02 May 2014

Canning versus culturing

  Have you ever wondered what the difference is between canning food and culturing, or fermenting it? There are many differences that you might want to consider…and you’ll learn more about what’s right for your family over time. As a homesteader, I … Continued

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13 October 2013

Super delicious cranberry sauce

If there’s one thing I insist on when cooking a chicken or a turkey- it’s that cranberry sauce accompanies the meal. And it’s just so simple to make that there’s really no good reason to buy it! I’ve tried many … Continued

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30 August 2013

Zucchini recipe roundup

  It’s high time one of the most maligned – and prolific- vegetables in the garden gets rebranded. The zucchini is the butt of many a gardener’s joke: “One zucchini plant is half a zucchini plant too many.” But what … Continued

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12 July 2013

How to make coffee kombucha

Once you’ve learned how to make kombucha tea, you might wonder if there is anything else you can brew with the scoby… And there is. It’s called, coffee kombucha. This is simply a novel variation of the tea variety. But … Continued

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06 July 2013

Simple, homemade electrolyte drink

When you are working in the hot sun, it doesn’t take long before it can take its toll. Your energy levels plummet. Your legs feel like lead, and you just want to go lay down for a nap… Recently we … Continued

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05 July 2013

A recipe for ‘real’ ginger ale

  Everyone has their seasonal obsessions. This summer, mine has turned to thirst-quenching drinks with nourishing properties. Ginger ale definitely makes the cut. I am talking about *REAL* ginger ale. The traditional homemade version, not the faux soda pop kind … Continued

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12 June 2013

Water kefir: what is it and how to make it…

Many people have heard of (dairy) kefir – a fermented milk drink with the consistency of runny yogurt- but not as many have heard of water kefir. So what is water kefir anyhow? Most simply stated, water kefir is a fermented … Continued

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01 April 2013

60 Second Skillshare: DIY fruit and veg ‘grazing’ tray

  This post was contributed by Michelle McNeill as part of a series called 60 Second Skillshare. Check out our guidelines HERE for contributing YOUR idea.   One strategy that I have used since the kids were little is putting out … Continued

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20 March 2013

How to make kombucha tea

  Kombucha is a cultured tea that used to be the domain of hippies and ‘old Russian babas’. Or so I’ve been told. It’s been a fixture in our home for several years now. I love it because it’s SO … Continued

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18 March 2013

3 reasons I drink something my mom thought would make me sick

    Sometimes, rebellion really pays off. A few years ago I brought home a kombucha SCOBY. My mother came over and promptly begged me to throw it out. She took one look at the gelatinous cream-coloured disc with tendrils of … Continued

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