July Homestead Update

It’s time for a July Homestead Update! We’ve had a seriously busy July around here. Every year just gets crazier and crazier. I always think – next week, life will slow down. But it never happens! Surely, you feel the same way? July Homestead Update

July Homestead Update

In the garden…

simplifylivelove garden update julyMy garden is going absolutely nuts! I’ve harvested bucket  loads of cucumbers, zucchini, beans, and cabbage. The tomatoes are starting to turn red and my potatoes are finally dying back. My corn is looking gorgeous – I love the variation in the three different types of corn I planted and hope it yields well! I haven’t had this many cucumbers in YEARS! I’m not sure how I managed to handle the cucumber beetles this year, but whatever combination of things I tried {DE, companion planting, planting starts along with seeds} – it worked! I hope I can duplicate it next year.
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$45 Swanson’s Health Products Gift Card Giveaway #Swanson45Giveaway

It’s been a while since I’ve hosted a giveaway, but I’ve got one that you are going to love today!

$45 Swanson's Gift Card Giveaway #Swanson45Giveaway
Swanson’s Health Products a family owned natural health food retailer, selling organics, natural and eco friendly health care, homeopathic remedies, and green food items. They are celebrating their 45th anniversary this week with a great big giveaway!

$45 Swanson’s Health Products Gift Card Giveaway

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Keep Clean and Finish Summer Bucket Lists #showusyourmess #pmedia

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Keep clean and finish your summer bucket list #showusyourmess #pmedia

With four messy farm kids, keeping clean can be a real challenge — especially in my car. Despite my best intentions of enforcing a no-eating policy in the car, it just isn’t practical. We’re a rural family and on the go a lot, and food and snacks just make most of our trips easier. Because of the messes my kids are famous for making, I have to carry cleaning products in my car or it’s just downright embarrassing for me.

Keep Clean and Finish Summer Bucket Lists #showusyourmess #pmediaI picked up a canister of Wet-Nap wipes and a box of Wet-Nap packets at Walmart to leave in my purse and car earlier in the summer. Strong and soft Wet-Nap wipes enable me to clean sticky fingers and cheeks in the blink of an eye {and they moisturize with aloe, too}. Honestly, there’s not much worse than opening a car door to retrieve a kid and finding a mess in the back of my car. And let me tell you how often THAT happens! {Who me??? I don’t make messes…nope.}
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How to Make Vichyssoise Soup with Lifeway Kefir #KefirCreations #shop

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My garden is overflowing with goodness right now and I’m always looking for creative things to do with all of the veggies I pick each day. A quick google search gave me the idea for a Vichyssoise Soup and I decided to try it out -but with Lifeway Kefir instead of cream!
How to Make Vichyssoise Soup with Garden Greens & Lifeway Kefir #KefirCreations #shop

If you’ve never heard of Vichyssoise Soup, it is traditionally a potato and leek soup {made with cream} served cold, and made famous by Julia Child. I was intrigued by the recipe because I’ve got garden veggies coming out of my ear and I’m getting sick of making them same ole dishes. It’s also summer time, and a lot of my friends are asking me for recipe ideas that are perfect for hot weather.

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