What Homesteaders Really Want for Christmas

What Homesteaders Want for Christmas – Homesteading “Must-Haves”

I think all homesteaders look forward to Christmas!  Why?  Because it's a time when they look forward to sales (and possible gifts!) on the tools they want and need to be more sustainable!  If you love a homesteader, you need this "What Homesteaders Want for Christmas - Homesteading "Must-Haves""! You'll never find me at a Black Friday sale.  Nor will you find me at a mall, strolling around with bags in both arms.  Christmas  brings out the worst in a consumer-driven society.  However, on the bright side, Christmas can bring discounts on much desired items for your homestead.  Whether you...

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Best Sustainable Gifts for 2020

Best Sustainable Gifts for 2020

If you're looking for the best sustainable gifts for 2020, I've got some great ideas for you!   Spending responsibly and for the long term is what our family strives for - money is just too hard to come by to spend it on frivolous things! When you purchase better quality items (even when they're used!), you'll spend less throughout your lifetime because you won't need to replace things as often!  That's being sustainable! Personally, I love the Carhartt brand!  I've had the same coat, overalls and gloves for about 10 years now and they continue to hold up well.  They keep me...

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19 Simple Zero-Waste Tips

19 Simple Zero-Waste Tips

Simplicity, minimalism and homesteading all share a common thread, and that's zero-waste!   Living a zero-waste lifestyle doesn't need to be burdensome!  On the contrary, with a few new tips and tricks that can be implemented at your own pace, you can be a zero-waste rock star in no time!  Here's "19 Simple Zero-Waste Tips"! What I find interesting about utilizing zero-waste principles in our lives, is that most of the time, we save money doing it!  I think that's pretty darned cool! 1. Eating Out The amount of waste created by fast food/take-out is mind-blowing! Did you know that 45% of materials in land fills...

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3 big things to be thankful for

3 BIG Things to Be Grateful For

It's Autumn and the farm is beginning to slow down.  The holidays are around the corner and soon, last year will be just a memory.  Around this time, I begin to reflect back over the year.  I go through a bit of an "assessment" of myself and the farm.  It's also a time for gratitude and "3 Big Things to Be Thankful For". Practicing gratitude has been scientifically shown to improve our mental health as well as our physical health! To be honest, there are hundreds of reasons to be thankful, but most of them fall into one of three categories. ...

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Easy, Moist Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Easy, Moist Pumpkin Bread Recipe

This has been a family favorite for years now!  I use it to stretch meals, pack in lunch boxes and even for a quick breakfast - here's my "Easy, Moist Pumpkin Bread Recipe"! One of the best things about this easy Pumpkin Bread recipe is that it can be made with everyday ingredients, I almost always have what I need in the pantry.  That makes it so easy to whip up a batch to take to a new neighbor or a new mom! I like to use frozen pumpkin puree when I have it, but be sure to drain it well. ...

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how to feed chickens cheap

10 Ways to Save Big Money on Chicken Feed

There's no question that the price of feed keeps getting more expensive!  But with a little forethought and creativity, you can find more sustainable ways to feed your chickens.  Let's get some fresh ideas with "10 Ways to Save Big Money on Chicken Feed"! To be honest, buying feed from the feed store isn't really a sustainable option, although most of us do it.   Sustainability begins with providing/growing the food that we feed our animals.  Only then can our animals provide for us.  Let the farm feed the farm! During the cold Ohio winters, supplementing with store-bought feed is a necessity. ...

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how to save money on groceries by shopping loss leaders

Why Local Food Costs More

Calling all "locavores"!  A "locavore" is someone who wants to buy their food locally, for a variety of reasons.  They may want to support the community's economy, or they may prefer food grown in their region.  Whatever the reason, anyone who buys local food must have asked themselves the following question at one point or another... "Why DOES Local Food Cost More?". The fact is that local food DOES cost more, sometimes 2 times the amount of money it would have cost to go the grocery. But there are very good reasons for this, and once we understand them, it all...

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how to simplify christmas

How to Simplify Christmas

The holiday season is just around the corner!  With all of the traditions, baking, visiting, decorating and gift shopping, it can be enough to take the joy right out of it.  But it doesn't have to be that way.  Here's "How to Simplify Christmas"! Planning Simple but Elegant Decor To keep things simple at our homestead, I choose to decorate (for the most part) with naturally occurring elements.  Items like pinecones, fruit, spices and small pine tree branches can go a long way to make your home look festive! How to Make a Fresh Wreath from Cuttings Simple changes like adding festive candles...

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How to Make Reusable Cloth Gift Bags

How to Make Reusable Cloth Gift Bags

I've been meaning to make these for like forever.  Finally, here's "How to Make Reusable Cloth Gift Bags"! I bought about 10 yards of different Christmas fabric on sale one year with every intent to make reusable cloth gift bags.  This year, I finally got around to it and I'm thrilled with the results!  What's great about this simple pattern is that you can make reusable cloth gift bags for every holiday, including birthdays, and never buy wrapping paper again! Also, when your friends and family receive a gift from you in a cloth bag, they've also received the gift of...

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