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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Simple Saturdays Blog Link Party 10/21


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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Primitive Fall Decorating Ideas - Crocks and Stacking Boxes - Fall Home Tour 2017

There are too many bits a things to show in one post so I will break down fall home tour 2017. Today I will share some Primitive Fall Decorating Ideas - Crocks and Stacking Boxes. As always all decorating is done by my husband so I should give him full credit.

hanging chair, fall sign, prim crow

I have had this little happy fall sign for years. Hubby has hung it on a crock stuffed with fall picks and his signature black crow. He loves prim black crows. 

country tin bucket, pumpkin decor

This farm scene metal bucket is new this year. I love how he piled a small collection of fall cuties to create a charming fall vignette.

sunflower wood sign, hanging crock, autumn sign

This fall corner is one of my favorites and as I took this shots at night, I love the punched tin prim star lamp and how it glows on the metal stars on the wall. Hubby is so funny. He tweaks all through the season moving things around until he is happy.

ghost light bulb

This little prim candle stick lamp is old but I found a ghost light bulb to dress it up for a Halloween vignette. You can find the bulb here.

stacking prim boxes, black crow decor

Stacking boxes are the hallmark of primitive decor and I always buy a set every year or two. I don't know why, but I love them.  Stay tuned, next I will share his fall kitchen decorating.
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Homemade Beer Batter Onion Rings

Whenever we go camping, we treat ourselves to some awesome homemade comfort food and a favorite is our homemade beer batter onion rings made with Bisquick. I rarely make fried foods but when we are camping and hiking, I feel like we can splurge.
camping food, comfort food, superbowl recipes

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Simple Saturday Blog 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:

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life

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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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Oak Hill Homestead

Hosts' Choice

Pretty Extraordinary - Caramel Apple Cupcakes
Housewife HowTos - How To Clean After A Flood
From Play Dates to Parties - How to Preserve Acorns & Pine Cones

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Processing And Freezing Bulk Ground Beef - My 40 Pounds of Zaycon Beef

About every 6-8 months I order 40 pounds of grass fed 93/7 ground beef from Zaycon Meats.
Here are my tips for processing and freezing ground beef.

food storage, meatballs, food saver, Zaycon

Thursday, September 21, 2017

You Don't Have To Be A Prepper To Be Prepared - 7 Everyday Tips To Be Ready For Emergencies

These days, between civil unrest and strange weather, I think preparing for emergencies is even more important than ever. You don't have to be a prepper to be prepared but you do have to start. I will share some of the ways I prepare for emergencies. Plus, September is National Preparedness Month so a good time to focus on readiness.

If watching the news doesn't motivate you to at least get a couple days full of supplies going, then maybe nothing will. But here is how we started several years ago to get prepared for disasters and the whatevers. Like I said in this post, we had no power for three days due to just a Mylar balloon but boy was I happy to have a generator and lots of lanterns and battery operated lights.

Easiest Way To Start Getting Prepared For Disasters

1. Start with water. I talk about free ways to store water here.
    Buy a case of water every time you shop and store in your house until you have enough. If you have     a large family you will need more, but a single person will not need as much.

2. Have some source of light. Walmart has small led flashlights for 99 cents. Get a few. Keep one near       your bed, one in your junk drawer and another in your car. We have solar lanterns and battery                 operated as well and one oil lamp.  I want to get another one. I also store lots of candles. Don't
   forget some extra matches.

3. Easiest and cheapest way to stock a deep pantry, one that will feed you for a couple of weeks, is to         start buying two of your common shelf stable foods you eat weekly. This is how I started to stockpile     and you can read about it here on How To Stockpile When You Have Very Little Money.

4. Never let your gas tank go below half a tank. Heck, these days 3/4 of a tank might be smarter but           imagine you are 40 miles from home and something happens? You want to be able to get home if gas     is not available. This is the hardest thing for me to convince my girls to adhere to. Awe, youth!

5 Situational awareness is so important. We all need to pay attention to where we are out in public at all    times. Know where the exits are. Watch for crowd situations that may be unsafe and leave if you need    to before the situation becomes urgent.

6. Keep an eye on your kids. Let your kids play and have fun when you are out but you be the eyes           watching what is around them. Increasing homelessness in our state has made parks and other areas       visited by more than just kids. Many mean no harm, but often some are unstable and drug abusers         and you have to watch them.

7. Carry some pepper spray our mace with you. Our gun carry laws are strict where I currently live but      you can bet my girls and I all have pepper spray on our key chains. I have it ready in my hand often      in most parking lots. I no longer will give folks the benefit of the doubt if I feel threatened. Sadly, it        is not the world it was even 10 years ago.

This is the exact one I carry with quick key release.

