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January Weekend Homesteader

Weekend Homesteader: January Next month's volume of Weekend Homesteader includes in-depth information on:

  • Backup lighting for power outages
  • Rotational chicken pastures, coops, and tractors
  • Soil testing basics
  • The science of baking bread (and pizza)

For those of you who are new to Weekend Homesteader, this series walks you through the basics of growing your own food, cooking the bounty, preparing for emergency power outages, and achieving financial independence.

I hope you'll consider splurging 99 cents to buy a copy of my newest ebook from Amazon's Kindle store.  And many thanks in advance if you can find the time to write a brief review.

Weekend Homesteader paperback As usual, I'm also very glad to email you a free pdf copy to read if you don't have the spare cash, or just don't want to deal with downloading an app so you can read the ebook on your computer or phone.  Just email me with your request --- no strings attached.  (Plus, I'm trying out a new system on Amazon, so the book will be free there next Monday through Friday.)

Don't forget that Weekend Homesteader: December is still available, full of tips on fruit trees, emergency preparedness, and more.  Thanks for reading!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I downloaded it last night and read it right away. I immediately loaned it to my mother to read and I can't recall what you said to add to whole wheat bread. I grind our flour and would like to use our own stuff if possible. Can you please remind me what you suggested to add?
Comment by Heath Sat Dec 17 14:52:26 2011
Thanks for reading and spreading it around! Gluten is what you'll want to add to your whole wheat bread, and you may enjoy the recipe here:
Comment by anna Sat Dec 17 15:01:17 2011
Another successful installment and a joy to read. I have a suggestion, instead of buying all those batteries for the head lamp, try buying one or two solar yard lights. Put them somewhere in the sunnier part of you yard where you wouldn't mind having a little path light at night anyway. Then when the power goes out, before nightfall, go out and rob the batteries for your headlamp. Then just return the batteries the next morning for a recharge. The only hard part is to find the right solar yard light that has replaceable batteries the size you need.
Comment by Erich Mon Dec 19 01:47:28 2011
I love your solar yard "charger" idea! That would be a great way to charge up batteries for a camera too! I've always felt those yard lights were a great idea, but (not wanting actual yard lights...) wasn't sure how to work them to our advantage. This we may have to try....
Comment by anna Mon Dec 19 08:10:32 2011

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