Irish Soda Bread Recipe

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Irish Soda Bread has been a staple in country kitchens since the 1800’s because it has a long shelf life, is quick and inexpensive to make and requires no rise time or extensive kneading. Traditionally it’s made with only four basic ingredients: white or wheat flour, bread soda (baking soda), buttermilk and salt, but various versions containing caraway seeds, raisins and/or currants are popular today. I love this simple and hearty bread smothered with butter or jam and it makes the best … [Read More...]

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Calorie Counting Versus Intuitive Eating

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Loosing weight and getting healthy is a goal for many people in my life currently. What works for one person might not necessarily work for another person. What I do know is that fad dieting doesn't work for most people. Instead of dieting, I always encourage a lifestyle change. Cut out the processed food and start eating clean. There is some debate on whether you should count calories or not. I personally am an intuitive eater; I don't count calories. Calorie Counting Calories are … [Read More...]

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Guide to Canned Tomatoes

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The best time to stockup on canned good is in the winter. This is due to the fact that canned goods are often at their lowest prices in the Fall and Winter months. Canned tomatoes are a great item to stockpile since they can be used in a variety of recipes. There are manned different types of canned tomatoes. I thought it would be helpful to explain the different types of canned tomatoes and their best uses. Whole Tomatoes - The highest quality of canned tomatoes is generally whole tomatoes. … [Read More...]

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Food & Recipes

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Irish Soda Bread Recipe…

Irish Soda Bread has been a staple in country kitchens since the 1800’s because it has a long shelf life, is quick and inexpensive to make and requires no rise time or extensive kneading. Traditionally it’s made with only four […]

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Guide to Canned Tomatoes…

The best time to stockup on canned good is in the winter. This is due to the fact that canned goods are often at their lowest prices in the Fall and Winter months. Canned tomatoes are a great item to […]

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Chocolate Brownie Overnight Oats Recipe…

Sometimes the only thing that will do is chocolate. Just because a recipe starts with the word chocolate, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s loaded with calories. This recipe combines breakfast and dessert but is protein packed! This would be a […]

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Health & Wellness

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Calorie Counting Versus Intuitive Eating…

Loosing weight and getting healthy is a goal for many people in my life currently. What works for one person might not necessarily work for another person. What I do know is that fad dieting doesn’t work for most people. […]

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Tips for Dealing with Shin Splints…

A common injury from over doing it with exercise is shin splints. Back in January when I went two weeks straight without a rest day, I ended up with shin splints. Thankfully  I paid attention to my body and I […]

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A Green Plate Special…

There are many different approaches for creating a green plate whether you are eating on the run—or simply having breakfast, lunch, or dinner at home! Greens are perfect for snacks. Think slices of avocados or strips of raw celery—-green juice […]

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Juicing

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A Juicing Neutralizer: Cucumbers…

Cucumbers are perfect to add to many juices whether they are cleansing juices or green juices—sweet or more bitter—add cucumbers to act as a neutralizer! Cucumbers are called vegetables but they are really fruit. More importantly they are almost 100% […]

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Beet Detox Juice Recipe…

Beets are packed with nutrients and have been used to cleanse the liver. Not only are beets good for a liver detox, but they also increase the oxygen in the blood! Many juicing books and recipes use beets in their […]

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A 21-Day Juicing Challenge!?!…

Are you ready to change your body!?! Do you love to sip on fruity mixes? What about wholesome vegetables!?! You may want to give juicing a try with this 21 Day Juicing Challenge! Last year, I (Litsa) tried out the […]

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File it Friday

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File it Friday: Chicken Zucchini Poppers +…

During the week I come across a lot of articles and blog posts that I think are worth reading. Or I come across a new recipe I want to try or a craft idea. Most of the time I don’t […]

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File it Friday: Honey Walnut Shrimp, Mexican…

During the week I come across a lot of articles and blog posts that I think are worth reading. Or I come across a new recipe I want to try or a craft idea. Most of the time I don’t […]

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File it Friday: Spinach Parmesan Pasta,…

During the week I come across a lot of articles and blog posts that I think are worth reading. Or I come across a new recipe I want to try or a craft idea. Most of the time I don’t […]

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Country Life

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Country Life: Caring for Chickens in the Snow…

Over the last week we have had two snowstorms here in Central Virginia. Not only has it been snowy, it has been extremely cold. On Friday, the temperature dropped to -3 degrees. With temperatures that low, it makes it challenging […]

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Autumn Leaves: Fun for Kids & Pets…

Most of the leaves from our oak trees have hit the ground. That means that we have an abundance of leaves in our yard! Hubby made a huge leaf pile for the kids to play in the other day. It […]

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Country Life: Alternative Feed for Chickens…

We currently have 14 hens and one rooster which is the biggest flock of chickens we have ever kept. They are eating a lot of chicken feed too! Since our puppies still like to chase the chickens, we no longer […]

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Home Management

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Pack It: Clean Snacks…

Packing fresh berries for lunches, breakfast, and snacks with these new, space-saving, easy to use Ziploc containers is pure delight. They are serving sized at only 4 ounces each! These little squares are simply stackable—and look super neat in your […]

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National Strawberry Day…

National Strawberry Day was created to celebrate those little red fruits that begin making their debut in our refrigerators again this month. The strawberry plant was a gift from Chile that made its way to North America in the 1750s. […]

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Country Life: Caring for Chickens in the Snow…

Over the last week we have had two snowstorms here in Central Virginia. Not only has it been snowy, it has been extremely cold. On Friday, the temperature dropped to -3 degrees. With temperatures that low, it makes it challenging […]

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Ways to Save

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Free National Park Entrance for 4th Graders…

In the Fall of 2015, all fourth grade students nationwide will be able to access National Parks for free. This is part of the Every Kid in a Park initiative. What this means is that 4th grade students and their […]

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Thrifty Finds: Always vs Never…

The last three times that my daughter and I (Litsa) had visited the local thrift stores, I came home feeling defeated. No fun finds! Yet, she always came home with a little toy that filled the playroom (floor)! Or so […]

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The Freezer: Meal Planning…

Meal planning is vital for our family that eats at home every day on most weeks. It saves us time and money. We are forced to use what’s in our pantry. Some items in our pantry can help us be […]

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Gardening

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Gardening: Starting Seeds Indoors…

Even though there is snow on the ground, I have started my vegetable garden seeds indoors! I still have more seeds to start, but had to make due with the supplies I had on hand since we were snowed in. […]

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Gardening: Where to Find Seed Catalogs…

Even though winter is sticking around according to the groundhog, I am dreaming of my Spring vegetable garden! A few weeks ago seed catalogs started arriving in my mailbox. Flipping through the catalogs and planning my vegetable garden make these […]

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Protecting Vulnerable Plants in Cold Weather…

Winter is here and temperatures have dropped in most of the country. If you have vulnerable outdoor plants, you will want to protect them from the cold. When we visited my in-laws in upstate New York I noticed that their […]

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