Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

homemade hot chocolate mix
homemade hot chocolate mix

Guys! Guys! Guys! I have to tell you about this recipe I just found! It’s amazing. It’s a recipe for instant hot chocolate that’s way better than store-bought.

Hot Chocolate. The sound of it invokes images of cold, blustery snow days, intimate Winter nights in front of the fire and just down right coziness. When my step-daughter visits during the summer, I pour myself a cup of coffee, pour her a cup of hot chocolate and we start the day out on the front porch together. I treasure our early morning conversations together over our cups of “coffee”.

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Dark Chocolate Stout Brownies

Dark Chocolate Stout Brownies

dark stout brownies
dark stout brownies

 

For some reason, in the cold and dreary Winter, I start craving calorie-laden not-so-good-for-you food. I like to blame it on my ancestors needing to pack on the pounds to hibernate through the Winter, but let’s be real. I’m bored and baking is a warm distraction that has brownies at the end of it!

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Homestead Blog Hop 118

Homestead Blog Hop 118

 

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

 

Now on to the hop…

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

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Book Review: Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food, and Saving The Family Farm

Book Review: Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food, and Saving The Family Farm

book review gaining ground
book review gaining ground

Just the other week I went out for a coffee with my mother and baby at our local mom and pop shop. On the counter they had several stacks of farming/foody books written by local authors. Gaining Ground caught my eye so I bought a copy and took it home

I loved this book. The author, Forrest Pritchard got a degree in English, so his writing style is much more elegant than you first expect from a farmer, but once you get used to it, his storytelling is enthralling.

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Top 12 Heritage Chicken Breeds

Top 12 Heritage Chicken Breeds

top 12 heritage chicken breeds
top 12 heritage chicken breeds

What is a Heritage Chicken?

A heritage chicken is one that is bred from a line that existed prior to the mid-20th century. The American Poultry Association keeps a close eye on breeding. According to the APA, a heritage chicken is only one that is hatched from a heritage chicken that is sired by an APA standard-bred Chicken.

The APA began cataloging different breeds in 1873 in their Standard of Perfection.

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Homestead Blog Hop 117

Homestead Blog Hop 117

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

 

We’ve had our first snow here on the East Coast and the baby and I (of course) are just getting over our first cold of the season. With the cold coming in, farm chores at a minimum, and the serious lack of daylight, grab a cup of tea and visit some of your fellow homesteader’s blogs below:

Now on to the hop…

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Homestead Blog Hop Hosts Jan 2017

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Liz – The Cape Coop (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Sarah – The Blooming Mama (Facebook |Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Lauren – Hillsborough Homestead (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

FEATURED POSTS

from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Homestead Blog Hop feature One Grace Filled Life1. How to Ensure a Healthy Flock from One Grace Filled Life

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - Where to start2. Homesteading: Where Do I Start? from Oak Hill Homestead

Homestead Blog Hop - Hostile Valley Living3. Keeping Goats and Other Animals Warm in Winter from Hostile Valley Living

Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post.

Just right click and ‘save image as…’

Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Guidelines for this Get-Together:
  1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog.
  2. Link up to three posts each week.
  3. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by.
  4. Link your post back to the Homestead Blog Hop. If the hop isn’t linked to your post then you cannot be featured. All featured posts will be shared on all hosts’ social media channels.
  5. Please link up posts that you haven’t linked to the hop before. You are welcome to link old posts from your blog.
  6. By joining the party, you are giving the hosts permission to use one photo from your post with a link back to your site if it is selected as one of next week’s Features.
  7. This is a family-friendly link up meant to inspire and motivate the homesteader in all of us. Please note that all giveaways, contests, and the like will be deleted from the blog hop, as well as anything not family-friendly.

***Please note: in order to maintain the awesomeness of the hop all posts that don’t meet the above guidelines will be deleted.***

Let the Party Begin!


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How to Simplify Your Homestead

How to Simplify Your Homestead

How to simplify your homestead
How to simplify your homestead

 

Homesteading is hard. There, I said it. It seems to be a dirty little secret among homesteaders. We all imagine that we’re getting back to a simpler way of life, but homesteading often means that a simpler way of life is a harder way of life. We make it ourselves instead of buying it from a store. Much more blood sweat and tears go into growing a tomato at home than driving to a store and buying on off the shelf.

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17 Things to Consider When Buying Your Homestead, Part 3

17 Things to Consider When Buying Your Homestead, Part 3

17 Things to Consider Before Buying Your Homestead
17 Things to Consider Before Buying Your Homestead

Earlier, Hubby and I were looking at a piece of land to buy for the future site of our Homestead. (If you missed it, catch up on Part 1 and Part 2). For those following along, we put an offer in and then backed out when we began to learn more about the property. Namely, the expensive of the renovation on the existing farm house, concerns about protected wetlands, and the proximity of the house to the main road. We have a young son and animals, so I would have constantly worried.

It was a very hard decision to make, but our search continues! And so does this series:

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Homestead Blog Hop 116

Homestead Blog Hop 116

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

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Homemade Chocolate Syrup for Canning

Homemade Chocolate Syrup for Canning

 

Homemade Chocolate Syrup For Canning
Homemade Chocolate Syrup For Canning

 

Homesteading is often about making or creating what you could otherwise buy in a store. Why do we put in this extra effort when it would be much simpler to drive to the store and pick up a bottle? Because there’s a pride in accomplishment, because we can control exactly what goes into our food, because by making it ourselves, we’re proclaiming to the world, I CAN!

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