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What’s Cluckin’ 21

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Howdy! Wedding countdown is getting scarier, closing in on 1 week!

What you might have missed last week:

Soapy Layne Credit Giveaway

Halloween Table Runner

8 ball type summer squash

Grow Gourmet: Heirloom Summer Squash

Our features from last week:

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Source: kidworldcitizen.org via Alecia on Pinterest

 

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On to the party, here are the rules:

Link up any thing craft, food, garden, farm or photo related.
Please no giveaways or shops
Link up to a single post, not your blog
Pretty please link back with a text link or button!
It doesn’t have to be on the post, just have it somewhere on your blog
Check out at least 2 other entries for everything you enter.
It’s all about the love!
You don’t have to be a follower but I’d love it!
Link up as much as you want



How NECTRESSE™ saved my summer!

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of NECTRESSE™Sweetener for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

My summertime guilty pleasure just got guiltless!
I love a good sun-ripened tomato. I also love to dip them in…. sugar.
I know! It’s terrible. Beautiful, healthy tomato. Sugar. Not really a great combo. 
I blame my grandmother, when she used to watch my sister and I she would pick tomatoes from her garden and slice them up for us on a plate with a little pile of sugar. There is just something incredibly tasty about a tart tomato and with a fine dusting of sugar. 
I’ll be honest, when I had to option to review NECTRESSE™Sweetener I was skeptical. I’m a whole food/unprocessed food person, so I had some reservations. I looked into in it and found that it is made from the goodness of real fruit – monk fruit extract! It is 100 percent natural and zero calories per serving too. 
I found that I could eat a fairly large tomato with one packet and get the same sweetness from a small pile of sugar. The NECTRESSE™ sweetener melted into the tomato like regular sugar and it tasted just like sugar. I’m super crazy about artificial tastes and nasty after tastes but with NECTRESSE™ there aren’t any! I’ve been using it in my coffee and I can’t tell the difference.
 It might not be the healthiest snack (like, oh I don’t know, a plain tomato) but it’s up there! And seriously, if this is all it takes to get your kids to eat a tomato what are you missing out on? It’s a lot easier to carry around a packet of NECTRESSE™ than a 5 pound bag of sugar. And those packets? Those babies are strong, I threw a few in the wasteland that is my purse and they survived like little armored tanks of sweetness.
Be sure to get a FREE sample of NECTRESSE™Sweetener for yourself, then all you need is a tomato! 
Still not convinced? Check out this video from Lisa Ling:

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Confessions of a Holiday Crafter

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Looking back over the last year of my blogging experiences I can see a definite pattern. I blog the most, and the best, around a holiday. It’s also the times when I have the most visits and views (my fellow bloggers know how much it sucks when your readers stop coming).

One of my first blog projects: Giant Lawn Spiderwebs

With the exception of the odd furniture revamp or garden post the majority of my projects have a holiday, or at least season at heart. And as a holiday crafter, this is the dry season.
 From the 4th of July to the beginning of fall is a crafting wasteland.
It sucks.

Wooden Stocking Holders

The rest of my Christmas Projects are listed on my Christmas Page

Even my super-fall-centric wedding is out of place. No one wants to look at mums and falling leaves while they’re laying on the beach.

I’ve got a few major projects in the works:

      • Painting the Master bedroom (almost done)
      • Refinish the 2 dressers and nightstand
      • Curtain rods and Curtains for the bedroom
      • Clean out the pink room (guest room) for the old queen sized mattress
      • Paint and stencil living room wall
      • Finish living room curtains
      • Paint curtain rods 
      • Wedding stuff
      • Wedding stuff
      • Wedding stuff (in my defense the big stuff is handled and I’m decorating with mostly natural items like mums and pumpkins so it’s gotta wait)
      • Fall flower and vegetable gardening
Holiday/Seasonal Stuff
      • Halloween projects!!! (this I’m actually excited about)
      • Fall/Thanksgiving projects
      • Christmas projects/presents (yes, now is the time to start)
Bottom line? Start expecting Halloween projects ASAP

What’s Cluckin 14

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I haven’t posted in a whole week! I was doing some ‘behind the scenes’ work on the blog. I got all my Christmas projects lined up fancy-fancy on their own page. And tried and failed to set up a drop down menu bar.
On Sunday I was featured on Roadkill Rescue for my yellow Buffet!

And I spent Monday at Urgent Care…
On the farm front, we had 2 turkeys hatch. I didn’t think either would survive so I never posted pictures. One made it (the one with deformed feet didn’t) and he’ll be getting his twist-tie leg hobbles off soon. He now lives with the three silkie chicks. 
Mamma Duck still has all 14 ducklings. She let them paddle around in the water dish today and it was adorable!
Top link last week was from my blog buddy Veronica. >

She shared here method of cutting up a watermelon (for those of you who don’t see a watermelon as a single serving fruit…)

Our last link was this adorable Owl Cake from Jessica

It’s so cute I want to hang it up on my wall and never let anyone eat it!
Congrats! You are are top of the pecking order (trust me, it’s the best place to be!)

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On to the party, here are the rules:
Link up any thing craft, food, garden, farm or photo related.
Please no giveaways or shops
Link up to a single post, not your blog
Pretty please link back with a text link or button!
It doesn’t have to be on the post, just have it somewhere on your blog
Check out at least 2 other entries for everything you enter.
It’s all about the love!
You don’t have to be a follower but I’d love it!
Link up as much as you want

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By linking up here you give me permission to use your photos if you’re featured on my blog and to have your post added to my feature pin board. Maybe even on my facebook page and twitter!

New Blog!

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Today is a good day.

It’s my one year anniversary of being a home owner!
That’s right, we closed on our house on July 1st, 2011

And (because I’m clearly not busy enough) I decided to start a new blog!

I’ll keep this one going but I’ll be moving all the cooking stuff over to

I’m hoping that by keeping things separate I’ll keep my crafty followers happy here and the people that are in it for the food can get their fix over at CBC.

I’ve got one recipe up, I’d love for you to stop over and start following!
I’ll have a grand opening giveaway up by the middle of the week!