Zephy’s Homestead – September Goats & LGD’S

Baruch Ha’Shem Blessed His Name

And that is how it has been this month with many new additions to Zephy’s Homestead. From baby kids to Live Stock pups, we have been a busy family  This is hard work indeed. And I am on the small scale compared to some homesteaders I know.But the JOY of farm life is a dream come true. No matter what scale it is.

So much excitement happening,there is never a dull moment. Tons of extra chores to be done on top of training and feeling animals.  Always moving. Who needs a gym?

The two kidds born where born on Sept. 2 2017 around midnight.  Wake up call from mama as she was in full labor and dropped to kids in a welcoming cheer. A buck, named Dash and a doe named Lila. Both are doing very well, and growing quickly. LIla ended up being the runt of the duo, so my oldest has taken the role as her mama and the bond between them both is too precious. A learning experience for them both. Dash, the buck, is growing fast. Typical boy, who constantly eats and never leaves a drop of leftovers.

Both are up for purchase thru God’s Creatures in Apple Valley. You can reach Elisabeth for details

 

 

Mama Doe Matzia from Zephy’s Homestead in Apple Valley CaDaddy Buck from Snowdale Acre Farms in Phelan Ca

Along with new kidds on the block..we added a male Armenian Gampr Livestock Dog to our homestead. Meet Vagr-means Tiger in Armenian.  Serun-means beautiful in Armenian,  our female is adapting to him very well  These TWO as i call them. Two peas in a pod.

 Serun and Vagr being introduced to little Lila. Both are very gentle and are always making sure their family is being cared for

The DUO team!  Standing guard nearby the goat pen

I am very pleased with this breed. Never thought I would ever consider such large dogs for my family Yet the Gampr breed has proven me wrong in their gentle ability for my children and the animals and their fierce protective instincts to out side intruders.(the 2 and 4 legged kind!).  If you are ever wanting to know more about Armenian Gampr LGD see here.

Come Spring 2018, Serun will be breed and pups will be available.  Stay tuned!

Well time to get off this blog and back to the homestead.

Hope you enjoyed my read.

Till I share again. Blessings and Shalom

Mama Bell

Potato Beds and Mine Craft

Yes, you read the title right, Potato Beds and Mine Craft. Let me share the story of how my son and I did the old barter and trade.

About a month ago, a seed company donated live potato plants for our community garden. I didn’t have the best place to put them in my raise beds, and I knew they needed to go in the ground quickly. My garden isn’t that big, but I work with what I have with an attitude of thankfulness and gratitude. I LOVE to garden, folks.

Last week, when I went for a walk with a friend and noticed one of the homes on our street was for sale. In the front yard, I saw a bunch of cinder blocks and wooden polls just laying out in the sun. I knew exactly what I could use them for. I called the realtor and asked if the owner needed them and she messaged me on Facebook and said, “Come and get them!”  With the help of my older children, we headed over, and loaded up the back of the truck with my gold mind! Talk about a kid in a candy store.

My husband and my older boy used the polls to rig a shade cloth over my herb garden. The shade cloth was also a gift, so it cost me nothing! That’s the real the way to garden on a homestead!

As for the cinder blocks, I planned to use them for my potato beds. But cinder blocks are heavy, as you probably already know. So I decided to ask my middle boy if he wanted to help with the building in exchange for extra time on Mine Craft.

Now, I won’t go into a rant about Mind Craft, but I will say that I would prefer my children to frolic outside rather than play with digital characters on a screen. But my boy enjoys it, and so I let them play in the afternoons. They have a set time which my husband and I have agreed upon. But my boy is always asking me what he can do to “earn” extra time.

So when I offered this work-for-play exchange, he readily agreed! He did most of the work, and what a fabulous job he did! And his reward? An extra 30 minutes of Mine Craft. He is one happy little man.

PS The BONUS? .ALL FREE!!! What a blessing!

Shalom to you,

Mama Bell

P.S. What are you growing this year? Leave a comment below!

