Apr 18

A Mint Love Affair & The From The Farm Blog Hop


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It’s Friday and it’s usually my favorite day of the week but for me it means that my Spring Vacay is almost coming to an end….such is life! I have cleaned out closets, gone to the movies, made homemade dog treats, and dehydrated a boat load of food.

I visited the local plant nursery and strawberry farm and boy have I gardened but there are only so many daylight hours and as much as I tried to get it all done I never do!

I even got the dreaded cleaning out the refrigerator done! One of my least favorite tasks….what about you have you started your Spring Cleaning yet or are you waiting for the snow to clear out? I realize a lot of my friends up north have really taken on a winter beating this year and I wish for all of you warm sunshine, fresh mint in your garden, and breezes soon!
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This week my favorite post that linked to the “From The Farm” blog hop was from an actual fellow blog hop host but once you hear about my love affair with mint right now you will understand. Kristi at Mind To Homestead did a blog post about that very subject ((((Sigh))) mint…..and it was beautifully written and inspired even more of my goals for this very aromatic herb this year.

Here post was titled “Peppermint And A Free Herbal Peppermint Monograph PDF”

The monograph is just beautiful and would also make lovely stationary with the mint motif as well and I plan to use it for my spring notes my Grandma would have loved to receive a note with such a lovely design.

Also you need to know for some reason I have sorely neglected this herb in my preps and have not made it a part of my medicinal herb garden which really now my herb garden is all one big garden now for the most part of course the mint is being carefully put in a pot….fingers crossed! I think the invasive properties of mint are what has kept me from actually growing it since we are on such a small homestead.

That being said I started dreaming about mint this year and all the things I could do with it my most important item being that I plant to make mint jelly this summer!



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Apr 17

Easter Recipes From Farm Girl Chit Chat


asparagus recipe
Today I am going to share some amazing recipes with all of you!  Recently I joined a group on Facebook called “Farm Girl Chit Chat” where Farm Gals either on a suburban homestead like me or on a real large-scale farm or somewhere in between we are all “Farm Girls At Heart” and Wow these women can cook!  You will love these wonderful recipes and the pictures will make your mouth water.  Many of them have their own blogs where they share wonderful cooking, homesteading posts and hand-made crafts.  This group was founded by my friend Heidi who has a beautiful blog herself at My Simple Country Living.

The recipes that I see shared on a regular basis  in this group are just fantastic.  So I decided to ask  these women that are all accomplished cooks to share some of their tried and true Easter Recipes with all of you!

They all look delicious!

egg and onion quiche recipe

Photo Credit: Dandelion House – The Happy Homestead

Side Dishes
From Hooterville Homestead
Scalloped Potatoes

From Dandelion House – The Happy Homestead
Easy Egg & Onion Quiche

From Lil’ Suburban Homestead
Roasted Asparagus

ham recipe

Photo Credit: Hibiscus House Presents Dolly Is Cooking

The Main Event

From Hibiscus House Presents Dolly Is Cooking
Brown Sugar Pineapple Baked Ham

cheesecake recipe

Photo Credit: Lazy J Bar C Farm

For Dessert

From Letters From Sunnybrook
Swap Peeps For Pastelli

From Lazy J Bar C Farm
Cheesecake
I hope you enjoy all of these wonderful and special Easter recipes shared by Farm Girls from their tried and true recipe books!

This year we are having Leg Of Lamb, asparagus, and maybe some of these wonderful recipes listed here! Thanks for stopping in and I hope you will give one of these fabulous recipes a try! Let me know if you do!

Happy Easter Everyone!

Fondly,

Karen Lynn

 

Other Festive Recipe Posts You May Like:
Canadian Budget Binder – Creamy Rice Pudding
Lil’ Suburban Homestead – Parmesan Zucchini Medallions
Lil’ Suburban Homestead – Russian Cottage Cheesecake

Apr 15

Parmesan Zucchini Medallions


parmesan zucchini medallions
It’s tax day in the U.S. so for those that are running behind like we were and so excited about this special day; here is a delicious recipe to brighten your day! We love zucchini in our household but recently my husband asked me to try to make them a bit differently and instead of sautéing them we baked them and they were a huge hit! I know I shared this recipe with many of you on our recent podcast at “The Survival Mom Radio Network.” but wanted to write it down for all of you who wanted to try it!

