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Welcome to the Simple Homestead Blog Hop!

 

We’re so glad you’ve stopped by for a visit! Every week we get together here for another hop and I hope you’ll join us. The Hop runs from Thursday morning to Sunday evening. Have fun exploring all the great ideas that have been shared, and add your homesteading, homemaking and homeschooling posts with us if you’re a blogger. I’m sure you’ll be blessed and inspired by all these great ideas!

Meet Our Great Co-hosts


Kathi at Oak Hill HomesteadFacebookPinterestInstagram

Nancy at On the HomefrontFacebookTwitterPinterest

Sandra at Clearwater FarmFacebookPinterestInstagram

Leah at Busy Gals Homestead and Leah’s Lovely LopsFacebook
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Kelly at Gently SustainableFacebookPinterest

Dash at Bloom Where You’re PlantedFacebookInstagram

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.

This week’s featured post:
Kitchen & Pantry Organization Tips & Tricks

 

Our most-visited post from last week’s hop was:
How To Homestead Alone and Not Die in the Process

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 all of 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.
  • Share up to 3 posts.
  • Please share posts that you haven’t linked up within the past six months 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.
  • Please note: By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post and share one photo if you are featured; no additional permission is required.
  • Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted.

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January is the time of the year when folks think about the year ahead and what they want to accomplish.goal setting In the past I have written down a few goals for the year ahead but I don’t keep them in the forefront and therefore don’t actually do much to accomplish those goals. So this year I decided to spend some time goal setting for 2018. Then every week I will re-visit my goals and keep track of the progress I am making. My goal setting is not just for me personally but for my blog as well.

 

So in the spirit of goal setting I have come up with ten goals for 2018.

 

  1. Find a new hosting site for my blog and make the site secure.
  2. Monetize my blog. Right now I have no ads running on my blog. I would like to start earning something on my blog instead of it just being a hobby.goal setting
  3. Create a cookbook! I have been writing my blog for over six year and have accumulated many recipes online. Time to make them available in a cookbook form, either as a downloadable PDF or in a hardcopy or both!
  4. Be diligent about getting 10 K steps in 5 out of 7 days each week.. I wear a FitBit and so often come close to this goal but with a little effort I plan to reach this goal at least 5 out of the 7 days each week.goal setting
  5. As we continue to prepare for an eventual house sale continue to de-clutter. Get rid of at least 250 items from the house this year!
  6. Read more books this year! I love to read and have a bad habit of having several books going at once. I would like to read and finish 26 books this year. I’ll let you know what books I’m reading. Be prepared for an assortment, as I like to read various topics!
  7. Have a consistent meal plan each week and prepare ahead! I’m still adjusting to going from cooking for a large family to cooking for just my husband and I. I’m pretty good about planning our meals but I need to do better. I want to create a menu of healthy meals each week and not spend so much time in the kitchen!goal setting
  8. Finish 4 knitting projects. What is it with me? Like reading several books at once I also like to have several knitting projects going at once. The problem is I have a hard time getting them done! So in preparation of an eventual move I want to finish these random projects. First up on the list is a hat! Yes I know hats are easy and I have some patterns that I can whip up in no time. However this hat is a double knit pattern that for some reason I just can’t seem to finish! It was supposed to be a Christmas present for my daughter last year and that didn’t happen. I am so close and it will be the first project to complete. Then I will look at the other projects I have on hand and keep working until I have completed 4 projects.
  9. Clean out our freezer. I have two small freezer spaces; I no longer have our chest freezer as we sold it recently. I need to use up the various frozen fruits from the garden. Before we start harvesting more fruits and vegetables I want to use up what is in the freezer. First step will be to take an inventory and go from there.
  10. Take a few road trips and visit family and friends on the east coast that we will not see so often once we make a move to the west coast.goal setting

 

So there we go, goal setting for 2018 has commenced. Each week I will re-visit these goals and if I manage to complete any of them before the year is out I will set some new goals. The key is to keep looking forward and accomplish what you can!

