Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois | Talina
We to a big leap of faith, quit our jobs are moved to the the heart of the Shawnee National Forest to follow our dreams of self sufficiency and to make a go of living off the land… Can we help you feed your family?
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Celiac disease & gluten detoxing (again)- It’s hell over here!

It's been seven months since I've begun limiting my gluten intake and about nine months since my gut healing efforts through restricted diet have begun. Gluten intake has been on the mind much since it appears Adalyn's severe symptoms (both behaviorally and physically) and my own symptoms improve when gluten intake is limited & reduced as much a possible. I say "as much as possible" because I know the hidden gluten (lurking in cross contamination, packaged foods and such) is still finding a way in every so often. We just got back from a free Celiac blood screening courtesy of The University of Chicago's Celiac Disease Center, I should have my test results back in a few months. I choose to be screened since I've recently discovered some buried family medical history that...

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Halloween Inspiration

Halloween Decor Idea: Make this "Bats at the Door" halloween decor project by simply printing out this template, cutting and taping the shapes. Super easy and super cute dont you think? Halloween Nail Idea: Looking for some creative & festive manicure ideas? I thought this was creative!     Halloween Baby Photography Idea: Got a new baby that can semi support themselves? Do a photo of them in a pumpkin. It's a once in a lifetime thing and can be super adorable. We've made it a family baby tradition. Instead of the oblagatory baby in a bathtub photo we have baby in a pumpkin :) Halloween Pumpkin Carving Idea: Pumpkins having babies? Why not! Especially if you are a birth junkie like many of my readers :P Hospital births, home births, lotus births and more...

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Keeping chickens & eating them: Thoughts on our first experience processing

It's a cold and gloomy day here, we are in the upper 50's this afternoon and the vibe is very lazy. Everly has been watching childrens movies on the couch today, specifically snow related holiday ones. She knows the seasons are changing and is excitedly dreaming of lots of snow this winter. I've been spending some much needed time on my own blog's todo list between caring for the girls and the home. On days like today an effortless, home-cooked, nourishing meal is best. So, I've got one of our roosters in the soup pot in prep for Everly's favorite dinner, chicken and dumplings. Remember my blog post about Helga Crowing back in September? We always knew we needed to learn the art of chicken processing, for the sake of self sufficiency, homesteading and respect for the life cycle/...

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Winter weather drink recipes favorites: Hot Toddy & Egg Nog

When I think of the holiday season and drinks of the season only two come to mind and I'd like to share them with you today. No holiday season is complete without Eggnog in our house! Starting at thanksgiving I get cravings for it. I usually like mine nonalcoholic but on a cold winters day some spiked eggnog can totally warm your bones! Normally I'll just buy the nonalcoholic stuff from the grocery store but I am also a sucker for making stuff from scratch. Here is my recipe to make Eggnog from scratch if you are feeling up to it: Eggnog Recipe I found via this source. 4 egg yolks 1/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon 1 pint whole milk 1 cup heavy cream 3 ounces bourbon 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 4 egg whites First, beat the egg yolks until they...

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On a wellness journey? Get this app for support & help! #wannabewell

Been working to improve your health and wellenss? Almost everyone is on some sort of wellness journey, many are motivated by resolving curent symptoms while others are simply motivated to prevent illness and symptoms. No matter what your motivations, if you are an iPhone or iPad user, the WannaBeWell app is something you need to check out! Click here to check it out now. WannaBeWell is a comprehensive wellness resource that educates, activates and motivates those who are looking to lead a healthier lifestyle. It is based on the three pillars of health at the core of the Life...

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The half acre homestead may not be enough…

We've talked about trying to move closer to Nathan's place of employment since his major career change about two years ago. Living closer to his work would shave about 2 hours off his work day, plus he'd be able to come home for lunch some days  and we'd save money on gas prices. Plus, It seems we've reached the point where our drive to self sustain and our drive to have our farm has taken charge. Sure, we've been able to crank lots of food production out of this half acre homestead of ours...

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A peek inside the Ryder Homestead – 2012

Here is how the growing season shaped up in 2012: Got something you'd love to see us blog about in detail when it comes to the garden? Let us know: [contact-form subject="New homestead post suggestion " to="harvestofdailylife@gmail.com"] [contact-field label="Name" type="name" required="true" /] [contact-field label="Email" type="email" required="true" /] [contact-field label="Website" type="url" /] [contact-field label="What is your blog topic suggestion?" type="textarea" required="true" /] [/contact-form] ...

