Monday, March 2, 2015

(mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop March 2, 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!

Before we get to our features this week, I want to welcome Janet from Timber Creek Farm as a co-host on our little hop. Thanks Janet for joining the team! These means ever more exposure for all of you who share! Make sure you take a second to go say hi to Janet. She is such a wonderful lady.

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

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop February 28

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, February 27, 2015

Support American Made!

I strongly believe that American made matters. So many of the things in our homes today are made in foreign countries and are not the quality our grandparents once knew. But it doesn't have to be that way. We, as consumers, make our voices heard when we choose where to spend our money. I love supporting local vendors, be it at our farmer’s market or the local mom and pop stores. I love learning about folks who are bringing quality back through cottage industries.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Churro Inspired Mini Muffins

Recently for the littlest country kid's 3rd birthday, we took him to our favorite Mexican restaurant for dinner. At the end of dinner, the staff came over and sang to the birthday boy and presented him with his birthday churros. He was delighted!!! I don’t blame him, I think churros are yummy too.

Over the next few days he asked for more churros, but as I do not have a churro machine, I was at a lost. I was not about to take him to the restaurant again. I mean who can afford to eat out every night so their kid can have churros!?!?! This sent me on a mission to whip up something at home that would fill his desire.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: Chick Fever

Right before spring each year, there is a fever that goes around. It is a disorder that comes with many symptoms including extreme anticipation. It is an illness that can lead to an infatuation with "fluffy butts." Chick Fever is a real thing, it afflicts many and the only cure for it is to give in! Okay I guess your don’t HAVE to give in, but you sure as heck better not walk into a feed store any time in the next couple months!

Monday, February 23, 2015

(mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop February 23


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!

So without further ado.... With the most clicks, the feature goes to....

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Homemade Fish Sticks With Garlic Butter Noodles!

Every two weeks, my hubby and I sit and have the "So what do you want to eat" discussion as part of our meal planning. And of course, the same old, same old gets tossed around. But I am tired of the same old thing!

Our kids always have an "opinion" about our meals and frankly I am tired of hearing what they have to say every night. If it is something hubby and I like, of course the kids don't. So we needed a meal that everyone could just shut up and eat.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop February 21

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, February 19, 2015

Birthday Parties: How To Spend Less And Still Have Fun!

NOT the littlest country kid!
Recently the littlest country kid turned 3. He walks, he talks, and for the most part, uses the potty like a pro..... He is old enough to "get" what a birthday party is this year, so I picked a theme, made some cupcakes and had a few people over to celebrate. A week later we were at McDonalds, not so much for the food, but so the kids could use the indoor play area, when in walked a family who was having a birthday party.

They quickly took over the play area, pushing tables together and decorating. Of course my son says to me, "My birthday!?!?!" all excited. They had the same theme we had used for our son, so I could totally see his confusion. He was mesmerized by the store bought sheet cake, with Mickey Mouse driving a car to Mickey Park.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: 40 bags in 40 days..... Getting rid of the crap

I'd seen it before...... The 40 bags in 40 days challenge and thought, what a good idea, but I had always looked the other way when it came to actually doing it. That is until this year, when I looked around my house, toppling in on me and screamed "enough is enough!"

You see, before I got married and had kids, I used to live in an organized, tidy environment. When I married, a little clutter began to creep in here and there, but I took a deep breath and accepted it. Now that I have two kids, who are just as bad as their dad (and all three of them are getting worse) I can’t stand the piles of stuff and things all over the place any longer.

My husband tried to blame me for the mess that is our home because I am a stay at home/homeschooling mom, but ya know what? That is such crap. I didn't make these messes! I put things where they belong, I don’t drop them willy nilly! But this year…. This year I am done just trying to keep my head above water! This year, I am taking back my house with the 40 bags in 40 days challenge!

Monday, February 16, 2015

(mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop February 16


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!

So without further ado.... With the most clicks, the feature goes to....


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop February 14

Welcome to Simple Saturdays Blog Hop!


simple saturday 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, February 13, 2015

Italian Bread Bowls

Around here, we like our soup during the winter months. We also like dipping homemade bread into our soup. What better way to combine great bread with a wonderful soup than by serving the soup in a homemade bread bowl! I have made bread bowls from a few different recipes through out my life, but this Italian bread is my favorite. The crust sets up nicely (and holds the soup in) and the bread itself is so soft and yummy!

So how does one make these culinary cups of soup love? Easily! No, really, this recipe uses simple ingredients you most likely already have in your cabinets and doesn't take a master baker to complete! So let’s get some in the oven, shall we?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: Farm House French Bread

One thing I really enjoy doing is baking. But recently I have found myself in a bread rut. What I mean is, I have my go to recipes and recently all I have been making is white bread or sweet yeast rolls. Now there is nothing wrong with a tried and true recipe, but it gets boring!

The other day a friend of mine, Janet, from Timber Creek Farm made up a retro French bread and it got me to thinking..... Why have I never made French bread!?!?

So, with a desire in my heart and flour in my pantry, I decided to break the bread rut I was in. It was high time to make some French bread. But what makes French bread, well French bread?

Monday, February 9, 2015

(mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop February 9


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!

So without further ado.... With the most clicks, the feature goes to....


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Little House Inspired Brown Sugar Cookies

This year, due to issues at our local brick and mortar school, we decided to homeschool. We thought it would be the best option for our 8 year old son who has Asperger's. And do you know what? He is thriving!!!

Recently we decided to tackle Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie as part of our literature curriculum and he loved the book. Okay, who doesn't love her books!

He was fascinated by all the homesteading skills Pa preformed in the book, like building a cabin, digging a well, and protecting the home from the prairie fire. But one of the things that really stuck out to him was the fact the white sugar was for company.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop February 7

Simple Saturdays 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!




Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: What NOT To Feed Your Chickens

When it comes to keeping any animal, you just want the best for them, this includes their diet. We may even fuse over what is in the bag of food we feed them. But when it comes to chickens, it goes beyond the bag. What I mean is, there are certain foods in this world that should not be fed to chickens, even as a treat. While some chickens seem to know what they should and shouldn't consume, others are little trash compactors, peeking anything (including Styrofoam) that they can get their beaks on.

Monday, February 2, 2015

(mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop February 2


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!

So without further ado.... The features goes to....

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Chocolate Coconut Cookie Bars - No Bowl Needed!!

Have a sweet tooth? Looking for a fast recipe? Don't want to dirty a bunch of dishes in the process? Well do I have the treat for you!!! These Chocolate Coconut Cookie Bars are so simple, even the country kids can make em.

These cookie bars were born out of a lack of ingredients. That's right, I said a lack of ingredients! You see, we don't keep a lot of prepackaged food in our home, so if you're a kid, looking for a sweet snack, you usually (if you're the oldest country kid) end up raiding mom's baking supplies. So when I went to whip up some cookies recently....... marshmallows, butterscotch chips, etc..... totally wiped out by said rotten child.

I was down to some chocolate chips, a bag of coconut and a can of condensed milk. Okay, challenged excepted! So here is what I came up with that even my coconut disliking hubby enjoyed!

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