Top Gifts For Homesteaders This Year: Beginning To Experienced

Whether you’re a homesteader looking for the best prices for your own essentials, or you just have a homesteader on your shopping list, I’ve got a list of what you need.  Beginner?  Intermediate?  Advanced?  I’ve got all the homesteaders on your list covered.

Simply find your level of homesteading to find the best gifts of the year.

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Giveaway: Raising Young Children On The Homestead

It’s almost here Friends.  In just two weeks, my newest book, Raising Young Children On The Homestead:  A Young Mother’s Guide will launch–and you get to be the first to know.  Not only that, but you get to be the first to win it.

Before I moved to the homestead, I had the blessed privilege to serve in medical missions in third-world countries.  I got to stay in the villages with the locals–mud and straw huts.  I learned that it’s possible to raise children completely off-grid with surprisingly little–and they grew up happy.

You can imagine then, in our first-world homestead, I knew full-well it would be possible to raise my kids here.

That’s not to say that I didn’t worry about things like potty-training, keeping little ones out from underfoot of the herd animals, and keeping them away from dangers not present in a town setting.  I did.

It’s also not to say that when I had my first babe I didn’t wonder how or when I would be able to grow our food or get through the harvest.  I did.

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Tips And Tricks For Sewing With PUL (Polyurethane Laminate)

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Polyurethane laminate (PUL) is a special fabric consisting of two layers.  It consists of a lightweight polyester interlock knit fabric laminated to a thin (1 mil) film of polyurethane.  Clothing manufactures (and those of us who sew at home) enjoy this laminated fabric for its special properties to act as a wind and/or water barrier.

It’s most commonly used in making cloth diapers, wind-break garments, and shower curtains.  Personally, I only use it for it’s water barrier properties to make diapers, trainers, pull-ups, nursing pads, wet-bags, feminine pads, etc.

As unique and wonderful as it is, learning to sew with it can sometimes be a bit of a challenge.  Here are some tips and tricks to help you sew with PUL.

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When One Partner Doesn’t Want To Homestead (It Used To Be Me)

I hear all kinds of stories from individuals who want nothing more than to get away from the rat race and become more self-sufficient.  Their desires range anywhere from just growing their own food to being completely off the grid.  The passion is high, but there is one thing standing in their way:  their spouse doesn’t exactly love the idea.

“What do I do if all I want is this life, but my spouse doesn’t want to homestead?”

It’s a hard question.  If that’s you asking this question, I’m not going to lie to you–I never had to win over my spouse, so I can’t put myself in your shoes or understand your desire.  What I can do is reassure you that all is not lost.

You see, I grew up in a large city.  I had a corporate fast-moving career.  I had big-city plans that all involved being on-grid.  I loved the technology, my world travels and experiences, and my home–complete with luxury–like electricity and city water, sewer, and garbage services.

I never wanted to be off-grid or doing it all myself.

Then I met my husband.  We had many conversations about what we would do if we got married, and I made one thing clear–he was going to move into my house. I most certainly was not going to move to his house out in the middle of nowhere with all those animals, and snakes, and a well, and laundry line, and…you get the idea.

In the end, he won me over.  Now I am just as happy as a clam living off the land and learning more and more the life of self-sufficiency every day from him.  And I’d love to share with you just how he won me over.  Perhaps you too can pick up some tips that could help you win your spouse over…

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Tworld Rifle Bipod And Rail Mount Reveiw


* I was provided the following rifle bipod and rail mount from Tworld in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.*

 

Elk season has just ended here, and we’re past deer season as well.  Are you a hunter?  How did you do?  Did everything go perfectly?  Or do you wish things had gone a bit differently?  Maybe you could have used a little bit of help?

One bit of help we’ve been wanting for awhile was a new rifle bipod.  We’ve been researching them for a couple months, trying to decide what to get.  When an offer to review one from Tworld came along, we jumped on it.  If you are looking for a new rifle bipod (or are thinking of getting one as a gift for someone else), then keep reading.

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Homemade Cranberry Dinner Rolls

I love when fall comes around and cranberries are plentiful!  We use as many fresh berries as we can, then dehydrate and make cranberry concentrate with the rest.  One recipe you’ll see over and over at our house this time of year is our recipe for this delicious cranberry dinner roll.

Don’t grow cranberries?  That’s okay–Did you know that close to the holidays you can peruse Facebook until you find a $1.00 off of cranberries coupon?  Wait until cranberries go on sale for $1.00, and then get free cranberries.  Does it get any better?

We make these cranberry dinner rolls in our home from about November through January.  We have them at least weekly.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Teaching Your Children Their First Homestead Recipes

A homestead kitchen is just like a modern kitchen in many aspects:

  • There is a place to store food
  • There is a place to prepare food
  • There is a means to cook the food

However, there is no doubt there are differences in these two kitchens as well. Homestead kitchens often have wood stoves if they are indoor, and open fires if they are outdoors.  The knives are bigger and more plentiful.

So how then do we get our kids working in the kitchen and cooking from an early age?

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What We Store In Half-Gallon Mason Jars (Plus Other Ideas)

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A half-gallon mason jar is something many of us are familiar with.  If you don’t have some in your pantry, then you at least probably know someone who does.  Or maybe you just keep seeing them thinking I really want some, but I don’t know what I’d keep in them. 

Good news—there are many items you can keep in them.  Here are a few things we keep in them…

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What To Gather & Save In Fall To Feed Chickens In The Winter

We never have purchased 100% of our chickens’ diet from a store–and we don’t plan to.  I’m not comfortable with all that processed stuff, and I’m not sure where it all comes from.  When we do purchase feed, we prefer organic feed so we know what we’re giving our beloved chickens.  This kind of feed is usually expensive.

Let’s also take a second to point out the obvious:  chickens had been around for years figuring out what they wanted and needed to eat long before man domesticated them and started supplying them with the food man decided was best for them.  So…why not let them have some more natural choices?

These are two things we think about when we consider interfering with our chickens’ diets.

We’re all about self-sustainability around here, so it only makes sense the chickens should live that way too.  However, although ours are free-range, we do limit where they can and can’t go.  That means we take responsibility to make sure they have access to natural foods they can’t obtain due to their impaired freedom.  Some things we grow, some we gather.

Here are 12 things we grow, gather, and store in the fall to feed our chickens in the winter.

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Avoiding Emotional Stress From Grocery Store Independence

At some point in our goal toward self-sufficiency, there will be less and less trips to the grocery store—if we are working in the right direction.  Whether it’s done on purpose, or forced on us due to an economic collapse (which I believe will happen at some point in the future), eventually many of us will experience emotional stress directly related to the way we used to shop.

Personally, I didn’t really see it coming.  It’s happened a couple of times to me.

The first time was when we had a flash-flood that wiped out a large portion (over half) of our garden.  I remember feeling sorry for myself and asking the Farmer if he thought I should go back to work to make up for it.  It would have been so much easier to just put in the hours and pay someone else for food.  But then I asked myself if it would be worth it.  I realized it would only be a band-aid and I’d have more work to do once I was ready to start over.

 

If you are off-grid, or have been working toward self-sufficiency, then I have no doubt that at some point, it’s either happened to you too, or it will.  How did you handle it?  Did you give up like I was convinced I wanted to?

If you are just waiting for an economic collapse, will you be able to be self-sufficient enough to get through the emotional stress of either not being able to afford groceries, or not having a store to shop at?

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