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!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pumpkinsnap Cookies


Fall is here and with it comes a twist on the classic gingersnap cookie! Fall is a time when pumpkin seems to find its way into so many recipes, so why not into a gingersnap? Trust me, this friendly invasion is a good thing! Even my neighbor, who claims not to like pumpkin, loved this twist on an old recipe.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: A Guide to Fire Extinguishers

Today’s topic is one that is important, and while I hope you never need to use one, I’m going to give you the run down on fire extinguishers. Why should you care about having fire extinguishers in your home? Because these things can buy you time and save lives! If you have a small fire, it can put it out and decrease property damage. If you have a larger fire, it will give you time…. While you suppress the flames, it gives everyone time to escape.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop September 13

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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!

We have a two new  blog hop hosts joining us this week on Simple Saturdays. I am positive you will enjoy their blog pages, as much as we do.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mary's Birthday Celebration Giveaway! 9/12

Welcome to Mary's Birthday Celebration Giveaway!  
I'm participating in a HUGE bash to celebrate Mary's Birthday and YOU 
get a chance to win one of 3 prizes from Mary's Heirloom Seeds.

That's "Auntie Mary" on the right!
2 Winners will receive an assortment of Heirloom, Non-GMO seeds as well as organic gardening supplies totaling over $60 in value.  Each prize pack Includes (but not limited to) Radish, Golden Beets, Squash, Chinese Cabbage, Culinary and Medicinal Herbs, Beans, Peppers and Tomatoes as well as Coconut Coir Pellets for seed starting made simple AND Organic, Vegan Plant Nutrients.
**Seed Varieties will be tailored to the winner's planting region**

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Life Disrupted - We're Homeschooling

Once upon a time, there was a little boy who walked to the beat of his own inner drummer. The little boy had an autism spectrum disorder called Asperger's. Sadly the local public school could not hear or just refused to help him on his walk through life. Life at a traditional brick and mortar school became a daily struggle and disappointment for both the little boy and his parents. By the end of last year it was a struggle to keep him motivated, productive and safe at traditional school, and so it was time for a change.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Toffee Apple Dip

It's getting that time of the year, when apples take center stage. There are so many wonderful things to do with apples, including making yummy dips for them. One thing I have noticed though is most dips are caramel in nature. Why? Who says it has to be caramel on your apple? Well I say it is time for an alternative! Because trust me, toffee is apple's new best friend!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop September 6

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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!


 This Blog Hop is being hosted by:

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Bug Buddies

Bugs..... Most people who garden, don't really care for those bad creepy crawlies who tend to do damage. Heck, some folks just dislike bugs for no reason, like my hubby. When we first meet, well let's just say he has learned to live with them, IF they stay outside. But we have made some bugs even he can't say no to, Bug Buddies!

Look at this cute little bug! Tell me how anyone couldn't love a sweet, cute little guy who promises to never eat your plants or bite you? This simple craft will allow your children to not only use their imaginations, but to make some of their own toys. They could build an army of bug buddies!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Naughty or Nice Oatmeal Zucchini Cookies

This time of year many folks are being overrun with zucchini. Weather it be from their own garden or from some anonymous person leaving a bag of it on their front porch. Come on, you know who you are.... I'm just saying, friends don't leave friends zucchini on the porch! Nor do you slip it into peoples cars because they were dumb enough to leave it unlocked during the height of zucchini harvesting.

If you do find yourself hip deep in the green things, I have another way for you to use them up! Naught or Nice Oatmeal Zucchini Cookies! Why are they naughty or nice? Because if you don't add the frosting to them, they are yummy and pretty good for you. If you do add the frosting, they will be sweeter and may add a few pounds to those hips that are surrounded by zucchini. Either way you go, these things are good!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop August 30

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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!


