Gluten Free Sourdough Discard Ideas

Gluten Free Sourdough Discard Ideas
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Discarding from your starter is optional, but it keeps the amount of starter manageable. The more starter you have, the more you need to feed it each time. Fermented bread is easier to digest, helps balance good bacteria in the gut and helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels. So, as you discard, you can reap those benefits in other recipes. 
Add 1/8-1/2 cup to your favorite recipes for pancakes, waffles, muffins, quick breads, cookies & pastries. Depending on how “sour” you want it to taste. 
Or make simple sourdough crackers:
  • 2/4 cup discarded starter
  • 2 T butter/coconut oil
  • 1/2 t sea salt +1-2t herbs of choice.
Mix dough & roll out thinly on parchment paper or baking stone. Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes. 
Remove from oven, cut into crackers. Return to oven for 20-40 minutes more depending on how thick your crackers are. 
Thicker crackers work well for dipping. 
Pizza crust
Sunday night is pizza night at our house. It’s also the one day during the summer Gertrude, my starter, typically gets fed. 
Take your starter out of the fridge and allow it to warm up to room temperature. I usually bring her out when we get home from church and set her on the counter. 
After lunch I mix her up and feed her equal parts gf flour and filtered water. How much I feed her depends on how many pizzas I need to make. Just keep the ratio 1:1 when adding and check the consistency. It should be cake like, but not as thick as brownies. 
When ready to bake. Place skillet or pizza stone in the oven and pre heat to 450. You want the skillet hot! I like to use my biggest cast iron skillet and make a Chicago style crust. If we’re having company and want a variety of pizzas, I’ll bring out the pizza stones. 
While the skillet is heating up, get your toppings ready. Hamburger, sausage, and breakfast pizza are all easy to assemble. 
Take the hot skillet out of the oven and spread oil on skillet. Carefully pour starter into the skillet. It should start cooking right away. Spread around to form the crust, sprinkle with salt, and spread oil over the top of the crust. 
Return to oven and cook for 5-10 minutes until firm, but not cracked. 
Take pizza out and add toppings. Then return to oven until cheese is melted. 
Cook a few minutes and then cut and serve. Now go have a pizza and move night!
 
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Don't want the whole calendar part? I got you! I pulled the gardening and animal care pages out and put them in a book all their own. 
 
Starting to garden doesn't have to be hard! I gathered all the tips I've learned over my gardening learning curve and made them into a simple course to jump start your gardening your life. 
 
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Classic Gluten Free Sourdough Bread Loaf

Classic Gluten Free Sourdough Bread Loaf
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Sourdough is all the rage but making it Gluten free has a special twist. It’s not a one-to-one conversion and takes a little extra care. Below is the classic Gluten Free Sourdough recipe I first learned and then have added modifications to make it work for my home. 
 
Build a levain/preferment. Read two options here, I typically use the jar method. 
Ingredients:
  • 320g warm filtered water
  • 10g psyllium husk
  • 15g maple syrup (or honey)
  • 150g active gf sourdough starter
  • 310g 1:1 gf flour blend 
    • I use fresh milled flour (oats and brown rice). If doing so, you will need to add starch (like potato starch). The ratio is 1/3 starch, 2/3 grain. For this recipe, it would be 206g milled grain, 103g starch. I buy my grains and starches from Azure Standard
  • 9g sea salt
Prepare your Dough:
  • Using a food scale, measure & combine the warm water, psyllium husk & maple syrup in a measuring cup or glass bowl and allow to gel. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, measure & combine your gluten free flour and sea salt.
  • Add your psylium mixture to the flour then mix in your active starter
  • Mix dough with a dough whisk, by hand, or in a stand mixer on low until dough comes together. If dough is still wet and sticky, add 1T flour at a time until dough comes together and is smooth.
  • Remove dough from bowl and knead on a lightly floured work surface and form into a round or oval shape.
  • Lightly flour or line your banneton or proofing bowl with a towel. Transfer your dough to the bowl with the smooth side down and any seams up
    • NOTE: If you are using a sandwich loaf pan, place seams down and proof your dough in the pan.
  • Cover with a tea towel and proof for 2 1/2 -3 hours at room temperature. 
    • If your house is cool, place it in the oven with light only on, or on a heating mat on the lowest setting, or a warm vent. 
    • You can also proof your loaf overnight in the refrigerator, which also helps develop a sourer flavor. 
  • Check your dough after 2 hours. If your dough has been proofing in the oven, remove it and carefully set aside do not disturb. Allow your dough to continue proofing 30-60 minutes more. Checking every 30 minutes. NOTE: the dough may not “double” while proofing but will. 
  • WHEN READY TO BAKE Place your dutch oven inside the oven and preheat to 425 degrees (this allows your dutch oven to get up to temperature. 
  • When your dough is proofed, turn dough out onto a folded section of parchment paper or dough sling from amazon (think of this as a sling that makes it easier to transfer to a hot dutch oven). Score your bread as desired, cutting in at least 1/4-1/2 inch - this allows steam to escape. Without scoring, your loaf will naturally crack. 
  • Remove hot Dutch oven from oven and carefully lower your dough into the dutch oven, careful not to drop which will deflate your bread and cause gumminess. Replace lid and place in oven. 
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes. After 45 minutes, remove the lid from the dutch oven Reduce temperature to 400 degrees and continue baking 35-50 minutes until golden brown on top. The exact time will vary depending on your oven and how golden you want your bread. When done, remove Dutch oven from oven and carefully remove loaf, using the sling.
  • Allow to cool completely before slicing- this is the hardest part, but worth it for the best texture. After slicing, store in a tea towel, linen bread bag or beeswax wrap on the counter for up to 2 days. 
NOTE: you can freeze the loaf whole for later use. 
Now enjoy your sourdough bread!
 
