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UpCycle Hangers to make a snowflake

I was scrolling through Facebook this morning and came across this photo that said “Winter is in full swing here in Wisconsin! ❄ Feeling crafty today. Made some snowflakes out of old hangers. Love how they turned out! ❤ ” The post was on Upcycled Funk on Facebook. It had a photo of…

Freeze Dried Orange Juice
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Freeze Dried Orange Juice

In the 2-1/2 years that we have had our freeze dryer, I have never tried to dry orange juice (or any other drinks for that matter) We ended up with a case of Tropicana Orange juice and using our new Modular Moulds from https://www.frozenright.com/products.html Check out this video of both…

Cauliflower Soup
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Instant Pot Faux Potato Cauliflower Cheese Soup (Keto, Low Carb)

Since February of 2019, we have adjusted our eating habits a bit more. (Kids still eat bread and pasta.) However, I (Kris) have been eating Keto / Low Carb and so far am down about 60 pounds. I have 60 to go for my goal. I can do it! 🙂…

Thanksgiving giveaway
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Goat Milk Soap Thanksgiving Give-away!!

Are you ready for a contest this month? We are excited to share with you some of our favorite soaps that we make right here on our homestead. Visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/krisandlarry. To get entered to win, you need to “Like our facebook page”, “share the giveaway post”…

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Happy 12th Birthday Trystan

Happy Birthday to my “little man,” Trystan. This has been some journey for you! I am happy that you are in my family and that God chose us for you. I love you! ~Mama

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Thank you for your service!

IT is not often that you are told THANK YOU! So, THANK YOU from our family. Thank you for protecting us, for making us free and for risking your lives so that my family can live in this wonderful nation! We pray for our past, present and future veterans every…

Fall Family Traditions
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Making Fall Family Traditions

Creating and maintaining family traditions is extremely important to our family. I love doing things with my children… but even more, I love doing things with my children over and over to create a family tradition that they can say “Remember the time that…” Carve a Pumpkin and save the…

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The journey of a mourning family

It has been 2 years and 8 months (not to the day) that we said goodbye to our amazing little Freckle Face. Not a day goes by that we don’t talk about him or are reminded of something funny that he did. He truly was a gift to everyone around…

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Being Prepared – List of things to help you have the essentials in your home.

In my journey of having a large family, I have researched and researched what I feel is a necessity of having in case of a natural disaster or another catastrophic event. (I include the thought of losing a job or being short on your luck this month in this category!)…

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Chicken Noodle Soup

I love soups! I have always loved soups. Especially with a larger family… Want to make it bigger for more people, just add a few more things into the pot! We double and even triple this recipe – You will need a HUGE cooking pot to do this with. We…

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Freeze-Dried Candy

Skittles, Werthers Caramel Chews, Marshmallows. What a fun experiment! We have been busy with the beginning of our holiday fun. November 1st is tomorrow! So, here we go. I have been watching the Facebook message boards for freeze-drying for a long time. We have mostly been saving foods like fruits…

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Freeze-Dry Cheat Sheet

I have searched high and low online for a copy of the freeze-dry cheat sheet. And I couldn’t find a print copy. So here is one that our family will add to as we gather and research more. Come back often to see if it has been updated! – (Last…

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Themed Halloween costumes for families

Over the last dozen years, we have been adding and adding to our family. Take a look at our themes of costumes over the years. All but this year’s Halloween costume was homemade or repurposed. Check out some of the Halloween costume ideas! 2008 – Pirates – The pirate costumes…

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Freeze Dried Offals, Shrimp, Shredded Chicken, and Grapes

Did you have any idea that you could make healthy dog treats and food in your freeze dryer? I am here to tell you! Yes, you can!! We like to make our dogs healthy and “raw” treats and food when we can. Over the last few years, I have been…

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Freeze Dried Peas, Guacamole, Caramel Apples, Mangoes & Onions

Welcome to another video using freeze-dried foods from our Harvest Right Freeze Dryer. Here is a summary of what we thought of this batch: Frozen Peas – rehydrated in boiling water – taste just like frozen peas. Mangoes – eaten dried – kids gave 2 thumbs up as a fruit…

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Happy Happy 12th Birthday to Rowan

Happy Birthday to my Gorgeous, Rowan! This girl is AMAZING! She is a hard worker, funny and incredibly smart.

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Freeze Dried Apples & Peaches

Every week, we have new items in our freeze dryer for storage and for snacks for the kids. I love having freeze-dried fruit on hand for the kids so that they can have fruit available even if it is days away from grocery day or even the wrong season. Today’s…

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Creating my day – Homeschooling, working from home & more

Many days, I am asked “How” I create my day to run smooth with everything that I have going on between homeschooling, working at several different online schools, juggling my volunteer work, kids schedules, our farm and animals, etc. For me, having a GREAT calendar is the first key. I…

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Becoming an adult can be hard – Here is an online class for 14-18 year olds

As a mom of MANY children, I have seen how they can struggle as well as their friends with some of the basics of becoming an adult. CRAZY! I know. But then I look back and see how I struggled too! (And still do sometimes! LOL) Check out this class…

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Saving Food by Freeze Drying

Saving Food by Freeze Drying 2-1/2 years ago, our family took the plunge and purchased a Harvest Right Freeze Dryer. I wasn’t certain if the price = what we would save. Well, I can honestly save that after 2-1/2 years I LOVE my machine and I think that I have…

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Ortho-Flip-Flops

For those who really know me, know that I love wearing flip flops. 2 years ago, when I severed the tendon in my ankle (walking in a store), it halted wearing any kind of flip flops. (Even if you saw me in some, know that I wasn’t supposed to be…