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Easy Oatmeal Muffins

I’m a huge fan of oatmeal for it’s ease of filling my stomach and my kids.

Not to mention it’s health benefits.

  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Helps aid with weight loss
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Lowers risk of colon cancer
  • High in fiber
  • Stabilizes blood sugar
  • Enhances athletic performance
  • Enhances immune response to disease
  • Aids in sleep
  • Leaves you feeling full longer

As much as I love oatmeal for a multitude of reasons, the texture of eating plain oatmeal alone is enough to make a girl gag.  Raises hand for sensory issues.

My kids love oatmeal as much as me, and when I discovered this simple easy oatmeal muffin recipe it’s become a staple in our daily diet.

I wish I could give credit to the original creator of this recipe, but unfortunately my recipe is a handwritten scribble of ingredients and adjustments I’ve made to make our favorite muffin.

With minimal sugar I feel comfortable letting my kids scarf down these muffins.

Behold.  The Easy Oatmeal Muffin, from my home to yours.

If you are anything like me, when you are looking for a new recipe the last thing you want to do is scroll through photo after photo, you want the recipe.  So I will grace you with this delicious recipe, and let you decide if you would like to scroll through the array of easy oatmeal muffin photos after reading the recipe.

Easy Oatmeal Muffins

Ingredients:

2 cups milk

2 cups quick cooking oats

2 eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 cups all-purpose flour (or flour of your choosing)

1/2 cup sugar

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon vanilla

Directions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Grease muffin cups or save yourself some scrubbing and line with paper muffin liners.
  2. In a large bowl, combine milk and oats; let soak for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Add eggs and oil into oat and milk mixture, mixing together until combined.
  4. Add flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into wet ingredients making sure all is combined.
  5. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups until cups are 2/3 full.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Makes 24 muffins.

The longer you allow the oatmeal to soak into the milk the sweeter the muffins taste.

1 duck egg, and 1 chicken egg makes for a perfectly fluffy muffin.

If you are anything like me and try to eliminate dishes when baking, I assure you that you can dump all ingredients into the same bowl.  My kitchenaid is my most used item on my homestead.

Hearth club happens to be my favorite baking powder.  And no they do not pay me to tell you this.

These muffins don’t last long around our homestead.  With just the right amount of sweetness, and fluffy texture these make for a perfect snack on the go.  Or post workout bite.

If you are looking for an easy, oatmeal snack I hope you give these muffins a try.

Happy baking!

Danielle

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Natural All Purpose Cleaner

We use all purpose cleaners to rid our house of bacteria, germs, dust, and dirt not to inhale unhealthy, toxins, but that is exactly what we are doing with a lot of common everyday house cleaning products.

When you head into your local grocery store you can find an entire aisle dedicated to household cleaning products. Many popular household cleaners are in fact dangerous and toxic.

After some research and product testing I found that home & planet offers a safe, store bought all purpose cleaner that I feel comfortable using on our homestead.

Fact: The average household contains about 62 toxic chemicals.

  • Ingredients in common household products have been linked to asthma, reproductive disorders, cancer, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity.
  • Yikes!  While trying to cleaning your home you might in fact be subjecting your household to dangerous chemicals.  I’ve been there, and I hope that you find this simple product review encouragement to seek a more natural way of cleaning your homestead with a product that can be purchased in most stores near you.

    Rather than a warning label most toxic all purpose cleaning products have been marketed to attract our attention, using flashy marketing to entice your average consumer and distract them from the ingredients within.

    While shopping for an all natural all purpose cleaner be sure to keep an eye out for plant-based, instead of petroleum-based ingredients.  Don’t be mislead by most marketing ploys.  Do your research, find  products safe to use in and around your home, not tested on animals.

    Despite the alarming ingredients in many common household all purpose cleaners in stores near you.  There are companies that offer natural cleaning products safe to use around your home, my favorite planet loving company happens to be home & planet.

