Chicken Crafty Hobby

I was drawn to these little chicken juggling bean bag things in a local store recently. Eva wanted me to buy some, and like a lot of things they want and I like, I thought “we can make those!” This time I actually followed through and researched some links on how to make them. I found a cute website that had easy to follow instructions and utilized items we already had. I had to teach myself about a “french knot” for making the eyes, but other than that, I was able to easily and successfully make these cute little chicken pyramid bean bags, and now I think I just added a new hobby to my long list of things I like and want to do!

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chicken for Mary, Eva’s pen pal
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the Flock

Polish Easter Baskets

We used to do this all the time at home with my parents. My dad is about half Polish. I remember him taking our Easter basket of newly stuffed sausages and eggs, some wine and some bread to our priest on Holy Saturday for a blessing. I think we were the only ones doing it then!

Some Easter traditions and recipes found on Delishably.

 

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Un-Oatmeal Cream Pie Recipe

This is another recipe I would like to try, namely for the frosting recipe! My friend Jenny at Au Naturale Nutrition posted this a bit ago and I’ve been meaning to try it. I don’t have all the ingredients yet but I’m hoping to get to it in the near future. Reading her post made me aware of some things I didn’t know about oats for instance. I’m not totally gluten free but if this is as tastey as it looks, and the kids like it, I think it could be a great treat!

N'Oatmeal Cream Pies with Vanilla Buttercream.  (Paleo & gluten free!)  By www.aunaturalenutrition.com

Leaky Gut Syndrome

Good article about Leaky Gut!

The Simple Times

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In my previous blog post about the healing benefits of bone broth, I mentioned one of the conditions it can be beneficial for is leaky gut syndrome. For some of you, that may be a familiar term, for others it’s something you may not have heard of before. In my Lyme and chronic illness journey, one of the things that most of my doctors agreed on was how important healing my leaky gut would be for my overall health and healing process.

What is leaky gut?

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Leaky gut syndrome is a condition in which the mucous lining of the small intestine becomes porous, allowing toxins, micro-organisms, and food particles to directly enter the bloodstream which will trigger an immune response and will cause multiple symptoms.

The function of the mucosal lining of the small intestine can be compared to that of a window screen, which lets air inside but…

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Clean Living on a Homestead Diet

There are so many ideas out there for how best to live and eat that it can feel overwhelming. I do believe that over the recent years (from my youth through adulthood), our food choices have left something to be desired. So many preservatives and additives that have been added in order to make food last longer on shelves, or to entice taste buds, especially of young people, simply cannot be good for us, especially in large quantities or over long periods of time, building up in our bodies.

Tracy at Our Simple Homestead had a great post the other day about Living Clean on a Homestead Diet. This is something I aspire to for myself and our family as it seems to me that if we ate more whole foods, the way God gave them to us in the form of plants and animals, we might not have some of the health issues we have.

Check out her post. Are there some ways you are incorporating a “homestead diet”? Do you grow your own food or have animals? Do you have access to a farm or market? Do you like to can or preserve foods?

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Image credit: Our Simple Homestead