Honest Abe Blog

Stories about Honest Log Homes, Log Cabins & Timber Frames Homes

The Honest Abe Log Home Blog shares stories from Honest Abe Living Magazine and other sources of interest to log home enthusiasts. Check event schedules. Read company news, announcements and industry news. Find out about new products. Browse photos from new construction and new house plans. Also featured on the Honest Abe Log Home Blog are recipes from our friends Southern Grace Farmhouse, McFarland Creek Outdoors and Lodge Cast Iron.

Honest Abe Living, April Issue

Honest Abe Living, April Issue

April’s Honest Abe Living interactive magazine is now online. Read stories about customer homes. Get advice from experts. Schedule on-demand log raising video events. Download featured floor plans.

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Log Home Spring Inspection

Log Home Spring Inspection

How to prolong the life of your home.   One key for keeping your log home in tip-top condition is to take an hour or so once the weather turns nice to inspect the exterior of your home for signs of potential problems.   Before we start discussing the...

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What if your property has a wetland?

What if your property has a wetland?

A wetland is an area of land saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally. Some homeowners are apprehensive when they discover that this type of natural feature is located on the land where they’re planning to build their home. “The concern about wetlands...

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5 of Honest Abe’s Most Popular Log Home Kits

5 of Honest Abe’s Most Popular Log Home Kits

If you have been dreaming of living in a log home since being a child, a log cabin kit can provide you with a really simple way to achieve your dream home. All Honest Abe log home kits come with everything you need to build your log cabin, they are completely...

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Chicken and Noodles

Chicken and Noodles

Inez Price is a longtime sales representative at the Honest Abe Log Homes National Headquarters. In addition to helping dozens of customers achieve their dream log home, Inez and her husband live in their own. She's sharing one of her favorite family recipes this...

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Creating a Modern Bathroom

Creating a Modern Bathroom

Honest Abe’s in-house designer Molly Cooper of Cooper & Co. shares her experience in creating a modern, multi-use bath/dressing room/closet suite for a pair of young homeowners.

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March Honest Abe Living Online Now

March Honest Abe Living Online Now

The interactive Honest Abe Living March 2020 issue is online now. Explore floor plans, stories about new homes, design advice, maintenance tips, event invitations and a scrumptious recipe.

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Pinterest Perfect Pantries

Pinterest Perfect Pantries

How do you start in pantry planning? There are so many things to help us when planning the “Pinterest Perfect” pantry. What do you want your pantry to do? How does it need to work? What are the must haves for you and your home and family? Does it have to be a separate...

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Mix and Match Materials for the Ideal Style

Mix and Match Materials for the Ideal Style

Combining architectural elements and materials creates a stunning and personal home. Honest Abe Log Homes has attracted some very creative homeowners in the last 40 years. Though traditional log homes are most in demand, it’s clear that mixing textures, materials and...

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Coulters Named 2019 Dealer of the Year

Coulters Named 2019 Dealer of the Year

The 2019 Honest Abe Log Homes Independent Dealership of the year is T&M Log Homes of Albany, Indiana. T&M Log Homes, owned by Tonia and Mike Coulter, is a repeat winner, also having won in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

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Media Blasting vs. Chemical Stripping for Wood Homes

Media Blasting vs. Chemical Stripping for Wood Homes

Which is the best way to remove an existing finish - media blasting or chemical stripping? Like most questions of this nature, there is no definitive answer; it depends on the situation. Both methods of removing a finish have their positive and negative attributes,...

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Rosemary & Thyme Cornish Game Hen

Rosemary & Thyme Cornish Game Hen

Wayne Brady, Sales Representative at Honest Abe Log Homes Crossville, provided special occasion recipe that he and wife Lori enjoy preparing and serving. Ingredients:1⁄2 Tsp Rosemary1⁄2 Tsp Thyme1/8 Tsp Garlic Powder1 Tbsp Salt1⁄2 Tsp Ground Black Pepper2 Tbsp Butter...

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February Honest Abe Living Now Online

February Honest Abe Living Now Online

Just in time for President’s Day the Honest Abe Living February 2020 interactive magazine includes an intriguing story about a new log home belonging to the daughter of celebrated Abraham Lincoln collector Lloyd Ostendorf.
Another feature explains how…

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Three Types of Home Lighting

Three Types of Home Lighting

Choose the type of lighting for your log or timber home to meet lighting needs. In many log or timber frame homes, you'll most likely see track lighting in one place or another. While that is absolutely okay, why not take some risks with your log home lighting?...

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How to research log and timber home companies

How to research log and timber home companies

The best way to determine which log or timber frame manufacturer is best for designing and milling your log cabin or timber frame project is to conduct your own research. Here are six tips for researching companies before you make a decision of a lifetime.

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Dinner in a Dish

Dinner in a Dish

2 lbs. ground beef 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained 3 cups frozen peas (optional) 1⁄2 cup ketchup 1⁄4 cup parsley 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour 2 tsp. beef bouillon cubes 2 tsp. dried marjoram 1 tsp. salt 1⁄2 tsp. pepper 6 cups...

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Sweet Dreams are Made of This

Sweet Dreams are Made of This

It’s no wonder that so many timeless songs have been written about sleeping. After all, more than a third of one’s life is spent in bed. But for custom log or timber frame homeowners, the sleeping spaces tend to become – to quote Shakespeare – “such stuff as dreams...

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January Honest Abe Living Online Now

January Honest Abe Living Online Now

The first Honest Abe Living interactive magazine of the new decade is now available online at Honest Abe Living. In the January 2020 issue you’ll read an interview and peruse a photo gallery of a new, custom log cabin. Fulfilling a 30-year dream, the featured...

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Back to the Basics…using what you already have

Back to the Basics…using what you already have

The start of a new year brings many things. For me it means a fresh start on my home and my décor. What it almost always means as well is a very empty wallet from all the holiday spending. I have two growing boys who are past Tonka trucks and Matchbox cars and onto...

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Janie Smith’s Cauliflower Lettuce Salad

Janie Smith’s Cauliflower Lettuce Salad

"A kitchen is the heart of our home and always has been. Growing up we always knew one thing, we would all sit down at the table together and enjoy a meal mom (Janie Smith) had made. No matter how many hours she had put in at work or how exhausted she was, she always,...

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Blog articles are included in our monthly, interactive online publication – Honest Abe Living, which can be read here.