Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hearthfires In Autumn

 
Hearthfires In Autumn

As I walk the scent of hearth fires surrounds me
heady and fragrant


Reminding me of warm lights dancing
rich stews simmering
and cozy beds piled with quilts


The leaves rustle and crack in the keen wind
gold's, crimsons, and chestnuts
Glimmer in the dying light
Beguiling me to linger


But then I shiver

Home is calling with it's comfort

And once again I thank God for Octobers
 
Sarah Issac

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Review/Giveaway Good Earth Beauty Organic Hair and Body Care

 
I strive to use only natural products for my families daily body care needs.  Just think that every day you are applying soaps, shampoos, makeup, lotions, and other products to your largest organ.  Your SKIN!  It is proven that our skin absorbs whatever is put on it, so if you are applying products that have toxic chemicals or cancer causing agents in them every day for years what are the health consequences?  No one knows because there are no long term studies on exposure to these daily use products.
 
Now with so many great brands of natural body care products on the market we don't have to search painstakingly for alternatives.  One great company devoted to providing organic, non animal tested, natural body and beauty products is Good Earth Beauty.  Good Earth Beauty carries hundreds of products from dozens of different companies.  I was impressed with the huge selection and good prices.
 
I was super excited when Good Earth Beauty offered to let me review several of their products.  I choose the Pumpkin Chia Shampoo and Conditioner and the Activated Charcoal and Tea Tree Soap.
 
The first thing I tried was the shampoo and conditioner.  I love the smell and taste of chia spices and was nervous that they wouldn't live up to the scent I was used to .  Boy was I wrong!  This shampoo and conditioner smells AMAZING.  Now you have to understand I am very sensitive to scents.  If it is too cloyingly sweet a perfume in any product will actually make me nauseous. I have to say I love the Pumpkin Chia scent.  They smell spicy with just a little sweet and cleans and conditions well.  Added to that they are all natural!  My husband and kids also love the smell and my hubby is constantly hugging me and sniffing my hair :).  These would make such an amazing gift for someone you want to pamper, even if its just yourself!
 
The Activated Charcoal and Tea Tree Soap is an all natural soap that contains activated charcoal and tea tree soap that helps fight skin problems.  It has a nice refreshing scent that is not too strong and did help my skin.   My husband liked it because of the more masculine smell, but it can be especially helpful for those suffering from fungal skin problems.
 
 
I highly recommend Good Earth Beauty to find all natural, organic, non animal tested products for your family.
 

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The Giveaway!

 
Good Earth Beauty has been incredibly generous in offering to give away to one luck Thrifty Housewife reader their Pumpkin Chia Shampoo and Conditioner.  What a perfect start to the holidays!  Use the rafflecopter below to enter, all entries are optional, all winning entries will be verified for completion.  Good luck!
 
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The Thrifty Housewife was not compensated for this post, I did receive a sample product(s) for the purposes of review. This did not influence my review or my opinions. My views are 100% my own. This giveaway is not affiliated with facebook, pinterest, twitter, or any other social media website.  The winner will be chosen through the rafflecopter form which uses Random.org.  Winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of contest end.  Winner has 24 hours to respond to the  email.  Failure to respond will result in a new winner being chosen. The Thrifty Housewife is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Open to US only.  All Entries are verified.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Four Free Amazon Books On Minimalistic Living, DIY Household Hacks, Solar Powered Aquaponics, Camping Book Package


Here are four great and free kindle books at time of posting.  Enjoy!  And if you like seeing these deals please like me on facebook and follow me via GFC.
 
http://www.amazon.com/DIY-Household-Hacks-Productivity-Organizing-ebook/dp/B00OTWLHSE/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=lettfromahome-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=JAA2MPCPK7JZQND6&creativeASIN=B00OTWLHSE
 
 
http://www.amazon.com/Minimalist-Living-Live-Grid-Minimalistic-ebook/dp/B00MOU0X3I/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=lettfromahome-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=BR7BGXZCOTFAZ3PM&creativeASIN=B00MOU0X3I
 
http://www.amazon.com/The-Family-Camping-Book-Package-ebook/dp/B00KPXT8JG/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=lettfromahome-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=GRYJYZ62F3VOAUSS&creativeASIN=B00KPXT8JG
 
http://www.amazon.com/Solar-Powered-Aquaponics-Setting-System-ebook/dp/B00OWLR7M2/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=lettfromahome-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=JX6UBPWOXHW2Y4TK&creativeASIN=B00OWLR7M2

Going off Hydrocodone After Surgery - Yep I had withdrawals!

