Thursday, December 18, 2014

Handmade Gifts: Wooden Ornaments


I went to a workshop in November and one of the things they were making were Christmas Ornaments using wood slices.


They were rustic, and I loved the idea. We have been cutting quite a bit of wood, so it wasn't a problem finding some branches that would work. Mike used one of his power tools to cut the branches into slices. (He said it sounds easier than it is)  He also had to drill a small hole for the cord.

If you like perfection, you won't like these. They all come out a little different. Some with all of the bark, some with a little and some with none!

I decided that I wanted to paint mine-I chose black.
I used a white ink pad and some cute, ready made stamps.  (I am not an artist)



Pretty simple-
Paint, let dry.
Stamp!
Attach a hanger (string, twine, cord etc)
Done!


(Mike still needs to drill holes in this set)


You can get really creative with these.-Chalkboard paint and chalk, stamps, free hand artwork, paint or raw wood etc...










We enjoyed making them, and the girls really liked how they turned out. Our favorite...the Snowman!


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HomeAcre Hop #100 (Merry Christmas Hop)




Welcome to the 100th HomeAcre Blog Hop! It happens to fall on the week before Christmas where we are having a special Merry Christmas Hop! We invite you to share your holiday post (repost are welcome) as well as any homesteading, homeschooling or homemaking post.  

We will be taking next week off from the Hop to celebrate Christmas with our families. 

Be sure to check in with us on the New Year to participate in our New Years Hop!

HomeAcre  Host
Kathi@Oak Hill Homestead
Nancy@Prudent Living on the Home Front
Tracy@Our Simple Life
Lisa Lynn@Self Sufficient Home Acre
Mary@Homegrown on the Hill
and Me @Clearwater Farm Journal

Each host will feature her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. that means your chances of being featured are even better! Visit each of the blogs to see if you were featured this week! (Don't forget to link back to one of our blogs if you'd like to be featured!)


  Featured Post






Easiest Way To De-Seed A Pomegranate {With Recipes}, chocolate clusters, sparkling, sparkle, ruby red, Lexie's Kitchen, white cheddar, cheese ball, holiday, festive, DIY, pomegranate recipes, holiday cooking, raw foods, healthiest berry, ORAC value, reversing heart blockage, lowering Blood Pressure, lowering cholesterol, research, medical studies, life hack, homemaking, homemade, sweet treats, smoothies, cake, jelly, sauces, main dishes, side dishes, drinks, fresh is best, salads, chocolate, desserts, punica granatum, nutrient-dense, food source, phytochemical compounds, high levels of flavonoids, polyphenols, potent antioxidants, cancer, DIY, hack, homemaking, homemade, cooking, baking, mealtime, recipes, seeds, juice, blood pressure, antioxidants, cholesterol, LDL, HDL, research paper, studies, heart attack, de-seeding, tart, sweet potato casserole, flavored ice cubes, Gorgonzola, chocolate clusters, sparkling, sparkle, ruby red, Lexie's Kitchen, white cheddar, cheese ball, holiday, festive, super-fruit, really a berry, #1 cause of death, heart disease, paleo, kombucha, cucumber salad, sherbet, candy, drops, kale, chocolate bark, breakfast crumble, pears, molasses, galette,



 Congratulations!
We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured blogger this week. If you were featured, grab the button to display proudly on your blog.

Be sure to check out the HomeAcre Hop Pinterest Board where we share our Hop Favorites each week.
Clearwater Farm Journal




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You are invited to share your original posts on: Homesteading, livestock care, gardening, environmentally friendly farming, self sufficiency, preparedness, off grid living, healthy recipes, home remedies and herbal concoctions, green living, homeschooling, food preservation, environmentally friendly crafts and home decor, photo posts of natural living and homesteading subjects! Now that’s a lot of information to share! If it fits any of these topics, we want to hear about it.  There are just a few little rules to follow:
  • Family friendly posts only. 
  • Please, no posts dedicated to advertising products or other Blog Hops.
  • Link as many appropriate posts as you’d like each week. Older posts are great too.
  • Please visit as many of the other posts as you can and let them know you found them here!
  • If you wish to be featured, you must link back to the hop (on either host’s blog) with the button, text link, on the post, your side bar,or blog hop  page and please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and/or Pinterest!
  • Please follow us by email! You’ll receive notice when the hop is open for business. 
  • Only share content that you have created.
  • Please remember that the whole idea of a blog hop is to visit the other bloggers and make connections and friendships…so share the linky love!
  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post if you are featured. We will also include one photo from your post in the interest of sending visitors your way 
                 To keep things fresh on the Hop 
PLEASE do not share a post that you have previously linked up.
     Any post that does not fit in the guidelines will be removed. Thank you for participating!!
 
