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Welcome to the Simple Homestead Blog Hop!

We are so glad that you have stopped by for a visit! We encourage you to look through some of the great posts shared by our readers and then take the time to read those that interest you. If you are adding to our list, thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us. It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings. We hope you have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us.

Meet Our Great Co-hosts

Kathi at Oak Hill HomesteadFacebookPinterestInstagram Dash at Bloom Where You’re PlantedFacebookInstagram Sandra at Clearwater Farm – Facebook – Pinterest – Instagram Leah at Busy Gals Homestead and Leah’s Lovely LopsFacebook PinterestTwitter Nancy at On the HomefrontFacebookTwitterPinterest

Featured Posts

Each week we’ll feature the most-viewed post from last week’s hop. Each host also features her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. Visit each of our blogs to see if you were featured this week.

Our most-visited post from last week’s hop:
Your GreatGrandmothers’s Gatorade

My Favorite Post:
What You Really Teach Children

 

Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week.

If you were featured be sure to pick up your Simple Homestead blog hop button below. Just highlight the text in the box and paste into your blog sidebar; the button will show up automatically.

 

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The Rules

You are invited to share your original homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts. We have a few little rules:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted.

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Trends are constantly coming and going, but one interior design trend that seems to be sticking around is the Farmhouse look. It’s simple, rustic, and gorgeous. Some people really relate to the farmhouse look, and fully embrace this trend. While this style is for some people, it isn’t necessarily for everyone. If you’re looking to implement the farmhouse trend into your home decor, but aren’t wanting to replace everything in your home with something made from reclaimed wood, these farmhouse accents will be for you.

 

Farmhouse in the dining area

 

The kitchen and dining area is probably the easiest room of your house to transform with a few easy farmhouse accents. A gorgeous barnhouse table would be the perfect accent for your kitchen. You can choose to go with a dark stain or with a lighter white wash for this table, depending on what fits better with your kitchen and personal style.

 

Rustic labels and signs are the perfect addition to any farmhouse kitchen. You can add rustic labels to all of your baking jars, or simply make a large sign with a sweet saying to hang on your kitchen wall.

 

Wooden shelves is the perfect wall storage solution for a farmhouse kitchen. For countertop storage, small metal crates and milk pitchers are gorgeously rustic.

 

The perfect workspace in any kitchen is a granite countertop. Granite countertops are elegant but pair perfectly with the rustic theme of your kitchen. They’re versatile and timeless, meaning that it’s an investment you’ll never regret.

 

Implementing farmhouse design on the exterior of your home

 

Depending on how committed you are to the farmhouse design, there are multiple accents you can add to the exterior of your home. One of the simplest, but most beautiful, statement accents you can make on the outside of your home is with your garage door. Updating your garage door gives an instant facelift to your home that you didn’t even know it needed. For the farmhouse look, consider swapping out the brushed steel door you currently have with a wooden carriage style door.

 

Color palette

 

The modern farmhouse is filled with gorgeous muted colors. If you’re finding yourself looking for decor inspiration, try keeping a specific palette in mind. It will help your home feel cohesive, rather than it being a hodge podge of different colors and themes. Creams, light greys, stoney blues, and sagey greens are the perfect colors for your modern farmhouse.

 

Living room decor

 

For a few quick accents, try things like wicker baskets, chalkboard signs, and delicate plants in concrete pots and planters. No matter what theme is inspiring you, make sure that you stay authentic to yourself and what appeals to you. The farmhouse theme may not entirely be for you, but there are elements and accents that would compliment your home. Try adding a little bit of burlap to your home, and see how you like it, before implementing more farmhouse inspired accents. Burlap covered throw pillows, burlap table runners, and burlap carefully wrapped around decorative mason jars are the perfect simple accents for someone who isn’t fully committed to the theme.

 

A beautiful way to improve the look of a room, is to add wooden trim around your windows. This will add both character and size to all of your windows, and it really elevates the entire room. A simple white trim is a gorgeous statement. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, play around with a few different natural wood stains, to see what looks best with the color palette in your home. You can also add a similar wooden trim on the wall along both your flooring and your ceiling. This added texture brings interest and beautiful elegance to any room. Adding trim is such a small and simple project, but it makes a large design impact. There are a million small things you can do to add natural-wood accents, from your switchplates to your lighting.

 

Keep things simple

 

The biggest key to a farmhouse inspired home, is to keep things simple and minimalist. You don’t need dozens of unique decor items to make your home look gorgeous. Keep your decor simple and rustic, and you’ll have all of your visitors gushing over your interior design skills.

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Getting ready to go away for several weeks is always a challenge, when you are trying to use up the last of the harvest from the garden it is even more of a challenge! I had a few zucchini left so I made one more batch of Chocolate Zucchini Bread for the freezer and we used up the last of the tomatoes and basil on a homemade Tomato Basil Pizza.tomato basil pizza

 

I’ve posted before about my husbands wonderful gift of making pizza. His pizzas are better than anything we can buy around here. His Tomato Basil Pizza is a taste of summer with a delicious fresh tomato taste with a hint of basil. I used some of my oven roasted pizza sauce for the base. My husband then lightly covered the sauce with mozzarella and then topped the cheese with the tomatoes and the basil a little more basil and a sprinkle of Parmesan and the pizza was ready for the oven.

 

We were not disappointed, the Tomato Basil pizza was delicious and we even had a little leftover for lunch the next day.Tomato Basil Pizza I love the challenge of using up food from the fridge and the garden.

 

This is the crust recipe we use which we got from a King Arthur Pizza class we took several years ago. It’s an excellent, never fail recipe.

