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Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

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.

Well, Howdy, Folks! 🤠

Brr! It’s feeling chilly out there!

Crunchy noises under my feet, frosted leaves, and sparkly diamonds glistening in the sunlight have made my morning walks more interesting.

As long as I bundle up, and watch out for big wild creatures out there, I enjoy getting outside.

I actually saw some big bear prints all over our water tanks and up the hill, which set me into tracking mode. When younger, what we learned in Pathfinders taught us some valuable lessons in animal tracking. Mud–and deep mud, at that, makes the tracking much easier.

I actually spent a bit of time out there yesterday hunting down the bear tracks.


Thankfully, I didn’t meet Mr Black Bear face to face, but I verified his recent presence. ✅

Here’s a few of my findings. 🐾

Bear track in mud

Black bear track in mud

Bear track filled with water. 💦

Black bear track filled with water

Catch the whole video of my findings on the trail of the bear at our YouTube channel.

Tracking the Black Bear YouTube Video


And this truly is the last rose of summer from our homestead. I love how it looks, even frozen.

Frozen red rose

Have a wonderful week!


Join us for the Homestead Blog Hop for ideas and tips for gardening, homesteading, raising animals, crafts and recipes.

Meet Your Hosts!

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Follow Their Blogs

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

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

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

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram)

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:

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - Gratitude, Winter is Here/Food Preps

1. Gratitude, Winter is Here/Food Preps from Little Home in Boise

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - Fresh Tangerine Marmalade small batch, no canning

2. Fresh Tangerine Marmalade, Small Batch, No Canning from Scratch Made Food

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - Simple and Inexpensive Advent Calendar Ideas

3. Simple and Inexpensive Advent Calendar Ideas from Perfectly Imperfect

Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post.

Just right click and ‘save image as…

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Guidelines for this Get-Together:

  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.
  6. By joining the party, you are giving the hosts permission to use one photo from your post with a link back to your site if it is selected as one of next week’s Features.
  7. This is a family-friendly link up meant to inspire and motivate the homesteader in all of us.

Let the Party Begin!

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6 Replies

  1. love the bear paw prints today!! do you see the bears often? I wanted to join your homestead blog hop today, but although I was on blog hop for dec. 13 2023 blog hop 474 (today) when I clicked on the party, at the bottom of the other entries, it said the blog hop has ended. I would love it if you could tell me if there is anything I am doing wrong on this? so that I can correct it and leave my entry. thanks.

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