Simple Lives Thursday #61

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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:

Featured Posts from Last Week’s Submissions

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We really enjoy reading your posts each week! Featured post bloggers, please grab the badge above and display it on your site! Link it to one of the host blogs’ posts for the specific week that you were featured.

Here are our picks from last week’s submissions. Thanks to all who participated — it is always hard to choose!

1. Sugar-Free Chocolate Bars by MAID in Alaska. Sweetened with stevia, these coconut oil based chocolate bars look delish!

2. Peanut Butter and Jam Muffins by Happy in Dole Valley. These PB and J muffins are a tasty way to start the day, sure to be loved by kids and adults alike!

3. Top 10 Reasons Why I Use Local Honey by Granola Catholic. These are great reasons to use local honey!

4. What To Do When You Can’t Get Raw Milk by Butter Believer. A very thorough run-down of your dairy choices when you can’t get raw milk.

5. Six Strategies For Super Healthy Lunches Kids Love! by The Nourishing Home. Inspiring ideas to create healthy lunches on the go for the whole family.

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.

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  1. says

    I linked up a recipe for homemade rice pilaf. It is such a simple and delicious side dish. You can add diced veggies in the beginning to be steamed right in the same pot.

    Thanks for allowing me to share!

  2. says

    Thank you for hosting! This week I have shared the following three seasonal farm-to-table recipes that I made last week and two postings:

    zesty cucumber mango soup & salad

    drunken plum salsa

    sultry & spicy corn salad

    Special Announcement

    Living the Raw Life

    Happy cooking!
    The Intentional Minimalist

  3. says

    What a surprise to see my PB & J muffins featured here this morning! Thanks so much; hope you try them ’cause they truly are delish. :) I’m still recovering from my daughter & son-in-law leaving for Oxford yesterday, so this week’s muffin, whole wheat zucchini muffins, will have to be linked up later. Not quite as exciting as the PBJ muffins, but still tasty and, better still, a great way to use some zucchini!

    Blessings, ~Lisa

  4. says

    Thanks for hosting again Wardee. The article from Butter Believer was excellent. She has great points and offered wonderful solutions for those who can’t get fresh milk. Kudos to her!

    I’ve linked up my recipe for Crock Pot Peanut Chicken. If you have children, its’ very easy to adjust the “hot factor.” :-)

  5. says

    I posted about my new site (formerly Project: Family Cookbook) and about me being a Christian, a Mommy, and a Blogger…read on!

    Thanks for hosting!

  6. says

    Hi, Wardee. I just noticed that there are two messages “from me” that I didn’t post. Sorry, I don’t know how posting the two recipes on my own blog translated into two comments here (9/17 at 8:24 and 9/19 at 4:52). However, I did just share my recipe for Lithuanian kugelis with you. Thank you for hosting and have a great week!


  1. […] Ma had sent them ginger-water. She had sweetened the cool well-water with sugar, flavored it with vinegar, and put plenty of ginger to warm their stomachs so they could drink till they were not thirsty. Ginger-water would not make them sick, as plain cold water would when they were so hot. Such a treat made that ordinary day into a special day, the first day that Laura helped in the haying.    The Long Winter I like to make this drink when the girls and I have been working hard in the garden, when it’s hot outside. It’s a perfect way to quench your thirst but without getting an upset stomach like Ma knew. I like to make other times as well because it’s so tasty!   Ginger Thirst Quencher   2 ½ quarts of water 3 inch long, ½ inch wide piece of ginger root, peeled ¼ cup of raw honey ¼ cup apple cider vinegar (with the mother)   In a saucepan bring water to a boil. Add the ginger root and simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and remove the ginger root. Stir in the honey until dissolved. Allow cooling on the counter or in the fridge. Once it is completely cool add the apple cider vinegar and pour into a 2-quart jar or two 1-quart jars. If there is any left over pour into a cup and enjoy right away. Place the jars in the fridge and drink within two weeks.This post is part of Simple Lives Thursday […]

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