Holiday

Best Kitchen Gadgets
October 27, 2021 · · Canning & Kitchen, Holiday

When each of us kids left home, Mom gave us several of the best kitchen gadgets, one of which was a cast iron skillet. I still have that skillet and it gets daily use.

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10 Frugal Homemade Fire Starters for Your Hearth or Emergency Pack
September 29, 2021 · · Holiday, Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Save money on your survival gear list by making items from scratch. Homemade fire starters combine free or upcycled materials with inexpensive combustibles. Whether you need to …

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Preserve Recipes Turn a Bountiful Harvest Into Holiday Gifts

Add to Favorites Want to avoid the traffic, crowded stores, and expensive prices when shopping for holiday gifts? Here’s how. Use these preserve recipes to keep seasonal foods when they’re at …

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How to Craft with Grapevines

By Cherie Dawn Haas – One of the beauties of homesteading is learning how to use everything that’s available to us in some way, and if you grow grapes for wine or jelly, that resourcefulness includes making grapevine crafts. I discovered this firsthand a few years ago after pruning hundreds of our vines one season.

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How to Make Lip Balm at Home

One of the neatest things about having a desire to be as independent as possible is the many things you learn to do on your own. And come those cold winter days, you’ll be happy to know how to make lip balm at home.

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Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes for Holiday Giving
December 15, 2020 · · Holiday, Soapmaking

Want a fun project that kids can do? Try easy melt and pour soap recipes for holiday giving.

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Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

My old-fashioned peanut butter fudge recipe is a perennial favorite during the holidays. My sisters and I make batches of this easy peanut butter fudge to give away.

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Kids and Soap: Homemade Arts and Crafts for The Holidays
December 11, 2020 · · Holiday, Soapmaking

Winter holidays often involve cold weather, hot drinks, and homemade arts and crafts. It also means the kids are out of school for one to three weeks. What homemade arts and crafts can kids do, without risk of injury, that can also serve as holiday gifts?

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How to Take Care of a Poinsettia Plant for Years of Blooming
December 4, 2020 · · Growing, Holiday

The poinsettia plant has come to represent the holiday season in much of the world. Knowing how to take care of a poinsettia plant can mean years of growth and blooming.

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How to Grow a Christmas Cactus for Generations of Blooms
December 1, 2020 · · Growing, Holiday

Like my grandmother, I have a hard time keeping any houseplant alive. She did know how to grow a Christmas cactus though.

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How to Make Milk Soap: Tips to Try
November 24, 2020 · · Holiday, Soapmaking

Learning how to make milk soap provides another use for that excess goat milk. It’s not as hard as you’ve probably heard!

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Creating An Evergreen Christmas Wreath

An old-fashioned Christmas tradition is to hang an evergreen wreath on your door to welcome family and friends.
Wreath making is quick and very inexpensive.

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Cranberry-Apple Chutney Recipe for your holiday table.

Here in Maine, leaves have aged to rich, deep shades of red and orange, the nights are chilly, and the days crisp–though often gloriously sunny at the same time.

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How to Save Electricity at Home During the Holidays
March 13, 2019 · · Holiday, Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites City streetlights blink bright red and green. Even Rudolph’s nose shines so bright. The most wonderful time of the year is also the season with the highest …

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Limoncello Recipe: Make Ahead for Holiday Giving

Add to Favorites The holidays will soon be upon us, and that means finding the perfect gift for everyone on the list. I’ve got the answer for those hard-to-buy-for folks. …

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