Our Slice of Urban Homesteading

I grow most of my food and keep my chickens in my backyard. It is so much fun! My chickens are a huge flock of six, and my bountiful organic garden is organized and edged in 15 very "neighborhood-like" raised beds, mainly because I just like it that way, but also because there is no point in becoming the neighborhood eye-sore. Daddy always said, "anything worth doing, is worth doing right", and I agree. So we work a bit harder to keep the gardens as "right" as they can be. On less than an acre, we utilize about half of our culdesac yard for raised grow beds, the chicken coop, rabbit hutch and the 10x15 barn that Jay built which sits a whopping nine foot from the corner of our house. I do p

How To Keep Garden Greens Fresh

I have been asked several times how I keep my fresh grown garden lettuce so crisp. Many have a hard time w ith lettuce totally wilting to a little pile of nothing somewhere between the garden row and the back door to the kitchen. And for a long time this was my issue as well. Then I stumbled over an urban farmer in Florida who grows his greens under the palm trees in his very small front sandy yard as well as his neighbors yards that he borrows. It was last summer when I found this awesome guy, and I wish I could remember his name because I am sure there are plenty other things I could learn from him, plus it would be nice to give him credit for this post. I'll search for him and will updat

Apple Pie Minis

It started out fun, a bit romantic, and very beautiful window scenery.  A thousand days later, we are still locked up in our huts only to venture out for emergency milk runs.  It is now less fun, not romantic at all, and pretty darn scary as those milk supplies become smaller. To me, this situation is a call to action, People! Once boredom sets in, it's time to go to the kitchen, and take up your wooden spoons and mixing bowls!  Okay, okay, I know, anything sets in and it's time to go to the kitchen (or the garden) for me. I'm sorry, it's just how I cope! Everyone knows that already. As in any snowmageddon, we should combat it by throwing together a little bit of this and a little bit of tha

Like Grandma's Cinnamon Rolls

I wasn't as lucky as most of my cousins, I didn't live down the street from Grandma, but I did get to visit each summer and at Christmas time.  Grandma White did her fair share of flipping flour and at Christmas time cinnamon rolls were one of her favorites.  I've looked for a while for a recipe that measured up to hers, and I think I have finally found it!  This comes from *The Pioneer Woman collection of bread and sweets. I am happy to have found it, because it only took one bake for our whole clan of kiddos and friends to thumbs up it!  There are several steps, but it's really not a hard recipe.  So, go ahead, start flipping out this recipe, and you will be so scrumptiously happy! LIKE GR

DIY Newsprint Planting Cups: A Hug from You to Mother Earth

I have been saying for a while now that I am going to be a better steward of plastic once I'm finished with it's contents. Only until now am I actually following through with my claim. It's harder than it seems. Is there anything not packaged and sold in plastic these days?  In keeping with my promise, I decided to not plant in plastic. I figured I would use peat cups like a lot of good seed lovers. Then in flipping through some DIY's at one of my favorite places,  "Instructables" I found seed cups made from paper.  Ooooo... that's PERFECT! There are a few things I did differently than Instructables did in making paper seed cups because my way worked better for me, but the concept and the en

How We Yeast Roll

Huh? What do you mean I still haven't blogged about those rolls? I should have done this long ago. This simple yeast roll recipe I think is probably my most popular bread recipe. I make them a crazy lot. I share them a crazy lot. I get requests for the recipe a crazy lot. I am asked when am I going to make more...yep, you guessed it... a crazy lot! Just letting ya know before you bite off into this one! The chilling temps are falling below the zero mark this week. You are most likely going to be wintered in, and catching up on those heaps of laundry is the last thing you want to do. You know you are going to be hungry most of the time merely because running to Mickey D's is not going to be a

Gooey Blueberry Cobbler Bars

My kids love cobbler! I take it to a lot of functions. Church, friend's houses, family get-togethers. That is why I am so excited about this recipe. Cobbler is that staple southern dessert that is sure to please every sweet tooth at the gathering, but bringing home that ooey-gooey casserole dish with remnants of left over baked on fruit is no fun at all. From now on I won't have to. I'll be taking cobbler bars instead. Yay! Oh, and as far as I know, you can make these bars out of most any berry. I am not sure about using peaches or fruits that are heavier on the juicy side. I would probably just stick with cleaning the pan for that one. Sorry Guys. ~PJ BLUEBERRY COBBLER BARS ​ Preheat O

Gooey Blueberry Cobbler Bars

My kids love cobbler! I take it to a lot of functions. Church, friend's houses, family get-togethers. That is why I am so excited about this recipe. Cobbler is that staple southern dessert that is sure to please every sweet tooth at the gathering, but bringing home that ooey-gooey casserole dish with remnants of left over baked on fruit is no fun at all. From now on I won't have to. I'll be taking cobbler bars instead. Yay! Oh, and as far as I know, you can make these bars out of most any berry. I am not sure about using peaches or fruits that are heavier on the juicy side. I would probably just stick with cleaning the pan for that one. Sorry. ~PJ BLUEBERRY COBBLER BARS Preheat Oven 350

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