Molly Green Magazine: Hearth and Home

Molly is celebrating Hearth & Home

 

In this issue, Molly introduces you to the new look for 2014. Join her as she bring readers along on a homesteading adventure!

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Look for these topics and more:

  • This ‘n That will show you special ways on how to celebrate the months of January and February
  • In Notes from the Heart, Patricia Hunter talks about the 21st Century Woman of Excellence
  • The FlyLady (Marla Cilley) makes her debut appearance and talks to Molly readers about progress. . . not perfection
  • Sharon White joins us again this year with a fun project in Something Old, Something New
  • Gardening from the North and Gardening from the South are sure to give you great gardening tips
  • On Mama’s Mind brings you some examples of home remedies to help keep your family healthy this winter season
  • Eric Osborn joins us this year and writes from the male perspective in Ancient Ways in the 21st Century
  • Savvy Savings is just one of the featured articles from our friends over at Build a Menu
  • Beekeeping 101 is yet another featured article that will walk you through the basics of beekeeping

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

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A Homestead Christmas: gift ideas for the homesteader – at heart

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Christmas on the ‘ole homestead makes me think of candles in the windows, fresh Christmas tree scent with touches of cinnamon wafting through the air and sleigh bells from the old farm horse trudging down the lane. While some of this ideal Christmas may not be possible for everyone, there are a few things we can do to make the homestead lifestyle a reality.

You don’t have to live on a farm these days to be a homesteader. Plenty of folks with homesteader hearts are making the most of life in the city. With touches of this and that, reminiscent of life on the old homestead,  I’ve gathered a few ideas for gift giving especially with the homesteader in mind.

 

For those who will be weeding and harvesting this year

The Roo Gardening Apron saves time and back pain!

Roo Apron

 

Waterwise plants for Sustainable Gardens

 On Sale from $24.95

waterwise gardening book

Pretty feathers from around the farm

like these guinea hen feathers

make beautiful ear rings for the naturalist, gardener,

or wildlife enthusiast in your life!

a pair of feather ear rings

Need a quick and easy handmade project?

These beautiful painted bottles from bywilma.com 

are sure to please!

a painted bottle gift

Whether you are living life on a farm out in the country, or in the big city, you can make that homestead lifestyle a reality. Homestead is more than a location, it’s a mindset, and an attitude. Start small, right where you are. If it is a desire or an outlook that comes from the heart, you know you are on the right track.

You might even start with one of these homesteader style gift ideas . . . for a loved one – or for yourself!

Did you see the guest post - here –  from cousin Midge?  She had some great ideas for your favorite gardener!

Frugal family fun – for the birds: Frugal Friday Linky

Welcome!  

There are many different ways to enjoy living a frugal lifestyle . . . this is a great place to learn new things, find what works and encourage one another. Below you can share the link to a post on your own blog, share a little about your frugal life and encourage others, or share a frugal Pin from Pinterest.

This linky party will now be open for the entire month of November (expiring December 1). Come and link-up to this great community of frugal followers! I’ll be Pinning away and sharing your posts ~

Link your frugal posts

Our frugal tips for the week: 

Family fun does not have to break the bank this fall!  With only a few simple ingredients and a family walk in the outdoors, you can make these easy bird treats and enjoy educational fun . . . that’s for the birds!

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It’s a great idea to hang these handmade bird feeders nearby so that you can be sure to see the feathered friends who come visit for a special treat. All that’s needed to make these is a few pine cones slathered in peanut butter and rolled in wild bird seed.

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Add a little more excitement by donning binoculars and a field guide to identify the birds who flock to your yard. These treats are so affordable, you can help feed your new friends all through the winter. Be sure to get the kids involved. Other ideas to turn it into a fabulous learning experience include photographing the birds or sketching them in an art journal.

Don’t have an art journal? You can make one with inexpensive Composition notebooks and personalize them with your favorite scrapbook papers.  These simple journals make a terrific gift for a friend as well. They also make a cool new “smash book”  - crafty and frugal!

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Take notes and collect data to chart the number and types of birds in your area. Try different kinds of bird seed to see if one attracts more birds or attracts different types of birds than another.

Bird watching is a fun family activity that is not only educational and fun, but also super frugal! Cornell Lab has a wonderful FREE resource to learn more about our fine feathered friends here.

Whether you are looking for a new frugal activity or wanting to add an outdoor element to the family homeschool, all ages can benefit from the fresh air and activities that are For the Birds! 

 

To share a link to your post about frugal living, use the Linky below. But first . . .

1. We’d love for you to share your links that include anything related to DIY projectssaving money, frugal living, made-from-scratch cooking, cleaning products, sustainable livinggardening, organic and anything else related to homemaking. You can also include your struggles while trying to live a frugal lifestyle (like Midge)! Show us how you are thriving while surviving on a smaller budget.

