Carnival of Homesteading #45

water pumpWelcome to the 45th Carnival of Homesteading! If you’ve been around here when I host a Blog Carnival, you know how much I love themes! But, alas, I had issues. Computers, kids, work, and some other meanies all conspired against me. Or maybe I was just lazy.

So here is a very SIMPLE carnival, which I suppose is in keeping with the theme of homesteading! There were just 12 submissions, which I’ve listed first, followed by some of my own Top 10 Editor’s Picks that I grabbed from around the blogosphere, which fit the homesteading motif. You’ll find my own small commentary following each post.

(Let me know if you find any errors, omissions, bad links, etc.)

Rose Denson presents Spearmint Hot Pepper Horseradish Spray posted at Grandma Rosie’s Texas Home.

This is for the bugs, not for you!

Dora Renee’ Wilkerson presents Making Cottage Cheese posted at Y-2K Hippie.

This looks yummy. There is also a recipe for hand milled soap here.

Belle presents My Diary of No Shampoo—-Day 4 and 5 posted at Born 100 Years to Soon.

Belle shares her egg shampoo experiment. Yes, the kind you crack open and out comes gooey stuff. Find out why in the world she’s putting this in her hair on purpose.

Valereee presents Foraging: hot new foodie trend, or the hottest new foodie trend? posted at Cincinnati Locavore.

Finding wild edible treasures – is this trend here to stay? Is it fueled by fears of a depression? Read more!

Dave Trenholm presents How to Make a Square Foot Garden posted at Alberta Home Gardening.

Learn how to plant in blocks and eliminate the 80% of your traditional garden that you just walk on.

Moobeema presents MooBee Farm: The Burn Barrel Incident posted at MooBee Farm.

What happens when WIFE wants a burn barrel to match the color of her house…MooBeeFarm delivers up some amusement for you.

Sister Brenda presents Da Yooper Pasties Recipe and Tutorial posted at haflinger.

Mmmm, meat pie!! Having lived in Michigan for many years, I knew right away what this was all about! “Da Yoopers” are those great folks who live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Flossie presents Aunt Lizzie’s Pound Cake posted at The Funny Farm.

Oh, my, this isn’t just the aunt’s recipe…it’s the great, great aunt’s recipe! And Flossie knew her! This family must have started having babies young. I didn’t even know one single great aunt, let alone a great-great.

Stephanie presents So Much to Say! posted at Adventures in the 100 Acre Wood.

We know about the guard dog, but a guard donkey? Oh, yes, read on!

GP presents How Green is Your Garden posted at Innstyle Montana- Come on Inn.

Just get a load of her greenhouse! I’m positively green with envy!

Miss Amanda presents Cake Baking Photo Essay posted at My Learning Experience.

What a sweet sister to make such a lovely cake for her brother!

Jacque Dixon presents From the Archives- Gardening 101 – You *Can* Teach Your Children!! posted at Seeking Rest in the Ancient Paths.

There is something for every age in the garden, and Jacque gives some great tips on teaching children that incorporate science, math, art, biblical lessons and more.


And now for the 10 other goodies that I discovered in cyberspace:

At Tales from Creekistan, I found The Daffodil House. Just don’t look inside the house.

At Blind Pig & the Acorn, I enjoyed The Fields of Home. I love that field, and read her garden wisdom.

At Hidden Haven Homestead, this author is Counting Blessings. I’m just trying to count the goats.

Down On The Farm shares some “Tails” From the Farm. In search of the perfect Jersey cow – bringing Buttercup home to the Back Forty.

At Kentucky Hollers, Running Into the Neighbors can be a literal experience, and Catherine discovers that sometimes movie stars retire to the Appalachian foothills.

Adventures in Farming coins a new saying, Snug as pigs in straw. The cutest little things I’ve ever seen.

In My Kitchen Garden has an intriguing offer: Attention Homeless Organic Vegetable Lovers: Would You Like To Move To A Farm? Seriously. Pack your bags and go live with the enormous pot-bellied pig.

Old Red Barn Co. clarifies work: It’s the reason you have kids, afterall. It was planting time, and lucky for Dana, she has a few sprightly young’uns.

Yarnstorm muses about tulips and tempests.Wow, those colors.

CraftApple instructs us on Gathering. For the seamstress in you – simple, foolproof techniques for a perfect gather.

Happy homesteading, now get on with your baking, planting, stitching, haying, milking, crafting, canning, quilting life!

Stay tuned next week, when the Homesteading Carnival will be hosted by Jacque at Seeking Rest in Ancient Paths. Submit your Homesteading posts HERE.

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10 Responses to Carnival of Homesteading #45

  1. Miss Jocelyn says:

    Looks WONDERFUL! You did an excellent job, despite your troubles! :D

    I will announce it on the THC blog ASAP!

  2. I just love the how to make a square foot garden post. I have been working on putting a new garden in and this will work great for me.

    Thank you for all these great post!

    Dora Renee’ Wilkerson

  3. Flossie says:

    The average age in my family for starting families is early twenties – I started at 30! But, they were long livers! they ate home grown and had great senses of humor! My great grand mother was the third of 13! My great, great Aunt Lizzie was the oldest and she lived until 96 and my great grandma until she was 97! She died before my first was born! So this is to remember to slow down, live a simple life and enjoy!

  4. Jessica says:

    I am a Homesteading wannabe. I wanna do all that, but just reading this post made me wanna go lie down. :-)

  5. Jen says:

    Jocelyn, thank you, this was fun!

    Dora, For folks without a lot of land to work with, this is an especially good idea.

    Flossie, ah, I figured! Early 20s is pretty young by today’s standards. And by golly, they did live long – musta been those homegrown string beans and whatnot. :-)

    Jessica, I’m a total wannabe myself – I could never do all that some of these folks are doing. But I do what I can, (but I don’t can – not yet, anyway). :-)

  6. e-Mom says:

    Fun stuff, and neat photo of the pump. (I assume it’s on your property.) You’ve done some serious research too. Google is a wonder, isn’t it? :~D

  7. Jen says:

    e-Mom, yep, that water pump is in the front yard – pretty cool, huh? I love old water pumps! Search engines are indeed a marvel!!

  8. mandi says:

    How fun! I am loving these articles. Great job putting it all together. This is my first time reading through the homesteading carnival – I think I might just find myself addicted to it from now on – I absolutely love this stuff! ( : Homemade cottage cheese, soap, natural bug treatment! Can’t wait to try these out!

  9. Tipper says:

    Thank you for linking my Fields of Home post. I started to submit it-but wasn’t sure. I should have emailed you and asked. You are so nice!

  10. dana says:

    How cool is this?! Thanks for linking to me. I love your blog and visit often.

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