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  • We three mothers collaborate to provide blog posts, videos, recipes, and podcasts. Topics include: homesteading, child rearing, spirituality, herbalism, nutrition, and more!

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*The stories and information shared on this episode are personal anecdotes only and are not professional advice. DO YOUR OWN research before trying to use ANY new parts or whole of herbs, plants or mushrooms-- and consult a professional medical practitioner.

********************Hello Everyone!!**********************

Thank you for joining us for an interesting chat with a fellow pagan mother, who is also a homeschooler, homesteader and a folk wildcraft herbalist.

In these modern times, we seek to keep alive the beautiful aspects of our folk ways while marching forward in gratitude for this life which we have been gifted by our ancestors. The seasons are changing; autumn is nigh- indeed- the autumn equinox. With the changing of this season we are harvesting, not only those crops we have grown, but also the metaphysical harvests of our minds and lives.

Join us for a discussion on homesteading, self preservation in the wake of the threat of a compromised Western civilization. Hear about the herbs we are picking and using right now, but more importantly, the ways we are seeking a deeper connection with these herbs. Heather comes from a farming/ homesteading background and was much influenced by her grandparents who held a deep connection to their local community.

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Cleansing the Blood, in-

The Kitchen That Never Sleeps...


Hello beautiful people! I have been writing blog posts here in my mind, but that does not transfer the info and stories to you as I wish it could- ha! Alas, I am finally finding a moment to carve out the space to sit and type out one of the things I have been wanting to write to you about!

Recently, a friend visited us with his Russian wife. They were here to buy produce, but really- to do so much more than that. They were here to take in the scenery of the hillside, the trees, the dragonflies, and the gardens. They don't see the weeds, or, perhaps they do see them but it is the way they see them that is special. They do not see the weeds and off-looking fruits as failure or disappointment. Our friend's wife especially has the eye for everyday magic and spending time with her, albeit limited, walking the gardens and searching for old spring beets in the overgrown bed, is refreshing on a spiritual level. Her eyes are wide at my overgrown flower beds which reminds me to look with fresh eyes..

In all the years of market gardening I have, over time, come to forget the little joys of all the little magic things in the garden. Sad, I know- but such is the way of turning a hobby into an income opportunity with most things... It is not as though my eye and spirit for these things is completely gone. I do still take time to absorb the sunsets and observe a majestic creature such as a praying mantis- but in general, I seldom allow myself the luxury (necessity, rather) of slowing down enough to really soak it all in. It is truly a gift and a privilege in this modern world to live even a thread closer to the way my ancestors did, and for this life I am grateful....

So, as my new Russian friend and I were strolling the weedy late summer gardens, we happened upon her favorite- the beets. I have yet to meet a Russian or a Northern European who did not cherish BEETS. I myself hold them in high regard as a top favorite vegetable. Not only are they delicious, but they are also very nutritious, full of vitamins and minerals. I also like how well they store for long periods of time, whether in the cellar or the ground.

I have been making a lacto-fermented beverage for many years, known in the U.S. by "foodies" as beet kvass. My Russian friend shared her recipe with me, which is handed down in her family. Naturally, I cherished this gift of her hand written recipe, but I was especially intrigued by the unique ingredients.

The basic beet kvass I have known and brewed over the years comes from the book, Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. It calls for peeled and chopped beets, sea salt, filtered water, and a dash of whey to start fermentation. While this is a perfectly delicious and nutritious beverage, this new (to me) recipe is my new preferred method. I love the creativity and the addition of ancestral sacred plant ingredients such as Oak leaves.

The finished beverage was the most delicious beet kvass I have ever tasted! Intensely rich, nice and salty, and very full bodied.

 It is said that this lacto-fermented beverage is very healing to the blood and also helps prevent or heal cancer and other ailments. As for flavor- if you remotely enjoy pickle juice, you will love beet kvass. It is less harsh on the sourness, but still sour and salty enough. Try drinking a glass at meal times. I especially like it with scrambled eggs in the morning or with a toasted piece of sourdough slathered in raw butter, 

Here is the amazing Beet Kvass recipe from Russia:

1.) Peel and chop 3 to 4 medium sized beets. Chop into large chunks and place in a half gallon glass mason jar. (Do not be tempted to mince or grate the beets, as that will cause too sweet a mixture which would lead to alcohol fermentation) 

2.) Add one to one and a half tablespoons of sea salt and cover with warm water.

