Featured Participant on Frugal Home Friday

Frugal HOME Friday

Link up your frugal tips for home and homestead,

recipes, DIY or crafts, and share ideas to inspire others

Featured Participant:

A Beginner’s Guide to Saving Money – Part 1 – Saving money on clothes

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Please share your own Frugal Home and Homestead posts

You could be our next featured blogger:

Each week we will be choosing a new blogger participant to feature in our Friday Link Up.  Share your posts – old or new – that involve anything HOMEkeeping, HOMEschooling, HOMEsteading, HOMEindustry!

By linking up – you agree to allow us to use your photo and link to your blog if you are chosen as our Featured Participant. We share links on FB, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest as well to let the world know about your great ideas. Thank you for participating and sharing.

There are so many wonderfully creative bloggers out there who have a wealth of knowledge to share on topics for the home and homestead. If you run a home business, enjoy gardening, raising bees or chickens, love cooking, are good at organizing or any other topic that will be valuable to our readers – please link up your pictures and share the knowledge to inspire others!

If you don’t blog – you can link up photo’s from an Instagram account to share ideas as well or leave us a comment with your thoughts!

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Frugal HOME Friday: Link Up

Frugal HOME Friday

Link up your frugal tips for home and homestead,

recipes, DIY or crafts, and share ideas to inspire others

Featured Participant:

10 Steps to a Clean Oven

10 Steps to a Clean Oven 

 

Please share your own Frugal Home and Homestead posts

You could be our next featured blogger:

Each week we will be choosing a new blogger participant to feature in our Friday Link Up.  Share your posts – old or new – that involve anything HOMEkeeping, HOMEschooling, HOMEsteading, HOMEindustry!

linking up: Fabulously FrugalOrganized 31,Fabulously Frugal Thurs,Sunday Showcase Works 4 Me

 

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FREE Molly Green Magazine: March, April

FREE MGM March - April

Leap into Spring with a jump start on all things Homesteading. Right now – you can get the new issue of Molly Green Magazine . . . FREE!

A sneak peek at what’s inside:

  • In Notes from the Heart, Patricia Hunter talks about using what you’ve got
  • The FlyLady (Marla Cilley) talks to Molly readers about getting started with a system to help life become more organized
  • Sharon White provides a fun, votive candle holder project in Something Old, Something New
  • Gardening from the North and Gardening from the South are sure to give you great gardening tips, spring is the perfect time to begin planning!
  • In Hearth & HomeLisa Barthuly brings you some examples on natural spring cleaning
  • Eric Osborn is back and writes from the male perspective in Ancient Ways in the 21st Century
  • Kids in the Kitchen is just one of the featured articles from our friends over at Build A Menu
  • In Here’s to Your HealthSusan Lyttek shares how to survive ear infections at home
  • Beekeeping 101 is yet another featured article that will walk you through the basics of beekeeping

The Spring issue will help you get organized using what you have, and with efficient tips from our resident expert Marla Cilley – aka. The FlyLady. Home projects, gardening, and natural cleaning articles will inspire and equip you to be the best homemaker you can be. Get recipe ideas the whole family will enjoy. Increase wisdom and know-how by learning about natural cures to keep the family healthy, and investigate the idea of a new family hobby with Beekeeping 101.

This is just a taste of what you will find in this Spring issue -but  best of all – for a short time you can get it all for free!

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Molly Green Magazine: Homesteading 101

Molly celebrates Homesteading!

In this issue, Molly brings you on a tour around the homestead, just in time for spring!

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Look for these topics and more:

  • In Notes from the Heart, Patricia Hunter talks about using what you’ve got
  • The FlyLady (Marla Cilley) talks to Molly readers about getting started with a system to help life become more organized
  • Sharon White provides a fun, votive candle holder project in Something Old, Something New
  • Gardening from the North and Gardening from the South are sure to give you great gardening tips, spring is the perfect time to begin planning!
  • In Hearth & HomeLisa Barthuly brings you some examples on natural spring cleaning
  • Eric Osborn is back and writes from the male perspective in Ancient Ways in the 21st Century
  • Kids in the Kitchen is just one of the featured articles from our friends over at Build a Menu
  • In Here’s to Your HealthSusan Lyttek shares how to survive ear infections at home
  • Beekeeping 101 is yet another featured article that will walk you through the basics of beekeeping

See why readers love Molly Green Magazine—see what’s inside!

