Sunday, November 30, 2008

THC: The VERY Late Addition!

Oh dear, where has the time gone? My host for LAST week never responded to doing the carnival and with thanksgiving I was unable to focus on finding a new one! My apologies. Here is last week's AND this week's. Please enjoy the links. Sorry, no fancy wording or photos. LOL I was looking through the links, and there are definitely some you will want to check out.

Cory presents Frequent Small Meal Diet posted at Eating Healthy, saying, "Did you know that eating many small meals every day is actually healthier than the traditional 2-3 large meals?"

Belle presents Homemade Laudry Soap: How to make it (tutorial) posted at Homesteaderbelle's Blog, saying, "This post tells and teaches how to make homemade laundry soap. It make five-gallons of soap!"

Condo Blues presents Three Easy, Natural, and Free Fall Centerpieces posted at Condo Blues.

Sahara Reins presents Decorating for Fall and Feeding the WildBirds posted at Fowl Visions.

MoneyNing presents Dependent Day Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) posted at Money Ning, saying, "FSA are one of the few ways of helping us save money on child care that can get very expensive! Remember to take advantage of it for the year of 2009!"

Lauren Rose presents Choosing the Best Plants for your Garden posted at Own Home Style .com, saying, "How to choose the best plants for your garden" presents Pie Crust posted at Oak Hill Homestead, saying, "The easy way to make pie crust"

Abi presents lighter side - Broccoli - Green Bean Casserole posted at lighter side, saying, "New twist on your traditional Green Been Casserole"

HappyCampers presents Breakfast For A Crowd: Ham & Eggs On Croissant posted at Reese's View Of The World.

Raymond presents Save Money On Heating Costs - Sacrificing A Bit Of Comfort For Frugality posted at Money Blue Book.

Stephanie presents Winter Comes Too Soon posted at Stop the Ride!.

Stephanie presents Cooking Rabbit posted at Adventures in the 100 Acre Wood.

Patti presents Upcycled sweater tutorial: posted at Audrey Blissful, saying, "I just love using things I already have around my house to make clothes for my little girl. I thought other homesteaders might want to give it a try."

Amanda Dixon presents Homeschool Memoirs: Award The CATEGORIES! posted at The Daily Planet, saying, "If I could award my family members any awards, these would be the ones I give them!"

Danielle Hull presents Dressing for Spinach Salad & Choc Chip Toffee Bars posted at Teaching, Learning and Encouraging.

Abi presents Kitchen towel hanging posted at lighter side.

Her presents How To Sew a Simple Purse, Tote or Bag posted at HowToMe.

Belle presents Hanging clothes in the House posted at Homesteaderbelle's Blog.

Tomato Lady presents Hand Hemstitched Linen Handkerchiefs posted at Little House in the Suburbs.

Alex presents Free Printable Calendar Selection posted at Home Life Weekly, saying "I have put together a selection of easy to make free printable calendar for you to use help you get organized and plan ahead for the year of 2009."

"I want chickens. There, I said it. I’ve been tossing the idea around in my head for a while but hadn’t put it out there in words yet. For a lot of people it sounds a little … wacky. Chickens, as pets. Crazy. ".... Summer presents The Chicken Story posted at Wired For Noise.

Lady Rachel presents Apple Trees & Big Red Barns posted at Rachel's Reasoning -, sharing photos of "Just some photos of our barn and our crab apple tree in the first snow of the year here in Indiana!"

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of the homesteading carnival thc using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

Also, I am putting together the hosting schedule for the next few months, please let me know if you want to host. As you can see you do the carnival as fancy or plain as you wish. Please EMAIL if you're interested in.

Amanda at the Daily Planet will be hosting next week!


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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Final Call!

You only have a little while to get your submission in for this week's carnival. I think I will continue the carnival for a little while longer as we seem to be getting more submissions as of late, but I'm still not sure if that means I will continue in definitely. It will help let more know about this carnival if you have the icon on your site and use social networks (like stumbleupon, twitter, etc)!

Here are some links that I wanted to share with you from this week. I hope you will enjoy them!

Home-Educator Appreciation Day via GGMagazine
Respecting Younger Brothers by 17yo via Feelin' Feminine
Join Our Social Groups via Feelin' Feminine
Update on the HSBAwards Almost there… via the HSBA Post
I Remember Being A New Homeschool Mom via Walking Therein


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Monday, November 17, 2008

Win A "Coffee Bag"

I am hosting a giveaway for The (new!!) Coffee Bag (a $12.95 value!).... ENTER: Coffee Bag Giveaway!!

Also enter to win a kids computer-learning program and child's learning colour-book at At A City On A Hill

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"It's My Turn" Homesteading Carnival

Y-2K Hipp has posted the latest edition of the carnival. You can find it and all the great homesteading links here: She really did a nice job for a first-timer. lol

Here's next week's info:
Host blog ¤
Scheduled for ¤ Nov 24, 2008
Submission deadline ¤ Nov 23, 2008 23:59:52 -0500
Current status ¤ This edition is upcoming.
Carnival ¤ the homesteading carnival thc
Maintained by ¤ The Homesteading Carnival

You can now vote for your favourite homeschool blogs of 2008. Click on image above for my picks and more!

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Carnival and Awards

Stephanie at Stop the Ride has put up this week's carnival,The Homesteading Carnival. Make sure you submit something for next week. Y-2K Hipp is hosting next week!

