Beat the Holiday Rush!

I’ve got apple jam all ready for gift giving!

The Holiday Rush Will Be Here Soon!

November is here and many of us are getting prepared for the holiday season. If you’re anything like me, you want to be prepared early to beat the Holiday Rush. If so, you’ll want to get started soon. It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner!

A Special Holiday Season for Me!

I love the holidays and this year will be extra special because my family is celebrating my Dad’s 80th Birthday on Thanksgiving Weekend! It sure doesn’t seem like he will be 80…he is such an active guy!

My Mom is planning a Lumberjack themed party for my Dad…shhhh! Don’t tell him, lol. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I already have a red and black plaid shirt for each of us to wear to the party.

In case you are wondering, my Dad has been cutting his own firewood and working in the woods and on the farm pretty much his whole life.

Here is a post I shared of my Dad making canes and walking sticks from saplings he harvested from his woodlot and another about his workshop.

Printable Gift Tags for Apple Jam
This is a close-up of the Apple Jam Gift Tags I created – Use them for free!

Start Now on Your Homemade Gifts!

Last week I made Apple Jam to give as gifts for family and friends. I shared a sheet of gift tags that you may download and print for free to attach to your apple jam if you make the recipe in my post. You don’t have to sign up for my newsletters or pay anything, just print them out and use them!

Check out the full recipe, with complete canning instructions and printable gift tags here!

I have a bunch of links to share over the coming month to help you make your own gifts for the holidays.

flock of chickens
Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner…what?!

Chicken Garden Giveaway Announcement!

The Chicken Garden Giveaway ended on Sunday evening and we have a winner! Our lucky lady is Christy! And here is what Christy said when she found out she won…

โ€œThank you so much for this Giveaway. Iโ€™m excited to grow these for my chickens. I want to grow as much food as I can for my chickens!!! โ€


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Natural Wood Pallet Pumpkins by Apple Stree Cottage

Spiced Crabapple Jelly by Nancy on the Homefront

Eggnog French Toast
Eggnog French Toast…yum!


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Lisa Lombardo

Freelance Writer at Tohoca, LLC
Lisa writes in-depth articles about gardening and homesteading topics. She grew up on a farm and has continued learning about horticulture, animal husbandry, and home food preservation ever since. She has earned an Associate of Applied Science in Horticulture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She is a self proclaimed gardening freak and crazy chicken lady.

In addition to writing for her own websites, Lisa has contributed articles to The Prepper Project and Homestead.org.

The author lives outside of Chicago with her husband, son, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a variety of poultry.
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