Re-Grow Roots

Learning to live harmoniously in Missouri.


Do you trade / barter?

Money is not necessary for a person to live a healthy, happy life. How do I know this? I’ve lived a life where I traveled from place to place never spending a dime on transportation or food. I worked for everything I got, don’t get me wrong. We mutually helped eachother with something we needed in every situation and all my thoughts became reality. This is still true. I live in different times now where money is necessary in certain instances, but I create that reality.

Truly, all we need is a tool to achieve what we are looking for. Money is a tool, a means to get something that we want or need. It is also a tool that very powerful people use to enslave the masses into submission… but that’s a whole other story. Today I ask you – what do you have to offer? What can you give someone in exchange for what you need? And what is it that you need to survive?


I recently made a trade with Annie from MontanaSolarCreations. In exchange for the headband above, she is giving me 2 handmade cloth diapers for our future baby!


Adorable diaper!!

On many occasions I have traveled to farms that need seasonal help with this and that. Carlos and I spent one week on a farm a few hours from here. We helped them build a new pig pen for their baby piglets, we did lots of canning, harvested veggies, and slaughtered many animals while there. In exchange for our help, we were sent home with 200 pounds of meat, easily. Pork, rabbit, duck, and chicken.

My mom has traded hand-knit scarves in exchange for deer meat from local hunters. I also know some people who trade their work as a groundskeeper in exchange for their work on the house they’re living in. Basically, a person can truly get everything they need through trades and just being open to what it is you want out of life. Law of attraction. You get what you give.

Have you ever traded for something?

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Gutting and Cleaning a Trout


Today I’m going to explain the process that my love and I have come up with for gutting and cleaning a trout. We are not fishermen and we are no professionals, but we have experience in gutting and cleaning many a fish! You may be wondering if we aren’t fishermen, where the heck do we get all this fish?? That is a great question! Carlos teaches guitar lessons for a lovely girl down the road and in return her dad gives Carlos fish for our family! He’s the fisherman and he gives them to us just as they are… scales and all.

Supplies – cutting board & a sharp knife

Step 1 –

Take the fish in one hand and grasp it firmly because it’s very slippery. With the other hand gently use your knife to remove the scales from tail to head.

Step 2 –

Make an incision with your knife on the underside of the fish near the tail (anal hole) and cut all the way up to the base of the head.


Step 3 –

After cutting all the way up the belly, I usually go ahead and cut off the head. If you want to leave it on, then just make a cut from one side of the head to the other so you can remove the tongue and gills.

Step 4 –

Now it’s time to remove all the guts! These usually come out really easily in one smooth motion, super simple. Once they’re out you’ll notice a line of blood along the spine.

Step 5 –

Take your fish to water 🙂 and get that blood vessel out by using your thumbnail. At the tail where the vessel starts, gently scrape all the way up to the neck. It usually cleans out very easily.

Step 6 –

Once your fish is all clean, it’s time to cook it!! Or you can store it in your freezer until you are ready to prepare it. 🙂

If you have ever processed or butchered an animal, trout is a walk in the park! There’s really not much to it at all and I think anyone can figure it out if they allow themselves the time to do and with a good sharp little knife! For those who have never butchered an animal, this is a really good place to start!

Have you ever butchered a fish or animal? Do you have any good trout recipes to share? I would love to hear from you!!

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Local Ozarks Barter / Trade Meeting

Bartering is a way of life for me. I use very little money, yet I’m living in total abundance and prosperity. I have more than I can use so I share it with my family, neighbors and friends. The love and gratitude that I share for everything brings me more of … everything. Thought > Emotion > Action

So here we have a barter meeting coming up. Join us if you can! 🙂