For the Simple Life

The art of simple

If you have no idea where to start with cooking, or just want to brush up skills, you won't want to miss this. This edition is about how to read a recipe.
September 3, 2014

Cooking School Series: How to Read a Recipe


  As a strong, yet sort of apathetic student in school I finally found myself excited about something while taking culinary classes in Switzerland the summer I was nineteen. The program was through my university where I was studying Hosp...

Fall gardening can roll around on you in a blink of an eye. Here is a trick to determine whether or not you can still plant veggies in your fall garden and how to extend your harvest.
August 26, 2014

Fall Gardening: What to Plant and When


  With temperatures at their highest of the summer all around the country, it’s hard to believe that it’s only just a matter of time until there is a chill in the air indicating the arrival of fall. Just because the temperatures chan...

October 23, 2013

Halloween Real Food Makeovers!

Holidays, Recipes

If you spend any time at all on Pinterest, no doubt you’ve seen all of the Halloween “food” ideas floating around lately. Yes, “food” is intentionally placed  in quotes, as many of these ideas are not really food…not even close. What is...

July 2, 2013

I Gave My Toddler A Choice…


As you may know, I run a scratch kitchen. I do this for several reasons… It all started because of ‘alleged’ food allergies (which we are healing) I learned what GMOs were I realized the “food” we had been eating wasn’t really food…at al...

June 8, 2013

Garden Battle #1


If we are Facebook friends you may have seen a couple of posts yesterday and today about some uninvited visitors to my garden. How about I just show you a few pictures. Now, let’s look at this beautiful lettuce from above (picture taken ...

June 3, 2013

Taking Lessons From Our Children


I was scrambling to get together a post tonight about getting my sunscreen for sale in my blog’s shop and in my Etsy shop. Unfortunately, I did not get it up. Don’t worry, I will have it up tomorrow. Things have been…well, let’s say a li...

May 27, 2013

Honey, Let’s Talk Honeysuckle!

Homesteading, Recipes

Mmmm hmmm… It is that time of year. The time of the year when the sweet smell enters the air. You want to lick it. Yes, you CAN lick it! It is the tasty time of year for… Honeysuckle! Honeysuckle grew wild where I was born and raised in ...

May 26, 2013

Our First Garden Goodies!


We had a lovely dinner with our super neighbor friends a couple of nights ago. What did we eat? Some of my homemade chicken in a crock pot on top of lettuce from our garden. Woo Who! Our first garden goodies! It was a simple meal, but q...

May 21, 2013

My Favorite Kitchen Gadgets!


I am a sucker for kitchen gadgets. Well, I’m actually a sucker for all kinds of gadgets. I think it comes from my Daddy. 😉 Below are a few of my favorite kitchen gadgets (and NO, I’m not getting paid to recommend any of these things…t...

May 1, 2013

Earthing…You Dig!??

Homesteading, Parenting

You’ve heard me say it a time or two before, but I’ll say it again. Yay For Spring! I love being able to get back outside with nature. I feel as though I, too, come out of my cocoon and winter hibernation state and start to feel alive ...

April 19, 2013

Soothing Homemade Tea, Anyone…?


German Chamomile – What Can’t It Do!?? Welcome to Part Two of my gardening miniseries! If you missed part one (all about a beautiful, massive orange giant), click here to read it. Today I’d like to introduce you to a delicate white flow...

April 16, 2013

An 8 Foot Beauty…In Beautiful Orange!


It’s Another Fun Miniseries! My first miniseries revolved around skincare (check out the posts here). Now…since I am super amped up about gardening season, I thought I’d do a little miniseries this week featuring some of the things I’ll...

March 1, 2013

Grateful, Loved, and Supported


I am not one to brag; this blog post is not meant to be taken as such. I believe that we should all take time out of life’s crazy ride to appreciate beauty around us, successes for ourselves and others, and give thanks where thanks are d...

Essential Oils 101 - Scratch Mommy E-Magazine
February 15, 2013

Essential Oils 101

For the Body, For the Home, Life

Essential oils (EO) are the third part of an effective, healthy body lotion. Although optional, I think after reading today’s post about the benefits of EO, you’ll want some special ones added to your lotions, too....

January 26, 2013

Have an itch?


Let’s scratch it! Well, we certainly don’t want to scratch all of our itches…not the ones on our bodies, anyway. Especially those pesky dry skin, eczema, or psoriasis spots that annoyingly pop up at the most...