Monday, May 2, 2016

(mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop #68


Welcome to the (mis)Adventures Mondays 
Blog Hop!  


This party is a 
Rules Free Party!!!

Share anything you want!!! We love seeing what you are up to! Be it recipes, DIY, giveaways, hops, crafts, funny stories... they're all welcome here!

After you share, don't forget to take minute to check out what everyone else is up to! You might just learn a thing or two, find a great new recipe, or get a giggle!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos April 24th - 30th

We did a lot of yard work this week, getting things picked up and improved for the coming warmer months. We filled in holes, added mulch, planted new plants, and over all I am exhausted! But I am so excited we also put in a blackberry patch!

We faced another new chicken issue when Ester decided to push too hard while laying and prolapsed her vent. If it isn't one thing around here it is another! Talk about a stressful situation, but I am happy to report all is well.

Since doing yard improvements, it has become the hang out spot for humans and critters alike. We enjoyed many a days outside with out critter friends. I think we are all looking forward to summer, with warmer weather and lots of treats!

So what made me smile this week?

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop April 30

    

Welcome to the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop. We can't wait to see what you have to share this week! 

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!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Vent Prolapse (What to do when your chicken’s butt falls out)

It was a Monday like any other around here, crazy and hectic. When the littlest country kid came inside to tell me that one of the chicken’s butt had something stuck to it, I was neither shocked nor surprised. Of course I didn’t know what he meant, so I sent the oldest country kid out to investigate. They both came back in to report that Ester has a tomato stuck to her butt. What?!?! There was a red thing coming out of her butt. WHAT!?!?! And then my mind snapped in to place and before I even made it out to the yard, I knew Ester was in a bad way. I just knew see had prolapsed, because if anything can go wrong, it will go wrong, and the weirdest stuff always happens to us.

I hate when I am right about something bad, and sure as shit, there was Ester with her butt hanging out. Her butt fell out or more technically, she had a prolapsed vent. What is a prolapsed vent? Well basically it happens when a chicken pushes too hard, for whatever reason. More likely than not, it is from pushing too hard when laying. As chickens age, their bodies, much like ours, being to weaken in certain areas. For Ester, her girly parts are getting old and worn out, and she strained too hard laying and POP, out came her inners.

Monday, April 25, 2016

(mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop #67


Welcome to the (mis)Adventures Mondays 
Blog Hop!  


This party is a 
Rules Free Party!!!

Share anything you want!!! We love seeing what you are up to! Be it recipes, DIY, giveaways, hops, crafts, funny stories... they're all welcome here!

After you share, don't forget to take minute to check out what everyone else is up to! You might just learn a thing or two, find a great new recipe, or get a giggle!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos April 17th - 23rd

After being in the ER last weekend, I had to take it slower this week. I had very little energy physically, even though my mind keep nagging at me about the things that needed to get done. After eating spinach every for lunch and adding in a one a day women's vitamin with iron, I am proud to say, yesterday I finally felt almost like my old self. Too bad I still had to take lots of breaks when doing things around the homestead.

Our annual Spring Fling Giveaway event is half way through with our last prize opening today. Now it will be over a week of giveaways closing, randomly picking winners, getting mailing info and send out prize. I sure hope everyone is having fun with these great giveaways from some amazing folks.

So what made me smile this week?

Chicken Swing Giveaway

When I asked you all over on Facebook what kinds of items you wanted to see in the Spring Fling Giveaways, you asked for it, so here it is! From Foul Play Products, it is The Chicken Swing!!! Do I deliver or what?

Our girls free range, so the idea of them becoming bored never really crossed my mind. But I know many of you do not free range, so your girls might get a little down in the dumps when it comes to extra activities to do in the run. There are just so many ways to entertain a chicken that not only stimulates them mental but also provides them with the physical activity they might not get being in a run.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Pantry Paratus Giveaway

Today's Spring Fling Giveaway comes from a family run company called Pantry Paratus. Pantry what? Paratus is the Latin word for "prepared" and Pantry Paratus's goal is to equip and teach pantry preparedness. They want folks to eat healthy, wholesome food and their store carries everything you need to accomplish this!

