2 Simple Ways To Eliminate Garden Weeds This Year – By Working LESS!

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Believe it or not, if you really want to eliminate garden weeds, you need to stop working so hard! It may sound a bit odd, but many of the weeding problems faced by gardeners are a result of working the soil

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4 Perfect Plants To Grow To Repel Mosquitoes From Your Patio, Yard & Garden

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Yes, you can help repel mosquitoes simply by growing plants! It won’t be long until summer is here. Unfortunately, with the warm weather comes the nasty issue of pesky mosquitoes! Nothing can quite ruin a perfect outdoor evening like a swarm

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Homemade Zuppa Soup Recipe – Copycat Olive Garden Version

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Zuppa soup is one of the most craved soups in our household.  Although its formal name is Zuppa Toscana soup at the Olive Garden restaurant, in our house, we shortened it to plain old Zuppa soup.   In an effort to replicate

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The Struggle To Keep Our Bees. What Is Really Happening To Honeybee Hives?

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Our two honeybee hives at the farm provide us with so much more than just incredible honey. They also help to pollinate many of the fruit trees, vegetable crops and flowers in our garden and landscape. In addition, they are simply

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Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe – An American Irish Tradition

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 So maybe corned beef and cabbage really didn’t originate in Ireland, however, it has become a meal time tradition on St. Patrick’s Day here in America.   And if you are wondering about what the term corned beef means, don’t

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The Farmhouse Porch Is Complete! Creating Homemade Porch Railings From Rebar

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Who knew creating homemade porch railings could be so easy? I guess we’ve never been ones to stay traditional. So when it came time to put deck railings on the back porch of the Simple House, we certainly didn’t want to

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Growing Pumpkins – How To Grow A Great Pumpkin Crop This Year

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There is just something special about growing pumpkins! The tips and tricks to successful growing are the same – whether you want to grow a few pie pumpkins for delicious pies, rolls or donuts, or large ones worthy of a

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Orange Marmalade Recipe – Ready To Enjoy In Just 30 Minutes!

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I have to admit, I have never been a huge fan of orange marmalade.  However, I do enjoy, and often crave, the popular Chinese take out dish of Orange Chicken. Which has now led me to start loving orange marmalade.

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How To Acid Stain Concrete Floors, Patios or Basements In 4 Simple Steps

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Ever since publishing an article last summer about using acid stain on the concrete floors in our Simple House, we have been bombarded with requests for more information. So today, we thought we would take you through the entire process

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4 Key Tips To Create A Garden For Canning And Preserving – Grow Your Food This Year!

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More and more people are planting backyard gardens every year for canning and preserving! Beyond the simple joy of getting to play in the dirt and experience the great outdoors – gardening has become more popular than ever as people

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Delicious, Light and Fluffy Eggless Pancakes Recipe – Amazing Flavor!

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Are you looking for an eggless pancakes recipe that is just as fluffy and tasty as traditional pancakes? Well look no more!  Due to allergies and dietary preferences of a few members of our extended family, we wanted to find

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How To Easily Collect Rainwater To Water Your Garden, Flowers and Landscape!

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Creating A Simple, Inexpensive Way To Collect Rainwater When we first started our little “farm” back in 2010, we had little to work with. No house, no electricity, and no on-site well for water. So when it came to planting our

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5 Perfect Tomatoes To Grow That Will Feed Your Family & Stock Your Pantry!

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5 Perfect Tomatoes. Of all the plants we grow in our garden each year – there is simply not one more valuable than the amazing tomato. For us, it is so much more than just an incredible fresh vegetable. Beyond

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Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Recipe – A New Orleans Classic

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Although most popular on Fat Tuesday, chicken and sausage gumbo is a wonderful comfort meal any time of the year.  I fell in love with gumbo while visiting New Orleans a few years back and have tried to replicate that

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Raised Row Gardening Grows – The Simple Growing Method Takes Center Stage!

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Raised Row Gardening has certainly come a long way! What started as a simple method for us to try to garden smarter, and not harder – raised row gardening has taken on a life of its own.  The advantages of

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8 Simple Tips To Grow Your Best Tomato Crop Ever. Period!

