Baked Chimichanga

Finding a reason to rally the family together around the dinner is a creative exercise. You know what I mean? Sure, you can frequently fall back to everybody’s favorite meals when in a pinch for time. We do this quite a bit actually. Pancakes, tacos and tater tot casserole are all staples in our house.

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Iron Skillet Nacho Pie

College football. It’s a big deal in our house. It’s the gateway to autumn. No pumpkin spiced lattes necessary. If you’re like me, when it’s game day you want something tasty but simple to make. Comfort food without too much indulgence. And if you’ve got friends over, you want something that satisfies every stomach and

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10 Things To Do On the Homestead In September

Oh Autumn…you’ve been missed. You really are my favorite time of year. Okay, I know autumn doesn’t officially start until later this month. But there is something magical about how August dissolves into September, isn’t there? It’s a feeling in the air. A slow release of a long, hot summer. A sudden chill in the

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Lessons From Homestead Living

If I’m entirely honest, I had no intention of ever becoming a homesteader. I didn’t understand homesteading. I thought it was a fad, and it wasn’t something I was going to be interested in. But little did I know that homesteading was so much more than what I thought it was. It was exactly what

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Why We Should Bring Back the Bartering System

I’ll trade you a pig for a summer’s worth of pulling weeds. Sound like a deal? And if you’ll babysit our kids once a month I’ll make sure you never run out of homemade jam. Shouldn’t life be that simple? What if we could do more of the things we want to do without always

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Southwestern Style Bread and Butter Pickles

  I used to think that canning pickles was next to impossible. But you know what? It ain’t no big thang! Seriously. Canning pickles is pretty easy. Once you break down the steps, set aside the initial fear of messing up, and just give it a try you’ll probably wonder why in the world you

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Blueberry Almond Muffin Bread

Three of my favorite things are fresh blueberries, tasty almonds and…muffins. And we’ve combined them all together to make this delicious treat! I mean, how can you go wrong with blueberries? They go good in almost everything, right? Pancakes. Scones. Yogurt. Really the sky is the limit when it comes to this healthy fruit. We

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How To Know When It’s Time To Quit

It goes without saying that this self-sufficient lifestyle comes with certain characteristics. Like determination. Persistence. And plain old stubbornness. You know the kind of stubbornness I’m talking about. Right? Grit. Stick-to-it-iveness. Refusing to quit by all means. Even when that might be the best thing to do. I understand that all too well. I don’t

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5 Reasons Why Seeds Don’t Germinate (And What You Can Do About It)

You know that feeling you get when you do all the things you’re supposed to do, but then what you expect to happen…doesn’t happen? I’m thinking about the garden here. Spring finally comes after a long winter, and you’re anxious to get out to plant the garden. You’re looking forward to fresh veggies, and you

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Strawberry Pecan Bread Recipe

Fresh strawberries. Mmmmm… I’m drooling just thinking about them. Certainly one of my favorite things about early summer! Nothing beats the flavor of a fresh, sun ripened strawberry. We use them to make jams and deserts. We smother our pancakes with them. Our kids will eat them right off the vine until their faces are

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