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Take The Homesteader's Christmas Pledge - Homesteading Simple Self Sufficient Off-The-Grid - What's your Christmas pledge this year? If you want to save and truly have a meaningful way of sharing the Christmas spirit with your loved ones, here's an idea for you! eval;. Every year, I hear folks saying that they want their holidays to be less commercial.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe from Scratch Multiply by the number of servings you wish to make. In a small saucepan, combine cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and 2 to 3 Tablespoons of the milk. Stir together to form a paste. Add milk in small amounts and stir to mix thoroughly after each addition. Adding milk all at once will make lumpy hot cocoa.

The Gift Of Time: Come See Our Fun Experience Gift Ideas Several years ago our grown children requested: "Please, no new toys - the kid's rooms are packed!" So we started a new tradition - experience gifts for our grandchildren! Each year RancherMan and I decide on a fun activity to do with the kids. It's a win/win since it gives us a chance to spend some special time with them too.

7 Heritage Chicken Breeds for Your Homestead In fact, some of the largest chickens are brahma's. This breed as listed as recovering on the livestock conservancy and has a very controversial past. However, it was accepted into the APA in 1874 save the buff variety which was accepted in 1924.

Having a Meaningful, Frugal Holiday Season: But NOT a Cheap One — Home Healing Harvest Homestead A couple of years ago, I was told by someone that they didn't like handmade gifts because they felt they were "cheap". So, I put the question out there on my Facebook page, asking how people felt about handmade gifts? Well, the response was, for the most part, refreshingly positive.

Herbal Chai Teas: Two Perfect Blends for Fall Pleasure or for Gift Giving — Home Healing Harvest Homestead Now that we've gone over some Chai basics, here are two lovely blends you can make yourself to give as gifts or enjoy by the fire as the days get colder. Although, you can and should enjoy chai year round, in my opinion. But first…. If you're going to blend your own teas, you'll probably need to make some herb and spice purchases.

3 Ways to Cold Stratify Seeds and Why In terms of seed starting it is a process of simulating a natural condition to allow the seeds to germinate. Many seeds have an embryonic phase that must be started for them to germinate. Seed embryos will develop after the seed goes dormant. The cold temperatures trigger dormancy in seeds.

17 Great Depression Era Recipes Cooking during a time where there was little money to go around meant utilizing few ingredients and turning them into something delicious. So if you want to add a little more frugal ingenuity to your kitchen, and experience meals your grandparents or great-grandparents probably ate, check out some of our favorite Great Depression-era recipes.

Potatoes & Cream In the autumn, the cow is still grazing green pastures and all of the root vegetables have been pulled from the ground in anticipation of heavy frosts. Dishes like this simple version of potatoes and cream celebrate the harvest still coming off the land.

Gardening Gifts The Insteading guide to gardening gifts provides ideas for your favorite holiday gardener including tools, planters, books, gear, and backyard gadgets.

Unexpected Mending Project My favorite jacket is a third hand handmade hand me down given to me by my dearest friend who happens to be Amish. I wear this jacket all fall, winter, and spring. It is the absolute workhorse of my cold weather farming clothes.

Creating a beautiful greenhouse. Make sure to follow us on YouTube for weekly videos from the cottage. If you like it, Share it!

Thriving in Winter. Perhaps it all started when we moved to the cottage three years ago. The day we packed the moving trucks, it began to snow. And didn't stop for ten days. Chickens, cows, pigs, geese, hay, and children were moved in the blizzard and I cursed it as I romped around in full-snow gear, weary from it all.

13 Hair Sheep Breeds You Should Know About If you're in the market for a hair sheep, here are some of the 13 hair sheep breeds you should know about. In the past, almost all sheep were hair sheep instead of wool sheep. The wool sheep that we are familiar with today were created out of centuries of breeding for improved wool production.

A Relaxing Saturday We Get Chickens! We got the chicks in May. All the books, blogs, and "Things I Wish I Knew Before Getting Chickens" Pinterest posts tell you to make sure you have everything all set up before getting chicks. We had an empty bedroom that would soon become the baby's nursery.

Create a Peppermint Bath & Body Gift Set & Giveaway! Just order the essential oil you need to make the following products with the desired scent. You may need a few more drops of essential oil, so be prepared to experiment a bit to come up with a recipe that you like. Here are some ideas for scents that work well in the following recipes:.

Simple Gift Ideas from the Homestead For an extra-special homemade gift, use a pretty basket or bowl from the dollar store with a couple of mixes in Mason jars and a pretty kitchen towel, or a warm loaf of bread and a jar of homemade jelly. Homemade beauty products such as sugar scrubs, facial masks, body sprays, and herbal salves.

A true "honeymoon" As you know, we got married during peak winter prep season - so we kept the honeymoon short and went back to work chopping wood, and roofing the chicken coop.

How to Make Lip Balm with All Natural Ingredients Substitute olive oil, sweet almond oil, or avocado oil instead. I like the combination of coconut oil, beeswax, and peppermint oil for my custom made lip balm. However, you can mix it up and use what you have or order the ingredients you want. This post contains affiliate links or advertisements.

Thy Shall Not Covet Thy Neighbors Clothes Line "Ooh, look at that one!" I exclaimed and pointed, my mouth slightly ajar. "I love that one." 'Tis true that our walks together over the past eighteen years have included gaping at properties we want, but we just bought our first bit of land this year so my husband replied, "That place is a mess!

Turkey & Dressing Patties - ~Texas Homesteader~ A special time of the year when friends and family gather to bask in the warmth of their relationships and enjoy some really good food. So much food in fact that oftentimes the day afterward can leave you scratching your head. Wow, there's so much food leftover!

DIY All-Natural Body Spray Here is the simple recipe to create your own all-natural body spray… Use a clean spray bottle that delivers a fine mist for best results when using your DIY body spray. The bottle shown above is made with metal that doesn't react to the ingredients.

Top 10 Gifts for the Homesteader Hubby This AMAZING list of the Top 10 Gifts for the Homesteader Hubby will help you find the perfect gift! It was easy for me to come up with some of them, but Mr. One Ash had a big hand in helping create this list. Some of these things may just surprise you!

Viennese Whirls These delectable cookies are filled with raspberry jam and buttercream for a treat you can't resist. I was rummaging through an old recipe book a few weeks ago and came upon an interesting sounding dessert recipe called viennese whirls. I had never, ever heard of such a thing, but they sounded delicious.

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