Make Your Own Homemade Greek Yogurt

Since this is the Happy Simple Living blog's most popular posting yet, I thought you might like the recipe and directions for making your own thick, creamy Greek Yogurt. Enjoy, and let me know what you think!...more

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup

Baby its cold outside in my part of the world and nothing warms up the body than a piping hot bowl of soup. A couple of weeks ago I brought home sweet potatoes, garlic and yellow onion from the organic farm where I participate in the work share program. I decided to roast all four sweet potatoes with the garlic and onion, and since it was just the hubby and I for dinner I planned to freeze half the roasted sweet potatoes for another meal. ...more
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Amish Scrapple

When I think of Scrapple, I always think of maple syrup, because at our house, we always trickled maple syrup on top of the fried slices. We didn't have Scrapple often and when we did, it was never homemade. I still thought it tasted great, that is until I ate the real homemade product at the table of my Amish friends.......more
Hubby and I have been talking about having a couple of chickens, and yes, maybe even getting a ...more

Healthy Eating Without Breaking the Bank

[Editor's Note: 'Tis the season to have just spent an awful lot of money (on gifts, food, entertaining, and yes, possibly even alcohol...), and 'tis the season to start thinking about how to step back from holiday excess and start eating healthily again. But is it possible to eat healthily and keep to a budget at the same time? This post from the archives assures you that yes, it is possible, Virginia. There really is an affordable way to eat your veggies! --Genie]...more
I love the two pairs, two spares. I'm the youngest of 5 kids and the first 4 are 2 sets of ...more

Raw Milk for Real Health

Please show me another manufacturing process where the ease and low cost of production have been more important than the QUALITY of the product produced....more

Protect Your Family From Food Additives

Last week, I participated in a healthy living webinar called "Inspiring Health with Robyn O'...more

Food Day Buy Local and Just Cook Something!

In support of Food Day on Monday I purchased a chicken and produce from my local organic farm.  Upon returning to my kitchen I pulled out the crock pot, tossed in the chicken along with about 1/2 cup of water, a couple of sprigs from my rosemary plant, a chopped yellow onion, added a dash of salt and pepper. Six hours later the chicken was cooked to perfection which I served with roasted sweet potatoes tossed with olive oil, garlic cloves and diced yellow onion....more

Sweet Potatoes, Oven Roasted with Garlic and Onion

I have never been a really big fan of sweet potatoes, mostly because well they are so sweet. So I decided to oven roast the sweet potatoes with lots of garlic and onion which complimented the sweetness. So yummy!All you need are a couple of sweet potatoes, garlic and onion....more

$8-A-Dozen Eggs? An Organic Quandary

$8 for a dozen eggs? When I saw Jane Black’s post in The Atlantic I could not believe that anyone would pay that price. As I mulled it over I realized that I wasn’t even sure why these eggs were superior to normal eggs. And after re-reading the article I’m not sure they are. Or at least, I’m not sure they’re any healthier than the best organic cage-free eggs from the grocery store (under $3 a dozen at my store). The difference is that these oval wonders hail from a small local farm that is not caught up in the industrial food mill. This means, for one thing, no government subsidies, making it hard for the small environmentally-aware farmers to compete with the big guys by offering comparable prices....more
There in lies the problem... people don't see how it affects them personally - so why change?  ...more

Interview: Robyn O'Brien, author of 'The Unhealthy Truth'

Recently, I sat down with Robyn O'Brien, author of The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It, a look into the dangers of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and our nation's food supply. (See her TED talk here.) ...more