You Can Call Me Paranoid - That's Okay

Does not hurt my feelings if folks call me names. I am too old to care, but what I do care about is my family and friends and fellow citizens trying to get by and prosper in this life. For me, being prepared and smart means peace of mind. It's easy once you tick things off your list of preparedness tasks, to start feeling a sense of accomplishment and peace of mind like I said before. None of these things costs much if anything to just be a little smarter these days to deal with our changing world.

There are so many more topics to cover and I will share as I continue to update and tick things of my to do list.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Meal Plan Monday - Simple Spanish Rice and Calzone Recipes

It's Monday which is Meal Plan Monday - Simple Spanish Rice and Calzone Recipes.

frugal meals, pizza dough

Meal Plan Monday

Here are the frugal homemade recipes of the week:

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Easy Way To Cure Toenail Fungus

Not a post I ever wanted to write, but folks after one visit last spring to a nail salon for a pedicure, I got a funky toenail fungus. I am going to share how I got rid of my toenail fungus naturally.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Menu Planning Monday - One Pot Crock Pot Supper and Pizza Crust Recipe

We are back to home school fully this week and with busy schedules and days I am keeping on a tight meal plan Monday schedule so I know what to take out and what to shop for and I don't have to think twice.

This week from tacos to homemade pizza and a yummy one pot slow cooker dinner, I hope you will find a recipe you like. As always simple recipes for busy families.

This weeks featured recipes:
One pot slow cooker supper in a dish
Homemade pizza dough

You can check out Zaycon meats where I order almost all my meat: Zaycon Fresh Meats

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

How We Maintain Our RV Black Tank

There is no more common topic in the RV world, than how to deal with black tank odors and what to do to take care of your black tank. I will share how we maintain our RV trailer black tank. As seasoned campers, we have tried it all and this are the simple inexpensive tips to care for your black tank and to keep the black tank odors at bay

rv tips, black tank

Maintaining Your RV Black Tank

What To Put In Your Tank To Keep Odors Away

1. Honestly, I am not sure you can totally keep black tank odors away as frankly poop and pee are dropping in a plastic holding tank. What you want, is to keep the smells at such a minimum that you don't smell the black tank contents and odors.

At first, like everyone else I bought the blue powder that you find in the RV sections of stores or you can order and there are liquids you can order and frankly some can be expensive. I still, with careful cleaning and an older trailer was finding we were getting some smell from the black tank when we flushed the toilet. Finally, I gave up on RV black water tank chemicals. I thought why not try some other methods and see if I can find a better and cheaper way to add our own cleaners to our black tank. I have read many warnings against putting bleach in the tank so I have not ever tried that.

2. Here is the easy black tank additives I make myself that have worked wonders to keep our tank from stinking. This is inexpensive and I literally just pour in and add water.

Homemade Black Tank Cleaner

1 cup of liquid Gain laundry detergent 
1 cup of liquid water softener (you can use the powder form but dilute one cup of the powder with one cup of hot water)

Pour in tank and add a generous amount of water. You DO NOT want your black tank to dry out. Think of what might be left in there along with some toilet paper and if it dries you will have a cement like mess down in there.

3. Once you have dumped your tank and flushed it, if you have the chance, add the black tank cleaner from above and a good amount of water. The trailer is ready for the next time you head out. Nothing more needs to be done.

4. At the end of the season especially and after each camping trip if I can, I will do a black tank flush to really try and get things off the side of the tank and as much residual waste out of the tank as I can. We have an older trailer so I do not have an automatic black tank flush so I use a wand I ordered that screws on the end of the hose. Do not use your water hose. I know we all know this but I want to cover all bases of safety.

**Here is a not turn the water on until you have that black tank wand down in the tank. It has a little lever to turn water on and off. You will get some water and maybe yucky stuff sprayed around. I just pull the toilet lever, put the wand down in the tank and turn and blast while my husband checks to see when the contents look like they are pretty much gone.

Afterwords, add the above cleaner recipe and some water and you are done. I do take some of my homemade bleach cleaner on some paper towels and spray the inside of the toilet bowl and wipe down that area and the whole toilet gets a good bleach wipe down.

Always wear rubber gloves while dealing with your tank sewage. We keep a box in the trailer side compartment.

I know some that don't put any toilet paper in their tanks. That is up to you if you are comfortable not putting RV toilet paper in the tank and what you will do with it. I will leave that up to each RV owner.

Many black tank sensors, including mine, get stuck. I have noticed the water softener helps to keep the contents from stick on the side of the tank and has helped to unstick our black tank monitor though it seems to stick again from time to time.

Black Tank Valve Cover Reminders:

Always keep the black, and as well the grey tank valves closed except when dumping. You do not want the odors and gases from sewer hook ups coming back up into your RV as well as keeping any critters out of crawling back up that drain hose.

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