Saturday, January 24, 2015

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop January 24

SSBH piesWelcome 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!


Friday, January 23, 2015

Oatmeal Bars With A Butterscotch Center

I love to bake! One of my favorite things to make for my country kids are cookies, but sometimes I just don't have the energy to spoon out each ball and put multiple pans in the oven. So what is a momma to do when her children will no longer et store bought cookies and my energy is low? Make cookie bars!

One of my newest, and most asked for bars are my Oatmeal Bars. But these bad boys pack a secret center that keep them asking for more! Between two layers of oatmeal goodness, I pack in some butterscotch love.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: Mealworm Farming: One Year Later

It has been just over a year since we became mealworm farmers and I have had folks ask, "So how's it going?" It is going GREAT!!! I have to say, micro-livestock is one of the easiest things to raise! We have changed set ups in the last year and even with neglect (yes, I was a bad worm farmer) our set up is STILL thriving. So I thought now would be a wonderful time to revisit the topic of mealworm farming.

So why raise mealworms? For our poultry of course! Our girls can suck down 100 mealworms in under three seconds. It is crazy to watch. I tell folks that mealworms are like crack for chickens. I have been asked if we eat them too since they are a great source of protein and the answer is, ummm.... NO. The oldest country kid and I once tried some chedder cheese mealworms and found them to be, well, not our thing.

When it came to mealworm farming, let me start out by saying, my hubby is NOT a bug lover. While my hubby was a little creeped out by the wiggling oatmeal in our farm, he was nice enough to let us keep our mealworms. Yeah, I kind of just did it without running it by him. I in turn, made sure to keep them out of site. I also don't "tend" them when he was around.

Monday, January 19, 2015

(mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop January 19


Welcome back to another week of the (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop!  I really enjoy seeing what you all have been up to! We have had some wonderful posts shared!!

This party is a Rules Free Party and all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc are welcome!! We are family friendly, so do keep that in mind. While we have no "rules," overly offensive material will be removed. Sorry, but I do have kids, and, well, something are just too much (aka a few curse words are no biggy, but "adult" content is a whole different ball game.)

Each week, I will have a feature(s), which will also be pinned to our (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop Board over on Pinterest!

Last week we had two posts shared that really caught my eye. So without further ado.... The features goes to....

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop January 17

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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!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Fermentation Friday: How To Ferment Garlic And Why You Should!

Garlic adds flavor to so many things. And there are wonderful health benefits from eating it. So why should you ferment garlic? One word, probiotics!

The fermenting of the garlic mellows the cloves and removes some of the "heat." You could take it "medicinally" by just eating the cloves strait from the jar, but let me tell you, the country kids were unimpressed with eating it this way. Though they did have fun running around the house breathing on each other afterward!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: How To Cook Dry Beans

Beans, beans, the musical fruit, the more you eat the more you.... really love beans! Oh sure, I guess you can buy your beans in a can, but using dry beans not only saves money, but allows you to prepare them properly!

Monday, January 12, 2015

(mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop January 12


Welcome to the (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop!  I enjoy visiting other blogs and "hopping," so I figured it was about time I offered others a place to share their stuff, show their awesomeness, and just plan have some fun. 

This party is a Rules Free Party and all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc are welcome!! We are family friendly, so do keep that in mind. While we have no "rules," overly offensive material will be removed. Sorry, but I do have kids, and, well, something are just too much (aka a few curse words are no biggy, but "adult" content is a whole different ball game.)

Each week, I will have a feature(s), which will also be pinned to our (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop Board over on Pinterest!

I was so excited to see what you all brought to the hop on our first week. Thank you all so much for sharing! This week's feature is on our dinner menu this week. I seriously drooled when I saw it and picked up the ingredients last night. So without further ado.... The feature goes to....

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Oatmeal Chocolate Banana Bites

Every morning when I ask the littlest country kid what he wants for breakfast, he always exclaims with glee, "Cookie!!!!" Seriously!?!? Cookies are not for breakfast...... or are they? I have come up with a simple to make "cookie" for breakfast that packs nutrition with a hint of naughtiness, Oatmeal Chocolate Banana Bites. These things are so super yummy! They have more of a muffin like consistence, but if I say "cookie" then my littlest is happy. And having happy kids is what I am all about. So I'll call it anything you want little guy...... anything you want! As long as you eat it.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop January 10


Welcome to the 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. 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, January 8, 2015

How to survive when the power goes out....

I am not a prepper or a survivalist, but that being said, I do have first hand personal experience on this topic. You see, last winter our area lost power for 10 days over Christmas. And it was COLD, below zero kind of weather. The kind of cold that can kill. The weather was so bad, we couldn't go anywhere (like a hotel that had a backup generator or a family member's home hours away.) So what do you do?? How do you survive when the power goes out? Being prepared just in case, takes a lot of stress out of the situation!


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: Why DE is NOT the antichrist!

