Saturday, August 20, 2016

Simple Saturdays Blog Link Party 8/20


   

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


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Gluesticks







Hosts' Choice



Grandma's House DIY - How to build your own kitchen cabinets
Reviews, Chews, & Hot-Tos - Cucumber Salad
The Country Chic Cottage - Rustic Wedding in a Barn


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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Simple Saturdays Blog Party 8/13


   

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


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Easy Peasy Life Matters







Hosts' Choice



1929 Charmer Cottage - Thai Ground Turkey with Basil
Grandma's House DIY - Build your own kitchen sink base
Gluten Free A-Z - Tomatillo Guacamole


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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Easy Homemade Donuts / Campfire Donuts

If you want an easy way to make homemade donuts  or like me, a way to make campfire donuts, this is it!

When we are camping, it is all about the food and these campfire donuts quickly became a tradition as the we all just loved them.

homemade donuts, campfire donuts
made with larger biscuts

Campfire Donuts

You need:
Sturdy frying pan. I use a cast iron skillet
Oil
Refrigerator biscuits in the tube. (Don't buy the flaky kind)
Cinnamon and sugar mixture. I mix about a cup and a half of sugar and a teaspoon of cinnamon
Small bowl of melted butter

Instructions:
Cut the wholes in the center of the biscuits with a sharp bottle cap or a knife. Save those holes for homemade donut holes.

Get about a half inch of oil good and hot. Fry the donuts about a minute or so on each side until they are a deep golden brown.

Dip each side in the melted butter and then dredge in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Prepare to be popular for making these.

We have made these homemade campfire donuts on our camp stove and at home. Use either the big donuts or the regular size just not the flaky donuts as they absorb too much oil




made with smaller biscuits


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Simple Saturdays Blog Link Party


   

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


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Teach Mama







Hosts' Choice



Simply Stacie - Bacon Ranch Potatoes
Farm Fit Living - Troubleshooting Common Canning Problems
Courtney's Cookbook - Cheesy Zucchini Muffins



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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Simple Saturdays Blog Link Party


   

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


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Gluten Free A-Z







Hosts' Choice



Simply Stacie - Buffalo "Popcorn"
Oak Hill Homestead - Jam Bars
I Heart Vegetables - Easy Greek Salad Dressing



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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Simple Saturdays Blog Link Party 7/23


   

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


Seeking Joyful Simplicity







Hosts' Choice



Farm Fit Living - County Fair Exhibitor Guide
Simply Stacie - Homemade Lemon Curd
Medium Sized Family - Cheap Dinner Ideas That Fit the Budget



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Monday, July 18, 2016

Plastic Silverware Organizing Idea for RV, Camping, Picnics

I have a super easy and cheap plastic silverware organizing idea for RV, camping, picnic or just for an easy home storage idea.

Right now all the school supplies are out and these little plastic pencil cases make great holders for plastic forks, knives and spoons for camping, outdoors, BBQ or just to keep them organized in your home.

RV tip, organization, camping supplies

Plastic Cutlery Organizing Idea

  • I bought my plastic silverware holder, aka school supply boxes, at Walmart for .97 a piece.
  • Washed and dried thoroughly.
  • Used a sharpie and mark forks, knives and spoons.


camping organization, repurpose, school supplies

You can see my video on this RV organization and storage tip here:


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Scratch vs. Homemade Debate



Cooking From Scratch Vs. Buying Premade

The debate about cooking from scratch compared to buying pre-made items is complicated and in some ways unique to every situation. Cooking from scratch is often touted as healthier, cheaper and more "authentic" than buying premade foods. On the other hand, there are only so many hours in the day and the thought of making every single item of food from scratch can be overwhelming. It's often difficult to figure out which option is best.
Ultimately, there isn't really a unilateral "best" answer that applies to everyone. There are too many factors and extenuating circumstances so it's better to focus on figuring out which option is best for your life and your family. If you take the time to consider a few specific topics, you should be able to determine which foods are best for you to cook yourself and which are better to buy from the store.