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If you are like most avid vegetable gardeners, you are always searching for new ways to grow your best tomato crop ever. And with good reason! Ripe, juicy, tomatoes are amazing to eat, especially fresh from the vine. But a great

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Chocolate Fudge Cake – With A Surprise, Healthy Ingredient

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Our son ate 3 pieces of this chocolate fudge cake and said, “This is the best chocolate cake that I’ve ever had!” He had no idea that the secret ingredient that made it taste so good was cauliflower.  Seriously, I

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Building With Shiplap – How To Use Shiplap To Build Anything!

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When it comes to building with shiplap, the sky really is the limit! This incredible wood can be used for so much more than just great looking walls. It is actually the perfect wood for DIY’ers looking to build nearly

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Container Gardening Secrets – 6 Tips For Gorgeous Pots, Containers & Baskets!

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Whether you live on a farm, in the suburbs, or the middle of the city, nearly everyone can experience the joy of container gardening.  Container gardening is a great way to grow your favorite flowers, vegetables, herbs and more. All you need

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A Kitchen Miracle! 5 Great Reasons To Own An Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

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If you enjoy soups, stews, slow cooked meats, steamed veggies, rice or beans, you won’t believe what an Instant Pot will do for you! The time and electricity that you will save makes the cost of the purchase worth it

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The Baby Chicks Are Coming! The Joy and Ease of Raising Backyard Chickens

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In just a few weeks, the farm will have a few new residents! 18 of them in fact. Cute, fuzzy, little balls of fur that will grow to be our latest flock of chickens at the farm. More and more

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3 Simple Organic Fertilizers That Can Power Your Garden!

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The Power of Organic Fertilizers! Let’s face it, sometimes your vegetable plants need a little boost. When it comes to the dirt in the garden, vegetable plants can consume a lot of the trace elements, minerals and nutrients in the soil that are

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Baked Honey Barbecue Wings Recipe – A Superbowl Party Hit!

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Baked honey barbecue wings are one of our favorite appetizers when we are feeding a crowd. By seasoning the wings before they bake, they develop an extra depth of flavor before being tossed in the homemade sauce. The wings bake up

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The Simple House Construction Budget – The Cost To Downsize

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“What was the simple house construction budget for your home at the farm?”  “Did it really save you money?” Ever since starting our Simple House Project series on the blog, questions like those find their way into our inbox nearly every

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How To Start Vegetable Seeds Indoors – 7 Simple Tips To Big Success!

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When it comes to advice on how to successfully start vegetable seeds indoors, there are a few simple tips that can go a long way towards ensuring success. Contrary to what many think, the process is not difficult. Nor does

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Steel Cut Oats, The Perfect Breakfast Choice! – Delicious Recipe Included

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Why should you choose steel cut oats for your breakfast? Well before we get into the specifics, first and foremost, they are really, really good! Not all oatmeal is created equal. Just take a stroll down your grocery aisle and

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5 Simple Yet Essential Garden Tools That Every Gardener Should Have!

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The best part of gardening is that it doesn’t take a lot of expensive equipment to have a great looking space. With that said, there are a few inexpensive tools that can really lighten the load when it comes to

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An Incredible New Garden Website For Gardeners, By Gardeners!

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A new garden website?!! I don’t think we’ve ever been more excited to release an article than we are today! Today is the official launch of a new garden website, created with one purpose – to celebrate gardeners and gardens

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Classic Homemade White Bread Recipe – Preservative-Free Freshness!

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Make this classic, homemade white bread recipe and you will never buy store-bought bread again!  The taste of homemade bread is just simply better than store-bought bread! Not to mention it’s preservative-free, inexpensive to make, and doesn’t take a whole

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Our 2017 Garden Plan – Growing Incredible Flavor In The Garden

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It’s time for our 2017 garden plan! To an avid gardener, creating a garden plan is like trying to paint a masterpiece. Or perhaps, attempting to write a prize-winning novel. For us, it has always been a great way to look

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3 Great Ways To Stop Weeds This Year Without Using Harsh Chemicals

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“How can I stop weeds without spraying everywhere?!” It is probably one of the most popular questions to our blog every spring, summer and fall. Weeds can ruin more than the just the look of your property. By robbing the

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Thai Chicken and Zucchini Noodles Recipe, Healthy and Delicious!

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Our Thai Chicken and Zucchini Noodles Recipe is the perfect dish for those who are craving pasta but are searching for a lighter and healthier meal.  We love pasta in our house, but unfortunately, the excess amount of carbs in

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2 Insanely Simple Ways To Live Healthier, Have Less Stress & More Cash!

