Jan 23

From the Farm Blog Hop… Creamy Butternut Squash and Broccoli Pasta

From the Farm Blog Hop

Happy Friday! And happy From the Farm Blog Hop Day!

I’m so happy that you’re here! :)

This week I chose Creamy Butternut Squash and Broccoli Pasta from Grow Pray Build as my favorite! Doesn’t it look delicious?

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Every time I eat butternut squash, I always think: I love this stuff. Why don’t I eat it more often? So I am absolutely going to be keeping this recipe in the back of my head. Besides, I am really attached to the notion of an almost one pot dish… ya know, ’cause who likes doing dishes? And l love pasta. Creamy pasta, especially.

Okay, I keep trying to reach into that picture and eat some… but it won’t work. I guess I’ll have to round up some squash and broccoli and cook it myself! ;)

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Jan 22

My Week on Wednesday and Natural Cold and Flu Remedies

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Hello and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday!

Last week my husband and I were sick. In fact, last week’s My Week on Wednesday almost didn’t happen; we just sort of sat around feeling miserable taking turns taking care of the kids — who, happily, were untouched by whatever-it-was. (Knock on wood.)

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When we’re feeling under the weather, we have a few go-to ways to feel better fast:

Baking Soda & Epsom Salt Bath

We just add about a cup of baking soda, and two cups of Epsom salt to a tub filling with HOT water, as hot as we can stand. And soak for at least 20 minutes. Believe me, this does not make a person feel better… but it works wonderfully in making a person get better. So, in the meantime, we have…

The Irish Cure

Um, yeah. That would be whiskey. And tea. And naps, lots of naps.

Honey & Cinnamon

Just mix 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon into 1 teaspoon of raw honey; local is best. You can eat it off the spoon, or mix it with applesauce or yogurt if the cinnamon “bite” is too much. Have some 2-3 times a day until you feel better.

Honey and Cinnamon for Natural Cold Care

 So, what are some other natural remedies for cold, flu, and general sickness?

Glad you asked. I have collected a ton of natural cold and flu remedies from myself, my friends over at the Homestead Bloggers Network, and some of my other favorite bloggers.

Please note: Some of these posts contain recipes that use essential oils. Essential oils are awesome and extremely beneficial when use correctly. However, not all essential oils are suitable for all people and some can be dangerous to children, or if used incorrectly. Please use care with essential oils, and double check if you have any questions or concerns.
Also, I am not a medical doctor. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Use common sense, do your own research, and consult an appropriate medical professional, if necessary. Okay?

I’m Sick! Now What?

A Peek Into Our Medicine Cabinet: Fighting Illness with Food from Traditional Cooking School by GNOWFGLINS — If you are only going to read one of these posts, make it this one. (But do, please, actually read the rest because I worked really hard on this post!)

8 Herbal Home Remedies for Cold and Flu from Herbal Academy of New England

Top 5 Natural, Homemade Remedies for Colds, Flu, and Their Symptoms from The Farmer’s Lamp

Flu Fighters: Three Healing Ideas from Letters from Sunnybrook — Sometimes, because of other health issues, even natural remedies are not possible for people. If this is true for you, this post may help! :)

Best Herbs and Spices for Cold and Flu from Common Sense Homesteading

Why I Don’t Reduce a Fever and What I Do Instead from Wellness Mama — Fevers are your friends. Honest.

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Preventing Sickness, Naturally 

Stay Healthy! from Provident Home Companion — Some great ways to keep healthy, plus some home remedies of you do get sick

6 Natural Remedies to Prevent Cold and Flu from Lady Lee’s Home

Thump Your Thymus from Yearning & Learning

Antimicrobial Spray for Flu Season from Homespun Seasonal Living

 Natural Cures

A Real Hangover and Cold Cure from Little Fall Creek — Just in case, right. ;)

