Showing posts from August, 2015

5 Ways to Put Your Chickens to Work For You

Is there anything better than fresh eggs? But what if, in addition to the eggs, your chickens could provide an extra hand (or foot, as it were) in your gardening efforts? Taking advantage of their natural desire to forage is a smart way for gardeners to get a little bit of free labor, and the chickens will love it!

Put them in the garden.Let your girls scratch and peck their way through your planting areas before you plant your crops. They’ll help eliminate pests in the soil and quickly knock down the weeds, making garden prep easier on your back. And if you’re planning to add any natural amendments to the soil—manure, compost, blood meal—sprinkle it on the ground before you move the girls in and they’ll distribute it for you. Let them work your compost.If you’ve had a compost pile for any amount of time, you know how it teems with bugs and grubs. 

This is a veritable chicken buffet!
Those creepy crawlers are a great natural source of protein for the girls. And in their efforts to find th…

What's for Dinner? -- Sweet N' Sour Chicken Recipe. Don't miss this one! Quick n' Easy.


Sweet and sour chicken is one of my favorite childhood meals. My Dad, who is a retired Firefighter, would make this often in our house, growing up. It is pretty quick to make and delicious. One of my favorites, to this day.  I have modified my Dad's recipe a little to suite the taste buds of Hubby and I, but it is packed with flavors and a bit that makes us come back for more!
Don't forget your bed of rice, underneath. It brings this dish to life! INGREDIENTS 1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken cut into 1 inch cubes2 tbsp olive oil (divided)¾ teaspoon salt1 red bell pepper. cubed1 green bell pepper, cubed1 yellow bell pepper, cubed1 orange bell pepper, cubed3 tomatoes, diced2 cups salsa (we use pace or chi-chi brand)1 small white onion, cubed and separated1 can pineapple rings in Heavy Syrup (we use the syrup only, but you can add in pineapples)pinch of red pepper flakes
Can add in:  1 carrot, sliced into ¼ inch rounds

How to get PAID to review BOOKS at HOME...

How to Become a Paid Book Reviewer Do you love to read books? Is one of your favorite sections of the Sunday paper the book reviews? Would you yourself like to get paid to write book reviews? 

Well, here is a list of online work-at-home (WAH) companies who are willing to pay you to write book reviews.
Which Companies Pay Their Book Reviewers Cash?Let me just say here, while there are many companies proposing that they do hire and paytheir book reviewers, not all of them pay cash.  Some companies only compensate the reader with a free copy of the book.  There are also numerous scams out there where companies claim to hire book reviewers only to find out that they keep the review and use it to their advantage. Sadly these scammers never pay the reviewer for his/her time. Some of the companies that  have been found (and I am sure I don’t have 110% of them) are listed below: Any Subject Books- While it is a site that pays book reviewers, the pay will vary by the length of the book, the deadli…

8 Trilogies that EVERY Nora Roberts FAN ... NEEDS TO READ!

Family. Fantasy. Friendship. Love. Those are just some of the themes that keep Nora Roberts’s fans coming back for more. But with over 200 bestselling novels to choose from, the question can often be, “Which book do I choose?!”
Anyone who knows me....knows that I am a hard core Nora Robert's reader. Everything Nora Roberts put to paper, I read.  Lately, I am obsessed with the trilogies she keeps coming out with. They are amazing and the great news is, they just keep coming, so you don't feel that overwhelming sense of alone that happens at the end of a book because you know you have two  more following(until you get to the last book in the series- eek!) 
So, I  compiled a list of Nora Roberts’s trilogies that should definitely have a spot on your “to read” list — or even your “to read again” list! I've included the publisher’s description for the first book in each trilogy below to help you choose — and less time trying to decide means more time for reading!
Click on the blue…