Our Backyard Raised Vegetable Garden

Did you know when you move to a new home, it’s best to wait about a year before you plan where to put your garden? Yep!  It’s true.  Lots of garden experts recommend waiting, if you can.  😉 Think about it for a minute.  You need to make sure your garden gets enough sun, right? Because the sun’s patterns change daily and seasonally, you need to be certain the area you choose for your garden plot will have the right amount of sun. I waited 9 months.   It about killed me… Fortunately, I did some container gardening on my … Continue reading

31 ways to regain your health with essential oils!

I am super excited about this event! With 31 presentations containing relevant evidence and practical advice from the experts, The Essential Oils Revolution will help you use essential oils effectively and confidently. This event is the first-ever, online, brand-generic event to include experts from every field, including aromatherapy, direct sales, medicine and research. Unfortunately, people all over the world are scrambling to find solutions to their health problems–it’s up to you to do your homework. Fortunately, essential oils are currently the hottest trend toward regaining control of your health! The Essential Oils Revolution begins on Monday, May 11. Click here … Continue reading

How to Make GAPS Yogurt in 30 Minutes – A Pictorial

I’ll admit it….  I’m lazy. Or maybe I’m efficient! Truth be told, I don’t like standing around and waiting.  It wears me out…  😉 I started making GAPS yogurt about 4 years ago when I started the full GAPS diet.  At that time, there were only a few people sharing how to make yogurt online.  They all took way too long for me. I wanted to get ‘er done with very little standing around. Over the next few weeks, I tested lots of different methods and all kinds of different yogurts. Here’s the method I like the most, and the … Continue reading

Redesign, Revive, Renew!

Maybe you have wondered what I have been doing for the past couple years or maybe you haven’t. I was suffering from writer’s block. Seriously…. For two years, I didn’t know what to say or what to do with this blog. But now I’m ready to restart blogging again!  I hope you will rejoin me in this endeavor. Before I tell you what I will be blogging about, let me tell you a bit about what I have been doing and where I am right now. What I have been doing In one of my last posts, I wrote that I would be taking … Continue reading

I’m Still Here!

Wow! I can’t believe it has been so long since I’ve blogged. If you follow me on Facebook, you know I’m still alive. 😀 Here’s What I’ve Been Doing We took a trip to Northern California to visit family and do the touristy thing in San Francisco. We all had a great time! I made applesauce and cider from about 50 lbs of the 100 lbs of apples I picked in the fall.  The rest of them are in cold storage and I plan on making more applesauce very soon. My husband built me 6 more garden boxes for next … Continue reading

Week 11 on GAPS Intro – Last Post of the Series

If you’ve been following my recent GAPS adventures, you know I’ve been on the Introduction diet for about 2 1/2 months to heal from Fibromyalgia.  It has been quite a roller coaster ride, but finally leveled off for the last couple weeks with little to no digestive issues or symptoms. I have successfully been able to eat raw vegetables despite my bad reaction to lettuce towards the end of week 9 and have also added small bits of raw fruit with no upset.  Since there is very little to write about as I finish up Intro and transition back to … Continue reading

Weeks 9 & 10 on GAPS Intro – Life Happens

In the middle of week 9 of the GAPS Intro diet, I moved on to stage 5. The first food I introduced was two teaspoons of stewed apple mashed with ghee. It was yummy and tasted a little like apple pie without the spices. I did not experience any symptoms. Yay! The following day I took three teaspoons and still had no symptoms, so I’m guessing I’m okay with applesauce.  That is good news because last Thursday my daughter and I picked 100 lbs of unsprayed apples.  I think I’ll be busy for awhile! Next I tried some soft lettuce. … Continue reading

Gardening, Harvesting and Foraging

If you’ve been following my gardening efforts at all, you have read how I turned my backyard flowerbed into a raised garden this year.  Here is the update I wrote about two months later.  Above is a picture of how it looked about three weeks ago.  It seemed to explode almost overnight!  We have had a wonderful late summer/early fall here in the Pacific Northwest.  Little to no rain for 80+ days!  That means we have had an extended harvest, for which I am very grateful because I got started so late in the spring.  Here, let me share what we … Continue reading

How to Make Raw Garlic Powder

I got this idea from my beautiful cousin, a fellow DIYer from Cali. When I found out she made her own garlic powder, I knew I had to find out how!  A few months ago, she had a 3-hour layover in Seattle, and we hadn’t seen each other in years.  It was a no-brainer – we simply had to get together!  So my daughter and I drove down to the airport meet her, and we took her out to dinner.  We had a great time together over some very delicious lamb, and she revealed how easy it is to make … Continue reading

Week 8 on GAPS Intro – Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

  When I started the GAPS Intro diet, I absolutely did not anticipate being on it for two months, especially since I had been on the Full GAPS diet for a year.  I thought for sure my digestive system was in better shape.  I was so wrong. And then, just when I think I’ve got it figured out, my body throws me a curve ball.  First it was constipation, then came diarrhea.  I don’t know exactly why, but I have my suspicions.  I think it was either the magnesium pills I started taking or some super strong beef bone broth … Continue reading