100% Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

I started making my own bread shortly after getting married almost 15 years ago. I started with store bought white flour and a bread machine. It was amazing! Later, I moved to store bought whole wheat flour. This was less than awesome. It just didn’t rise nice like it was supposed to. Even with wheat gluten added in, it was still basically a failure, so I stopped baking bread and just started buying 100% Whole Wheat bread from the store.…

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Oil Pulling For Whiter Teeth And A Cleaner Mouth

Oil pulling is basically using oil as a mouthwash. Our oil of choice is coconut oil since it has antibacterial properties and it tastes nice.

The process is simple. Just put about a 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth first thing in the morning. Then, swish it around and pull it through your teeth as much as possible for 10 minutes or so, trying to touch every spot in your mouth.  When you are finished, spit it in the garbage (not in the sink).  It’s also important to mention that you do not swallow it or gargle with it as it is full of bacteria.…

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Identifying and Tapping Your First Maple Tree

Sap season has started here in Northern Wisconsin. We have tapped 105 trees this year, and as of today, we have collected a total of 445 gallons. This will result in approximately 11 gallons of syrup.

In the video, I will show you how to get started by identifying and tapping your first maple tree.

We make syrup strictly for the use of our family and friends. We don’t have a commercial operation, but we do try to mke as much as possible because our crew uses quite a bit over the course of a year.…

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DIY All Natural Extracts

I have been on a breakfast shake kick lately and have been using a lot of mint in the shakes. It doesn’t take very long to strip a small mint plant of all its leaves, though. I needed a way to make my mint last longer, so I decided to pick all of the leaves and make mint extract with them. This way, I can use a bit of the extract in my shakes and make the leaves last a lot longer!…

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Amish Cough Syrup

Our family has been fighting some germs over the past couple of weeks, and the coughing was getting to be a little much. It was time we brought out the big guns – Amish cough syrup.

I came across this recipe online about a year ago on The Milk Mans Wife blog. The tincture on the blog is referred to as Snake Juice.

The recipe calls for lemons, onions, honey, peppermint schnapps, and blackberry brandy.…

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100% Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe

One of my all-time favorite foods is pizza. Since I am the one who cooks all of the food in my house, I decided that every Friday is pizza day. I like to have total control over what goes on my pizza because it makes it easier to please everyone who will be sharing it. I can put onions and mushrooms on my half and leave them off for those who want the boring half. One thing I NEVER do is make a plain cheese pizza.…

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Bottling Hard Apple Cider from a Mr. Beer Kit

We have moved on to the next step of making hard apple cider with our Mr. Beer kit.

This time we are on the bottling step. First, we sanitized our bottles and added a little sugar to aid in the carbonation. We could have left the sugar out and went with a flat cider, but we don’t particularly like the taste of hard cider in general so that didn’t seem like the route we wanted to go.…

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Shorten Your Year and Get More Done

My husband knows how much I love planning, growing, and getting more done, so for Christmas he got me a productivity book called, The 12 Week Year. He also bought it because he was interested in it but didn’t want to read it himself.

I am an avid reader when it comes to fiction, but I struggle with making time to read nonfiction. So it took me longer than I would have liked to get through the book even though it is under 200 pages long.…

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Brewing Hard Apple Cider Using a Mr. Beer Kit

You saw us making homemade apple cider last fall (check it out here if you didn’t). The apple cider is really delicious, but we decided to see what else we can do with it.

When my daughter was out and about shopping a few weeks ago, she came across a Mr. Beer Hard Cider Home Brewing Kit and decided to buy it. We figured we’d give it a shot with what was in the box, and if it turns out maybe we’ll try it with some of our homemade apple cider.…

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Homemade Bleach

Bleach That You Can Bathe In (If You Really Wanted To)

I have 3 kids, so light colored clothes don’t usually stay clean for all that long. And I have never liked or bought commercial bleach. It stinks. It can ruin clothes. And I have been known to spill and/or drop liquids from time to time, and spilled bleach is a bad idea.

Recently, my grandma complained that the kids white clothes looked a little grungy, so I decided to find a way to “bleach” their clothes without the bleach.…

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