Harvest Day On the Homestead

Its been incredibly busy around here these last couple months. I’m really bummed because I wanted to keep track of our yield this year by weighing everything we harvested. Unfortunately between a kid and a puppy who eat about 5 lbs of food each day straight out of the ground and constantly forcing plentiful baskets on friends, I could never get around to weighing everything. Luckily I almost always can get a good picture if it’s a giant picking of veggies!!

So here is some Garden Porn for you. All the lovely harvest photos that I have been able to capture the last month but have been too busy to post. I hope you enjoy and please share your beautiful pictures too!!


Yes I am as excited as I look in this picture from today!! I cannot tell you how many carrots and beets we have already picked and how many we have left in the ground!! Check out the next photo of another armful from today as well!!


This is another picture from today as well. Overnight my zucchini grew from baby to almost too big in size!!


I harvested my forest of dill and am attempting to save the seeds!! Don’t worry I will do a post on it if it’s a success!! Here are some gorgeous flowers that I set out to dry.


And this is a 4 gallon bucket full of lettuce and greens!! Yes 4 gallon bucket full to the brim after just one day of leafy green harvest. Thank goodness my brother-in-law loves salad because I sent this entire thing home with him!!


Oh and did I say we are abundant in carrots??

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And last but not least we have peas coming out our ears. I promise I will take more pictures of our amazing peas and my beautiful pea trellis. We have been so lucky this year already with them and then my puppy went in and massacred them by pulling half of them out by their roots!!


That’s all for today friends!! Please share some of your homestead pictures!! I would love to see how your hard work is paying off!!

Bonnie’s Morning Smoothie


We just tried Shaklee’s new Mango Protein Powder so I wanted to share my new recipe with you.

This one is filled with lot of nutrients and health!

I added water, 2 scoops Mango protein powder, stevia, ice, a banana, and frozen raspberries.



Then I added some spinach for extra iron and vitamins



Yummy and filling!!

To order Shaklee 180 smoothie mix, head to emilysutten.myshaklee.com

Create an Herbal Medicine Chest


This is a reminder to stock your “Herbal Medicine Chest” with fresh, hard working Shaklee products.

1. Shaklee DR (Defend and Resist):

This Echinacea product also has elderberry extract which traps virus “claws” with gels so they can’t enter our bodies. Lozenges can be melted, chewed, swallowed or dissolved in water.

2. Vitalized Immunity: NEW!!

An effervescent tablet that powers Vitamin C into the body to quickly STOP the onset of coldsl.

3. Nutriferon:

My favorite product!! Developed after 50 years of research AFTER Dr. Kojima’s 1954 discovery of INTERFERON deep inside our cells. This amazing Nutriferon turns on the Interferon in our cells to blunt allergic reactions, stimulate the body’s own defenses, and protect us from disease. I take one tablet daily, but on days when I know I’m not feeling 100% I might take 2-3 servings throughout the day and (knock on wood) I’ve stayed healthy for years without even a cold.

4. Herb Lax:

Wonderful for constipation but even better for melting away mucus in throat, lungs, tummy. Just take one (you’ll need 3-4 for constipation). Spoon a few teaspoons of herb-lax tea into little kids to help them with their stuffy noses. Teenagers love it because it clears up acne (no more dumping poisons through skin!!)

5. Vita-C:

500 mg delivered in a time release all day. Prevents bruises, head colds, sinus infections.

6. Garlic:

Nature’s antibiotic. Kills Viruses! No resistance, no side effects. Take 6 tablets right away then 3 every few hours till well again. Yes, you will have a garlicky “green mist” to your breath! You shouldn’t be kissin’ anyone anyway when you’re sick!! Chew some gum or alfalfa tablets!!

7. Alfalfa:

Another wonderful product for allergies, body pain and odor. This time of year when we are out raking leaves, changing storm windows, etc. the body takes a hit!

8. Optiflora:

A super probiotic with 3 coatings to protect the little buggers! Store brands are mostly dead bacteria. Yogurt bacteria dies off in stomach acid (including Aptivia). ALWAYS take when using antibiotics from the doctor. Flood your system with positive bacteria to prevent yeast infections like candida, e coli, salmonella poisoning, etc. Dr. Daggy calls them “On-the-floor-a” because they bounce out of the Vita-Strips so vigorously!!!