As some of you who read my blog may know three weeks ago I had to go in for surgery to remove what turned out to be a 9 pound tumor and hysterectomy due to where the tumor was.  Take a gallon of milk and pick it up and you have my tumor.  I have a total of 6 incisions with two larger than the others.  Just walking is painful because of the movement of muscles and gravity pulling at the incisions.  My surgeon prescribed Hydrocodone to take care of the pain.  After about week 2 I was able to start going off naturally and use just Tylenol.  I had no idea that I could possibly go through withdrawals after such a short time on the medication as I have never had surgery before and even after giving birth to four children only used IB profen to manage pain.

At day one of no hydrocodone I noticed feeling bad and uncomfortable all over my body.  Just like I couldn't get comfortable no matter what I did.  Day two was worse.  More like having the flu with feeling exhausted and uncomfortable.  All I could do was lay in bed.  Day three was better, and day four I felt back to normal.

This is certainly not bad compared to people who get hooked on pain pills and now I can see what a slippery slope it can be.  I am totally shocked at how little time you need to be on them to have withdrawals and am glad I went off when I did.  In fact I wish I had known of this possibility before because I would have started using Tylenol much sooner.

Doctors recommend tapering off of hydrocodone and not just stopping cold turkey.  I actually was doing that naturally so if I had gone cold turkey my withdrawals would probably have been much worse.  I am posting this information for other people so that they can be aware of how short of a time it can be to experience withdrawals from this particular drug.

Now my withdrawals were livable and I don't feel the inclination to go and take more hydrocodone (thank goodness) so anyone going in for surgery needn't feel afraid.  Just be mindful of the possibility and make sure to taper if at all possible.

Now I am on straight Tylenol and it would work great if I would just remember to take it often enough!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Huge Free Amazon Book Pack! Urban Homesteading, Bread Making Made Easy, Handmade Soap, Honey Miracle, Beginners Quilting, and more!


Here is a HUGE collection of free kindle books from my Amazon Affiliate Partner.  Free at time of posting so hurry!  If you like these freebies please like my facebook page and follow me on Google Friend Connect.

http://www.amazon.com/Making-Creating-Savory-Instructable-Pictures-ebook/dp/B00C17MVPC/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=lettfromahome-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=GOYQZD6UZHRGTGWB&creativeASIN=B00C17MVPChttp://www.amazon.com/Woodcrafts-Guide-Beginners-Hobbyists-Experts-ebook/dp/B00ORXWQ7Q/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=lettfromahome-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=YTMIJT4SJ3QHHH6K&creativeASIN=B00ORXWQ7Q

 
http://www.amazon.com/Honey-Miracle-Daily-Sicknesses-books-ebook/dp/B00OR1785S/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=lettfromahome-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=AA4HUCTBD2QPLBFN&creativeASIN=B00OR1785S
 
http://www.amazon.com/Handmade-Soap-Beginners-Natural-Designer-ebook/dp/B00OVQWKXO/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=lettfromahome-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=KPH2IRZXCKMLNNNV&creativeASIN=B00OVQWKXO
 
 
 
http://www.amazon.com/FREEZER-MEALS-Gluten-free-Crockpot-Weight-loss-ebook/dp/B00L3OMIRA/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=lettfromahome-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=AZJQ24XNGACCM4G3&creativeASIN=B00L3OMIRA
 
 
http://www.amazon.com/Quilting-Beginners-Learning-Crafting-Tradition-ebook/dp/B00OBKKA9Q/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=lettfromahome-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=GLS3H3NPTUGYM5M6&creativeASIN=B00OBKKA9Q
 
http://www.amazon.com/Homesteading-Beginners-Sufficiency-Sustainable-Gardening-ebook/dp/B00LAGPOO0/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=lettfromahome-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=WCGSXGIEJZIJLELS&creativeASIN=B00LAGPOO0

