• MOTHER EARTH NEWS & GRIT SELF-RELIANT COLLECTION

    There are hundreds of ways to save money on your grocery or home repair bills: growing your own food, doing your own home repairs, preserving or baking your own food, and so much more. Mother Earth News and Grit have compiled five special guides that will help you save money on food and your homestead. You will learn how to buy and build your dream homestead, discover delicious homemade bread recipes, grow food in small spaces, and more.

    Item: 7785

    Format: Paperback

  • CAPPERS FARMER FALL 2013

    A treasure-trove of valuable information, the fall issue of Capper's Farmer includes great articles for homemade ice cream, condiments and pizza; a beginner's guide to canning; 17 uses for baking soda; ideas for planting flowers; and much more.

    Wonderful recipes fill the pages of this special issue. Enjoy serving up cool treats such as Fudge Ripple Ice Cream and Simple Butter Pecan Ice Cream. Craft your own condiments by learning to create homemade mayonnaise, barbecue sauce and fresh tomato ketchup.

    Within this issue you'll also find simple tips to enhance the fresh flavors on your grill. Solve all kinds of household problems with baking soda, using it for everything from cleaning to creating beauty products. Save money by planting a fall salad garden: Not only will it provide beauty in your yard, its delicious flavors will leave money in your pocket. Enjoy a look at what camping gear was used in 1900, how much it cost, and how much the gear weighed.

    Other articles include:

    • Summer Kitchen: The original outdoor cook room holds comforting memories and historical tidbits.
    • Fall for Comfort Food: Stay in and cook up one of these classic dishes.
    • An Apple a Day … : … really can keep the doctor away!
    • Country Canines: The life of a farm dog is one to be envied, especially by town breeds.
    • An Old-Fashioned Scrapbook: Preserve family history in a beautiful DIY heritage album.
    Item: 6768

    Format: Paperback

  • CAPPER'S FARMER GUIDE TO SLOW COOKING

    There is no better time of year to start using your slow cooker or pressure cooker than fall and winter! Having your home fill with the aroma of soups, stews, roasts, or vegetables that have been cooking slowly for hours is a thing of comfort, especially when the weather outside is not so warm and comforting. Cappers’ Farmer put together a special guide dedicated to cooking with your slow cooker or pressure cooker. There are 79 delicious recipes to try in this 100-page guide, plus you can learn more about your pressure cooker, read how to try new and exciting recipes, and much more.

    Item: 8033

    Author: Capper's Farmer

    Format: Paperback

  • CAPPERS FARMER HOLIDAY SPECIAL ISSUE

    Bring back the holidays with the new CAPPER's Farmer Holiday Special. Experience the nostalgia of homemade gifts, classic recipes, and more traditions from Christmases past on the farm. From roasting a turkey 1860s style to creating homemade gift jars, from satisfying the seasonal sweet tooth to savoring the songs of Christmas, this special edition offers up a buffet of knowledge.

    In the more than 20 articles, you'll find delicious recipes, beautiful pictures and memorable holiday stories from CAPPER's readers just like you. Read "Party Like the Pilgrims" and learn classic and contemporary recipes to fix for your Thanksgiving feast. Bake scrumptious treats from everyone's favorite squash in "The Great Pumpkin." Learn how festive firs have long participated in the traditional American Christmas celebration in "O Christmas Tree!" "Make Your Own Soap" teaches you how to make beautiful homemade bars of soap to give for holiday gifts.

    More articles include:

    • Heart of the Home: Far From Home for the Holidays - Readers recall holidays spent in unfamiliar surroundings.
    • The Sweetest Thing - Upgrade your standby cookie recipes to showstopping holiday gifts.
    • Homemade Holiday Greetings and Gifts - Make simple and functional gifts, as well as homemade greeting cards and gift boxes, bags and tags for loved ones.
    • Make the Most of Playing Host - Everything you need to host a simple, elegant and stress-free gathering.
    • The Happiest Homemade Christmas - A penny-pinching year teaches a young girl that joy and happiness don't come from material possessions.
    • Sing the Songs of Christmas - Carols evolved as a way to communicate Christmas thought.
    Item: 6378

    Author: Editors of CAPPER'S

    Format: Paperback

  • CAPPERS FARMER PRACTICAL LIVING RESOURCE SET

    Roasting a turkey. Making your own soap. Coloring Easter eggs with natural homemade dye. Growing anything in containers. Making homemade ice cream. Canning your garden's bounty. All this and more can be found within the pages of these four 100-page guides. Filled with some of the best articles on practical advice for a homemade life, this set covers everything from delicious recipes to gardening, from homemade gifts and cards to homemade cleaning products.

    Set includes:
    Capper's Farmer Winter 2012
    Experience the nostalgia of homemade gifts, classic recipes, and more traditions from Christmases past on the farm. From roasting a turkey 1860s style to creating homemade gift jars, from satisfying the seasonal sweet tooth to savoring the songs of Christmas, this special edition offers up a buffet of knowledge.

