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. ;)


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. ;)

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


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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

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Homestead Barn Hop #186 – End of an Era


“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


“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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