I am a granola addict or at least I thought I was to store-bought granola for years and then I started making my own homemade granola….and my brain was like “Oh my! Now I know what real greatness in regards to granola!” I posted about my Homemade Holiday Granola back in December of 2011 but …View full post
We are very committed to shopping local or supporting small businesses this year so I wanted to share with you a list of places I am definitely going to shop at this holiday season and some places that are not local but they are small businesses that have some really cool things you know …View full post
We tried our hand at making our own wine for the first time a couple of years ago and our initial reasons were this would just be really cool to do! Our secondary reason is that it would make great gifts….well that’s not exactly true if you had tasted a couple of our first batches …View full post
Every fall my husband The Viking in my life head up to the mountains in Asheville, NC to procure bushels of apples to make a variety of goodies for our pantry and this year we also made it a point to go hiking, and visit some breweries as well. We had an amazing time and …View full post
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I am a granola addict or at least I thought I was to store-bought granola for years and then I started making my own homemade granola….and my brain was like “Oh my! Now I know what real greatness in regards to granola!”
I posted about my Homemade Holiday Granola back in December of 2011 but a few things have changed since then first off I now store our granola in a glass apothecary jar it’s just easier for everyone to get the scoop in and out of and trust me that is often!
Holiday Homemade Granola
1/3 to 1/2 cup, veg oil, butter or light olive oil
1/4 to 1/2 cup brown sugar, maple syrup, honey or agave nectar (use lesser amount if you are using honey or agave)
1 tsp. vanilla, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ginger, 1/4 tsp. cardamom (or whatever you want to spice it up with!)
4 C. flaked grains, such as oatmeal, spelt, and/or rye (But I always use oatmeal it’s my favorite!)
1/3 C. flaked unsweetened coconut, or 1/3 C. wheat germ or 3 TBSP. nutritional yeast OR 2 T. flax seeds or 2 T. chia seeds
2 C. chopped nuts, and seeds such as walnuts, almonds, pecans, shelled sunflower, pumpkin seeds and or sesame seeds
1 C. chopped dried fruit such as apples, pears, peaches, plums, cranberries, currants, raisins, and or cherries.
Preheat oven to 350 to 375 degrees (this is a personal preference) in a small saucepan and melt butter if using oil just warm it. Then add your sweeter along with vanilla or whatever spices you are using. In a large bowl combine all ingredients and lay in a big turkey roaster pan or commercial sized cookie sheet if you have it and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. If not a large cookie sheet will work well too I just like to be able to stir it freely. Cool and then store in airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
Truthfully one of my favorite combinations is Butter, Honey, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Cardamom, Oatmeal, Coconut, Pecans, and Dried Cranberries…..oh my it is amazing!
The holiday granola recipe is so fun because you can use leftover dried fruit or other nuts you have leftover from other recipes and turn them into gifts of food! Nice! Right?
I have also included my recipe for my basic granola recipe as well:
Lil’ Suburban Homestead’s Basic Granola
4 C. oatmeal
1 C. Raisins
1 ½ plain chopped almonds
2 tsp. cinnamon
½ C. butter
¼ C. brown sugar
½ C. honey
Take a big turkey roaster pan or any other huge pan and place your 4 cups oatmeal into the pan.
Add Your 1 C. Raisins
Add your almonds
Then add your cinnamon, spices, and brown sugar
Lastly heat up your butter and honey in separate containers
And drizzle over the entire mixture.
Preheat Oven to 350 to 375…I like mine more toasted so this has some personal preference involved!
Cook at 350-375 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes.
Stir once or twice while cooking.
When done take out of oven and stir once more and let cool.
Such a simple recipe and yet so delicious! You can eat granola alone as a cereal or put in your yogurt or on top of your ice cream….the list is endless!
I know I appreciate receiving homemade holiday goodies! I stretch mine out to last a good part of the year and I like that they are consumable and in times of economic strife which I think many of us are feeling the pinch it’s just a much appreciated food gift and it’s frugal too! You know I gotta’ be frugal!