    Capper's Farmer Spring 2013
    From craft projects to guides for your woodstoves and chimneys, from delicious recipes to sowing seeds, this guide has a variety of projects for getting you through the winter, and your garden and home ready for spring. With 100 pages of tips, recipes, projects, photographs and more, this resourceful issue will have you and your family busy all season long.

    Capper's Farmer Summer 2013
    Directions for creating nontoxic cleaning products, advice for raising baby animals, delicious recipes, gardening guidance, recycling ideas for farm fixtures, flower-growing techniques, summer holiday memories and more are included in the Capper's Farmer Summer 2013.

    Capper's Farmer Fall 2013
    With summer in full swing and fall right around the corner, the Capper's Farmer Fall 2013 special will be your guide to filling your summer days with delicious recipes, readers' hometown stories, fun activities such as planting flowers, and much more!

    Item: 6807

    Format: Paperback

  • CAPPERS FARMER SPRING 2013 SPECIAL ISSUE

    From craft projects to guides for your woodstoves and chimneys, from delicious recipes to sowing seeds, CAPPER'S Farmer Spring 2013 has a variety of projects for getting you through the winter, and your garden and home ready for spring. With 100 pages of tips, recipes, projects, photographs and more to help you gear up for spring, this resourceful guide will have you and your family busy all season long.

    Feel the warmth of spring with this invaluable, treasure-trove of knowledge with tips for winterizing your home and enjoyable craft projects that the whole family can do. Enjoy making your own Valentine's Day cards, dyeing Easter Eggs with natural dyes, following recipes for soups, meat pies and chocolate goodies. Learn to mend and recycle clothing, sow your own seeds, prepare your garden for winter, bake delicious St. Patrick's Day recipes and more.

    More articles include:

    • Preparing for Winter
    • Wood Stove Cooking
    • Recycled Sweater Blanket
    • Heart of the Home: Winter Projects
    • Vintage Cookbook Recipes
    • Savory Pies
    • Campfire Cooking
    • Living off the Land
    • And more!
    Item: 6490

    Author: Capper's Magazine

    Format: Paperback

  • CAPPERS FARMER SUMMER 2013 SPECIAL ISSUE

    Directions for creating nontoxic cleaning products, advice for raising baby animals, delicious recipes, gardening guidance, recycling ideas for farm fixtures, flower-growing techniques, summer holiday memories and more are included in the Capper's Farmer Summer 2013.

    Enjoy amusing, helpful and knowledgeable articles by experts Oscar H. Will III, Barbara Pleasant, Susan Belsinger and others, all of whom offer practical advice for the homemade life.

    Prepare for the birth of your livestock and know what to expect and what to do. Learn the secrets of buttermilk baking and turn ordinary baked goods into spectacular biscuits, pancakes and more. Discover ways of getting rid of those itchy summer burns and ouches with herbal remedies. Follow seven easy tips for growing anything in containers.

    Other articles include:

    • Incubate Your Own Chicken Eggs - Gather your hens' fertile eggs and start replacing those old layers.
    • Memories Bloom on Memorial Day - Remember passed-on love ones with these flowers.
    • Easy & Useful Flowers - These special plants provide beauty, fragrance, food, medicine and more.
    • Life's a Bowl of Berries - Whether you harvest them from your own backyard or buy them at your local farmers' market, berries in season are a sublime treat.
    • Try This: Make Pillow Covers From Fabric Swatches - Turn designer fabric into beautiful pillow covers with this easy home-decorating project.
    Item: 6677

    Format: Paperback

  • GRIT COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE WOODLOT

    In this guide you'll discover information on managing your forest, how to choose a woodstove, making money from your wooded acres, and much more. The Complete Guide to the Woodlot explores ways to get the most out of your woods, from the science of stacking firewood and choosing the best wood for burning to picking the best chainsaw and selling timber from your land.

    Whether you want to heat your home with wood, grill with wood chunks, or pick the perfect log splitter, this guide covers it all. Learn how to build a kitchen island, make your own wooden shakes, or maintain your property with a chipper-shredder.

    Other articles include:

    • The Time-Honored Art of Splitting Wood: Once you’ve mastered the tools and techniques, splitting wood by hand can be a pleasure.
    • The Art of Coppicing: This ancient technique lets forests produce timber without killing trees.
    • How to Make a Homemade Fire Starter: A few ordinary household items can be combined to easily create a starter for your fireplace.
    • When to Choose Wood Heat: For some households, heating with wood is a smart, sustainable option. Learn about the benefits and costs of using a woodstove to heat your home.
    • Home Lumber Mill: Crafting Dimensional Sawed Timbers: Portable sawmills let you use your lumber from your land.
    • Profit With a Portable Sawmill Business: Learn how to generate money for the homestead by processing wood, custom cutting lumber, and more.
    Item: 7362

    Author: GRIT

    Format: Paperback

  • GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD BEES AND HONEY, 4TH EDITION

    Keeping bees is a great hobby. It provides you with an unlimited supply of honey; the bees help pollinate your plants and crops; and can provide enjoyment for you and the whole family. This 100-page guide is filled with some of the best articles on keeping bees, building your own beehives, cooking with honey and how to identify different types of bees.

