Friday, March 26, 2010

Review: Homestead Blessings

I recently became introduced to the West Ladies. Vicki West and her daughters Jasmine, Hannah, and Ce Ce are four gals from Tennessee with an instructional dvd series, Homestead Blessings. It seems that some friends of mine have been buying these dvds and passing them around.

The first one I watched was "The Art of Soap Making." It was very hard to not run out and buy all the supplies to make my own soap after watching this video! Topics covered were:

  • Basic soap recipe

  • Hand milled soaps

  • Soap balls

  • Incorporating herbs, scents, etc.

  • Finishing and packaging

  • Soap as gifts

  • I also borrowed "The Art of Dairy Delights" from my friend. Topics covered in this video were:

  • Ice cream

  • Butter

  • Milking

  • Mozzarella cheese

  • Yogurt

  • As a bonus, you can insert the dairy dvd into your computer and print or save PDF files of the recipes. Upon viewing this dvd, I understand now why cheese costs as much as it does - it takes a lot of milk to get a relatively small amount of cheese!

    I like the laid-back, "homey" feel of these videos, and the way that Vicki says "It's a blessing" several times throughout! Little Miss liked the music - she bounced like crazy in her exersaucer every time she heard it! I have already ordered my own copy of their new sewing dvd, and am eagerly awaiting it. I also can't wait to borrow the bread, herbs, and candlemaking dvds from my friends! If you'd like to see clips of all the Homestead Blessings videos, check out Laura Williams' review.

    If you'd like to win your own copies of the three newest videos (The Art of Cooking, The Art of Dairy Delights, and The Art of Sewing), then check out the review and giveaway at As For My House. Winner will be drawn March 28th, 2010.

    You can also buy your own copy of the Homestead Blessings dvds from Homestead Blessings, Vision Forum, CBD, or Amazon.

    Disclaimer: I have not received any compensation for this review. In fact, I do not even own any of these dvds, aside from the one I have on order (which I paid for myself). All opinions are my own.


    Michelle said...

    now i want them.

    Jen said...

    Michelle - I think you'd really like them!