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Welcome to my Sustainable addiction! I am a DIY addict, Wife, Mother and Grandmother.  I enjoy sharing my all natural recipes, cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene items, gardening and all things sustainable including my farming.  
We are a family owned, woman run small farm located near the Edisto River in Dorchester County SC.
Our farming operation consists of poultry, quail, eggs, dairy and meat goats. You can buy from us with confidence as we hold a permit from SC to sell Poultry and are also licensed as a Wholesale Egg Distributor.
 
Through our farming practices we provide for our community a variety of Poultry breeds, Heavy dual purpose birds, exotic and ornamental chickens as well as Cortunix Quail that are heat tolerant for our hot SC Summers. 

Whether you are looking for Farm Fresh Eggs, Fertile eggs for hatching (Chicken and Quail), hatchlings, grown birds or Dairy and Meat Goats (seasonal births) we have a large selection of beautiful animals.  
 
We also have Dairy Goats and kids. Current 2017 births so far are 5 kids Nubian / Alpine Saneen cross and 2 Nubian / Toggenburg Cross.
  

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Homemade Disinfecting Wipes~ Reuseable, Green & Natural!

Confession of a DIY homemaker. I have to admit I have always had a love / hate relationship with the "cleaning" aisle in the store. They have so many items, pretty packages and the claims of what they can do to help rid our homes of germs and dirt almost effortlessly!! Then I would look at the cost and wonder, how much is this REALLY going to cost me. What is in that stuff that makes it so valuable? What is in that stuff that is affecting my health? I would splurge on those items occasionally, but always hated that I had spent so much money on them! "I KNOW" It is so easy to think "oh it was only 5.00 dollars"!! It is so Convenient - but what if we have that attitude for 3 items per week - then suddenly that is 15.00 & that turns into 780.00 in a year! The good news is - I do not think there is ANYTHING on the cleaning aisle that you cannot make, cheaper, better and healthier!! Making your own Homemade Disinfecting Wipes is no exception! Making your own reusable wipes is super easy, only pennies on the dollar AND you can keep on saving money for MANY years to come! My DIY Wipes cost me .27 per batch!! - see breakdown below!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Window & Mirror Cleaner - Homemade, Non Streak & ammonia free for .39 cents !

This evening was one of those really nice summer evenings. The breeze was blowing and it was finally cooling off (by SC standards anyway). Except for the last week of highs near 100 this summer has actually been pretty nice. As I walked over to open one of my windows to let some fresh air in it became obvious WHAT recipe I was going to share next LOL - Gross! Where does all that film, fingerprints and nose prints come from on our windows? My german shepherd was clueless as well :) but I could tell she was annoyed that she did not have a clear view LOL.  One of my petpeeves when I clean my windows and mirrors is, why does it always require a couple of wipe downs to get rid of the streaks, even when the label clearly says streak free? Well actually you can make a homemade Window and Mirror Cleaner with items you probably already have in your pantry that cleans off even the grimiest grime and leaves the windows streak free with very little effort on your part ((( LOVE))). To get away from the store bought "stuff" I have used Vinegar and newspapers for years BUT we use a wood burner during the winter and the smoke film would always take a couple of wipe downs to totally get off the streaks. That is what I LOVE about this recipe! It is quick, easy and frugal -! It hit all 3 of my requirements :) You will love it because you probably already have all the ingredients!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Robbers oil - Ya know, what do you call someone who steals "___ oil" :)

Have you ever been looking for one of those recipes everywhere instead of just breaking down and buying the Essential oil blend because you KNOW you have all the ingredients in your stash, you just do not know at what proportion to mix it up? That is the dilemma I have been facing in search of "the secret blend". There is just something about my personality that just will not allow me to give up so easily in search of this "wonder" essential oil blend! I HAVE got to have it! Then suddenly the other night a wonderful thing happened, I stumbled upon this awesome blog and there it was ~ I almost heard angels singing "Halleluluuhaaaa" In ear piercing soprano  :)  Ok that is a little dramatic, but I did hit the jackpot and let's face it ladies, if it is a jackpot in our mind... THAT is all that matters.... (and my husband said amen lol). The best part about this blog is that Jill at the prairie homestead has such a fabulous sense of humor and her writing skills are great!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Flea spray Make your own ~ Naturally

Are you tired of spending your weekends treating your home and pets for flea's that just do not get the idea that they are NOT welcome in your home? ME too! What I really hate is all the chemicals that we subject ourselves and our pets to, just in the name of getting rid of bugs! That is why I dedicated this past weekend to researching and testing my essential oils to combat those nasty little things!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

How to Start a tomato plant from ..... A tomato plant!

