Saturday, October 18, 2014

What A Jerk! Yes, I'm Talking About A Duck!

So about three weeks ago, we added a new member to our flock. If you follow our blog, then you know we got a male duck we named Bill. He was supposed to be companionship and hopefully a mate for our sweet little girl duck, Betty. The first few days I worried that Bill wouldn't be happy here. I worried he didn't know how to be "the man." Well I guess I didn't need to worry, because Bill the duck, the once sweet, timid, gentleman has turned into a full blow JERK!!

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop October 18

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This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant in all they do.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!

Please join us, submit YOUR Self-Reliant post (maybe even 2 or 3), browse around, visit a site or two and learn some new Simple tips or Self Reliant How'To's!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: When Raptors Come to Call

** Yes, I know it is Wednesday, but I am a bit behind!**

Heads up!!! No really, look up! Why? Well because it is fall raptor migration time and if you have chickens, well, you need to be aware. Hundreds of thousands of hawks, eagles, ospreys and falcons are currently winging their way south and possible past your coop!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Dollar Store Halloween Centerpiece

I love Halloween, it is one of my favorite holidays. I love the decorating (not too scary) and letting the country kids trick or treat. I am so blown away by the cost of store bought decorations, not just for Halloween, but most holidays. I just don't understand why it should cost an arm and a leg to buy, well let's say an arm and a leg! Even simple items seem a bit pricey. And I know a lot of you out there are just like our family, watching every dime. So we are doing our Halloween decorations this year via the dollar store!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop October 11

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Thank you so much for joining us! Come share your ideas on leading a Simple Lifestyle and becoming more self sufficient!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: Easy Sweet Yeast Rolls

These easy sweet yeast rolls are by far my family's favorite roll. These rolls are so simple to make, yet their ease takes nothing away from the flavor. My hubby said I needed to call them something like "fluffy, yummy, pillows of sweet goodness." I informed him that, while that may be true, you really can't name a recipe that way! No one googles "fluffy, yummy, pillows of sweet goodness," but they do look for things like easy when it comes to baking and these are very easy indeed.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

It's National Cookie Month!! Our favorite Recipes....

October means a lot of things to different people.... and I just found out, it is also National Cookie month. Who knew? I like them every month, but it would seem they get to be "honored" in October. So I thought a good way to celebrate, besides going on a baking spree and adding 20 pounds to all my family members, would be to share some of our family's favorite recipes with all of you! So here you go! After you get done drooling, get baking! So what is your favorite cookie? Do any of ours make your list?







Saturday, October 4, 2014

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop October 4

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Welcome to the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop


Thank you so much for joining us! Come share your ideas on leading a Simple Lifestyle and becoming more self sufficient!

This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!

Please join us, submit YOUR Self-Reliant post (maybe even 2 or 3), browse around, visit a site or two and learn some new Simple tips or Self Reliant How'To's!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Kevin's Quality Clothespins - A Quality American Handcrafted Product


I have always said, that it isn't the amount of land you live on, but what you do on that land that makes you a homesteader. It is the small, simple things you do, that make a difference for your family and the world. Maybe you have a few hens so you don’t have to buy store eggs. Maybe you grow a garden to provide your family with better food.  Every little bit counts and helps. What if I told you there was another way to do something simple and feel even better about doing it?

Hanging your wash to dry is not only a financially sound way to save money, but you also are doing things like using less electricity and lessoning your carbon foot print. It makes you feel good, doesn’t it (or it will once you start doing it!) Now you can take that good feeling a step further by using a product that is handcrafted right here in America!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: Be An Egg Snob

I am an egg snob. Don’t get me wrong, for years I ate store eggs. I didn't know any better. To me an egg was an egg. But then we finally got our own girls, and trust me, an egg is not just an egg and here is why (in my opinion, which matters to everyone, right?)

First, I KNOW where my eggs are coming from. I don't just pick up a carton with unknown origin with beak-less faces laying them. I know the nice young ladies who are laying my eggs. I sometimes even hear them being laid! If you have chickens, you know that “oh my” squawk when a hen lays an egg. Heck, sometimes when I collect the eggs, they are still warm from just being laid!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop September 27

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Welcome to Simple Saturdays Blog Hop


This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant in all they do.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!

