Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage

Community, Our Homestead
Only a few regions of the world are fortunate enough to have a beautiful display of fall foliage when the leaves of the trees change in the fall - Oklahoma is one of them. Some areas of the our state are known for especially beautiful areas. I live in "Green Country" and this is certainly one of them. This is one area of the United States with just the right combination of tree varieties, temperature, and moisture. Temperature and Daylight Make the Difference The way plants turn water and carbon dioxide into oxygen and sugar is called photosynthesis. Did you know that means "putting together with light"? A chemical called chlorophyll helps make photosynthesis happen. The reason leaves of some deciduous trees change color is because variations in temperature and…
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Cooking with Fire Cider

Cooking with Fire Cider

Healthy Eating, Using Herbs
To make this perfectly clear, I am NOT a food blogger. I enjoy and make good use of all the many food blogs and recipes sites out there, make NO mistake, but I never intended to blog about the food I make... until today. Interested in finding out how to cook lamb shanks, I hit the internet. Tough meat, lamb shanks, I mean, this animal walked on that leg all day every single day of its life on our farm; every single day of its life. So that meant long cooking time. Many recipes I looked at called for a balsamic vinegar (which I didn't have) or a number of other ingredients not on the list of what I was trying to clear out of my fridge. But vinegar kept…
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Veggie & Fruit Superfoods to Enjoy in the Fall

Veggie & Fruit Superfoods to Enjoy in the Fall

Healthy Eating
Everyone loves festive foods. Fall time foods are some of the most exciting foods that people look forward to every year because of the special occasions that they represent. With so many great things for everyone to try, it might become difficult to make a choice about what you will make, or this might your first time making a dish for a family meal. If that’s the case, you’ll be excited to know that this article has been put together so you can get a few ideas about what you can share with your loved ones. Brussels Sprouts [caption id="attachment_3530" align="alignright" width="284"] brussels sprouts grow in a unique way![/caption] These tiny cabbages are a wonderfully versatile and delicious food that can be incorporated into wide variety of dishes. Brussels sprouts…
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Healthy Food Swaps Using Fall Superfoods

Healthy Food Swaps Using Fall Superfoods

Healthy Eating
If you want to eat a little healthier in the fall, it doesn't require completely changing your diet. So often, you can just make a few substitutions with the foods you already enjoy, and will have lower-fat foods that are tasty and nutritious. Here are some healthy food swaps that use fall superfoods. Use Pumpkin in Cake Mixes One of the easiest healthy food swaps you can do with your fall superfoods is to use pumpkin puree with cake mixes. This turns your cake or cupcakes into just 2 ingredients, including the cake mix of your choice and pumpkin puree. The pumpkin replaces all other ingredients you would have mixed in with the cake mix, like oil and eggs. This is often done with a spiced cake mix that goes…
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Healthy Fall Snacks to Make Ahead

Healthy Fall Snacks to Make Ahead

Healthy Eating
Eating healthy is often on everyone's mind, but convenience often wins out. If you want to use super-foods for healthier snacks, making them ahead of time can really encourage you to use them more often. The following snacks are easy to make and allow you to grab-and-go whenever you need to. Cinnamon Apple Chips If you are looking for chips to enjoy in the fall, but don’t want to fry up potatoes, why not use apples? Apples are a wonderful superfood fruit to enjoy in the fall, are inexpensive, and filled with nutrients and antioxidants. Plus, they are low in fat and calories. You can make cinnamon apple chips by slicing apples thinly, coating with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar, and baking them until crisp. You can also just…
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Raised Bed Gardening

Raised Bed Gardening

Gardening Methods, Raised Bed Gardening
Advantages of gardening in raised beds... Plants in raised beds get more sun and air circulation and they can make better use of water. You often can plant earlier and harvest later, because raised beds warm up early in the spring and stay warm later in the fall. Raised beds also make ideal places to grow plants that can be invasive in a regular garden – such as mints and horseradish. But ease and convenience is the benefit many gardeners appreciate the most. If you get a bad back and sore knees every year from gardening, a raised bed may put an end to those aches and pains. Raised vegetable beds are excellent for gardeners who have trouble with their backs and older people who don't have limited flexibility. They…
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How to Grow Cucumbers

How to Grow Cucumbers

Organic Gardening
Learn How to Plant, Pick and Preserve This Crisp Vining Squash Ever hear the phrase "cool as a cucumber"? Whoever originated the phrase knew their fruits; the inside of a cucumber can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the outside air, making it the perfect snack or accompaniment to a mid-summer's feast. Although commonly thought of as a vegetable, the cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is classified as a fruit, belonging to the family of watermelon, pumpkins, zucchini, and other squashes. Cucumbers are at their best from May-July. Although commonly thought of as a vegetable, the cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is classified as a fruit. [caption id="attachment_2181" align="alignleft" width="237"] cucumbers grow on vines[/caption] History of Cucumbers Cucumbers are among the most ancient of cultivated vegetables and are thought to have originated in…
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Stop Rabbits from Eating Your Garden

Stop Rabbits from Eating Your Garden

Organic Pest & Disease Control
Need to stop rabbits from eating your garden? It has been a tough season for animal problems in the garden. On Feeding Rabbits... Did you ever raise rabbits as a child? I would be willing to bet that some of you did! I'd be hard pressed to think of an animal I didn't raise! But I was responsible for what they ate, they depended on me for sustenance. Now, I guess you could say, they STILL depend on me, as judging from my peas and carrots, I have no idea what they'd have done if I hadn't grown them this year! Now they feed themselves anything they want... in my garden! I don't mind lending a helping hand, but there has to be some order here. Some feedback we got…
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The Slug – The Adversary

The Slug – The Adversary

Organic Pest & Disease Control
The slug... your adversary Slugs can be a very serious problem to you if you live in a moisture laden area of country. A single slug can successfully remove an entire row of seedlings from your garden in no time at all; can turn a perfect plant into swiss cheese over night and return to the safety of his hideaway, leaving you to wonder what happened... As slugs wander about, doing their evil little slug deeds, they leave behind them a trail of slime which amounts to nothing less than a road sign for themselves and every other slug to follow to the grand feast. And wouldn't you just know it, slugs are hermaphrodites, they all have male and female reproductive systems. They can mate with themselves, and in the…
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