Homemade Healthy Ice Cream. It’s Good, I Swear.

We love ice cream, I mean, it can get to an unhealthy point. I am not going to lie. So we cut ourselves off of ice cream a little short of two years now. Don’t get me wrong we have indulged a few times here and there but if we don’t check ourselves, shit can get real, real fast! But who doesn’t want ice cream, right? It is just so nice and creamy and cold. Damn it, I want some right now! Anyway, back to my point. One night the thought of ice cream popped into our heads. And then another thought popped into my head… Frozen bananas I thought, why not try and use frozen bananas to make some…

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Pizza on The Grill? Yes Please!

Pizza on the grill y’all! Whhhhaatt! You mean I don’t have to heat up my kitchen by turing on my oven to make delicious pizza? Yes please! If y’all are in search for the perfect pizza dough head on over here and check out the recipe I have found, tweaked and loved. I am a pizza lover but more times than not…wait what am I saying, I mean….. every single time, when we order pizza, we feel like total crap after. Which, really sucks because it is such an easy dinner and after working all week and I just want something easy. But paying the price afterward for convenience is just not worth it. So, I tried one more time to take…

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Homemade Pizza Dough

Oh pizza, how I have searched for years to find the perfect homemade pizza dough recipe to make you delicious. I have failed multiple times. But I never gave up and finally, I have found a recipe that will do you justice. Wanna hear how easy it was? Well, let me tell you then. If you are anything like me, you want pizza more times in a month than you probably should. But seriously, ordering pizza from out is a great idea for an easy dinner, then once you are done eating, you regret every bite. And the idea of homemade pizza is awesome, but when it comes out like cardboard EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. you are just not into it…

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Pressure Cooker Hard Boiled Eggs?

I mean, WHHHHHAAAAT!!! These pressure cooker hard boiled eggs turn out perfect, and require less effort! We were gifted a pressure cooker at christmas last year and my thoughts were, “oh cool.” But then we busted this thing out and now every time we use it our minds are… Blown. I mean, the meat comes out, melt in your mouth every. single. time. And every time we use it we tell each other, “how have we lived without a pressure cooker this long?” You can throw in any meat and dinner is done in like 30 minutes. And it’s a damn good dinner too! I have yet to use all the features of this thing, there is a yogurt feature…

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Lip Smackin’ Good Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Finding a damn good delicious AND healthy oatmeal raisin cookie recipe can be really hard. The pictures look great but then you make it and they taste like……crap, I’m just gonna say it y’all. They taste like crap.  I don’t know about you but I want an oatmeal raisin cookie that is still healthy, without tasting like cardboard. I want a cookie that is full of flavor not just sugar. And I want a cookie I can give my kids without totally feeling guilty. I mean, this recipe calls for light brown sugar. Is that healthy? Well, if it’s going to give me a cookie like it did, without using processed white sugar, it’s healthy in my book. Y’all ready for…

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Using Essential Oils Around the House

Essential oils are an incredible resource for health and well being. They can be used in more ways than your than your pretty little brain probably realizes. I get it, the word essential oil sounds kinda hooky. Every time someone asks me a health question or a suggestion, the word essential oil comes out of my mouth and I see them slightly roll their eyes. But seriously people, I wouldn’t be yapping about it if I did not freaking believe in them. So…… I wanted to yap about some ways that essential oils can benefit you and your family other than just using topically, aromatically or internally. Y’all ready?! Dog shampoo: If you haven’t read about our previous devil pup,…

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Magic Cleaner? I Think So Yo!

Homemade All-Natural Cleaner Recipe Holy moly am I excited to share this homemade natural cleaner with you. So, one day I came home and my husband was like, “oh, I made a new cleaner.” I thought, cool! But then I actually tried this bad boy and was…. Blown away. Not only did it clean the toughest grease stains off our stove, it also reminded me what a beautiful color white my kitchen floor tile was suppose to be. Yikes! Even my toilets sparkled after I was finished with them. And the smell…… wonderful. If you are anything like us, then vinegar is your go to for everything. Which just absolutely feels great because you know you are keeping your family…

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Strawberry Jam Yo!