Have a wonderful holiday season….. Oh and thanks for stopping by….
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We are very committed to shopping local or supporting small businesses this year so I wanted to share with you a list of places I am definitely going to shop at this holiday season and some places that are not local but they are small businesses that have some really cool things you know the kind of things that are unique and you just can’t find anywhere else! Another compelling reason to shop local and shop small plus you will feel better about it too! Remember there are a lot of small businesses online that need your support too…..so if you don’t want to sew a blanket ask some one who does to make one for you or find an artisan on Etsy.com. We have a store on Etsy.com for Lil’ Suburban Homestead right now I am offering my no-sew blankies for sale so if you are in the market check it out Also lots of people cannot get out and shop due to traveling time, physical limitations etc…..so they can feel better by supporting a small Mom and Pop outfit as well. So this blog post is a little different from a lot of mine in the past it will have lots of links for you to do your holiday shopping at but I love some of the products I am going to share with you and I think you will too!
The Local List
#1 This will be my go to gift this holiday season is a “Freaker” this company is a local company in South Eastern North Carolina and you just can’t go wrong with these! Everyone on your list would be happy to get one of these!
#2 Wilmington Home Brew Supply is your holiday place to shop for home brewing supplies and or really cool t-shirts. I am actually addicted to their t-shirt the design is awesome and I love the colors! If you don’t have one it should be on your list even if you don’t home-brew. The owners John and Michelle who are in the photo at the top of the post provide personal service and attention as well as providing a wealth of knowledge regarding home-brewing.
#3 Pomegranate Books is a local book store in Wilmington that has buyers that are out of this world I am telling you if you need the book they will find it and they still gift wrap and offer all of the personal touches that you just can’t find anymore at the big chains.
#4 - Gravity Records – This is such a fun store and the folks that work in the store absolutely love music! They host events to launch new musicians, if you love vinyl have they got some vinyl for you and me I love to browse their cd collection to continually expand my music collection. Oh and they have movies too!
#5 – Memory Lane Comics - is a local comic book store where I recently had a talk with one of the owners and they are moving to a new location and I cannot wait to do some of my holiday shopping at their new location next week! There new location is at Market Station on Market Street in Wilmington, NC. make sure to stop in!
#6 - Shelton Herb Farm – Meg Shelton is a friend of ours and she runs a beautiful herb farm in Leland, NC. I am sure she has some holiday offerings at her farm this December! She is very knowledgeable about what grows well in North Carolina.
#7 – Earth In Hand - I met the owner Victoria she is committed to finding the finest materials to make her lotion bars and balms along with providing Chakra healing just to name a few things. I already told her I need her to work on my chakra and that I would be scheduling an appointment soon.
#8 - Down To Earth - is where I ask my husband to pick up my custom or almost custom-made perfume made from essential oils every Birthday and Christmas! It smells amazing! They also sell incense and jewelry I love this store!
#9 – Old River Farms – has a lot going on this Holiday Season! Saturday December 7th they will have a Christmas hayride with hot chocolate and a marshmallow roast! That sounds so fun! Then they will be at Poplar Grove on December 8th so make sure to look for them they will have winter plants for sale Another plus of living in the Wilmington area we can still buy plants in the Winter Make sure to check out there website here too: Old River Farms
#10 – My last shout out is to tell all of you about the Port City Christmas Jam CD that will be for sale this holiday season in our wonderful town. Musicians from all over the Port City came together for a good cause all proceeds are going to Nourish NC! Make sure to get yourself a cd! Our Daughter Jules Britt will be featured on this CD singing Santa Baby and several of our favorite bands! Also on Saturday Dec, 7th the 1st Annual Port City Christmas Jam event will be held at The Wilmington Convention Center starting at 10:00 am to kick off this wonderful cause you won’t want to miss it!
There is so much going on this month in Wilmington that you may need to clone yourself!
Next is my small biz list and I can’t wait to share all about these great online stores with all of you!
These stores are chock full of beautiful items and you will be sure to find several I am sure to help you finish out your holiday shopping!
