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Ranch Dip Mix

Summer is just around the corner (I hope!).  We bbq a lot in the summer and we love having veggies & dip with supper or as a snack.  This is the easiest way to get Tyler to eat raw veggies.  Yes, my husband, not the kids!   We used to just go to the store and pick up a tub of sour cream and a packet of ranch dressing mix when we wanted to have veggies & dip, but with ingredients such as maltodextrin, MSG and some other less than appealing ingredients in the dip mix, we decided there had to be a way to make it at home using real ingredients.  Tyler searched the internet and came across a recipe that we love and it is super easy to make.  We mix it up and store it in the pantry so we always have it when we want to Read More

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Yak Meatloaf Muffins

Are you a busy,  working mom?  Or just busy?  Who isn’t?  Working out of the house part-time, I definitely love quick, easy, healthy, family friendly meals!  Meatloaf is one of our favorites!  It’s easy to prepare, doesn’t take long to cook and is also a comfort food.   This is a recipe that I came up with and have been making variations of for years.  I have made meatloaf in an actual loaf pan before and I definitely prefer using a muffin tin, plus the kids love the idea of meatloaf ‘muffins’.   It’s as simple as mixing all the ingredients together, spooning the mixture into a muffin tin & baking. I didn’t have any cracker or bread crumbs the last time I made these, so I used Organics brand Wheat Squares Cereal and just crushed them up and it worked well.  

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Building A Homestead Community

 I always tell my wife that I think I was born in the wrong era.  I look back to the days before technology, machines and the feeling of having to go, go, go and wish that I could go back in time.  I now know that I don’t need a time machine, I just have to look back to the days of my grandparents and great grandparents, take the lessons of how they lived, and bring them forward and apply them to my life in this modern era. My family and I love being at our new place out in the country and living a homesteading lifestyle.  Being able to raise and grow our own food gives me such joy and a feeling of accomplishment.  It is nice not having to worry about what in the food that my family is eating because we either raised it ourselves or bought Read More