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Homesteader’s Ultimate Guide For Christmas: Gift Ideas This Year

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Looking for the perfect homemade gifts to give this Christmas? If you’re looking for easy and fun gift ideas then be sure to check out the list below.

A homemade gift is always way better than anything you can buy at the store! This is especially true for those who seem to already have everything or are often difficult to buy presents for. Whether you’re looking for something special for your best friend, boyfriend, your favorite teacher or even for your mom, I think you’ll find something you like in this list of gift ideas.

Gift Ideas A Homesteader Will Be Proud Of

As a homesteader, I always try to live within my means and make pretty much everything I need. So when I give gifts, I make sure it’s something they can both use and treasure at the same time. Even if it’s something as simple as a personalized coffee mug, soap, or a bottle of memories! These DIY gifts are easy and some can even be done at the last minute. While others may take a little planning, they’re all simple enough for anyone to do.

1. Homemade Lavender Soap With Charcoal And Mint

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Homemade soap is easier than you thought! You can experiment with the oil blends, colors, and shapes to your liking or depend on your recipient’s preference. Who does not love the calming aroma of lavender and rejuvenating effect of mint plus the power of charcoal? This homemade lavender soap recipe is just too perfect for the women in your life this Christmas.

2. Hand Warmers

Hand Warmers | Homesteader's Ultimate Guide For Christmas: Gift Ideas This Year

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If you’ve got tons of fabric scraps, like I do, then these hand warmers are the best things you can DIY for Christmas. I’ll definitely be making a pair for a globe-trotting friend of mine, to keep her warm on her travels.

3. Homemade Coconut Sugar Scrub

Homemade Coconut Sugar Scrub | Homesteader's Ultimate Guide For Christmas: Gift Ideas This Year

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With just 4 ingredients you can make a homemade coconut sugar scrub to exfoliate and soften dry skin in the comfort of their own shower–something that comes in extra handy in the winter months, when our skin is especially low in moisture. I definitely would love to receive this as a gift. To make it more special, add a little tag with the recipe printed on it in case your recipient would like to make more once they run out.

4. Bread And Butter Pickles

Bread And Butter Pickles | Homesteader's Ultimate Guide For Christmas: Gift Ideas This Year

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One of the best things about being a homesteader is how creative you can get with canning. I bet you’ll become the teacher’s pet if you surprise him/her with these bread and butter pickles. It could be a perfect lunchtime companion.

5. Best Winter Hot Chocolate

Best Winter Hot Chocolate | Homesteader's Ultimate Guide For Christmas: Gift Ideas This Year

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This best winter hot chocolate recipe will surely keep the winter chill at bay. This is a great holiday project you can do with the kids. Be sure to have a jar for everyone you want to stay warm during winter nights.

6. Terrarium Plants

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Winter isn’t the best time to see the flowering beauty of nature, so terrarium plants become the perfect way of bringing natural beauty indoors. Choose a beautiful vase that suits your recipient and a terrarium plant that will remind them of the true beauty of nature.

7. Goat’s Milk Soap Bars

Goat's Milk Soap Bars | Homesteader's Ultimate Guide For Christmas: Gift Ideas This Year

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I love goat’s milk soap for its natural scent and skin-softening magic. These goat’s milk soap bars may look a little plain, but that just means there’s a lot of room to customize and personalize.

8. DIY Bath Bombs

DIY Bath Bombs | Homesteader's Ultimate Guide For Christmas: Gift Ideas This Year

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The average price of bath bombs is $6 –who would want to spend that much for so little? These DIY bath bombs will surely give your recipient an amazing bath experience they’ve been dreaming about.

9. Succulent Plants

Succulent Plants | Homesteader's Ultimate Guide For Christmas: Gift Ideas This Year

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Succulent plants are an on-trend DIY project to bring color to your home and they’re very easy to take care of. This is why they’re one of my favorite plants. Place a few in a wonderful container to make a charming gift idea that is sure to impress.

