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Lesa

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2010-07-02

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Ideas for creating sustainable, self-reliant, lifestyles that include backyard chickens, gardens,.. goats, and real food.

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  • Natural Pine Cone Ornaments
    on Dec 19, 2016 in Decorations
    These natural pine cone ornaments are not only beautiful; they’re easy to make and inexpensive as well.  All it takes are some pinecones (gathered for free in our case), spray paint, ribbon, and a glue gun.  I chose to make them&...
  • Simple Saturdays Blog Hop 12/17/16
    on Dec 17, 2016 in Blog Hops Farm news
         Welcome to the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop. We can’t wait to see what you have to share this week!  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 S...
  • Easy Beef Stroganoff
    on Dec 14, 2016 in Main Dish
    We have a long running discussion about whether beef stroganoff should be served over mashed potatoes (my husband grew up eating it this way) or over buttered noodles (the way I grew up eating it) at our house. I admit that it’s good both ways,...
  • DIY Gift Idea – Luxury Bath Soak
    on Dec 13, 2016 in Beauty Products
    Since it’s the season for gifting, here’s an idea for a simple to make bath soak. Tied up with an appropriately colored ribbon and tag, it can be a thoughtful gift any time of year.     Here’s the recipe for...
  • Simple Saturdays Blog Hop 12/10/17
    on Dec 10, 2016 in Blog Hops Farm news
        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 u...
  • The Veterinary Feed Directive (Livestock Owner Impact)
    on Dec 5, 2016 in Basic Care Health Issues
    Changes will go into effect on January 1, 2017 in the way that livestock medications are distributed. The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) will stop over-the-counter sales of many of the antibiotics used today for livestock. After January 1st, it...
  • The Veterinary Feed Directive – Update!
    on Dec 5, 2016 in Basic Care Health Issues
    I need to update this post to clarify which antibiotics are being switched to Rx, please read this update if the changes may impact you. Changes will go into effect on January 1, 2017 in the way that livestock medications are distributed. The Veterin...
  • Zucchini Casserole
    on Aug 31, 2016 in Main Dish
    This casserole recipe is something that I learned from my grandmother, and it’s more of a direction rather than a precise recipe.  She and Grandpa raised four boys in a small town during hard times, and she knew how to stretch a meal...
  • Monster Zucchini – Chickens Love Them!
    on Aug 29, 2016 in Feeding
    In our part of the country, we had a drought for most of the summer, and then suddenly rain.  The rain was very welcome, but caused some monster zucchini in our garden – much larger than I really wanted to use.  So, what to do w...
  • Simple Saturdays Blog Hop 8/27/16
    on Aug 27, 2016 in Blog Hops Farm news
        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 u...
  • Getting Dairy Goats – Dam or Bottle Raised?
    on Aug 24, 2016 in Herd Basics & Behavior
    If you’re thinking about getting some young dairy goat kids, another consideration before purchasing is whether to choose goats from a farm that dam or bottles raises the kids.  Bottle Raised Bottle raised kids are those that are “pu...
  • Roasted Summer Vegetables
    on Aug 22, 2016 in Vegetables
    I know it’s typical to grill vegetables in the summer, but sometimes it’s just easier to roast them. These are good with just about any summer dinner.  This is simple, it only takes 20 minutes, and you don’t...
  • Dill & Tarragon Potato Salad
    on Aug 17, 2016 in Salads
    We’re having a great potato season again in the garden this year; so we get to try lots of recipes using potatoes.  I wasn’t very familiar with the taste of tarragon; but like dill in potato salads so last ye...
  • Integrating Pullets into the Chicken Flock
    on Aug 15, 2016 in Basic Care
    It’s starting to feel a bit like fall, so it’s time to think about integrating the chicks that hatched in the springtime into the main flock. It seems that we’ve had female chicks (which have grown into pullets) to introduce into the flock ever...
  • Simple Saturdays Blog Hop 8/13/16
    on Aug 13, 2016 in Blog Hops Retired Posts
        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 u...
  • Bramblestone Farm 2016 Award Winning Honey
    on Aug 10, 2016 in Honey
    We started keeping honey bees at Bramblestone Farm in 2011, and first entered their honey in the Medina County Fair in 2012. That year, we were shocked when we learned that our honey had won the blue ribbon! Since then, we’ve entered the honey...
  • Greenstalk Garden Review
    on Aug 8, 2016 in Farm news How To Grow
    The folks at Greenstalk asked if I’d be willing to try out their Greenstalk™ garden growing system, and after looking at the system, I agreed to give it a try.  I rarely review products –  a product concept has to really intri...
  • Simple Saturdays Blog Hop 8/6/16
    on Aug 6, 2016 in Blog Hops Farm news
        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 u...
  • Harvest Time
    on Aug 3, 2016 in Preparation & Tools
    Growing a big garden is lots of work, and I’m ashamed to say that I’m always tempted to throw in the trowel mid-summer.  It’s hot, it’s no fun weeding, and I’ve got a million other things I’d rather be doing. But each year I get a li...
  • Nigerian Dwarf Polled Buck For Sale
    on Aug 1, 2016 in Farm news
    Dragonfly HLJ Calvary is a handsome polled buckling for sale in NE Ohio. This guy has excellent milk, show, and breeding lines behind him plus he’s from a CAE/CL/Johnes negative herd (Ohio is Tuberculosis & Brucellosis Certified Free). He’s r...

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