"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

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Gingerbread House Winner! 2014


Well the votes are in and boy was this a close one. The winner only won by one vote and that winner was ME!


I honestly can’t believe it. I thought for sure my hubby was going to win. We were tied for the longest time and it kept going back and forth. And I have to admit that my oldest son’s was pretty dang good. He was the one with the candy cane on his roof. Both our boys are going to be some serious competition as the years go on. I mean my youngest did an incredible job on his for only being 9 years old. If you missed the houses you can go HERE to check them all out.

As always we had a blast decorating them. We were all a bit under the weather but still managed to have fun with it.

We of course had to buy extra candy. They just don’t give you enough variety to let your creative juices flow.


And for whatever reason I have no more pictures of the night. I think because I was so focused on my own house. *smile*

Thanks again to all who voted on here and on my FB page. You make it fun to do every year.

Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Annual Gingerbread House Competition 2014

Well it’s that time again. Time for you to vote on your favorite gingerbread house. This year it was just the 4 of us but I gotta tell you, my kids have stepped it up this year. You are gonna have a hard time determining who’s is who’s. And as always I am in no way going to give you any hints. We name them, I number them and you vote. THEN after it’s all said and done I’ll announce the winner in a separate post and break down the night.

You have until the end of the week to vote.

Here they are in no particular order.
House #1 Sweet Shack




House #2 The Snow Swirl Inn

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House #3 Christmas Lodge

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House #4 Candy Coated Cabin

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And here they are all together.


You can either vote by leaving a comment here or on the post on my Homesteader’s Heart FB page.

Don’t worry about hurt feelings, we do this for fun and the kids love it no matter who wins.

Have a lovely day.


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Frog Breedin’ and Worm Eatin’

If that title didn’t make you curious then nothing will. *smile*

To say it’s been raining here in good ol’ sunny Florida is an understatement. It’s rained every day for many many many days now. And when it rains every day for many many days our yard looks like this.


Our rain boots are the only footwear we can wear out back right now and they are oh so sexy with my shorts.

IMG_7013 So when this happens it (the water, not my sexy rain boots) creates a habitat perfect for frogs to come from all around to give birth in. Have you ever tried to sleep to the sounds of frogs giving birth? Have you? Have you? Well, it’s interesting to say the least.

Look closely in the circle and you can see one. One of many. One of probably thousands.

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We’ve had to let the girls out and about for hours a day because their poor coop is pretty mushy too. We like happy chickens not sad and depressed chickens.

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On the upside, if you can really call this an upside, the brave chickens that choose to venture out into the abyss are greatly rewarded with fat, juicy earthworms.  IMG_7022   When the yard is like this the earthworms seek refuge on the surface but little do they know what awaits. Yeah……If I think to hard about this I get grossed out because they eat the slimy, juicy earthworms and then we eat the eggs.*sticks fingers in ears*  La, la, la, la, la!

So to say that I’m ready for a change is highly under rated. Bring on fall. Bring on the cooler weather. Bring on the not raining every single day. I’m ready.

This post brought to you by a girl in rain boots who is in dire need of sun on her legs. Thank you!

Have a lovely day my friends.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Fun Fall Bucket List

Fall is just around the corner and this year I thought it would be neat to write down some fun things to do this season. It also gets the kids excited as they get to see a glimpse of things to come.

Fall Bucket List

I took the painful pleasure of making mine on Picmonkey. I say painful pleasure because I’m not very schooled in that area, but I thought it came out pretty cute despite my lack of know how.

But if you don’t want to go to all that trouble then here’s one you can just print out and fill in yourself. Easy peasy. And if you need ideas of what to put on them you can go to this Pinterest page I pulled up for ya and see what everyone else is doing. You can even use some of my ideas if you’d like. *smile*

Don’t worry if you don’t have kids, this is still a fun way to plan some intentional mini dates with your hubby and if you’re not married how about a best friend? Either way I think it’s a fun idea and will most definitely get you excited about the upcoming season. Even if you live in Florida where it’s still in the high 80’s and fall is just something you do when you trip.

So what do you say? You gonna give it a shot?

Have a lovely day my friends.


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