The Small Biz List
1. Timber Creek Farm (Specialty – Home Grown Wool and Handmade Yarn) https://www.etsy.com/shop/TimberCreekFarm
3. Black Fox Homestead’s “Apron Strings and Happy Things” (Specialty again it says it all Apron Strings & Happy Things” a very fun store!”
4. The Mind to Homestead (Specialty- Crocheted Dish cloths & cozy’s) https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheMindtoHomestead
5. Fresh Eggs Daily (Specialty All Things Related To chickens Including A Book About Raising Chickens) https://www.etsy.com/shop/FreshEggsDaily
5. MomPrepares Garden Journal (Specialty – A Garden Journal Perfect for your favorite gardener!) http://www.momprepares.com/shop/mom-prepares-garden-journal/
6. Pantry Paratus (Specialty – All products for the self-sufficient kitchen – a cook’s dream website!) http://pantryparatus.com
7. DaybyDay Goodies (Specialty – Drink Coasters they are beautiful!) https://www.etsy.com/shop/DaybyDayGoodies
8. 1840 Farm (Specialty – Trivets, Baskets, Farm House Aprons- Gorgeous items!) https://www.etsy.com/shop/1840Farm
9. Once and Again (Specialty – Vintage Fabric Second Hand)
10. Joybilee Farm (Specialty – Natural Wool Dryer Balls, Soaps, and Angora Neat Stuff!) http://joybileefarm.com/products-page/
11. ktnunna handmade jewelry & accessories (Specialty – Jewelry and it’s beautiful and this one is made by a local artist in South Eastern NC so you can feel extra good! …..) http://www.ktnunna.com
12. Survival at Home (Specialty – Paracord Bracelets (great color selection), knitted bracelets, dolls, and pillow cases! Nice selection!) http://www.maggiblair.com/handmade-by-blair/
13. Ever Growing (Specialty – Pendants all unique and one of a kind designs, purses, and cozy’s! I love the pendants!) https://www.etsy.com/shop/EverGrowing
14. Simply Herbs Country Store http://wp.me/P3H3Vd-Vl
15. Yonderhill Farm Goat Milk Soap (Specialty – Soaps, Soaps, and more soaps and they are all so pretty!) http://www.housebarnfarm.com/shop/
16. Trayer Wilderness MultiFlame Tools (Specialty is the Multi Flame Tools The Title Says It All but the site has great info so either way check it out!) http://trayerwilderness.com/
***Also just note this is all my unpaid unbiased opinion none of these businesses are giving me any gifts or any money for sharing my views. ***
Here is another blog post on this very subject of supporting small business from Mom Prepares….it is a lovely blog post! Wishing you all a beautiful week and fun-filled holiday shopping that makes you feel good too!
Happy Holidays Everyone!
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Every fall my husband The Viking in my life head up to the mountains in Asheville, NC to procure bushels of apples to make a variety of goodies for our pantry and this year we also made it a point to go hiking, and visit some breweries as well. We had an amazing time and it was so hard for us to go home but I wanted to share some photos with all of you of our memories!
I can never really pin point my favorite part of any of our visits to the mountains I just love going, I love the journey, I love spending time with my husband of course, digging through thrift stores, and of course looking for treasure in used books stores my favorite stop usually.
I believe pictures tell a story one of the many reasons I love blogging and you can just see the joy on my face from taking the time to sleep in, meeting new people in the mountains, relaxing on the hiking trail with my husband it all adds up to one happy gal!
This was a spot we stopped at to take pictures and just enjoy nature as we were coming back down from Mt. Pisgah and the sun filtered through the leaves and for just a moment it was breathtaking I wish I could share the beauty of the moment in these pictures.
On the last day of our journey before we left we went to the farmers market to get apples and we spotted a bear! My husband quickly grabbed the camera and caught this picture. I had to stop the children in the market from sounding off the bull horn and scaring this bear away and I managed to hold them off for a minute. I am sure the bear was just as enticed by the smell of the apples as we were.
