Simple Homestead blog hop #224

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This Week

It's fair week - I'm deep in the midst of the busiest week of the year: our county fair. No, I'm not exhibiting livestock any more, although my daughter and I used to bring dairy goats each year until she left for college.

Instead, for almost ten years now, I've worked as the fair secretary. I check in the exhibitors and their entries and keep track of the judging results.

I enjoy visiting with the folks that I see about once a year, and watching our junior exhibitors grow up. But working more than forty hours in four days is exhausting.

Follow me on Instagram for behind-the-scenes photos from our small country fair.

New on the blog - Many of us are in the peak of preserving season, up to our elbows in fruits and vegetables. I wish I were one of those people, but my garden didn't do well this year. I'm waiting on the apples to ripen but they're not quite ready.

Then again, since I'm super-busy right now, it's probably a good thing that I'm not up to my elbows in food that needs to be preserved.

But this week's post is about preserving pears. If you grow your own or if, as I was a few years ago, you're gifted with several bucketfuls, here are the ins and outs of canning pears in a water bath canner using the hot-pack method.

Meet Our Great Co-hosts

Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead - Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram

Dash at Bloom Where You're Planted - Facebook - Instagram

Chelsea at The Green Acre Homestead - Twitter - Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram

Leah at Busy Gals Homestead and Leah's Lovely Lops - Facebook
Pinterest - Instagram

Nancy at On the Homefront - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest

Featured Posts

Each week our hostesses take turns choosing their favorite posts from the week before. This week it's my turn to choose the Featured Posts!

Restored Wood Cook Stoves: Before buying one for your home or cabin, consider these four important tips. #woodcookstoves #woodburningcookstoves #vintagestoves #offgridlife

from An Off-Grid Life

Simple Quilted Potholder Tutorial featured image of final hot pad

from It's My Sustainable Life

Fall Garden Chores Checklist - The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

from The Self-Sufficient HomeAcre


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  1. Thank you, Kathi, for hosting AND for the feature of my simple quilted potholder! This week I've shared #13, how to plant garlic for next years crop and #14, Why We Should DIY. Have a great week!

  2. Thank you so much for featuring my Fall Garden Chores Checklist! I'm honored!

    I'm in the process of moving all of my posts from The New Homesteader's Almanac over to The Self Sufficient some posts may look familiar, but I've updated them and they are in a new location. Sorry about any confusion!

    I hope you are enjoying your job at the fair this year! I didn't even make it to our county fair...there was so much going on that week. Have a great week!

  3. So glad you enjoyed our Restored Wood Cook Stove post! Now that colder weather is here I'll be doing more wood stove cooking and am happy to share what I learn - there isn't much information out there on the tips, tricks, and what to watch for!


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