Vita-Web Probiotic and Omega Suppliment Review/Giveaway

Vita-Web

More and more we are realizing how important our digestive tract is to our immunity and overall health.  Also it is universally recognized that fish oil is very important to our health as well! One company that is striving to provide top quality probiotics and omega supplements is Vita-Web .  They carry a great selection of other products from weight loss and joint health to anti-aging.  Not only that but they are MADE IN THE USA which not many supplement companies can say.  They also use Pure All Natural Ingredients, No binders. No additives. No GMOs.

Vita-Web sent me both their Probiotic Formula and the Omega 3 Fish Oil for this review and it couldn't have been more timely.

Recently I had surgery and was put on a antibiotic in the hospital and then had to go onto another one for a post op infection less than a week later.  Needless to say those antibiotics probably killed every good bug in my system.  I have used probiotics before during stomach upset and after a course of antibiotics and they helped me but not as much as I hoped, plus they are super expensive.  My doctor recommended my taking a probiotic because of all the antibiotics I have been on (I was going to anyways) so I started taking the Probiotic Formula Vita-Web sent me.  Within ONE DAY my problems had stopped, even while still taking the antibiotic which I have never had happen with other types of probiotics.  My digestion has improved as well.  I highly recommend this brand.  It is by far the best I have tried and I have tried quite a few.

The Omega 3 Fish Oil Supplement that I received is produced in strict FDA-approved facility and certified Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) with a 90 day money back guarantee.  Omega three's are essential to brain, nervous system and heart health.  I take it for my blood pressure and brain health and have found Vita-Webs brand very good.

 

 

 

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Bonus!

 
Right now Vita-Web is giving free shipping on all orders over $50.00!
 

The Giveaway!

 
Vita-Web is being super generous by giving away the Probiotic formula and Omega 3 Supplement to one lucky Thrifty Housewife Reader.  Use the Rafflecopter to enter, all entries are optional, all winning entries will be verified for completion.  Good Luck!
 
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The Thrifty Housewife was not compensated for this post, I did receive a sample product(s) for the purposes of review. This did not influence my review or my opinions. My views are 100% my own. This giveaway is not affiliated with facebook, pinterest, twitter, or any other social media website.  The winner will be chosen through the rafflecopter form which uses Random.org.  Winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of contest end.  Winner has 24 hours to respond to the  email.  Failure to respond will result in a new winner being chosen.  Open to US only.  All Entries are verified. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Todays Free Kindle Books - The Best Pumpkin Recipes, Thanksgiving Crock Pot Recipes, Squashed! Family Squash Cookbook, 25 Winter Craft Ideas for Kids

Here are today's free kindle books themed for autumn from my affiliate partner.  I love winter squash so the recipes from the two squash books are perfect!  If you like seeing posts like this please like them and share!

 
 
http://www.amazon.com/25-Winter-Craft-Ideas-Seasonal-ebook/dp/B00A0BV74C/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=lettfromahome-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=SFQV5Z4IGM3X6RVM&creativeASIN=B00A0BV74C
 
http://www.amazon.com/The-Best-Pumpkin-Recipes-History-ebook/dp/B00OO5IGC6/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=lettfromahome-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=XDB4OGVJOPTEQNOI&creativeASIN=B00OO5IGC6
 
http://www.amazon.com/Thanksgiving-Crock-Pot-Recipes-Simple-ebook/dp/B00OJRFUAA/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=lettfromahome-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=2RLBS56HYUK5SC6E&creativeASIN=B00OJRFUAA
 
http://www.amazon.com/SQUASHED-family-friendly-collection-butternut-spaghetti-ebook/dp/B00H1M0TPG/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=lettfromahome-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=IPTCWMZGSUIRFMVL&creativeASIN=B00H1M0TPG

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Free Kindle Books - Farm to Table Dinners, Mason Jar Meals, Low Carb Slow Cooker

Here are some more great free at time of posting books from my affiliate partner.  Just click on the picture of the book to be taken to it.  I love freebies and if you do too follow, share, and like!