It was 93 degrees today with a humidity of 84%, sounds like a perfect day to stand barefoot in the kitchen over a hot stove and make some jam. Don’t you think? I mean, when really is a good time to can. No matter what, you are going to be dripping sweat so, I say F it….. Can it up yo! I love canning food. It is just so empowering to take a delicious piece of food, homegrown or from the farmers market and preserve it at its finest. But canning to many can be super intimidating. When really, it’s not. Today we will can up some delicious strawberry jam. Now, back in the day rule of thumb was a…

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Damn Delicious Spaghetti Sauce

Alright y’all, I feel as though it is time that I share our spaghetti sauce recipe. I get it, there are thousands of recipes out there, so why should you try this one? Because it is mutha f-ing delicious that’s why. This recipe has been handed down from my mother-in-law, thanks Gail! And now I hand it down to you. Enough with the bull s*** let’s do this thang already ***Yo, use as many organic ingredients as possible, I feel like at this point I shouldn’t have to say it but I am…….so do it! Ingredients: 3 cans tomato sauce 3 cans of stewed tomatoes 1 lb ground beef or turkey (we use turkey) 4-5  sweet Italian sausage links 1…

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From The Tree of Life

Mother nature is an incredible mother. She heals with love, she sends energy out to guide you, she even gives you all you need in order to thrive in this life. This one life we get to live. But we get distracted. We forget that she is here for us. We forget that we are her top priority and our health and well being is the main goal in this whole damn thing. So let’s stop for a freaking second here people and take a deep breath. Do it with me now…. Inhale………….. Now exhale…….Ahhhhhhh See, now don’t you feel just a tad bit more centered. Now that you are in the right mindset, let’s talk about the essential oil…

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No Sugar Added Please!

Normally when giving a recipe, I never give a story. I just want to give you quick and to the point, I mean you are here for a recipe and damn it I want to give it to you. BUT….. I feel like maybe if this back story can shed some light on someone, it’s worth sharing, so hang in there. I promise you’ll get something delicious at the end. For a hot minute I did the Keto diet. My whole goal was to cut out sugar. See I am on this ever lasting quest to find a natural solution or at least a relief from ADD. My brain works in an unusual way sometimes. In ways I can’t explain…

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The Real Flu Shot

Mother nature gave us these amazing resources to stay healthy. But some how along the way we got side tracked by shiny things. There is a reason why food has so much power. It is made to heal our bodies. Food is what we are meant to metabolize. We are so quick to pop a pill to help head tension or the feeling of a flu or cold coming on. But really, we need to put food, whole food, in our body to give it what it needs to heal itself. Let’s back away from the pills, cold medicines, cough syrups, and nyquil and trust that mother nature gave us all we need to fight off any harmful bugs that…

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Fermenting Carrots,With Brine!

So you have some carrots do ya. And you want to ferment them do ya. Let’s do this thing yo! Fermentation doesn’t always have to be about making sauerkraut, the sky’s the limit when making fermented foods. Whatever your favorite vegetable is, you can ferment it to give it a ton more health benefits. Or if you harvest to much from your garden and can’t think of what to do with it, ferment it up, yo! We are going to talk about fermentation using a brine rather than only salt. When do you use brine? When you have a vegetable that does not allow liquid to be withdrawn easily. For example, cabbage,  when you put salt on cabbage and massage…

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Sauerkraut

Hey y’all, let’s make some good ol’ fashion sauerkraut shall we. If you have not already checked out why you should eat fermented foods, like ALL.DAY.LONG. Check out this post. Sauerkraut gets a bad rep, most people think it just goes on hot dogs and it’s gross. But when you realize how good it is for your belly, all of a sudden it has an interesting taste that you can get behind. Sauerkraut is one of the simplest recipes you can practice with if you are just starting out fermenting. Lets be honest, what the F is Sauerkraut? Sauerkraut is fermented cabbage. Fermented foods are created through the act of live organisms converting carbohydrates into alcohol or an acid. In…

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Kombucha Series 4: Simplifying Your Flavor

Yo! Let’s talk about simplifying your Kombucha flavor. Many ask me about the process it takes to make Kombucha and while it can be time consuming for a very small portion of the process, it’s actually super easy. If you haven’t already read series 1, 2 and 3 check them out here, here, oh and here. It talks about what Kombucha is, how to grow your own SCOBY and how to brew the stuff. This post is going to go over how to simplify your second fermentation process with flavor. Now, if you are a Kombucha brewer you may have experienced the time consuming part of the process where you cut up all your fruit shove them in the little…

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Finger Lickin’ Hot Wings, Yo!

