Monday, December 30, 2013

The Thrifty Homesteader: What's so bad about raw milk?

The Thrifty Homesteader: What's so bad about raw milk?: Maybe it's just coincidence or maybe it's just my imagination, but it seems that since Farmageddon was released, the heat has been...

Monday, December 23, 2013

Holiday Time

So, what do you think of the holidays?  Do you get excited, get stressed, are you ready for it to be over (almost as it begins), happy to see family, or does it just wear you out?  I think, for me, it's all of the above.

I enjoy my family, and I enjoy family get-togethers and, of course, all the food you only get this time of year.  But I'm very much a homebody, and enjoy my regular daily routine.  I like quiet and normalcy and I like being alone or home with my husband.  I realize those things contradict each other, but I can't help it.  I like a little of the first and a lot of the latter.  

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Reading Labels

Do you read labels?  I do.  Now, it's become an unconscious thing.  Once I started reading the labels and discovered what was in the foods I was eating and feeding my dogs, it was a progression to continue to read them to determine if everything had all that "stuff" in it.  Mostly, it did.

Then I was told I was going to have a grandbaby (actually a grand-daughter) and I decided it was time to become mostly healthy:)  I had to be able to be around so I could play for a long time.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Modern Homesteading.net

If you have not yet seen the link to the right for Modern Homesteading, please check them out.  Their forums have the coolest stuff in them to read and from the nicest people.  They have a section called "Free Printables", that has recipes for doggies treats and laundry stuff among other things.  If you've read any of the stuff I've written, you know I love to make this kind of thing.  I don't have the time I'd like to make as much as I would like, but some of the things I've seen on this site recently have been relatively easy to make and I can tell you I'll be making some of the laundry soaps, whiteners and stain removers just to check them out in the very near future (probably when doing my laundry tonight & tomorrow).  I'll let you know how it goes.  Aside from the "printables", there just some good conversations about everything homesteading, a great topic if you ask me.  They have a blog, a store and numerous stories about several different topics, lots of great things to read.  I wouldn't have their link on my site if they didn't think so:-)  Kinda like my Shopping Place, either I have it or want it (like it), or I won't put it on there.

I could and, in time, will spend some serious hours reading all that's there.   As it is I have to read in small bits but I will get through most of it, no doubt.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

Fall Colors

I'm not real partial to the cold weather, specifically I hate being cold as the cold causes me pain these days, but after seeing the trees in this last week, I'm enjoying the change.  (I guess I'll have to wear another layer of clothes this winter).  In Kansas it's highly unusual that the trees even still have leaves at this time of year. Generally it gets cold, the leaves turn and in a day or so the wind blows so hard the trees lose their leaves.  So really we usually only have fall colored leaves for about 1-2 days.  This year, it's been different.

These are the leaves on the trees in our yard, the yellow one being a Mother's Day present from my son about 20 years ago and the red one being a gift from my mother also about 20 years ago, although the red one had a tough start and is a smaller tree to begin with,

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Simply Me's Shopping Place

As you can see I've made a store here online.  I really hate shopping in real stores and if I can find it online, I will (I only wish I could do the same with shoes!!).  The items I add to this store are either things I want myself or things I've bought myself.  If I've bought it and added it to this store then I really like it, I would never lead you all astray, and if I want it, at some point I will order it:-)

I hope you can find something useful there, something that will strike your fancy and yell at you "You Need ME!!"  As time goes on I'll add more and more stuff, so check back often and see what I've added and/or changed.

Happy shopping!!

Laughing at Myself

This morning, on the way into work, instead of listening to my usual audio book or audio lecture series, I tuned into music.  The ipod, after being charged last night, turned itself to music and rather than try to drive and find my place in the book I had started, I just left it as it was. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

UPDATE: Homemade Applesauce

At the end of last month I wrote about homemade applesauce.  Today I made some.  I bought some apples from the store's discount rack, they were spotted and not perfect, so I got a good price and the bonus was most were organic.  If you've read any of my blogs about cooking you know I don't do precise measuring much, but it usually works well, but I generally followed the recipe.