 

Click here for a preview!

Director of Publication: Becky Bleck
Director of Advertising: Lisa Barthuly
Project Editor: Dara Ekanger
Cover Design, Layout, and Art Direction: Ronda Bodenstab

Contributing Writers: Rhonda Barfield, Lisa Barthuly, Karee Blunt, Leah Courtney, Betty Daley, James Duke, Meredith Duke, Sharon Duncan, Lisa Holcomb, Patricia Hunter, McKenzi Knapp, Susan Lyttek, Eric Osborn, April Schroader, Sharon Shirey, Morgan Treece, Anna Vaagen, Amanda van der Gulik, Sharon White

 

Publication: 2014
Pages: 71
File Size: 10.9

 

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Raising Bottle Bucket Calves: Family Homestead link up

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Raising bottle bucket calves is a great way to get started on a family farm or homestead. A “bucket calf” or a “bottle calf” is any calf that must be hand fed, by bottle or bucket. Some even just call them “bottle bucket calves” . . . We call them ADORABLE!

Where to Find Them

Dairy farms are a great place to purchase these baby cows. Once they have stopped producing colostrum, the mother cow goes back to work doing her job producing milk for the farm. Often times, a busy dairy farm does not have the time and dedication it takes to care for all of these babies. The calves may then be purchased at an affordable discount. This makes them an extremely frugal choice for a family cow.

Check with your local chapter of 4-H to discover local resources. Track them down through the national 4-H site here. 

Types of Cows

Jersey, Guernsey or Milking Shorthorn may be more affordable choices for a family milk cow than the larger Holsteins. They don’t produce as much milk as the Holsteins, but for the family homestead, 10 or more gallons a day is simply not needed.
types milk calves for family homesteading

The Jersey heifers are known for their creamy milk production, and sweet disposition. They are tan or brown in color are smaller in size, and can usually be found at a much lower cost than the larger breeds.  Guernsey cows are similar, but larger, light reddish brown with white spots. They also make a terrific family cow. The Milking Shorthorn is known as a forage­-efficient, healthy, long­-lived and productive breed of dairy cow. Learn more about various Heritage breeds of cattle here.

Feeding Calves

Much like a human baby, once the mother’s milk is no longer available, there is formula to be had. Mixing the powdered formula with warm water is an important part of feeding the youngest of calves. Although there is some cost involved, overall, feeding your calf is not an overwhelming cost. Of course, if you happen to have a family milking goat . . . you won’t need the formula!

feeding calvesGoat milk is another terrific option and can help avoid any instances of digestive problems. You will have fewer cases of scours and the calves grow quickly.

It is a good idea to begin with a rubber nipple. A healthy calf will always act about half starved! They are vigorous feeders. If you notice any change in this behavior, your calf could be in serious trouble. Pay close attention to any major changes in behavior: unclear eyes or a dirty bottom may be signs of scours. The sooner you get help, the better chance they will have.

Whenever possible, buy your calf from a local dairy farm, where you can observe a feeding, can know that they have at least had several days of colostrum, and have not experienced the stress of travel or shipping. If this is not possible, find out what you can about it. Let it suckle from your finger to simulate a feeding as the healthy ones should be very interested in any attempt at feeding.

Once your calf is home and has been feeding by bottle well for several weeks and is healthy and strong, you can switch to bucket feeding to save time and effort. Hand-fed by bottle or by bucket, the trouble and effort you go through for a small calf is well worth it and can be the perfect way to get an affordable milk cow for your family homestead.

Get more detailed information for raising, feeding and housing your calf from Jackie Clay here

Detailed feeding and care instructions can be downloaded from SavaCaf.com here.

Frugal HOME Friday

Link up your own frugal tips for home and homestead,

recipes, DIY, or crafts and share ideas to inspire others:

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Homestead How-To: Simple Composting

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 The basics of homesteading are not difficult to master and can play an important role on the homestead.

Whether you live on a big farm in the country, or manage a roof-top garden in the city – simple composting can be the most important supplement you can give your soil.

Composting enhances the soil as it provides a nutrient-rich humus and helps the soil to hold vital moisture.

What can you add to a composting bin? Table scraps, fruit and vegetables, and grass clippings add nitrogen.  Weeds that have not yet seeded can provide additional nitrogen. Mix the nitrogen rich items with carbon healthy items such as dried leaves, hay, and pine needles.