Basic G:

Also – add a capful of Basic G (Germicide) when you wash bed linens if someone has a cold or flu. Make up spray bottle (1/2 tsp per pint water) to use as an aerosol disinfectant too. Not flammable either. Another nice plus: germ-killing protection lasts for three days on hard surfaces while chlorine bleach is effective only a few hours.

Why is Shaklee so different from Brand X?

1. Shaklee tests every batch of raw materials for purity and potency.

2. Shaklee tests all products on human beings for absorption and efficacy.

3. Results are published in scientific journals that have been peer reviewed (no paid endorsements).

4. 100 years of history. The products work. Guaranteed.

5. Shaklee’s own recipes, pharmaceutical standards of manufacture, science-based needs (no fads).

6. No artificial anything.

7. No animal testing.

Brand X is made on an assembly line that changes labels once in a while. No oversight, no guarantee of purity or potency. Look for biotin on the label. It is the key to making the B-complex function. It is the most expensive B-vitamin to include. Most brands offer 10% of the RDA (Shaklee makes sure to include 100%). But, Brand X will pack thousands of % of other cheaper B ingredients to make the label look powerful.

And – surprise – Shaklee’s Vita-Lea is usually CHEAPER than Brand X! Less than $12 per month for a guaranteed safety net for your body! And, Wal-Mart DOESN’T OFFER a bonus check. Monthly Shaklee bonuses mean your products can be FREE because you share the good news about Shaklee with friends and family.

(This information was from another Shaklee distributor and I wanted to pass it on to you!  ENJOY!)

To order your supplements, click on the links above or go here.

Raspberry Lime Cooler Protein Smoothie



Makes 1 serving
2 scoops Vanilla Shaklee 180® Energizing Smoothee Protein Mix

1 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk

1 cup frozen raspberries

Juice of lime 1 lime

1 packet of sweetener (ex. Stevia)

400 calories, 63 g carbs, 21 g protein, 9 g fat, 20 g fiber, 0 mg chol, 285 mg sodium

Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth.
Peace…have a healthy day

To order the 180 smoothie mix head to Emilysutten.myshaklee.com

June Garden Tour 2015

Homesteading Friends!! I am in the brink of some harvests so I have to give you a peek and my June garden.

You can check out my Spring Garden Tour here. The change is amazing!

We are having so much fun this year. Not just with the garden but with watching our oldest son learn and eat our hard work right off the bush….or off the vine…..or out of the patch….or bed!!

Our peas are already almost completely over the trellis and Mr. Precious LOVES to ride his 4-wheeler under it and eat snap peas for hours.

Speaking of his 4-wheeler……I have one lonely blueberry bush left after he took out the other 3 one day when backing up and not paying attention. I am so upset. This is the first year that we have some good fruit on each one. Of course none of it was ripe yet on the bushes he took out. So guess what…….I’ve decided I’m not going to be very frugal or “homesteady”. I’m going to drop some cash at the end of summer and buy big blueberry and raspberry bushes since I’m sick of waiting for them to mature!!

So there ya have it friends. Enjoy and as usual of you have any pointers at all please feel free to comment!! I am only 3 years in so I have a lot to learn!!

Starting off….here are the Red, Gold, and Russet Potaotes. I’m still waiting for my hubby to build me a giant potatoes box. As soon as that happens (hopefully in the next couple months) I plan on planting a bunch more and doing sweet potatoes in these tubs. I’m going to attempt to grow potatoes year round!!

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As we walk into the garden you see the first trellis. That is zucchini that is growing up that and I have already stole some babies off of it and they were delish!! There is also cabbage and corn in this bed. I know the corn looks silly and I only have 6 plants. I always fail with corn so I’m pretty much just growing it to decorate with the leaves in the fall :). I’ve also decided to find a place in the ground to plant my fall cabbage because HELLO!! It takes up the entire freaking bed!!


The next bed over are 4 tomatoes, yellow squash, green beans and basil. I’m so sad. I am a basil fanatic and I grew it from seed in this bed. It is taking FOR. EV. ER. To grow to my basil fanatic needs. I literally planned for 2 big rows of giant basil plants. I make a to-die for vegan pesto and planned on making it weekly for the freezer and having it all winter long. I think this will be another homesteading fail. I will probably sneak to Trader Joe’s one day and buy 10 of their big kitchen basil plants!!


