Simple Lives Thursday #79

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Announcement… please re-read the guidelines for submission (below) so you can be sure your post matches the spirit and theme of this blog hop. Please do not submit giveaway posts. Also, please remember to link your post to one of the host blogs!

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 (for the time being, due to hosts taking breaks):

Featured Posts from Last Week’s Submissions

SLT Featured Post Badge

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. Homestead Decor: DIY Chicken Wire Frame by Prairie Homestead. A totally cute rustic re-do for an old frame!

2. Trusting a Plan… or how to make needle felted coasters by A Seed Inspired. Not only a tutorial on how to make needle felted coasters, but lovely insights into how God leads us according to His plan.

3. Planning to Preserve in the Coming Year – Part 1 of 3 by Foy Update. Foy shares her preserving plans for this coming year and encouragment for others to do the same.

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 host blogs!

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

These are three 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.

3. No giveaway away or otherwise primarily advertising oriented posts. Keep your topics to fit our simple living theme of “consume less, produce more.” We will delete posts that don’t fit.

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

    Hi Wardee,
    I shared my video for making homemade yogurt (SCD/GAPS) and a guest post about gluten-free sourdough baking. Also a video for making Lacto-Fermented Beet Kvass. Lastly, as article about the benefits of sourdough leavening.

    Join me in my Probiotic Foods Challenge starting January 9 at Real Food Forager!

    And link up your cultured and fermented foods here!
    Thanks for hosting!

  2. says

    Whoo! Thanks so much for featuring my DIY Chicken Wire Frame!
    The post I’m linking up this week is a continuation of the series and includes more rustic decorating ideas. Have a great Thursday!

  3. says

    Hi Wardee,

    Thanks for hosting! This week I am sharing my personal goals for 2012, and I am calling them goals rather than resolutions, because so many fail at resolutions. I am also encouraging people to strive for things that are realistic and within their reach, so as to not create more stress.

  4. says

    As the temp’s dip down again this week reminding me it actually IS winter here in Nebraska, I made an awesome find of some grass-fed beef soup bones in my deep freeze! So, naturally, I wanted to roast them and make a soup right away: Thanks for hosting!

  5. says

    Howdy! Today I shared a recipe for Veggie Enchiladas. To keep the dish lower in sodium, we make each component- tortillas, cheese, sauce, and beans- ourselves. It seems like a lot of work, but is truly worth it. Thanks for hosting!

  6. says

    Thanks for hosting! I linked to a post today about baking your own bread and included links to recipes for double-rise commercial yeast, Dutch oven breads, sourdough breads and a have a brief tutorial on how to catch your own starter!

  7. says

    Thanks for hosting, Wardee.

    Today I linked up the second post in my “Getting Started” series, “New to Home Food Preservation – Start Here” –

    I was blessed today with a surfeit of garden seeds from a neighbor, more than I could possibly use myself. (Her son works at a store that was clearing out back inventory.) Looking forward to sharing the bounty. :-) It feels a bit like Christmas.


  8. says

    Thanks for hosting! I’m sharing my Top 10 Health Posts and Rich Coffee Substitute! I think I’ve got a really nice recipe down for those who’d like to try to get off of caffeine!

  9. says

    Thank you so much for hosting this delightful linky!

    I have entered a post close to my heart this week #102 Brainpower Smoothie.
    My eldest daughter is a little stressed and overworked as her final school exams approach and I really wanted to help her. I spent time researching which foods would help her to concentrate for many hours at a time, and also memory. only choosing ingredients that had been scientifically proven to be effective in boosting brainpower I concocted the ultimate brain food recipe AND IT WORKS, IT REALLY DOES! My daughter found improvements in her ability to think, almost straight away and I just had to share this with you. In the post I have detailed why I have included each ingredient as well as the Brainpower Smoothie recipe. It would be great if you’d pop over and leave a comment on my comment luv x


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