Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Homeacre Hop #85

Welcome to The HomeAcre Hop!

Share your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts!


Come check out some great link-ups from my blog here, and go visit my other fantastic, fellow co-hosts: 
It's neat to see which blogs each co-host is featuring that they loved from the following week! We would love to have you follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Etsy, Google +, or by email! You can find me on Facebook here.

FEATURED POSTS!
Each host will feature her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. that means your chances of being featured are even better! Visit each of the blogs to see if you were featured this week! (Don't forget to link back to one of our blogs if you'd like to be featured!)


I'll be sharing my other favorites on my FB page this week, so check those out too!

I love reading about everyone's love for their girls! Check out Abigail's beautiful flock!


Congrats! :) If you would like to be featured in the future, be sure to link back to the hop! We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week! If you were featured, grab the button to display proudly on your blog!


<div align="center" style="padding: 5px;"><img src="http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/featured-button-e1360255973481.jpg"  title="Homegrown on the Hill" alt="Homegrown on the Hill" /></div><pre style="background:#f0f0f0;border:solid 1px #cccccc; color: #777777; font-size:90%; height: 50px; margin:auto; text-align: left; padding: 10px; display: block; overflow: auto; white-space: pre-wrap;  width: 90%;">&lt;div align="center">&lt;a href="http://www.homegrownonthehill.blogspot.com" title="Homegrown on the Hill"&gt;&lt;img src="http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/featured-button-e1360255973481.jpg" alt="Homegrown on the Hill" style="border:none;" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div></pre>

You are invited to share your original posts on: Homesteading, livestock care, gardening, environmentally friendly farming, self sufficiency, preparedness, off grid living, healthy recipes, home remedies and herbal concoctions, green living, homeschooling, food preservation, environmentally friendly crafts and home decor, photo posts of natural living and homesteading subjects! Now that's a lot of information to share! If it fits any of these topics, we want to hear about it. :)

There are just a few rules to follow:
  • Please, only link posts that you haven't linked before to keep the hop fresh and fun for everyone.
  • Family friendly posts only. 'Nuff said. :)
  • Please, no posts dedicated to advertising products.
  • Link as many appropriate posts as you like each week. Older posts are great too.
  • Please visit as many of the other posts as you can 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) with the button or a text link, and please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, and/or Pinterest!
  • Please follow us by email! You'll receive notice when the hop is open for business. :)
  • Only share content that you have created.
  • Please remember that the whole idea of a blog hop is to visit the other bloggers and make connections and friendships...so share the linky love!
  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post if you are featured. We will also include one photo from your post in the interest of sending visitors your way. :)
  • Please note: Posts that don't follow these few little guidelines will be deleted.
    <div align="center" style="padding: 5px;"><img src="http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/resized-homeacre-hop-button2.jpg"  title="Homegrown on the Hill" alt="Homegrown on the Hill" /></div><pre style="background:#f0f0f0;border:solid 1px #cccccc; color: #777777; font-size:90%; height: 50px; margin:auto; text-align: left; padding: 10px; display: block; overflow: auto; white-space: pre-wrap;  width: 90%;">&lt;div align="center">&lt;a href="http://www.homegrownonthehill.blogspot.com" title="Homegrown on the Hill"&gt;&lt;img src="http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/resized-homeacre-hop-button2.jpg" alt="Homegrown on the Hill" style="border:none;" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div></pre>



    I hope that my blog inspires you to start your homesteading dreams wherever you are!
    You can follow me at:

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    The Homeacre Hop #84

    Welcome to The HomeAcre Hop!

    Share your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts!


    Come check out some great link-ups from my blog here, and go visit my other fantastic, fellow co-hosts: 
    It's neat to see which blogs each co-host is featuring that they loved from the following week! We would love to have you follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Etsy, Google +, or by email! You can find me on Facebook here.

    FEATURED POSTS!
    Each host will feature her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. that means your chances of being featured are even better! Visit each of the blogs to see if you were featured this week! (Don't forget to link back to one of our blogs if you'd like to be featured!)

    I'll be sharing my other favorites on my FB page this week, so check those out too!


    Congrats! :) If you would like to be featured in the future, be sure to link back to the hop! We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week! If you were featured, grab the button to display proudly on your blog!