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A few weeks back, someone asked us in an interview if we could name the top 2 things that have helped us live healthier. The answers came out so quickly and easily that we both looked at each other and knew

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5 Incredible Vegetable Plants To Grow In Your Garden This Year!

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It’s time for this year’s list of Incredible Vegetable Plants to grow in the garden! Another calendar year has turned – and even though it’s cold outside, that means its time to start thinking about Garden Season! It sounds almost too good

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Chicken and Rice Burrito Bowl Recipe- A Quick and Healthy Meal

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Making your own chicken and rice burrito bowl is super easy to do and makes for a quick and healthy meal. In fact, if you use an electric pressure cooker, like the Instant Pot, it can be made in a single

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Top 10 Photos From The Farm For 2017 – And An Aerial Flyover Tour!

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Taking a look back at our top 10 photos from our life at the farm for 2017. First and foremost, Happy New Year to all! On this rare and special occasion that our Sunday Farm Update falls on New Year’s Day,

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5 Essential Keys To Create A Family Budget Plan That Works!

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If one of your goals is to simplify your life, then it needs to begin with creating a personal or family budget plan. Living simple does not mean living without the things you need or want in your life. It

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3 Delicious Appetizer Recipes For Your New Year’s Celebration!

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Looking for a few simple and delicious appetizer recipes to make for that New Year’s Eve or Day celebration? Well look no further! Here are our top 3 all-time most viewed appetizer recipes, sure to be a crowd-pleaser on party day! Our

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Overnight Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole, Ready When You Wake Up!

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Making an overnight slow cooker breakfast casserole is the answer to all of your ‘what’s for breakfast’ worries.   With a few basic ingredients layered in a slow cooker, you will soon wake up to a delicious breakfast that is

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Merry Christmas World! And A Special Thank You From Old World Garden!

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As we do each year, we want to take time to wish each and every one of our followers from around the globe a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Blessed New Year! This is our favorite post each December, as

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Merry Christmas World From Old World Garden, And A Special Thank You!

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As we do each year, we want to take time to wish each and every one of our followers from around the globe a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Blessed New Year! This is our favorite post each December, as

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Christmas Decorating And Winter At The Farm – In Photos

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Christmas decorating and the full force of Winter came alive this past week! A mid-week snowfall and the Christmas season collided for a beautiful scene at the farm. What a way to wrap up the last month of the year in

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The DIY Barn Door Craze – Using Barn Doors Everywhere, Inside and Out!

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The DIY barn door craze is in full gear! Barn doors add add rustic charm, elegance and style to the outside or inside of any home. Even better, they are an excellent way to save space when used in place of a

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How To Build A DIY Barn Door With Hardware On The Cheap!

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The DIY barn door craze is in full gear! Barn doors add add rustic charm, elegance and style to the outside or inside of any home. Even better, they are an excellent way to save space when used in place of a

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Quick and Easy Artichoke Dip Recipe, Prepared And Ready In Minutes!

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Our quick and easy artichoke dip recipe is a life saver when you need to make a crowd pleasing appetizer and have little time.  Most likely you will have all the ingredients that you need in your pantry or refrigerator

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Creating An Annual Goal List – Setting The Goals To Accomplish Life

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It’s hard to believe, but another year has come and gone, and its once again time to plan out our annual goal list! Without a doubt, our Annual Goal List has been the most pivotal factor in helping us create

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3 Unique And Inexpensive Gardening Gifts For The Gardener In Your Life

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Looking for a couple of unique gardening gifts for that hard-to-buy-for friend?  Almost everyone has at least one dirt digging, plant loving gardener on their Christmas list. And during this season of giving, why not surprise them with something to celebrate

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Corn Flake Cookies Recipe, A Christmas Cookie Taste You Won’t Believe!

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Have you ever tried Corn Flake Cookies? WAIT – Don’t stop reading here!!! The first time I tried one, I never knew they were made with corn flakes, let alone dates! But as everyone was raving about the chocolate covered

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What Is Your All Time Favorite Christmas Cookie? We Want Your Vote!

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So what is your favorite Christmas cookie of all time? Is it the famous sugar cookie cut-out, beautifully decorated with classic icing? Or perhaps the more decadent thumbprint cookie filled with a favorite jelly? No  matter the choice, there is no

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5 Amazing Habits To Help Simplify and Fulfill Your Life In 2017!