Now, I do not have a ton of recipes up my sleeve like some woman. In fact my husband does most of the cooking in our house. And I must say he’s incredible at it. BUT the one recipe I do have down and in my opinion is an important one because it’s my husbands favorite, is… Hot wings! There are a ton of recipes out there that have the “perfect” hot wing and I went through that ton to find that “perfect” wing with the right amount of crispy and flavor. And I have been told that I have found it, so I am here to share this finger lickin’ hot wing recipe with y’all. Y’all ready…   Few…

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Yummy Healthy Banana Bread

Alright, I know there are like a million banana bread recipes out there that you have tried. I am sure that this one is not much different because I mean it’s banana bread right! But when I tasted it I was like, “hot damn this is some good banana bread!” Maybe it is because I used maple syrup instead of sugar. Maybe it is because I used eggs that I collected from my back yard. Maybe it is because I used raw milk in stead of pasteurized milk. Who knows. All I know is that it came out mutha F-ing good. I know when people give recipes, they tell this long elaborate story about the recipe. I don’t have that…

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Elderberry Gummies

I am always seriously shocked when I set out to do something and it actually works! I mean, it doesn’t always work let’s be honest. But I set out to make elderberry gummies for my kiddos and BAM, made some mutha f-ing gummies y’all. I have to say I am still on the search for the perfect gummie consistency, so stay tuned for updates to this post and possibly a new recipe. This here recipe is made with grass fed beef gelatin. I’m thinking a tapioca alternative might give me a more dense gummie. But we shall see. Anyway, back to this recipe. First off, super duper easy to make gummies. If y’all already have your elderberry syrup made up…

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Homemade Elderberry Syrup

If you haven’t already read the medicinal herb series post on Elder, I suggest you stop what you are doing and mosey on over there. Elder is incredible stuff especially during cold and flu season. Every year there is huge talk about how this years cold and flu season are the worst they have seen yet. Every year it’s the worst one? Crap, I am scared to see what next year brings. So I plan on stocking up on this stuff to help prevent any nastiness that may come our way. Right now I am putting all my faith into this stuff, well this and a handful of other herbs, my household is battling a stomach bug and I am…

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Making Tea Like a Gangster

Tea…………how do you feel about tea? Is tea part of your daily routine? Or can you even remember the last time you thought of tea? I was the one who could remember the last time she thought of tea, if I can be honest here. However, these days I’m finding myself salivating over it like a monkey over a banana. Is that a stereotype? Do monkeys even like bananas like we think they do? Anyway, back to tea, it’s freaking delicious when done right. I’m here to share how we enjoy tea time like gangsters. That’s right…….GANGSTERS. On with it shall we. Lets do a quick break down of tea and why we should drink it. Doing some research we…

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Simple Beet Kraut

Let’s  do a little fermenting shall we. We harvested some beautiful looking beets and carrots a few weeks ago. So I decided to ferment them. Man, the world of fermenting has just got me. It is so much fun. What made this batch even better, was that we grew it. The word ferment, scares people. But it shouldn’t. Read here to see why. We are going to get on with this simple beet kraut that is quite delicious. What you need: 1 head of purple cabbage 2-4 medium size beets 1 1/2 tablespoons sea salt 1 clove of garlic (optional) Quart size mason jar, crock or fido jar Airlocks (optional but highly recommended) Weights Directions: Rinse cabbage and peel off…

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Garden Pest Control With Neem Oil

You plant this awesome garden. This awesome garden starts to produce awesome things like, tomatoes, basil, strawberries, peaches. You see the beautiful flower blossom. Then you see the flower turn into the fruit you have always wanted. You get excited that you finally, after years of picking off the fruit so it can stabilize, finally get to taste the fruit of your labor. Then BAM, that beautiful round tomato got taken out by some damn pests. Or that beautiful basil of yours has little holes on every single leaf. I think that when you have a garden these inevitable challenges occur. Just like weeds, but we now know that we let the weeds live, right? If you are not nodding…

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This Is Our Homestead

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Blaukraut Recipe

    Let’s ferment some deliciousness, shall we. We are talking blaukraut recipes here people. This batch of fermented veggies came out much more mild than my last batch that had more onion flavor. This recipe calls for caraway seeds, which I had never experienced before. They are very interesting little seeds. They give the kraut a minty, spicy weird taste. There were times that I was like, “wooo okay, I can dig it.” Then there were times where I was like, “damn it, why are there so many?” If you have not figured it out by now, we are honest here, people. Take it or leave it. We still gobbled down two jars of this stuff, well because it…

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Medicinal Herbs Series: Chamomile

