Merry Christmas!

If I had an unlimited supply of stamps…

I’d send each and every one of you a personalized card from me…

But I’m afraid licking all those envelopes would be a super-human task, considering there are over 37,000 of you who subscribe via email, and hundreds of thousands of others who visit each month.

So hopefully a virtual card will suffice.

Just pretend it arrived in your mailbox and a bunch of glittery-confetti stuff spilled out on the floor when you opened it. ūüėČ

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We’ll be spending a quiet holiday¬†here on the homestead this year. Our Christmas Eve will be spent with nearby family, and Christmas day will be just us and the animals, along with some puzzles, some presents, and some hot cocoa.

I’ll be back next week with a couple brand new posts (including a homemade bagel recipe!), so be sure to check back in after you pull yourself out of that Christmas-cookie-and-eggnog-induced coma. ūüėČ

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, from our homestead to yours.

XOXOXO

 

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

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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!

Website: www.homesteaderssupply.com

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. No Sugar. No Red Dye. No Gluten.

Jill’s Pick: I know, you wouldn’t think of meat sticks being on a gift list, but seriously guys, these are life-changing! They are the perfect size to fit into stockings and my family literally fights over them. They are THAT good. I buy boxes at a time–especially the regular grassfed beef sticks.

Website: www.nicks-sticks.com

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MadeOn Skin Care Products

These amazing hard lotion bars have¬†three simple ingredients: shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax. That’s it! Shea butter and coconut oil are known edible emollients.¬† They soften and soothe dry skin and are gentle enough to rub over skin cuts and cracks. The beeswax emulsifies the other two ingredients to create a beautiful combination to smooth your skin. ¬†Hard lotion is better because it uses beeswax to leave a gentle, protective coating on the skin. The beeswax works to seal in the ingredients for longer-lasting absorption. No water necessary.

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Jill’s Pick:¬†I’ve tried a lot of different hard lotions over the years, but the Au Chocolat bar remains my favorite! It smells so good, you’ll want to eat it. In fact, my bar has a lovely bit mark in it because my two year-old couldn’t resist taking a bite! There are also some fantastic gift groupings if you are having a hard time making a desicion: like this hard lotion/lip balm combo, or this cute little variety pack.

Website: http://store.hardlotion.com/

Coupon Code:¬†For a free peppermint lip balm, add the peppermint lip balm¬†to cart, apply code “PrairieGift” at check-out, and your lip balm is free! Coupon expires 12/31/2014

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Fermentools

Fermenting vegetables is the healthiest method of food preservation. Make your own probiotic rich sauerkraut, kimchi, or pickles the way the homesteaders did, without electricity! Fermentools allows you to turn your standard wide mouth mason jars into your very own fermenting crock, saving you both space and money. The lids are heavy duty stainless steel with heavy glass weights that will literally last a lifetime! Give the gift of health that may be passed down to your children some day.

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Jill’s Pick: Fermenting is one kitchen project I have yet to master, but it’s something I’m very interested in! I’m planning on starting with the Basic Starter Kit and going from there. Sauerkraut is first on my list!

Website: http://www.fermentools.com/

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Pantry Paratus

Pantry Paratus is the self-sufficiency store that encourages you to produce, prepare, and preserve your own harvest! There’s something for homesteaders of all types and experience levels at Pantry Paratus and they have everything from grain mills to food dehydrators to canning supplies to seed kits!

Jill’s Pick: The Roo Gardening Apron makes a brilliant gift! It’s super affordable (only $24.95) and who doesn’t need a place to stash stuff while they are digging in the dirt?! It prevents you from having to bend and twist to harvest with an old bucket. Deep pockets, a pouch that empties into your bucket, and adjustable straps mean that this is the gardening apron for anyone who harvests, prunes, or pulls weeds!

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Website: www.pantryparatus.com

Coupon Code: Get free shipping on your order of any size by using code PH-SHIP (Expires 12/25/2014. Grains, pressure canners, & cast iron grinders & presses are excluded.)

