Why The Old-Timers Loved Cinnamon and You Should Too

on October 25, 2016
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We’ve lost much of the old-timey wisdom of our ancestors which helped them overcome the hardships they encountered living the self-sufficient lifestyle. Cinnamon was a part of the medicine cabinet as well as the spice shelf. My grandmother kept cinnamon and honey mixed together in a bowl. We thought it was simply a biscuit topping or a treat we got to get a spoon of every now and then.

Turns out true cinnamon, is a natural food offering an abundance of health benefits which we all need to live a vibrant, naturally healthy, self-sustaining lifestyle.

But is it as easy as going to your local grocery store and picking up a jar?

Yes and no…. Let me share with you what you need to know before you make your decision. Continue reading

What We’ve Learned About Drying and Storing Firewood

on October 21, 2016
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When J was a little boy, many moons ago. He and his siblings were bringing firewood in without gloves and his little fingers were frostbitten. Even now, he has to be careful in the cold because his fingers will hurt badly if not kept warm.

Winter is fast approaching here in the panhandle of Idaho. The pass and upper elevation have already seen snow. I hope you’ve gotten all your wood stacked and dried.

If you’ve used wood as your heating or cooking source for any length of time, then you know the key to heat production is in properly drying and storing firewood.

We want to share what we’ve learned with you over the years about drying and storing firewood. Continue reading

How We Chop Wood To Save Time And Energy

on October 10, 2016
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Is there anything as warm and inviting as a fire in the wood stove or fireplace? The smell of hickory or oak smoke in the air…how thankful I am for such fond memories. Even today, when I smell the smoke from the fire I feel warmth in my soul, not just on my cold body.

Who hasn’t stood in front of the fire roasting the front of yourself then turning to warm the backside? Did you play chicken in front of the heater to see who could stand there the longest?

My Papa said, “When you chop wood it’ll warm you twice. Once when you split it and once when you burn it.” We like using wood for heating because it’s a renewable energy source. I think there’s just nothing as warm and cozy as a wood fire. Continue reading

Why Are More People Making Homemade Ketchup? Should You Be Too?

on October 6, 2016
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I was a grown woman before I realized I liked ketchup. I had always been told I was allergic to it because it gave me mouth ulcers. When I became a nurse, I found out ketchup was not the culprit so I decided to try it. I liked it. Not as much as the rest of my family, I have to be in just the right mood for it but the guys love it, especially homemade ketchup!

Ketchup is something most of us grew up using and was a mainstay in the refrigerator. Did you know it was brought here from China by British merchants? It was first used a fermented sauce for fish. As a fermented food, it was naturally good for the body.

Ketchup sold on the grocery shelves today is far from the fermented, healthy, homemade ketchup recipe it started out as. Not to shock you, but have you actually read the label on your ketchup bottle? The ingredients on food labels are “supposed” to be listed in order of amount in the product. The first ingredient is the most used, the second the second most…. Continue reading