Our First Experience Incubating Hatching Eggs

Our First Experience Incubating Hatching Eggs

So about two and a half weeks ago, I decided to dive into my first experience incubating hatching eggs. I had stumbled onto a Facebook page for selling rare chicken breeds and hatching eggs. Then someone offered a sale/discount on her eggs. I wanted some! Particularly since these were hatching eggs from Cream Legbar chickens. I had recently had an interest in obtaining this breed, but they are expensive. Female chicks can cost $20 a piece. *This post contains affiliate links/ads.  I may receive compensation if you choose to click…

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…

DIY Child’s Wooden Toolbox From Pallets

DIY Child’s Wooden Toolbox From Pallets

I have another DIY project for you! And it’s made from discarded pallets! I know a lot of people enjoy making new creative projects from pallet wood. My husband made an adorable wooden toolbox for our youngest child as a Christmas gift in 2016. It came out really cute. In fact, I thought it could easily work as a decorative box to hold items in a kitchen or other area for Mom! So whether for a child or adult, you might want to check out the instructions for making this wooden…

Holiday Spice Popcorn For Christmas

Holiday Spice Popcorn For Christmas

Holiday Spice Popcorn will delight your taste-buds. Imagine the sweetness of white chocolate, followed by the spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, and combined with the satisfying crunch of popcorn. I took the ordinary caramel popcorn recipe I use, and raised it to another level. I had been considering this idea for a little while, using a cinnamon roll as inspiration. But the spices I used didn’t quite turn out to taste like a cinnamon roll. My husband says it tastes like a cross between a cinnamon roll and gingerbread. Plus there are…

Kids Making DIY Christmas Ornaments

Kids Making DIY Christmas Ornaments

One of the things many people value about the holidays are having family traditions for Christmas to share with their kids. You know the things like cookie baking, gift-giving, volunteering, Christmas-caroling, decorating, etc. I don’t know your kids in particular, but my children enjoy craft projects and making things. I found a DIY Christmas ornament project I decided to try with them this year. We had decided we shouldn’t spend money on buying new Christmas decorations this year. But this seemed like a nice way to add some new ornaments…

Improving Our Pantry Storage Space

Improving Our Pantry Storage Space

One of the disadvantages of living in a smaller house is the lack of storage. It also makes it harder to organize items as well. Throw in the lack of a basement too, and it makes it even harder to store home-canned produce, or buy food items in bulk. When we lived in a single-wide mobile home, I stored some food items in our bedroom closet! Currently we live in a double-wide, so our space has improved. But our pantry storage space only had a dismal three flimsy shelves. It really did not…

Making Popcorn The Old-Fashioned Way

Making Popcorn The Old-Fashioned Way

How do you make popcorn? In a bag in the microwave? With a popcorn popper? What if I told you that you could make popcorn the old-fashioned way with just a pot and some oil? In fact, I’ve never used a popcorn popper in my home. If you learn to make it on the stove top, it will mean one less piece of kitchen equipment for you to store. We do make microwave popcorn also. But when you make popcorn the old-fashioned way, it might even be less expensive too. Popcorn…

Fall Wreath-Making Fun At A Michaels Craft Class

Fall Wreath-Making Fun At A Michaels Craft Class

Have you ever considered taking a class at Michaels craft store? Maybe you haven’t tried it because you weren’t sure if it was worth your time. Or maybe you didn’t know if you would enjoy it.  Well, please reconsider! Recently a friend and I had a lot of fun taking a free class at Michaels craft store. And we got to take home some pretty new decor to brighten up the front door! We learned how to construct our own fall wreath. It was a first-time experience for both of…

The Process of Making and Canning Tomato Sauce

The Process of Making and Canning Tomato Sauce

Anyone remember how I shared a tip about Freezing Tomatoes to Simplify Sauce Making? Well, today I want to expand on that post, and discuss the process of making and canning tomato sauce at home.  Those of you who utilized that concept are already a step ahead for making their tomato sauce today. A lot of the prep work was already handled when the tomatoes were prepared for freezing. If you haven’t read that post, it’s ok. You can still make tomato sauce. Although you may find it helpful to check…

It’s Time for Canning Applesauce

It’s Time for Canning Applesauce

Fall is rapidly approaching with its cooler days, and seasonal foods. One type of fall produce that comes to mind for me is apples. There are many different tasty recipes that can be made with apples. And there are also multiple methods of preserving apples to enjoy them year round. The other day we talked about Drying Apples Using a Food Dehydrator. But today let’s talk making and canning applesauce! Normally I use Golden Delicious apples when I am canning applesauce. However, I was discussing what type of apples are…