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.

Spinach Berry Salad for a Heart Healthy #SundaySupper

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 in Recipe, SundaySupper | 27 comments

Spinach Berry Salad for a Heart Healthy #SundaySupper

The month of February is Heart Health month. People are wearing red and spreading awareness for heart disease. Eating healthy meals is one of the ways to help combat this disease. February is also the month that I am officially over snow and being cooped up indoors eating casseroles. I want to eat fresh foods, even more than on January 1st when so many of us make a resolution to do so. (more…)

Spring Chick Dreaming over at Community Chickens

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in Chickens | 0 comments

Spring Chick Dreaming over at Community Chickens

It is that time of year that I am yearning for the Spring Thaw. Our ground is frozen, there is snow everywhere…and the wind is just bitter cold. Seed and Hatchery catalogs start arriving and the anticipation grows. I am so ready for Spring and new chicks. (more…)

Vernors Cake for a Hometown #SundaySupper

Posted by on Jan 18, 2015 in Recipe, SundaySupper | 21 comments

Vernors Cake for a Hometown #SundaySupper

There are a few things that scream Michigan to me. Cherries fresh from the tree in July,  Whitefish from the shores of Lake Superior, Apples and all things apple crisp in the Fall, and of course Vernors Ginger Ale all year round. (more…)

2014 Year End

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in Family Life | 2 comments

2014 Year End

Ahhhh, Coffee, the nectar of the Gods. I am sipping my first cup this morning and reminiscing about all the great things that happened in 2014. My life is full and I am truly blessed. Family, friends, work, writing, life in general, I have found that at 35 I lead a pretty awesome life. No, I am not perfect, far from it, but I choose to be happy and that choice makes all the difference in the world. Money, sure, we could make more of it, but instead, I enjoy cultivating relationships. Relationships with people are far more important than the monetary things I may leave behind one day. (more…)

Homemade Kahlua {Gifts From the Kitchen #SundaySupper}

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Recipe, SundaySupper | 20 comments

Homemade Kahlua {Gifts From the Kitchen #SundaySupper}

If you are like me, the Holidays are a time of family and tradition. Thanksgiving kicks off the season and now we are in a mad dash to find the best gifts, bake the best cookies and treats, all to make the Holidays special for the people we love. (more…)

My Latest Adventures

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Family Life, Happenings Around The Village | 0 comments

My Latest Adventures

It is hard to believe that I have not posted on my own blog since August 17th. Shame on me. I love writing, it is one of the ways that I get to express myself creatively and share with my friends, family and followers all that I have been up to. It is therapeutic to write.  (more…)

On the Go Guacamole for a Back to School #SundaySupper

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in Family Life, Recipe, SundaySupper | 13 comments

On the Go Guacamole for a Back to School #SundaySupper

Two weeks… that is all we really have left of Summer Vacation. Two short little weeks. . . I can hear the panic in my kids voices as they count down the days. My boys are a mix of excitement. No one likes the early mornings or the homework, but they like most of their classes, love playing sports and generally all the social aspects of school.  Our Cat is probably the most excited though, she likes all the bags. Cat in a Bag (more…)

Dry Hopped Pale Ale… A Michigan Beer Review

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Dry Hopped Pale Ale… A Michigan Beer Review

Michigan is a great state to live in. Sure, we have some Murder Capitals, but that is not the be all, end all of Michigan. There are cities, suburbs, rural areas. There are miles and miles of coast line, inland lakes, rivers, waterfalls, streams… Michigan has a lot to offer.  (more…)

Barley Salad

Posted by on Aug 2, 2014 in Recipe | 1 comment

Barley Salad

This year, I have been trying to stay away from highly processed foods. This  has asked me to get creative with ingredients. Stepping out of my comfort zone of rice or even quinoa, and try new things. Grains, Carbs, they can get a bad reputation in my opinion, but I like my grains and so I need to be more adventurous when I use them. My new grain of choice… Barley. It is not just for the condensed beef soups that you may have grown up with. Barley is awesome.  (more…)

Summer Thoughts

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Family Life, Happenings Around The Village | 0 comments

Summer Thoughts

Summer Vacation… just those two little words can bring out so many emotions. Hot days, cool nights, a long stretch of freedom. No alarm clocks, no deadlines. Summer Vacation is the stuff of childhood dreams and as an adult who works in education, I am one of the lucky few to get to enjoy it.  (more…)