2 to 3 zucchini

The ingredients are simple but the taste isn’t.

sprinkle parmesan and italian herbs

Ingredients:

2 to 3 Zucchini
1 TBSP. Parmesan Cheese
2 to 3 tsp.Italian Herb Seasoning
1/2 Cup Grated mozzarella
1 TBSP. Olive Oil

Instructions:
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees and place medallions on a cookie sheet greased with olive oil or lard. Wash and slice the zucchini into medallion pieces and place on cookie sheet. Brush olive oil on the tops of all the zucchini slices. Sprinkle italian herbs and parmesan on top. Bake for about 5 to 6 minutes and then flip and then sprinkle italian herbs, parmesan, and mozzarella on top and bake for about 5 to 6 more minutes. You may have to place on broil one minute before serving if you like the cheese slightly crispy.

It is so nice to know that soon we will be eating fresh delicious produce right out of the garden again!

What is your favorite zucchini recipe at your house?

Have a great week!

Fondly,

Karen Lynn

Other Zucchini Posts You May Like:
Canadian Budget Binder – Sow, Grow, and Save
Lil’ Suburban Homestead – Our New Favorite Squash – The Tromboncino
Lil’ Suburban Homestead – Zucchini Fritters Lil’ Suburban Style

Apr 13

Cookbook Review: Gift It From Scratch & Giveaway


Gift It From Scratch

This isn’t just any cook book review I have to warn you that this cookbook is just rather fabulous and you  will most likely be tempted to buy it but feel free to proceed at your own risk.  Once you see these delectable pictures and I share with you the wonderful recipe I tried there is no turning back!  Kathie has also been very generous to allow me to offer a giveaway of this wonderful E-cookbook to all of my readers!  Woohoo!  Thanks Kathie!  What a great time of year to offer this giveaway;  right before Easter when so many of us will be cooking for family and hostessing family at our homes for this festive spring holiday!

This cookbook is filled with lots of wonderful recipes from apple cornmeal cake, whole grain crackers, and onion rye scones just to name a few!  I decided to try the recipe for Oatmeal Cookies we are oatmeal lovers in our household and I thought I would test them out on my unsuspecting family and they shared rave reviews with me.

“Oh man Mom these are amazing!”

I didn’t break it to them right away that this was not my recipe but once I told them that I was doing a cook book review they told me to give Kathie “Kudos!”……and quite frankly they are always in awe that I rub elbows with such talented people…you know I’m just Mom not KarenLynn to them LOL!

oatmeal basket

 

The Oatmeal Cookie Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Raisins
  • 1 Cup Water
  • ¾ Cup Butter, softened
  • 1 ½ Cups Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 ½ Cups Unbleached Flour
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 Cups Rolled Oats ½ Cup Walnuts, chopped

Instructions:

Simmer the raisins in the water for 10 minutes. Drain, reserving the liquid and allow to cool to room temperature. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and cloves, set aside. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in ½ Cup of the reserved raisin cooking water and vanilla. Beat in the sifted dry ingredients. Fold in the raisins, rolled oats, and walnuts. Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons full onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake in pre-heated oven for 8 to 10 minutes.

Note: As there’s no egg in these cookies, it is safe to under-bake them just slightly to keep them soft. Though if you like them crunchy; bake for the full 10 minutes and the edges are browned.

Enter the giveaway here!

Click here to get your own copy of “Gift It From Scratch” trust me you will want to after you taste these cookies!

This is a beautiful cookbook and set at an affordable price too! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have! I am always looking for new recipes to enhance dinner time and dessert time but I also think that food is such a nourishing and caring gift to give to others especially in this day and time when so many of us don’t make time to spend time with others and get to know our neighbors.

Wishing you all a beautiful week!

Fondly,

Karen Lynn

Other Cookie Recipes You May Like:

 Canadian Budget Binder – Dark Alley Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lil’ Suburban Homestead – Chunky, Crunchy, Delectable, Chocolate, Pecan, Currant Cookies

 

 

Apr 11

“From The Farm Blog Hop” – Spring Break & Covered Raised Beds


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Hi ya’ll!
Guess what everyone today I start my Spring Break as soon as I get off of work….and no we are not going on vacation but I am so excited about getting caught up in the garden, I need to make more homemade laundry soap, go to the beach and get some fishing in and I want to go to the local shooting range so I can work on my “gun firing” skills.