3.) Add some or a combination of the following, to taste:

Oak leaves, coriander seeds, black peppercorns, horseradish leaves or flowers, blackberry leaves, dill leaves or flowers. 

4.) Place on top a piece of "the dry dark bread, but remove after one night".

5.) Observe the fermentation for about 6 days depending on temperature. 



*** Note: I lacked coriander seeds so I used a dash of cumin powder. I also lacked peppercorns, so I used ground black pepper. I forgot to remove the bread after one night and left in in for two. I used my homemade rye and einkorn sourdough but I would imagine any sort of dark dense bread could work if it is fresh. 


*** I just love the addition of the herbs and spices and the tannin-rich leaves. I have heard of using a piece of bread to start folk ferments of the alcoholic type, but never for a vegetable lacto-ferment- so I thought this was a really cool addition. 

After the fermentation is done you can shake the jar really well and drink a cup a day or however much you want. I found it necessary to "burp" the jars during the first several days of fermentation, as in, slightly unscrew the lids off and then back on again to release air pressure They fermented beautifully in this way. You will see bubbles inside.

You can also store this beverage for several months in the refrigerator. I made one gallon and as soon as it was finished fermenting, we drank it all down, saving a wee bit to share with another friend. 

Happy fermenting from,

The Kitchen That Never Sleeps

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Story Time! A reading of "Children of the North Lights" with homeschool lesson extensions in the show notes: 

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An interview with Hunter M Yoder, Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Artist.

History, Culture, Lore, Hexology, of the Pa Dutch & More.

What is the difference between barn signs and hex signs? Who were the PA Dutch? What is the significance of our ancient ancestral symbols and how can we relate to them today?

Reading his captivating book, 'Der Volksfreund', many questions have arisen in my mind. We discuss Hunter's beautiful and spiritually moving art in his hex signs. Hunter is an experienced hexologist; owner and artist at The Hex Factory- check out his awesome work here:

https://www.instagram.com/thehexfactory/

Purchase his work here:

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"Get ready for a big dose of positivity and inspiration as we are joined by The Antlered One! He brings a unique and refreshing take on many subjects, mainly- our native European spirituality and folklore. During these uncertain times we draw strength from our gods and our ancestors. The Antlered One and his collaborators produce Europe & Diaspora, a bi-annual publication available for free pdf download. It's focus is on our unique ethnic heritage and cultural expression of our folkish bio-spirit. Other projects include their inspirational YouTube channels and live streams..."
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Join us for a discussion on birth, home birth, and specifically- unassisted birth, as Ruby prepares in the final weeks of her third pregnancy!

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Herb Book Recommendations and More. . . What do you envision when hearing the phrase, "holistic l...

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Change the world starting with yourself and your own home. The small, intentional things in life such as a successfully baked loaf of traditional, nutritious, sourdough bread can have an impact on one's psyche, even in times of chaos.

Join us for a change of pace with an informative chat about sourdough bread baking and all the wonderful things that come along with it. Coming from three different perspectives and levels of experience, we three ladies discuss our stories, challenged and triumphs of using sourdough starter to bake bread, make pizzas, pancakes and more. All you need to get started is some flour and water, so bring your mixing bowl...


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We were incredibly honored to have the opportunity to join Dave Martel on his show this evening! Check it out. We discuss our faith, femininity, nutrition, pregnancy, and motherhood.

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Join us for a comfy chat with guest, Robyn Riley a.k.a Critical Condition, as we discuss all good things regarding new motherhood. Robyn recently gave birth at home to a beautiful baby boy in the company of a skilled midwife.

Home-birth, breastfeeding, cloth diapering and more. Also femininity/ motherhood in relation to the political sphere and more!

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We are joined by the lovely Nimue Quinlan of Einklugespise. Her blog features food & culture with intentional living and a connection to our ethnos/ ancestors.

Nimue and her husband also invoke the Wandervogel in Vinland (North America), a "movement" inspired by the free spirits and music makers who sought independence and self governance while retreating to the wild forests in war time Germany. 

Tune in for a comfy chat and some camaraderie.


