Family Joy Blog Linkup #55

Family Joy Blog Linkup #55

  Supposed to be close to 70* weather this weekend, at least on Saturday!  Crazy for February, but I kind of like it! It’s going to feel like spring and get all of you excited to start writing those spring posts! Anyone garden planning? My husband has said he plans to buy me a bunch of blueberry plants. I should get started researching about how to best grow them. We tried once before but it didn’t work out. A patch would certainly be nice. Blueberries aren’t the cheapest, and my…

Our Second Year Raising Our Own Pork

Our Second Year Raising Our Own Pork

Raising our own pork turned out pretty successfully for us the first time that we tried it. So back in September we purchased two feeder pigs again. It was a little later than we had intended to start raising them, but it just hadn’t suited to start sooner. We started out well, purchasing the two pigs for $84 vs. the $130 they had cost us last time. They were also a little bigger in size. Unfortunately though, one of them started not thriving and my husband noticed him coughing soon…

Family Joy Blog Linkup #54

Family Joy Blog Linkup #54

  You know you want to join us again for Family Joy Blog Linkup #54! Our hosts are back again with new ideas to share and of course our weekly features we chose.  Check and see if that might be you! Fill us in on your new great ideas and blog posts. So what are your plans for this week? My youngest turns two on Monday, so we will have a little birthday celebration for him. Then of course Tuesday is Valentine’s Day. This year we are planning to pickup…

Maryland Old Bay Instant Pot Chicken Wings

Maryland Old Bay Instant Pot Chicken Wings

This week I made chicken wings in my instant pot for the first time. My husband thoroughly enjoyed these Old Bay instant pot chicken wings. I’ve been brainstorming to create some new recipes for the instant pot. I’d seen other instant pot wing recipes, and I decided to try to come with a unique twist for mine. I hit on the idea of using Old Bay seasoning. If you are from Maryland, you probably know exactly what Old Bay is.  Steamed crabs, Old Bay seasoning, and a cold beer are a common…

Family Joy Blog Linkup #53

Family Joy Blog Linkup #53

  So what is everyone’s opinion on Mr. Phil Groundhog seeing his shadow? Personally, I am anticipating April so I can attend the next chicken swap and get me some new birds. 🙂 However, neither do I want to rush time along too quickly. We really haven’t had much of a winter as far as snow and ice goes. I think my children would like it if we would. But how many want more winter, and who wants spring to just get here already? I’ve been trying to test some recipes…

Local Library Story And Craft Time

Local Library Story And Craft Time

Growing up, I remember visiting our local library often. My mom would take us to pick out our books. We didn’t have a TV, so books were a source of entertainment. I loved going to the library, and nowadays, you hear how important reading is for kids. I do visit the library now with my own children, although not always on a frequent basis. This week though, I took my two youngest to our local branch for the weekly story and craft time. This was a new experience for us….

Family Joy Blog Link-up #52

Family Joy Blog Link-up #52

Ready for the latest Family Joy Blog link-up? Well ready or not it’s here again! Shake off the winter blues and bring us some cheer, fun, and great recipes. Invite your friends to make the party even merrier!   Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog Samantha @ Sammy Approves: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog Cristina @ Ava’s Alphabet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog Charlotte @ Pursue Your Project: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog Shamira @ Smiling Notes…

Our First Attempt At A Chicken Water Heater

Our First Attempt At A Chicken Water Heater

So this is our first winter raising our little chicken flock. Of course this brings new challenges with the cold weather. Obviously, the basics don’t change. But our handy little PVC pipe watering system with the nipple spouts wasn’t going to be the best option during winter. We were concerned about it freezing and breaking down. We had talked about wrapping it with heat tape, but my husband decided it was better to drain it and try something else. Me and my research, had discovered some other ideas on good old…

Family Joy Blog Linkup #51

Family Joy Blog Linkup #51

Hmmm. So what’s new with us this weekend? Well, I rented a rug cleaner and cleaned my carpets. One of the downside of pets is the extra dirt and other mess they can make in the house. I love looking at my freshly cleaned carpet…until one of the kids allows a muddy-pawed dog into the house before we even had returned the machine. So the hallway may have needed a retouch…. On Monday our pigs are scheduled to be taken to the butcher shop. My husband did some figuring and it…

Some Basic Instant Pot Information

Some Basic Instant Pot Information

The Instant Pot seems to be the “it” item in kitchen appliances right now. But not everyone knows what an instant pot actually is.  In fact, there are some common questions that come up when telling someone about this popular gadget. People want to know, “What is an instant pot?” And the other question is, “What can it do?” I just acquired an instant pot very recently myself, and am still learning about it. But the best way to gain knowledge, at least according to my preceptor when I was…