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Rachel Wolf
I am a homebirthing, homeschooling, work at home radical mama.
Interests: Writing, knitting, mothering, farming, exploring, and living life out loud.
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It is quite possible that what it takes to make me happy has become more simple with each passing year. That what I need is easier to know and easier to find. When I turned 40 (two years ago) I... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Clean.
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Today is my birthday. And yesterday I got my first gift in the white and yellow faces of these flowers. When I came up the hill, hurrying my kids to a class, I noticed (like I do every week) how... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Clean.
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I wonder what it's like to grow up here. Like this. With a daily rhythm so different from the one I knew as a child. Here, where there is no alarm clock, no hurrying for the bus, no homework. Where... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Clean.
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The day had gotten away from us, and suddenly it was late - 10:30 and the end of a busy day. We stood together brushing our teeth, my son and I, both gazing in the mirror with sleep-hungry eyes. It... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Clean.
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On Monday night a mink got into our chicken coop and killed most of our hens. It was heartbreaking, especially for Lupine who lost her favorite, beloved chicken, as well as her small business selling our surplus eggs. But mostly... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Clean.
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A repost from 2013. I don't need you to keep me busy. I don't need you to cure my boredom. I need you to throw open the back door and invite me outside. Into the sunlight or the moonlight or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Clean.
Once it is no longer below freezing at night its time to pull them. That being said we pulled our yesterday (though its still below freezing each night) because the sap is no longer running here. If in doubt taste your sap. When it gets warmer at night the sap develops an unpleasant off flavor.
Toggle Commented Apr 8, 2015 on How to tap a maple tree. at Clean.
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You can handle one more post about lambs, can't you? I hope so. Because how could I keep this much sweetness to myself? We have six newborn lambs romping around the pasture. Six wooly, sweet, honey-eyed babies to watch and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Clean.
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Just minutes after I posted here last Friday I went out to the pasture to see if Nutmeg had lambed. We thought she might go soon, and Pete and I both felt a pull to go outside and see if... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Clean.
Mine is a lamb moment, too! New babies abound over here this week. http://lusaorganics.typepad.com/clean/2015/04/this-moment.html
Toggle Commented Apr 3, 2015 on {these moments} at SouleMama
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I don't normally play along with Amanda's "this moment" each Friday's but today I just couldn't resist. Yes, we've been busy in the barn (with more lambs yet to come). And these two just in time for Easter! Some of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Clean.
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Thursdays are busy. Lessons in town, errands, and work. Today even more so because my parents are coming for the weekend and my car dramatically broke down on my way home yesterday. And when we're mired in this sort of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Clean.
We have a bit of a hodge-podge! This mama is part Leicester and part merino, the ram was a polypay-Icelandic cross. We recently got a Merino ram and are moving toward Leicester, Merino, and Corriedale crosses.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2015 on Newborn lambs at Clean.
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Those of you who were with me last winter know that our first lambing season was not a graceful one. Early lambs, a record cold winter, and inexperienced farmers meant more heartache than we could bear. By February I had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Clean.
Ive never read anything saying that high fat is an issue in broth. Ours are quite fatty and store beautifully. Hope that helps, Emma!
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2015 on How to make and can bone broth at Clean.
Why would deer bones be unsafe in WI? Because of CWD? I think you would need to consider what zone you are hunting in but CWD-safe should be okay. (Unless Im missing something.)
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2015 on How to make and can bone broth at Clean.
Yes! Just bring it to a boil and then proceed with the instructions in the post. Have fun!
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2015 on How to make and can bone broth at Clean.
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If you asked me what our family's most important, most healing, most nourishing food is I would answer without hesitation. Bone broth. Rich, long-simmered, nutrient-rich bone broth. I make a batch weekly and we drink it by the mug-full, cook... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Clean.
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So sweet. Thank you.
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2015 on Ten tips to quiet anxiety at Clean.
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While I don't offer affiliate links or blog sponsorship on Clean, I do own a small business of my own that I'd love to share with you more often. As many of you know I founded a little company called... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2015 at Clean.
I kicked my caffeine addiction slowly the first time and abruptly the second. I started mixing my coffee, 1/4 decaf, then 1/2 then finally it was all but decaf. Maybe that would work so you could keep the comfort of the coffee but reduce the effect. Just an idea... SO glad you love our EO blends, too. We wouldn't be without them.
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2015 on Ten tips to quiet anxiety at Clean.
Great to know! I'll give it a try. Thanks.
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2015 on Ten tips to quiet anxiety at Clean.
I could not find it locally so I picked it up through Amazon. The same brand that I linked to the Magnesium Chloride info on.
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2015 on Ten tips to quiet anxiety at Clean.
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Are you prone to anxiety? Me, too. I always have been. As a kid I was anxious that I'd get a bad grade or that my house would burn down, that there was a monster under my bed or a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at Clean.
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Yes! We eat duck eggs too. She does okay with them and they're delish!
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2015 on A new flock at Clean.