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.

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…)

Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Sweet White Blend Marinade #SundaySupper with @GalloFamily

Posted by on Jul 13, 2014 in Recipe, SundaySupper | 20 comments

Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Sweet White Blend Marinade #SundaySupper with @GalloFamily

Outdoor dining is one of my favorite parts of summer! I love the laid back atmosphere, plus everything tastes better on a grill. Smokey flavors, friends, family, all paired with laughter and a glass of wine sounds like a perfect evening in my book. (more…)

Grilled Salad with Skirt Steak #ChooseDreams #WeekdaySupper

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Recipe | 2 comments

Grilled Salad with Skirt Steak #ChooseDreams #WeekdaySupper

Once the heat of July really hits, you will find me grilling most of our meals. Grilling brings an endless array of great ways to makeover meals. Salad and Steak… total classic, we have all had it. Now, Grilled Salad, that is something new. Let me tell you, the colors and flavors that grilling your classic salad ingredients brings out is amazing! You have to give it a try.

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Lemon Thyme Ice Pops #SundaySupper

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Happenings Around The Village, Recipe, SundaySupper, Uncategorized | 28 comments

Lemon Thyme Ice Pops #SundaySupper

It is a Holiday weekend. Lots of fun to be had. The heat of July and August are sure to be on the way… right? We actually spent the 4th bundled into sweatshirts to watch the fireworks. It was chilly down by the lake, but it was beautiful. There is just something magical in a small town festival. Parades, picnics, swimming in a lake and of course fireworks. (more…)

Beef Stroganoff… #ChooseDreams Healthy Eating #SundaySupper

Posted by on Jun 22, 2014 in Recipe, SundaySupper | 33 comments

Beef Stroganoff… #ChooseDreams Healthy Eating #SundaySupper

Bad day? Rain on your parade? No party invite in the mail? Sometimes, we just need a big bowl of ice cream or mashed potatoes to comfort us, make us feel better. Certain dishes remind us of home when we are far away or they can soothe away the common cold. Food has the power to remind us of better times, perhaps bring a smile to your face, and warm your soul while it warms your belly. Emotional eating may not always be best for a healthier lifestyle though. This week, #SundaySupper is teaming with American Family Insurance and their campaign to #ChooseDreams. We are bringing you healthy versions of classic comfort foods, family favorites with a healthy twist.  (more…)

Pesto Pasta Salad… #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Recipe | 5 comments

Pesto Pasta Salad… #WeekdaySupper  #ChooseDreams

Today, today is a beautiful day! Even rainy days can be beautiful. It’s a mindset.   School is out for my boys and myself. It is the magical time of summer vacation. I love this time of year to sit back and watch things grow. Watch my boys grow, my garden grow and also watch all the excitement of summer… well,  grow. Each day brings new and exciting possibilities and with family and friends about, how can you not be excited for all that Summer has to offer?!

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