Banana Nut Muffins with Spelt Flour

Breakfast is a hard meal for me. I love to eat breakfast but somewhere overtime, I found myself in a rut of going out for fast food every morning. Not only is that extremely taxing on the wallet, but it is taxing on your health as well. But by creating recipes that I could prep the night, or even the week, before, this allows me to have something that I can quickly grab for my crying, hungry toddler (and myself). These muffins aren’t going to be like the almost sickly-sweet ones that you find in a lot of places (but…

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Preparing Poblano Peppers for the Freezer

It’s been a bad year for peppers at the homestead. Our shishito peppers produced well, though the plant never grew very big and we weren’t quite sure what to do with the peppers. The fruit of our bell pepper plants couldn’t survive the onslaught of a toddler who discovered he enjoyed the taste of fresh peppers. Our jalapeno plant (and this one hurts my little green thumb the most) broke at the main stem just as it started flourishing. Like I said, it’s been a bad year for peppers. Unless you are a poblano. Our poblano plant, which I started…

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5 Ways to Celebrate Lammas with a Toddler

Lammas, or Lughnasagh, typically falls about August 1st, or the halfway point between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox. It marks the beginning of the harvest season and even though it’s blistering hot outside still (at least in North Carolina), it’s when you can start seeing the first signs of fall such as the harvest of grain and the ripening of certain fruits. At this time we give thanks for the abundance of the past growing season and look forward to the remaining weeks of light and warmth as we continue reaping what we have sown. Source: http://wiccaliving.com/wiccan-calendar-lammas-lughnasadh/ As…

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NC Parks: Pettigrew State Park

Pettigrew State Park was a interesting one. A little over an hour from us, it made the perfect morning trip with plenty of time left for relaxing in the afternoon. But as I searched the park’s address (to make sure we were going the right way), I stumbled upon people commenting how the park was haunted by WEREWOLVES. Yes. Werewolves. Apparently something came out on one of the travel channel’s last year about the park. We didn’t see any werewolves (though I could definitely picture it) during our visit but we saw lots of other neat things. Pettigrew in Creswell,…

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NC Parks: Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve

Plans change. Like Daniel Tiger says, “Things may change and that’s okay, today we can do things a different way.” Originally when we planned to go up to see family in Moore County for Memorial Day, we wanted to hit 3 state parks as part of the NC Passport Program. But our trip ended up getting cut a bit, so we settled for the closest – Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve. Weymouth Woods is covered with hundreds of longleaf pine trees and contains a myriad of rare creatures – the red-cockaded woodpecker, pine barrens tree frog, fox squirrel, mud sunfish and the sandhills…

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