Colonial Beef Stew

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This isn’t a fancy recipe, but it needed a really cool name. Here over in the northeast, we see a lot of things that remind us of the colonial time period (my favorite by the way πŸ™‚ ). So I thought, what better way to honor that period than with a gluten free dish!

Colonial Beef Stew (Serves 4)

1/2 lb beef cubes (I use grass fed )

1 cup frozen peas

1/2 chopped onion

1/2 head of cabbage shredded

1 small can of tomato paste

4 cups water

salt

garlic powder

pepper

Directions: Add all ingredients into your slow cooker. Add spices the way you see fit. Turn on low and cook for 8 hours. If you like a thicker stew like me, add less water. I find 4 cups works and then I turn off before serving and uncover. This will cause it to thicken up more. Serve with gluten free croutons or dinner rolls!

 

 

 

 

Bugs, Parties, and Natural Electrolyte Drinks

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So we got it. I got it. Zach got it. The 3 little ones got it. Even my poor oldest daughter who was ready to celebrate her birthday on Sunday got it. We got the dreaded stomach bug! I don’t remember sending an invitation to this unwanted guest. Let me tell you about a good party crasher.

This starts back about 2 years ago. My daughter Madeline was counting down to her decade birthday. It was all she could talk about and how excited she was. It was supposed to be huge!! Ok, well not “huge” like some parties, but in our family we take your birth-day very seriously. She even celebrates down to the time she was born. Yes, we could always celebrate it on a another day, but today is her special day picking out her favorite dinner and cake. Even this year she was going to make her cake from scratch the day before (check that off for homeschooling πŸ˜‰ ). She had it all planned out. And then it happened.

It started Thursday night when Jackson was playing telling Daddy his tummy hurt. Sometimes he will say that ( he is my needs a band-aid for everything little man). So Zach just told him to go play and if it hurts some more to go into the bathroom. Well, he went in and redecorated my bathroom!! This was the down spiraling of events. It’s next victim was me, then Sarah, Madeline, and finally Zach. Solomon, who had a belly ache earlier in the week but bounced back rather quickly seemed to be the carrier. We were down for the count. We were so sick we had to call in the reserves. My father-in-law came to the rescue. He is the only one in the family that has this protective germ shield around him and never gets sick. He stayed with our family to help with the kids so we could rest. All. Night. Long. After him coming to the rescue, I will never make fun of his ” old man jokes” again! Well, maybe for awhile!!

Friday came. By then we had gotten a little better. The 3 youngest acted like nothing happened. But us parents and Madeline were having a hard time. My body hurt so bad that I hogged the water bottle all day. Madeline slept. Zach tended to the children. We spent most of Friday and Saturday sleeping the day away. That meant no cake for this birthday this year. Madeline didn’t care. The thought makes her turn green. So Zach mustered up some energy and ran to Walmart for some party supplies because my baby, the one who made me a mommy in the first place, was gonna get her party. We may have looked like zombies, but that little girls eyes lit up when she came down the stairs and saw we had decorated. And of course, got just want she wanted for her birthday (Seed starters, potting soil, and organic seeds)!! We spent the rest of the day passing off the baton for naps, but she will only be 10 once.

We use an amazing electrolyte drink to help put fluids back into our body. It’s made with natural ingredients and taste really good too! This would also be a great drink for the summer time since it almost tastes like orangeade. We used maple syrup in it this time around since I was out of raw honey. We also use our filtered water and pink Himalayan salt.Β  If you have kids, keep this one in your recipe box!!

I use her recipeΒ  She has a wonderful blog and many natural ways to remedy things!!

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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It was raining today. Little ones were under the weather, and I didn’t feel like cooking. So I knew I had broccoli in the fridge leftover from the night before and some cheese and milk. Put them all together and what do you get? Easy and delicious lunch in no time at all!!

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

(This recipe would serve 2)

1 1/2 c. cooked broccoli

1/2 onion chopped fine

2 Tbsp butter

1 Tbsp flour of choice (I use gluten free)

2 C. shredded cheddar cheese

2 C. milk

salt

pepper

garlic powder

Directions: Place chopped onion and butter in saucepan and cook until onions are transparent. Add flour and continue to stir until you create a rue (paste like consistancy). Add broccoli, cheddar cheese, and milk stirring on low until cheese is melted. Add spices and pull off the heat. Serve.

You can also add some dried mustard to add a little tang to the soup. That’s good too!! Took me about 15 minutes to make this start to finish. And for a busy mom, that’s a recipe for me!!

