A Summer Wine


Not summer whine, silly! Summer wine. Though we desert rats do whine a lot in the summer time. A lot! It is too hot outside! The electric bill is too high and the ever popular; it is Friday night on a holiday weekend and the air conditioner just died. Yikes!

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What is in My Kitchen Pantry?

My kitchen pantry? Not hardly!

My kitchen pantry? Not hardly!

I have a friend who says that she is amazed when I show her something new from my kitchen  pantry. When ever she comes over she says “So what new thing are you working on” and “I would love to take a peek inside this secret place that you call My Kitchen Pantry”. This is the friend who took that picture of my laundry room. Now, I close the pantry door when she rings the door bell. One of these days, I will have my kitchen pantry organized and I will let her see it. I am just too busy doing things that are much more fun right now.

When someone comes over, I just calmly shut the pantry door.

When someone comes over, I just calmly shut the pantry door.

I also have a blogging mentor that suggested that I  do more with my Amazon Affiliate link on my blog. So, I thought that I would feed two birds with one dish of bird seed.

I can do this!

I can do this!

I looked in my kitchen pantry and found some unique items that I have purchased through Amazon and am very happy with. I will post them on my Facebook page at 6:00pm as Donna’s Daily Amazon Favorites. Sometimes I will talk about them here to tell you a little bit more why I like them. If it goes well, I will continue to share this. If I notice that my fans are all jumping ship, running for the hills, or getting the heck out of Dodge; then I will do something different.

But whatever happens, I hope you have fun reading my new attempts while I Share my Life’s Abundance!


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A Giveaway in Honor of National Preparedness Month

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I work with a group of bloggers who are teaching me-a homesteader-how to prepare for an emergency. I have been visiting each of their blogs, liking their Facebook pages and sharing information that I think that my readers would like. This giveaway is an opportunity for my readers to visit their blogs and facebook pages as well. Please click the rafflecopter link to find the instructions on how to win this giveaway. By doing this, you too will be able to enjoy their blogs as well as mine.

Now, go into the world and prepare while you are–Sharing life’s Abundance!

Giveaway Details for $100 Giveaway:

In honor of National Preparedness Month (www.Ready.gov/Prepare), the Homestead Bloggers Network is hosting a giveaway to help you become better prepared for any potential emergency situation. Not only do you need to create an emergency family plan, but you need to have some basic supplies at the ready. The winner of this giveaway will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card to help them get everything on their family’s preparedness list!

The giveaway will end 11:59pm on September 22, 2014. Open to US residents, 18 and older only and void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary – chances of winning depend on number of entries received.

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Fermented Foods in My Kitchen

Box of Apples

I am not an expert at making fermented foods. But I have found myself a mentor. Oh yes, I can read about it all day long on the internet, but I learn better live.

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What I am learning about Paleo

Fine tuning what I am learning about Paleo

Fine tuning what I am learning about Paleo

First let me say that my desire to help Steve succeed on Paleo is partially selfish in motive. I want him to realize the importance of eating real food. Organic vegetables grown in our garden, an orchard full of the right varieties of fruit/nut trees to grow in the desert and meat from animals that are grazed on real pasture, year round.

The more that I read about Paleo, the more that I realize that this is the right way to convince Steve.

The thing that I have learned about Paleo is that when embarking on this new way of eating , do not listen to friends. If you are going to be successful; get the book, read it, all of it. I bought “The Paleo Diet” book at a yardsale for 50 cents. It is very plain, clear and easy to understand. It does not sugar coat what you have to do in order to succeed. I would also suggest that you stop looking for bread replacements, pancake replacements, and brownie replacements. At least at first. Just concentrate on honing your creative skills with the basics. Once you loose your weight, then by all means-treat yourself-Paleo style.

Even while on “The Virgin Diet” with a group of friends, I found that we were spending more time trying to figure out how to make up recipes for desserts than we were with the basics. But I guess that is human nature.

Spend some time falling in love with real food again. Do you know how sweet spaghetti squash can taste? The joys of riced brocoli or cauliflower?But they pale in comparison when it is competing with some creation that is filled with honey, maple syrup or stevia? I am talking to myself here more than anything. Give real food a real  chance.

It won’t be long.  Steve has reached his goal of 10#. But it did not take a month. It only two weeks. He has promised to stick with it for another two weeks though. He found another 5# that he did not know was there. But that is ok, I have a couple more Paleo cookbooks next to the bed.

