Homestead Barn Hop #186 – End of an Era

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“Cultivating the Homestead Community”

I never thought this day would come, but here it is. I’ve been debating it for a while, and have felt torn for sometime, but the time has come.

Today will be the last day I co-host the Homestead Barn Hop.

This Hop has been my baby for almost four years. I started it way back at the beginning of my blogging journey, and it has grown with me. I’ve enjoyed seeing the hundreds of submissions each week as folks share their best stories, recipes, and tips.

However. It’s not going away entirely, as the fabulous Shaye and Kendra will still be running it on their blogs. So, you can still absolutely participate and share over there.

I feel really driven right now to create more of the really meaty homesteading content that ya’ll are asking for: the animal tutorials, the hardcore DIY stuff, the from-scratch recipes, and everything in between. Stepping out of the Barn Hop commitment  will free the space up on the blog and my calendar to pursue these new posts & topics.

I hope you’re ready for 2015, but I have so many ideas and projects swimming around in my head, I can hardly sleep at night. I’m so darn excited and can’t wait to share it all with you. It’s gonna be good. :)

So a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who have faithfully participated in and read the Barn Hop for all these years. You made it a fabulous success, and I hope you’ve gained as much from it as I have. <3

Now, on to the Barn Hop!

This hop is hosted by The Prairie Homestead, New Life on a Homestead and The Elliott Homestead.

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Homestead Barn Hop #185

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“Cultivating the Homestead Community”

I no longer have to wonder what it’d be like to homestead at the North Pole, because I got to experience it last week… We had subzero temperatures for most of the week and I spent a large portion of my time chopping ice and stoking the fire. Cold snaps like this aren’t uncommon in Wyoming, but it seems a wee bit early. I’m trying not to be jealous as I watch my other blogging friends still harvesting veggies from their fall gardens… Hoping it warms up a bit this week so they Prairie Kids can go outside to burn off some energy!

Now, on to the Barn Hop!

This hop is hosted by The Prairie Homestead, New Life on a Homestead and The Elliott Homestead.

Did you share any homesteading related posts on your blog this week? If so, we’d love to have you link up below! Even if you don’t have a blog, we always welcome your comments!

Some Simple Guidelines:

1. Please remember that the Homestead Barn Hop is meant to be a place to share homesteading related encouragement and inspiring ideas specifically related to homesteading. In an effort to keep our weekly round-up clutter free, links which are not specifically homestead related, and any promotions such as giveaways, contests, carnivals, etc, will be deleted in order to maintain the integrity of the Barn Hop.

2. Please remember this is a family-friendly link up. Any pictures or posts linked to the hop which aren’t appropriate for our children to view or read will also be deleted immediately. We’re pretty conservative, so we ask that you use good judgment and err on the side of caution.

3. Make sure that you link to your Barn Hop post, not your blog’s main page, so your guests won’t have any trouble finding your great tips.

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Homestead Barn Hop #184

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“Cultivating the Homestead Community”

Just in case there was any doubt…

Summer is officially OVER.

We woke up to a chilly, snow covered homestead on Monday morning. Combine that with the time change(I’ll add my voice to the mix of people who aren’t a fan of that, by the way… I’m a little jealous of you Arizona-folks who don’t have to worry about it!) and the early darkness, and I definitely feel like gorging myself on tea and soup right now!

Time to shift to my inside project list I suppose… I know my cupboards, pantry, closets, and cabinets are in dire need of some attention after a summer of neglect!

Now, on to the Barn Hop!

This hop is hosted by The Prairie Homestead, New Life on a Homestead and The Elliott Homestead.

Did you share any homesteading related posts on your blog this week? If so, we’d love to have you link up below! Even if you don’t have a blog, we always welcome your comments!

Some Simple Guidelines:

1. Please remember that the Homestead Barn Hop is meant to be a place to share homesteading related encouragement and inspiring ideas specifically related to homesteading. In an effort to keep our weekly round-up clutter free, links which are not specifically homestead related, and any promotions such as giveaways, contests, carnivals, etc, will be deleted in order to maintain the integrity of the Barn Hop.

2. Please remember this is a family-friendly link up. Any pictures or posts linked to the hop which aren’t appropriate for our children to view or read will also be deleted immediately. We’re pretty conservative, so we ask that you use good judgment and err on the side of caution.

3. Make sure that you link to your Barn Hop post, not your blog’s main page, so your guests won’t have any trouble finding your great tips.

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Homestead Barn Hop #183

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“Cultivating the Homestead Community”

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 When it comes to making beef stock…

I don’t mess around! I like making several gallons at a time, and I did just that this week. Soup season is HERE and by golly, I’m going to be ready!
I like to use knuckle bones from our home-raised, grassfed beef. I brown them a bit in the oven, then toss them in a pot with veggies, herbs, and water. Simmer all day, and voila! Homemade beef stock that will knock the socks off of the “broth” you buy in those cartons at the store. From here, you can use it right away, freeze it, or can it.
For more detailed broth-making directions, go here.
And here’s a post that will teach you how to can your homemade broth (so you don’t take up room in the freezer)
Let soup season begin!

 

Now, on to the Barn Hop!

This hop is hosted by The Prairie Homestead, New Life on a Homestead and The Elliott Homestead.

Did you share any homesteading related posts on your blog this week? If so, we’d love to have you link up below! Even if you don’t have a blog, we always welcome your comments!

Some Simple Guidelines:

1. Please remember that the Homestead Barn Hop is meant to be a place to share homesteading related encouragement and inspiring ideas specifically related to homesteading. In an effort to keep our weekly round-up clutter free, links which are not specifically homestead related, and any promotions such as giveaways, contests, carnivals, etc, will be deleted in order to maintain the integrity of the Barn Hop.

2. Please remember this is a family-friendly link up. Any pictures or posts linked to the hop which aren’t appropriate for our children to view or read will also be deleted immediately.

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