transition to no poo — the natural way to keep your hair clean and healthy. [by Jenny Cutler]
Many of our family traditions are based on food. While some were thoughtfully instituted, others spilled out of every day life. Many of our traditions follow the seasons through the year, as foods come and go with the changes in season. In our neck of the woods, September is the height of apple season, so, for our family, September means apples. We visit our local farm and pick pounds and pounds of apples!
Learning to read an ingredients list is important. You can’t always trust the marketing claims on the packaging! Although there is not usually an obvious discrepancy between the claims and the ingredients, remember that just because something is “all natural” doesn’t mean it’s something you should eat often!
If anyone would have told me when I was a child that one day I would eat, enjoy, and purposefully grow stinging nettle — I would have thought they were crazy. Stinging nettle was my nemesis. It surrounded the chicken coop turned play house, it buried the old red truck in the grove that turned into a submarine at the push of a button (really, it did!), and it was something to dodge as we ran out to play in the woods. I hated it. I’m so glad learning doesn’t stop when we’re young! Otherwise, I would have never come to appreciate all of stinging nettle’s benefits. [by Paula Miller]
My family and I hand-picked the contributions in the Ultimate Survival Bundle and we’re coordinating the event. So I thought it was high time I shared my favorite resources in it… besides all of them. 🙂 My five favorite resources include: two eBooks on Christian liberty, a rocket mass heater plan, a DIY greenhouse video and plan, and solar cooking eBook. Though they are no longer available bundled together, follow the links in this post to find them from their authors.
And it seems like Fall is officially here. Yesterday began the rain. It feels a little dreary, to be honest. We all felt got tired in the afternoon from the overcast skies (no matter how thankful we are for the rain). Once again, I’m in the thick of running the Ultimate Survival Bundle so I didn’t take many pictures. Actually, I didn’t take any. 😉 The sole picture this week is courtesy of my daughter — and it’s a great one. You and your kids will get a kick out of it!
What would you do if you wanted to serve dinner to your family at around 6 p.m., but you also wanted to avoid using household energy (electricity or natural gas) for cooking during the three hours immediately prior to your evening meal? To cut energy costs, we’ve had to come up with some creative solutions for make adjustments to meal-preparation routines.