Easy, No-Fail Slow Cooker Chicken Stock

Easy, No-Fail Slow Cooker Chicken Stock

A couple of years ago I read about all of the health benefits of homemade chicken stock. But I didn’t do much with the information at that time because (like a lot of leaps into the real food world we’ve made, or have yet to make) I was kind of intimidated by the process.

My philosophy when it comes to real food is this – you need to choose what’s the most important to you at that point in time, and focus on making those things from scratch/paying more for those things/sourcing those things/etc. We can’t do it all at any given time. Baby steps is where it’s at. And for a long time, chicken stock just wasn’t a priority for me.

Until I actually looked at the label on the organic chicken broth I was buying from the store. Why was there sugar in my chicken broth? And what is “chicken flavoring”? And holy cow, look at the amount of salt in it! Suddenly, making my own chicken stock was a must.

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Things I Love: June 2014 Edition

Things I Love: June 2014 Edition

I’m always thinking to myself, “Man, I should share this thing that I love on my blog!” – hence, the Things I Love monthly series! These are some of my current favorite things.

By the way, none of the things mentioned below are sponsored (no one paid me to mention them). This is just a list I’ve come up with on my own.

So let’s get to it! Here’s what I’m into this month.

Wooden Teether Sticks

Our Little Guy is teething something fierce. His first little teeth are almost all the way through. We’re making good use of teething tablets, essential oils (Thieves and Copaiba), and frozen washcloths – but these natural wooden teether sticks are a current favorite. We bought them some time ago but I’m just starting to appreciate them now. He chomps, and chomps, and chomps on them. They’ve held up well and seem to be helping him out.

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The Story of Little Bear’s Homebirth

The Story of Little Bear's Homebirth

This post is a long time coming. Little Bear is just about nine months old now! Luckily, I jotted down notes about his birth not too long after it happened because I knew some of the details would be lost otherwise. This birth story has been approved by my husband for accuracy (if you’ve had a baby, you know how things just kind of get foggy at a certain point).

Also, I’d just like to mention that since this is a birth story, I’ll be talking about birth things and body parts. So if you’d like to avoid hearing about birth things and body parts, feel free to skip this blog post.

And this is going to be long. I didn’t want to break it up because it just felt right to me to keep it all together. So grab a cup of coffee or something.

Here goes.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 – Hurry Up and Wait

Around 2:00am, I got up to go to the bathroom (which, at this point, I was doing an insane amount of times every night). As soon as I hopped out of bed, I felt a pop and then immediately I started gushing from below.

I waddled my way into the bathroom and, lo and behold, my water had broken. Like, a lot. As in it wouldn’t stop leaking, so I spent a good amount of time in the bathroom until the whole process was over with.

I was in total shock at this point. I had absolutely zero signs of labor leading up to this. None. So to see that my water had broken (and knowing that your water breaking like that is actually not a common thing, even though it’s portrayed as otherwise in movies and on TV) was pretty surprising.

I headed back into the bedroom and woke up my husband and told him the news. I’ve never seen a man fly out of bed as fast as he did. With a shrug and a “I’m fine – nothing is really happening”, we both went back to sleep. We knew we’d need our rest for the day ahead of us because, obviously, our baby was going to be born on this day (or not)!

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Caprese Salad with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

Caprese Salad with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

A special welcome to The Home Life {and Me} to those who hopped over here from My Blessed Life! How yummy does the Easy Summer Vinaigrette recipe Myra posted look? Don’t forget to check out all of the other posts in the Essentially Summer Blogger Recipe Series (all are recipes that use essential oils)!

I am so thrilled to be a part of this fabulous blog series! Have you read through the other posts in the series yet? Find any keeper recipes? My taste buds are going crazy!

Essentially Summer Blogger Recipe Series

Back in 2009, my husband and I took a (very, very frugal) trip to Italy. We visited Rome, Florence, and Venice. We fell in love with Italy on that trip and we plan to spend a lot of time there in the future – when we’re done having babies, when those babies are a little bit older, and when we’ve paid off debt and such (though we hope to sneak in another very, very frugal trip sometime in the not-too-incredibly-far-off future).

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As you probably know by now, I’m head over heels in love with essential oils! Essential oils have amazing benefits and I’m always using them to keep my family healthy, to clean my home, in my cooking and baking, and more. If you haven’t dipped your toes into the fabulous world of essential oils, now is definitely the time! Click here to read a whole bunch of information I’ve put together for you about essential oils and Young Living Essential Oils.

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