Our New Saxony Ducks

We started our foray into ducks two years ago.  At that time, I was sold four ducklings which I was told were Buff ducks.  However, as they grew, I came to realize that they did not match the breed description for Buffs.  Instead, they more closely resembled Saxony ducks.  Regard…

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Homestead Blog Hop #16

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop Y’all…

This weekend was an eventful one for us here on the farm.  Our gilt (young female pig), Little Bit, added 9 little piglets to our count Saturday morning.  She went into labor right after morning feeding, so we were able to see the whole th…

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Organizational Magnets

One of my New Years resolutions is to get more organized.  Probably the most difficult thing for me each day is sticking to my routine and getting everything done.  I made these organizational refrigerator magnets to help me stay motivated and serve as reminders of what to do.  The id…

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Homestead Blog Hop #2

 

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop Y’all…
I hope you all are enjoying the beautiful fall weather.  Here in Florida, our mornings have been in the 40s-50s and our daytime highs have been in the 80s.  It is a welcome relief to this pregnant momma as I enter my 31st week.  O…

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Homesteading Blog Hop #1

Welcome!

This is the first ever Homestead Blog Hop.

This hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading related: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, nat…

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Affiliates

  • ModCloth End of Summer Sale

    Love You Brunches - ModCloth affiliateLooking for a chic new style or a unique party dress for your upcoming holiday parties?  ModCloth has 100s of styles marked up to 70% off as part of their end of summer sale.   Personally, this has been a long, sweaty summer.  I’m a little jealous of everyone else complaining about cooler temps, while I’m still battling heat indexes into the 100s.  Fall and winter are my times to break out the “cute” clothes and give myself the chance to feel feminine again.  Granted, I probably won’t find any maternity dresses at ModCloth (this makes me more sad than you ... Read more

Animals

  • Our New Saxony Ducks

    We welcome our new flock of Saxony ducks to the farmWe started our foray into ducks two years ago.  At that time, I was sold four ducklings which I was told were Buff ducks.  However, as they grew, I came to realize that they did not match the breed description for Buffs.  Instead, they more closely resembled Saxony ducks.  Regardless, I thought they were beautiful.  They were also good layers and foragers and had great personalities.  And thus began my obsession with Saxonies. Chances are my ducklings were actually a cross between Buffs and Saxonies.  Their parents certainly looked more like an assortment of the two breeds, even though my ducks ... Read more

Family

  • Organizational Magnets

    Organizational magnetsOne of my New Years resolutions is to get more organized.  Probably the most difficult thing for me each day is sticking to my routine and getting everything done.  I made these organizational refrigerator magnets to help me stay motivated and serve as reminders of what to do.  The idea for some of the magnets came from this Pin from Crafts Unleashed.  I also borrowed some of my routines from The Fly Lady.  Print these onto Avery 8 1/2″ x 11″ Full Sheet Magnets and cut them out.  Then keep them on your fridge or a magnetic board to serve ... Read more

Gardening

  • Organic Gardening Project

    Garden project beforeIt’s a new year and that means another attempt by myself to grow a flourishing organic garden.  This area of my front yard is the sunniest part of my property.  It is also the area where my horse Lilly was buried this past summer.  I made the decision then to grow a lily garden over her grave site. I’ve tried multiple times to grow a vegetable garden in this section of my yard with limited success.  Usually, I only manage to feed the local raccoon and deer population.  It’s very frustrating.  This last year, I grew my herbs and tomatoes in containers on the ... Read more

Gift Guides

  • 10 Great Mother’s Day Gifts for Kitchen Loving Women

    10 Great Mother's Day Gifts for Kitchen Loving Women - The Not So Modern Housewife Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11. I’ve put together a list of my Top 10 favorite Mother’s Day gifts for moms and wives who enjoy spending time in the kitchen. Don’t worry guys, there’s not a toaster or a step stool in the bunch. I promise that these gifts won’t land you in the dog house. KitchenAid Professional 6-qt Stand Mixer  Most home cooks I know either own a KitchenAid mixer or have it on their wishlist. It has become the flagship of stand mixers. The professional series features a bowl-lift design, all-steal gears, and all-metal construction. The all-steal gears are a ... Read more

