Simple Saturday Blog Hop 2/28/15

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  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop

Welcome to Simple Saturdays Blog Hop!

This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant in all they do.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!

Please join us, submit YOUR Self-Reliant post (maybe even 2 or 3), browse around, visit a site or two and learn some new Simple tips or Self Reliant How'To's!

 This Blog Hop is being hosted by:

Janet @ Timber Creek Farmer

Kat @ Simply Living Simply

Lesa @ Better Hens and Gardens

Karen Lynn @ Lil Suburban Homestead

Mindie @ Born Again Farm Girl

Cheryl @ Pasture Deficit Disorder

Valerie @ Cottage Making Mommy

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life

Brittany @ Happy Days Farm

Jo @ Homestead Chronicles

  What Can I Post?

Anything and everything related to a more Simple way of life OR Self Reliance....

Homesteading, Prepping, Gardening, Cooking/recipes/food, Livestock of all varieties, Off-grid, Natural Living, Wellness/wholeness and Healthcare, Herbal, DIY & MYO!



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Little Homestead in Boise

Little Homestead in Boise

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Easy Potato Soup

I know there are many recipes for potato soup out there! This is an easy potato soup that we
especially like.  It is a five ingredient recipe, (and that is counting the pepper, and only four
ingredients if you don't count the salt) which makes it a keeper and a staple at our
farm! This is delicious on a cool evening, for dinner, or for a quick, satisfying lunch.

Easy Potato Soup


5 or 6 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1 med. onion
3/4 stick of butter
1/2 t. salt
pepper to taste
2 c. whole milk

Cook potatoes and onions in a small amount of water. Cook until tender and the water
is greatly reduced. Add butter, milk, salt and pepper. Simmer on medium-low heat about
15 minutes. Remove from heat. Partially mash potatoes, leaving as many whole pieces
as desired.  Sprinkle with dried or fresh parsley for garnish. Yield: 6 servings



Japanese Fruit Pie

Do you ever get a taste for something that you had long ago? Sometimes we get a "hankerin"
for a dish, and just have to make it.  Recently, on one of the many cold, wintry days we have
had lately, we decided to make such a dish. It is called Japanese Fruit Pie.  I don't know if
you have ever had it, but it so good. It just makes me think of times past, a pie that the lady
of the house may have made in the "old days". You probably have the ingredients in your
cupboard, or freezer.  It's easy. I like easy!

Japanese Fruit Pie


1/2 c. raisins
1/2 c. coconut
1/2 c. pecans
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 stick butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. vinegar


Cream together butter and sugar.  Add eggs and mix well.
Add the other ingredients and blend together. Pour into unbaked pie shell. 
Bake at 350 degrees for
30 minutes or until firm.



Delicious Goulash - a.k.a. hamburger and macaroni

When I was little, my mother made a delicious dish that she always
called goulash.  I have no idea where she got the name, but that was
okay with me. I loved it when the smell of goulash permeated the house!
This is a great meal to prepare on a cold wintry day, for lunch or dinner. It
only has four main ingredients that you most likely have in your kitchen. Give it
a try. It is easy to make and one that I am sure you and your family will
consider a "keeper".

Easy Taco Soup

We have been craving taco soup. It is such a comfort food! We've had a lot of  rainy days recently,
and I decided to make some. I know, it doesn't sound healthy, considering all the canned
veggies it requires, but there are ways to keep it "healthier".  Here is the recipe:

A Passion for Roses at Happy Days Farm

There are more than sixty rose bushes scattered around Happy-Days-Farm. 
If you can't tell, I dearly love roses. During the dead of winter, we prepare for the coming 
spring by adding fertilizers to the base of the plant to help give them the boost they need when it 
is time for them to begin blooming.
However, it is also this time of year that I begin to look back at photos of last year's garden. When it is cold and wet, and has been for months, it can be difficult to remember the beauty we were blessed with last year, and can look forward to in just a couple more months. 
So, if you are like me, and need a tiny reminder of spring, here you go. Enjoy

Valentine's Day Heart Shaped Cake

Today is Valentine's Day! After seeing all the luscious desserts our friends were
making for this special day, we thought we would whip up something special
as well. This is a favorite recipe that my mom used to make for Valentine's Day,
and it is rather simple. The recipe is from one of those vintage "church" recipe books, 
called "Our Daily Bread" from a little town in North Carolina.  She actually gave it to me
on Valentine's Day,  when I was first married and signed it,  Love, forever, Mother. (Thank
you for letting me be sentimental, because she is no longer with us.)
If you are a diabetic,  organic only,  or gluten free person, you may want to skip this post!

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