Milkweed Pod Santa Ornaments {Handmade Gift}

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My parents planted a Christmas tree farm when I was just a young girl, so I grew up learning to make holiday decorations to sell for extra spending money at the tree farm. As a 16-year-old, I was a Christmas craft extraordinaire! And also a really big geek, but that’s a story for a different day. Evergreen Kissing Balls, […]

Salted Honey Caramels

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If there’s anything I’m a connoisseur of, it’s likely caramels. It’s my favorite flavor of anything and everything, anywhere. I will without a doubt always order the caramel-flavored whatever it is. A couple of years ago, I discovered that I could make caramel… and I got really good at it. I make the best salted caramel […]

Grain-Free Double Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

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You’d think “cookies” would be a pretty agreeable subject matter… not like religion, politics, or which direction the toilet paper roll should go. But growing up, Christmas cookies were a hotly debated holiday topic in my household, mostly because of my incredible loathing of one particular variety of Christmas cookie. A classic cookie that apparently […]

Handmade Gifts for the Chicken Keeper

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Our chickens are the heart of the homestead. Their entertainment value is priceless, and they provide the pinnacle of farm eats: fresh eggs. There’s nothing like ’em. So it’s no wonder we want to provide them with only the finest treats, decorate their coops with rusty stuff, and proclaim our love for them on our […]

Cranberry & Pine Centerpiece for the Holidays: Easy and Inexpensive!

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I can’t quite put my finger on why homesteaders appreciate frugality so much. Is it because we are a most-practical bunch? Is it because we look towards simple pleasures and shy away from extravagance? Is it because we want to save as much money as possible so we can buy more livestock?! Whatever it is… […]

The Best Books for Homesteaders

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Books are such a great gift, especially for the modern-day homesteader. With knowledge not being passed down like it used to, we have to get information from somewhere. And being the simple-life, back-to-your-roots, living-close-to-the-land type… we certainly all appreciate a real book in our hands! Click on any book cover for more information! General Homesteading […]

Cranberry Orange Mint Flavored Water

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I love, love, love flavored water, or “fancy water” as I like to call it. There are a thousand different flavor combinations you can come up with, depending on what’s in season in your herb garden or at the store, but I always find myself coming back to this one. You don’t actually taste the […]

Homestead Gifts: Handmade Holiday Evergreen Kissing Ball

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I love a gift straight from the heart- and this Kissing Ball is just that. I grew up on a Christmas tree farm; the trees were planted when I was about four years old, and for many years- from middle school to college, every holiday season I stood out in the cold Wisconsin weather and sold Christmas […]