Monthly Archives: March 2010

Just come in!

It is funny how different people in the same family can be. My mother is a very shy person. She is so shy and emotional that it sometimes drives me crazy. I am not exactly a social butterfly but I … Continue reading

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It had better work.

Slowly I have been trying to acquire all of the supplies that I will need to can the majority of our food this year. It was a decision that we made after learning more about how food is processed in … Continue reading

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If we must.

The charter school that my son attends is a virtual charter school. I absolutely love the school and only wish it had been available to us earlier. The school enables our son to receive a top quality education right from … Continue reading

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Heirloom seeds

This year we are planning a pretty decent sized garden. Not only will we be planting in our back yard but we have also reserved a plot with our local soil conservation district. The kids are absolutely looking forward to … Continue reading

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What a surprise.

Both of my brothers have been single forever. Neither of them has been in any type of long term relationship that I have ever been aware of. That is why it came as a bit of a surprise to find … Continue reading

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A thumbs up…finally.

For a couple of months I have been making yogurt from scratch. This has been a process of trial and error. Every batch I have made has turned out to some degree. The problem has been finding the right combination … Continue reading

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Homemade soap

The essential oils arrived today for my next project. I have always wanted to try making homemade bars of soap. The thing that kept me from actually doing it was that you have to use lye to make soap. Finally, … Continue reading

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Wine making.

For a couple of years my husband has been trying to make wine. His attempts have not turned out very well to say the least. There are many possible reasons for why his wine has not turned out but he … Continue reading

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Who cares?

A teenage girl wants to take another teenage girl to the prom. I don’t understand what the big flap is about? This isn’t a lifestyle I would choose for myself but if her parents are supporting this why should the … Continue reading

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Please groom her!

Our dog has not been to the groomer in a very long time. There is no one to blame but ourselves for this fact. The problem with having a dog of her type is that the longer her hair gets … Continue reading

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Virus among us.

For the last week a virus has been working its way through our house. Each day one of us seems to come down with this stomach ailment. It is the type of virus that pretty much cleans you out. We … Continue reading

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Science is amazing.

I am constantly looking for new projects to undertake. Last night we decided to give roasting coffee beans at home a try. I had read that you could do this in a hot air popcorn popper. My mother happened to … Continue reading

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Veering off track.

In the last week I have not been as cautious with my diet as I should be. I have seen the scale budge upward slightly and I don’t like it. I need to reorient myself to my diet plan and … Continue reading

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Not Dehydrating

For a couple of weeks I was giving serious consideration to purchasing a food dehydrator. I thought this would be a great way to put away food for future use. The more I read about it and learned the less … Continue reading

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Busy and busier.

This month has been an exceptionally busy month for me. I just can’t keep up with everything that needs to be done. Partly this is due to the fact that my husband is still not fully recuperated from his accident. … Continue reading

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Homemade Rootbeer

I had the crazy notion that I would try to make old fashioned root beer. I love root beer, especially diet root beer. After reading several recipes it seemed that the process was pretty straight forward. Old fashioned root beer … Continue reading

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What does cheap mean?

Our older son is trying to wrap his mind around the concept of budgeting. He is forever asking me to explain how I determine what is a good price to pay for something. He is not asking me about odd … Continue reading

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Chocolate?

For the longest time my skin was looking pretty clear. In the last couple of weeks it is once again a mess. I haven’t really added anything new to my diet aside from some chocolate. I had been eating a … Continue reading

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I don’t know.

I am still working on making the cheese. This step required me to add rennet to warm milk which was heated with some calcium chloride. The combination of the two is supposed to gel the milk and separate the curds … Continue reading

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Down and down.

The last month has been a general success in terms of my dieting. I have lost about 8-9 more pounds despite not really working at my diet. I went into this month with the intention of loosing about 15 pounds … Continue reading

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