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Putting Up! (Ways To Make The Harvest Last)

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If you follow this blog, you know that I (Daja) have moved from Southern California to Maine.  We have a little farm we call Kylo. It’s a slow-and-steady-wins-the-race kind of thing.  We got a huge garden in this year and are gradually adding our animals. What blows me away is how wonderful the soil is here. I’ve been gardening in California for years and it is definitely an uphill battle–what with the water issues, intense heat, clay-like soil.  But here, it has been much easier and much more delightful to garden. Stuff actually grows here without so many tears.  The downside is that in Southern California I gardened year around. Here, you have 90-120 days. So, you better be movin’!

Today I sat down at my computer and my ten year old son walked by and said, “Whatcha doing?”  I replied, “Ordering a few things online.” He said, “Let me guess. Canning supplies.” #dontjudgeme Read More

Putting Up

{This post contains affiliate links. Clicking on or purchasing through an affiliate link costs you nothing, but lets you support this blog and the families who write it and love it.} ________________________________ If you follow this blog, you know that I (Daja) have moved from Southern California to Maine.  We have a little farm we […]

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We’re Having A Sale!

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Christmas Sale

Simply stop by our STORE, buy ANY of our ebooks and we’ll automatically send you Grace and Glory just to say MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!  If you’d like us to send Grace and Glory to a friend or your mother (what a great gift!!!!) just mention it on the special instructions when you order via PayPal.  If you wish to purchase Grace and Glory, you can request that an additional copy be sent to a friend or loved one!

Grace and Glory is a beautiful full-color book, complete with journaling pages.  It contains our hearts for moms.  We want you to be encouraged and empowered, living from rest, displaying God’s glory.  The path we walk as moms is honorable!  Remember, God Himself chose to reveal salvation to the world through the gift of motherhood!  Moms, this is our season!!!

So, stop on over in our store, pick out ANY book and get Grace and Glory!

 

Christmas Sale

Simply stop by our STORE, buy ANY of our ebooks and we’ll automatically send you Grace and Glory just to say MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!  If you’d like us to send Grace and Glory to a friend or your mother (what a great gift!!!!) just mention it on the special instructions when you order via PayPal.  If […]

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Abundant Christmas on a Shoestring Budget

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As is the theme of this blog (“Abundant Home-Centered Living”) we believe in abundance!  We believe in joyful, overflowing, more-than-enough abundance!  Yet, we live in the real world.  Just like you we have to balance our checkbooks, pay the bills and make ends meet.  So, here are some ideas for having an abundant and fun family Christmas on a budget.  You do not need to sacrifice the abundance for the bottom-line!

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Abundant Christmas

As is the theme of this blog (“Abundant Home-Centered Living”) we believe in abundance!  We believe in joyful, overflowing, more-than-enough abundance!  Yet, we live in the real world.  Just like you we have to balance our checkbooks, pay the bills and make ends meet.  So, here are some ideas for having an abundant and fun […]

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Best Ways to Increase Protein for Growing Bodies

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[We’ve been writing and sharing a lot lately about raising our children into adulthood.  This post is part of that series. You can find all those posts here: Young Adults.]

Muscles need protein to grow and brains need protein and fat to function properly.  In an age of carbohydrate-riddled and overly processed foods, it takes savvy planning to make sure our kids are getting enough protein to keep them growing and going strong! Read More

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[We’ve been writing and sharing a lot lately about raising our children into adulthood.  This post is part of that series. You can find all those posts here: Young Adults.] Muscles need protein to grow and brains need protein and fat to function properly.  In an age of carbohydrate-riddled and overly processed foods, it takes […]

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Our Very Favorite Health Tonic!

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If taking care of yourself well on a budget is something you love as much as we do, check out this video on our very favorite health tonic!  You will not be disappointed! Read More

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If taking care of yourself well on a budget is something you love as much as we do, check out this video on our very favorite health tonic!  You will not be disappointed!

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Hospitality – Upcycled Kitchen Island

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The kitchen is the heart of the home and by definition should be the most well thought out area of your home.  After all, you spend most a lot of your time in this room and it is where you do some of your most important work nourishing body and soul.  It is a warm gathering place for family and friends.