Mason Jar Meals
 
 
http://www.amazon.com/The-Carb-Slow-Cooker-Bible-ebook/dp/B00OEDIPMO/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=lettfromahome-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=BDVIR7BL3PNDYY3D&creativeASIN=B00OEDIPMO
 
 
http://www.amazon.com/Farm-To-Table-Dinner-Recipes-farm-table-ebook/dp/B00OMCFCYQ/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=lettfromahome-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=TMH2Y2LN7MGMY6YF&creativeASIN=B00OMCFCYQ
 
 

How to get a broody hen to take mail order chicks

Our old flock of chickens is nearing five years old and many of the old girls have stopped laying on a daily basis.  This last spring I went and bought a mixed bag of pullets (female only chicks) from our local feed store to  start on replacing them.  Now I will say I have generally been disappointed in feed store chicks.  Our first chick ordering experience was with one of the best hatcheries in the country, Murray McMurray Hatchery, which if you get their catalogue or look online you will see why instantly. 


The Chicken Really Bad Hair Day
Not only have I found their chicks to be of superior quality, but as they grow up they have been beautiful, vigorous, and excellent egg layers, often laying every day for years.  Our chickens from McMurry took Best In Show at the fair for our Black Australorps .  I love the Australorp breed.  They are a gorgeous all black chickens with feathers that flash iridescent green in the sun and black instead of the orange eyes most chickens have.  They are gentle and very good egg layers.


That experience pretty much set a high standard for us.  You may wonder why I went with feed store chicks as apposed to ordering from a hatchery I love.  The reason was simple.  We lived in town at the time and McMurry only does orders of 15 at the lowest and I only needed 10 max for our small yard.

mama hen being broody
Our feed store chicks are laying now and doing well, but now that we live out on 15 acres and next to a country highway I would love to sell eggs as a way to make enough money to pay for feed and supplies.

Two of our very old hens chose to go broody this fall just as I was contemplating their trip to the freezer.  I let them set eggs from other hens and thought about ordering day old chicks from McMurray and seeing if one of the hens would take them if the delivery was at hatching time. In the end I ordered their egg laying assortment because that was the only chicks available close to hatching time.  These are an assortment of the best of the best of their egg layers.

So here is how people recommend you get a broody hen to take other chicks.

The chicks must be just hatched or very close to only a few days old.  Not only does this make the hen more likely to take them, but the chicks if too old wont bond as easily with the hen and stay close to her protective body.

If you are ordering chicks for this purpose it is best to get a delivery date as close to your hen's eggs hatching date as possible.  This is entirely doable with McMurray as they have the ability to ship chicks all the time from spring through fall.

our tophat setting her eggs
Slip the chicks one at a time under the hen at night when she is unlikely to get up and leave.  If she starts getting too upset stop for awhile and leave her be.  Then try putting the rest under.

Check on the mom and chicks as frequently as possible without upsetting the hen too much for the first few days.  You need to watch for rejected chicks.  They will be often hiding in a corner so the hen wont peck them.  If she rejects some or all of the chicks you will have to take them out and rear them yourself.

mama with a mail order chick
When I did this it was in the morning (not recommended) and the hen did fine.  She took the chicks and has been a wonderful mother to them.  Our other hen hatched out her chicks before I could get an order shipped.  She only hatched out two eggs, the rest turned out to be infertile.  I do notice a pronounced difference in the chicks.  The day old chicks do not stay as close to mamma (a possible lack of bonding?) and wander away much more than the mamma with her own hatched out chicks which she sat on for 21 days .  So far we have only lost two chicks. They are free range in the garden and only shut up at night so predation is a possibility.  

