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No Fridge….One Year Later

So a year ago our refrigerator died.  We tried all the usual ‘fixes’ including a really good clean and vacuum underneath, but alas it could not be fixed.  At the time we planned to purchase a new fridge and just needed a temporary fix to keep things cold for a few weeks while we borrowed […]

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Time and Patience….Easier Said Than Done!

I know I’ve said this like a billion times on this blog…but nothing about me or my upbringing lends itself to this farmy, homesteading-y, dirt digging, poop scooping, type of lifestyle.  And I don’t just mean that I lacked the experience.  But personality wise.  Ask my parents and I’m sure they will tell you that […]

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Seizures and Pancakes

Well.  It’s been a hard fought month of dietary changes.  In case you missed my last post, we have decided to try a very restrictive diet to see if it would help with Annie’s seizures.  It’s always a waiting game with Annie to see if anything works.  She only has one seizure a month, so […]

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DIY Gluten-Free Flour

I know going gluten free is the ‘hot thing’ right now in many health food circles.  And I know that, really, most of us can eat gluten just fine and the ‘side effects’ are probably much more about our American inability to do, well, anything, in moderation.  Obviously, there are some really good medical reasons […]

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Don’t Throw Away The Grease! 3 Uses For Hamburger Grease

Ahhh hamburger.  It’s about as American as apple pie.  Hamburger patties.  Shepherds pie.  Taco Tuesdays.  And on goes the menu list.  But…did you know that the grease is just as handy as the actual meat? I didn’t!  At least not until recently. I was cooking up pounds and pounds of hamburger getting it ready to […]

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Four Kids In One Room: A (sort of) Minimalist Approach

One of the questions I get asked a lot about raising four kids in an old farm house is: “how do you fit ALL their stuff?”.  We only have 3 closets (one of which is the kitchen pantry!) and two bedrooms (though they are larger than your average bedroom).  It’s not the conventional set up […]

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4 Things To Learn From The Federal Government ‘Shut Down’

I don’t normally tackle ‘hot’ topics here.  This is a farm, homesteading, homeschooling, come-here-for-a-smile type blog.  BUT I’ve seen so much arguing and fighting and heightened emotions online recently about the federal government ‘shut down’, I just couldn’t ignore it.  I don’t have solutions.  And this post isn’t about whether or not to build the […]

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8 Frugal Baby Food Hacks

There’s a common adage that floats around on the theme that ‘babies are expensive’.  I feel like this isn’t true!  It would be more accurate to say ‘buying into commercialism with a baby is expensive’.  I’ll agree that bigger kids can get a bit pricey, especially when they start eating you out of house and […]

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This Year….We’re Going To Do It!

I’m not usually one for New Year’s Resolutions.  I have nothing against them, just seems odd that one day is always designated as the “start over” button in our lives.  I mean, any day could be a new beginning!  What’s wrong with February 2 or June 30?  Why January 1st? But, that being said, we’ve […]

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When A Baby Just Won’t Nurse

So here’s my disclaimer….the purpose of this post is NOT to make anyone feel bad about not breastfeeding, or to make anyone who tried really really hard to make breastfeeding work feel like a failure for not succeeding.  The purpose of this blog post is to share our journey, to share what helped us succeed […]

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