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Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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I want to wish each and every one of my faithful readers a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you are enjoying the day with friends and family.

Garden’s Put To Bed – Now What?

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Much as I enjoy the busy summer season and working in the garden every day I also enjoy the quieter days of winter when things slow down just a bit! But what does a gardener do after the garden’s been put to bed?

The garden  has been put to bed!

The garden has been put to bed!

One of my favorite pastimes is looking at the garden catalogs and planning my next garden! The catalogs start arriving right around the holidays. Once we’re past Christmas, I can sit and relax with a cup of tea and the latest seed catalog.

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So many choices!

If you have your tools stored in your garage or some place where you can access them take the time to check them over, clean them and give them a coat of oil to keep them rust free.

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Small gardening hand tools.

I also organize all of my pots and seed starting containers so I’ll be ready when the time comes to start my seeds.pots for planting

If necessary I can mix up a batch of seed starting soil. Usually I have a large container full, but if not I mix up more.

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Homemade seed starting mixture.

Winter is also a good time to take a look at your houseplants. Do they need transplanting? Recently I transplanted my bay plant and it is so happy! I have an orchid that needs to be transplanted, it is growing out to one side and the whole pot is in danger of tipping over!

Orchid in need of transplanting!

Orchid in need of transplanting!

If everything is taken care of you can always relax by the wood stove and read a few gardening books!

Favorite Gardening Books

Favorite Gardening Books

The way time flies by we’ll be out in the garden in no time! What do you do once your garden is put to bed?

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A Very Western Thanksgiving

If you’re tired of celebrating Thanksgiving the same way every year, or you are inviting some guests you would really like to impress, step away from tired traditions, and plan a western-themed Thanksgiving instead. From food to activities, a western Thanksgiving is a fun, innovative way to bring friends and family together for the holidays.A Very Western Thanksgiving-Image#1

Venue
An authentic atmosphere can make all the difference for a party. Is there anything more authentic western than an old barnhouse? If you happen to have a deserted barn on your property, then your Thanksgiving dinner venue is all set. If not, look around your neighborhood for a barn to rent.

If dining in a barn with hay bales isn’t an option for you, you can still have a great party. Just decorate your house with items commonly found in a barn, like saddle equipment, pitchforks, wagon wheels, and stuffed burlap sacks. You can find wheat bundles and plenty of burlap at any craft store during this time of year, which you can spread around festively to make it look as western as possible. If the weather is cooperating, move the party and decorations outside.

Table Decor
First off, invite everyone attending to come dressed in their best country-western attire. Everyone should at least have a cowboy hat or bandana. You could even provide spare straw cowboy hats or bandanas for guests who might not have them.

Then, decorate to match. Use burlap or clean potato sacks for tablecloths. Stray from traditional cloth or paper napkins and set out colorful bandanas for napkins instead. Use hay bales covered in old blankets for seating, and put the head of the household in a rustic rocking chair at the head of the table.

For centerpieces, pull out any extra straw cowboy hats you have and set them in the center next to vases in the form of old mason jars or colored glass bottles holding wheat heads, sunflowers, or wild flowers. As a cute centerpiece and appetizer, set out a bucket or two of shelled peanuts on each table for your guests to snack on before dinner.A Very Western Thanksgiving-Image#2

Make sure you get great serving dishes reminiscent of the country-western style. No fine china should be used at this party. Instead, eat off of metal plates, just like a real cowboy. Serve some food in wicker baskets, mason jars, or wooden buckets. You can also find great serving dishes at western specialty stores like this metal horseshoe fruit basket. You can’t get much more western than horseshoes!

Dinner
In the Old West, the settlers generally ate whatever meat they were able to catch when they went hunting for Thanksgiving dinner. Sometimes it was a turkey, sometimes not. Venison, beef, quail, dove, fish, or chicken would be an excellent western alternate to the traditional turkey meat.

For your side dishes, swap

On The Home Front Master Tonic

During the winter months when there is so much flu going around we try to take all precautions to stay healthy. When my son was younger he would usually be the one to catch whatever flu bug was going around. A friend of mine shared this recipe for The Master Tonic and once we started using it even my son stayed healthy! I’ve often thought it would also make a good seasoning for a Chinese dish! It is meant to be used to gargle with first and then you swallow it. If you use really hot peppers I swear you can feel the heat flowing through your blood vessels. I have shared this with several friends who now use it regularly during the flu season as well.

I share it with you today exactly as it was shared with me. Beware when you chop fresh horseradish the fumes are quite powerful and when you chop hot peppers DO NOT rub your eyes, and be sure to wear gloves!

Wear gloves when chopping  hot peppers!

Wear gloves when chopping hot peppers!

Master Tonic: A Natural Antibiotic

Pro biotic: antiviral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitical.

