Christmas Pumpkins


As soon as the Christmas decorations go up, the Halloween pumpkins hit the curb. We drove around Friday night and picked up all the pumpkins that people were throwing out, and we ended up with a whole trunk full. Looks like our chickens will be eating very well this winter.

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Printable Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt

Printable Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt

Driving around to look at Christmas lights is a tradition for my family, as I’m sure it is for many of yours. But this year we’re going to do something a bit different. We’re going to have a Christmas light scavenger hunt. My kids are beyond stoked.

Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt Card

I printed our cards today. Now, we just need to wait for a free night to give it a go.

Want to challenge your family to a Christmas light scavenger hunt? Just print a set of game cards (they’re free), and you’re good to go. There are four, bingo-style cards, and each one is different.

Since we’ll be playing in the car, I laminated our cards. This will allow us to use dry or wet erase markers on them.

If you decide to do this with your family, I’d love to hear how your scavenger hunt went.

If you’re using Google’s Chrome browser, our printables may not print properly. Click here for printing help.

Cinnamon Ornament Gift Tags

Cinnamon Ornament Gift Tags

Brown kraft paper. It’s pretty much the wrapping paper of choice in my house. It’s cheap. It works for any occasion, and you can dress it up a million ways. This Christmas we’ll be embellishing our gifts with cinnamon ornament gift tags.

Remember those cinnamon ornaments that you made in elementary school? It’s those, only in gift tag form. They smell fantastic, and they’re really easy to make. Here’s the drill. [Read more…]

Weekend Homestead: Two Months In

It’s been two months since we started working on our little weekend homestead. Here’s a look at what we’ve gotten done.

The cabin now has a back wall, so this view is gone for good:

Back Wall of Kitchen

And now that that’s taken care of, we’re working on the side wall.

Side Wall Before Tear Down

The rim joist needed to be replaced, and there were several other issues with that wall, so we tore it out and started over. [Read more…]

Shoe Organizer Advent Calendar

Printable Shoe Organizer Advent Calendar

I’ve never seen a store-bought advent calendar with big enough pockets, so this year I decided to do something about it. Or maybe I should say, I decided to d-i-y something about it. That advent calendar that you see above? It’s made from a shoe organizer. You know, the kind that’s designed to hang on the back of a door?

It has 24 pockets, so it works perfectly as an advent calendar, and it has lots of room for gifts. Just imagine what you could fit in those pockets.

Advent Calendar Printable Closeup

Better yet, skip the imagining, and just start shopping for your advent calendar gifts, because I’m making my advent calendar available to you as a free printable.

Just print the calendar cards that go in the pockets, cut them out, and slip them into a shoe organizer.

Print Numbers 1-8
Print Numbers 9-16
Print Numbers 17-24

Shoe Organizer Advent Calendar Hung Up

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