Non-Alcoholic Echinacea Tincture from Lady Lee’s Home

How to use Onions to Fight off Illness from The Easy Homestead

Flu Bomb from Mom Prepares

Shower Disks and Aromatherapy from Simple Life Mom

Kiss, Kiss: A Homeopathic Solution from Homeopathy Works

Cold Kicker: A Tried and True Recipe from Keeper of the Home

Fire Cider: All Natural Cold and Flu Remedy from Savory Lotus

Dried Elderberries

photo credit: Herbal Academy of New England

Elderberry Syrup 

Quick and Simple Elderberry Cold Syrup from Herbal Academy of New England

Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe from Simple Life Mom

Making Medicinal Elderberry Syrup from Homespun Seasonal Living

How to Make Elderberry Syrup from Homestead Honey

How to Make Homemade Elderberry Syrup from Montana Homesteader

Homemade Elderberry Syrup from Graceful Little Honey Bee

Immune Boosting Elderberry and Rose Hips Tonic from Delicious Obsessions

Elderberry Calendula Cold and Flu Elixir from Herbal Academy of New England

Healing Tea and Other Drinks 

Ginger Tea Recipe from Finding the Story

10 Homemade Herbal Teas for Cold and Flu Season from Herbal Academy of New England

Turmeric for Inflammation: Daily Golden Milk Drink from Homestead and Survival — This post is nice because it includes a link to a video on how to make turmeric paste

South African Hot Toddy from Homemade Mommy — This is one of my favorites. Sometimes I have it when I’m NOT sick… you know, for immune boosting. ;)

8 Immune System Building Drinks from Simple Pure Beauty

Cold & Flu Tea from Fabulous Farm Girl

Natural Remedy for the Common Cold from Montana Homesteader

Pepperup Potion from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers (that’s me!)

Homemade Pedialyte from The Easy Homestead — SO much better (and cheaper!) than the store-bought stuff. Plus you can save yourself a trip to the store with a sick little one.

Herbal Tea for

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My Throat Hurts: Sore Throat & Cough Remedies 

7 Easy Sore Throat Remedies from Common Sense Homesteading

Natural Cold, Flu & Sore Throat Remedy from Bexz Life

Natural Remedies for Strep Throat from Holistic Squid

Herbal Cough Syrup from Pixie’s Pocket

DIY Herbal Honey Cough Drops from My Healthy Green Family

My Nose is Stuffy: Natural Decongestants

Breathe Easier with a Decongesting Herbal Salt Steam from Herbal Academy of New England

Decongestant Rub from The Homesteading Hippy

Miracle Vapor Rub from Fabulous Farm Girl

Vapor Relief Bath Salts from Fabulous Farm Girl

Healing from the Garden

10 Healing Herbs from Homespun Seasonal Living

Must Have, Must Grow Medicinal Herbs from Homestead Lady

Herbal Antibiotics from Commonsense Homesteading

Hardy Medicinal Herbs for Your Homestead from Joybilee Farm

Hippocrates

Grandma Knows Best: Healing Soup

Creamy Roasted Garlic and Chicken Soup from Happy Healthnut — TONS of garlic, plus good bone broth and yummy veggies; this is sure to make you feel better!

Ancient Moroccan Soup to Cure Cold or Flu from Lady Lee’s Home

Mama’s Chicken Soup: The Cure for Everything Except Death from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers (that’s me!)

Even More Natural Remedies for Colds and Flu

30 Homemade, Natural Cold & Flu Remedies from Girl Meets Nourishment

40 + Home Remedies for Colds and Flu from Nourishing Herbalist

You may have noticed that many of these links came from the Herbal Academy of New England. That is because they are awesome. If you are interested in taking your interest in herbs to the next level, I suggest looking into their classes and programs.

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Quote of the Week

Approximately daily, I post quotes on my Facebook Page. The quote with the most likes, shares, and comments will become the Quote of the Week. Be sure to “like” my page so you don’t miss any, and so you can make your favorites known!

This week’s quote was very popular! Not that I’m surprised… the sentiment certainly resonates with me!

