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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!

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All American Sun Oven Giveaway

All American Sun Oven Giveaway As you may know by now, September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. It is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), within the Department of Homeland Security.  Americans are encouraged to take the necessary steps to prepare for any emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, churches, neighborhoods and communities. …

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Honey Harvest, The Podcast & Changes To Our Blog

Hi ya’ll! I haven’t really posted an update in a while so I thought I would say Happy Labor Day to all of you! I am always appreciative of your readership and just wanted to let you know how things are going! I am back to work and it has been super busy but I …

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Guest Post: 5 Ways To Save Your Tomatoes From Late Blight by Mike The Gardener

5 Ways to Save Your Tomatoes from Late Blight Late blight is one of the more common fungal diseases that affect members of the Solanaceae family, of which tomatoes are a part of. Also referred to as potato blight, late blight’s official name is Phytophthora infestans. It is an oomycete, or “water mold” that contains …

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Simple Saturdays Blog Hop #38

  Welcome to Simple Saturdays Blog Hop This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant in all they do.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to …

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From The Farm Blog Hop & Nourishing Tradition’s Moroccan Chicken Recipe

It’s time to link up to the From The Farm Blog Hop and have I got a great recipe for you! Yay it’s Friday and hopefully our first football game of the season for our son I cannot wait but I also cannot wait to see all of the great posts you link up this …

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Giveaway & Book Review: The Urban Chicken by Heather Harris

I am so excited to offer all of you a Giveaway & Book Review: The Urban Chicken by Heather Harris and Heather has graciously offered to sponsor this giveaway! Recently I had the privilege of getting to do a book review from my friend Heather’s latest e-book “The Urban Chicken” this is a hot topic …

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Guest Post: 4 Tips On Growing Zucchini by Mike The Gardener

4 Tips on Growing Zucchini Zucchini is by far the most popular type of summer squash grown in home vegetable gardens throughout the United States and maybe even the world. Zucchini’s ease of growing, prolific production, and wide range of culinary uses makes its popularity a no brainer. Throw in the dozens of heirloom varieties …

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Simple Saturdays Blog Hop #37

  Welcome to Simple Saturdays Blog Hop This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant in all they do.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to …

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From The Farm Blog Hop & Rice with Sour Cream Zucchini Sauce

Hello again and it’s time to link up to the From The Farm Blog Hop! Happy Friday ya’ll! Are you guys all having fun at the end of August? Our first football game of the season kicks off tomorrow and this Football Mom can’t wait! We are also finishing the rest of our honey harvest! …

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Home Apothecary: Home Made Elderberry Syrup “The Flu Fighter”

Elderberry (Sambucus Canadensis, S. Nigra) Recently my husband The Viking in my life made a batch of homemade Elderberry Syrup which is something we have meant to make for a while. I was working on another project so he took the helm on this one and he came up with outstanding results. I was excited …

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The Winners of Our Bloggiversary Giveaway!

Hi ya’ll! I am so excited to announce the winners of our Bloggiversary and Giveaway and Celebration! Congratulations to the thee of them and thank you to all who entered this was a giveaway that meant so much to me personally as this blog brings such enjoyment personally to me! Entry-Form Troy wins the honey! …

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HUGE! MEGA! Preserving The Bounty Giveaway!

Isn’t it exciting to be Preserving The Bounty of your abundant harvest? I am so excited to join in with several other fabulous bloggers to bring all of you this amazing giveaway that has a huge amount of what you need to preserve and can your own food at your homestead no matter where you …

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Simple Saturdays Blog Hop #36

  Welcome to Simple Saturdays Blog Hop This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant in all they do.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to …

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From The Farm Blog Hop & Granny’s Southern Scuppernong Jelly

Hello again and it’s time to link up to the From The Farm Blog Hop! Hope you all are doing wonderful this week! Welcome back this week to the From The Farm Blog Hop! Happy Friday ya’ll! I just have a few more days before I go back to work in the school system and …

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Podcast: Beauty On A Budget

Last week’s show was all about Beauty On A Budget! I had the excellent opportunity to chat with Julia Thompson, Licensed Esthetician and Make Up Artist to talk with us all about beauty and skin care on a budget.  This was a show that was so much fun that Julia agreed to come back on …

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It’s Our Bloggiversary & Giveaway Celebration!

Wow! What an accomplishment our Lil’ Blog is Celebrating Yet Again Another Milestone! I can’t believe it everyone! It’s another Milestone this year and a Happy Bloggiversary and I am so excited I have to offer a giveaway for 1 lb of our beautiful honey to one of you lucky readers! Because it is honey it is …

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Simple Saturdays Blog Hop #35

  Welcome to Simple Saturdays Blog Hop This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant in all they do.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to …

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Re-Evaluating Your Homestead’s Needs

Sometimes it’s time to sit back, reflect on this past year so far and start re-evaluating your homestead’s needs.  My husband and I started our homesteading journey because of a passion we had as a family to live gentler on this earth.  A lot has changed since then first of all our children were younger, and our …

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