Herb Roasted Baked Chicken

Herb Roasted Baked Chicken

Roasted Herb Chicken

This yummy roasted chicken is SO easy to make and tastes better than any other seasoned chicken I have ever tasted! Enjoy!

This yummy roasted chicken is SO easy to make and tastes better than any other seasoned chicken I have ever tasted! Enjoy!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1 Whole Chicken
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Whole Lemon, Sliced
  • 2 tsp Fresh Rosemary
  • 2 tsp Fresh Parsley
  • 2 tsp Fresh Thyme
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. Rinse chicken inside and out; remove any giblets. Pat dry.

  3. Apply olive oil to the entire chicken.

  4. Salt and Pepper the outside of the chicken to your liking

  5. Place lemon slices, rosemary, parsley, and thyme inside the chicken.

  6. Place in the 425 oven for 15 minutes

  7. After 15 minutes on 425 degrees F, lower to 375 degrees F and cook chicken for an additional 50-55 minutes (until the internal temperature is 165 degrees F)

  8. Serve with your favorite veggies and/or potatoes/rice. You will love this chicken it is so flavorful.

DIY Car Care – You’ve Got This!

DIY Car Care – You’ve Got This!

9 Care Care Tips You Need to Complete Before Winter

  1. Check your fluids – Oil, Transmission, Windshield Washer, Power Steering (if your vehicle does not have electric power steering).
  2. Battery -Make sure the posts are cleaned.
  3. Tires – Make sure tread is good and air pressure
  4. Lights – Emergency, blinkers, headlight, tail lights, brake lights,  and reverse lights.
  5. Alignment
  6. Exhaust/HVAC
  7. Windshield Wipers Blades
  8. Brakes
  9. Belts, hoses, air filter


Check the oil! What parent hasn’t yelled that before their child embarks on a weekend journey?


I can appreciate that concern now that I am a parent. Additionally, as our family continues to acquire more and more used cars for our teenage drivers, I am always looking for the ‘original owner’ statement in the for sale ad. You, too? 

There is much to be said for how well your car will run if you take care of it by checking fluid levels and bringing it in for regular maintenance. 

I was speaking with a car dealership owner who shared that most cars on the road are at least 11 years old. I have owned several cars at least that old that had over 200,000 miles on them, and our beloved Chevy TrailBlazer rolled well over 300,000 miles. Yes, it helped that my mechanic lived directly across the street at that time. 🙂


Before the cooler weather hits, check out the nine things you need to have checked on your vehicle to help prevent otherwise preventable car issues during snowy and/or icy conditions. 


For those of us who would love to have a car without a car payment, that IS possible, but you MUST take care of your vehicle! We have created a DIY Monthly Car Care checklist for you to do just that. Buy it!

If you mark your calendar to complete this task the first weekend of every month, you can thank your future self right now! 


This low-cost, instant-download is the perfect way to track how your vehicle is doing. Keep copies in your car for comparison each month, so you can predict if a possible leak may begin. Buy it now!

We created this form and use it for all of our vehicles. As soon as the kids start driver’s training, they know how to perform each and every item on this checklist. We give them one car. Only one. It is their job to keep it running, fuel it and maintain it. 

Check out funonthehomestead.com for more cool DIY tips and tricks.

Drive on!


When Closets Vomit – and Other Signs it is Time to Declutter

When Closets Vomit – and Other Signs it is Time to Declutter

Signs it is Time to DECLUTTER

We all have at least one drawer, cabinet, closet, or room (perhaps it is even your car), that seems to vomit each time you dare open it or enter.

While this post is meant to bring light and fun to the act of decluttering, please know that these areas in our lives are true energy sucks. 

Quite literally, we dread them. 

The Time in Now to take your HOME Back from CLUTTER

We may even fear them (especially if we are throwing bills inside).


So, what is the FUN and EXCITING way to declutter?




If you have several areas screaming at you for decluttering, start with the least frightening one first. 

GRAB 4 – bags, totes, or baskets


Grab four bags, totes, or baskets, or just make room for four piles on the floor (actually three plus a garbage can – a large one – like kitchen-size or bigger). You will be dividing up the contents of your project into: KEEP, GIVE AWAY, GARBAGE and MOVE TO ANOTHER LOCATION.


RULES – 5 easy steps

  1. Begin with a BEFORE photo, and be certain to take a photo AFTER you have finished. Nothing like reveling in your success!

  2. You MAY play your favorite music, dance, laugh, and reminisce while you are doing this.
    “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” – Dale Carnegie


  3. You MAY put everything in the garbage and/or give everything away


  4. You may NOT keep everything


  5. You may NOT just place everything into the MOVE pile. You need to deal with it. Today. Now. The MOVE pile is just for items that were misplaced.



Your goal is to decrease your ‘stuff’ by 30% or more. Shoot for 50%. Why? Because ‘stuff’ weighs us down. I am not going to get scientific and quote medical journals to prove this. If you have stuff you simply cannot part with, then keep it. Will photos keep the memory alive just as well? Take a photo, and move on to the next item.



