Small Batch Dehydrating for the Summer Bounty

There’s a woman who lives a few blocks down from me with this miraculous garden that seems to go from a freshly tilled plot to a wildly abundant gardener’s delight in about one month flat (my husband keeps telling me not to be jealous because she probably uses Miracle-Gro or something of the chemical-sort). She grows enough teepees full of green beans that I assume she must can and freeze then continually, and eat them weekly all winter and spring. I, on the other hand, […]

Giveaway: Win a $75 Gift Certificate to Spend on Cloth Diapers & Supplies!

Note: Giveaway has now ended. Winner will be announced shortly. Considering the popularity of the cloth diapering series that I began on Monday, where I am dispelling common myths about cloth diapering and sharing just how easy it really is, this should prove to be a very popular giveaway as well! Sweet Little Blessings is a one-stop online cloth diapering store, selling everything from fitted diapers and covers, pocket diapers, one-size systems, prefold and flat diapers, inserts and doublers, wet bags and pails, swim diapers, […]

5 Ways to Use Blueberries this Season

Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer Full of flavor, sweet and nutritious, a blueberry in season is one of summers greatest pleasures. Fresh blueberries are delicious on their own and need no special preparation. However, they do go bad quickly, so it’s important to have a plan for using and storing them in order to minimize waste. Below are 5 simple ways to use blueberries this season: 1. Add blueberries to food you are already preparing Blueberries are an excellent addition to smoothies, pancakes, yogurt, […]

How to Make Water Kefir

Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer What is water kefir? Water kefir is a lacto-fermented beverage made with water kefir grains and sugar water. It is easy (and relatively quick) to make, and provides an abundance of probiotics to improve digestive health. Water kefir grains are not grains at all, but rather “bacteria and yeast existing in a symbiotic relationship” (as noted by Julie of Cultures for Health.) The term grains really just describes their appearance. Because the grains feed on sugar, the resulting beverage […]

Homemade Beef Tallow: A Simple and Convenient Way to Store It

Last year, I was delighted to learn how to render my own beef tallow from all the bones/fatty pieces that came with our side of grass-fed beef. Just the other week, I picked up a new side of beef and was more eager than ever to whip up some nourishing bone broth, and in particular, to have some beef tallow again for cooking. We have just fallen in love with using this old-fashioned, wholesome fat for making homemade french fries, deep-fried zucchini sticks, and most […]