2. Link directly to your frugal post, not to your home page.

3. Please grab our linky button (from the sidebar) and put it on your blog or on your linky post, or use a text link back to our site.

4. If you link-up, please click on others’ links as well. Our frugal followers have a lot to share!

5. By linking up you agree to allow others to share and Pin your post (linking to you of course).

 

Living frugally means living, learning and growing from each other. We can’t wait to see what you are going to share! (Tto see other blogs that have linked up, click the link below.) Ready, set, link!

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Preserving Fall: crafting with leaves

 

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Fall is a glorious time of the year. The golden, fiery colors as the trees transition from summer into winter make it one of the most striking seasons. It is at least in the top four!

If you are like me and enjoy making the most out of the beautiful leaves before they dry up, you are going to love these projects.

Preserving fall – really works for me!

Here are a few options if you want to try preserving a little fall for yourself:

1. Wax paper – all you need is your beautiful leaves, wax paper, a towel and an iron. Place the leaves between 2 pieces of waxed paper and lay a towel over the top of it. Carefully press the towel with a warm iron. Some people prefer to carefully peel away the wax paper after ironing to leave a coating on the leaf, others like to cut around the wax paper, leaving a small edge so the wax paper remains sealed. These make great book marks or look nice glued on cards or packages.

2. Glycerin – a great option to preserve leaves is to use a glycerin mixture. Prepare a  bath in a shallow pan for your leaf collection consisting of 1 part glycerin and 2 parts water. Submerge the leaves in the water and keep them weighted down with a plate or with little rocks. Soak them in this solution for about a week, or at least 4 days.  When they are finished, pat them dry and they will remain pliable and a bit rubbery. They make wonderful decorations when added to a pretty bowl or around candles on a plate.

 

 

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3. Mod podge – Preserving  with Mod podge can be a great way to craft with your leaves.  Use Mod podge to glue, seal and finish your leaves. Apply them to glass candle holders, decorative plates, picture frames or trays to create one of a kind gifts or decorations.

Check out these awesome leaf projects:

Leaf bowl - from Mod podge Rocks

Incredible Mod podge leaves - Gingerbread Snowflakes

Framed leaves - by Make and Takes

Decorating with fall leaves – Houzz

 

What kind of fall crafting are you up to? I’d love to hear how you preserve fall! 

linking with: Works for me Wednesday 

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Friday Linky Party!

There are so many different ways to live a frugal lifestyle . . . this is a great place to learn new things and encourage one another! Below you can share the link to a post on your own blog, share a little about your frugal life and encourage others. This linky party will now be open for the entire month of October (expiring October  31st). Come and link-up to this great community of frugal followers!

If you get my Friday newsletter, you most likely read Midge’s question about my favorite pumpkin themed recipes and crafts (if you don’t get my FREE newsletter be sure and subscribe via the sticky note in the upper right corner). Read below to see my response.  Molly

Dear Midge,

I LOVE pumpkin! As I type this I’m actually sipping on my morning coffee (I added in a little pumpkin pie spice to the coffee grounds before brewing)–YUM! Not only are pumpkins so cute to decorate with, it is so yummy to eat. I’ve been known to put a few out for decorating but then start roasting as many as I can to put in the freezer for later in winter (fresh pumpkin puree sure does beat the canned stuff!). Roasting a pumpkin is easier than you might think, check out THIS LINK for more info if you’re interested in giving it a try. Don’t forget the seeds. . . just another yummy bonus to roasting your own pumpkin!

I have so many Fall recipes that I actually gathered them all into a “seasonal” binder. No more searching for my favorite Fall recipes that got tucked “who knows where” from last year! I can safely say I don’t have just one favorite recipe–check out THIS SITE for some great ideas. . . I already printed off some new recipes to try!

And Fall crafts are super fun as well! I love to decorate the house with all the masterpieces the kids put together. Take a look HERE for some super cute (and easy), Fall craft ideas.

Happy baking–and crafting!

Love ya, Molly

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 To share a link to your post about frugal living, use the Linky below. But first . . .

1. We’d love for you to share your links that include anything related to DIY projects, saving money, frugal living, made from scratch cooking, cleaning products, sustainable living, gardening, organic, and anything else related to homemaking! You can also include your struggles while trying to live a frugal lifestyle (like Midge!)! Show us about how you are thriving while surviving on a smaller budget!

2. Please, no link-ups to giveaways or blog topics in which you are just selling a product.

3. Link directly to your frugal post, not to your home page.

4. Grab our linky graphic (from the sidebar) and put it on your blog or on your linky post.

5. If a linked up post does not meet the above guidelines, it will be removed.

6. If you link-up, please click on other’s links as well. Our frugal followers have a lot to share!

Living frugally means living, learning, and growing from each other. We can’t wait to see what you are going to share (to see other blogs who have linked up, click the link below)! Ready, set, link!

