Monday, April 27, 2015

(mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop April 27, 2015


Welcome back to another week of the (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop!  I really enjoy seeing what you all have been up to! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us!

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!

Don't forget to get on over and enter our wonderful
Spring Fling Giveaway Event 
12 days of giveaways!!

So now.... The feature goes to....

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop April 25

Simple Saturday Blog Hop
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, April 24, 2015

WonderMix Kitchen Mixer Giveaway

I love to bake, bread, cookies, cakes, it doesn't matter, I love to make them all. What I don't love are cheaply made hand and stand mixers. When it comes to kitchen equipment I want quality or I will do without. Recently I was given the opportunity to take the new WonderMix Kitchen Mixer for a test drive and let me just say WOW!!!

The WonderMix Kitchen Mixer comes with a powerful 900 watt motor. That is the kind of power you find in high end commercial mixers! The direct drive high torque transmission is housed inside a sturdy-no walking-base. That means this bad boy will get the job done while staying put.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Nite Guard 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. Sadly last year we had a weasel get in our coop and it was devastating. We have lived here over 12 years and I had NEVER seen a weasel. We now have Nite Guard on our coop!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Chubby Mealworms Giveaway


Despite the recent movement by many chicken and egg producing companies to provide vegetarian fed chicken and eggs..... chickens are anything BUT vegetarians! Protein is a very important part of their 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 5 lb bag of mealworms from Chubby Mealworms!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Chickens from Scratch Giveaway

Blogging has brought some truly gifted people into my life. Recently a wonderful friend of mine fulfilled a lifelong dream of writing a book, Chickens from Scratch, and has been so kind as to offer a copy to one of you!!

Author Janet Garman and her family live on their family farm in Maryland, where they raise vegetables and a variety of animals for fiber, eggs, meat and companionship. Janet has written this book from her wealth of knowledge gained by hands on chicken husbandry.

Monday, April 20, 2015

(mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop April 20, 2015


Welcome back to another week of the (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop!  I really enjoy seeing what you all have been up to! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us!

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!

Don't forget to get on over and enter our wonderful
Spring Fling Giveaway Event 
12 days of giveaways!!

So now.... The feature goes to....

Fermentools Giveaway

Lacto-fermantaion! What is it? It is the process of creating an anaerobic environment in which you get food away from the air by submerging it in a salt brine. The salt inhibits the growth of bad bacteria, while allowing the good bacteria to break down the sugars in the food and preserve it. Why is that good? Because it not only preserves food, but helps your gut bacteria! And it taste yummy too!

Recently I have started using Fermentools, who takes making fermented veggies to a whole new, EASY level! Gone are the days of the big old crock! Don't get me wrong, I still love my crock, it is a beautiful old piece, but with the jars I already have for canning along with the Fermentools kit, I can crank out a lot of smaller batches of various kinds of veggies. And trust me, I have developed a little bit of a fermenting addiction. If it ain't nailed down, I might just chop it up and stick it in a jar!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Kevin’s Quality Clothespins Giveaway

Since today is "Hanging Out Day," we are excited that our Spring Fling Giveaway today is for a set of 20 beautiful handcrafted America made clothespins from Kevin's Quality Clothespins!

What is Hanging out Day? It's a day to conserve energy! Did you know that using an electric dryers can account for six to ten percent of a household's energy consumption!?!? I don't know about you, but to me, that's just crazy!

Hanging your wash out to dry is not only a financially sound way to save money and use less electricity, but decrease 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 by Kevin's Quality Clothespins.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Lally Broch Farm Giveaway

One of the wonderful parts of blogging is the incredible people you meet along the way. At the beginning of my blogging journey, I crossed paths with Sonja from Lally Broch Farm. While she does blog, she is also and incredibly resourceful lady who handcrafts so many wonderful items.

When she first started doing jewelry using eggshell, I was impressed not only with her artistic ability but the medium she was working in. Over the years her talents have blown me away. She is a true artist!

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop April 18

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, April 17, 2015

Backyard Poultry Magazine Giveaway

Whether you have poultry or are just dreaming of the day you will, Backyard Poultry Magazine is the publication to read! Backyard Poultry Magazine is a wonderful source of information no matter if you are raising poultry in the country or in an urban environment.

In addition to feature articles, each bi-monthly issue contains informative articles about:

* Breed Selection
* Housing
* Management
* Health and Nutrition
* Rare and Historic Breeds
* News and Views

Backyard Poultry is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year! Kudos to them!! That is a decade of helping readers raise and appreciate poultry. Backyard Poultry is more then just a magazine, it is a community. Members not only receive the magazine, but access to archives on hundreds of topics related to poultry! Backyard Poultry has a Healthy Chickens eBulletin, dozens of online videos, and an online bookstore.