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What does it take to simplify your life?  We are often asked to speak to various groups about our little farm, on topics ranging from the garden and canning, to the chickens, bees and more. But lately, more than ever,

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What Makes The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie? Here’s Our Recipe

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What makes the perfect chocolate chip cookie? Ask anyone and no answer will be the same.   Some people like their cookies to be crisp and crunchy, while others like them to be soft and gooey. Growing up I would

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Creating A Homemade Gift Basket, Celebrate Christmas With Love & Food

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Nothing quite captures the spirit of the Christmas season like a homemade gift basket.  In  a world that moves way too fast, there is something incredibly special about receiving a gift filled with the care and love of home-grown or

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A Thanksgiving Day Menu of Recipes – Celebrating Food and Family

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Preparing a Thanksgiving Day Menu can seem overwhelming. But with a few key pointers and simple techniques, you can impress your family and friends with this ‘back to the basics’ holiday menu.  Thanksgiving is hands down, our favorite holiday. The

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The Farm House Photo Tour Update – 45 Days After Move In

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The Farm House Photo Tour Update – November, 2016. It has been just 45 days since “move-in-day” at the new farm house. It’s hard to believe that in just 7 short months, the hill overlooking the farm has gone from a grass-covered space,

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Winter Chicken Care Tips – How To Keep Your Coop & Flock Safe & Warm!

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Keeping your flock safe from the elements of winter’s fury is a prime concern for most backyard chicken enthusiasts. But with just a few simple tips, it’s actually quite simple to keep your chickens happy and safe through the cold winter months. Chickens

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Oven Roasted Garlic Artisan Bread Recipe – Simple, Delicious Flavor!

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Oven roasted garlic artisan bread – the combination of two of our favorite foods. This week, as we prepared to make our homemade artisan bread, we decided to add in an additional splash of flavor with garlic from our garden.

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The DIY Scrabble Wall! The $24 Idea That Solved A Decorating Dilemma

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The DIY Scrabble Wall Project. Who knew the classic game of Scrabble could provide the answer to our decorating dilemma! A few weeks back, we asked readers to help with decorating ideas for what we now call the “Big Wall”

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How To Use Cold Frames To Grow Fresh Salads All Winter Long

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Cold frames are a great way to grow healthy, fresh salad crops like lettuce, kale and spinach all winter long!  Salad crops are the perfect choice when it comes to growing in cold frames. They are quick to germinate, have

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Comfort Food Recipes – Our Top 5 Recipes To Get You Through Winter

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Comfort food provides us with a feeling of well-being and is usually associated with home-cooked meals that we ate as a child.   Most comfort food is eaten when one is cold, sick, sad, worried, or lonely.  And, if I

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Creating DIY Furniture For The Home – Big Savings With A Unique Look

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Creating DIY furniture for your home can save big money when it comes to your household budget. But even more, it really adds a unique, one-of-a-kind look to your space.  One of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of building

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A Classic DIY Farm Table – Made Entirely From 2 x 4’s!

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This 2 x 4 farm table is the perfect weekend DIY project for those looking to make their own kitchen or harvest table. It’s simple to build, durable, and best of all, it’s made entirely of inexpensive 2 x 4’s! Although we often

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Award-Winning Dry Rub Smoked Chicken Recipe

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Move over red meat, smoked chicken is becoming one of the most popular smoked meats by home cooks.  Not only is it a healthier option than red meat, it is also much easier to prepare. No matter what the flavor

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Acid Staining Our Concrete Floors – An Expensive Look At Little Cost!

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This weekend, it was time to start acid staining our concrete floors. I will admit that we both were a little nervous to get started, especially knowing this will be the final look of the flooring in the house.  So as

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The 6 Power Tools Needed To Build And Create Anything!

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When it comes right down to it, the majority of our farm has been built from scratch with the aid of 6 main power tools.  During past 5 and a half years of creating Old World Garden Farms, we have had more than

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Pumpkin Dip Recipe – Quick and Easy

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This thick and creamy pumpkin dip was a huge hit at our latest get-together. And best of all, it only took minutes to prepare!  Last week we were asked to attend a last-minute party and we knew we couldn’t come empty-handed.