Pure white mail order chick
It has been SO much easier letting a hen raise these chicks than raising the chicks myself with a heat lamp, plus the chicks will be much more likely to go broody and make good mothers themselves since they were raised by a mom and not a heat lamp.  This can be a plus or minus depending on your needs.  I WANT more chickens for meat.  Any roosters or surplus hens will go to the freezer.  But if you only want eggs a broody hen is an annoyance since she will not lay eggs.  To us good broody hens are gold, and these old ladies got a reprieve from the pot because of their mothering instinct.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

When it IS a tumor

If you have been following my blog of late you will notice that my posts have, at times, been erratic. I have been having several health problems that have led me to feel exhausted and lethargic.  My doctor recommended me going in for an ultrasound and at first I said no hoping that the issue would resolve itself. A family member even counseled me that if it were her she would just "Put up with it".   But then after a particularly bad day I decided to book an appointment. That was two weeks ago. The morning after my ultrasound my doctor personally called me (never a good sign) and told me I had an 8 inch tumor or growth on my right ovary.  That's right, not 8 centimeters, 8 inches! That's bigger than a grapefruit. 

She said that things were going to move very fast and that she was calling the oncologist that day to send in the referral and that I would need to go in that day for blood work looking for cancer and then a cat scan for the next day looking to see if any other growths were in my abdomen.  I was terrified that if it was cancer it might have spread.  I'm only 35 with four children.  In an instant my whole life changed.  My husband was worried sick but was strong for me.  Did I mention I also have an anxiety disorder?

By the end of the week I had gotten all the tests done and back.  Big sigh of relief there was no spread of the growths, my lymph nodes were normal, and all my blood work was cancer free.  That very next Monday I saw the surgeon and on Tuesday morning the next day I went in to surgery to have the growth/tumor removed along with my uterus and right ovary.


Me and my nurses right before going into the surgery.
The biggest thing I was afraid of was actually dying on the table.  This was my first surgery and I was really afraid as they wheeled me into the operating room.  In the end the tumor was 9 pounds, and they drained a gallon of fluid from it before they removed it.  I did well during the surgery the doctor said.  When I woke up my husband was there and I remember smiling and saying "Yay I didn't die!"

  I was serious by the way.

On the way to my hospital room I did a princess wave at passing nurses which made everyone laugh.  I just felt so happy to be alive and have the surgery over.

More good news came when my doctor visited me and told me the tests of the tumor and uterus had come back.  Both it and my uterus were free of cancer!  I spent three days in the hospital learning what post surgery feels like. It was pretty painful, especially since they had to fiddle with pain meds to find one that worked right.  They made six incisions for the orthoscopic surgery across my abdomen, one of which was larger than normal to allow for the removal of the tumor.

Now I am at home for a six week recovery.  My wonderful mother in law has come to help me.  At first I thought I wouldn't need any help but boy was I wrong!  I can't imagine what I would have done without her.  Every night since I came home last Saturday someone from our church has brought us a huge yummy dinner and has been praying for me.  The most annoying thing is not being able to even walk normal.  I have to slow everything down and cant even do laundry!  Sitting at the computer hurts like the dickens so I'm only able to be online for about 10 minutes before I have to lay down.

But I am so thankful that I found out about it in time, I am so thankful to be alive,  and I am so thankful to have loving family members who are willing to sacrifice their time to care for me.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Picking And Canning Peaches

I love home canned peaches.  There is nothing like them in store bought.  Plus I always spice my syrup with cinnamon and nutmeg for more yumminess.  Lucky for me I have a sister with a wonderful peach tree.  She usually lets me come and pick a ton for canning.  This year I got enough for 20 quarts.  Even though it's allot of work I like canning my own food.  I know exactly what is going into it, avoid high fructose corn syrup, and it tastes much better!
 
eldest daughter helping me pick

the cooled jars
 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

4 Free Books! Soul Warming Soups, Easy Camping Recipes, Low Carb Canning, Container Herb Gardens

Here are some great books for the arrival of cool weather (finally!).  Soups for tummy warming dinners, canning, campfire cooking for outdoor cookouts, and container herb gardening so you can keep having fresh herbs all winter long.  Enjoy!  And if you like this post please share it and follow my blog!

