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🇺🇸Memorial Day Greeting 🇺🇸

🇺🇸I hope everyone is having a good Memorial Day. I know this is the official kick off of summer vacation, but I hope we all remember the reason we set aside this day. I salute our military past and present for the sacrifices made so that we can enjoy the freedom to live in this great Nation. 
Yes, we have drifted far from the values that made us great, but we are still the “land of the free, and the home of the brave.” There is no other Nation on Earth like the good old U.S.A. I’m still proud to be an American. I’m not proud of what America is becoming, but our history makes me proud for the most part. 
My family and I went to my grandparents’ home to celebrate today. On our way we visited a friend’s homestead for a tour. She has chicken tractors, turkey tractors, rabbit tractors, etc. She is using them to fertilize her pasture for her milk cow. She has a cool operation. 
From my friend’s homestead we went to my grandparents’. They still live primarily without air conditioning. It was ninety degrees in our neck of the woods today. We grilled grass fed steaks and made homemade ice cream with our own fresh eggs, goat milk, and some organic sugar. Yes, I know, sugar, but it’s Memorial Day and it was organic. 🙂 
My grandparents have a garden, goats, and chickens also. So we toured their stuff also, even though we do it almost every time we go. 
Overall, we had a great day. The only thing missing was being at the creek. Maybe next time. 
Enjoy your week and we’ll chat again later. :-)🇺🇸

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Little House Series & My Thoughts 

Happy Thursday to everyone! Hope your week is going well so far. It has been a busy week for me. I work part-time at a Christian school, and we are busily wrapping up the 2015-2016 school year. We are all excited about that! We have our awards presentation on June 3rd and then my family and I are off to the Ozark Mountains for a few days where we will enjoy God’s beautiful creation and revisit the Laura Ingalls Wilder home.
We visited Laura’s Rocky Ridge Farm some years back and have since visited De Smet, SD where Laura and her family settled in the 1880s. We saw the shanty on the homestead, a replica of the dugout from the Plum Creek days, visited the final home Pa and Ma lived in there in town, and visited the cemetery where the whole family is buried except Laura, Almanzo, and Rose. I loved South Dakota and could have just moved in to the Ingalls’ home and stayed. 
One of the neat things about De Smet was when cars drive slowly or even just moderately slow down the road our hotel was on, it sounds like the trotting of horses’ hooves. That makes it really nostalgic. I don’t know if the average person would notice or think that, but remember I’m legally blind and sounds are magnified to me. 
I have been a huge Laura Ingalls Wilder fan since my family bought me the Little House books as a young child. In fact, I can credit those books with being the first introduction I had to the word homesteading. I always thought homesteading was as much a part of the past as Laura and her family. It wasn’t until recently, the past 5 years or so, that I have come to realize that homesteading is very alive and thriving in the twenty-first century.
If you have never read the Little House books, you owe it to yourself to do so. I can’t tell you how many times my mom and grandma have read them to me. Neither can I tell you how many times I’ve listened to them on audio. I know some have watched the movie, but it isn’t as true to the story as the books. Also, The series by Roger Lee McBride called the Rose Years is a continuation of Laura’s story in Missouri and is very good. I highly recommend both sets of books.
I will let you know all about our trip and share photos when we get back home. Meanwhile back at the goat barn, Effie has done great without her bottle. We were worried that she would disturb the peace for a few days, but she hasn’t. We have another baby to ween from her mother in a few weeks and 2 more a few weeks after that. I hope they all do as well as Effie.
For more information about Homestead Nutrition or to make an appointment, email me at homesteadnutrition@dr.com. Have a healthy and blessed week! 🙂

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Milestone Day for Effie :-) 

Happy Thursday! I hope your week is going well so far. It has been kind of cloudy/rainy this week in my neck of the woods. The temperature is staying in the 70s and lower 80s. That’s nice for MS.
Today is going to be a milestone day for bottle fed baby goat, Effie. She is 4 months old today and will take her last bottle this evening. We stopped her morning bottle a few days ago in preparation for this day. She has done well, but she really enjoys that evening bottle. 
I fed her the bottle yesterday evening as my last time to do so. Mom will feed the final bottle today since she fed the first one. It’s kind of sad, but it’s time for Effie to grow up. 

