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Bone Broth

Recently among the Prepper and Homesteading groups I follow, there’s been a lot of excitement about bone broth.  Apparently, it’s the best thing to come along since sliced bread.  Only, it isn’t something new.  We’ve been making bone broth for years.

For those of you not familiar with bone broth, it’s the liquid that results from boiling the bones of an animal, poultry, fish, sheep, goat, cow, pig.  That’s it. (Bone Broth Basics, Nourishing Broths, Bone Broth Benefits: From Digestion to Joint Pain, Traditional Bone Broth in Modern Health and Disease, Making Real Homemade Chicken Stock or Bone Broth, Gut-Healing Bone Broth Recipe)

It’s SOOOOO healthy.  Look at this list of health benefits!

Alphabetical Listing of Conditions that Broth Benefits

aging skin, allergies, anemia, anxiety, asthma, atherosclerosis, attention deficit, bean maldigestion, brittle nails, carbohydrate maldigestion, Celiac Disease, colic, confusion, constipation, dairy maldigestion, delusions, dental degeneration, depression, detoxification, Diabetes, diarrhea, fatigue, food sensitivities, fractures, Gastritis, grain maldigestion, heart attack, high cholesterol, hyperactivity, hyperchlorhydria (reflux, ulcer), hyperparathyroidism (primary), hypertension, hypochlorhydria, hypoglycemia, immunodepression, increased urination, infectious disease, inflammation, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis), insomnia, intestinal bacterial infections, irritability, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Jaundice, joint injury, Kidney stones, leaky gut, loss of appetite, meat maldigestion, memory, muscle cramps, muscle spasms, muscle wasting, muscle weakness, Muscular Dystrophy, nausea, nervousness, Osteoarthritis, Osteomalacia, Osteoporosis, pain, palpitations, Periodontal Disease, pregnancy, rapid growth, restlessness, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rickets, seizure, shallow breathing, stupor, virility, vomiting, weakness, weight loss due to illness and wound healing

My first real exposure to bone broth was at Mama Sofia’s dinner table.  Mama Sofia is now nearly 100 years old.  Think on that!  She served us up some chicken broth and there was a chicken foot in it.  The broth was absolutely delicious, but I didn’t know how to eat the chicken foot.  My son, only 4 at the time, was also taken aback.  He couldn’t stop staring at it.  My husband’s aunt Caro finally picked up the chicken foot and said that this was her favorite part because she could use the toenails to scratch the top of her mouth.  She was teasing of course.  Once the bone was out of the way, we all tucked in. 

We tend to have either chicken or beef soup at least once a week.  Twice a week when it’s colder.  There isn’t a set recipe.  We use whatever happens to be in season.  The guy who runs a vegetable stand in front of his house always has a small bag of freshly cut vegetables for 12 pesos and then we add whatever else we have at the house.

Today, for example, we made beef soup with 2 kilos of soup bones, 3 garlic cloves, first of the season squash, some carrots, an ear of yellow corn, a bit of cilantro, 2 chayotes, a medium sized onion, a tomato, 6 small potatoes, a hunk of cabbage, a piece of cauliflower, a joconol (yet another type of cactus fruit), a piece of broccoli and a handful of chickpeas, a handful of green beans and salt to taste.  Sometimes we have nothing but potatoes and onions available, so that’s what we use.

Let me tell you, a mugful of broth from this hodgepodge soup is just the thing right before bed.

These middle-class ladies that have “discovered” bone broth might be on to something. That something being real food is better. Have you checked out the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle yet? Bone broth is prominently featured!

This broth will raise the dead–South American saying

Sometimes I wonder why it is I feel more alive here in Mexico.  I still have health problems, life sure ain’t easy, money is ALWAYS an issue.  It could be as simple as there’s no fluoride in the water.  Or perhaps it’s the constant challenge of managing in a culture not my own.  Or just maybe it’s the bone broth.


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Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle

This is the bundle I’ve been waiting for!  I was so excited to get my affiliate bundle the other week!  I felt like a kid in a candy store!  Three weeks later and I’m still wading through all these delightful goodies!

As you know, I’m all about healthy living and this bundle has it all!  I’m only going to highlight one or two things from each category, but you can check out the full list of awesome products here.

Alternative Health

  • 14 Day Meal Plan: For Balancing Hormones and Restoring Gut Health by Kelsey Steffen ($14.99)
  • Understanding Your Hypothyroid & Hashimoto’s Symptoms by Lisa LeVerrier ($19.00) PERFECT FOR ME!

DIY Beauty & Skincare

  • 50 All-Natural Skin Care Solutions Using Essential Oils by Melanie Habibzadeh ($17.97)
  • Herbal Skincare 101 by Kristyn Bango ($49.00)


    • Intro to Kombucha, Fermented Sodas, Kefir, Kvass and More by Kombucha Kamp ($9.95)
    • The Craft of Herbal Fermentation by The Herbal Academy ($119.00)  I LOVE THE HERBAL ACADEMY COURSES AND HAVE BEEN ITCHING TO TAKE THIS COURSE! (As a side note, Herbal Academy is also running a special on this course this week. Click on the image below to check it out!)