    <div align="center" style="padding: 5px;"><img src="http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/featured-button-e1360255973481.jpg"  title="Homegrown on the Hill" alt="Homegrown on the Hill" /></div><pre style="background:#f0f0f0;border:solid 1px #cccccc; color: #777777; font-size:90%; height: 50px; margin:auto; text-align: left; padding: 10px; display: block; overflow: auto; white-space: pre-wrap;  width: 90%;">&lt;div align="center">&lt;a href="http://www.homegrownonthehill.blogspot.com" title="Homegrown on the Hill"&gt;&lt;img src="http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/featured-button-e1360255973481.jpg" alt="Homegrown on the Hill" style="border:none;" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div></pre>

    You are invited to share your original posts on: Homesteading, livestock care, gardening, environmentally friendly farming, self sufficiency, preparedness, off grid living, healthy recipes, home remedies and herbal concoctions, green living, homeschooling, food preservation, environmentally friendly crafts and home decor, photo posts of natural living and homesteading subjects! Now that's a lot of information to share! If it fits any of these topics, we want to hear about it. :)

    There are just a few rules to follow:
    • Please, only link posts that you haven't linked before to keep the hop fresh and fun for everyone.
    • Family friendly posts only. 'Nuff said. :)
    • Please, no posts dedicated to advertising products.
    • Link as many appropriate posts as you like each week. Older posts are great too.
    • Please visit as many of the other posts as you can 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) with the button or a text link, and please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, and/or Pinterest!
    • Please follow us by email! You'll receive notice when the hop is open for business. :)
    • Only share content that you have created.
    • Please remember that the whole idea of a blog hop is to visit the other bloggers and make connections and friendships...so share the linky love!
    • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post if you are featured. We will also include one photo from your post in the interest of sending visitors your way. :)
    • Please note: Posts that don't follow these few little guidelines will be deleted.
      <div align="center" style="padding: 5px;"><img src="http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/resized-homeacre-hop-button2.jpg"  title="Homegrown on the Hill" alt="Homegrown on the Hill" /></div><pre style="background:#f0f0f0;border:solid 1px #cccccc; color: #777777; font-size:90%; height: 50px; margin:auto; text-align: left; padding: 10px; display: block; overflow: auto; white-space: pre-wrap;  width: 90%;">&lt;div align="center">&lt;a href="http://www.homegrownonthehill.blogspot.com" title="Homegrown on the Hill"&gt;&lt;img src="http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/resized-homeacre-hop-button2.jpg" alt="Homegrown on the Hill" style="border:none;" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div></pre>



      I hope that my blog inspires you to start your homesteading dreams wherever you are!
      You can follow me at:

      Thursday, August 14, 2014

      The Homeacre Hop #83

      Welcome to The HomeAcre Hop!

      Share your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts!

      I hope your August is going great so far! School starts next week for my children, and I can say that I'm happily counting down the days until then...haha. They, on the other hand, are NOT excited about it at all! I'm looking forward to being on more of a routine with school and I'm hoping it'll seem less crazy around here, but with a new baby coming next month, who knows!? It will probably still be a crazy house!

      We are still putting up lots from our garden - cucumbers, zucchinis, squash, corn, green beans, peppers and finally our tomatoes are starting to turn! I can't wait to start canning my tomatoes! What have you been preserving this summer? I'd love to see pictures on my FB page!!

      Canned green beans :)

      We've done Dill pickle spears, cucumber & onion salad, and Bread & Butter chips so far!

      Peppers from our garden - this is our first year of them being successful!

      Sweet peppers & banana peppers we received from our neighbors :)

      Aaron helping me freeze corn!

      Come check out some great link-ups from my blog here, and go visit my other fantastic, fellow co-hosts: 

      It's neat to see which blogs each co-host is featuring that they loved from the following week! We would love to have you follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Etsy, Google +, or by email! You can find me on Facebook here.

      FEATURED POSTS!
      Each host will feature her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. that means your chances of being featured are even better! Visit each of the blogs to see if you were featured this week! (Don't forget to link back to one of our blogs if you'd like to be featured!)

      I'll be sharing my other favorites on my FB page this week, so check those out too!


      Congrats! :) If you would like to be featured in the future, be sure to link back to the hop! We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week! If you were featured, grab the button to display proudly on your blog!


