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Year: 2017

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6 Types of Tiny House Roofs

There are so many types of roofs out there for your tiny home! We have brought together six different types of roofs that are considered standard for tiny houses. Get creative with your tiny home. It’s yours, after all! Remember you can always add dormer or skylights for more space […]

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Where Do You Shop for Tiny House Plans?

In an effort to deliver an exceptional resource hub on all things tiny house related, we want to hear from you! We want to know where you shop for tiny house plans! We are conducting research continuously to ensure we bring great, up-to-date information to viewers like yourself. There are […]

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Top 4 U.S. Cities to Live in a Tiny House

There is an ongoing tiny house movement in the USA, and the momentum it is growing at is plausible. The trend is expected, with reasons related to sustainability, portability, and economics driving the idea. However, there is more to living in a tiny home than the excitement and the low […]

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How to Minimize Clutter – Step 2: Clothing

Clothing is the first category we will look at now that you’ve decided to get started! We have many more categories ahead of us so it’s important to stay motivated and positive while going through this process. I’m here to help you get through all the steps so don’t give […]

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Homemade Honey Vanilla Marshmallows (Corn Syrup & Egg Free)

Homemade Honey Vanilla Marshmallows (Corn Syrup & Egg Free)

What goes better with a steaming cup of hot cocoa or a cozy fire than marshmallows, right?

Unfortunately for the person with food sensitivities, the average store-bought marshmallow can be problematic. I mean, aside from the nasty GMO corn or wheat syrup, why exactly does a white marshmallow need FD&C Blue No. 5, anyway?

These whole food, homemade marshmallows have none of the unnecessary artificial colors, flavors or chemical stabilizers, nor any of the refined, GMO sugars that are in the store-bought variety. In face, all you need to make these yummy, honey-sweetened marshmallows are simple ingredients: Purified water, grass-fed gelatin, honey, maple syrup, real vanilla extract, and a pinch of sea salt.

Homemade marshmallows are really easy to make but you will need a candy thermometer to make sure the syrup gets to just the right temperature. You can find them easily at most kitchen goods stores or online. Also, you’ll want an upright stand mixer or old-fashioned hand mixer to make quick work of your marshmallows!

For the best s’mores ever, toast these babies up and smush them between gluten-free, dairy-free chocolate chip cookies. They are also outstanding in hot cocoa or masala chai tea.

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Stuffed Dates with Pistachio and Orange (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

Stuffed Dates with Pistachio and Orange (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

When fresh dates come into season in the fall, it’s really hard to get enough of them. Fresh dates have a smooth, creamy texture and a rich, maple-y flavor. You can barely believe they are the same fruit as their dehydrated counterparts.

This recipe can be made with fresh dates or slightly dried dates. If your dates are too dry, you might try soaking them briefly in warm, purified water to plump them up a bit before stuffing them.

Fresh dates will keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator if you wrap them tightly. If you have too many dates, freeze them and they will last throughout the winter. You can also dehydrate and store them in a cool, dry place for 6 to 12 months.

Related:

  • Simple Date Spread
  • Brazilian Fig Torte
  • Autumn Harvest Stuffed Dates

Stuffed Dates with Pistachio and Orange

Bright, sweet and nutty, these seasonal delicacies will give you a taste of the Mediterranean and bring the best out of your fresh dates.

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How to Ready Your Barn for the Winter

How to Ready Your Barn for the Winter

Winter is just around the corner, and that means you need to prepare your animal shelters to weather the cold. It’s best to get started as soon as possible, else you’ll find that it’s extremely difficult (if not impossible) to complete certain tasks when the real cold hits.

Here are some tips on how to winterize your barn, so that you and your livestock can have an easy hassle-free winter!

Organize and Clean Everything

Fall is a great time to do a thorough cleaning of your barn. Cleaning and organizing is integral in keeping your barn functioning smoothly through the winter, especially as days get shorter and the weather gets colder and wetter.

Get rid of any extra and non-usable supplies you might have, like empty feed bags, broken equipment, or piles of junk. Dust off any surfaces, including shelving and lighting fixtures. Hose down stalls and mats, and clean and/or replace all the bedding.

Your cleaning dissuades winter dust from settling in, and also helps deter rodents that tend to take up residence in warm spaces like your barn during the winter time.

Prepare Your Water Supply

Making sure your barn has a clean, unfrozen supply of water for animal care is integral in the winter months. 

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