More Affirmations for Authenticity and Success

My mind and body are focused and energized.

I am my most authentic self when I am growing food for my family and community.

I do something each day to move forward in the direction of my dreams.

I make connections each week that lead to sales.

I am productive and useful each day.

I appreciate myself for my entrepreneurial spirit, ability to persevere and work hard.

I feel healthy, strong and confident.

I am loved.

I am grateful that I have everything that I need.

Everything that I need comes to me at the perfect time.

I am guided and protected by the Divine Spirit.

God provides!

Abundant Harvest- Oysters, Raspberries, Apples, Compost and Satisfying Work


Raspberry Jalapeno Jam? Oh, Pinterest! None of our raspberries have even made it into the freezer! Who else loves Pinterest? Check out my food board! //

So many things to learn and do.

My To Do List:

Make potting soil for next season
Move pots to greenhouse/storage
Bring in tender perennials
Start clearing gardens, pruning
Pot up rogue and overgrown perennials
Transplant strawberries
Clean up indoor growing area
Drink coffee and read!

I highly recommend this book if you are interested in mushrooms and the science and applications of mycology.

Speaking of shrooms, what’s in the bag for The Urbanfarmer CSA members this week?

Oyster mushrooms
Baby Carrots
Fresh Eggs

Recipe Upgrade: Fast Prep Slow Cook Tamale Pie

Making THIS today!

Family Almanac

One of the (many) reasons that I love using Thrive Life freeze dried and dehydrated foods is for their convenience. I have been able to cut the prep time of most recipes down to 10 minutes or less.  I probably don’t have to tell you how valuable the extra time is!

Here is my Thrive version of Slow Cooker Tamale Pie.  The original recipe, which took me 40 minutes to prep is printed in Taste of Home Magazine August/September 2010 issue. This one takes just under 10 minutes!

In a 8 quart slow cooker combine:

1 can Thrive ground beef

1 tsp. cumin

2 tsp. Goya Adobo All Purpose Seasoning

3 Tbls. Thrive chopped onions

2 Tbls. Thrive green chilis

1/2 cup Thrive corn

1 can enchilada sauce and two cans of water

Mix well and let sit while you add water to the Thrive cornbread in a separate bowl…

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Why We Quit Homeschooling..For Now

I dropped both of my older children off at public schools this morning with peace in my heart. Over the last 2 weeks I have debated, cried, advocated, prayed, asked for advice and finally made the decision to send them to school.

In the weeks leading up to the decision to enroll I had been going back and forth with my co-parent about whether or not I could or should also homeschool our 8 year old. He felt she was “doing fine” at public school and would miss her friends. I wanted to bring her home because I believe in homeschooling for many reasons and our first year had been successful! I was finally able to convince him to let me try homeschooling her too.

Around August 1st I set out to plan our school year. I came up with little more than a general idea of what I wanted to teach and narrowed down a few dozen resources. I planned our first literature study and did some initial printing, but for some reason I felt stuck. I like to be flexible, but this was different. I suffered Teacher’s Block! An uninspired, dark state of mind and inability to concentrate and put pencil to paper.

And then life got crazy and doubt set in. I had a major setback in my recovery from chronic illness. The children argued more and more each day. The baby began to crawl and cruise. We have a million “middle class” issues going on right now…living paycheck to paycheck and taking one hit after injury, major car issues, several doctor visits and emergency dental care. With all of the unexpected expenses and loss of income we can hardly afford diapers let alone the most basic curriculum purchases.

The stress over the last few months has been catastrophic. I am in survival mode. Taking care of the kids, getting the dishes and laundry done and trying to remember to eat. Survival mode is not a long term option for keeping my illness at bay and definitely does not allow me to help get the bills paid.

So we quit, for now. And I fully expected to be crying while I write this, but I’m OK. The baby is asleep and this is the first time in months that I have been able to sit quietly on our deck and type my thoughts. Which reminds me…I haven’t eaten anything yet!

