Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Week of Homestead Photos April 16th - 22nd

Spring is HERE! Windows down and radio up, singing country songs with the country kids on the way to and from school.... Does life get any better then that!?!? Okay, I was the only one singing and they were kind of slinging towards the floor, but it was glorious!

With the weather turning nice came lots of time to hang out with our critter friends. We did have rain and my dryer broke the same day, which was a bummer because I couldn't hang the clothes out to finish drying, but we survived and the dryer was quickly fix the next day.

Our seeds are starting to come up in our trays. The littlest country kid's pumpkins are so far the most prolific with 7 out of 8 sprouting. Now to figure out where to put his little patch.

So what made me smile this week?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop April 22nd

   

Welcome back to another week of the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop! We can not wait to see what you have been up to! 



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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fairy Eggs - My Chicken Laid What!?!?!

Raising chickens can be a rewarding and sometimes magical adventure. There is nothing like getting your first egg! When a hen first starts laying her eggs tend to be on the smaller side as her hormones and body figure out the whole egg laying process. But once a hen gets in her groove, your nest box will be blessed with lovely eggs for some time.

But not all eggs are created equal, oh no. As time passes, you may see a variety of oddities in your nest box due to one reason or another. Egg shells can have color issues or just not come out perfectly smooth. These are normal and nothing to worry about. Rubber eggs, without shells, can be a shocker the first time you see one. And then there are those magical moments when you look into your nest box and see the tiniest egg ever!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

A Week of Homestead Photos April 9th - 15th

Another week of 2017 has blown by. The country kids are back in school and that means I get more time with my critters! When life gets stressful, there is nothing like a little animal therapy to keep you going!

It was touch and go with my grandmother this week. I honestly though her time had come. But, in true fashion of her spirit, she has rallied! They finally released her from the hospital and she was moved back to  the rehab home. Here is hoping her health continues to improve.

With injuries to both my feet, I am still hobbling like a penguin, but the spring chores need to get done. I finally got our seeds started, with only one mishap. The "wind" blew one of the trays over. I am pretty sure the "wind" is not to blame. LOL But what ever, I quickly restarted all the seeds in the try. No sense crying over split seeds (cause there isn't much you can do about it!)

So what made me smile this week?

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop April 15th

   

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Super Easy DIY Yarn Flowers - Make a Bouquet!

I'll admit, I'm kinda on a DIY decor kind of kick right now. Last week I made a shabby chic burlap bunny, and this week I am adding dashes of color around the house.

I love flowers, but I hate flowers in a vase. I don't like when pretty things die. I'm weird, I already know this. I wanted a pop of "flower" color in my home but not the dead flowers later, so I came up with some super easy DIY flowers out of things I had in my craft stash.

To make yourself a bouquet of these beauties you will need green pipe cleaners, green yarn, yarn in the color you want your flowers to be, a fork and a pair of scissors. That's it! Really, you probably already have the stuff to make these in your house. Well if you are crafty or have kids you have the stuff. *wink* If not, for a few dollars you can pick up these items at a craft store and be on your way to colorful bouquets!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

A Week of Homestead Photos April 2nd - 8th

Michigan, oh, Michigan..... Where the weather is made up and the seasons don't matter. It snowed this week in between some very lovely days. There is nothing like thunder, lightning, and snow all at the same time! I am hoping and praying that was our last snow for the year because I am yearning to get into the garden.

This week has been crazy here on the homestead. The country kids were on spring break and fighting like cats and dogs. I ticked another year older. And my grandmother has been having medical issues. Most days I laugh and cry with in minutes of each other. But I prefer to look for the beauty and happiness in life, so I keep taking deep breaths, and pulling my big girl panties up.

So what made me smile this week?

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop April 8th

   

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

DIY Shabby Chic Burlap Bunny

So many Easter decorations have more of a childish theme to them. And while the country kids are still little, it is nice to have some decor that is aimed for the adults in the family too. I am sorry, but this mama can only take so much pastel! But finding more adult themed Easter decor can be a challenge. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own!