I quartered the apples, cut out the seeds and the core, and pealed them and then cut them in half again when I put them in the crockpot.  I added about 3 small fingerfuls (as opposed to handfuls) of brown sugar and about 3 table spoons of lemon juice I had squeezed a few months before for use in cleaning liquids.



Thursday, October 24, 2013

Today's Smile

My major smile didn't come to me until I got home from work tonight.  Not that I didn't find my morning smile, a beautiful golden glow from the morning sun on the trees and across the pastures along with watching the birds catching bugs in the morning sky.  It really doesn't take too much to make me smile especially where nature is concerned.

When I got home tonight, like most nights, my girls are waiting for me at the door, usually making all kinds of noise.  Cally has a "woo woo" kind of bark that just makes you smile when you hear it.  My husband said he fed them early because they wouldn't leave him alone while he was cooking some stuff for his lunches.  So we went ahead and went outside, I was hoping they would do their thing,

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Drive to Work

My drive to work is generally 35-40 min long, 25 miles one way, about 7 miles of that being city miles.  The first 7 miles is on a little 2-lane paved road to the 4-lane highway into the city.  As I'm driving into work this morning about 3 miles from home, there's a thin and wispy fog above the road, looking like I'm just below the surface of water, rippled like someone dropped a pebble on a pond and I was looking up from underneath the surface.  Was very cool to look at, not something you see very often, nothing I've seen anyway.



Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Moon

This morning when I woke up it was still dark outside, but the moon was shining through the broken clouds allowing enough silvery light to see the trees at the back of the yard.  I laid in bed for a while watching the sky, the stars shining and then disappearing as the clouds went by and the light from the moon danced off the trees and the grass.  Finally, the girls and I decide it's time to get up, me for work and them because they want to go outside and search for toads and such, and with any luck, go potty too.

It's about 5:45 at this point and I drag on my socks and pants and head for my shoes, the girls running in circles around me, excited to go out and run around a bit.  After grabbing my coat and a small flash light we head outside.  They immediately run to the "toad place".  They have a designated area where they always

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Bake Sale Tomorrow and the Rest of my Friday

Tomorrow we have a bake sale for a local charity at work.  The person in charge called me a few weeks ago and asked if I would help and I agreed.  After the first part of this week, I'm wondering what on earth I was thinking, one thing after another happening, wearing me out more and more and making me very happy tomorrow is Friday.

Wednesday was Bosses Day and we celebrated by all employees bringing food for everyone, ranging from breakfast to lunch to snacks and now, 2 days later, having to come up with something again.  I'm not a terribly creative person, although I try.  I chose muffins, blueberry muffins, using the dehydrated blueberries I prepared earlier this year.  I searched online and found a recipe that looked really good, not low fat by any means, but they are, at least, organic.  I probably should never use a new recipe for a bake sale, but I can

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Do You Ever Just Want to be Alone

Do you ever just want to be alone, in a quiet place, for just a few days?  I know I do.  There's no specific reason, wanting to listen to no one's thoughts but my own and feeling the need to be still.  My life isn't particularly stressful right now, my family is going along nicely without me, work is steady, and my husband (for the moment) seems pretty happy.  I just feel the need to be alone, to take long walks, to read books, to watch the stars, and not feel the need to talk if I don't want to.  I enjoy the company of my little girls, Cally & Kimber, they are the perfect company, looking at me like they are trying to understand or most likely, because they want a cookie or scratched, nothing more serious than that, but always eyes full of love.

I find I enjoy listening to my own mind, not listening to the radio or TV, traffic noise or other people, just my own thoughts, hearing what's coming from my mind and not from others.  Sometimes, I think, you hear others so much, what's your thoughts and what's others, become a blur.  I know people who need to be

Monday, October 14, 2013

Morning coffee

As I sit here at work drinking coffee at my desk this morning, I'm really wanting to be at home with my girls, in the sun, while it's still nice out with my coffee.  I get to do that so rarely, that it's really a treat when I can.



