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    Today On ExperimentalHomesteader.com – December 16, 2014 there are a number of new product reviews and blog posts. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of this post so you don’t miss out on any of the posts. As I am sure you noticed, I am still finding it difficult to find the time every day to post – and sometimes even when I do post, this daily collection of new posts does not get updated. There are a number of other ways to stay on top of new posts – our newsletter, Facebook page or even Bloglovin’.

    Another new edition to the site is the Contest, Coupon or Freebie Link Of The Day. Look in the sidebar on this page and you will see it. The home page is the only page right now that this link is going to be on. Links should be updated every evening by 7pm EST.

    I am adding the link to the iPad mini contest here because it is still active. There is a new contest on the sidebar.

    Just Free Stuff iPad Mini Giveaway

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    Comfort food is what December is all about. It’s cold outside, but the oven is sure to keep the house warm when you bake up this Mini Pot Pie Recipe. Don’t worry if you prefer a large pot pie you can click the link over to that recipe as well.

    Grow Your Own Healing Plants Pinterest

    Gardeners and those that prefer natural healing are going to love my latest blog post called Grow Your Own Healing Plants. While it doesn’t tell how to grow the plants, it does give you an idea of which plants to grow. Remember this post is not intended as medical advice and you should always consult your own doctor.

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    Speaking of herbs, while it is true that the outdoor growing season in Indiana is over unless you grow under cover, there are still tasks that can be done. The Seasonal Herb Garden Care: October, November, December guides you through the winter months.

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    While those of us in a cold climate may not be thinking about our ponds this time of year, those in warmer climates still are. Now is a good time to think about any problems that occurred or may be occurring in your pond. The Healthy Pond Water blog post gives some good advice on where to begin troubleshooting your pond.

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    Best Buy Is The Ultimate #HintingSeason Destination For The Latest Camcorders And #CamerasatBestBuy. I really love @BestBuy as you can tell. Be sure to check out these awesome cameras!

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    Today On ExperimentalHomesteader.com – December 15, 2014 there are a number of new product reviews and blog posts. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of this post so you don’t miss out on any of the posts. As I am sure you noticed, I am still finding it difficult to find the time every day to post – and sometimes even when I do post, this daily collection of new posts does not get updated. There are a number of other ways to stay on top of new posts – our newsletter, Facebook page or even Bloglovin’.

    Another new edition to the site is the Contest, Coupon or Freebie Link Of The Day. Look in the sidebar on this page and you will see it. The home page is the only page right now that this link is going to be on. Links should be updated every evening by 7pm EST.

    I am adding the link to the iPad mini contest here because it is still active. There is a new contest on the sidebar.

    Just Free Stuff iPad Mini Giveaway

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    Understanding the needs of chickens is something every homesteader really needs to do if they intend to raise them on their property. Meeting their needs includes providing them with a safe, predator-free home. Read these Homestead Chicken Coop Tips to find out ways to predator-proof your chicken coop or if you don’t already have one, what you need to consider before purchasing or building one.

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    Fresh fruit and jam seem to go together. Of course making jam is often a time consuming, messy process as anyone who has ever done it knows. That is not the case with this Strawberry Freezer Jam recipe. In fact, this recipe is so easy you might want to make a batch before Christmas!

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    @BestBuy Has The Greatest #HintingSeason Gift Ideas this holiday season. It’s true! From JBL speakers and earbuds to the Xbox One, Garmin or TomTom, they are sure to have something for everyone on your gift list.

     

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    For those of you who are true gardening addicts, don’t forget to check out our sister site Exotic Gardening. I’ve been over there some doing some updates and those updates will continue. Mostly the site is just photos right now that showcase the different gardens here. Some of the photos have captions that explain what is happening and some do not but if you truly love gardening, I am sure you are going to love the site.

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    Today On ExperimentalHomesteader.com – December 10, 2014 there are a number of new product reviews and blog posts. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of this post so you don’t miss out on any of the posts. As I am sure you noticed, I am still finding it difficult to find the time every day to post – and sometimes even when I do post, this daily collection of new posts does not get updated. There are a number of other ways to stay on top of new posts – our newsletter, Facebook page or even Bloglovin’.

    Another new edition to the site is the Contest, Coupon or Freebie Link Of The Day. Look in the sidebar on this page and you will see it. The home page is the only page right now that this link is going to be on. Links should be updated every evening by 7pm EST.

    I am adding the link to the iPad mini contest here because it is still active. There is a new contest on the sidebar.

    Just Free Stuff iPad Mini Giveaway

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    Today we start off with the “Beyond Basics With Natural Yeast” Blog Tour. Melissa Richardson has written an outstanding book on working with natural yeast. It is filled with recipes and even an offer for free starter. I hope you will check this post out and follow the blog tour. There are links to the other sites on the tour at the end of the post.

