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WELCOME to the January 2020 "You're the Star" Blog Hop!

I have three pressing thoughts this time of year. Maple sugaring, bees, and the woodshop. As of now, only the woodshop drives any income, but the sugaring and bees bring us great tastes to share the year 'round.

homesteadingIn woodshop news, we're entering the busy season. Beehives, beehives, beehives. We're seeing lots of new 'Beeks' (beginner beekeepers) joining the ranks of the veterans. And since one of our major products is beehives, that means I'm fielding calls all day!

Some folks are interested in buying straight out, while others want to come visit our shop and see what works best for them. Either way, it's a busy time and we couldn't be happier. We found a niche in our community and filled it. I'm still surprised no one else thought of this first.

Maple sugaring starts in about two weeks, and we've already selected the trees we'll be tapping this year. Each has been resting for a while, so even with the projected short-fall of this season's harvest due to warmer weather this winter, we should be able to put up a few quarts before the flow stops. 

Lastly, the bees. We're starting out our season strong, with good frames filled with honey and comb. This year, we'll be setting some swarm traps, and there are a few beekeepers I'm planning on approaching for some trades. A mated queen and nuc in exchange for a completed hive. I'd like to go into next winter with five strong hives if we can pull it off.

It's not about making a buck. It's about doing what we love without skipping on paying the bills.


Todd & Wendie

The Carniolans Come Home


Please join us in welcoming our newest FAMILY cohost: 
Kris @ Kris and Larry . com

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WELCOME to HOME feature week of the January 2020 "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Hosts
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This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs:
Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn
Kippi @ Kippi at Home
Liberty @ B4 and Afters
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home d├ęcor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the December 2019 "You're the Star" blog hop)

Warm & Cozy Winter Coffees by My Hubbard Home
How To Use A Nesting Box As Decor by French Creek Farmhouse

Meat Lovers Hash Brown Casserole by Marilyn's Treats
Meat Lovers Casserole
Afternoon Tea French Style by Hyacinths for the Soul

If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:
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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )



Thanks so much for hosting each week!!
I hope you had a great weekend!!