Epsom Salts and Beautiful Plants

Roberts RanchGardening, Healthy Lifestyles

Boston Fern

I remember as a young child that epsom salts were always on hand.  Mostly we drew a hot tub of water and soaked in it after a hard day’s work. Or we soaked in it when we were sick and achy with flu, chicken pox, or measles.  It was wonderfully soothing.  I highly recommend trying a warm tub of  epsom salts if you haven’t before.  There are some wonderfully scented epsom salts on the market these days with eucalyptus and spearmint essential oils in them.  You can find epsom salt in most grocery stores.   It is still one of … Read More

Pullet Chickens

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Rhode Island Red Pullets

Have you ever wanted to have fresh eggs from your own backyard chickens?  Consider purchasing pullets that are at least 2 months old.  What are the advantages? Chickens that are between 28 and 63 days old do not need supplemental heat. They have their adult feathers and have made it through the precarious first few weeks of life when many chicks die. They are ready to live out in the coop right away.  Another real advantage to buying juvenile birds is they will start laying sooner!! It is also a good idea to buy chickens that have  been innoculated against … Read More

Go Green with Green Drink Smoothies!

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Green Drink Smoothies

March is the month for  “A Bit O’ Green” and I can’t think of a better thing to do than recommit to eating and drinking more greens.  The good news is that many Americans are doing just that.  The green drink smoothie has replaced breakfast  in many households  and I think that is a good thing. I have to admit the green drink smoothie in my house can be a tough sale at times.  Getting my teenage boys to down it like they down other things requires quite a bit O’ persuasion!  I wish we had been drinking green drinks … Read More

Fermented Drinks

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Kefir Drink

Most of these recipes come from either Sally Fallon and her book Nourishing Traditions or from Sandor Katz and his book The Art of Fermentation.   To begin with, you need a set of tools for proper fermentation. Invest in some air lock lids or create some yourself. Mason jars will do for most fermentation processes. I bought my airlocks from a brewery, then drilled a hole in the top of some canning jar lids. I also drilled a hole in the top of a 5 gallon bucket. I bought some washers that would fit the hole then pushed the air … Read More

Why Eat Grass Fed Beef?

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Grassfed Beef

Agricultural drug use has become a huge health concern for both animals and humans.  It is my opinion that organic, grass-fed meat, that is raised the old fashioned way – on pasture grass, is really the only type of meat worth eating, if you want to maintain good health.  People need to realize that grass-fed animals not only produce better eggs, milk & meat – but the benefit to native perennial grasses is critical to a healthy future. In a recent article by Dr. Mercola, he states the following: “Besides beta-agonist drugs like Zilmax and Ractopamine (the latter of which, by … Read More

All About Apples

Michelle RobertsFood Preservation


“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” And that is no kidding! Some of the benefits of eating apples include: whiter, healthier teeth, helps protect against and fight Alzheimers, protects against Parkinson’s, Curbs Cancers, decreases risks of diabetes, reduces cholesterol, reduces gallstones, supports a healthy heart, and more! Apples should be on the list of foods to eat and foods to preserve.

What To Do With Green Tomatoes!

Michelle RobertsHealthy Lifestyles

Green Tomatoes

Indeterminate tomato plants will grow like a vine forever if they have enough food, water, and sunshine. So it doesn’t matter when the frost hits, there will always be green tomatoes on the vines. One of the hardest things about gardening is having to put all those tomatoes in the compost pile. Isn’t there some way to ripen those tomatoes? If not, then what can we make out of them? These questions were recently posed to me and I thought the answer would make a good post. Fortunately, there are a couple of ways to encourage green tomatoes along after … Read More