New Year, New Beginnings.

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So it has been since October since I wrote anything!! Sometimes life just gets in the way. But, with a new year comes new beginnings. New gardens, new recipes, new ideas with vlogging, new surprises. I’m excited for what the new year is going to bring.

So what has been happening on our little homestead these past few months? Well, we have downsized a lot in the house. It feels so cleansing to donate or sell off things you are not using. We have also added things that were “wants” to our home. For example, Zach bought me a Kitchen Aid mixer to help with our food prep. Let me tell you what a time saver this has been. I keep it right on my counter and use it often. We also got new appliances. I have washed dishes by hand for 6 people for a year and I must say, I will NEVER take a dishwasher for granted again!! We also got a new stove and refrigerator. We moved our fridge that was in our kitchen downstairs for extra storage because someone got membership to Costco!! Yes, this girl! I never realized how inefficient our stove was until we got a new one. Plus, it’s finally nice to have all 4 burners working!

Our journey to going completely gluten free became real about a month ago. Zach was the first to show signs of having issues years ago. I fed him gluten free, but the rest ate wheat. I wasn’t ready to give it up because it’s convenient. Then it was me with the issues with my foot which radiated up into my leg. So I quit gluten, but honestly would cheat every now and then. But when it started to effect my two daughters, I knew I needed to make a change. We started to notice my daughter was having bowel problems and would daily find herself in the bathroom sick. She also was tired all the time (probably because she wasn’t absorbing enough vitamins and minerals from her food). Our other daughter started to experience itching after she would eat gluten. It would get so bad she would cry and scratch her skin open. So we cut out gluten and you know what happened? The bowel problems went away and the itching stopped. They were more alert and active. So, was it gluten that was doing that to my girls? Well, to see if it as really the gluten, I gave them gluten again to see. Sure enough, the bowel problems came back, and the itching came back. But this time, my daughter was not only itchy but she actually broke out in a rash! I told my husband that was the straw that broke the camels back. We cut out wheat that day from everyone’s diet and haven’t looked back. After a good cry on how the heck I was going to do this with 6 people, let along with children who I swear invented the goldfish cracker, I wiped the tears and began baking. Because as a mother who wants what is best for my family and their health, I knew gluten was not one of them.

So that leads me to our garden. We got the new Baker’s Creek Seed Catalog. We will be placing our order within the next week. Our oldest daughter has shown a huge interest in saving and growing seeds. So this year she will be in charge of that.

The chickens are well and we will be adding a few more to our laying hens this spring. We have meat birds we are raising in the garage right now as we speak. Some may say that it is cruel to raise them in the garage and not on pasture. Trust me, if we had the meansΒ  we would do the same. But with limited space, this is the best we can do. They have a lot of room to run around and two huge windows that give them light. We keep heat lamps in there to keep them warm. They are happy! We also added to rabbits to the mix. We are excited for the compost for the garden!

As for surprises this year? Well, we will have to wait and see……

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes

Yes, I pictured one pancake. Why? Because once everyone got wind of me making these gems, this was my ration.

These are by far one of my favorite things to make. They warm your belly without bloating them up!

So here is how you make them. I doubled the recipe because, well, if you don’t you’ll regret it.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes

3 1/2 C. Gluten free flour (I used cassava or yucca root flour)

6 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt 

1-2 tbsp cinnamon ( to your liking)

1 tsp allspice

1/4 tsp ginger

2 eggs

2 cups coconut water (or milk)

2 tbsp oil of choice

2 C. Pumpkin

Directions: Mix all dry ingredients together. Add eggs, oil, water/milk, pumpkin. Mix. Heat griddle and spoon out 1/4 cup of batter at a time. Cook like normal pancakes. Add butter and maple syrup.

These would be great for a brunch or even for dinner (which we did tonight). I promise, they will not disappoint!

Beef Stew

Looking for a rib sticking recipe that will guarantee to make it into your comfort food recipe box? Look no further. This recipe is crock pot friendly, kid approved, and a great way to use up veggies in your fridge. 

Beef Stew

1lb of grass fed beef browned

1 bag of frozen broccoli

3 chopped carrots 

2 zucchini chopped (thick)

1/2 corn

1 cup frozen peas

Real salt

Onion powder

Garlic powder

2 small cans of tomato paste

Directions: Brown meat in skillet ( I always add a little water to grass fed and cover so I don’t have to babysit it).  Add to the crockpot. Add 2 cans of tomato paste and all the veggies. I cut the zucchini thicker so it doesn’t get mushy by dinner time. Add water and fill up the crockpot with water until it reaches the top. Add all your spices. I got heavy on the garlic and onion. It makes it taste amazing. Turn on low and cook for 8 hrs. Serve with buttered bread. Great the next day also with grilled cheese! Enjoy!