    I am a lover of vinegar, baking soda, and Young Living Thieves All Purpose Cleaner for a lot of my homesteading cleaning chores, but sometimes I don’t want to mix up my own cleaning ingredients.  I want to head to my local Target and purchase something that will break down grease, kill germs, all the while offering a clean, natural all purpose cleaning agent that doesn’t consist of toxic ingredients.

    A while back while cruising Target I stumbled upon the cleaning section with endless rows of cleaning products.  I was immediately intrigued by the soft green label of home & planet multipurpose cleaner spray, and the fact that it contained vetiver and tea tree oil.  Two of my favorite essential oils.  If you haven’t smelled vetiver it’s one of my favorite scents.  A complex earthy, woody sweetness is the best way to describe it.  I’ve tried many different all natural all purpose cleaning products that have left me disappointed with the scent or there inability to clean, but home & planet has won me over.

    Vegan and cruelty free, the earthy, woody scent enticed me enough to place this natural all purpose cleaner into my shopping cart.

    Now the real test was how well does it clean?  I’ve purchased many all natural cleaners that just can’t get the job done.

    I’m happy to share home & planet knows how to create an all natural product that cleans the grime off multi surfaces, making this a must have household cleaner on my homestead.  Not to mention home & planets own love for the planet, and their push to make it a greener place.

    What cleaning benefits does Tea Tree Oil have?

    • Tea tree oil contains a number of compounds, including terpinen-4-ol, that have been shown to kill certain bacteria, viruses and fungi
    • Studies have shown that it kills several common bacteria and viruses responsible for causing illness, including E. coli, S. pneumoniae and H. influenzae

    Why Vetiver in cleaning products?

    • Known as the “Oil of Tranquility” with an earthy aroma that is grounding, calming, and soothing.  Vetiver is the perfect addition to an all natural all purpose cleaner.  Why not clean your home with a scent that promotes a grounding, calming atmosphere.

    What exactly can I clean with this natural all purpose cleaner?

    • ceramic
    • chrome
    • concrete
    • corian
    • formica
    • granite
    • laminate flooring
    • marble
    • stainless steel
    • travertine

    I use this all purpose cleaner on countertops, the kitchen table, to clean up spills left via kids and animals, to clean mirrors, the interior of my car, doorknobs etc, etc.  It works wonders on so many surfaces, but be sure to do a test on each surface before going all in.

    I find that I use this for most everyday spills, all the while never leaving behind a film, or a mess.  For heavy spills I do allow it to sit for a few minutes before wiping down and it always gets the job done.

    I love so many different products by home & planet, this just happens to be one that is always stocked on our homestead.

    If you are in the market for a new all natural all purpose cleaner, I’d encourage you to give home & planet natural all purpose cleaner a try.

    Quick FYI, home & planet does not pay me to review their products.  When I use an all natural alternative I love to share it.  Part of my homesteading journey is to convert our homestead into as natural of an environment as I can. Free of toxicity in all forms.  Rather than spending 20 minutes googling cleaners in the cleaning aisle of Target, maybe you will stumble upon this and find yourself giving home & planet cleaning products a try. As a modern day homesteader I do enjoy the convenience of my local Target and love finding products that I can actually say I like.

    Danielle

     

     

     

     

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    health

    Farm Life Routine – Why Exercise is Important When Operating a Homestead

    Part of homesteading is making your homestead your own. What do you love? What do you envision for your homestead? These are all questions you should ask yourself before beginning your homesteading journey.  Build it to your own dreams and desires.

    Something that was important when building our homestead was to include our home gym. We ditched our gym membership years ago, an expense we no longer needed.

    Now I realize not all homesteaders are big into workouts. But I assure you there is a correlation between staying fit and operating your homestead.

    Physical fitness has many health benefits:

    • It can increase your energy levels.  Running a homestead you need all the energy you can get.
    • It helps with brain health and memory.
    • It is good for your muscle and bones.  Helping to prevent injuries completing everyday homesteading tasks.
    • It reduces your risk of chronic diseases.  You have a homestead to run, no time for chronic illness.
    • It helps with relaxation and sleep quality.
    • Simply it makes you feel happier.  Those suffering from chronic depression or anxiety can find that daily exercise helps reduce these feelings.

