Sweet Waldorf Salad Recipe


I have always been a huge fan of fruit salads, and my mom always made some of the yummiest waldorf salads. Unlike most waldorf salads, it doesn't include mayonnaise (because my mother hates mayo) and is actually a little on the sweet side, making it a really light treat for a hot summer day. It goes fantastic with BBQ chicken and makes a great side dish to bring to pot lucks as it is really easy to make. Anyway, without any more ado, here's the recipe: Sweet Waldorf Salad Recipe   ... [ Read More ]

Get a Good Night’s Sleep Without AC


Summer can be a ton of fun with all of the BBQs, strawberries, fun vacation plans, and the beautiful weather. But, while the hot summer days can be a challenge without air conditioning, sleeping during those humid nights can be an absolute nightmare. Personally, I tend to sleep much better when I'm cool, and I am sure I'm not alone. Earlier this month, we posted some ideas for staying cool without AC, but what about sleeping without AC? Well, here are some of my favorite tips for surviving ... [ Read More ]

How to Plan a Great BBQ on a Budget


When I think about quintessential summer, one of the first things that comes to mind is hosting a barbecue with friends and family. I have many fond memories of hanging out on the back patio of a relative's house during the summer, eating hotdogs and playing HORSE or winning a watermelon seed spitting contest. But, hosting a gathering can be expensive. Here are some tips and ideas for hosting the best ever BBQ without breaking your bank! BBQ Planning Tips Plan for weather - It's going to ... [ Read More ]

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad


Hey everyone! Today I wanted to share one of my absolute favorite pasta salad recipes (which, once again, I forgot to take a photo of. It disappeared before I even thought about it! That's how you know it's delicious). This awesome salad is served cold and is perfect for a pot luck, a BBQ or just for a really hot day when you don't want to turn the oven on and heat up the whole house. Everything can be made on the stovetop ahead of time, and in fact is better made a little bit in ... [ Read More ]

Living an Old Fashioned Life in a Modern World

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I'm probably preaching to the crowd when I say that living an old fashioned, simple life is pretty much amazing. However, I have noticed quite a bit of discussion and even confusion on exactly what it means to be "old fashioned" in today's world. Can you be 'old fashioned' if you live in an apartment in the city? Are you really 'old fashioned'  if you have internet and a smartphone? What if you don't like gardening or prefer to use boxed laundry detergent? Living an old fashioned life today ... [ Read More ]

6 Misconceptions about Preppers


I'd be willing to bet that unless you are a prepper, most of what you know about preppers is wrong. You might be familiar with one of several "Doomsday Prepper" shows or a survivalist show featuring people like Bear Grylls. And, while those shows and such are exciting and fun to watch, that's not at all what preppers are all about. Prepper Misconceptions They are paranoid and/or conspiracy theorists I blame television completely for this, undoubtedly the most common misconception. Preppers ... [ Read More ]

Elephant Milk


Peanut butter is a favorite at my house. Creamy or crunchy, it doesn't really matter all that much; we just absolutely love it. When I was a child, one of my favorite comfort foods was a milkshake that my mother used to call Elephant Milk. I'm not really sure if it's something that she invented for her peanut butter-loving children or if it's from a cookbook somewhere, but let me tell you that this drink is the absolute best! Perfect with graham crackers or any kind of mild sugar cookie, ... [ Read More ]

Protect Your Chickens from Bird Flu


If you've been keeping an eye on the news at all, then you're probably aware that there is a particularly nasty strain of bird flu going around and causing all kinds of trouble for fowl in Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, 15 other states and various countries around the world. Egg prices have skyrocketed a shocking 58% in the wake of so many chickens becoming infected--around 47 million or more, some say. Now, I'd love to say that I'm an expert on this sort of thing, but viruses aren't something ... [ Read More ]

Old Fashioned Weather Forecasting

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Today we have all kinds of high-tech methods for forecasting the weather including weather satellites and sensors and all kinds of other technology. But, personally, I've always found that some of the old-fashioned methods that people used for telling the weather were just as accurate (if not more accurate) than anything the weatherman could tell you. So today, I've gathered some of my favorite old-fashioned weather forecasting wisdom for you! Here are some of my favorite tried-and-true ... [ Read More ]