All Around the Home and Homestead Blog Party #11

As I write this, we are in the middle of an ice storm. At the beginning of last week, it sounded like it was going to be Icemageddon; however, now that it is here the weathermen are saying that it might not be so bad after all. I guess time will tell.

We’ve been sure to get plenty of firewood carried inside so that it would be dry. The pantry and refrigerator are well stocked and the livestock is well cared for. Now the only thing to do is wait and see.

I’ve taken advantage of the time inside to put some beef soup bones in a large stock pot covered in water and cooked them down. I wanted to put several quart jars of beef broth on the shelf. This broth will be used for making delicious and nutritious meals in the future.

A New Co-Host

I  want to introduce you to Jacquelyn from The Woolly Homestead.  Jacquelyn and her family live on seven acres in Southeastern Pennsylvania. She chronicles about life with their children, chickens, sheep and a large garden.

Jacquelyn will be co-hosting the All Around the Home and Homestead Blog Party with me going forward. I am excited that she is joining me!



Last week there were some great posts linked up! The three most popular were:


Oak Hill Homestead: Homesteading-Where on Earth Do You Start?


The Upcycled Family: Three Natural Ear Infection Remedies


Soulfully Rested: What My Parents Taught Me About Broken Heart Syndrome 




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Ham Cheddar Chowder Recipe

There’s something about extremely cold weather that makes me yearn for a warm, hearty bowl of soup.  A favorite soup at our house is Ham Cheddar Chowder. Filled with ham, potatoes, carrots and just the right amount of cheddar cheese; Ham Cheddar Chowder is so delicious and comforting!

Ham Cheddar Chowder is as easy to make as it is tasty.

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All Around the Home and Homestead Blog Party #10

We have been in a deep freeze like much of the country this past week. However, Adisyn and I have been dreaming about warmer weather. Surely, we are not the only ones who are longingly thinking about warm spring rains, green grass and a growing garden. We plan to start some plants inside under the grow lights soon.

Last week we had some great posts linked up.


Congratulations to Michelle at SoulyRested, last week she had the most popular post:

A Sweet Christmas without Presents


I hope you will join in on the fun this week!

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The Beginner’s Bible ~ Review

It is hard to believe that a new year has begun and that I am posting our first Homeschool Review Crew review for the year. The kids and I so enjoy the opportunity to review so many great products as part of The Homeschool Review Crew. I hope that our reviews can be a blessing to your family as well.

Our first review comes to you from Zonderkidz. When Brock was beginning to read we were introduced to The Beginner’s Bible. Since then, as each child is ready to begin reading more we have gone back to that old standby, time and time again. For this review, we had the opportunity to review the all new and improved The Beginner’s Bible.

If you are not familiar with The Beginner’s Bible let me tell you a little bit about it. This is a collection of Bible stories, written for lower elementary age children to read and enjoy. The book of the Bible and chapter that the story comes from is on the first page of each story. This makes it so easy for the parent to look up the actual story in the Bible.

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All Around the Home and Homestead Blog Party #9

Can you believe that 2016 is already gone? I sure can’t! I know that I say every year that time flies but that seems especially true this year. As I look back at 2016, I see many projects that we completed, which is great. I also see some projects that I started and haven’t finished. I even have several projects that I wanted to do and never got them started. I will have to work on the not-finished and not-started lists so that I can get them done this year.

We have some fairly large projects planned for this year as well. We will be planting 4800 shrubs on our farm to enhance wildlife habitat, as well as, seeding more of the farm back down into grass. 

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I am also excited that there will be some exciting things going on here on the blog as well. The All Around the Home and Homestead Blog Party is changing from a monthly linkup to a weekly Monday linkup.




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