Simple Saturdays Blog Hop

Saturday, April 18, 2015



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

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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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  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!
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Our featured blogger is chosen each week by YOU our readers...and we hope to have YOU as our next featured blogger!
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Congratulations to our Featured Blogger this week:

A Return to Simplicity

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Creamy Tuna Noodle Macaroni Salad

Thursday, April 16, 2015

You know it is spring when I start making creamy tuna noodle macaroni salad. This dish means warm weather to us. Creamy cold and filling, this is my summertime meal of choice when the heat is on. I make it early in the day and serve with cut up fruit for many a dinner in summer.

This dish is also a great time saver. I can make it even a day ahead and know we have dinner in the fridge. I keep most of the ingredients well stocked from Sam's Club in the pantry so with just a few fresh ingredients, I have dinner or the perfect pot luck dish in a snap.

creamy tuna noodle macaroni salad


Tuna Mac
1/2 pound noodles
2 cans of tuna drained
3 stalks of celery chopped
some chopped green onion or chives. I use chives as I always have them growing.
3 hard boiled eggs chopped
1 bell pepper diced
A generous splash of dill pickle juice
2 tablespoons of dill relish or chopped pickles
1/2 cup Kraft Real Mayo Mayonnaise
1/2 sour cream (adjust the mayo and sour cream to your liking)
salt and pepper

Boil the noodles. Rinse and drain. Add all other ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate for at least several hours and enjoy. Great for lunch the next day too. That is if you have any leftovers.

Be creative and twist that Dish! Find clever ways Kraft saves you time and money with these fun, unique and delicious recipes at samsclub.com/kraftrecipes!

This post was sponsored by Kraft and I was compensated to write it. Regardless, what I have written is my own opinion and experience, and I hope you find it of use. 

How To Plant Tomatoes The Right Way

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Some more vegetable gardening tips since it is spring!! When you are planting tomatoes in pots or right in the garden, here is how to plant tomatoes the right way.

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Whether you are planting tomatoes from seeds and starting them in containers or you buy tomato starts from the nursery, here is how to grow the best tomatoes ever. I think I heard this tip on a gardening show many years ago, but I always have wonderful tomatoes every year from this planting method.

First, when you dig your hole you want to really dig more of a trench about a foot long. Loosen the soil and amend the trench heavily with compost and you can also throw in a slow release fertilizer. I use an organic one from the nursery. 

Next, strip off most of the little leaves and branches along the stem carefully. I snip them. Remove them up to where the main plant begins. Now lay your tomato more horizontal along the trench and then carefully angle up the top portion of the plant and fill in with the soil tamping to hold the tomato plant upright. This is easier with younger tomatoes. With a more mature plant you would have to be careful not to damage the stalk by bending so use caution.

You can see in the picture above how little of the main stem is above the soil. This allows more roots to grow along the entire stem below soil giving you a stronger, more vigorous plant.

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Here is proof. Look at this beefsteak tomato I picked from the garden last year. Almost covered my entire hand. You will have lots of tomatoes for all your summer recipes. Here are some of our favorite ways to prepare all those summer tomatoes.

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Simple Saturdays Blog Hop 4/11

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Welcome to the hop! Happy Saturday. We are off the pick out a tree for the backyard. Nothing I love more than the nursery.

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

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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.
Simple Saturdays Blog Hop

 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!:
simple saturdays featured button
**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. **

Congratulations to our Featured Blogger this week:

 Pamela from Cedar Hills Chronicles with her favorite Carrot Cake Recipe
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Way to go Pamela, who just joined us last week as a co-host here on Simple Saturday Blog Hop!

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Raising Baby Chicks vs. Pullets

Friday, April 10, 2015

Raising chicks vs. pullets, the pros and cons. I have done both and I like raising new chickens both ways. When you have an extreme urban chicken coop like me, you only raise a few new chickens at a time so you enjoy both options of bringing home baby chicks or finding older pullets to add to your flock and urban chicken coop.

raising baby chicks vs. pullets

Spring means chicks and if you go to the feed store this time of year, it is easy to fall for those little peeping balls of feathers. Kids love chicks and they are sweet and easy to hold and fun to watch but along with the cuteness there is more work involved in bringing home chicks. I will give you my low down on the pros and cons of both ways.

You have to keep chicks warm which means you have to have a heat lamp. I have used desk lamps and mine have done fine but we are not very cold here. They also are vulnerable so you have to make sure they are contained in something with a lid and kept safe and prevented from jumping out. Many raise chicks in the house at first, which I have dis once but will not any longer. We are not cold here and our garage does fine.

-You will wait months for eggs and that is if you didn't get a rooster by mistake.
-You will need a grow out coop or space before you can integrate into the coop
-Raising them from chicks gives you lots of opportunity to handle them and get them used to you though I do not hold my chickens much once grown, so I don't care if the chickens like holding. I don't force it except when necessary. My daughter however loves to pick them up and they seem to not mind and let her catch them with ease.

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When you bring home pullets, or older chicks, you can avoid some of the labor of baby chicks. We just brought home two new chickens 2-3 months old. We have puppies right now so I did not want the work of chicks. We have a second coop, our original coop, to put the pullets for a few weeks. We wait for a quarantine period to make sure they are healthy. Here are some of the things to remember with pullets.

-You know you are getting hens at this point (way easier to tell by appearance)
-No lights or chicks in the house
-No cuddly chicks to hold and many pullets may not be used to handling and harder to catch (treats and holding daily helps with this}


-You will get eggs sooner
-Pullets are more expensive than chicks. I usually by 2-3 at a time so the feed of chicks over the extra couple of months costs more, but usually it is a little more for a pullet in the long run. I find it worth it for the ease in work load.
-Flock integration can begin sooner.

raising baby chicks vs. pullets, integrating a flock

We currently only get eggs from bantams so I am looking forward to the eggs from our two new Buff Orpingtons. Either way, I love raising chickens. If I lived in the country, I would have a large flock and a rooster and let nature provide new babies but I am in a very urban environment and controlling what I bring home is a must. No roosters in this town so hens are a must.
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