This post will share the best tools, resources, and courses for the person on your list that desire a handmade and homemade life, both inside and outside the home.
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Small batch canning is a canning recipe book that is devoted to smaller sized recipes which are perfect for smaller sized families, kitchens, appetites, and jars. Canning has a reputation for being a task suited for preserving pounds upon pounds of produce, for some unnamed disaster, in preparation for a time when the access to fresh foods is limited. While canning can be useful in a prepper’s home, that is NOT the only application. Canning is just right for preserving just a few cups of berries, or a few pounds of veggies, in small jars that are quick to process, easy to store, and lovely to gift. I intend to tackle this notion of canning being an activity only for those preparing for the zombie apocalypse in another post, but for now, give the preserver (aspiring or acting) in your life this book.
In order to apply these recipes, the novice preserver on your gift list needs the Start Canning ECourse. It is 14 videos that SHOW in a way a cookbook cannot the process of canning. It also addresses safety and equipment concerns and your happy recipient will be part of a supportive, private Facebook group where they can meet other canners and get their questions answered.
Weck jars are fancy canning jars. They, like regular mason jars, can be used for general food storage but can be canned using the removable rubber flange and separate lid. The general consensus among experienced preservers is that these jars aren’t harder to use than mason jars; they are just different. The lend a European air to your preserves are indeed beautiful, and I especially like their small size options.
If you have a budding gardener on your list, this ebook promises to build beautiful gardens and healthy soil. What gardener wouldn’t want that?
Want to give the gift of backyard chickens and farm fresh eggs? This course, Feed Your Hens Right, looks amazing to say the least and would be an ideal accompaniment. This is a video course ALL about what to feed your chickens at every stage of life, created by a chicken expert. There are 6 modules plus 4 bonus modules that will teach a newbie how to care for their birds like an expert. The reviews of this course are glowing, and I can see why.
If your homestead aspirations include getting goats, this ebook will give you all the background info you need on Nigerian Dwarf goats, which are every bit as cute as they sound. It is written by an expert and gives important considerations for potential goat owners to think through before acquiring these sweet animals.
I love everything about this dinner rolls course; Kalisha (the bread making expert) removes everything I hate about making bread from the equation. There’s no kneading, no waiting, and she teaches you how to make delicious dinner rolls quickly. This course is perfect for any level of home cook, even a novice.
If the person on your list is just plain sick of not knowing what to cook for supper and could use a structured, expert guide, give the gift of stress-free dinner time. Get this meal planning course and give sanity to your loved one.
If you want a gift that will incorporate your littles, this ebook by Garden and Grace Homestead shares recipes that are perfect for kids and your homegrown lifestyle.
If you want to learn all the things about a homestead kitchen, the Homestead Honey has you covered in this super- thorough ecourse with modules like fermenting, foraging, seasonal produce + meal planning, and more.
The Homestead Honey also has an ebook that is perfectly gift-able- the Backyard Pizza Oven EBook will give the gift of everyone’s favorite dish, but homemade and with a crispy chewy crust.
The Made From Scratch book by Melissa K. Norris encourages the reader to return to a simpler way of life in our homes, hearts, and minds. Who doesn’t need a little more simplification in their lives?
Ferment Your Veggies is a gorgeous compendium of counter fermentation knowledge written by a lifelong fermenter that I had the pleasure of meeting in person. I attending her workshop and can say without reservation that this lady can ferment like nobody’s business. She’s very well versed on all matters of safety in regards to fermentation, and the book covers that, equipment options, and recipes galore. It’s sauerkraut squared, Wildflowers. Ask Santa and you won’t be sorry.
If the person on your gift list desires some in-depth counter culture fermentation instruction, this course looks amazing. Learn how to make sauerkraut, kombucha, sourdough bread, and more in beautiful video lessons.
This natural soap making course teaches you how to make soap that is full of ingredients you can say, that won’t irritate sensitive skin (goodbye eczema!) or trigger chemical sensitivities. You can also learn how to make shampoo bars and milk soaps in this course.
If you have a comfortable crocheter on your gift list, this Etsy shop has many patterns for sale. If someone I knew gave me a couple new patterns and offered to watch my kids for a Saturday morning, I’d be one cup of coffee away from Heaven. I love this particular shop’s patterns because they are fashionable and easy to follow.
This Etsy shop features both knitting and crochet patterns and is my absolute favorite for a little girl and boy designs. Think hoods that mimic foxes, dinosaurs, bears, unicorns, and more. I made a red cape using one of these patterns for my daughter…and she wouldn’t wear it. Give a selection of these patterns for this holiday season for a mom yarn lover in your life.
My favorite footwear, for probably 9 months of the year, is these boots. They are well made, are insulated, and good for anything muddy. Anything.
What other tools, courses, books, or other things should be on this list? Let me know in the comment section below, Wildflowers!