Giveaways

  • 6 Tips to Simplify Dinnertime

    6 Tips to Simplify Dinnertime - The Not So Modern HousewifeEven as a Work At Home Mom, dinnertime at our house is often a very chaotic time.  Hubby is getting home from work, Henry is running off all of his extra energy, and I’m trying to figure out what I have thawed out enough to make into some semblance of a meal.  If I’m not careful, the result means we could end up eating dinner around 9-10 pm, and I’m skipping the vegetable sides.   Does this sound familiar to you? There is a better way, it just takes a little planning.  I really don’t like chaos and I hate wasting food, ... Read more

Guest Posts

  • Guest Post: Top 3 Homemade Cleaners

    All Purpose CleanerToday I’m joined by Ashley from Forgetful Momma.  Ashley is a green momma who uses cloth diapers and makes all of her family’s laundry detergent and cleaning products.  She has graciously agreed to share three of her favorite homemade cleaning recipes with us today.  Welcome, Ashley! Hello to Bonnie’s readers here at The Not So Modern Housewife! I am Ashley from Forgetful Momma, previously known as Bottles, Diapers… Babies. I am stopping by today to share my favorite cleaning product recipes. I have three that I use in my house on a daily or weekly basis. My first favorite is the first ... Read more

Health & Wellness

  • Estrogen Dominance and Your Health – Week 3

    Estrogen Dominance and Your Health Week 3 Week 3 of my estrogen cleanse marked the arrival of Aunt Flo.  The good news is that it was more regular, with less cramping.  The bad news is that I gained back a large portion of the weight I’ve lost so far. One of the issues I’d with my estrogen dominance was my wacky menstrual cycle.  I’ve always had issues with debilitating cramps, but my cycle was always every 28 days on the dot.  It took me a little time to get it regulated after I had Henry, but it eventually went back to normal.  Then I had my miscarriage and nothing ... Read more

Household Products

  • Guest Post: Top 3 Homemade Cleaners

    All Purpose CleanerToday I’m joined by Ashley from Forgetful Momma.  Ashley is a green momma who uses cloth diapers and makes all of her family’s laundry detergent and cleaning products.  She has graciously agreed to share three of her favorite homemade cleaning recipes with us today.  Welcome, Ashley! Hello to Bonnie’s readers here at The Not So Modern Housewife! I am Ashley from Forgetful Momma, previously known as Bottles, Diapers… Babies. I am stopping by today to share my favorite cleaning product recipes. I have three that I use in my house on a daily or weekly basis. My first favorite is the first ... Read more

Preserving Food

  • Sauerkraut

    Sauerkraut I grew up eating a lot of sauerkraut.  My favorite is probably sauerkraut with apples and pork chops, although I also love to saute some and serve it on my beer boiled, then grilled brats.  However, it’s one thing I was always a little hesitant to make myself.  My mom would make it in a huge vat in the basement.  Here in Florida, I have neither a huge vat nor a basement.  Luckily, I’ve found a much more manageable recipe that only requires a stock pot or food-grade 5 gallon bucket. Sauerkraut is made using fermentation as a preservation method.  Fermentation ... Read more

Recipes & Cooking Tips

  • Berry Yummy Muffins

    Berry Yummy MuffinsLet me introduce you to my crack muffins. I promise you, you can’t eat just one. This tried and true quick-bread recipe can be used for any type of berries. I needed to use up some strawberries and blueberries, so I combined them both into a double batch of these delicious muffins. Tossing the berries in a bit of flour will keep them suspended in the batter and keep your berries from sinking to the bottom of the muffin while they bake. A sprinkle of sugar on top before baking gives the muffins a nice crust on top while also ... Read more

Reviews

  • Save More with Winn-Dixie

    Save More with Winn DixieWalking into my new Winn-Dixie store, I didn’t know exactly what to expect.  I had shopped at the store when it was Sweetbay.  It had been my go-to store for deals on meat.  Now that this store was Winn-Dixie, would it still offer the same low prices?  Would it have the selection to which I had become accustomed?  Would it look completely different inside? My local store opened as Winn-Dixie on April 18.  When I visited, I was impressed to see the shelves well stocked with a variety of products.  The selection was definitely better than any of the other Winn-Dixie ... Read more