Category Archives: Simplify

Country Gourmet Home’s Cheesy Beer Dip and Carmel Apple Cake Mix

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Oh my goodness!  I am pleased to announce Country Gourmet Home’s Cheesy Beer Dip… it’s amazing!  I made this on Fathers day and served it to the family with pretzels and all enjoyed it until there was nothing left!

It can be prepared two different ways:

*  Dip;  add one cup sour cream, chill for one hour and serve with pretzels, french bread cubes or use as a spread on bagel chips, or anything you think tastes great with cheese!!

*  Hot Dip;  Microwave 16 oz cream cheese until warm, add mix and blend well.  Serve with chips or pretzels, bread… again, whatever you desire!!

You can taste a hint of beer, it’s a very nice creamy dip that brought smiles to everyone.  This dip sales for $3.75  Product number 462

 

Last night I prepared Country Gourmet Home’s Carmel Apple Cake.  Once again, I left the family with nothing but smiles and approval to make this cake again!  It had a wonderful carmel taste atop of a very moist apple cake.  This is made with real apples and the flavor will prove it!  Served this with Vanilla Ice Cream.  The only thing I had to add for the cake was water and for the topping I added butter and milk!  Very easy, wonderful to take along on Camping trips (if you have a trailer)

This was good warm and even cold the next day!  The Carmel Apple Cake Mix sales for $7.95 and is product number 737

To order Country Gourmet Home products please visit my website at:

http://www.countrygourmethome.com/consultant/uid/lisaschultz

Or email me at blkn@mlode.com and in the subject line post CGH Catalog request.  I’d be happy to mail a catalog to you for easier ordering.  I know you’ll love all the Country Gourmet Home mixes and even one of a kind wax melts that we offer!!

 

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Ready for Spring!!

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My favorite time of the year is Spring time.  The temperatures are perfect for someone with RA.  Not to hot and not to cold!  Mid 70’s… perfecto!!  Last week we had snow, wind, rain, thunder and lightening.  Today it’s mid 70’s, sun is shining, the falls are rushing and it’s just beautiful outside.  Loving it!  I was able to take Mustang Sally out of the garage and take her for a spin today… like I said, perfecto!!  I know this may not last, that rain may come back and the possibility of more snow is there… BUT, that did not stop me from setting up my front porch.  Setting up the front porch always makes me happy…  I love redecorating outside.  The only thing missing are my flowers… not quite ready to go buy them yet, but almost!!  And Brad and I do need to sand down and re-stain the deck badly.  Here is a little peak of my porch… it’s a cozy place to sit and have morning coffee while watching the chickens run around and enjoy their morning!

So after setting up my porch and enjoying it with a glass of ice tea, I went back into my kitchen and created a tasty salad.  I LOVE avacado’s,  and wanted to make a different salad.  So I searched the kitchen and gathered my other favorites… feta, tomato’s, real bacon bits, fresh basil and balsamic vinegar.  It was so tasty!  Now… what to call it???

HAPPY SPRING!!

 

Recognizing when one of your flock is sick and what to do

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While raising chickens is easy and often only requires, feeding, watering and cleaning, there are times one will become ill or injured.  You need to pay close attention to behavioral changes.    If you do detect behavioral or physical changes in your chicken, such as lack of activity, loss of appetite that lasts more then two days, it’s best to isolate your chicken away from the other chickens.  Go on line and you can find a “Physical Exam for Chickens” for a head to toe inspection.  It’s really helpful and has helped me detect an illness in two of my chickens.    Chickens are remarkably resilient and should recover well from significant illness or trauma.

If you decide your chicken is sick and you keep her with the others, eventually the others will start to peck and attack your sick chicken.  They know when one is ill and it stresses them badly.  It’s there nature to peck and eventually kill the sick chicken.  So always start by placing the ill chicken in a medium size dog crate away from the other chickens if possible.  If not possible, then place a barrier around her in your coop if you have room.  Provide warmth from a heat lamp (optimum temperature for a sick bird is 80 to 85 degrees), food and water for her and plenty of shavings or hay for her to get comfy!  Confinement calms the sick chicken and allows her a better chance at recovery.  It also allows you to see how much food and water she is consuming and evaluate her droppings, which will help you diagnose her illness.   Change her bedding twice a day at least.  If possible keep the carrier indoors near you so you can keep an eye on her.  They like the company too.  If they spend to much time alone, they can become depressed quickly.  I know, sounds silly, but that is what the experts say!

Your chicken should be taking in about 1/2 cup of water a day.  If not she can quickly become dehydrated which makes it hard for the movement of food through the digestive tract due to lack of lubrication and tissue elasticity.  You can test for dehydration by slightly pinching loose skin or wattle.  If the skin holds the shape where you pinched instead of immediately springing back, that is an indication of dehydration.  You can offer electrolytes to their water (bought at any feed store).  Another option is Pedialyte or Gatorade bought at your local grocery store.

