Making a little taco seasoning. Most of the time, I just put some chili powder, cumin and garlic powder into the 🌮 meat!

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Starting seeds now for Spring planting!

Seeds purchased from City Folk's Farm Shop, llc

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Love this company, Molly's Suds, we have been using for over 4 years now! It's cost effective, environmentally safe and now in liquid form in addition to powder!

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Molly's Suds

ONE TIME SALE: Get ready to PRE-ORDER your NEW Liquid Laundry Detergent bags at 25% off this Labor Day weekend! Be one of the FIRST to try our amazingly detergent, perfect for sensitive skin, ultra-concentrated, and safe for people AND the planet. Who's excited?! LIKE & SHARE!

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Thinking about our garden every though it's FREEZING outside! Companion planting is a great way to make a small garden space stretch further and provide more variety.

Companion planting in the garden is a great way to allow plants to naturally benefit each other. Check out this image to get lists of good and bad companions for common garden plants. Source:…/2…/09/Companion-Planting.jpg

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Even though it's February 7, we tapped our maples because it's 50 degrees in Ohio today. So glad we did as the sap is a flowing!

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I posted about Jess and her blog the other day. Ava Anderson, a personal and home products company who many have purchased from myself included, has closed its doors.

Here's Jess's story about what happened at Ava Anderson and continued testing that needs to take place.

Hi! I'm Jess, a 36 year old Mama of 2 who lives in beautiful rural WI. And I'm a whistleblower. It's not an easy thing to do, but it's the right thing to do. I've been called a "cyber bully" for revealing fraud which has taken me 3 years to prove. The Ava Anderson Non Toxic company (AANT) is play...

Personal care products are a constant struggle for me. I trust Jess from Eco-Friendly baby/family products MADE IN THE USA as she's done her homework.

This particular post is about Ava Anderson and that company not properly indicating their entire ingredient list on some products.

Jess's approved products are listed here:

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Eco-friendly baby/family products MADE in the USA

UPDATE: 1:27 CST 1/23/16: I was forwarded an internal communication from the company to the Reps that stated they did move several more products to in-house pr...oduction. So the website reflects their new product. Great. However, my point still stands that this company is completely unethical.

ORIGINAL post: THE AANT company updated their dish soap label yesterday. How incredibly shady is THAT?! Now, suddenly it contains this? Every, single person who has it in their possession can cross-check the ingredients on your bottle with the ingredients I had it tested for. If they just came out with a brand new formula yesterday, good for them. It doesn't negate the fact that they LIED about what was in the original formula since its launch.

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Watched this Michael Pollan documentary last evening. He is the author of In Defense of Food, The Omnivore's Dilemma among other titles.

His book, In Defense of Food, was one of the first books I read about the history of processed food. It's worth the two hours to watch this documentary that will inspire you to reexamine your food options. We are lucky that we have so many food choices in this Country, it's just figuring out what the best ones are.

Just because GMOs are deemed safe by the government, that doesn’t mean they’re good for us, says the Julia Roberts of the food movement.

Perhaps not my most frugal purchase, but this 1/2 bushel of apples are delicious! If your curious, it was $32 for a 1/2 bushel.

I usually buy bags (at least two pecks) of Apple seconds (for $5) from a local farmer and make our applesauce for the year. This was actually our first time Apple picking and we got some free sunflowers!

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Want to plant garlic this year? It's time! Here's a great source for your garlic seeds. I bought garlic seed two years ago and have continued to plant the garlic I grow each year. I have not purchased garlic in two years and it is SUPER EASY to grow!

Basically you plant it in the fall, cover with straw and forget it. In the spring when the curly things grow, cut them back. That allows the energy from the plant to go into the bulb. Then you pull out the garlic when the leaves start to brown. Let the garlic dry out and you are done!

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City Folk's Farm Shop, llc

Certified organic seed garlic still available. 4 varieties: Georgian Fire, Russian Giant, Samarkand, Broadleaf Czech. Planting after first light frost is optimal (so this Sunday in Columbus!).

This is one of many reasons why I garden, the ability to feed my kids the best food possible. Look at these beauties!

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Yum! Nothing more nutritious than broccoli right off the plant as a before dinner appetizer!

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Hauling mulch for the gardens, harvesting kidney beans, finding walnuts in our backyard (from our neighbors tree) and boiling some Sugar Maple tree sap that we had frozen from last winter. Just another day at our house.

I've not posted much this summer, but we're still doing what we always do at our house.

Tonight's harvest:

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Maybe I should try these. Although now I need more berries!

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Too many u-pick strawberries = Homemade fruit roll-ups! Made with just 3 ingredients.
Get the recipe here:

Labor of love for today: Strawberry Jam

It smells divine and has just started to cook down. I use this recipe from 100 Days of Real Food, although I only use about half the honey the recipe calls for. Yum!…/how-to-can-some-jam-a-s…/

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From the garden this evening:

Beautiful peas with purple flowers

Strawberries getting ripe like crazy


Enough lettuce for all my neighbors

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