Saturday, May 28, 2016

Simple Saturdays Blog Link Party 5/28


   

Welcome to Simple Saturdays Blog Hop!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Gardening Tips And Getting The Porch Ready For Memorial Day

We have been working in the garden daily. Popping in to share a couple gardening tips on the blog and our Memorial day porch.

I was going to throw out this old rusty garden cart but decided to plop it in the garden to grow tomatoes in. I am trying a couple new varietes of tomatoes in the wheelbarrow. Smaller bush type tomato plants are great for containers. Remember to feed as tomatoes are heavy feeders.

tomatoes in wheelbarrow, southern California garden


wooden rooster sign

We get a lot of opposums and fruit rats in the garden if we are not careful at outsmarting them. Our backyard vegetable garden is a problem area so I use hardware cloth round cages to grow all my veggies in. You can see this squash is doing great in the critter proof cage. I just reach in and harvest. 

Cutting the vegetable protector at least 18 - 24 inches high is important.

squash cage, yellow squash, protecting vegetables from garden pests

I love to add patriotic decor to our porch for the summer holidays from Memorial day through Labor day.
Decorating ideas for the American flag are many but we love to show our pride and display some red white and blue.

summer porch, hanging flower basket, American flags

I have had this five finger flag bracket for years. I just buy new small American flags ever couple of years.

five finger metal flag bracket, five flag holder

You can check out how we decorate and celebrate Memorial day here: Memorial day parties and decor

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop 5/14


   

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.  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!

**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 this week


Most View


Little House Living








Hosts' Choice 


Maple Hill 101 - New Home for the Birds
Easy Peasy Life Matters - Easy Peasy Egg Casserole
Seeking Joyful Simplicity - Healing With Herbs 


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Thursday, May 12, 2016

My Top Four Spring Flowers

Every year I love to discover new flowers and tour the local nurseries. Here are my top four spring flowers blooming now in our garden.

Late spring is almost our summer here in Southern California. The flowers are all blooming like crazy. Come summer the heat makes our garden stall so we savor the color and being in the garden now.

Gardening in Southern California is awesome. You can grow year round and always have something blooming. Here are my favorite spring flowers in our garden for 2016.

Spring Flowers for 2016

I discovered this petunia a week ago at Home Depot. It is petunia, night sky. I am heading back to buy another before they are gone. The petals of the petunia really do look like a starry night sky.

night sky petunia, starry night petunia

Last year we bought one milkweed plant and this year we have some nice volunteers. I love how it attracts the butterflies and the monarch caterpillars are the cutest. We also plant butterfly bush to attract the butterflies.

butterfly garden, milkweed, cottage garden, southern California garden

 Hollyhocks are the quintessential cottage garden flower. Mine were huge this year and and I can see lots of small ones coming up in the garden. They are a biennial so the ones sprouting this year will not bloom until next year.

hollyhocks, cottage garden

And though not a flower, no less colorful is our Emperor Japanese Maple we bought last year. This is our first spring with the tree leafing out and it is absolutely vivid and gorgeous. And yes you can grow Japanese maple in Southern California. This even gets hot afternoon sun. Just make sure they do not dry out.

emperor Japanese maple

So those are my favorites for this year. Do you have a favorite flower for the year so far?

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Simple Saturdays Blog Link Party 5/7


   

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.  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 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 this week


Most View


Cottage Making Mommy








Hosts' Choice 


Garden Up Green - Natural Indian Paint Brush
Repurposed For Life - Peaceful Peacock
Happily Homegrown - Growing Raspberries


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Friday, May 6, 2016

Emergency Drinking Water Storage


When you begin emergency preparedness you should start with water. Without emergency drinking water storage you won't last long if a disaster occurs or their is some disruption in your water supply. Storing food for emergencies is what most folks think of first but water should be where you begin.

prepper, prepping, storing water

Drinking water storage is hard though, cause water is not the simplest thing to store. We all don't mind storing bags of beans or rice but water is bulky and requires safe conditions for it to remain drinkable.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Easy Cheesy Drop Biscuits

Ultimate comfort food, these easy cheesy drop biscuits are perfect for dinner or alongside a pot of homemade soup. My family requests these all the time and this homemade biscuits recipe is so simple you can mix up a batch in just minutes.

bisquick, biscuits, comfort food

Easy Cheesy Drop Biscuits

Ingredients:
Baking mix
milk
shredded cheddar cheese (we like sharp)

Mix up what you will need for the amount you would like using the recipe for drop biscuits on the box of baking mix. You can also make up your own scratch all purpose baking mix using one of the many recipes online. Add a cup or two (for large batch) or so of shredded cheese depending on how many biscuits you are making. Stir until just mixed. 

I use my handy dandy cookie scoop to make uniform round biscuits. Scoop a heaping amount of the biscuit batter and just drop onto cookie sheets. Bake at 450 for 10-12 minutes until the tops are a golden brown.

These leftover biscuits are perfect the next day sliced in half to make a fried egg sandwich for breakfast.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Emergency Preparedness - How To Get Started

All of us should be prepared for disasters whether natural or man made and it doesn't have to be overwhelming. Follow in our emergency preparedness series - How to get started.

Do not let the feeling that this prepping or being ready is too much so you will just keep putting it off. I already cover why you need to start NOW. When you begin to gather emergency supplies and start a plan for emergencies, you will discover it gives you a sense of peace and in my case is a little bit addicting. I love working on my deep pantry food storage and getting items that we need checked off of our list.

prepper, prepping, storing water