Countryside & Small Stock Journal November/December 2017 issue is NOW AVAILABLE! Subscribe today and learn some great homemade holiday gift ideas, including an easy knitting pattern.
So often, in today’s society, the holidays get commercial and everyone’s focused on how much they can buy from the stores and who gave the best and most expensive gift. Here at Countryside, we’re not focused on improving store profits, we’re focused on slowing down and enjoying the holidays; being on the homestead with family and friends.
In that vein, you’ll find a wonderful holiday gift section on the inside pages. We’ve got some cross-stitch stocking tags that you’re sure to want to make and pass down through the years as a family tradition. Learn to knit a coffee cozy for your loved ones. That way they’ll better enjoy their morning java as they go about their chores. Our staff has weighed in on some favorite homemade gifts that they like to make and give; including yours truly. We hope you enjoy our section and are inspired by our personal stories. Last but not least, don’t forget the kiddos that are home from school during the holiday break. There’s a special story just for them about how to make soaps that they’ll want to use in their own baths and give as gifts made with pride.
For all your holiday entertaining, we’ve got some wonderful recipes inside including how to make homemade eggnog with your backyard eggs and heirloom desserts of rice pudding and bread pudding. We’ve got your garden covered as we explore the Bay Laurel tree that can be kept indoors over the winter and some inspiration for your spring garden as we study Hops, the Herb of the Year for 2018.
Of course with the holidays comes cold weather, so learn how to manage your firewood from using the best splitting tools to the best tools for moving wood. You’ll make the job quicker, easier and maybe even save a buck or two.
Our homesteads provide a safe haven for our livestock during the winter. Learn how to keep our beehives healthy and alive during the cold times since bees don’t hibernate. Goats still need to have healthy hooves, so learn how to easily and competently trim their hooves. And, get some background on the pros and cons of heritage breed chickens versus hybrids. You’re sure to find a few breeds to add to your must-have list for spring.
Here’s to a happy and safe holiday season!
-Pam Freeman, Editor
In this Issue:
Feature Stories on Homemade Gifts:
+ Homemade Holidays — Learn to make cross-stitch stocking tags and get a knitting pattern for cocoa cozies.
+ Holiday Faves from the Countryside Staff — We’re sharing some of our favorite homemade holiday gifts. From bath salts, to cookbooks, chicken feather ornaments and pallet Christmas trees, there’s something for everyone.
+ Sudsy Holiday Fun — How to make homemade gifts and ornaments with soap.
NEW! Read this issue as a flip book!
In this Issue:
+ Hop to it! — Hops are all the rage. Learn how to grow and use them on the homestead.
+ Beyond Soup — Explore how to grow and use the Bay Laurel plant.
+ How to Make Homemade Eggnog — Use your backyard eggs to make this delicious holiday treat.
+ Firewood Management 101 — Tips for easier wood splitting and moving.
+ Exploring Winter Beekeeping — How to keep your hive healthy through the cold months.
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Countryside and Small Stock Journal is more than a homesteading magazine, it’s a network where people who are homesteading today share a variety of experiences and ideas about simple homesteading. In every issue, you’ll learn about practical solutions for growing and preserving your own food, raising chickens and small livestock, and managing a thriving homestead in a rural or urban setting.