I just love to garden and I love to re-purpose items in my home ~ When you combine those to passions, there is NO TELLING what you can come up with! I just seem to look at things differently.... One person See's a coffee can to throw away I see SO many other Things!! Notice the picture on the left. To the "untrained eye", it appears to be an empty coffee creamer,  I see a "perfect" starter pot for my plants LOL, yes I do!! I even recycle the ones from our office AND the coffee containers.... so many uses, so little containers!
So what does this have to do with starting tomato plants from your existing plants (propagating)....... keep reading :)


Update: I thought you would enjoy seeing what these tomato plants now look like 2 months after propogating them: here is the picture of what they have Grown into :

Friday, August 9, 2013

"MAGIC" Rinse aid for Dishwasher ~ How to make your own!

I am so excited to share this with you! I am sure I am not the only one who has struggled with using homemade Dishwasher detergent! Trying to get the perfect balance between clean and spot free! Glass ware seems to be more forgiving than plastics in that dept. A lot of your homemade "recipes" take a lot of tweeking to get that mixture just right and to keep the spots off. Though there are a lot of recipes that are good ~ most just require one to many steps for me, adding vinegar in the rinse water and putting it in the auto dispenser, lemon kool aid.... putting powder in then a few drops of dawn..... It kinda defeats the whole reason why I bought a dishwasher! I want to load it and walk away, I simply do not have enough time in a day for one more "needy" appliance in my life lol ;0)  Notice in the pic even the plastic lid for the container is shining!
That is why I call this little mixture my "MAGIC" rinse aid!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Homemade Laundry powder for Babies & Sensitive Skin

We have a lot of homemade recipes for the family, the one thing that hit me though is, It is hard to find a good "Homemade" laundry detergent for Babies and Sensitive skin. Well that just will not do! Here is a twist on my homemade laundry powder that is specifically for Babies and people with sensitive skin. The cost savings are off the chart with this one as well, especially when compared to the 2 brands that are in the supermarkets designed for Babies. I know a lot of you make your own homemade bar soap so you can add extra savings to the recipe by substituting your soap for the Dove or Ivory.

The best part of this recipe other than it has a crisp clean smell is that it only costs about .02 per load!!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Homemade Laundry Soap - {No grate} Fast & Fabulous!

Is is possible to make laundry soap for .92 cents per gallon and have it wash 64 loads of clothes? YES YOU CAN!! .I want to share with you probably one of my all time favorite Laundry soap recipes, and believe me I have tried quite  a few. Most were good and worked as good as the store bought stuff that costs so much money. I have used the grated soap recipes & love the results, but in the heat of the summer I am NOT heating up my house to make laundry detergent! I needed something that was amazing as I was determined to NOT go back to buying from the store. It needed to be quick to mix up in large quantities and it needed to be cost effective. I have been using this over a year now, and I am just as pleased as the day I started and then rewrote the recipe ;0)

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Make your own Air freshener ~ Naturally

Did you know that Americans will spend upwards of 1.7 BILLION dollars to buy air fresheners this year? That is a staggering number to me, but I do have to admit I am one of those people who just loves walking through gardens. The smells surround you and capture your senses. The smell of oak wood burning in a fireplace, leaves burning or fresh cut grass. The smell of evergreens in the fall or cinnamon and spice remind us the holidays are close by.  That being said, I can certainly understand our addiction to make our homes / cars and offices smell better ;0)  The good news is YOU and I do NOT have to spend that much money, instead we can save our money for more important things..... Like (fill in the blank)


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Deodorant - All natural, fast & frugal ~ NO harmful chemicals!

Homemade Deodorant All natural!
Have you ever thought about what is in your deodorant? Read the label, it has some interesting things there. Items that should not be put ON your body or IN your body. Think about it like this, your skin is the largest organ that your body has. Everything that you put on it is absorbed into your blood stream, then filtered throughout your internal organs, Brain included! Do you really want to be eating aluminum? Did you realize that studies suggest it is tied to Alzheimers Disease? There are numerous studies that suggest it is NOT good for us to use, it is actually a poison to our system - such as,

Thursday, August 1, 2013

My frugal Kitchen Challenge Post #1: Fluffy Pancake Mix - Homemade Old Fashioned

I would like to encourage you to take a challenge! First, take a look at your pantry. How many items do you see that are "pre-packaged"? Boxes of mixes?? Have you ever thought about how much money you spend on those items? Have you ever considered how cheap it is to make it at home yourself? At first it may sound impossible, but once you try it you will be amazed at not only how easy it is, but how little time it will take you if you prepare some basic items ahead of time. I know what you are thinking... I just do not have the time, I undertand! In our hurry up world convenience will win out on most days! This is just what the manufacturers have brain washed us into thinking! It is a win win situation for them..... you and I, not so much!