Halloween Candy Coupons

Halloween Candy

Need to buy candy for your trick-or-treaters? Here are some coupons to lessen the blow to your wallet:



Want to save even more?

Then, skip the candy tradition all together, and do what I do.

Thanksgiving Dinner Checklist

Thanksgiving Dinner Checklist

Hosting Thanksgiving this year? Use my Thanksgiving dinner checklist to stay on top of all the preparations, so you don’t overlook any important details or find yourself running around at the last minute.

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The Scoop on Molting

We have things we do to get our chickens ready for winter, and so do they.

Molting Chicken

Now that the days are getting shorter, they’re busy molting, so they’ll have a fresh set of feathers to help them stay warm. A couple weeks back their feathers started to fall out. Notice how thinned out this hen’s feathers look. You can clearly see the white down underlayer that’s usually completely hidden from view. It isn’t pretty, but it’s a lot prettier than the next step … [Read more...]

Beef & Butternut Squash Chili

Beef and Butternut Squash Chili

Butternut squash is a fall staple in our house, so is chili. It was only natural, then, that the two would eventually end up in the same bowl. And let me just say, the results are crazy good. Butternut squash chili is delicious; it’s colorful; and it’s loaded with all sorts of good-for-you stuff. This is the kind of meal that you’ll want to add to your regular rotation because it comes together quickly and leaves you with leftovers for the next day.

Butternut Squash Chili

Prep Time:

Cook Time:


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • Half of a butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 14 oz. beef broth
  • (2) cans kidney beans, drained
  • (1) 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp chili power (2 Tbsp if you like heat)
  • 1-1/2 tsp cumin
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt to taste

What You Do:

Brown the Meat and Cook Peppers and Onions Until Soft

Brown the ground beef in a large pot. Drain the fat. Then, add the peppers and onions, and cook until soft.

Pot of Butternut Squash Chili

Add the rest of the ingredients, and bring the pot to a boil. Then, reduce the heat to medium and cook until the butternut squash is soft (about 25-30 minutes).

Beef and Butternut Squash Chili

Serve with sour cream, cheese or your favorite chili toppings.

Weekend Homestead: Week 1

The kids were out on fall break last week, so we loaded a U-Haul with tools and building supplies, and headed up to our new weekend homestead to get started on the renovations. I had big hopes of getting the cabin closed in on this trip, but the weather had other plans for us. It pretty much poured the entire time we were there. So, we tweaked our plans, and we still managed to get quite a bit done. Here’s a look at our progress:

Cabin - Before

This is what the front of the cabin looked like a week ago.

Cabin - Week 1

And here’s what it looks like now, after bush hogging and the first wave of construction.

Front Door

Direct your eye to the right end of the cabin, and you’ll see that we have a new front window. But wait; that’s not all … [Read more...]