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I wrote a book about preserving food. The same step-by-step instruction and full-color photos you find in my blog. Buy it at Yes, You Can 

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Redneck Wine Glass for Canning Enthusiasts

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A redneck wineglass is a seriously appropriate gift for a home canning enthusiast. Click this link to order one for the canner in your life.

Had a birthday back in February but my travels made it difficult for my family to schedule a party. In our typical way, we squeezed one in last Sunday when we were all home for two hours in the afternoon. It wasn’t a lavish affair, but it felt normal—throughout my late childhood birthday celebrations were simple and quick. Heck, a few times my mom planned my birthday cake for the day after my birthday—I think because she had reported the wrong date when she applied for my social security number.

But that’s not the point! The point is, my wife gave me a redneck wineglass (see photo) for my birthday! It’s absurd. It’s impractical. It simply makes sense for a canning enthusiast.

One of my favorite restaurants serves lemonade in pint-sized canning jars; a great look when you’re having smoked ribs. What’s more, I once had a collection of canning jars with handles that made them appropriate for beer mugs; I wish the store hadn’t discontinued them.

Not sure yet whether I’ll drink out of the redneck wineglass. It’s a lot to heft and I’d more likely fill it with sangria than wine—we almost never have sangria. The wineglass would make a nice vase. Whichever way I go with it, I’m pleased my wife recognized it as appropriate. It’s a fine gift for a canning enthusiast.

Redneck wineglasses are available from Amazon as are canning jar beer mugs (drinking jars). Links to them from this page are affiliate links; I’ll earn a small commission if you click through from my website and make a purchase.

Winner of the 2012 Book Tour Giveaway

It has been an awkward time at Your Small Kitchen Garden blog. Back on December 4 I posted a contest that ended on the 14th. Then I got quite involved with my dad’s life; he was planning to move out of his house on January 1st (a relatively new development), and I’m making repeated trips to Ithaca to help get the house in order. None of this was in my plans when I threw in with Angela to participate in the book giveaway.

I never expected to reach the holidays before getting the winner posted, but that’s what happened. Finally, just after Christmas, I found a clear moment to get the judges to work! Here, finally, are our observations along with our choice to win a signed copy of Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less).

Thank You for your Entries

I was pleased that so many people took the time to share their stories; you entertained the judges.

Siouxsie Spicher – Definitely reached the judges. She offered the appealing vision of teaching others, and also warmed my heart with her intent to replace grass with food. Keep on!

Rebecca – I love to hear from anyone who cooks their own food! It’s a great start, and that you’re just beginning with homesteading was compelling to all the judges.

Denise in NJ – Nice opening—trying to win over the teacher form the get-go! And, you tell a humorous but sad story that highlights the familiar truth: We so often miss opportunities even as they slap us in the face!

June Cook – The judges shivered when they read your story, and the teenaged daughter with attitude identified with the chicken story. Please thank your husband for his service to the United States.

Theresa – My brother gave his geese names such as “stewpot,” “fryer,” and “fricassee.” Kind of kept him in the spirit for where they would end up.

Sherry Herrick – From experience I can offer this: Harvest the green stuff before it bolts, pick the tomatoes before the split, and harvest the garlic before the squirrels do. No book is going to provide such wisdom!

Curt Brown – Ah, Wife! I meant that for my wife. She’s not excited about me turning the entire yard into a garden, but she’s making peace with it.

Granny Wanda – Gotta say, your name might have biased the judges favorably! All the judges admire your desire to switch away from processed foods; sooner is better.

Lisa – Yes! We have become distressingly dependent on factory food-production. You do your children a great service by teaching them self-sufficiency.

Wayne “The Subersive Hippie” Johnson – With a signature like yours, it seems you must already be leading the charge for backyard homesteading! We all love your accent.

Kula May R Ellison – Angela’s book. You’re talking about Angela’s book… which is good reading.

Sunnie – Family of seven seems about right to run a farm! Sounds a lot bigger than a backyard farm; what a grand adventure!

Amy – Maybe learning about farming before you start will save time, maybe it won’t. One sure way to learn is simply to farm!

Bonnie – An important pursuit for each of us; good luck with the self-sufficiency mission.

Patsy Bell Hobson – How nice to have the help so close at hand! We love the “yard-sharing” flavor of your situation; kids will be especially happy to contribute a “share” from your operation to their family’s dinner table.

