Spent Coffee Grounds: More Than Just Compost

After you’re done brewing a pot or cup of coffee, you just need to toss the grounds into the compost, right? Not so fast!  While composting coffee grounds is a fabulous option, you  might be surprised at a few of the other things you can use them for. Use your spent coffee grounds… To deodorize […]


Do You Like Diamonds? Get Read For A Giveaway!

Do you like diamonds?    Then you’re in the right place!  Just because I like to focus on living naturally, that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun now and again!    So here’s your heads up; your chance to save the date, mark you calendar, write it down, make a mental note…  you know […]

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop #4

 Welcome! What is Simple Saturdays Blog Hop? Simply put, it’s a link-up for each of us to share the various ways that 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-


Mama Baby Love Giveaway {2/26}

There is something really special about that moment a mother first puts her newborn baby to her breast. A priceless moment filled with love. Though that moment really doesn’t need anything extra, we’re hosting a Mama Baby Love giveaway to make it even more special! We will outfit two mamas and their babies for their […]

Our new LGD pup meeting the animals

Zeus Trains With the Pigs: Integrating an LGD With Animals

Recently, we not only got some new piglets, but we also got ourselves a new LGD (Livestock Guardian Dog) to add to our farm. After getting Zeus settled in, we decided that it would be best to train him to work with our new American Guinea Hogs. Specifically, we’re training him to work with the […]

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Rip Your Britches, Mend With Zig Zag Stitches

It happens to the best of us.  We don’t mean to, but it happens.  Our pants get a rip or a tear, and sometimes in the most delicate places!  But no worries; your favorite pants aren’t ruined.  If you’ve got a sewing machine equipped with a zig-zag stitch and just a few minutes, that rip […]

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How to Mend Ripped Jeans

In our house, there’s no shortage of clothing that needs mended.  Between busy little boys and a hard working Hubby, it seems that holes in pants are one of my most common mending projects.  Hubby’s pants are bigger, making it a lot easier for me to just turn pants inside out and patch, but my […]

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Smooth Sumac: An Edible Plant

Smooth Sumac: Forage and Make Your Own Lemonade Drink

As usual, we’ve been foraging up a storm whenever we have the extra time, and even sometimes when we don’t!  The opportunity to add extra food items to our table for no or low cost is nearly impossible to pass up.  While I was reading through a few of my favorite foraging books, I found […]


Juneberry Pancakes – A Tasty Foraging Reward!

I love foraging for wild Juneberries.  But I love eating them even more.  And what could be better than eating some delish pancakes made with fresh Juneberries?  I really can’t think of much!  Well, not right now anyway.  Does that mean I’m hungry?   I came up with a tasty pancake recipe, spinning off from […]

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