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Creating A Finished Garage On A Shoestring Budget. A Clean, Low-Cost Look

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When it came to creating a finished garage space, we knew for us, versatility would be the key! Our garage has always been part storage space, part workshop and the some. At our old house, we used the space to build pergolas,

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How To Install Shiplap Walls In Your Home – Our Top Tips and Hints

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How did you install shiplap in your house? Did you use nails or screws? Was it difficult? Those questions and more have flooded our inbox ever since we first posted about using shiplap throughout the interior of our Simple House project.

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The Best Way to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

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Although there are many ways that you can roast pumpkin seeds, we have found the following method to work the best for us.  Each and every time, we end up with a crisp, delicious, and healthy snack that is easy

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Autumn Scenes From The Farm – A Photo Tour of Fall’s Beauty

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Fall’s beauty is on full display at the farm. This autumn has simply been spectacular here in Ohio. I’m not sure why, but this just seems like one of the best ever. Perhaps it has been the incredible stretch of

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The Best Soup You Will Ever Eat – The Taste Of The Fall Garden Clean Up

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It is simply the best soup we ever make. Period! And the funny thing is, we say that every single year at just about this time. Each fall, as we clear out the garden, it has become tradition to make a huge

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Coney Sauce Recipe For Hot Dogs or Fries

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I have never found a coney sauce recipe that I http://oldworldgardenfarms.com/2014/10/24/oven-baked-french-fries-the-secret-to-making-delicious-crisp-fries/absolutely loved, until now!  Most of the recipes that I tried in the past were too sweet for my taste. But after several trials of combining various ingredients together, I

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How To Find Unique Ways To Create Storage Space In A Small Home

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If there a key to smaller home living, its finding enough storage space to keep things neat and uncluttered. When we decided to downsize to a floor plan of just over 1000 square feet at the farm, we knew we would

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How To Use Autumn’s Falling Leaves To Power Next Year’s Garden!

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Fall has arrived, and that means it’s time to use those gorgeous falling leaves to help recharge your garden. Collecting leaves each fall has become a ritual for us. It is a simple, inexpensive (actually free), and excellent way to provide valuable organic nutrients

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Homemade Baked Pumpkin Donuts

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Pumpkin donuts paired with hot coffee on a cool, Autumn morning…..Yes, please! Nothing screams Autumn more than pumpkin recipes. So this week we decided to share an old-fashioned favorite recipe of ours – Baked Pumpkin Donuts.  No need to worry

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Creating A Tiny Cabin In A Garage – A 264 Square Foot Guest House

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Although it may not have a trailer base, wheels, or the ability to move – the 250 foot square foot tiny cabin we are creating in the extra space of our garage certainly would qualify as tiny house living. We  wanted to create a private space at the

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe – Make Your Own!

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There is one reason the lines at coffee shops are so long these days – Pumpkin Spice Latte!   It seems as soon as Autumn arrives, the crowd goes wild for the arrival of this specialty drink. Although I absolutely

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The Simple House Photo Tour Update – One Week Till Move In Day!

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It’s hard to believe, but we are down to just 6 short days until Move In Day at the farm! The water, electric, gas, heat and air have all been hooked up – and the mad dash to complete a million little last-minute projects is

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A Decorating Dilemma – We Need Your Ideas For This Room!

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This week, we need some decorating help from our readers! Although we usually come to you with our latest gardening or DIY project, we are in a dilemma with the main wall of the Simple House. So we thought we would turn the tables

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Caramel Apple Pie Recipe

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Caramel apple pie takes the delicious flavor of classic apple pie to the next level. Imagine taking a bite of warm apple pie with a drizzle of caramel on top. That is exactly what you will get when you sink your

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Creating An Accent Wall With Reclaimed Barn Wood And Pallets

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When it came to adding an accent wall to our master bedroom, we turned to an old favorite, barn wood! For us, it is a great way to bring a little history from our farm into our new home. It  was just

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The Bold Look And Low Cost Of Metal Ceilings And Walls

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Metal ceilings? Move over drywall, metal is making a statement. And not just on the roof! More and more people are turning to steel, aluminum, and galvanized metal panels to finish off the inside – as well as the outside of

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Homemade Freezer Applesauce Recipe – No Canning!

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Once you make this freezer applesauce recipe, you will never can applesauce again.   Ok, that might be an exaggeration, but you have to give this recipe a try! Making homemade applesauce is super easy and sooooo delicious! I really

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