And the Winner…

The judges selected Denise in NJ to receive the book. Thank you all again for your entries. Best of luck with your homesteading efforts.

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Book Tour Giveaway 2012

Backyard Farming Guide
Click the announcement above to visit Angela’s website and find more awesome giveaways celebrating the release of her book!

My friend in Oklahoma, Angela England, has offered a signed copy of her newly-published book, Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) for me to give away to one of my readers! Better than that, to celebrate her book, several bloggers and industry suppliers have provided prizes that readers can win by registering on various web sites.

Start here and leave a comment to enter my giveaway. Let me know something about your interest in backyard farming, and please make it entertaining. This IS NOT a random drawing (though other websites participating in Angela’s book release celebration may select winners for their giveaways at random). I and my family will read each comment on this post and choose one that entertains us the most. That will be the winner.

Please keep your comments “family-appropriate” and feel free to play to the judges:

  • Daniel — The gardener and food-preserver
  • Daniel’s Daughter — A typical teenager with attitude
  • Daniel’s Wife — A 3rd grade teacher in a public school

Despite our differences, the topic should still be relevant to backyard farming. Length will not be a factor; win us over in one sentence or twenty—it’s up to you.

If you leave a comment and later decide you could have done better, feel free to leave a new comment. In judging we will consider only the most recent comment you post—though we will read all the comments.

Again, the prize is a copy of Angela England’s Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) from Alpha Books—signed by Angela!

Find other giveaways related to Angela’s book launch on her website: Backyard Farming Guide

While you’re at it, participate with Backyard Farming on Facebook

In case you can’t wait for the judging, you can click the book’s cover below to order a copy on Amazon. Here’s a writeup about Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less).

This giveaway closes on December 14th, 2012. We will judge entries on the 15th and identify the winner before December 18th.

Other Book Tour Posts

Call it a book tour, launch party, networked giveaway … whatever. Here are two other blogs participating. Visit them for other chances to win. Each blog is giving away its own copy of Angela’s book, so read the rules on the other blogs; they are likely to be very different from the rules for my giveaway. Enter on all three blogs and you could win three copies of the book:


Transform your yard into a sustainable bounty of healthy food

Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less)
Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win a copy of Angela’s book but please read the instructions first! I won’t choose a winner at random, so what you say in your comment matters. If you can’t wait for the judging, click the book’s cover (above) to order a copy from Amazon.

It doesn’t take a lot of space to reap a bountiful harvest of nutritious, affordable food. With proper planning, you can grow your own fresh vegetables and fruit; raise chickens and  goats for eggs, milk, or meat; and keep bees for honey—on as little as a quarter-acre of land.

Whether your goal is to eat healthier, save money, live more sustainably, or a combination of these, Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) helps you get there.  Comprehensive and detailed, it covers everything you need to know to plan, purchase, plant, raise, harvest, preserve, and enjoy your own backyard farm. Written by someone who has done exactly that, this helpful guide is packed with information, illustrations, instructions, advice, and resources. In it, you get:

  • Down-to-earth advice on acquiring land or using the space you have, plus considerations such as water access and zoning restrictions.
  • A useful primer on garden planning, including edible landscaping and container, raised bed, and vertical gardening.
  • Key information on the tools and knowledge you need to prepare your soil and plant, nurture, and protect your garden.
  • Tips on maximizing your harvest through crop rotation and succession and extending the growing season.
  • Details on cultivating dozens of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and other popular crops.
  • Startup instructions on buying and raising chickens and other poultry for eggs or meat; goats and sheep for milk, meat, or fiber; and rabbits for fiber or meat.
  • The essentials of animal care, including housing, signs and prevention of illness, breeding, milking, and shearing.
  • A year-round guide to beekeeping, with tips for acquiring a hive, keeping healthy bees, and harvesting the honey.
  • Comprehensive coverage of home preserving techniques for every type of food you grow or raise.

About Angela England

Angela England

Angela England is a freelance writer who, along with her husband and four children, cultivates a 1⁄2-acre farm in their backyard, where they raise dairy and meat goats, keep free-range chickens, and maintain a productive garden of fruits and vegetables. They started with a small garden and took on chickens, goats, bees, and fruit trees over time, eventually managing a larger plot while shedding the conveniences of urban life.

Angela is the Founder of Untrained Housewife, which guides others in the arts of rural living. She also manages and maintains the Blissfully Domestic web community and contributes to other sites and forums.

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