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Don't want the whole calendar part? I got you! I pulled the gardening and animal care pages out and put them in a book all their own. 
 
Starting to garden doesn't have to be hard! I gathered all the tips I've learned over my gardening learning curve and made them into a simple course to jump start your gardening your life. 
 
Supporting Your Family Naturally from the Inside Out community!! This community is for Mommas, looking to Support Your Family from Nature for Wellness. Tips range from nutrition, herbals, detoxing, natural cleaning, and essential oils. Basically, all the things I’ve learned slowly over the past 5+ years of my journey. We have moved off Facebook, to better serve our community and be able to discuss openly options for providing for your family in the best way possible.
 
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I've had 3 very different pregnancies. After the first traumatic birth, I learned better and how to care for my body naturally and prevent common pregnancy and birth problems before they arise. This quick course will get you the tools you need to have a naturally healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery. My first pregnancy I had a normal western medicine all the things pregnancy. My second? I flipped to completely natural, no medicine. Bonus: Preventing Preeclampsia Without the Aspirin & Healing from Birth Trauma

How to activate a Gluten Free Sourdough Starter from a Dried Starter

How to activate a Gluten Free Sourdough Starter from a Dried Starter
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Starting a sourdough starter can be boosted along with a dehydrated starter. This acts as an inoculant to help the correct bacteria and yeasts to develop. Below are the instructions on how to rehydrate, build and grow your dehydrated sourdough starter. 
You’ll need:
  • Dried Starter
  • Brown Rice Flour*
  • Gluten-free Oat Flour*
  • Filtered Water
  • Basic Kitchen Scale
  • Spatula
  • Mason Jar or glass container with loose lid
  • Optional: Cheesecloth + rubber band (lid for jar)
*I use fresh ground brown rice and oats from Azure Standard. I have the grains pre-mixed 50/50 and grind it fresh through my KoMo mill. 
Day 1: Rehydrate Your Starter
Your packet contains 10 grams of starter. You can choose to use 5g or 10 g to get started. If using 5g, set aside the remaining 5g in a cool & dry place. 
Add 5g of your dried starter to a glass mason jar - pint size works well to start. After your starter is established, you can move to a bigger jar. Mine now lives in a glass crock from my great grandma. 
Add 25g of lukewarm filtered water to you starter - let sit to rehydrate. 
After 5 minutes, stir in 10g of brown rice flour and 10g of oat flour. Stir with spatula until well mixed. Scrape down the sides of the jar. 
Cover with cheesecloth & rubber band. Set aside at room temperature. 
Fun thing: Give your starter a name. 
Day 2: Feeding your Starter
Your starter will look smooth with minimal or no bubbles the first couple days, this is normal. 
No need to discard yet. Add 12.5g brown rice flour, 12.5g oat flour, and 25-30g lukewarm filtered water. Stir with spatula to combine and scrap the sides down. You want the consistency to look more like pancake batter. Cover and set aside at room temperature. 
Day 3: Feeding your Starter
You may or may not notice a few bubbles on the surface.
No need to discard yet. Add 12.5g brown rice flour, 12.5g oat flour, and 25-30g lukewarm filtered water. Stir with spatula to combine and scrap the sides down. 
Day 4: Feeding your Starter
You may or may not notice a few bubbles on the surface.
No need to discard yet. Add 12.5g brown rice flour, 12.5g oat flour, and 25-30g lukewarm filtered water. Stir with spatula to combine and scrap the sides down. 
During the next 24 hours, your starter may start to rise. Just for fun, mark the level of the starter on the side of the jar after mixing and watch how much it rises. Use a washable glass marker or a rubber band around the jar to mark it. 
Day 5: Feeding your Starter
Today we’re doing a bigger feed. The growing sourdough starter should smell really nice by now, like sourdough and yeast -similar to a brewery or bakery. That is an excellent sign she is getting stronger and can handle more food. 
NOTE: I you didn’t see much rise, consider adjusting the consistency. If it is too runny, it won’t rise well. Different types/brands of flour, humidity levels, etc. can lead to some variation between our starter consistency and your own. For example, sorghum flour is very dense and holds more water. If yours is on the more liquidy side reduce the water by 5-10g to start. 
Discard some starter. Remove all but 50g of the starter - you can use the discard in pancakes, muffins or to make crackers
Add 25g brown rice flour, 25g oat flour, and 50g of lukewarm water. stir with spatula to combine. Scrape down sides & cover. Note the level of the starter on the side of the container and set it aside. 
Continue with Maintenance Feedings
Moving forward, repeat step 5 and continue with daily feedings for the most active starter. This is best when you are making loaves of bread on a regular basis. 
Or you can switch to maintenance feedings 2-4x per week if you’re not using your starter often or going on vacation. Simply store your starter in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to use it again, bring it out to warm up to room temperature and resume feeding. 
Once your starter is established, feed her once a week for maintenance and keep her in the fridge between works. Allow the starter to come up to room temperature before discarding and feeding. This is my summer routine. 
If you want to change flour, do so over 3-5 feedings, mixing the old and new flour together. Otherwise, the sourdough will fall flat for a while until it rebuilds itself. I accidentally did this when I ran out sorghum flour and had to suddenly switch flours. It took several batches before she was bubbly again. 
Ready to Make Bread?
When your starter doubles in volume, you’re ready to make bread. 
This may happen between days 5-14. You can speed this along by placing the starter in the oven with only the light on for ambient heat. It may double in 3-4 hours
Feeding for Making Bread:
Prior to making bread, you may want to do 1-2 larger feedings depending on the volume of your starter. You can feed twice in a 12–24-hour period to increase activity if needed. 
Add 50g brown rice flour, 50g oat flour, & 100g lukewarm filtered water. 
How To Build Levain
First, feed your starter 1-2x in the 24 hours before making this recipe to ensure it’s good and active. You’ll know your starter is ready to use when it doubles in size. You can then do one of two options
  • If you want to use the starter right from your jar, do a big feeding of 75g gluten free flour of choice & 75g warm filtered water. This ensures you have at lease 150g of starter available with some left over. Allow to rise/double before making the recipe. 
  • Or build a levain/preferment: Building a Levain (also called a pre-ferment) helps determine how sour your bread will be, and also makes it easy to have the amount of starter needed for your recipe to add when needed. 
  •  
    • The amount needed will vary recipe to recipe, so see how many grams of active starter is needed. 
    • For the Classic GF Loaf recipe below, you’ll need 150g of active starter. 
    • In a second jar or bowl, add 50g of the fed & active sourdough starter, 50g GF flour, and 50g warm filtered water. Allow rise /double before using in recipe. 
 
