Flower Pot Dessert {Paleo “dirt” chocolate pudding}

Flower Pot Paleo Chocolate Pudding

My sweet P goes to an awesome preschool with a strong play-based learning environment. The kids get lots of free play inside and out, lots of creative projects to strengthen the right side of the brain, and learn how to get along with others. There are special areas they rotate through several times a morning, including… [read more]

Chicken and Grape Bake Recipe


I made this recipe from my cookbook From Your Garden To Your Family a few weeks ago for my family and I thought I would share because it’s one of our favorites and just so dang easy to prepare. I am so excited to be back home in North Florida, I’m looking forward to getting back… [read more]

How to Make Marigold Tea

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I am such a fan of herbal remedies because they work. I also just love that they come from the earth, God’s creation. The more I learn about herbology, the more gratitude and awe I have for God and how masterfully He created plants for all our human ailments and conditions. If you are a Christian and nervous… [read more]

Garden Markers Kid Craft DIY

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Oh, be still my heart! Look how big she is! It feels like just yesterday that it was the end of 4th trimester but somehow Penelope is four and half years old. I try to do some sort of art/craft every afternoon so that we both have time to connect and decompress together after a busy… [read more]

Spring in Asheville

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After falling in love with Asheville last fall, I immediately started figuring out when we could get back up to Asheville to explore it even more.  My little wish came true and my family and I were able to visit last month during Penelope’s spring break. It was so much fun!   We made our… [read more]

Living Off The Grid, Interview with Greg Seaman, Founder of EarthEasy.com

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I had such a great time talking with Greg Seaman, the founder of EarthEasy.com, for this podcast. Greg’s story is super interesting: He and his family lived completely off the grid for 30 years on the San Juan Islands (a place I have been, a truly magical place where you can kayak among orca whales).… [read more]

From Your Garden to Your Family: Beginner Gardening Guide and Cookbook!


  I love gardening so much.  It has long been a tool for coping, healing and pure enjoyment. I get to be outdoors on a beautiful day and am getting exercise at the same time. Sometimes walking and yoga can get boring, but with gardening you are squatting and strengthening muscles without even realizing it! I… [read more]

My New Garden Containers From EarthEasy.com and a HUGE Giveaway!

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When we first moved to South Florida this summer, one of the first things I did was research container gardening options. Leaving behind the home we had owned for a long time meant losing my 10×30 garden that I had built with my own two hands. It was gut wrenching. If not for my husband… [read more]

Give your home better air.

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This past May, when we first moved into our new house by the beach (which is just a rental), I worried about who had lived there last and what their lifestyle was. Were they smokers?  Did they clean the kitchen counters with bleach every day? I had no idea what the indoor air quality was… [read more]

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Confessions of a Reluctant Composter

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  My husband and I have a certain attitude toward our urban garden. I like to think of it as “simplicity,” but with a little more honesty, I might admit to “laziness” being our gardening style. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed, so we like to keep our homesteading as uncomplicated as possible. Our attitude… [read more]

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How to Eat the Best Tomato of Your Life


Ever wonder how to take your enjoyment of food to a new level? The answer might be a major shift in your food lifestyle to embrace seasonal eating. Until college, a tomato was a tomato to me. It certainly wasn’t a food I would ever want to bite into all by itself. You pick them… [read more]

How To Grow Zinnias

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Zinnias are so fun and easy to grow! They’re a perfect beginner flower to grow. They make the best cut flowers too. And they are cheap!  All you need is one little packet of seeds and you will have a bounty of flowers. Each tiny seed makes a huge grouping of stems. They are huge… [read more]

Healing Weeds In Your Back Yard

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Do you have lots of weeds in your yard? This time of year, I bet you do! Do they drive you crazy? The weeds in my yard used to drive me nuts. Pre-life-with-baby days, I would spend hours upon hours weeding my flower beds and my entire lawn. I have a pretty big lawn and… [read more]

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Flavor in Your Front Yard: Starting an Herb Garden


It’s still wintry and chilly outside, but it’s time to start planning for your Spring garden. And for those of us in the deep south, spring gardening is already in full swing now that we’re had our last frost (fingers crossed!). If you’ve never tried out your green thumb before (and even if you have)… [read more]

Building Raised Beds for Your Garden

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Raised beds are a great option for an urban garden. Our favorite things to grow in raised beds are carrots, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, basil, parsley, cilantro, lettuce, squash, beans, and peas, but you can use them to grow just about anything.  And for certain plants, raised beds really help them thrive because of… [read more]

Want a Great Garden? Use the Moon.


“To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose, a time to be born, a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which was planted.” – Ecclesiastes 3 Planting with the moon cycle in mind is a cool way to really get in touch with… [read more]

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