Monday, August 24, 2015

(mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop August 24, 2015

Welcome 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!!!

We are family friendly, so do keep that in mind. *wink* 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!

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

Sunday, August 23, 2015

A Week of Homestead Photos August 16th - 22nd

Many blogs out there only show you the "glamours" side of life. Well, this ain't one of those! I keep it real, from the beautiful to the "OMG" moments of life.... This week we were canning, camping, going to the fair, and dealing with the REAL moments of life. There is no photo shopping, accent lighting, or fair godmothers here.... Just our daily life in full color! I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I did living them.....

We kicked off the week by making and canning tomato sauce.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop August 22

janets sheep blog hopWelcome 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!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Simple String Art

String art is a type of design that was popular in the 1960s. Sting art is made by using nails or pins and colored strings to form interesting geometric patterns and shapes. Simple to do and fun to make, string art is an art form open to all skill levels!

How do I know? Well because this year for the county fair, the oldest country kid, who is 9, decided to give it a try and I think he did a wonderful job with his "howling wolf."

So how does one get started in this folkie art medium?

Monday, August 17, 2015

(mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop August 17, 2015

Welcome 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!!!

We are family friendly, so do keep that in mind. *wink* 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!

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

Sunday, August 16, 2015

A Week of Homestead Photos August 9nd - 15th

It has been another busy week here at our little homestead with the oldest country kid finishing up projects for the county fair. The critters are just as nuts as ever and projects keep finding their way on my to do list. I can feel summer starting to wind down and while it is a little sad, I look forward to the crisp air and colors of fall soon. So what made me smile around the homestead this week?

Heidi the Homestead Hound and her new stuffed chicken toy.

Making homemade bacon, yum!!!!

Taking Tiny for a ride in the truck on his way to his new home.

Watching Tiny stand tall to a crazy, scary looking rooster at his new home. That is a lot of confidence in a very small bird!

Making homemade Butterfinger bars, Yum!

My polydactyl putty tat, Anna. 

The oldest country kid knocking it out of the park with his diorama at the fair!!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Homemade Butterfinger Bars

Nobody better lay a finger on my homemade butterfinger! Seriously, they might lose a finger or two if they do!

Now I'll admit, these are not EXACTLY like a real butterfinger, well because trade secrets and all, but these homemade copycat candy bars come pretty dang close! And these bars are super simple to make with just three ingredients!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

A Week of Homestead Photos August 2nd - 8th

Welcome back for another week of homestead photos. Just a little glimpse of our lives and the things that make us smile. Thank you for joining us on our journey and I hope these images bring you as much joy as they do us!

Betty's ducklings are now one month old and getting their adult feathers.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Why Urban Farms Matter

Recently the oldest country kid brought home a flyer from 4H for a free event at an urban farm that is located within driving distance from us. We are lucky enough to live in a tiny village (population less than 1,200) and have our own garden, but not everyone is so lucky. I thought it would be a great way for my country kids to get a glimpse at how farming can be done anywhere there is land available. So on the appointed day and time, we hopped in our truck and headed out to Bright Star Farm.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Blueberry Buckle Coffeecake

Tis the season for blueberries in my neck of the woods and recently we went picking, so my blueberry supply runneth over! After whipping up jam I still had plenty left, so I decided to start baking. After reviewing many recipes and variations of buckles, cakes and crumbles, I came up with a recipe I am proud of and the family LOVES!!! This Blueberry Buckle Coffeecake recipe is sure to be a family tradition. Dense yet airy, sweet but not too, just the right amount of crumble on top….. I promise, you are gonna love it as much as we do!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

A Week of Homestead Photos July 26th - August 1st

Buffy enjoying an early morning stroll.

This week we are kicking off a new weekly segment call "A Week of Homestead Photos," where I will share with you some of the images that have made me smile this past week. While there may be a lot of work to do, piles of critter poo to clean, and weeds to be pulled from the garden, there are moments of pure joy as well. I hope you enjoy this week's photos as much as I do and that they bring a smile to your face!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Homemade Brownie Mix

I love brownies. There is just something about a soft, chocolaty treat that makes the world right. But, I hate store bought brownie mix, they just never truly capture what I think a brownie should be. So I decided to get off my lazy rear and come up with a homemade brownie mix that rocked, and I think have. And I would bet money, you already have all the ingredients!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Homemade Skunk Odor Remover

I was driving down the road the other day and that "wonderful" aroma of skunk filled my nose. A 1/4 mile down the road, there it lay on the shoulder..... Obviously it was "fresh," but it got me thinking about how the odor of skunk can linger for weeks!

And then I started thinking, god forbid, what if Heidi the Homestead Hound got nailed with the unpleasant odor?!?! While there are many products out there that help with the smell, as my Grandmother in-law found out, that faint odor can linger on a dog's fur and any article they rub on! But why does the smell hang around?!?! Because skunk spray has OIL in it and water, tomato juice, and other products don't break down the OIL.

So how do you remove skunk odor?

Friday, July 24, 2015

Easy Fabric Flower Pot

I like terra cotta pots as much as the next farm girl, but they can tend to be a little on the boring side some times. And sure, there are a million and one ways to paint a pot to give it some pizzazz, but why not think "outside the box" when it comes to you pots?!?! Check out the Fabric Flower Pot! These are so easy to make, that you could turn out a ton of them in just one afternoon!!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Betty's Babies Are Growing Up!

I have watched baby ducks grow up before.... when we got our original two ducks a few years ago. Ducks grow FAST. But as with every new birth, you forget just how fast they grow. One day they are breaking out of their egg and the next they are taking on the world, or at least turning it upside down a little!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Make Your Own Sourdough Bread

Do you like sourdough bread but don't like paying for it? Then stop buying it and make your own! Here is the recipe I use and my sourdough loving hubby loves it, so it has to be sort of good right!?!?!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

We have Babies on Board *Warning* Cuteness overload!!