Please join us, submit YOUR Self-Reliant post (maybe even 2 or 3), browse around, visit a site or two and learn some new Simple tips or Self Reliant How'To's!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

And Then Along Came Bill

As you may or may not know, we have a duck named Betty. She was born this spring and we had hoped she would become the mate of our then male duck, Fred. Alas, just as love was staring to bloom, Fred was lost to a predator. But even without Fred around, Betty was going to grow up.....

And one day, she decided *I* was her mate!?!!? Wait... what? Yes, you read that right, my female duck began to fixate on me as her love interest. I tried to explain to her many times, that besides the fact we were both females and of different species, I was already spoken for. But alas, poor Betty would approach me every time I entered the yard. I must admit, it was really starting to get uncomfortable! Like, she was a creepy stalker dude, and I would have to high tail it for the house she was so pushy!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: Homemade Frozen Hashbrowns

Weather you have a bumper crop of spuds and you're looking for a way to preserve them.... or you're just a "do it yourself" kind of person, here is an easy way to make your own homemade frozen hashbrowns! Why buy those overpriced bags in the frozen food section, when you can quickly whip up your own!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop September 20

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Welcome to another week of our Simple Saturdays Blog Hop. I am so delighted that you could all be here with us. I really do look forward to seeing what everyone has been up too!

This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant in all they do.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!

Please join us, submit YOUR Self-Reliant post (maybe even 2 or 3), browse around, visit a site or two and learn some new Simple tips or Self Reliant How'To's!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pumpkinsnap Cookies


Fall is here and with it comes a twist on the classic gingersnap cookie! Fall is a time when pumpkin seems to find its way into so many recipes, so why not into a gingersnap? Trust me, this friendly invasion is a good thing! Even my neighbor, who claims not to like pumpkin, loved this twist on an old recipe.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: A Guide to Fire Extinguishers

Today’s topic is one that is important, and while I hope you never need to use one, I’m going to give you the run down on fire extinguishers. Why should you care about having fire extinguishers in your home? Because these things can buy you time and save lives! If you have a small fire, it can put it out and decrease property damage. If you have a larger fire, it will give you time…. While you suppress the flames, it gives everyone time to escape.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop September 13

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 Welcome to Simple Saturdays Blog Hop


This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant in all they do.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!

We have a two new  blog hop hosts joining us this week on Simple Saturdays. I am positive you will enjoy their blog pages, as much as we do.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mary's Birthday Celebration Giveaway! 9/12

Welcome to Mary's Birthday Celebration Giveaway!  
I'm participating in a HUGE bash to celebrate Mary's Birthday and YOU 
get a chance to win one of 3 prizes from Mary's Heirloom Seeds.

That's "Auntie Mary" on the right!
2 Winners will receive an assortment of Heirloom, Non-GMO seeds as well as organic gardening supplies totaling over $60 in value.  Each prize pack Includes (but not limited to) Radish, Golden Beets, Squash, Chinese Cabbage, Culinary and Medicinal Herbs, Beans, Peppers and Tomatoes as well as Coconut Coir Pellets for seed starting made simple AND Organic, Vegan Plant Nutrients.
**Seed Varieties will be tailored to the winner's planting region**

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Life Disrupted - We're Homeschooling

Once upon a time, there was a little boy who walked to the beat of his own inner drummer. The little boy had an autism spectrum disorder called Asperger's. Sadly the local public school could not hear or just refused to help him on his walk through life. Life at a traditional brick and mortar school became a daily struggle and disappointment for both the little boy and his parents. By the end of last year it was a struggle to keep him motivated, productive and safe at traditional school, and so it was time for a change.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Toffee Apple Dip

It's getting that time of the year, when apples take center stage. There are so many wonderful things to do with apples, including making yummy dips for them. One thing I have noticed though is most dips are caramel in nature. Why? Who says it has to be caramel on your apple? Well I say it is time for an alternative! Because trust me, toffee is apple's new best friend!