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Putting Up Apples

It's December and I just finished  putting up apples. That is something that I usually do in October.
I wasn't even planning on apples, but I seen some seconds for 6.99 a bushel, and I couldn't resist! I picked up what they had available in seconds and added 2 more regulars.

4 bushels later....



Applesauce

A favorite around here and a great use for seconds. The Kitchen Aid fruit strainer attachment makes the job a whole lot easier.
We like our applesauce simple-just some added cinnamon before putting them in the jars.






Apple Pie Filling

Another favorite!
I was planning on canning the pie filling, but ended up putting it up in the freezer. I was just not up for anymore canning.

I tried a new recipe-
Apple Pie Filling






Dehydrated Apples

This job goes quickly with a kitchen gadget-Apple Peeler-Slicer-Corer

Unfortunately, these do not last long. They seem to get eaten, almost as soon as they get taken off the dehydrator racks.
They lasted only a few days!
 


Now that the apples are done, maybe I can move on into December. I feel like I am a good month behind....


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Thursday, December 11, 2014

HomeAcre Hop #99




Welcome to the Hop this week! 
Looking forward to your 
Homesteading, Homeschooling, and Homemaking Post!
 I am especially enjoying the Festive Post-
I am in need of motivation to 
dig out those Christmas Decorations.

HomeAcre  Host
Kathi@Oak Hill Homestead
Nancy@Prudent Living on the Home Front
Tracy@Our Simple Life
Lisa Lynn@Self Sufficient Home Acre
Mary@Homegrown on the Hill
Heidi@Pint Size Farm
and Me @Clearwater Farm Journal

Each host will feature her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. that means your chances of being featured are even better! Visit each of the blogs to see if you were featured this week! (Don't forget to link back to one of our blogs if you'd like to be featured!)


  Featured Post

DIY Soap Molds from Making Our Sustainable Life
(I really want to make one of these)

DIY Wooden Soap Mold



Congratulations!
We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured blogger this week. If you were featured, grab the button to display proudly on your blog.

Be sure to check out the HomeAcre Hop Pinterest Board where we share our Hop Favorites each week.





Clearwater Farm Journal
Featured




You are invited to share your original posts on: Homesteading, livestock care, gardening, environmentally friendly farming, self sufficiency, preparedness, off grid living, healthy recipes, home remedies and herbal concoctions, green living, homeschooling, food preservation, environmentally friendly crafts and home decor, photo posts of natural living and homesteading subjects! Now that’s a lot of information to share! If it fits any of these topics, we want to hear about it.  There are just a few little rules to follow:
  • Family friendly posts only. 
  • Please, no posts dedicated to advertising products.
  • Link as many appropriate posts as you’d like each week. Older posts are great too.
  • Please visit as many of the other posts as you can and let them know you found them here!
  • If you wish to be featured, you must link back to the hop (on either host’s blog) with the button, text link, on the post, your side bar,or blog hop  page and please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and/or Pinterest!
  • Please follow us by email! You’ll receive notice when the hop is open for business. 
  • Only share content that you have created.
  • Please remember that the whole idea of a blog hop is to visit the other bloggers and make connections and friendships…so share the linky love!
  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post if you are featured. We will also include one photo from your post in the interest of sending visitors your way 
                 To keep things fresh on the Hop 
PLEASE do not share a post that you have previously linked up.
     Any post that does not fit in the guidelines will be removed. Thank you for participating!!
 



 
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Shepherdess Notes: Calling the Vet


Emmet, our Gentleman of a Border Leicester


This past weekend did not come without some farm drama~

Mike and I were on an overnight trip, picking up some wool. (another story)  On our return home, I noticed the Tunis ram in the pasture, where he most definitely does NOT belong. It took just a few more seconds when I realized that he was standing next to Emmet, our Border Leicester Ram, who was lying down on the ground.

 Instant panic!

Mike grabbed a board (you don't want to go out unarmed in this kind of situation) I was relieved when Emmet was able to get up. Unfortunately, instead of making it easy to look him over, he ran, as fast as he could. There went Emmet, and the Tunis right behind him. After several minutes, we managed to catch Emmet. I removed him from the pasture, and put him in a pen. The first thing I  noticed was that  his nose was bleeding, and he was really shaken up. He was safe for the moment, so I left him there, and went out to help Mike get the Tunis Ram back in the barnyard where he belonged.

 I was grateful, it didn't take too long. It did take Mike a few minutes to get the gate closed, since the ram had tore the lock off the gate. I am not sure what compelled him to choose that day to break out and pick a fight with our other ram. I have to say, these Tunis Rams try my patience. The Border Leicester Rams, with the exception of one, have never really given us much grief.