I have used Pantry Paratus before and Chaya has been so helpful every time. When we were trying to get an old canner up and running, she helped us identify the parts we needed and worked with the manufacturer to get them for us. Now that folks, is customer service! And the cherry pitter we purchased was a hit with everyone in the family. The country kids actually fought over who was going to pit the cherries! That works for me! Or should I say they did all the work for me!!

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop April 23

    

Welcome to the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop. We can't wait to see what you have to share this week! 

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!

Friday, April 22, 2016

High Caliber Jewelry Giveaway

Today's Spring Fling is an exciting one because it comes to us from one of YOU. That's right folks, Angie from High Caliber Jewelry and Accessories is part of the (mis)Adventures family. I was so excited last year when she expressed that she would like to offer something for the Spring Fling this year. I always knew folks who followed the (mis)Adventures we some of the most wonderful and generous people! So here ya go folks, an amazing jewelry prize pack hand crafted by Angie!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Wild Signs Giveaway

Mandy, over at Wild Signs is such a sweet and generous person. I have known her for almost four years now and you could not meet a nicer person! I was not at all surprised when she offered to give one of their signs away to one of you, because, well, she is always that awesome.

These high quality metal signs will make a great addition to anyone's home. Oh sure they have your typical farm/country type signs, but they also have some humorous ones and you know me, I love a good giggle!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Difficult Chickens Adult Coloring Book Giveaway

I have always loved to color, even before I had the country kids. I am not too proud to admit I was still coloring in children's coloring books. I find coloring to be very relaxing an enjoyable.

Adult coloring books have become all the rage lately, but I just kept coloring in my children's coloring boos, well until I got Difficult Chickens by Sarah Rosedahl! An adult coloring book with chickens? Why yes, please! Someone had finally come up with an adult coloring book with a subject matter that appealed to me!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Lally Broch Farm Giveaway

One of the wonderful parts of blogging is the incredible folks you meet along the way. At the beginning of my blogging journey, I crossed paths with Sonja from Lally Broch Farm. Sonja never thought she would be a "farm" girl, but let me tell you, she has taken to it like a duck to water (and yes she raises them too!) Her incredible journey is chronicled on her blog.

She and her family are doing some amazing things in Maine! You should really check it out. She also runs a facebook page where you can keep up to date on all the adventures of Lally Broch Farm.

While she does blog, she is also an incredibly resourceful lady who handcrafts so many wonderful items. She uses what she has from her farm to make wonderful things like soaps and jewelry. Yes, I said jewelry, from a farm. Lally Broch Farm is home to some very special hens. You see those hens lay eggs, which Sonja turns into works of art, eggshell art, like a beautiful butterfly necklace that I call my very own.

Monday, April 18, 2016

(mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop #66


Welcome to the (mis)Adventures Mondays 
Blog Hop!  


This party is a 
Rules Free Party!!!

Share anything you want!!! We love seeing what you are up to! Be it recipes, DIY, giveaways, hops, crafts, funny stories... they're all welcome here!

After you share, don't forget to take minute to check out what everyone else is up to! You might just learn a thing or two, find a great new recipe, or get a giggle!

Thread Bear Creations Giveaway

I am so super duper excited about today's giveaway, because the lady behind Thread Bear Creations is my best friend in the whole wide world, Sandie Mcnees! Sandie and her hubby own and operate Bear Foot Farm where they raise produce and pigs. I meet Sandie two years ago at a farmer's market and we just clicked. It is amazingly creepy how alike we are. You know that whole, two peas in a pod saying? We are those peas, but we are strange, silly peas! 

For Christmas this year, Sandie gave me a set of beautifully hand embroidered towels she had made for me. They are works of art! They are so amazing I don't want to get them stained up, so I basically told everyone in my family I was the only one who could use them. 

