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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.
  

Monday, September 22, 2014

Shampoo - DIY for Shiny and Manageable Hair


Homemade Shampoo 
Homemade Shampoo for .84 per Bottle! Say what? Yes you heard me correctly. It is extremely easy, Only takes a few minutes to put together and you will have about 3 bottles for $ 2.50
 Soft, shiny and manageable hair without all the chemicals. Once you discover this great recipe you will make sure to always keep the ingredients on hand. Most of the ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.



Thursday, July 24, 2014

How to can Pumpkin {Squash} Pie filling!


When you grow squash you either have a feast or famine and this year we have a feast x 100! I have been constantly picking, freezing, canning, cleaning, giving away and looking for even MORE recipes to utilize the bounty harvest we are having. After making pickles, marinades, casseroles, salads,jams and jelly's of various flavors I started thinking about how much I love pumpkin pies and apple butter, I just LOVE the cinnamon and spice flavors of fall. So I put my "experiment" hat on
this morning and came up with this recipe which turned out absolutely awesome, Seriously my house smelled like a fall day of baking pumpkin pies!



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Mock Strawberry Jam with Squash or Zucchini

Yes you read the title correctly! It is AWESOME! It LOOKS like Jam, it TASTES like Jam and it SMELLS like Jam! It is EASY and it uses up your massive bounty of yellow squash or Zucchini. The Red color of the Jam looks so pretty! No one will ever know that you used the squash unless you tell them! I have now made 3 batches of this incredibly easy recipe - 1 Strawberry, 1 Orange and 1 mixed Berry & Grape - all are delicious! Below is a double batch that will yield 10 Pints - 9 to process in the canner and 1 for the refrigerator to eat now! You can successfully cut the ingredients in half and that will give you about 9 half pints. The beauty of this is you can use whatever flavor of Jello that you prefer! My next batch I am going to use Peach and make a Fresh Mint / Jalapeno Jam!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Stained Glass Jello Blocks

Have you ever seen how beautiful a layered Jello looks? I usually make a couple per year for big get togethers or Church pot lucks. Since we are having a large baptism on Sunday I wanted to make one with patriotic colors being so close to the fourth of July. The problem is it does take quite awhile to put together the layers. I stumbled upon this great recipe variation to my beloved layered Jello and I am quite pleased on how it turned out. The time it saved is really appreciated as well!  I think next time I will do this same recipe and pour it into my "Bundt" cake pan to set to see that color combo :)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Spicy Zucchini Salsa

Spicy Zucchini Salsa
Once you try this great salsa you may never buy another jar of the traditional salsa! The great thing is that it helps you utilize all of your garden veggies that need to be used. You can it in a hot water bath for 15 minutes and it will be shelf stable for at least a year.... good luck on making it last that long! My recipe below makes 8 pints with a little left over to enjoy NOW :) The bonus on the pickling brine is you can also use it with yellow squash or ripe tomatoes to make a traditional salsa for pennies :)



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Reusable"Not Swiffer Pads" for Dusting & Floors


Have you been looking for a greener alternative to your beloved swiffer pads? What a great concept those were! Some would even say those little pads revolutionized the way we dust our house and clean our floors! What is not to love about them, they collect the dust and dirt without putting the dust back into the air for us to breath in! 
The bad part is they cost a lot of money for the refills and some of the chemicals in the wet vacs I cannot even pronounce! I am going to show you how you can make the refill pads for a couple of bucks and use them for years to come! Many of you may already have what you need on hand. If you are like me you will be wondering "why did I spend all of that money on the refills / pads?"

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Super EASY Homemade Ricotta Cheese Lo Fat

Have you ever stumbled upon a DIY project and was simply amazed at how easy the article "made" it sound, and then took months to even consider tackling it yourself? That would be my reaction when I first found this recipe for #Homemade Ricotta Cheese. I finally decided yesterday I was going to try it as I had some free time on my hands and REALLY wanted some without going to the store. I must say I will NEVER buy Ricotta cheese from the store again! It was super easy, took less than a minute to get the ingredients measured and combined! Total "wait" time that I had while slowly heating up the milk and then placing in the colander to drain for the finished product was less than an hour. An hour that I spent working on other things in my kitchen.  The finished product is wonderful, nothing like I have ever bought in the store!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Water Kefir -A Homemade Probiotic Soda

Water Kefir is a homemade Probiotic drink that is quick to assemble, takes only 24-48 hours for the first ferment and after a 2nd ferment period (optional) it becomes a carbonated health drink that can help you to curb those sweet cravings! Water Kefir is a simply amazing alternative to sodas, it works well for those on a restricted "dairy" diet  whether from lactose intolerance or those of us that suffer from High Cholesterol & it is good for your digestive tract much like yogurt is. Kefir consists of lactic acid bacteria and yeast existing in a symbiotic relationship. A great microflora combination with the benefits that are similar to those of milk kefir (dairy kefir) but the average person will be able to consume larger amounts of it due to its water base.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Vinegar - Your moms best cleaning secret

Much can be said about how hard our grandparents had to work to keep their home stocked with food and even harder for them to clean. With today's technologies and the blessings of many electronic appliances / gadgets, what once took our grandma's days in the home to accomplish we can now do with little effort. Days long forgotten, a simpler time with simple remedies. A well stocked pantry was not what it is today. There was very little spent on cleaning supplies, or at least what we now would expect to see. The wisdom that they had on what worked and what did not was tried and proven, handed down through the generations. If we could look back in time the one thing that we would notice is it would be hard to tell the difference between cleaning supplies and cooking / baking supplies! Vinegar, whether white or apple cider were the staples that every home needed, and it is no wonder when you see what they can do!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Soy & Garlic Chicken Breasts

Soy & Garlic Chicken is a quick to assemble dinner that wakes up your tastebuds. You can use any cut of chicken you have on hand, I used skinless / boneless Chicken breasts since this is what I already had in the freezer. The great thing about the breast meat is that it will not only cut down on your prep time, but also allows you to quickly convert the leftovers to a "salad" for another quick dinner variation!


Friday, January 3, 2014

Homemade Smoothies

What could be better than a Shake or Smoothie? Seriously! That rich creamy flavor that is sinfully delicious is hard to beat AND it is also hard to work off the calories if you get them from your favorite Restaurant.  So what are we to do? We make our own healthier version. Our homemade version comes in at just 167 delicious calories! Suddenly you are a super hero and your family will be asking for more because they do not know how good for you they really are :) We use fresh fruits & ingredients with no preservatives. Your body uses the nutrition and vitamins ~ they are not just full of empty calories. Did you know that a small Chocolate shake from McDonalds has 580 Calories?  That is a meal and it is packed with fat coming in at 25% of your daily value! Sonic slushies are better on the calories coming in around 172 for the watermelon but that is offset by the sugar 45,800 mg, and Sodium at 27 mg!