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Making apple cider using a cheese press

It’s apple season in the Pacific Northwest and that means it’s time for cinnamon cider. A gloriously sweet and tart beverage that makes your whole house smell of apple pies. Come on who doesn’t love that shit? No one, that’s who! Of course you can purchase apple cider, but it wouldn’t be my blog if […]

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Blanket appreciation

Has it been over a month? Oh gawd it has. This post has been a long time coming then. Jacob and I have a long standing friend named Gayl. She is a great knitter of all things square and made us an epic blanket. I’m sure it took a billion hours to make because it’s […]

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Chocolate / chocolate chip paleo cookies

Ok I know, I know, chocolate chips are not strictly paleo… sue me. I wanted something that everyone could eat and that I could fudge on. However the dough is strictly paleo and I can actually eat it raw. So yummy. Jake and I got an email from a friend today asking if we would […]

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Shrimp with mixed veggies and onions

I really love this meal it’s flavorful and quick. Two things that are pretty rare in a kitchen where things are made from scratch. It’s super fast too and one of my go-to meals if I forget to plan ahead. It does assume some things like, having pre-blanched veggies ready to eat in the fridge. […]

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Reusable Produce Bags

It’s review time! I picked up some mesh produce bags a few weeks ago and have put them through the ringer to see how they hold up. I’ve gone through several brands of produce bags, but so far I like these the best. They seem to be holding up really well. I picked them up […]

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Clarifying butter or making ghee

Clarified butter or ghee is one of the easiest things to make. I swear it just sounds like it will be a complicated kitchen task, but it isn’t. Here’s what you’ll need. 4 sticks of Butter, preferably unsalted (all I had was salted but I’ll explain more about this later.) kitchen knife cutting board Saucepan […]

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Moving and then Not moving

I’ve been oddly quiet for the last few weeks because of extreme busyness. The last week of August we got an offer on the house. That offer has since fallen through, but let me explain what happened. Jake and I accepted the offer with the stipulation that we must be out of the house by […]

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DIY: Solar Dehydrator

**Written by Husband Jake brought over from our old blog.*** If you would like to download the structural plans in a PDF click here. They can also be found on the downloads page. With a ton of great fruit on our hands, we looked at our options of preserving it which were canning, freezing, and […]

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Dehydrating Donut Peaches

I picked up about 25 pounds of donut peaches at the farmers market. I decided to freeze one half and dehydrate the other. Since buying dried fruit from the store is so expensive it really is worth it to make it yourself. Not all of the 25 pounds was ready at once, so I opted […]

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Monetizing Yo Stuff

Making money blogging can be sorta difficult. The way the internet works, you, me and everyone want it all for free. I do think that a free and open internet is a really great thing. However, a lot of my time is spent blogging. It’s rewarding work that I enjoy doing, but at the same […]

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Renegade Gardening

I’m so excited that planting a garden IN the parking strip is no longer a violation of LA law. This is such a big win for the rest of the guerrilla gardening community! Ron Finley is an urban farming activist/renegade gardener and has been a loud supporter of the grow your own movement. Earlier this […]

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Never Store Herbs in the Fridge

I’m sure you are probably thinking, never store herbs in the fridge that’s ridiculous, right? But I’m here to drop some awesomeness in your lap. I stumbled into this sorta by accident. I went out into the garden to pick some basil and decided to plunk the stem into a shot glass while I was […]

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Thrifting Frugality

Myself, Jake & Mom went thrift shopping yesterday. Jacob and I wanted to get our years supply of clothing. Or at least extra clothing to add to the already small pile of clothing we own. Our thoughts were to get stocked up on clothing since the location we are moving too has a lack of […]

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The Garden in Pictures: August

Lots of veggies are rolling in finally. The big bang of abundant veg usually starts much sooner than mid August. Maybe it’s the weather or maybe it’s just that I didn’t actively protect the baby starts from early spring cool downs. Regardless, I’m starting to pull dinner’s out of the back yard which is such […]

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Harvesting/Curing Garlic and Onions

A video post, explaining how I cure my onions and garlic.    

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