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    How I Make Bone Broth

    Bone broth is huge right now, and for good reason! Bone broths have always been a staple in traditional cuisines. They add a delicious depth of flavor to recipes, and it turns out they are also deeply nourishing. This is often the case with traditionally prepared foods! Our ancestors were on to a thing or two when it came to food preparation.  Homemade bone broth is anti-inflammatory, gut healing, and provides access to minerals and nutrients not readily found in other foods. It has been shown to boost the immune system. It is a great source of collagen, which is why some people say that bone broth is “better than…

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    How to Make Elderberry Syrup

    My boys and I are sick. We’ve tried hard to avoid all the nasty germs going around right now, but we’ve also had to balance that with not going stir crazy stuck inside all the time! This time, the germs won. When we have head colds or flu-like symptoms, I always turn to Elderberries. Elderberries are incredible, truly. The entire Elder shrub has been used in folk medicine for thousands of years, and modern research is proving that the berries are a legitimate folk remedy. Two interesting double-blind, placebo-controlled studies showed that Elderberry had a remarkable effectiveness in reducing symptoms of flu-like illness. In both studies, the majority of patients…

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    Easy French Apple Tart

    Two weeks into our marriage, my husband sat me down for a serious talk. “I’m starving,” he told me. Not starving as in hungry for a sandwich. Starving as in he had been seriously hungry for the two weeks I had been attempting to cook for him. He was hungry, miserable, desperate, and he either needed for me to learn to cook or hand the kitchen over to him! My very first attempt to cook him a meal resulted in me starting a kitchen fire, a feat I repeated more than once in those early years of marriage. And don’t even get me started on the first meal I attempted…

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    Fall Harvest + Honey Roasted Carrots

    When I started my garden, I was very nervous about my carrots. I knew I was planting them much closer together than even raised bed recommendations (which are already much closer together than traditional beds). I also knew that the soil in my raised bed was very rocky, which could cause the carrots to split and grow improperly. It was not an ideal planting situation. With that said, I could not be happier with my carrot harvest! Yes, I did have some splits and some oddly shaped carrots that grew around rocks. Overall, my carrots were a bit smaller than I hoped, which is probably due to them being a bit…

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    Recipe: Instant-Pot Moroccan Butternut Squash Soup (Paleo)

    This is my first time publicly posting a recipe. Can I admit that it is incredibly nerve-wracking?? For one thing, this soup has 5 ingredients. 5. You know there is no way  I’m the first person to come up with this combination. Yes, I came up with it on my own out of desperation, but somewhere it HAS to already be written down as a recipe. I fear that if more people than my Mom ever read my blog then somebody will comment “Um, you know you stole that recipe from such and such cookbook. . . ” Oh the fears of a type A perfectionist. For another thing, this…