Homestead Blog Hop #25

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop Y’all…

 This week, we returned from visiting family in Ohio.  It was a really fun trip, and I wish it could have lasted longer.  Aside from some cold weather at the beginning of the trip, it really was beautiful.  The weather on Easter w…

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Italian Pierogi

Pierogi are a semicircular Polish dumpling usually stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese or fruit.  The most common filling here in the States is mashed potatoes with cheese.  The dough is similar to pastry dough and is made with flour and warm water.  Pierogi a…

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Eggs of a Different Color

Growing up, I always thought the egg color selection was limited to brown and white.  Even then, I was convinced that white eggs were the only ones worth eating.  I was convinced that brown eggs tasted “gross.”  Now that I breed chickens, most of the eggs in my refrigerator are brown …

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6 Tips to Simplify Dinnertime

Even as a Work At Home Mom, dinnertime at our house is often a very chaotic time.  Hubby is getting home from work, Farmboy is running off his extra energy, and I’m trying to figure out what I can turn into some semblance of a meal.  If I’m not careful, we could end up eating din…

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Duck Keeping for Beginners

I have been pleasantly surprised by how much I have enjoyed owning ducks.  My experience with ducks was extremely limited growing up.  I had one neighbor who kept them, but they weren’t very friendly and he kept them locked in a horse stall their entire lives.  They were not an a…

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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

  • Eggs of a Different Color

    Why are eggs different colors?Growing up, I always thought the egg color selection was limited to brown and white.  Even then, I was convinced that white eggs were the only ones worth eating.  I was convinced that brown eggs tasted “gross.”  Now that I breed chickens, most of the eggs in my refrigerator are brown and (in my humble opinion) taste better than any white egg on the supermarket shelf.  I’ve also come to learn that there exists a wide array of egg shell colors.  Not only are there varying shades of brown, but there are also blues, greens, and pinks.  Some breeders are ... 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

  • Giveaway: YumEarth Stocking Stuffers Giveaway 12/6

    YumEarth Giveaway  YumEarth Stocking Stuffers Giveaway    Hosted by Pea of Sweetness   Sponsored by YumEarth YumEarth operates with a commitment to provide snacks for your family that are free of high fructose corn syrup and artificial dyes. YumEarth uses real fruit extracts and planet friendly ingredients grown on sustainable family farms to sweeten our lives and yours. YumEarth also has no gluten, peanuts, or tree-nuts, just award winning taste. Their small bags of organic Gummy Worms and Gummy Bears are the perfect stocking stuffers! Check out more about the YumEarth gummies at Pea of Sweetness. About the prize: One winner will receive both a bag of Gummy Worms ... 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

  • Italian Pierogi

    Italian PierogiPierogi are a semicircular Polish dumpling usually stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese or fruit.  The most common filling here in the States is mashed potatoes with cheese.  The dough is similar to pastry dough and is made with flour and warm water.  Pierogi are cooked by first boiling them then they are either fried, baked or sauteed.  I consider them a side dish, but they can easily be made into an entree by adding a protein. I love pierogi.  Growing up, we would buy them frozen from Schwan’s.  I would deep fry them until the outside was a ... 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