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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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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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A huge gash was in his arm, a not-so- clean cut made by a sharp, jagged root 20 inches beneath th...

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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.

https://dlive.tv/p/dlive-32596056+4I9hs1kMg

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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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUbLYQxNsSY&t=174s
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Ruby and Vasalisa in a lighthearted chat. We discuss:
1.) Cloth diapering- wool vs. synthetic covers, prepping new diapers, lanolizing your wool, pre-owned vs. new
2.) Homeschooling plans, curriculum, Waldorf, literature-based education
3.) Beltane, ancient European Holiday, the May Pole celebration
4.) Current Affairs, CoviD Lockdown, gasp! conspiracy theories
5.) The importance of taking steps to establish a homestead or anything furthering your own self sufficiency.
6.)Tips for new gardeners and discussion on seed saving, the importance of, where to start
7.) Hybrid seed varieties vs. open pollinated
8.) Epic spring hikes and the hunt for the wild edible mushroom


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This is one of our favorite episodes yet! Join us for a fun discussion of all things beekeeping with master beekeeper, Jonathan. 

Honeybees and humans have evolved alongside each other. These sacred creatures play a huge role in the history and lore of our folk and of indigenous peoples around the world as our existence is interwoven.

If you have ever wanted to try beekeeping, now is the time to learn and get started! In this episode we cover a wide range of informational topics related to beekeeping with a dash of history, lore and meade making discussion.

Jonathan has been tending bees for over 18 years. He runs his own small business from his off-grid homestead where is currently tends 40 beehives! He even catches wild swarms of bees and teaches others how to care for these amazing creatures.

His natural, raw, sustainably- raised honey is for sale through his website, where you will also find an informative blog. You can also access his hands-on beekeeping classes if you are local to his area, north Georgia.

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On Chaga mushroom. . . I WISH I had known about Chaga when my mother had cancer. Chaga has been s...

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Fire Cider

Fire Cider is a folk remedy that has been passed down generations to keep us healthy and resilient. It's a delicious, zesty beverage infused with herbs to naturally support your immunity, digestion, and other important health processes. Though we provide you with a basic recipe here, feel free to experiment with other beneficial herbs as you see fit! Since this is a folk remedy, you can really let your creative juices flow with this. 

Some additions you may wish to use are Thyme, Rosehips, Star Anise, Schisandra Berries, Astragalus, Parsley , Burdock, Oregano, Peppercorns, Beet Root Powder, Habanero Powder, Bird's Eye Chili Powder, Whole Chili Peppers, Orange, Grapefruit, Lime peels/or juice. 

Fire Cider Recipe (Adapted from Mountain Rose Herbs)

Ingredients

1 medium organic onion, chopped

10 cloves of organic garlic, crushed or chopped

2 organic jalapeno peppers, chopped

Zest and juice from 1 organic lemon

1/2 cup fresh grated organic ginger root (or organic ginger root powder)

1/2 cup fresh grated organic horseradish root (or organic horseradish powder)

1 Tbsp. organic turmeric powder

1/4 tsp. organic cayenne powder

2 Tbsp. of dried rosemary leaves

organic apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup of raw local honey, or to taste

Directions

Prepare your roots, fruits, and herbs and +place them in a quart-sized glass jar. If you've never grated fresh horseradish, be prepared for a powerful sinus-opening experience!

Pour the apple cider vinegar in the jar until all of the ingredients are covered and the vinegar reaches the jar's top.

Use a piece of natural parchment paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal, or a plastic lid if you have one. Shake well.

Store in a dark, cool place for 4-6 weeks and remember to shake daily.

Afterwards, use cheesecloth to strain out the pulp, pouring the vinegar into a clean jar. Be sure to squeeze as much of the liquidy goodness as you can from the pulp while straining.

Next comes the honey. Add and stir until incorporated.

Taste your cider and add more honey until you reach the desired sweetness.


Fire CIder can be taken by the spoonful or shot glass directly, added to juice or water, or once again you can get creative by cooking with it. I often use it in homemade salad dressings and soups to give it a zing. If missed our episode where we discuss Fire Cider, be sure to check it out here in the previous post.

~Ruby Idaeus


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