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Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

A sunflower a day

Over on my Instagram page, I have started a little thing, called “A Sunflower a Day”. It’s pretty much what it sounds like. I have so many flowers to share that it’s kind of fun to showcase them where more can see the beauties!

My Instagram is where you can see the daily sunflowers and more little glimpses of life into the homestead. I don’t have a problem uploading photos on Instagram, but frequently run into snags her on my blog for some reason. 🤷‍♀️ It may be my phone or my connection, but I’ll keep trying.

Here are a few from this week!

Sun king sunflower
My favorite—I like the fuzzies!
Lemon queen sunflower
Lemon Queen

And we are into berry picking season!

I picked some wild blueberries and wild huckleberries yesterday, plus a bunch of wild blackberries. Our cultivated blackberries (thornless!) are about to be ready! I’m looking forward to thatC because my arms are wounded from all of the briars of the wild ones!

Bucket of wild blackberries
Grab a tiny pail for quick success!
Man picking wild blackberries and huckleberries
Greg picking (and eating) on Sabbath!
Wild blueberries
Wild blueberries. Yum!
Pink lemonade blueberries
Pink lemonade berries! Delicious!

Pink Lemonade Blueberries

Incidentally—the Pink Lemonade Blueberries (yes—you heard that right) are our most successful plants so far on the ridge. We have planted many varieties since moving here (zone 6–up on the side of a hill, East TN), but you see the ones we’re picking.

Our other plants are getting there, and I expect we’ll get feuit more once they mature more, but these Pink Lemonade berries are doing great! They are definitely Greg’s favorite! They taste sweet/tangy, and do nod to a cool glass of lemonade! I personally like the taste, but my favorite blueberry is huge and sweet!


You can actually order plants on Amazon, and they’ll ship them to you! (Click the pic below). If I do that YouTube channel (see my thoughts below) Greg will definitely have to teach a class on how to plant blueberries! I have planted blueberries, but if you look in our little orchard, you’ll see that the ones I planted are just dead sticks, and the ones Greg planted are thriving. 🫐

Just thinking…

I’m not sure why, since time is not in so much abundance, but I’m considering starting a YouTube channel for Ridge Haven Homestead. My boys keep telling me to, but I’ve held back. The only way I’d do it is if Greg wants to join in, because he has so much of the nitty gritty details of homestead life in his brain.

We have gained much experience on our homestead, figuring out the off grid stuff, and just plenty of mistakes that have served as learning experiences. Much of what we’ve learned I don’t feel qualified to write about, and a video would just work better. It’s a thought. Let me know if you even watch homesteading videos. 🤷‍♀️ All we have to offer is our experiences.

Ridge Haven Homestead owners
Just the two of us!

Glad you’re here. Thank you for sharing your posts! Have a wonderful day!


Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

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Natasha – Houseful of Nicholes (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Laurie – Ridge Haven Homestead (Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram)

Liz – The Cape Coop (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

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FEATURED POSTS from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we take turns choosing three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop

1. The Easiest TicTok Cinnamon Rolls from Nancy C

2. How to Dehydrate Tomatoes from Road to Reliance

3. Black Bean Chicken Tacos from A Homemade on a Weeknight

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  1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog.
  2. Link up to three posts each week.
  3. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by.
  4. Link your post back to the Homestead Blog Hop. If the hop isn’t linked to your post then you cannot be featured. All featured posts will be shared on all hosts’ social media channels.
  5. Please link up posts that you haven’t linked to the hop before. You are welcome to link old posts from your blog.
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8 Replies

  1. Laurie,
    I just got onto Instagram but mainly for viewing and not posting…I like the blog better as I enjoy writing and tell a story…Lovely sunflowers…
    Thanks again for hosting this charming party every week! I know how much time goes into doing so and I want you to know that it I truly appreciate it!! I hope you have a great week!

  2. Thanks so much for including the Easiest (Tik Tok) Cinnamon Rolls in your features! 🙂 And your sunflowers are so pretty in those photos!

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