Recycling coffee grounds and tea leaves are excellent sources of additional nutrients for your homestead compost, but you may be surprised to hear that even your dryer lint and old newspaper can be added to the pile.

Begin your composting bin in the ground where earth worms and other natural organisms can do their job.  A layer of straw or twigs will help to aerate the contents.

When adding to your compost bin, alternate layers of wet and dry ingredients.  Grass clippings and other greens should be added, but avoid clumping. Aim for a mixture of 1/3 green and 2/3 brown materials to strike the correct balance in your composting materials.

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Cover your compost bin with wood, plastic or other materials to maintain heat, and to keep compost moist. A cover will keep your bin from being over-watered by rain, yet maintain moisture.

Turn your compost with a pitch-fork or a shovel to add oxygen and to mix in new ingredients.

Composting is a wonderful way to maintain your garden. It is good for the earth, green, and an affordable way to fertilize your soil.

Learn more about natural composting HERE!

Do you have a garden and/or a composting bin at home?

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Valentine Ideas For Your Spouse that won’t break the bank

Valentine Spouse ideas

Go Digital

Remember mixed tapes? This Valentines Day, make your husband or wife a cd with all their favorite music.

Send them a You-Tube video with a song or a poem singing their virtues!

Send a special Skype video message instead of a traditional love note, listing all the reasons you love them still.

No sitter?

Take a family walk – be sure to hold hands and talk about the good old days.

Put the kids to bed early and share a candle light dinner with your favorite foods.

Love Notes

Bring them breakfast in bed with a handmade card.

Place sticky notes around the house – like on the bathroom mirror, by the coffee maker, on a breakfast tray, in a briefcase – all with different messages telling them why you love them.

Coupon Book 

Create a coupon book full of favorite date night ideas and romantic notions that can be redeemed monthly, weekly, and daily.  These don’t need to be expensive to be appreciated. Think: evening picnic, a foot rub and a favorite movie,  a drive in the country, or a stroll through downtown and out for coffee.

Create a practical book with redeemable coupons for the chores they hate to do. How about: wash the car, cut the grass, or weed the garden? Use whatever may be a small sacrifice on your part, but will mean the most to them!

homemade chocolate peanut butter cups

Homemade Goods

Bust out the apron and get to baking! No need to spend lots of money on chocolate candy when the homemade kind is even better.

Get a recipe HERE for Giant Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Lotion

Women aren’t the only ones who need good moisturizer! Using natural ingredients and essential oils, you can create lotion and bath/shower products your man will love.

See recipe HERE for a manly lotion

Go HERE for homemade scrubs

homemade lip balm

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Members also enjoy exclusive access to Dine on a Dime menu planner and shopping list by Build a Menu (downloaded right from the member page)!

Learn about beginner homesteading, gardening, bee keeping, and valuable information to run your home and family life in a more simple, back to basics style. Wonderful for city dwellers who want to make steps in that direction or down home on the farm!

linking with Works for Me Wednesday & Fabulously Frugal Thurs

 

Do you have more ideas to share? I’d love to hear about them – in the comments!

6 Major Benefits of Family Homesteading

benefits of family homesteading

There are many aspects of homesteading, and the challenges are great, but the rewards are even greater! These are only a few of the major benefits of family homesteading:

Homesteading shows you what matters most

Homesteading brings you back to basics. It changes the way you look at things, the difference between wants and needs become much more clear when in most other modern day life, the lines are much more blurred.

It is a Journey towards self-sufficiency

Homesteading is a lifestyle, a way of thinking, getting back to nature, back to the land, a journey towards becoming self-sufficient. There are many different levels of homesteading, and even for those who live in the city, changes can be made which will set you on that journey and enable you to incorporate various aspects of the homestead life into daily activities.

Homesteading is a Rewarding endeavor 

Homesteading moves away from the “instant gratification” that comes along so often in today’s culture. There is a lot of hard work that goes in to the entire process of becoming a homesteading family.  There are plants to be tended, animals to care for, and always plenty of work to be done. It is also one of the most rewarding endeavors one can ever undertake!

