• Gluten Free,  Recipes

    Hearty Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles

    I know I’ve said this many times, but the key to eating gluten free and sticking to it is finding gluten-free recipes you love to replace the gluten-full recipes you’ve left behind. The ultimate test of my gluten free cooking is whether my husband makes regular requests for recipes I’ve introduced. This is one of his absolute favorites. He raves about these pumpkin waffles so much he has forsaken his previous favorite waffle the oatmeal waffle. He would eat these pumpkin waffles every morning for breakfast if I had the time and pumpkin to make them. I just baked some pumpkins yesterday so I can make them next weekend. So…

  • DIY,  Gardening

    Vermiculture Meets Tiered planter DIY

    I love the idea and the motivation behind the Garden Tower Project, however I do not love the $300 price tag. For those of you out there who are handy, we can make one of these! This is essentially a strawberry planter (stacked co-centric planters) with a worm tube (vermiculture) in the center. I used cedar fence boards, which at the time were very inexpensive and have since gone up a little in price but are still fairly cheap. I made 4 boxes that would stack one on top of the other. We also purchased a nice wide piece of PVC which my husband drilled holes in (to allow worms…

  • Gardening

    Spring is coming!

    So I have been MIA online, but busy as a bee on Future Farm where we have been preparing for spring. My husband built us two top bar bee hives using free plans we found online at BuzzAboutBees. We have beeswax and lemon grass essential oils at the ready for baiting and we plan to try to catch some “free bees” this spring. It gives a whole new meaning to the term freebies! I also purchased quite a lot of bee friendly plants and vegetables from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Sustainable Seed Company, Bountiful Gardens and Outside Pride (on Amazon). Lots of perennials as well as rare annuals. There are…

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    Intolerance for Food Intolerance

    I am afraid I have to rant now… I know many people who are unable to eat many things that were previously not considered to be allergens. Some I know have a reaction to all fruits, all vegetables or all grains. It seems lately everyone is allergic to something, and some people seem to be allergic to everything. I agree that this is crazy and wrong, but apparently not for the same reason that other people think this is crazy and wrong. We have this backlash of angry articles pointing out that it is not possible to be allergic to these foods, that it is not any healthier to not…

  • Gardening

    Springing Up on Future Farm

       It’s been a little over a month since we bought our Future Farm and we are loving it! The blueberry bushes are loaded with pink tinged fruits that are plumping up in the continuing May showers. Another exciting resident on future farm are the pitcher plants! According to Wickipedia “Sarracenia are threatened in the wild by development and the drainage of their habitat.” Well we have wet soil here and the pitcher plants are more than welcome to munch on the local fly population! We planted a bunch of perennials to start out the year: 2 persimmon, 2 olive, 3 fig, 2 paw-paw, 2 mayhaw, 1 goji berry, 1 filbert,…

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    Gross Happiness Production

    Future Farm is online. Literally, we finally got our satellite internet hooked up so now I can blog about Future Farm again! Not a lot of farming going on at Future Farm yet. We have been living at Future Farm for 2 weeks now. I spent the first week in Florida on a work trip, which was tough because I wanted to be at the farm unpacking and prepping for gardening season (which essentially starts NOW). Then this week it literally rained all day every day for the entire week, which I guess was just as well because I had to be at work. The weekend finally got here and the ground is waterlogged,…

  • DIY

    Kombucha you can!

    Kombucha. It’s one of those fermented foods I have been dying to try since I first heard about it. Since we are currently stuck in a rental waiting for our house to sell with no gardening to do and no curling to keep us occupied all winter, now seems like the perfect time to explore how to culture this fermented effervescent drink. Two weekends ago at the Peter Anderson festival I picked up this fun, decorated, opaque “water cooler” from Beth Sartin art. The water coolers minus the art are available from a company in Texas called Marshall Pottery. I was under the impression my Kombucha fermentation vessel needed to be…

  • DIY,  Recipes

    Crock Pot Boiled Peanuts

    Now that we are living in the south again I have access to green peanuts! I also have a crockpot, So the obvious question was, can I make boiled peanuts in a crockpot? Yes I can! Thank you, National Peanut Board! So now instead of staring longingly at the boiled peanut stand on the opposite side of the median on my way home, I can look forward to freshly boiled peanuts just the way I like them when I get home. This is excellent! Don’t judge me on the yellow walls, we’re renting…  So this morning, I dumped my peanuts into the crockpot. I Added as much water as would fit,…

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    No Poo in Soft Water

    If you’ve been following my blog you know we recently moved to the Mississippi Gulf coast. Everything is in transition while we search for our future farm, including my hair. While my hair generally does well in a humid coastal setting, it does not seem to like the soft water we have here.  I have been reading that it should actually be easier to go from No Poo to water only washing when the water is soft, but I have found that while I No Poo about the same amount (1-2 times/week), I have to use the vinegar rinse more often to keep my hair from feeling to dry. This…

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    In Search of Future Farm

    If it seems like I’ve been silent lately, it is because all of my projects have been on hold for a life changing choice. My husband and I decided to move to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to be closer to family and buy our dream farm. So we picked it all up and moved. Of course it was much more difficult than that sounds. Now we are living in a rental with our fur babies. We did manage to find local honey at the flea market and the Claiborne Hill carries some local produce. We need to find an egg source. There is not recycling pick-up. It is not very bicycle friendly…