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Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Frugal, Simple Staircase Remodel

Back in early February, when John was going on his 8th week in Arkansas, I got antsy. If any of you have a spouse who travels for long periods of time, you know what I mean. 

I get this feeling to tear shit apart and change things. 

I blame this on a genetic trait from my sweet Grandma Carol, who tackles a home improvement project or a furniture shopping spree every time my Grandpa Steve leaves the farm. She does this all by herself. I swear, the gal doesn't sleep! She's always moving and so busy. I am so much like her in this aspect, it's a little odd. 

So, you know, John is gone for nearly 8 weeks, and I was eyeballin' my carpeted staircase and thought to myself, "Self, you can do it. Just tear that carpet up. Do it. DO IT!"

So I did it

Conveniently, my mom and dad were coming to town (we live about an hour away from them) to get some bee keeping supplies. I was able to enlist their help pulling up carpet staples for an hour. After I tore the carpet up and we pulled all those staples out, this is what I saw: 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Mostly Homemade Mondays - Week 129 + URBAN HOMESTEAD MEAL PLAN!

Are you ready for this week's meal plan and blog hop? Remember, in the meal plan some items are bolded, which indicates a homegrown or local item from our urban homestead. We have leftovers for lunch, and we rarely have desserts. Many times on weekends our lunches include eggs from the ladies. 
  • Monday - Grilled jalapeƱo cheddar brats with baked beans
  • Tuesday - Cheese ravioli with vegetarian tomato sauce
  • Wednesday - Smooshed taters with scrambled eggs and glazed pears
  • Thursday - Veggie kabobs (mushrooms, onions, pineapple, bell pepper) and seasoned basmati rice
  • Friday - Barbecued pork spare ribs and steamed broccoli
  • Saturday - Eco Fest! We'll eat there, in between talking with folks about chickens and all things 'urban homesteading'. 
  • Sunday - Family dinner with in-laws. We'll hash out a menu via text. 
Anyway, on to the party:

Mostly Homemade Mondays is a series for people that are on a journey to better living, via healthier eating and a more natural lifestyle. We realize that there are different paths that we all take to get to that place, and this bloghop celebrates that. Whether you’re a seasoned raw foodist who has banned all things unnatural, or a rookie who is starting out by cutting out junk food, we’d love to hear from you! Link up with your favorite recipes, projects, crafts, or rants and raves.

The Hosts:

Homemade Mondays will open every Monday. You have until Thursday to make your submissions. We will share our favorite posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and shout it from the rooftops.
  • Link up. Use the submission form below to add your blog posts to our gallery below. You can add as many links as you’d like, as long as they’re on topic. 
  • What’s eligible? Recipes, crafts, DIY projects, gardening, fitness, green ideas or just plain old advice. We’re pretty open.
  • Tell us about yourselves. Leave a comment telling us a little about your site and what you’ve shared. Of course this isn’t mandatory, but it’s a good way to stand out.
  • Link back. Share the love by adding a link back to this party with your readers so they can see all of these great ideas as well.
  • Follow our Pinterest board. Remember to check out our Mostly Homemade Mondays Pinterest board where we're pinning some of our favorite posts from the week.
Here was our favorite post from last week: 

A special thanks to Pancake Warriors for linking up Flatbread Pizza with Hummus to Mostly Homemade Mondays! Feel free to grab this "I've Been Featured" button and share the great news with your readers, family, and friends: 
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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Savory Urban Homestead Veggie Quiche

Spring is my favorite season on the urban homestead. I have seedlings emerging under grow lights in the basement, my garlic I planted in the fall is coming up in the garden, and I can finally open the windows and diffuse citrus-y, air purifying essential oils to freshen our home.

If I'm being honest, that only scratches the surface as to why I love spring.

There's this weird aspect of spring, though, that became really clear to me as we started our quest to build an urban homestead. Spring means that the homegrown vegetables and fruits we preserved from the previous year are nearly gone, if not long gone. In our freezer, I might find a stray bag of shredded carrots, or a quart baggie of green beans, and maybe a jar of plain tomato sauce on the pantry shelves.

At the beginning of April I said to myself, "Self, you need to use up the rest of last year's produce to make room for the 2015 bounty. Get creative. And get to cooking."

With an abundance of eggs from the ladies and a few random ingredients lurking in my freezer and pantry, I scoured the internet for a heart vegetarian meal. This was the inspiration for this recipe. After several modifications and adjustments to fit our small family and our tastes, what we found was out of this world!

The crust is buttery and flaky. The eggs springy and moist. The cheese and veggies perfectly compliment each other. Oh my. This is some good stuff.

Here's the recipe for this Savory Urban Homestead Veggie Quiche. 

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