I’m back! As you know, I took a little time off from posting so I could spend some time enjoying Christmas with my family. We had a wonderful time, and I think Christmas gets more and more exciting each year as Prairie Baby gets older! It’s so special to see things through the eyes of a child.
Even though I wasn’t writing blog posts, I did spend some time working on some behind-the-scenes stuff here at The Prairie Homestead.
One change that you might have noticed right away is that blog got a little bit of face-lift. I spent a day or so changing themes, and I’m hoping that the changes will equal faster loading times and easier navigation for my lovely readers. (In case you are a blog geek like me, and are wondering what theme I use, I decided to go with Genesis).
There are a LOT of exciting things coming up for 2012, and I can hardly wait!
First up, we’re kicking off the new year with a brand new series:
Homemaking on the Homestead– Launching January 2012– Even though we spend a lot of time outside as homesteaders, we can’t forget that our house is part of our homestead experience, too! In this series we’ll focus on simple, meaningful ways to make our homes a haven for our families.
And then, shortly after that, I will be publishing my very first eBook entitled:
Your Custom Homestead: Awakening a Fresh Vision of Homesteading
Your Custom Homestead will inspire you to grab hold of the homesteading spirit, no matter where you might live. There are 21 days of practical steps for you to follow to get you going on the right track, as well as helpful hints, personal stories from yours truly, and plenty of motivation!
I will be announcing more details, as well as the official launch date soon, so make sure you subscribe to stay on top of all the news!
2011 was a wonderful year for The Prairie Homestead. I never thought that I could ever learn so much, not only from blogging, but also from gleaning wisdom from my spectacular readers.
So I’ve put together a quick recap of the top posts found here on The Prairie Homestead in 2011. These were the most viewed, most-commented, and most shared articles of the year.
Best of 2011
It seems like everyone is making this soap recipe these days! Once you try it, you’ll see why- it literally only costs pennies per load. Unfortunately, I had some issues with this detergent and our super-hard water, but I’m hoping to make a few changes and try it again. I can’t afford not to! Be sure to check out the comments for extra reader tips and tricks.
Apparently, a lot of you have a glut of eggs! This is the easiest way I’ve found to preserve my extra eggs for later. (Read about my Dehydrated Egg Disaster and you’ll understand why…)
This post was wild with hits from search engines this year. You’ll love my frugal tip- especially if you are a cheesemaker or real foodie!
I’ve had several folks tell me they’ll never go back to canned “pop” biscuits after trying these!
Part of the popular Goat 101 series. This post includes measurements and photos. Look for more posts in Goat 101 this coming year!
Everyone seemed to have something to say about this post… The comments poured in, and it even got a little controversial. (Yep, coupon controversy… Can ya believe it?)
Canned beans = yuck. These beans = yum.
The journey to whole foods must be taken in baby steps– and we all “cheat” a little every now and then. That being said, come find out the 5 foods I will never, ever, never, ever, purchase again. Period.
Another search engine fav this year. Apparently, many of you are tired of using bleach for everything. Way to go!
This was the most viewed post this year. One reader even said this article made her dog very, very happy. Read it and find out why.
So there you have it. The favorite posts of 2011. I can. not. wait. to see what 2012 holds.
Was your favorite post on this list? If not, tell me which one(s) you like in the comments!
Wishing the happiest of New Years to all of my wonderful readers out there in cyberspace. Let’s make 2012 the best year yet!