Living in the country is nice, but even so it's not as quiet as it could be and on Sunday mornings there is no traffic on the 2-lane that's only 1/2 mile from my house and it's very quiet.  You can sit and listen to the birds

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Mother Earth Fair

Yesterday my husband and I went to the Mother Earth Fair in Lawrence.  We both had a great time.  They had a lot of exhibitors and a ton of scheduled speakers for everything from dirt to making cheese.  We weren't able to stay over night so we didn't listen to many of those, but did catch most of one about having bees, learning some good tidbits in the short time we listened.

First we just made a circle around the outside of the park to see what all was there.  We saw people selling cheese making kits, seed companies, animal education booths, lots of books, growing systems and a group selling gluten-free soda pop.  We even bought a bottle of root beer, my favorite, which was very good even though I rarely drink pop.

We came across a place selling soap stone items, among other things, which I thought was really cool.  Vermont Marble, Granite, Slate & Soapstone Company is the name of the place.  You can click their name and see their store. They were

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Cally Girl

A few nights ago my husband had Cally on his lap giving her a tummy rub.  She absolutely LOVED IT!!!

Is that the cutest face you've ever seen?  No wonder those girls are spoiled rotten.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Making homemade dog food

I think in previous blogs I've explained what our girls mean to us…spoiled rotten and loved to death.  Part of that is I make their dog food.  We ran out of the last batch last evening, so they got fried eggs this morning with spinach.  I stopped at the store tonight to pick up what I needed to make their next batch tonight.  I knew it would take some time to make, so they got another 2 eggs with a bit of yogurt and rainbow chard.  Dark greens are good for all of us:-) 

One day I started listening to the dog food commercials,  then I started reading the labels of their food, just like I do my own food.  Reading the ingredients people food contains scared me, you can imagine what it was like reading the dog's food ingredients.  I decided at that point since I was trying to eat as much organic and natural foods as I could afford, I would  do the same for the girls.  I have a sign in my room that says "Dogs are children dressed in fur".  Yep, that's pretty much says it all.  You saw their pictures, they are adorable:-)

Here’s to ROOTS!

I found this article Here’s to ROOTS! on Day One Gear.com website.  Not only do they have some really good looking recipes and cooking suggestions for all kinds of root veggies, there's just some really good basic information about them.



I'm slowly learning that I like more and more foods as I try new things or things I hadn't had since I was a kid. I'm trying a lot of different things in my effort to eat organically and more healthy.  A lot of these veggies I knew I liked already, but still a few I haven't had the chance to try yet (or maybe the courage:)  It's not a big surprise that veggies taste better as an adult then they did as a kid.  Most of us didn't like our veggies as a kid.  I still have a long way go and a lot of new stuff to try but I'm guessing my menu in the future will only grow bigger and tastier.  Hope you enjoy this one too.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Thunder and Lightning

I just watched probably the last thunderstorm of the season roll through.  A cold front behind it so it's relatively short.  As I sit here looking out the window I'm watching the lightning and listening to the thunder.  That's the best part of a storm.  It'll be gone before I go to bed, but I really enjoy laying in bed listening to the thunder.  It's so relaxing.  Problem is I will lay there for hours and listen and not go to sleep.  At least today it's a Friday and I don't have to leave the house until about 7:45 and I don't have to fix a lunch and all that work prep stuff.

I remember when I was a little girl and we heard that rolling thunder, my dad used to tell me that was the taters.  I'd ask him what taters and he told me God had dumped the tater wagon and that rolling sound was

Thursday, October 3, 2013

I want one of these!!!!

And a tree to put it in.

Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Not extremely healthy, but totally cool...and quite the nifty idea.

Bake fresh cinnamon roll waffles

These Lifehacks Will Change and Improve Your Life Forever

Growing Cilantro

I got this in an email from Mother Earth Living today.  I love to put fresh cilantro in my salads and my husband loves to make salsa out of it.  I think I'll plant a pot full.  Enjoy!!