How to: Plant and Care for Succulents

Hope you’re all having a lovely May! These photos below show the newest additions to Zephy’s Homestead. Succulents! We got the cuttings from a friend, and we’re all anxious to see how they do. We planted them on Friday, and some of the leaves haven’t begun to sprout roots yet.

And since we’re all a bit new to the succulent world, I though it would be fun to research and put together a little guide for all of you. If you’re new, trust me, succulents are so easy! Just a little water, soil, and sunshine. : )

Succulents plants have thick, fleshy leaves and stems, adapted to storing water. They thrive in warm, dry climates, but very few species can tolerate freezing temperatures. Succulents are the kind of plants that inspire endless ideas for your garden, whether indoor or outdoor.
 

These are a few tips we found for keeping your succulents happy. : – )

1. Succulents need well-draining soil. This ensures that they won’t become overly moist. (We used a mixture of sand, potting soil, and peat moss to plant ours.)

2. You don’t need to water succulents as often as you would think. Succulent roots will actually rot if they are kept too moist. Let the soil dry out in-between waterings; but when you water, water thoroughly. Once the plant is firmly established, you can water even less.

3. Succulents need very little fertilizer, since they are slow-growing plants.

4. To keep the leaves from burning, place your succulents in the shade during the hottest part of the day.

 

And here are some ways we found to display those cute succulents! : )

 

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Shalom,
– Mama Bell

References:

What are Succulents?

Propagating Succulents from Leaves

How Not to Kill Your Succulents


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High Desert Farm Life!

MULTI-TASKING Love this …HUMAN multitasking.

Definition is as follows:

Human multitasking is an apparent human ability to perform more than one task, or activity, over a short period. An example of multitasking is taking phone calls while typing an email and reading a book. Multitasking can result in time wasted due to human context switching and apparently causing more errors due to insufficient attention. Studies have shown that it is impossible to focus on more than one task at a time. However, if one is proficient at one of the tasks at hand, then it is possible to do these tasks.

Well,I have to say..this is ME! Being a wife and mom, carrying many hats, I sure fit the bill of this definition. I didn’t realize there was a “human” side of multitasking. But, google says there is! LOL!  And honesty, I like being busy! I feel like I am accomplishing tasks at hand.

Other than health and wellness, homesteading is a true joy for me. I have to say I am ADDICTED!  When I was younger,my only animal friend I had was a gold fish. Far from homesteading, I took care of that fish till its last days. A very proud pet owner

Now, I have a beautiful set up of my four legged friends at our desert homestead. Well, chickens I guess would not be in the four legged category, but they are sure cute critters! And I do enjoy them!

With homesteading you met some neat like minded people. And this recent Shalom Pod cast with a dear sister, Ali Snowdale of Snowdale Acres, is one of my favorite interviews. I adore Ali, or as we call her Mrs. Snowdale. She is not only a homesteader, but a true friend indeed. I hope you all enjoy our Shalom Pod with Snowdale Acres.

 

Bell Adventures – Pistachio Harvesting

Our family loves to barter and trade. Well, let’s just say Mama Bell LOVES to barter and trade. My family also reaps the benefits. This adventure was no exception.

Monday I got a call from a sister-friend of ours who wanted to know if our family would be interested in harvesting organic pistachios in exchange for harvesting. We would receive 40% of what we gathered. Come on now, you think I had to think about it. Nope, this Mama jumped on board, and said a BIG YES!

I have known Old Pass Assembly for years, even before our family learned about Torah and following the Messiah. I became friends with a beautiful family who spent Shabbat at their congregation for years and always wondered why she called Jesus Yaheshua.  Go figure, right?  We stayed in contact with this family and would visit Old Pass when they had health events at their fellowship hall. One particular time was when Paul Nison had spoken about health and he had just come into Torah after his years of being a raw foodist.  I was intrigued. At the time I was on a 100% raw diet (and currently I am high raw) and didn’t want to miss this one. So I went and history started.

I became friends with many of the congregation and staff including Paul Nison and still to this day. Now full circle as we are following Torah and the Father’s way, our relationship with these beautiful families are so much more meaningful since we “saw the light.”