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The perfect gifts for the backyard farmer, horse enthusiast, dog lover and more! Bainbridge Farm Goods products are built for fun and built to last. These signs are waterproof, UV resistant and mounted on heavy duty aluminum -think street sign durability! The T-Shirts are sewn in the U.S. and screen printed in Seattle, just a ferry boat ride away from our island headquarters. All our product are proudly made in the U.S.

beggssmallJill’s Pick: Ack! Don’t make me pick just one sign–I want them all! But, I will say the “Fresh Eggs from Happy Chickens” ones make me smile, and the “Farm Fresh Vegetables” sign makes me want to start a farmstand, just so I can display it proudly!

Website: http://bainbridgefarmgoods.com/

Coupon Code: Use PRAIRIEGIFT10 to save 10% off all orders through 12/14/14

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leaflogo-webBulk Herb Store

Not only does Bulk Herb Store provide superior herbs and spices at the most competitive prices, they also will show you what their organic and wild crafted herbs are good for, and how to use them. We are passionate about giving you the products and friendly service that we would like to receive, being there every step of the way to help you on your journey towards natural health.

herbsJill’s Pick: There are so many options, a gift certificate would be a fantastic way to allow the recipient to pick and choose. Or combine a gift certificate with one of the many herbal books Bulk Herb Store carries, or the Making Herbs Simple DVD set.

Website: www.BulkHerbStore.com (you’ll also find¬†FREE research aids, remedies, recipes, educational articles, how-to videos and much more)

Coupon Code: Enter coupon code BIG10 at checkout to receive 10% off your entire order, through 12/31/14. Not applicable with Water Filters, Specials, Accessories or Gift Cards. Cannot be combined with any other discounts.

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getkombuchaGet Kombucha

You know you’re a homesteader when you ask for a strange-looking mushroom-pancake thing for Christmas! But, those initiated into kombucha are fans for a reason– it’s an amazing fermented tea provides probiotic action and a myriad of health benefits. Plus, it’s easy to keep it going in your kitchen and is a healthier alternative to soda pop.

kitJill’s Pick: I got my Kombucha SCOBY from GetKombucha.com and it’s still going strong. The kombucha mushroom kit is an excellent choice for the kombucha newbie, as it contains everything you need to get started. Or, the Gold Continuous Brewing System is a good pick for the hardcore kombucha brewer.

Website: www.getkombucha.com 

Coupon Code: Use code homestead25 to get $25 off the CBS Gold Brewing System.

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Favorites for the Homestead Bookshelf

(affiliate links)

  • Natural Homestead – My debut print book with all sorts of recipe, formulas, and recommendations for concocting natural options for your garden, barnyard, and critters.
  • From Scratch¬†– This down-home cookbook by The Elliott Homestead has rave reviews and tons of down-home recipes.
  • Nourished Kitchen – I seriously want to put this cookbook on my coffee table. It’s THAT elegant and is fill with traditional recipe goodness.
  • Fresh and Fermented – A fabulous initiation in the world of fermented foods. This would be a wonderful pairing with the Basic Starter Kit from Fermentools.com.
  • Encyclopedia of Country Living – If I could only have ONE homesteading book, THIS would be it.
  • The Backyard Homestead – A wonderfully simple look at growing a lot of food in a very small space

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Homestead Barn Hop #186 – End of an Era

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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.

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.

4. Please link back to the Homestead Barn Hop in the post that you share. Feel free to grab the banner at the top of this post to link back to us with.

5. Occasionally there is a problem posting due to glitches in the internet or the Linky Tools. If you have difficulties posting and it does not show up immediately, please wait a little while and try re-posting (this helps avoid double posting). We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, be we do not have absolute control over the internet. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Click here to view all the past editions of the Barn Hop

Have fun, get to know some new homesteading friends, and be sure to join us every Monday! (If you are reading this post via email, click through to see all of this week’s links!)



Homestead Barn Hop #185

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‚ÄúCultivating the Homestead Community‚ÄĚ

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.

4. Please link back to the Homestead Barn Hop in the post that you share. Feel free to grab the banner at the top of this post to link back to us with.

5. Occasionally there is a problem posting due to glitches in the internet or the Linky Tools. If you have difficulties posting and it does not show up immediately, please wait a little while and try re-posting (this helps avoid double posting). We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, be we do not have absolute control over the internet. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Click here to view all the past editions of the Barn Hop

Have fun, get to know some new homesteading friends, and be sure to join us every Monday! (If you are reading this post via email, click through to see all of this week’s links!)