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:




AND......

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.

Ingredients:

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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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Eden Natural Skincare and Cosmetics Spring Sale!


It's finally spring!  Although it doesn't quite feel like it yet, I know that warmer weather is coming soon!  Just the other day my kids were so excited that they could run around outside barefoot.  It was 34 degrees.  Today it's a balmy 31.  

Anyway, I am itching to get out there and dig around in the garden and I'm sure many of you are too!  I thought it would be a great time to have a sale just to celebrate spring and gardening!  I have an actual Gardener's Soap shown below.  It has exfoliating properties of coffee grounds on the bottom layer and jojoba beads and shredded loofah on the top layer.  Scented with Orange oil, Patchouli and a hint of Cinnamon Bark oil, this bar makes a great gardener's soap!

Click on picture to purchase.

Another awesome new soap is called Camo Clean.  Its looks(below) will tell you why we chose the name, but the smell is what you will love the most!  Scented with Lemongrass, Peppermint and Sage, with ground sage grown here on the farm organically and sprinkled on top, it is a new customer favorite among men and women alike!  Lemongrass is known to be an insect repellent and sage has antifungal, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties making this a wonderful garden soap as well!

Click on picture to purchase.

Another soap that works great as an insect repellent is Juniper/Basil pictured below.  Juniper Berry oil has many benefits for the skin, including helping with acne, acts as an anti-inflammatory, psoriasis and much more.  This is an earthy smelling bar with powdered basil added along with the basil essential oil.  Oh yes, the powdered basil is organically grown from our farm just for you!

Click on picture to purchase.

Don't see the bar for you?  There's more at my website:  

www.edennaturalproducts.com

I also have many lotions to choose from!


15% off storewide!
Use Code 15Spring at checkout!

Because I just love you all.  That's all.







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