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Jan 16

From the Farm Blog Hop and Elderberry Syrup

From the Farm Blog Hop

Happy Friday! And happy From the Farm Blog Hop Day!

Now, if you read My Week on Wednesday this week, you’ll know that my husband and I were under the weather, shall we say, for much of the week. (We’re both much better now, though.)

So this Homemade Elderberry Syrup from Graceful Little Honeybee was sort of a painfully obvious choice for my favorite post this week!

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photo credit: Graceful Little Honey Bee

Of course, if I had actually had any elderberry syrup on hand, or even the elderberries… the syrup is easy enough to make, even if you’re ill… that would have been something, wouldn’t it?

Oh well, lesson learned. I’ll just be ordering those berries now. And in the meantime, if you would all just cross your fingers that my kids don’t catch that bug-cold-flu thingy we had. Thanks. :)

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Jan 14

My Week on Wednesday and Syrup Season


 

Syrup Season and My Week on Wednesday // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Hello, and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t even sure there was going to be a My Week on Wednesday this week. My husband and I have both been enjoying this sort of cold-flu-bug thing… the kind of thing where walking downstairs is an aerobic activity, and putting in a load of laundry is unthinkably energetic.

Even updating my Facebook page has been quite a chore, and writing a post…every time I sat down, I needed another nap…

However, today I am feeling better. The sun is shining, and I am pleased to report, that if properly motivated by TEA, I can do this. :)

Besides, I decided to talk about Maple Syrup today.

What, you say, no cold and flu remedies? Ha. No. There are a ton of really fabulous posts out there about natural remedies, many of which I have employing lately, but I don’t have the energy to do them justice this week. Sorry. Check back, though; that’s a great idea!)

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So back to maple syrup. Depending on where you live, it’s a local sweetener, and it’s always a real food option instead of processed white sugar. It has nutrients in it, and it tastes wonderful! It’s delicious on pancakes, and makes a great sweetener for all sorts of other things. I often use it to sweeten my ice cream (or sometimes just pour it on my ice cream the way my grandma used to do!) and in some of my favorite coffee recipes.

But I’m not actually going to list any recipes using syrup — there are just too many and, obviously, they all sound wonderful! Instead, I am just going to the basic how-to’s of syrup-making from my friends over at the Homestead Bloggers Network, and some of my other favorite bloggers.

Syrup Season and My Week on Wednesday // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

photo credit: Liz Albright

Everything You Need to Know About Making Syrup

Maple Trees Make Syrup from The Homestead Lady — This is a great review of the book Maple on Tap, an explanation as to why Homestead Lady isn’t making syrup this year, AND a giveaway of some syrup-making paraphernalia. Actually a bunch of these blogs are hosing the same giveaway. It’s almost syrup season, after all! ;)

How to Make Maple Syrup by Common Sense Homesteading — This is a great post with a ton of information, plus it explains how to substitute maple syrup for plain sugar!

How to Make Maple Syrup — Part I Choosing Trees and Getting Sap and Part II Boiling, Filtering, Canning, Color, and Flavor — by One Acre Farm

Making Maple Syrup in the City from ImaginAcres — Tapping trees is one homesteading thing that you can do in the city! You don’t need space, just a few trees!

If you’re looking for even more information, my brother, who makes all the maple syrup for our family,  recommends the book Backyard Sugarin’

Syrup Season and My Week on Wednesday // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers -- Tapping the Trees

photo credit: Liz Albright

What if I Don’t Have any Maple Trees?

Tapping for Syrup from The 104 Homestead — Sugar Maples are not your only option for making syrup! This post talks about all the different kinds of trees that will give syrup!

Tapping Black Walnut Trees from Homestead Honey

Birch Bark Syrup from Joybilee Farms

Hickory Bark Syrup from Yearning and Learning —  This one is a little different, because it’s made from the bark of the tree, rather than the sap. But it’s rumored to be fabulous on pancakes!

Are you interested in learning how to tap your trees for syrup? Did you know that other trees (besides maple) can be used? This is a great collection of posts that will tell you everything you need for SYRUP SEASON from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflower's My Week on Wednesday Post What if I’m not Ready to Make My Own Syrup (Yet)?

