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Italian Grain Mill Makes Rolled Oats from Whole Oat Groats

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Here is our Marcato Marga Mulino Flaker, a little Italian grinder that we use to make rolled oats from whole oat grains (called groats). For my breakfast, I use these, plus shredded coconut, some chia seeds, cooked about 10 minutes, then add maple syrup, half-and-half, a little hemp oil for flavor. This way you get the whole grain, freshly milled. Oh yeah, I usually add a little ground-up seaweed plus salt. It’s simple and delicious and inexpensive, plus you’re getting freshly milled whole grain (including the germ and bran).

There are 3 rollers on the mill, and they can be adjusted to make flour from any grains, as well as flakes. Cost: about $125.

See The Half-Acre Homestead for details on ordering these mills.

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Wonderful Houses Around the World

Yesterday I read in the paper that sales of children’s books are booming, due to schools being closed. This brought to mind our one and only children’s book, Wonderful Houses Around the World, by photographer Yoshio Komatsu and artist Akira Nishiyama.

There are 10 photographs by Yoshio of homes in different parts of the world. All the homes are built of natural materials — earth, wood, thatch, sod, bamboo, and stone.

Each photo is followed by a watercolor drawing of the inside of that home, showing the children and their parents going about their everyday activities: food gathering and processing, cooking, sleeping, working and playing.

The book is timely in this day and age: it shows what people do in their homes. Timely also because it’s great educational material for kids being home-schooled: look at what what kids your age are doing in other parts of the planet.

Yoshio is my favorite photographer of homes in the world. Not only are the homes invariably soulful, but his composition and lighting are perfect — and he has a knack for making people feel comfortable, so that the homeowners look natural, often laughing.

The book is $12.95 and you can order it through your independent bookstore, or from:

Note: We have a money-back guarantee on all of our books (no matter where you buy them). If for any reason you are dissatisfied, call us and we’ll return the full purchase price plus shipping. No need to return the book.

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Oysters & Crabs in Baltimore

The real thing for seafood lovers.

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