Let’s talk about chamomile for a bit shall we. Chamomile is one of my favorite herbs, much like lavender. Chamomile is insanely safe to use and is one of those herbs you must have on hand for babies and kids. I’m sure you have indulged in a chamomile tea or two in your life time. So let’s dive in and explore what what it can really do. Growing There are two types of chamomile, Roman chamomile (chamaemelum nobile) and German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) They are both grown best in zones 3 to 9. (Check your growing zone here) Chamomile enjoys full sun but can tolerate part shade. It is a drought tolerant plant, needing water only a couple of times…

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Purple Sweet Potato Baby Food

Let’s indulge our little sweet human in the deliciousness of purple sweet potatoes shall we. Making baby food is really not that difficult. I think many mamas get a little intimidated and don’t even try but seriously, try. It’s so easy and what better thing to feed your brand new little baby then homemade pure food. Am I right or am I right! Purple sweet potatoes are high in vitamins A and C and in magnesium. They are a super food. Purple sweet potatoes are high in vitamins B6, iron and potassium. Purple sweet potatoes are perfect for your baby! I mean come on, you should be eating this delicious potato as well. And seriously, how beautiful is the color.…

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Canning: Chicken Stock

It’s getting fun up in here with some chicken stock people. We love making chicken stock. Now, it does take some time and effort and sometimes we just don’t feel up to making it. But when we do man, oh man do we love it. Now when I say we, I’m mostly saying my husband. He’s been the real master mind around this chicken stock making adventure. This post is really a big fat thank you to my husband for taking time after working all day to make us this deliciousness. The feeling that comes from popping open your own delicious can of chicken stock, is like no other feeling in the world. You feel accomplished, satisfied. How do we…

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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Ok if you are a true Hispanic you might say what is this? I, people am the whitest Hispanic there is so this is what you got coming at you but if I do say so myself it’s pretty damn good. I hope my aunts don’t read this, if they do I’m sure I’ll be getting a call saying seriously! Anyway, onward! If you were wondering what to do with that homemade tomato sauce that you just canned, bust it out yo because this recipe calls for it. As usual get everything you need ready before you start. One thing my husband has taught me is get everything measure out in bowls and everything you need out on the counter…

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Homemade Spanish Rice

Ok people, we are about to make some tasty super duper easy Spanish rice so toss that boxed crap out and get ready to get your socks knocked off! I am all about easy recipes so this one is going to be super quick. Let’s roll. ingredients: 1 cup uncle Bens white rice 2 tablespoons butter 16 oz stewed tomatoes 1 cup chicken broth Grab your self a large pan and thrown your rice in that bad boy and start heating it up on medium. Toss in your butter and cook rice until slightly brown. Pour in your stewed tomatoes and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. slap a lid on it, turn to low and simmer for 15 minutes.…

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Healthy Refried Beans

Listen homie, if you’re looking for a mean refried bean this ain’t it. BUT, if you are looking for a healthy feel good refried bean, come on down I’ve got what your looking for. To start, bust out that home canned bean goodness you just stuck in your pantry and get ready for your belly to smile. Ingredients: Home canned pinto beans Clove or two of garlic 1 tbsp butter Salt to taste Pop that bad boy open toss it in a pot. Add garlic, butter and salt. Heat on medium high. You want to keep the flame medium high and constantly stir the beans. By cooking them on the higher end it will thicken them up the way refried…

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Baby Food: Butternut Squash

Yum, butternut squash, don’t mind if I do, oh wait it’s not for me it’s for my baby. We are making baby food here people. Don’t get freaked out by the thought of it and think it’s way to much to take on or you don’t have time. I have two kids under three and work 40 hours a week. If I can do it, you can do it. With that said, let’s roll. Butternut squash is one of those weird hard looking squash, so be very careful when cutting it. But first let wash it up. Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees. Then you are going to cut the end with the little stem off. Stand it up right…

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Baby Food: Apple Sauce

Seriously making baby food is one of the easiest things to do. Plus you are giving your sweet little human the purest form of food there is. No preservatives, dyes, chemical or other nasty little things. Just pure food. Anyway, let’s hop to it and make us some apples sauce. As always what are we going to do? Yup, you got it, wash our fruit. Next, you want to peel those little suckers. Get a pot with a steamer basket going on the stove. After peeling your apples, take out the core and cut in half or quarters. Throw those little puppies in the pot and steam them until they are soft. We are going to blend them up until…

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