Snap photos and share them with us!


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Self Care is Selfless and Essential

Self Care is Selfless and Essential

Self-care is both selfless and essential to our health.


We cannot perform at 100% if we do not take the time to check in with ourselves to see where we need some extra love and support. We MUST do this for ourselves; no one will do this for us.

Make a goal to set aside AT LEAST one day each week to re-set in order to focus on filling yourself back up and to acknowledge yourself for being the amazing person you are.

Self care comes in various forms. Consider what you might be needing by asking yourself, “What am I missing? Am I feeling stuck, lost, scattered, bogged down, apathetic, overwhelmed, or anxious?”

Consider the following:

I feel stuck! 

Then get MOVING: walk, run, swim, bike, hike

I feel lost!

Then take CONTROL by decluttering, rearranging a room, deep cleaning a drawer or room, and/or completing a long-standing item on your To Do List.

I feel scattered!

Then focus on BEING PRESENT with yoga, meditation, and/or deep breathing. Download an app on your phone if you do not have access otherwise.

I feel bogged down!

Then EXFOLIATE with a hot bath and body scrub, manicure, foot soak, and pedicure, and/or facial.

I feel overwhelmed!

Then RELAX by journaling, writing a list of things you are grateful for, reading a book, and/or watching a favorite movie.

I feel uninspired and apathetic!

Then get your CREATIVE juices flowing by working on a hobby, creating a vision board, and/or making a list of positive affirmations to place all-around your home.

I feel anxious!

Then seek COMFORT. You can do any of the items above, coupled with a warm blanket, your favorite food, and/or taking a long nap.

White Teeth on a $5 Budget!

White Teeth on a $5 Budget!

Love white teeth but hate to pay the high cost of whitening strips that only whiten the front of a few of your teeth?

This hack is absolutely perfect for the DIY’r because you probably already have these low-cost products sitting in your cabinet somewhere. You are going to create a low-cost mixture that is great to use weekly to keep the entire surface area of all of your teeth whitened.


1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp hydrogen peroxide

1 squirt of your favorite toothpaste



Mix the baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and toothpaste together in a clean container.

Use the mixture to brush the entire surface area of all teeth. 

This should take at least two minutes. 

Rinse, and enjoy the results!


If your gums become sensitive while you are brushing them, immediately rinse your mouth with water. This whitening DIY trick is NOT recommended for people with sensitive teeth.

That is seriously all there is to it. I know, right?! 

See more cool tricks and tips at funonthehomestead.com

DIY Cleaning for Cheap – Do You Have Sink Stink?

DIY Cleaning for Cheap – Do You Have Sink Stink?

Do you have sink stink?

Do you dread turning on the faucet because of the foul smell that hits your nose? Use this easy DIY trick to solve that now!

If you have no idea what I am talking about…move right along to another DIY post. If you do, then you know EXACTLY what I am talking about.

This hack is absolutely perfect for the DIY’r because you probably already have these low-cost products sitting in your cabinet somewhere. I am amazed how well it instantly works. It also reminds me of an old school science experiment from after school TV. Read on…



1 cup salt

1 cup baking soda

2 cups vinegar

1 container that will hold at least 3 cups (I like to use Ball canning jars because they are already marked for accurate measuring)


Remove the stopper from the sink 

Mix salt with baking soda in the container of your choice

Pour the mixture down the drain

Follow immediately with the vinegar

This will cause an immediate fizzing reaction (think Snap, Crackle, Pop) 

About 15 minutes later, use hot water to wash it down. 

That is seriously all there is to it. I know, right?! I just repeat as often as needed.

This post is NOT for clogged sinks. If you have a clogged sink and you have already tried liquid helpers, go out and get yourself this – the Liquid-Plumr Hydro-Pressure Plunger for sinks and drain clogs. It is great. It is NOT great if you have teenage girls in the house who shed over the sink. Then you just need to take the plumbing apart and dig out the mice-sized hair clogs trapped inside.

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DIY Cleaning for Cheap – The Dreaded Stove Top Vent

DIY Cleaning for Cheap – The Dreaded Stove Top Vent

DIY Cleaning for Cheap – The Dreaded Stove Top Vent – Step by Step How to Clean Instructions

I was almost too embarrassed to do a blog post for this oven vent screen because mine was so filthy!

A friend told me that I would be able to clean it using only boiling water with baking soda, so I decided to try it out.

You are supposed to submerge your filthy screen into a metal pot with just enough boiling water to cover it, but my screen would not even fit into my largest pot. The reason you want to use a metal pot is because the metal screen will scratch the sides of any non-stick material. I found this cute metal serving tray, which fit the bill just fine. I have the screen dirty-side-up for the picture, but you MUST turn the screen dirty-side-down when you pour over the water/baking soda mixture.


Baking Soda
Large Metal Pot
Tongs to remove the scalding hot screen from the boiling water
Oven Mitts (if you need to pour the water over the screen into the tray like I did)
A large metal tray to soak the screen if it will not fit into the metal pot


Boil the water
Add ¾ to 1 cup (8 oz) of baking soda to the water
It will bubble like the picture
Turn off the heat

Pour the mixture over the screen in the tray (or submerge the screen completely into the pot of boiling water)

Leave standing for 5-8 minutes

Remove using tongs to prevent burning yourself – the metal gets VERY hot!