The next bed is what I call our salsa bed!! Is has 11 pepper plants, I gigantic tomatillo, 4 eggplant and more basil!! Yes I realize eggplant and basil don’t go in salsa.


Next bed is kind of sad right now. See those little shoots in the front? That is my spinach!! I have no idea what I did wrong but has never been good and then quickly went to seed. I’m going to pull it up in the next few days and find something else to put there. This is my salad bed. Normally I do well with greens but this year my spinach needs to be added to my fail list!! The rest is red and green lettuce and purple and green kale. Oh and how can you miss the peas!! I am in love with my peas this year!! Last year we obviously didn’t do well since they only climbed half way up the trellis. I can’t wait for the cucumber to meet them in the middle on the other side and have a shade tunnel for my little guy to ride his 4-wheeler under!!


This crazy bed has taught me a lesson or two this year. It is broccoli, cauliflower and that Forrest in the back is dill!! I am going to try fall broccoli in the ground as well because again…..what a huge waste of bed space.  I am also harvesting the dill today and can’t wait to make pickles with it!!


Sigh……I wish you could see this bed better. It is probably the most pretty bed out there. It’s my root vegetable bed and it has already been so abundant in yield. We eat beet greens in our smoothies daily and carrots are munched on while we water. I just thinned the beets last night and can’t wait to do a harvest post!! Along with carrots and beets this bed has turnips and parsnips.


This is probably one of my husband’s favorite beds. He is an onion fanatic and there are red and white onions and garlic here. He gets very impatient with onions and how long they take. I may not even bother doing them from seed next year so I don’t have to listen to the constant whining!!


Ahhh I love this view. Can’t wait for the tunnels to be complete!!


My lone blueberry bush ;( My child is lucky I love him so much!!image

Cherry Vanilla Protein Smoothie



Makes 1 serving
2 scoops Vanilla Shaklee 180® Energizing Smoothee Protein Mix

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 cup frozen cherries

1tbs. natural almond butter

397 calories, 42 g carbs, 24 g protein, 16 g fat, 12 g fiber, 0 mg chol, 483 mg sodium

Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth
Peace…have a healthy day!


To order shaklee 180 protein mix head to emilysutten.myshaklee.com

10 Easy Ways to Green Up Your Life


1. Start by replacing a bunch of your cleaners (your general spray cleaner, glass cleaner, counter top cleaner, floor and bathroom cleaners) with a natural, nontoxic all-purpose cleaner.

This one product can replace almost everything….. Really!


2. Replace your laundry detergent with a natural nontoxic one so the clothes you wear and the sheets you sleep on have no fumes for you to breathe. I use this Laundry Concentrate

3. Go to your bathroom and read the shampoo, makeup and moisturizer labels. Ask yourself, “Do I really need scent in these products?” I use Enfuselle Skin Care and Pro Sante Hair Care

Take stock of all of your other products and try to replace one a week with a safer, greener choice.

4. Use BPA-free plastic baby bottles and fill them with breast milk or organic formula.

Choose powdered formula over canned formula to avoid BPA leaching from the can-lining. I talk about the stainless steel silly cups that we use in this post.

5. Pay attention (without freaking out) to the toys you buy for your kids. Avoid lead paint and soft plastics that contain phthalates.

6. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store and avoid processed food. Even better, choose organic and locally grown meats, dairy, fruits, and vegetables.

7. Try to get the plastic containers out of your kitchen and replace them with glass containers. I use giant Mason Jars in my pantry.

8. Make a vow to stop buying bottled water—NOW. Instead, buy a water filter pitcher and keep two in your fridge at all times. We use this pitcher.

9. For cleaner and healthier air, open your windows once a day when the outside temperature is comfortable.

10. When buying new stuff for your home, focus on green products especially mattresses and carpets.

Thats it guys!! These 10 steps a great place to start. If you have any suggestions to add we would love to hear them!!

If you want to check out these non toxic products and more head to emilysutten.myshaklee.com

Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Smoothie



PB & J
Makes 1 serving
2 scoops Vanilla Shaklee 180® Energizing Smoothee Protein Mix

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 cup Red grapes, frozen

2 tsp. natural peanut butter

Calories: 391 calories, 21 g protein, 52 g carbohydrates, 11 g fat, 511 mg sodium, 0 mg cholesterol, 9 g fiber

Mix all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Enjoy!
Peace…have a healthy day!

To order the Shaklee 180 smoothie mix head to emilysutten.myshaklee.com