Here’s a Give Away

I read and follow Homestead Revival and she is having a giveaway through a food storage site called THRIVE.  I was surfing through the site last week just because I like to see what is out there for a little extra food storage.

The THRIVE items are packaged very cute (if that matters, lol), but they have some good foods, fruits, vegetables and dairy products.  

Drop on over and enter the giveaway!

Homestead Revival Giveaway

I read Homestead Revival and enjoy it!  A lot!

The goals of the author, Amy, are these:
1. “ To see women joyfully embrace the opportunity to return to all aspects of homemaking:”


2. •”To call families to get back to the basics of living closer to the land God gave us, not only for our benefit, but as faithful stewards of the land as well;”

3. • “To leave a legacy and educate the next generation that they may learn these things from their youth and not have to struggle to discover what many of us have had to realize after squandering our God-given roles and gifts.”

I have MUCH to learn, but I really enjoy the encouragement, advice and challenges presented on this blog!  Challenges to be prepared and just to know how to do things with what you have at home.  It’s good to have extra supplies on-hand.  Who knows what the future holds, but God. You never know when you many need these supplies for your family or even to help out others.  

Today Homestead Revival is having a Giveaway !  It’s an emergency supply of Food Ration Bars from USA Emergency Supply.  They are giving away a case of these Food Bars which would be good for anyone’s emergency food supply kit or in a grab & go bag.  Each bar is 400 calories and already portioned for you.  You can enter this  Giveaway, too!  Just head on over to Homestead Revival’s Giveaway page and see how you can enter!


Time . . . Where is it Going??? {365}

Lately I’ve been so busy that I can hardly sit for a few minutes without thinking about 500 things I should be doing.  Even now!  I’ve wanted to write my Weekend in Review post and then just blab about all the things we have done.  So I am going to start with Friday:

My husband had the Good Friday off, so we hung out at home for a while.  We always enjoy taking care of the chickens and watching the mama hen and her babies.  It was, of course, rainy.  It has been raining every day since last Thursday.  Thankfully it hasn’t rained yet today.  The wind is blowing and the sun is shining right now AND it’s WARM!!!  I love warm weather.  I’m not a fan of being cold!

Friday we decided to take a trip up north to this store called Sharp Shopper.  We’ve heard they have great deals on foods, so we did some shopping there.  Extra food shopping for our food supply in the basement.  It’s coming along nicely, but I do have more shopping and organizing to do.  I’m posting a picture of our basement storage.  It’s a bit messy here.  I’ve since put all boxed and bagged things in plastic tubs since we seem to have some mice living in our basement.  In less than a week, I’ve trapped 3 mice in the basement, so far.  It is amazing how we start stocking up in earnest and the mice decide to invade.  Very frustrating, but it’s getting under control – hopefully! 🙂

My shelving units look a lot different now.  Nicer, I think.  The boxes and stuff aren’t as organized as I’d like in the plastic containers, but at least the food is protected for the moment.  I definitely need more containers!  I am going to be putting 50 pounds of rice in canning jars (it’ll end up being 40 cups of rice) and the rest will be in vacuum sealed bags in a container in the basement.    I have 75 pounds of flour that still need bagged and put in the freezer and I have to start rotating and using my storage supplies regularly so they can be used properly.

Saturday was a busy day for me.  I went grocery shopping and it took forever!  Everywhere was so busy since Easter was Sunday and everyone was shopping.  I was shopping out of necessity, not because of the holiday.  It’s NOT my favorite thing, that’s for sure.  Grocery shopping is my least favorite kind of shopping.

Sunday morning we woke up early, but no Easter egg hunts like previous years.  I forgot to buy candy, BUT the kids got a video game.  They enjoyed time playing on the xbox before church.  Much better than going to church on a sugar high!

 The latest and greatest Star Wars game.
The kids love it because when they play it together
they don’t have to drag the other person’s character around.
It looks fun, I like the Lego Star Wars games.

Sunday after church – which was a beautiful Resurrection service, I must say – we came home and had lunch and just hung around home until it was time to go to my parent’s home for dinner.  It was a nice family get together!  Here are some pictures of family.  My nieces and nephew are adorable!

 Emma is such a poser and a cutie pie! 🙂
 Christian is just super cute, what can I say?
Even with crazy hair. 🙂
 Not my best picture of Grace and Ayla, but they are so cute together!
 All 6 of the kids enjoying their snack after Easter dinner.
Dilly bars, I do believe.
 We adults enjoyed the DQ ice cream cake.
That is my favorite kind of cake in all the world.
I’m not a fan of real cake.
I learned that my love for ice cream comes from my
mom’s side of the family.  They all love it!
 One of my azalea’s bloomed the other day.
I love them!
Such a great reminder that spring is here!
Azalea’s getting ready to bloom yesterday.
I got a few pictures of them bloomed today – I’ll add later, maybe.
 This is my *356* walking picture.
The chickens were following me and I was walking and 
snapped this shot of the birds behind me.  
These hens cracked me up because they’re laying
around this bush with a wing up and a leg or 2 sticking out
in the sunshine!  Nothing like a few minutes in the sun!
Today I’m going to catch a moth for my daughter.  She had a moth, but it died and she cried this morning because it died. 😦  She obviously loves little critters and creatures.  The boys seem to have fun watching the chicks and being outside.  I’m glad.  They need to be out in the sunshine and so do I!!  
My garden is calling me to clean it up and get it ready.  It’s hard when it rains every day.  Maybe I’ll try (with help from the kids) for a little bit.  So that’s the exciting news from here!  
Life is full, life is wonderful, and life is blessed by God.  I am thankful for all the wonderful things He has given me, especially my husband, children and my family.  

