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Learning about fishing

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stren for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I’m thrilled with our Summer Bucket List so far. Whenever there’s an idle moment and we’re in search of something to fill the time we can use it as a reference to help guide us to… 

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Summer’s Favorite Strawberry Pie

#spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between my blog and Annie’s Homegrown. This could include Annie’s providing me with content, product, access or other forms of payment. As always, all opinions are my own. Bon apetite! Something about strawberries and summer just seem to go together perfectly, don’t they? For us the onset of… 

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How to build the chicken coop of your dreams

As a little girl, I never thought to myself, “Self, when you get older, you should get some chickens.” My parents raised turkeys for a little bit, but mostly stuck to cattle and hogs. I had an awesome life on the farm, which is probably why I brought a little ‘farm’ with me when I… 

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How to liven up your next Sunday dinner

A few days ago I shared about the #darkfordinner campaign, where Dixie is encouraging families to go technology free for Sunday dinner. So, you’ve decided to ditch the electronics at dinner time (yippee!) but now what? Our family loves to play games during dinner. They spark interesting conversations, keep us laughing and usually make us think… 

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Mostly Homemade Mondays – Week 138

Homemade Mondays is a series for people that are on a journey to better living, via healthier eating and a more natural lifestyle. We realize that there are different paths that we all take to get to that place, and this bloghop celebrates that. Whether you’re a seasoned raw foodist who has banned all things… 

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For one family dinner, make sure work calls, personal calls, social media or other distractions do not take away from time you can spend together. Go #DarkForDinner and enjoy great conversation and time with what really matters most in life, your family.

Join the Dixie #darkfordinner movement

This post brought to you by Dixie. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Homegrown & Healthy. Welcome to life in the boonies: no cell phone service, no wifi, no text messages or social media notifications dinging in your pocket all day long. This has been our life for the past several months since… 

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Crinkle cookies are one type of cookie that I make in large amounts: they’re easy to make, store well for a few days in an airtight container and almost always receive raving reviews from people. “How on earth did you get the crackle effect?” or “These are too pretty to eat!” are comments people often make when they see crinkle cookies.

Lemon crinkle cookies

When I bake, I often bake in large quantities. It’s easier, I find, and having large quantities of baked goods means that I won’t have to bake as often. No, that’s me dreaming. Baked goods never ever last long here. Crinkle cookies are one type of cookie that I make in large amounts: they’re easy… 

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