Easy Baked Potato Soup.


I love the first day of fall!! I love the falling leaves, crisp morning air, and the thrill of knowing its my favorite time of season! 
And what better way to kick off fall the with some delicious soup recipes. I would love to share one with you I have been making for years. It started with mashed potatoes and just developed from there. Curl up with a book and a bowl of this hot delish soup and I promise you, you will put this on your list of things to eat this time of season!!

Easy Baked Potato Soup

Mashed potatoes (use leftovers!)

1 small onion chopped

1/2 stick of butter

2 tbsp gluten free flour

2 cups of milk

1 cup of cheese ( I use cheddar)

Pepper

Salt

Garlic

Directions: Place butter and onions in a sauce pan and cook until onions are transparent. Add flour and keep stirring until you create a rue. Next add your cheese and potatoes. Keep stirring to melt the cheese. Add spices and milk. Simmer, but don’t let it boil. Serve.

And that’s it! Super easy and a great way to use leftovers. I love this meal! I usually just eat it like this, but you could load it up with bacon, sour cream, more cheese, or scallions!! The possibilities are endless. 

Home Sweet Home

So we decided to leave 2 days early from vacation. Why? 4 little kids were ready to come home and honestly so were we. 

Don’t get me wrong, I had a great time. We made a ton of new memories. But if any of you have small children, you know vacation can be exhausting. They had just had colds the week before so we were also working with them healing from all that and building back up those immune systems. It wasn’t until Thursday night after Zach and I said we had had enough running around everyday, and decided to do a movie night in. Best. Day. Of. Vacation. The kids loved it. That’s when I knew our kids could care less about the beach. Sure they love going down, the ocean, new scene, you get the idea. What they love is the things we do at home….the quality time we spend together. I love that about them. They are very grateful for everything we give them, but mostly the time we put into them. Sure it’s exhausting. We are tired most days. But it’s worth it. When those little ones snuggle up to you on the couch and want to spend time with you and talk with you. It’s worth it. 

So when our children tell us they are ready to go home, we listen. Everyone’s opinion matters in our home. 

It’s Wednesday.


The weather has been beautiful down here. It started out rough.

Last week, we all got sick. The kids were able to bounce back, but Zach got really sick. Bronchitis to be exact. It landed him in the hospital  two times the same day! Luckily, the medication they gave him he is back to normal with just a lingering cough.

Then it was the storm. Hermine was coming through and was trying to foil the first 3 days of vacation. It would mean I would miss seeing my friend and her family since they could only come down on days one and two. Luckily, the storm pattern changed and we were able to come down right on Sunday.

Because of those extra days down here, we have been able to visit Assateague, the park, go crabbing, fishing, and also do some mini golfing. We have been able to have rest time for all in the afternoon so everyone feels refreshed and no meltdowns occur. All in all its been wonderful.

Today is Wednesday. Beach day. I can’t wait to see my little guy Solomon play in the sand. He’s another year older this year so he will really enjoy it!

I absolutely love the beach. I love to relax (as much as I can with 4 kids)!! But, I’m always ready to come home. I miss our easygoing lifestyle. I miss the garden. I miss my chickens!! 

Being away always make you appreciate what you have….

Updates from our homestead.

It’s been ages since I’ve posted. Sometimes life gets a little crazy, but here I give you the up to date on what is going on at our homestead!

As I type this, we are leaving for the beach in 30 min. I plan to document our journey via Instagram and hopefully through some vlogging. 

We have had a busy August. We started homeschooling again and harvesting. We also planted cabbage and broccoli for the fall. The chickens that we raised since day olds are now laying! The kids are so excited about this, and it’s neat to see it all come full circle. Sadly, we had to put our rabbit Rosie down. She was old and appeared to be in pain and struggling. She served our family well and fertilized many gardens. 

When we get back, I’m going to do our homeschool haul on curriculum this year. Normally we unschool, but I found some amazing books that if like to try out with the kids. 

Keep checking back regularly. We have a lot of upcoming things that are going on this year! Can’t wait to share them!

Wish us luck, we have a 4 1/2 hour drive with 4 kids!!! See you at the beach 😊

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