This week we're celebrating Oak Hill Homestead's tenth blog anniversary!
It's been an amazing ten years. I've learned so much, and gained a lot of skills and confidence in what I'm doing here on the homestead (although I'm still a struggling gardener). Writing this blog has pushed me to do new things and I hope I've passed along some knowledge to you too.
My daily life is certainly different now. Back then I focused mostly on my dairy goats, but we lost the entire herd in a barn fire in 2012 and I only have three goats now. Our children have grown up and moved out and married. Hubby is getting ready to retire.
Blogging itself has changed a lot. Back then you didn't need photos, and most of my old posts didn't have them. Facebook wasn't even a thing.
But it's been a wonderful ten years. I wouldn't change a thing - except for the barn fire. I want to thank you all for being here, whether this is your first visit or you've been here for awhile. You're the reason I'm here. I love your comments and emails, and I'm thrilled whenever you share a post on Facebook or Pinterest.
I'm going to celebrate all week long, how about you? Care for a slice of homemade bread with butter and homemade jam? Or, if you're feeling really festive and don't mind the calories, how about a cupcake?
In celebration of our tenth year together, here are my ten all-time most popular blog posts. Have you read them all?
#10 How to Render Tallow
We kept the suet fat when we had our grass-fed steer butchered;
here's how I processed it into tallow.
#9 Ten Things I've Learned Living in the Country
I've learned a lot from living in the country,
from obvious to thought-provoking.
#8 How to Harvest Yarrow
Yarrow grows wild and in abundance here on Oak Hill,
and it has amazing herbal benefits.
#7 How to Choose Homestead Land
What to look for when you're
on the hunt for your new homestead.
#6 Reclaiming Crystallized Honey
This one went viral on Pinterest and Facebook.
It was a wild ride, and SO MUCH FUN!
(I guess you've arrived when your son calls and asks,
"Umm, did you write that??")
#5 Why You Should Have Goats on Your Homestead
A look into the benefits of raising goats,
aside from the fact that they're just plain fun.
#4 10 Must-Have Items for Goatkeepers
The ten items I use most.
#3 Perennial Tomatoes
Did you know that tomatoes are perennials?
#2 How to Boil Ground Beef, and Why You Should
Boiling is healthier than frying!
#1 Hay Baling
We're ten years older now and we don't bale hay by hand anymore, but
we could if we had to! This remains my absolute most-popular
post of all time. I'm thankful that I've been able to help folks with
this very common question.
How about you, what has been your favorite post? I'd love to know!
More anniversary celebrating:
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