August 27, 2014 @ 11:10 AM

Photo: I had my phone when I walked up on Michael Duke and the grandkids petting the turkey. Look closely, Ellie is pulling on the turkey's snoud

THIS IS WHY it's so important to me that we raise veggies and poultry. I am so thankful that my grandchildren can leave their nice (and meticulously clean) home in the suburbs and come play in the dirt, plant seeds, pick flowers and veggies, gather eggs and play with the birds.

Our 4 turkeys are 5 months old now and stand, when erect, about 2-1/2' tall. They are about 25-30 lbs. now, so they're big birds, yet they will still come up to try and sit on my lap and always get a big bear hug from me. They've played with the kids since they were a few weeks old; since they are growing with the kids, they're very tolerant and affectionate.

While I didn't have the experience of growing up on a farm and my grandparents ...

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August 26, 2014 @ 8:13 AM

Like other diabetics, I have had trouble with cholesterol. I saw a doctor on the Today Show who explained that recent research has shown that eggs do NOT contribute to cholesterol problems and provide a valuable source of protein and B vitamins.

Here's an article I found that provides some great information:

6 Reasons Why Eggs Are The Healthiest Food on The Planet

Boy Eating a Fried EggEggs are so nutritious that they’re often referred to as “nature’s multivitamin.”

They also have unique antioxidants and powerful brain nutrients that many people are deficient in.

Here are 6 reasons why eggs are among the healthiest foods on the planet.

1. Whole Eggs Are Among The Most Nutritious...

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August 25, 2014 @ 5:57 PM

I confess that I didn’t grow up eating Mexican dishes and don’t eat Mexican food now too often. But when I found tomatillo seeds at the garden center 2 years ago, I grabbed a pack as I always like to try new things in the garden. Since there were so very few seeds, I put some potting soil in a tray, sprinkled in the seeds and wondered if any seedlings would even make it. The seedlings took a while to get going, but once they took off I planted them when they were about 4″ high in the spot where I’d just pulled up the lettuce that went to seed in June. I really just forgot about them, to be honest. The plants kept getting bigger and bigger, but no fruit appeared all summer. However, I noticed beautiful little green ...

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