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Welcome to our Lil’ Suburban Homestead! We are so glad you are here! The most recent articles are posted below on our main page so they are all at your finger tips! Enjoy and feel free to look around and stay a while! We are making lots of changes here at our homestead so you can find everything you are looking for easily!

Happy Birthday To Me & A Few Of My Favorite Things

Yesterday was my birthday so I thought I would share with all of you a few of my favorite things….I have some exciting news we have a really innovative DIY post coming soon and a “You Can Make This At Home” recipe post coming soon! Things are picking back up here at our lil’ homestead! …

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thoughts and musings on this summer sunday

Thoughts & Musings On This Summer Sunday

Thoughts & Musings On This Summer Sunday  I need to preface that I actually started this blog post last summer…..so I have a new job since I wrote this one and a lot has happened in my life since then but the message is nonetheless the same….   “persevere in spite of naysayers don’t let …

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A Camping We Will Go – 5 Tips For A Great Camping Trip

A Camping We Will Go – 5 Tips For A Great Camping Trip Yes, yes, yes I am still on the camping theme I mean in a way a lot of us do camping type activities and don’t even know it for example every time you have a bon fire out back, light up the …

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Lil' Suburban Homesteading How To Make Your own hobo meals

How To Make Your Own Campfire Hobo Meals

How To Make Your Own Campfire Hobo Meals I have fond memories of going camping as a child. By the time I came along as I was my parents third and last child; I am sure my parents had it down to an art as both of them are extremely efficient individuals. We mostly tent …

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The Moment When You Lure in a Bee Swarm

The Moment When You Lure In a Bee Swarm   There are a few moments in your life when you actually get to see honey bee’s swarm into a hive but the Viking in my life has captured two of these instances and of course I was at work both times but I was thankful …

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blue crabs, watermelon, grilled corn & fireworks

Blue Crabs, Watermelon, Grilled Corn & Fireworks

Blue Crabs, Watermelon, Grilled Corn & Fireworks I want to wish all of you a wonderful Independence Day….well at least those of you who live in the USA. I know this will be after the fact since I took time to enjoy the weekend with family and friends. I want to share with all of …

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DIY: Don’t Toss Those Toss Pillows! Simple Easy Slipcovers

DIY: Don’t Toss Those Toss Pillows! Simple Easy Slipcovers Project Time: 2hours Project Budget: $6.00 You are going to love this DIY: Pillow Slipcover tutorial and here is the good news…no pattern to follow! I finally found my inspiration fabric you know the one that just tugs at your heart and you know that’s it! …

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Summertime Dog Bath with Oatmeal, Rosemary and Coconut Oil

Summertime Dog Bath with Oatmeal, Rosemary and Coconut Oil Summertime is here and it’s that time when man or woman’s best friend gets covered in allergens and bug bites or whatever else they can pick up outside in the weeds or woods. Our dog is an indoor dog; he is always itchy in the summer. …

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Product Review: Valley Food Storage – White Bean & Lime Chili (Gluten Free)

Product Review: Valley Food Storage – White Bean & Lime Chili (Gluten Free) The Viking and I love it when we get to do product reviews and this time was no exception we were both excited to try Valley Food Storage long term food solution products which have up to a 25 year shelf life …

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10 Really Last Minute Fathers Day Gift Ideas

10 Really Last Minute Fathers Day Gift Ideas Happy Fathers Day to all you Dad’s out there! I wish you all a fabulous and awesome Sunday! We all have that man in our lives that we love and we want to honor but we don’t always know what to get…..either the huge toys like big …

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how to throw a hoedown on a budget

How To Throw A Hoedown On A Budget

How To Throw A Hoedown On A Budget Definiton of a hoedown by Google is “a social gathering at which lively folk dancing takes place.” We did not dance it was way too hot! We did however have amazing music! The moment we decided to throw our son’s graduation party the Viking  and I knew we …

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The Suburban Off-Grid Cooking Series No. 7 – Chicken Surprise In Our All American Sun Oven

Chicken Surprise This dinner was born out of a need for speed and us having very little time to spend on it but that is the really amazing thing about the All American Sun Oven we were working in the yard and the Sun Oven did all the work for us! I named this Chicken …

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DIY: Renew Your Grout Without A Doubt

DIY: Renew Your Grout Without A Doubt Project Time: An entire weekend about (16-24 hours depending on space and your speed of work)   Project Budget: $60.00 My husband and I decided it was time to make our old grungy dining room floor look new again it was looking rough and as you know we …

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So Why Do I Call Him The Viking?

So Why Do I Call Him The Viking? Yesterday in our Lil’ Suburban Homestead Facebook Group one of our friends on the journey with us asked me why I called my husband The Viking. I decided not to answer her directly in the group because there is kind of a story behind this and it’s …

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a day at the farm

A Day at The Farm

A Day at The Farm I love all the images that the classic image of the American farm conjures up for me….red barns, John Deere Tractors, and lots of other country images like you find in Grit Magazine or From Scratch Magazine two of my faves! Many of you know that I work in education …

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Handmade Gifts On The Homestead

Handmade Gifts On The Homestead Everyone is out of time these days so it’s no wonder that many children who once grew up learning how to crochet, knit, or do hand crafts no longer no how to do them anymore. I am glad for the fact that I homeschooled our children for a season and …

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Depression Era Mindset – Mending & Fixing On The Homestead

Kickin’ It Up Old School – Mending & Repairing On The Homestead We like to fix things on our homestead it’s kind of old school but that’s how folks during the depression kept things lasting for years! If we aren’t fixing on the homestead…I’m mending on the homestead and truthfully I never tire of fixing …

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Yes We’re The Fix It Couple!

Yes We’re The Fix It Couple! Why are some people pre-disposed to fixing things and others not? I have decided that I know the answer to this but you may not like what I am going to have to say….it’s a mindset….some people just don’t like fixing things and don’t want to take time to …

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Mushroom Stems & Pepper Tops

Mushroom Stems & Pepper Tops I Hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far! We strive at our lil’ homestead to add fresh vegetables and fruits on a regular basis and if we can grow it even better……during the school year with events, football games, and tight schedules things get a little bit hectic …

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A Spectacular Day On The Coastal Cluck Coop Tour

A Spectacular Day On The Coastal Cluck Coop Tour We had so much fun on the 4th Annual Coastal Cluck Coop Tour yesterday – the rain held for most of the day it did sprinkle some but overall the day was spectacular! I know the Viking would agree! The turn out was fabulous and who …

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We are on the Coastal Cluck Coop Tour

We are on the Coastal Cluck Coop Tour We are so excited to be on the Coastal Cluck Coop Tour this year!  Spring is in full swing in Coastal North Carolina it’s absolutely magnificent in Wilmington! The weather has been amazing (Sigh!) I just can’t even convey the beauty of this week to you and …

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Lil' Suburban Homestead DIY: feather boutinierre's

DIY: Feather Boutonierre with Fly Fishing Materials

DIY: Feather Boutonierre’s with Fly Fishing Materials Project Time: 1 hour for 2 boutonierre’s   Project Budget: $5.00   So it’s prom season and our son’s senior prom was last night! What a fun time and he got to make memories for a lifetime with his friends last night isn’t that awesome? But you know …

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