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As I've grown in my journey as an entrepreneur, mom, gardener, and livestock owner, I struggled to find a planner that met my needs and kept me organized. So, I MADE MY OWN. You can look at it on the link below and buy it on amazon below.
Don't want the whole calendar part? I got you! I pulled the gardening and animal care pages out and put them in a book all their own. 
 
Starting to garden doesn't have to be hard! I gathered all the tips I've learned over my gardening learning curve and made them into a simple course to jump start your gardening your life. 
 
Supporting Your Family Naturally from the Inside Out community!! This community is for Mommas, looking to Support Your Family from Nature for Wellness. Tips range from nutrition, herbals, detoxing, natural cleaning, and essential oils. Basically, all the things I’ve learned slowly over the past 5+ years of my journey. We have moved off Facebook, to better serve our community and be able to discuss openly options for providing for your family in the best way possible.
 
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I've had 3 very different pregnancies. After the first traumatic birth, I learned better and how to care for my body naturally and prevent common pregnancy and birth problems before they arise. This quick course will get you the tools you need to have a naturally healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery. My first pregnancy I had a normal western medicine all the things pregnancy. My second? I flipped to completely natural, no medicine. Bonus: Preventing Preeclampsia Without the Aspirin & Healing from Birth Trauma

Finding Faith Amidst the Fields

Finding Faith Amidst the Fields
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Living on a farm offers a unique glimpse into the wonders of God's creation. We witness the miracle of life daily, from the birth of animals to the growth of crops. But while the farm life is filled with beauty and miracles, it is also fraught with challenges that test our faith.
The Unseen Prayers
We often pray silently while doing housework, tending the garden, or feeding the animals. Yet these silent prayers, though powerful, are rarely seen by our children. Are they catching your faith? Are they learning who to trust when life gets crazy?
Planting Seeds of Faith
Incorporating faith into the daily life of a farm wife doesn't have to be a grand gesture. Sometimes, the simplest acts can sow the seeds of faith in our children's hearts. Here are a few practical ways to weave faith into daily routines:
Short Devotionals: Take five minutes to do a short devotional with your kids. It doesn't have to be complicated or time-consuming. A brief message can leave a lasting impact. Not Consumed is a fantastic resource, with studies the whole family can participate in. You can find them here.  
Bible App: Turn on the Bible app and listen to a passage over breakfast. This sets a spiritual tone for the day and helps you and your family start the morning with God's word.
Bible Stories: Read a Bible story or a passage together. It's a wonderful way to bond as a family and instill biblical values in your children.
Memorize Verses: Choose a verse to memorize as a family. Recite it together throughout the week and discuss its meaning and application in your lives.
Personal Reflection
Our days are varied and busy, but the one thing I try to keep consistent is time for God's word and prayer. There have been countless times when a storm has wiped out part or all of our harvest or damaged equipment, leaving us feeling helpless. In those moments, we remember that while we can plant and tend to the crops, ultimately, God controls the harvest.
The life of a farm wife is filled with both blessings and burdens. By incorporating faith into our daily routines, we can find strength and peace amidst the challenges. Take a moment each day to plant the fruit of God's word in your children's hearts. It's an investment that will last for eternity.
Together, let's cultivate a life of faith, love, and resilience.
 
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As I've grown in my journey as an entrepreneur, mom, gardener, and livestock owner, I struggled to find a planner that met my needs and kept me organized. So, I MADE MY OWN. You can look at it on the link below and buy it on amazon below.
Don't want the whole calendar part? I got you! I pulled the gardening and animal care pages out and put them in a book all their own. 
 
