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Fettuccine Alfredo

Feel like eating awesome Italian food but don’t want to go out? Why not make it yourself?! Here is an awesome recipe for Fettuccine Alfredo that my husband and I carefully crafted and is sure to delight. If you’re watching your figure though, this recipe is definitely not for you, but it will make your tummy happy if you do. ^_^

You will need:

  • 1/2 Cup (1 stick) of butter
  • 1 Pint heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 Cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (plus a little extra for topping)
  • 2 Cloves fresh garlic, crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • dash of salt to taste
  • 1 box of fettuccine noodles

Start the water boiling for the noodles while you get the cheese grated and the garlic de-skinned then add the noodles once it’s boiling. In a small sauce pan, melt the butter an add the garlic, saute for a minute or so. Next, add the cream and pepper and simmer on low, do NOT boil. Simmer for a minute then add the cheese and continue to simmer the sauce for about 8 minutes or until it thickens.

Spoon sauce over fettuccine noodles, top with a little parmesan and enjoy! ^_^

I like to add cooked chicken as well, I usually cook the chicken right before I make the sauce and keep it warm in the pan until the sauce is finished. Super yummy!



This recipe was written by Kelley Zdziarski (the Little Elf) of LittleElfsToyshop. I live on a Christmas tree farm with my wonderful husband and parents and happily spend my days making toys to bring smiles to people all over the world. ^_^

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Raising Chickens

I have been raising chickens since I was about 9 years old and I am still loving it today. They are fun to watch, the eggs are great and hearing the rooster’s crow makes my home feel so much like a farm. How can you have a farm if you don’t have any chickens?

 I am currently raising two different kinds, bigger chickens, though they are all different breeds, and smaller chickens called Silkie Bantams. Our coop is designed in a way that there are two separate sides, one bigger side for the big chickens and a smaller side for the little ones. I have to keep them separated or there is a lot of fighting.

 My Dad and I custom built this coop so there is a big door you walk into, then a little door beside the entrance for the chickens to go out to the pen and a big people sized door to get into the pen. Each side of the coop has this set up. The little chicken door is made so you can lock the chickens in at night to keep the raccoons and other predators out.

There is a roost for the chickens to sleep on and lots of boxed filled with straw for laying eggs. The food is a little tray attached to the wall and the water is just a 1 gallon bucket. I prefer the bucket to the normal chicken water dispenser because it’s much easier to fill, clean and break the ice in the winter when it freezes. If we have a bunch of baby chicks though, I do use the little chick water dispensers until they can easily reach the bucket water.

Laying boxes
Food Trays

If you are just getting started and would like a few chickens for eggs, I would recommend getting some Wyandotte’s, Ameraucana’s (they lay blue eggs, very cool) and Australorp’s are some of my favorites. Bard Rocks and Banties are great too and I would recommend trying different breeds to see what one’s you prefer. Though many people like Rhode Island Red’s, I do not as every one I have ever had has always become egg eaters, a VERY bad habit. Larger chickens will lay larger eggs, but they will also eat a lot and not live as long.

If you have children and think they might like a pet chicken or two, I would highly recommend the Silkie bantam. They are adorable, little, soft and very docile. If you handle them every day they will get used to people and be very friendly. They are also wonderful brooders and will hatch just about anything you put under them and be it’s momma. Their eggs are very small though so they aren’t exactly a chicken you would want just for eggs, though the eggs they lay are adorable. ^_^

Chickens are a fun and easy animal to raise. If you feed them, give them clean water every day and keep their coop cleaned, they will give you lots of yummy eggs and viewing pleasure. ^_^ They are a great animal to have if you can’t have horses, cows and other livestock but still want something for your farm!




This article was written by Kelley Zdziarski (the Little Elf) of LittleElfsToyshop. I live on a Christmas tree farm with my wonderful husband and parents and happily spend my days making toys to bring smiles to people all over the world. ^_^

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Welcome New Natural Kids Team Members!

The NaturalKids Team has added some wonderful new members and we would like to invite all of our readers in helping us give a great big welcome to them.

Introducing: I make mainly fabric Dolls and Toys, experimenting in different doll making techniques and using natural materials. My repertoire includes Waldorf Dolls, Folk style Rag Dolls, Stufffed animals and Fruit and Vegetables from felted sweaters and Jointed Teddies. I also make Dolls and Toys especially for babies, using soft and natural fabrics that don’t leave fluff in baby’s mouth when chewed on. I sell upcycled and natural, Waldorf-inspired childrens toys and dolls, children’s woolen slippers, hats and accessories, beeswax candles and goat milk soaps. Little Lily was inspired by my four daughters, and started as a step towards creating a more natural home. Using organic bamboo to create my towels, washcloths, and swaddlers is a simple way to help make that happen. 🙂 EntWorks creates unique little adaptations of nature using ecologically friendly materials including wool, wood, and other natural materials. Everything from charming accessories, toys, and functional warming plushes are included in the shop. Seven Acre Toys is a husband and wife team making heirloom quality toys for children and babies. From their wood shop in Providence RI they create all natural wooden and organic playthings for the little ones in your life. Featuring lovable and huggable waldorf style dolls. Our toys are mainly of the wheeled variety. Thoughtfully handcrafted using untreated Southern Yellow Pine ~ a locally harvested renewable wood and toxin free wood-glue. “Tickety Bu™ offers bamboo luxuries for home, baby, bath and body. Bu blankets of all sizes, diapers, wipes, hooded towels, pillow cases and other bedding are just some of the scrumptious things you can find here. Wearing you baby can be some of the most rewarding time you spend with your little one, and ObiMama is committed to doing it with style. You’ll find top notch carriers for infant through toddler featuring high quality materials and workmanship, original appliques and unique embellishments, the widest selection of fabric choices; all backed by the knowledge and experiences of a babywearing educator and mother of two beautiful sling babies. Wild Child Woolies offers wool interlock diaper covers for cloth diapered newborns, infants and toddlers. Our line of handmade covers includes longies, shorties and soakers ranging from basic to artisan styles. With attention to detail and whimsy; herein you’ll discover some of what one needs for swaddling, wearing, soothing, playing, biting/chewing/goobering on, home & nursery decor. Created as much as possible from reused/recycled and/or organic/non-synthetic materials. Each item is almost as unique and beautiful as the babes and mama’s they are created for. I design clothing for the modern baby and their parents. Many of the goods are made with organic cotton as I strive to always work in as many earth and kid friendly ways as possible. I hand dye the garments using low impact dyes and everything is hand printed by me using eco-friendly and non-toxic water based inks, making it a safe and wonderful addition to anyone’s wardrobe.