As we focus on hospitality this month, I thought it would be fun to share with you a recent project completed by my family.  I really wanted some extra storage space in my kitchen and while watching television one evening, hubs and I saw the niftiest idea for creating a kitchen island.  What do you think? Read More

The kitchen is the heart of the home and by definition should be the most well thought out area of your home.  After all, you spend most a lot of your time in this room and it is where you do some of your most important work nourishing body and soul.  It is a warm […]

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Beautiful Bone Broth Benefits

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(I despise alliterations.  But the title really does fit.)

More than a year ago I decided to make bone broth a regular part of my family’s diet.  The more I learned about its restorative properties the more I just couldn’t resist!  So, for the past year I’ve been making bone broths of many kinds–beef, chicken, turkey, fish.  You name it.  If I had bones and “parts” (knuckles, joints, feet, innards) I was making broth.  Sometimes I incorporate it into soups, beans, gravies, etc.  Sometimes we all just drink a cup of broth for lunch along with some toast and pate or a cheese plate.

It made me feel good to feed this “miracle food” to my family.  When you drink a cup of homemade bone broth you feel genuinely nourished, not just fed.  Plus, for a dietary/lifestyle change it was EASY on the pocketbook!  I mean, sometimes bones are practically free.  You make a roast or cook a bird, you have the bones left!  If you buy a whole fish, you have all the most nutritious parts (head, tail, and bones) as leftovers!  May as well use them up rather than waste them!  When I went to buy bones, however, I noticed the butcher is practically giving them away!  I can get fish heads and tails, chicken feet, pig hooves, etc. and never pay more than 1.99 per pound.  That’s a LOT of nutritional bang for your buck! Read More

Wholesome bone broth

(I despise alliterations.  But the title really does fit.) More than a year ago I decided to make bone broth a regular part of my family’s diet.  The more I learned about its restorative properties the more I just couldn’t resist!  So, for the past year I’ve been making bone broths of many kinds–beef, chicken, turkey, fish. […]

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Buying A Freezer

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Last year around this time my rocket scientist hubby helped us out with a great post on on how to buy a generator.  This year we thought we would give you some information on purchasing a freezer.  After all, one of the primary goals we set for ourselves each month is to make a double batch of dinner twice per week for the freezer.  I for one, am quickly running out of freezer space!!  We currently have a chest freezer in the garage.  It is 5.1 cubic feet and for a family of four the storage is getting tight.  Daja has an upright freezer that is 20.6 cubic feet and she has plenty of room even for her soon-to-be family of ten.

Freezer Types:

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Upright freezers are better for organizing your food.  With shelves and drawers all the food is easily seen making it less likely you will lose forget items.  They don’t hold constant temperature as well as chest freezers especially on the door shelves.  Also, it’s important to know whether you are buying a manual or self-defrosting model.  Manual models are quieter and can be packed much more densely because they do not have the fans needed for circulating air like the self-defrosting models.

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Chest freezers are just that, chests, large open compartments where organization is more difficult.  Some do come with baskets to help hold your smaller items.  Chest freezers are generally better at keeping the cold air in because the door opens from the top and will keep your food longer in the event of a power outage.  Also, most reviews agree that chest freezers cause less freezer burn.  Most if not all chest freezers are manual defrost.  (Note:  Don’t be afraid of some frost build up.  As long as there isn’t so much that it’s cutting down on your storage space it’s fine.  And, if there is a power outage the extra ice in there will help keep the food cold longer.)

Things you want to consider when purchasing a freezer.

1.  Freezer capacities come in a wide range; compact (3-5 cubic feet,) small (6-9 cubic feet,) medium (10-18 cubic feet,) and large (19+ cubic feet.)  You will want to choose the best size for your usage and size of your family.  Daja shared that her freezer is full now but large enough for her day-to-day needs.  If she wanted to invest in a side of beef she would need an extra freezer just for storing that.  My compact freezer is very small, probably the same size as my refrigerator freezer so I have to keep more things (flour and various grains) in dry storage than I would like.

2.  Where will it be located?  Either inside your home or in a garage you will want to measure the area.  The location will probably dictate whether you can fit a chest or upright freezer.  Don’t forget to take into account the space required for the door to open.  Also, make sure you measure the door where you will be bringing the freezer into your home.  Nothing like having the freezer delivered and then can’t fit it through the door!

