2015 04/11

Super easy chocolate caramel coconut bars

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I often feel like once November 1st hits, it’s GO TIME! The holiday season has officially started and calendars quickly fill up with dinners and parties and family stuff and school functions and on and on. And, while we really try to keep our holiday season as low key as possible, there’s always going to be the busyness surrounding it.

So, to help keep my sanity during this time, I like to keep as many things as simple as possible. And this recipe is definitely one of them! Only six ingredients and very little prep time, it’s one of my Go-To desserts whenever I need to bring something to an event (family or friend) or send something yummy to school or the office.

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2015 22/10

Keeping the kitties happy this winter

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With the weather turning colder around here, we’re finding our cats hanging out on the front porch more and more. Especially on those chilly nights and early mornings. Which just baffles me because their home, the barn, is much warmer than our front porch!

So, the kids and I decided to do a little pre-winter prep for the cats and give them a more comfortable sleeping area in the barn and stock up on some winter yummies for them.

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2015 20/10

Halloween preview

I never know what the kids will decide for their Halloween costumes. Some years they know instantly and are very specific. Other years they wait until the last minute or are pretty general.

And while I’m all about reusing items we might have here at home or repurposing some of our old costumes into something new, some years I just need the help of the costume stores. Oh, wait, let me rephrase that….the help of the online costume stores! Because standing in front of that giant  costume selection wall or the racks and racks of costumes at the store with three kids for what seems like FOR-EVAH is not this mama’s idea of a fun time.

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2015 19/10

Creating a Pallet Wood Clock

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With a huge space between our fireplace mantel and the ceiling peak in our house, I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure out how to “fill” that space.

Because switching out season decor that high up on the wall would be a logistical nightmare, I decided a large clock would look cool up there. Knowing a clock that size (as in, size XL) was not in our budget, I looked for ways to make my own.

First I picked up a large wooden spool used for cable on auction. Should be perfect because it’s already a circle (just need to cut one end off). Then, after getting it home and really sizing it up, I realized that thing is astoundingly heavy!  And just wouldn’t work well for my clock. So, it got repurposed as kids yard toy and, eventually, a winter storage reel for the 500 feet of hose to water my garden. Read the rest of this entry…

2015 21/09

If you give a woman chickens, she’ll want goats

After a much needed but not anticipated summer break from blogging, I’m hoping to jump back in this fall and share with you all some fun things happening around here. Of course the biggest news to share is our newest additions. The goats!

You know that saying that Chickens are the gateway to other farm animals? It’s true.

To give you a little backstory, Tim & I had talked about getting goats a handful of times. We thought they would be fun {seriously, have you seen all the videos on the interwebs?} and just an all around good addition to our homestead. But, in reality {ready: in my mind}, we were thinking of adding them next summer. It was the logical timing — it would give us some time this next year to get things ready, figure out housing and pasture for them, and we’d have all summer with no school schedule that would allow us to learn about the goats. And that’s where the plan took a turn. Out of my mind and my reality and into the present. Read the rest of this entry…

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