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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Camping

     We have some friends that love to go camping but really have nowhere to camp at so a few times a year we invite them out to our place and they camp out on the property.   We pitch a tent also and we all have a good time.   Hubby teaches people about how to build a campfire; how to skin and butcher wild life; etc. and our teenage son teaches foraging, plant identification and trapping.   Here are some pictures we want to share.

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Ronny blowing a bubble and visiting with my husband's best friend.

camping, DIY fire starters, camp out fun
Starting the fire with a prepared cotton round.
    In the above picture, my hubby is using one of the fire starters I make to make starting the camp fire a piece of cake.


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Kindling on the fire starter...

camping, DIY fire starters, camp out fun

camping, DIY fire starters, camp out fun
This is the tent we stay in.  It is really big and has two rooms.

camping, DIY fire starters, camp out fun
Easy way to keep toilet paper handy, use a wire coat hanger.

camping, DIY fire starters, camp out fun

All Natural Colon Cleanse Review

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

Pure Colon Cleanse Detox, IBS, MS, spastic colon, weight loss

     I was concerned about doing a colon detox.  I suffer from MS, IBS, and a spastic colon and knew I needed to do a detox periodically but was concerned on the stress it would put on my system, etc.   What swayed me is that this is all natural.  It has all natural ingredients and promised a gentler irrigation.
     They do not lie.   It was not unpleasant and I felt so good after it was all done. I felt lighter and better.  It is gentle and I felt good about using it and recommending it.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Conceal Like A Celebrity With Advanced Mineral Makeup

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

Conceal Like A Celebrity With Advanced Mineral Makeup
    This is really nice professional make-up.   I went to the website and picked out the concealer that was right for me (beige cream).  It went on smoothly and really hid my imperfections and blemishes well. My skin looked great and made the skin vibrant and not dull looking.
    My pH balance is not right and most make up cakes up or becomes blotchy after a few hours but this did not.  It stayed where I applied it and looked great hours later.  Another added bonus is that it has added Vitamin E and shea butter.   I will definitely use this again.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Adjustable Burger Press Review

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


 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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.  

baby Boer goat, birth of baby goat,
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.

baby Boer goat, birth of baby goat,
5 hours after being born.


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She's enjoying the sunshine.


baby Boer goat, birth of baby goat,
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.
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
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.

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
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.

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
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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