 

Pizza Dough

 

Ingredients:

 

2 cups all purpose flour
1 ¼tsp instant yeast
¾ tsp salt
1 Tbsp olive oil
½ -¾ cup warm water

In a large mixing bowl combine all the dry ingredients. Stir in the olive oil.

 

Directions:

 

Stir in the water, add the lesser amount first as you may not need to add all of the water. Turn the shaggy mixture onto your work surface. Knead until smooth and shiny.dough, pizza Let the dough rise in an oiled, covered bowl until double in size.pizza, dough

Once the dough is risen, stretch the dough over your pizza pan. pizza, dough

 

It is now ready for the toppings! Once you have aded the toppings bake at 500 degrees for 14-15 minutes!
herbs, basil, pizzaI think our favorite is the tomato Basil Pizza. Other toppings include using a combination of cheeses, thinly sliced onions, pepperoni, sliced garden tomatoes or chopped steamed broccoli, but the combinations of meats, vegetables and fruits as toppings are endless! Do you make pizza in your house? What are your favorite toppings?tomato basil pizza

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Welcome to the Simple Homestead Blog Hop!

We are so glad that you have stopped by for a visit! We encourage you to look through some of the great posts shared by our readers and then take the time to read those that interest you. If you are adding to our list, thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us. It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings. We hope you have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us.

Meet Our Great Co-hosts

Kathi at Oak Hill HomesteadFacebookPinterestInstagram Dash at Bloom Where You’re PlantedFacebookInstagram Sandra at Clearwater Farm – Facebook – Pinterest – Instagram Leah at Busy Gals Homestead and Leah’s Lovely LopsFacebook PinterestTwitter Nancy at On the HomefrontFacebookTwitterPinterest

Featured Posts

Each week we’ll feature the most-viewed post from last week’s hop. Each host also features her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. Visit each of our blogs to see if you were featured this week.

Our most-visited post from last week’s hop:
Handmade Christmas Gift Boot Camp

My Favorite Post:
Pumpkin Pie Spice Bundt

 

Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week.

If you were featured be sure to pick up your Simple Homestead blog hop button below. Just highlight the text in the box and paste into your blog sidebar; the button will show up automatically.

 

Nancy On The Home Front

The Rules

You are invited to share your original homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts. We have a few little rules:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted.

Let’s start hopping!


Yesterday I shared about our decision to have a family vacation on Anderson Island, located in Puget Sound Washington. We had done a lot of planning ahead of time and we were well prepared to enjoy our time on the island. Anderson Island ended up being the perfect place to gather and although the island is small there was lots to see and do in exploring Anderson Island.

 

The house we found on HomeAway was actually a working farm complete with cattle grazing next to the house. There was plenty of room for everyone, a large farm table where we could enjoy our meals and wonderful hiking trails within walking distance of the house. To top it off our weather was perfect, cool evenings and sunny days.Exploring Anderson Island

 

The public hiking trails near the house were beautifully maintained and after walking through the woods the path came out on the water.Exploring Anderson Island Every so often you would come upon a picnic table in case you wanted to have a picnic. We saw all sorts of wildlife from newts to slugs to various birds.

 

Anderson Island is so small you can easily drive from one end to the other in a very short time.Exploring Anderson Island They do have a well-equipped store and two restaurants, which we did not try out. We preferred to cook our meals at home and gather around the big table for a family meal. Our evenings were spent playing games.Exploring Anderson Island

 

The island has a wonderful history museum, which we will have to visit another day. Our time was spent exploring the numerous hiking trails and playing hide and seek around the house.

 

All too soon our time on the island came to an end and we were heading back to the ferry. Although the ferryride is only 20 minutes you feel like you have been far away. It was the most enjoyable, relaxing time. I look forward to the day we can go back.Exploring Anderson Island

 

 

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There are many types of islands on which to have an island vacation. There are beautiful tropical islands, islands off the coast of Maine as well as islands in Puget Sound. Since all four of our grown children have chosen  to call the Pacific Northwest home we decided to have a mini reunion on Anderson Island. Anderson Island is located in Puget Sound and is accessible only by ferry. It is a rather small island with only one little store and one restaurant. Since we were going to be there for four days we wanted to be prepare for our island vacation. It would be too costly to have to leave the island for supplies and we didn’t want to have to purchase everything on the island.

 

The first thing to do was figure out the meals we would need. There were going to be 9 adults and three small children and we would have meals for all four days. After figuring out how many meals to plan for I asked if others would be willing to take on a dinner. Both of our daughters immediately chimed in and said they would cook a dinner and bring all the supplies needed for that meal.Anderson Island

 

Since we would be arriving late the night before we were to take the ferry to the island I decided to place an online order for any dry goods we would need. I had the order shipped to my daughter’s house. I then created a shopping list for the morning after we arrived, which would include all the fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy. That way we could make one quick trip to the local grocery store before catching the ferry in the morning.Shopping, budget, prudent living

 

We also wanted to limit the number of cars on the island so we figured out who we could take in our car. Since our daughter’s both have children their cars would be full, and they needed the car seats so our two sons and one daughter-in-law drove with us.

 

By planning ahead and thinking about what we would want and need while on Anderson Island it made it possible for us to relax and enjoy our time together. The meals had been thought out ahead of time, the food purchased and we could just have a relaxing time.

 

We also planned ahead for activities on the island. If it rained we would have plenty of games to play and if the weather was nice we had already looked at the various hiking trails available on the island.Anderson Island

 

It didn’t take much time to plan ahead and as a result we had a wonderful island vacation on Anderson Island!

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