Back to the phone call. After my excitement mellowed out from saying yes, we planned a day to visit Old Pass and their beautiful homestead farm to begin pistachio harvesting. These folks are on board. Many of them are the older generation so our youngins were able to complete harvesting the entire orchard. We had our work cut out for us! Mama and Papa Bell didn’t do so bad either. Just needed to take a few breaks here and there. The kids did spectacular!

We started early to beat the heat, and harvested until way past noon. Got our dose of Vitamin D, that might last us a few days. We were sure tired after harvesting at least 15 trees! But, it was a GOOD, healthy tuckered out. We all slept very well that night. Being off the internet and no cell phone coverage was an added benefit.

I have to say this farming business (which, mind you, I am no where near), is WORK!  I may have a few trees, three goats, chickens, and live-stock dog, but that is nothing compared to what I have seen families care for. Old Pass is a larger scale farm, and the work that our family did was a great lesson to us. Homesteading is A LOT of work. But look at how you are providing for your family and how you are experiencing the joy of being able to raise your own food. Big scale, small scale is doesn’t matter. Get a passion for this kind of lifestyle – you wont go back!

So there, we harvested our FIRST pick and got two 5-gallon buckets of fresh TRULY RAW organic pistachios! For the second harvest, which we have already committed to come and do again, we will get 60% of the harvest. Not bad for us youngins eh? And the cool thing about this adventure is that, our family will have a memory to look back on. And the fun we had in being together is worth more than gold, well worth more than pistachios. LOL

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These where the buckets we harvested and our 40% worth! NICE!

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DSCF6750It is amazing how this powerful super food is protected in an outer skin, keeping the moisture in for a sweet tasting nut

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Beautiful photo shot….All these lovely pictures where taken by my eldest daughter.who is studying photography

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Tarps had to be placed around the base of the trees, so when we “gently shacked” the branches and leaves of the tree, the nuts would fall on ground being caught on the tarp.

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A process of layers of skin to get thru to enter the “meat of the nut” We ate so many of these. Oh, my they where so good!

 

Raw pistachio ice cream, here we come…

Enjoy the pictures!

Scripture for the Day 1 John 5:1-5

Blessings and favor from Above

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Flowering on the Homestead

Homesteading is A LOT of work. Early mornings and late nights preparing to tend to the outside world in your backyard. Well that is your TYPICAL homesteader. This mama is opposite. Late mornings, yawning as I milk our mini Nubian goat, hair all in a mess, children bopping around finding their latest Lego project in shambles, and no breakfast made till late afternoon. Well…give or take a few here and there!

I am not a get up and go when the rooster calls this homesteading mama. I have a variety of hats I wear. Running a small business, schooling my children, tending to the ins and outs of a busy family, gardening and pulling weeds, and so much more!  Be nice to start my day early, but with my current health I  am still not on board with a morning jump start, I ease my self into my day and start as best as I can.

Having a large clan here, is a BIG help!  All hands on deck. Although am I small compared to some of my Midwestern friends, even the little homestead we have surely keeps us busy!  There is always something to do.  Boredom is not an option here.

I am enjoying this years gardening. It has taken off very well. In spite of the water shortage (don’t get me started!) the Father has provided a way to make up for the difference. As you can see from these pictures below, everything looks healthy and lively!

I am currently looking for a someone to offer these beauties in exchange for herbal remedies or other homemade items. I am hoping to work with a few locals in our area to provide them organic herbs from starters. I have a lot more  planned for my herbal garden, and I am excited to get started late summer. Currently we are offering our herbs at the AHO pickups in our area.

DSCF4365Hyssop has begun to flower. I can’t wait to dry this herb.

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Family favorite here…Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate.  A true beauty.

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Com fry (a medicinal herb) is doing fabulous. Makes a great poultice.

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Of course, the most popular herb of all…lovely lavender.

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Our melons are coming up strong. Gonna have a BIG late harvest.

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Found one this morning for a late breakfast. It was amazingly sweet!

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Last years seedlings popped up for an early squash pumpkin harvest.

