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A talented, traditional, Catholic family

A talented, traditional, Catholic family

Here at the Traditional Catholic Homestead we are blessed to know and be friends with some talented families.  One family is fairly local to us and is, indeed, very talented.  The members of this family are all very good singers and often are part of the choir at our somewhat local (for Idaho) traditional latin Mass church. Above is a YouTube video of one of this talented, traditional, Catholic family’s  latest creations, but beware it is highly addictive and you most…

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Brewing Kombucha

Brewing Kombucha

Around here on the Traditional Catholic Homestead we like to have lots of things in the fermentation crock so to speak.  One of our favorites, adults and kids alike, is brewing kombucha.  What is kombucha?  Well, in a nutshell, it’s a sweet tea that is fermented so that much of the sugar is used up in the end product.  How does it do that?  There is a “mushroom”, as many call it, that holds the key.  The mushroom is really…

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Ginger and Turmeric

Ginger and Turmeric

I have been wanting to grow ginger for a very long time now.  Anyone in my family knows I love ginger.  I love it for it’s spicy, warming kick it adds to all sorts of foods.  We use it anywhere from tea, kimchi, stir-fry and of course, ginger ale.  A long time ago a woman told me it was very easy to grow.  That was back when we lived in California.  Now that we live in Idaho I thought it…

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Homemade Sourdough: From Starter to Loaf!

Homemade Sourdough: From Starter to Loaf!

  For years I’ve wanted to delve into the world of bread making.  I’m a bread lover at heart.  But the task of making the perfectly, crispy, chewy loaf of bread was so overwhelming to me that I put it off for far too long.  We have several kids with allergies and eczema, so I decided now would be the optimal time to work on our diet in terms of keeping the over-processed and over-hybridized wheat out of our home.  (Note: this…

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Opening our hearts to the move…Part III

Opening our hearts to the move…Part III

We drove through Idaho headed toward Dave’s interview.  I had no idea what to expect.  We drove through luscious valleys with farmland growing anything from hops, potatoes and herbs to ranches with race horses, cattle and even elk.  I was in awe at the beauty of Idaho.  From mountains to valleys to desert and rivers we drove.  We drove up this huge grade and as we came over the top it opened up to the prairie.  It was beautiful!  I’ve…

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Opening our hearts to the move…Part II

Opening our hearts to the move…Part II

It was on this particular morning that I truly submitted my will to God’s will for our family.  Dave and I had been married for just over 8 years with 3 children (the youngest not yet a year old) at that time.  My father, who had passed away the year Dave and I began dating had suffered many strokes.  Toward the end of his life he was in a wheelchair and couldn’t use his right side, lost almost all of…

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