Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Chicken Necks ~ Stress Related to Allergies? ~ Canned Tuna
I finally took the chicken necks from my freezer the other day, and today I will make homemade broth. I will freeze it instead of can it, and most likely use about half of it before the current chickens are butchered.
I have never made broth from scratch (strangely), so this is a new step for me. I've always purchased it (gmo-free, organic) from the grocer. However, prices have gone up to over $4/box.
I got a four more batches of homemade condensed mushroom soup in my freezer too. Chicken soup is next, of course after I get my broth made.
Allergies and Stress?
I had been "playing around" on the internet the other day (oddly, because I typically don't have time for that), and came upon an article. It stated, among other things, that stress causes allergies to flare up worse than normal. It has something to do with the cortisol levels in your body - the higher, the worse your allergies are.
You should have seen Hubby's face when I alerted him I am to have daily massages at the end of the day, sporadic soaks in the hot tub/bathtub (for totally low cortisol levels, he he), and my most favorite cure for allergies - hire a housekeeper. Ha ha ha ha ha!
I'm still on the hunt for canned tuna that does not contain soy. Did you even know there was soy in most canned tuna? I had no idea. I mean really. Why add anything to fish? I had never read the label on it before. Not until I started reading more about GMO foods. Soy is a high risk (commercial production) crop, according to nongmoproject.org. If you want to dig a bit more into gmo related information, and organic labeling, visit the Cornucopia Institute's website.
Hubby and I are now seriously considering saving up to dig ourselves a pond. We would stock it and fish from it for a food source. I hear bluegill are delicious. So.....it's in the "Possibilities Book" now.