The Number One Reason Why I Love Cloth Diapers

The Number One Reason Why I Love Cloth Diapers
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There are a lot of good reasons to use cloth diapers. 

Probably the one you hear most often is the Eco-friendly aspect. After all, once a paper diaper hits the landfill, they take (as I recall) an estimated 300 years to decompose. 

But honestly, while it’s nice to be able to pat myself on the back for doing good, as someone who doesn’t live right next to a landfill, the Eco-friendly aspect is a little far off to be really motivating. 

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Gluten-Free Buckwheat Cookie Recipe

Gluten-Free Buckwheat Cookie Recipe
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Buckwheat what?! Yeah, it was a whim, and one I don’t regret. The buckwheat gives these cookies a nice, robust flavor - something which is often lacking in gluten-free baked goods. They even got an exuberant thumbs up from hubby, who was giving me funny looks when I told them I used buckwheat flour in them.

Admittedly, if you left the buckwheat out of this recipe, you’d have a normal chocolate chip cookie, but where’s the fun in that?

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How Time-Bound Chores Make Me A Better Person

A what?

A time-bound chore could be putting the chickens up at night, or feeding bottle calves, or for me, milking goats twice a day - even the kid’s naps are a time-bound chore! Those kinds of things can’t wait on you to get in the mood, you have to do them - and that’s a good thing!

One of the often bemoaned aspects of farming and homesteading, is time-bound chores. They can really interfere with social lives, and the ability to sleep in any time you want to,… Read More »

Cookie Baking Kit *Giveaway*

So… who wants a cookie? I don’t know about you, but I always want a cookie, and now that I’ve looked through The new Essential Gluten-Free Cookie Guide, I’m drooling. 

 Cookies are portable, easy to make, and great for sharing. That is, unless you have a food allergy, like gluten intolerance or celiac disease. But The Essential Gluten-Free Cookie Guide makes it possible for everyone to enjoy their favorite cookies.

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Simple Squash Casserole Recipe

Simple Squash Casserole Recipe
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What does the end of summer mean for you? For most farmers and gardeners everywhere it means having summer squash coming out their ears, and chances are good that even if you don’t have a gardener-friend giving you the stuff, you can at least get it very cheaply from the store.

All this, of course, means that you need more yellow squash recipes, and this one is, just about as simple, and tasty a recipe as you’ll ever find.

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A Few Favorite Things: August Edition

I gotta admit, when I helped Haddassah open her brithday present from aunt Rachel a few weeks ago, I suspsected that her gift buying mojo was getting weak.

Turns out Rachel knows what she’s doing though. That book turned out to be a favorite for both kids, and the inspiration for this post. 

So, without further ado, here’s a few things we’re enjoying a lot this month:

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How I Saved Big On Wedding Manicures This Summer

How I Saved Big On Wedding Manicures This Summer
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This was The summer of weddings 

  among my family and friends, and weddings call for nice manicures.

I’m completely devoid of the artistic gene, and far from a nail expert, so I feel really unqualified to be posting about how to do your nails. But…. I feel the need to share because I spent a grand total of $15 on all of my manicures combined… with a lot of supplies leftover for future nail-dos.

Oh, did I mention that these pictures are from first - yes, first - manicure attempt?

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
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So, I made this delicious, cheesy, bacon-y casserole the other day. I really wanted to do something with quinoa, but I didn’t know what. On the other hand, I wanted to make chicken bacon ranch pizza, but for some reason, I didn’t actually want to make pizza crust.

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How To Make Time To Grind Your Own Flour

How To Make Time To Grind Your Own Flour
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But we’re all so busy… how will we ever have time to grind flour? I mean, Seriously, as if cooking from scratch isn’t enough, you want to add grinding your own grain on top of that? 

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