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2018 Reading Challenge: Kansas
The Lifestyle

2018 Reading Challenge: Kansas

2018 Reading Challenge: KansasA new year—a new reading challenge!

This year, Kansas is the theme. To complete the challenge, you must read 12 Kansas-related books by the end of 2018:

  1. A book about Kansas prior to 1854.
  2. A book about Kansas flora.
  3. A fictional book written by a Kansas author.
  4. A book about territorial Kansas.
  5. A book about Kansas travel.
  6. A book about Kansas fauna.
  7. A book about Kansas in the late 1800s.
  8. A book of poetry written by a Kansas author.
  9. A book about a famous Kansan.
  10. A book about Kansas in the 1900s.
  11. A book of Kansas photography.
  12. A book about a current issue in Kansas.

Here are the rules:

  • Books in electronic formats count.
  • Both fiction and nonfiction books count.
  • You can read the books in any order.
  • Books cannot be counted twice, even if they fit into more than one category.

If you can complete a book a month, you will be able to complete the challenge easily.

Stuck? Sign up for On the Range, our free weekly country living update (learn more). In the last issue of every month, we’ll suggest a book for one of the categories as a hint.

Let us know what you’re reading this year! We’d love to hear from you!


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Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas 2017It’s Christmas time once again!

Thank you for another great year at Homestead on the Range! We are looking forward to bringing you even more helpful country living information in 2018.

Meanwhile, if you are looking for some helpful resources to start the new year right or just for a little interesting reading, allow us to make a few recommendations.


Best of 2017

From Homestead on the Range

3 Ways to Stay Posted3 Ways to Stay Posted


The Worst Jokes I Know (and I Know a Lot!)The Worst Jokes I Know (and I Know a Lot!)




Introducing Cowboy PoetryIntroducing Cowboy Poetry


Pros and Cons of Niche MarketingPros and Cons of Niche Marketing


Keeping a Garden JournalKeeping a Garden Journal


Winkler CraterWinkler Crater: A Kimberly Pipe in Kansas


What is a Landrace Breed?What is a Landrace Breed?


Seeds From the TombsSeeds From the Tombs


8 Reasons to Memorize Scales8 Reasons to Memorize Scales


The Wonderful Wizard of OzThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz


5 Tips for Improving Your Writing5 Tips for Improving Your Writing


British and Continental Cattle BreedsBritish and Continental Cattle Breeds




Ox Yokes and CollarsOx Yokes and Collars


Dog BreedsDog Breeds


Pros and Cons of Hot CompostingPros and Cons of Hot vs. Cold Composting


The Agricultural Adjustment Act in the Great Plains: Part 1The Agricultural Adjustment Act in the Great Plains


Kansas GovernorsKansas Governors




Web Soil SurveyWeb Soil Survey


Murray McMurray Chick SelectorMurray McMurray Chick Selector


Stockdog SavvyStockdog Savvy


How to Master the English BibleHow to Master the English Bible




Food PreservationFood Preservation


Top 10 Marguerite Henry BooksTop 10 Marguerite Henry Books


Cover Crop Decision ToolCover Crop Decision Tool


An Introduction to Heritage BreedsAn Introduction to Heritage Breeds


Kansas Ag ConnectionKansas Ag Connection




Luster Leaf Rapitest Soil Test KitLuster Leaf Rapitest Soil Test Kit


Pick PunchPick Punch




Shetland SheepdogShetland Sheepdog


The Worst Jokes I Know (and I Know a Lot!)
The Lifestyle

Last-Minute Gift Idea: The Worst Jokes I Know

The Worst Jokes I Know (and I Know a Lot!)Searching for an inexpensive last-minute gift idea perfect for children? Take a look at The Worst Jokes I Know (and I Know a Lot!): 101 Funny Bone Ticklers for Jokesters of All Ages by B. Patrick Lincoln.

This illustrated book is sure to delight jokers (cards, you might say) of all ages with puns new and old:

A very prudent gardener planted dollar bills throughout his entire garden. One’s first thought might have been that he wanted to grow the mythical money tree. But no, the gardener knew better than that. He was merely trying to ensure that he had rich soil.

Young jokesters will enjoy trying out clean, corny wordplay on their family, friends, and pun pals as they find out:

  • Why is it inadvisable to read the contents of this book to an egg?
  • Why was the ground delighted with the earthquake?
  • And why did the chicken really cross the road?

Share a laugh this Christmas!

Click here for more information and buying options. Free sample pages are available.

The Dawning of Indestructible Joy
The Lifestyle

The Dawning of Indestructible Joy

The Dawning of Indestructible JoyChristmas….

A time of music and laughter.

A time of bright lights and tinsel.

A time of friends and family.

A time of giving and sharing.

But more than that.

A time to celebrate the beginning of the greatest miracle the world has ever known.

A miracle that took just a little over 40 years to unfold, but that was planned all the way back at the dawn of time.

A miracle of eternal consequence to every single human being who ever was born and ever will be born.

That miracle began in a stable.

If you would like to take time this Christmas season to try to fully grasp the full implications of this miracle, you may enjoy The Dawning of Indestructible Joy: Daily Readings for Advent by John Piper. Through a series of 25 readings, you will be reminded of what Christmas and Christ are all about.

Each reading is brief—about five minutes or so. But the impact is lasting.

May true joy be yours this Christmas.

The Worst Jokes I Know (and I Know a Lot!)
The Lifestyle

The Worst Jokes I Know (and I Know a Lot!)