There are a lot of reasons to get started on home improvement projects and renovations. Aesthetic appeal is one of the most motivating factors; people just want their homes to look nice. Most people don’t need anything other than the vision of their dream home in perfect condition to motivate them to get started on home improvement projects. For others, they need the promise of something else to get them motivated. Probably the most important reason you should invest in home upgrades, is for safety reasons.

 

Exterior Updates

 

One of the best things about doing outdoor home upgrades, is that they instantly boost curb appeal. Not only that, but they add incredible value to your home, as curb appeal is one of the most valuable things you can add to your home. If safety is your goal, here are a few exterior updates that will not only increase curb appeal, but make your home a safer place for you and your family to live.

 

Update your door

 

The front door is the most popular point of entry for burglars. If you have a door with a weak frame, made from flimsy material, not properly weather, or with old locks, you’re making your front door an easy way for intruders to access your home. The ideal front door is made of a material other than wood, as wood is the easiest to break or kick through. Installing jimmy-proof locks, especially for the deadbolt, is a great upgrade if you’re not ready to handle the expense of a brand new door. Most burglars won’t even attempt to pick the lock if they notice a lock they’re not familiar with, so updating your locks is worth the investment.Home Upgrades

 

Garage doors

 

While we’re talking about doors, your garage is another popular point of entry for home intruders. The easiest way to keep intruders out of your garage, is to keep your garage door shut. If you have a door that leads into the garage from outside, make sure that it has a different lock than your front door does. And always lock interior doors that lead into the garage. You store valuable things in the garage, but the most valuable things lay inside your home. If your garage door is installed properly, you won’t have any problems with burglars being able to break through it or lifting it manually. Like most areas of your home, your garage door needs updated and checked to make sure it’s functioning properly. If your garage door is old, or you have concerns about the safety of your garage door, call a garage door specialist to come take a look and make any necessary repairs.

 

Interior Safety

 

Intruders aren’t the only thing that you need to keep your home safe from. When we think about home safety, safe from burglars is an important part of home safety, yes. But it’s also important that your home and all of it’s mechanics function properly so your home is safe at all times, inside and out.

 

Have appliances maintained regularly

 

One of the most important home upgrades is one that you can’t even see. Making sure that your furnace, water heater, and plumbing are all functioning properly and updated is one of the safest things that you can do for your home.Home Upgrades

 

Install window treatments

 

Window treatments, such as blinds and curtains, not only make your home look better from the inside, but it also makes your home safer. These sorts of window treatments make it so you can completely obstruct the view into your home from anyone walking by. You’re less likely to experience a break in if potential intruders don’t have the ability to look into your home and see something that they’d like to steal. Having the ability to block the sun is also great to maintain the coloration of things like furniture, carpet, rugs, and even the paint on your walls.Home Upgrades

 

Educate your family about safety

 

All of these upgrades can make a big impact on the safety of your family. However, in the end the most important thing you can do is open up safety discussions with your family. This will include outlining a plan for emergencies and disasters so that everyone knows where to go and meet up, and which places are safest in the case of different emergencies. This can also include stranger-safety with your children, and role-playing scenarios so that they’ll know how to respond when approached by a stranger, whether it’s online, at their door, or on the street.

 

For every upgrade that you put in your home to increase safety, ensure that everyone knows its function and purpose.

Happy Friday! What better way to start off the New Year than with a wonderful giveaway. Now is your chance to win everything you need to bake a cake!

So excited to team up with these amazing bloggers and be a part of the Bake A Cake Giveaway!

 

Please note that you do not have to bake a cake to enter this giveaway!

 

Katherines Corner is having her first giveaway of 2018. It is sponsored by Casa Bouquet and I’m joining Katherine and some of her bloggy friends to bring you the Bake a Cake Giveaway!

