Top 100 Homesteading Posts | HomeAcre Hop

Summer is running by! My son starts school in less than two weeks and we have quite a few things planned in those next two weeks. It’s crazy how fast time can pass by. I am super excited about this upcoming week. I will be posting a giveaway for a great ebook on starting a Fodder business (you can feed your chickens and livestock pretty cheaply – and organically if you want – on fodder). I also have a great post on pesticides and your food to share.

Sprouting Mung Beans - Featured Post of the Week

Sprouting Mung Beans – Featured Post of the Week

This weeks featured post is on sprouting mung beans. This is a great way to make your salad a little healthier – and it is simple to do. I used to sprout more, but I haven’t in a while. I hope the post on Sprouting Mung Beans from Your Gardening Friend will kick me into doing it some more! Congratulations to Holly for getting the featured post of the week. To get your own post featured just make sure you have a hop button or link on your post or page when you submit!

And here it is! Feel free to submit posts that follow the HomeAcre blog hop guidelines.

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Finding Bulk and Organic Food Deals on Amazon

I like to feed my family healthy foods. When possible, that means locally sourced food (my own backyard or a farmer’s market). Sometimes that is not possible so I have to make other choices. We live 40 minutes from town so driving to Whole Foods isn’t always an option! Locally, for us, Costco carries quite a few bulk and organic products that we use. If I want something that cannot be found around here then I always check Amazon.

You can actually find bulk and organic food deals on Amazon. For those of you who are far from town (like me), having it shipped to your house is an added bonus. Here are a few tips for finding the deals:

Cheap ways to find great deals on Amazon, even organic and bulk foods! Found at

Cheap Tricks for Amazon

***Use Subscribe and Save***

Subscribe and Save is an Amazon service where you can sign up for a reoccurring shipment of an item. Items like foods, diapers, and household products might offer subscribe and save. Usually it will save you about 15%.

Changed your mind about the next shipment? No problem! It’s easy to change your subscribe and save options:

  • Just go to “Your Account”
  • then “Manage Subscribe and Save Items”.

You can change them at any time, but if you change it right before or after your order then you will lose the discount.

***Check for Amazon Coupons***

Amazon offers quite a few coupons (especially organic foods).

Can’t find the coupons? Here is a step by step:

  • Find the category you want – click on it
  • There is a menu at the top of the page (below the Amazon header, above the products). “Special Offers” is the option at the far right – click it.
  • Clip any coupon you think you might use and it will be automatically added at checkout.

Click here to see the current organic food coupons at Amazon.

***Use Prime Membership***

Prime membership will get you free shipping on your purchase (and if you are a primary member it also gives you free access to Amazon movies and kindle books).

  • Amazon Student (offers a free 30 day trial, but you can only use that once per year)
  • Amazon Prime (same 30 day trial as above)
  • Amazon Mom (included in the price of a prime membership. It gives you an additional 20% off diapers and member-exclusive coupons)

***Create a Registry***

If the organic item you need is related to your new baby (diapers, formula, lotions, etc) or a wedding then create an amazon baby or amazon wedding registry! You will get a 10-15% completion bonus (1 month before the event) and sometimes a few extra coupons.

Tip: You can add anything to your Amazon registry, even items from different sites. Amazon looks for a match on their site and if it doesn’t exist they will link to the other site. It is a great way to keep track of unique products (like things on Etsy). Of course, the completion bonus is only for Amazon products.


With all of those tips you can easily end up with some of the organic or bulk products you need at deep discounts and shipped to your house for free!

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Homesteading HomeAcre Hop | Top 100 Homesteading Posts

Top 100 homesteading posts for the week and a featured post on how to grow organic garlic all at

This weeks featured post is how to grow organic garlic.

Here it is! I am so excited to see the posts for this week.

This weeks featured post is Growing Organic Garlic from Back to the Basics! Garlic is my #1 favorite plant to grow. It is simple to do and roasted home grown garlic is delicious. Congratulations to Back to the Basics! for getting this weeks featured post.