The Worst Jokes I Know (and I Know a Lot!)Looking for clean jokes for the whole family? Look no further!

Homestead on the Range is pleased to announce the release of The Worst Jokes I Know (and I Know a Lot!): 101 Funny Bone Ticklers for Jokesters of All Ages by B. Patrick Lincoln in both paperback and eBook formats.

Young jokers (cards, you might say) will learn 101 side-splitting riddles and funny bone ticklers, all in a small, illustrated book made to be shared. Jokesters of all ages will enjoy trying out corny wordplay on their family, friends, and pun pals.

Along the way, children will find out:

  • Why is it inadvisable to read the contents of this book to an egg?
  • Why was the ground delighted with the earthquake?
  • And why did the chicken really cross the road?

This great gift will connect generations as children, parents, and grandparents share laughs together.

Click here to preview free sample pages.

10 Gifts for Gardeners
The Garden

10 Gifts for Gardeners

10 Gifts for GardenersChristmas is just around the corner! If you are looking for a few ideas to bring a smile to the face of that gardener in the family this year, allow us to make a few recommendations.

  1. The Family Garden JournalThe Family Garden Journal. Our garden journal is a great way for a gardener to celebrate a year of growing plants. It features 366 pages with room for to-do lists, observations, harvest records, and other notes, and it even includes a shopping list, a map, a planting table, and other useful tools for planning a garden. Makes a great keepsake. Read more.
  2. Heirloom seeds. Heirloom seeds are sure to delight! Choose varieties with a compelling story and an attractive appearance. If the seeds come from your own heirloom garden, that makes them even more special.
  3. The Christian Kids’ Gardening Guide. Looking for a gift for a budding green thumb? This delightful little book offers both practical growing tips and fun activities to foster a love of gardening. Read our full review.
  4. All New Square Foot GardeningAll New Square Foot Gardening. If your fellow gardener does not already have a copy of this revolutionary book on gardening, do him a favor and get him one. Even those committed to traditional row gardening can pick up many useful tips for making the garden more productive and attractive. Read our full review.
  5. Oxo Good Grips trowel. Every gardener needs a trowel. If the trowel has a comfortable handle, a sharp stainless-steel blade, and handy measuring marks, so much the better.
  6. Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening. Another classic work on gardening that deserves a place on every gardener’s bookshelf. This one is an indispensable reference for those who garden naturally. Read our full review.
  7. Luster Leaf Rapitest Soil Test KitLuster Leaf Rapitest Soil Test Kit. Does your gardening friend know how to test his soil for pH and NPK? If not, this kit will make it easy for him. Read our full review.
  8. Gardening gloves. Even a gardener who already has a pair probably won’t mind an extra pair.
  9. Seed packets. This is another good choice for an heirloom gardener. These seed packets seal to protect their contents, and they can be used with a home inkjet or laser printer.
  10. Sweet potato beetle. This hilarious craft is a great way to use that overgrown sweet potato! Warning: The laughter will be heard for miles around!
You Can Teach Yourself Dobro
The Skills

You Can Teach Yourself Dobro

You Can Teach Yourself DobroTeaching yourself Dobro is easy—especially with this book!

You Can Teach Yourself Dobro by Janet Davis offers a logical sequence to learning this unique instrument, starting with the basics and using previous skills as a foundation for new skills. The book is divided into lessons, early lessons covering essential technique and subsequent lessons introducing a mix of music theory principles, improvisation exercises, and advanced slide techniques.

Examples of lessons include:

  • Tuning.
  • Chord locations.
  • Roll patterns.
  • Playing up the neck.
  • Slant chords.
  • Embellishing the melody.
  • Interchanging licks.
  • Seventh chords.
  • Using a capo.
  • Melodic style.
  • Minor chords.
  • Transposing.

The focus of You Can Teach Yourself Dobro is on bluegrass, as evidenced by the collection of standards used to illustrate the techniques and provide improvisation practice:

  • “Cripple Creek.”
  • “Blackberry Blossom.”
  • “Footprints in the Snow.”
  • “John Henry.”
  • “Train 45.”
  • “John Hardy.”
  • “Reuben.”
  • “Sally Goodin’.”
  • “Devil’s Dream.”
  • “Old Joe Clark.”

However, blues, Hawaiian, and old-time country styles receive some attention, as well.

The absolute beginner to Dobro couldn’t pick a better place to start than this book. Take your time to master each lesson before moving on to the next—it will pay off.

The MacArthur Daily Bible
The Lifestyle

The MacArthur Daily Bible

The MacArthur Daily BibleIt’s not too early to think about great gifts for the coming Christmas season. Here’s one that will touch the heart—The MacArthur Daily Bible.

The idea of the Daily Bible is to take readers through the entire Bible in the course of one year. Each daily assignment features four selections for a balanced read:

  • Old Testament.
  • Psalms.
  • Proverbs.
  • New Testament.

The New King James text is complemented by a light sprinkling of notes from Dr. John MacArthur to aid in a better understanding. Another nice feature of this Bible is a section including 52 memory verses, one for each week.

If you want to grow in your recall and understanding of the whole of God’s Word, this is an excellent way to obtain an overview of the Bible before digging deeper into specific passages. Give it a try next year.

And if you know a friend who would appreciate a better knowledge of the Bible, as well, give one away this Christmas.

Already read The MacArthur Daily Bible? We recommend How to Master the English Bible by James M. Gray as a good next step.