One winner will receive an immersion blender,spring form baking pan set ,mixing bowls and $75 cash ( or Amazon gift card, winners choice)

Prizes are provided by Katherines Corner, Casa Bouquet and the giveaway hostesses.

PayPal and Amazon are not affiliated with this giveaway, but they are the means of cash or gift card distribution.

Please remember to follow Katherine, your giveaway Sponsor and ALL of the giveaway hostesses so you can get all of your entry opportunities.

Katherine-Katherines Corner

Lisa- Casa Bouquet

Lisa- Blogghetti

Marilyn-Marilyns Treats

Nina-Vintage Mamas Cottage

Laura- Not A Trophy Wife

Bev-Eclectic Red Barn

Jas- AllThatsJas

Nancy- Nancy on the Homefront

Prudy- Butter Basil and Breadcrumbs

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Welcome to the Simple Homestead Blog Hop!

You may notice we have a new co-host!  A big welcome to Kelly who blogs over at Gently Sustainable. Be sure to check our her wonderful blog!

 

We’re so glad you’ve stopped by for a visit! Every week we get together here for another hop and I hope you’ll join us. The Hop runs from Thursday morning to Sunday evening. Have fun exploring all the great ideas that have been shared, and add your homesteading, homemaking and homeschooling posts with us if you’re a blogger. I’m sure you’ll be blessed and inspired by all these great ideas!

Meet Our Great Co-hosts


Kathi at Oak Hill HomesteadFacebookPinterestInstagram

Nancy at On the HomefrontFacebookTwitterPinterest

Sandra at Clearwater FarmFacebookPinterestInstagram

Leah at Busy Gals Homestead and Leah’s Lovely LopsFacebook
PinterestTwitter

Kelly at Gently SustainableFacebookPinterest

Dash at Bloom Where You’re PlantedFacebookInstagram

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.

This week’s featured post:
5 Items From One Thrift Store Sweater!

 

Our most-visited post from last week’s hop was:
6 Secrets About the Amish That You Need To Know

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 all of 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.
  • Share up to 3 posts.
  • Please share posts that you haven’t linked up within the past six months 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.
  • Please note: By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post and share one photo if you are featured; no additional permission is required.
  • Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted.

Let’s start hopping!


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Bread Tag Colors – What Do They Mean?

 

I’ve always noticed the different colors of bread tag but never gave them much thought. Did you know that the colors of the tags indicate what day the bread was baked on? If you want to know what day your bread was actually baked on all you need to do it look at the bread tag color!bread tag colors

 

This is true, I even checked Snopes! According to Snopes, the bakeries are given two days off, Wednesday and Sunday. Here is the breakdown of bread tag colors:bread tag colors

 

 

The bread tag colors are actually for the store clerks as it makes it easier to rotate the bread stock. Bread is usually not kept on the shelf for longer than a couple of days.

 

It could be helpful to help you pick the freshest bread on the shelf without closely reading all the labels. For example if you go to the store on Wednesday to pick up some bread and you see loaves with yellow, blue and green tags you will want to buy the bread with the green tag as it was baked the day before!

 

The downside is that the code is not universal, and may vary from state to state or vary from company to company. Each sate has it’s own labeling rules and there isn’t a national standard enforced by the FDA, USDA or any other government agency.

 

You should be able to find various expiration dates on a loaf of bread.

Sell-By: This date tells the store how long to display the product for sale. You should buy the product before the date expires.

 

Best if Used By (or Before):

This date is recommended for best flavor or quality. It is not a purchase or safety date.

 

Use By:

 

This is the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality. This date has been determined by the manufacturer of the product.

 

Closed or coded dates:

 

These are the packing number for use by the manufacturer.

 

Confused yet?

 

Should you remember the bread tag colors?bread tag colors It might help you to find the freshest loaf on the shelf. My solution for eating the freshest bread possible? Forget the bread tag colors and bake your own delicious homemade bread!Delicious Homemade Bread

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