I have a well stocked craft supply and fabric area, so I decided to go through my stuff and see what I had to work with. Burlap is all the rage when it comes to shabby chic lately, and I just happened to have some in my stash! Being Easter the idea of a rabbit sounded good, so a burlap bunny is what I decided to try to make. I had no directions on this project, but now you will, because I am going to walk you through making this adorable shabby chic burlap bunny!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

A Week of Homestead Photos March 26th - April 1st

This has been by far the hardest week I have ever had as a parent. As you may or may not know, the oldest country kid is on the spectrum. He doesn't sleep much each night. So, I walk through life pretty sleep deprived. His behavior has taken a downward spiral that has left this sleep deprived mama just shaking her head. Here is hoping he has learned some lessons and we can move on to better choices.

The weather has turned nice, once again. It's hard to believe they are calling for snow on Friday. Mother Nature REALLY needs to get it straight. I so want to get into my garden and start prepping it, but alas, the weather just keeps teasing me.

This week I will be having yet another birthday. As I look back on my 40+ years of living, I can honestly say, this is not where I planned to be, but so glad this is where I ended up! Life doesn't always work out the way you imagined, but sometimes the life you end up with is so filled with little blessings, it really is a much better place to be.

So what made me smile this week?

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop April 1st

   

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Banana Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

For the last couple days, I have walked past the over ripe banana sitting in the kitchen thinking, I really should make up some banana bread. But yeah know what? I am tired of banana bread. Every time we have over ripe bananas I make bread. Well not this time! I knew there HAD to be something else I could do with those darn bananas.

And that, my friends, is when a light bulb went off over my head. You see the littlest country kid LOVES my banana bread. But who said banana bread had to be in bread form. What if I could take that flavor and tweek it a bit and make it into something better, like cake. I mean come on, who doesn't love cake?!?!

But why stop at just cake? Let make this fancy! So I pulled out my neglected bundt pan and got to work. The end results were a lovely dense bundt cake with enough banana flavor to appease even the littlest country kid! But why stop there. Yes, it tasted good and looked lovely, but I wanted to take it over the top. Then another light bulb went off and I decided to whip up a cream cheese frosting to top the cake. When was a nice cake, was now a rock star on the red carpet of my kitchen! No. there is no red carpet in my kitchen, but if there were, this baby would be rocking it!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Opossums in the Hen House!

When you have livestock, predators will show up. This is true for backyard poultry.  Just because you might live in a nice little subdivision or within the city limits, trust me, predators are lurking. Some you may see, like the neighbor’s cat, but many will go undetected. Once darkness falls, your corner of the world changes from flowers and butterflies to things that go bump in the night.

How do I know? We have had things go bump in the night around here before. Once a weasel got into our shed through the tiniest hole in a wall and killed half our flock! I knew there were predators around, but weasels weren’t even on my radar. We had lived her over a decade and I had never seen one! This is why I always tell folks to make sure their coop isn’t opened till the sun is up and is closed tight before dusk.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A Week of Homestead Photos March 19th - 25th

This week has been an emotional roller coaster here on the homestead. Don't worry, the critters are all just fine! The oldest country kid, however, has been losing his ever lovin mind. *sigh* I know he has Asperger's but he also makes choices. This week, his choices have been bad one and he has cause chaos in our home. I am sleep deprived and angry. I really don't like weeks like this.

There were happy moments too! Like I said, it has been a roller coaster. But I firmly believe ypu have to find your own happiness because no one is going to give it to you. They might try to suck it out of you LOL but we are all responsible for finding our own sustaining joys in life.

So what made me smile this week?

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop March 25th

   

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Week of Homestead Photos March 12th - 18th

And just like that, winter returned to our neck of the woods. I am so over this changing weather. Not to mention, I am still limping from dropping that cinder block on my foot. I really should have seen a doctor, but it's too late now.

Sugaring season has been on hold this week due to freezing temps. Luckily (or unluckily) they started flowing again today. I love me some syrup, but am so not looking forward to hauling buckets of sap with my boo boo foot.

I've been kind of in a funk this week. Not sure why, maybe just the weather. I haven't written on the blog all week. Just felt like being a lump. But I still found joy during the week.

So what made me smile this week?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop March 18th

   

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

A Week of Homestead Photos March 5th - 11th

Last week I did my first ever poultry workshop at a local feed store. I had a BLAST!!! It was so fun meeting new folks and sharing my knowledge with others. I can't wait to do another one.

We have had some drama in the coop as the peeking order seems to be shifting. Last years chicks are now full grown ladies and they are not putting up with being bullied by the older woman. They used to have their spot on the lower roost, but they are making a move for higher rank in the flock and on the roosts.