3.   Energy savings!  This is a very important category.  Unfortunately, the information on the “yellow” tag at the store isn’t always very accurate.  I would highly recommend purchasing a consumer report on freezers before you buy.  That being said there are few things you can do to help your freezer be more energy efficient.  First, if it is in the garage try to place it on an interior/shared wall with the inside of the house and farther away from the garage door itself.  This will help decrease temperature fluctuations.  Secondly, an empty freezer takes more energy to run.  If you are slowly building your food stores, try keeping water filled milk jugs inside the freezer until you have more food.  Third, defrost and clean your freezer if there is a large build up of frost.  Unfortunately large amounts of ice build up do decrease the freezers efficiency.

After you have purchased your freezer, make sure you download our helpful organizing tools.  After you go through the effort of cooking and storing food the last thing you want to do is forget about it!

Disclaimer:  I used pictures directly from the Best Buy website and have included the links to the items.  We are not affiliated with Best Buy and do not endorse these particular products specifically.

(Linked to Fight Back FridaySimply Natural Saturdays, Manic Monday and Frugally Sustainable.)

Last year around this time my rocket scientist hubby helped us out with a great post on on how to buy a generator.  This year we thought we would give you some information on purchasing a freezer.  After all, one of the primary goals we set for ourselves each month is to make a double […]

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Three Easy Steps to Raised Beds – ebook Release

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SPRING!

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Spring’s greatest joy beyond a doubt is when it brings the children out.  Edgar Guest

I love Spring!  It is so full of life and hope!  After months of cold, I can feel the warmth coming.  Here in California we are admittedly spoiled by the good weather, but even for us the last few days have been cool and rainy.  I won’t let that stop me!  For several weeks now I’ve been planting my gardens.  I currently have in the ground potatoes, onions, snap peas, radishes, carrots, several varieties of kale, mustard greens, chard, lettuce, and spinach and just waiting to be planted are my tomatoes, peppers, and beans.  I’ve most certainly been bitten by the bug!

Have you been bitten by the Spring Bug yet?

Are you looking for ways to get your children involved in planting and caring for your garden?

Are you just not sure where to start?

Well, we have just the answer for you!

Just in time for Spring we’ve put together a little ebook to help get your garden started.

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If you have ever wondered how to build a raised bed this ebook is for you.  In just three easy steps you will be planting!  Seriously!  The method is so simple children can do it!  In fact, this would make a GREAT homeschool project for any of you homeschooling families who are looking for ways to get your children outside and involved in gardening.  Simple to follow instructions are included in the book along with plenty of pictures.

This is a super frugal approach to building raised beds.  Materials cost less than $50 per 4’x8′ bed including the soil enrichment materials.  And, you won’t have to lift a hammer or pick up a nail!!  And, we’re offering our little ebook for just $.99 to help it fit any budget.

So what are you waiting for?  It’s time to get the garden in!

Three Easy Steps to Raised Beds ebook.

(Linked to Frugally SustainableCupcakes and Crinoline Link-up, You’re Gonna Love ItThe Garden PartyWildcrafting WednesdayNatural Living Link-UpBest Posts Of The Week, A Wise Woman Link-up, Green Thumb Thursday,  The Backyard Farming Connection, Mostly Homemade Mondays and Backyard Farming Connection #35)

SPRING! Spring’s greatest joy beyond a doubt is when it brings the children out.  Edgar Guest I love Spring!  It is so full of life and hope!  After months of cold, I can feel the warmth coming.  Here in California we are admittedly spoiled by the good weather, but even for us the last few […]

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Answering Your Questions: Water on the Go

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Q.  So I read through most of your posts on fast food. That is one thing I would love to change for our family. We don’t eat out often but drinks happen more often than I would like. Do you recommend keeping water bottles in the freezer? The bpa free ones? Read More

The orange one on the right is my favorite bottle to keep in my purse.

Q.  So I read through most of your posts on fast food. That is one thing I would love to change for our family. We don’t eat out often but drinks happen more often than I would like. Do you recommend keeping water bottles in the freezer? The bpa free ones?