GIVEAWAY: Bainbridge Farm Goods

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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…

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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.

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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*

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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)

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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]

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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Homestead Barn Hop #182

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“Cultivating the Homestead Community”

Several weeks ago, I told you how my beautiful onion crop was missing when I went out to finally harvest them.

I was left scratching my head– what type of critter eats onions?? Many of you sent in suggestions, but I still couldn’t find a culprit that made sense.Well, I’m happy to say I finally figured it out. It… was… the… TURKEY.
I remember him being interested in the onions when I was harvesting the few that were left, but didn’t think anything of it until I watched him completely demolish a spaghetti squash this week, rind and all.He had been spending quite a bit of time in the garden, and I just *assumed* he was hanging out looking for bugs, when in reality, he was wiping out three rows of onions… Apparently, Mr. Turkey likes fresh veggies as much as I do…Moral of the Story: Never trust a turkey! ;)

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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