Are Air Cookers and Oil Less Fryers Any Good?

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Most of us love fried foods. Fried Chicken… Blooming Onions… French Fries… Shrimp… Pork Chops… You name it, there are favorite fried foods in every culture in the world. But. The problem is that fried foods aren’t as good for your body as they are for you tastebuds.   The Bad on Fried Not only …

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Rain Chains for Form and Function

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Rain Chains for Form and Function We have rain chains for four of our rain gutter downspouts, and we love them! A rain chain is a simple way to add visual texture and intrigue to your home with something that is also functional and soothing. If you love the sound of rain, imagine the tinkling …

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Make Your Own Compost Tea for the Healthiest Plants

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You’re probably pretty familiar with composting but you may also want to make make an organic liquid  fertilizer. Compost tea is one of the most powerful nutrients you can give your plants, and they will replay you in healthier plants and more abundant harvests! Solid matter compost takes a while to break down in the …

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Can Stress Cause Vertigo?

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Being stressed is more than tension. Stress elevates your cortisol and adrenal fight or flight hormones and can lead to a number of other issues. So, can stress cause vertigo? Absolutely. In fact, stress is one of the common causes of vertigo. Vertigo is a period of prolonged dizziness, and can be mild, which you …

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White Vinegar Benefits and Uses

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  For years we tried various floor cleaners that would work for cleaning our floors. It’s tricky because we have a combination of tile, vinyl and wood flooring, so to find the perfect cleaner that could use place in one bucket for mopping them all come Saturday cleaning days, was not so easy, and it …

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What is a Vole and How Do You Get Rid of Them

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There they were… slightly raised tunnels running through our garden like veins of soil feeding the plants. Except that it wasn’t feeding the plants. It was killing them.  Oh no!! Was it a mole or a vole this time? Upon closer inspection, it was a vole. Our greens were laying wilted on the soil, as …

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Fatty Coffee for Gets More Mileage

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I love “fatty coffee”, also called butter coffee or bulletproof coffee.  But the best part is that fatty coffee actually has health benefits and gets more mileage from the caffeine, so less does more if you love even more of peppy caffeine. Even more than a powerful energizing effect, the butter coffee helps the coffee …

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Getting Started in the Homestead Life

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Is the Homestead Life for You? If you’re stopping by to read this, chances are you’ve considered—or maybe already are—living the homestead life. While we aren’t yet homesteaders ourselves, we’ve talked with homesteaders over the years and  are steadily heading in the direction of self sufficiency ourselves. The good thing about homesteading is that there’s no …

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Create a Living Wall Planter and Grow More Food

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Perhaps you seen the vertical wall planters that come in pouches, pockets and towers…? As the price of food sores, gardening and growing food wherever you can has become more than a hobby. For many it’s also a necessity for supplementing income. But not everybody has the space for a full on garden. Some folks …

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DIY Truck Straps to Secure Your Pickup Load

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There are many ways to secure your truck bed load. Chances are you’ve seen loads poorly secured like in the photo in the bottom of this page. We’ve probably all worked to steer clear of these good ole boys on the highway. We’re all for homeboy tie downs… so long as they work. There are …

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Pros and Cons to Straw Bale Gardening

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There are many reasons to try straw bale gardening. Chances are you’re reading this now because you either already know why you want to try it, or because you’re wondering if it’s a good solution for your circumstance. Straw Bale Gardening Pros and Cons There are pros and cons to most anything, and certainly, that …

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Gluten Free Buckwheat – an Amazing Not-Grain

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Gluten Free Buckwheat – an Amazing Not-Grain Is Buckwheat Gluten Free? YES! Our daughter has severe gluten allergies, so we’re always on the lookout for healthy non-gluten foods. Gluten free buckwheat is one of our favorites, (and all buckwheat is GF)! With the wide ranging epidemic of gluten intolerance, that’s important to know, especially if …

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Plant Your Own Medicinal Herb Garden

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The Origin of Pills When did modern medicine replace herbal remedies in mass consciousness? When is it that the majority began seeking wellness from a bottle instead of food an medicinal herb garden or a walk in the woods? Well it turns out that “pills” have been around since ancient Egypt, where herbal concoctions would be …

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Start a Mushroom Farming Business at Home

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If you like mushrooms and you’re interested in earning money from growing things, you might consider a mushroom farming business. Specialty mushroom growers are sprouting up all over, and can be a great home based business to start as a side hustle. If you’re already a market gardener, growing mushrooms are a great addition to …

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Jewelweed – the Natural Poison Ivy Remedy

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Jewelweed – the Natural Poison Ivy Remedy Knowing your plants in the wild can save your you-know-what, in more ways than one! When my son was at army cadet boot camp, his leaders put fear into their hearts about what to beware of in the woods when camping out. The leaders shared the story of …

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3 Edible Plants in Your Backyard for Health and Nutrition

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3 Edible Plants in Your Backyard for Health and Nutrition Who decided which plants were good garden plants and which ones were weeds? It’s interesting to contemplate isn’t it? Especially when you consider that many of the plants we pull and toss are actually edible plants with as much or more nutritional value than those …

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How to Eat and Grow Pomegranate – an Amazing Fruit for Food and Medicine

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How to Eat and Grow Pomegranate – an Amazing Fruit for Food and Medicine When it comes to survival foods, you’ll want to grow pomegranate. If you don’t have the space to grow your own, or your not in the ideal pomegranate growing zones 7-10, then you can add this to your list of foods …

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Growing Elderberries for Preventive Medicine, Food, Tea and Wine

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Growing Elderberries for Preventive Medicine, Food, Tea and Wine July through October is elderberry harvesting time, depending of course on your zone. Called a bush, that’s actually a tree and yet in the honeysuckle family (!!), elderberries can grow in most areas of the US and Canada. Start looking for them along roadsides and hugging wooded perimeters, …

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How to Make Money from Gardening and Urban Farming

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How to Make Money from Gardening and Urban Farming Independence. Freedom. Self Reliance. Prepared. These are just some of the many benefits to being your own boss by working for yourself from your home based business. There are so many more options today than at any time in history to create your own business. Of …

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Everything You Need to Know About Planting and Harvesting Garlic

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Everything You Need to Know About Planting and Harvesting Garlic   Garlic has potent antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties in addition to being beneficial for heart health and iron assimilation. You’ll need to do a little research on how to prepare and use these. For instance, garlic is more effective chewed or chopped than …

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The Best Raised Garden Bed for DIY Gardeners

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The Best Raised Garden Bed for DIY Gardeners Traditional modes of raised garden beds mostly involve site preparation, supportive structures, bolts, nails, lots of organic materials, double digging or layering, mulching, watering, and more. Then you need to come back year after year, digging, fertilizing, watering, et cetera, to keep the beds in shape.  So, …

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