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My 10 year old and I decided to grow gourds we can turn into birdhouse when they are harvested and dried. I saw some amazing pictures and they are beautiful!  Looking forward to this future project.

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This was taken this past fall when our spring mix was amazing and so tasty!  I am hoping to grow them again in our green house.

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Sunflowers are always part of our garden homestead.  I so enjoy the beauty of this beast! My neighbors know when we are gardening when they see the flowers bloom.

Our home has a seasonal landmark!

Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share with you our little family homestead!

Till then,

Shalom, Mama Bell

Bell Homestead // Newest Arrival!

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Oh, has the Father given us favor this week!  Welcome little Sarah to our family homestead. She was born June 29th 2016 and a trooper she is.  This was our female, Barucha’s and our first kidding and she (we) honestly not sure what was going on. Being a first time mama (I understand those days), it took some adjustments on us both   The birth was beautiful and full of life.  That is the good news.

The sad news is that my expectation of what I envisioned didn’t happen. Talk about a vortex of flashback from 4 years ago when I gave birth to my son, Zephaniah and I didn’t expect his passing.  It brought back a tremendous amount of memories, most of them not good.  This was a emotional time for me and although 4  years have gone by, I felt with Sarah’s birth (which was named by my youngest) and I was transferred back in time.

Baruch a didn’t take well to her Sarah. She didn’t want much to do with her even to feed her. Not sure what went wrong, and for me, that was difficult. .The eb and flow of nature just doing it thing,had to be intervened with us stepping in to feed. I have had to have a mindset change and look at the big picture here, that Sarah need food how ever she gets it. And, boy is she!

Baruch a will let her nurse, but makes it difficult with kicking and literally sitting down when it is time for feed. NOT! Well, we have to let her know that is not just not that way it goes. So we need to hold her up to get little Sarah underneath. Each day, it is getting better, kinda! Thank Abba this is only for 6-8 weeks, right?

Intervening  and bringing Sarah over for her feedings and bottle feeding has been very time consuming, but spending these next few weeks with my daughter is a blessing. I am tellin ya,this little girl is sure getting plenty of attention.

The entire time, Baruch a was giving birth and upon arrival of Sarah, I just held back the tears of mixed emotions and prayed for life to come forth. And The Father was faithful to me and my family in blessing us with a beautiful baby kid. These pictures where taken by our in house photographer. And she captured Sarah beautifully in these photos.

How can you  not say CUTE!!!!!!

We are very thankful and grateful The Father has given us favor with this precious new addition of life. One can learn so much with the birth of animals. Goodness, we have learned ALOT with the birth of ALL 5 of my children.  It has given us hope that LIFE truly is a GIFT from The Father.  We need to cherish this precious time we have on planet earth. It can be taken so quickly. So much of it is a reminder of my birth with Zephaniah. A bitter sweet moment.  That will have to be a blog post later on.

Hope you enjoy what you can only see in pictures. We, get to enjoy it here at Zephy’s Homestead, the real thing!

Shalom, Mama Bell

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Just a couple of days old here. Holding up on her own!

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She loves her cold, frozen water bottle!  Keeping her cool, with our VERY HOT desert heat.

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Those wobbly legs making their way thru and around the goat pen she calls home

Life is precious and I thankful for the life I have.

 


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Zinna flower springing up in my herb garden


 

 

 

Enjoy this sweet video of Sophia my boys bunny, She just had to be the actress on camera. You’ll see. Watch till the end!

 


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Spring on the Homestead

It has been a while since I have blogged, goodness, it has been a long while.  Life has been busy with the daily mandates of being a mom, wife, homesteader and follower of the Messiah.  Being pulled in many directions can make your feel very overwhelmed. Trying to be ALL for everyone isn’t what I am called to do. And sometimes, I sure do try.  I can put a band-aid on a scratched knee, BUT Abba heals the wound.  I can have  a flourishing garden, BUT Abba sends the rain. I know My Heavenly Father won’t give me more than I can handle, yet at times it feels like the load is too much to bare.  Then I know I am doing A LOT on my own strength, and I won’t get very far. I feel exhausted and down right grumpy.  So, I humble myself, repent and start all over again, hopefully getting it right this time.

