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No More Dry Turkey: How to have a moist, mouth-watering bird on Thanksgiving Day

No More Dry Turkey: How to have a moist, mouth-watering bird on Thanksgiving Day

“That’s the ultimate goal of most turkey recipes: to create a great skin and stuffing to hide the fact that turkey meat, in its cooked state, is dry and flavorless. Does it have to be that way? No.”
—Alton Brown

Everyone knows that the traditional main course to eat on Thanksgiving is a turkey.  But I didn’t grow up that way because my dad hates turkey. We enjoyed a ham, instead.  Why does he despise all things turkey?  Because it often is so dry and hard to swallow.  Turkeys can cost a lot of money to buy, especially if you get one that’s been raised organically or the like, so it’s a shame when it comes out of the oven just being okay.   Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2016 in Farm Life, Nutrition

 

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Advice on Being a Parent of Older Kids: Tip #2

Advice on Being a Parent of Older Kids: Tip #2

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.  ― Epictetus

Now I get to share the second tip on parenting older kids that my friend gave me.  (If you haven’t read tip #1 yet, click here.) It’s nice to have friends who are a stage ahead of you in life.  Ask them questions!  Learn from their mistakes!  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2016 in Family

 

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Advice on Being a Parent of Older Kids: Tip #1

Advice on Being a Parent of Older Kids: Tip #1

I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway… let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.”  ― C. JoyBell C. 

Things have shifted for me, parenting-wise. I now have 4 children (can I still call them that?) ranging from 15 to 22, all still at home. I know that won’t last much longer, but for the moment, they are all still here. Having older kidseach involved in their own jobs, schooling, or activities―looks completely different than when they were all little. In a sense, it was easier then―I knew what to do, though physically it was exhausting. Now, it’s not as hard on the body as it is on the mind and heart. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2016 in Family

 

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My Deep Cleaning Challenge

My Deep Cleaning Challenge

“Life is a cinch by the inch, but hard by the yard.”

I looked around my house and could find hardly a spot that didn’t need work.  I had been going easy on myself concerning cleaning due to some health issues, but after so long, something needed to be done.   Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Refreshing Cucumber Mint Smoothie

Refreshing Cucumber Mint Smoothie

So what do you do when you have an abundance of cucumbers in your garden, all coming ripe at the same time?  Make smoothies! I am a little pleased with myself, because I actually made this one up, and it was a bigger hit with the family than most of my other green smoothies. It has a light, refreshing taste, and a pretty color, too.

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Posted by on August 11, 2016 in Nutrition

 

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Boils, and Carbuncles and Pus. Oh, My!

Boils, and Carbuncles and Pus. Oh, My!

“Thou art a boil, a plague sore, an embossed carbuncle in my corrupted blood.” –Shakespeare, King Lear

When a friend of mine asked for help with healing her husband’s boil without antibiotics, I was a little unsure of myself at first.  But once again, homeopathy proved itself a formidable ally. (Gross photo warning!)

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Posted by on July 31, 2016 in Health, Homeopathy

 

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Why I Love Square Foot Gardening

Why I Love Square Foot Gardening

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
–Margaret Atwood

When we first moved to our acreage, a friend gave me a pile of books to peruse, and one of them was The All New Square Foot Gardening Book, by Mel Bartholomew.  I read it.  It made sense.  We built our square foot garden. So what’s so different about this method than the standard garden, and why is it so great?  Good questions! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2016 in Farm Life

 

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