Important note: As required by law, this information is provided by the right of free speech for educational purposes only, as natural or non-pharmaceutical remedies or therapies are in some nations today now often deemed illegal. We must therefore insist that if you are ill or have any disease or healthy problem that you contact a medical doctor immediately and ask their advice before trying any formulae, or suggestion given in this material.

This is a modern-day version of a recipe for an extremely powerful natural antibiotic originally used to fight infection like the Bubonic Plague that killed over a third of the world in the 1300’s. Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics it fights both bacteria and viruses, and is effective against pathogens that have developed immunity to existing drugs.

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Master Tonic Ingredients

Master Tonic:

1 part fresh chopped garlic cloves (anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral anti-parasitical)
1 part fresh chopped white onion, hottest onions available (similar properties to garlic)
1 part fresh gated ginger root (increases circulation to the extremities)
1 part fresh grated horseradish root (increases blood flow to the head)
1 part fresh chopped Cayenne Peppers, the hottest peppers available, i.e. Habanero, African Bird, or Scotch Bonnets etc. (A great blood stimulant)
1 bottle raw, unfiltered, unbleached, non-distilled apple cider vinegar

Fill a large glass jar ¾ of the way full with equal parts of the above peeled, fresh, chopped or grated herbs.

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Ingredients layered in a large glass jar.

I use a ½ gallon glass-canning jar and add a cup of each of the above ingredients.master tonic

Recipe Box: Coconut Chicken & A Giveaway

Today I  am sharing a delicious recipe for Coconut Chicken AND I am giving you the chance to win a bag of the new King Arthur Coconut Flour and the cookbook Coconut Oil by Elizabeth Nyland! Scroll to the bottom of the post to enter the giveaway!coconut giveaway

If you are not familiar with the King Arthur website be sure to check it out, they not only have a large variety of wonderful tools for the kitchen they also sell wonderful flour!

Hopefully many of you are familiar with the blog Holistic Squid. I love her blog and she shares many good recipes and tips for eating healthy. This recipe is an adaptation of one of her recipes.

Coconut Chicken

2 pounds of boneless chicken
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup of King Arthur Coconut flour
½ cup of shredded coconut
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp salt
Fresh pepper
½ cup coconut oil

In a large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients except the chicken, egg and coconut oil.coconut chickenThis mixture freezes well, I just keep a bag of it in my freezer for a quick dinner.coconut mixture

Cut the chicken into strips and mix in a bowl with the beaten eggs. Dredge each piece of chicken in the flour mixture.coconut chicken

In a large saucepan, heat about 4 Tbsp of coconut oil. When the oil is hot add the dredged chicken pieces. Cook the chicken until all the sidesare brown.coconut chicken Remove chicken and keep warm while you cook the remaining pieces of chicken. Add more oil if necessary. We love this chicken especially when served with sweet chili sauce! It’s even good as leftovers the next day!

Coconut Chicken

Coconut Chicken

Now for the giveaway. Enter below using the Rafflecopter for your chance to win a bag of King Arthur Coconut Flour and the cookbook Coconut Oil by Elizabeth Nyland.
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HomeAcre Hop #97

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Welcome to The Thankful HomeAcre Hop!

Can you believe that next week we will be celebrating Thanksgiving? The week of Thanksgiving we will all be taking a break from the hop and encourage you to take a break to give thanks and spend the day with your family and friends.

Today we invite you to share your Thanksgiving, Autumn, Harvest and Preserves posts! You are also welcome to share your homesteading, homeschooling and homemaking post.

After you’ve shared your favorite blog post stop by and visit some of the posts as well.Be sure to visit the other hosts as well. We would love to have you follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Etsy, Google+, Instagram or by email

Tracy @ Our Simple Life
Sandra @ Clearwater Farm,
Kathi  @ Oak Hill Homestead,
Heidi  @ Pint Size Farm,
Lisa @ The Self Sufficient Homeacre,
and Me! (Nancy @ On The Home Front)

Each co-host will feature their favorite post so be sure so check out the other blogs to see if you’ve been featured! Be sure to link back to one our our blogs if you’d like to be featured! Thank you everyone for your fantastic posts.  If you were featured be sure to pick up your “I was featured” button. We look forward to seeing what you have to share this week!

Have you ever made your own yogurt before? Jen who posts over at The Easy Homestead shared a great article on How To Activate a Yogurt Starter (with recipes). Be sure to stop by, she’ll answer any questions you may have.How-to-Activate-a-Yogurt-Starter-The-Easy-Homestead-.com_

 

Congratulation Jen!

If you would like to be featured in the future, be sure to link back to the hop! We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week! If you were featured, grab the button to display proudly on your blog!

 

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