$100.00/week Real Food Weekly Meal Plan - Week 17


If you’re just tuning in, this is an ongoing series in which I share our weekly meal plan as I (attempt) to convert us to a Whole/Real Food lifestyle.  Our grocery budget is $100.00/week for 2 adults.  Often I make 2 different meals because I am primarily plant-based and my husband is not.  Most of what we eat is made from scratch and any boxed, canned and/or frozen products follow the Real Food guidelines.  Meal planning is my way of controlling the grocery budget (read as a LOT of dollars saved), ensuring there is no food waste for the week, as well as saving time.  You can read more about meal planning here.

6 Things To Consider Regarding Raising Backyard Chickens


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I often get the question "I want to get some chickens - what do you think I need to know?" I also get the question "I want to get chickens but my husband said no.  Can you tell him why we need chickens?"  Yikes!  While I can help with the first question, I really can't help with the second.

This post is a result of the many times I get the first question and includes a VERY brief look at things to consider.  We have a "chicken-keeping" tab full of all of the articles I've written if you would like to take a more in-depth peek into life with chickens. (spoiler alert - they are a LOT of fun!!)

DELICIOUS Chicken Marinade For Juicy Chicken Every Time


Chicken breasts can be bland and dry if you aren't using a flavorful marinade or sauce.  That is what we experienced, until we began using this SUPER simple marinade.  I use this whenever I want the chicken to have just a bit more flavor or if it's going to be standing on it's own.  I use it on chicken when I make grilled chicken, grilled chicken subs, Quick & Easy Chicken Parm, chicken for kebabs, chicken for chicken salad sandwiches, etc.

Oven-Baked PERFECTLY Melt-In-Your-Mouth BBQ Pork Ribs


My husband is a big fan of BBQ.  He loves meat that has that smoky flavor, is drenched in BBQ sauce, and features a savory rub.  Here's the thing......I don't have a smoker, I have no idea how to use a smoker, and I have no desire to ever own a smoker.  So, I needed to create a delicious pork rib that wasn't a smoked rib, but an incredible BBQ rib.  A melt-in-your-mouth rib that you crave.  So I found a few recipes and none of them were THE rib.  They were too dry, or didn't have enough flavor, or weren't crispy, etc. 

So I used those recipes as a starting point to figure out what worked well and what did not, and then created this one.  The best thing is that it's sooooooo easy!  It doesn't take much work at all and within 2 hours, dinner is served.  And you're a hero.

$100.00/Week Real Food Weekly Meal Plan - Week 16


If you’re just tuning in, this is an ongoing series in which I share our weekly meal plan as I (attempt) to convert us to a Whole/Real Food lifestyle.  Our grocery budget is $100.00/week for 2 adults.  Often I make 2 different meals because I am primarily plant-based and my husband is not.  Most of what we eat is made from scratch and any boxed, canned and/or frozen products follow the Real Food guidelines.  Meal planning is my way of controlling the grocery budget (read as a LOT of dollars saved), ensuring there is no food waste for the week, as well as saving time.  You can read more about meal planning here.

Homemade Enchilada Sauce - Easy AND Clean Eating


We love enchiladas.  We quite often make combos like chicken and rice, beef and bean, bean and veggie, or any other combination you can think of.  I also like to create them as freezer meals in an oven-safe pan.  It's a dish that freezes very well and makes weeknight dinnertime super simple.  On freezer meal enchilada nights I throw rice in the rice-cooker, and spinach or another green on the stovetop, chop up tomatoes, onion, jalapeno and cilantro for a touch of homemade salsa, and dinner is on the table.

$100.00/Week Real Food Weekly Meal Plan - Week 15


If you’re just tuning in, this is an ongoing series in which I share our weekly meal plan as I (attempt) to convert us to a Whole/Real Food lifestyle.  Our grocery budget is $100.00/week for 2 adults.  Often I make 2 different meals because I am primarily plant-based and my husband is not.  Most of what we eat is made from scratch and any boxed, canned and/or frozen products follow the Real Food guidelines.  Meal planning is my way of controlling the grocery budget (read as a LOT of dollars saved), ensuring there is no food waste for the week, as well as saving time.  You can read more about meal planning here.

Change Your Life In 2018 - April Challenge: Change Your Routine


If you’re just joining in, the “Change Your Life In 2018” series is my quest to make some small changes this year.  Rather than setting easily forgotten resolutions I wanted to focus on 12 changes that would help me learn and grow as a person.  I’ve chosen to focus on one change per month so that it could not only become a more manageable goal, but I have a better chance at making these new habits as well.  I hope you’ll join me in the challenge!

If you want things to change, you have to change. 

This Month On The Farm: March 2018 - A New Kitchen, An Injured Coop Girl, and More!


the snow is almost gone!

homemade cinnamon rolls for Easter dessert

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If you’re just tuning in, this is a brand new ongoing series in which I document each month of our lives in our transition to a simple, homemade life on a modern homestead. We ditched town and moved to the country in 2008 and we blog about both our successful and not-so-successful ventures in homesteading, switching to natural products, and embracing a whole foods lifestyle.  Check out the entire series here.

March 2018
We are heading into mud season here on the farm.  We thought for sure we would have had a couple of feet of mud by now based on the amount of snow stockpiled in the yard, but we were fortunate to have sunshine, little rain, and a slow, steady melting of said snow.  The Coop girls had about a week of a muddy outdoor coop (the uncovered one) but now all is well with bits of snow left to slowly continue melting (they love pecking at it) and a lack of mud squishing between their toes.

$100.00/Week Real Food Weekly Meal Plan - Week 14


If you’re just tuning in, this is an ongoing series in which I share our weekly meal plan as I (attempt) to convert us to a Whole/Real Food lifestyle.  Our grocery budget is $100.00/week for 2 adults.  Often I make 2 different meals because I am primarily plant-based and my husband is not.  Most of what we eat is made from scratch and any boxed, canned and/or frozen products follow the Real Food guidelines.  Meal planning is my way of controlling the grocery budget (read as a LOT of dollars saved), ensuring there is no food waste for the week, as well as saving time.  You can read more about meal planning here.