Diatomaceous earth is a naturally occurring substance. I have written about it before, but recently, it has been given a bad rap by some folks on social media. So, I am here, once again to explain that Diatomaceous earth or DE is NOT the antichrist. Despite terms like "respiratory hazard " and "razor-sharp" being tossed around, DE is an all natural substance and despite what fear mongering that has occurred, it is a valuable item to have around your home for various applications.

So what is DE?

Diatomaceous earth is made from the fossilized remains of aquatic organisms called diatoms. Their skeletons are made of a natural substance called silica. Silica makes up 26% of the earth's crust by weight. Silicon has two forms: crystalline and amorphous. Most diatomaceous earth is made of amorphous silicon dioxide. However, it can contain very low levels of crystalline silicon dioxide. DE is NOT a chemical poison.

Monday, January 5, 2015

(mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop January 5


Welcome to the (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop!  I enjoy visiting other blogs and "hopping," so I figured it was about time I offered others a place to share their stuff, show their awesomeness, and just plan have some fun. 

This party is a Rules Free Party and all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc are welcome!! We are family friendly, so do keep that in mind. While we have no "rules," overly offensive material will be removed. Sorry, but I do have kids, and, well, something are just too much (aka a few curse words are no biggy, but "adult" content is a whole different ball game.)

Each week, I will have features, which will also be pinned to our (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop Board over on Pinterest!

Since this is our first week, we obviously don't have any features, so.....


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop January 3


Welcome to the 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. 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!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Top 14 Posts of 2014

It has been a whirlwind of a year here at the (mis)Adventures. It is hard to believe 2014 is already coming to a close. He have started new adventures this year, like homeschooling, and continued some of our favorite activities, like making our own maple syrup. There have been ups and downs, sorrow and joy......

I know I have my favorite posts from this year, but it is interesting to look back at the end of each year and see which were our most popular posts here on our blog. You know, the stuff YOU guys liked! I must admit, a few of my favorites made the list too! So, without further ado...... Check out of top 14 of 2014!





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Thank you all for being part of the (mis)Adventures!!! Watch out 2015, Here we come!!!


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop December 27

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Simple Saturdays Blog Hop

We have a different look today because we are taking the holidays off so that we may spend some quality time with family and friends.  But we wanted to take a moment and let you know how much you mean to each and every one of us.  This Blog Hop would be nothing without you stopping by every weekend and sharing your posts with us. We are so blessed by each and every one of you.

Thank you for a wonderful year!

We wish for you all a relaxing and wonderful time spent with family & friends, good food and fun and we look forward to seeing y'all back here next year!

merry christmas happy holidays

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: What Mom Never Told You About Mice In Your House

Only dirty people have mice, right? WRONG. Growing up we lived in the country, and ever fall, the cooler temps signaled the coming of the mice. From field and forest, they scurried on little paws, seeking the warmth that our house provided. No matter how hard my folks worked to close off any point of entry they could find, the mice would always prevail. Fast forward to my adult life, living in a home that is over 100 years old, set in a rural little village......

And just like clockwork, the cooler temps signaled the coming of the mice. I was now on the front-line of "defending" my home.... and I too have been outwitted by the beady eyed, long whiskered, scampering across my floor, little invaders. But let me say this in my defense..... just because they make it in, doesn't mean they make it out alive. I may not find ever little entry point, but I will wage war upon their furry little behinds once they cross into my territory!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop December 20


Welcome to the 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. 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, December 19, 2014

Fermentation Friday: Everything But The Kitchen Sink!

One of the things I love about fermenting is, you can do just about everything but the kitchen sink! You are not limited to one veggie or another. You are not limited to simple kraut or pickles. In fact, I have found myself wandering the produce aisles going "gee, I wonder what that would taste like?" So, on a recent fermenting spree, when I was cutting up different veggies to do, I decided to toss some of  them all together in a jar and see what would come out. I am after all an adventurous type of girl!

What resulted was awesome. It was like one of those boxes of chocolates you get at Valentine's Day with the assorted flavors.... yeah it was like that but with veggies! With fork in hand I plucked veggie after veggie, first a radish (oh my goodness!), then a piece of cauliflower (delicious) and so on and so on. My hubby soon joined me with his own fork, and before long the country kids were begging at our sides.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: Heartworm Is On The Rise. What you need to know...

Our family rescued a young dog last year, Heidi. She is a beautiful lab mastiff mix, who in her short 10 months prior to us adopting her, had been neglected and injured. While we didn't know her whole story, the scar on her leg said enough. We vowed we would give her a better life and so we were devastated when at her well dog check up recently, she was diagnosed with heartowrm.

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease. It is caused by foot-long (yes, you read that right) worms that live in the heart, lungs and blood vessels. These worms cause severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. Heidi was not yet two years old and there was no way we were going to let her suffer. While there are different treatments for dealing with heartworm disease, after talking with our vets about the pros and cons, we opted for what we felt was the safest (and sadly the most expensive) protocol. We were not going to try to save a few dollars and gamble with her life.

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