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Then Helga Crowed…

It was a nice sleepy morning, the outdoor temperature was cool enough to leave the windows open and the AC off. The days have been getting shorter and the mornings sleepier plus the baby sort of slept through the night snuggled in our bed with us. As the sun began to rise the sound "cawwwwwr" made it's way in the bedroom window, it was jarring. I laid there bkinking the sleep from my eyes and instincually checking to see if the noise had roused the sleeping baby. I hear Nathan quitly making his way out the door to investigate the sound, I hear the deck gate open and close. By the second "acawwwwwr" it hit me. This sound that is similar to a small animal dying is our chickens. At first I was wondering if a...

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To Adalyn on your first birthday

A year ago today our lives changed, we became a family of four in the wee hours of the morning and many witnessed this live here on the blog. We weren't sure the day would ever come. From perceived improper positioning to going beyond the arbitrarily determined due date, we were all on pins and needles about how and when you'd arrive. Happily all went well with your arrival out at The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee. I'll admit, the fact that your birth was so public really has been my excuse for not writing out a birth story. I mean, it can be seen live so it kind of makes writing the story seem silly, one day I'll do it for you though...

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Cream of [whatever] condensed soup mix. A dry, homemade, wholesome recipe

I don't know about you, but I've been on the journey to eat better. I've smaked a few walls along the way, one being the incessant use of premade ingredients in recipes. Recipes that call for "a package of crescent rolls" or "a can of cream of mushroom soup" drive me crazy and make me feel quite limited when it comes to cullinary adventures. Since we secured a years worth of local, grass fed, organic ground beef recently I've been exploring many ground beef recipes, predominatly casseroles. Problem is they all call for those darn cans of condensed soup! I've stumbled across a variety of recipes for dry, condensed soup mix...

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Seriously?! An Electric Toothbrush Turned This Mouth Snob Around! #ad

Being the child of an "oral hygene professional" means I've always got someone on my case about my teeth and that I've been exposed to an array of dental products. I remember as a kid, like in the 90's, we had one of those old school electric toothbrushes. It was nasty and strange. The darn thing vibrated my head so bad that it made me sneeze, get a runny nose and watery eyes. I've never really been a fan of putting a motorized device in my mouth, not at home and not at the dentist. I hated using that darn manual toothbrush with a passion but my mom hounded us each night and forced us to use it. The torture! So, you can imagine my joy when my husband got his Oral-B Professional Care SmartSeries 5000 Toothbrush in the...

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Firing the machine back up and CHIGGERS. Gah!

We just returned from a much needed family vacation (aka. break from the homestead hooligans & technology). We went to Slade, Kentucky for some outdoorsy, mountain fun. Nathan planned the whole thing complete with a cozy cabin rental, a sky ride and hike to a natural bridge, some swimming and lazy area exploration took place. We stopped many times on the way to and from destinations for preschool potty breaks and baby nursing/ changing needs. We also needed to stretch our legs and run some steam off at times so we would pull over, lay out our picnic blanket in a public area, eat and relax before continuing our road trip. After the first night in the cabin we both awoke to itching and reached for the bite cream. By the second...

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Brewing Homemade Kombucha: A DIY Healthful, Homesteading Adventure Shared

I am pleased to share the next step in our homemade kombucha adventure and our recipe. If you are wondering what got us started on the kombucha and fermented foods craze you can find out more here or why kombucha is known as the miracle health elixir read more here. As I wrote about previously, before you can brew your own batch of kombucha you need a starter. You can either buy one somewhere online (which apparently isn't as good since live bacterias are killed off in transport), get one from a friend/ company locally or simply grow your own. Since a kombucha SCOBY is a raw live bacteria culture that can easily be contaminated with unknown mater I felt better being 100% responsible for the growth and sanitary conditions of mine...

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Digestion issues in baby could be leaky gut in the breastfeeding mother.

Back when Addie was about a month, at my own chiropractic visit I was describing her digestive issues to my chiropractor Dr. Lamb and he mentioned in passing that it might be the results of a little bit of leaky gut action in me. For whatever reason, likely because I didn't fully understand what leaky gut meant to a nursing relationship, I never thought much about it again. Now, Adalyn is 6 months old and I'm really doing my research (on leaky gut in a breast-feeding mother), I can't believe that it's taken me this long to fully learn about how healing a leaky gut could possibly make our lives a whole lot easier. Leaky gut in a breast-feeding mom means that your food isn't properly being digested and furthermore that the...

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