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    What’s the scoop on Microgreens?

    I feel like I am just dying to have spring get here! I just want to start our garden and to order a ton of baby chicks (I am not allowed at Tractor Supply from now until May for this reason 🙂 ). It hit me a few weeks ago that I could start some planters inside to get my gardening fix! I stumbled across this new gardening trend, microgreens. I will be honest I never quite heard of these before but basically they are mini versions of many types of plants. These plants are then typically used to spice up your salads. I found this great company, True Leaf…

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    Pumpkin Pie

      This fall I decided I was going to make my first pumpkin pie. I actually never made any kind of pie before because I thought it would be so time consuming, and lots of ways I could mess them up. I wanted to cook down a pumpkin and use fresh puree instead of the canned stuff. That was the hardest and most time consuming part of this whole recipe. I roasted the seeds and gave the pumpkin skin to our chickens. Everyone around here was very happy I made the pie, in fact the kids keep asking when I am going to make another one.. what have I gotten…

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    Salmon Made Two Ways

    Recently our neighbor went on a fishing trip. He caught so many salmon, he was nice enough to share some with us. I think salmon is something you really love or you hate it. It can have a stronger taste than other types of fish. I personally really love salmon, it took a few times trying it to really like it. It all comes down to how its made and how fresh it is, at least that’s my opinion. I decided to give two recipes a try with this salmon. We had salmon steaks and fillets, both were really good and simple to make. Keep in mind the salmon steaks…

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    Ham, Peas and Potato Casserole

    With the cooler weather coming, this means I can spend even more time in the kitchen making new recipes! I enjoy coming up with creative and different meals… however my kids aren’t always as thrilled when I get carried away with new recipes. For some reason veggies are just the worst thing in the world! Anyway, this recipe was super simple to make. Potato and peas are like the top two veggies my kids love so that was a no brainer to use them. I think that you could also substitute the peas for green beans and it would be just as good. My son Reese is currently having to…

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    Crockpot Raspberry Peach Chipotle Glazed Pork

    This recipe was so good and easy to make! This time of the year I am just all about using the crockpot whenever I can. Recently I found this amazing company called Fredericksburg Farms. They are based in Texas, and what I love about them is everything is made and produced on the farm! I really try to support other farms when purchasing products. Once you get a taste of the farm life you realize the time and effort these farmers put into their crops and any products they sell. I think in our society we focus on what’s quick and cheap, and so many people are missing out on…

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    Apple Crisp

      It is officially apple season! It wouldn’t be fall without breaking out a few apple recipes. So far I have made 3 different apple recipes and I’m ready to share them with you! This first one is apple crisp!   This is the first time that I tried to make apple crisp on my own. It turned out so good, even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to go with it! The most time consuming part of any apple recipe is definitely peeling and coring the apples. Please share your apple crisp recipes, I would love to give them a try!   Ingredients 6 large apples (or…

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    Homemade Hamburger Helper Recipe

    I am always on the lookout for new recipes. Unfortunately, sometimes the children aren’t to thrilled with me when I try something “new”. I noticed on Pinterest recently there has been TONS of homemade hamburger helper recipes. I will admit I do love hamburger helper on occasion, but I was interested to see how the homemade version would turn out. I took a look at a few recipes and made a few changes to it.  I was pleasantly surprised how GOOD it was!! I will definitely be making this again, and it was a hit with the kids!! Garlic bread is a must with this! I added a twist to…

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    Applesauce

      Fall is officially here! Here in Pennsylvania we went from 80 degree weather down to 40s at night in a week! But with the arrival of fall, we can now break out the seasonal recipes! Every year that I can remember my mom, sister and I would make applesauce. Well if I’m completely honest our mom did most the cooking, and my sister and I were just helpers! Either way we were always super excited when she was making applesauce, and there always was a disagreement between my siblings of who would get to eat the fresh applesauce first! What I love about making applesauce is how easy it…

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    Benefits of Raising Ducks

    Let me start out by saying ducks are my favorite! I just love watching them waddle around and play in water. Each duck has its own personality, playness and they can be quite lovable. When I see baby ducks at our local feed store I just can’t help myself, the little fluffy ducklings are just to adorable!! Here’s 6 reasons why you must add ducks to your homestead today!   Ducks Personalities  If you have never watched a duck swimming in some water you are missing out on some great entertainment! It’s so relaxing to sit out and watch the ducks play in their pool. The way they try to…

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    How to raise Quail

    One of the easiest animals to raise on your homestead are quail. They take up the least amount of room and are becoming very popular. Despite their small size you can still turn a profit raising them. Quail can be raised for meat and eggs just like many other types of poultry. Quail eggs are the healthiest type of eggs to eat. When compared to other eggs, quail eggs are higher in protein, phosphorous, iron, vitamin A. Quail meat is considered to be a delicacy, many restaurants will pay top dollar for the meat. These little birds are also a very good source of fresh food for your own family…

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    Tips for bringing home your new puppy

    The kids are over the moon we just got a new puppy! As you will come to find out on my blog I am a huge animal lover, but dogs are my absolute favorite. I completely agree with the saying “Dogs are man’s best friend” (in this case woman’s ). Dogs are so loving, loyal and bring so much joy into a household. Our new puppy we decided to name Daisy. She’s an Australian Shepherd mix and just adorable! Aussies and Labs are my personal favorite breed of dogs. Their personality’s are so sweet and gentle but they like to be in the mix of things. Which is perfect when…

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    Perfect Recipe for Fall!

    Finally!!! My favorite time of the year is here!! What’s not to love about fall? The leaves are turning colors, the mornings are cooling down. But my favorite part is all the yummy recipes we have been putting off all summer. Who really wants to eat soup when its 90 degrees out? Certainly not me! Currently all the little ones are in bed and I am curdled up on the couch with a hot cup of tea and a cozy blanket. I don’t think life could get any better then this. Having young children dinner can become quite tricky at times. I think it is safe to say that ALL…