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Reader Favourites Top 10 Posts From 2016

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It’s that time of year when we take some time to reflect back on what’s happened over the past year and make plans for the future. Part of my planning is of course about what posts I will share with you here.  I love looking back to find out what the most popular posts I shared this past year are and I can see you’ve had recipes on your mind!

Top 10 favourite homesteading, gardening and homeschooling posts from 2016 |

The most popular posts from 2016 were easy to make side dishes, canning recipes, and some gardening and homeschooling helps sprinkled in the mix.

Top Posts From 2016

1. Making Dandelion Jelly

Dandelion jelly is simply amazing! It tastes just like honey with a hint of lemon. We just love this on toast, biscuits and even as a sweetener for herbal teas! |

The most popular post that I shared during the past year was about making dandelion jelly! I have to say this is one of my personal favourite posts as well. My children and I had so much fun picking all the dandelion flowers and making this unique and delicious jelly.  I can’t wait until spring so we can make more.  Click here to see how you can make dandelion jelly too!

2. Easy oven baked potato wedges

These oven baked potato wedges are amazing!! |

These easy to make baked potato wedges are the perfect treat! It’s easy to see why they make the top 10 list this year. Click here to see just how easy this side dish is to make.

3. Creamy Pasta Salad Recipe

Creamy Pasta Salad Recipe | This is my families favourite pasta salad! It is so easy to make up a head of time or at the last minute. A great addition to your BBQ or potluck. Need a full meal? Just add some diced chicken breast, perfect for a cold supper on a hot summer night.

Looking for the perfect side dish? This creamy pasta salad recipe is so quick and easy to make. It’s perfect for your BBQ or potluck.  Click here for the pasta salad recipe.

4. Free Printable Garden Journal

Free printable garden journal! Help keep track of your gardens growth with these garden logs and journal pages. |

Keeping track of your garden is easy with this printable garden journal. It includes forms to record all the information you need to keep your garden growing well each year.  Click here to see everything included in this free printable.

5. Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Homeschool High School

Just thinking about homeschooling high school can seem pretty scary! This is why you shouldn't be afraid to follow your instincts. |

Homeschooling high school can feel overwhelming.  Come and see why teaching high school really isn’t that scary!

6. 12 Easy To Grow Plants For Kids & Printable Garden Planner

Do you have a hard time getting your children to eat vegetables? Your not alone! I used to really struggle with this but I learned the easiest way to get children excited about eating vegetables is to let them help grow their own food! Download your free printable garden planner for kids and get started with this list of 12 easy plants for children to grow.

Gardening with your children can be so fun!  It is also a big part of our nature study in our homeschool.  To help your children get started with their garden use this free garden planner for kids along with these 12 easy to grow plants. Click here to get your free garden planner.

7. How To Make Violet Jelly

DIY Violet Jelly! This is the most amazing jelly! It taste just like spring. |

Right up there with dandelion jelly, violet jelly is at the top of my favourite jelly list.  If you haven’t tried this before you are really missing out!  Click here to see how to make violet jelly.

8. SHOTBOX lightbox review

The Shotbox is a portable light box for photography. It's so easy to use and takes up little space. This is great for bloggers, crafters, online sellers and family historians! |

I have to be honest and say I was so excited to see that my SHOTBOX review made the list of top posts for this year!  Adding the SHOTBOX to my photography tools has been one of the best blogging investments I’ve made this year! Do you like the photos of dandelion or violet jelly above? I took all the cover shots with my SHOTBOX and cell phone camera! Read my full SHOTBOX review here.

9. Simplify Dinner With 17 Amazing Crock Pot Recipes

Simplify Dinner With 17 Amazing Crock Pot Recipes! No more panic as the dinner hour rolls around, just a few minutes of prep in the morning when the house is calm helps you have a healthy and stress free supper. |

Easy meals must have been on our minds this year but, just because it’s easy doesn’t mean it isn’t delicious! Make supper time easy with these yummy recipes.

10. How To Can Mushrooms

How To Can Mushrooms. Canning your own mushrooms is so easy to do and they taste amazing! So much better then store bought. This is a great addition to your pantry food storage. |

Rounding out our list is another favourite of mine, canning your own mushrooms.  If you haven’t tried this one you simply must! Home canned mushrooms have so much more flavour than any store bought ones I’ve ever tried, it’s easy to! Click here to see how to can your own mushrooms.

What is your favourite post from the list? Did you try any of the flower jelly recipes?

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Kim Mills is a homeschooling mom of 6 and lives on an urban homestead in Ontario, Canada. Blogging at Homestead Acres she enjoys sharing tips to help you save money, grow and preserve your own food.

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