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Chai-Spiced Slow Cooker Pear Applesauce

When I was a freshman in high school, I signed up for a class about cooking. Although, at the tender age of 14, I was already jaded beyond belief, I was secretly really excited about getting credit to cook. I had always loved cooking and even wanted to be a chef for a while.

You know who else gets excited about getting high school credit to cook? Kids who are in gangs. Or, at least, suburban kids who want people to think they’re in gangs.

The first thing we made in class was applesauce. As I looked around the room and saw all these tough gang banger types donning aprons and stirring applesauce on the stove, I realized, “I never have to be afraid of these people again. Because I have just witnessed them making applesauce.”

And, although in other circumstances, I’m quite certain these classmates would have loved nothing more than to terrorize the sullen girl in the Smiths t-shirt, I think they knew this too. So I spent the semester happily making muffins, applesauce, and mashed potatoes while listening to stories about drug deals, beating people up, and brass knuckles.

Prior to this cooking class, I had never made my own applesauce. In fact, it was the first time I even ate homemade applesauce. Or even knew such a thing existed. When I was a kid, I always ate applesauce when my mom put it in my lunch, but I wasn’t really a fan until I discovered how delicious it was when it was made fresh.

The texture isn’t thin and watery and you can flavor it as much or as little as you like. And did I mention that it’s easy? Because it is!

While applesauce is easy on the stovetop, it’s even easier in a slow cooker. And in a slow cooker, you get the bonus of having a kitchen that smells like apple pie for several hours.

Having never tried my hand at slow cooker applesauce, I adapted this recipe from Skinnytaste, substituting half the apples with pears and adding the flavors of chai instead of lemon rind. This applesauce (well, pear applesauce… pearplesauce?) is delicious on its own, but it’s even better added to a bowl of oatmeal or spooned over waffles for breakfast.

Chai-Spiced Slow Cooker Pear Applesauce

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: 6

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Pear Applesauce flavored with chai spices and slow-cooked in a crockpot. Adapted from Skinnytaste’s Crock Pot Applesauce.

Ingredients

  • 4 medium apples, peeled, cored, and cut into large chunks
  • 4 medium pears, peeled, cored, and cut into large chunks
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 5 tsp. brown sugar (add more if you like a sweeter applesauce)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Heat on low for 6 hours.
  2. Remove cinnamon stick from slow cooker. For a chunkier sauce, use a slotted spoon to remove half of the apple and pear chunks. Use an immersion blender to puree the remaining fruit and then stir in reserved fruit chunks (alternately, you can cool the mixture and puree in a blender or food processor). For a thinner sauce, do not remove any fruit before pureeing.

Mayer Lemon & Basil Sorbet

As a consumer, my weakness is novelty. Instead of growing red tomatoes, I grow purple ones; instead of listening to No Doubt in junior high, I was obsessed with Pavement. I’ve always been slightly contrarian by nature and I think my appreciation for all things new and different stems from that.

When it comes to citrus fruit, this time of year is pretty good for novelty. I’m not much of a citrus eater the rest of the year, but winter is different. There’s Satsumas and Minneolas and Blood Oranges and they’re all readily available and affordable. And unlike regular oranges and tangerines, I like these kinds of citrus.

When I saw Meyer lemons at the grocery store, I knew I wanted to try making a sorbet with them. Their deep yellow rind was so bright and cheerful and it made the regular lemons a few bins away look so boring and blah.

The darker rind comes from the fact that Meyer lemons originated by crossing lemons with oranges. Although the appeal of Meyer lemons is that they’re sweeter and less acidic than regular lemons, I’ve found that they’re still a little too sour for my tastes.

So yes, there’s lots of sugar in this recipe. Not only is it needed to balance the tartness of the lemon juice, but also keep in mind that freezing anything will dull the flavor; the sweetness of the sorbet mixture is toned down once it’s frozen.

If you’re put off by the inclusion of basil in this recipe, don’t be–the basil is infused into the simple syrup, so it only imparts a little hint of flavor.

On the other hand, if you’d like to intensify the basilyness (it’s a word if I say it is!), try adding Thai basil instead or simply cut the basil leaves into ribbons before immersing them in the syrup and don’t strain the syrup before combining it with the lemon juice.

