Homestead Blog Hop #23

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop Y’all…

Spring is really starting to crank up here on the homestead. We spent the weekend disking the garden area, weeding and preparing beds for planting. I still have very few plants actually in the ground, but we’re off to a good start.  I planted a …

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How to Break Down a Chicken

There are many skills that we learn here on the farm, but none are as useful as knowing how to break a full chicken or duck into individual cuts.  We will typically break down the chickens we butcher before canning or freezing them.  Even when we buy chicken from the store, I will often bu…

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Homestead Blog Hop #22

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 It’s Spring Break week for the Farmboy, so we’re taking time this week to start seeds and work on the garden.  Really, I should have started seeds a month ago, but the fact that I’m starting seeds at all is a marked improvement for me. &nb…

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Homestead Blog Hop #21

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 This week, the piglets finally go to their new homes and get off my feed bill.  Let me tell you, nine piglets can eat a lot of grain.  We are keeping one female for breeding and one male for meat.  Two of the boys are going to fr…

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Hatching Eggs Now Available

One of our goals here on the homestead is to preserve dual purpose, heritage breeds of chickens and ducks, more specifically Australorps, Barnevelders and Saxonies.  We may expand to include other breeds in the future, but for now we have our hands full with these.  Not only do they provid…

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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

  • Hatching Eggs Now Available

    Australorp and Barnevelder hatching eggs now available for saleOne of our goals here on the homestead is to preserve dual purpose, heritage breeds of chickens and ducks, more specifically Australorps, Barnevelders and Saxonies.  We may expand to include other breeds in the future, but for now we have our hands full with these.  Not only do they provide our family with delicious eggs and meat, but they are beautiful birds to look at.   We chose these breeds quite simply because we like the way they look.  We also liked that very few, if any, breeders in our area raises them.  Yes, I realize almost every backyard flock in ... 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

  • How to Break Down a Chicken

    How to Break Down a Whole ChickenThere are many skills that we learn here on the farm, but none are as useful as knowing how to break a full chicken or duck into individual cuts.  We will typically break down the chickens we butcher before canning or freezing them.  Even when we buy chicken from the store, I will often buy a whole bird and break it down as a way to save money.  If you plan your menu ahead of time, you could plan one meal for chicken breast, another for legs and thighs and another for wings and drummies.  You could even make stock ... 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