Quick Tricks for a Cleaner Home

I may have given the impression that I love to clean. I don’t. I love a clean home which means I have to clean but I’d give anything to have a self-cleaning house…and a self-cleaning oven. Today’s post is some of the little tricks I use to cut down on the amount of cleaning I have to do so I can spend more time cooking, baking, gardening, and having deep, philosophical discussions with the dogs.

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Worm Tea for Your Vegetables and Flowers

Some of my friends think I’m a little too strict about what I won’t use in my vegetable garden. I purchase only heirloom seeds, I don’t use pesticides, and I will only use truly organic fertilizer. My rationale is that I’m going to all the work to grow produce for my family so I’m not going to feed them things that are genetically modified or chemically treated. I’m a big fan of the beneficial microbes in soil as well as of the beneficial insects. This post will explain how I can keep my garden healthy and strong.
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Make Meals Healthier With Herbs

Herbs grow in my garden in summer and on my windowsills in winter. I can’t imagine cooking without herbs. From the delicately flavored to the really robust, herbs can elevate a dish from the everyday to the sublime. But it’s not just taste that you should consider when deciding to use herbs. This post will show you how to make meals heathier with herbs. Here’s a list of some of the beneficial herbs you should be eating.

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Saving Money Series – More Tips and Tricks to Save Money

I’m always looking for ways to save. This post gives you 10 more tips and tricks to save money.



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Bam’s Creamy Mushroom Chicken Bake

I use chicken thighs for this recipe but you could definitely substitute breasts. If you choose to use skinless, boneless chicken skip browning the chicken and increase the cooking time. Because the soups are salty I don’t add any additional salt.
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Redefining Homesteading

By definition a homestead is the house a family lives in and the adjoining land. By that definition, a homestead could be anything from a 20,000 acre ranch to a suburban or urban home with a yard. While I still think of homesteading as purchasing a house with acreage, at least 20 or 30 for a small homestead, the reality is that I am a homesteader.


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Cooking Class Lesson 1 – Basic Terminology

I love to cook and bake. When I was growing up every mom taught her daughters to cook. Some moms even taught their sons. When I had kids I made sure they knew how to cook and bake. My sons began learning to cook when they were in kindergarten. Of course they weren’t doing anything fancy or using knives yet but that foundation gave them both a love of cooking I rarely see. I told them back then that they couldn’t count on getting married. Now I realize a lot of girls their age don’t know how to cook.

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Planning For a Month of Dinners

I’m not going to actually give you a list of meals for a month in this post. Every family has its favorite foods and there may be dietary restrictions or allergies to consider for your family. This is more of a how-to planning for the month’s dinners.


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Why I Love My Home

There are times when I long for a more luxurious home. I fantasize about having a spectacular kitchen that has a pot-filler at the six burner stove. I think how great it would be if I had a dishwasher and two ovens. But, although my home is nothing like the one I sometimes dream of it has charms that no granite countertops could ever match.


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