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Top 100 Homestead and Garden Posts 10/16

This hummingbird is so cute! Featured post for the homeacre blog hop found at www.PintSizeFarm.com

Hummingbird

I have been finding a ton of free homesteading kindle books lately! You do not need a kindle to get the free books. They download to quite a few different devices (including a computer). I post the free books on my facebook page so be sure to follow me there. Other than that, it was a pretty slow week!

If you celebrate Halloween don’t forget to stop by my Halloween Pinterest page! There are lots of family-friendly ideas for the holiday.

We had a great group of post submissions last week though…. 130 of them! Choosing a feature post was really hard, but this week I went with A New Little Friend in my Garden by Sharing Life’s Abundance. She has some adorable hummingbird photos. We get quite a few hummingbirds here, but we haven’t had many lately (although our butterfly population has exploded in the past couple weeks). Thank you for the great post!

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Excalibur 9 Tray Dehydrator Giveaway

The Excalibur 9 Tray Dehydrator

An Excalibur dehydrator is on every homesteader, gardener and prepper’s wishlist. It is a top of the line dehydrator! Because of that, several of our members have come together to purchase one of these great machines and give you the opportunity to win an Excalibur 9-tray dehydrator with a 26 hour timer. This model retails $350. It’s basic black and with its 9 trays, adjustable thermostat and 7″ 600 watt fan it means business!

Just to help prove how amazing the Excalibur is… it is rated a 4.7 out of 5 on Amazon with 444 reviews!!! That’s a lot of happy customers.

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Five Meal Planning Tips | Organize your Life

I hate meal planning, but these tips really help. Found at www.PintSizeFarm.com

Organize your Life… Starting with Supper

Meal planning is tough, but if done right it can make mealtime less stressful. Here are a few tips to make meal planning easier for you!

Plan your meals around in-season items.

If you have to buy ingredients then in-season items will cost less and if you can use food from your own homestead that is even better.  Using your garden produce and chicken eggs in your meal plan means you will use your food before it spoils. There is less waste that way. Less waste means you are not wasting your money.

Don’t be afraid to NOT SHOP.

If you are a weekly shopper then plan on not going to the store every 3 weeks. This forces you to look at what is in your pantry, fridge, and garden and use it! Again, less waste means you are not wasting your money.

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How to Use a Thermal Cooker plus a Giveaway!

Thermal Cooker Giveaway Oct. 13th-19th, 2014 cooks like a slow cooker |via www.foodstoragemoms.comIt’s a giveaway extravaganza! Perfect for just before the holiday season starts to make you go crazy. The first giveaway is a Saratoga Jack Thermal Cooker. This is a great preparedness and sustainability item. It works like a slow cooker and comes with two stainless steel pans with one lid that fits right inside of the thermal cooker. You can use it for hot or cold foods. You cannot use it with frozen meat, however, it will have to be thawed first.

The inner stainless steel cooking pots, includes one large 7 liter pot with a heavy duty deluxe bottom, with the addition of a smaller pot that can be nested inside of the larger one, providing a place for a optional small side dish. Use of the smaller pot is optional. It can be removed to accommodate larger quantities of food in the larger pot, which can be used separate and independent of the smaller nesting pot. The advantage with a thermal cooker is that you have a inner pot you use on your stove to bring your recipe to a simmer and then after simmering for a few minutes to as many as 30, you simply take the pot of the stove, place it in the insulated outer container and close the lid. From the moment you close the lid the heat of the food is held inside and used to finish the cooking of your meal. No more power, stove time or fuss is needed. Simply let it sit and it finishes cooking without burning or even over cooking your recipe.

Here is the great energy saving way you can cook with the Thermal cooker:

First, Bring To A Full Boil

Let’s say you are making soup. First, you brown the meat, add the broth, vegetables and bring it to a full rolling boil. You need to make sure the liquid in the cooker is within one inch of the top. If you use both pans you will add enough liquid to be level with the bottom of the upper pan. In order for this thermal cooker to work it must be full.

Then, Boil Four Minutes – That’s It!

