Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup

This soup=mmmmmm!!!! I was looking for a way to make it at home so we could have it whenever we wanted to and I came across this recipe at Skinnykitchen.com that sounded great. I printed it out and followed the instructions the first time or two and then I went off the beaten path and modified it to meet my needs better. Don’t ever feel like you can’t deviate from the recipe! Make things how you like them or to suit your needs.

So here is how it all plays out.

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Copycat Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

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Oh my gosh ya’ll!!! These are the bomb dot com!

I have decided I need to start making these on a monthly basis. Remember how I said I wanted to start moving my family toward more real, healthy food living? Yeah……this isn’t it. This is more of a yummy melt in your mouth splurge for special occasions. Howbeit, I DO know all the ingredients that I put in them so that is a plus as compared to anything you can buy ready made! Score for me! The recipe for the cinnamon rolls comes from a blog I have been reading for years now-Balancing Beauty and Bedlam. I didn’t realize until later that her recipe had a cream cheese frosting recipe at the bottom so I had already rummaged through my recipe binder that I made up years ago and found a luicious one! Unfortunately I don’t have a link to the actual recipe as I don’t know exactly where it came from.

So….you wanna see how to make them yourself???

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Farm Tour 2016!

Come On In!

I thought it would be good to start off with a tour of the farm…

First thing you are going to see is the house. It is pretty rough right now, definitely not a “Pinterest Perfect” home. We are going to replace the windows, put farmhouse white siding on, replace the roof, and put pretty window boxes at some point when the funds are there. But for right now, it serves its purpose. It keeps up warm in the winter and cool in the summer without leaking so I have to say we are blessed! When we first moved in the exterior pretty much looked the same but the HVAC unit had been stolen and there wasn’t a kitchen. Yes, you heard that part right, there wasn’t a KITCHEN. We must have been crazy moving into a house with 2 small children that didn’t even have a place to wash dishes properly. Ah, those were the days, filling up the bathtub to wash dishes! Can’t say I had ever done that one before but it worked. Thankfully it was only like that for about a week after we moved in. I would have completely lost it otherwise. It was a 2 bedroom/1 bath house when we moved in. Thankfully the lady before us had remodeled the bathroom so that was taken care of already. Last year we added onto the back of the house to make a master bedroom and bathroom, closets, and a larger laundry room. It was so awesome to finally get that space done!

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Hello World!

Hello! Welcome to my crazy life! My family and I have bought 50 acres and we are in the process of creating a farm from the ground up. Please join us as we learn, experiment, succeed, AND fail. I hope to use this blog to document every step of the way. We want to raise our children to know where their food comes from and to work hard to achieve their dreams. I want to share stories from our garden, the farm animals as we get them, recipes, and DIY homestead ideas that you all would like for us to try out! Won’t you join us on our journey???