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 Welcome to The  HomeAcre  Hop!

It still doesn’t look much like spring outside our windows but I’ve got my seeds started and all of my onions and leek are coming along! This week I’ll be planting eggplant, peppers and tomatoes. One step closer to spring. We did have a trip to CT this past weekend and although they also still have snow it was nice to see blue sky and some bare ground!Oldest house

Looking forward to having you  join us this week and share your homesteading, homemaking or homeschooling post! After you’ve shared your favorite post be sure to stop by and visit some of the other bloggers as well. Visit the other hosts too! We would love to have you follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Etsy, Google+, Instagram or by email

The HomeAcre Hosts are:
Tracy @ Our Simple Life
Sandra @ Clearwater Farm,
Kathi  @ Oak Hill Homestead,
Lisa @ The Self Sufficient Homeacre,
Heidi @ Pint Size Farm
and Me! (Nancy @ On The Home Front)

Each week I will be sharing the most  visited post as well as my own favorite. In addition each host will also pick their own favorite. Visit each host to see if you were featured! (Remember – If you would like to be featured, be sure to link back to the hop otherwise you will not be featured!)

My featured post:

Hydroponics Basics written by Liz from Eight Acres – the blog.P2086617

 

Be sure to check out the HomeAcre Hop Pinterest Board where we share our Hop Favorites each week.

We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading, homemaking and homeschooling. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week! If you were featured, grab the button to display proudly on your blog!

Congratulations to our featured post! Be sure to grab your “I was featured” button!

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The calendar says it’s spring but we have lots of snow to melt before we’ll be seeing green grass. I thought I would share some of the photos of the various critters that we have On The Home Front. There is always evidence in the snow of visitors.tracks in the snowSometimes we are lucky enough to see the visitors in person! You probably remember the photos of the Barred Owl that visited us. The owl seemed quite comfortable to just hang out close to the house or on the bird feeder!Barred OwlAlthough we’ve seen tracks we haven’t seen any coyotes this year but we have in the past.The one pictured was actually chasing a young deer. coyote

The deer dashed around the house and the coyote stopped. Luckily the deer got away.coyoteWe’ve also had several mink and an ermine come visit. I was very glad they didn’t get into the chicken coop! They may be small but they can do a lot of damage!ermineWe have an abundance of birds. My husband’s favorite pastime is to feed the birds and watch them at the feeders.nuthatch We have quite a variety, from nuthatches to a large flock of Redpolls.redpollsWe even have a large flock of turkey that come to visit.turkey flockSometimes the turkeys get quite bold and come up onto our deck!turkeysWe also have a small herd of deer that walk by every day.deer in sunlightThey are very cautious and always on alert!deer in shadowsWe often wonder what walks by the windows when we’re not looking!

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Do you have wood cabinets or wood furniture in your home? This fragrant formula will clear away sticky grime and is safe for most finishes. Always test wood-cleaning formulas on an inconspicuous area of your furniture, like the inside of a leg or a panel underneath, before treating the entire piece. This step is a very important as certain wood finishes can be adversely affected by essential oils.Ingredients for wood cleaner.

Fragrant Wood Cleaner

½ cup lemon juice
1 tsp liquid Castile soap
4 drops geranium or sweet orange essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a small plastic spray bottle.Wood cleaner Apply to wood and wipe clean with a damp cloth.cleaner and cloth Wipe again with a dry cloth.dry cloth

I used this all up in one cleaning session, not sure how well the lemon juice would last if set aside for another time!

After cleaning.

After cleaning.

Before cleaning

Before cleaning

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Last week I mentioned that I consider Salt to be an essential pantry item. Two other items I consider essential are baking soda and vinegar. Odor, germ and bacteria removal, laundry softening, heavy duty scrubbing, they can do it all! Buy them in bulk because there are many ways to use them in your home!

Today I am talking about the benefits of baking soda!baking soda, homemade cleaners

Baking soda is the trade name for the chemical compound sodium bicarbonate. In baking, it’s used to help foods rise. Around the house it absorbs grease, odors, and stains, and scours gently. But it is so versatile that you’re bound to discover uses beyond those I’ve listed.

There are numerous ways to use baking soda in cleaning.household helps, cleaning, prudent living

It can be used as a multipurpose cleanser on kitchen surfaces, cutting boards, ovens, barbeque grills, grout, bathroom surfaces, toilets, and washable painted walls.

Shampoo your carpets or use it to get rid of pet stains.dogs, prudent living

To boost liquid laundry detergent, add ½ cup of baking soda to each load.Use vinegar in your washing machine.

To degrease dishes add it to hot sudsy water or sprinkle on dishes in the dishwasher.

Clean and deodorize your coffee maker – brew ¼ cup of baking soda and 1 quart of water. Rinse with plain water before using.Use salt to clean your coffee carafe.

To gently clean tarnished silverware and jewelry, place the silver on a sheet of aluminum foil in a pan of hot water and baking soda for 10 minutes. Rinse and wipe clean with a soft cloth.