The sad thing about this Meyer Lemon & Basil Sorbet is that it’s totally perfect for summer, but you have to make it when Meyer lemons are in season, in the middle of winter. But really, you should buy them while you can–they are tasty.

Meyer Lemon & Basil Sorbet

Prep Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 6

A sweet and tart basil-infused Meyer lemon sorbet. Substitute regular lemons if Meyer lemons are not available.

Ingredients

  • 2 c. water
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. basil leaves, packed
  • 1 c. fresh Meyer lemon juice (from about 6 lemons)
  • 2 tbsp. Meyer lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Combine water and sugar in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, whisking often. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes, continuing to whisk, until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add basil leaves to syrup and cool to room temperature. Once mixture has cooked, transfer to a large bowl and cover. Place syrup in refrigerator and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. Strain syrup through sieve to remove basil; squeeze out remaining liquid from basil leaves and discard. Whisk lemon juice and zest into basil syrup.
  4. Add lemon-basil mixture to ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Once sorbet is solid, transfer to an airtight container and freeze for at least 2 hours before serving.
uncooked fettucini with garlic

Wild Mushroom Fettucini with Smoked Apple Sage Sausage

uncooked fettucini with garlic

After reading about Back to the Roots mushroom growing kits on several blogs, I decided to buy one when they were offered as a deal on Heartsy. Having had so little luck in my square foot gardening efforts, I figured that I’d try my hand at growing mushrooms.

Mushrooms grow on trees! They grow on our lawn after rain! Mushrooms are everywhere! You can’t not grow mushrooms!

Well, yes and no. I managed to get two crops out of my mushroom kit, but they were a little bit stunted because the first crop came when the air conditioning was on and the second was when we started turning on the heat.

Mushrooms need dampness and even with my obsessive misting, the mushrooms kind of dried out (as you can see in the picture below). Bummer.

But still, I got some oyster mushrooms out of the deal, so that was awesome. This is what I made with my second crop. Earthy mushrooms meet sweet-and-savory vegetarian sausage and wine-braised leeks–delicious! Feel free to substitute any kind of mushrooms or sausage that you like.

Wild Mushroom Fettucini with Smoked Apple Sage Field Roast Sausage

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4

A hearty vegetarian pasta dish with wine-braised leeks, wild mushrooms, and crumbled Smoked Apple Sage sausage

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. whole wheat fettucini, cooked according to package
  • 2 large leeks, halved lengthwise, cut into 1 inch pieces and rinsed thoroughly to remove grit (use the light green and white parts only!)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 c. white wine
  • 4 oz. oyster mushrooms, coarsely chopped
  • 8 oz. button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 Smoked Apple Sage Field Roast sausages, crumbled
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add leeks and 1/4 c. wine. Cover and cook 7-8 minutes.
  2. Add mushrooms and remaining wine. Cook about 8 minutes more, stirring frequently, until mushrooms are just beginning to brown. Add crumbled sausage to pan and cook 2-3 more minutes.
  3. Add fettucini to pan and toss. Season with salt and pepper.
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Vegetarian Chicken Noodle Soup

bowl of homemade soup

Whenever the weather goes back and forth between cooler days and warm ones, I find myself getting sick. I don’t know what it is about this kind of temperature fluctuation that makes me sick–I guess my body is just a big ol’ wuss about everything?

We’ve been getting that kind of weather lately, and like clockwork, I’ve started getting pressure in my sinuses and a near-constant sore throat. Obviously, there’s only one solution for my health woes: ice cream chicken noodle soup.

So how does one go about making vegetarian chicken noodle soup? Well, in the past, I’ve avoided this question entirely by purchasing Amy’s canned no-chicken noodle soup. But I really felt like homecooked soup this time.

I adapted my recipe from Tyler Florence’s Chicken Noodle Soup, mostly because it was the first result when I Googled. (I’m so lazy, right? Normally I don’t do this, but for something like chicken noodle soup, I figured there really couldn’t be too many variations, right?)