When Sandie's health recently made it harder for her to help out on the farm with the pigs when the mud is knee deep, she was feeling slightly useless. I suggested, since she had to keep her feet up anyway, why not make and sell towels. She wanted to help bring in money for the farm and I knew first hand how talented she was. Little did I know, I may or may not have turned her into a nonstop embroidering crazy lady! In my defense, she was crazy before I met her.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos April 10th - 16th

What a busy week! Our annual Spring Fling Giveaway event kicked off this week, with a new prize up for grabs daily. I put a lot of work into this event, but I love giving folks the chance to get their hands on some wonderful prizes!

Spring has finally sprung, for good I think this time. Flowers are pushing up, the duck pool is open again, and hubby has begun prepping the garden. The temps were in the 70's yesterday! Time to bust out the air conditioner, because this northern girl does not do well with anything over 80!

I spent time in the ER this week with what we thought was congestive heart failure. It was a relief to find out I am just scary anemic. Hey, I'll take it over my ticker going bad! Yes, I always try to look for the silver lining.

So what made me smile this week?

HerBedding Giveaway

Do you like to pamper your pets? Maybe Fido gets special biscuits or Fluffy has a special cat nip toy. But what about your hens? That's right, I am talking about pampering your poultry! Our backyard poultry doesn't just provide us with eggs, they also provide entertainment and companionship. Why not show them how much you care by making their egg laying experience that much more relaxing with HerBedding!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Seeds of the Month Club Giveaway

Today's prize will keep you gardening all year long! Our friend Mike, who is a 3rd generation vegetable gardener AND published author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person has been gardening for nearly 30 years and is the founder of The Seeds of the Month Club. He is offering up 30 packets of seeds to one lucky winner so they can start their spring gardening off right!

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop April 16

    

Welcome to the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop. We can't wait to see what you have to share this week! 

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!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Chubby Mealworms 3lb Tub Giveaway

Protein is a very important part of a chicken's nutritional needs. Our birds free range and nibble up all the insects they want, but there is something about mealworms that just make them loose their minds! I swear mealworms do to chickens, what cat nip does to cats!

As you may already know, we have a mealworm farm. Yes, we raise our own mealworms in order to provide a little extra protein to our poultry as a treat. I just could no longer stomach paying $4 for 100 mealworms at the pet store.  But I know many of you are a lot like my hubby and would prefer NOT to raise your own mealworms. And that is why I am so happy that today's Spring Fling Giveaway is for a 3 lb tub of mealworms from Chubby Mealworms!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Chicken Boots, Bad Dog Giveaway

Last year I introduced you all to Sarah Barrera, author of Chicken Boots. Well, I am so excited to announce she has another book out in the Chicken Boots series called Bad Dog! These are such totally adorable children's books and I am delighted to have them as part of our personal book collection.

The theme of friendship from her first book continues in the newest edition to the series, Bad Dog! Of course my country kids can totally relate to these stories as they play with our chickens, but even if a young reader doesn't own chickens, the theme of friendship shines through!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Nite Guard Solar Prize Pack Giveaway

I am so excited for today's Spring Fling Giveaway, Nite Guard Solar!!! Why am I so excited? Because if you have livestock or a garden, you have predators and Nite Guard is your solution! Whether you live in a rural or urban setting, there are critters out there and they are hungry. Even if you don't see them during the day, I promise you, they lurk in the dark.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

2 Boys 1 Homestead 4 Pack Soap Giveaway

We haven’t used commercially made soap in over three years here at the (mis)Adventures house. The fact that commercial soaps contain so many unidentifiable ingredients and that those harsh chemicals make my hubby’s eczema worse, were the leading factors in our family going to a handcrafted soap. Recently our goat milk soap supplier decided to focus their goat's milk into cheese making and we were forced to hunt for a new “official” soap of the (mis)Adventures household.

Monday, April 11, 2016

(mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop #65


Welcome to the (mis)Adventures Mondays 
Blog Hop!  


