Monday, October 28, 2013

Apple Cider Pumpkin Pancakes

Everyone and their mother is posting some sort of pumpkin recipe right now, but I’m not about to let that stop me from sharing these awesome pancakes with you.  How awesome?  My kids are working on not their second, but third helpings.  And they’re doing so QUIETLY.

Find the Recipe at Milking Chickens...

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Goat Kids - Preparing Does for Breeding

Fall is the traditional time for breeding goats so there will be kids and milk in the spring.  But, there are some preparations and things that should be considered before breeding. Continue reading here to find out more.


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We want to read your seasonal posts! If you have Harvest or Holiday related posts that share recipes, photos, and projects, we would love to have you link them up on our first annual harvest hop! We also welcome the rest of your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts!
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Dressed Up Canning Jars

by Janet Garman- Timber Creek Farm

It seems that I just can’t help myself.  When I get ready to give someone a gift, suddenly I have the urge to make it even better.  A perfectly nice gift of homemade peach jam in a mason jar, seems well, slightly under dressed for the occasion.  What do I do?  Why dress it up, of course!  Here’s a few methods that I use to dress up my gifts of home canned or homemade gifts in jars.  All are easy on time and your pocket book. 
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

No Time - Balancing Work in the City With Life on a Homestead

We are VERY thankful for our jobs that provide us the funds to pay for our beloved pasture, but it's a real balancing act to get everything done that we need/want to get done each week.  Read more about it here.  If you work at a job in the city, how do you find the balance?

Until next time, worms rock, bees rules and chickens are my Zen.

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Reusable Shopping Bags From Feed Sacks

Have you tried making these bags?  I want to try one soon!  In the meantime, a coworker got interested and traded sewing a bag for me (she knows what she's doing with a sewing machine!) for a dozen eggs.  I love bartering!  :D

Read more about my new reusable shopping bag here.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Autumn Morning on the Homestead

A Bittersweet Time of Year...

Autumn is a bittersweet time of year. The harvest is filling basket upon basket to bring in the house and can, dehydrate, freeze, or store in the root cellar. Our extra chickens and ducks must be processed and roasted or frozen. The chilly mornings give way to gorgeous blue skies with wispy clouds floating by....

Stop by my post An Early Autumn Morning and share your thoughts on this colorful season!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Applesauce Spice Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

A Homemade Treat That's Great for Fall!

Try this delicious recipe with or without the frosting for a great way to use some of your autumn apple harvest! Applesauce Spice Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting...

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Apples - Which Variety for What?

It's fall - time for apples, but there are so many varieties out there, which ones are best for what?  You
can find out which common varieties are best for snacking, baking, making pies, and more by clicking here. (Farm Website) (Farm Blog)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Loosing Power to Our Brooder


Losing Power in the Barn and Brooder

The power to our barn went out this past week and left us scrambling to keep 43 chicks warm and cozy. Sometimes life on a homestead can be pretty crazy! Stop by and read more at The Self Sufficient HomeAcre!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Busy, busy, busy!

Alright homesteaders, lets talk a sec about what I've been up to. So the Hubby is not only starting a new biz Bent Business Marketing, but he is running for city council (check out his page- Andy Sokolovich). The kids turned 2 and 4 and I am down to just 4 hens. Last month I went to the Livingston County Farm crawl and met author of Homegrown and Handmade, Deborah Neiman (she signed my book!!) I have yet to complete a blog post on that....bad Marlana!! And there is just so much more to talk about. Want to know how I am dealing with all this excitement!? Head over to the Handsome Homesteader and I'll tell ya all about it!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

DIY Horse Toy: Net Ball

Looking for some toys for your horses (or perhaps other mammals) that wont break the bank? I’ve been on the hunt for toys that I can make from items I have laying around the barn or can pick up from yard sales! Today, I’d like to introduce the NET BALL.
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