Pour out the yucky water

Ta da!

Share your awesomeness with a friend.

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DIY Cleaning for Cheap – Cleaning Screen Door Tracks

DIY Cleaning for Cheap – Cleaning Screen Door Tracks



Now is the time of year for back to school, pumpkin-flavored everything, apple picking, and getting the house ready for the cold weather.

Funonthehomestead.com has put together an awesome Fall To Do Home Maintenance Checklist you simply must check out. The checklist is broken down into categories, including: Stock Up On, Check, Clean, Store/Winterize, Prep, and Landscaping. 

We have been checking items off since the beginning of the Labor Day weekend. Each member of the family has had his/her own share of assignments! 

We have 13 sliding glass doors in our home, so when I saw ‘Clean Sliding Glass Door Tracks’ on the list, I will admit I sighed heavily. I do happen to know of a cheap way to clean them, involving only baking soda, vinegar, an old toothbrush, and paper towels. The only thing keeping me from getting this project done was me. 

Let’s get to it!


Here is what we started with

We have lived here in this house for five years, but I have not cleaned these sliders once since we moved in. The doors were hard to open, and WD-40 alone wasn’t going to fix this mess.


First things first

Vacuum as much of the loose dirt as possible, for obvious reasons.



Gather your supplies

Let’s get to work!

Using the spoon, put the baking soda right into the cracks. For very dirty tracks, use significantly more baking soda. The secret has to do with the vinegar. The vinegar will completely dissolve the baking soda, but the more baking soda you use, the more vinegar you will need. Thus, the more paper towel you will use. You will get the hang of it right away. Trust me!


I used a pump sprayer to spray in the vinegar because I have so many windows. I used four gallons of vinegar to get this behemoth project done in one afternoon. A simple spray bottle will probably do the trick for you if you only have one or two sliding glass doors.

As you can see, the vinegar instantly dissolves the baking soda.



If stains remain once the bubbling stops, simply use your toothbrush to scrub away at them. You MAY need to apply a second round of baking soda and vinegar for very stubborn stains, but you will be surprised how much comes out with no effort whatsoever!


Scoop up all of the standing water with strong paper towels. This is NOT a job to use generic paper towels to complete. You need the extra absorbing type for this kind of wet project. Wipe away the dirty vinegar/baking soda solution. Voila, gorgeous tracks are yours!



I did spray WD-40 on my tracks after I finished them to help provide additional ease of use. These 13 doorwalls were installed in 1992, and I have no intention of replacing them any time soon.

Check out more DIY Cleaning for Cheap ideas at funonthehomestead.com/home! Let us know if you want us to post any ideas for DIY cleaning, too.

Looking for a practical baby shower gift?

Looking for a practical baby shower gift?


You have downloaded the registry to the upcoming baby shower, and you just don’t want to buy a pacifier, diapers, burp cloths, formula, or Desitin, right?

You are looking for a unique, but still very vital, item that these new parents-to-be will appreciate for years to come. But what could that be?

No new parents know what they are doing. They learn through immersion. They can prepare all they want, but until they personally meet and know that new bundle of love, every cry, coo, whimper and whine means something…but what?!

Is baby hungry? In need of changing? Sick?

What happens when baby does get sick? What then? Will Mom and Dad know what to do? 


  • No one knows baby as well as Mom or Dad, so no one can advocate better.
  • Children get hurt. They get sick. Will Mom or Dad be able to remember all medical information, allergies, diagnoses, and medications immediately in case of a medical emergency?
  • The babysitter is caring for baby while Mom or Dad is working, and an emergency happens. Does the caregiver know everything he/she needs to know about the child’s health history, allergies and medications, so he/she can obtain medical care?

This is an instant download. You need only print this record keeper and place it in a three-ring binder (not included). 

Visit funonthehomestead.com for more ideas and DIY projects. Check out all of our medical record health organizers here.

STOP Stinky Foot Odor in its Tracks!

STOP Stinky Foot Odor in its Tracks!

Do you or a loved one suffer from stinky foot odor? Stinky feet are optional!

How to get rid of stinky feet.

My husband has been coaching football for over 20 years now, and he can ruin a good pair of tennis shoes one day out in a rainy practice. Fortunately, I know just how to tackle foot odor!

You probably have these ingredients at home already!

Gather Your Supplies

All you need is blue Listerine, distilled vinegar, water, and a basin for soaking. My husband happens to wear a size 18 shoe, so we have to use TWO basins for him! We got these white ones at the local dollar store.

Prepare the Magical Concoction

Mix 1 cup Listerine, 1 cup vinegar, and 4 cups of very warm to as-hot-as-you-can-stand-it water.

This is all you need to stop stinky food odor in its tracks.

Hope this helps all of you with kids in sports, too!

Soak feet often to keep stinky foot odor away!

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