We are delighted that Backyard Poultry has offered the chance for one of you to win your very own 1 year subscription. I know the winner will be delighted. Can't wait to win? Why not check out their affordable membership! You can also check out their Facebook page for articles, photos and an active community of like minded poultry lovers.

While we can only ask you to visit the Facebook pages associated with this giveaway, please consider hitting like as well. And make sure you thank our wonderful sponsors for donating such great prizes! Without them, our Spring Fling Giveaway event would not be possible, and I know it would make their day to hear from you!

Giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Chicken Boots Book Giveaway

Reading is something my hubby and myself have always enjoyed, so of course when we had children, we loved reading to them and buy them books. I do believe, we have more children’s books in our home then our small town library has on their shelves! Of course being country kids, they love books with tractors and farm critters, so when I sat down with them recently to read them Chicken Boots, I was pretty sure it would be a hit.

I don’t want to give away the story, because it is such a cute tale, but I will tell you it is about the relationship between a little girl and her best friend, who just happens to be a chicken. Of course my two boys could relate to the story as they play with our chickens. Even if the young reader doesn't own chickens, the theme of friendship shines through.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wild Signs Giveaway

The amazing folks over at Louise's Country Closet have an awesome new venture called Wild Signs. I already loved the stuff they make and I was not disappointed when I saw their signs! 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!

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

When Mandy first started Wild Signs, she offered to make me a sign. After I told her what I had in mind, she set to work and I was delighted with what showed up.....


This sign is proudly displayed above our backdoor, leading out into our yard where the ducks live. No, our ducks are not mean, but it makes me giggle every time I see it! And for folks who have never been here before, it is always fun to see the look on their face when they read it!

Take a minute and run over to the Wild Signs site and check out their signs. I promise, not only will you be impressed but you will giggle too! Now get entered to win your choice of any of their signs!

Giveaway is open to residents of the US

While we can only ask you to visit the Facebook pages associated with this giveaway, please consider hitting like as well. And make sure you thank our wonderful sponsors for donating such great prizes! Without them, our Spring Fling Giveaway event would not be possible, and I know it would make their day to hear from you!


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Seeds of the Month Club Membership Giveaway

Our friend Mike, who is a 3rd generation vegetable gardener and author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person, has been gardening for nearly 30 years. He is also the founder of The Seeds of the Month Club.

I have been a member for three years now and I love the quality and variety of seeds I receive each month. We have received seeds for many of our favorite garden items, as well as for things we can't find locally or would not have even thought to try growing.

Each seed packet comes with such wonderful information on not only how to grow the seeds but which parts of the plants can be used for different purposes. We have actually gone from just gardening in the summer, to knowing which plants we can put in a second, fall garden.

Monday, April 13, 2015

(mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop April 13, 2015


Welcome back to another week of the (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop!  I really enjoy seeing what you all have been up to! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us!

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!

Sorry I didn't make it around to comment on everyone's posts this week, though I did visit many of you. It has been busy crazy as we get ready for our annual
Spring Fling Giveaway Event 
that kicks off TODAY!!! A new prize everyday for over a week!  Not to mention we hatched 6 of the cutest fluffy butt chicks this week and well it is hard not to just sit and watch them.

So now.... With the most clicks, the feature goes to....

King Arthur Flour Baking Prize Pack Giveaway

If you have been reading my blog or following my Facebook page for any length of time, you will know, I love to bake.... a lot!! That is why I am delighted that today we are kicking off our 2015 Spring Fling Giveaway event with King Arthur Flour!

America’s oldest flour company, King Arthur Flour, was founded in Boston in 1790. What started as a company providing high quality flour, has grown into an employee owned national baking resource. Today, King Arthur Flour not only provides bakers with quality products, but they provide support, classes and answers to all your baking questions. You can use their online resources, catch one of their traveling baking demos or (my dream trip someday) visit their Baking Education Center in Norwich, Vermont!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

2015 Spring Fling Giveaway Event


Each year I throw a party in the spring for all my wonderful followers to let you all know just how much you being a part of our (mis)Adventures means to us. We have line up 12 wonderful sponsors who have provided some really wonderful items for you to win. Please take a moment to thank them for their generosity if you enter to win something. Without them, this party would not be possible.

Good luck everyone!


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop April 11

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, April 9, 2015

Hatching Eggs, The Long Wait...

On March 20th, we started our latest greatest adventure..... hatching some eggs we got from a friend. We have never hatched chicken eggs before, so we have been learning as we go. From getting the temp and humidity right in the incubator, to rolling the eggs by hand three times a day, it has seemed like a long wait. Oh sure, it only takes around 21 days for an egg to hatch, but when your anticipation level is a mile high, those days tick by slowly!

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