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TURN THOSE EASTER EGGS INTO GREATNESS:
Now that Easter is over, most of us have A LOT of eggs in our refrigerator right now. That’s where this recipe comes into play. It’s simple, delicious, and it helps clean out the fridge of all those leftovers. It’s the BEST HOMESTEAD EGG SALAD SANDWICH YOU WILL EVER EAT!!!!!
6 Hard boiled eggs diced
4 Tbs of mayonnaise
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp Dill relish
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 a green onion (sliced)
6 – 8 Pieces of fried bacon
EGG SALAD RECIPE:
Mix together in a medium bowl:
6 diced hard boiled eggs
salt & pepper
GARNISH SANDWICH WITH:
Cocktail tomatoes (sliced)
Fried Bacon (2-3 pieces)
Serve on Oatnut Bread
MAKES APPROXIMATELY 3 SANDWICHES
ENJOY AND HAPPY HOMESTEADING!!!
AS A PROUD OWNER OF FACIAL HAIR, I’ll be the first to admit that when working on the homestead I tend to let my beard go with the “ALL NATURAL” look. However, there are times when I (and my wife) wish that my beard was a bit more under control and had that “GROOMED” look as well.
Here is an ALL-NATURAL, HOMEMADE beard balm that not only smells great but will TAME even the WILDEST OF BEARDS on any MOUNTAIN MAN.
2 1/2 Tbsp of beeswax pellets
2 Tbsp pure shea butter
1 Tbsp cocoa butter
1 Tbsp jojoba oil (Non-GMO)
2 tsp pure walnut oil
1 tsp coconut oil (Non-GMO)
essential oils – Young Living
3 drops of Tea Tree Oil
2 drops Northern LIghts Black Spruce
ADD all the ingredients except the essential oils into a clean recycled soup can. Double boil ingredients by placing soup can in a large pan and add water to pan half way up the soup can. Heat over medium heat until all ingredients are thoroughly melted in the soup can. Stir with a disposable skewer or wooden chopstick. After everything has melted add essential oils and stir until well mixed. Pour the balm into a glass jar of your choice and allow to cool.
Once cooled and solidified, take a small amount into your hand and rub into both hands until balm is mostly melted. Then rub thoroughly into your beard, using a comb if you like to tame any unruly hairs.
By using the above mentioned essential oils, this beard balm takes on a mountain woods scent. However, you can add any type of essential oil to gain your own preferred scent. As a happy user of this BEARD BALM, I will say that my wife loves the smell of my beard which means she leans in more frequently for kisses. ‘NOUGH SAID!
It’s still cold and flu season and when you’re under the weather, nothing feels better on a cold day than the morning sun warming your face, a cup of hot tea, and a homemade cough drop to soothe that sore throat.
3/4 cup of simmering water
favorite tea (we used the “Echinacea Plus” from the tea sampler box from TRADITIONAL MEDICINALS TEA)
3/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of pure honey
8 drops Thieves essential oil – (If you wish to change the flavor, you can replace Thieves with lemon, peppermint, orange, or lavender essential oil)
Powdered sugar for cough drop molds
First make 3/4 cup of your favorite tea. While your cup of tea is steeping create your candy mold.
To make the candy mold, start by filling a 9″ x 13″ cake pan with a 1/2″ layer of powdered sugar. Using the back side of a round measuring spoon, or your thumb will work as well, make 60 or so small indentations in the powdered sugar to pour your hot candy into.
Now that your tea is ready, measure out 1/2 cup of that favorite tea. Combine the tea, sugar, and honey into a deep saucepan and mix well.
Clip your candy thermometer onto the side and place pan over med-high heat and cook until candy reaches 300 degrees F. Your mixture will “foam up,” but avoid stirring if possible.
Remove from heat, stir in essential oil of your choice.
Carefully pour hot syrup into powdered sugar (candy molds). Try using a heat proof glass measuring cup for this step.
Once cooled, roll each candy piece into the powdered sugar fully covering each piece to prevent them from sticking to one another.
IN THE END, we placed our cough drops into a canning jar for storage. Hopefully, we never get sick, but at least we can rest easy knowing that we have lots of cough drops to help with a sore throat.
Last year we grew quite a bit of various tomatoes plants. Instead of spending a lot of money on a countless number of metal cages, we cut up some scrap lumber we were hanging on to for a project just like this. By driving the the stakes ( 33 – 36″) into the ground around the tomatoes and running a string line around each of the stakes several times we had a great set up for the tomato plants to climb. Last fall we were able to reclaim the stakes as well as the string to do it again another year. It turned out great while saving us money, and we always love that.
I saw this picture of some barefoot sandals and I promptly showed them to my beautiful wife and said, “These are cute, you should buy some.” My wife’s response in true homesteading fashion was, “Why buy them when I can make them?” Immediately these barefoot sandals went from cute to SEXY!!!
With the “EARTHING” movement growing in its popularity, these barefoot sandals are a great way to keep the earths electrons flowing, while making your feet looking cute as hell.
MATERIAL LIST and TOOLS:
1. Sparkle elastic cord (57m)
2. Crochet hook size 6
3. A collection of your favorite beads.
5. Lobster clasps
FOR A SIZE 5 FOOT:
1. Cut elastic 44″ (for each size larger add 2″), fold in half and make a 1/4″ loop, making a double knot.
2. Put one bead on both strands to begin your beading. Separate the two strands and bead both of the strands as seen in picture.
3. Then crochet 32 chains (you may want to add more chains for a larger foot). End with a pulled knot.
4. Go to the 1/4″ loop and single crochet in loop. This will begin your toe loop. Chain 25 for a size 5 foot (chain more for a larger sized foot). Slip in first single crochet in loop. Knot.
5. Pull the toe loop through the large bead to fit on the knot, at toe.
6. To wear, put the toe loop on your second toe first, then either tie the two strands in the back of your foot just above the heal, or a clasp can be added for easy on and off.
First, we started with building the base or sub-floor out of 2×4’s. As you can see in the pictures we have written the dimensions of each piece in order to make the building process much easier and understandable. The rabbit “DEN” was given cross members in the sub-floor that only measured 3″ tall. This was to allow the 1/2″ plywood floor to sit flush. Over time the rabbits urine and poop in the den will rot away the floor so we included these easily removable floors to make our life a little bit easier down the road. After the sub-floor framing was done, it was time to cut out the 1/2″ x 1/2″ wire mesh that came in a roll 24″ wide. Originally, we built the hutch with 1″ x 1″ wire mesh because it was all we had at the time. However, this 1″ x 1″ mesh can be hard on the rabbits feet. It also has large enough openings for a baby to squeeze through. Using a simple construction stapler and a pair of wire cutters, the wire mesh floors were complete.
Next, we flipped the sub-floor upside down to install the legs. We cut the 4×4 wooden legs to 36″ in length. The legs were screwed in place with 3″ screws. With 2 members of the family being under 5′ tall it was important to keep the hutch at a height that was manageable for everyone in the family. (It’s important to know that the taller the hutch, the easier the poop will roll into your bucket.) Once the legs were firmly secure we flipped the hutch back on its feet to begin construction of the “SKELETON” or walls.