Ma Horton’s Southern Pecan Pie Recipe

on December 2, 2016
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Ma Horton’s Southern pecan pie recipe is a time-honored tradition for the holidays. I use my great-grandmother’s pecan pie recipe given to me by my grandmother.

For some reason, people like to tweak and add ingredients to the basic pecan pie recipe to create new versions. Personally, we prefer the traditional Southern pecan pie recipe, but my husband does like his with a scoop of organic vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

As with all of my recipes, I will say things like “organic, non-GMO” for specific ingredients. I do this for clarity on your part. You see, many years ago I struggled with why my recipes didn’t taste like Granny’s did when I was growing up. One day my husband and I were discussing this and he said, “Maybe it’s because the ingredients are different now.” Continue reading

The History Behind 9 of Your Favorite Christmas Traditions

on November 29, 2016
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Christmas traditions keep the ghosts of Christmas’ past alive. We all have memories of a favorite Christmas or Christmas tradition. When a new family begins, each person brings their own favorite traditions to the home and a new set Christmas traditions is formed.

My favorite of our Christmas traditions is hard to pick, but I would say there are two favorites for me. Listening to our vinyl Christmas records while we decorate the tree and then sitting with just the tree lights on while we sip something hot and listen to the records while we talk and enjoy the tree.

Ever since the boys were born, I gave them a new ornament every year to represent something special from the year in their lives. Our tree is covered in  memories. When the boys left to begin their own families, I let them pick as many of their ornaments as they wanted to put on their own trees. J and I do this as a couple each year as well. Continue reading

Is Coffee Good For You?

on November 23, 2016
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Is Coffee Good For You

Being coffee lovers, we’re interested in the way coffee affects our health. On our natural health journey we found ourselves asking, “Is coffee good for you?”

I suppose the average coffee drinker isn’t going to investigate the state of the coffee industry or really even give it much thought. When you’re brewing the morning pot, waiting anxiously on that first cup of joe, who wants to think about poor production practices, chemical and pesticide contamination and the ongoing problem with mold being found in some brands? Continue reading

Shop Homestead Local This Holiday Season

on November 17, 2016
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2016 Guide to Homestead Shops For ALL Your Gift Giving Needs

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Can you remember your favorite Christmas gift ever? I bet it was something handmade, wasn’t it? In our modern day, hand crafted items aren’t considered mainstream, but I’m for supporting local, homestead, small shops, especially during the holiday season.

In our economic and socially trying times here in the U.S.A., more and more people are cutting their gift list down to a small circle of family and friends. More thoughtfulness is going into the gift than just plucking something off the shelf.

I don’t make many homemade items, but I know some wonderful people who do. They not only make them, but they sell them right from their homestead or online shop. This year, put some thought into the gifts you give and choose to shop homestead local this holiday season.

To help you find the thoughtful handmade gift you’re looking for, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite homestead shops. There may be a mom and pop store in your area who carry locally made items, you may have a skilled craftsman locally who could make a gift for you, you may find the perfect gift among this list of my favorites. Whoever you’re looking to buy a gift for, check out these options and support homestead shops. Continue reading

Winterizing Your Homestead

on November 11, 2016
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Has this year shot by or is it just me? Winter’s north breeze will soon be blowing across all of our homesteads. Winterizing your homestead will save you time and money in the long run.

You know the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” I know I don’t have to convince you of anything. We all know from experience each winter brings with it challenges we may have overlooked or didn’t expect.

To help get you going or to check your preparedness, I’ve put together some sources for winterizing your homestead. Continue reading