Homemade Laundry Soap

Today I made my first batch of laundry detergent.  It was an easy experience.  I’ll grate my bar of Fels Naptha ahead of time next time.  That was the most time consuming part of it all.  Well, mostly.  I guess melting the soap takes a we bit of time, too.  I have my 5 gallon bucket by the basement door waiting to go downstairs.  I was thinking about carrying it downstairs, but figured Eric could do it.  After all, I did haul in 4  – 50lb bags of chicken feed today.  I’m more worried about dumping the bucket down the steps. 🙂  That would be a mess.

Anyway, I started out using a recipe from Tasty Kitchen, then I remembered my friend Robin posted her Money Saving Saturday and put a link to the Duggars web site, so I used their recipe.

I am doing this to save money, but also to know how to make my own things – should we not have the convenience of getting to the store for a long time.

A Survival Mom Blog


The Survival Mom is a blog I’ve been reading for quite some time now.  She has guest posts and all kinds of wonderful tips and ideas for being prepared for any type of emergency or disaster or tough economic times.

The other day she decided to start a Survival Mom Blog Ring where other women/mom/preparers can share ideas and recipes and all kinds of neat information.  I am looking forward to “meeting” other women/moms/preparers. 🙂

I’ve been stocking our basement with some things, but really need to work on doing a better job at it.  Be more organized and take an inventory.  I already rotate the canned goods and things we do use on the shelves, but there are more things I think we need in stock.  I made a few lists, but  they aren’t that great, so I need to do a better job and be way more specific!

Anyway, I wanted to share these sites.  The trouble in Egypt weighs on me and I have this intense desire to be prepared in case something bad happens.  You never know what gas prices will be and in case we’re stuck at home, it would be best to have what we need.   I know God IS in control and He will take care of us and I also think it’s ok to be prepared.

Weekend in Review

Friday was Eric’s first of I’m sure many long weekends. I think he has come to realize that he needs a schedule of some sort. 🙂 I think he had fun though! I love when he’s home!

Also on Friday we put the boys bunk beds back up. They were quite thrilled about it and all the space that it offered.
Then they wanted to play with these things we got for them many years ago called Rok-n-bok. They are a building creativity set and they have remote vehicles. Eric and I had made a table for them and had a set up in the basement a couple years ago. Well, they didn’t really play with it down there, so on Saturday Eric and the kids helped bring the stuff upstairs to their spacious bedroom and have it all set up now. They are currently building things and driving the vehicles around. This is something good for them and their creativity! 🙂

Yesterday was church. Sunday school and the message were both really great yesterday! In Sunday school we are studying the book of Proverbs. I’ll only get to do this with the class through the end of this month, then I’ll be taking over the 4 & 5 year old class. I am still going to study, just on my own. Maybe with Eric – we shall see! 🙂 I have to get one of my other Bible’s out to mark stuff in. I didn’t do it last week and felt really bad, so I’m doing it this week for sure!

The other day I posted about being prepared and I was just checking Nathan’s Social Studies and in it was the story of Joseph. Joseph told Pharaoh about the dream he had and what it meant. It just brought to mind that they prepared for 7 years of famine! That’s a lot of preparation. I don’t know how much we should really prepare for, but I still think having extras on hand is a good idea!

We got mesquite flavored charcoal for the grill and I have to tell you that stuff is WONDERFUL!! Talk about adding great taste to food! Burgers, hot dogs, chicken are all soooo good! 🙂 Eric will eat chicken if it’s grilled with the charcoal!

Saturday I worked on my seedlings. I didn’t realize how dry they really were! Some had started to wilt and die and some hadn’t even started growing yet. I realized my banana peppers and tomatoes weren’t wet at all!! So I’m hoping after a good soaking they will start! My green beans are unbelievable! I’m going to post pictures of the green beans- one from yesterday and one from today! It’s amazing to see how much they grew overnight!!

Yes, they are amazing!! The top picture is the same of the 2 on the right bottom. Just in a day!! Eric said we are probably going to have to transfer them. LOL I told him they need transferred to the garden! 🙂

One other thing I did Saturday was make apple dumplings! I was amused by my husband since he didn’t know that they were made with whole apples! He was all impressed he learned something. They were soooo good I have to add a picture of one served al a mode! 🙂 YUMMY!

And I wonder why I’m having problems losing weight! 🙂

Being Prepared

Maybe I’m crazy, maybe I’m not. Ok, I am, but that’s beside the point. 🙂 This has been on my mind for a very long time. I just found this blogsite and figured it couldn’t hurt to browse its contents and share with others.

My gut keeps telling me to buy extra supplies, foods, things I can reasonably afford. It’s like a burden to me. I know God will supply our needs should any crisis arise, but I feel like I must do my part while I can. For months now, as I grocery shop, I buy extra food items and other items we may need should something happen. With this swine flu scare and the state of the economy, I think it is wise to have extra things onhand. It can’t hurt anyway!

I’m not an alarmist and I know God is in control of all things. This is just something I thought I would share.