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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DIY Homemade Cough Drops

homemade cough drops and throat lozenges made with natural ingredients

By Stacy Karen, contributing writer

When a sore throat strikes, many of us reach for a throat lozenge to soothe the pain.

As you may have noticed,  most store-bought throat lozenges or cough drops contain unpleasant ingredients, such as food colorings and preservatives. We don’t want these chemicals in our system at the best of times, and most definitely not when we are sick.

Thankfully, homemade cough drops are quite simple to make and only contain a few ingredients (all recognizable and safe).

Making your own throat lozenges or cough drops allows you to treat a sore throat and cough naturally and is also extremely satisfying (at least I think so).

Many years ago I wouldn’t have dreamed of trying to make my own cough drops–I didn’t think it was possible. Now I find real joy in knowing it is not only possible, but completely doable.

Preparing these homemade throat lozenges is so easy your kids can help (or even do it for you, depending on their age).

These particular cough drops/lozenges are especially useful for coughs and itchy throats.

About these DIY Cough Drop Ingredients

ingredients for slippery elm throat lozenges

Why Slippery Elm Bark?

Slippery elm bark comes from the Slippery elm tree which grows in many parts of the world (including North America). The inner bark is most suitable for creating herbal remedies. Slippery elm bark can be purchased ground into a fine powder and may be used as a tea, infusion, poultice, or in throat lozenges. It has also been consumed as a food (warmed with hot water and eaten as a porridge).

Slippery Elm is known to be rich in mucilage, which makes it perfect for soothing a sore throat or cough. Mucilage needs to come into contact with the irritated area in order to deliver it’s benefits, which is why we are using it to create throat lozenges.… [Continue Reading]

GIVEAWAY: Bainbridge Farm Goods


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…


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.


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*


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)


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]

Pumpkin Pie Recipe: Made with Honey

A from-scratch pumpkin pie recipe that uses honey and NO canned milk!

The Four Seasons:

Winter, Spring, Summer, and PUMPKIN.

It’s that time of year, where no matter what you are trying to buy, there is pumpkin-flavored something staring you in the face.

Pumpkin candles, coffee, soap, bread, muffins, chewing gum, laundry detergent…

OK, maybe not those last two, but you get the idea…

Let’s be honest, when the pumpkin-craze hits, we’re really just trying to imitate one thing:


The perfect pumpkin pie recipe.

In my humble opinion, pumpkin is THE ultimate pie. It’s the main reason you eat Thanksgiving dinner, of course.

This down-home pumpkin pie recipe is special because:

1) it uses honey as the sweetener, instead of regular sugar (which makes it healthier, AND adds a richer flavor)

2) I ditch the evaporated milk or sweetened condensed milk and use real cream instead.

3) It has the best texture and flavor of many, many other pumpkin pie recipes I’ve tried. For realz.

So let’s do this pumpkin-thing.


Honey Sweetened Pumpkin Pie Recipe

(this post contains affiliate links)

You will need:


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Mix the puree, honey, vanilla, salt, and spice together.

Mix in the cream, then gently beat in the eggs.

Carefully pour the mixture into the pie shell.

Cover the edges of the crust with a pie shield (or foil) and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.… [Continue Reading]