We had a massive windstorm this week as well. It got a little scary, but luckily we sustain no real damage (and there was a lot of it around us.) We were also lucky as we had boiled our sap the day before the winds, so when our collection buckets went flying down the road, we didn't really lose anything!

So what made me smile this week?

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop March 11th

   

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A Typical Tuesday During Sugaring Season

Every morning around here starts out pretty much the same. The oldest country kid is up before me, because he sleeps like 3 hours a night. He is sitting on his rear, watching cartoons, oblivious to the fact that Heidi the homestead hound is pacing through the house like an elephant because (and he has been told a million times) as soon as she sees a human in the morning she needs to go pee.

I stumble down the stairs (usually before my alarm, due to the elephant dog) and start barking orders. No good army or family can get through a day without a strong leader, just saying….. Let the dog out, tend the critters, brush your teeth, the typical morning list.

Once the list of chores (which we do every morning, so you would think my family would KNOW what to do when they get up) is done, then and only then should anyone be plopped on their bum watching cartoons. Because as I tell my kids, the critters can’t feed themselves, unlike you, who wander into my kitchen and consume everything that isn’t nailed down! Lord help me when they become teenagers! I’ll have to start a GoFundMe just to be able to feed them.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

A Week of Homestead Photos February 26th - March 4th

Another busy week is behind us. With spring coming, you can just feel life picking up pace. I can not wait till the ground thaws and I can get my hands dirty in the garden. How many of you are ready for outdoor fun?

Our flock can feel the coming spring as well! Egg production has rampped back up. Even grandma, Ester, has been gracing the nest box with her lovely greenish/blue eggs! I didn't think she was ever going to lay another egg, so I was shocked not only to get one from her, but that she is giving me more then 2 a week.

I've have been busy trying to get a handle on this whole crochet thing. I never thought I would get it, but I'll be danged if it hasn't finally clicked. It IS relaxing to do after all!

So what made me smile this week?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop March 4th

   

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Slow Cooker Sausage and Potatoes With a Twist

No one likes eating the same meal over and over. We all get into recipe runts. Admit it. When was the last time you threw something new into the dinner line up? I know around here, we tend to fall in the familiar food trap, you know the one, where it is dinner time and you start running through ideas, tossing out the ones the kids will complain about, and you end up with spaghetti, again. Am I right? I don't know about you, but I am so over spaghetti!

One of the things I absolutely love about this recipe is how quick, easy and delicious it is! Not to mention, the ingredients are pretty kid friendly. With just a few ingredients and a slow cooker, you can make a dinner that the family will love. And the best part? You don’t have to peel the potatoes! Just rinse the potatoes, dice, and toss in the slow cooker

Who doesn't love an easy to throw together recipe that you can start and then simply walk away from? Seriously, grab some tators, butter, and sausage and meet me at the slow cooker!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

A Week of Homestead Photos February 19th - 25th

We started off the week sugaring, aka making Maple syrup. We then had a week of 60 degree weather in Michigan, in February!?!? And we closed the week with thunder and lighting followed by snow! You can get it all in one week in the great state in Michigan! LOL

The critters loved the warmer temps. The ducks got some much needed bathing in and the chickens spend their days scratching and pecking. It was lovely. I couldn't get enough of it. It was so intoxicating I had to hold myself back from starting the garden.

I have had more time to focus on the blog and "branding." Basically, now that the country kids are in school, I can write, paint, design, and get things done!

So what made me smile this week?

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop February 25th

   

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Meet Wanda

It has been a while since we have done a Critter Spotlight. I realized the other night, we have a few critters that never got their turn! Well we just can't have that, now can we? Fair is fair, so in the coming weeks, I will make sure everybody gets their 15 seconds of fame.

This week's spotlight falls on Wanda, our Silver Laced Wyandotte. You don't often see her center stage over on our Facebook page because, well, she is just one of those "there" kind of critters. You know, not bossy, not at the bottom of the pecking order..... she is just always there, in the background.

