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Many people have a pretty strong attachment to their car. And really, why shouldn’t they? There is quite an investment that goes along with owning a car, and that sizeable of an investment pretty much necessitates a big responsibility. For this reason, you definitely want to take really good care of your car. Not only because it makes owning a car a much more enjoyable experience, but also because it gets you the most out of your investment and can make your vehicle last longer. To accomplish this, you’re going to want to know how to properly take care of your car and give it the luxury treatment. Here are some ways to baby your car… Frequent oil changes One of the most important, and thankfully, simple, things that must be done to take care of your car is to treat it to frequent oil changes. Allowing the oil to sit in your engine for extremely long periods of driving can cause an entire host of problems. This is because the whole point of oil is to make sure that all of the machinery in your engine is operating smoothly. As oil becomes old and used, it begins to develop Read More […]

Fedco Seeds

If you’ve been following my blog you may remember my husband recently was laid off and we’re not sure what the future holds. However every year at this time I order my seeds and this year is no exception! Worse case scenario I end up not having a garden and then I will just save my seeds for next year! My favorite two catalogs are Fedco Seeds and Solstice Seeds. Solstice Seeds is a local seed saver with a wonderfully diverse collection of seeds. Several years ago I took part in a seed saving class Sylvia offered. We met each month at her house and saw first hand how she goes about, planting and maintaining her garden and then saving the various seeds. It was a wonderful experience, not only were Sylavia’s gardens beautiful but I was so inspired by her meticulous organization in keeping track of her plants! I love ordering Solstice Seeds because I know they will do well in my garden. Sylvia just lives a town or so away from where I live and if the seeds grow well in her garden I know they will also grow well in my garden! I am also part of Read More […]

Vegetarian dinner, butternut squash, barley

It’s wonderful when you have a recipe that you can make using up ingredients you already have on hand. I shared this recipe several years ago, but it is worth repeating. Plus, I had a butternut squash on hand that I needed to use up! I enjoyed this recipe as much this time as I did the first time I made it. It is creamy, filling and delicious! And it’s a perfect meal when you’re wanting to go meatless! Butternut Squash Risotto Ingredients: 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1” squares, about 3 cups. 1 onion, finely chopped Salt and pepper 1 cup pearl barley ½ cup dry white wine 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth 5 ounces baby spinach ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, optional (forgot to add this and it was not missed!) Preheat over to 400 degrees. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the squash, onion, ¾ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper and cook, stirring often, until the onion begins to soften, 4-6 minutes. Add the barley to the vegetables and cook, stirring for one minute. Add the wine and cook, stirring until evaporated, Read More […]

hatching chicks

    Welcome to Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop #37! Life can be a whirlwind sometimes! We had a wonderful wedding weekend in Seattle. I loved being together with our family to celebrate the wedding of our youngest son and his beautiful bride. Please join us this week for Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop! Thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us each week! It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings! Each week I will feature our most visited post from the week before, which also linked back to the hop, and my weekly favorite. I hope you have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us! Here are the co-hosts of Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop. Tracy at Our Simple Homestead Facebook – Twitter Pinterest – Google+ – LinkedIn Sandra at Clearwater FarmFacebook – Pinterest Instagram – Google+ Nancy at On The Home Front Facebook – Twitter – Pinterest Instagram – Google+ Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead Facebook – Pinterest BlogLovin LeeAnn & Alex at One Ash Homestead Facebook – Twitter Pinterest – Instagram (Remember – If you would like to be featured, be sure to link back to the hop otherwise you will not Read More […]


I apologize for not announcing a winner yesterday but we were busy traveling, and I really thought I would have time to get on the computer. However spending time with family takes precedence! What a weekend! Last week we flew to Seattle for our youngest son’s wedding. What a whirlwind weekend it was. It is always such a joy to have the whole family under one roof. Our two married daughters, their spouses, our two grandchildren and our two sons as well as my sister and her boyfriend. Quite a large group to find accommodations for! However we found the perfect house with plenty of bedrooms and space enough to relax and enjoy our time together. During our weekend in Seattle we found time to get outside and go for a walk around Green Lake, it was a cloudy day but at least it wasn’t raining. The rehearsal dinner was a fun affair lots of good toasts and a chance to meet the bride’s family. I just love when the family is all together! The highlight of the weekend was the wedding. Our son and his fiancé have a large group of friends who helped make the whole event very Read More […]

Hermit Cookies

I have a dear friend, Esther,  who loves Hermit Cookies. Esther is 95 years old and doesn’t bake at all anymore. I found this recipe in my mother’s collection of recipes and decided it to make it for Esther. She absolutely loves them. They are not sweet and actually seem to improve with age! They also freeze well. I will make her a batch and have her put half in the freezer to enjoy later! Old Fashioned Hermit Cookies 1  1/3 cups sugar 1 cup shortening (I used butter) 3 eggs, divided 2/3 cup molasses 4 ¼ cups pastry flour Dash salt 2 Tbsp cinnamon 1 Tbsp plus 2 tsp baking powder 2 cups raisin Cream the sugar and shortening together. Add 2 eggs and molasses; this will look lumpy. Add dry ingredients and blend until all the ingredients are incorporated. Add the raisins. The dough will be stiff, like play dough. Divide the dough into 4 pieces and roll each ball into a long rope about the thickness of a quarter. Place 2 ropes each on 2 greased cookie sheets, and flatten slightly with your fingers. Beat 1 egg in a bowl and brush it on the cookies. Bake Read More […]

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