Next, boil the liquid, vegetables and meat for four full minutes. At the end of four minutes, quickly put the lid on and set the pan with the lid inside the thermal cooker. Put the thermal cooker on the counter top or
in your car. These work great for ballgames, sporting events, family reunions or everyday meals. It uses zero electricity after the four minutes of boiling. You can “cook” your meal for 5-6 hours while on the kitchen counter, in your car or on vacation trips.

You Can also Use It To Keep Food Cold

Another awesome feature about a thermal cooker is the fact that it will keep foods cold for four to six hours. This is what you do, make your salad the night before you need it. Place the salad inside the stainless steel pan with the lid. Place the pan with the lid in your refrigerator overnight. I would leave the liquid salad dressing off or the salad will be soggy. In the morning, quickly put the pan with the lid inside the thermal cooker. Now it is a refrigerator/cooler.

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Cox’s Honey-Shelley Idaho Giveaway | Win 30 Lb of Honey!

Coxs Honey-Shelley Idaho-Giveaway-raw, unfiltered, pure honey | via.www.foodstoragemoms.comI’m starting the giveaway extravaganza a couple of days early! This month I will be giving away honey, a thermal cooker, a Sun Oven, more honey (for you and 5 gifts for your friends), and an Excalibur 9 tray dehydrator. I have a few other items, but I may save them for November so stay tuned. Good luck to everybody.

About Cox’s Delicious Honey

I love honey. Seriously, every year at the fair I was the child who saved up her dimes so I could buy the honey sticks from the 4H barn. Yum! Honey can be used as a healthy sugar in baking and cooking and it is a great addition to tea.

I used to sing and I would mix up a Tbs of apple cider vinegar and a Tbs of honey each time I felt a cold coming on and I had to perform. It works great.

Cox’s honey is pure, unfiltered, raw honey… delicious. The  winner will receive 30 lbs of honey (15 lbs of liquid honey and 15 lbs of creamed honey). You will want to check out Cox’s Honey Website! Premium Honey!

And… The Cox’s Honey Giveaway

This Cox’s Honey Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Saturday, Oct. 11th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Saturday, Oct. 18th at 5:00 pm (MDT). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone!

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Deep Cleaning your Kitchen the Natural Way

Wow, natural ways to clean your stove, dishwasher, fridge, drains, sink, etc! So easy. Found at www.PintSizeFarm.com

October Zone – Kitchen

Those of you who have been following me for a while know that I split my home into “zones” (six zones to be exact). Each month I declutter and deep clean the rooms in my new zone. I have six of them so I declutter every area of my house twice a year. It helps me stay on top of clutter, junk, and reminds me to do things that I don’t think of otherwise (such as washing the curtains).

So, October’s zone is….  Kitchen and Dining room. The perfect zone for the scary Halloween season (seriously, this is by far my least favorite zone). That said, it is a good time for it. The holiday rush hasn’t really hit yet and once it does I will be in the kitchen a lot. It’s easiest to get it done now.

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Top 100 Homestead Posts | HomeAcre Blog Hop 10/8

Top 100 Homestead and Garden posts from week of 10/2 - featured post is a meal plan for October. Found at www.pintsizefarm.com

October Meal Plan at Letters from Sunnybrook

So, today it is raining cats and dogs… yep, in October in Arizona. The weather channel has it listed as a “tropical storm” (it is from the hurricane), which I think is kinda fun. I never knew the Sonoran desert could have a tropical storm! I spent the past hour or so digging around in the mud trying to raise some of our puddle areas and trench to our trees. I did it with our citrus trees with great results so I am trying it with the trees in front. I love the results, but I must have looked a sight to the neighbors. Digging in the mud and dragging dirt around while it was raining (softly at least). It seems to work so much better when it is lightly raining after a huge storm because I can actually see where the water is going.

Those of you who are interested, I got my passive rainwater harvesting ideas from Brad Lancaster’s Rainwater Harvesting for the Drylands and Beyond. It is an amazing resource, especially for those of you in the desert. In Kansas City I was into creating rain gardens to use the excessive amount rain and now I have to learn about how to store and use the little rain we do get.

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