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The Smart Mama

Simple steps to healthy, natural, non toxic kids, home, baby, living

Last Build Date: Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:46:55 +0000


A few of my favorite things . . . .

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:42:13 +0000

I made a goal to post every day just recently, but I have tons of work today (my day job, gardening, canning and being a mom) and I can’t seem to focus enough to write anything coherent. So, I will just leave you with a photograph of my new favorite, best ever, wickedly delicious treat:

Preserving the Harvest – Pickled Dilly Asparagus Spears

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:53:59 +0000

We’ve got a small asparagus patch at the Land of Fruits and Nuts. Not really enough of a harvest to have to can, but enough to whet my husband’s appetite. So, when it goes on sale during asparagus season, I buy a bunch and make pickled dilly asparagus spears. Now, for me, the cheapest I […]

Preserving the Harvest – Raspberry Chocolate Sundae Topper

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:16:00 +0000

It is harvest time at here at the farm. Or perhaps I should save summer harvest because it seems like I am harvesting year round. Right now, I’ve got buckets and buckets of blueberries and raspberries. Well, I have buckets as long as I beat out the peahens and the dogs. I didn’t even know […]

The Smart Mama: Preparations Matter in an Emergency ~ Communications Plan

Wed, 12 Feb 2014 19:19:23 +0000

News reports of shortages in supplies in advance of the ice storm now hitting the southeast underscore the need to prepare for emergencies in advance – and not 24 hours in advance. Yes, you can plan on being able to go buy food, toilet paper, dog food, formula, shovels, generators, whatever before a storm hits […]

TheSmartMama’s Guide to Surviving an Emergency – Packing a Get Home Bag for Work

Wed, 08 Jan 2014 02:11:55 +0000

To adequately prepare for an emergency situation, you have to know for what sort of emergency you are preparing.  I live in Southern California, and work outside the home.  The most likely emergency situations I will face are earthquakes and wildfires.  And, it is quite possible that these situations could occur while I am at […]

TheSmartMama’s Guide to Surviving an Emergency – Turning off the Gas

Thu, 02 Jan 2014 22:46:23 +0000

So we have now lived at the Land of Fruits and Nuts for a year.  Moving to the Land of Fruits and Nuts has resulted in a drastic change in my outlook.  Just dealing with the abundant harvest on 6 acres has driven me to learn to preserve the harvest – pickling, canning, dehydrating and […]

Land of Fruits and Nuts – Day 9 – What the heck am I doing and cookbook porn

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 03:51:00 +0000

Okay, so today I woke up and wondered what the heck am I doing with 6 acres of land covered with fruit trees and vegetables and other stuff. How am I going to do something with the bounty? The avocados hanging on the trees mock me. We can’t sell them at a Farmer’s Market unless […]

Land of Fruits and Nuts – Day 8 – Sweet Marmalade

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 17:39:29 +0000

I’m still trying to use the oranges that are hanging on – the end of the season’s crop. I’ve got fresh blooms and new fruit starting, but we haven’t harvested all of this year’s crop. Mostly because it is all just a little too overwhelming here on our farm. I mean really, I’m a suburban […]

Land of Fruits & Nuts – Day 7 – Taking a Canning Class and More

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 04:50:27 +0000

Before I get too far along in my adventure here at the Land of Fruits and Nuts, I wanted to share information about a class I took at the Institute of Domestic Technology, rediscovering the future of home economics. I took Foodcrafting 101. We learned a Twenty-One Hour boule recipe (delicious), how to make fresh […]

Land of Fruits and Nuts – Day 6 – Loquat Jelly

Fri, 24 May 2013 02:27:16 +0000

As I explained in my prior post, I had tons of loquats and wanted to use them for something, anything really. I stumbled across a recipe for loquat jelly, and was determined to make it. The day before (Day 5 if you are keeping track), I made loquat juice by de-seeding the loquats, boiling them […]