http://www.amazon.com/Warming-Comforting-Recipes-Winters-Cookbook-ebook/dp/B00IXF2SEU/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=lettfromahome-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=HEQN5MQJEESPN5YK&creativeASIN=B00IXF2SEU
 
 

http://www.amazon.com/Easy-Camping-Recipes-Bonnie-Scott-ebook/dp/B008A8W5IE/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=lettfromahome-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=MOLZRKVXVNFNGGZJ&creativeASIN=B008A8W5IE
 
 
 
http://www.amazon.com/Low-Carb-Canning-Recipes-Lifestyle-ebook/dp/B00O1AAU6O/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=lettfromahome-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=E5YAOXHCQBVAYKFD&creativeASIN=B00O1AAU6O
 
 
 
http://www.amazon.com/Container-Herb-Gardening-Preserve-Organically-ebook/dp/B00N8A9GZO/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=lettfromahome-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=FWTFG7P5MLMOSKOA&creativeASIN=B00N8A9GZO
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Teeny Tiny Spice Co. Of Vermont Review and Giveaway

Teeny Tiny Spice Co. of Vermont
 
Do you like to cook or know someone who does?  Well have I got a review for you!  I personally love to cook, and I especially love trying new flavors.  One of the ways to flavor your food is herbs and spices of course.  Other cultures use herbs much more than Americans in their traditional foods.  But other than making your own it's hard to find interesting pre-made spice mixes in your standard grocery stores.
 
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That's why I was so excited when Teeny Tiny Spice Co. Of Vermont offered to let me review two of their spice mixes.  Here is a little info on the company.

Teeny Tiny Spice Company of Vermont, LLC is a family owned and operated business that grew out of our love of cooking and international cuisine. Our challenge was that at the end of a busy day, when we wanted to make something new and interesting, we often found that we did not have the ingredients or the energy to tackle the recipes that caught our eyes. We believe that clean, real food not only provides a delicious meal, it is also a key to health and vitality. So we started creating our own blends to have on hand, making it simple and easy to prepare a tasty, healthy meal quickly with our basic pantry of ingredients. We solved our problem and thought that other people would enjoy what we had created...a business was born. After more than three years in business and many tens of thousands of tins sold, we often marvel at how many meals must be being made with our spice blends every day. We hope that you enjoy them as much as we do.
 
 
Teeny Tiny Spice Co. Of Vermont let me choose two of their organic spice mixes that are made in the USA to review.  First off it was extremely hard to choose!  There are so many spice mixes that I wanted to try and they all sounded so good!  Many of their spice mixes are very exotic and come from Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. They have a recipe page HERE for ideas on how to use their spice mixes. I finally settled on the and the Organic Cajun Spice and the Montreal Seasoning . 
 


  I love Cajun food so I used it as a spice on chicken and also in gumbo.  Both turned out amazing!  Not to hot but with tons of flavor.  My children also loved the seasoning and even liked the heat.
 Cajun flavors are a blend of French Acadian, Spanish, African and Native American cooking styles and ingredients which originally flavored the game and seafood dishes of Southern Louisiana. Our Cajun Spice adds depth of flavor and moderate heat to vegetable, grain, seafood and meat dishes.
 
 
 

Next I tried the Montreal Seasoning.  This spice mix was like smelling all the delicious roasting foods at a really good fair.  I use it on everything and am going to need to get more.
 
MontrĂ©al Seasoning is our south-of-the-northern-border take on the classic steak rub of the French-Canadian capital.  Black and white peppercorns are ground with herbs and salts to create a blend that can tolerate high heat cooking of a hot grill or pan.  It is perfect for use as a finishing spice or condiment at the table.  Added to soups, stews and sauces, it brings a full and warming flavor that creates a sense of balance and body.
 
