Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle and Mini iPad Giveaway!

Get The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle--Hurry: Sale 6 Days Only!
By popular demand, 100+ homemaking bloggers are bringing back The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, and it's better than ever!

enter to win a Mini iPad, apron and Amazon gift card below!

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is a complete library of great eBooks on homemaking—a truly valuable knowledge base you’ll use for many years to come.

But, I have a confession...

I love tangible books better.

Seriously, I do.  I like the feel of them, the smell, the look.  I have somewhat of an obsession for good books(and magazines).  But, that has lead to a problem.  I am overflowing with books!  And with this little farmhouse that has no closets, no built-in bookshelves, you can see how that could be a problem.

But, there is a solution to that problem.  Ebooks!  Although I miss the ability to feel and smell the books, I am getting the same content and my bedroom dresser, bookshelves, and all end tables will not cave in from any more book weight!

Unlike a library, though, you don’t have to spend years building it up. The Ultimate Bundles team has done the hard work for you, searching the web to find the very best eBooks from top homemaking authors and combining them into one essential collection that you can buy in one simple purchase.

Act now to get the ultimate eBook collection on homemaking at a once-in-a-lifetime price.

I'm confident you won’t find a more comprehensive set of homemaking resources anywhere -- and certainly not at this price. Bought separately, they’d cost a total of $698 (not including $200+ in bonuses!). But you can have all of them for just $29.97!

Or, for just an extra $10, you not only get the full set of PDF files, but also a bonus set of Kindle editions, perfectly formatted for easy Kindle reading. This has been a popular request over the years and I'm excited to say it's now available!

I believe it’s the best deal on homemaking eBooks anywhere on the web. But it will only be available for six days. So grab yours before it's gone!

You get ALL THIS in The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!

This huge wealth of information and guidance will be right there on your laptop, tablet, smartphone, or Kindle, whenever you need it.

Here's what you need to know about the sale:

When? 8 a.m. EST Wednesday, April 23 until 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, April 28

What? 78 eBooks, 2 eCourses, 2 audio files, and 2 printable packs PLUS over $200 worth of bonus products you'll really use!

Where? Purchase the bundle here.

How much? Well now, that's the best part. The entire package is worth nearly $900, and it's selling for less than $30. Sweet deal, right?

Get ALL of these eBooks for 1 LOW Price! One Week Only!

What's in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle? ($698 value!)

What are the Ultimate Homemaking Bonus Offers? ($200+ value)

In addition to all the amazing eResources, this bundle includes the best bonus offers it's ever had. These deals are worth over six times the price of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. So you’re up on the deal right away!

  1. DaySpring—A FREE 10-pack of Premium Greeting Cards. ($20.00 Value. Standard shipping applies.)
  2. HopeInk—$15 HopeInk store credit to be used towards anything + a FREE 8×10 Art Print with order. ($39.00 Value. Standard shipping applies.)
  3. Redeeming Beauty Mineral Makeup—3 FREE eyeshadows of your choice from Redeeming Beauty. ($16.47 Value. Standard shipping applies - only ships to US and Canada.)
  4. Marie-Madeline Studio—A $15 store credit for anything in Marie-Madeline Studio's online store. ($15.00 value. Standard shipping applies.)
  5. Once a Month Meals—A FREE One Month Pro Membership from Once a Month Meals. ($16.00 Value. No shipping required.)
  6. DizolveFREE 64-load pack of Dizolve Laundry Strips for you PLUS a Free 64-load pack of Dizolve Laundry Strips for food banks. ($25.98 value. Standard shipping [$3] applies. Only ships in the US.)
  7. TrilLight Health—Get a FREE 2 oz. bottle of a liquid health formula OR $15 store credit from Trilight Health. ($15.00 Value. Standard shipping rates apply.)
  8. ListPlanIt—Free 3-month membership OR 3 free ePlanners from ListPlanIt. ($15.00 value. No shipping required.)
  9. Bulk Herb Store—Instant download of the instructional video Making Herbs Simple Volume 2 for FREE from Bulk Herb Store. (up to a $15.00 Value. No shipping required.)
  10. Fit2B™ Studio—FREE 2-Month Online Fitness Membership at Fit2B™ Studio. (up to a $20.00 Value. No shipping required.)

And, I have added my own bonuses as well! A free garden journal, a prayer journal that goes along with my eBook, The Homesteading Wife's Christian Devotional, and 20% off of any purchase at my store, Eden Natural Skincare and Cosmetics.  Find out more details HERE.

Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 8 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, April 23 to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, April 28th.

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Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Coming Soon! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle and Affiliate Opportunity

I get so excited when these bundles come along.  It's like I'm walking into a bookstore, only there's just one big section and it's just for me!  The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is a little different than the past ones that I have been an affiliate for.  My eBook, The Homesteading Wife's Christian Devotional, is included!

Here is the breakdown of what you get:

It is quite a bargain!  But, what makes this over the top is you get free stuff too!

Although I can't give you specifics yet, let me tell you that these bonuses are awesome!

