Pumpkin Carving Tips


October is finally here! While Halloween is still several weeks away, I've already started thinking about costumes, parties and the best part--carving pumpkins. I have tons of fond memories of carving little grinning pumpkins and placing them on the stoop when I was growing up, and to me it just isn't Halloween without a few jack-o-lanterns sitting around! So, if you're planning out your next Halloween pumpkin, then here are some tips to make sure yours is the coolest pumpkin ever! Choosing ... [ Read More ]

Strawberry Turnover Recipe

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It's no secret that I absolutely love strawberries. I use them absolutely any way that I can and during the summer months I eat more strawberries than is probably healthy. Today, I have a delicious and simple recipe for strawberry turnovers that will absolutely taste like the best of summer, no matter what time of the year it is. Personally, turnovers are one of my favorite desserts. They're like tiny personal pies without all of the fuss and trouble. You can eat them on the go and they're ... [ Read More ]

9 Signs You’re a Homesteader

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From making your own jams and jellies to raising chickens in the backyard or even doing some gardening and DIY projects, homesteading looks different for everyone. And, really, it's more of a lifestyle than anything. But it's hard to put the 'homesteading' label on everyday life. But never fear! Today I have some clues that you might be becoming a homesteader: Waking up at 7 a.m. is sleeping in Boxed food tastes like chemicals to you Work boots and pajamas are totally ... [ Read More ]

Things You Should and Should Not Feed Chickens

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Chickens can be extremely entertaining and useful to have around the homestead. They can also be extremely valuable, providing eggs and meat as well as helping control bugs. Plus, they're a lot of fun to watch! While there are a lot of things you can feed your chickens aside from feed to keep them healthy and happy, there are also some things that ought to be avoided. Things you should feed your chickens Every chicken is a little different, but in addition to a balanced feed diet, here are ... [ Read More ]

Old Fashioned Craft Tutorials


Stress is one of those things that everyone has to deal with, and I'm convinced that the prevalence of technology greatly adds to that. I mean, your average person spends an exorbitant amount of time looking at a screen, and it doesn't really give you mind any time to wander or relax. And that's where old-fashioned crafts come in! Now, I am a very crafty sort of person and I absolutely love learning and trying new things--especially in the winter when it's too cold outside to go and do ... [ Read More ]

How to Test if an Egg is Fresh


I eat a ton of eggs. They're the ultimate breakfast (or supper!) food and most of my baking recipes call for at least one egg. So, of course, we go through eggs pretty quick. Sometimes they're farm eggs from my friend's hens and other times I purchase them from the store. But regardless as to how many eggs I eat, there's always at least one instance where I find an egg and don't know how old it is. Maybe it was stuffed in the back of the fridge or perhaps it was found at the back of the coop ... [ Read More ]

11 Uses for White Vinegar


I am not a huge fan of chemical cleaners, generally speaking, and I try to avoid them whenever possible. Not only is it a little cheaper and better for the environment, but it's also healthier for me, my family and my pets. I've already done a post on all the ways that I use baking soda around the house. So, today I wanted to share the uses for my other secret weapon: vinegar. Now I have a confession: I hate the smell of vinegar. When I was a kid I absolutely despised it and while I can ... [ Read More ]

My Top Secret Get-Better-Sleep Tea


When things are really busy, I am one of those people who has trouble shutting off at night. There are always so many things to do and so many things on my mind, I just find myself constantly worrying and thinking over what I did today and what I'll do tomorrow and how to make everything work. Shockingly, it led to poor sleep which basically made everything else harder. While most of my friends and relatives suggested I try taking some sleeping medicine or something to help me relax at night, ... [ Read More ]

Homemade Chemical-Free Playdough


In my opinion, playdough was one of the best parts of being a kid. There creative possibilities that you can explore with those bright hunks of dough are just amazing and there really isn't an adult equivalent. And, while the Play-Doh that you can buy in stores is actually not as bad for you as you think, it still isn't the best choice for some children. According to the health and safety information from the play-doh company, Play-Doh is a non-toxic, non-allergenic dough whose main ... [ Read More ]