This week I chose a post by Carole from Garden Up Green which I loved because she shared a subject that is near and dear to my heart because even in Suburbia we struggle with critters such as racoons, and the like getting in our raised beds. I told the “Viking” in my life that I want to build one of these and just see how they work for us! Great idea Carole! Thanks for sharing and linking up to the “From The Farm Blog Hop”

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Have a great weekend everyone and if you have fantastic spring weather make the most of it and enjoy it! Can’t wait to see you all back here next week!



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Apr 10

Bee Friendly Garden Kit Giveaway – Ends This Saturday!!!!


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Hi everyone!

There is still time to enter a fantastic giveaway at “Runamuk Acres” we are likeminded homesteading bloggers and well her blog is just a joy to read trust me and if you haven’t visited her site yet now is the time!

She will choose 5 winners each winning a packet of wildflower seeds! Have I told you how much I love wildflowers….I am entering right now and above and beyond the wonderful seeds my good friend Angi at Schneider’s Peeps Gardening Notebook Ebook is going to be available too!

wild flower mix

I let them know that I would happily share about this giveaway however time is running out soon it ends this Saturday at 11:59 pm so hurry up and get over there! You don’t want to miss out!

Remember how critical our bees and pollinators are to the Earth and support your local beekeeper!

Have a great Thursday night everyone!

Fondly,
Karen Lynn

Other Beekeeping or Related To The Topic of Honey Posts You May Like!
Canadian Budget Binder – Sticky Meringue Roulade With Honey Cream Stuffed With Cranberry and Rasperries
Lil’ Suburban Homestead – Close Up On Our Bees
Lil’ Suburban Homestead – Searching For Queen Cells
Lil’ Suburban Homestead – Making Your Own Pollen Patties to Feed Your Bees

Apr 08

Mom’s Mason Jar Hanger Review & The Winner of The Book “Survival Mom”


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Have we got a review for you???? But first I have to announce the winner of “Survival Mom” the book by Lisa Bedford “The Survival Mom“.

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Congratulations to Lesslie B. you are going to love this book!  You are the lucky winner!

Click here to get your own copy of this book!

If you didn’t know I am always ready to listen to a pitch or a new idea I guess because my husband “The Viking” in my life is such an innovator and is always inventing new projects and looking for ways to streamline and make our home more efficient!

Recently I was approached by Otterlab with a new product they have been working on  called the “Mom’s Mason Jar Hanger” and I told them that if I had a sample of their product, had an opportunity to review it, and of course an opportunity to try it out I would share with my readers if I thought it was a useful or helpful product.    They sent me the sample of the product quite a while ago and I am finally getting around to writing the post.

mom's mason jar

I really like how it works and it does hold the jars up very nicely and since they are just getting their idea off the ground I thought I would share their facebook page link with all of you!  They do take some time to install my husband had to bolt them to the wall because they are holding up so much weight but Otterlab provided everything for the install and it went quickly and easily.

These would work great in garages, closets, basements, in my case I am using it for jars I want to use during that week for cooking next to the spice rack so I won’t forget!  I have so  much stock I keep in my canning cupboard that this will help me to rotate it out.

So do you have any special way you store your canning products, I have friends who even store some under their beds whatever works don’t knock it!

Have a great week everyone and remember my motto…”If you have a home you’re a homesteader!”

Fondly,

Karen Lynn

Other Food Preservation Posts You Might Enjoy!

Canadian Budget Binder – Homemade Carrot Marmalade

 Lil’ Suburban Homestead – The Pantry Magician

Lil’ Suburban Homestead – Kosmic Karen’s Sweet Pepper Mustard

Lil’ Suburban Homestead – Dehydration For The Pantry – An Ancient Method of Food Preservation

Apr 07

Make Sure To Tune In Each Week To The Survival Mom Radio Network!


the survival mom radio network
As you all know I am so enjoying being a part of the “Stellar” line up of all female radio show hosts at The Survival Mom Radio Network!

