Simple Saturdays Blog Hop 3/28/15

Dillinger Simple Saturday

Join us for ideas on living a Simple Lifestyle and being Self Sufficient! 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 … [Continue reading]

Crustless Quiche

Crustless Quiche via Better Hens and Gardens

This is an easy Quiche recipe that tastes great, and doesn't even require a crust.  Another nice thing about this recipe is that although the original recipe calls for bacon as the meat, swiss cheese for the grated cheese, and spinach for the vegetable; over the years I've substituted different meats, cheeses, and vegetables with pretty good success.  For the meat you can substitute crumbled, cooked sausage or finely chopped ham; … [Continue reading]

Thrive Market – Healthy, Cost Effective, Shopping From Home

Thrive Market - Healthy, Cost Effective, At Home Food Shopping via Better Hens and Gardens

A few weeks ago, I wouldn't have believed it was possible to shop for healthy, organic food products from home, and do it cost-effectively. But then I came across Thrive Market, and today I think it can be done! Thrive Market is the first socially conscious online marketplace offering the world’s best-selling natural and organic products at wholesale prices. Think Costco meets Whole Foods online. For less than $5 a month ($59.95 … [Continue reading]

WonderMix Mixer and Meat Grinder Attachment Giveaway

Win A WonderMill Mixer via Better Hens and Gardens

  You’ve probably heard of the WonderMill, one of the most popular grain mills for the homesteader’s kitchen. But did you know this company also makes a heavy duty mixer? The WonderMix does it all. You can even get attachments for it, including a blender, food processor, and meat grinder!  Meet the WonderMix Mixer With a 900 watt motor and direct drive high torque transmission, this machine can mix and knead up to 8 … [Continue reading]

Preparing for Goat Kidding

Preparing for Kids Collage

Note: Several readers have requested posts on topics that have already appeared here – this is one of those posts that has been updated and republished. Kidding season is here again, so of course we're preparing again (see Kidding Schedule). I'm always both anxious and nervous, but there's nothing I can do except to make sure we’re prepared.  What does being prepared mean?  Well for us it means: Going through … [Continue reading]

Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread via Better Hens and Gardens

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, here's a quick, easy, delicious, and healthier soda bread (at least I think it's healthier because it has some whole wheat flour added). It's not quite your traditional Irish soda bread because it also contains currants and orange zest. They give it lots of flavor so it's not a bland bread.  The recipe is adapted from a recipe in Barefoot Contessa At Home by Ina Garten. It's … [Continue reading]

Homemade Beauty Essentials – Review & Giveaway

Homemade Beauty Essentials - Review & Giveaway

For years, I've been very careful to consider what we're eating, and have been trying to exclude many of the potentially harmful substances that have crept into our food supply. That's why we have our own chickens, goats, honey bees, and gardens. But, it was only recently that I really began to consider how large an organ our skin is, and how important it is to also consider what we're applying to it too. When I really began to look at … [Continue reading]

Annual CD/T & BoSe Injections for Goats

Annual Goat Injections Collage via Better Hens and Gardens

There are three types of injections that goats in our area need annually; tetanus toxoid, BoSe, and a vaccination for enterotoxemia.  Here’s the basics to know about these vaccinations for goats (skip to the last paragraph if you don’t want to know all the details on drugs for food producing animals):  1) First of all, what do these vaccinations prevent?  Tetanus toxoid - provides long term protection against … [Continue reading]

Choices in Egg Quality

Choices in Egg Quality via Better Hens and Gardens

In the US today, we’re being offered more and more choices in food quality; and it’s because many of us are demanding locally grown foods that are antibiotic, hormone, and pesticide free.  In terms of eggs quality, it’s not clear sometimes what the choices mean – here’s a rundown on the different types of eggs: Commercial or “Factory Farmed” Eggs These are the standard grocery store eggs; and unfortunately, the “farms” that produce these … [Continue reading]

American Small Business Champion Bramblestone Farm!

Bramblestone Farm ASBC Winner Badge via Better Hens and Gardens

We are proud and honored to announce that Bramblestone Farm has been chosen as an American Small Business Champion by SCORE and Sam’s Club.  The American Small Business Championship ( awarded the title to 102 small businesses, two in every state and the District of Columbia, for their sacrifices and dedication to the success of their business. The American Small Business Champions each receive a $1,000 Sam's Club … [Continue reading]