CLICK HERE TO LINK-UP!

Friday Linky Party!

There are so many different ways to live a frugal lifestyle . . . this is a great place to learn new things and encourage one another! Below you can share the link to a post on your own blog, share a little about your frugal life and encourage others. This linky party will now be open for the entire month of September (expiring October 1st). Come and link-up to this great community of frugal followers!

 

Frugal Friday Linky Party www.Econobusters.com

 

To share a link to your post about frugal living, use the Linky below. But first. . .

 

1. We’d love for you to share your links that include anything related to DIY projectssaving money, frugal living, made from scratch cooking, cleaning products, sustainable livinggardening, organic, and anything else related to homemaking! You can also include your struggles while trying to live a frugal lifestyle (like Midge!)! Show us about how you are thriving while surviving on a smaller budget!

 

2. Please, no link-ups to giveaways or blog topics in which you are just selling a product.

 

3. Link directly to your frugal post, not to your home page.

 

4. Grab our linky graphic (from the sidebar) and put it on your blog or on your linky post.

 

5. If a linked up post does not meet the above guidelines, it will be removed.

 

6. If you link-up, please click on other’s links as well. Our frugal followers have a lot to share!

 

Living frugally means living, learning, and growing from each other. We can’t wait to see what you are going to share (to see other blogs who have linked up, click the link below)! Ready, set, link!

CLICK HERE TO LINK-UP!

Frugal Friday Linky Party

There are so many different ways to live a frugal lifestyle . . . this is a great place to learn new things and encourage one another! Below you can share the link to a post on your own blog, share a little about your frugal life and encourage others. This linky party will now be open for the entire month of September (expiring October 1st). Come and link-up to this great community of frugal followers!

If you get my Friday newsletter, you most likely read Midge’s question about my favorite slow cooker recipe (if you don’t get my FREE newsletter be sure and subscribe via the sticky note in the upper right corner). Read below to see my response. Molly

Dear Midge,

Thanks for asking about my favorite slow cooker recipe, you know how much I LOVE my slow cooker! While I have many recipes that I enjoy, I think my favorite has to be Apple Crisp. I make this recipe a lot in the fall and winter- the smell of it cooking is just divine! We like to top this yummy dessert with either whipped cream or even a little vanilla ice cream (sometimes both!). We can have this the next time you come over if you’d like to try it. CLICK HERE for the recipe if you’d like to give it a whirl before then. Happy eating!

Love ya, Molly

 

Frugal Friday Linky Party www.Econobusters.com

 

To share a link to your post about frugal living, use the Linky below. But first. . .

 

1. We’d love for you to share your links that include anything related to DIY projectssaving money, frugal living, made from scratch cooking, cleaning products, sustainable livinggardening, organic, and anything else related to homemaking! You can also include your struggles while trying to live a frugal lifestyle (like Midge!)! Show us about how you are thriving while surviving on a smaller budget!

 

2. Please, no link-ups to giveaways or blog topics in which you are just selling a product.

 

3. Link directly to your frugal post, not to your home page.

 

4. Grab our linky graphic (from the sidebar) and put it on your blog or on your linky post.

 

5. If a linked up post does not meet the above guidelines, it will be removed.

 

6. If you link-up, please click on other’s links as well. Our frugal followers have a lot to share!

 

Living frugally means living, learning, and growing from each other. We can’t wait to see what you are going to share (to see other blogs who have linked up, click the link below)! Ready, set, link!

CLICK HERE TO LINK-UP!

Works for Me~ Sunburn Relief!

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It seems that all winter long we are waiting and longing for the warmth of summer. Now that it’s here, we may find ourselves suffering from too much fun-in-the-sun! Have you been sunburned yet this year? Your kids? Despite my continual efforts to keep everyone lathered in sunscreen, sometimes a sunburn sneaks through.

Aloe Vera is one of those fairly common remedies for sunburns– you’ve heard of that one, right? According to THIS SITE, you don’t want to purchase an aloe vera gel from the store if it has more water or alcohol than aloe in it. Aloe should be listed as the only ingredient on the label or be as close to 100% as possible. Of course you can also grow an aloe vera plant and just snip off a leaf, slice it open and rub the gel onto the affected area. Ahhhh…relief!

 

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Have you heard about the benefits of coconut oil for your skin? Some use it for sunburn relief as well, check out THIS SITE for more information and some interesting tidbits!

Sunburn relief works for me! What do you use to ease the pain of a sunburn?

 

Peaches!

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I recently bought a full box of super delicious peaches on a special deal. Usually, my family and extended family will finish off one box in a matter of four to five days. This time I managed to rescue some of our peaches before they all disappeared and decided to try some fun recipes with them. My primary goals were to freeze some, make a cobbler, and finish up with some delightfully peach-infused French toast.