10. DIY Snow Globe Soap Dispenser

DIY Snow Globe Soap Dispenser | Homesteader's Ultimate Guide For Christmas: Gift Ideas This Year

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On a limited budget? Fret not, because this festive DIY snow globe soap dispenser is simple, inexpensive, and cute! It’s a great gift for the whole family.

11. Paracord Bracelet

Paracord Bracelet | Homesteader's Ultimate Guide For Christmas: Gift Ideas This Year

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Outdoorsy or not, any guy would love to have a super cool paracord bracelet! Make this paracord bracelet for the men in your life this year. It has a rough-and ready look and it can definitely help him if he ever finds himself in a tricky situation.

12. Leather Cable Organizer

Leather Cable Organizer | Homesteader's Ultimate Guide For Christmas: Gift Ideas This Year

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If you’re up for a DIY challenge, then this leather cable organizer is the project for you. But there’s just one problem: you might want to keep it after making it! Best to make two, so you can gift one to yourself!

13. Cozy Slippers

Cozy Slippers | Homesteader's Ultimate Guide For Christmas: Gift Ideas This Year

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This cozy slippers gift idea is ingenious! Fill a pair with little trinkets or necessities you know your recipient will enjoy.

14. Send A Hug

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Is this even possible? Yes, it is! I still remember how I teared up when I received this hug. It was just so thoughtful of my grandkids to think of me even if they’re so busy with all the fun activities they have while on their Christmas vacation. Send a hug to all loved ones that are away from home. I’m sure they’ll appreciate all your effort.

15. Bottle Of Memories

Bottle Of Memories | Homesteader's Ultimate Guide For Christmas: Gift Ideas This Year

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This is sure to bring on some happy tears! So collect all the little trinkets that you have from that special person receiving the gift and make this bottle of memories. I LOVE this! It’s super simple yet very personal.

16. Sweater Sleeve Wine Bottle Gift Bags

Sweater Sleeve Wine Bottle Gift Bags | Homesteader's Ultimate Guide For Christmas: Gift Ideas This Year

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Give your old stretched out or shrunken sweater a new lease on life by turning them into wine bottle gift bags. This DIY is a pretty cool upcycling idea.

17. Cinnamon Stick Candles

Cinnamon Stick Candles | Homesteader's Ultimate Guide For Christmas: Gift Ideas This Year

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I love cinnamon! I’ll definitely be copying this cinnamon stick candles idea as a gift and to decorate my own home, too.

18. Christmas Tea Tree

Christmas Tea Tree | Homesteader's Ultimate Guide For Christmas: Gift Ideas This Year

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Instead of just gifting a wrapped box of tea, this Christmas tea tree will spread Christmas cheer and please the tea-lover in your life.

19. Tic-Tac-Toe Board

Tic-Tac-Toe Board | Homesteader's Ultimate Guide For Christmas: Gift Ideas This Year

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Draw the tic-tac-toe board on the rectangular wood slice and stain the lines on the board. After, the stain has fully dried apply wood oil to seal it. This rustic tic-tac-toe board is the perfect nudge to encourage kids to drop their gadgets and reconnect with family and friends. It’s absolutely fun for all ages, and super easy for you to make from cut wood slices.

Still want more gift ideas? Check out this video from Nabela Noor:

Whether you buy or make your gifts, it best to keep in mind the needs and taste of the person receiving the gift. This way we ensure that the gifts we gave are useful and will be treasured. Enjoy your holidays!

Need more crafts to make? Check out these pallet project ideas for fall!

Which gift ideas will you be making this Christmas? Let me know in the comments section below.

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NYC Adds Nearly 4,000 People Who Never Tested Positive To Coronavirus Death Tolls

New York City added nearly 4,000 people who never tested positive for the coronavirus to its death toll Tuesday, bringing coronavirus-related deaths in the city to around 10,000 people.

