Welcome to my World!

Aka…  @VillageGirlBlog

I am Shannon. My interests include crafting of all sorts, backyard chickens, gardening, preserving my harvest by canning and freezing. I am a Foodie.  Fresh, local ingredients are what I strive to cook with/for my family. Blogging and photographing now comes with the Foodie territory. I am a busy sports mom. You know, the one who wears the team colors and shouts “Go Team!!” at every opportunity…Yup that’s me. I attend all the practices and games. I sit in the rain, snow and extreme heat. I carry “trunk blankets” in the trunk of my car. You never know when you may need one, either at baseball or football season. Those fold up chairs in a bag? I am a connoisseur of the camping/sport chair.

I am a sucker for animals. Really, I love them all. It probably comes down to the fact that I believe they all need me. They do, don’t they?  I should really face the fact that I like to be needed.

What else screams Shannon? Reading! Reading and writing but I love reading.  I put away at least 3 to 4 books a week. I do not watch much tv or any movies really for that matter. I’m a book girl. I like them all.

I am a self-proclaimed country girl and nerd all at the same time, this is who I am. I preserve food and talk to my chickens. I wear a lot of sports hoodies. I read… a lot, and I am not hip to the game when it comes to tv shows and movies but I am hip to heirloom veggies, backyard chickens, raising boys and loving life.

Well this is me in a nut shell. I hope you stick around and check out life in my little village. There will be food, photos, crazy chicken stories, motherhood tales and more.

Passions, Seeds and Updates

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in Letters to Great Grandchildren | 0 comments

Passions, Seeds and Updates

Dear Great Grandchildren,

Today, I want to talk about passions or more accurately, finding your passions in life. It is important to follow the things that move you, inspire you, gets your blood pumping and mind churning. Your passions are yours and are individual.  There will be others who may share your passions, but it is entirely up to you what those passions are.  They are what makes you, you. (more…)

Giambotta an Italian Stew {for #SundaySupper with #GalloFamily}

Posted by on Mar 23, 2014 in Recipe, SundaySupper | 31 comments

Giambotta an Italian Stew {for #SundaySupper with #GalloFamily}

Meals have a way of bringing people closer together. There is nothing like a large gathering of family and friends. Enticing smells wafting through the house are a beacon to the kitchen. There may  be someone sneaking a taste or simply wondering when dinner will be ready.  More often than not, the kitchen trespassers stick around for conversation. At my home, the kitchen is definitely the heart of our home. We gather around our small island or lean against a counter while just enjoying being together.

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Verde Sangria #SundaySupper

Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in Holidays, Recipe, SundaySupper | 24 comments

Verde Sangria #SundaySupper

Verde Sangria?! Yes, the Sangria is Green this week. I mean, can you blame me for going green? It is that time of year. I love the Green for St. Patrick’s Day, but also because it is Spring…or supposed to be. I am starting my seeds indoors now. Hoping for sprouts in the next few days. I can not wait to grow my own herbs, veggies and fruits. This Winter was a long one and I am happy to put it behind me.   In celebration of all things Green, #SundaySupper is sharing a theme of Eat Your Greens… or in my case Drink Your Greens. Sangria is a wine cocktail that has been spiked a bit with an extra spirit or two and mixed with fresh fruits. What can be wrong about that?

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Hipster Chicken Keeping

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Chickens, Family Life | 0 comments

Hipster Chicken Keeping

Hipster or not, I am a backyard chicken keeper.  I love so many things about keeping chickens. I love the lessons learned about taking care of animals, nutrition and where food comes from as well as empathy for animals. Chicken keeping is therapeutic for me. It brings me peace. But, there is work involved and chicken keeping in the winter is not always fun. I have a new post up at Community Chickens titled Snow, Chickens and Hipsters.  This is all about my latest adventure of chicken keeping in the frozen land of Michigan as well as recent opinions on hipster chicken keepers.

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Kicking Off a New Page

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in Family Life, Happenings Around The Village, Letters to Great Grandchildren | 3 comments

This is my kick off, my very first “letter”. I have been rolling around this idea in my head for awhile now. My very first blog over on blogger was a little more fun to write. I shared recipes, made crafts, but I also rambled on about different things in my life. I miss that and so the Letters page is born.  (more…)

Blue Cheese Burger Bites {For a Game Day #SundaySupper}

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 in Recipe, SundaySupper | 41 comments

Blue Cheese Burger Bites {For a Game Day #SundaySupper}

 

Game Day! The big day, the one that all of us die-hard football fans and not so die-hard fans can still come together for a great party and fun commercials. The excitement builds all day long until Kick Off. In my family, this is a big day. Football is something we all enjoy. The food is also a bonus. Who doesn’t love all the appetizers, snacks and finger foods? For all of us adults in the world… who doesn’t love to pair all the goodies with a great wine? (more…)

Preparing my Chickens For Snow and Cold

Posted by on Jan 5, 2014 in Chickens, Happenings Around The Village | 0 comments

Preparing my Chickens For Snow and Cold

Easter Egger

It is snowing up a storm here in Michigan. I have shared an article on what I have done to help my chickens for this snow storm and arctic chill that will be settling down over Michigan. They are tucked in, all snug as can be in their coop. There are extra layers of bedding and some added protein to their diets. I use meal worm for this. Your birds will use more calories staying warm in this weather and so I have adjusted their feed to help them. A heated water dish is also in the coop so that they have access to water. I plan on opening the coop as little as possible to keep the wind exposure to a minimum. For other tips, check out the Community Chickens Article. (more…)

Recipe Countdown 2013… Finale

Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 in Family Life, Happenings Around The Village | 0 comments

Recipe Countdown 2013… Finale

For the month of December I have been counting down my most popular recipes of the year. It has been fun to revisit my recipes all the goodies. I had a blast putting them together. Some were big hits with my family, some with my friends, some only with pinterest, but I liked each and every one of them. Today’s recipe was a hit with all of the above. Fittingly it is also a #SundaySupper recipe. I do love that movement, don’t I?  (more…)

Pancetta & Goat Cheese Crostini for #SundaySupper

Posted by on Dec 29, 2013 in Holidays, Recipe, SundaySupper | 33 comments

Pancetta & Goat Cheese Crostini for #SundaySupper

This week’s #SundaySupper theme is Reflections and Resolutions. Fitting right? It is that time of year when we sit down and reflect on the year that has passed and set resolutions/goals for the new year ahead. For me, this past year has been filled with many new and exciting things. 2013 has been a year of transitions. I accepted a new position with the school district that I work for. It has been a wonderful experience and I am truly thankful for it, but it also cemented the end of my role as a stay at home mom. My oldest has gone off to high school. This is still strange to me. My baby will be in middle school next year. This Christmas was the first year in my life as a mother, where there were more clothes and shoes under the tree than toys. All transitions, one phase of life into another. (more…)

Blackberry Caprese Salad for Recipe Countdown 2013

Posted by on Dec 21, 2013 in Recipe | 1 comment

Blackberry Caprese Salad for Recipe Countdown 2013

Blackberry Caprese This recipe is one of my all time favorites. I love everything about eating fresh and eating what is in season. The ingredients are at the peak of flavor. Eating seasonally also makes things just a little bit more special. If you eat blackberries all year long, do you truly appreciate when they make their return to the vines? Is there anything better than the sun warmed fruit? Well, sure, but they are really hard to beat. With only the berries that I have put up from the summer to last me until the next harvest… the anticipation is already building. (more…)