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Are you worried about the economy?  Most of the folks I talk to are wondering what the damaging weather in the midwest will mean to their food dollars this year.  They’re thinking that things could get worse, a lot worse.  And frankly, they’re discouraged and they feel vulnerable to the powers that are beyond their […]

Summer salad recipes: Watermelon Basil salad with Balsamic reduction

Summer salad recipes Watermelon Basil salad with Balsamic reduction

This watermelon basil salad with sweet balsamic dressing is the kind of summer salad people will talk about after the party. Made with just 4 ingredients, it couldn’t be easier to make.   I had it at a luncheon yesterday and then picked up a less-than-sweet watermelon at the store on my way home.  I knew […]

Home Baked Bread and Perfect Challah

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Warning: Not Gluten-Free How to bake perfect Challah (braided egg bread) Bread is the staff of life, and the basis for holiday baking, lunches, Shabbat meals, and many comfort dishes.  Bread is also the basis of many ethnic traditional foods.  Bread gets its light, spongy texture from gluten in wheat, rye, and barley.  Bread is […]

10 Tips for Farm-Fresh Digital Photos

10 tips for Farm Fresh Photos

  Taking attractive outdoor photos on the farm is not for the faint of heart.  Harsh sunlight, animals that steal the shot, grungy backgrounds, the weather, and focal distractions can make a photo shoot fail.  It’s no fun when you can’t find a single worthy shot from 30 minutes of camera time, and 100 digital […]

Don’t Be Deceived. More Knowledge Won’t Help If You Aren’t Doing This

Don't Be Deceived. More Knowledge Won't Help If You Aren't Doing This

Knowledge alone doesn’t empower I used to think that if I just gave my kids lots of knowledge, that would be enough.  But I was wrong.  Knowledge alone doesn’t empower right living. This is a lesson it took me more than 20 years to learn. When I first started homeschooling my 3 children, I followed […]

Summer salad recipes: Israeli salad recipe with fresh lemon-mint dressing

Summer salad recipes: Israeli salad recipe with fresh lemon-mint dressing -- Joybilee Farm

Israeli salad with lemon-mint dressing When Sarah was in Israel with Engage-Israel, two years ago, this was one of the summer salad recipes served at every meal. Israel has an abundance of fresh vegetables, olives, and fruit. And summer salads were even served at breakfast. Cucumbers, peppers, onions, and tomatoes are at their peak of […]

5 best kitchen gadgets under $20 to help preserve the harvest

5 best kitchen gadgets to help preserve the harvest

You’ve worked hard planting, weeding, pruning, and mulching.  The weather cooperated and now the harvest is coming in fast.  There’s more food than you imagined when you were buying vegetable seeds and picking up fruit trees.  But all your work will be for nothing if you can’t get the food preserved before it goes bad.  […]