I am attaching the photos from my last feeding yesterday. One will be of Effie running from the barn to the gate to get the bottle. You may have to zoom in on that one. The others I think you can see good enough.I will post the photos of Mom feeding the last bottle later today hopefully.
Regarding health, a friend of mine told me that she has discovered that she might be allergic to stevia. When she uses it, her knees hurt and her neck swells. I haven’t researched this, but I thought I would throw it out for your consideration. If you have thoughts or suggestions for her or for me on this subject, leave them in the comments section.
For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, email me at homesteadnutrition@dr.com. Have a healthy and blessed week! 🙂

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Natural Cancer Prevention Summit 

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Gardening, Abbreviations, & Paleo 

Happy Thursday to everyone! I hope you are having a great week. We have had beautiful weather this week, but in true Mississippi style, it is getting really hot and humid. 
We were finally able to get my cucumbers, broccoli, kale, and carrots in the ground today! I will share a photo when they grow big enough for you to see. My tomatoes are looking great and growing. My peppers finally sprouted and look good. They aren’t in the ground yet. 
In regard to last week’s post, my mom and I had this huge discussion on the proper abbreviation of the word “tablespoon.” I was taught that tablespoon was represented with an upper case T, while teaspoon was represented by a lower case t. I looked the abbreviation up before publishing the post and found tablespoon abbreviated as TSP. That’s what I used. Mom said it should be abbreviated as TB. So, if you were in any way confused by my recipes, I meant tablespoon. 🙂 
Wee had our first “mashed potatoes” made from cauliflower this week. It was quite interesting to say the least.My mom didn’t tell us what it was, but after my first bite I knew. It tasted ok, but I will have to get used to the texture. Also, it needed to be a bit thicker. 
I gave my mom Danielle Walker’s book “Against All Grain” for Mother’s Day. We have enjoyed several recipes from it this week already. I highly recommend this book if you like the paleo diet. I’m very impressed with it. It seems to be dairy, sugar, gluten free which I whole heartedly endorse. 
I hope you have a great rest of the week. For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, email me at homesteadnutrition@dr.com. Have a healthy and blessed week! 🙂 

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Gardening, Smoothies and Other Ramblings 

I hope you have had a great week so far. We are having beautiful Spring weather here in Mississippi. It is unusually cool and windy. We love that since we usually skip Spring and go directly to summer. 🙂 I love the Western States, so I keep an eye on their weather. I have a friend who lives in Wyoming (one of my very favorite States), so I check the weather there a lot. They are always cooler than us. However, yesterday, we had the same temperatures. That is pretty weird.
Our family garden is starting to come alive and grow. We had fresh organic English peas from it last week. Everything is looking good.
My little garden is still waiting. My tomato plants are looking good, but that’s still all I have in the ground. Since we replanted my seeds in organic soil, they are growing. My cucumbers, kale, broccoli, and carrots look great. None of my peppers are coming up yet, but my mom dug around in them and said they are coming. I hope it won’t be long before we can get them in the ground.
I would like to share a couple of smoothie recipes with you. The first one is a liver cleanse smoothie. You drink this smoothie for 5 days for a gentle liver cleanse. Here is the recipe:
Day 1

Juice of 1 lemon 

Juice of 1 lime 

1 TSP of Olive Oil 

1 chunk Ginger 

1 Garlic clove 

1 cup water 

Ice cubes 
Blend these together as a smoothie. If possible, use all organic contents. 
Day 2 

Do the same, but use 2 garlic cloves, 2 chunks of ginger and 2 TSP of olive oil.
Day 3 

Same, but 3 garlic cloves, 3 chunks of ginger and 3 TSP of olive oil.
Day 4 

Same, but 4 garlic cloves, 4 chunks of ginger and 4 TSP of olive oil.
Day 5 

Same, but 5 garlic cloves, 5 chunks of ginger and 5 TSP of olive oil.
The second smoothie I want to share is a bit more tasty. 🙂 I use this smoothie as my dessert. Here is the recipe:
1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened)

1 TSP dark chocolate coco powder 

1 TSP organic peanut butter 

4-5 pitted dates 

1 egg 

1/2 avocado 

Ice 
Blend until smooth. This should taste like a shake. It is very rich.
If you have any questions regarding either of these smoothies, please feel free to contact me either in the comments or via email.
For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, email me at homesteadnutrition@dr.com. Have a healthy and blessed week! 🙂

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