We have been thru much as a family this past year and the journey is never dull.  We just recently got over this crazy flu cold thing and I am telling you it WIPED us out for about 2 weeks. Then hubby gets it and thankfully just after he worked his shift for the week.  Life for this mama was not fun being sick. Not only was my home in turmoil, from not being clean, but caring for my children when I am not well makes me serve ten times harder. Between Vitamin C, essential oils and colloidal sliver, the best thing we did is SLEEP.  Our bodies know what to do if given the chance.

I am also going thru a emotional weekend coming up soon May 8-10. I have to say I am not looking forward to this three day weekend.  It sends me into an emotional roller coaster, and with my current health issues, I am not sure how to deal with it all. I’ll have to blog a post after the wave has passed.

With spring time here, gardening has begun. From purchasing seeds to tilling the land in our raised beds, our hands and fingernails have shown our busyness!  Dr Axe’s new book Eat Dirt, has definitely visited our home in more ways than one. Gotta get him on Shalom Pod here soon. More on that later.

I have started my seeds in doors this year a bit earlier than last. Seedlings of tomatoes, cucumbers. peppers and tons of variety of herbs. I am hoping for a BIG harvest this year. Not that having melons in Oct. isn’t fun, but it is nice to be on some kind of track with seasonal eating. We did put watermelons and cantaloupe in the ground, and I am looking forward when those baby’s begin to pop up from under the soil. Now we just need Abba to send down the rain, a much needed ingredient for a bountiful harvest;

My herb garden has taken off like a gem.  It is amazing how GREEN they are in spite of the drought!  YHVH has proven Himself 100x over with allowing me to enjoy my herb garden. I have offered a variety of herbs to our Abundant Harvest customers and that has been a joy. Come out next time if you are local to our area and take a peak of what I have. He knows this blesses me, and the life it produces, which about this time of year it means more to me than words can express. And I truly love to bless people with what I grow!

Our goat Barucah is to kid this June. Well we hope so.  We had her checked out, just yesterday by our goat shepherdess Ali Snowdale of Snowdale Acres, and she was a bit perplexed in wondering if she took. NOOOOOO!!! I said. That means waiting again for goats milk. We have been through a waiting period of having our own goats and our own milk.  Well, another patience lesson to learn from. It will be a beauty to see once she does kid! And our family is sure looking forward to it! Especially, that goat milk!

Goats and kiddings are a new thing here for us and we are thrilled to have some new four legged additions to our homestead. Serun, our Armenian Gampr livestock dog, is doing very well. GROWING to say the least. 60 lbs at 6 months..that is a very BIG puppy She will reach her max weight at about 126 lbs and be a beauty of a beast. See here for more information on Armenian Gampr dogs.

She definitely has her OWN personality and it is starting to show as she grows.  She is a sweet heart and we all adore her. A bit testy lately, but that will all be well with consistent training on our part.  She will be a very well rounded livestock dog!

I hope you enjoy this blog post. It was a joy to write. I do miss it and hope to get back on the swing of it all soon again!

Till then,

Hugs and Shalom

Mama Bell

All the photos you see below where done by my lovely and beautiful daughter, Shay Photography!

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Homestead Happenings

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Spring is upon us and life is starting to bring forth a new.

We have been busy around here on the Healing Throughout Homestead.  Much has been happening,so I thought I would catch you all up to date.

Here goes…fast forward in time.
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We finally got our new Armenian Gampr pup, a little girl named Seron,

which in Armenian means beautiful, and that she is.  Shipped all the way from the green pastures of an Armenian farm,to LAX and  her first pit stop in Phelan, California to get acquainted with farm living in the high desert at Snowdale Acres.  Her male friend Havoz is living at Snowdale Acres, the same farm we got our nigerian/nubian cross goats. Which one, by the way, is expecting this summer!.

A truly remarkable dog, and incredibly smart, Armenian Gampr dogs are an exceptional breed with so much to offer a homestead, farm and family. For more informtaion on Armenian Gampr visit http://www.gampr.org/  You will be truly blessed.

