Monthly Archives: February 2020

Who are you?

“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” ― Dolly Parton

Deep down inside I have always known that I am a farm girl at heart.  I have always gravitated to animals since I was young so it is no surprise that as an adult I bought a farm.  Recently I have acquired a new pony that has a few behavioral as well physical problems.  Sassafras or Sass for short is a half Arab half Pinto pony that is trained to drive.  When I arrived in Florida to meet her I knew immediately that we would be fast friends as her personality is quite like mine.  I took a huge leap of confidence in myself as I have never driven a horse before but I thought to myself why not that sounds terribly fun so I forged ahead.  I ground drove Sass for the first time when I was in Florida the day before we left Florida and it was SOOO much fun!  She was an absolute angel for me while I worked her and she was patient with me that I didn’t exactly know what I was doing.  After arriving in Oklahoma I wanted to work Sass for the three days I would be there until I left to go home to New York.  The first day after I arrived I harnessed her up all by myself and ground drove her beautifully.  I have no doubt in my mind that Sass and I will be just fine once we get home even if she is mad at me for leaving her in Oklahoma for a month.  All this is to say find what you love and do it life is to short to wait until your old and gray to do the things you have always wanted to do!

Bone Broth

Post Written By Sarah Sweeney

Bone broth. If you haven’t heard of it yet, this nutrient packed broth has been gaining popularity in health circles in recent years.

The collagen rich liquid can improve chronic inflammation, does wonders for skin, hair and nails, improves joint and bone health and is even known to boost metabolism. Not to mention is highly digestible making it easy for your body to utilize all of the brothy goodness. The magic happens when you simmer good quality grassfed chicken or beef bones in water with a splash of vinegar.

The best quality bone broth starts with naturally raised, pastured animals. Roasted bones are best, whether you use left over bones from a meal or you roast the bones just prior to use. The veggies and herbs I add will vary depending on what I have on hand. The fresher the better! I prefer to use naturally grown produce from our own farm and use our plant based veggie wash to give them a good cleaning since you’ll want to leave skins and tops on. These portions of the veggies are packed with nutrients, don’t throw them away!

Chicken Bone Broth

1 roasted pastured chicken carcass

1 onion skin on, quartered

1-2 carrots tops on, roughly chopped

2-3 cloves garlic skin on, rough chopped

1-2 stalks celery tops on, roughly chopped

Handful of fresh herbs of your choosing (thyme, sage, oregano, basil and rosemary are all good ones)

1 T sea salt Or Himalayan pink salt

1 T peppercorns

2 T apple cider vinegar

Add water until the bones and veggies are just covered

Cover and simmer, try to keep it to a very gentle simmer you don’t want a rapid boil.

Allow to simmer for at least 12hrs, longer is better! Once it’s done allow it to cool for a bit then strain the broth. I use a fine metal mesh strainer sitting on a mason jar funnel so I can pour directly into jars. Keep refrigerated for 3-5 days or you can freeze or pressure can for later use.

**Don’t be tempted to add extra water to get more broth. You’ll end up diluting the broth too much and you won’t get that beautiful jello effect once it’s cooled.