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Recipe Box: Baked Eggs with Roasted Vegetables

I love roasted vegetables and I love poached eggs. I never thought about combining the two until recently. This is such a delicious and healthy meal. My husband, who was a bit skeptical, enjoyed them as well! This recipe serves 2-4 depending on the size ramekins you use.

Baked Eggs with Roasted Vegetables

1 pound of tomatoes, cut into chunks
1 red or yellow pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces (or use Brussels sprouts)
1 zucchini, quartered and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 onion, halved and sliced
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp oil
½ tsp Italian seasoning
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
4 large eggs
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese (op)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray your baking pan with nonstick spray. Place all vegetables in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Toss to coat. Place the vegetables in your prepared pan. Roast for about thirty minutes or until the vegetables are crisp tender.

Vegetables for roasting

Vegetables for roasting

Spray 2-4 ramekins with nonstick spray. I used two larger ramekins for the two of us. Divide the vegetables into the ramekins. Make a well in the center of each cup.

Well for the eggs.

Well for the eggs.

Carefully break an egg into each cup. I put two eggs in each cup. Sprinkle with the cheese, which I forgot. Place the cups on a baking sheet and bake until the eggs are set, about 20-25 minutes. Serve hot.

Baked Eggs with roasted Vegetables

Baked Eggs with roasted Vegetables

Delicious, filling and healthy!

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HomeAcre Hop #110

 Welcome to The  HomeAcre  Hop!

It’s March! Even though we’re still getting snow the days are getting longer and spring can’t be far away! A sure sign of spring will be the sap buckets on the trees!sap buckets

Looking forward to having you  join us this week and share your homesteading, homemaking or homeschooling post! After you’ve shared your favorite post be sure to stop by and visit some of the other bloggers as well. Visit the other hosts too! We would love to have you follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Etsy, Google+, Instagram or by email

The HomeAcre Hosts are:
Tracy @ Our Simple Life
Sandra @ Clearwater Farm,
Kathi  @ Oak Hill Homestead,
Lisa @ The Self Sufficient Homeacre,
Mary @ HomeGrown On The Hill
Heidi @ Pint Size Farm
and Me! (Nancy @ On The Home Front)

Each week I will be sharing the most  visited post as well as my own favorite. In addition each host will also pick their own favorite. Visit each host to see if you were featured! (Remember – If you would like to be featured, be sure to link back to the hop otherwise you will not be featured!)

Most liked post:

The Making of a $12 Blanket written by Katie over at Life With The Crew.6a0192acc602f0970d01b7c753030c970b-800wi

My featured post:
Making Raspberry Jam written by Jon & Ann from Summer Acres.How-to-Make-Raspberry-Jam-06

Be sure to check out the HomeAcre Hop Pinterest Board where we share our Hop Favorites each week.

We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading, homemaking and homeschooling. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week! If you were featured, grab the button to display proudly on your blog!

Congratulations Katie, Jon and Ann! Be sure to grab your “I was featured” button!

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 You are invited to share your original posts on: Homesteading, Homemaking, and Homeschooling! There are just a few little rules to follow:
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Time To Start Planting Seeds

Monday I wrote that Organization is Key. I  find that this is especially true when getting ready to start my seeds! I have a large container of seeds, some that I have purchased this year and many other leftover packets from the last couple of years. How do I know which seeds to plant when?

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Going through the old seeds.

If you go online there are many sources to help you answer this question. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds has a great page to help you. They have placed various vegetables into groups depending on how many weeks before the last frost these vegetables should be started indoors. Leeks and Onions should be started 12 weeks before your last frost date. Peppers, eggplants and tomatoes should be started 8 weeks before the last frost date and cucumbers, pumpkins and squash should be started 3 weeks before the last frost date.

The back of each seed packet will also give you this information. All seed packets indicate the optimum sowing time based on the average last spring frost date. You can also check the new Plant Hardiness Zone Map from the USDA, which will give you an idea, of what plants will thrive in your area.vtI usually download a little booklet from Little House in the Suburbs to help me stay organized. I can fill in which seeds I plan to start and when and also make notes as to when they sprouted etc. I am very careful to label my containers of seeds and keep track of what I plant when!

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Techniques to keep track of your seedlings.

How do you find out the last spring frost date for your area? There are several sites online that can give you this information. Dave’s Garden has a page where you just enter your zip code and it will tell you. For On The Home Front we are almost guaranteed that we will not get frost from June 3 through September 17th! Our frost-free growing season is around 129 days. I do not usually transplant my seedlings in the ground until Memorial Day weekend. Even with waiting we will often have a very cold night where I have to cover the seedlings in the garden!

Seed viability is another thing to think about before starting your seeds. If you are using seeds left over from a previous year it is a good idea to check the viability of the seeds. An easy way to do this is to take 10 seeds and place them on a dampened paper towel. Moisten the paper towel and lay it over the seeds. Place the covered seeds in a zip lock plastic bag and store in a warm, dark place such as a cupboard. Check it occasionally to make sure it

14 Snow Day Activities To Keep Kids Busy For Hours

You’ve woken up to a fresh six inches of snow, and it’s still coming down. You’re kids are huddled around the radio listening to a local channel, praying for their school’s name to be among the cancellations. They hear it, and let out a little cheer. You groan. No school today.

It’s not that you don’t want your kids around, but what are you going to do to keep them occupied besides letting them sit in front of a screen all day? Maybe these 14 activities will give you some ideas.