I thought about using seitan in place of the chicken, but went with tofu instead. By freezing the tofu first, it gives it a nice chewy texture–don’t skip this step! I also reduced the amount of noodles to cut calories a little. To replace the chicken broth, I used a chickenless chicken broth–you can find these at most natural food stores. (Oh, and if you want to make vegan chicken noodle soup, use noodles that aren’t made with eggs.)

Clearly tofu is not chicken, but the texture comes pretty close to the chicken bits in canned soup. (I guess that’s not exactly a ringing endorsement?) This might not be chicken noodle soup like your grandma makes it, but it’s pretty darn close.

Vegetarian Chicken Noodle Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 8

A vegetarian chicken noodle soup recipe adapted from a (non-vegetarian) recipe by Tyler Florence.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 medium carrots, sliced
  • 4 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1-14 oz. package extra-firm tofu, frozen overnight, thawed, pressed for 30 minutes, and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 8 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 quarts no-chicken broth
  • 12 oz. dried wide egg noodles
  • 1/2 c. fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, carrots, celery, thyme and bay leaf. Cook and stir for 3 minutes; add tofu. Cook for an additional 5 minutes or until vegetables are softened, but not browned.
  2. Add broth and bring to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling, add egg noodles and simmer for 8 minutes. (The noodles will be slightly undercooked, but don’t worry–they’ll continue cooking after removed from heat. This way, the noodles won’t be mushy.)
  3. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with parsley before serving.

Bale & Twine Giveaway

If you’re a regular reader of The Type A Housewife, you know how much I love handmade items. Although I am a fan of everything handmade, I have a special place in my heart for handmade bath products. Rather than going to the supermarket and purchasing a bar of soap that’s full of chemicals, preservatives and artificial fragrance to make it smell like lemon or lavender, isn’t it so much better to get handcrafted soap that’s made with actual lemon or actual lavender? Wouldn’t your rather put your hard earned money in the pocket of an artisan soapmaker instead of a giant corporation with a CEO that probably makes a gazillion dollars a year? I hope the answer to both of these questions is a resounding “YES!”

When Bale & Twine contacted me to do a review, I looked at their website and immediately knew that their products would not disappoint. Bale & Twine is all about spreading the handmade love–whether it’s Baregoods handcrafted jewelry, Baresuds handcut soaps, handpoured soy candles (are you sensing a theme here?), or artwork, Bale & Twine has a wide range of goods sure to please any connoisseur of all things handmade.

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For the purposes of this review, I was given the opportunity to try Evelyn’s Cocomint, Coconut Orange with Shea Butter, Lemon Bar with Shea Butter, and Spiced Ginger Pear with Shea Butter Baresuds soaps. I was also sent a tube of Pink Spearmint Joy lip balm. Hello, handmade loveliness!

It’s hard to choose a favorite soap–it’s like choosing a favorite child, you know? They all have something you love about them. But just like children, there’s always one that you love a little bit more. (In my family, that was me. Of course!) For me, the clear favorite was the Spiced Ginger Pear. It smells of fall and comfort and vanilla. My husband, never one to be terribly impressed by bath products, loved the way this one smells too and I fear I may have to share it with him.

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The other Baresuds soaps that I tried were fabulous as well. Evelyn’s Cocomint has the rich smell of real cocoa and feels just as decadent on the skin. Evelyn, in case you were wondering, is the name of the goat whose milk is used in these soaps. Thanks, Evelyn! Two of my favorite scents are coconut and orange, so clearly Coconut Orange with Shea Butter is a winner in my book. The Lemon Bar smells like happiness–yes, things can smell like emotions, it’s true! This bar is perfect for hanging out sinkside–the shea butter is just fantastic for dry hands and the lemon scent is one that everyone loves. Being a lip balm addict (Google it–it’s a thing), I naturally appreciated the Pink Spearmint Joy lip balm. I liked the unique shape of the tube and the spearmint flavor reminded me of my favorite gum. It came packaged in a cute little bag, ready for gifting!

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And this is another reason why I love handmade bath and beauty products: they make great gifts. If you gave someone a bar of Dial for their birthday, they may think you’re sending them a rather unkind message. But who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive a gift basket full of delights like Citrus Souffle and Hot Geranium soap? Bale & Twine is a great website for gifts that say, “I bought you something special and unique because you are special and unique!”

