How to Make Easy Pumpkin Puree

How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree

I know that fall is right around the corner when I start to see those sweet little sugar pumpkins at the store and the farmer's market!  Once I'm finished using them as fall decor, I like to bake them and make pumpkin puree, to use in pumpkin recipes!  Homemade pumpkin puree tastes so much better when you make it yourself!  Here's "How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree"! Making homemade pumpkin mash is easy to do!  It's so worth taking a little time to process these nutrient-packed little pumpkins to use in muffins, cakes, pancakes or even smoothies!   The nutritional benefits of pumpkin...

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How to Freeze Cantaloupe

I've got to be honest with you.  Prior to this post, I've never frozen cantaloupe.  But when I needed a quick solution to preserve a large amount of unexpected cantaloupe, freezing came to the rescue! My story begins with this "not so attractive" rubbish bucket.  I stop once a week or so at a local farm stand and take their "past the point of being able to sell" produce and feed it to my chickens. That day, the owner of the stand pointed to a large bin of cantaloupe and asked me if I would take them all, stating that...

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54 WAys to BE More Sustainable

54 Ways to Be More Sustainable

In "54 Ways to Be More Sustainable", you'll discover big and small ways and ideas to promote sustainability in your home...no matter where you live! Creating more sustainability and self-reliance in your life brings more freedom from unfulfilling jobs, stress and debt.  By becoming more sustainable, we gain confidence and freedom that we can indeed provide quite a bit for ourselves!  Where to begin to become more sustainable in our lives?   54 Sustainable Living Tips and Ideas   1.  Take Inventory  What do I mean by "take inventory"?  What I mean is to take a look around at what you have access to where you live.  It doesn't...

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How to Freeze Strawberries Properly

How to Freeze Strawberries Properly

Strawberry season is right around the corner!  Whether you pick your berries at a U-pick farm, grocery store or gather them from your own garden, you'll want to know "How to Freeze Strawberries". I absolutely LOVE to freeze strawberries, we use them all year round!  We are big smoothie fans, but frozen berries are also great for quick breads, pies, crisps and even topping waffles or pancakes! One of the things people struggle with is the fruit sticking together, but that's totally unavoidable.  Let's start with our fresh strawberries.... Wash the berries thoroughly and dry.  Then cut off the top and slice...

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13 Simple Ways to Reduce Food Waste

13 Simple Ways to Reduce Food Waste

I think everyone struggles with what to do with leftover food.  How do you get your family to eat leftovers?  What are some ways to make them last longer?  Can you plan meals around them?  Absolutely!  Let's talk about "13 Simple Ways to Reduce Food Waste"! Leftover food management is nothing new at my house.   Raising 9 children demands good food management, like it or not. Yet, I consider leftovers to be more of an asset than a liability today.  Given the fact that over 40% of food in America is thrown away, can you imagine how much money we could save on...

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