The city decided to add 3,700 people to its death tolls, who they “presumed” to have died from the virus, according to a report from The New York Times. The additions increased the death toll in the U.S. by 17%, according to the Times report, and included people who were suffering from symptoms of the virus, such as intense coughing and a fever.

The report stated that Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio decided over the weekend to change the way the city is counting deaths.

“In the heat of battle, our primary focus has been on saving lives,” de Blasio press secretary Freddi Goldstein told the Times.“As soon as the issue was raised, the mayor immediately moved to release the data.”

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How To Make Lacto-Fermented Sauerkraut In A Mason Jar

The thing about homesteading is you get to create your own ingredient right from scratch! Cheese, yogurt, butter and now sauerkraut, a delightfully sour and crunchy ingredient you can use on your meals — or consume by itself — while on a homestead, or while facing this health crisis!

This homemade sauerkraut is a great meal because it has a long shelf life. You can either make plain sauerkraut or mix it with herbs and spices. In this tutorial let us make Lacto-fermented sauerkraut that preserves all the good probiotics in a jar, good for your guts.

So how to make sauerkraut in a mason jar?

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Delicious Sauerkraut Recipe Every Homesteader Should Know

Why Make Sauerkraut?

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Not only does sauerkraut spoil a long time, but it is also a meal in itself, and it is also easy to make! You don’t need to be an expert cook, all you need to do is follow these simple steps.

So let us get started. Here are the steps in making sauerkraut in a mason jar.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cabbage or 2 1/2 lbs cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon of salt

Tools Needed:

  • knife
  • bowl
  • mason jar
  • smaller jar
  • rubber band

Step 1: Wash & Clean the Tools & Ingredients



Wash all the equipment and utensils you need. Wash your hands too.

You don’t want to mix your sauerkraut with bad bacteria, anything that is going to make you sick.

Next, remove the faded leaves from your cabbage. Cut off the roots and the parts that don’t seem fresh.

Step 2: Cut the Cabbage Into Quarters & Slice Into Strips



Cut your cabbage into quarters and remove the core. Then, slice it into strips.

Step 3: Place in a Bowl & Sprinkle With Salt



Put the stripped cabbage into a bowl. Sprinkle the cabbage with 1 tablespoon of salt.

TIP: Use canning salt or sea salt. Iodized salt will make it taste different and may not ferment the cabbage.

RELATED: Homemade Yogurt Recipe

Step 4: Massage the Cabbage



Massage the cabbage for five minutes or more to get the juice out.

TIP: You’ll know it’s ready when you see a bit of juice at the bottom of the bowl and will look similar to coleslaw.

Step 5: Press Cabbage Into the Mason Jar



Add the cabbage to the mason jar gradually. Press it in hard to allow the juice to come out. Do this every time you add about a handful of cabbage.

IMPORTANT: Food should be covered by the liquid to promote fermentation. Add any excess liquid from the bowl to the jar.

Step 6: Press a Smaller Jar Into the Mason Jar



You want to squeeze every ounce of that juice from the cabbage. To do this place the mason jar in a bowl and get a smaller jar.

Fill it with water or marble to make it heavy. Press it into the bigger mason jar. Allow any juices to rise to the surface.

Step 7: Cover the Jars With Cloth & Tie With Rubber Band



Leave the small jar on. To keep your jars clean from annoying insects and irritating debris, cover your jars with a clean cloth. Then, use a rubber band to tie the cloth and the jars together, putting them in place.

Step 8: Set Aside & Check Daily

Set it aside in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight. Check the water level daily. It should always be above the cabbage.

Step 9: Taste Your Sauerkraut & Keep at Cool Temperatures

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After about five days, you can taste your sauerkraut. If the taste is to your liking, tightly cover it with the lid and store in the fridge or cellar.

NOTE: If after five days it’s still not your desired taste, leave it for a few more days. This will allow the fermentation process to continue.

You can now enjoy your sauerkraut in a mason jar. Enjoy its goodness! You can use it as a side dish or mix it with your favorite sandwich.