    The Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course by Herbal Academy
    Fitness & Weight Loss

    • 21 Day Mini Course: Establish an Exercise Habit by Dr. Christine Carter ($9.99)
    • Move My Mood: Happy Bundle by Jen Hoffman ($39.97)

    For Women

    • Cooking for Hormone Balance. Rebalance Your Hormones with Food by Magdalena Wszelaki ($67.00)
    • Yoga For Healthy Hormones: How To Use Yoga To Boost Your Metabolism Naturally By Balancing Low Thyroid And Adrenals by Marina Gutner ($27.00) YET ANOTHER WINNER!

    Gardening & Homesteading

    • How To Embrace An Off-Grid Lifestyle: Our Journey & A Step By Step Look At The Lifestyle by Tammy Trayer ($12.99)
    • The Homestead Kitchen by Teri Page & Tatiana Abatemarco ($37.00)

    Gluten- & Grain-Free

    • Bake It Gluten Free and Vegan by Kelly Roenicke ($7.99)
    • Get Merry: A VERY Healthy Cookbook by Carla and Emma Papas ($39.00) ALWAYS LOVE A GOOD COOKBOOK!
    • Grain-Free Cooking: 20 Grain-Free and Refined Sugar-Free Mouth Watering Recipes by Jennifer Eccleston ($5.00)

    Healthy Home

    • Clean, Naturally! Non-Toxic Cleaners for Your Non-Toxic Home by Kresha Faber ($4.99)
    • Go Low Tox Minus the Overwhelm: Face. Body. Kitchen. Laundry by Alexx Stuart ($29.00) CLEAN, ORGANIC AND ME!

    Healthy Kids

    • Crash Course in Natural Parenting: How to Maintain a Green Home While Growing a Healthy Family by Karli Von Herbulis (7.99)
    • Kids Cook Real Food: Knife Skills & Safety Lessons by Katie Kimball ($20.00) THE BUDDING CHEF (MY SON) NEEDS THIS!
    • Treating Kids Naturally by Sally Mathrick ($9.99)

    Home Remedies

    • Aromatherapy: A Practical Guide for Home and Family by Kristy Doubet Haare ($15.99)
    • Create Your Own Herbal Tea Blends for Pleasure & Health by Heidi Villegas ($4.99) YOU’ VE BEEN FOLLOWING MY TEA SERIES RIGHT?
    • Essential Oils Revolution 2 by Dr Eric Z ($99.00)
    • Herbal Remedies for the Whole Family by Kristen Smith ($17.00)


    • Keto and Low Carb for the Novice Cook by Patricia Daly ($14.90) NOVICE COOK–THAT’S ME!


    • Paleo Made Easy: Getting Your Family Started with the Optimal Healthy Lifestyle by Sylvie McCracken (29.97)
    • Paleogasm: 150 Grain, Dairy & Sugar-Free Recipes That Will Leave You Totally Satisfied and Begging for More by Camille Macres ($30.00)
    • Well Fed: The Ultimate Remix. 60 Fantastic Recipes From 3 Best-Selling Cookbooks by Melissa Joulwan ($19.95) MORE COOKBOOKS!

    Real Food & Nutrition

    • 30-Day Broth Challenge e-Guide by Starlene D. Stewart ($19.00)
    • Understanding Healthy Eating: A Science-Based Guide to How Your Diet Affects your Health by Renaissance Periodization ($19.00) PARTICULARLY APT!


    • 4-Week Healthy Meal Plan by Emily A Roach ($27.00)
    • Big Book of Green Smoothies by Robyn Openshaw (14.95)
    • Sweet Without Sugar: A Collection Of Nourishing, Allergy-Friendly, Low-Carb Desserts by Lindsey Dietz ($14.9 )
    • That’s My Jam: 40 Seasonal Canning Recipes + Printable Labels by Lindsay Landis ($16.99) I TOTALLY WANT TO DO THIS!

    Wellness & Lifestyle

    • A Playful Life: Think, Move, & Eat Your Way to More Fun by Robyn Robeldo ($10.00) I LOVE WHAT I’VE READ SO FAR
    • Amazing Feets: How to Safely and Enjoyably Transition to a Barefoot-Dominant Lifestyle by Mark Sisson ($9.95) SHOES OFF LIFESTYLE, THAT’S THE ONE FOR ME!
    • Energy Reset: Remove the Toxins, Reset Your Hormones, Restore Your Energy by Michelle Brown ($7.99)
    • Holistic Living: Creating Happy + Healthy Families by Lahana Vigliano ($349.00)

    Wait!  There’s more!  After you complete your Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle purchase, you’ll have the option to also get the Herbs & Essential Oils AND Gut Health Super Bundles at a HUGE discount plus bonus offers for gads of healthy living products listed below! Hurry along now!  Limited time offer.