This party is a 
Rules Free Party!!!

Share anything you want!!! We love seeing what you are up to! Be it recipes, DIY, giveaways, hops, crafts, funny stories... they're all welcome here!

After you share, don't forget to take minute to check out what everyone else is up to! You might just learn a thing or two, find a great new recipe, or get a giggle!

Each week's feature(s) will be pinned to our (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop Board over on Pinterest! Features will also be shared on Facebook, Google +, and Twitter! 
This week's feature(s) is.....

Lady & the Carpenter Giveaway

Have you ever found an artisan who makes the most amazing, quality items? A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to get my hands on some handcrafted clothespins, that were not only a MUCH better quality then the cheapy pins you find at the store, but were beautiful! And this folks, is how I came to know about Lady & the Carpenter. They are a small family who handcrafts and sells their very own brand of clothespin, Kevin's Quality Clothespins.

I know, right now you are looking at the photo to the right and saying to yourself, "Those are not clothespins." And you’re right! And that is why I am so excited! The Lady & the Carpenter, have an all new product…. French Style Rolling Pins!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos April 3rd - 9th

Spring keep trying to break through winter's repeat performances. I am getting a little tired of the snow flurries. Winter, you had months to show up and didn't, go home, I want my spring!

Betty is still trying to go broody, hiding eggs everywhere. So I guess either she really wants babies or she finds it funny to make me go one Easter egg hunts even though Easter is over.

We continue to try to eat even better then we already did to try to help hubby with his medical issues. For the most part it has been no big deal. But I am going to go one record and say, I will NEVER eat mashed cauliflower ever again *gag* The things we do for the ones we love!

I have been buried this week getting the last minute work done behind the scenes for our annual Spring Fling event. It all start tomorrow!!!! A new prize up for grabs every day for over a week. It is a lot of work to pull together but I love being able to give back to my readers. I wish I could give each one of them something for all the love they have shown us.

So what made me smile this week?

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop April 9

    

Welcome to the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop. We can't wait to see what you have to share this week! 

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, April 7, 2016

Peanut Butter Maple Granola

Recently my hubby got to spend the night at the hospital due to an irregular EKG. It was a wake-up call that we are both getting older and we need to start taking even better care of our bodies. And even though we already garden and make a lot of our own food items, it was time to double down and do even better. No more store bought granola in this house. It is a simple item to make and can be changed up very easily depending on what you put in it.

Since my hubby LOVES peanut butter, we decided to whip up a peanut butter flavored granola. These granola bars are chewy and can also be broken down into a crumble for topping your morning yogurt, which I love because plain yogurt is just, well, plain. Having just three simple ingredients make this granola a breeze to whip up any time.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos March 27th - April 2nd

I survived Easter, but only barely! The oldest country kid, who is nine, is starting to doubt the Easter Bunny. *sigh* They grow up too fast! As long as he doesn’t spoil it for his little brother…. I also included hubby in the hunt this year by hiding beer. Now that was fun to watch, a man hunting beer!

The animals are all starting to feel Spring Fever. The ducks are being sneaky and trying to hide nests, the temps are warming up enough we can take the baby chicks out for small visits to the “big world” and meeting their big sisters. That has gone over with mixed emotions by the hens.

I continue to get things done behind the sense for out big annual giveaway event that starts April 11th. I have lines up all sorts of neat prizes for you guys! I am so excited. I mean like tinkle my pants excited! I’ll give you some hints…. There are books, chicken products, gardening things, things to pamper yourself, and so much more! Wanna learn more about our annual Spring Fling event and how you can find out about prizes first? Just click here!

So what made me smile this week?

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Spring Fling is Almost Here!!

I am getting so excited and I am going to tell you why.... Because every year since I started this blog, I have held a Spring Fling event. This is my fourth years holding this event and each year I don't know who had more fun, me putting it together, or the readers getting to party like rock stars and walk away with some sweet swag!

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