Category Archives: Homesteading

The Best Mail-Order Pantry Company

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There’s a coupon code in here! Keep reading for a fantastic discount.

One of the first customers to sign up with Black Chicken Host was Pantry Paratus. We had a wonderful phone conversation, got to know one another, discovered a lot of common ground, and started a really fantastic partnership.

Since that time, I’ve placed a bunch orders with them, for anything from the Haywire Klamper to spices to kitchen appliances, and I’ll continue to do so because they stock quality merchandise, and, like many of you, I feel good supporting people I know personally, who are running a sustainable, ecology-minded business. I was particularly impressed to learn about the Palouse family, who supplies many of their legumes and grains, and how devoted they are to sustainability and service (much like the Pantry Paratus owners themselves.)

wristbandIn addition to their merchandise, PP owners Wilson and Chaya provide an abundance of information in their blog and knowledgebase posts, too. They have a strong social conscience and a vast amount of compassion. You can feel good supporting this business, because they support many of the same causes you feel strongly about.

There is a plethora of recipes in the blog I have on my increasingly-lengthy “to try” list, including the wonderful truffles in the photo below:

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Perhaps not coincidentally, the promotional code they’ve come up with for me to use in this post is directly related to the truffles: Their best-ever coupon for spices or baking ingredients – lucky you!

Here it is:   25% off AND Free Shipping on anything from the “Bulk Spices” or the “Baking Ingredients”  sections of their store. Just use the code “black-chicken” at checkout.

Seriously! That’s a mighty good deal.

Plus, how can you not love these sweet faces?

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I hope you’ll head over to the Pantry Paratus website and have a look around – go for the merchandise, and stay for the blog. You’ll get to know Chaya and Wilson, so you can be confident buying from them – meaningful and mindful consumption. Don’t forget to use your “black-chicken” coupon code for the fantastic discount.

While you’re there, you might be interested in:

Homesteading: 10 Reasons Why I Bother
Navigating a Food Allergy: A Safe Pantry
Sale & Clearance Items
Weekly Email
Their affiliate program (in which we do not participate; I’m writing this post because I love the company)

Mondays With Millie: Let’s Talk About Produce

Fresh broccoli, red pepper and celery on a cutting boardFor the last several weeks we have been discussing how to transition to real food in 8 easy steps. We are on the home stretch and up to step 7 which is all about produce.

I believe that many times when people begin thinking about improving their diet, buying organic produce is one of the steps that immediately comes to mind. In fact, probably buying organic anything comes to mind. Even regular grocery stores often have a large selection of organic crackers, cereals and some organic produce.  Organic is a huge buzz word and a huge money maker for manufacturers.

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GNOWFGLINS eCourse Review 3: Fundamentals I, Soaking Whole Grains, Nuts and Seeds

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Hi folks! Today, we’re getting into the nitty-gritty of the GNOWFGLINS Fundamentals I eCourse. In this lesson, Wardeh teaches us some hands-on methods to get the most nutrition out of grains, nuts, and seeds.

For those already conversant with soaking methods, this might not be anything exciting; however, for people unfamiliar this method of preparing foods, it’s a whole new world!

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GNOWFGLINS eCourse Review 2: Fundamentals I, The GNOWFGLINS Foundation

a sprouted seedlingThis is the second in the GNOWFGLINS ecourse review. I’ll be reviewing each ecourse as I go through it, sharing my thoughts and opinions, and going over how useful each course is.

Fundamentals I – Lesson 1:
The GNOWFGLINS Foundation

This lesson discusses the GNOWFGLINS Foundation, including the philosophies behind it. Wardeh presents this lesson with four PDF files (Defining GNOWFGLINS, Why GNOWFGLINS, Beyond Natural and Organic, & Dietary Guidelines,) one video, and two audio files.

This is a short, light lesson, which offers basic principles and information. It’s a good overview of why the methods and foods Wardeh chooses for her family are important, healthy, and environmentally sustainable.

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GNOWFGLINS eCourse Review 1: Fundamentals I, Getting Started

Are you ready to peek inside the GNOWFGLINS ecourses? I’m totally fired up to show you!

gnowfglins seedling on monitorLet’s me get this right out of the way: I am no kitchen genius; I need all the help I can get. While I can modify recipes to suit our tastes, I need the prep work and method clearly delineated. Put another way: If I can follow the instructions from GNOWFGLINS, boy howdy – you can, too.

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Upcoming Review Series: GNOWFGLINS eCourses

Howdy Folks!

photo of wardeh harmonSome of you are already familiar with the fantastic ecourse series offered by Wardeh Harmon of GNOWFGLINS (g-NOWF-glinz.) However, I bet not all of you have taken the leap and purchased a subscription to them.

Perhaps you’re uncertain if it’s worth the cost of enrollment (which is a very reasonable $10/month for the entry level,) or are inherently skeptical of online courses. I fall into both camps myself; however, people I know and respect have said wonderful things about Wardeh’s ecourses. Thus far, they’ve been 100% right!

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Post photos of your compost pile!

As spring arrives, some of us become obsessed with Gardening Plans.

Successful gardening’s foundation is good soil – soil teeming with nutrients, microbial life, worms, moisture, minerals, decaying organic matter, you name it! Having a compost pile helps us maintain our nutrient-rich soil with a minimum of expense; we’re using our food scraps to create it, after all.

a grass compost pileHere on our little homestead, we have three compost piles currently; one way in the back for things like lawn clippings (our mower sadly does not mulch, which is a huge bummer;) one next to the garden for garden waste; and one up by the house for kitchen and household waste.

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White Carpet, White Kitchen Sink? Really?

Judging by a few elements of our home, I can only assume the previous owners enjoyed cleaning.

Where there isn’t hardwood flooring, there is white carpet. Also, our kitchen sink is white (well, sometimes.) Prior to purchasing the house, I remember looking at the carpeting and thinking, “well that might be a problem.”

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