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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Best-selling Author of 25 Books, including the 3-Time Award-Winner Pain Erasers


My Homesteading Life--Adventures in Self Sufficiency

The Tree of Peace

white pine needles

Mornings at my homestead feel like I’ve stepped back in time. I awaken, stoke the fire in my woodstove, bundle up, and head out on my forest trails to capture the morning’s first sunshine and breathe the intoxicatingly fresh air. The mornings have gotten cooler these days so it sometimes takes a bit of motivation to begin, but the forest’s beauty causes me to quickly forget my hesitation. Most of the colourful leaves of autumn have fallen to reveal the coniferous trees that took backseat to their beauty for a season. Once again, my eyes are drawn to the pines, spruce, and fir trees lining my path. I am reminded that healing is often in these simple experiences.

The white pines s…

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Giving Thanks

Giving thanks for a bountiful garden harvest

© Photo and text copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. The sentiment is fitting as today is Thanksgiving in Canada and I wish to express my gratitude those who have chosen to share some part of my journey through life with me. I am also thankful for my abundant garden harvest this year, some of which is depicted above, as well as many other things in my life.

Feeling gratitude is not just important on a single day but every day as biologist Glen Rein at the popular Institute of HeartMath, in Boulder Creek, California found. He conducted a study of people who entered a st…

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The Healing Flower Under Foot

Red clover photo copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook

Photo & text © Michelle Schoffro Cook

I admit that I’ve been feeling a bit lethargic lately but decided to go for a brisk walk on my forest trails to combat my lacklustre mood. The forest had begun to paint itself in cherry red, burnt orange, and golden hues, which was the perfect antidote for the weariness that had crept into my body. A hint of purple poked out from the grasses and shrubs along the edges of the trail, a reminder that summer was not completely gone. I reached down to pluck the red clover flowers that were more of a lilac colour than their name would suggest. It seemed like Nature was nudging me to add the floral remedy best known for its blood purification propertie…

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Listen to the Soft Voice of Your Heart

inspirational words

Johnny Cash and Cantaloupe

homegrown cantaloupe


When I visited my grandparents’ house each summer, my grandfather and I would undoubtedly find our way to the basement family room where he’d cut one of the many cantaloupes he grew in his garden into sections and we’d each take a plateful. We’d listen to his Johnny Cash albums while biting into the sweetest, most flavourful cantaloupe I ever tasted. The brilliant orange fruit bore no resemblance to the lacklustre, bland grocery store varieties I ate back in the city. We’d talk for hours while Johnny belted out tune after tune, and we’d usually polish off a few cantaloupes during each evening, so I was grateful he’d grown so many in anticipation of my visits.

My gr…

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Follow Your Passion

heritage apple tree Passion

At the end of a meandering trail through forest and scrub, I can’t help but smile when Passion comes into view, especially when this apple tree is blossoming. My breath deepens and slows. I didn’t even realize I was barely breathing until now. Instantly, I feel transported to another time with a pace of living that is more harmonious with my soul. Only several years ago, I bought this neglected house and property sight unseen and guided only by my soul’s knowing. I kept feeling that I would walk these woods and feel swept away by their magical nature. I had always dreamed of owning an apple orchard but worried it was out of reach. Today, I can’t help but feel the reward for trusting in my …

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I Discovered a New Apple Tree--Help Me Name It!

hidden apple tree

This mass of trees may look similar to an apple tree but it is actually a combination of an older buckthorn tree and many invasive prickly ash trees. In the middle of this mass, I discovered a thin tree that looked quite similar at the base to the buckthorn and at a higher level to the ash trees; however, I visually traced one of the tree’s higher limbs and noticed apple leaves on it. Somehow, this miraculous apple tree continued to grow strangled by the other trees. Today, I discovered this little apple tree buried in the entanglement as some of the neighbouring invasive trees were removed around a different apple tree known as Happiness. This much younger tree that still needs to be re…

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My New Book Launches Today!

New Book Super-Powered Immunity Launches Today

I'm thrilled to announce the launch of my new book Super-Powered Immunity: Natural Remedies for 21st Century Viruses and Superbugs. In this unique book, you'll discover

  • Over 50 of the most powerful immune-boosting nutrients, phytonutrients, herbs, oils, mushrooms, and other foods that supercharge your immune system and fight nasty viruses, bacteria, and fungi that may be wreaking havoc on your health;
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  • The pigment that stops microbes in their tracks;
  • The plant nutrient that packs a serious punch against bacteria, f…

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High Quality Supplements For a Fraction of the Price

Super-Powered Immunity: The Forgotten Remedy

One of the most powerful things you can do to boost your immune system and aid its ability to fight off infectious intruders is also one of the least known. Many people have not even heard of the nutrient, glutathione, which is one of nature’s greatest treasures when it comes to fighting disease-causing microbes. Glutathione is an antioxidant nutrient that is produced in the cells of your body, primarily from three building blocks of proteins called amino acids, including cysteine, glutamine, and glycine

Even moderate changes in glutathione levels in the body have a profound effect on the functioning of immune system cells known as lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are the immune cells, know…

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About Michelle

Michelle Schoffro Cook--Award-Winning Author, Homesteader, Orchardist

Hi. I'm Michelle. You may know me as the best-selling & award-winning author of 25 books on food, health, and herbs but I'm also a homesteader, orchardist, and wild food forager. I practice what I preach and I'm happy to share my adventures and insights in my blog "My Homesteading Life." 

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