Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: Heartworm Is On The Rise. What you need to know...

Our family rescued a young dog last year, Heidi. She is a beautiful lab mastiff mix, who in her short 10 months prior to us adopting her, had been neglected and injured. While we didn't know her whole story, the scar on her leg said enough. We vowed we would give her a better life and so we were devastated when at her well dog check up recently, she was diagnosed with heartowrm.

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease. It is caused by foot-long (yes, you read that right) worms that live in the heart, lungs and blood vessels. These worms cause severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. Heidi was not yet two years old and there was no way we were going to let her suffer. While there are different treatments for dealing with heartworm disease, after talking with our vets about the pros and cons, we opted for what we felt was the safest (and sadly the most expensive) protocol. We were not going to try to save a few dollars and gamble with her life.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop December 13


Welcome to the 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. 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, December 12, 2014

Fermentation Friday: Spicy Red Pepper Carrot Sticks Will Change Your Life!

Okay, I know, you read the title and went, "how can carrot sticks change my life?!?!" I will admit, they will not make you rich, nor regrow hair, but they can improve your health!!

Sadly, in the last 100 years, fermented foods have all but disappeared from our diets in this county. Even the pickles you pick up in the store are not really fermented. *gasp* Really! Commercial pickles are made using vinegar (instead of just salt and water) and then they are pasteurized, which kills all the lactic acid bacteria. In fact most "fermented" food you can buy in the store have been pasteurized!

Why do we care about lactic acid bacteria? Because it is the "good guy" when it comes to a good balance of bacteria in your digestive tract.....it's good for your gut!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: Alaskan Sourdough Pancakes

When it comes to breakfast, nothing beats farm fresh eggs, homemade bacon and pancakes. But not all pancakes are created the same.... Around here, the best pancakes are my hubby's sourdough pancakes. Sourdough!?!? Yup! Sounds complicated? Well it does take some prep ahead of time, but that prep of making your own sourdough starter can be used not only in these amazing pancakes, but the best bread ever. And making a sourdough starter is easy peasy!

My husband, who had been a Alaskan fisherman for a spell before we met, was so excited when a friend shared her sourdough pancake recipe with us. I am soooooooo thankful she shared her recipe, because it was beyond amazing! Like no other pancake I have ever had and my husband got to enjoy a long lost favorite food. We have tweaked the recipe a little over time and here it is.,,,,

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Organic, Heirloom, Non-GMO Seed Giveaway From Mary's Heirloom Seeds


One of the great things about blogging, it the amazing folks you meet.... Like Mary over at Mary's Heirloom Seeds. I am so excited she asked me to be a part of this giveaway! She wants to start your 2015 garden right!!!

 

How does your garden grow?  Better now with this amazing offer for

 a 6 Month Seeds of The Month Club Membership and a 

Organic, Non-GMO Plant Food (vegan option available) from

 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop December 6


Welcome to the 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. 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, December 5, 2014

Fermentation Friday: Old Fashioned Brine Fermented Pickles

This week on Fermentation Friday, we are going to knock out some old fashioned brine fermented pickles, just like grandma used to make!! Not only is this an easy project, but it is a quick ferment, so you can taste your results in just about a week verses the sauerkraut we did last week.

Now keep in mind, we are using brine, not vinegar, so toss out your preconceived supermarket notion of what a pickle taste like. We are awakening and flavoring the cucumbers, not drowning them in vinegar.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: Baking Soda Vs. Baking Powder

If you bake often enough, you will notice that some recipes call for baking soda, while others ask for baking powder. Both are used as leavening agents when you bake. What this means is that both baking soda and baking powder, when added to baked goods, produce carbon dioxide and cause them to rise or get fluffier. But each one brings a little something different to the party......

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop November 29


Welcome to the 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. 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, November 28, 2014

Fermentation Friday: Salt + Cabbage = Kraut, Why Salt is Important

Last week on Fermentation Friday we talked about What is Fermented Food and why you would want to eat it. This week we are going to learn a little more about how it all happens and make our very first "recipe" or as the oldest country kid refers to them a "science project."

And he is right, there is a wee bit of science to fermenting food. Like the amount and type of salt you use. So if you have never really given salt a second thought, today is the day you might just learn something you can use the next time you are on Jeopardy!  Okay, maybe not, but it is really useful information when starting a fermenting project.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Blog Break


I know this time of year everyone is super busy, making, baking, and entertaining. Our family is no different. I apologize that there will be no Homestead Tips on Tuesday this week...... heck, you probably will not hear from me till Fermentation Friday. We here at the (mis)Adventures will be enjoying our time with family, enjoying good food and making memories. I hope you all are blessed to be doing the same this week.

I am so very thankful for many things in my life..... Family, friends, health, etc. I am also very thankful for each and everyone of you who take the time to join us on our (mis)Adventures. You all have become a second family to us. You are there for the ups and down, we laugh and cry together and I am blessed with some very amazing readers. So thank you!

If you are looking for some last minute Thanksgiving ideas be sure to check out what we have been up to by clicking here. And I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cornucopia Dinner Rolls

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, like just a few days away. Ever year I make my homemade bread and people love it! They have actually come to expect it. But not this year people, sorry. Nope, not gonna do it. Oh sure it would be the easy way out, but I have come up with the most wonderful sweet dinner rolls that can be shaped into just about anything, including cornucopias!!!

The "fluffy, yummy, pillows of sweet goodness," as my husband calls them are easy to make and as I said, can be shaped just about any way you want, even the traditional round rolls. And while making cornucopia rolls may take a wee bit more time, just imagine the look on your dinner guests' faces when you set a basket of these bad boys down on the table! You just became a Thanksgiving day baking rock star! Seriously, I bet people will ask what baker you picked them up at.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop November 22

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Welcome to the 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. 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, November 21, 2014

Fermentation Friday: What Is Food Fermentation?

At some point, I think all homesteaders come across the topic of fermentation. And while it can be used for food preservation, it tends to scare the crude out of some folks. No one wants to waste food or make their family ill! But what exactly is fermentation? And why would you want to use such an ancient technique to preserve your food in the modern era?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: The Art Of Wildlife Tracking

In this fast passed, modern life, sometimes being observant about nature takes a backseat. "Tracking" is a skill that is a fading art, but a valuable one, especially if you have pets and livestock. Why is important to know who is running around your property? Well, if you're like me, and have chickens, I want to know what predators are testing our defenses! If you're an inquisitive person like the oldest country kid, he delights in getting snapshots of animal's lives and behaviors.

Now I am not going to write a book on the topic of tracking here. There have already been some good ones done, I'm sure. Not to mention, there are endless websites out there that can be googled for image references. I am simply here to get you thinking, pass out a few basics, and hopefully make you more observant!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Turkey Cupcakes You'll Gobble Up!

In 4H this year, the oldest country kid has taken up a new project, cake decorating. He is so creative and really enjoys making cute cupcakes. This year for the fair, since he loves poultry too, he decided to make turkey cupcakes. And let me just say, I think they turned out totally adorable and they were so easy to make.

He started by making up a batch of chocolate cup cakes. If your not a from scratch person, it is totally fine to us a box mix. Once the cupcakes were cool (you don't want your icing to slip around) he set to work with a pipping bag. He quickly realized his pipping skills still needed a lot of work, So being an 8 year old boy, he got frustrated and ditched the pipping bag for a regular old butter knife.

He gooped on the icing and made a pile for the head of the turkey. He then simply added two candy eyes to the head along with a candy corn for the beak. The tail was achieved with more candy corn. He also took some brown sprinkles and covered the body of the turkey to make it look like feathers. These bad boys were not labor intensive at all. With just a few well placed pieces of candy, I was impressed with how cute they turned out. The judges at the fair were too, because he got a blue ribbon. Not only did he get a ribbon at the fair, but a few months later, he was honored with a certificate from the 4H counsel for his new found and blossoming skills!!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I bet your holiday guest would be blown away to see a flock of these award winning little cuties waiting to be devoured. And the best part is there is no tryptophan in these turkeys. While the consumption of too many might make your butt bigger, at least you will not fall asleep on the couch.... well at least until the sugar crash hits!



Saturday, November 15, 2014

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop November 15

simple saturdaysWelcome to the 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. 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, November 13, 2014

Chickens! Illustrated Chicken Breeds A to Z (Book Review and Giveaway)

I was delighted recently to receive a copy of Chickens! Illustrated Chicken Breeds A to Z from the author, Sarah Rosedahl. As soon as I took it out of the package, the oldest country kid was all over me. Why? Because the art work on the front cover is delightful! Not only did Sarah write this book, but she illustrated it with her whimsical art as well.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: Don't Throw Out Your Crystallized Honey

Honey.... just the word makes my mouth water. That amazing liquid gold produced by bees is an amazing substance indeed. And I am sure you have all heard how bees world wide are being hit hard from various diseases and chemicals. To me, that makes honey an even more valuable item. But what do you do if your honey crystallizes?!?! Whatever you do, DON'T throw it away! You can easily turn it back into liquid gold.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Turn Your Front Door Into A Thanksgiving Turkey!

At our house, we do not skip holidays. We love each one, so each gets its time to shine. Since Halloween is over, and despite what the retail stores are trying to prove, Thanksgiving is the next holiday on our list to celebrate. Since Christmas has already taken over full force, it is kind of hard to find Thanksgiving decorations, so we make our own. New this year, I surprised the country kid by turning our front door into a turkey! And much to their delight, yes, everyone who drives by CAN easily see it!

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