1. Snail Mail
Several years ago, snail mail was replaced by email, the quicker, easier way to stay in contact with friends and loved ones. But it’s still fun to write letters, and even more fun to receive them in the mail. While you’re kids are home from school, write letters with them. You can catch up with siblings and parents while they contact cousins and friends. This is a fun activity that will last longer than just one snow day.girl smiling doing homeworks on a white background

2. Snowy Valentines
Use all the snow to deliver a message of love on friend’s and neighbor’s front lawns. Build a snowman with a licorice rope heart on the front, or build a heart using an igloo mold. Spell I love you in the snow. The possibilities are endless, and perfect if the snow day lands in February!

3. Marshmallow Tower
With some marshmallows and toothpicks (or dry spaghetti noodles work too) your kids are guaranteed at least an hour of solid entertainment. They can have a competition to see who can build the tallest tower.

4. Homemade Play Dough
Combine salt, flour, and water to form homemade play dough. Use food coloring to dye the dough a specific color for each kid. They can build creation after creation, reforming the dough to their hearts’ content! Not to mention, it’s safe if they decide to put it in their mouths.

5. Make a Book
Most kids love to color and tell stories. Bind a few notebook pages together with some string, and your kids can do both!

6. Snow Scavenger Hunt
Make a list of things for your kids to find in your backyard to keep them busy for a couple of hours. You might add pinecones, red berries, a snowball, and a few pine needles to the list. Have a prize for the first one to collect all the items, and a consolation prize for the others.

7. Cook or Bake
Not only is spending time in the kitchen a great way to warm up your house, it’s also a great way to build family bonds. Give each of your children a job and supervise them closely. They’ll love the quality time they get to spend with you doing a “big person” job.Three young chefs with ladle and rolling pin

8. Potato Stamping
Most people have potatoes and paint, making

Organization Is Key

By nature I am a pretty organized person, at least in most areas of my life. I find that it is very helpful when running a household to be organized. I like to know what’s in my freezer or pantry, it helps me to save money and plan our meals. There are many ways to stay organized. I have spent a little time on the Internet and here are some links to blogs, which will help you to be more organized whether it be in your garden or in your pantry!

Reformation Acres is a favorite blog of mine. Quinn is very organized and keeps track of all sorts of things. From homeschooling, pantry inventor, garden planning to seed inventory. She even has an Etsy shop where you can purchase her printables at a very reasonable price.Homestead-Management-Binder-13-678x1024

Simply Sweet Home wrote a post recently about Printable Blog Planners. I am constantly trying to stay on top of being organized in my blog writing. It’s a challenge to get the posts written, scheduled and then all the social media sharing that goes along with it. Jerri at Simply Sweet Home has some wonderful links for 12 Free Printable blog Planners and Tools for 2015.12-Free-Printable-Blog-Planners

Keeping your pantry organized and planning meal is key to spending less on your food budget. I have a couple of simple forms that I use. Jazmin over at Frugality Gal also has a free 5 Sheet Printable Set that was designed to help you lower your grocery spending. She has three inventory sheets, a shopping list and a meal plan. If you need help in this area this is a great place to start!free-printable-meal-planner-set

Do you want to be more organized in your budget planning? Bob over at ChristianPF offered 10 Free Budget Spread Sheets. His sheets are designed to work with Excel, OpenOffice and Google Docs. You should be able to find something that will work for you!free-budgeting-spreadsheets

Julia and Don from MiniVan Dreams also offer a free budget printable. If you are not organized in your finances you have no excuse. Download one of these helps forms to help you get on a better track.

Another favorite blog of mine is Jes’ blog Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth. In December Jes wrote a wonderful post on An Organized and Orderly Home. She has many inspirational and printable helps! She covers everything from basic pantry labels to organizing your bakeware. I am very impressed with her organized household!aa

Lindsey over at Chickadee Homestead was feeling like she needed more organization in her homesteading life. To help herself and you she has created a Homestead Monthly Checklist. You can download it for free

Recipe Box: Mom’s Crock Pot Beef Stew

Sometimes you just want a simple, tasty meal that you can throw in the crockpot in the morning and by dinnertime you have a delicious meal to enjoy. I love crock pot meals where I can do all the work in the morning and be done with it.

Mom’s Crock Pot Beef Stew

6 medium potatoes, I like to use Yukon Gold
4 medium carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces
3 medium onions, quartered
salt and pepper
1 cup flour
2-3 pounds of beef chuck, fat trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 ½ cup homemade beef broth
2 tsp thyme
2 cups frozen peas, defrosted
2 cups frozen corn, defrosted

Combine the potatoes, carrots, onions and 1 tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper into your 5-7 quart slow cooker. Stir well to distribute the salt and pepper.Combine potatoes & vegetables.

Add 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper and the flour to a large plastic bag and mix well. Add the meat to the flour mixture and toss to coat. Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the meat and brown on all sides.Saute beef. Transfer the browned meat to the slow cooker. Add the broth to the skillet and scape up any bits from the bottom of the pan. Transfer the contents of the skillet to the slow cooker and add the thyme.Add beef to crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until the meat is tender. Add the peas and corn and cook for an additional 1 hour.Mom's Crockpot Beef Stew

Once hated through serve hot.

Mom's Crockpot Beef Stew

Mom’s Crockpot Beef Stew

Serves about 8.

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