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Top 100 Homestead and Garden Posts | HomeAcre Hop 10/23

Honey Oatmeal Cookies

from: Homesteading on Grace

It’s been a long week! The van broke down (kinda) and we were told it was a $2000 repair. Honestly, I don’t believe them. I wish we had a mechanic we could trust. Auto Zone said it was a $9 repair so that is the one we did, LOL. I HATE cars!!! We got some surprise rain again last week. What an odd fall season! I (sadly) do not have a fall garden because we will be gone for part of it so I have to wait until next season.

I keep finding free Amazon books and posting them to my facebook page. They are not coming as fast as last week (I think it was the start of the fall season that made the publishers give those instant discounts on the garden and homestead books), but they are still coming. With the Christmas season coming up quick we should start seeing more deals out there!

I am going to be participating in an online Cookie party next month so stay tuned! There will be a cash giveaway (it’s at $300 right now) and a bunch of other goodies. If you celebrate Halloween don’t forget to stop by my Halloween Pinterest page! There are lots of family-friendly ideas for the holiday.

There were 96 submissions last week (are you guys preparing for Christmas already!). Let’s hit 100 this week! I don’t think we have been under 100 for a long time. The submitted posts were wonderful though – so great job!

In leu of the upcoming cookie party, this week I am featuring Homesteading on Grace and her recipe for Oatmeal Honey Cookies. Granted cookies are not really healthy, but these come as close as you can get!

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Sew Easy DIY Homemade Hand Warmers

These homemade hand-warmers are super easy and cheap to make. Found at www.PintSizeFarm.com

Homemade Christmas

Winter is just beginning, but these little hand warmers are always great to have around! Besides, this gives you time to plan on sewing a few extra for Christmas.

Do It Yourself (DIY) Hand Warmers

Supplies Needed:

Directions:

  • Cut the fabric into a rectangle. You can use any size that you want. I use a 5″ x 10″ rectangle and the final hand warmer is four and a half inches square. Keep in mind that you will cut the fabric in one layer and you will have to fold it when you sew so the size will be cut in half. Leave some space for the stitching as well.
  • Fold the fabric so the two front sides of the fabric are facing each other and stitch two of the unfolded sides as if you were going to make a pillow or a bean bag. It will be faster if you use a sewing machine, but it is not necessary.
  • Flip the fabric inside out. You now have a piece that looks like a bag.
  • Fill the bag with Ceramic Pie Weights. Rice will also work, but I like pie weights more for the hand warmers (they warm up easier and stay warm longer vs. the rice and they are harder to burn.
  • Stitch the bag closed.

To Use:

  • Warm them in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until it reaches the desired temperature. This usually takes me 1.5-2 minutes, but the actual time will depend on your own microwave.

You can make 18 hand warmers out of a yard of fabric ($2-$7) and 4-8 bags using the package of pie weights from Amazon. ($6). So if you are looking for amounts here is a guide:

  • 1 yard of fabric, 1 package of pie weights = approximately 6 warmers for $10
  • 1 yard of fabric, 2 packages of pie weights = approximately 12 warmers for $16
  • 1 yard of fabric, 3 packages of pie weights = approximately 18 warmers for $22
  • 2 yards of fabric, 4 packages of pie weights = approximately 24 warmers for $28

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All American Sun Oven and Dehydrator Kit

Benefits of an All American Sun Oven with Dehydrator Kit with a giveaway at www.PintSizeFarm.com

All American Sun Oven with Dehydrator Kit

The All American Sun Oven with Dehydrator Kit retails for $399, but can currently be found on Amazon for $324. It is rated a 4.6 out of 5 with 53 reviews! It would be a great addition to any homestead and would even work for apartment homesteaders if you have a sunny balcony.

Benefits to Using a Sun Oven

  • Using a sun oven can help you be more frugal by cutting your utility bills. Wouldn’t it be great to have that bill lowered. Of course, using a sun oven does require the sun to be available. However, it is possible to obtain good results even on a partly cloudy day. If you are in Arizona, like me, this is not a problem!
  • The All American Sun Oven is manufactured right here in the USA. The company stands behind their product. Globally, Sun Oven has worked to bring this off grid cooking solution to many undeveloped parts of the world, allowing people to eat healthier, cooked foods. I am happy to work with a company that has a giving mission. Vote with your money! Support the people who are worth supporting.
  • You will be prepared to cook without fuel or electricity! Cooking in a sun oven is simple and generally only takes a little longer. You use a little less liquid in casseroles, soups, and stews and the same amount of liquid in baked goods.

Giveaway of the All American Sun Oven with Dehydrator Kit

The All American Sun Oven 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 Monday, Oct. 20th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Sunday, Oct. 26th 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! Let’s be prepared for the unexpected!

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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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