Author: Tracy Fredrychowski

Living Clean on a Homestead Diet

Why I stopped following the doctor’s advice and started living clean. For years I’ve been told; no-fat, low-fat, low-carb, count calories, low-sugar, high protein, and on and on.  A few years ago I made the decision to stop following all that advice and create a plan to start a healthy clean eating way of life. The food choices we made usually fell on my shoulders, so I wanted to be sure I was feeding my family good healthy “clean” food. Choosing the right foods while avoiding all of the junk foods and processed foods was a real challenge.  But...

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How to Live on Less

How to Learn to Live on Less I had someone ask me the other day if I was going to upgrade my cell phone to the newest version.  I hadn’t given it a thought until I was asked, and then I felt pressure that maybe I should, and maybe I was missing out on something I needed!  Within a few seconds, I came to my senses and remembered who I was and what I stood for, which is learning how to live on less. While most of the world is looking for the next best electronic to hit the market, many homesteaders,...

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How To Dye Eggs Naturally

Dye Easter Eggs Naturally What happens when your eggs are all boiled, dried and ready to color and you have no egg dye?   You go all natural!  You can easily color your Easter eggs with dyes made with things found in your pantry, like fruits, vegetables and spices. Experiment with ingredients such as red cabbage, blackberries, coffee, tea, tumeric and even grape juice. I’m a huge advocate for simple and natural living!  And even though coloring eggs naturally takes a bit longer, knowing there’s nothing chemically added makes this girl happy! Want to know how to dye eggs naturally?...

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Amish Short Story – A Thankful Heart

An Amish Short Story  The sun was rising above the horizon when Emma and her twin sisters, Rebecca and Anna, left to go to their springtime job at Yoder’s Strawberry Acres.  The dew was still heavy in the air, and the birds were starting to wake up from their nighttime slumber.  Emma was excited at the thought of seeing her best friend Katie and paid no attention to her sister’s bantering. Rebecca was complaining about having to get up so early, and Anna was trying to get her out of her sour mood to enjoy the beautiful morning. “Don’t...

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I Want to be a Housewife When I Grow Up

As a little girl, all I wanted to be was a housewife. What I dreamed of was being an old-fashion homemaker. I found comfort in programs like Little House on the Prairie and The Walton’s. I idealized June Cleaver from Leave it to Beaver and Aunt Bea from The Andy Griffith Show. Even as an adult I still have an idealistic view of a woman whose primary job is to take care of their family. If I think back to my middle school years, I can honestly say I never had trouble getting good grades in Home Economics and...

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