Homemade For Sale Book Review and Giveaway

Isn’t it the American dream to be your own boss? To have a job you love and be successful? It seems that so many people these days are looking for their dream job, looking to be independent, or even just looking to add to their income with a job on the side. My farm stand dreams have led me down the same path. I’d love to be able to work from my own home. With that thought, I was given the chance to review Homemade For Sale by Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko, a book all about “how to set up and market a food business from your home kitchen.”

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I was so excited to get this book. I started reading it right away and could hardly put it down. So many people have “that” recipe that all of their family members and coworkers are always begging them to make. “Please bring your delicious Crispy Chocolate Doodle Cookies to the next party!” “Could I get you to make me a loaf or two of that Rosemary Sourdough Bread for me? I have family coming into town and want to treat them.” They’ve been told it’s so good they could sell millions, “Everyone would buy them!”

But it’s not as easy as just whipping up a batch and setting up a lemonade stand on the front lawn. As with just about everything else, there are rules. In most states here in the US, they are known as “cottage food laws” or “cottage food legislation.” These laws allow and often encourage home cooks to start their own little business in their own kitchen. Each state has come up with their own set of laws, so I highly recommend looking up your state’s version and studying up before you start selling those Double Dutch Cookies to all your neighbors.

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The back of the book.

Homemade For Sale is a great guide to get you started on your journey to working from home. It guides you through the basics of getting started, gives you tips on where to find your laws and navigating your way through them, ideas of what you can make, planning and organizing suggestions, and pricing and marketing tips too! This really is a must for anyone with the dream to take their “perfect recipe” to the world. I really enjoyed the “Profile” sections, a look at an individual who has started and succeeded in their own from-home business through the cottage food laws.

(Plus Nell Newman, Paul’s daughter, wrote the introduction. It’s a great story of how Newman’s Own came to be!)

So who’s ready for a giveaway? Enter below to win YOUR copy of Homemade For Sale today! Don’t want to leave it up to chance? Order your copy of Homemade For Sale HERE today!

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The Giveaway will end on May 8, 2015 at 12am Alaska time. The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. The winner will be notified by email and announced on Idlewild Alaska’s Facebook page. Winner must respond within 48 hours of receiving their winner’s email, otherwise they will forfeit their prize and a new winner will be chosen. The winner will have their prize sent to them by Idlewild Alaska. Must be 18 years and older. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law. US Only. Idlewild Alaska did receive a free copy of Homemade From Scratch for reviewing purposes and a copy for this giveaway, but no monetary compensation. Please contact Idlewild Alaska with any questions.

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Homestead Blog Hop #27

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

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The chicks have been moved out to the new coop, even though it still needs some work, but the brooder was just getting too crowded. And…. I just may have had a moment of weakness and bought four more adorable little chicks while picking up more feed for the current chickens. Who can resist those cute little faces?!?

Now on to the hop…

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet the Hosts!

Jen- The Easy Homestead

Jenna- The Flip Flop Barnyard

Angi- A Return to Simplicity

Kelly- Simple Life Mom

Amanda- Idlewild Alaska (That’s me!)

Lindsey- Chickadee Homestead

Nicole- Little Blog on the Homestead

Bonnie- The Not So Modern Housewife

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are last week’s featured posts:

Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop: 9 Crops to grow for food storage

1. 9 Crops to Grow for Food Storage by Grow A Good Life

 Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop: Carrot Cake Cookies

2. Carrot Cake Cookies by Syncopated Mama

Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop: Save a ton with dairy goats

3. How to Save a Ton with Dairy Goats by The Frugal Chicken

Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post. Just right click and ‘save image as…’

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Guidelines for Homestead Blog Hop

1. This is a family-friendly link up meant to inspire and motivate the homesteader in all of us. Please note that all giveaways, contests, and the like will be deleted from the blog hop, as well as anything not family-friendly.

2. Link your post back to the hop. If the hop isn’t linked to your post then you cannot be featured. All featured posts will be shared on all hosts’ social media channels.

3. When linking up your post to the Homestead Blog Hop please make sure you actually link to your post and not your homepage.

4. Please link up posts that you haven’t linked to the hop before. You are welcome to link old posts from your blog!

5. Link up to three posts each week!

6. Linking up gives us permission to use your photo on social media platforms {with a link back to your post) in order to promote your post if you are featured.

***Please note: in order to maintain the awesomeness of the hop all posts that don’t meet the above guidelines will be deleted.

Well, let’s see what’cha got!

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Chickens Are the New Black – Why You Need Chickens

It seems like nowadays, backyard chickens are popping up all over the place. We knew someone in the next neighborhood over had chickens, because we could hear their rooster every now and then. Then another neighbor got chickens, and then another. And of course, our little flock is growing. Apparently chickens are the new black.

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When most people think about getting chickens, they’re usually thinking it will just be for the delicious, healthy, fresh eggs. That was definitely the main reason we did. But there’s many more reasons to get them.

1.  Eggs from the grocery store are up to six weeks old by the time you’re making breakfast with them.

Not only are the grocery store eggs older, even the “free-range,” “organic,” and “vegetarian fed” (not to mention chickens are NOT vegetarians) eggs aren’t nearly as healthy. Science has shown backyard eggs to be higher in vitamins A, E, and D, omega 3s, and beta-carotene. They also have lower cholesterol and saturated fat. Some people may not realize it, but those store bought eggs with their pale yellow yolks are NOT what eggs are supposed to look like. Backyard eggs have dark orange, tasty yolks.

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2.  Your chickens love cutting down your bug population and cut down on your weeds.

Our chickens live in a secure coop and run, which are both inside our fenced garden area. Alaska tends to run pretty high on the predator list. But whenever I’m home, I do my best to let my girl “free range” in the garden. They love it, and I know they’re still safe from neighbor hood dogs and such. They get to free range for bug protein and fresh greens, which also helps cut down on my feed costs.

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3.  Poop

For anyone who has ever had chickens, you’ve come to know just how much poop the little suckers can generate. It’s really quite amazing. For those who garden, you know just how wonderful chicken manure is for your garden. Get your own chickens and you have egg producing, manure making machines.

4.  Garbage Disposals

Got kitchen scraps? Feed your girls. Not only will it cut down on your feed bill, but you’ll know exactly what your chickens are eating, which in turn means you’ll know exactly what’s in your eggs.

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Read the full post on chicken composters here.

5.   Get Your Daily Soaps

Watching your chickens can be quite mesmerizing. When we got our first chicks, I would spend time daily by the brooder, just watching them. On my day off, with a long to-do list, I caught myself sitting by the brooder watching the chicks for over an hour and a half. They’re incredibly entertaining. Even when the chicks grew up, I still love looking out my kitchen window and seeing my girls run around, doing their chicken things.

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Backyard chickens are great. I love my girls. It’s extremely easy to see why “chickens are the new black.” They’re easy to take care of, they give back in many, many ways, and you don’t even need a rooster to get eggs!

Thinking of getting your own backyard chickens? Check out my post Everything You Need to Know About Getting Chickens or learn to hatch your own chicks HERE.

Don’t forget to get your copy of Chickens From Scratch and Chicken Hot Topics – great books for getting started with chickens!

Think you know chickens? Think again! Get the answers in Chicken Hot Topics.

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