Homemade Essential Oil Bug Repellent

Homemade Essential Oil Bug Repellent | Summer is in full swing! The extra hours of sunlight make social gatherings that much more fun, but unfortunately some uninvited guests like to join the party, too: those pesky bugs. Most commercial bug repellents contain DEET, and it's best to avoid that. What can you do instead? Make your own bug repellent using essential oils! | GNOWFGLINS.com

Summer is in full swing! The extra hours of sunlight make social gatherings that much more fun, but unfortunately some uninvited guests like to join the party, too: those pesky bugs. Most commercial bug repellents contain DEET, and it’s best to avoid that. What can you do instead? Make your own bug repellent using essential oils! [by Katie Mae Stanley]

KYF #076: Urban Farming with Kids

KYF #076: Urban Farming with Kids |A homestead in the city where kids (both kinds) are the star of the show? You bet! DaNelle Wolford, her husband, and children do exactly that. On 1 acre in Arizona, they raise goats, sheep, chickens, and a garden, too, producing much of their own food. It's a family affair! Plus... the tip of the week! | KnowYourFoodPodcast.com/76

A homestead in the city where kids (both kinds) are the star of the show? You bet! DaNelle Wolford, her husband, and children do exactly that. On 1 acre in Arizona, they raise goats, sheep, chickens, and a garden, too, producing much of their own food. It’s a family affair! Plus… the tip of the week! [by Wardee Harmon]

Dehydrate Your Way to Green Powder

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Sometimes, the growing mound of greens going unused in the crisper drawer of my fridge can get overwhelming. I know I can freeze them for smoothies down the road, but I have an even better way of preserving the them — I turn them into nutritious green powder which I can then add to countless dishes (even on the sly). [by Jane Baldwin]

The Big Flat Reuben: A Real Food Big Flat Sandwich

The Big Flat Real Food Reuben Sandwich | Who knew that making a big honkin' loaf-sized sandwich and flattening it under cement blocks, rocks, or gym weights could be so fun (or so delicious)? I'd seen other Big Flat Sandwiches around the internet, but when Wardee first presented the idea of making a real food Big Flat Sandwich, I immediately knew I needed to try my all-time favorite sandwich -- the Reuben. | GNOWFGLINS.com

Who knew that making a big honkin’ loaf-sized sandwich and flattening it under cement blocks, rocks, or gym weights could be so fun (or so delicious)? I’d seen other Big Flat Sandwiches around the internet, but when Wardee first presented the idea of making a real food Big Flat Sandwich, I immediately knew I needed to try my all-time favorite sandwich — the Reuben. [by Kresha Faber]

Natural Remedies for Burns, Bites, and Stings

Natural Remedies for Burns, Bites, and Stings | Summer goes hand in hand with outdoor adventures. With the sun shining and the lure of swimming, kids out of school are free to spend their days playing outside. But burns, bites, and stings can stop that summer fun dead in its tracks. Thankfully, several natural remedies will have you back to enjoying summer activities in no time! | GNOWFGLINS.com

Summer goes hand in hand with outdoor adventures. With the sun shining and the lure of swimming, kids out of school are free to spend their days playing outside. But burns, bites, and stings can stop that summer fun dead in its tracks. Thankfully, several natural remedies will have you back to enjoying summer activities in no time! [by Andrea Sabean]

How to Create a Scoby Hotel

How to Create a Scoby Hotel | Kombucha is a social beverage in more ways than one! Every batch produces new growth on your scoby, and this can be peeled off and shared with a friend, too. If you brew and drink kombucha often, you'll be nothing short of overrun! I recently found myself in such a predicament -- completely overrun -- and then I discovered the scoby hotel. | GNOWFGLINS.com

Kombucha is a social beverage in more ways than one! Every batch produces new growth on your scoby, and this can be peeled off and shared with a friend, too. If you brew and drink kombucha often, you’ll be nothing short of overrun! I recently found myself in such a predicament — completely overrun — and then I discovered the scoby hotel. [by Jenny Cazzola]

The Ultimate Cheese Press is Updated (New Video)!

The Ultimate Cheese Press Is Updated! (New Video) | Just a quick note this Saturday morning to share news of my favorite cheese press, the Ultimate Cheese Press from Homesteader Supply. It's design is improved, it's now being made from hardwood maple, and it's being seasoned with organic coconut oil! The bit about seasoning is the best part. Jerri from Homesteader Supply heard my request to give us a press that's got an oil we love to use -- and she listened. | GNOWFGLINS.com

Just a quick note this Saturday morning to share news of my favorite cheese press, the Ultimate Cheese Press from Homesteader Supply. It’s design is improved, it’s now being made from hardwood maple, and it’s being seasoned with organic coconut oil! The bit about seasoning is the best part. Jerri from Homesteader Supply heard my request to give us a press that’s got an oil we love to use — and she listened. [by Wardee Harmon]

7 Strategies to Improve Mealtime Contentment

7 Strategies to Improve Mealtime Contentment | This happened in a bad kinda way at our place. Our kids -- who have never been subject to frozen fish sticks or to a gelatinous mass of Wonder Bread -- had become food critics. I'm watching some major improvements take place; were having a real turn around. From one parent to another, I realized that I need to share my theories with you as to how it is getting better, just in case you have experienced this, too. | GNOWFGLINS.com

This happened in a bad kinda way at our place. Our kids — who have never been subject to frozen fish sticks or to a gelatinous mass of Wonder Bread — had become food critics. I’m watching some major improvements take place; were having a real turn around. From one parent to another, I realized that I need to share my theories with you as to how it is getting better, just in case you have experienced this, too. [by Chaya Foedus]