    You might think, I’m physically working all day long hauling firewood, moving hay bales, feeding farm animals.  I’m doing enough.  And I don’t doubt that you are burning calories and lifting heavy things around your homestead.  However you can benefit from daily exercise to prevent injuries, improve your strength and live an overall healthy lifestyle.

    We all know bales of hay don’t move themselves.

    The average bale of hay weighs between 45 and 50 pounds.

    Cow manure isn’t raked and moved around with ease. Unless you own a tractor in which case I don’t.

    Homesteading is heavy hard work. I’ve never worked so physically hard as I have since operating our homestead.

    Eating healthy homegrown, farm raised animals is only part of my homesteading journey. Working out and staying physically fit is a huge part as well.

    If you’ve ever tried to move a bale of hay around. It’s hard work. Like really hard. It’s heavy. It’s awkward, and you need some strength behind it.

    Digging and planting rows of flowers is hard work too. Requiring physical strength and endurance to complete the task.

    Heavy yard work (landscaping, moving rocks, hauling dirt): burns 400-600 calories per hour.

    Gardening: pulling weeds, planting flowers, etc.: burns 200-400 calories per hour.

    Physical fitness is important to staying healthy and ensuring that you are up to the task of homesteading.

    Here you will find physical fitness encouragement as well. You might think how the hell is this even related to homesteading.

    I’m here to tell you for my own homesteading journey it is. And I hope to encourage you to stay physically fit as well.  Aiding in the prevention of injuries, improving your mental health, and leaving room in your caloric intake for a freshly baked pie or two.

    Let’s take a tour of our home gym. Everything has been purchased second hand. Aside from our power blocks which has been a beneficial purchase for us. Taking up minimal space the weights range from 5lbs to 85lbs and can be purchased through Amazon for $287.99.

    Each day my daily workout is part of my homesteading routine. I awaken my 30 something year old bones before my daily chores.  My sweet, farm dog enjoys a morning of relaxation while I lift weights.

    Our home gym consists of numerous weight plates, varying weight benches, a cable machine, and a squat rack.

    Although you burn calories, and build muscle completing daily tasks on the homestead, training and continuing to build endurance and muscle helps make these homesteading chores easier and helps prevent injuries.

    A while back I was carrying water out for our farm animals and injured my chest.  I started adding a weekly chest building workout into my routine and noticed carrying water was much easier once I started building my pectoral muscles.  Not everyone has a desire to be the bodybuilders posted on my home gym walls, but everyone can benefit by including workouts into your daily routine.  You do not need a lot of equipment.  Tailor your home gym to your desires, continue to train your body to the demands of homesteading.

    I’m a modern day homesteader, this is the American Homestead where lifting weights is part of our daily homesteading journey.  Duct tape patches holes in well worn gym equipment.  Exercise is a daily routine to help prevent muscle injuries and to build endurance to complete the hard tasks associated with homesteading.

    I hope you find encouragement to include exercise into your homesteading journey.

    Happy lifting.

    Danielle

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    5 Day – No Fuss Sourdough Starter Without a Scale

    Previously I had purchased my sourdough starter to bake my own sourdough bread.  This year I decided my indoor project would be to make my own sourdough starter.  I found myself scouring Pinterest overwhelmed with the different measurements, and specific instructions.  I don’t have patience to sit and read long articles explaining the ins and outs of sourdough starters I wanted something simple and easy.

    We’ve been snowed in for 5 days, so I decided to take advantage of this indoor time and give this sourdough starter a try.  After reading multiple articles on the best way to make my own starter I decided to give it a go.

    Do I need a scale?  Some would argue that you do, I would argue you don’t.  I think it comes down to personal preference.  I’m more of a dash and splash sort of baker, never dulling out exact measurements when baking or cooking.  So far it has done me well.