This Week’s Harvest – The Urbanfarmer CSA

This is the time of year that I live for. I’ve mostly given up on weeding any of the gardens and get to relax and enjoy watering, succession seeding for fall harvest, and spending as much time as possible at the beach, swimming in Lake Michigan!

*CSA Members please note: This week we will return to “market style” delivery, which means please take any and all that you’ll use!*


Heirloom tomatoes
Red potatoes
Yellow Crookneck Squash
White pattypan squash
Sweet peppers

With Love,

What’s In The Bag? The Urbanfarmer CSA 8/7/15


We tested the corn and it is good enough to eat raw!

What’s in the bag this week?

Lettuce mix
The first tomatoes of the season

*Please note*

As a general rule, produce should be kept cold, but there are a few exceptions!
The onions and tomatoes should not be refrigerated! Corn can be but it isn’t necessary, especially if you are going to use them within a few days.


Thrive Life Christmas-in-July Sale (Ends July 31st!)


I just have to share with you 8 *SUPER SAVER DEAL* packages from Thrive Life that are being sold at such discounted prices they are not available on the Thrive Life website and can only be purchased through a consultant (that’s me!)

This Christmas in July sale runs through midnight MDT July 31st or while supplies last. Stock your pantry and enjoy the savings!

Fruit Variety Package
Retail Price if bought individually: $195.44
Special Package Price: $126.99
Just $21.16 per #10 can for each of the following fruits:
– Freeze-Dried Raspberries
– Freeze-Dried Blueberries
– Freeze-Dried Blackberries
– Freeze-Dried Peach Slices
– Freeze-Dried Strawberries
– Dehydrated Apple Slices

Premium Meat Essentials Package
Retail Price if bought individually: $320.94
Special Package Price: $204.99
Just $34.16 per #10 can for each of the following meats:

– 2 #10 Cans Freeze-Dried Chopped Chicken
– 2 #10 Cans Freeze-Dried Ground Beef
– 2 #10 Cans Freeze-Dried Roast Beef

Tropical Fruit Package
Retail Price if bought individually: $170.45
Special Package Price: $126.99
Just $21.16 per #10 can for each of the following fruits:
– Freeze-Dried Banana Slices
– Freeze-Dried Mangoes
– Freeze-Dried Pineapple Chunks
– Freeze-Dried Peach Slices
– Freeze-Dried Apricots
– Freeze-Dried Pears

Vegetable Variety Pack
Retail Price if bought individually: $121.84
Special Package Price: $70.99
Just $11.83 per #10 can for each of the following veggies:
– Freeze-Dried Chopped Onions
– Freeze-Dried Broccoli
– Freeze-Dried Green Peas
– Freeze-Dried Corn
– Dehydrated Carrots
– Dehydrated Potato Chunks

Yogurt Variety Package
Retail Price if bought individually: $260.84
Special Package Price: $162.99
Just $27.16 per #10 can for each of the following :

– 1 #10 Can Freeze-Dried Vanilla Yogurt
– 1 #10 Can Freeze-Dried Pomegranate Yogurt
– 1 #10 Can Freeze-Dried Blueberry Yogurt
– 1 #10 Can Freeze-Dried Passion Fruit Yogurt
– 1 #10 Can Freeze-Dried Cherry Yogurt
– 1 #10 Can Freeze-Dried Strawberry Yogurt

1-Person 6-Month Food, Fuel & Water Storage Package

Special Package Price: $1105.99
Contents: 120 # 10 cans
Calories: 342,000 total calories (1,800 calories per day for one adult)

To view full package details click here.

1-Person 1-year Food Storage Package

Special Package Price: $1399.99
Contents: 66 # 10 cans
Calories: 1600 calories per day average

To view full package details click here.

To order any of these packages please email me at with your name, address, phone, email and payment information and I will place an order for you or you can also call me (920) 287-7442.

Thank you!