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Friday, April 18, 2014

MIRA Digital Luggage Scale

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

MIRA digital luggage scale



  This is a really nice luggage scale. It comes in your choice of colors (black or white).  It is small and easy to use.   You can set it to measure in either pounds or kilograms and it can weigh luggage up to 110 lbs.  I found it extremely accurate too.
     As an added little bonus, it comes with a nice little pouch to hold the scales in AND comes with a 2 year warranty.  :-)  The price is very reasonable and I would recommend this to anyone who travels.


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Adjustable Burger Press Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.       
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    This burger press is so much better than others on the market.  The best feature, I think, is how the burger patty does not stick to the housing.  There is a built in plunger that expels the burger out to make things even easier.  It is also adjustable so if one member of your family likes burgers only 1/4" thick you can make some that size all the way up to 1 1/2" thick and 4 1/2" around.    Now that is a THICK burger.  :-)
    This burger press is not some flimsy plastic unit either.  It is all metal and has non-stick surfaces.  Your burgers come out intact and ready to throw onto the grill or in a skillet.  It is completely washable so clean up is a breeze too.
   You can buy one for your self for less than $20.  Burger Press on Amazon.  It is rated five stars for good reason.


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

New Baby Goat on the Homestead

   Our Boer nanny finally had her baby.  She had only one on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 but luckily, it was a girl.  We have named her "Chloe".

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This was taken minutes after her birth.  

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Bo is cleaning her off and Chloe is still trying to figure out how to stand.

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First feeding.  Getting in that good colostrum.

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5 hours after being born.


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She's enjoying the sunshine.


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She's got the hang of standing now.  :-)

Short, short video of the baby calling for her momma




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Friday, April 11, 2014

Two Year Blog Anniversary

    Yahoo!  We made it.  Today marks the 2nd year anniversary for Countrified Hicks.  Can you believe it? I am so please you stuck by me for 2 years and if you are new to my blog, hope you stay awhile and have a look around.
   In the past years, I have shared nearly 100 recipes with you, numerous posts and videos on frugal living, as well as posts on how to dehydrate and can; farm living; and homeschooling.  I have completed over 260 blog posts, meaning I average a new post about once every 3 days.
      In the past two years, no post has received nearly as many page views or comments as the post on frugal living on how our Family of 4 live off of $1300 a month. That post alone generated over 65,000 page views!
     Other popular posts over frugal living include:
   Video blog #2 and doing laundry country style.
     As far as recipes go, my post clicked upon and pinned recipe is How to make homemade bread in one hour with nearly 10,000 page views.
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One of the loaves of bread that I made.

   Other popular posts of my recipes include:
French Toast Casserole and Homemade biscuits with Chocolate Gravy.

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My French Toast Casserole
How to grow fodder for your farm animals, biscuits and chocolate gravy, homemade bread in one hour, prepping, survival bucket, cache bucket, french toast casserole

   Finally, to wrap things up, the most popular post on Farm Living would have to be on How to grow fodder for your animals and for prepping, How to set up a Cache Bucket.

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The food items to go into a survival bucket.

How to grow fodder for your farm animals, biscuits and chocolate gravy, homemade bread in one hour, prepping, survival bucket, cache bucket, french toast casserole
Day 1-7 of fodder growth

   What has been your favorite post I have done these past two years?  What do you want to see more of?  




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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Heirloom Tomato Seed Giveaway

   Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company has graciously allowing me to hold a giveaway and the winner will receive an 8 pack of color tomatoes.  Here is a list of the seeds you will win if your name is chosen by Rafflecopter.
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The 8 packets of seeds you have a chance to win



  1.     Tomato Great White
  2.     Tomato Copia
  3.     Tomato Dr. Carolyn
  4.     Tomato German Red Strawberry
  5.     Tomato Paul Robeson
  6.     Tomato Pink Oxheart
  7.     Tomato Emerald Evergreen
  8.     Tomato Dad's Sunset

   All of these seeds are open-pollinated heirloom seeds.  You can harvest the seeds from the plants and use them to grow more tomatoes in the following years.
     Baker Creek also gave me a set and I just planted mine and will update you all how they grow and produce for me.


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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Homemade Bread Pudding Recipe

    I love bread pudding.  It is one of those "old time" recipes that your grandma used to make.  It is simple and delicious but many of today's younger generation have never even heard of it.  I want my kids to experience and enjoy the simple things too so I keep these recipes alive and I hope you will too.

Bread Pudding

                          1/2 loaf of old french bread                          3 T. softened margarine
                          1/2 c. of raisins                                          1 c. walnut pieces
                          4 eggs                                                       2 c. milk
                          1/2 c. brown sugar                                      1/4 c. sugar
                          2 T. cinnamon                                            1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
                          1/4 tsp. salt                                                   

    You can use any type of bread for this and it doesn't even have to be stale bread.  If you use regular sandwich bread, just use 6 pieces of it instead of a half loaf of french bread.  Our local grocery store greatly reduces the price of their french bread after a few days so that is why I use it instead. 
     Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly spray a 9" x 13" cake pan with cooking spray.  Tear up your bread into nice sized cubes and layer the bottom of the cake pan with these.  Then pour the melted margarine onto the cubes. 
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   Now take your raisins
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and your walnuts
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and sprinkle them over the top. 
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   Now in a medium sized bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, the sugars, spices, and the vanilla together well and then pour this mixture over the top of the bread mixture in the pan.  Be sure all the bread is soaked throughout. 
    Just place into your preheated oven and bake it for 35 minutes.  It smells as great as it tastes!  The top is just slightly crunchy with a softer underside.  It is AMAZING and costs so little to make.
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Personalized Kids Books

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Justice League, KD Novelties, Personalized book

       I had the great honor of getting to review a personalized book for my youngest son.  I chose which book I wanted and filled out the information they asked for and waited for it to arrive. It came rather quickly in the mail and I was very impressed by the book itself.
     The book is hard back and very well made.  The pages are not thin.  It looks extremely professional and the personalization of adding my son and his details into the story are marvelous.  I highly recommend you checking out Personalized Kids Books by KD Novelties and ordering one for you little ones.  I will definitely purchase one or more in the future.


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