Check your local Farmers’ Markets! – Lots of farmers tap their wood lots and sell syrup.

Get some here.

Why I Don’t Buy Grade A Maple Syrup from Eat Play Love… More — Short answer, Grade B Maple Syrup is way better for you.

How to Make Maple Sugar Candy

Easy Maple Sugar Snow Candy from Creekside Learning — Most of us remember Laura, in Little House in the Big Woods, talking about drizzling the maple syrup into pans of snow to make candy. This post gives a bit more detail!

For more maple syrup recipes, check out this Maple Syrup Cookbook that my sister-in-law likes! I can’t say that I have ever used the book — but I have tasted the results! Yum! :)

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Quote of the Week

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This quote, I have to say, might be the most popular quote EVER! It’s one of my favorites, too, so I am thrilled!

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Jan 09

From the Farm Blog Hop… and Spiced Dark Chocolate Cake

From the Farm Blog Hop

Happy Friday! And happy From the Farm Blog Hop Day!

Well… we’ve had two weeks off. Did you miss us? We missed you! But now it’s okay now because we’re back and we have brand new pictures! Aren’t they lovely?

Now, I have to tell you, I’m pretty excited about my Featured Post. This week was my birthday… and a girl has to have cake, right? Better still chocolate cake. Best ever… a delicious, dreamy real, food spiced, dark chocolate cake. This beauty is even gluten-free! :)

Spiced Dark Chocolate Cake from Raia’s Recipes

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It was delicious! Even my husband liked it… and he doesn’t even like cake.

And I might actually be eating a piece as I type these words. ;)

Um… okay…

***puts down fork***

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Jan 08

My Week on Wednesday and Dandelions


 

 

My Week on Wednesday and Dandelions // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers -- abandon the winter weather and check out all the benefits of dandelions!

Hello, and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday. Today we’re doing dandelions. :)

Um… what? It’s January. 

Yeah. But I’m cold. And it’s snowing outside and a whopping 5 degrees. And wind. Did I mention the howling wind? So I thought that thinking about cheery little yellow bursts of sunshine and springtime would be a really nice way to spend the evening.

Dandelions: What’s So Good About Them?

Dandelion: The Dandiest Weed of All from Herbal Academy of New England

Dandelions Aren’t Weeds! The Healing Properties of Dandelions from Our Heritage of Health

Dandelions: Foraging Them, Eating Them, and Keeping Them Out of Your Lawn from Yearning & Learning

5 Weeds You Want in Your Garden from Tenth Acre Farm — Guess which one is at the top of the list! ;)

Useful Weed: Dandelion from Homespun Seasonal Living

Dandelions for Health & Beauty 

Whipped Dandelion & Coconut Oil Moisturizer from The Nerdy Farm Wife

Dandelion Lotion Bars from The Nerdy Farm Wife

Dandelion Quote from Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins / My Week on Wednesday // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

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Eating & Drinking Dandelions

16 Ways to Eat Dandelions from The Prairie Homestead — The greens, roots, and flowers are all edible! That’s pretty cool!

Dandelion Fritters from Pixie’s Pocket — Yup, just fry ‘em up, and eat ‘em, Baby! ;)

Dandelion Flower Infusion and Syrup from Pixie’s Pocket

Dandelion Jelly from Simply Canning

Traditional Scandinavian Dandelion Syrup Recipe from The Nerdy Farm Wife

Dandelion Wine and Dandelion Cookies from Common Sense Homesteading

Three Dandelion Coffee Recipes from Natural Living Mamma

Happy Liver Herbal Coffee from Delicious Obsessions  – An herbal coffee made with dandelion root and other herbs to help your liver!

Dandelion Gelatin from the Children’s Garden from Homestead Lady — How fun!

Dandelion Cookies from Homestead Lady — These are gluten free, besides!

