Homestead Blog Hop #165

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! It's been rather chilly here in Florida this week. I realize 30-degree temps in December don't sound like a big...

Homestead Blog Hop #164

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! This week has seen a lot of changes for my family. First of all, my husband started a new job. It should be a...

Homestead Blog Hop #163

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! My parents were in town this weekend, so I spent the bulk of my weekend entertaining them...and it was...

Flirty Aprons Cyber Monday Sale

I really enjoy my aprons from Flirty Aprons. They're cute and they save my clothes from splashes and stains. My two year old daughter also loves...

Cyber Weekend Round-Up 2017

Homesteaders are a breed all our own. We don't usually go for the typical Christmas gifts of electronics and jewelry, so most of the sales after...

Florida Edibles to Plant in March

Florida is a weird state to grow edible plants. On the surface, we're divided into USDA zones 9a and 9b, but then there's this weird section down the middle where I live. We're right on the dividing line of zones 9a and 9b. It's too cold for some tropicals that do...

Our Day Out with Thomas Tradition

Thomas the Train is coming to town as part of his annual Day Out with Thomas tour. How do I know? The commercials have started airing on PBS, and Farmboy asks to go every time he sees one. He literally spends the entire year anticipating Thomas' visit, but it...

How to Doctor a Boxed Cake Mix

First, let me say that I love cooking from scratch. I love to know what is going into my body. From-scratch food is generally better; however, I have found very few cake recipes that can stack up to a doctored boxed cake mix in flavor and moistness. Plus, it's easy...

Heart-Shaped Bird Seed Ornaments

Valentine's Day is coming up, and the song birds in our life could use a little love too. These hanging bird seed ornaments are a really cute way to decorate outside, while also benefiting our feathered friends. The mix is very sticky, so I recommending using a couple...

BabyKicks Cloth Wipes

I've been using cloth diapers since shortly after Farmboy was born, but hadn't given much thought to cloth wipes until several months later. It finally came down to dollars and sense; it didn't make much sense to keep throwing my dollars in the trash. Plus, I was...

Homemade Bathroom Cleaner

I will be the first to admit that I do not like cleaning my bathroom. The thought of coming that close to bodily fluids disgusts me. Yes, I have been peed and pooped on by my children, but this is different. It’s not just the fact that there could be pee on the...

My VBAC Story

With all of the negative stories about hospital births out there, I wanted to provide a positive story for the world to enjoy. After having a c-section with Farmboy, I was determined to have Cowgirl via VBAC. My story isn't all bubbles and roses; childbirth is...

Artichoke Pesto Paninis

I always enjoy the recipes I get from The Six O'Clock Scramble, and this panini is no exception. The Scramble is a meal planning service that provides a fully customizable menu and grocery list every week. The service is geared towards those of us who have a limited...

Surgery and Our Miracle Piglet

Well, I guess you could say my weekend started off with a bang. If you're just tuning in, I've been stressing over one of our piglets who has/had a hernia. I was able to tape him up Friday, but the tape had come loose by the time we fed Saturday morning, exposing a...

Farm Life and Field Medicine

In life, if you ever find yourself debating between becoming a farmer or a vet, become a vet.   Yesterday was certainly one for the record books. One of our piglets was born with an inguinal hernia, which means the ligament that separates the abdominal cavity from the...

The Homesteading Housewife’s Christmas Wish List

Every year, Hubby asks what I want for Christmas, and every year, I draw a blank. It's not that I don't have a wish list, but it's so unusual that I don't consider most of the items as Christmas gifts. I already have most of the gadgets that I need, and I know that...

Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies

I can't tell you how important a good cookie recipe is to me. It's like my version of the "Little Black Dress." And I think the most illusive of those recipes is a good chocolate chip cookie. Naturally, there are about a dozen things that can go wrong when making...

Compassion for Syria

This is as close as I've ever gotten to Syria. It was taken in 2009 from an Israeli military post overlooking Israel's northern border with Syria. At the time, it was just a tourist stop as part of a larger tour of the Holy Land. There's a good chance it's back in use...

Our Newest Piglets

Two years ago, we made the decision to start breeding pigs. It started as an effort to be more self-sufficient. It didn't make sense to keep buying piglets from various sources every 6 months. First of all, we were always worried that we wouldn't be able to find...

Looking Back at Vermont

Growing up, some of my favorite memories were made on the New York/Vermont border in a little town called Rupert, VT. It was a town where the general store sold honey comb, the houses had toilets in the backyard and my grandpa's one room school house was still in use....

My Introduction to Thrive Market

I've been on a mission to eat healthier and more organically for the last several years, but it's often easier said than done. Quite simply, organic food and products can be expensive. I pick and choose which items I feel more comfortable buying organically, but most...

What Does Preparedness Mean to You?

If you've been following along, you know that September is National Preparedness Month. We're currently working through the steps for building a Family Emergency Plan and getting our families ready in the event of an emergency. A big part of that preparedness is...

The Healthy Living Fuss

By now, you've probably heard about this thing called The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. It's this huge bundle of ebooks and online resources that claim to improve your health and change your life. With a value of over $1900 and a price tag starting at $29.97, it's...

Berry Almond Granola Bars

Being the mom of a boy, I'm learning that I can never have too many snacks on hand. This kid is only 5, and he is already eating me out of house and home. I'm afraid to see what the next 10 years will be like. Perhaps one of the most frustrating things about feeding...

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

No-bake cookies, the quintessential staple of the school bake sale fundraiser. They are cheap to make and easy enough to enlist the help of the kids. When making these cookies, I realized it's probably been years since I've made or even eaten them. I don't know why...

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