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Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living is a lavishly illustrated must-have book for any novice or well seasoned gardener, forager, hunter, natural food-foodie or for those who want to take their food sources and health into their own hands. Stacy encourages eating as much from the wild as possible and gives techniques to simplify the process of making succulent, excellent meals with simple ingredients. Along with tips for heirloom gardening, canning, preserving, saving seeds, raising bees and chickens, and more, she gives extraordinarly simple meals for the family using these natural ingredients brought in from the garden or from the farmer’s market. Stacy explains how to work with tough, grass-fed foraging animal meats so that when they are cooked, the results are tender, “non-gamey” succulent meat. There are gorgeous, full-color photos for every recipe and tip, and several step-by-step tutorials for a variety of recipes and topics.


I had such a great time writing Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living. Along with the recipes from my harvested vegetables, herbs, and game, I was able to share my day-to-day life of living sustainable from heirloom gardening, raising chickens, canning and preserving, beekeeping, and foraging to hunting and fishing for your food. I have given information for the beginner as well as seasoned gardeners and the recipes are out of this world!


Garden harvest_3Wow, how I wish I had read this book when I was a newlywed! It would have made living a healthy life a lot easier. That is one of the reasons I have written my books and filmed the DVD. This book would have eased me into planting, maintaining, harvesting, and enjoying the fruits of my labor!

Below is the introduction and a few excerpt pages from the book! I hope you enjoy and share this with your friends! Oh, I use mostly wild game in my recipes, but I have a substitution table for those of you who do not eat wild game along with what cuts of meat to use for the recipes. Enjoy!



As I sit here on the porch writing, I am watching Anna, my six year old, playing with the chickens and turkeys, while several of my other kids are picking salad greens from the garden for tonight’s supper. How do I find myself in this blissful life after growing up with career minded parents preparing me for a life as an attorney and who did not even like to cook, much less garden?  My husband, Scott, has always been a “Daniel Boone” of sorts.  His life begins and ends with the outdoors, and he is a very self sufficient type of guy.  I, on the other hand, was more of a city girl that happened to fall “head over heels” for this “land and animal loving” outdoorsman.  We married during my last semester in law school, and thankfully, my life changed directions forever!  Our first of 7 children arrived soon after our first anniversary.  Never before had I wanted optimal health for myself and my family.  We were already eating wild-game, but I began to see the necessity for other healthy sustainable foods even more now that we had a baby to care for.  I began to enjoy this natural and self sufficient lifestyle more and more.  It is very empowering to know that I could sustain my own life with the knowledge I have gained through the years.  I have learned to shoot a gun, till the land, grow the perfect heirloom beef steak tomato, raise baby chicks, nurture bees, preserve all that I harvest, forage wild mushrooms, and cook the freshest, most succulent dishes known to man…at least my husband.  I am continuing to learn to live the self sustainable life and it continues to transform my life and fill me with REAL, useful, life giving information that liberates my soul.  The dirt, animals, sun, and rain have become my friends.

Historically, just about every home had a kitchen garden and a few chickens in the back yard, if not out of necessity, merely for the pleasure of raising nutritious food for their families. As our lives have gotten busier and space increasingly sparse, people have relied on supermarkets for their food source.  Supermarket produce and meat are subpar to the simply grown vegetables, eggs, and meat of the backyard garden.  Besides most of the supermarket fruits and vegetables being genetically modified and sprayed with pesticides, they have also lost much of their nutritional value and taste once they reach the supermarket shelves.  Additionally, most of the supermarket proteins are full of antibiotics and hormones leaving wild game and fish as my obvious preference of protein.  The diet of wild game is perfectly natural and perfect for our bodies just as God planned it. Not only are naturally harvested crops and game healthier, their taste is far more superior than their supermarket counterparts.   Fresh, unaltered fruits, vegetables, home grown chickens, eggs, and game meat are truly the only choice for my family.  The small effort that you can invest in raising and harvesting your own food far outweigh any sacrifices of time or energy that it may require.  Really, it is no sacrifice at all considering the enjoyment of being so closely connected to nature.

Scott and I have taught our children to truly enjoy all kinds of foods, especially those that are perfectly fresh from the garden, woods, or water.  They all take part in the entire process of harvesting food for the table whether it be planning the garden, saving seeds, fishing, or bringing in vegetables and herbs from the garden.  When kids are take part in their own sustenance, they want the pleasure of enjoying it to the fullest with great recipes.  They are competent in the lost art of harvesting and preserving their own foods and are able to make wise choices as to their food sources.  Our family’s greatest memories are always centered around food.  I was blessed to have a grandmother that passed her traditional Southern preparation of food down to me.  Many have the blessings of cherishing not only the recipes that have been passed down to them, but the heirloom seeds that have been saved from year to year from their grandparent’s favorite plants.  How awesome would that be?  What a legacy!  We have not had to force our children to work with us in planting and harvesting the garden.  Quite the opposite.  They feel that they are missing out on the fun if the are not with us.  I am still, like a fascinated child, in awe each time that I plant a seed and see it grow from a seedling to a full grown plant producing sustenance for my family.

The self-sustainable lifestyle is one that contributes to superior food and health, extraordinary competence, responsibility, and financial stability as well as gives us a connection with our ancestors, families, and the land.  I am a believer that home should be a place of industry, adventure, and rejuvenation to be of better service to others.  What better way to fulfill this purpose than to be self sufficient and share the abundance with those around me?  The satisfaction of tilling the ground, planting a seed, watching it grow and produce flavor and health giving food is one of the most treasured blessings in life that I want to pass down for generations to come.  Using God’s natural resources that He so bountifully supplies is a privilege and honor that inspires me to be a “keeper” of the land.  My hope for you is to start with the basics of at least cooking with fresh vegetables and free range animals, or for those who are seasoned gardeners to continue on your journey to health and self sustainability with the sustainable recipes and information in this book. May you be blessed as you get back to the basics and enjoy your journey to the self sustainable life.

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