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A campfire may provide warmth and light and even heat for cooking but it is also a wonderful place around which to gather with friends. We are lucky enough to have a large flat area above our home where we have built a rather large fire pit. Whether it is just my husband and I, or a gathering of friends, one of the joys of a campfire is the atmosphere it creates.the joys of a campfire

 

Building the campfire is always an afternoon activity. Everyone walks into the woods collecting fallen sticks and branches. Often the chainsaw is taken out and a few dead trees are cut up to add fuel to the fire.Joys of a campfire

 

Long sticks are cut to provide a method for toasting marshmallows. After all it wouldn’t be a try campfire without ‘smores!

 

Once the fire is built, the sticks are set aide and there is an ample amount of wood to provide fuel, the chairs are set up in a circle around the fire. Just at dusk the fire is lit. Sometimes only a match is needed, but if the wood is quite wet we also have a torch that we can use to get the fire going.

 

Summertime is often when we have the most campfires. As the fire dies down and the stars come out it is a beautiful way to enjoy a starlit evening. In the quiet of the woods you can often hear the Barred owls or the howls of coyotes. Recently we had an impromptu gathering of friends and enjoyed a campfire under the November full moon.joys of a campfire

 

Before you build a campfire in your backyard make sure you know the laws of your state. In Vermont it is legal to enjoy a campfire, but if you are building a large bonfire you need a permit. WE always have a hose available but luckily we have never needed it.joys of a campfire

 

Sitting around the campfire with a circle of dear friends is one of my favorite ways to spend an evening. The conversation is always interesting and sometimes there is even singing. Occasionally someone will ask a hard question or share an intimate detail of what’s going on in their life. The conversation just flows. The joys of a campfire are so simple… the warmth of the fire and the warmth of wonderful friendships.the joys of a campfire

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Welcome to the Simple Homestead Blog Hop!

We are so glad that you have stopped by for a visit! We encourage you to look through some of the great posts shared by our readers and then take the time to read those that interest you. If you are adding to our list, thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us. It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings. We hope you have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us.

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Kathi at Oak Hill HomesteadFacebookPinterestInstagram Dash at Bloom Where You’re PlantedFacebookInstagram Sandra at Clearwater Farm – Facebook – Pinterest – Instagram Leah at Busy Gals Homestead and Leah’s Lovely LopsFacebook PinterestTwitter Nancy at On the HomefrontFacebookTwitterPinterest

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Each week we’ll feature the most-viewed post from last week’s hop. Each host also features her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. Visit each of our blogs to see if you were featured this week.

Our most-visited post from last week’s hop:
So Much To Do, How To Deal With It All 

My Favorite Post:
10 Unique Ways to Make Your Holidays More Affordable 

 

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Are you anxious about the approaching holidays? Are you rushed and feel like there is just no time to get ready? Perhaps it’s your turn to host this year, wondering what you can do to get ready?countdown to Thanksgiving

 

Years ago I read an article that included several steps that you can take to get ready for the big day, whether it is Thanksgiving, Christmas or another family gathering. I wrote a few notes on an index card, placed the card in with my recipes and have used the advice every year since then. By following these steps the countdown to Thanksgiving will be seamless.countdown to Thanksgiving

 

First of all figure out the guest list. How many people will actually be coming for the big meal and find out if there are any sort of food allergies.

 

Have your guests help out by contributing a dish or a dessert. Be specific, ask your aunt to bring her wonderful creamed onions or your sister to bring her delicious cherry pie for example. Tell everyone you’ll do the turkey and let your guests bring the sides. Allowing others to contribute will help the countdown to Thanksgiving be easy. Once everyone has decided what they are going to bring you can fill in the missing items.countdown to Thanksgiving

 

Purchase your turkey ahead of time. If you are planning on cooking a fresh turkey place your order 2-3 weeks in advance.

Prepare and assemble any dishes ahead of time. Baked goods and piecrusts can always be made ahead of time and placed in the freezer.

 

The Saturday before Thanksgiving shop for your perishable food. If you have a separate dining room you can even set the table ahead of time. Get out all your china, servicing dishes and various serving utensils.countdown to Thanksgiving

 

Making a stuffing from scratch. On the Monday before Thanksgiving cut up the bread into cubes and place in a plastic bag. If your turkey is in the freezer take it out and put in the refrigerator to thaw.

 

The Tuesday before Thanksgiving cook, peel and mash your sweet potatoes, cover and refrigerate. Chop the onions and celery for the stuffing and refrigerate.

On the day before Thanksgiving prepare the stuffing and refrigerate. Cook the giblet broth for your gravy. Prepare the cranberry molds and refrigerate. Make the creamed onions. If you can, set the table and arrange the centerpiece. Bake any pies or desserts on the menu.countdown to Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving morning add the liquid to the stuffing and stuff your turkey. Start roasting the turkey so it will be done 30 minutes before you plan to eat. Set out a few nibbles for your company, this will help tide everyone over until dinner is ready.

 

By following these simple steps the countdown to Thanksgiving will be smooth and stress free. Most important remember what Thanksgiving is all about. It’s not about the turkey or the special dessert, but it is about the family and friends gathered around your table. Be thankful for each person gathered around your table and enjoy the daycountdown to Thanksgiving

Welcome to the Simple Homestead Blog Hop!

