Jennifer Houghton

Jennifer Houghton

Jennifer Houghton is a yoga & fitness teacher, blogger, and green homesteader living in the British Columbia mountains. She spends most of her days chopping wood, digging dirt, learning to fix things, and babying her 3 cats. She's very keen on furry creatures and the smell of balsam fir trees.

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

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…

read more →
Kale Blueberry Vanilla Smoothie

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…

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

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…

read more →
Sooo cute (not the fingernails, dirty as always, but the bright red berry).

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…

read more →
Mesclun Greens:  Grow & Eat Your Leafy Greens Part 2/5

Mesclun Greens: Grow & Eat Your Leafy Greens Part 2/5

Mesclun Greens – Grow and Eat Your Leafy Greens Part 2 Mesclun greens is the name used for a mix of leafy salad greens. Depending on the seed mix it may include anywhere from 5 to 12 different varieties of lettuces and other leafy plants such as mustard greens, arugula, endive, radicchio, frisee, and dandelion…

read more →
Black Eyed Peas with Mesclun Greens and Balsamic Dijon Dressing

Black Eyed Peas with Baby Mesclun Greens Balsamic Dijon Recipe

Mesclun greens are a mix of salad greens including different lettuces and other leafy greens like mustard and endive.  The mix usually tends towards more bitter flavors.  I like to use baby greens when I’m eating a fresh salad.  So I plant mesclun greens seeds every two weeks then I don’t run out. It just…

read more →
Grow and Eat Your Leafy Greens:  A Series

Grow and Eat Your Leafy Greens: A Series

A Series About Garden Greens: The Healthiest Foods on the Planet   MUSTARD GREENS (NUMBER 1 OF 5) Mustard greens are the perfect plant for laissez-faire gardeners like me.  They are durable and robust.  I don’t believe in struggling to grow plants that require babying, fertilizing, or covering.  If it won’t grow where I live…

read more →
My tall and shaggy lawn.  The reel mower works great on grass but doesn't cut down the tall skinny weeds.  I'm okay with that.

The Drought Resistant Lawn

The lawn may not be a priority on most homesteads, what with all the veggies and fruit trees to tend to, but some of us still have ’em.  Those of us who live outside of the suburbs experience less pressure to have the perfect lawn but its still nice to have a place for kids…

read more →
The Bee Lawn:  Letting Nature Take Its Course

The Bee Lawn: Letting Nature Take Its Course

The Bee Lawn:  Letting Nature Take Care of Its Own Last September when I moved into my new place in the country, I had an acre of neglected land to make decisions about (when I say neglected, I mean by humans, nature has always looked after its own). This is how it was divided up:…

read more →
Top 10 Homesteading Blogs

Top 10 Homesteading Blogs

Top 10 Homesteading Blogs Since I started blogging a few months ago I’ve discovered a world of beautiful blogs.  I’ve also discovered that a homestead can be 1/15 of an acre or 100 acres; homesteaders come in all ages & family sizes; they originate from all walks of life, from city-slickers to hippies to scientists;…

read more →