Tuesday, June 30, 2015

On My Bucket List - A Trip To London

Some day, some how, I would love to travel to London. From museums, to gardens to stately architecture, I have always wanted to travel there. I better start saving my duckets as my dad would say. As always traveling on a budget would be in order.


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Hotels in London- When and Where Deals May Be Found

London, England, one of the world's most popular cities, is a world-class tourist destination as well as one of the world's major business centers.

With over 15 million visitors annually, the city is alive and active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And of course, with such tremendous traffic, there must be suitable accommodations to allow such visitor numbers to stay within the city.


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London, with over 100,000 hotel rooms located with 10 kilometers of the city, has great numbers of accommodations to suit any visitors budget and amenities preferences.

What with the explosion in popularity of travel and hotel websites on the internet, travelers are finding booking for themselves airfare, car rental, and hotel room bookings easier than ever.

It's now much easier to book a hotel room in London. But the astute traveler asks themselves certain questions about their upcoming trip. Getting answers to their questions can make their hotel booking much quicker, and possibly prevent disappointment if things don't go as they had hoped they would.

A few questions London visitors may be asking are:

*Are there good and bad times to visit London, as it relates to economies?

For the visitor mindful of their budget, the best months to visit the city are September through November, and January and February. Hotels in all price ranges slash their prices, some up to 50%, during these times. As London's famous gardens are coming into bloom from March through May, these are months when hotels charge premium rates, a period of time when visitors should expect to pay much more for their rooms.

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*Are there specific areas within the city to look for good deals on hotels in London?

Indeed, there are areas, within walking distance, that are emerging as attractive options for the budget-conscious visitor.

London's East End, best known as the haunts of Jack the Ripper, features cheap rooms and B&Bs;. The South Bank, home to the London Eye Ferris Wheel and the reconstructed Shakespeare's Globe Theater, features cheap, quality lodging options.

So with a bit of research, visitors to London will be able to find a quality hotel room in greater London, with all the features they are looking for, while keeping within the budget they wish to stick to. From there, all the beauty and splendor of this magnificent city awaits!


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Monday, June 29, 2015

How To Grill The Perfect Corn On The Cob

Let me just say, I have not boiled corn on the cob in years. We grill it baby!! Here is how to grill the perfect corn on the cob.

How To Grill The Perfect Corn On The Cob, barbecue, grilling

My dad was the king of barbecue but this tip comes from my mother. Growing up in Southern California, you get used to grilling year round. That gives you time to perfect those barbecue meals. This is so simple however that you will always want to cook your corn this way. No hot boiling pot of water in your summer kitchen.

How To Grill The Perfect Corn On The Cob, soaking corn in salt water

This is the perfect way to prepare corn on the cob while camping or out on a picnic where you are grilling. You will want to start the corn first on the barbecue to give it plenty of time to cook and steam right in the husk. This gives the corn the best flavor.
How To Grill The Perfect Corn On The Cob


Grilled Corn On The Cob

Ingredients
  • Corn on the Cob in the Husk
  • Heaping Teaspoon Salt
  • Water
Cooking Directions
  1. At least a couple of hours before your barbecue, fill a large pan or bowl with cool water and dissolve the salt by stirring in the water. Put the corn, still in the husk, in the water and submerge and let soak out on the counter. Prepare your grill to about 325 degrees. Remove corn from the salt bath and lay on the grill. Turn occasionally. Grill 35-40 minutes. Remove from grill, cool just a bit and peel. Add butter, salt and pepper. Enjoy! Grill temperatures may vary. We use a traditional charcoal grill but the temperature gauge reads roughly 325.
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop




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!
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Winner Winner Chicken Treat Winner!


The winner of the chicken giveaway is the Keele family. Congratulations!
I will contact you today for your information.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Father's Day Gift Idea and The Man That Keeps It All Together

We had a busy Father's day weekend. Extended family on Saturday and just our family having a little barbecue to celebrate the man that makes it all happen around here. We tried hard to capture a selfie of our family and it as always, resulted in chaos and laughter.
Looking at this picture, can you imagine being him? That is a lot of women to live with but it doesn't faze him. He is the calm in the hormonal storm when needed and keeps me encouraged when I need it.
That is a lot of estrogen.


