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Currently: January 2018

Currently: January 2018

Welcome to our January edition of Currently! Starting~ to plan our garden and homestead game plan for this coming year! Hoping~ This year of homesteading and gardening is going to be much better than last year! Scheduling~ Everything! haha well it feels like it anyways. […]

Top 10 Favorite Posts of 2017

Top 10 Favorite Posts of 2017

Hey Everyone! I can’t believe 2017 is over! This past year has been an absolute whirlwind and in some ways I am thrilled to say buh-bye but it’s also a little sad as it feels like each year flies by faster and faster. Watching our […]

How to Throw a Fun Christmas Party on a Homesteader Budget

How to Throw a Fun Christmas Party on a Homesteader Budget

Sometimes at Christmas time you really just need to stop being so frivolous and be a little frugal. There might be certain areas you prefer not to skimp on when it comes to the holidays, but you can throw a really great Christmas party with all the bells and whistles without having to go bankrupt. Just follow these simple tips to having a frugal Christmas party.

How to Throw a Fun Christmas Party on a Homesteader Budget
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1. Do a cookie exchange.

This is a great, fun, and inexpensive way to get together at the holidays. Everyone brings one or two batches of their favorite holiday cookies and a container. They leave with a whole platter of yummy cookies. You don’t have to do too much either. Provide some light hors d’oeuvres and some beverages and you have a great night. Best part is everyone leaves with something and you don’t have to provide it.

2. Have a tree-trimming party.

So you have to decorate the tree anyways. Have a bunch of friends over and have at it. A little wine and light snacks and you’ll have a simple, inexpensive party.

3. Potluck is a great way to go.

Not only does it save you money, but you also get to try many different kinds of food and share some of your homemade goodness from the homestead. Plus, less work having to prepare a big meal for everyone. Just get the plates, napkins, and beverages. It doesn’t get much cheaper than that.

4. Have a little cheese with that wine.

If you’re looking for something slightly more elegant, perhaps for business clients, then a wine and cheese party is the way to go. To make it even more budget friendly, ask each guest to bring their favorite bottle of wine. Then all you have to buy is the cheese. Who knows, you might find a new wine you like. Here are some tips and tricks for How to set up the Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart.

5. Host an open house.

Have people come as they please during certain hours and serve them light hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

How to Throw a Fun Christmas Party on a Homesteader Budget
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6. Have a pizza party.

Okay, stay with us here. We know it sounds so not Christmassy, but let everyone make their own. Dough is relatively inexpensive and having everyone make their own brings everyone together. Perhaps an impromptu flour fight breaks out. It could be a lot of fun. Besides, who doesn’t love pizza?

7. Skip brunch in favor of lupper.

A little mid-day treat. It doesn’t have to cost you a whole lot of money because you don’t need to do a five-course dinner. Keep it small and cheerful.

8. Have a white elephant party.

Part of the problem with holiday parties is buying gifts for everyone. Well, instead have everyone bring one wrapped gift. Put a spending limit on it if you’d like, but let them buy whatever they want to buy.

Taking turns the first person opens a gift. The second person then has the choice of taking the gift from the first person or opening her own. If she steals the first person’s gift, then the first person picks a new gift and opens it. It then moves on to the third person, and so on until everyone is left with a gift. It might not be the one you chose, but hopefully you love it none the less. It’s really very fun. And you don’t have to worry about buying a gift for everyone because everyone gets one gift.

Related: Crafty Old-Fashioned Christmas Fun

Keeping it small and asking your guests to contribute is what’s going to help make your holiday party one that doesn’t break the bank. What’s your favorite Christmas party theme?

Currently: December 2017

Currently: December 2017

Lighting~ Our house. We are working on decorating a bit this Christmas but it’s also a bit weird as we are planning to be away this year. Spending~ Time with each other. December is such a busy month with parties and concerts and all the things that […]

Simple Outdoor Family Fun Around The Homestead this Christmas

Simple Outdoor Family Fun Around The Homestead this Christmas

During the winter it’s easy to hole up inside like a pack of bears hibernating (especially when you live in Canada!). However, humans are not bears and there’s a lot of fun to be had outdoors. This Christmas season, take your family outdoors, get some […]

TBB Asks…And I Answered! Holidays 2017

TBB Asks…And I Answered! Holidays 2017

  1. Real or Fake Tree?

A real one. We are lucky enough to live among a plethora of trees and it is always an enjoyable family tradition during the holidays, the searching for and cutting down the Christmas tree.

2. Favorite Christmas Cookie?

Do I have to pick just one?? I have a definite soft spot for scotch shortbread (must be my Scottish roots!), Unturtle Bars and fudge, Yum!

Related: Why Baking is Good for the Soul and 3 Easy Holiday Treats the Whole Family will love!

3. Home on Christmas morning or Travel?

Well usually we are home on Christmas morning and we try and gather most of our relatives that live close by to our place. But, this year we are actually going away on a fun little family trip which will include some time with relatives we don’t see very often.

4. Clear or Colored Lights?

Although I love the crisp clean look of all white lights, we usually have a lot of snow and I love using lots of colorful lights to jazz it up a bit and add some color around the homestead.

5. Send Christmas cards?

I have good intentions to send them, does that count?