Speaking of gifts, with Father’s Day right around the corner, why not try something different and decidedly upscale for your dad this year? Lately bath and grooming products for men have become all the rage, so instead of gifting your father with another boring tie, how about a Baresuds soap duo from Bale & Twine with scents like Evelyn’s Peppermint Lift and Green Machine? If this sounds like a good idea to you, you’re in luck, because the fine folks at Bale & Twine are giving away this exact Baresuds soap duo to one Type A Housewife reader. Give it to dad or keep it for yourself–your choice!

Where can you buy it?

You can buy Baresuds soaps and other Bale & Twine products on baleandtwine.com.

…but you can win it here too!

Bale & Twine has generously offered to give one Type A Housewife reader a Baresuds soap duo that includes bars of Green Machine and Evelyn’s Peppermint Lift. Awesome, right? Follow the instructions below for your chance to win.

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How To Enter

Enter a separate comment for each method of entry. Do the mandatory entry first–if your email address isn’t in your Blogger profile, include it in this comment. Please know that I will delete comments that don’t answer the mandatory entry question. Comments like “this is great,” “enter me,” etc. will be deleted, as will daily and hourly tweets.

Mandatory Entry: Go to the Bale & Twine website and tell me another item you’d love to try!

Bonus Entries:

  • “Like” Bale & Twine on Facebook. +1
  • Follow Bale & Twine on Twitter. +1
  • Follow me on Google Friend Connect (see sidebar). +1
  • Follow me on Twitter (@ohkeeka). +1
  • “Like” The Type A Housewife on Facebook. +1
  • Subscribe to my blog via reader or email (see sidebar). You can do both of these, but you only get one entry. +1
  • Tweet about this giveaway ONCE (not daily, not hourly) +1: RT @ohkeeka #Win a handmade Baresuds soap duo from Bale & Twine on The Type A Housewife http://bit.ly/jJxnNy #giveaway

Things You Should Know:

  • One winner will receive a Baresuds soap duo from Bale & Twine.
  • Entry open to anyone 18 years of age and over.
  • Open to those in the US only.
  • Giveaway ends on Tuesday, May 31 at 9pm CST.
  • Winner will be chosen via random.org
  • Because I know emails can get lost in the ether, I will email the winner twice. If I don’t hear from you within 24 hours of the first email, I’ll try again. If, after 48 hours, I still haven’t heard from you, another winner will be chosen.
  • Winner will be announced in a separate post on my blog.
  • I will check to make sure the winner did not cheat by entering under multiple accounts/email addresses. So really, don’t even try it. Cheating is not a good look.
  • Disclosure: I received a sample from Bale & Twine to facilitate this review, but all opinions are my own–I only review products on my blog that I truly love and recommend to my readers. No monetary compensation has been received.

Thank you to Bale & Twine for sponsoring this giveaway!

Party Approved Pancakes

These aren’t just for kids….these are adult approved!!

Fighting Migraines with Magnesium + No-Bake Molasses Bites Recipe

Fighting Migraines with Magnesium + No-Bake Molasses Bites Recipe

Making No-Bake Molasses Bites
Since mentioning my migraines on my blog, a few people have told me that I should try taking magnesium for them. So is it true that magnesium can help prevent migraines? According to Google (which is where you should get all your health information from, don’t you know!), the answer is maybe. Which is good enough for me!

Many migraine sufferers have been found to have low levels of magnesium. Magnesium is an essential nutrient for many of our body’s functions, so it makes sense that when you’re lacking it, things will go wonky. In two double-blind studies, magnesium supplements were found to reduce the frequency of migraines. The catch is that magnesium supplements need to be taken in a specific ratio to calcium. (By the way, I’m not a doctor–don’t take magnesium supplements without consulting yours first.)

I’m always a little bit reluctant when it comes to supplements (many make me feel nauseated when I take them), so I decided that before going the supplement route, I’d try eating more foods that are naturally high in magnesium–foods that I should be eating more of anyway. So what are some foods that are high in magnesium? Well, I’m glad you asked!