We are now in training session with her to get her instincts to drive in the herd and protect our goats, chickens and property. So far so good!  She is also being leashed trained to be in our home and by our side. She has done very well in that part of her training.

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 We where able to work with Good Dog Charlie to get an assessment on her,

and she passed with flying colors, although since she is a puppy, her puppyness took over, yet I was impressed, she did as well as she did. Too cute, I might add!

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My husband and I are working together

on a few business to share about health and wellness and praying it will supplement for our family.  We are learning A LOT about Network Marketing.

Man, if we would of applied this vital information way back when, well, let’s just say, life would of been way different for us financially,way different.  That’s okay, YHVH (God) knows what He is doing.  Never too later to start up something new, or is that old?

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We are  still actively involved as host to the high desert with Abundant Harvest Organics with our community.

After coordinating a Co-Op Buying Club for 8 years called Bountiful Harvest, Abundant Harvest Organics (AHO) fell right into place  We enjoy supporting local farmers, especially those in CA.  It helps the farmers out and of course our family needs and the local community.. For more information, please visit us and sign up for a local  pickup for the high desert.

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We are also planning on being a team as Health Coaches and guiding people to an abundant life of optimal health and wholeness.

Let the school bell ring!  Classes are now being  held for my husband and I in becoming certifed health coaches.  There is a lot of information to process and learn as we implement these business alongside the classes we will be taking together to to give our community, friends and family a knowlegde based approach and options to choose from to guide them to better  health.. We will share later on in blog post to come about what those businesses are, how schooling is going and what we are learning..  In the meantime, check out our home page and take a preview peak of what The Healing Throughout Team businesses are about-and more!

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To find our more about one of the Networking Business i am pursing,

join me for a FREE online webinar TOMORROW at 6 pm  Follow the link here

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And of course  we are still in the thick of parenting our young ones and soon to be adults.

Sometimes it is hard to juggle all that has been entrusted to us as parents, yet the Father has given us a measure of grace, mercy and faith. As older parents (my husband and I both, are 1 year shy of turning 50-did i just type 50?!), and raising a brew of different personalities and ages sure can be challenging when you are an older parent. Not difficult, just challenging. When we fall short, and our patients runs thin, I have to remind myself that, I too, can be impatient also. The Father is so gracious to us, and He teaches so much thru our children, if we would  just listen and allow the joys of parenting to come back after a season of darkness and loss.

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There is so much more I would love to share, yet I will save it for another blog post.  That way I have a reason to come back and blog again.   Keeps me on my toes or is that fingers!

Till we meet again,

Baruch (Blessings) and Shalom(Peace) in all you do!

Mama Bell

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Shalom Pod – The Urban Homestead

I was very honored and excited to have Anais Dervaes of the Urban Homestead join me on Shalom Pod this past week.   It was so comfortable to have her share about homesteading and enjoying fellowship in a very relaxing interview.

Hope you will enjoy listening to this sweet time, Anais of The Urban Homestead and I had.


 

Big Berkey

Also for all you “Off the Grid’ folks, consider purchasing a Berkey Water System from Healing Throughout.  Another way to have quality drinking water and to have it on board during those “just in case” times.  We here at Healing Throughout have one that we use faithfully at home and during out outtings.  I would encourage everyone to save up their pennies to have one for their family.

With a purchase of any of the Berkey Systems, you will receive a FREE Sports Berkey as a “Thank You” from Healing Throughout.

Shalom and Hugs,

Mama Bell!

 

 

 

Life Lately: gardening, chicken co-op, and family life

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We have been super busy around here at the Healing Throughout Homestead with preparations in gardening, a revamped chicken co-op and a home pen for our Mini Nubian goats from Snowdale Acres  There is no time to just lay around at our homestead, so we make sure to keep busy with daily life duties.

As a mom of four children life here is exciting!  There is always something to do and as my children get older, the extra hands make chores so much easier for this mama. I am always on the ‘go-mode”, but it keeps me trim and  healthy.  Who need a gym,when your hauling hay, feeding all your critters, maintaining a homestead, schooling and just breathin…hogwash, I have my build in gym right here at home.

