Quick & simple peach cobbler

My sweet neighbor gifted us with the option to pick as many peaches as we’d like.

Let me advise that this recipe is not for the health conscious. Sometimes it feels good to chow down on some sugary sweetness.

My kids picked bags and bags full of peaches. The chickens got some. We ate a ton. Yet I was left with quite the peach supply. And I hate to waste anything. Especially free produce!

So I whipped up this delicious and quite simple peach cobbler in my beloved skillet. Skillet cooking makes everything better. The less dishes the better too 😉

Ingredients

5-6 peaches peeled (I skipped the peeling I wasn’t in the mood for the full peach bath)

I use thieves by Young Living to clean all of our fruits and vegetables and even eggs!

1 cup melted butter

1 cup sugar (I substituted with coconut sugar it’s all I had)

1/2 cup flour

3 Tbsp brown sugar

1/4 cup milk

Directions:

Slice and peel if desired all the peaches. Put them into the skillet. Pour melted butter over the top.

In a separate bowl combine flour, white sugar, milk in a bowl. Stir well pour over peach and butter mixture. Sprinkle with brown sugar.

Bake for one hour at 375.

It was as easy as that.

And so very tasty. The chickens enjoyed the leftovers as well!

Hope you enjoy as much as we did!

The ugly reality to living a sustainable lifestyle

When we started our homestead and decided to try and live a more sustainable life I had no idea the work it required. With my husbands job he is gone more hours than home a lot of days. Leaving me to handle the homestead alone.

The idea of chickens was enticing. Goats seemed an easy way to control the landscape on our little farm. Gardening seemed so magical. And mini cows seemed like a dream come true for my animal loving self.

With the state of our country it seemed unwise not to add a little sustainability to our lives. I don’t think an apocalyptic ending to earth is on its way. But I do think there are a lot of benefits to sustainability.

But there is an ugly side to running a small little farm. And a reality that it isn’t as easy as it may seem.

Living a more sustainable life is a lot of work. On Pinterest you see screenshots and images of how to homestead. How to live a sustainable life. But I’ve yet to come across and article that depicts truly how much work it can be.

Some days it seems easier to just forego all this homesteading business and shop at our local grocery store for items we want or need.

Making most things from scratch is time consuming.

Farm animals love early mornings. I personally despise them. I’ve never been a morning person. No matter what voodoo potion or positive self talk I give myself.

I don’t like them. And never have. I’m not a morning person.

Farm animals poop a lot and they are dirty. It’s a lot of work keeping their stalls clean.

Farm animals don’t only need cared for in fair weather. With bad weather comes the same responsibilities.

Their food bags weigh a ton. It’s not for the weak to carry animal feed across the property.

Goats are incredibly stubborn. Sweet. But stubborn. They will demolish your beloved plants in seconds if you aren’t careful.

They are little Houdini’s. At least once a month discovering a way to break free and unleash the rest of your farm animals.

Chickens can and will eat their own eggs if you aren’t careful.

You have predators to worry about (depending on where you live.)

Chickens need their wings clipped unless you want them flying out of their pen and pooping all over your property.

Making most items from scratch is a LOT of work. Some days I find myself in the kitchen cooking my days away.

Call me little house on the prairie.

Gardening can be a fun experience but is also a lot of work. There are bugs to battle that want to enjoy your hard earned garden goods. Wildlife will take a few bites from your garden as well. Where we live in the high desert gardening is a lot of work with the harsh seasons and crappy soil.

So if you are thinking of starting a more sustainable life. But want to know some real ups and downs about homesteading maybe you will find some answers to questions you may have.

Maybe you too love the idea of self sufficiency but struggle with the work that it entails.

What do you despise most about homesteading?

And of course what do you love about it?

I love a lot about homesteading as well but thought someone else could benefit from reading the negative side as well.

It’s nice to know full well what you are getting into.

Danielle

The Sleep Potion

Today I wanted to talk about sleep.

And share our family sleep cure.

When I say that we struggled with sleep in our household, I mean my oldest son would wake anywhere from 5-15 times a night screaming.  Almost every night since we brought him home from the hospital.

I tried everything I could think of.  I spent my days and nights researching, praying, changing diets, weighted blankets you name it.  We tried it.  We tried different oils with no assistance.  Tired Teddies would help the kids fall asleep, but he would never stay asleep.  He was always restless and seemed uncomfortable even while sleeping.  I had doctors run tests, so many different things and nothing seemed to give.

We even saw a sleep specialist.

Anyways after doing some research on different essential oils I decided to mix up a whipped coconut potion.  That night I put it on the kids and they slept perfectly.  So MJE and I decided to try it on ourselves the next night, and we slept the best we had slept in years.  We are seriously amazed.  No one goes to bed without MamaD’s Sleep Potion.  What started as a joke has turned into something amazing.  For once we feel good.  We wake up feeling refreshed, pain free.  Thinking maybe it was all a placebo effect I sent some to friends to try and all said they slept the best they had ever slept.  I noticed EBE isn’t restless in his sleep anymore.  He’s actually sleeping and it’s been months he has been sleeping through the night.

The Sleep Potion contains all natural ingredients.  Whipped from my kitchen to your home.  I only tease I don’t think I’m a witch but we do call them potions in our home.  So the name seemed fitting because we often are shocked by an oils ability to heal.  Considering we’ve been told most of our lives to find a pill for this or that.  So potions seem silly, but I’ll tell you this potion has the sleep cure.

The sleep potion contains copaiba oil, also known as the “marijuana oil”, lavender, panaway, and cedarwood essential oils.

It truly has a healing ability.  It’s all natural ingredients make it safe for all ages to try.

This has been a Godsend in our household.

I’ll have The Sleep Potion up in the Etsy shop for sale on September 1st.  Made with all natural ingredients from one ex sleep deprived mama.

Why I choose Young Living Copaiba Oil

  • It is way more affordable than CBD
  • 100% drug-free with no risk of containing THC and 100% legal
  • Young Living extensively tests all products, including third-party testing. Young Living guarantees all oils are oils free of pesticides, heavy metals, and contaminants.
  • Not from the cannabis plant, so using Copaiba won’t affect a drug test

Everything is whipped and created in my kitchen.

From my home to yours.  Hope you find some sleep in your journey.

Danielle

 

 

How to naturally increase Iron absorption with skillet cooking

Symptoms of low Iron

  1. Unusual Tiredness
  2. Paleness
  3. Shortness of Breath
  4. Headache and Dizziness
  5. Heart Palpatations
  6. Dry & Damaged hair& skin
  7. Restless Legs (which can result in poor sleep)
  8. Brittle or spoon shaped fingernails
  9. More frequent infections
  10. Feeling anxious

These are just a few symptoms associated with low iron levels.

When EBE was about 2 years old we started consistently talking to the doctors about his inability to sleep.  He was always tired yet never slept.  We referred to a psychiatrist who talked about a lot of nonsense and pushed prescription medication.  Needless to say I got up and left in the middle of his prescription medication rant.

I did what mama’s do best and started researching and demanding blood work.

He did in fact have low iron levels which made sense considering I could barely get him to eat anything but a milk and graham cracker diet.

Fast forward to today.  I cook almost everything I can in a cast iron skillet.

Did you know a cast iron skillet has the ability to naturally increase your iron?

Scrambling eggs in a new iron skillet increased the iron content from 1.5 mg to almost 5mg

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I will warn you that children under the age of three can in fact get to much iron, resulting in iron toxicity so I’d encourage you to speak with your Doctor or do you research beforehand.

Plus I think everything tastes better in the cast iron skillet.