    For this recipe you do not need a scale to weigh your flour and water.  Just a measuring cup and a tablespoon, and a glass bowl.  Pretty simple.  Each day is the exact same process to feed the starter.  It’s important to keep your starter in  warm place.  I keep mine on our island where the temperature stays around 70.  I chose to get my starter initially mixed in a stainless steel bowl, once I was done mixing on Day 1 I moved it to a glass bowl.  It is recommended to use a glass bowl or stainless steel to grow your starter, google will tell you that you do not want your starter in contact with reactive metals.  Be sure to cover your starter with plastic wrap or a cloth wrap.

    Day 1 – Measure out 2/3 cups + 1 tablespoon flour (I chose all purpose flour) and 2/3 cups water.  Mix together.

    Day 2 – Measure out 2/3 cups + 1 tablespoon flour and 2/3 cups water.  Mix together.

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    Day 3- Measure out 2/3 cups + 1 tablespoon flour  and 2/3 cups water.  Mix together.

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    On day 3 I noticed the tiniest amount of bubbles!  It’s alive!  I did freakout a little thinking I’d done something wrong when the flour and water and started to harden.  Hang in there and continue to feed and stir your starter.

    Day 4 – Measure out 2/3 cups + 1 tablespoon flour  and 2/3 cups water.  Mix together.

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    Day 4 I noticed the starter was much smoother with even more bubbles and finally started to smell sour!

    Day 5 – Measure out 2/3 cups + 1 tablespoon flour  and 2/3 cups water.  Mix together.

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    Day 5!  It’s ready!  Smelling sour, bubbling and smooth.

    It’s important to continue to feed your starter each day.  I feed mine with a tablespoon of flour, and a tablespoon of water each morning.

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    By the sixth day I noticed how smooth the starter was and how easy it was to mix it.

    If you don’t have time or plan to go on vacation and don’t want to fuss with your starter just stick it in the refrigerator where it will hibernate (not sure if that’s the proper term but seems fitting nonetheless).  When you are ready to use your starter again bring it back out of the refrigerator and continue to feed it.

    Before I plan to use my starter in a recipe I always make sure it is well fed before.

    Can’t wait to share my first homemade sourdough bread recipe using my starter!

    Happy homesteading!

    Danielle

     

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    parenting

    Toad and the crossroad – finding meaning in nature

    Do you ever feel like an animal or symbol pops into your life for a reason?

    The toad happens to surprise me at any given moment in my life on our farm. Is she my spirit animal because she has an RBF like no other?

    It can’t just be that, right?

    But seriously, whenever a bout of depression kicks in or I feel at a crossroad in my life this camouflage character hops right into my path. Out of nowhere.

    The toad. Most people probably pass by these small symbols without a thought other than “there lies a toad”. I however am what my husband likes to call a “dreamer” I believe there’s a meaning or reason for most things. Even when it doesn’t make sense to some.

    I find love notes from God in nature whenever I need them most.

    When this bumpy amphibian startled me in my garden yesterday. I knew there had to be a meaning behind this visit. Toads don’t really free roam in these parts of Nevada often it’s a rarity to come across one.

    I spent the day researching and processing as I usually do when stumbling upon something of interest.

    A quick google search describes the toad as a symbol of regeneration and adaptability. Representing the harmony of nature. Could it be that our goal at creating a perfect eco system on our homestead is coming to fruition? Possibly.

    Toads represent someone at a crossroad in their life, a place of transition. Imagine Crossroads by Bone Thugs playing in the background of my mind as I tried to grasp what exactly this visit meant for me. I’m a 90’s kid through and through.

    I’m definitely at a crossroad at this phase in my life. Both my kids are now in school and I’ve felt a bit empty. I’ve been a full time mom for almost 7 years. I’ve been finding myself feeling a bit nostalgic, a bit lost as to what’s next for me. My days of raising babies are gone. Some of my favorite moments in my life seemed to pass by quicker than I imagined.

    Maybe this adaptable amphibian is reminding me that I too am at a crossroad in my life. Maybe it’s time to let bad habits go, confront pain head on and try a new path in life.

    Do you find yourself seeking meaning from snippets of nature?

    Happy Sunday!

    Danielle