Simple Lives Thursday #53

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The Simple Lives Thursday Blog Hop

Welcome to Simple Lives Thursday, a blog hop dedicated to simple living. “Consume less, produce more. ” So many topics fit: Gardening, raising animals, cooking from scratch, real food, natural cleaners, sewing, recycling, thrifting, a mindset of simplicity, saving a buck…

This blog hop is hosted by:

NEW! SLT TweetChat

There’s a lot of great stuff in the works for our first twitter chat, commemorating one year of Simple Lives Thursday. Please save this date!

Tuesday, July 26th at 2:30-3:30pm Pacific Time / 4:30-5:30pm Central Time.

Our hashtag for the event will be #simplelives. We’ve got some great giveaways during the chat: a poster from Annette, homemade granola from Alicia, “The Herbal Kitchen” book by Kami McBride, a Punk Domestics t-shirt, and the grand prize is a 6-month membership to the classes at GNOWFGLINS eCourse.

Make sure to follow the hosts of Simple Lives on Twitter to stay in the loop!

Alicia — @culinarybliss
Annette — @SustainableEat
Diana — @dianabauman
Mare –- @marebeard
Wardee –- @WardeeHarmon

After our twitter chat, we’ll be hosting one giveaway per month to our featured posts bloggers. So link up and continue to inspire us for another year to come!

Featured Posts from Last Week’s Submissions

SLT Featured Post Badge

For our featured posts, please grab the badge above and display it on your site! Link it to one of the host blogs’ posts for that specific week that you were featured.

1. Cooking With Heritage Breed Chickens by Homemade Alaska. This is a great guide on raising heritage breed chickens for meat as people did in days past.

2. Lavender Vinegar by The Purposed Heart. At least one of us, and probably more, can’t wait to try this as a rinse for laundry AND hair. So simple and easy!

3. Canning CSA & Zucchini Relish by Little Blog on the Prairie. A great recipe and fantastic concept!

4. Homemade Bag Balm by Prairie Sunrise. Marg decided to make her own bag balm to save money and avoid petroleum based commercial bag balms. She says it was easy and cheap and we believe it!

5. Varicose Veins — What To Do Naturally by Jo’s Health Corner. Jo covers a broad range of natural treatments for mild to severe varicose veins.

Share Your Simple Lives Thursday Post

Bloggers, make a “Simple Lives Thursday” post on your own blog, then come back here to add your post to the linky box below the featured posts. If you don’t have a picture, feel free to download the Simple Lives Thursday banner (at top of post) and upload it using the script’s prompts (it is easy). Your post will appear on all five blogs!

Non-bloggers, feel free to add a comment here with any ideas or thoughts about simple living.

These are two simple guidelines for participation:

1. If linking real, traditional and simple recipes, please make sure all ingredients used are whole — such as whole grains, vegetables, legumes, meats, even sugar. In order to keep the integrity of “nourishing” food, we will delete any recipes that utilize processed, boxed foods. We are definitely not going to be ingredient policemen! But, please note that this is a hop hosted by advocates of the real, local and sustainable food movements.

2. Please link your posts back to one of the hosting blogs. This is a common blog hop courtesy. This link helps build the Simple Lives Thursday community by sending your readers to all of the other participants’ posts. We all end up sharing and learning from each other.

What will you share this week? We all look forward to your submissions!

If reading this via email, visit this post to see the list of linked blogs.

This post may contain affiliate links. We only recommend products and services we wholeheartedly endorse. Thank you for supporting Traditional Cooking School by GNOWFGLINS with your purchases. Our family thanks you!


  1. says

    Thanks for hosting, and can’t wait to see the Live Twitter Party!

    This week I shared a post about our homegrown peaches and a catbird, plus a canning recipe for Honey Spiced Peaches.

  2. says

    Thanks for hosting this! I added a post about all of the things I’ve been “cooking” in my kitchen! I have lots of different ferments and other things going on.

  3. says

    Hello, Wardah.

    I just shared an article about harvesting pennycress seeds along with a recipe for traditional Lithuanian skilandis — a dried sausage flavored with pennycress seeds.

    Hope you enjoy it!


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