Plus, I thought I would throw in my own little bonuses!  Because my eBook is included, I have made a garden journal and prayer journal that you will receive for free.  All you have to do is buy your bundle from me and email me your receipt as proof of purchase.  Take a look:

The Garden Journal is a monthly journal with extra pages for note taking.  I also have added a veggie chart that you can customize with your own yields needed to provide for your family.  Another informational yields chart is included as well.  Take a look at these samples:

The Prayer Journal goes along with my eBook.  It includes the Bible verse(s) for each chapter and the prayer at the end of each chapter.  You can customize and add extra prayers and answered prayers.  Here are samples:


There's one more bonus that I think you will like.  How about 20% off Eden Natural Skincare and Cosmetics, my very own handmade goat's milk soaps, lotions and mineral foundation powder?

The only way you can get my personal bonuses is if you buy The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle from my website!  You can go to the main website from here, then buy the bundle and you will get credit.

When is the sale, you ask?

April 23-28 only!

Don't forget that it is for 6 days only and then it's gone forever!  Mark your calenders and be ready!

Are you a blogger looking to earn some cash with this bundle too?  Join the affiliate program!  It's easy peasy! Go here.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Homemade Peppermint Patties

Although I do not eat candy very often, I have been known to grab me a peppermint patty a time or two at the checkout lane.  Chocolate and peppermint.  Enough said.  

So, I found this recipe from The Sunny Patch on Pinterest.  It looked pretty yummy and if there weren't a lot of ingredients I knew it just might work for our tight grocery budget.  I must say that it does take a whole lot of powdered sugar, but it also makes quite a bit and powdered sugar won't break the bank.  

The results were absolutely amazing!  So amazing that I thought I would share my tidbit of info with you on this recipe.


9 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 8 ounce bar cream cheese
1 tsp peppermint extract (or more, to taste – up to 1 Tablespoon)
2 packages chocolate chips (you might need part of a third bag)
1-2 Tbsp shortening, optional

Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper and set aside.

Combine the first three ingredients and mix well.  I used 1 tablespoon of peppermint extract because I really like the minty taste to stand out when combined with chocolate.

Notice below that the mixture is really crumbly and I thought it wasn't going to form into balls, but it did with some hand muscle.  My husband and I formed them into balls, then flattened them with the palm of our hands.  We used about a tablespoon for each patty. They aren't perfect flat balls like the kind you see in the store.  But, who cares right?

Lay them on the cookie sheet lined with waxed paper and chill in the refrigerator for an hour or two.  If you are like me, impatient at times when it comes to chocolate, chill in the freezer for less time.

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler with the shortening.  I used coconut oil.  The oil will keep the chocolate harder when cooled.  Take out your patties, remove the chocolate from the heat but keep it in the double boiler so that it will not cool too quickly. 

Use two forks to pick up the patties and dip in the chocolate.  I turn them around gently to coat them.  When each patty is all covered, put them back on the cookie sheet.  I did not need to reheat the chocolate, but you might need to, depending on how quickly it cools.

Put the patties back in the fridge or freezer to cool the chocolate.  Once the chocolate is hardened, they are ready.  I was quite satisfied with the turnout of these delicious patties!

Hey, a farm girl has got to have her peppermint patties every now and again.  Now I can make my own!  Plus, they really are better than what you get in the stores!

Look what's coming!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Ducks verses Chickens - An Egg Laying Experiment

One of the fun things about homesteading is experimenting.  I am an inquisitive person and like to know the whats, whys and hows of many things that interest me.  Notice I said 'that interests me.'  That is key.  How a car engine runs or what the latest cell phone app is does not interest me in the least.

But homesteading, now that is my passion!  It is one big experiment really.  We are constantly learning new things, some good and some bad.  They say that is supposed to keep our minds young.  I figure with all of the mind-boggling stuff going on here,  I should live to about 200.

So, the latest experiment is with Khaki Campbell ducks and Rhode Island Red chickens.  We have two ducks now that really don't have too much of a purpose other than waddling around, eating bugs and looking cute.  The drake is a Blue Swedish and the hen is a Rouen, both meat ducks.  The female has laid eggs for us and hatched some out herself.  They were slightly bigger than chicken eggs, but tasted pretty much the same other than being a little bit richer.  

We noticed that theses ducks did not eat grain during the spring, summer and early fall. They foraged and kept their weight on nicely.  That got my 'young' mind to thinking.  Are their egg-laying duck breeds that don't eat a whole lot of grain, yet still lay plenty of eggs?

Khaki Campbells ducks seem to be the winner in egg laying among the duck breeds.  They are said to even lay as much as chickens, and eat less grain.  Where have I been all these years?

So, the experiment is on!  Who can give us eggs consistently and who eats less grain?  That's what it boils down to.  I chose my favorite chicken breed for laying and the most well-known egg-laying duck breed.  I have heard mixed results for the number of eggs laid.  Some say chickens outlay ducks, some say their ducks outlay the chickens.

I am also looking at this as a marketing opportunity.  At first, I felt that I could sell more chicken eggs than duck eggs.  But, I did not realize that some health food stores sell duck eggs for a dollar a piece!  So, I could possibly sell a dozen duck eggs for the cost of 2-4 dozen chicken eggs, depending on the average prices in my area.  Plus, many who are allergic to chicken eggs can tolerate duck eggs.

In a few months, I will hopefully have results and update this post!

Any duck and chicken owners out there?  I'd love to hear your results if you have egg layers!

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