Sweeten Your Breakfast with Dandelion Flower Syrup from Herbal Academy of New England

Wish quote by Jane Austen // My Week on Wednesday and Dandelions // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

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Learning & Growing with Dandelions

Homestead Homeschool: Making Dandelion Oil from Little Mountain Haven

Growing Dandelion from Seed to Harvest from Back to the Basics

And, finally, Dandelion Mind: Do you have it? from Simplicity for Julia. This post, which kind of sums up what I was hoping to get out of writing a post about dandelions in the middle of winter!

But, cheery post or not… it is still January. So if you’re looking to add a little sunshine into your life, check out these affiliate links:

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You can also see more of my pictures in Dandelions in the Rain.

 Quote of the Week

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Jan 06

Roast Chicken Stuffed with Cranberries, Apples, and Sweet Potatoes

 

 

 

What's for dinner tonight? Try this simple roast chicken stuffed with cranberries, apples, and sweet potatoes! Via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

A couple of years ago, I created one of my favorite dishes ever: Sweet & Savory Sweet Potato Stew. As it turns out, the combination of sweet potatoes, apples, cranberries balances beautifully with savory sage.

This recipe takes that flavor combination and… well… stuffs it in a chicken. This recipe quickly became another family favorite. It’s fancy enough for guests, easy enough for a weeknight, and with sweet potatoes, apples, and dried fruit, makes a perfect late fall or winter dinner.

Head over to The 104 Homestead for the Recipe!

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Jan 05

Green 2015: EcoJarz Giveaway!

Would you like to Go Green in 2015? Join me and my friends from the From the Farm Blog Hop in this #ecojarz #giveaway // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

I don’t really make New Year’s Resolutions; when I see a bad habit forming or want to add some good to my life I like to tackle it right away… rather than wait for some official date.

On the other hand, the New Year is a great time to get motivated to try something new.

Like, maybe, drinking more water and using fewer disposable cups? 

Ha, then you’ve come to the right place!

One of my wintertime downfalls is not drinking enough water. All summer long I get hot, I get thirsty, and I drink water. It’s a great system for me… but it falls flat during the wintertime.

It’s cold out, I don’t get thirsty… and suddenly it’s bedtime and I am wondering if I have had any water all day!!! Not good.

That is why I was so excited to receive, for my part in hosting this giveaway, a widemouth stainless steel lid, complete with bendy straw and straw cleaner!

EcoJarz Giveaway

As I am sure you can guess, having a glass of water sitting at my work space… probably not a good idea! I’m not saying that Isis-Kitten would mean to knock over my water… but she does like to stick her paws in random water glasses. And, aside from being messy and potentially catastrophic, it’s just plain gross!

So that’s why I kind of love my EcoJarz lid and straw.

More fun things about the widemouth stainless steel lid:

    • You take a plain old widemouth caning jar and screw on the lid. Zero waste.
    • It’s fun to drink out of. Plus the straw makes a kind of neat rattly sound, which I like.
    • It’s spill-resistant. Although it will spill if you tip it over. However, mason jars are reasonably difficult to tip over by accident (unless the accident involves a cat paw… or a toddler.) And even then, the water only sort of trickles out… no gushing, so that’s good.
    • The only problem is that, because of the bend in the straw, it’s hard to clean. Yes, there is the little brush… but it doesn’t go around the corner. So, water is pretty much it. (Though you should note that the smoothie straw is straight, so you wouldn’t have to worry about that!)

So…

Would you like to win a set of EcoJarz for your Green 2015?

The ladies from the From The Farm Blog Hop have teamed together, partnered with EcoJarz to bring you this giveaway. Start your New Year Off in a Greener Way!

 

Jar Lover’s Gift Set Giveaway

 

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What better way to green your drink that to use a glass mason jar? Most of us already have the laying around, so let’s put them to daily use! This jar lover’s gift set will give you enough jar tops to turn your favorite jars into your favorite drink holders! Comes with 4 Classic Lids (a wide-mouth coffee lid, small-mouth green lid, and a wide and small mouth stainless steel lid), a PopTop, 2 Smoothie Straws, and a Straw Cleaner. To get your chance, enter below.