Starting to garden doesn't have to be hard! I gathered all the tips I've learned over my gardening learning curve and made them into a simple course to jump start your gardening your life. 
 
Supporting Your Family Naturally from the Inside Out community!! This community is for Mommas, looking to Support Your Family from Nature for Wellness. Tips range from nutrition, herbals, detoxing, natural cleaning, and essential oils. Basically, all the things I’ve learned slowly over the past 5+ years of my journey. We have moved off Facebook, to better serve our community and be able to discuss openly options for providing for your family in the best way possible.
 
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I've had 3 very different pregnancies. After the first traumatic birth, I learned better and how to care for my body naturally and prevent common pregnancy and birth problems before they arise. This quick course will get you the tools you need to have a naturally healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery. My first pregnancy I had a normal western medicine all the things pregnancy. My second? I flipped to completely natural, no medicine. Bonus: Preventing Preeclampsia Without the Aspirin & Healing from Birth Trauma
 

Effective Kid-Safe Bug Repellent: DIY Insect Spray Recipe

Effective Kid-Safe Bug Repellent: DIY Insect Spray Recipe
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Summer fun can quickly be ruined by bugs, and no one wants that. Especially with little ones eager to be outside more than inside, finding a safe and effective bug repellent is essential. The good news? You don't need to rely on store-bought sprays that might not be safe for children. Below, you'll find a fantastic bug repellent recipe that's kid-safe and easy to make at home.
Why Choose DIY Bug Repellent?
Many commercial insect repellents, including popular brands like OFF, are not recommended for young children due to their harsh chemicals. However, it's still crucial to protect your family from the annoying and potentially harmful bites of mosquitoes, flies, and gnats.
I discovered a great bug spray that was effective, even against those pesky no-see-um bugs, and safe for all ages. Unfortunately, it went out of stock right in the middle of summer, and I was almost out after using the same bottle for a year! That’s when I turned to DIY recipes for a solution that I could trust.
The Perfect DIY Kid-Safe Bug Repellent
This DIY bug spray has become a staple in our home. We use it every time my little girl goes outside. Just a quick spray on her arms and legs before stepping out, and she’s good to go. The results? Whenever she goes outside without it, she comes back with at least one bite. But with the spray, no more mosquito, fly, or gnat bites! It's a win for all of us, including our pets.
I've even started using this spray on our two dogs' ears to keep the flies away. My poor Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix has ears that flies love to burrow into, but this spray has worked wonders for them too!
DIY Insect Spray Recipe
To make your own kid-safe bug repellent, you'll need a 4 oz glass spray bottle and the following ingredients:
Keep Off Me Bug Spray Ingredients


Instructions:
  1. Combine the essential oils in the glass spray bottle.
  2. Add the Witch Hazel and water.
  3. Shake well before each use.
Now, you and your family can enjoy bug-free fun days ahead without worrying about toxic chemicals. This DIY insect spray is not only safe and non-toxic, but it’s also affordable and effective. 
Creating your own bug repellent doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. With just a few simple ingredients, you can protect your family and pets from annoying bug bites. Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing exactly what’s in your bug spray and rest easy knowing it’s safe for everyone.
For those who prefer not to DIY, you can purchase a similar kid-safe bug spray here.
Embrace the joys of summer with your loved ones, free from the hassle of bugs, and enjoy every moment outdoors!
 
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As I've grown in my journey as an entrepreneur, mom, gardener, and livestock owner, I struggled to find a planner that met my needs and kept me organized. So, I MADE MY OWN. You can look at it on the link below and buy it on amazon below.
Don't want the whole calendar part? I got you! I pulled the gardening and animal care pages out and put them in a book all their own. 
 
