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Merry Christmas 2018

Merry Christmas 2018

Hard to believe that another year has passed and a new year is just around the corner!

We’re looking forward to bringing you more helpful content and resources in the coming year. There are some exciting plans in the works!

Meanwhile, have a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and a great time browsing this year’s lineup of our favorite posts and resources.

Best of 2018

From Homestead on the Range
Publishing Newsletter

Homestead on the Range Publishing Newsletter


5 Years of Abundant Living in Flyover Country

5 Years of Abundant Living in Flyover Country


Posts
How to Test Seed Germination Rates

How to Test Seed Germination Rates


Is Raw Honey Safe?

Is Raw Honey Safe?


How to Welcome Your Mail-Order Chicks

How to Welcome Your Mail-Order Chicks


The Broody Hen vs. the Incubator

The Broody Hen Versus the Incubator


Pros and Cons of No-Dig Gardening

Pros and Cons of No-Dig Gardening


What is Permaculture?

What is Permaculture?


C:N Ratios of Common Organic Materials

C:N Ratios of Common Organic Materials


Adding Value to Wool

Adding Value to Wool


Basic Principles of Breeding Heirloom Vegetables

Basic Principles of Breeding Heirloom Vegetables


An Introduction to Sheep Dairying

An Introduction to Sheep Dairying


Series
Goat Breeds

Goat Breeds


Kansas Populist Movement Basics: The Beginning

Kansas Populist Movement Basics


Milk Substitutes: Lactose-Free, Soy, Almond, and Rice

Milk Substitutes


Eat Your Colors

Eat Your Colors


Resources
Territorial Kansas Online

Territorial Kansas Online


Johnny Kaw

Johnny Kaw: A Tall Tale


Kansas Historical Markers

Kansas Historical Markers


WunderMap

WunderMap


Dear Readers and Riders

Dear Readers and Riders


Grazing Systems Planning Guide

Grazing Systems Planning Guide


Intensive Grazing: An Introductory Homestudy Course

Intensive Grazing: An Introductory Homestudy Course


Heritage Livestock Breed Comparison Charts

Heritage Livestock Breeds Comparison Charts


Top 10 Skill-Building Resources

Top 10 Skill-Building Resources


Lightning

6 Sources of Free Stock Photos


Supplies
Nebo Lights

Nebo LED Lights


Free Today (November 14, 2018): The Worst Jokes I Know (and I Know a Lot!)

The Worst Jokes I Know (and I Know a Lot!)Did you get a chance to read The Worst Jokes I Know (and I Know a Lot!) for free last week? If not, we’ll give you another opportunity!

The Worst Jokes I Know (and I Know a Lot!) by B. Patrick Lincoln is a collection of 101 Funny Bone Ticklers for Jokesters of All Ages. Young jokers (cards, you might say) will learn side-splitting riddles and jokes, all in a small, illustrated book made to be shared. Kids will enjoy trying out corny wordplay on their family, friends, and pun pals.

For example:

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.

Fortified with an arsenal of good clean humor (including a few turkey jokes), your child will keep them all laughing at the Thanksgiving family gathering this year!

A paperback edition is also available. Download free sample pages here.

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!)

 

 

Posts

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

 

 

Series

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 PlainsThe Agricultural Adjustment Act in the Great Plains: Part 1

 

Kansas GovernorsKansas Governors

 

 

Resources

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

 

ScrivenerScrivener

 

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

 

 

Supplies

Luster Leaf Rapitest Soil Test KitLuster Leaf Rapitest Soil Test Kit

 

Pick PunchPick Punch

 

 

Photos

Shetland SheepdogShetland Sheepdog

 

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 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.

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. (Update: Sadly, our favorite trowel may no longer be available at Amazon; you may have to search around a bit for a similar product.)
  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!

Merry Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas 2016

It’s already that time of year again—time to celebrate the birth of Christ and enjoy the company of our family members!

Cold weather and snow mean that it is also time to find a cozy seat and catch up on some research and reading. Please enjoy this year’s lineup of our best content.

We’re looking forward to serving you again in 2017. Merry Christmas!

Best of 2016

From Homestead on the Range
The Family Garden Journal

New Compact Family Garden Journal


Introducing Our Free Weekly Newsletter

Free Weekly Newsletter


Posts
Pros and Cons of Gardening in Kansas

Pros and Cons of Gardening in Kansas


6 Reasons to Preserve Kansas Heritage

6 Reasons to Preserve Kansas Heritage


The Roots of Western Music

The Roots of Western Music


Pawnee Indian Museum

Pawnee Indian Museum


8 Utopian Experiments in Kansas

8 Utopian Experiments in Kansas


5 Steps to Birdwatching Expertise

5 Steps to Birdwatching Expertise


Prairie Strips in Field Crops

Prairie Strips in Field Crops


How Vermont's GMO Labeling Law

How Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law Affects You


Top 10 Kansas Towns

Top 10 Kansas Towns


Benefits of Making Music

Benefits of Making Music


Series
The Exodusters: Part 1

The Exodusters


Horse & Donkey Breeds

Horse & Donkey Breeds


Big Predators Return to Kansas—Updated!

Big Predators Return to Kansas—Updated!


The Changing Face of American Agriculture

The Changing Face of American Agriculture


Garden & Orchard Diseases

Garden & Orchard Diseases


Resources
The Kansas Poems of John Greenleaf Whittier

The Kansas Poems of John Greenleaf Whittier


K-State Horticulture Newsletter

K-State Horticulture Newsletter


Farming the Dust Bowl

Farming the Dust Bowl


Dog Breed Selector Tool

Iams Dog Breed Selector Tool


Music Practice

Music Practice


Supplies
Intellitouch Tuners

Intellitouch Tuners


Dustin-Mizer

Dustin-Mizer


Photos
Wind Turbines

Wind Turbines in the Flint Hills


Fleabane

Fleabane in Bloom


Wheat

Wheat Field


Quotes
Quote of the Week: Keep on Shooting

Keep on Shooting


Quote of the Week: Courage

Courage


Quote of the Week: Good Resolutions

Good Resolutions


Quote of the Week: Better to Dare

Better to Dare


Quote of the Week: Forgive Your Enemies

Forgive Your Enemies