We picked Wanda up last spring as a day old chick. Even back then, she just was. When other chicks ran from or to us, she just kinda hung out. I think she is one of those personalities that likes to fly under the radar. It has taken me some time to really get to know Wanda, and some days, I'm still not sure I do!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Amish Style Chicken and Noodles

Living just north of Indiana, we always hear people rave about the chicken and noodles they get when eating out at restaurants in Shipshewana. For those of you not in the know, Shipshewana is a little town originally known for its Amish community. How much of it is still owned and run by them, I have no idea. Growing up, we knew it was Amish, but now days I wonder if it all hasn't been a bit commercialized. But I digress..... Either way, the Chicken and Noodles there are to DIE for.

With just a few easy ingredients, I have been able to capture that flavor in my own homemade Chicken and Noodles. Really! In fact, this is so good, I would love to just roll around in a vat of it. The flavors are out of this world! Don't believe me? Make this recipe once and you will be hooked for life.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

A Week of Homestead Photos February 12th - 18th

The cold and cough that has claimed our family lingers on, but with spring like weather arriving, we couldn't just lay around. Trust me, I would love to have curled up on the couch with a blanket and box of tissues.

With the weather turning towards spring, the annual "Are we going to make maple syrup this year" debate began. Sugaring is such a love/hate thing. We love the syrup but it is a LOT of work. From tapping to collecting, to boiling and canning. As I type this I smell like a campfire, so I bet you can guess what the outcome of that debate was!

Now my mind is turning to seeds and gardening. I know it isn't time yet, the temps will drop again, but I dream of green growing things......

So what made me smile this week?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop February 18th

   

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

How to Etch Glass ~ Quick and Easy!

Every year the oldest country kid takes projects to the county fair as part of his 4-H club. Ever year he waits till the last minute to try to make a million and one projects. Not this year! This mama will not do the July craft fest from hell ever again! The majority of his projects will be done BEFORE July.

One of the projects he wanted to do this year is glass etching. And while there are professional sandblasting machines out there you can buy and use, he is 10 and mama doesn't have that kind of money!

A quick trip to the craft store and we were on our way to a quick and easy solution of how to etch glass at home. We started by picking out a stencil he would like. As far as finding good

Sunday, February 12, 2017

A Week of Homestead Photos February 5th - 11th

Our home was taken hostage by the creeping crude this week. It all started with the littlest country kid...... The amount of mucus has been mind bowing. After a week he and the oldest country kid are still coughing, I'm almost well, but poor hubby has just started. *sigh* These up and down temperatures are NOT helping anyone.

The crazy temps have also taken a toll on the flock. Poor Cinder has started her first ever molt. Sadly we are dipping back into the freezing temps. My poor naked girl. She is at the bottom of the pecking order so she roost alone, no one for body heat. I check on her often to make sure she is doing alright. Luckily for her, her feathers are coming back in just as fast as they are falling out. And I might have a heat lamp on in the shed to help keep it a tad warmer.

We also celebrated the littlest country kids birthday this week. I can not believe he is already five! Where has the time gone?!?!?!

So what made me smile this week?

Sunday, February 5, 2017

A Week of Homestead Photos January 29th - February 4th

I feel like my days are even busier now that both the country kids are in school. It seems like I am always coming and going, dropping and picking up children!

Winter is back, much to the disappointment of many, including my hubby and the flock. Neither like being out in the snow. Well except the ducks. Those idiots love to just sit in the cold snow and nap.

Since it is too cold to go out and "play" we have been focusing on a lot of indoor projects. The oldest country kid has started some entries for the fair (in August LOL) and I have been trying out new art mediums to see what I might be good at, for illustrating my children's book I plan to write this year.

So what made me smile this week?

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Heirloom Seeds Giveaway

The folks over at Mary's Heirloom Seeds are hosting their first GIVEAWAY for 2017 and asked us to be a part of it!

This is a great giveaway with loads of seeds! 

The Giveaway will run from Tuesday, January 31st thru Sunday, February 5th and is open to residents of the US and Canada.

The folks over at Mary's Heirloom Seeds will pick One Lucky Winner on Monday, February 6th.


GIVEAWAY INCLUDES

Sunday, January 29, 2017

A Week of Homestead Photos January 22nd -28th

The oldest country kid made it through the first week of public school, and he still likes it!! LOL He has also joined band and will be bringing home a Baritone next week. Time for ear plugs!

It is weird trying to get used to the new schedules around here and the quietness. Don't get me wrong, I am loving the silence now that both boys GO to school. But my days feel shorter. It is really odd. But I am sure I will get into the swing of things.