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This month my husband found the time to put together a another chicken coop. Ours has needed an upgrade for a while now. Our previous coop was really large and raking out the straw every week was getting to be a huge chore. We where inspired by this video on how this farmer doesn’t feed his chickens any feed and wanted to try it with our layin ladies;  This is a bit hard to do in the desert, but we are trying on a much smaller scale. Anyway, I really liked his chicken coop. It reminds me of a lifeguard station.

The best part is: it was completely free! We used parts of the old coop, and wood lying around our backyard to make it. Down to the hinges we took off an old gate and nails we found from old boards, this coop is a recycled condo!

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We also have seen tremendous growth with our family garden.  It is super exciting to see LIFE come thru the ground. The tomatoes this year, despite the California drought, have been divine. Our melons are looking fabulous from old seed last year coming up and to the new planting I did this year.  I just may have melons thru mid October. Only in a homestead gardening, can this be! Thank you Yahweh!

 

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We also have been busy with being a family and learning about the true meaning of LIFE.  Life is an adventure and we are just passing thru this place called planet earth. As a believer in the Messiah, I know this is not my home. I am “renting” a place here on earth with my “new  home” that awaits me. With the world changing at such a fast rate, we have to be mindful of what this world really can offer us.  Honestly, it can’t.  You may find satisfaction in the little things life has to offer and be content for a season, but in time it will loose its taste and become a bitter taste in your mouth.  Only in Yahweh (Lord) will you find complete satisfaction and contentment knowing that He is all you need.  The bible says O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!”  Psalm 34:8 The flavor the Father can offer thru His son, Yeshua, will never taste bitter, but always sweet.  Life may throw you some hard blows to knock you off your feet, but with Him that journey  will be filled with joy and comfort only He can offer.

Well, back to my motherly duties, I hope you enjoy this post. Love to hear your comments below. If  you are homesteading, whether in an apartment in the city  or a bigger country scale, love to hear from you and how you enjoy it.

Blessing and Shalom,
Mama Bell-The picture below is of my Nonna Rosa in Italy tending to her flock. A natural.

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A Raw Dinner

I am on a 30 day Detox with the Juice Lady.  I am excited to be back on track with a raw diet.  I have been told by numbers of family, one being my husband that should go back on a 100% raw diet to aid in my health with my current health issues.  BOY was he right!  Not only am I enjoying this cleanse, I  have to say I am cleansing, BIG TIME!    Not fun, BU T so needed!

Here are some latest pictures of one of our meals we had a few days back…it was incredible and to taste every living bit, my palate was doing a gig!    My photography daughter, took some incredible pictures that don’t do this blog justice. You had to be there to enjoy the flavor.  But, for now, taste and see that the Lord is good!

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First the salad! Trust me, the picture does not do it justice. Although you can do any number of toppings, I chopped up: cucumbers, red onions, mushrooms, beets, carrots, avocados, tomatoes (fresh from our garden), spinach, red leaf lettuce, and ground sunflower and pumpkin seeds. It was ssssoooo good! It would be even more amazing with this dressing, or this creamy ranch.

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Now for the soup. Yummy-ness! It was partly inspired by this recipe. I didn’t have everything that the recipe called for so I improvised.

My version is below:

(serves 2)

1/2 cucumber chopped

2-3 stalks of celery chopped

1/2 small white onion

a pinch of salt

the meat of 2 young coconuts (and just enough water to make it creamy. There will be leftovers for you to drink :)

1 small lemon squeezed

2-3 handfuls of cashew (optional. The cashews do make it more creamy.)

Some peas/chopped red onions (for the toppings)

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender (I used my Vitamix), until smooth.

Enjoy!

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My daughter’s bowl (with added cashews).

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Delicious and enjoy!!!

Home made Tomatoes Canning

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In our first attempt this year to learn and start our adventure on canning, my daughter did pretty welhealingthroughout-canning-tomatoes2l!  I am impressed and blessed!  With the abundance of tomatoes in our garden this year, I needed to do something to preserve them.  For long term storage, canning was the way to go.