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For the peach cobbler, I selected this recipeFARM FRESH PEACH COBBLER and used four fresh, sliced peaches. If you have been following along on my baking adventures you may remember I love to select recipes with easy ingredients and where most, if not all, the ingredients can already be found in my own pantry. This recipe really surprised me! Not only did it have a small list of ingredients BUT it used Bisquick as its main ingredient! Wow, it was delicious, easy to prepare and a very frugal choice.

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Next, I wanted to try this recipe: GRILLED PEACH SALAD. But, alas, since my grill is still out of propane I had to hold off on trying to grill peaches. Instead I merely sliced four peaches and laid them on a pizza pan. I used about 1/4 – 1/2 cup of melted butter and lightly drizzled it on the peach slices, making sure to put it between the slices too, then I sprinkled them with cinnamon and sugar.

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Next, I placed them in the oven baking them at 350 degrees for about ten minutes. After ten minutes, I flipped each peach slice over, added the rest of the melted butter and sprinkled on a little more cinnamon and sugar. I placed them back in the oven for ten minutes but I would recommend only about five more minutes as they started to fall apart after ten. When they had cooled, I put them in a Ziploc storage bag and flattened out the peaches to store in the freezer. I am planning to warm them up later and serve them topped with vanilla ice cream! What a fun treat for fall or winter!

I cut four more peaches into slices and placed them in a plastic bag stored in the refrigerator. I am saving them for this recipe: OVERNIGHT BAKED FRENCH TOAST. After so much time in the kitchen this past Sunday, I put off the French toast recipe for last. So, the peaches are still sitting in my fridge waiting to be put to good use!  :)

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Which dishes do you like to make with peaches? How do you store your summer peaches for use during the cold winter months? 

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My Small In-Town Hobby Farm

Guest Blog by: Inger Koppenhaver

Last spring, my family was inspired to continue our vision of developing an in-town hobby farm. Our original backyard plans can be found in THIS EDITION OF MOLLY GREEN MAGAZINE and the updated article from last August can be found HERE.

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First, we staked out the yard in order to place our mini-barn/lawn tractor garage next to our other out buildings. Then, with my father-in-law’s assistance, we constructed the barn. We transported our chickens from their temporary coop into a fancy one-room apartment coop just in time for winter.

This summer we are hoping that our three older kids get to complete their year of the 4-H chicken project by showing them for the fair.  Even if they do not get the chance to show them at the fair, just having the chickens in our backyard has been an incredible educational experience. They even had a chance to see one of their chickens actually lay an egg.

 

Our small supply of fresh daily eggs has been such a blessing to our family!

Our small supply of fresh daily eggs has been such a blessing to our family!

Recently, we were devastated by the death of one of our rabbits. Sweet Dreams who was nicknamed “Fat Apple” was my daughter’s first pet and will also hold a treasured spot in her heart.  She lived for many years and was a super cuddly companion and a gentle bunny to the whole family.

Even with the passing of our bunny, we are still continuing on with our plan to install the final touches on our “bunny paradise”. Our little mini-lop, Cookie, has become quite pampered lately and is enjoying lots of fresh grass and alfalfa during the warm spring and early summer days. Cookie will be getting a new hutch when our final plan comes together later this summer.

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Our newest addition is Charlie, the duck. He joined our family this year as a tiny duckling and now has his own little duck habitat on the other side of the mini-barn complete with an indoor duck pond. He will be getting his own fenced-in area soon as well. There will be privacy fencing running along the side and back of our yard.

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Our backyard chickens have brought us tremendous joy and lots of fresh eggs. It has also given the gift of being able to have a few outdoor animals which has been an incredible blessing to a family where the mom (yup, that’s me) has so many allergies! Our town has been in discussions for many years over what kinds and how many animals should be allowed in town. So, before you decide to start your own in-town hobby farm be sure to check your local statutes as they may be in the process of adapting or changing laws.

What do you think about having backyard chickens or a small in-town hobby farm? What types of small animals do you think would be appropriate to have in your backyard? 

 Here is a great article which answers question about whether backyard chickens and health related concerns:  READ ARTICLE HERE

 

Inger grew up in a city by the beach in California, but loves living in her small Norman Rockwell kind of town on the prairie in Montana. She is a published author, a homeschool mom of four adorable children who also just happens to own a 50′s style café with her mother-in-law. Inger currently writes Ditch the Desk, a hands-on monthly theme curriculum for K-5th grade, at DITCH THE DESK.  She also writes consistently for Molly Green Magazine and you can find her cafe at BADLANDS CAFE MT

Our now grown up duck loves listening to the radio.  When it turned off by accident, he came over a quietly quacked at us until we fixed it!  Who knew?

Our now grown up duck loves listening to the radio. When it turned off by accident, he came over and quietly quacked at us until we fixed it! Who knew?