Homestead Barn Hop #146


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“Cultivating the Homestead Community”

This week was…. COLD. We had a major cold snap mid-week and the extent of my time outdoors was spent running to the barn as fast as I could do chop ice and feed hay so I could get back inside!

I figured it was the perfect time to hang out in the kitchen to do some pressure canning, so my pantry is freshly stocked with some home-canned beef broth and pinto beans. :)

So what happened on YOUR homestead this past week? I wanna hear!

This hop is hosted by The Prairie Homestead and New Life on a 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 #136

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“Cultivating the Homestead Community”

(Hey! We got a facelift! Still the same Barn Hop you know and love, but we thought a fresh new look was in order.)

It’s funny how life can change so quickly. We arrived home from our vacation last Monday with the intention to get caught up around the homestead and finish up on fall chores. Little did I know we’d spent the end of the week in the hospital with Prairie Girl on IV antibiotics…

She was diagnosed with mastoiditis–a complication from an ear infection she had 4 weeks prior. We thought we had kicked it. We hadn’t.

Like I mentioned on Facebook, as much as I love natural remedies, I was very thankful for modern medicine this week. Mastoiditis can be very serious, and apparently used to be a leading cause of child mortality before antibiotics became commonplace.

As a general rule, we try to avoid antibiotics in our family whenever possible. But in this instance, they were absolutely necessary, and I’m thankful that we had them. And when she’s finished with her prescription, we’ll be hitting the yogurt and kefir to help replace the bacteria in her gut.

We were able to bring her home on Saturday, and she’s doing great. The funny thing is, most people with mastoiditis act very sick. High fevers, pain, and listlessness are very common symptoms. Prairie Girl never even acted like a thing was wrong, right up until the point they admitted her. If I hadn’t noticed her ear looking funny, we wouldn’t have known a thing was wrong. Tough little kid.

So what happened on YOUR homestead this past week? I wanna hear!

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

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Homestead Barn Hop #130

“Cultivating the Homestead Community”

What. A. Week.

Prairie Boy and I spent the week in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the annual doTERRA essential oil convention. I had a BLAST and learned a ton, but I am so very happy to be back on my quiet little homestead. Once again, I have confirmed that I am just not cut out for city life– although it was fun to be somewhere different for the week. ;)

We arrived home to the first blizzard of the season– it was a doozy! Our snow fences are full, and there is a 4-foot drift in front of the house. I didn’t dig my potatoes before I left (I really didn’t think it’d snow!), so hopefully they are ok… I can’t say the same for the poor little raspberries, though.

So what happened on YOUR homestead this past week? I wanna hear!

This hop is hosted by The Prairie Homestead and New Life on a 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.… [Continue Reading]

Homestead Barn Hop #123

“Cultivating the Homestead Community”

Another week of summer is gone, and we are steadily inching closer to Fall….

I’ve been busy filming some segments for the upcoming video class that I’m thrilled to be co-teaching with 16 of my real food blogging buddies. It’s called Real Food for Busy People and is a must-watch if you are a crazy-busy homesteader like me who still wants to prepare real food for your family. And… You can get the entire class (50+ videos!) for up to 65% off– but the sale ends THIS WEEK!

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In other news, I was completely thankful and relieved to come home after a 2-day stint in the Big City to see a holistic dentist (yay…) There is just no place like home. I felt pretty frazzled when we finally pulled into the driveway, so Prairie Girl and I took a walk out in the pasture before bed that night. That did the trick. :)

What happened on your homestead this week? Ready to share those links?

This hop is hosted by The Prairie Homestead and New Life on a 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.… [Continue Reading]