r is for roosters

R is for Roosters (and chickens)

I love roosters. Well, chickens in general. Before we moved to our neighborhood, we had about 12 chickens, including 2 roosters. One was a bantam (we called him O’Connell) and the other was a mix (we called him Phoenix). He was a beautiful red rooster with a high arching green tail. Simply beautiful. Since we’re…

remove jar labels

Easy Way to Remove Jar Labels

If you’re like me, you save jars for multiple uses around the house. I don’t like leaving the labels on the jars because quite honestly, they’re ugly. I’d like to either have them label-free or use my own pretty labels. I discovered an easy way to remove jar labels that takes little to no time…

5 Cheap Gardening Ideas

So you want to start a garden but you don’t have a lot of money. No big deal. Really. My first garden in 2007 was made using boxes. Seriously. It was the most rag-tag garden I’ve ever seen, but it worked. Of course, it helped that we had a lot of rain that year and…

jams and jellies

J is for Jams and Jellies

Who doesn’t like a sweet jam or jelly on a hot buttered, homemade biscuit (check out the recipe)? Seriously. It’s that extra goodness that makes a biscuit that much better. Of course, you could go out and buy some jelly, but why not make it at home? It’s easy, affordable and tastes even better using fresh…

Planting Potatoes

Planting potatoes is not difficult. In fact, with just a little bit of time, you can get a lot of potatoes in the ground pretty quickly. Here’s a step-by-step guide to planting potatoes in your own garden. Step #1. Start with good seed potatoes. We usually purchase several pounds of seed potatoes from our local…

Never Give Up…Ever!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again … NEVER GIVE UP … EVER! It’s been three months of studying, taking classes, studying more, and taking more classes and sample tests. But, last Friday I PASSED the state and national real estate exams. I’m 43 years young. I am starting a completely new journey…

snake skin tanning

Snake Skin Tanning

When you live in the country you tend to come across snakes every now and then. In our part of the woods we have a lot of rattlesnakes, copperheads, and water moccasins – all extremely poisonous. When we see these snakes, they usually die. It’s an us vs. them situation. They have no qualms about striking…

canning lemon marmalade

Canning Lemon Marmalade

I’ve had the privilege of helping my former employer this past week…not with anything work-related but with canning! The past two weeks have been spent canning lemon marmalade using lemons from her Meyer’s Lemon tree. I’ve been canning since 2007 and doing what we can from a homestead, self-sufficient perspective for many years. While working…

scent block recipe

Scent Block Recipe and Cost Comparison

(This post contains affiliate links) For those avid hunters out there, you know the importance of being undetected by the deer. Once they catch a whiff of you, they’re gone and so are your chances for that perfect shot. There are many brands of scent killer on the market, but they can also come with a…

venison stock

Venison Stock

One of the ways we utilize our harvested venison is to make venison stock from the bones. Once I’ve de-boned the rear leg quarters, I’ll get the venison stock going. It’s a great way to use the bones, especially when we have roasts or other cuts that we’ll use for soup or stews…or even gravy. And, I…