Simple Lives Thursday #116

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We have noticed that quite a few blogs are not linking back to one of the Simple Lives Thursday host blogs (see guideline #2, below). If this is you, please realize that this prevents us from choosing you as a featured blog. Thank you for linking back to us!

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. Hot Red Pepper Jelly by Lightly Crunchy.  “I had a few people ask about the recipe for the pepper jelly, so here is my version.”

2. 3 Simple Tips To Plan Your Successful Garden Now For Next Year by “The Farm” Old World Garden Farms. “-It’s the perfect time to plan next year’s garden. Why now? Because everything is fresh in your mind.”

3. Crazy Quilt by Simply Homemaking. “When I began, since I am NOT a quilter, I somehow thought that making a crazy quilt would be easier and faster than making a quilt from a pattern.”

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 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!

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! This week I posted on the recent determination that most Alzheimer’s disease is a form of diabetes and is therefore preventable with diet. I also posted two delicious arugula recipes now that it is in season and a recipe for raw sprouted hummus.

    This Friday, I’m hosting the first Small Footprint Fridays blog link-up! Please stop by and link-up your posts about sustainable, green living!

  2. says

    We all know that a clean diet and fresh whole foods are the foundation of our health. But can you heal your thyroid disease with foods to such extent that you can get completely off or significantly reduce your thyroid medication and be symptoms free?

    A Certified Holistic Health Coach Magdalena Wszelaki does it every day with her clients and shares how to do it in her guest post on the thyroid blog

    I would like to share this life-changing information with you because this interview will change the way how you look at the disease and medication forever.

  3. says

    Happy Thursday! My post this week is about planning ahead for the coming winter and entering into making more of my home remedies. Elderberry tincture is SO simple to make and much cheaper than anything you will find at your natural food market.

  4. says

    Happy Thursday! I’m sharing a recipe for Minty Chocolate Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate Freckles! Mint chocolate chip used to be my favorite store-bought ice cream…but no more thanks to this recipe! Good-bye food coloring, excess sugar, industrial milk, and stabilizers! Hello grass-fed, lightly sweetened, pure minty goodness. :) Thanks for hosting!

  5. says

    This week I shared how to make and can sweet and spicy plum sauce. I also shared a post from my Women in Hunting Series on why it is important to hunt and wild harvest your own meat. Thanks for hosting!

  6. says

    The Hot Pepper jelly you featured looks interesting. Last weekend I tried some strawberry hot pepper jelly. I loved it even though I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to hot peppers.

    I left link #43, for Apple Spice Sausage Patties, a family favorite. It’s cheap to make and versatile. You can leave out the apple to make plain sausage to use in soups and casseroles.

  7. says

    Thanks for hosting! I linked up a recipe for Sprouted Lentil Salad! It’s super yummy and nutritious and if you’ve never sprouted lentils before, they are easy! The other ingredients in the salad can be mixed up – a great way to use up those end-of-the-season veggies!

  8. says

    I just disovered your blog and am very glad that I did. I shared my Carrot Apple Raisin Salad with cinnamon. The raisins are plumped in apple juice so it has the wonderful fall flavor of apples through it.

  9. says

    Hi Wardee,
    Thanks for hosting!
    I started making homemade tomato sauce and paste by roasting tomatoes in the oven and pureeing with a food mill. So simple! And the roasting gives it great flavor.

  10. says

    Hi and thanks for hosting! This week I’m sharing my post 6 Common Cold Remedies that Really Work. Conventional medicine claims that there is no cure for the common cold, and while this may be true, it doesn’t mean your body isn’t perfectly capable of fending off illness when given the right ammunition – the right common cold remedies at the right time.

    Have a great day!


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