Starting to garden doesn't have to be hard! I gathered all the tips I've learned over my gardening learning curve and made them into a simple course to jump start your gardening your life. 
 
Supporting Your Family Naturally from the Inside Out community!! This community is for Mommas, looking to Support Your Family from Nature for Wellness. Tips range from nutrition, herbals, detoxing, natural cleaning, and essential oils. Basically, all the things I’ve learned slowly over the past 5+ years of my journey. We have moved off Facebook, to better serve our community and be able to discuss openly options for providing for your family in the best way possible.
 
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I've had 3 very different pregnancies. After the first traumatic birth, I learned better and how to care for my body naturally and prevent common pregnancy and birth problems before they arise. This quick course will get you the tools you need to have a naturally healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery. My first pregnancy I had a normal western medicine all the things pregnancy. My second? I flipped to completely natural, no medicine. Bonus: Preventing Preeclampsia Without the Aspirin & Healing from Birth Trauma

The Unseen Toll of Unchecked Stress: From Overwhelm to Health Crisis

The Unseen Toll of Unchecked Stress: From Overwhelm to Health Crisis
Uncover the hidden toll of unchecked stress in our latest blog post! From overwhelm to health crises, discover the silent journey many face. Don't miss out on insights, personal stories, and practical tips to thrive amidst life's challenges. Read the blog to explore how you can break free from the grip of stress and cultivate vitality today!
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10 Low-Cost Tips to Ease the Memorial Day Weekend Stress for Farm Moms

10 Low-Cost Tips to Ease the Memorial Day Weekend Stress for Farm Moms
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Memorial Day weekend is a time of hope and reflection, a time when we honor those who've given so much. For farm moms, juggling the myriad responsibilities of farm life, financial hurdles, and family nurturing, this weekend can also be a precious chance to breathe and create moments of joy with your loved ones. Here are ten low-cost tips to help you lower stress and enjoy this Memorial Day weekend.
1. Cherish Simple Pleasures
Plan activities that are simple yet deeply fulfilling. Consider a family picnic on your land, celebrating the fruits of your hard work. A leisurely walk through your fields or pastures can also be incredibly rejuvenating, offering both physical and emotional refreshment with minimal planning.
2. Effortless Meal Prepping
Lean on the abundance of your garden for meals this weekend. Prepare some dishes ahead of time to minimize kitchen hours. Inviting your children to join in meal prep can transform it into an enjoyable learning experience and a source of precious memories.
3. Welcome Flexibility
Give yourself the grace of flexibility. If plans shift, welcome the change with open arms. This adaptability can transform potential stressors into unexpected joys, making the weekend more memorable.
4. Foster a Sanctuary
Take a moment to declutter and create tranquil spaces within your home. A clutter free space, perhaps with some calming music in the background, can significantly enhance your family's relaxation and your own.
5. Personal Quiet Time
It's vital to carve out time for yourself. Whether you pray, meditation, or simply enjoy a cup of tea in silence, these moments of personal peace are rejuvenating. They remind you of your strength and resilience amidst life's storms and give you a reset to the day. 
6. Community Connections
Explore local Memorial Day events that offer a chance to connect with your community without straining your budget. Alternatively, a small get-together at your home can provide a comforting sense of belonging and support. For an extra bonus, make the gathering a potluck and share the cooking load. 
7. Reflection and Goal Setting
Use this weekend as an opportunity to reflect on your blessings and the progress you've made on the farm. Setting small, achievable goals for the coming months can offer a clear path forward, instilling a sense of hope and purpose.
8. Family Teamwork
Involving your family in farm chores not only lightens your load but also cultivates a spirit of responsibility and unity. Working together can transform chores into enjoyable activities, fostering a supportive family environment.
9. Nature’s Therapy
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of your farm. The fresh air, sunlight, and serene landscapes are nature's way of healing and reducing stress. These moments in nature can be profoundly calming and grounding.
10. Savor the Moment
Finally, find joy in the little things - the laughter of your children, the quiet of dawn, or the satisfaction of a day’s work well done. These are the moments that build a life of contentment and peace.
This Memorial Day weekend, give yourself permission to pause and rejuvenate. Remember, self-care is not selfish; it's essential. By adopting these tips, you can create a weekend that's not just about survival, but about thriving and making precious memories with those you hold dear.
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Wanting a community to lean into? Join the FREE Thriving Through Farm Distress: Wife’s Support Network! In our community, we embrace the challenges of farm life and provide a supportive space for wives facing the complexities of managing a family farm. Whether you're navigating financial pressures, day-to-day operations, or seeking ways to create a thriving home, we're here for you. Explore gardening tips for cultivating your own oasis, share insights on animal care, and discover practical family budgeting strategies. Together, let's grow through challenges, flourish authentically, and sow the seeds for a resilient and thriving farm life. Join us on this journey of resilience and abundance! 
 