If you have been following us lately, you will know our female duck, Betty, pulled a quick one on us and hid a nest of eggs. I THOUGHT they were due to hatch around today.... I was wrong! The babies started hatching on July 7th! Good thing I already had some duckling food on hand and was prepared to play my part as a duck midwife, because things got a little rocky over the next three days.

Friday, July 10, 2015

S'mores Milkshake

Its summer and that means the country kids want to have a fire every night and make s'mores. While I do love the smell of a campfire, I am not letting them stay up late every night just to make s'mores, because for some odd reason, they feel it has to be dark to have a fire! So what is a mama to do? Come up with an awesome, anytime milkshake that will knock their socks off!

This is a sweet and easy to make treat that has all the s'mores elements.... chocolate, toasted marshmallows, and graham crackers! So go get some ice cream and your blender because I am going to tell you how to whip these bad boys up!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Broody Betty is about to become a Mommy!!!

Anticipation is at an all-time high around our homestead. Betty the duck went broody and hid a nest of eggs. She has been sitting on them for weeks. I had tried to calculate her “due date” and came up with July 10 or 11. Well Betty I guess has thrown a monkey wrench in my calculations!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

7 Amazing Benefits of Bananas

Bananas..... They are in every supermarket you go into. They are as common on North American shelves as locally grown fruit such as apples and blueberries, but this was not always the case. Prior to the 1900's bananas were a rare novelty that usually only appeared in port cities. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Perfectly Peachy Peach Cobbler

My hubby likes a good peach cobbler. Not being a big peach eater, I can’t say I have ever had one that really tickled my taste buds, till now! I decided to tinker in the kitchen and come up with my own version that was packed full of peaches for him, with just the right balance of peachy flavor and a little cinnamon punch.

I’ll admit, since I am not a big peach fan, I opted to buy canned peaches. And you know what? That’s alright! I don’t HAVE to do everything from scratch every time I bake. I don’t need to feel any guilt here, right? Well guess what? I don’t, because it turned out so good, I will never make it any other way!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

12 Myths About Chicken Eggs

When it comes to eggs, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions out there. So I decided to take a minute to clear up a few of them for you. I used to giggle every time someone asked me about myth 1, but then I had to remind myself, not everyone grew up in the country, or raises chickens. So without further ado, here are 12 Myths (and realities) about chicken eggs…..

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Great Duck Race!!!

Recently our duck, Betty, decided to be sneaky and laid a nest of eggs. You would not believe just how smart a duck can be or just how similar sitting ducks are to human moms with newborns! So of course I had to write about “What To Expect When Your DUCK Is Expecting!"

A friend of mine, Janet, at Timber Creek Farm had a duck who started sitting on a nest the same time Betty pulled her little shenanigans. After talking, we decided to have a little fun with our expectant mothers by holding a duck race!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

What To Expect When Your DUCK Is Expecting

This is a topic I never thought I would be writing about. I collect my eggs religiously, so when Betty the duck started only giving me an egg every other day, I just figured she was slowing down on her egg laying production. Never in a million years did I think she was tricking me. Oh yes, she is a smart one, because you see, she had a hidden nest and would lay an egg in it one day and then give me an egg the next. I never suspected her of being so cunning. By the time I found out what she was up to, it was too late, she had already started to sit (incubate) the eggs and when I candled them, they were already starting to develop!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Why Quail Do NOT Make Good Pets

When you are a parent, all you want to do is make your children happy. Sometimes you don’t stop to think in your pursuit of their joy. An example of this happened recently when we decided to fulfill the oldest country kid’s Birthday WishYou see, all he wanted was a pet quail…… They only cost $2.00…. We rock!!! Wrong!!!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

My Blog Doesn't Make Money (And Why I'm Okay With That!!)

There are many reasons people get into blogging, but for most, it is about making money. Others get into blogging for other reasons and are quickly swept up in the “how to make money blogging” aspects that seem to be everywhere. Well I am here to tell you, my blog doesn’t make money AND I am okay with that!! No really, I am!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Homemade Garden Markers

Every year we plant a garden. Every year I try to label everything, so we can remember when things come up, what they are. But it seems, every year, those darn markers get lost, broken, or just unreadable.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Avian Influenza, What you need to know

By now, if you have poultry or even just watch the news, you have heard about "Bird Flu." But what do you really know about avian influenza? And how will it impact you as a consumer or backyard bird keeper? Take a deep breath and don't panic, we will explain it all to you to the best of our ability.....

Sunday, May 31, 2015

A Birthday Wish Comes True

Ever since he was a little guy, the oldest country kid has had a deep affection for poultry. In the last year he has become obsessed with quail. He will scour the internet for hours at a time watching videos and learning about them. So it came as no surprise that for his birthday this year, when we asked him what he wanted, he said a quail. Well of course he did! I mean what 9 year old country kid doesn't want a quail, right? I'll just pop over to the quail store and pick ya one up. Simple enough, right? Well if you don't know, there is no quail store, chick season at the feed stores is over and not many folks in our neck of the woods raise quail. Oh what to do...

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Everyone has their favorite candy bar, for me it is a Kit Kat, but for my hubby, he is all about the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. So in honor of my hubby and his love of chocolate and peanut butter, I hit the kitchen with a mission. I was going to create him a homemade treat inspired by his favorite candy and that is when I came up with Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars!! These are so simply to make with just five ingredients!

Fair warning though, these Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are sweet! A little piece will satisfy that sweet tooth in a hurry!! I cut mine into one or two bite size pieces otherwise my hubby and the country kids would be on a sugar high for days!