Author: Tracy Fredrychowski

Which Organic Foods Should You Buy

I just read a study on which organic foods we should buy. I was shocked at the pesticides, additives, and hormones that are used to grow them.  The report listed the top foods that were affected and it just reinforced how important it is that we choose organic alternatives whenever we can. We grow many of our own vegetables, raise our own beef, pork, and chicken and buy raw milk, so I feel good about checking those items off the list.  However, many of the other foods on this list I buy organic fruits and vegetables when I can,...

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Homemade Pancakes Recipe & Tips for the Perfect Pancake

You know it’s the weekend at our house when you smell bacon and hear the sizzle of homemade pancakes hitting  the griddle.  I’ve made more pancakes than any other breakfast food and have picked up a few tips along the way to make the perfect homestyle pancake just like Grandma made. Here are some of my favorite tips for making homemade pancakes: For the fluffiest pancakes substitute club soda for the milk, it will make them lighter and fluffier. Heat the griddle until drops of water dance and evaporate immediately. Use only a 1/4 cup measuring cup full of batter for...

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Melt in Your Mouth Amish Sugar Cookies

On a cold winter day nothing hits the spot better than a cup of tea and a couple melt in your mouth Amish sugar cookies.  Made with simple ingredients that you should have in your pantry these are one of my family’s favorite cookies. Melt in Your Mouth Amish Sugar Cookies 2017-01-11 20:46:20 Print Ingredients 1 cup powdered sugar 1 cup sugar 1 cup unsalted softened butter 1 cup Canola oil 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 eggs 5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cream of tarter Instructions Preheat oven to 350F. In...

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Amish Short Story – Someday

Amish Short Story – A Valentine’s Day Present for Emma Emma rolled over in bed and pulled the blankets up over her head as she heard her mother call her name from the bottom of the stairs. She hated the long winter months and dreaded walking to school in the cold.  She was already looking forward to the warmer months of spring and wished she could just stay in bed until then. She had to force herself to get up and more so had to force herself to find something to shake these winter blues. “Emma you’ll be late...

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Learn to Become a Producer, Not a Consumer

So what does it really mean?  Be a Producer not a Consumer? For us it means keeping life as simple as possible. It means living as close to the land and being as self-sufficient as we possibly can.  It means knowing what we do today is building the foundation for our future, tomorrow. How did we become a society of consumers? Let’s take a trip back in history before the Industrial Revolution. Before that time men and women worked side by side living off the land.  They worked together planting gardens, raising animals, making clothes and raising their families....

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