As I've grown in my journey as an entrepreneur, mom, gardener, and livestock owner, I struggled to find a planner that met my needs and kept me organized. So, I MADE MY OWN. You can look at it on the link below and buy it on amazon below.
Don't want the whole calendar part? I got you! I pulled the gardening and animal care pages out and put them in a book all their own. 
 
Starting to garden doesn't have to be hard! I gathered all the tips I've learned over my gardening learning curve and made them into a simple course to jump start your gardening your life. 
 
Supporting Your Family Naturally from the Inside Out community!! This community is for Mommas, looking to Support Your Family from Nature for Wellness. Tips range from nutrition, herbals, detoxing, natural cleaning, and essential oils. Basically, all the things I’ve learned slowly over the past 5+ years of my journey. We have moved off Facebook, to better serve our community and be able to discuss openly options for providing for your family in the best way possible.
 
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I've had 3 very different pregnancies. After the first traumatic birth, I learned better and how to care for my body naturally and prevent common pregnancy and birth problems before they arise. This quick course will get you the tools you need to have a naturally healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery. My first pregnancy I had a normal western medicine all the things pregnancy. My second? I flipped to completely natural, no medicine. Bonus: Preventing Preeclampsia Without the Aspirin & Healing from Birth Trauma

Lowering Stress in the midst of Farmlife

Lowering Stress in the midst of Farmlife

In the heart of every farm, amidst the whir of machinery and the rhythm of the seasons, there lies a steadfast presence of the farm wife and mom. Juggling the demands of the farm with the needs of a family can sometimes feel like navigating a ship through a stormy sea. It's a role that brings immense joy and fulfillment, but not without its share of challenges and moments of overwhelm.

Dear farm mom, here are ten gentle strategies designed to weave tranquility into the fabric of your daily life, ensuring that amidst the chaos, your well-being remains a lighthouse guiding the way and keeping everything together. 

1. The Rhythm of Routine
Find solace in the rhythm of routine. A structured day lends a sense of predictability and control, creating calm in the chaos. Even if the timetable shifts with the seasons, a flexible pattern for chores, family time, and self-care can be your anchor.

2. The Sanctuary of Self-Care
Carve out time for yourself daily, even if it's just a few moments to breathe deeply under the open sky,  savor a cup of tea in silence, or pray while locked in the bathroom. These acts of self-care are not indulgences but necessities, replenishing your spirit so you can care for others.

3. The Strength in Asking
Remember, it's a sign of strength, not weakness, to ask for help. Whether it's dividing chores among the family or seeking outside assistance, sharing the load allows you to breathe easier and focus on what truly matters. Teach your kids to do easy chores. They won’t be done the way you do it, but at least it’s done. 

4. The Gift of Gratitude
In the quiet of dawn or the stillness of dusk, reflect on the blessings big and small. A gratitude journal can be a powerful tool, turning thoughts towards the abundance in your life and cultivating a heart full of thankfulness, even in times of scarcity. 

5. The Power of Boundaries
It's okay to say no. Guarding your time and energy is crucial for maintaining balance. By setting clear boundaries, you give yourself the space to flourish, both as a caregiver and as an individual. Your kids don’t need 10 different activities, they need a calm and present mom. 

6. The Connection of Community
You are not alone. Reach out to fellow farm wives & moms or local support groups. In sharing your stories and struggles, you'll find a community that uplifts and understands, reminding you of the shared joy and resilience in your chosen path.

7. The Simplicity of Streamlining
Seek simplicity. Look for ways to streamline your daily tasks, from meal prep to farm management. This pursuit of efficiency can transform overwhelming lists into manageable tasks, leaving room for joy and spontaneity.

8. The Calm of Mindfulness
Incorporate moments of mindfulness into your day. Whether through deep breathing, tapping meditation, or simply taking a moment to watch the sun rise, these practices can ground you, bringing peace to a busy mind.

9. The Creativity of Finances
Explore innovative ways to manage your budget. From bartering goods and services to growing your own food, each creative solution is a step towards financial peace and food security.

10. The Joy in Small Victories
Celebrate every success, no matter how small. Each step forward, whether in your personal growth or in the thriving of your farm, is a testament to your resilience and hard work.

Farm momma, remember, in the midst of toil and care, there is beauty and immense value in what you do. By weaving these threads of peace and self-care into your daily life, you not only nurture your family and farm but also your own heart. Here’s to finding serenity on your farmstead and recognizing the extraordinary within the ordinary days.

For more support and encouragement join the Free Thriving Through Farm Distress: Wife’s Support Network on Facebook linked below. 
 
