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Three New Homestead Blessings – Review and Giveaway!

Remember Homestead Blessings?

I have been following this series with delight – be sure to check out my reviews of the first three DVDs, as well as the “Second Season”. And now…

The West Ladies are back indoors for some winter wonderment!

I’m going to go through all three new DVDs, and make sure you keep reading – you can win your own free copy of the new set!

The Art of Cooking

This program is such a delight! I felt warm, cozy, and HUNGRY watching it!

The West Ladies teach us how to make a few delicious dishes for each meal:

  • County Breakfast with Stacked Pancakes, Fried Potatoes (think Home Fries), and Fried Apples and Onions.
  • Lunch of Pizza, Tomato Soup, and Salad with Homemade Dressing, and a yummy Smoothie.
  • Dinner featuring Pot Roast (with carrots and potatoes), Buttermilk Biscuits, Green Beans (fried with onion), and scratch Gravy (for the roast or the biscuits!), plus a Peach Cobbler for dessert!

The cooking advice was very good, for any cook coming in at a wide range of levels – and of course their recipes and tips would be useful to anyone. I thnk this was probably my favorite of these three new progams.

Although guideline measurements were given, the ladies emphasized the need to adjust to conditions to make sure things work properly (especially for more sensitive foods like biscuits), as well as the cook’s ability to improvise with ingredients, seasonings, etc.

The Art of Dairy Delights

The thing that this DVD accomplished best was to make me long even more strongly for a cow!!

But, naturally, you can do these projcts with milk from the grocery store, as well, and still reap economic, culinary, and nutritional benefits.

Watch as the West Ladies make some yummy homemade ice cream, a variety of butters, yogurt, and even cheese!

Like some of the others in the series, this DVD suffers a little from randomness of information. In some cases the information is extremely deailed, and perhaps even repetitive. But other times facts I’d really like to know about are glossed over – like finding and choosing an ice cream machine. They also demonstrate making mozarella cheese, but have no general discussion of cheese-making, or other varieties.

That said, I did enjoy the DVD, and it is sure to provide lots of great inspiration and ideas.

The Art of Sewing

The West Ladies start us out by making a few simple projects, and along the way teaching some basic sewing techniques:

  • Doll pillow, pillowcase, and quilt
  • Tiered skirt
  • Rag quilt
  • Blouse

The first three are done using only basic measurements and/or a self-created pattern. For the blouse they recommend buying a simple pattern, then they walk through how easy it can be to sew it up, and create many variations.

My favorite section is the final one – ideas for creating your own inspired items, and upcycling other fabric goods (wholesale conversions, grabbing a ruffle, and many other great ideas).

I’m so disappointed with one thing, though. Throughout the series, I’ve been enjoying Hannah’s beautiful skirts created from converting blue jeans (pants!) – she even had a very stylish new one on in this DVD… But they never mentioned it! What a lost opportunity to not only satisfy my curiosity, but also to give women another great option for upcycling their bargain finds into modest clothing.

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Whether or not you’ve watched the first six installments of Homestead Blessings, if you’re interested in learning homekeeping arts, you should check these out!


  • price is $19.95, eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping (if your order totals $25 or more).
  • The Homestead Blessings site currently has them on sale for $17.95, but shipping is $4.50 each (no multi-item discount) – cheaper if you really only want one DVD, more expensive otherwise.
  • Prices at the Franklin Springs site are typically the same as (sans Super Saver Shipping) for single DVDs, but you can get a much better value on one of the various collections of three, six, or all nine programs.

WIN IT! One lucky As For My House reader will win a copy of all three new DVDs!

Make sure to leave your email address with each comment. (Used only to contact the winner. If your email is entered in the form it will be saved for me but not displayed).

1. Leave a comment sharing a tip on Cooking, Dairy, or Sewing. Or just tell me which one you’re most looking forward to winning!

Extra Entries (leave separate comments for each). Once you have completed #1, you can earn additional entries by doing any or all of the following. For those worth multiple entris, please leave that number of separate comments – each comment is one entry when I draw a number at the end!

2. Blog about this giveaway, and link to this post. Please leave the link to your post in the comment. (3 entries)

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4. Follow Tiffany on Twitter and Tweet about this contest. Please post the link to your Tweet in the comment. You may Tweet once per day for additional entries! Suggested Tweet:

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10. Post/share/link to the blog (or this post) on your favorite *other* social media outlet – and tell me what it is. Kirtsy? Stumble Upon? What else works for you? You may share on as many as you’d like, and earn an entry for each (leave separate comments).

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This giveaway ends 3/28/10 at 11:59pm (Eastern).

The winner will be chosen using and announced on the blog, as well as contacted by email. Winner must respond within 48 hours, or a new winner will be selected. Your DVDs will ship directly from Franklin Springs!


I received these three DVDs free from Franklin Springs; I was not compensated in any other way for this review. This review has not been approved or edited by anyone.
I was “disclosing” before it was cool. See my Review Policy for the full scoop.


Addendum 3/20:

You can now find all the MANY ways to earn extra entries over on our Giveaway Policy page!

PLUS, earn an additional bonus entry here by entering the Easy Lunchboxes Giveaway as well (and leave a comment here telling me you did!).


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81 Responses to “Three New Homestead Blessings – Review and Giveaway!”

  • Donna Chapin says:

    I look forward to winning the cooking DVD! I just ordered the sewing and bread making, and am waiting for them to arrive.

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    Posted to my blog!

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  • Jen says:

    I have seen the dairy video, and have the sewing one on order. So, I guess I’d most like to win the cooking one!
    .-= Jen´s last blog … Review: Homestead Blessings =-.

  • Jen says:

    I mentioned the giveway on my blog.
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  • Jen says:

    #2 I mentioned the giveway on my blog.
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    #3 I mentioned the giveway on my blog.
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  • Jen says:

    I subscribe via Google Reader.
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  • Jen says:

    Became a fan of Franklin Springs.
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  • Stephanie says:

    A sewing tip: always pin your seams! I’ve learned this by my many many crooked seams that I thought I could hold together myself to quickly sew. Never works… I must pin!

    Thanks for the chance!

    mybabyblessings [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Charlie says:

    subscribed to as for my house on reader

  • lace says:

    I’ve been trying to learn all I can about sewing with patterns. Those I find hard. I can figure out something myself but to follow an actual pattern seems hard (well it was the one time I tried). So I guess I’m looking forward to the sewing (all of them actually)

    tip: If you are creating your own pattern or just winging it while sewing, make the item in a smaller version out of scrap pieces of fabric that way you don’t ruin your good fabric.
    .-= lace´s last blog … Bedtime Conversations =-.

  • Christine Jensen says:

    I am most interested in the sewing DVD!

  • tina says:

    I would be most wanting to see the sewing one thanks for the chance to win

  • tina says:

    i subscribe to your blog thanks

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    i am a facebook fan of yours (mrstinareynolds)

  • tina says:

    i gave a 5 star rating thanks for the chance to win

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