Hand feeding may be necessary if they will not eat on their own.  Mix a past of hand-feeding powder like Nupreen hand feeding formula with an electrolyte solution.  You may have to pry open the beak and put a finger full of paste into the corner of the upper/lower beak.  Make sure the swallow before repeating.  Wrapping them into a towel while holding them, helps hold them without hurting them, as it restrains them better.

Some healthy fresh foods high in nutrition to try are cucumbers, romaine, grapes, melon, oranges, etc.  Hard boiled eggs mashed shell and all are extremely nutritious and delicious to birds as well.  Cooked brown rice is also good for them and they love it.

If your chicken has not improved with this care and you happen to notice that her Comb is purple, chances are that her heart is failing.  Could be from age, deformity, or poisoning.  Best thing is to put her down.   I highly recommend not spending money on a vet, chickens are very very inexpensive while vet bills are very very high!  As much as we love our chickens, they are replaceable.

In the above photo, you will notice her Comb is not bright red as it should be, it has turned purple and has shrunk in size, indicating heart failure.  She is holding my finger tightly and seems to have found some comfort in that as every time I pulled it away, she got restless, when I would give it back to her, she clung on tightly.  Also you will notice her eyes are closed.  It took to much energy for her to open her eyes.   Needless to say, we layed Dunken down this day.

Finally, it is really important to clean out the roosting boxes weekly.  It keeps them clean from disease and prevents spread of infectious conditions if that is the case.   By doing this, you are sure to raise happy and healthy chickens!

 

Safe and Cheap Air Freshener and so much more!!!

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I love to listen to the radio all day while doing chores and work at home.  Our local radio station has a “John Tesh” segment that gives advice and helpful tips from A to Z!  Todays was a great idea that I thought I would share with you.  I have been on a band wagon lately trying to find ways to save money  and this is a good one and wanted to share!  I don’t know about you all, but I love candles, wax melts and room sprays. I love to walk into my home and smell freshness.  John recommends taking Baking soda, as it’s free from harmful chemicals.  He says to  pour about 1/2 cup into a paper coffee filter and then securing the coffee filter at the top, like a sachet.  Place the sachet under the front seat of your car.  Well I got to thinking about this, and why not also at the bottom of your hamper, behind a book on a bookshelf, in a basket in a bathroom, kitchen, office… anywhere you want to smell fresh!  Baking soda is a natural odor absorber and used for a million other things as well.

Other uses for Baking soda:

cleaning jewelry (it will sparkle a diamond right up! I use a soft tooth brush to apply it to my rings)

whitening teeth ( just add to your toothpaste directly onto your toothbrush)

Soak for oral appliances

Facial and body scrub (3 parts of baking soda to 1 part of water

Deodorant (pat baking soda onto your underarms to neutralize body odor as you would body powder)

Treat insect bites and itchy skin (make a paste with baking soda and water)

Make a hand cleanser and softner (make paste with 3 parts of baking soda to 1 part of water to gentle liquid hand soap)

Hair  (sprinkle a small amount of baking soda into palm of hand with your regular shampoo and shampoo as usual.  Rinse thoroughly.  Baking soda helps remove the residue that styling products leave behind so your hair is cleaner and manageable.)

Clean brushes and combs (1 teaspoon of baking soda in a small basin of warm water.  Soak comb and brush.  Rinse and allow to dry. You will notice your hair will have more shine.

bath soak (1/2 cup baking soda to bath.  It neutralizes  acids on the skin and helps wash away oil and perspiration, it also makes your skin feel very soft.  Epsom salts are wonderful for bath too!)

Freshen sponges (soak stale smelly sponges in a strong baking soda solution to get rid of the mess.  About four tablespoons to 1 quart of warm water works well)

Clean microwave  (baking soda to a clean damp sponge works well )

Clean coffee and tea pots (works amazing and removes coffee/tea stains well.  1/4 cup baking soda to 1 quart of warm water, soak overnight)

Clean floors (remove dirt and grime, scratch marks too by using 1 cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water.  Mope and rinse for a sparkling floor.

Freshen sports gear (my favorite yet!! sprinkle baking soda into golf bags, gym bags to deodorize, clean golf irons without scratching them with baking soda paste.  3 parts Baking soda to 1 part of water, use a brush to apply, rinse.