      <div align="center" style="padding: 5px;"><img src="http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/featured-button-e1360255973481.jpg"  title="Homegrown on the Hill" alt="Homegrown on the Hill" /></div><pre style="background:#f0f0f0;border:solid 1px #cccccc; color: #777777; font-size:90%; height: 50px; margin:auto; text-align: left; padding: 10px; display: block; overflow: auto; white-space: pre-wrap;  width: 90%;">&lt;div align="center">&lt;a href="http://www.homegrownonthehill.blogspot.com" title="Homegrown on the Hill"&gt;&lt;img src="http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/featured-button-e1360255973481.jpg" alt="Homegrown on the Hill" style="border:none;" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div></pre>

      You are invited to share your original posts on: Homesteading, livestock care, gardening, environmentally friendly farming, self sufficiency, preparedness, off grid living, healthy recipes, home remedies and herbal concoctions, green living, homeschooling, food preservation, environmentally friendly crafts and home decor, photo posts of natural living and homesteading subjects! Now that's a lot of information to share! If it fits any of these topics, we want to hear about it. :)

      There are just a few rules to follow:
      • Please, only link posts that you haven't linked before to keep the hop fresh and fun for everyone.
      • Family friendly posts only. 'Nuff said. :)
      • Please, no posts dedicated to advertising products.
      • Link as many appropriate posts as you like each week. Older posts are great too.
      • Please visit as many of the other posts as you can 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) with the button or a text link, and please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, and/or Pinterest!
      • Please follow us by email! You'll receive notice when the hop is open for business. :)
      • Only share content that you have created.
      • Please remember that the whole idea of a blog hop is to visit the other bloggers and make connections and friendships...so share the linky love!
      • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post if you are featured. We will also include one photo from your post in the interest of sending visitors your way. :)
      • Please note: Posts that don't follow these few little guidelines will be deleted.
        <div align="center" style="padding: 5px;"><img src="http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/resized-homeacre-hop-button2.jpg"  title="Homegrown on the Hill" alt="Homegrown on the Hill" /></div><pre style="background:#f0f0f0;border:solid 1px #cccccc; color: #777777; font-size:90%; height: 50px; margin:auto; text-align: left; padding: 10px; display: block; overflow: auto; white-space: pre-wrap;  width: 90%;">&lt;div align="center">&lt;a href="http://www.homegrownonthehill.blogspot.com" title="Homegrown on the Hill"&gt;&lt;img src="http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/resized-homeacre-hop-button2.jpg" alt="Homegrown on the Hill" style="border:none;" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div></pre>



        I hope that my blog inspires you to start your homesteading dreams wherever you are!
        You can follow me at:

        Thursday, August 7, 2014

        The Homeacre Hop #82

        Welcome to The HomeAcre Hop!

        Share your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts!
        August is here and we've been busy with harvesting our garden, getting the kids ready for school, and the arrival of our baby girl at the end of September!! Its been a busy summer and I'm looking forward to winding down a bit.

        This week will be Jenny's last week on the Homeacre Hop. :( We will surely miss her in our group, but I know we'll stay in touch!! Don't forget to check out her blog at Black Fox Homestead!


        Come check out some great link-ups from my blog here, and go visit my other fantastic, fellow co-hosts: 
        It's neat to see which blogs each co-host is featuring that they loved from the following week! We would love to have you follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Etsy, Google +, or by email! You can find me on Facebook here.

        FEATURED POSTS!
        Each host will feature her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. that means your chances of being featured are even better! Visit each of the blogs to see if you were featured this week! (Don't forget to link back to one of our blogs if you'd like to be featured!)

        I'll be sharing my other favorites on my FB page this week, so check those out too!


        Congrats! :) If you would like to be featured in the future, be sure to link back to the hop! We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week! If you were featured, grab the button to display proudly on your blog!


        <div align="center" style="padding: 5px;"><img src="http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/featured-button-e1360255973481.jpg"  title="Homegrown on the Hill" alt="Homegrown on the Hill" /></div><pre style="background:#f0f0f0;border:solid 1px #cccccc; color: #777777; font-size:90%; height: 50px; margin:auto; text-align: left; padding: 10px; display: block; overflow: auto; white-space: pre-wrap;  width: 90%;">&lt;div align="center">&lt;a href="http://www.homegrownonthehill.blogspot.com" title="Homegrown on the Hill"&gt;&lt;img src="http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/featured-button-e1360255973481.jpg" alt="Homegrown on the Hill" style="border:none;" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div></pre>

        You are invited to share your original posts on: Homesteading, livestock care, gardening, environmentally friendly farming, self sufficiency, preparedness, off grid living, healthy recipes, home remedies and herbal concoctions, green living, homeschooling, food preservation, environmentally friendly crafts and home decor, photo posts of natural living and homesteading subjects! Now that's a lot of information to share! If it fits any of these topics, we want to hear about it. :)

