Monday, February 2, 2009

The Homesteading Carnival #81: The February Celebrations Edition

Welcome to The Homesteading Carnival #81: The February Celebrations Edition.

When I think about the month of February, holidays like Valentines Day and Presidents Day come to mind. After doing a little Googling though, I learned that there are over one-hundred special holidays and observances during this month. A few of them are "homestead-ish" in nature, so I thought it would be fun to highlight them in this edition.

Gather up your family in the kitchen, and grab your mixing bowls and spatulas because February is Bake for Family Fun Month! Check out these entries for some great recipes, baking and otherwise, and memories that you can make with your family this month.

Amy at The Hughes Mob shares how blessed she is by her little ones as they make memories together outdoors and in the kitchen in A Brisk Walk.

Kris at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers has a yummy idea for leftover mashed potatoes. (This recipe brings back memories from my childhood because my Grandmother used to do the same thing Kris does!)

Cindy at Our Journey Westward does some canning and uses the fruit of her labor to make a delicious Chicken Chili.

Stephanie at Stop the Ride braved an icestorm and power outage last week, and still managed to pull off a week's worth of meals! She shares her menu for the week at What Was for Dinner? The No Power Edition.

Sheri at Shades of Pink shares her recipe for Cranberry Bliss Bars. These look delicious, and Sheri's recipe for this Starbucks treat is budget-friendly too.

And while we're on the subject of budgets, Erin at Five Dollar Dinners offers us a month's worth of dinners that you can prepare for around five dollars in her January Meal Plan. While you're there, check out her recipe index for more economic and tasty dishes.

Want some tips on saving money on the ingredients you use in the kitchen? Then click on over to Mommy Snacks where Andrea gives us some incredibly helpful grocery shopping and couponing tips in A Beginner's Guide to Savings.

Of course it's always easier to prepare a yummy meal when things in the kitchen are easy to find. Sara at How to Me shows us a nifty idea for organizing our spices in How to Raise Your Cabinet's Spice Level.

On February 2nd, people everywhere anxiously await the appearance of that most famous of groundhogs, Puxatawney Phil. Will he see his shadow? Whether or not he does, it's never to early to begin thinking about a spring garden.

Dana at A Very Nearly Tea has already started dreaming about spring planting in Planning the Garden of My Dreams.

Kat from Homesteading and Homekeeping at Whisper Winds Farm teaches us the importance of using Heirloom Seeds in our planting. This is something I'll be taking into consideration when purchasing my seeds this spring.

Starting a compost pile is something else I'd like to try this spring. A Self-Sufficient Life talks about how kitchen leftovers enrich our gardens and gives us some how-to tips in Make Compost from Your Kitchen.

Children and gardening can't help but go hand and hand. Melissa from In the Sparrow's Nest gets us in the gardening mood as she shares a project she and her family completed last year in Raised Beds and Perennials. She also shares some great tips for gardening with your children!

Did you know that February boasts International Hoof Care Week? Also, the World AG Expo, the largest agricultural exposition in the world, is being held this month in California.

Carole from Fowl Visions gives us ideas for using household items to create Homemade Nest Boxes.

Want to see some cute new additions to Stephanie's homestead and the progress made on their pig barn over at Adventures in the 100 Acre Wood? Then you've got to head over there and read Snow, Ice, and Piglets.

What's the first thing that usually comes to mind when you think of February? Might it be love? In addition to Valentines Day on February 14th, the entire week of the 8th through the 14th has been deemed Celebration of Love Week. And what better way to show your love than to stitch it up in a special sewing project and give it to your loved one? There are some wonderful ideas here for projects that inspire even this non-seamstress to thread her needle and give one of these a try.

Homesteader Belle shows us how easy it is to use recycled material and do some sewing on the go in Making Quilts from Old Clothes.

Sometimes the best gift of love is time spent with a loved one. Our children bask in the quality time we bestow on them. Here are a couple of ideas for sewing projects you can do with your children.

Cindy at Our Journey Westward shares with us the how-to of a special, keepsake Embroidery Project that her children completed.

Stephanie's little girl has done an outstanding job on Her First Sewing Project that her Mamaw helped her to sew. Head over to Adventures in the 100 Acre Wood to see the pretty skirt she made.

If you're sewing-challenged like me and need a useful gift for the seamstress in your life, take a peek at these adorable Teacup Pincushions that Abi from the Lighter Side Just Had to Share. She has posted pictures of the ones her daughter made as a gift for her along with a link to directions for making your own.

I cannot mention February and Valentines Day without including the gift of chocolate. Josanne at A Chocolate Bouquet inspires us to make a pretty and tasty Valentines Day arrangement in Make a Chocolate Bouquet. I can't wait to try my hand at making (and eating) one of these.

Do you ever have a hard time finding the time to get everything done around your home? Well February is National Time Management Month, and Tracey at Glue on Her Fingers, Dirt on Her Toes, She Makes Laughter Wherever She Goes gives us some ideas and inspiring quotes for getting things done in Just Do It!

February is National Birdwatching Month, and although it may seem too cold to get outside in certain parts of the country, there are still lots of ways we can enjoy God's beautiful creation this time of the year.

Last winter we bundled the kids up and put some treats out as A Gift for Our Feathered Friends.

Barb at Handbook of Nature Study gives us some great ideas for enjoying nature this winter in Winter Nature Study: Taking It Inside.

I hope you've enjoyed this edition of the carnival. If you have a second, don't forget to leave these kind contributors a little comment love. :)

Next week's edition will be hosted by Miss Amanda at The Daily Planet. Click on the button below to submit your entries!


  1. What a FUN theme. Thanks for including me. :)

  2. Thanks for hosting the carnival this week. Good job. Abi

  3. Can't wait to go through these - especially the garden planning ideas! I'm ready for spring!!

  4. How fun! I'll send a link ur way tomorrow! Thanks for including me!!

  5. Thanks for hosting! Linking up now.

  6. Wow! I love the way you tied it all together! Off to check out the links.

  7. Hi Shannon,

    Thank you so much for adding my post to the carnival!

    Belle - homesteaderbelle

  8. Wow! What an amazing job you've done on the Homesteading Carnival! Thank you for all the work you put into it...great posts and links.

    And your blog is so pretty. I especially like your background paper. :)

  9. Thanks for all of your kind comments. I had a blast hosting this carnival and hope you all enjoyed the great posts that were contributed.
    Thanks for stopping by to visit!


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