 
 

In Conclusion:

 Teeny Tiny Spice Co. Of Vermont gets 5 stars in my book for the following reasons
 
  • Quality Ingredients that are fresh and vibrant
  • Unique and Exotic Spice Mixes
  • Made in the USA
  • Affordable (the same price you would pay in a grocery store for run of the mill spices)
  • Certified USDA Organic
  • Certified Kosher
  • Gluten Free
  • Non-GMO
  • Nice website with guides on what to use the spices on and in depth descriptions
Their Spices would make a wonderful gift this Holiday Season for the Foodie or Cook in your life.

 

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Giveaway!

 
Teeny Tiny Spice Co. has generously offered to give one lucky Thrifty Housewife reader the Cajun and Montreal spice blend tins for your fall cooking!  Use the rafflecopter below to enter, all entries are optional, all winning entries are verified.  Good Luck!

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The Thrifty Housewife was not compensated for this post, I did receive a sample product(s) for the purposes of review. This did not influence my review or my opinions. My views are 100% my own. This giveaway is not affiliated with facebook, pinterest, twitter, or any other social media website.  The winner will be chosen through the rafflecopter form which uses Random.org.  Winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of contest end.  Winner has 24 hours to respond to the  email.  Failure to respond will result in a new winner being chosen.  Open to US only.  All Entries are verified. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Free Printable Cookbook - Slow Cooker Fall Favorites

As a busy mom I love my slow cooker.  There is nothing better than having dinner ready after a long busy day.  Especially these hectic fall days! I found this great printable book for fall slow cooker meals.  It includes desserts, beverages, mains, and side dishes.  I was in no way compensated for this post.  If you like seeing my frugal tips and freebies please share, like and follow me!
 

Slow Cooker Fall Favorites

 
 
Slow Cooker Fall Favorites: 21 Fall Slow Cooker Recipes Free eCookbook

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Review/Giveaway Perky-Pet Mason Jar Bird Feeders 4 Winners!

 
 
I love watching wild birds.  Even little tweety birds (as we call them) are beautiful and entertaining to watch.  It can also be quite educational. The easiest way to bird watch is to put out bird feeders and lure those cuties in. I got a local bird identification book and my daughter and I spent hours watching different birds come to our feeders and identifying them.  It was really a fun activity. 
 
Perky Pet is a company devoted to providing the best quality bird feeders. Need supplies for your backyard birds? Perky Pet is your leading online source for bird feeders, hummingbird birdfeeders, wild bird feeders, oriole bird feeders, birdhouses, bird feeder accessories, tube bird feeders, small bird feeders, bird baths and more.
Not only that, but I loved their Bird Library filled with information on hummingbirds, wild birds,
and orioles, such as their species, characteristics, nesting habits and food preferences. Their Birdwatching 101 outlines great bird watching locations, equipment, and landscaping tips to attract our fine-feathered friends.  It's a great resource for learning!
 
Perky Pet sent me two different mason jar feeders.  A Mason Jar Wild Bird Feeder, and a humming bird mason jar feeder.  I adore the look of both!  They look great hanging up in my yard and as a bonus since both are glass you can put them through the dishwasher.  The red mason jar on the humming bird feeder not only looks really amazing but attracts the humming birds.  Both cost $19.99 which is a great deal, especially considering how tough and well made they are.  These are NOT cheapie feeders that are going to fall apart.  Every part is well made for years of durable wear. If you are looking for bird feeders or supplies I highly recommend Perky Pet!
 

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The Giveaway!

 
Perky Pet has been super generous by offering to give away not one but four of their mason jar bird feeders to four lucky winners!  Use the rafflecopter to enter, all entries are optional, all winning entries will be verified for completion.  Good Luck!
 
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The Thrifty Housewife was not compensated for this post, I did receive a sample product(s) for the purposes of review. This did not influence my review or my opinions. My views are 100% my own. This post may contain affiliate links. This giveaway is not affiliated with facebook, pinterest, twitter, or any other social media website.  The winner will be chosen through the rafflecopter form which uses Random.org.  Winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of contest end.  Winner has 24 hours to respond to the  email.  Failure to respond will result in a new winner being chosen.  Open to US only.  All winning Entries are verified.