High Magnesium Foods

  • Pepitas (156 mg per ounce)
  • Sesame Seeds (101 mg per ounce)
  • Sunflower Seeds (37 mg per ounce)
  • Brazil Nuts (107 mg per ounce)
  • Cashews (77 mg per ounce)
  • Almonds (76 mg per ounce)
  • Dates (63 mg per cup)
  • Wheat Bran (354 mg per cup)
  • Oat Bran (235 mg per cup)
  • Dark Chocolate (95 mg per 100 grams)
  • Flax Seeds (32 mg per tablespoon)
  • Molasses (816 mg per cup)
  • Soy Nuts (392 mg per cup)

As much as I’d like to be the type that snacks on nuts and seeds all day, I’m not. I decided to devise a snack that would pack a large amount of magnesium in a small package. And hence, my No-Bake Molasses Bites were born. Here’s how to make them:

Nuts & Seeds in Food ProcessorYou’ll need 1 cup of seeds, nuts, and/or bran. Use whatever you have on hand and whatever you find tastiest. Dump them into your food processor and process them until they have the consistency of coarse sand.

Tahini & Dates in Food ProcessorPour the ground nuts and seeds into a bowl. Now put 1/4 cup of dates (about 4 or 5) into your food processor and pulse until chopped. Add 2 tablespoons of tahini (made from sesame seeds–more magnesium!), 2 tablespoons of blackstap molasses, and seed/nut mixture.

No-Bake Molasses Bites MixtureProcess that until it’s well-mixed. You’ll know it’s ready when you can reach in and form a ball with the mixture and it doesn’t crumble apart. Add more molasses or tahini as needed if your mixture is not binding well.

Coating No-Bake Molasses Bites in CocoaNow form your Molasses Bites. You should be able to make about 15 of them. Pour about 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder on a plate and roll your bites in it until they’re coated. Brush off any excess cocoa powder.

No-Bake Molasses BitesYeah, I know. They’re ugly. But they taste good! And they’re full of migraine-fighting magnesium. (Well, I hope it’s migraine fighting. I’ve eaten them for three days now and haven’t had a migraine yet. Fingers crossed…)

25 Grocery Server Review Giveaway

I’m always looking for ways to simplify my grocery shopping experience. I’ve downloaded a number of different apps and tried just about every method under the sun for finding and organizing coupons. When you’re on a budget and when you’re working with a meal plan, as I am, grocery shopping begins before you even leave the home–there’s a lot of preparation involved!

About a month ago, I was contacted by Grocery Server and asked to try using their website for some of my recipes. I will admit, I was skeptical at first–I have had a few websites contact me with similar requests, and I always ended up turning them down because I felt that what they were offering wasn’t something I’d use or that I’d care to share with my readers. The idea behind Grocery Server is that it allows you to generate a grocery list complete with local deals and coupons already built in–it essentially shaves off all that time spent looking through your local sales papers and doing coupon matching. List items can be entered in any order and Grocery Server will sort them according to supermarket aisle.

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Enter the items on your list…
 

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…view organized list, deals, and coupons!

For bloggers who write recipe posts, there’s another benefit–you can make customized links with your recipe ingredients. Your readers can click on the links and see if any of the ingredients are on sale locally or if there are coupons for them available. And, if they do decide to make the recipe, they can either print the list and bring it with them or look at the mobile version on their phone while in store. You may have noticed a few of my latest recipes have linked to Grocery Server. I like that it can be done inconspicuously–in case you haven’t noticed, I’m not really big on having ads on my blog!

Since Grocery Server is still in its beta stage, there are a few hiccups. Not all of my local grocery stores are represented on the website and I sometimes have issues with some of the more uncommon ingredients I use in my recipes. Still, I do find this website really useful and I especially like the mobile version. I have an iPhone and the other grocery list app I have is a bit of a pain to use–Grocery Server is much more user-friendly.

Where can you find it?

You can generate your own grocery list and find local deals on groceryserver.com.

…and how about some extra money for your next grocery trip?

To help get the word out about their website, Grocery Server has offered to give one Type A Housewife reader a $25 gift card to the grocery store of his or her choice. Awesome, right? Follow the instructions below for your chance to win.