        There are just a few rules to follow:
        • Please, only link posts that you haven't linked before to keep the hop fresh and fun for everyone.
        • Family friendly posts only. 'Nuff said. :)
        • Please, no posts dedicated to advertising products.
        • Link as many appropriate posts as you like each week. Older posts are great too.
        • Please visit as many of the other posts as you can 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) with the button or a text link, and please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, and/or Pinterest!
        • Please follow us by email! You'll receive notice when the hop is open for business. :)
        • Only share content that you have created.
        • Please remember that the whole idea of a blog hop is to visit the other bloggers and make connections and friendships...so share the linky love!
        • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post if you are featured. We will also include one photo from your post in the interest of sending visitors your way. :)
        • Please note: Posts that don't follow these few little guidelines will be deleted.
          <div align="center" style="padding: 5px;"><img src="http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/resized-homeacre-hop-button2.jpg"  title="Homegrown on the Hill" alt="Homegrown on the Hill" /></div><pre style="background:#f0f0f0;border:solid 1px #cccccc; color: #777777; font-size:90%; height: 50px; margin:auto; text-align: left; padding: 10px; display: block; overflow: auto; white-space: pre-wrap;  width: 90%;">&lt;div align="center">&lt;a href="http://www.homegrownonthehill.blogspot.com" title="Homegrown on the Hill"&gt;&lt;img src="http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/resized-homeacre-hop-button2.jpg" alt="Homegrown on the Hill" style="border:none;" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div></pre>



          I hope that my blog inspires you to start your homesteading dreams wherever you are!
          You can follow me at:

          Friday, July 25, 2014

          Updates all around!

          Summer has been busy! And I’m starting to think we’re busier in the summer than when the children are in school with their schedules, haha! We’ve been busy with our garden, a new business venture, and trying to relax and enjoy some family time.

          Even with the mild summer, our garden seems to be doing great! We’ve been harvesting lettuce, spinach, broccoli, radishes, garlic, zucchinis, squash, cucumbers, potatoes, peas, onions, green beans and a variety of herbs so far.
           

           



          There are tons of green tomatoes on the vines, but nothing red yet. Still left to harvest are the watermelons, pumpkins, more potatoes, and corn. I am really worried about our corn. I think because of the cooler weather, it hasn’t gotten as tall and some are already starting to tassle. We may not have a great crop for corn this year, but I’m already working on purchasing some corn from a neighbor who sells at the local farmers market.

          I’ve been debating about planting a fall crop because of the baby coming in September, so we’ll see how far we’ll get with that.

          One thing I’m excited to tell ya'll about is the new business venture we’ve decided to start. We started Woollard Farms this month and plan on selling pasture raised meat chickens, meat rabbits, and eggs!! Our chickens and eggs will be seasonally, and the rabbits can be sold all year round. So far, we’ve had a lot of great feedback about it! I’m hoping to expand next year and possibly sell vegetables/fruits and maybe some canning items. I’m planning on adding a tab on my Homegrown on the Hill blog to give more information about what all we’ll have available, and for right now, I do have a FB page set up for Woollard Farms.


           
          Lastly, we have been “trying” to just relax and enjoy some family time. We didn’t plan on any big vacations this year since we’re saving up for the upcoming baby (money and vacation time from work) but we did manage to take a couple trips. In April, we went to Gatlinburg with my sister and her family and had a great time! We always enjoy going to Gatlinburg checking out the local shops, eating at some of our favorite restaurants, and hiking through some beautiful trails.

          We made it to the top! Gatlinburg - April 2014

          Recently, we went to Shawnee State Park for some outdoor fun. We went with some great friends, and stayed in a rustic cabin. We just hung out, grilled some delicious food, hiked, and swam. It was so nice to unwind.  

          Lookout Trail at Shawnee State Park - July 2014


          School starts in less than a month, our baby girl will be here in about 9 weeks, and with her timing - it's smack in the middle of our county fair! Lots will be happening at the end of summer! I'm trying to get things prepared, but honestly, I just don't have the energy. I'm noticing that I'm slowing down and it's getting on my nerves!! I'm typically a multi-tasker, fast pace person, but knew this was bound to happen. Right now instead of thinking of getting things ready for the baby, I'm thinking about canning, preserving, and putting up our garden! Haha! I need to go ahead and get school supplies ready so that I'm not waiting until the last minute, just in case. And I have NO meals ready in my freezer!! It's completely empty! I also think since this is our third child, I'm not really stressing out over the preparations...we'll get it done.

          I've already been slowing down on my posting on my blog, but I still have tons of ideas that I want to write about! Those will probably get done while I'm up for the late night feedings!! :) I plan on taking a break for about a month after she's here from my blog and Homeacre Hop responsibilities, but I'm sure I'll still be posting some on my FB and Instagram accounts. Wish me luck with 9 weeks and counting down! My second child came 5 days earlier than her due date, so I'm wondering if her little sister will follow!