Winners Notification

Winners will be notified by email at the end of the giveaway, and will have 48 hours to respond, if a winner does not respond within the 48 hour time frame they will be disqualified and a new winner will be chosen, the new winner will have 48 hours to respond or be disqualified for a new choice, until we get a proper winning response.

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Jan 01

My Week on Wednesday… And a Year in Review

My Week on Wednesday / New Year's Edition / Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

I can’t quite believe that, as I am writing this, that the whole of 2014 is gone and that it is a brand new year! It has been an amazing year full of growth and change here on this blog, and also in our lives.

So for this first post of the year, I am collecting some of my favorite posts collected over a year’s worth of My Week on Wednesdays–from myself, my friends over at the Homestead Bloggers Network, and some of my other favorite bloggers.

My Week on Wednesday / Abandoned Orchard

 Some of my Favorite Recipes

Apricot and Onion Chicken from April J. Harris of The 21st Century Housewife

Whole Chicken in the Crock Pot from The Little Kitchen — This is delicious, and easy-peasy!

Pumpkin Lasagna with Sage White Sauce from Game and Garden

Chicken and Dumplings from SchneiderPeeps

Chicken and Rice from The Elliot Homestead

Homemade Fish and Chips from Montana Homesteader

Butter Chicken in the Crock Pot from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Butter Chicken in the Crock Pot // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Sourdough Stuffing with Mushrooms, Apples, and Sage from Two Peas and their Pod

Strawberry Beet Green Salad with Strawberry Dressing from The Homestead Lady — THIS dressing was probably the very best thing I had all spring. As long as the strawberries held out, we poured it over everything that was even vaguely lettuce-like!

Slow Cooker Lentil Black Bean Chili from Ten at the Table

Frugal Split Pea Soup from Richly Rooted — We LOVE this!

A Braised Spring Stew Recipe from My Humble Kitchen

Persian Stew with Summer Vegetables from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Farmers’ Market Winter Soup from Nourished Caveman

Mushroom Wild Rice Stew with Swiss Chard from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Mushroom Wild Rice Stew |Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Simple Spanish Garlic and Egg Soup from Tessa the Domestic Diva

Cock-a-Leekie Soup from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Gingered Mushrooms, Greens, Carrots with Black Rice from My Sister’s Pantry

Homemade Garlic Chicken Cream of Mushroom Soup from Fresh Eggs Daily

Mushroom Soup with Herbs from Keeper of the Home

Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

(See more from this adventure here)

English Muffin Bread from Brown Thumb Mama

Berry Omelet from Pantry Paratus

Cream of NOT Wheat from Tessa the Domestic Diva

Gluten Free High Protein Breakfast Bars from Waldorf (Inspired) Moms — Perfect for snacks, too!

Soaked Pancakes from Whistle Pig Hollow — Most of the time when we have pancakes, we have these. :)

My little homestead became famous thanks to Jess from The 104 Homestead when she wrote Christine’s Story: The Heart of a Homesteader. This post makes me cry whenever I read it — Jess wrote SUCH a wonderful post!

Heart of a Homesteader: Christine's Story at The 104 Homestead

credit: The 104 Homestead

 

Kitchen Tips & Preserving Summer

How to Make Feta at Home from Lady Lee’s Homestead

Ways to Use Your Canned Tomatoes all Year Round from The Kitchn

Canning Salsa from Homespun Seasonal Living — Excellent tips here!

Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

How to Harvest Sunflower Seeds from A Return to Simplicity

Drying and Using Lavender from Homespun Seasonal Living

How to Make Old-Fashioned Peach Butter from The Prairie Homestead

How to Can Pickled Beets from The Prairie Homestead, post written by Annie of Montana Homesteader

Blueberry Currant Jam from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Blueberry Currant Jam via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Replace Your Canned Pumpkin with Homemade Puree from The 104 Homestead

How to Dry Your Own MINT and Make TEA from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Bean Soaking 101 from Mix Wellness

10 Cookie Baking Secrets that Grandma Knew from Joybilee Farm

Kefir Fermented Bread Dough from The Homestead Lady — This is so awesome! No yeast is needed… and you can use yogurt or live buttermilk if, say, your kefir is dead again

5 Reasons Why I Still Eat Refined Flour from Our Heritage of Health

And my homestead — specifically my kitchen — is back in the spotlight,  thanks to Lindsey of Cultivate Nourishing’s Homestead Kitchen Tour!

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And Isis-Kitten came to live with us: The Next Chapter: In which I get a Kitten.

Taking Care of Mother Earth

66 Small Changes that Make a Big Difference from Attainable Sustainable

Many Composting Methods from Homespun Seasonal Living — Luckily there is no ONE way to compost! Pick the method or methods that will work for you and go to it! :)

Heirloom Vegetables: Better for the Backyard Garden from Better Hens and Gardens

Gardening for Pollinators: 8 Tips from One Acre Farm

5 Reasons to Plant Wildflowers from Back to Basics

Thousand Word Thursday // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

(see more wildflower pictures here)

How to Use Pee in Your Garden from Northwest Edible Life

Is Your Dryer Toxic? from Imperfectly Happy

Felted Wool Dryer Balls from These Light Footsteps

This year’s most popular post: Why my Daughter Will NOT be Selling Girl Scout Cookies

Tell the Girl Scout to get "Poison" out of their Cookies!

 

And the year’s second most popular post (which wasn’t even written this year!): Lice Stay Away Spray. Not that I’m surprised… nobody wants lice!

Taking Care of YOU: Natural Remedies & Healthy Living

Statins and Memory Loss from Kelly the Kitchen Kop

Natural Remedies Cheat Sheet from DIY Natural

Crafting a Natural Bug Repellent with Essential Oils from Herbal Academy of New England

Natural Insect Repellents from The 104 Homestead

Food Rules from a Fourth Grader from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers — written by the Boy!

Food Rules from a Fourth Grader // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

How to Clean a Dog Sprayed by a Skunk from Gentleman Homesteading Consultant — We have not yet had the pleasure of trying this recipe out… but we keep the ingredients on hand just in case!

Lavender Bath Salts from Fabulous Farmgirl — You’ll want this after you un-skunk your dog. ;)

Herbal Remedies for Headaches from Herbal Academy of New England

Ancient Moroccan Soup to Cure Colds or Flu from Lady Lee’s Home

Homemade Hand Sanitizer with Essential Oils from The Prairie Homestead

All Natural Shampoo & Body Wash from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

All Natural Shampoo and Body Wash from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Homemade Hair Detangling Spray from Purposefully Simple

Rosemary Scented Hairspray from Taylor Made Ranch — I really MUST make a batch of this for the Pixie’s ballet buns… though I don’t think I will use rosemary for the Pixie’s blond hair. ;)

Make Your Own Super Bubble Solution from Blue Yonder Urban Farms

Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Some More Favorite Recipes

Coconut Cake with Lemon Glaze from Naturally Loriel — This is now our go-to birthday cake. It is SO fabulous!

Real Food Chocolate Cake from The Troup’s Address

Grandma’s Apple Pie from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Deep Dish French Apple Pie with Salted Dark Caramel Sauce from Richly Rooted

Flower Infused Ice Cream Recipes from The Mountain Rose Blog — Four beautiful recipes to try

Fudge from Our Nourishing Roots — Two recipes here, Chocolate Peppermint and Orange Citrus

Jan Hagel: A Dutch Christmas Cookie from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

A Dutch Christmas Cookie // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Yummy, Non-Alcoholic Butterbeer from The 104 Homestead’s Daughter — This is absolutely delicious! :)

Gingerbread Cookie Latte from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Pumpkin Pie Latte from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Immune Boosting Chai Tea from Herbal Academy of New England

Homemade Dirty Chai Latte from This Organic Life — Yes. This is chai-spiced coffee. :)

South African Hot Toddy from Homemade Mommy — THIS is fabulous. It’s billed as a warming drink for when you’re under the weather. But you don’t have to be sick to drink it!