How To Enter

Enter a separate comment for each method of entry. Do the mandatory entry first–if your email address isn’t in your Blogger profile, include it in this comment. Please know that I will delete comments that don’t answer the mandatory entry question, so comments like “this is great,” “enter me,” etc. will be deleted.

Mandatory Entry: Visit the Grocery Server website and find a coupon for your favorite healthy snack. Tell me the item name and the dollar amount of the coupon. (Enter “coupons” in the My List box, click on “Find Local Savings,” and click on “Show More” in the Printable Coupon section.)

Bonus Entries:

  • “Like” Grocery Server on Facebook. +1
  • Follow me on Google Friend Connect (see sidebar). +1
  • Follow me on Twitter (@ohkeeka). +1
  • “Like” The Type A Housewife on Facebook. +1
  • Subscribe to my blog via reader or email (see sidebar). You can do both of these, but you only get one entry. +1
  • Tweet about this giveaway ONCE (not daily, not hourly) +1: RT @ohkeeka #Win a $25 grocery store gift card on The Type A Housewife http://bit.ly/fbNflr #giveaway

Things You Should Know:

  • One winner will receive a $25 grocery store gift card.
  • Entry open to anyone 18 years of age and over.
  • Open to those in the US only.
  • Giveaway ends on Monday, May 2 at 9pm CST.
  • Winner will be chosen via random.org
  • Because I know emails can get lost in the ether, I will email the winner twice. If I don’t hear from you within 24 hours of the first email, I’ll try again. If, after 48 hours, I still haven’t heard from you, another winner will be chosen.
  • Winner will be announced in a separate post on my blog.
  • I will check to make sure the winner did not cheat by entering under multiple accounts/email addresses. So really, don’t even try it. Cheating is not a good look.
  • Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation from Grocery Server in order to write this post–I really just like their website. I only review products and services on my blog that I truly love and recommend to my readers.

Thank you to Grocery Server for sponsoring this giveaway!

Handmade Linky Giveaway

Handmade giveaways are my favorite giveaways! Unfortunately, there aren’t many places to find and list them. I decided to set up this linky for handmade and Etsy giveaways as an experiment. I’ll give it a few months to catch on–if it’s a massive failure (oh, I hope it won’t be!) I’ll delete this page and we shan’t speak of it again. Agreed?

All giveaways listed here should either be handmade, upcycled, vintage (I know vintage isn’t necessarily handmade, but my linky my rules!), or from Etsy sellers. If you add something that doesn’t fall into any of these categories, I will delete it–there are a lot of linkies out there that you can use for non-handmade items! Hundreds of them, in fact.

Please add links to your handmade and Etsy giveaways below. Use the following format:

Blog Name – Giveaway Prize – End Date

This is an ongoing linky, so you only have to link-up once. I will delete giveaways as they expire. Since this linky is new, I would so appreciate it if you’d tweet about it, blog about it, post about it in Facebook, whatever! You can grab the button for it too.

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If you haven’t already done so already, the best place to link up your handmade giveaways is the Etsy Giveaways blog. And if you like to enter handmade giveaways? Etsy Giveaways will definitely be your new favorite blog!

Rely on Yourself

A growing number of individuals are looking to raise chickens within their backyard, as they wish to enjoy a far more sustainable way of living. Another benefit of heading this route is recognizing just what the birds happen to be consuming and how they are being reared. Combine this step along with a backyard garden and the undertaking becomes easier. There is no concern about what the poultry are actually consuming, because they may obtain many vitamins and minerals by simply roaming the backyard, not to mention their meals could be supplemented together with store bought products, when required. Before dashing off to purchase chickens, nonetheless, find out if they will be authorized in your area. When they are not, it’s time to begin a wave and join with others to modify neighborhood laws and regulations. Lots of people across the country accomplished just this with great success. Be informed on recommended modifications in your area concerning horticulture, nurturing birds and much more, and advocate for a self sustainable way of living. This can be achieved. Allen Baler (allenbaler.com) supplies more info on how to be a lot more self reliant, so make sure you visit his site right now. Anybody can depend less on others and more on themselves. It is really an issue of obtaining the correct skills, and his site is a great place to acquire this information.