Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Get Growing - The Application Of Gardening

Whether you use your green thumb to take care of a garden or you till the land professionally, using a smart phone makes horticulture and farming easier than ever. As the attached infographic proves, the application of gardening has improved every aspect of such industries.


There are hundreds of gardening apps available for download, and they all train users in the best ways to raise seeds into long-lasting vegetation. The best of them include Garden Compass, Leafsnap, and Life. You can use these three programs in combination to check the livelihood of your plants against a picture database of healthy ones, then plan your maintenance routine for their upkeep.

You’ll require a smart device to use these apps, of course, and carriers such as T-Mobile offers a variety of smart phones that can satisfy your needs.


If you’re a professional crop grower, there are many helpful apps for you as well. You can deploy GPS to figure out where your tractors are during their daily journeys, you can identify the best locations to seed your crops, and you can select the best methods to protect your investment.


Farming has always operated as a higher tech industry than the average consumer realizes, and the digital era empowers agriculturists like never before. If you’ve ever faced a difficult issue in raising your crops, some other farmer has built an app to address the problem. For gardeners and ranchers, the best is yet to come, too. Interactive tools such as sprinklers and soil monitors will maximize your output in future years.

Smart phone apps are a game changer for planters and farmers. The above infographic will help you learn more about the changing agricultural climate.

                                                                 This is a sponsored post for which I was compensated.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

New Recipes Loaded To Our Recipe File

Have you been busy and maybe missed the latest recipes to be added to our recipe file?
How about s'mores from the oven or a fresh, easy three bean salad with an Italian twist? 

My hubby loves three bean salad but I like to mix it up a bit and this version is less sweet, fewer calories but packs in a lot of fresh the garden flavor.



While camping this summer, we had to make our s'mores in the trailer's oven due to campfire restrictions out west. This is a great way to make s'mores for a party or when you don't have a crackling fire to roast your marshmallows over.



Hands down this is my favorite new recipe to hit the blog. I made this several times this summer and it is perfect for hot days when you don't want to turn on the oven. Use your slow cooker and make this wonderful cobbler. Crock pot berry cobbler will be devoured to the last crumb.



We have tons of recipes on our recipe page. Last count I think we are almost to a 100!
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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop Aug. 29


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Join us for ideas on living a Simple Lifestyle and being Self Sufficient!

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!

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Anything and everything related to a more Simple way of life OR Self Reliance....
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Decorating With Crocks

Decorating with crocks.


When putting things back after Christmas, I decided to group some of my crocks in the dry sink. One of my girlies gave me the little primitives sign for Christmas. The candle lamp below was thrifted from Goodwill. That will be my main source of new stuff for the house for a while as we are putting all extra cash into some home maintenance for now. I do have some gift cards to my favorite store though so I will get to do a little shopping for the house.


I have to thank Debbie at My Vintage Daydreams for the butter paddles, little crow and sunflower jar. They were a very thoughtful gift from her for Christmas. Thanks Debbie!


Loving the warm colors and homey textures.



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Monday, August 24, 2015

How To Clean Mini Blind Cords

I am going to share how to clean mini blind cords. In my kitchen I have wood mini blinds and I already shared how to clean wood blinds but this technique works great with cleaning metal mini blinds too.


Now that the blinds are clean, we need to clean the cords and I will share how I clean the mini blind cords without removing them from the wall.

For this cleaning job you will need:
Very hot tap water
A large jar or plastic bag
Clean rags

Take a half cup of your Oxiclean and dissolve in hot water in your large container. My blinds like you see above are in the kitchen window so I used a tall glass container. Set up the jar so the cords can soak at least an hour in the Oxiclean. Keep checking for whitening. When they are clean, just take a very damp cloth and wipe down and clean off excess Oxiclean and let them air dry.

Now for my blinds that were hanging near the kitchen table, I used a large freezer bag and put the cords in the hot solution to soak, sealed the bag and then my hubby wrapped it around with a zip tie to secure the bag to the cord so it could hang there and soak.

If you are cleaning your mini blinds and need to remove them because it is in an area you do not want to risk getting wet, take the blinds down and then just let the cords soak in the hot solution until clean. You can clean the blinds while the cord is soaking too.

This technique cleans the white cords and makes them look new again. I do this about once a year and clean my blinds at the same time.
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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Healthy Greek Chicken Burgers

A perfect low fat burger option. A flavorful tangy barbecue recipe too, Greek chicken burgers are  perfect for pan frying as well.

This recipe was born out of a desire to eat less red meat but still enjoy a hardy burger. It is fabulous. This is my recipe for juicy Greek chicken burgers. Hubby and kids love them.

Greek Chicken Burgers (this recipe makes eight nice sized patties)

2lb. ground chicken. (I get this at Fresh and Easy but I am sure it is available all over or ask the butcher)
1/2 c. crumbled feta cheese
1/3 c. chopped up Greek olives
salt and pepper to taste
Greek seasoning (I get this from Pampered Chef and it is divine but you can use whatever herbs you would like)

Form into patties. I find they are the juiciest if I add a little olive oil and fry them in my large non-stick pan. Cook about 5-7 minutes per side. I brush the buns or rolls with a little olive oil and toast in the broiler before serving. Top with baby spinach or lettuce tossed in oil and vinegar and sliced tomatoes or top as you would a regular burger. My kids eat them with mayo an pickles like any old burger but these are fabulous.



We serve them with tomato and fresh spinach leaves for a healthier option.


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Simple Saturdays Blog Hop Aug. 22

Happy Saturday. August is winding down and soon fall will be here. My favorite time of year.

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop

Join us for ideas on living a Simple Lifestyle and being Self Sufficient!

 

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!

 This Blog Hop is being hosted by:

  What Can I Post?

Anything and everything related to a more Simple way of life OR Self Reliance....
Homesteading, Prepping, Gardening, Cooking/recipes/food, Livestock of all varieties, Off-grid, Natural Living, Wellness/wholeness and Healthcare, Herbal, DIY & MYO!
*PLEASE-PLEASE-PLEASE*
Include:
1. Text link Or ADD the blog hop button below & link back to the Blog Hop.
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 How Can I Be a Featured Blogger?

By linking up AND HAVING A LINK OR BUTTON LINKING BACK TO THE BLOG HOP!
Our featured blogger is chosen each week by YOU our readers...and we hope to have YOU as our next featured blogger!
If you are selected as "Featured", make sure and grab your button!:
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**Please note: By linking to this Blog Hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post if you are featured. We will also include 1 photo from your post in the interest of sending visitors your way. **

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

5 Fun Back To School Centerpieces

It's that time again. New books, a new school year and to celebrate, how about some back to school decorating ideas.

I like to cheer the kids on and help get them excited by doing something special with apples, school themed decor, chalkboards, pencils. A back to school centerpiece adds a special touch to the new school year.


1. This is so cheery from FONTcrafts.


2. What teacher wouldn't want to receive this set of cute mason jars from Mason Jar Love.


3. So colorful and pencils to use late from Catch My Party.


4. This is so simple but a perfect little back to school idea from The Best Moments.


5. And finally, how about a couple ideas from us.
This first back to school display is really not a centerpiece but shows if you collect items with an educational them, you can make a sweet back to school vignette.


And this little back to school table idea I just threw together last year when school was upon us but I wanted to do something special for the girls.

Please check out our other back to school posts.





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