Coriandrum Sativum: Growing Cilantro and Coriander

10/29/2010 9:55:19 AM
/uploadedImages/Blogs/HCardenas.jpgHeidi Cardenas is a freelance writer and gardener in Lake County, Illinois, with a background in human resources. She has written about gardening for various online venues and enjoys The Herb Companion’s valuable resources. 
Staples in the Mexican kitchen include beans, rice, cheese, tortillas, hot peppers, tomatoes and the herb cilantro. Although I don’t know how to cook Indian cuisine, coriander (seeds produced by cilantro) is a common spice used in Indian cooking, especially in curry. Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum), also known as Mexican parsley, has delicate, thin green leaves and stems that grow about two feet high.   
10/29 cilantro
Cilantro has delicate, thin green leaves and stems.
Photo by Heidi Cardenas 
The foliage has a distinct light herbal aroma when cut or crushed. The small white flowers produce multitudes of small, round brown seeds a little smaller than BB’s for a BB gun, that are easy to collect and save for planting the next crop.

Virtues of Vinegar - Part 2



Yesterday I wrote a post about Vinegar and it's many uses.  Today I get an email from Mother Earth Living that has an article called Body & Soul: Herbal Vinegar for Skin and Hair.  What a coincidence.  I hope you enjoy the additional information.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Homemade Pop Tarts

I've never seen this before, but actually should have thought of it.  My son was a Pop Tart fanatic when he was a kid.  Still is, but his wife kind of controls his sugar intake.  Blessings to that girl:-)  Anyway I found this recipe for Homemade Pop Tarts while surfing around the internet.  I might have to try that for an upcoming bake sale and the Bosses Day celebration at work.  If you try it, let me know how it turns out.  And let me know of any other flavors you come up with.  I'm guessing there are dozens to choose from if you think about it long enough.


Celery and arthritis

For years my mom has taken Alfalfa for her arthritis.  So when I started having arthritic pain I started taking Alfalfa too.  Got to a point, though, that I was taking a lot of pills.  They are all vitamins or herbs, but still there were a lot of them.  Finally sometime this summer I stopped taking the alfalfa and the arthritic pain in my fingers didn't come back.  I was pretty excited about that although, wasn't real sure what was up.

I eat salads every day for lunch.  I make them every morning so they are fresh and I always put celery in them, cause I love the fresh flavor and the smell.  In the last month I didn't buy any celery for in my salad.  Not sure why, I guess I figured there was enough other stuff in there.  I also noticed my fingers began to hurt again.  I never put the two together.  Then in the last week or so, I read an article (and from where I really can't remember) that talked about celery being good for arthritis.  So (big light bulb) I got more celery and started adding it to my salads again.  Lo and behold, I notice today the pain in my fingers has stopped again.  Now, I can't say scientifically that the celery had anything to do with my joint pain, but what I can tell you is my fingers don't hurt anymore and for someone who types for a living, that's awesome.

Aren't they the cutest little guys or gals??!!!

Another Daily Cute from Grit Magazine.

The Virtues of Vinegar

When I was a kid I remember my mom using vinegar primarily to pickle stuff.....lots of different stuff.  Other than that, I don't remember seeing vinegar around much except the apple cider vinegar we used for the warm water, vinegar & honey mixture (found elsewhere in this blog).  But that was only if we didn't feel good.  And actually that tasted like warm apple cider and was pretty good.  But recently, actually after my grand-daughter was born, after we got the 2 little girls (puppies), and we ripped out the carpet in the living room and laid laminate floors, I decided I didn't want the chemicals in the house and started doing some research in alternative cleaning methods.  That's when I discovered Vinegar.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Free Webcast for Homesteading

In going through my emails I found out about this free webcast.  Looks like they have a number of subjects to choose from and it's all FREE.  They have subjects like passive solar greenhouses, organic growing, permaculture and bee-keeping among other things.  The Webcast runs 3 days, Oct. 1 - 3.  They run mostly in the evening so it shouldn't interfere with work too much.  You can register here and they will send you a schedule of the speakers and their subjects and then you can pick & choose which you prefer to listen to.  Lots of good stuff, I hope you enjoy it.