These women are so amazing…..I have listened to a lot of shows but still have a few I’m catching up on….and that is what is really awesome about this network is that you can catch on all of the shows you don’t have to worry about missing one you can always go back and listen later.

In my opinion it is probably one of the most informative radio network available on the web. Posts range from canning information and tips, gardening advice, raising chickens, being prepared for the future, homeschooling, choosing the best whole foods and so much more!


So each week I am going to post the latest and greatest radio shows airing currently so you will be sure not to miss a show!

Have a great week everyone!

Fondly,

 

Karen Lynn

Apr 06

Wine Making Basics & Wonderful Wine Blog Posts


wine making basics

We started out making wine at our Lil Suburban Homestead as another adventure in frugality but instead it has become a part of our homesteading practice in much the same way canning has. We have a fermentation closet and a wine rack and all the essential tools for wine making.

Making your own wine at home is more sustainable for your homestead because you can re-use bottles so you are keeping bottles out of the recycling bins and dumpsters and you are also using edible materials you can grow as well if you like which keeps expenses down and keeps your ecological foot print at a minimum and a great way to wine and dine your date on a budget.  Hey if he or she is like-minded they will absolutely love this!  Romance is in the eye of the beholder truthfully.

Remember you don’t want to always reinvent the wheel when you first start making wine it’s okay to use tried and true recipes…go out and buy a recipe book it’s worth it.  Wine making is a science and the more you learn about it the better before you embark on this journey unless you don’t mind wasting sugar and product.  The first time I made “Prison” wine I was less than pleased with the finished product.

Another good idea is to get connected with a local home-brew store  or a home brewing club often times they have ideas and information and a good home-brew store will continue to have new and exciting ideas for you!

Basic List of Supplies You Will Need To Have On Hand:

  • Hydrometer
  • Carboy (large glass bottle) and food grade bucket
  • Sanitizer
  • Nylon mesh bag of you use fruit
  • Acid test kit
  • Wine Bottles
  • Corks
  • Bottle Brushes
  • Air locks

Some Great Wine Blogs On Making Home Made Wine:

 

Pixie’s Pocket - Quick Strawberry Pineapple Wine – a mixed result

 

elderberries

Used With Permission Photo Credit: commonsensehome.com

Common Sense Home – How To Make Elderberry Wine

The Mind To Homestead – Making Apfelwein

Economies Of Kale – Homemade Alcoholic Cider

Lil’ Suburban Homestead – DIY Jerusalem Artichoke Wine

 

Let me know if you try any of these recipes and what you think of them!  I would love to hear about it!  This summer I am hoping we will make some dandelion and elderberry wine too I have always wanted to see what both of them taste  like. Recently at or “From The Farm” blog hop a blogger linked up what looked to be some delicious chive vinegar and I have that on my list to try this summer as well.
Make sure to go visit the wine making blog posts I shared and tell them Karen Lynn sent you! ;)

Have a great week everyone!

Karen Lynn

 

Apr 04

From The Farm Blog Hop, My Fave A Milkshake Of Course & We Got Chicks


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Hi ya’ll!
This is one week I have really been waiting on Friday…..I got sick last weekend and am just starting to shake it off now. The silver lining is that I am feeling better!

I have to share with you all how difficult it is to choose a favorite every week at our hop! This hop has some of the most fantastic link ups and posts however we all pick a fave every week.

This week I chose a post by a bloggger Christine at “Once Upon A Time In A Bed of Wildflowers” She chose to share a recipe called “Real Food Shamrock Shake” and it just looks amazing so I had to share it with all of you! My Doctor recently just shared with me that she wanted me to start drinking smoothies that included whole foods with good healthy fats like avocados so this recipe resonated her edict as well.
real food shamrock shake

I am putting this on my list to try this week! I hope you will try it too!

Thanks Christine for such a wonderful post!

Also I have to share with all of you to follow-up to what I discussed at the Hop last week that we have reserved some chicks. We reserved two Barred Rocks and two Americauna’s and I am so excited and they are so adorable! She will hold on to them until they can come out under the incubating light.

Say hi to our 4 new chicks!
Our chicks

Have a great week everyone!



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