    Inside you'll find more than 77 ways to get more from your backyard bees. Read how to get to know your bees and all it takes to get started raising bees. Discover how to build your own beehive and save money in the process. Learn how to keep bees with top bar hives. You can also find 10 easy steps to becoming an urban beekeeper.

    Other articles include:

    • Beginning With Honeybees: Questions and answers help beginning beekeepers.
    • Wholesome as Honey: Famous as a sweet treat, this bee staple is packed with good nutrition and health.
    • Bee Byproducts: Honey is but one of the items caused by ever-industrious honeybees.
    • Go Native With Wild Bees: The humble little orchard mason bee is the best-kept (pollinator) secret.
    • Community Buzz for Overwintering Bees: GRIT bloggers' best tips for keeping your hive healthy during its most difficult months.
    • Beehive Baking: Put down the sugar bowl and switch to honey with these wholesome recipes.
    Item: 6986

    Format: Paperback

  • GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD BEES AND HONEY, 5TH EDITION

    The secret – how enjoyable and rewarding owning and maintaining a backyard hive is – is out! Not only are the benefits of owning your own hive (or hives!) numerous, this hobby that will benefit your family, your land and the environment. More backyard beehives are popping up all over the country. Whether you are a seasoned beekeeper or on still on the fence about taking the leap and starting your own hive, the 5th edition of GRIT’s Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey is an excellent source to help you get started!

    This 100-page guide is filled with some of the best articles published in GRIT magazine, covering almost everything you need to know about starting, maintaining and benefiting from owning your own beehive … everything from buying and installing your first package of bees into the new hive to cooking with the delicious honey they produce. Several articles cover step-by-step instructions on how to build your own beehive. Other articles cover how important bees and other pollinators are to the land. Plus, are you brave enough to take the “Name that Bee” quiz and identify more than 10 different species of bees?

      More articles included:
    • Homesteading With the Bees – Our bloggers offer up their well-earned expertise on keeping backyard bees.
    • Getting to Know Your Bees – The sweet truth about the life and times of one of humankind’s most important social insects.
    • Building a Top-Bar Hive – A different approach allows the beekeeper a simpler method of checking on his charges.
    • Wholesome as Honey – Famous as a sweet treat, this bee staple is packed with good nutrition and health.
    • How to Build a Honey Extractor – You can make an inexpensive honey extractor from simple materials available in your local hardware store.
    • DIY Beeswax Crafts for the Home – With the increased interest in beekeeping, the use of honey and beeswax has become an artisanal trend.
    Item: 7497

    Format: Paperback

  • GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD BEES AND HONEY, 7TH EDITION

    The Grit Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey, 7th edition has more than 39 ways to be the best beekeeper! Plus, its articles include recent studies on the honey bee’s decline; businesses that provide classes for beekeepers; lessons on capturing a swarm wherever and whenever; recipes for cooking and baking with honey; and guidance for extracting and processing of honey the easy way.

    Read how to get to know your bees and the sweet truth about the life and times of one of humankind’s most important social insects. Discover the 10 items to take to the bee yard. Learn the difference between hives and the lists of pros and cons of the three top beehive designs: Top-Bar, Warre, and Langstroth. Read how to build a honey extractor from simple materials available in your local hardware store. Put down the sugar bowl and switch to honey with the wholesome recipes inside this colorful guide.
    More articles include:

    • Beekeeping with a Honey Bee Allergy – I had never had a problem with honey bees, so I didn’t think too much of being stung three times in short order.
    • How to Install a Package of Bees – Your bees have arrived in the mail … now what?
    • Nectars of Nature – What’s your favorite type of honey? Learn what factors play into honing the best-tasting honey.
    • A Honey of a Meal – Honey adds something natural, healthy, and sweet to each course of any great meal: appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, desserts, and soups.
    • Go Native with Wild Bees – The humble little orchard mason bee is the best-kept (pollinator) secret.
    • Solving Bee Behavior Problems – Understanding normal bee behaviors is essential to identifying unusual behavior and correcting any problems.
    Item: 8136

    Format: Paperback

  • GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD CHICKENS, 7TH EDITION

    Anyone, at any age, can enjoy the benefits and pleasures of keeping a backyard chicken flock. Whether you have yet to take the plunge and buy your very first chickens or are a seasoned chicken owner, the newest Guide to Backyard Chickens is an enjoyable read for everyone! This guide from Grit is 100 pages of articles written by chicken experts. It provides more than 65 keys to keeping a healthy, productive flock, plus recipes for eggs and chicken meat, DIY chicken coops, and information on owning guinea fowl, ducks and geese.

    Item: 7873

    Format: Paperback

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