"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
--Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, March 30, 2014

100 Days of Happy! Day 6

I’ve been joining in on this 100 Days of Happy thing going around and it’s been really fun. What you do is you post a picture of what is making you happy that day on your Facebook page, Instagram or your blog each day for 100 days. You can start whenever you want and just go for 100 days. I mean you don’t have to stop at 100 days it’s just a goal to set for yourself to make you stop and be more aware of what’s making you happy that day.

I’ve been mainly posting my pictures on my Homesteader’s Heart Facebook page and some on my Instagram but today I felt the need to blog about this particular happy moment.

My 8 year old loves to draw and color pictures and then hand them out to people. Whenever we have a get together he has his pictures all ready to hand out to anyone who enters. He spends hours drawing picture after picture.

Well last Sunday he decided to bring a few of them to the new church we’ve been attending. We hardly know a handful of people by name yet but he bravely handed his pictures to a few ladies that stood still long enough to receive one.  IMG_6684

Fast forward to today. We went to church and one of the ladies that our son had given a picture to came up and said how much she was blessed by his picture and how timely it was on a day that things just weren’t going so well for her and she wanted us and him to know how much it had truly touched her. She actually started to tear up.


Well I can’t tell you how much that blessed this momma’s heart. Our son doesn’t realize it but that’s his ministry right now. No one ever told him to do it he just started doing this on his own. It’s so neat to see God using him in a small but mighty way and it just fills my heart with joy.


So today, that was the thing that made me happy. VERY happy.

If you’d like to join in on the happy. Just use the hashtag #100HHDays I created for this and share on your Instagram or FB page. I’d love to see what’s making YOU happy each day.



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

101 SUPER-EASY Slow-Cooker RECIPES Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Happy Valley Primitives.

Oh happy day, I have another giveaway. Isn’t that exciting? I think it is because I have another great cookbook to give away to you. And if you’re like me, you love using your crockpot and are always on the lookout for some new delicious recipes. It’s a total win win situation here. So here is your sneak peek at “101 Super-Easy Slow-Cooker Recipes”. (affiliate link)


Let’s not waste any time here. Let’s jump right into what this cookbook is all about.

First off I love this series of cookbooks. Every page has a finished picture of the recipe which I love. It also offers a wide variety of recipes. From mains to sides to desserts and appetizers. There is something for everyone. AND the recipes are super easy. No fancy smancy ingredients that you can’t find anywhere. I love that!!

The unique thing about this particular cookbook is that it breaks the recipes down into time increments. Which is cool because depending on how much time you have you can find a recipe to meet that time slot.

So the contents look like this.


I’ve recently made two of the yummy recipes in this cookbook. The first is:

The Easiest Rice Pudding

Crockpot Rice Pudding 2

And the second one is Fantastic 40 Clove Chicken

40 Clove Chicken

I think you’ll like them. Other recipes that have caught my eye are Perfect Pumpkin Apple Cake, Chipotle-Black Bean Dip, Beans Southwestern Style, Squash Chickpea and Lentil Stew and so many more.

You can always check out the Pinterest board for this cookbook as other reviewers add their delicious recipes as well. AND you can go to the Gooseberry Patch website where they have more free recipes from the cookbook. Isn’t it totally cool of Gooseberry Patch to give you such a huge glimpse of a cookbook by sharing so many of the recipes before you buy it? I think it is.

So I bet you’d like to know how to win this baby. Well I’m going to make it super duper easy today. All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post telling me what you’re looking most forward to this Spring. This giveaway is open until Friday, April 4th 2014.

The giveaway is open to U.S and Canadian residents only. Gooseberry Patch provided me with a book to review and to give away. All opinions are my own.

You can always stay connected with Gooseberry Patch on their Facebook page and you can stay connected with Homesteader’s Heart on my Facebook page.

Have a lovely day my friends.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Easiest Rice Pudding

Here is another yummy recipe from the Gooseberry Patch cookbook I’m reviewing called “101 SUPER-EASY Slow-Cooker RECIPES”. (affiliate link)

Crockpot Rice Pudding 2

 This recipes comes with a little bit of a funny story. When reading over the recipe, I read in my precious little mind “long grain” not “long cooking”. There is a difference. Don’t use long grain because you’ll end up with mush. Now the mush tasted great and everyone loved it despite the fact that it looked like baby food, so nothing went to waste. But I can’t wait to try it again the right way. Learn from this people. Learn from it. *smile*

Because I’m a good sport I did take a picture of the finished product and because I plopped whipped cream on top you can’t really tell how badly I butchered this recipe, so here you go. Oh and it’s brown because I used coconut sugar.

Crockpot Rice Pudding With that said, you will have no lovely set of photos showing you the delicious details because most of the pictures didn’t look very appetizing. Ha! Ha!

But here is the yummy recipe that I’m sure you will love.

The Easiest Rice Pudding

8 c. milk

1 c. long-cooking rice, uncooked

1 c. sugar

1/4 c. half-and-half

3 eggs

2 t. vanilla extract

1/2 t. cinnamon

1/2 t. salt

Spray a slow cooker with vegetable cooking spray; set aside. In a bowl, combine milk, rice and sugar; mix well. Spoon milk mixture into slow cooker. Cover and cook on low setting for 6 hours, or until rice is tender. When rice is tender, beat together eggs, half-and-half and remaining ingredients. Whisk 1/2 cup of milk mixture from slow cooker into egg mixture. Continue whisking in milk mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, until only half remains in slow cooker. Spoon everything back into slow cooker; stir. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours.

Serves 8 to 10

Bon Appetite’


Fantastic 40-Clove Chicken

40 Clove Chicken

I’m currently reviewing another wonderful Gooseberry Patch cookbook called “101 SUPER-EASY Slow-Cooker RECIPES(affiliate link) and this is one of the recipes that I’ve tried so far. It was very yummy and VERY easy to make.

You just salt and pepper your chicken and place it in your crockpot.


Next you’re going to throw your 40 cloves of garlic in there. Yes, I used exactly 40 cloves of garlic. I’m a little OCD when it comes to stuff like that. If it says 40 by golly I’m putting in 40. My son even asked if I used 40 cloves so I think he may have a little bit of that too. *smile*. Oh and to save time I purchased already peeled garlic at the store. Highly recommend you doing that.


Next you add your seasonings and the broth and let it cook for 4 to 6 hours.


This is what it looks like when it’s done. You will remove the chicken and make a sauce out what’s left behind. Yum!


Everyone in the family liked this dish.


Here’s the full recipe for ya.

Fantastic 40-Clove Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 t. salt

1 t. pepper

40 cloves garlic, peeled

3/4 c. dry white wine or chicken broth

1 t. dried thyme

1-1/2 t. dried rosemary

1 bay leaf

1 T. butter

Season chicken with salt and pepper; place in a slow cooker. Add garlic, wine or both and seasonings to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low setting for 4 to 6 hours, until chicken juices run clear. Remove chicken from slow cooker and pour juices through a strainer, mashing some garlic cloves through as well. Discard bay leaf. Cook juice mixture in a saucepan over high heat until thickened, about 6 to 8 minutes. Add butter to sauce; stir until mixed. Drizzle sauce over chicken.

Serves 6 to 8

Bon Appetite'


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