6. Favorite Christmas gift received?

Oooh that’s a tough one. As an adult? Probably either my Kitchen aid stand mixer or one of our many gifts that were experiences (the holidays at a chalet and hotsprings, a fun family day whitewater rafting and another ziplining, ski passes for our local ski hill, all the fun things we’ve been able to do as a family). As a kid, I would have to say the year my siblings and I got a dirt bike or the year we got surprised with a trip to Disneyland. Gosh, thinking back I/we have received some pretty awesome gifts and experiences!

Related: 10 Gift Ideas that aren’t Things, they are experiences!

7. Favorite Christmas Present Given?

I’d have to say the year we surprised the kids with 2 kittens for Christmas. The kids were so happy and we had so much fun watching the kittens antics all morning and for years to come.

8. Stockings or No Stockings?

Kids Christmas Gift Ideas

Definitely stockings!

9. Christmas PJ’s?

You bet! This has been a part of a tradition we started way back when our kids were just itty bitty. They get to open one gift on Christmas eve and it is always a new pair of Christmas PJ’s to wear on Christmas morning.

10. Favorite Christmas Carol?

I don’t think I could pick just one! If I had to narrow it down to 3 though, I would have to say:

  1. The Merry Christmas Polka ~ Jim Reeves
  2. Carol of the Bells ~ Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  3. Have yourself a merry little Christmas ~ Michael Bublé

11. Favorite Holiday Tradition?

Driving around with our kids to check out all the Christmas lights and spending time and laughing with family and friends. There are really too many for me to share here, I love everything about the holiday season!

12. Early Shopper or Last Minute?

Although I kind of love shopping during the holidays for that

13. Favorite Christmas Movie or Show?

Classic, Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer. Modern, Elf!

14. Favorite Holiday Beverage?

Eggnog!! In the morning, an eggnog latte and in the evening, spiced rum and eggnog.

15. Cookies and Milk for Santa?

Always, and a carrot or 2 for Rudolph 😉

8 Tips for Safe Winter Driving

8 Tips for Safe Winter Driving

Driving in the wintertime is a completely different ballgame than your everyday driving. There is snow and ice to contend with, including ice that you can’t even see. Add to that dealing with other drivers that aren’t quite sure how to drive in winter weather, […]

Crafty Old-Fashioned Christmas Fun

Crafty Old-Fashioned Christmas Fun

Sometimes the best times are the simplest times. You and your family can have an old-fashioned Christmas by enjoying some fun holiday crafts. Here are five old-fashioned Christmas craft ideas to enjoy. #1 Paper chain – Paper chains can be made year around. However, they’re […]

How to Plan Homemade Edible Gifts from the Homestead

How to Plan Homemade Edible Gifts from the Homestead

Are you looking for a new way to show your appreciation and gratitude this holiday season? Are you looking to give gifts this year that are special and focus on giving rather than materialism? Consider making your own homemade edible gifts this year.

Related: 10 Gift Ideas that aren’t Things, they are experiences!

Creating Your Own Homemade Treats Is a Great Way to Show People You Care

When you spend your valuable time creating something from your heart, your friends and family know you love and appreciate them. It takes a bit of extra time, energy and attention to make something from scratch. However, in the long run it’s also easier than hitting the shopping malls and battling the crowd in search of that perfect gift. You can make one instead.

How to Create Homemade Edible Treats

The first step to creating homemade treats is actually two steps. You want to consider what you can make, where you’re skilled. You also want to take your recipient in mind. What do they like to eat? What foods are their favorites or what would they enjoy most?

For example, if you’re making a treat for your young nieces and nephews, then perhaps they’d most appreciate candy. If you’re making a treat for your single brother, then perhaps he’d appreciate a ready to go soup and biscuits, with just “add water” instructions attached.

Your second step will be to prepare a plan. What are you going to make and who are you going to make it for? You’ll want to make a detailed plan that also includes when you’re going to make your gifts. Take care to keep your gifts in mind. For example, if you’re baking bread for family and friends, you’ll want to make it close to the day you’re actually giving it to them. Hold onto it too long and you’ll be giving them stale bread.

How to Plan Homemade Edible Gifts from the Homestead

Next, you’ll create your shopping list. In addition to writing down all the ingredients for your recipes, you’ll also want to shop for the packaging. How are you going to package and wrap your treats? Will the packaging be part of the gift? For example, if you’re baking homemade bread will you also give your recipient a bread pan or will you deliver it on a disposable plate?

If you’re making edible treats that your recipient can assemble themselves, you might want to purchase nice jars or containers for the ingredients. For example, if you’re giving someone oatmeal cookies, you might layer all the ingredients in a large mason jar. Tie a ribbon around the outside and then attach the mixing directions to the ribbon. They may have to add an egg and water but the rest is done for them. Packaging can play an important role in your homemade gifts.

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Have fun making your homemade edible treats. Set aside a day or a weekend from the process and really enjoy yourself. Your passion, joy and enthusiasm will show in your results.

Want more ideas for Homemade edible gifts? Check out my Pinterest Board of all things Christmas HERE!

 

How to Plan homemade edible gifts from the homestead.

8 Tips for Winter Travel to Keep Your Family Safe and Healthy

8 Tips for Winter Travel to Keep Your Family Safe and Healthy

During winter holidays and school breaks, you and just about everyone else in North America are a lot more likely to be traveling. For vacations, family visits, or whatever your travel plans are, you want to make sure you arrive safe and healthy. Wash Your […]


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