The Perfect Omelet {And 10 Delicious Omelet Creations}

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Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer Eggs have often been called “one of nature’s perfect foods”. And for good reason. They pack a powerful nutritional punch in just a small package. Inside that little shell is a powerhouse of nutrition. There are many ways to incorporate eggs into meals. By incorporating eggs into our diet whenever possible, we increase the nutritional impact and ease the food budget at the same time. With a growing family of eight, I like the fact that eggs provide important nutritional […]

Backyard Chicken Challenges

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Written by Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer It’s been about about 2 1/2 years since my husband and I – inexperienced as we are – first took on the hobby of keeping backyard chickens; and what a joy it’s been. But we’ve most certainly seen our fair share of chicken woes also. It’s just bound to happen that with 8-10 chickens, problems “crop up”. I hope you can benefit from reading about the challenges we’ve dealt with over the past few years. Feather Picking and/or Cannibalism Certain chickens […]

Benefits of a Protein-Rich Breakfast (and a Protein Pancake Recipe)

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Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but with so many choices (and conflicting information), it can be difficult to know what to serve our family. While cereal or toast may seem easy and convenient, these high-carbohydrate choices lead to elevated blood sugar levels which drop quickly and soon leave us feeling tired and hungry. Research shows that a breakfast high in protein actually stabilizes blood sugar and prevents hunger for a number […]

The Nitty-Gritty on The Real Food I Buy and Where I Buy It

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Today and tomorrow, I simply want to share where I buy what, the best prices I’ve found, and some of the excellent deals that help our family to be able to eat plenty of wholesome, real foods on a tight budget. This isn’t a “how-to” post necessarily, because most of you don’t live where I live or even eat all of the same things that we eat. Rather, I thought that by sharing some of the details of where and how I shop, it may […]

Nourishing Wife-Saver Breakfast Casserole

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I grew up eating a “wife-saver” casserole each Christmas morning, with eggs and bacon and Corn Flakes crumbled on top. It was delicious and hearty, and best of all, my mom could make it the the day before and pop it in the oven while we opened gifts as a family. Pancakes and waffles are a more typical “fancy” breakfast around our house, as we all love to smother them with our frozen berries we pick each summer, and a big ol’ dollop of whipped […]

Chickens Coming Home to Roost – In Our Backyard

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Written by Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer Backyard chickens – we have eight of them, each with her own personality. They’re named after some of the female characters from the Andy Griffith show – Helen Crump and Thelma Lou (Black Stars), Elly and Juanita (Golden Laced Wyandottes), Mrs. Mendelbrite (Plymouth Barred Rock), Aunt Bea and Clara Edwards (Rhode Island Reds) and Hilda Mae (Black Australorp). Though they’ve only been in our backyard for a little over a year, it has been great fun. Why we decided […]

How to Find Local Sources of Raw Milk

Written by Anne Elliot, Contributing Writer I first learned about the benefits of raw milk ten years ago. It was obviously God’s leading and guidance because I wasn’t looking for it. I didn’t even know you could buy milk that hadn’t been pasteurized or homogenized. I didn’t know all the benefits that would come when our family switched to raw milk. One day, in the providence of God, I “accidentally” clicked on the Weston A. Price website after a Yahoo search. I remember voraciously reading […]

Recipes and Ideas for What to Eat on the GAPS Introduction Diet

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Image by carbavor We’ve just begun our 3rd week on the GAPS diet, and all is well. We are beginning to see some very positive results in our family, including less eczema for the baby and toddler, a decrease in heartburn for my husband, and some behavioral improvements with our toddler as well. We’ve all experienced some toxin die-off, and our cravings for sweet and carbs has been lessening. The hardest part of any helpful but restrictive special diet like GAPS is knowing what you […]