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Collecting Firewood: Tips for the Best Wood Stove Wood

Collecting Firewood: A Day in the Life of a Homesteader My house is located right next to the forest and I enjoy the benefit of it in many ways. It provides me with a peaceful place to walk, the sounds of wildlife, the fresh air it produces, cool shade in the summer, and a little…

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The Kale Calcium Connection: Grow & Eat Leafy Greens Series Part 4/5

The Calcium Kale Connection: Grow & Eat Leafy Greens Series 4/5 Kale makes me happy. It’s a veggie that does TRIPLE duty: 1) Grows anywhere. 2) Filled with nutrients. 3) Easy to include in meals.   HEALTH BENEFITS OF KALE According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods on…

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Kale Blueberry Vanilla Smoothie

Kale is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Its so versatile and I love it so much,  I could eat it at every meal including breakfast. And I do. This recipe is for a smoothie you can have any time of day but I like it for breakfast.  Its filling and keeps me…

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Why I Eat More Arugula: Grow & Eat Leafy Greens Part 3/5

I have to admit, the first year I grew arugula, I rejected it as a foul tasting weed, decided to ignore it and left it to go to seed. Good thing. Being a prolific self-seeder, it came back, year after year, until finally, my taste buds developed a liking for leafy greens and I gave…

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Thimbleberries: The Cutest Fruit to Forage For

Thimbleberries.  The Cutest Fruit to Forage For My goals over the next few years include reducing my reliance on store-bought food and getting most of my food from my own garden and from the surrounding forest.  This is my first year on the homestead and after a few months of getting just some of my…

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