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Bitter – Cookbook Review


An honest review of the cookbook Bitter: A Taste of the Worlds Most Dangerous Flavor

Maybe it’s the post-holiday sugar crash but I’ve been craving something different. I found that in this cookbook. Bitter: A Taste of the World’s Most Dangerous Flavor is a gorgeously photographed recipe and storybook focusing on, perhaps, the most maligned flavor. As a fan of dark chocolate I was intrigued to see what this book had to offer.


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Muscovy Ducks – Sustainability in your Back Yard


Muscovy ducks are the most sustainable animals I can think of to keep, find out why we'll always keep them on our farm and how easy they are to care for
My husband is currently awaiting the Zombie Apocalypse, or something of that nature, so I hear a lot about planning for the end of civilization as we know it. Maybe that’s why he goes along with my never ending desire to plant more fruit trees, grow a bigger garden and raise all the livestock! Or maybe he just loves me and wants me to he happy. Either way, we’ve got a lot going on between the baby, the house pets, the alpacas, the chickens and the rest of the flock so we try to keep simple routines. The easiest keepers we have are the Muscovy ducks, hands down. I’m not the only one who thinks that way either, when I put together my post about Favorite Chicken Breeds Mike from Gentleman Homesteader shared that Muscovy are his his favorties too, you can read why on his post about Adding Muscovy Ducks to the Homestead[Read more…]

Word of the Year – Enjoy


Enjoy - 2015 Word of the Year

I’m not much for new years resolutions. I tend to come up with (and quietly cast aside) overly ambitious goals all the time. I’ve seen people use a single word in place of a concrete resolution and I like that idea a lot more. I thought of a few different words, all of them applying to a specific part of my life as a mom, a wife, a blogger, a ‘homesteader’, a daughter, a sister and an employee (yes, I have a 40 hour a week job on top of all this madness). [Read more…]

Hand Painted Holiday Magnets


Jazz up your fridge with hand painted Holiday Magnets made from wooden craft store ornaments

My fridge was looking a little neglected this season, we collect magnets from all the places we visit but none of them really say ‘Christmas’. Besides it was time to clear out the clutter of expired coupons and calender magnets from 3 years ago anyway. On my craft store travels I picked up three three packs of wooden ornaments from Michael’s to make these holiday magnets. My favorite is the little reindeer with his gold antlers.

*I am a member of the Glue Dots® Design team. I received free product from the company in exchange for working with them. All opinions and ideas are my own [Read more…]

Nutella Rice Crispy Treats


Take your holiday baking to the next level with Nutella Rice Crispy Treats decked out in fancy candy coating

There is some holiday magic in these bars. My Nutella-hating husband (we all have our flaws)  has even polished off half a pan. They’re pretty as bars but I plan to cut the next batch into squares for my cookie trays [Read more…]