Your 10 Favorite Posts of 2016

Our homesteading year is quickly coming to an end. My grandmother was right: she said that the older she got, the faster time passed. True for you too?

The ten most popular posts of 2016

It's already time to look back at what happened this past year, make notes about what worked and what didn't, and set goals for the next year. It's a good way to spend the short, cold days of winter, along with planning my spring garden and my seed order.

One of the things I reflect on is the blog's most popular posts. This list helps me know what to write for you in the months to come, along with your responses to the little survey some of you have already answered. (If you haven't yet, I'd love to hear about your biggest homesteading challenge. You can click here to access the survey form directly.)

Here are your favorite ten posts written this year. Perhaps they'll inspire you as you set your yearly goals or plan your garden?

#10 is Making Salves and Ointments, which explains the difference between a salve and an ointment, has a short tutorial on infusing herbs in oil, and directions on how to make salves and ointments.

Making salves and ointments

#9 is Foods to Can During the Winter, a list of suggestions of things to can during cold weather, and why you might want to do so.

Foods to can in winter

#8 is the Third Annual Gift Guide for the Homestead Woman.

Third annual gift guide for the homestead woman

#7 - How to Keep Your Chickens Happy When You Can't Free Range has "chicken entertainment" ideas.

How to keep your chickens happy if you can't free range

#6, 6 Uncommon Ways to Use Apples, suggests some unusual apple recipes. Apple salsa, anyone?

Six uncommon ways to use apples.

#5 gives instructions for making Melt-and-Pour Soap, a Shortcut to Making Your Own Soap. While not really making soap from scratch, melt and pour soap is an easy introduction to the addiction hobby of soapmaking.

Melt and pour soap

#4 - some of the many reasons Why You Should Grow Comfrey.

Why you should grow comfrey

#3 - You can forgo the big yellow box and Make Your Own Baking Mix instead. It's not only less expensive, it's healthier for you and your family.

Make your own baking mix

#2 is a round-up of 20 Ways to Re-Use Kitty Litter Buckets. I find these essential on the homestead, which is a good thing because with two housecats we have quite a collection of them.

20 ways to repurpose cat litter buckets

And your #1, top rated, most popular post is 10 Things I've Stopped Buying. I'd love to know if you have a list too, and what's on yours.

Ten things I stopped buying

If you haven't yet, don't forget to go answer my short survey. I'd love to help you out if I can, and you'll help me by telling me what you want to read about and learn next year.

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  1. Wow! What a great list of articles!! I've only read a few of them but they are definitely some of my favorites - love the chicken ideas! We don't free range due to having a smaller property so I'm looking forward to adding some "entertainment" to their yard. I'm also going to explore salves this year sourcing our local products so we can make our own as well!!! Thanks for all the great info. I can't wait to read more of your posts :)

    1. Thank you, Nadine. I'm glad you've enjoyed the chicken posts. I hope your salve-making goes well next year.

  2. You had some great posts last year! Love your photos too!

  3. Hi Kathi,
    You have some great ideas here. I really like the how to reuse the kitty litter post. We don't have any cats but get the container from some friends and use them to store our bird seed in and many things. The 10 things you stopped buying is really great too. I have been following that for quite a while. Whenever possible I don't buy or buy local. Thanks for sharing your great information & I will share Pin, tweet & share on google. Have a healthy, happy & blessed New Years!

    1. Buying local is such a good policy, Marla. Thank you so much for sharing. Happy New Year to you too!

  4. What a wonderful round up! My chickens do get bored when they are stuck in their pen too long! Thank you for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    1. I hope your chickens enjoy some stimulation, Marci. Thank you for visiting!

  5. Great list! You've written some great content this year.

    Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop.

    1. Thank you for hosting the hop, Bonnie. :-)


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