Ok You can now go vote in the 2008 Homeschool Blog Awards. Please vote for my other site, Feelin' Feminine, for: Best Teen Group Blog 2008! It would be lovely to see this website win this category! You can also vote for the ladies magazine, Growing In Grace, in this category as well Best Family or Group Blog.

Oh yes, and of course my sister, Rachel at A City on a Hill, in Best Teen Gal Blog!!

If you don’t know who to vote for in other categories consider voting with me… I Nominate, including Make it From Scratch and GrandmaRosie's blog!

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Homemade Tapioca Pudding

I love tapioca pudding, and was able to successfully make some yesterday! You can eat it warm of cooled (I prefer cooled), but so worth it! This is an easy snack that is rather cheap, especially if you have your own goats and chickens for the milk and eggs!

Tapioca Pudding



3 cups organic milk, divided
1/3 cup small pearl tapioca
2 extra-large egg yolks, lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean, split along the length (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)


Pour 3/4 cup of the milk into a medium-sized, thick-bottomed pot. Add the tapioca and soak for 60 minutes. Whisk in the egg yolks, salt, sugar, and the remaining milk. Scrape the vanilla bean along its length with a knife and add that bean "paste" along with the bean itself to the pot (if you are using vanilla extract in place of the vanilla bean stir it in at the very end, after the pudding is completely cooked).

Over medium heat slowly bring the mixture just barely to a boil, stirring all along - this should take about 15 minutes. Reduce the heat and let the mixture fall to a simmer - you keep it here until the tapioca is fully cooked, another 20 minutes or so. Keep in mind this time can be significantly longer (or shorter). The tapioca will tell you when it is ready if you watch carefully. The tapioca beads will swell up and become almost entirely translucent. The custardy part of pudding will thicken dramatically as well - keep tasting and assessing at this stage. It is even more critical to keep stirring at this point avoid dreaded scorching. Remove from heat and let cool a bit. This tapioca tastes its best when served warm, but is still delicious cold as well.

Serves 4-6.

How do you make tapioca pudding? Add anything extra to it?


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Sunday, November 2, 2008

The 70th Homesteading Carnival: November Edition

I Love Autumn

Welcome to the November 3, 2008 edition of the homesteading carnival thc. I've heard quite a few people say "I can't believe it's November already", and I can't either! Seems like this year has flown by moreso than others.

My sister, Rachel, will be turning 15 on the 5th, which seems very strange to me. She's always been the "little girl" compared to me and my older sister, Amanda, but she's growing into a lovely young lady. She was also interviewed as the Girl of Grace in the November issue of GGM. You can read more on her there, Lady Rachel, A Gentle Heart After God.

"November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows."

This is the month where the cold really starts to settle in and surely enough there has been some kind of snowfall on Thanksgiving Day or shortly afterwards. This is also the month where all your favourite dishes are prepared for that big meal with the family.

HowToMe shares her recipe on How To Bake Treat - Mom?s Savory Banana Cake posted at HowToMe. Looks like a wonderful treat *if* I liked bananas!

Kara Thurmond at An Hour In the Kitchen gives a really lovely, autumn snack that's she says is "Something different to make with all the extra apple harvest- easy and delicious!". Using one of the best fall fruits she shares Spicy-Sweet Apple Chips.

I don't know that I should be reading these post right now. They're making me extremely hungry, especially Stephanie at Stop the Ride! as she bakes Sundried Tomato Pizza. Sounds heavenly!

"With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate."

It seems not everything is quite blissful this November as we draw near to Election Day. Sisterlisa at Apples of Gold Ministries presents Economic Woes, saying, "Economic woes due to current events. Includes some thoughts on the election and tips to create a more balanced personal economy for your family."

"With the uncertain economy and tanking housing industry, more and more people are joining the “mini house” movement" that Heather Levin shares about in Why Live In A Micro Home? posted at The Greenest Dollar. Very interesting article, and very ideal. I remember a few months ago when my family was thinking on moving we had thought about buying a rather small home for less room to stuff, less expenses, and easier to cool or heat.

Remembering "traveling" from places to place Amanda Dixon at The Daily Planet shares her favourite field-trip in Homeschool Memoirs: Field Trips, saying, "its fun to jog down memory lane... here is a field trip we took to a orchard when I was younger!"

"The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring."

Ah yes, until next spring the earth will rest. Winter hasn't even come and I already ready despise it. Perhaps it will be a rather mild winter, at least I hope so. Emily Rose brightens my outlook with Morning Glory Seeds where she shares how to save the seeds for next year's planting posted at Simply Vintagegirl Blog.

Each year you will find with November also comes the annual homeschool blog awards, and Belle at Born 100 Years to Soon shares some of her favourite links of homeschoolers, but those who have great homesteading blogs in Who are you nominating for in the 2008 Homeschool Blog Award?

I hope the weather is agreeable on this November day, but if not you can sit inside, curled up in your favourite blanket and coffee mug, and enjoy this article about Tying Heart Strings: Bridging The Gap to the Heart with your children, especially your daughters by Jacque Dixon at Walking Therein.

This November don't forget to sit down and take a few moments to look through and read this issue of GGM. The theme for November was Gentleness, and you'll find quite a few inspirational and encouraging posts in their on the lost art of gentleness.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of the homesteading carnival thc using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page. Thanks for submitting your blog article. Please announced this on your blog so others can find their way or here, and perhaps participate themselves!


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Saturday, November 1, 2008


BlogCarnival is back up and running so please send in your submission if you haven't already! :) I look forward to reading them. I will be posting the carnival on Monday morning!

Also, the November Issue of GGM was published day! Please go check it out.

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