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    If you love horticultural or botanical books especially those that have a historical or scientific slant, check out the Book Review: Flora Illustrata. This is a really cool book and would make a great gift.

    WinterCraftBazaar

    This is just a reminder that this Saturday is the Winter Craft Bazaar! Buy local, buy handmade this holiday season at the Grant County 4-H Council Winter Craft Bazaar. If you live anywhere near Grant County, Indiana this is a great show to attend with over 70 vendors. Come on out and see what everyone has to offer and help support the local economy!

     

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    For those of you who are true gardening addicts, don’t forget to check out our sister site Exotic Gardening. I’ve been over there some doing some updates and those updates will continue. Mostly the site is just photos right now that showcase the different gardens here. Some of the photos have captions that explain what is happening and some do not but if you truly love gardening, I am sure you are going to love the site.

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    This video is courtesy of The Peaceful Prepper. It is something that we all need to know – how to download offline maps for use on your smartphone.

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    Today On ExperimentalHomesteader.com – December 10, 2014 there are a number of new product reviews and blog posts. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of this post so you don’t miss out on any of the posts. As I am sure you noticed, I am still finding it difficult to find the time every day to post – and sometimes even when I do post, this daily collection of new posts does not get updated. There are a number of other ways to stay on top of new posts – our newsletter, Facebook page or even Bloglovin’.

    I’ve spent the better part of the day updating the blog. I’ve removed a number of influencer and contributor links from the side bar across the site and put them on their own page. I think it makes the site look neater and possibly load faster. Thoughts?

    Another new edition to the site is the Contest, Coupon or Freebie Link Of The Day. Look in the sidebar on this page and you will see it. Today it links to a mini iPad so be sure to sign up. The home page is the only page right now that this link is going to be on. Links should be updated every evening by 7pm EST.

    Another new feature is the video pick of the day. I’m trying to choose trending videos that deal with the homesteading lifestyle in some way. Today’s video showed a disabled dog who saved his owners life. If you haven’t watched it, take a moment to do so.

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    This post was scheduled for November 13 but somehow was not published, so I found it and published it today. If you’ve ever thought about getting a small solar charger for your cell phone, tablet, camera or other device, don’t miss my Product Review: #sunlabzsolar13w Portable Solar Charger.

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    With the busy holiday season upon us, I want to tell you about a new service in Indiana that delivers pre-measured, ready-to-cook gourmet meals right to your door. Fresh Artistry Deliveries Make Restaurant Quality Meals At Home Easy and if you want to try the Peach-Chipotle Glazed Chicken With Smashed Potatoes that I did, I noticed it is on their delivery menu for next week.

    #CanonatBestBuy Is A Great Family Gift For #HintingSeason Pinterest

    ‘Tis the season to take lots of photos. #CanonatBestBuy Is A Great Family Gift For #HintingSeason. I have a Canon Rebel  EOST3i and although I love it, I really want to upgrade to the Canon Reble EOS T5i. Just check out what this baby does! You will want one as well to take all those great family photos this holiday season!

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    Have you ever thought about underwater photography? I have and my newest review is all about a really awesome waterproof case. Check out the Product Review: #KobertWaterproofCase.

    WinterCraftBazaar

    This is just a reminder that this Saturday is the Winter Craft Bazaar! Buy local, buy handmade this holiday season at the Grant County 4-H Council Winter Craft Bazaar. If you live anywhere near Grant County, Indiana this is a great show to attend with over 70 vendors. Come on out and see what everyone has to offer and help support the local economy!

     

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    For those of you who are true gardening addicts, don’t forget to check out our sister site Exotic Gardening. I’ve been over there some doing some updates and those updates will continue. Mostly the site is just photos right now that showcase the different gardens here. Some of the photos have captions that explain what is happening and some do not but if you truly love gardening, I am sure you are going to love the site.

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    As homesteaders we all have animals. This was such a great story about how a dog saved his owner when he fell that I wanted to share it with all of you. Anyone else have a story to tell about their pet? I’d love to hear it!

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    This is a new section I thought I would try and see how well you all like it. These are some interesting trending videos I found on YouTube. I hope you enjoy them and remember to look around the site as well by clicking on the links at the top of the page when you are done.

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    Instead of having these scattered all over the sidebars of each page of my blog, I decided to add all the widgets on one page. These are sites that I am either an Influencer for or a Contributor too.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


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    Today On ExperimentalHomesteader.com – December 4, 2014 there are a number of new product reviews and blog posts. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of this post so you don’t miss out on any of the posts. As I am sure you noticed, I am still finding it difficult to find the time every day to post – and sometimes even when I do post, this daily collection of new posts does not get updated. There are a number of other ways to stay on top of new posts – our newsletter, Facebook page or even Bloglovin’.

    Your First Month Prepping-Pinterest

    I am starting a series of monthly prepping articles. Hopefully this will give some of you an idea of how to get started. Your First Month Prepping starts the series out. In this article we cover basic essentials such as food, water, hand operated appliances, flashlights, batteries and even portable solar power.