I am working on my children's book. I have been asked by a UK publication to write and article for them. And I am getting my presentation together for a workshop I have been asked to put on in March. So I have plenty of things to fill my time while my boys are away.

So what made me smile this week?

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Chocolate Andes Creme de Menthe Cookies

Do you ever walk through the grocery store baking aisle without a plan? You know you want to make something and then *BAM* you spot something that sends you on a magical journey? Yeah, this is one of those recipes!

Back around Christmas I spoted some Andes Creme de Menthe chips in the baking aisle and started to drool. I wasn't sure what I would make with them, but I knew they had to come home with me. When I showed them to my hubby, he started drooling and said, "Oh I bet they would be good in a chocolate cookie!"

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

52 Week Illustration Challenge ~ Can I really do this?!?

This year I decided was going to be the year I wrote a book. Not a how to or recipe book, oh no, I want to write a children's book! I have a jumble of story ideas in my head, many to do with the critters that call this place home. And while I am great at taking pictures of those animals, I haven't really made any "art" since high school, and that my friends, was a looooong time ago!

Of course the important part of a children's book, other then a good story, is the illustrations. I know when I read to my children, the pictures matter. They can either draw the reader's eye in or just fall flat. I don't want my children's book (if I do get it done) to fall flat in the art department.

Oh, I know, if you write a great story publishers will hook you up with a fantastic artist to illustrate your book. But let's be honest, at this rate, I don't even know any publishers...... So I figure I better be able to illustrate my own story. We will worry about the whole "actually getting it published" thing when I actually get the book written and illustrated!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Week of Homestead Photos January 15th - 21st

We made the final push this week in homeschooling to tie up loose ends, finish chapters, and wrap up the semester before the oldest country kid starts public school this week. I am a nervous wreck. I hope he can perform academically for them as he has done for me. I pray he finds at least one other kid to fit in with. I cross my fingers the school doesn't call me with behavioral problems.

The weather continues to baffle me. It is January, right? Right?!?! We have had rain and mud all week. It has been so wet and weird that we had school closed because the back roads were such a mess. The grass is greening back up. And on Saturday it hit 60 degrees! While I love not having to wear a coat.... it's JANUARY in MICHIGAN. Where the freakin frackin is my snow? Yes, I am missing my snow.

So what made me smile this week?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Lemon Crinkle Cookie Recipe

Around here, our cookies tend to be mild manner. You know, your run of the mill peanut butter, chocolate chip, and sugar. My family doesn't tend to beg for fruity type cookies.

Recently though, the littlest country kid has taken to lemons like white on rice. He goes so far as to suck lemons! I find this disturbing, personally, but to each their own, right?

So I decided to come up with a cookie just for him and his love of lemons. I wanted them strong enough to appeal to his pallet but not too lemony so that everyone else would turn their noses up at them. Thus was born my Lemon Crinkle Cookie recipe.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Week of Homestead Photos January 8th - 14th

Remember how last week I said things were returning to normal after the holidays? Bwaaa haa haa That will teach me to assume.... The world has flipped upside down around here, and maybe in a good way. Only time will tell.

I took the oldest country kid to meet the middle school principal and tour the school, thinking it would scare him into buckling down here at homeschool. Wow did that backfire on me! When the principal handed me enrollment papers (which I thought would seal the deal for better behavior at home) the oldest country kid asked me to sign them!?!? Yup, he wants to go back to a brick and mortar school.

I have spent the week getting paperwork done, dealing with multiple littlest country kid issues, and trying to learn to crotchet (which isn't going well.) I doubt our lives will ever be "normal" so I just best get used to it.

So what made me smile this week?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Is It Really Honey?

According to the Oxford dictionary, honey is "a sweet, sticky yellowish-brown fluid made by bees and other insects from nectar collected from flowers." Simple, right? Wrong! Because that may not be all you're getting in that bottle of honey you purchased from the store!! "But the label says honey!" Sorry honey, just because it says honey, is it really?

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has no legal requirement for honey labels. They have "guidance" for labeling on their site. They will even spell out what mislabeling is or what adulterated honey is, but you basically have to put blind faith that the supplier really put honey in the jar and properly label it, because the FDA really doesn't care if they do. Let that sink in.

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