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    Cinnamon Roll Waffles : To Die For Recipe

    I’ve had a hard time forgetting about the cinnamon roll waffles I had FOUR years ago at Buttermilk Restaurant in Geneva, Illinois (yes, they were THAT memorable that I couldn’t forget them over that many years ago!) but during a pandemic, and lockdown, we do what we must… I first made pancakes, then I modified the recipe for waffles (because I like waffles better than pancakes personally) The cream cheese frosting is to die for… oh em gee, you’re gonna love these. INGREDIENTS Waffles 1 3⁄4cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda 1⁄4 teaspoon salt 2 large eggs 2 cups buttermilk (If…

  • In the Kitchen

    Buttermilk Substitutions

    I learned this awesome little hack a long time ago from my mom (who was a horrible cook believe it or not, lol! How she knew this wonderful nugget of awesomeness I’m not quite sure but it sure has come in handy over the years!) If you have run out of buttermilk or need an easy substitution because, dang it… you’re just not going to buy it for one recipe’s sake, then I’m you’re huckleberry! (and if you get that reference, I love you even more now) Ok, let’s get this show on the road… Take 1 cup regular (cow’s) milk and add 1 Tbsp. white vinegar and stir. Allow…

  • Mixing poultry : Pros/Cons of raising mixed flocks
    Chickens,  Ducks,  Homestead Goals,  Mixed Flocks,  Pheasants,  Poultry,  Turkeys

    Mixing poultry : Pros/Cons of raising mixed flocks

    Mixing poultry : Pros/Cons of raising mixed flocks</font color> I think anytime you can start ANY project with a plan in mind it will work out much better in the end. These beginning blogs are thoughts and ideas that are beginning to formulate as we embark upon our journey of homesteading in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.  I ran across a podcast by Mother Earth news where the guest, Cindy of Guinea Fowl International spoke about raising mixed flocks of poultry. I thought I’d brainstorm and create a pro / con list for taking a leap of faith and moving towards our goals of sustainability and self-sufficiency. Pros for starting…

  • Raising mixed flocks:
    Chickens,  Ducks,  Homestead Goals,  Mixed Flocks,  Pheasants,  Poultry,  Turkeys

    Raising mixed flocks: Farming Turkeys, Chickens, Pheasants, Guinea Fowl

    Raising mixed flocks Diversity in raising poultry? Hmmm… As I said in our introduction blog post, we currently live in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. I have wanted to have a small flock of chickens for yearssss but we aren’t zoned for any type of poultry raising. (psst, that didn’t stop us from raising a flock of 6 ducks while we were homeschooling, but that’s a story for another day!) When a family begins to homestead, Most will start with chickens and expand from there but having a plan at the jump is the best idea. If you’re just starting out, it’s understandable why you’d want to start with just…

  • Homesteading Goals
    Homestead Goals

    Homesteading Goals : Becoming Sustainable in the Suburbs . A journey to self-sufficiency

    Homesteading Goals They say: “If you don’t build your dream someone else will hire you to help build theirs“ – Tony Gaskins (from The Dreamchaser) Heyyy… Here’s a little introduction..I’m a wife, mom, Christian, writer/blogger, and entrepreneur. I come from a long line of scrappers: Irish/German/Scottish hard-working people.  Farmers, public servants, entrepreneurs, and military veterans dot my family tree. Put them together, and the genetics alone totally explain why I vibe with the idea of homesteading. The phrase, “Non-traditional” pretty much exemplifies my mindset. I’d rather not work a traditional 9 to 5 job, and be a cog in the machine. I’m pretty sure sitting in an office all day,…