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    With the holidays only a few weeks off, lots of kids are asking for pets. While the holidays are not always a good time to bring a new pet into your household, I hope if you do that you will consider a shelter pet. There are a few things you should know before you make the decision and remember even though the pet may be for your child, the responsibility for caring for that pet falls on you. Celebrate #ShelterPetLove On Shelter Pet Day is an article I encourage everyone to read even if you already have a family pet.

    WinterCraftBazaar

    Buy local, buy handmade this holiday season at the Grant County 4-H Council Winter Craft Bazaar. If you live anywhere near Grant County, Indiana this is a great show to attend with over 70 vendors. Come on out and see what everyone has to offer and help support the local economy!

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    Lavender essential oil is one of my favorite and most used of all the essential oils. I was contacted about trying a new lavender essential oil and said yes. Find out what I thought about it in my blog post Product Review: Healing Solutions Kashmir Grade Lavender Essential Oil.

    Top Tips For Avoiding Toxins This Holiday Season From Stewart Lonky MD Pinterest

    The holidays are certainly a busy time. Everyone is in a rush and often when people get together there is a lot of food. Here are some Top Tips For Avoiding Toxins This Holiday Season From Stewart Lonky, MD.

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    While we are on the subject of food, you won’t want to miss these Important Food Safety Tips. Even though Thanksgiving is over for another year, there are lots of good tips here.

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    This year I managed to get the winter vegetable garden planted. You can see the photos of it and read all about it in my blog post titled Indiana Winter Vegetable Garden November 2.

    I have been reviewing a lot of new software lately. My favorite is PicturesToExe hands down. Here is my Product Review: PicturesToExe – Beyond Awesome Software! Do check this software out. It is awesome!

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    If you have kids or grandkids, here are some awesome Updated Educational Kids Academy Apps #FREEKidsApps #MomBuzz.

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    Another software program I love and that you will love too if you take a lot of pictures is the Picture Collage Maker. See my Product Review: Picture Collage Maker Plus Get 70% Off – Limited Time.

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    For those of you who are true gardening addicts, don’t forget to check out our sister site Exotic Gardening. I’ve been over there some doing some updates and those updates will continue. Mostly the site is just photos right now that showcase the different gardens here. Some of the photos have captions that explain what is happening and some do not but if you truly love gardening, I am sure you are going to love the site.

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    Today On ExperimentalHomesteader.com – October 27, 2014 there are a number of new product reviews and blog posts. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of this post so you don’t miss out on any of the posts. As I am sure you noticed, I am still finding it difficult to find the time every day to post – and sometimes even when I do post, this daily collection of new posts does not get updated. There are a number of other ways to stay on top of new posts – our newsletter, Facebook page or even Bloglovin’.

    Fresh Apple Recipes Pinterest

    Apples are everywhere this time of year – and let’s face it, they always taste the best when they are in season. There are lots of methods of preserving apples and wonderful ways to use them. Fresh Apple Recipes – a post from our archives includes recipes for apple pie, apple crisp and fried apples. Plus there are tips for storing apples in a root cellar, canning, dehydrating and freezing fresh apples.

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    A wonderful fall blooming perennial is Monkshood (Aconitum spp.). I grow the blue variety in my garden and this year they are over 5 feet tall – the tallest I have ever seen them. I love the deep blue blooms, especially since there are so few flowers in bloom in my garden right now. The sedum blooms have already faded and the mums – while some are still blooming – simply do not compete with the elegance of monkshood.

    The Best Time To Plant Bulbs Pinterest

    For those who have not already done this, October is also The Best Time To Plant Bulbs. The ground is cooler, many of the perennials are still visible so you don’t have to worry as much about accidentally digging their roots up – although you do need to watch out for bulbs you planted in previous years – and hopefully you are getting enough rain that you won’t need to water as often.

    Fall Vegetable Garden Pinterest

    Speaking of planting, Planting The Fall Garden and Fall Vegetables are two blog posts you want to check out – especially if you intend to plant fall vegetables for a winter harvest. I am in Indiana, USDA zone 5, so everything I posted about is possible to grow here. Lettuce is the easiest but not the only winter vegetable you can grow in a cold climate.

    For those of us who raise houseplants or grow plants in a greenhouse, there are a couple of posts for you as well. The blog post House Plants Guide gives you some basic information on what to do before you start to bring your houseplants indoors for the winter.

    Preparing The Greenhouse For Winter is a must-read blog post for anyone – in any climate – who has a greenhouse they use year-round. Keeping your greenhouse clean is essential to disease and pest prevention and we all know once either of these overtake your greenhouse it is very difficult to get rid of them without resorting to extreme measures.

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    Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by Depends for the #DropYourPants for #Underwareness campaign. All opinions are 100% my own. Link clicks are compensated.

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