Grain from Scratch

I've always wanted to try making my own flour and oats.  My husband didn't think it would be worth it to try and plant and then harvest to get enough to use, but I wanted to try it any way.  Here is a page where someone did just that.  I think I'll try it anyway just for my own curiosity.  Especially if we are going to have animals, which I fully intend to do, I'd love to be able to feed them with home grown, ORGANIC, grains.  There is so much "stuff" being put on our foods these days, that frankly, I just don't trust it anymore.  I don't really believe they are putting stuff on our foods to actually hurt us, I just think they are doing it for profits and the unintended consequences haven't been realized yet.  I do believe these chemicals don't belong on our foods, at least not in the quantities they use and probably the quality too, as it's probably getting more potent all the time.  Just like the antibiotics I've seen in the news recently, if you use enough of them, what you are fighting against grows an immunity to it and you have to use stronger and stronger stuff each year.

If anyone else has had an occasion to use this method, let me know.  I'd love to hear how it turned out and what you may have done differently from the lady in this story.

Monday, September 30, 2013

The Benefits of Honey

I ran across this article today.  When I was a kid my dad used to use honey to sweeten everything.  We bought honey from a guy nicknamed "Honey Bee".  That was the only name I ever knew the guy by.  Once in a while dad would get the honey in the bees wax.  My brother and I thought that was so cool, cause we chewed the wax like gum and it was sweet.  Just like regular gum your jaws got tired and you spit it out in short order.  Mom used warm water, honey and apple cider vinegar as a type of sedative when I didn't feel good.  We also used it as a cough syrup.  I can tell you I'd rather eat a teaspoon of honey than some of the cough syrups out there.  I grew up loving honey as a sweetener and then found molasses.  (By the way, did you know if you mix a little bit of molasses with milk, it tastes like chocolate milk?).  Mom and dad didn't have sweets in the house and dessert was a special thing we had once a week or so.  Honey & toast was a nice sweet type of snack for us and adding peanut butter was even better.

Homemade Applesauce

I love applesauce and homemade sounds even better.  Here's a recipe I found in Off the Grid's website.  This sound FABULOUS!!!!  Will be trying it at soon as I find some apples:)  If you decide to give it a try, let me know what you think.

Homemade Applesauce in 6 Easy Steps

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Canning Chicken

I roasted a couple of chickens today.  Saved some in the fridge for lunch over the next few days.  The rest of it I put into the freezer.  I'll have to cook a couple every week or so, until I have enough to do some canning.  It sure is nice to have some cooked chicken for supper.  I don't get home from work until about 6:15-6:30.  I'll can up both pint and quart jars and use it for supper or for lunches later on.  The "other" fast food, I guess.  I need to do the same for other meats too.  I had some ground deer canned up, but have used almost all of it.  I've heard you can can fish, but not sure I'm ready for that.  I found a video for canning bacon too, that sounded pretty good.

So many things, so little time:-)

I screwed off most of the weekend.  Played with my grand-daughter yesterday till almost 7.  She goes to bed at 8:30 so I cut that one a bit close.  30 minutes to take her home and then she got to spend a few minutes with mom and dad before she went to bed....oops we were having fun.  Oh well, I don't think mom and dad minded too awfully much.  Tell me about playing with your grand-kids.  I'd love to hear.

Citizenship

My daughter-in-law became a citizen of the US Friday morning.  I had never been to a Naturalization Ceremony before.  I found it quite interesting.  There were 18? immigrants.  It was a pretty proud moment for this mum.  I am so totally AGAINST illegal immigrants, I find my blood pressure rising when it becomes a subject of conversation.  My blood pressure raises even further when someone tells me that I'm prejudice and just don't want people from other countries here.  I will cheer on anyone who follows the process, just like my daughter-in-law did.  She did all the paperwork, paid all the fees and put in her time.  She learned the language, works hard and pays taxes and I will cheer immigrants like her on 100 times a day.  But I will put up the tallest fence to keep illegal immigrants out.  Watching those people and their families, all excited and giving their oath to these United States made me very proud that they would want to become a part of us.  Congratulations to all of those who have taken that step.  There are so many immigrants that are waiting their turn in line to come here.  Illegal immigration is not fair to those who try to do things correctly.