If you are serious about loosing weight, feeling great and watching your health improve; you cannot try it, you need to do this. I know people that eat Paleo on certain days of the week and then go off on others. From what I am reading; that would be worse than not eating Paleo at all.

The first week, I did give Steve bacon, and some raw dairy to help him get through the first 3 days. His addiction is to sweets. I learned in nursing school that an addiction really only  lasts in the body for 3 days. After that it is psychological. Steve lost 5# in the first week. After reading the book, I cut back on the bacon. He is still drinking the raw goat’s milk. He loves it and I am convinced that it is raw milk that does a body good. He has lost an additional 5# in the second week.days. He is reporting to me that he is experiencing less stiffness in joints that were previously problematic.  He is sleeping better and has reported clearer thinking.

I have joined him with this way of eating in  order to encourage him. It is not as much a leap for me, because I eat pretty close to this way already. I too have noticed a difference n the way that I feel because I am back on a regimen. My chiropractor told me yesterday that I was doing so well that he felt cheated.

Cheat alert- We do however enjoy our glass of wine on a Friday or a Saturday night with friends, so we are not suffering too much.

I will continue to keep you informed as to how this goes.


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Kelly Kettle GiveAway

A new giveaway to enjoy with your Monday morning coffee.

Kelly Kettle Group Giveaway

Who would love to win a Kelly Kettle in our group giveaway? Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month? A large group of my blogging colleagues is trying to show the world what is available to use in an unforeseen disaster or emergency. We are so thankful to Glen at KellyKettleUSA for sponsoring our giveaway today! If you are interested in seeing a post on how one of these Kelly Kettle kits work, we have you covered: KellyKettlePost. There is also a YouTube on the Kelly Kettle website that will show you the different sizes they have available. These rock because you do not have to store fuel. You can use dry leaves, twigs or pinecones. Basically you put a small piece of newspaper or scraps of tinder in the bottom and you light it with just a match or flint. You can add more pinecones, twigs and other natural fuel as needed to keep the fire going. Water boils in minutes. Gotta love it! In this Kelly Kettle giveaway we will have two winners. One will win the stove kit on the left, the second winner will win the stove kit on the right in the graphic shown above. Good luck everyone!

Group Involved In This Giveaway:

1. Food Storage Moms
2. Frugality Gal
3. Survival At Home
4. Home Ready Home
5. Fabulous Farm Girl
6. Ever Growing Farm
7. Sharing Lifes Abundance
8. Food Storage and Survival
9. I Get Ready
10. Timber Creek Farm
11. Kneaded Creations
12. Blue Yonder Urban Farms
13. Simply Living Simply
14. Your Own Home Store
15. Prepared-Housewives
16. PreparednessMama
17. Survival For Blondes
18. Common Sense Homesteading
19. Trayer Wilderness
20. Melissa K. Norris
21. Memories By The Mile
22. The Busy B Homemaker
23. The Backyard Pioneer
24. The Prepared Ninja
25. Whole New Mom
26. Imperfectly Happy
27. Lil’ Suburban Homestead
National Emergency Preparedness Month
This Kelly Kettle Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Monday, Sept. 15th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Saturday, Sept. 20th at 5:00 pm (MDT). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone! Let’s be prepared for the unexpected!
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Tearing Down the Current Gardens

Here is a pile that they left for me to go through today.

Here is a pile that they left for me to go through today.

My regular readers know that we are in the process of searching for our future home on an irrigated acre. This will take a little time because Steve and I each have things that are important to us.

I have several friends who have older homes on acreage that have leaky roofs, bad plumbing, and septic tank issues. Most of those homes have no updates and are not what Steve would call “asthetic”. But that does not bother me. The outside of the house is more important to me. The land, the water source, trees, no pool, fencing, outbuildings; those are the things that I am most interested in.

Steve says that he wants a large, newer, updated home, with a work shop.

We would like all of our needs met within a certain price range. Sounds like an episode for “Farm Hunters”. Maybe I should contact that TV Network to have them help us find the right place.

In the meantime-we are getting this house ready for the market. My backyard is not ready to entertain realtors and buyers looking for an HOA type home. So, we have decided to tear down the four garden beds that are 4 ft X 4o ft, the drip system to those beds and the shade that Steve built for it.

We will leave the  four 4×4 ft beds, and the four 4X8 beds that surround the pool. I will go ahead and plant the fall vegetables in them. We will also leave the drip system intact for those beds. The buyers of this home will get the best of both worlds.

By the time this home goes on the market it will have a large lawn area for the kids to play, a pool and a lovely small vegetable garden. Well-not so small. It will be almost 200 square feet of garden space.


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