On to this weeks submissions:

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Cheesy Hash Brown Chili Recipe

Frugal and kid-friendly cheesy hash brown chili! Recipe at

Cheesy Hash Brown Chili

This cheesy hash brown chili is easy to make. It originally came from Every Day with Rachael Ray (and is posted with permission). The ingredients are less than $10 and will be even less if you are able to use your own garden fresh vegetables and beans.

Ingredients for Cheesy Hash Brown Chili

  • 2 Tbs Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 2 Tbs chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 pound frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
  • 1 can beans
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions to make cheesy hash brown chili

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, chili powder, and cumin and cook, stirring until the onion is soft (about 5 minutes). Stir in the tomato paste. Add the beef and cook, breaking up the meat for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the beans and tomatoes (with their juice) and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, partially cover and simmer, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes. Transfer to an 8 x 11 inch baking dish.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl combine the potatoes and cheese. Scatter he potato mixture over the chili. Bake until the potatoes are cooked through and the chili is bubbling (about 35 minutes).

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Choosing a Bread Machine for your Homestead

If you are thinking of getting a bread machine this post shows you what features you need in your bread maker? Post at

What do you need in a bread maker?

Last week I told you about one of my favorite homestead tools, the Yogurt maker. There is one kitchen tool that I use even more and that is my bread maker! I have not bought store made bread for well over a year now and I couldn’t do it without my bread maker. You can make bread without a bread maker, but it takes more time… a lot more time. Homemade bread is something I want for my family and, since right now my family has three kids ages 6 and under, a bread maker saves me enough time to do it.

Making bread with a bread maker can be quick. I measure the dry ingredients into mason jars, six jars at a time. When I need to bake a new loaf I only have to add the wet ingredients then pour the dry ingredients into he machine. We go through a loaf every 3-5 days so the 6 jars (and I make one loaf right in the pan while measuring the jars) lasts for a month. It takes me about 20 minutes to make them. Once the jars are made it takes about 4 minutes to measure the water and oil, pour in the dry ingredients, and add the yeast.

Without the bread maker I would have to knead, measure out rise time, punch down, rise again, and bake. That is a lot of time that I simply do not have right now. If you have the time then save yourself the expense and space of a bread machine.

For those of you who are looking for a bread machine, here are a few tips:

Choose the Bread Loaf Size that Fits your Family

The most common sizes for a bread machine is 1, 1.5, and 2 pound loaves. If you have a small family (3 or fewer) or just do not eat a lot of bread than a one or one and a half pound loaf will be good. If you have a larger family (4 or more) or eat bread on a daily basis then get a two pound loaf. I have made 1.5 pound loaves in my 2 pound pan and it seems to work fine. This bread machine by Breadman (from Amazon) bakes any of those sizes.

Delay Timer Setting

If you want to set the time your bread is made then choose a bread maker with a delay timer. It is not a feature I use often, but it is nice in some circumstances. One of my favorite is for those of you who work. You can set the delay timer to have the bread ready for you when you wake up in the morning or when you come home from work. The smell of fresh baked bread is nice to wake up to!

Keep Warm Setting

A keep warm feature is nice for short periods of time, but don’t rely on it. If you use “keep warm” for too long then your bread will be soggy. If you think you will not be able to get the bread out in time then get one with a delay timer.

Make Dough Setting

The make dough feature is nice if you want to bake the bread in your own oven (or use it to make dough for rolls).

Jam Setting

Some bread makers can make jam. If this is a feature you want then look for it! It doesn’t have to be an expensive feature, this Oster bread machine has it and is only $79.99.

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Top 100 Homesteading Posts | HomeAcre Blog Hop

I hope everybody had a great week! Here is the linky for this weeks homesteading homeacre blog hop. Be sure to check out the posts – there have been some really great submissions lately.

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