Remove oil and grease stains (sprinkle baking soda on the spot and scrub with a wet brush)

clean cars (baking soda cleans car lights, chrome, windows, tires, vinyl seats and floor mats.  Use 1/4 cup baking soda to 1 quart warm water.  Apply with sponge to remove road grime, tree sap, bugs and tar.

deodorize the following:  Trashcans, drains, garbage disposals, lunch boxessneakers and stuffed animals)

Carpet deodorizer (sprinkle baking soda on carpet.  Let sit overnight or longer, maybe a weekend while you are away.  Vacuum up)

Freshen closets (place a box or make a sachet as we discussed and place on shelf in closet)

Pet bedding (Eliminate odors from your pet bedding by sprinkling liberally with baking soda, wait 15 min or longer for stronger odors, then vacuum up)

Septic Care (regular use of baking soda in your drains can help keep your septic system flowing freely.  1 cup of baking soda per week will help maintain a favorable pH balance in septic tank)

 

Thank you Arm & Hammond for your wonderful Cost Saving ideas!!  If my readers have any other ideas please share!  Im so excited to have found another way to save hundreds of dollars on house hold cleaning items!!


Country Gourmet Home Wick – Less Collection

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COUNTRY GOURMET HOME

WICK – LESS COLLECTION

http:www.countrygourmethome.com/consultant/uid/lisaschultz

Our original “Mr. Momz” wickless wax melt packages come with decorative country fabric ties.  Each package contains six cubes of the same scent.   We also sale a variety of Wickless Warmers.

Scents are all priced at $3.99 each

Wickless Warmers from $12. 75 to $23.95

We offer:

31 scents in Aroma & Herbal

17 scents in Earth

27 scents in Bakery Scents

34 scents in Seasonal

22 scents in Special Blends & Duplicates

22 scents in Floral

29 scents in Fruits

Please feel free to stop by my on line store and do some shopping!!  You will love these scents that last for days!  While there, stop and check out all the choices in mixes (even low sugar mixes)  that I offer to simplify your life!

Thank you and God Bless!

Raising Chickens

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Raised a “City Girl”, always wanted to be a “Country Girl”.  As a child I always wanted a farm.  I love all animals and just found myself at peace when ever visiting a farm.  When my husband and I bought our home on five acres I had big plans.  Horses, goats and chickens.  Well in the meantime my health got worse, so horses were out!  But the chickens finally happened!  We adopted five chickens and this massive coop from a family who had to move.  It’s been the best thing that I have ever done.  I absolutely love my mornings with the chickens and afternoons when they are most active.  Not to mention FRESH EGGS!!  There is nothing as wonderful as fresh eggs.  You WILL notice a difference in taste and color of the yolk.  So much better!  I probably have the cleanest coop in town!  They are a tad bit spoiled to say the least.  They get a “little extra” snack in the mornings and afternoon along with the “scratch”.  I have one that loves to be held and talked too.. Bessie is very sweet and actually stand up for me if another is feeling nasty and wants to peck at me.  Bessie will actually peck at them and chase them away from me.

Chickens are wonderful!.  They are clean, cheap and very quiet.  (Roosters however are not so quiet)  I chose not to have roosters… just wanted eggs to eat, not more chicks at the moment!  They take very little time to care for and they give you the best tasting eggs ever!!  Backyard coops are showing up all over these days, it has sort of become a trend!  But before you go and buy your chicks and put up a coop… make sure you read a bit about raising chickens and knowing the breeds for particular climates as well.

There are a few things to consider when choosing your breed of a “laying hen”.  Climate being one of the most important.  If you live in an area that gets snow (like I do) you want a hardier breed.  You can also think about the color and size of the Hens you want and the color of eggs that you would like to have.  Some people like the “easter egg” assortment of colors.  Ameraucana’s lay Easter eggs in blues and greens, and a Welsummer lays an egg so dark you’d think it was made of milk chocolate.  If you are being practical and just want lots of fresh brown eggs, your best bets are the classic Rhode Island Reds and the Red Stars.  These are hardy birds and great layers.  I have Rhode Island Reds.  They are very friendly, adapt well in the different temperatures that we get here and are wonderful layers.  I install a heat lamp in the winter that points into the nesting boxes to keep them warm at night.  If they get to warm they all head down to the end of the “hall” and sleep away from the lamp… but they have the option of being closer to it if they are colder.

Right now the coop has tarps up on the sides of it to keep out the wind, snow and rain.  It’s important that they have a dry place to go to.  We plan on doing some remodeling of the coop this spring.  We will be putting a raised floor in to help keep preditors from digging in to the coop and putting siding on the sides of the building to keep the weather out.  I will put in windows for cross ventilation which is very important and actually cover the “yard” with netting to keep out preditors as well.   I will also be raising “red worms” to feed to them as I do not let my chickens “free range” because of the wild life where I live.  They’d be eaten up in a heart beat by a mountain lion or bear!  So they have a yard that will sometimes get a worm or bug… but they keep it so clean, that I have to do the bug and worm hunting for them!  I often buy them dried meal worms from the feed store.  Big treat for them!

My advice to you if you want to simplify your life a little and save on the grocery bill… do some studying on raising chickens.  Then go for it… it’s simple, it’s fun, it’s very entertaining and you’ll love your fresh eggs for breakfast, baking and gift giving!