After checking on Emmet again, we left him alone for a bit, to settle down. I went back out, about 30 minutes later, he was still bleeding a bit from his nose, and was grinding his teeth. I could not get him to stand up. NOT a good sign. I gave him a B shot, to try to help with stress. Another hour went by, Mike went out to check on him-still bleeding a little from the nose, but now he was trying to get up and couldn't.

I checked on some sheep forums, to see what was available for pain. It was recommended that he get an anti inflammatory and some pain meds. Prescription. You would think that would not be a big deal, but it is!

There are plenty of vets in our area, but NOT for livestock. The one we have worked with in the past, was no longer seeing sheep. I did have a friend that had told me about a new vet, in a neighboring county that had helped her with her goats. I decided I would try him in the morning.

I checked on Emmet first thing in the a.m.  He was up and walking normal, but appeared to be a little out of it.

I made the call to the veterinarian.  I wasn't surprised when she said he was out on call, and had several other calls, before he would be able to get back with me.

Several hours later, she called- Do I still need a vet to come out?  Emmet was eating, and moving around, but I decided it was better to be safe than sorry.

Good News-
No broken bones! Rumen was working! No temp!
He does have a lot of swelling on his face, most likely a concussion. But the doctor was optimistic.
Emmet was given some meds. and now we will wait and see what happens.

Sometimes I could just hang up my shepherd's crook! I know that sounds dramatic, but I dislike the stress that comes in these situations. Unfortunately, it is part of the package.

I am glad I found a veterinarian to call, I am even more happy to have found a veterinarian that doesn't mind working with sheep (rare find)
I am also glad, that we had not had  to call a veterinarian that often.

I am not one to call the vet for every little thing, I rely a lot on other sheep folk, and the livestock supply stores for what I need to raise sheep.  But, there are times, when you need to make the call, and when you do, it is nice to have a someone who is knowledgeable and helpful. ( years ago, I had one vet tell me, they are just sheep, they are most likely going to die! ) Did I mention this vet said he likes sheep?

Emmet  happens to be a favorite around here. (and truth be told, he is the most expensive Ram we have ever bought)  I hope that he pulls through okay, and is out chasing the ladies in no time.

The Tunis ram came out of the fight without a scratch, and is in the DOG HOUSE!  (figure of speech)


IN TIME OUT







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Thursday, December 4, 2014

HomeAcre Hop #98

 

 I hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving!


HomeAcre  Host
Kathi@Oak Hill Homestead
Nancy@Prudent Living on the Home Front
Tracy@Our Simple Life
Lisa Lynn@Self Sufficient Home Acre
Mary@Homegrown on the Hill
Heidi@Pint Size Farm
and Me @Clearwater Farm Journal

Each host will feature her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. that means your chances of being featured are even better! Visit each of the blogs to see if you were featured this week! (Don't forget to link back to one of our blogs if you'd like to be featured!)





 Congratulations!

We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured blogger this week. If you were featured, grab the button to display proudly on your blog.

Be sure to check out the HomeAcre Hop Pinterest Board where we share our Hop Favorites each week.







You are invited to share your original posts on: Homesteading, livestock care, gardening, environmentally friendly farming, self sufficiency, preparedness, off grid living, healthy recipes, home remedies and herbal concoctions, green living, homeschooling, food preservation, environmentally friendly crafts and home decor, photo posts of natural living and homesteading subjects! Now that’s a lot of information to share! If it fits any of these topics, we want to hear about it.  There are just a few little rules to follow:
  • Family friendly posts only. 
  • Please, no posts dedicated to advertising products.
  • Link as many appropriate posts as you’d like each week. Older posts are great too.
  • Please visit as many of the other posts as you can and let them know you found them here!
  • If you wish to be featured, you must link back to the hop (on either host’s blog) with the button, text link, on the post, your side bar,or blog hop  page and please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and/or Pinterest!
  • Please follow us by email! You’ll receive notice when the hop is open for business. 
  • Only share content that you have created.
  • Please remember that the whole idea of a blog hop is to visit the other bloggers and make connections and friendships…so share the linky love!
  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post if you are featured. We will also include one photo from your post in the interest of sending visitors your way 
Clearwater Farm Journal
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

We Have Angora Rabbits on the Farm

We have Rabbits!


Della

Esmerelda


They are not mine...

Someone talked her dad into Angora bunnies.

Delaney has wanted Angora rabbits for quite some time, she just had to convince us that it was a good idea.

She is starting out with two, we will see how it goes before adding more.

I think it will be a great opportunity for Delaney to have her own little "fiber" business.

Regan was asked if she wanted one as well, but her response was "no thank you, I don't need the added responsibility." I had to laugh, at such an honest response.

Angora rabbits have "wool" too. So they should fit in pretty well around here.
Did I mention, that I am excited about having some Angora wool to try? 

(When taking pictures, Delaney noted that rabbits are a lot harder to photograph than sheep)

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