Archive for March, 2012

Building Projects for Backyard Farmers and Home Gardeners Book Review

So many great projects

I’ve gardened for a number of years now and have had chickens for three years as well. We are always looking for projects to make things nicer on our little suburban homestead.

Mr. Gleason’s book is a wealth of great ideas and has twenty-one different building projects that you can make to use around your yard and garden.

I thought the variety of projects was wonderful, everything from a simple raised bed, to a green house using recycled windows. You can also make a worm bin, a potato planter, and there are a number of different types of trellises for peas, squash, grapes and a really cool tiered lettuce rack, that will be my first project!  There are also instructions for building a green house, top bar beehive and a rabbit hutch.

The instructions are step-by-step, including photographs and material lists.  The author also includes some profiles of his local backyard gardeners and farmers, telling about what they are doing, which was really interesting.

I do not have much building experience but I would feel comfortable trying many of these project – and plan to do just that over the next few years.

A great book if you’re looking to make some handmade additions for your backyard homestead. Highly recommended!

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Chocolate Lava Cake – Low Carb and Gluten Free

Gluten Free Low Carb Chocolate Lava Cake

I found this recipe on a low carb site and switched it up to use almond flour and liquid stevia. It’s SO good and is very satisfying for both a chocolate and sweet craving. I served it with just a little bit of whipped raw cream (also stevia sweetened) Yum!


4 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate
1/2 Cup butter, I use Kerry Gold

1 and 1/4 Cup sweetener (I used stevia equivalent, you could use organic sugar or swerve or erythritol)

4 organic pastured eggs

½  tsp. Vanilla Extract

One pinch Celtic Sea Salt (1/8 tsp)

6 Tbsp.  Almond Flour (ground almonds)

Whipped Cream to top

Preheat oven to 425. Butter 4 custard cups (3/4 cup) and place on baking sheet
In large microwavable bowl, cook butter and chocolate squares on high 1 minute or until butter is completely melted. Remove from microwave and stir with wire whisk until chocolate is completely melted. (You can alternately melt butter and chocolate in a double boiler.) Stir in sweetener until well blended. Whisk in eggs until well blended. Stir in Almond Flour until well blended. Divide batter evenly between custard cups.

Bake 11-14 minutes, or until sides are firm, but center is soft. Let stand 1 minute. Carefully run knife around cakes to loosen and then turn out onto plate. Top with whipped cream.
These were incredibly easy to make and delicious. Enjoy!

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Busy Month

We at Moms for Safe Food are busy this month and next, working with thousands of volunteers across the state, getting signature on the Label Genetically Engineered Food ballot initiative.

If you live in CA and have even a few hours please come join us.  If you don’t live in CA – please pass this along to your friends who do and donate a few dollars through our website,

Join us to educate about, and Label GMOs – (for a start! 🙂

Here are some great links to learn more about GMOs – Genetically Engineered Food and our initiative.

Some wonderful videos: