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

 

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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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Mar 31

Our Radio Show Is Premiering This Thursday on “The Survival Mom Radio Network” & Survival Mom Book Giveaway


 

Well Hello everyone & Welcome!

 

We are very excited to announce that our ”Premiere Show Lil’ Suburban Homestead with Karen Lynn ” is airing this Thursday April 3rd on “The Survival Mom Radio Network”.  Our first show discusses ”Our Journey” on our Lil’ Suburban Homestead and we take off from there and then the following Thursday on April  10th our show discusses “The Basics” growing vegetables, making homemade laundry soap, and hanging your clothes out to dry literally and the challenges that come with that as well.  The basics of what you can do right now to being your journey to a simpler more sustainable lifestyle.

 

The next week our show “Early Spring Gardening Preps” airs on April 17th although it’s not so early it really focuses on Soil Amendments, Composting, and Mulching and my husband The Viking in my life is a guest on the show weighing in on all of these wonderful gardening topics!

survival momIf you don’t want to wait on the Giveaway Click Below To Purchase Your Copy:

Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios

We hope you join us and I have to say that I am so excited to join this all female stellar cast of radio show hosts!  I am in awe of every single one of them and hope you will stop in and listen to their shows as well.  Actually I know a lot of you do already as I have received some emails and private messages as well encouraging me and sharing their excitement with me on our lil’ blog being a part of this fabulous radio show network.

To celebrate this Premiere show I am having a giveaway courtesy of Lisa Bredford “The Survival Mom” for a copy of her fabulous book.  All you have to do is just enter a few simple Rafflecopter Giveaway instructions and the winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter.

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So appreciate you stopping in and celebrating our “Premiere” Radio show with us!

Fondly,

Karen Lynn

Survival Mom Radio Network Hosts:

Essential Survival Radio Show with Julie Behling-Hovdal

The Mind to Homestead with Kristi Stone

Pioneering Today with Melissa K. Norris

The Canning Diva with Diane Devereaux

Mountain Woman Journals with Tammy Trayer

The Survival Mom Radio Show with Lisa Bedford

Food Storage and Survival with Angela Paskett

Surviving on Shoestrings with Donna Miller

Cooke’s Frontier with Charley Cooke

Green and Healthy Living with Nurse Amy

Real Food Living with Vickilynn Haycraft

Mar 30

Herb Of The Week – Yarrow


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Yarrow is a lesser known herb and yet it is touted by the french for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties.  I am proud to finally own this prized plant it had been on my “To Buy” list for quite a while.  We bought it when it was rather small and we are getting ready to transplant this beauty into a larger pot before summer.  It has been placed in the shade most of the winter and does indeed seem to enjoy it!  It is very easy to grow and I would put it on my list of low maintenance plants for sure.

It is beautiful and has soft ferny type fronds and at the same time it is a medicinal herb that you can add to your “Home Apothecary” arsenal.  Yarrow can be quickly turned into a poultice by blending some comfrey and yarrow just slightly in a food processor just pulse a couple of times to get the herbs slightly macerated  or you can use a mortar and pestle.  Then you apply like a paste on a bruised up or banged up limb or other inflammation that occurs on the body externally much like chamomille.

A poultice is basically a compress using the actual herbs directly upon the affected area on the body

***Yarrow should never be taken internally during pregnancy***

This herb can also be taken in tea and is touted for lowering blood pressure this may be something I need to investigate further.  To make yarrow tea you need about a tablespoon of fresh leaves and flowers(some recipes only call for flowers so do your own research if you feel like you need to investigate further) or a teaspoon of dried yarrow.  This time of year I don’t have any flowers on the yarrow but I think it would still work.  If you have a cold or flu it has been advised by herbal experts to add  some elderflower and peppermint as well.  You should drink a cup three times a day and you may want to add some sweetener in my case I would add honey as it is slightly bitter.

Now that Spring is here I will be getting back to our Herb of the Week posts I hope you are enjoying them!  Do you have a favorite herb I haven’t shared about yet that you would like to see featured here?

Fondly,

Karen Lynn

Other Posts Regarding Herbs You Might Like!

Canadian Budget Binder – The Saturday Weekend Review #25 Watch Our Garden Grow

 Lil’ Suburban Homestead – The Home Apothecary Bee Balm Tea

Lil’ Suburban Homestead – Herb Of The Week African Blue Basil

 

Disclaimer:

A note regarding Herbal Remedies or Home Apothecary Segments Any herbal remedies I share are just that….Yes I use them….but any items I post in regards to Home Apothecary or Herbal Remedies should be regarded as folk lore and not replace any information you get from your Medical Provider. To be a healer in ancient days took much knowledge and learning and any herbal remedy used improperly or without proper knowledge can cause an adverse reaction, mix improperly with other medications or even cause death so please always consult a medical provider. 

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