I prefer to dehydrate the tomatoes, but I am waiting for the parts for my Excalibur to get here so I can fix it and start dehydrating my raw goodies.. More on that later, so look out blog posts in the coming weeks on raw treats.

So here are some pictures on what we canned in a simple recipe I found online with just tomatoes, sea salt and lemon juice.

Easy and delicious!

 

 

A Raw Italian Dinner

The hot days of summer, here in the high desert make this mama not wanna cook much at all! Actually, I have been on a raw diet kick for a while and really loving it. One of my favorite dishes is zuchunni pasta, and being Italian, it hits the spot!    And when the ingredients come right from your garden or an Abundant Harvest Box, man oh man, the taste is fantastico!  There is just NOTHING like home garden veggies when preparing your meals!  The taste is just so full of live and vitality-no comparison!

As you can see from the vibrant pictures below, there are a few things you need to zuchunni tomatos garlic carrots celery fresh basil sea salt and olive oil!

Mind you, I don’t have a “recipe” and just place everything in a Vtamix blender. Blend till smooth.  Then you take your zuchunni and make your pasta with a Spiral Vegetable Slicer and make some really cool raw noodles.

As for the cashews, grind them up and add them as a raw cheese.

Serve a plate and enjoy every bit of taste.

Enjoy!

 

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Homesteading in the Desert-It Can Be Done!

We have finally put in our garden to begin our homesteading journey.  It is a beautiful site to see all this greenery and life sprout up in front of my eyes..or as I sleep.  I have taken a liking to gardening and when weather permits, and  truly enjoy getting my hands dirty.

My soil is rich with nutrients and the worms are just lovin it!  I am very excited to start this season with a bountiful harvest of local organic produce right in my front yard.  Every bit of life from my garden and an incredible taste of nutrient dense food of how it should be. Once you eat a more local plate of food, your taste buds are so thrilled to enjoy what food was meant to taste like.

Along with gardening, we also host Abundant harvest Organics in our high desert community. Between gardening and this fabulous CSA, I have a table full of organic local produce-farm to table!

Soon to be coming to our homestead is our mini nubian goat.  Hoping to have her set up with her doe here soon and enjoying the benefits of raw milk and home made raw cheese, kefir and yougart. Nothing like farm style food!

Shalom,

Mama Bell

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Olla, Olla…oh Olla where are you now…lalalala

LOCALS ONLY! 

Ollas are here, well as soon as we get an GROUP order in of 25 or more. Healing Throughout is  partnering up with The Urban Homestead to add our high desert order to theirs. Great way to conserve water and keep your garden well hydrated!

Hey folks. Many of you have inquired about other methods of watering, including the use of Ollas to be water wise. Healing Throughout is working with a place in Pasadena to make these available to our group with bulk pricing. IF you are interested in trying this method out and wish to be part of the group purchase, please contact her OFF LINE to discuss. I am choosing to share this information as it is a GREAT way to water your garden in our desert climate. You may get more info by Private messaging her or at http://www.healingthroughout.com/portfolio/clay-pot-olla-2/

Any ? you may have your welcome to email us or just click the link above for more details!

Abundant Herbs

Today was a day filled with getting ready to serve our Abundant Harvest Community, here in the high desert.

With new faces to see and veteran ones to welcome back, the group is surely a blessed site!  It really is a wonderful to see our community getting  healthy.  Just to start with eating produce that is local in our state and fresh is the beginning of good health habit.  The produce from AHO is so good, I am really impressed. After running a community co-op, for several years and putting together our produce boxes, I have to say Abundant Harvest Organic sure has it together!  Well, they have been farming for years and a few years up on this mama!

Here are some of the herbs I brought with me to offer our community right from my garden. What a fragrance these beauties have.  It was a joy to bring them and enjoy the beauty of fresh herbs. I am planning on ordering more seeds to start a herb garden and add to what I already have.

Enjoy your eve,

Hugs Mama Bell

 

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