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]

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, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin spice handsoap, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin chewing gum, pumpkin 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:

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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.

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Honey Sweetened Pumpkin Pie Recipe

(this post contains affiliate links)

You will need:

Instructions:

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 pumpkin 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]

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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5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Get Goats

5 reasons not to get goats: some of the hazards of goat ownership...
By Heather Jackson, contributing writer
Don’t get me wrong, I love my dairy goats, but today I’m going to tell you five reasons NOT to get goats…
I usually consider goats to be gateway livestock. They are one of the first stops as we fall down the rabbit hole that is homesteading (Jill: that was definitely true for us!). Goats are less expensive than cows and their size makes them a little less intimidating to the novice homesteader.  Because of that, I think many people get started with goats before they really think through the consequences.
There are many things to consider before getting goats, and I’ll be honest, some are a bit of a hassle. So, it’s a good idea to be aware of some of the headaches before you dive in!
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 5 Reasons You Might Reconsider Getting Goats

1. Toenail Trimming
Goat hooves have to be trimmed on a regular basis. Some goats need it more often than others, but proper trimming is very important to goat health.  Overgrown nails can make it very difficult for a goat to get around well, so they have to be taken seriously.
I’ll tell you, giving a goat a pedicure isn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done.
For me, hoof trimming involves strapping the goat into the milking stand and plying it with feed to keep it happy.  I then lift each foot in turn and scrape it clean with a foot pick and trim the nails with what amounts to a very sharp pair of pruning sheers. All the while, bending at an awkward angle and trying simultaneously not to cut myself with the clippers or get kicked in the face. It’s not that fun, y’all, but it has to get done.
2. Fencing (and escaping!)
If a fence can’t hold water, it can’t hold goats!  … [Continue Reading]