 This Blog Hop is being hosted by:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Farewell to Fred

Sometimes in life, events occur, beyond your control, that just rip the wind from your lungs. And while you get through those dark moments, you are forever touched by them. So much so, that it takes weeks to even wrap your mind around them. This is one of those events. I knew I was going to have to write about it sooner or later...... but doing so just made it all so final.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: Homemade Chicken Stock From Scratch

Chicken stock, used in many recipes, but where does it come from? Well, for most folks it comes in a can or a box from the store ladened with salt and preservatives. But it didn't always come that way! Once, long ago, when folks raised more of their own food, including chickens, people made their own chicken stock. And to be honest with you, it really isn't all that hard to do! While it takes time to make, it is one of those set it and walk away kind of things.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Make Your Own Stained Glass Leaves

Fall..... the time of year when the trees change from a mass of green to a beautiful display of colors. Now, if your children are anything like my country kids, well during the fall they have to pick up what seems like EVERY beautifully colored leaf they find and attempt to bring it in the house. I say attempt, because around here, I have had to put a stop to bringing large numbers of real leaves into the house.

Why? Well because, the leaves get left around and dry out. Eventually the dog or cats find them and try to eat them making a mess. Leaves just collect in weird places, like in the furniture!  Just over all a messy headache. I love that my children enjoy the beauty of nature, I do! But to be honest, I only want to vacuum, let's say twice a day, no more.

So what is a mama to do when the young long for beautiful fall leaves? Craft some! This simple project really does add a touch of color and fun to a room without the perpetual mess of real leaves. So let's get started......

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop August 23

simple saturdays piggy 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!


 This Blog Hop is being hosted by:

Friday, August 22, 2014

Breakfast on the Farm

A while back I received an email for our local 4H (because the oldest country kid is in 4H) about an opportunity to visit a dairy operation and have "Breakfast on the Farm." Seeing as the event was FREE, we love checking out farms and breakfast was included, well how could we pass this one up!! So on the appointed day, our family headed out.....

When we got to the farm, I guess none of us realized just how big of an event this was going to be! Hubby was complaining before we even parked asking "are you sure we can't just go to Cracker Barrel?" Ummm, that would kind of defeat the reason for coming to check out a dairy operation, now wouldn't it?!?! So I forced everyone out of the car and onto a wagon to be driven over to the farm as we had to park in a field across the way from the farm. After getting off the wagon we had to stand in line for breakfast.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: Homemade Pumpkin Spice

Fall is coming! I know some of you are like "say it isn't so!" But fall is on the way. It seems a bit early this year, but if you look at the signs of nature.... leaves are already starting to drop, birds are heading south.....

And as you all know, with fall comes the season of pumpkin spiced EVERYTHING. Cookies, cakes, pies..... but why buy "pumpkin spice" at a store when I bet you already have all the spices in your kitchen to mix some up yourself! Seriously!!

I use four basic spices to make my pumpkin spice mix. I know some folks use allspice as well in their mix, but I find it a little redundant, since it's flavor is so similar to cloves. So here it is folks, the "recipe" for making your own pumpkin spice.....

Ingredients
1/4 cup ground cinnamon
2 Tablespoons ground ginger
2 Tablespoons ground nutmeg
1 1/2 Tablespoons ground cloves

Simply mix all the spices together and place in an air tight container. Now wasn't that simple? You can use this mix for any recipe that calls for pumpkin spice. And how cute would it be in baby food jars with a nice tag, given as a gift!

So when your ready to embrace the "pumpkin spiced everything" season, just remember... skip the store and mix your own!


**Homestead Tips on Tuesday is a weekly series where we help you learn skills, tips, and trick to help you on your journey of homesteading. Many places post list of things you should/could do as far as homesteading skill, but I feel lists are at times overwhelming and can make people give up before they even start. So every Tuesday I share one thing for you to try or consider. I hope you join us every Tuesday and I would love to hear about your adventures with each weeks topic.**

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop August 16

simple saturdays piggy 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!


 This Blog Hop is being hosted by:

Monday, August 11, 2014

I'm a Fair Mom

All year long, I drive the oldest country kid to a lot of different 4H meetings.... there is craft club, poultry and rabbits. And then, for one glorious week in August it all pays off. That's right, the county fair! A week when the kids get to show what they have made and learned all year long.

Now when I say county fair, you may see images of livestock and elephant ears, quilts and rides...... But for a "fair mom" there is nothing but slightly controlled chaos, show times and a repeating list running through their heads to make sure everything goes off without a hitch and that their kids have a great time! Soccer moms have nothing on a fair mom, because we jam it all into a week or less!!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop August 8

simple saturdays piggy 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!


 This Blog Hop is being hosted by: