Beauty Tips, Mosquitos and Grubs- All in one Post

I’ve been thinking about doing a post on natural beauty care. But to be honest it would be a super short post! My “beauty routine” is almost laughable. No fancy products or special treatments. In fact, I only use 2 products. Partly out of frugality and partly out of pure laziness efficiency. I used to […]

Red Beans: Rajma Style



In my quest to find or create tasty bean dishes we have been experimenting with making Rajma. Rajma is red beans, Indian style. We really like Indian food so being able to make something like this at home is wonderful. I used this recipe and adapted it slightly to work with the […]

How to fit 18 Chickens on one Shelf of a Side-by-Side Freezer

Recently, I wrote an article on food storage. I mentioned in that article that we use our freezer as part of our food storage plan. We have a large chest freezer and the side-by-side freezer that is part of the refrigerator/freezer combination. This past year to maximize our freezer space we decided to not just […]

Just Like the Fair! Corn Dog Muffins

I have a confession. I really like corn dogs. When I was going to school in downtown Portland I used to ride the MAX (light rail transit) and it let me off at Pioneer Square. There was a corn dog stand there and once a week I bought one. That was 22 years ago and […]

Sort of Goulash, but not Really…

Do you need a dish that you can put together in almost no time with zero advanced preparation? Here is a dish meets that criteria. This is definitely one to add to your ’emergency meals’ list.

Goulash With a Sour Cream Topper

At my house, we call this Goulash. We call it Goulash because […]

5 Warning Signs You Might be Living in Denial


Do you drag yourself out of bed each morning wondering why you feel so tired, sick, worn out, exhausted, etc? Do you find yourself with a daily headache, stomach ache, afternoon crash or other ‘issue’ that you need to pop a pill for? Do you find yourself (or your child) experiencing ‘mood’ swings or […]

Sprouted Pea Egg Foo Yung

The other day I posted about a wonderful and inexpensive legume that we’ve added to our food storage and menu. Whole peas come in at only 41 cents a pound (Azure Standard quantity 25 pounds). We made three tasty dishes with our peas. One was an Egg Foo Yung.

These were very much like the […]

A Lacto-Fermentation Journey

Looking for the Nutrition and Physical Degeneration Book Club? I’m taking this week off. It will return next Wednesday.

Two years ago, I shared a post on our Lacto-Fermentation Hits and Misses. This post was written fairly early on in our real food journey and I was quite new to lacto-fermenting.

Two […]

Add This Incredibly Inexpensive Legume to Your Menu Plan and Food Storage

Last year, my friend Andi shared this post on sprouting. I was totally intrigued by the sprouted peas. Especially the cost of those peas. $8.05 for 25 pounds seemed like a steal! I had to try them. Like everything, the price of these peas has increased. I got mine through Azure Standard. Today’s cost is […]

Shout-Outs and a Guest Post

I’m Guest Posting today at Homestead Host. The fabulous Erin has asked me to do a regular Monday post there. Today I’m sharing my thoughts on how to Transition to Real Food in 8 Easy Steps. These are essentially the things my family did to make our gradual change from a Standard American Diet (SAD) […]

New Video: Buttermilk Syrup an Economical Alternative to Maple Syrup

I originally shared a family favorite for Buttermilk Syrup in April of 2010. We love this syrup. With the recent price hike of maple syrup this is a wonderfully tasty alternative. My daughter, Kiki, helped me create a You Tube video where we demonstrate this yummy syrup.

We love this syrup on German Pancakes, […]

Design a Dish

Would you like to learn great methods to reduce food waste?

What if you could enjoy one meal for “free” each week?

We’re not talking about gourmet meals but wonderful, simple dishes that you can prepare day in and day out

You’ll be amazed how easy it is to nourish your family with these tasty […]

Winner of $26 Amazon Gift Card! Plus Your Opinion Needed

It’s that time! Time to announce the winner of the $26 Amazon Gift Card. This Giveaway was in honor of the Grand Opening of Homestead Host. The fabulous Erin from Homestead Host has been wonderful about holding my hand during my transition from blogspot to my own domain. If you are in the market for […]

It’s Been All Fun and Games Around Here. Almost…

This has been a busy week but full of excitement.

I thought it might be fun to do a quick recap.

We had just enough snow for Christopher to build his first snowman. He was quite pleased with it.

Our Weston A. Price Foundation Chapter […]

8 Ways to Increase Your Food Storage- Real Food Style

My ‘Dream’ Pantry

Have you been working to increase your food storage but have stalled due to budget, lack of inspiration or just not sure what to do next?

Last year I did a post about Real Food and Food Storage. Having a well stocked pantry is something that is still important to us […]