    • 3 Free Digital Guides from Experience Life Magazine ($27.95)
    • FREE 1-month Subscription (includes 2 cartons of broth) from Kettle & Fire ($20.00)
    • FREE Bottle of Kombucha Pro and/or Free Kombucha Tea Blend from Get Kombucha ($29.95)
    • FREE 2 oz. Immune-Biotic Herbal Tincture from Earthley ($14.99)
    • FREE Grove Collaborative Cleaning Concentrates Bundle, Grove Spray Bottle with Silicone Sleeve, Microfiber Cloth + 60 Day Vip Trial (with $20 purchase) from Grove Co. ($30.00)
    • FREE $15 Site-Wide Credit from Bloom Naturals ($15.00)
    • FREE 1 oz. Bottle of Beard Oil (any scent) from Hobo Beard Oil ($16.95)
    • FREE 8 ounce Bag of Red Gelatinized Maca ($15.00)



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Back to Basics Living Summit Thursday highlights

day five

Today was the final day for the Back to Basics Living Summit and there were 8 presenters.  Being short on time today, I was almost relieved to see that I wasn’t really interested in all the courses.  I did view 3 and was pleased with all three.

Making Herbal Medicine

The presenter was a vet, so he’s tried hiss herbal remedies on the furrykind with great success.  However, he did start his presentation with quite a disclaimer.   Be that as it may, he actually didn’t give any herbal medicine recipes in the video.  He did provide some good pointers for harvesting and preserving.  He talked about making teas, decoctions, cold infusions, tinctures, glycerites, oil infusions, pills, and poultices.

Introduction to Preserving Herbs for Winter Use

This woman talked exclusively about different ways to preserve herbs (as the name of the course implies). Being off-grid and old-school myself, I tend to go for the old-fashioned hanging to dry method. She demonstrated a really nice hanging dryer that I’m putting on my wish list. She also talked about making herb butter, seasonings, teas, jellies, layering in salt or sugar, and freezing.

Jump Start Your Urban Farm

This was my favorite for today, although he didn’t score very well in the voting polls.  Before getting down to the nitty-gritty of how-to start your urban farm, he talked a bit about how he arrived at this point.  His total transformation was reading the book Ishmael by Daniel Quinn in the 1990s. SAME HERE BABY!  For me, it changed my understanding of my place in the world.  So, since the presenter and I shared this life-transforming experience, I was all ears.  Of course, the main focus was on permaculture, working with nature instead of against her.  He had some basic gardening suggestions and showcased his own urban food production compound.


I did not watch Discover the Benefits and Simplicity of Thermal Cooking, From Consumer to Producer–Producing Value and Income in your Household, Getting Back to the Basics for Fat Loss, Top Tips on Buying Off Grid Property and Setting Up a Successful Homestead (the #1 for today), or Your Custom-made Food Storage Planner in 13 Guided Steps.

I hope you enjoyed the highlights as much as I enjoyed viewing these FREE presentations!

Friday and Saturday are Encore Days.  The presentations for each day that received the most votes will be replayed.  I don’t have the complete schedule, but I’m pretty darn sure some of my favorites will be in the lineup!  These repeat presentations are still FREE if you sign up here.  If you want to purchase full and unlimited access, you can do so here.



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Back to Basics Living Summit Wednesday Highlights

day four

A good mix of Prepper / Homesteading presentations today!

Getting Started With a Solar Generator

As I’m still working on self-education regarding solar, this was a good video for me. However, I don’t want to make my own generator, so all that calculating went over my head.  I did get confirmation that solar is the way to go for what we plan on using it for and I learned that you can charge things with a USB cable on DC rather than AC electricity.

Physical Fitness and Self Defense Preparedness

This presenter is the author of several post apocalyptic fiction novels and a martial arts expert. She’s pretty tough.  I think I’d like her to be part of my bug-out team in the event of the end of the world.  Did you know that one of the best mental training activities is walking briskly over uneven terrain for 10 minutes?  Fortunately for me, La Yacata is all uneven terrain, so I’m doing pretty well in my pre-apocalyptic training program.

Year Around Gardening

This was a longish video since the presenter highlighted the best crops for year around gardening by planting zones. For our neck of the woods, (or rather desert), there weren’t too many take aways that were actually useful. Disappointing.

Making Mead

This guy had the smoothest voice.  He was all about making his own herbal, healthy beer in the form of mead.  Not that I’m going to be making mead anytime soon, but I loved listening to him.  Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who was into this guy.  His video presentation came in #1 for today.

I did not get a chance to view Practical Guide to Using Mylar Bags for Your Long Term Food Storage or Keeping Backyard Livestock.  Phooey.  Tomorrow there are 8 presenters!  I’ll have to start earlier I think.

Remember, Thursday’s presentations are still FREE if you sign up here.  If you want to purchase full and unlimited access, you can do so here.

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