Your 10 Favorite Posts of the Year

The top ten posts this year, covering topics such as caring for goats, being prepared, and general homesteading. Plus a survey for you to answer!

As the old year draws to a close and the new year dawns, it's a good time to look back and reflect on what happened, what worked, what didn't, and what we'd like to change.

It's also a good time to look forward and make a plan for the year ahead, right? In fact, if you haven't read my latest post on setting goals on the homestead, you should!

And if you're brand new to homesteading, are just beginning to think about it, or if you've been homesteading for awhile but feel like you need some direction and inspiration, you should also read Homesteading: Where on Earth Do I Begin????

And if you want to go read those right now, go right ahead! I'll still be here when you finish. Those two links will open in new tabs so you won't lose your place here. (I know, I've lost my place a few times! I'm just trying to make things easier.)

Or, if you don't have time to read them now but want to come back to them later, you can PIN both of them on Pinterest right here: Pin the How to Make Goals Post and Pin the How to Get Started Post.

Oak Hill Homestead's top ten posts from self-sufficiency, simple living and homesteading.

You also might have noticed that the Oak Hill Homestead website had a design overhaul this year. I do miss my dog Pete's cheerful face at the top of the page, but on the whole, I like the newer, cleaner design. What do you think?

I'm still all about simple living and celebrating ordinary days. It's still my passion and my over-all goal. I hope to write more about those topics this coming year. I'm currently writing an epic post on it all, to come out later in the month.

In the spirit of looking back, I wanted to share with you the ten most popular posts of the year. This is a great opportunity to catch up on any you may have missed.

And at the bottom of this post, I'll have some questions for you that I hope you'll answer. You'll help me plan the coming year's content. I truly want to help you with whatever questions or issues you might have, so "let me have it"!

Your Top Ten Favorite Posts

10. In the Number 10 spot, this post is for you if you want to save money on chicken feed. Here's how you can forage, grow, catch, and raise food for your poultry that will save you money at the feed store.

9. If you're interested in being more self-reliant, here's how we plan ahead for power outages. Living in the country often means we're last on the list when the power crews are out fixing widespread outages. The wind sometimes contributes to our power going out too.

Once, in a series of back-to-back blizzards, we were without electricity for a week, but we weathered that well (see what I did there?) by being prepared.

If you want to be better prepared for the unexpected, you can learn how to make a "Power's Out" kit in this post.

8. If you're new to goats or are planning to add a few to your homestead this year, this list of must-haves and necessities for goat keepers will get you off to a great start.

Goats are fun, intelligent, and annoying all in one package, but they are such a beneficial addition to any homestead and believe me, you'll always have something to tell your friends about when you have goats.

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7. This recipe for molasses and oats horse treats will have your horses (and goats and cows) eating out of your hands. 

6. Even though we don't eat a lot of jam and jelly these days, I always make a batch of this Harvest Apple Jelly using the apples from our little orchard. It's not only delicious on bread and rolls, I use it as a base for delicious sauces to top off beef dishes and as an ingredient in dump chicken made in the slow-cooker.

(And when it occasionally doesn't "gel" like it should, it makes delicious pancake syrup!)

5. I hate to waste things and I hate to throw useful things away - plus living where we do, trash collection service isn't easy to come by and our area doesn't recycle glass any more. So I had cupboards full of empty jars and needed to find ways to use them.

Here's how you can vacuum-seal almost any jar in your kitchen to store dehydrated foods, herbs and pasta. 

4. If you have a field of grass and livestock that eat hay, you can cut, dry and bale hay without a tractor. And while it isn't necessary to bale it, storing hay loose takes up a lot more space and is a lot messier to feed.

This post in the Number 4 spot shows you how to build a hand baler so you can store your homemade hay more efficiently and with less waste.

3. Whether you make your own pumpkin puree from scratch or buy it canned at the grocery store, you'll love this recipe for pumpkin bread. It's my favorite snack in the fall and winter, and freezes very well.

2. Your second favorite post this year was this tutorial to make a grab-and-go-binder. As well as being prepared for an emergency (just grab it and go!), it's a great organizational system for your important papers and documents.

Because I've never had to tear the house apart looking for something. Nope. Not ever.

1. This year's most popular post rose to the top of the list in January and has stayed there all year long. 

Whether you want to use an all-natural, good-for-you form of shampoo or you want to reduce packaging waste - and still have beautiful hair - using shampoo bars may be the answer. But no one ever tells you how to use shampoo bars, right? How do you use a hard bar of shampoo to wash your hair?

This post gives you the basics and includes some hints and tips too. Be sure to read the comments for even more inspiration!


Did your favorite post make the list? What was it? Tell us in the comments or shoot me a message or email.

How Can I Help You?

And I'd love to have you take this short survey and tell me what you'd like to learn more about. It'll only take about two minutes to fill out.

You'll be helping me help you (thank you!). I want to spend my time on content that will help you solve problems, save money, think outside the box, and inspire and entertain you.

More of Your Favorites

The following posts were also popular this year; here are numbers Eleven through Fifteen:

11. How to Boil Ground Beef instead of frying it, and why you should.

12. How to Root Tomato Cuttings and double your tomato crop and harvest.

13. 20 Ways to Re-Use Kitty Litter Buckets - I love cats, and I have a few of them. Which means I buy a lot of cat litter, and those empty containers pile up fast. I've found 20 ways to re-use them in the home, garden and barn.

14. The Most Effective Fencing to Keep Your Goats in Their Pen - Goats can be masters at getting out of their pen. In our 15 years as goat keepers, we've tried just about every kind of fencing available (except electric fencing). Here's what has worked for us and what hasn't.

15. How to Make Naturally-Carbonated Ginger Ale - If you want to stop drinking soda this year - whether it's to lose weight, be healthier, or save money - here's how you can make your own at home with natural ingredients and enough fizz to make even the most-addicted-to-soda-pop drinker happy! With just three ingredients and a little time, you'll soon have a delicious and healthy alternative.

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  1. So many helpful posts! We often have power outages as well had often have been without for a few days (one time we were even without power for 2 weeks!).

    1. I sympathize! Check out the post on preparing for power outages... it makes them a little easier to get through, without panic.

  2. Kathi, I need to read the post about power outages, for sure. Though not a homesteader, I do enjoy simple living and will find lots of good things here.

    1. Hi Jean! I hope you'll find lots of helpful and inspirational information in the blog posts. Drop me a line any time!

  3. Great round up of your posts from 2019, Kathi! Thanks for sharing on Farm Fresh tuesdays!


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