Things to Remember in Making Sauerkraut

  • Store away from direct sunlight and drafts.
  • Colder weather will make the process longer. Spring is the best time to make them since the warmth helps activate the fermentation.
  • Always make sure that the cabbage is below the water level during the entire fermentation process.
  • If the water level decreases during the fermentation process, you can make a brine and add it.

Let us watch this video from Kristina Seleshanko on how to make delicious Lacto-fermented sauerkraut in a mason jar!

So there you have it! Making Lacto-fermented sauerkraut in a mason jar is as easy as slicing the cabbage into strips. Remember that as long it remains unopened, your sauerkraut can last for months. Best of all, you can partner this sauerkraut in many recipes.

What do you think of this homemade recipe? Share your best sauerkraut recipe in the comments section below!

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9 SPRING VEGETABLES FOR YOUR GARDEN

Having plants in the house will bring peace to people. Having a little garden with vegetables is even better! You can grow these vegetables in your backyard garden easily as well!

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In this article:

  1. Tomato
  2. Eggplant
  3. Beet
  4. Spinach
  5. Pea
  6. Carrot
  7. Radish
  8. Cauliflower
  9. Asparagus

Growing veggies in your garden will give you an opportunity to understand what you eat and value it more. Early spring is when most vegetables are being planted. Keep reading to learn about 9 spring vegetables that anyone can grow in their garden!

Tomato

Tomato is the most popular garden vegetable in the States! There are different varieties to choose from. Tomatoes need to be planted in early spring because they won’t survive a frost.

Because tomatoes are consumed daily, try adding them to your garden! They’re not difficult to grow either.

Eggplant

Eggplants are known to have low-calorie, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Plus, they are delicious! So why not plant them in your garden?

Eggplants shouldn’t be planted too early because they won’t be able to survive a frost. So you could consult an expert in your area before you plant your eggplants.

Beets

Beets are known to be a superfood for its various health benefits. They’re easier to grow in the garden, usually around late March or early April.

If the weather is always cool, beets will keep getting bigger and bigger. Once the weather starts to warm up, you’ll need to harvest them, or they’ll go to waste.

Spinach

Spinach is a delicious early spring veggie, and it’s also very beneficial for health. And it’s not difficult to grow spinach in your garden!

Spinach needs cold weather to grow. Getting spinach to grow is easy, but keeping it growing will require some extra care.

Pea

Peas are usually planted in late April. Peas will die in freezing temperatures, but they also won’t survive the heat either. So make sure you plant your peas in early spring.

Peas are widely used in many different ways, and there are different types of peas. The soil you’ll be planting your peas should be suitable for them, so make sure you ask while buying seeds.

Carrot

There are different types of carrots, but regardless of their size and color, it’s a fact that carrots are both delicious and rich in vitamins.

They’re root vegetables, so with proper sun and watering, they can be picked up as baby carrots as well.

Radish

A radish is an excellent option for beginners because it doesn’t require too much care. Radish is easy to harvest.

Radish grows fast, so it’s better to keep an eye on it after a few weeks. Radish usually is grown pest-free, but there’s always the chance of unwanted guests, so watch out for worms. Radish can be eaten raw or can be added to garnish recipes.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower isn’t the easiest vegetable to grow at home, but it is very popular.

Cauliflower grows better in colder weather, so before you plant it, consider the climate of your garden. Cauliflower can be eaten raw or cooked, and it is known to be very beneficial for health.

Asparagus

Freshly picked, tender asparagus is very delicious!

Asparagus plants get more productive with each harvest, and mature asparagus harvest can last for months! Make sure you plant them at the correct time, or else they might go to waste.

All the vegetables listed above are great for your healthy diet, and it’s fun to watch them grow. So don’t miss out on the opportunity to grow your own veggies and eat healthy this spring!

So tell us which veggies will you be growing this spring? Tell us in the comments section!

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