Pumpkin Spice Cider from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Pumpkin Spice Cider (with Whiskey) via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Thank you for joining me for this special version of My Week on Wednesday! We’ll be back next week with the themed posts and the Quote of the Week and all of the other regular My Week on Wednesday things! In the meantime, be sure to come visit me on Facebookhang out with me on Google+ and follow me on Pintrest and Twitter

And be sure to join us a week from Friday when the From the Farm Blog Hop returns!

Happy New Year

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Dec 24

My Week on Wednesday and Yuletide Blessings

Welcome to My Week on Wednesday! Yuletide Blessings from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

Welcome to My Week on Wednesday!

It’s Christmas Eve and Christmas carols are playing in my kitchen while the kids rattle around in there, cleaning up the mess we all made earlier baking cookies.

And, while I love Christmas, I wanted to take a moment to talk about the other winter holiday our family celebrates — Yule, or the Winter Solstice.

This is the time of the year when the nights are at their longest. It is dark, and it is cold. And, with our furnaces and electric lights, the dark and cold maybe does not have quite the same impact as it did on our ancestors, but it is still something we take notice of.

We decorate our houses with lights and bring an evergreen tree inside to remind us that spring will come again. And we join together to bring light and laughter and good cheer into our homes while we await the return of the newborn sun.

Yule is a time for reflection and renewal, but it is also a merry time for kindness, goodwill, and gift-giving.

Our family invites friends, family, and neighbors into our home on (or about) the Winter Solstice to eat, drink, and be merry to celebrate the Return of Light.

And because I still have a zillion things to do before Christmas morning, this My Week on Wednesday is here to include simply the menu of our Yule celebration.

Most of the recipes are, of course, mine or from of my friends over at the Homestead Bloggers Network, or some of my other favorite bloggers.

Bûche de Noël or Yule Log // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

So we had…

Wine. Lots of wine.

How to Cook a Frozen Pot Roast by Mommypotamus. This year we bought half of a beautiful grass-fed cow from our friends at Plato Dale Farm, and wanted to incorporate it into our dinner. And wanted to use the crock pot because… well… it just makes life easier. But. Well. When have you ever known me to think ahead? Not a problem. Mommmypotamus had me covered. And it was delicious.

Winter Vegetable Medley by Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers. Yeah. Me.

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Apfelrotkohl (Red Cabbage with Apples) from Northern Homestead. This was seriously delicious. And so easy.

A cheese tray. This is where there is supposed to be a picture of this gorgeous creation with the cheese all laid out in the shape of a Christmas tree or something. ***cough*** But there was a cheese tray, though it was not worthy of a photograph. Or, at least it wasn’t so amazing that I was prompted to put down my glass of wine and grab the camera. ;)

Traditional Venezuelan Bread made with ham, green olives, and raisins. I’m afraid I don’t have a recipe for this, or even its proper name, but it was fabulous; brought and made by one of our friends who is from Venezuela.

Jan Hagel from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers. Because everyone loves these, and they are easy.

Savory Stuffed Mushrooms from Thank Your Body; post by Erica of These Three Remain. Everyone loves these. Plus they are easy. Are you sensing a theme here?

Bûche de Noël from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers. This is a chocolate cake made in the shape of a log and is our special Yuletide treat.

Yuletide Walk in the Woods // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

And, finally, we rounded out our Yuletide Celebration the next day with a walk in the woods, enjoying the sunshine! :)

How do you celebrate the Return of Light?

Please feel free to leave a comment with any special traditions your family has! 

And thank you for joining me for my abbreviated version of My Week on Wednesday! Because of the Holidays, I won’t be around as much as normal, but be sure to come visit me on Facebookhang out with me on Google+ and follow me on Pintrest and Twitter

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