Cover silver with baking soda.

Cover silver with baking soda.

I know winter is almost over but did you know you can use baking soda to de-ice stairs and walkways?

Use baking soda to extinguish small flare-ups on the stove. Water will not put out a grease fire but baking soda will!

To make an air freshener combine baking soda and scented bath salts in a small dish and set it out in your room.

To remove rust from metal, make a paste of baking soda and wipe onto the rust, scrub it off with a ball of aluminum foil!

This summer remember that baking soda can sooth sunburn. Soak the sunburn in lukewarm water and baking soda. You can also make a paste to relieve bug bites and bee stings. Apply a thick paste directly to the bite.bee on flower

Have you discovered other uses for baking soda? I’m amazed at all it can do. It is definitely an item you will find in my pantry!storage, pantries, home canningLinked to some of my favorite link parties!

I grew up near New Haven, CT, home of Pepe’s Pizza!

Pepe's Pizza, worth the wait!

Pepe’s Pizza, worth the wait!

They make the best pizza anywhere and one of their specialty pizzas is a scrumptious white clam pizza.Pepe's Pizza We visit Pepe’s whenever we can but don’t get there very often. My husband and I decided to recreate their white clam pizza at home. The bacon is not found on Pepe’s Pizza but it’s a delicious addition. This pizza would be excellent cut into small squares and served as an appetizer. It also makes a very satisfying Sunday supper!

Clam and Bacon Pizza

Prepare pizza dough. We use our regular pizza dough recipe. While the pizza dough is rising prepare the clam and bacon topping.

Clam and Bacon Toping

4 oz sliced bacon, diced
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tsp oregano
Pinch of dried red pepper flakes
1 ½ cups of minced clams, fresh is best
1 ½ Tbsp parsley
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Sauté the bacon in a skillet under-cooked but not crisp.Saute bacon. Remove from the pan and drain on a paper towel. Add the olive oil to the bacon grease in the skillet. Stir in the garlic, oregano and the pepper flakes and sauté for 2 minutes.Saute garlic, oregano and pepper flakes. Add the clams and simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes. Removed from the heat and stir in the parsley and bacon.Clam pizza topping. Set aside. Punch the dough down and form your pizza crust. Thankfully my husband makes the best pizza dough!Form pizza dough. Spread the clam topping evenly over the dough.Spread clam topping on top. Scatter the Parmesan cheese over the top.Sprinkle Parmesan on top. Bake at 500 for 15 minutes.Clam Bacon Pizza When done, cut into slices and serve.Cut into slices.Best eaten hot.Clam Bacon Pizza

If there is any left it is delicious for lunch the next day.

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 Welcome to The  HomeAcre  Hop!

We’ve been enjoying some beautiful, sunny days. So nice to have temperatures above freezing! It’s been an exciting week as we’ve had a daily visitor, a Barred Owl. He (or she) loves to sit on our bird feeder which enables me to get some awesome photos!

Looking forward to having you  join us this week and share your homesteading, homemaking or homeschooling post! After you’ve shared your favorite post be sure to stop by and visit some of the other bloggers as well. Visit the other hosts too! We would love to have you follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Etsy, Google+, Instagram or by email

The HomeAcre Hosts are:
Tracy @ Our Simple Life
Sandra @ Clearwater Farm,
Kathi  @ Oak Hill Homestead,
Lisa @ The Self Sufficient Homeacre,
Heidi @ Pint Size Farm
and Me! (Nancy @ On The Home Front)

Each week I will be sharing the most  visited post as well as my own favorite. In addition each host will also pick their own favorite. Visit each host to see if you were featured! (Remember – If you would like to be featured, be sure to link back to the hop otherwise you will not be featured!)

Most liked post:
An Impossible Prayer Requestwilderness2

My featured post:
Strawberry Muffins (I couldn’t resist! They look 
delicious) thank you vickie, from Vickie’s Kitchen and Garden for sharing!strawberry muffins

 

Be sure to check out the HomeAcre Hop Pinterest Board where we share our Hop Favorites each week.

We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading, homemaking and homeschooling. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week! If you were featured, grab the button to display proudly on your blog!

Congratulations to our featured posts! Be sure to grab your “I was featured” button!

Prudent Living on the Homefront
 You are invited to share your original posts on: Homesteading, Homemaking, and Homeschooling! There are just a few little rules to follow:
  • Family friendly posts only!
  • No links to blog hops or posts dedicated to advertising products.
  • Please share posts that you haven’t linked up previously to keep the hop fresh.
  • Please visit other bloggers and let them know you found them here!
  • If you wish to be featured, you must link back to the hop (on any host’s blog… in your post, side bar, or blog hop page) with the button or a text link!
  • Please follow us by email! You’ll receive notice when the hop is open for business.
  • Only share content and photos that you have created or have permission to share.
  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post and share one photo if you are featured.
  • No giveaways please!
  • Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted!
Prudent Living on the Homefront

 


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