The 2014 Homesteader’s Gift Guide!

gift ideas for homesteaders, farmers, hobby farmers, or anyone who loves a simpler way of life!

Say goodbye to the fruitcakes and ugly sweaters…

The 2014 Homestead Gift Guide is here and ready to roll!

You know,personally, I think us homestead-types are pretty darn easy to buy for. I mean, we’re pretty much interested in everything, and easily amused too, for the most part. (Canning jars? YAY! A new egg basket? YAY! Knitting needles? YAY! New muckboots? YAY!)

BUT if you need a jumpstart to your gift-buying efforts, I know you’re gonna LOVE this 2014 edition of the Homesteader’s Gift Guide! There something for both hardcore homesteaders and wannabe homesteaders alike, you’ll be supporting small businesses in the process, and many of the companies have provided exclusive coupon codes just for Praire Homestead readers! Win, win, WIN!

And of course, if you’re a homesteader yourself, you can always send the link to this post to those people who are asking what to buy you for Christmas… *hint hint*

The 2014 Homestead Gift Guide


Homesteader’s Supply

Your source for self-sufficient living, featuring the Ultimate Cheese Press and cheesemaking supplies, butter making tools, fermenting crocks and kits, farm animal equipment, meat processing, canning supplies and more!

Jill’s Pick: I’ve been drooling over this 13-quart stainless steel milk pail. It’s looks to be more solid than the bucket I’ve been using, and I could use another one anyway. And this basic cheese kit is the perfect start for the person who is looking to add cheese-making to their list of skills in 2015!


Coupon Code: Get 5% off your order with coupon code: JOYFUL5 (good for US orders to the lower 48 states only)


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Nicks Sticks

All of the goodness, none of the garbage! All of these snack sticks are made with the Midwest’s finest grass-fed beef or free-range
turkey. No MSG. No Nitrates. No Antibiotics. No Hormones.… [Continue Reading]

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

homemade cranberry sauce recipe -- you won't believe how easy it is to make it yourself!

*Slurp* *Plop!*

Ah… the lovely sound that canned cranberry jelly makes as you delicately extract it from the can…

Even back before my real food transformation, it always seemed out of place. I mean, you spent all day basting the turkey, and making the rolls, and mashing the ‘taters, only to have the last item you put on the table be this bizarre ridged cylinder of store-bought cranberry jelly. But hey– who was I to argue with tradition?

As a young newly-married cook, I had a life-changing moment: I realized you could make cranberry sauce FROM SCRATCH. (Ok, ok… I know those of you who grew up with homemade cranberry sauce are rolling their eyes right now… but you have to realize I had my head in the sand for a good many years…)

Ever since then, I look forward to making this cranberry sauce recipe every year. It’s sweet enough that you won’t pucker, but sweetened with honey and orange juice so you don’t get a sugar-rush from it either. It’s pretty much cranberry perfection. And here’s the recipe—>

homemade cranberry sauce recipe -- you won't believe how easy it is to make it yourself!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

  • 3/4 cup orange juice (about 2 large oranges if you are freshly squeezing it)
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup honey (see note below) (where to buy- affiliate link)
  • 12 ounces whole cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest

In a medium saucepan, combine in the orange juice, honey, and zest. Bring to a gentle boil, and simmer for about 5 minutes.

Stir in the cranberries and continue to cook them until they burst and the mixture thickens (about 15 minutes).

Spoon the cranberry sauce into a mold (or bowl, or whatever you want) and refrigerate for 6-8 hours, or until set.

Kitchen Notes:

  • I like to use freshly squeezed orange juice, but if that’s not available, premade orange juice will work too.
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GIVEAWAY: Bainbridge Farm Goods


I quit growing flowers years ago.

Not because I don’t enjoy them (because I do), but they just haven’t made the cut on the project list lately…


Tyranny of the urgent” is a concept with which I’ve become intimately familiar over the last few years… In the midst of fencing and gardening and tending animals and preserving, anything that mainly just serves the purpose of “being pretty” usually doesn’t make my list.


I have visions of the day when I’ll be able to focus a bit more on the athestics of my homestead (I’m seeing flower gardens and landscaping galore…), but in the meantime, I’ll focus on beautification measures that don’t take as much labor (and water) to maintain. Like this gorgeous, full-color metal farm signs. *swoon*


When I received my package from Bainbridge Farm Goods, my heart went pitter-patter, and I couldn’t wait to hang my signs up in the barn and coop. They fit my homesteader-style to a tee.

These beautiful, high-quality signs are waterproof, UV resistant and mounted on heavy duty aluminum — think street sign durability! They are perfect for decoration, or for sprucing up your farm offerings of fresh eggs, organic veggies, or homegrown honey. And yes– they make FANTASTIC gifts!

Win a Sign from Bainbridge Farms!

I’ve been working with Bainbridge Farm Goods and am ecstatic to be able to give one of my lucky readers a sign of their choice. (Winner may pick either a 9″ x 12″ sign OR a 9″ round sign OR a T-Shirt)


You’ll want to go to the website to check out all the different offerings (they have something for everyone! Dog lovers, horse lovers, chicken keepers, egg peddlers, farmstands, beekeepers, and more!) and then come back here and tell us what your favorite sign was.… [Continue Reading]

Pumpkin Pie Recipe: Made with Honey

A from-scratch pumpkin pie recipe that uses honey and NO canned milk!

The Four Seasons:

Winter, Spring, Summer, and PUMPKIN.

It’s that time of year, where no matter what you are trying to buy, there is pumpkin-flavored something staring you in the face.

Pumpkin candles, coffee, soap, bread, muffins, chewing gum, laundry detergent…

OK, maybe not those last two, but you get the idea…

Let’s be honest, when the pumpkin-craze hits, we’re really just trying to imitate one thing:


The perfect pumpkin pie recipe.

In my humble opinion, pumpkin is THE ultimate pie. It’s the main reason you eat Thanksgiving dinner, of course.

This down-home pumpkin pie recipe is special because:

1) it uses honey as the sweetener, instead of regular sugar (which makes it healthier, AND adds a richer flavor)

2) I ditch the evaporated milk or sweetened condensed milk and use real cream instead.

3) It has the best texture and flavor of many, many other pumpkin pie recipes I’ve tried. For realz.

So let’s do this pumpkin-thing.


Honey Sweetened Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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You will need:


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Mix the puree, honey, vanilla, salt, and spice together.

Mix in the cream, then gently beat in the eggs.

Carefully pour the mixture into the pie shell.

Cover the edges of the crust with a pie shield (or foil) and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.… [Continue Reading]