We had a birthday girl this week and Father's day so instead of spending money on a gift bag that you will just toss, we put the gifts in reusable buckets. A nice white one for the daughter that just moved out filled with home keeping supplies and gift cards and for the hubby a new car washing bucket in his favorite color. We filled his with lots of his favorite things and gifts cards as well.


A nap on Father's day is much earned but of course he had to have his two smallest girls included. These two puppies love their daddy. Can you tell?




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Monday, June 22, 2015

Crock Pot Mixed Berry Cobbler

Crock pot berry cobbler you bake in your slow cooker.
This is the easiest perfect summer dessert but the bonus is you can make it in the crock pot and not turn your oven on. 


Crock Pot Mixed Berry Cobbler

6 cups mixed berries washed (let drain), if using strawberries sliced them in half
1 cup sugar
2 3/4 cups Bisquick
1/4 cup butter melted
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla


Butter your slow cooker on the bottom and sides. In a large bowl pour in the washed berries with half cup sugar and a half cup of the Bisquick. Pour the mixture into the buttered crock pot.
In another bowl, mix the rest of the Bisquick, 1/4 sugar, melted butter, milk and vanilla until a soft dough. Scoop by teaspoon or my preferred method, a cookie dough scoop, on top of the berry mixture. Now mix the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon and sprinkle over the dough mixture. Do not stir. Just put lid on, cover and cook on high 2 to 2 1/2 hours until dough is puffy and fruit is bubbling and hot. Serves 10.



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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop

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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!
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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Use The Chicken Run And Other Fencing To Grow A Verticle Garden

Some say chickens and gardens cannot coexist but that isn't true. If you are smarter than the chickens, and take a few extra steps, you can raise chickens and have a prolific garden in the same space.


When you garden on a small urban lot, every inch of soil counts. When I added a chicken coop and run to our yard, I lost some of that valuable planting real estate. After the first year of getting used to raising chickens, I decided to try to use that wonderful vertical fencing that was sitting right in my back yard. Problem was, I had chickens on the other side of that fence and they will try and devour anything green they can reach.

Through trial and error, I came up with a way to grow vegetables along the fence of my chicken run. Grass runs along the outside of the run so I had to plant on the inside. Protection of the new seedlings from the chickens was my first task. The soil was already wonderfully loose and amended with lots of chicken droppings so I was good to go there. I did dig a nice big loose hole and drop some compost on the bottom so the roots could grow down and not out and not be harmed by the chickens scratching the nearby soil.

Hardware cloth, chickens wire and small roll out fencing from the hardware store is your friend. I strategically place it in areas that I need to protect the plants from my chickens.

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First, I created a semi circle form about 18 inches high out of hardware cloth. I have bantams so you may need to make your form higher to prevent standard breeds from getting at your plants. I planted the seedlings, climbing vines are the best for this, and then placed the wire form around and right up to the fence and used some wire to secure the form to the metal chicken run fencing. Chickens will dig up anything they can get to as well so I place protection all around the base of the plants. I used wood logs at first but have since switched to bricks to make a more attractive growing area.

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Pumpkins and cucumbers grow along chicken coop fence.
Now you sit back and watch your veggies grow. For the most part the chickens just ignore the plants. Once the plants get higher than the plant munchers can reach, they take off and provide beauty, food and additional shade in the summer for the chickens. So far I have grown cucumbers, squash and pumpkins along the fence and even tomatoes one year that grew from the seeds of tomatoes I had thrown in the run for the chickens to eat. If you are worried the fruit will be too heavy for the vine, create little slings out of old fabric scraps or nylons you can tie up around the fruit. Makes a great conversation piece when people try and figure out what is hanging in little hammocks along the run. If the chickens happen to get some leaves, then all the better. It is all just a part of learning to garden with chickens successfully in a small space but it can be done and be beautiful at the same time.

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