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Late Spring on the Farmstead. -Vasalisa
lettuce, arugula, spinach, carrot, radish in the unheated high tunnel

It has been a slow, yet busy spring so far. With the Covid-19 situation and everything closed down, there has been a quiet and almost stillness to life that has contributed to peacefulness at the farm, despite the uneasiness and frustration with the larger issues in the world. The busyness is the constant this time of year on any farmstead as the chores increase with the warming of the weather. Regardless of the state of things we remain inspired and as always, deeply focused on the children and our place in this beautiful valley.
In March we picked up several baby chicks from the store. Most Rural King locations were sold out or nearly sold out of baby chicks. They clearly had an unexpected number of new customers searching for an addition to their backyard that might contribute to some semblance of resiliency in the wake of job losses and economic crisis. 
As the girls have grown we are gradually introducing them to the rest of the flock and the outdoors. The rooster and mother hens seem to be taking to them surprisingly well. We have to watch for pecking as it can sometimes be deadly if gone unnoticed. 
All of the mother hens fight over the same nesting box each day. There are multiple other nesting boxes identical and adjacent to each other which sit empty day after day. In the evenings we collect a dozen eggs which are all in the same box. 



8 week old baby chicks experiencing the wide world

The hay is getting high and I assume it will be mowed as soon as the weather dries a bit. I am patiently waiting for the red clover to bloom so that I may gather the flowers for drying; they make an excellent tea. They are said to be quite medicinal as well, offering immune boosting and anti-cancer qualities.
The cold weather was prolonged as we saw frosts as late as Mother's Day, which is nearly unheard of in all the years we've been gardening. In some ways this has set back some of the summer crops, but it has benefitted the spring crops immensely as they do love the cool weather. The Brassicas (kale, collards and broccoli) are jumbo sized and the lettuce, spinach and radishes had an extended harvest. 

snap peas and dill

The snap peas are racing up the trellis. We interplanted them with dill to save space but had forgotten momentarily that dill is not a companion to anyone in the garden accept the hungry gardener looking for an addition to a potato dish or a thirsty butterfly seeking the flowers or a place to lay eggs. Nevertheless, the peas don't seem to mind and it looks as though we will be picking in about two weeks. 



heirloom tomatoes beginning to bloom

We are tucking in tomatoes where the spring crops are now. Gradually the spring crops are being harvested out of the beds and the tomatoes are getting a breath of fresh air after nearly getting smothered by some of the lettuces and radishes. I imagine they feel as we do when finally getting to take off our "mask" after being in the grocery store for an hour or so.
The mornings are for reading, copious amounts of coffee and cream and growing boys eating large piles of scrambled eggs. In the evenings we have been drinking plenty of Chaga mushroom tea, a family favorite. It is an amazing immune boosting wild mushroom which grows in cold northern climates, usually on Birch trees. 
The early spring wildflowers have come and gone and now the creek is full and rushing with the spring rains. We sought the elusive and delectable Morel mushrooms several times but did not find any this year. The adventures in the Indiana woodlands are always worth the time though. The children especially thrive with such activities.

"the root children" -elsa beskow

We are wrapping up our homeschool year and I am already making plans for next. The children are hoping for the zoo to re-open for a long overdue and heavily anticipated first time trip. 
I truly hope that you are finding peace and way to have a positive effect in your own personal life. Now is the time to start a garden, get your hands in the good earth, connect with nature and create those "slow" moments wherever possible. 




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Leftist farmers refuse service to Sarah at the farmers' market, demanding that she agree with their social and political views in order to be welcome to buy products from them.
We continue with a discussion about leaving leftism and waking up to the hatred that many of them promote as well as the double standards and general anti-white worldview they hold. Kindergarten curriculum is examined and found to be promoting a one sided (agenda filled) story to a complex historical issue to children at the age of 5!
Lady Lass also discusses her recent beekeeping class that she attended as well as an update from Ruby, who is expecting a new baby soon!

Articles of Interest:
"Abolish the White Race" - Harvard Magazine
https://harvardmagazine.com/…/09/abolish-the-white-race.html
Ann Coulter: "U.S. isn’t becoming Europe. We’re becoming Rome"- AP News
https://apnews.com/7c059e38615f48eb814216146a68a82d
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