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a bowl of eggs

Why Are My Chickens Laying Soft Shelled Eggs

Most backyard chicken keepers will, at some point, discover an unusual egg in the coop. The most common egg oddities are either thin shelled eggs or soft shelled eggs, sometimes called rubber eggs. So what do you do when you discover one? And is it safe to eat the egg?

easy home lunches for kids includes chicken salad on a bed of lettuce

Easy Home Lunches For Kids

With so many people choosing to homeschool or do virtual learning this year and others who have no choice but to do school at home, I thought I would post a bunch of easy home lunches for kids that you can make or fix in just a few minutes. The

freezer salsa served with tortilla chips

Easy Freezer Salsa

Use your homegrown tomatoes to make this delicious easy freezer salsa. Because you are freezing this recipe, you can make this salsa your very own by adding or subtracting ingredients. Please Note: This recipe is NOT suitable for canning! Why Make Freezer Salsa? One reason that I don’t like most

3 jars of refrigerator dill pickles

Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Do you find yourself harvesting too many cucumbers from the garden? But what if you aren’t prepared to can pickles. Well, I have an easy solution…Make refrigerator dill pickles. They are easy to make and will keep in your refrigerator for several months. To get the crunchiest pickles, I recommend

a container of lettuce and carrots

Fall Container Garden Vegetables

Do you think it’s too late to grow a garden this year? Think again. Fall is the perfect time to start a container vegetable garden. With less bugs to contend with and cooler weather, growing fall container garden vegetables can be very enjoyable. And I actually find growing a fall

canning and preserving supplies

The Best Canning and Preserving Supplies

If you want to preserve some homegrown produce this summer, there are some canning and preserving supplies you need. Depending on what you are preserving, you may need either a water bath canner or a pressure canner. I also want to preface this post by saying that some of these


Hey there! I’m Julie B. I want to help you learn to be a bit more self-sufficient, no matter where you live. From growing your own food to DIY projects for yourself or others, I’m here to help you learn a few new skills. I’ll show you how to raise chickens in your backyard or grow a small container garden. Even if you live in the city, you can grow a few herbs or make your own lip balm. Let’s cultivate a good life…wherever we live.