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Uncategorized Archives · Page 10 of 10 · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
Uncategorized Archives · Page 10 of 10 · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
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?
Southern Illinois produce, farm, CSA, Goat Milk, Soap, Eggs, meat, local food
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Let It Begin With Me

New Year makes optimists of us all. When we make our resolutions and prepare to start a fresh new chapter in our lives (as Anne of Green Gables said, “With no mistakes in it”) we embrace the hopefulness of the clean slate, the chance to do it better, to do it right. Isn’t that really the goal? What are the behaviors we can embrace that could truly create a better, more peaceful, more spirit-centered world? Here are some radically loving, liberating ideas to help us be the change we want to see; it really can begin with each one of us. 1. Embrace yourself right now, just as you are, with love and compassion. Period. Not, “I’ll be okay after I lose that last ten pounds.” Not “I’ll be terrific once I...

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Our bodies, Our health.

Our body, Our health. "Many people treat their bodies as if they were rented from Hertz -- something they are using to get around in but nothing they genuinely care about understanding." -- Chungliang Al Huang When I read this statement I could not agree more. So many people are so unhealthy these days. Whether it is from poor eating habits or lack of exercise most of our sickness and lack of health is our own doing. I am a firm believer in the power of herbs. I also believe the less processed our food is the more nutritious it is for us. Chemicals and unnatural substances are not doing us very much good in my opinion. Lets think about all the commercials we see on TV about the specially developed drugs that are...

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Did you know??? Great uses for coffee!!!

Coffee can be used to dye the hair darker. Read a discussion board topic on this. Old coffee grounds are great for roses and other nitrogen and protein craving plants. Read a discussion board topic on this.  You can make a coffee dough for art?? Mix 1 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of salt and 1 cup of used coffee grounds makes a clay dough that you can sculpt thinks out of and then you just let it air dry and whala you have coffee art!!! See the PDF document of this.  You can make a coffee skin exfoliator?? Mix a half-cup of coffee beans or coffee grounds with a half cup of salt, a tablespoon of vanilla and 4 tablespoons of olive oil until it becomes a paste. Apply the mixture...

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A day off…. to cook and be lazy!

We are supposed to get a storm in the next few days with the possibility of SNOW!!! Good old Flagstaff, AZ has been miserable this winter without the snow. Nathan and I are really hoping for this promised storm!! So we were both off work today and we sort of had a lazy day. We did computer stuff (emails, site updates etc.), then we went to check out the newly built Bed Bath & Beyond and we got some fun stuff. We don’t have many big stores here in Flagstaff so the visit to this new store was quite exciting for us. We found a two-burner griddle for $19.99 with a $10.00 rebate… Yes, that is a $9.99 griddle with the works!! We also got some fun candles. After our houseware shopping...

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Eventful times: Chalk in my eye!

Alrightie, It’s time to write a blog. I have been really occupied over the last two days. Mostly because both N and I had time off work and we were really trying to spend some time together. Okay so I am going to start telling you about Tuesday- My plan was to take N out for a nice dinner, you know sort of a celebration night. We haven’t really been able to celebrate his new position and his accomplishments so I wanted to plan (and pay for) a really nice night out. The plan was to go out on Tuesday since it was the first of our two days off. I got off work @ 7am so naturally I was tired and needed a nap. I went and taught my 4th...

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Small businesses

I work in the service industry and have for many years. I have done everything from banquet serving to working as a front desk agent. I have also done retail sales and I am a dance teacher. Everything I am surrounded by is people orientated so naturally I am very sensitive to good/ bad service. I love shopping in the privately owned small businesses because of the great service and the “I care” attitude. What is better is we are helping to support others who truly love what they do. I think small businesses are truly special because “they are run by real people who strive to provide real interactions and “above and beyond” customer service.” (quote taken from: www.CraftedCustomGifts.com) I want to encourage everyone reading this to explore some small...

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