We purchased Arkansas Black, Cameo, Ginger Gold, Ole’ Time Jonathan and Granny Smith apples……we have already used all the Ginger Gold and most of the Granny Smith, my son and I eat the Cameo’s every day for lunch…..they are a delicious eating apple but I think the best apple to make wine with would be the Ole’ Time Jonathon’s they have a crisp bite at the end of them that is just unbelievable.
Well I hope you all enjoyed reading about our journey to the mountains and thanks so much for stopping by! If you ever plan to visit Asheville, NC and have any questions feel free to ask me questions as we visit quite frequently.
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I am so proud of our fall garden that I have to share some pictures that I took yesterday. We have collards, broccoli, lettuces and we even have some purple basil flowering that we are going to collect seeds from.
We are making a soup tomorrow that is going to be chock full of collards, white beans, and chicken broth. We recently went out to dinner and had a black-eyed pea and collard soup which was spicy and warming and amazingly delicious!
This fall garden has more than made up for the rough summer we had with our garden and actually one of the reasons I love gardening is that each season is new and you never know what to expect. If you like predictability than gardening in coastal North Carolina would not be all that enjoyable for you LOL!
I love eating salads and other vegetables right out of my back yard garden don’t you? For one I love the self-reliance of it but the truth is is that it is so much healthier for you and a lot less chemicals as well.
What is your favorite recipe to make with collards or kale I am always curious about what others are cooking up at their homesteads? I also like to make roasted kale as well in the oven and cook it until the edges are kind of crispy on the edges in just a little kosher salt and olive oil YUM!
Wishing you all a fun-filled weekend!
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This is our favorite time of year when a lot of London Broils go on Buy One Get One Free and it’s about this time my husband “The Viking in my Life” gets inspired to make beef jerky! We all hope that it will last until the holidays for Christmas gifts but it never does! LOL! My husband slowly slices each piece to perfection with one of his prized possessions his meat slicer and then he uses his special blend of seasonings and spices which most of you luckily enough will have in your pantry too.
I have brought samples into work and people have ooohed and aaaahed over this jerky and asked me for the recipe but I dont’ think it’s the actual recipe that makes it. It’s the tried and trued method of him knowing when it’s ready so it’s tasty and still has some moisture and chewiness too!
5 lbs. of London Broil
The Special Blend of Seasonings & Spices
Just coat evenly all over and set in a 13″ X 9″ pyrex pan in the refrigerator or you could use tupperware too but seal in with plastic wrap or some type of wrap.
He usually marinates this meat for about 24 to 48 hours but once it’s been well marinated it goes into the food dehydrator for anywhere from 6 to 24 hours depends on the humidity in the house and the texture of the meat and how thick you cut each slice.
You do have to take the jerky out of the dehdrator before it is completely dried because in order to prevent bacteria from growing you have to flash bake it at 175 degrees for an hour. So if your jerky is already too dry this can just make it really crispy and less enjoyable and lets face it we all know how expensive jerky is getting in the grocery store these days. Having the perfect chewy texture is optimal and will create a higher value jerky .
I love to have jerky on hand for yummy low carb snack and for traveling you can’t beat it for protein and I love to pair up a piece of jerky with a nice apple or pear. You also know that dehydrated food is the ultimate prepper food and will last for many months to come so it is always good to have some jerky on hand.
Have a great week!
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Recently for my birthday our friends made me a “tres chic” diy rustic wine rack that made this farm girl’s heart swoon! My friend and her husband made this awesome wine rack with a rake and a chalkboard slate and they actually found the connecting pieces at the local hardware store…..she did mention they looked in the bike rack area for the actual wine holder.
It matches my kitchen perfectly but unfortunately I can’t show you guys my kitchen makeover yet because we haven’t painted the cabinets yet but you won’t believe how far it is coming along.
I had to write the clever note on the chalkboard because our Anniversary is 4 days after my birthday and we were celebrating!
I had to share this with all of you especially since it’s the time of the year to start making all of your holiday gifts if you haven’t started yet.
Hope you all enjoy this idea! Thanks for joining us on the journey!
Have a great week!
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