Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: Roasting Pumpkin Seed, Salty AND Sweet

It is pumpkin season! Halloween is just days away, and that means children (and children at heart) everywhere will be gutting pumpkins to create delightful and frightful Jack-o-lanterns. Whatever you do, don't just toss your pumpkin guts out. The seeds are yummy!

Maybe you already knew this fact. Maybe you salt your seeds down, roast, and snack away. But let me tell you, it doesn't just have to be salted pumpkin seeds this year! Oh no my friends, there are many different ways to toast these babies up! Don't limit yourself to the same old salt.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bill Gets A Grip, Finally

So the last time we checked in with you all, Bill the duck was trying his darnedest to take me out. He was the new guy in the flock and saw me as a rival for Betty the duck's affection. He had gone from a gentle guy to a crazy duck in just a few days. I admit, my Betty was one good looking girl (for a duck.) I can see how she would make any male duck loose his mind. Of course I am her mama and slightly bias.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop October 25

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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!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Extra Crumble Coffee Cake

Who doesn't love a good coffee cake? I mean seriously, it has got to be one of the best things to stuff in your face first thing in the morning, or heck any time of the day! But it has to be GOOD coffee cake. The stuff you buy at the store in plastic wrappers pales in taste once you have had homemade coffee cake.

And to me, at least, the best part of a good coffee cake is the crumble on top. It never seems like there is enough of it, till now! That's right, I took crumble to the next level on my Extra Crumble Coffee Cake that I whip up and so can you. Unlike some coffee cake recipes out there, this recipe is amazingly easy to pull off.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sign Giveaway from Louise's Country Closet

I was so excited when my friend Mandy over at Louise's Country Closet told me they were coming out with a new product line. I love the stuff they make and I was not disappointed when I saw their signs! Sure they have your typical farm/country type signs, but they also have some humors ones and you know me, I love a good giggle!

Mandy is such a sweet and generous person. I have know her for about two years now and you could not meet a nicer person! So I was not surprised when she offered to give one of their new signs away to one of you. She told me to pick one out, but I just couldn't because there are so many great ones to choose from!! So we decided to let the winner pick out any sign they want. That's right, if you win, you get the sign you really want!!

Unlike other giveaways, there are no "mandatory" things to do to enter. Just like the sign, you decide which way(s) to enter. I would hope you would "like" myself and Louise's Country Closet over on Facebook but I understand not everyone uses social media. This contest is open to US residents only and runs till midnight on 10/30/14. The winner will be emailed, as well as announced right here on this post and on The (mis)Adventures of a "Born Again" Farm Girl Facebook page on Halloween morning. Now isn't that a treat you want?!?


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: Enjoy the Seasons

When you are trying to get through life, there are projects always waiting in the wings. You have chores that must be done, crises to handle, it may seem like you never have enough time in the day. With winter coming, as a homesteader, or heck just a normal everyday person, you may begin to panic with the overwhelming amount of things that need to be done. STOP!! That's right..... make sure you take some time to actually enjoy the seasons.

I know in the spring for us, it is all about taping our maple trees and getting it boiled, and then their is the garden to plant. Summer is taken up by tending the garden, running the oldest country kid to 4H meetings, and the county fair. Then *BAM* the leaves are turning, and it is time to harvest. The temps being to drop and it is time to winterize. Seriously, sometimes I wounder how my "to-do" list got so long because it always feels like I am plugging away! It can be draining at times....

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!