Wanting a community to lean into? Join the FREE Thriving Through Farm Distress: Wife’s Support Network! In our community, we embrace the challenges of farm life and provide a supportive space for wives facing the complexities of managing a family farm. Whether you're navigating financial pressures, day-to-day operations, or seeking ways to create a thriving home, we're here for you. Explore gardening tips for cultivating your own oasis, share insights on animal care, and discover practical family budgeting strategies. Together, let's grow through challenges, flourish authentically, and sow the seeds for a resilient and thriving farm life. Join us on this journey of resilience and abundance! 
 
As I've grown in my journey as an entrepreneur, mom, gardener, and livestock owner, I struggled to find a planner that met my needs and kept me organized. So, I MADE MY OWN. You can look at it on the link below and buy it on amazon below.
Don't want the whole calendar part? I got you! I pulled the gardening and animal care pages out and put them in a book all their own. 
 
Starting to garden doesn't have to be hard! I gathered all the tips I've learned over my gardening learning curve and made them into a simple course to jump start your gardening your life. 
 
Supporting Your Family Naturally from the Inside Out community!! This community is for Mommas, looking to Support Your Family from Nature for Wellness. Tips range from nutrition, herbals, detoxing, natural cleaning, and essential oils. Basically, all the things I’ve learned slowly over the past 5+ years of my journey. We have moved off Facebook, to better serve our community and be able to discuss openly options for providing for your family in the best way possible.
 
Join the FREE Community
 
I've had 3 very different pregnancies. After the first traumatic birth, I learned better and how to care for my body naturally and prevent common pregnancy and birth problems before they arise. This quick course will get you the tools you need to have a naturally healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery. My first pregnancy I had a normal western medicine all the things pregnancy. My second? I flipped to completely natural, no medicine. Bonus: Preventing Preeclampsia Without the Aspirin & Healing from Birth Trauma

Musings of a Wife from a Farm in Distress: How Deep are your Roots?

Musings of a Wife from a Farm in Distress: How Deep are your Roots?
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When you finally settle down and decide to put your roots down, it’s hard to even consider moving. Farm family roots run even deeper. When a family’s been in the same place for more than 100 years, it seems impossible to ever want to move. Then there are all the questions of what would happen to the farmstead.
What could even make a family consider uprooting their 100-year deep roots? Years of stress, a farm in distress, and looking down the loaded gun of bankruptcy.
There’s the cost of actually moving. Finding a place, land, building if needed. Changing your business plan or starting over completely with a new business. The logistics are really the easy part when you have family and friends with trucks and trailers.
Then there is the internal battle. All the memories you have where you are. All the friends, family, and support you have where you are. Those are the reasons to stay. Those are the pieces, the people, you can’t take all of them with you. But there is the hope of something better someplace else.  The allure of starting over someplace new and building from the ground up. Building correctly. 
Even then it’s not easy and sometimes you’re not on the same page as your spouse. One is ready to downsize, pack up and move. The other still rooted to the ground.
What do you do? How do you move together back to alignment?
You pray. Pray for guidance. Pray for God's will. Pray that He would move your hearts and desires to align with His plan. Regardless of if that is staying or moving.
Going through farm crisis is hard. Going through it alone even harder. Join the Free Thriving Through Farm Distress: Wife’s Support Network on Facebook. 
 
Wanting a community to lean into? Join the FREE Thriving Through Farm Distress: Wife’s Support Network! In our community, we embrace the challenges of farm life and provide a supportive space for wives facing the complexities of managing a family farm. Whether you're navigating financial pressures, day-to-day operations, or seeking ways to create a thriving home, we're here for you. Explore gardening tips for cultivating your own oasis, share insights on animal care, and discover practical family budgeting strategies. Together, let's grow through challenges, flourish authentically, and sow the seeds for a resilient and thriving farm life. Join us on this journey of resilience and abundance! 
 
As I've grown in my journey as an entrepreneur, mom, gardener, and livestock owner, I struggled to find a planner that met my needs and kept me organized. So, I MADE MY OWN. You can look at it on the link below and buy it on amazon below.
Don't want the whole calendar part? I got you! I pulled the gardening and animal care pages out and put them in a book all their own. 
 
Starting to garden doesn't have to be hard! I gathered all the tips I've learned over my gardening learning curve and made them into a simple course to jump start your gardening your life. 
 
Supporting Your Family Naturally from the Inside Out community!! This community is for Mommas, looking to Support Your Family from Nature for Wellness. Tips range from nutrition, herbals, detoxing, natural cleaning, and essential oils. Basically, all the things I’ve learned slowly over the past 5+ years of my journey. We have moved off Facebook, to better serve our community and be able to discuss openly options for providing for your family in the best way possible.
 
