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Monday, May 22, 2017

Backyard Garden Tour - May 2017

Would you like to see a backyard garden tour of our little piece of Heaven? See the barbecue area and the vintage sink where the Mr. makes all that barbecue magic happen. We have been working hard and our perennials are so full and ready to bloom.




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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop


   

Welcome back to another week of the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop! We can not wait to see what you have been up to! 



This blog hop is brought to you by a group of co-hosts committed to the simple ways of life and learning to be more self reliant.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to do more for ourselves 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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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 and MYO.

**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 Bloggers!


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Hosts' Choice


Feather in the Woods - How to keep deer out of your garden
Reviews, Chews & How-To's - Cinnamon Clouds
Simply Stacie - Streusel Coffee Cake


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Friday, May 19, 2017

Five On Friday - Vegetable Garden Bed 5/19 and Update

Update video of our front yard vegetable garden, old chicken coop, white garden and patio tomatoes.

small chicken coop


Emperor maple, white garden


purple petunias, happy Wednesday

patio tomato





The little chicken coop out back remains in the garden. I tried to give it to a couple people who wanted larger coops instead, so it sits as I think, cute garden art. It is 7 years old now so made pretty well for under $200.

My white garden, in the shade of the Emperor maple is starting to grow. I can't wait until it fills all in. I have always wanted a white garden but in our tiny backyard garden, we have to create smaller versions of garden rooms.

The petunias are doing well and have loved our rains this last week. Yes, we had rain in May.

Last year, I grew this patio tomato plant by just tucking into a large pot that already had flowers in it. Just remember to feed weekly. You can see it did wonderfully and produced a lot of cherry tomatoes I think due to the tomato fertilizer I use on my container tomatoes.

Yesterday I made a video update on the front yard garden bed. Watch it above and if you would like to follow us on Youtube you can go to our channel and hit subscribe on the right.
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Weekly Menu and Shopping Plan to Save Money and Frugal Grocery Haul 5-17

Due to Mother's day and two birthdays our grocery budget was blown so here is my Weekly Menu and Shopping Plan to Save Money and Frugal Grocery Haul 5-17.

frugal living, feeding large family on budget

 See how I did with a plan to spend between $50 - $70 for a family of six for the week.




Monday, May 15, 2017

Five On Monday - New Favorite Cookbook & Garden News


Our garden, oh it is bringing us so much joy right now. A cool May has made the flowers really last. 


bee skep, garden bees

patio fountain, garden fountain

white garden, bird bath in garden

Gooseberry patch book, frugal meals

Find this Cookbook

cookies on plate


Our garden, oh it is bringing us so much joy right now. A cool May has made the flowers really last. I find surprises at hubby decorates even outside. He hung this old bee skep out among all the vines on our garage wall.

The patio fountain was cleaned and readied for spring and summer on the brick patio. We love all these vines for the way they soften the side of our garage wall. You can see more of this in Softening a Hard scape.

I am working on a little white garden. In our small backyard we have to do areas in mini garden room form. I already removed those two red begonias as they were bugging me and transplanted them elsewhere in the garden.

I received this new cookbook as a gift and I love it. I have already made two dishes from it. I cook for so many people that this is perfect. I want to keep collecting hard backed cookbooks and not only collect recipes online as I love the time perusing a cookbook looking for ideas.

Found some darling plates on clearance at Home goods. I was down to only a few salad/dessert plates and these were perfect. $3 a piece on clearance and I had a gift card.
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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Simple Saturdays Blog Party 5/13


   

Welcome back to another week of the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop! We can not wait to see what you have been up to! 



This blog hop is brought to you by a group of co-hosts committed to the simple ways of life and learning to be more self reliant.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to do more for ourselves in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!


 

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 and MYO.

**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 Bloggers!


Most Viewed





Hosts' Choice



Grillo Designs - How to Build a Bench
Feather in the Woods - How to Grow Lavander
Simply Stacie - Lemon Curd Cocconut Macaroons



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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Stock Up Alert - Wheat And Beef Prices Rising

Stock Up Alert - Wheat and Beef Prices Rising

Recent late season snow and flooding have damaged wheat fields and will affect harvests this year. Experts are expecting prices to rise.

Beef prices will be rising as well with damage to feed crops and even loss of some cattle from recent storms.

Flour and products made with flour like pasta and baking mixes may rise as well so I will be stocking up.
I have picked up 20 pounds of flour today and I will get some more in the large sealed plastic bags from Walmart. These are great for my long term storage and I keep them in large plastic bins and rotate.

Watch the video for a stock up alert and what I am buying.



Monday, May 8, 2017

Two Weeks In The Little Front Yard Garden

The garden has really started to burst. We have so many green tomatoes right now and I see a few cherry tomatoes ready for picking. Come see what the garden has done in two weeks in the little bed out front.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Simple Saturdays Link Party


   

Welcome back to another week of the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop! We can not wait to see what you have been up to! 



This blog hop is brought to you by a group of co-hosts committed to the simple ways of life and learning to be more self reliant.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to do more for ourselves in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!


 

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 and MYO.

**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 Bloggers!


Most Viewed


The (mis)Adventures of a 
"Born Again" Farm Girl




Fairy Eggs - My Chicken Laid What!?!?!



Hosts' Choice



Grandma's House DIY - No Green House? No problem!
Gentle Joy Photography - Foiled By A Chipmunk!
Simply Stacie - Honey Banana Grilled Cheese Sandwich



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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

American Flag Cake Recipe

This American flag cake recipe is so easy and the patriotic cake makes and appearance at Memorial day and Fourth of July every year.  An easy Jello poke cake recipe that is so refreshing too on a hot summer's day.

Jello poke cake, patriotic cake, patriotic dessert

How To Make A Jello American Flag Cake:

You will need:

  • One box of white or vanilla cake mix and what is required to bake it.
  • 3 oz. box of strawberry Jello and two cups of boiling water.
  • Fresh strawberries and blueberries, washed and dried.
  • One container of Cool Whip or homemade whipped cream.

Instructions for making the Jello poke cake:

1. First bake a white boxed cake mix up in a rectangular pan. When it is cooled, use the end of a wooden spoon and poke holes evenly around the whole cake about 1 inch apart.

2.  Dissolve three ounces of strawberry jello into 2 cups of boiling water. Don't let the Jello cool to where you can't pour it well. When it is ready, pour over the entire cake into all the little holes you made.

3. Refrigerate uncovered about three hours so it firms up. Then, cover the top of the cake with homemade whipped cream or Cool whip.

4. Take your washed strawberries and slice them uniformly so they will lay flat. Create the stars and stripes with your blueberries and strawberries. Keep cake cooled in refrigerator until ready to serve. Enjoy!

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