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Finding Contentment in Life | Coffee with Crystal

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There can be a lot to be discontent about in life. The Scriptures say that we are to be content. How do find contentment in those times of discontentment? We all struggle with this. In my latest video I share a few thoughts on finding contentment in life.
https://youtu.be/aGxdhwKOx0U

Homemade Pizza from Scratch | Start to Finish!

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In today's video I share how to make pizza from start to finish, including homemade pizza dough and sauce!
Recipes for the dough and sauce are in the description box of the YouTube video. 
https://youtu.be/3HeUVSGVIHg

Stretching Food Resources | Nutritional Value of Beans | How to Cook Beans | Bean Recipes

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For over 35 years beans have been a staple in my home. I have found them to be a wonderful frugal resource to stretch the grocery budget and in years past feed my large family good quality, nutritious meals at the same time.

Beans are a very high quality, nutritious, budget friendly food for your family. They are a good source of soluble fiber, the kind that helps lower cholesterol. Beans in general, are good sources of folate, potassium, iron, manganese, copper and zinc. They are also low in fat.
Beans are not a complete protein by themselves and need to be coupled with brown rice, whole wheat, cornmeal (as in cornbread or tortillas or tortillas chips, etc), cheese, or meat to get the most benefit from them.
One of the main drawbacks that people complain about is that beans cause gas. If you are not use to beans in your diet, your body has more trouble digesting them. So the good news is that the more you eat beans, the easier it will be for your body to digest them and you will find th…

Super Easy Potato Salad | Instant Pot Tutorial | In the Kitchen with Crystal

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In today's video I'm sharing an easy and delicious potato salad recipe. 
I use hash browns to make this and cook them in my Instant Pot.  
If you don't have an Instant Pot you can cook them in any way you would like.
https://youtu.be/dse4IHnGmE0

Stretching Food Resources | Frugal Meals | Black Bean Chicken Chili

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Things are getting a little scary out there with articles on possible food shortages. 
Having some healthy delicious meals you can make with beans and minimal amounts of meat is very frugal and helps stretch resources. This was how I fed my large family for many years. 
I'll be sharing some of these meals over the next few blog posts. 
Black Bean Chicken Chili was a big hit with my family. 
This meal can easily be made meatless as well or with less meat then the recipe calls for. 
This recipe makes a lot of chili. It freezes very well if it is more than you need. The recipe can also be cut in half. 
I've posted step by step pictures on how to make this meal below the recipe. 
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Black Bean Chicken Chili
3 cups dry black beans
12 cups water
1 T salt
1 large onion, chopped
1 ½ lbs boneless chicken (can be thighs or breast), cut into bite size pieces
1 T minced garlic
Olive oil
1 cup frozen corn
1 can Rotel type tomatoes (spicy tomatoes)
2 T chili powder
1 T hot sauce, opt

Put beans, wat…

HomeKeeping #3 | Weekly Routines & Procrastination | Coffee with Crystal

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In my latest video I'm continuing with my HomeKeeping series. In this chat I discuss weekly routines and dealing with procrastination.

https://youtu.be/CYwyZaAxr4U

Cast Iron Cookware | The Family Homestead Archives #12

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This article is from my previous website, The Family Homestead. I wrote it several years ago but I think the information is useful. I still have the same cast iron frying pans I mention and I still love them! :)
Cast Iron Cookware Crystal Miller





Last year I purchased my very first cast iron pan. I had some great concerns with my current pans and was looking to make some changes.   I have been quite happy with my decision and have since purchased a 2nd pan and have a list of pans to continue to add to my collection. 
I have been a Teflon user for many years.  In recent years there have been many negative things written about Teflon and from a health standpoint that was beginning to bother me.  I found it interesting to note that the government has not assessed the safety of non-stick cooking surfaces.  Yet I now know from reading on this subject that Teflon heated up on a burner will omit a toxic gas that is bad enough to kill birds.  I am sure if there are any bird owners reading this you…

Spring on the Homestead | April Vlog #2

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My April Vlog #2!
We've had a lot going on around our homestead lately.  In this Vlog I share some of that with you.  
I hope you enjoy it!  :) 

Bread Making with no Yeast and Some Homemaking Chat

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Hello Friends!
You would think that between retirement and quarantine I'd have lots of time to update my blog and stay on top of things! I actually don't feel I have lots of extra time. I think that with hubby retired we are doing more things together (around the homestead) and that works for me! :) But I need to keep up here on my blog.
In any case, I have been working on getting new videos out on my YouTube channel. I try and post them here so you can keep up with them if you're not subscribed.
If you want to be notified when my newest videos come out make sure you subscribe to my channel. I truly appreciate the support! :) 
Here are two of my latest videos if you've not seen them...
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No Yeast, No Problem!


With quarantine many people are giving bread baking a try and yeast is in short supply for many. In this video I'm sharing 3 bread recipes that don't require yeast.
https://youtu.be/f9-jXCiAwIE

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HomeKeeping #2 Dal…

Simple Content Days | April Vlog #1

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I posted my first Vlog for April. Come along with me while I share bits and pieces from my simple quiet days on the homestead.
https://youtu.be/RVJZKG3XDyk

Best Banana Bread Ever! | Quarantine Project

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I recently made some fantastic banana bread. One of my daughters sent me the recipe and I had very  ripe bananas on hand. It was a perfect way to use them :)
Follow the YouTube link below for a quick video and recipe link. 


https://youtu.be/WrklD8h2pFk

HomeKeeping - A Few Basics

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What are the simple basics to keeping a home and having a home you enjoy being in?
I'm sharing about this in the video and plan to make more in this series to expand on the topic.

Four (BIG) Meals from Two Chickens | The Family Homestead Archives #11

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I wrote this post several years ago and was feeding a big family so the recipes are on the larger side. If you are cooking for two you can cut this in half and still probably have leftovers. 




Four Meals from Two Chickens:Here is how to take two chickens and stretch them into four meals
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Began by taking two large chickens (When I buy a whole chicken I try and buy the biggest bird possible, at least 4 to 5 pounds each) and putting them into a large stock pot and covering them with water and add 1 tablespoon of salt. Boil the chickens until they were falling apart. Spoon out as much chicken as you can and strain out the rest of the broth. I do this my taking a large bowl and setting my colander inside of it. Pour the broth and leftover bits of chicken meat and bone into the colander.  Save the broth to use in the following meals. After the meat cools debone all of it. Chop chicken into small size pieces and put in a bowl, container or large zip lock bag. Store in the refrigerator.



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Quick & Easy Chicken Alfredo

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Hello friends!  In today's video I'm showing you how I make a quick and easy chicken alfredo. 
This is becoming my newest go-to recipe because it's so easy and so good! :)
https://youtu.be/6TkgqgRJRKw

Steps to a More Organized Kitchen | The Family Homestead Archives #10

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The kitchen can be a complex room. So much goes on in there. There is a constant daily use of supplies and dishes and cleaning going on. So being well organized is a necessity. This is a room that needs a plan and a good routine to keep things moving.

One way to come up with a plan to better organize your kitchen is to step back and look at your kitchen and consider all that you do in there. The variety of meal preps, the storage of food, pots and pans, the baking, cooking, etc… Then break your kitchen up into zones.




You can start with a baking zone. Examine where you keep your supplies. A baking zone will have measuring cups for both dry and liquids, measuring spoons, mixing bowls, as well as spices, baking powder, soda, etc. You want everything simple to access so that making a batch of muffins does not become a chore of digging around to find needed supplies and equipment or walking from one side of your kitchen to the other. I stay in one area of my kitchen and access all I need whi…