Join the FREE Community
 
I've had 3 very different pregnancies. After the first traumatic birth, I learned better and how to care for my body naturally and prevent common pregnancy and birth problems before they arise. This quick course will get you the tools you need to have a naturally healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery. My first pregnancy I had a normal western medicine all the things pregnancy. My second? I flipped to completely natural, no medicine. Bonus: Preventing Preeclampsia Without the Aspirin & Healing from Birth Trauma

Organizing the Business Side of Farming

Organizing the Business Side of Farming
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In the serene chaos that is farm life, where the dawn greets you with its cool touch and the earth calls for your tender care, lies a dance of balancing acts that many don't see — the quiet hum of managing a farm as both a nurturing home and a demanding business. For young moms tasked with the love of her family and the stewardship of the land, this dance can sometimes feel more like a frantic juggle.
Crafting Dreams into Plans
The first steps on this path start with dreams; dreams that are as wide as the open fields and as detailed as the seeds we plant. These dreams then need to be carefully, lovingly crafted into clear goals. Sit at a kitchen table as dawn breaks and list not just the need for profit, but every hope and dream for your life, and the legacy you wish to leave. It's about knowing where you want to go, not just for the season, but for many seasons to come.
Navigating Through Lean Times
Money – the word alone can make one tighten up inside, especially when resources are more like trickles than streams. Yet, it's through wise budgeting, tracking every drop of income and spotting where each grain of expense falls, that we find ways to channel these trickles into nourishing rivers. Picture, if you will, a wall by the desk, with the budget clearly listed, reminding us of where to be cautious of overflowing expenses and where to be courageous in projects that are working well.
The Blend of Old and New
In this age, where technology is as common as the soil we till, we find solace and strength in digital tools designed to lighten our load. Farm management software becomes less of a foreign concept and more of a familiar friend, helping us track, plan, and maintain with efficiency. Yet, technology also means simple innovations at home — sticky notes for fleeting thoughts, and those hanging folders by the desk, a tangible symbol of our endeavor to blend tradition with progress.
The Art of Order
Amid the endless tasks, there lies an intricate art of staying organized, a skill that transforms overwhelming tides into manageable tasks. It involves keeping vital documents not just filed, but filed with intention. I learned this the hard way, mistaking an FSA document for an insurance paper, I'm not even sure how. It's about creating a system, like a map, that guides you back to any piece of information when you need it the most, thereby crafting a sanctuary of calm in the potential storm of paperwork.
Shared Loads; Shared Lives
This journey is far from solitary. It is shared with our husbands, children, parents, and every soul who touches our farm. Delegating doesn't just lighten the load; it weaves us closer together, building a tapestry of shared dreams and shared labor. Each person brings their unique strength, turning daunting tasks into opportunities for connection and growth.
The Ever-Learning Farmer
As the world around us ebbs and flows, so too must our knowledge. The land teaches us the value of continuous learning — from workshops, from neighbors, and from every success and setback. It's this humility and hunger for knowledge that keep the heart of the farm beating strong, ready to adapt and flourish.
In wrapping up this heart-to-heart, I hope you see that managing a farm's business side isn't just about balance sheets and productivity software. It's about crafting a life that's as rich and fulfilling as the soil we nurture. Together, with patience, perseverance, and a dash of creativity, we can transform our farms into homes of abundance and havens of peace. Here's to the dance of farm life — may we all find our rhythm.
 
Wanting a community to lean into? Join the FREE Thriving Through Farm Loss: Wife’s Support Network! In our community, we embrace the challenges of farm life and provide a supportive space for wives facing the complexities of managing a family farm. Whether you're navigating financial pressures, day-to-day operations, or seeking ways to create a thriving home, we're here for you. Explore gardening tips for cultivating your own oasis, share insights on animal care, and discover practical family budgeting strategies. Together, let's grow through challenges, flourish authentically, and sow the seeds for a resilient and thriving farm life. Join us on this journey of resilience and abundance! 
 
As I've grown in my journey as an entrepreneur, mom, gardener, and livestock owner, I struggled to find a planner that met my needs and kept me organized. So, I MADE MY OWN. You can look at it on the link below and buy it on amazon below.
Don't want the whole calendar part? I got you! I pulled the gardening and animal care pages out and put them in a book all their own. 
 
Starting to garden doesn't have to be hard! I gathered all the tips I've learned over my gardening learning curve and made them into a simple course to jump start your gardening your life. 
 
Supporting Your Family Naturally from the Inside Out community!! This community is for Mommas, looking to Support Your Family from Nature for Wellness. Tips range from nutrition, herbals, detoxing, natural cleaning, and essential oils. Basically, all the things I’ve learned slowly over the past 5+ years of my journey. We have moved off Facebook, to better serve our community and be able to discuss openly options for providing for your family in the best way possible.
 
Join the FREE Community
 
I've had 3 very different pregnancies. After the first traumatic birth, I learned better and how to care for my body naturally and prevent common pregnancy and birth problems before they arise. This quick course will get you the tools you need to have a naturally healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery. My first pregnancy I had a normal western medicine all the things pregnancy. My second? I flipped to completely natural, no medicine. Bonus: Preventing Preeclampsia Without the Aspirin & Healing from Birth Trauma

 
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