Cost

One of the most common themes in the conversation about cooking from scratch vs. buying pre-made is the cost. Nearly every article out there suggests that cooking from scratch is always less expensive. However, this is not universally true. It largely depends on what you are comparing. For example, boxed macaroni and cheese is usually going to be cheaper than making a fancy version with organic cream and several types of gourmet cheese. On the other hand, store-bought granola is usually far more expensive than if you make it from scratch, especially if you can buy the ingredients in bulk.
In order to figure out if you should buy or make, it's best to consider your normal shopping list. Look at the things you buy most often and do a quick calculation on the cost of the individual ingredients if you were to make it from scratch. If you don't want to go that in-depth, just look up lists of foods that are generally cheaper when made from scratch. It can also be helpful to divide your list into things you will always make at home, versus things you will only cook from scratch when you have the time.

Taste

Another aspect to consider is the taste. Some foods are vastly better when made from scratch, whereas with others, there isn't much of a difference between homemade and store bought. A good rule to use is how much of the recipe is fresh ingredients. Recipes that call for lots of fresh produce, herbs and seasoning are usually better when made from scratch. Another indicator is the ingredient list of the pre-made version. If it's a high-quality brand with a few real, pronounceable ingredients, you may not gain much from cooking it yourself.

Time Commitment

Some advocates of always cooking from scratch don't address the time commitment required for all that homemade food. But it isn't something that should be ignored. Depending on your schedule and your family's commitments, it may not be possible to commit the time necessary to make everything from scratch. For example, nearly everyone agrees that homemade bread tastes better and is healthier than store bought. However, making bread from scratch is a large time commitment, and depending on how many people are in your family, you may need to make bread several times a week.

Health

Health is another important consideration when deciding what you buy and what to make from scratch. Again, the health difference between homemade and store-bought depends heavily on what the food actually is. Especially nowadays, there are more healthy and fresh options available at the store than ever before. For example, Hampton Creek makes vegan mayo in several different flavors with a healthy list of ingredients. It's also affordable, so compared to the time and expertise required to make homemade mayo, it's probably more practical for most people to buy it.
If anyone in your family has food allergies or specific restrictions requiring a modified diet, it's important to consider that as well. There may not be as many healthy store-bought options for foods that fit a restricted diet, so you may need to find the time to make those things from scratch.
The homemade vs. store bought debate isn't likely to be settled anytime soon. The good news is that you only have to figure out the solutions for your own life and family. Once you take into consideration cost, taste, time commitment and health, you can determine which foods you want to buy, and which you want to make yourself. You can feel good about making the best choices for your family everyday.

My family loves all the spicy mayos now available. I stock up when they are on sale.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Walmart Haul - Emergency Preps, Back to School and Coupon Deals

Today I popped into Walmart for some coupon deals, back to school items and some emergency preps.

I have been couponing to save money shopping and using my savings to purchase our emergency preparedness supplies.  I will share what I bought in hopes to help others save money and get prepared for fall and for emergencies.


Walmart Coupon Deals 7/11

  • The Gain Flings are a great deal. A $3 coupon made them a little over a $1 but I read in some stores they are clearanced so with the coupon they are 50 cents. 
  • Other coupon items I felt worth picking up were the organic gummies. With the coupons they were around 50 cents and will be nice to have for camping or for a movie night. 
  • Pretzel crisps
  • Stir Fry Sauce
  • Ban deodorant
Refer to Grocery Smarts for the coupon details


Back to school deals 

Walmart has the best prices for school supplies. I picked up some items and will probably go back for more.
  • Notebooks 17 cents
  • Glue sticks 2-pack 50 cents
  • Dividers
  • Filler paper
I am hoping for some deals on computer paper and scissors as I need to stock up on those.

Emergency supplies from Walmart

  • 6 gallon water container
  • Propane
  • Bleach
  • Canned goods
  • Zote soap (I can make so many cleaners from this bar)
  • Extra toothbrushes
  • Extra OTC meds
  • Plastic school cases will be used for something else I will share later. So many uses for these.
You can see my video of my haul and tips here. You can comment and subscribe there too. I am going to do a couple of videos a week going over new topics as well as videos on some of my post viewed posts.