Christmas Leftover Ideas


The presents have been opened and exclaimed over, the guests are gone and the dinner is over, and the host of the most wonderful time of the year is sometimes left with a ridiculous amount of leftovers. If you find yourself in this boat, don't fret! There are tons of things you can do with your Christmas leftovers, and with a little ingenuity, no one will guess that they're actually eating leftovers! Some of the recipes even will use more than one ingredient, depending on what you made for ... [ Read More ]

Merry Christmas!


Well, we're only a day away from Christmas! Is your family chomping at the bit to open presents yet? I know mine is. I just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful old-fashioned Christmas full of laughter, smiles and great food! Be sure to check back after Christmas¬†for some ideas on what to do with the mountain of Christmas dinner leftovers you'll probably have left!   ... [ Read More ]

Melted Snowman Ornament DIY

melted snowman ornament - OFF

I know Christmas is almost here, but I wanted to do one last craft post before the big day arrives! These adorable little guys spent way too much time enjoying all of the sunshine we've been getting down here but even melted, they're awfully cute! Here's what you'll need to make one of these ornaments for yourself: Clear plastic or glass ornament - you can buy these at most craft stores around the holidays 1/4 to 1/3 cup sugar or salt 2 - 3 T white glitter funnel that fits your ... [ Read More ]

Christmas Crafts: Dough Ornaments


I know Christmas is almost here, but if you're looking for some good old-fashioned fun for the kiddos and maybe the start of a pre-Christmas tradition, why not make some of your own ornaments? They could even make sweet gifts for neighbors, friends and family members! Here are three different kids of homemade dough perfect for ornaments: ... [ Read More ]

10 Cookie Gift Wrapping Ideas


Giving someone cookies as a gift can be a sweet, inexpensive and old-fashioned way to show that you care. So here are 10 ways to make your cookie gift look as fantastic as it will taste! ... [ Read More ]

Under $20 – The Ultimate Hand Picked List of Last Minute Gifts for Your Favorite Homesteader or Homemaker

Under $20 - The Ultimate Hand Picked List of Last Minute Gifts for Your Favorite Homesteader or Homemaker

    I was asked by a reader to come up with another gift list for the blog, based on gifts that were low budget. My original post is here. While many of these items are under $20 there are plenty of other items I would love to have for my kitchen and garden under that price point. Here are just a few that I either have or made it onto my wish list. *IMPORTANT NOTE* If you have not done so already grab your free 30 day trial to Amazon Prime . You can use it to have your gifts ... [ Read More ]

Super Easy, One Bowl, Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Super Easy, One Bowl, Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies

    These cookies are a breeze to make, you can mix them all in one bowl, the hardest thing about making them is unwrapping the Hershey's kisses! I like to make these every year at Christmas and they are one of the first things to go. This year I am going to make sure there are plenty by making two full double batches. (There are six of us in this house so they will go fast). These are easiest if you have a stand mixer, if you don't then you can still make them but you ... [ Read More ]

Kindle Free and Bargain Christmas Books for Homesteaders and Families

Kindle Free and Bargain Christmas Books for Homesteaders and Families

    I have received quite a bit of feedback about my kindle book posts and gift guides so since it is not too late to buy gifts from Amazon for Christmas I am going to add a few posts in the next couple of days for free and low cost books and gifts for your homesteaders and family members. If you are worried about getting your gifts in time, consider signing up for a free trial for the Amazon Prime membership. If you do not want it after the holidays you can cancel it, and 3 day ... [ Read More ]

10 Great Christmas Gift Ideas for the New Homesteader

10 Great Gifts for the Homesteader

  Christmas is on its way, and it is time to start thinking about what everyone on your list most wants and needs. Whether you are just starting your new homestead or know someone that is, this list is sure to please. I have offered great gifts for the homesteader for all budgets, and these are all items that I either own or have owned in the past except for the fermentation crock which was always on my list but never became a reality. 1) Books - The first thing most people need when ... [ Read More ]