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Have a Relaxing Labor Day

I hope you are spending the day with friends and family. Enjoy your day.HaveAGreatLaborDay

The Great Zucchini Hop

Overwhelmed with zucchini?

A large zucchini!

A large zucchini!

Looking for neighbors with unlocked cars so you can leave some zucchini in the front seat?

Abundant zucchini!

Abundant zucchini!

There are actually lots of wonderful ways to enjoy zucchini. Do you need a few new ideas?

Zucchini Quiche

Zucchini Quiche

Check out all of the great ideas here and share your recipes, growing tips, harvesting methods, and preservation instructions!



Marvelous Blueberry Muffins

It’s been a good year for blueberries, not the best ever but our bushes have been supplying us with a good amount of berries. Usually we have enough to freeze and make jam but our early bearing bushes only gave us enough to enjoy and to make some of the most marvelous muffins!blueberries

 

Our late bearing bushes are covered with berries and are just beginning to turn blue. Hopefully we’ll get a good harvest before we see any signs of frost! We’ve already had some nights down in the 40s. I hope it doesn’t get any colder in the near future.

Late bearing blueberry bushes.

Late bearing blueberry bushes.

These blueberry muffins are another family favorite, delicious warm out of the oven or perfect for freezing to enjoy later this winter. The recipe makes 2 dozen so you can even eat half now and freeze half for later.

Blueberry Cream Muffins

4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil (I used refined coconut oil)
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups flour ( I used 3 cups regular and 1 cup sprouted whole wheat flour)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 cups sour cream
2 cups fresh blueberries

In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Add the sugar and while your mixer is going add the oil and vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients and add them, along with the sour cream, to the sugar mixture. Gently fold in the blueberries.

Gently fold in the blueberries.

Gently fold in the blueberries.

Spoon into greased muffin tins.

Spoon batter into muffin tins.

Spoon batter into muffin tins.

 

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Makes 2 dozen.

cinnamon, blueberry, muffins

Ready to eat or freeze!

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HomeAcre Hop #85

Welcome to The HomeAcre Hop!

HaveAGreatLaborDayWhere did the summer go? I can’t believe we are heading into Labor Day weekend. I’m looking forward to the long weekend, we will have a houseful of company all arriving on Friday! This is an annual tradition and a gathering of friends we’ve known since high school or even longer! Such fun to connect and spend the weekend together. A highlight is gathering around the campfire each night. What do you have planned for the weekend?

I hope you join us in the HomeAcre Hop this week, share your homesteading, homemaking and homeschooling posts!

Please, only link posts that you haven’t linked before and follow the rules!

Be sure to visit the other hosts as well. We would love to have you follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Etsy, Google+, Instagram or by email

Sandra @ Clearwater Farm,
Kathi  @ Oak Hill Homestead,
Mary  @ Homegrown on the Hill,
Heidi  @ Pint Size Farm,
Lisa @ The Self Sufficient Homeacre,
and Me! (Nancy @ On The Home Front)

Each co-host will feature their favorite post so be sure so check out the other blogs to see if you’ve been featured! Be sure to link back to one our our blogs if you’d like to be featured! Thank you everyone for your fantastic posts.  If you were featured be sure to pick up your “I was featured” button. We look forward to seeing what you have to share this week!

One f my favorite posts from last week was the post that Mary of Back To The Basics wrote on Fight Illness Fight GMOs!green beans noGMO

 

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My Garden: Tomato Harvest

My garden hasn’t done extremely well this year and my tomatoes are not producing a huge crop. However I picked enough the other day to make some Roasted Tomato Sauce, which we use on our homemade pizza!

Be sure to use garden fresh tomatoes!

Be sure to use garden fresh tomatoes!

I like this recipe as you only need 4 pounds of tomatoes and they can be any type. Whenever I have a small amount of tomatoes that need to be used up I make this sauce.

Roasted Tomato Sauce

4 pounds of tomatoes, any type
1 onion, coarsely chopped
¼ cup of fresh herbs, chopped (your choice)
3 large garlic cloves, chopped
1/8 cup olive oil

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Remove the core from the tomatoes and chop the tomatoes, onions and herbs. Mix all the ingredients in a roasting pan. Roast for 70 minutes without opening the oven door.

Combine all the ingredients and place in a large roasting pan.

Combine all the ingredients and place in a large roasting pan.

Remove from the oven.

Roasted Tomatoes

Roasted Tomatoes

Run the ingredients through a Foley mill or other strainer, to get a nice thick sauce.

Roasted Tomato Sauce

Roasted Tomato Sauce

Divide into small containers and freeze.Pizza Sauce I do not can this sauce because of the oil. Each container is perfect for two pizzas!

pizza, recipe

Add sauce to the pizza.

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Frugal Tips: Patching a Hole in the Wall

Now that we are empty nesters we are repainting some of our children’s bedrooms. As you might imagine there are various spots on the walls that need to be fixed before they can be repainted.

Holes in the wall.

Holes in the wall.

One of the simplest household fixes is patching a small hole in the wall. You don’t need to hire a professional you can do it yourself!

Another spot to be fixed.

Another spot to be fixed.

First make sure that the hole or crack is not part of a larger structural problem or caused by a leak. In which case you should consult a professional. However if the crack or hole is due to someone banging a piece of furniture against the wall or hanging a hammock in their room,  you can repair it yourself.

Some holes are larger than others.

Some holes are larger than others.

Beyond your basic tools, you will need to purchase a can of spackling compound

Some basic tools and speckling compound.

Some basic tools and speckling compound.

and a putty knife about an inch in width.

Other tools you may need.

Other tools you may need.

You will also need some fine sandpaper.

You will need some sanding paper.

You will need some sanding paper.

Scrape away any loose paint or plaster from the hole. Use a knife if necessary.

Scrape or cut away the loose material.

Scrape or cut away the loose material.

Scoop the spackling compound onto your putty knife and run the knife over your crack or hole.IMG_0386

Allow the compound to harden and then apply another layer of the compound. Continue applying compound until the crack or hole is completely filled.IMG_0388

When the final layer is dry, gently sand the repaired surface of the wall with your fine sandpaper until it is smooth.

Before painting your wall, use some primer or wall paint over the spot you have repaired. IMG_0389Now you are ready to repaint your room. Wasn’t that easy?

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