We are so glad that you have stopped by for a visit! We encourage you to look through some of the great posts shared by our readers and then take the time to read those that interest you. If you are adding to our list, thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us. It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings. We hope you have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us.

Meet Our Great Co-hosts

Kathi at Oak Hill HomesteadFacebookPinterestInstagram Dash at Bloom Where You’re PlantedFacebookInstagram Sandra at Clearwater Farm – Facebook – Pinterest – Instagram Leah at Busy Gals Homestead and Leah’s Lovely LopsFacebook PinterestTwitter Nancy at On the HomefrontFacebookTwitterPinterest

Featured Posts

Each week we’ll feature the most-viewed post from last week’s hop. Each host also features her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. Visit each of our blogs to see if you were featured this week.

Our most-visited post from last week’s hop:
8 Organization Mistakes You’re Making
(And How To Fix Them)

My Favorite Post:
12 Things I Do Not Spend Money On

 

Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week.

If you were featured be sure to pick up your Simple Homestead blog hop button below. Just highlight the text in the box and paste into your blog sidebar; the button will show up automatically.

 

Nancy On The Home Front

The Rules

You are invited to share your original homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts. We have a few little rules:

  • Family friendly posts only!
  • No links to blog hops or posts dedicated to advertising products.
  • Please share posts that you haven’t linked up previously to keep the hop fresh.
  • Please visit other bloggers and let them know you found them here.
  • Please follow us by email! You’ll receive notice when the hop is open for business.
  • Only share content and photos that you have created or have permission to share.
  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post and share one photo if you are featured.
  • Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted.

Let’s start hopping!


Last weekend we had a houseful of company and we really wanted to go hiking. The weather was good but it was also the start of hunting season. In fact the first weekend in November is Youth Hunting Season. We wondered if it was safe to go hiking during hunting season or was hunting even allowed on the Appalachian Trail?hiking during hunting season

 

Hunting is allowed on all Green Mountain Club owned and managed lands, including the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail corridors in Vermont. Hunting is prohibited along approximately 900 miles of the Appalachian Trail through national forest lands, nationals recreation areas and on state lands and game lands. Hikers should be aware that the protected corridor is often narrow, averaging about 1000 feet wide. Even in areas where hunting is prohibited, hunters on adjacent lands may not know that they are near the trail. Hunters may inadvertently cross onto Trail lands or unknowingly fire toward the Trail. If you are planning to hike during hunting season it is important to be safe and be respectful of all trail users.hiking during hunting season

 

Before you go hiking be aware of the specific dates for hunting seasons.

 

Hunters often hunt during the early dawn and dusk hours. This is also when visibility is low. Plan your hike during the middle of the day.

 

Wear blaze orange clothing, which is visible from both the front and the back. Avoid wearing brown or white clothing, the colors of a deer. If you are hiking with a dog make sure your furry friend is wearing a bright bandana or a blaze orange vest.hiking during hunting season

 

You can avoid areas where hunting is legal during deer firearm season, which varies by state, but typically occurs during parts of the months of October, November, December, and January. During those months, you may want to hike in one of the five national parks crossed by the A.T

 

By taking a few precautions you can enjoy a wonderful hike. Be aware of your surroundings and be careful when hiking in valleys and near roads and trailheads.hiking during hunting season

 

We enjoyed a beautiful hike on Saturday; the only people we saw were a few other hikers. We all were wearing bright colors and did a lot of talking along the hike, which helped make our presence known to any hunters in the area.hiking during hunting season

 

If you are planning to hike during hunting season take these simple precautions and enjoy your time in the woods.hiking during hunting season

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These tortilla pizzas are a little different from your traditional pizza but every time I make them they disappear before my eyes! We have eaten them as a dinner paired with a salad but they would also be delicious served as a snack or an appetizer. The spread keeps well in the refrigerator so it’s so easy to whip up these tortilla pizzas for a snack for an appetizer for unexpected company. I’m also thinking the spread would be good with a little crabmeat added. Going to have to try that!tortilla pizzas

 

The total time is about 30 minutes and the recipe as written feeds about eight, unless you are serving it as a dinner in which case I would say it feeds four. I used whole-wheat tortillas slightly larger than the 7-inch flour tortillas. I’m sure you could also use corn tortillas for a slight variation. I’m sure no matter what type of tortillas you use for these tortilla pizzas you will be amazed at how delicious they are.

Tortilla Pizza

 

Ingredients:

 

¾ cup mayonnaise

½ cup Parmesan cheese

½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

½ cup red onion, minced

¼ cup minced green pepper

¼ cup minced red pepper

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tsp. dried basil

¼ tsp. Salt

1/8 tsp. Pepper

4 flour tortillas (7 inches)

 

Directions:

 

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.tortilla pizzas

 

In a large bowl combine all the ingredients except the tortillas. Place the tortillas on a greased baking sheet or on a pizza pan. Spread the cheese mixture evenly on the tortillas, you don’t want to spread it very thick just enough to coat the surface.

 

Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until golden. The cheese mixture will puff up slightly.tortilla pizzas Cut into wedges and serve.tortilla pizzas They are best eaten as soon as they are cooked.tortilla pizzas The leftover spread can be saved for another day.

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