Homemade Kimchi

Homemade Kimchi

I don't know if you guys know this about me or not, but I tend to be a bit of a foodie.

As I confessed in a recent post, I almost always make simple meals, but I love experimenting in the kitchen.  

I truly appreciate local quality ingredients, and will go out of my way for such, on the regular.

A 20 minute drive every week to pick up raw milk from a local dairy, a one hour trek north, to an Amish community to buy raw honey by the gallon and homemade raw butter, frequent trips to the farmer's market...

I wouldn't have it any other way. Good food interests me.

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Scrappy Flag Pillow Cover Tutorial

Scrappy Flag Pillow Cover Tutorial

Fourth of July is right around the corner.

In my typical "wingin' it at all times" fashion, it occurred me that something festive for the shop and blog should be out, you know, last week.

So, yesterday turned into "patriotic decor makin' day."

I designed a couple simple grain sack "America" pillows for the shop, and made a quick tutorial for this scrappy flag pillow.

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5 Tips for Having Healthy Meals Every Night Without Meal Planning

5 Tips for Having Healthy Meals Every Night Without Meal Planning

I've noticed that when people want to get on a real food diet, they think they need elaborate meal plans with dry erase boards neatly filled in with three meals a day. 

Baked blueberry pecan oatmeal for breakfast, Asian pesto curry for lunch and almond crusted parmesan tilapia for dinner...

(I just made those titles up, by the way, but they really do all sound fabulous.)

Just do a quick Pinterest search for "Paleo Recipes" and prepare to be overwhelmed.  

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Curb Appeal Makeover Porch Progress- Demo!

Curb Appeal Makeover Porch Progress- Demo!

Well, there's no going back now!

I wish there would have been some way we could just add a little shim here, and a new board there, and call this porch good.  

This whole curb appeal makeover process would have been a lot more fun if it was just adding pretty plants and rocking chairs. 

But, when you're talking about a house that is almost 100 years old, a full demo is in order.

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Linen White Chalk Paint Dresser Makeover

Linen White Chalk Paint Dresser Makeover

A year ago, almost to the day, we started our farmhouse bedroom makeover.

I was so tired of looking at the dark wood Ashley furniture set that came with the sleigh bed, chest of drawers, dresser and night stand to match.  It was a nice set, but didn't fit in with my style anymore.

I wanted something with a little more charm, a bedroom suite that would look collected, and mostly made of antiques.

I sold off all our furniture, without any real backups ready to transfer all our things to.

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Curb Appeal Makeover With Lowe's- Before Pictures and Inspiration

Curb Appeal Makeover With Lowe's- Before Pictures and Inspiration

Ok friends, the following pictures are slightly difficult to share.

We have lived in our 1920's bungalow for almost nine years now, and the front porch has been in dire need of a renovation the entire time.

So, although, we have been super busy painting, ripping up carpet, tearing out an entire bathroom, installing new quartz countertops, building new built-ins and painting some more, we completely neglected the exterior of our home.

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Toxins in Your Home Part Two

Toxins in Your Home Part Two

My sister Laura from Wholesome Homestead Blog is back with part two of the "Toxins in Your Home" series.  

This time she goes beyond cleaning supplies, and discusses a few less obvious offenders.

If you missed part one, you can check that out HERE.

Take it away Laura!

I have decided to write a series on the toxins found in our own homes, because I was shocked when I read this: "Modest estimates have suggested that we are exposed to more than 700,000 different toxic chemicals on a daily basis".  This doesn’t include the crazy poisons that GMO companies are pumping into the food supply.

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