45 Unique Ways to Decorate Eggs

45 Unique Ways to Decorate Eggs

Note: If there is one thing I have discovered while preparing for this article, there are as many ways to decorate eggs for Easter as there are pictures to draw on paper. I have tried to stick to simple ideas that let your creativity flow. Most of these ideas are based on a concept rather than a project with a specific goal. I hope you enjoy these ideas. If you color your eggs year after year, it is easy to get tired of the same old thing. Fortunately there are dozens of different ways to ... [ Read More ]

Recovering and Passing on Lost Skills

Recovering and Passing on Lost Skills

  As a culture we tend to live in the moment. While in one sense this is not a bad thing, when living in the moment means not thinking about potential outcomes in our future, we are at risk of leaving our children ill-prepared to meet their future. History shows that disasters do happen, and when they do, will future generations have the skills they need to weather those disasters? I have heard so many people say, that will never happen…. Perhaps not in our lifetime, but eventually? ... [ Read More ]

How Long is Long Enough for Emergency Preparedness?

How Long Should You Prepare for an Emergency

  February is emergency preparedness month here at Old Fashioned Families, I will be sharing a post at least once a week about being prepared, and we will be talking about preparedness on the forums which you can visit here. Disasters come in all sizes and shapes and can happen anytime or anywhere. This is a topic that we should all pay attention to no matter where we live, but there is plenty of debate as to how much preparedness we should engage in. At one extreme there are those ... [ Read More ]

Under $20 – The Ultimate Hand Picked List of Last Minute Gifts for Your Favorite Homesteader or Homemaker

Under $20 - The Ultimate Hand Picked List of Last Minute Gifts for Your Favorite Homesteader or Homemaker

    I was asked by a reader to come up with another gift list for the blog, based on gifts that were low budget. My original post is here. While many of these items are under $20 there are plenty of other items I would love to have for my kitchen and garden under that price point. Here are just a few that I either have or made it onto my wish list. *IMPORTANT NOTE* If you have not done so already grab your free 30 day trial to Amazon Prime . You can use it to have your gifts ... [ Read More ]

5 Tips For Organizing and Keeping Track of your Garden Tools

5 Tips For Organizing and Keeping Track of your Garden Tools

      Late winter and early spring is the perfect time to think about all of the important tasks that need to be done before the gardening season gets started. I usually start thinking about my gardens right around Christmas, and start planning in earnest right after the first of the year. While it is too early to even consider planting anything, it is not too early to get all of your tools organized and do any maintenance on them they might need. There is a post here ... [ Read More ]

Super Easy, One Bowl, Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Super Easy, One Bowl, Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies

    These cookies are a breeze to make, you can mix them all in one bowl, the hardest thing about making them is unwrapping the Hershey's kisses! I like to make these every year at Christmas and they are one of the first things to go. This year I am going to make sure there are plenty by making two full double batches. (There are six of us in this house so they will go fast). These are easiest if you have a stand mixer, if you don't then you can still make them but you ... [ Read More ]

Kindle Free and Bargain Christmas Books for Homesteaders and Families

Kindle Free and Bargain Christmas Books for Homesteaders and Families

    I have received quite a bit of feedback about my kindle book posts and gift guides so since it is not too late to buy gifts from Amazon for Christmas I am going to add a few posts in the next couple of days for free and low cost books and gifts for your homesteaders and family members. If you are worried about getting your gifts in time, consider signing up for a free trial for the Amazon Prime membership. If you do not want it after the holidays you can cancel it, and 3 day ... [ Read More ]

Gifts for Your Favorite Furry and Feathered Friends

Gifts for Your Favorite Furry and Feathered Friends

      I don’t know about you but I like to include the feathered and furry friends in my Christmas planning. They may not know it is Christmas but they certainly appreciate the thought you put into the extras you get for them. It is also a great way to teach kids compassion and love for all living beings. In addition to donating to your local animal shelter or charity program that helps keep pets fed and in their homes, don’t forget to add a little something extra to ... [ Read More ]

Three Fun Ways for Kids to Play with Their Food

Photo courtesy of Fun Kid Pajamas

    Today's post is a guest post, courtesy of www.funkidspajamas.com   Usually we tell our kids not to play with their food, but occasionally there are exceptions. Here are three of them. From caterpillars made of fruit, to reindeer breakfasts, with these fun and edible dishes, your kids can have a great time cooking, playing, and eating. 1. Reindeer Breakfasts With this dish, your children can kick off their day with some delicious food and play before even ... [ Read More ]