Satisfying and Healthy 

When you sprout seeds, nurture and harvest them and place them on the table – there is not much that is as satisfying as this back to basics, provision for the family and honestly, well, the food just tastes better!  Although it takes a lot of hard work – it also creates joy and provides a deep feeling of satisfaction in knowing you are making healthy choices for the family. Growing your own food is one of the healthiest life choices you can make these days.

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Homesteading Teaches Respect 

Most people rush off to the grocery store each week and fill the cart full of various meats without ever fully appreciating what it means. There is a loss of life, a sacrifice which has taken place to put that meat on the table. Sadly, most people never have a full appreciation or develop respect for what it means to be a meat eater. It is easy to forget where the food we so often take for granted, comes from.

There are sometimes hard choices and difficult tasks that must be done to maintain a sustainable lifestyle – but in the process, there is a respect for the animals God created. There is a connection between the animals and the sustenance, an appreciation.

Deep Sense of Gratitude and Belonging 

There is an attitude of gratitude which comes from investing time, work, and effort into homesteading projects. The end result is something to be proud of. For children, participating in the work to feed the family, can produce a strong sense of belonging. They understand early on that each member of the family plays an important role. It builds self-esteem, and deeper character.

Although it takes a lot of hard work – it also creates joy and provides a deep feeling of satisfaction which can be hard to find otherwise in today’s society and fast paced lifestyle.

 

These are but a few of the many benefits of family homesteading. Most often, it does not happen overnight, the change of mindset to that of a homesteader. Even taking small steps towards a more back to basics lifestyle can make a positive difference in your life. One step at a time – works for me!

Do you have some simple tips for those who want to begin a journey towards a more back to basics lifestyle?

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Good morning from Texas!

author Meredith Duke

Good morning! Molly asked me to sit in today as a guest blogger and I’m so thankful she did. I’ve been a Molly fan for years and have read just about every magazine and E-Book written by Molly Green.

This year I’ve been blessed to become a part of the Molly team as a writer for the “Gardening Made Easy…From the South” column. It’s been awesome writing about something I love. Of course, there’s always something to learn and there are as many ways to garden as there are gardeners. But, I’m so excited to be part of this amazing team.

You might be wondering who I am. For starters, my name is Meredith and I live in the heart of Texas, just northwest of Austin. I was born and raised in Austin and thought I’d never (ever) leave the city. But, in 1994 I married my college sweetheart, who happened to be a country boy and while we lived in the city for our first year of marriage (to finish college), we soon moved way out to the boonies. I absolutely loved it. Fast forward almost 20 years and we still live in the country in a small cabin on a hill. My husband, his brother and father built our little home. Over the years we’ve added with salvaged wood from new neighborhoods going in around us. It’s amazing what you can get just by asking.

At any rate, we’ve raised our children in the country and wouldn’t have it any other way. I started a blog several years ago and have recently changed and updated its look. We even went from a blog to a website, which is now called www.SanGabrielFarm.com. The San Gabriel River runs just south of us and is where my husband and his brother grew up fishing and running when they were in high school. A branch of it runs through our property which is where we train our labs for hunting and retrieving. It just seemed to be the right name.

On our website you can find all kinds of great information on gardening, homesteading and homeschooling. Some of my blog posts contain information on companion planting (with a detailed list of companion plants), 10 Frugal Steps to a Clean Oven, a whole series on processing a deer and making sausage, and even new ways to use fresh rosemary. There are quite a few recipes and homesteading advice and ideas throughout the website and blog. My hope is show my readers that there is more to homesteading than having livestock and owning land. Homesteading is a state of mind. Anyone can be a homesteader … even if you live in the city.

Thank you for letting me post this little blog this morning. I hope you have a blessed and glorious day! I look forward to future posts that include more ways to homestead where you are!

Meredith Duke is a homesteading, homeschooling mama on the outskirts of Austin, TX. She is married to her college sweetheart,  Johnny, and together they raise and homeschool their two children, James and Lauren. Life is never dull at San Gabriel Farm. There’s always something to do and there seems to be an adventure around every tree, just waiting to be discovered. You can read more about her and her family at www.SanGabrielFarm.com. She is also the author of Shining Through the Grief: Memoirs of Emma’s Mom as well as Bubba’s Beez Honey From the Hive Cookbook.

 

Be sure to keep up with Meredith’s articles on Gardening in the South in each issue of Molly Green Magazine! Get your membership HERE today and gain access to Dine on a Dime by Build a Menu  and much more!