To those legal immigrants, I appreciate you, the contribution you make and appreciate that you followed the rules/laws in becoming a part of this Country.  To all LEGAL immigrants, citizen or not, Welcome to this republic and I hope you make something big for yourselves and your families.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Mashed Rutabagas and Potatoes

Has anybody eaten Rutabagas?  Do they taste like potatoes?  Here's why I ask.....looks good.


Mashed Rutabagas and Potatoes

3 pounds rutabagas, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
2 to 2 ½ pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons butter
2⁄3 cup milk
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon nutmeg, or to taste
Salt to taste
2 teaspoons chopped parsley, optional
In separate saucepans, cook rutabagas and potatoes in salted water. When both are tender, remove from heat. Rutabagas will take about 30 minutes, and potatoes will take 20 to 25 minutes.
Drain; puree or mash rutabagas well, then mash potatoes. Stir mashed vegetables together.
Add butter, milk, pepper and nutmeg. Beat well. Taste and add salt if necessary. Garnish with chopped parsley. Yields 6 to 8 servings.
From Grit Magazine

Now that's a Chicken Coop

Somebody has an excess of money and time.

Learning

Recently, I been fixed on the fact that at this late stage in life I still haven't even touched on all the learning I want to do.  Funny thing is, I'm not terribly picky about what I want to learn, or maybe it's just that I want to learn so many things.  There's history, botany, building as in building a building, building as in putting things together like a a solar generator, the chemistry behind cooking, self improvement techniques, etc.  I wish there was a way to go back to my 20s and know, back then, what I've learned is important now.

There's so much I could have gotten out of knowing these things for so many more years if I would have started 20-30 years ago.  It's not that these things won't do me any good now.  I read as much as I can these days and all that does it show me more things I need/want to read/learn.  We need a "Do over" button.  I hate the fact that we have to learn, that we need to learn, so late in life:) 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Cute Goats

Another Grit Cute.  They have so many:)
I want a couple of these or three or so.....

BookBub

Have you ever heard of BookBub?  BookBub keeps track of the different sales from about 7 retailers for ebooks.  You choose which retailers you want to check and/or buy from, then choose specific categories that interest you and they will send you ebook specials from the retailers you chose.  Some of those retailers they work with are Amazon, Sony, Barnes & Noble, just to name a few.  In some cases books will be at a 50% discount, some are only $.99 and in some cases the books are FREE.  Everyday you get an email from them that lists all of the books on "special" from the categories and the retailers you have chosen in your preferences.

A friend told me about BookBub a while back and I signed up.  Since, I've gotten nearly 100 books for free from my daily deals emails.  At any time you can make changes or add to your preferences or just shop from the website itself. 

I've also discovered books and authors I would have never known about before.  Which is cool, because I don't always go out looking for new authors.  When you click to buy a book, it will take you to your preferred retailer or will give you a choice of your retailers if more than one of your choices has the special going on.  So BookBub really doesn't sell the books, it just compiles a list of all the sales.  Which is really cool because there's no way I could keep track of all those free books.  I hope you get a chance to try it.  The deals you get are great and well worth the look.  Let me know what you think.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Harvest Moon

Today was the full moon at a little after 4 am.  Isn't it beautiful?  It was beautiful in person too when I went out this morning.


An Inspirational Puppy

I love animals especially baby animals.  Here is a story about Mighty Mick.  This puppy is amazing.  He has something called Swimmer Puppy Syndrome.  I had never heard of this before.  Apparently it is general practice to euthanize puppies born with this.  But this lady with the Mia Foundation (which I had also never heard of) decided to give it a try when Mick was brought to her and see what she could do.  It's amazing to see him progress.  She uses a number of different therapies in concert with each other to help Mick and in the end he succeeds in, frankly, an amazing amount of time.  If you read this I hope you will pass it on.  Maybe the more attention the Mia Foundation gets, the more funding they can get to help more puppies like Mick and like the original Mia.  Mia was the founders Chihuahua.  She had a cleft palate.  I didn't know dogs got cleft palates either.  She spent $35,000 trying to help Mia, but in the end, it didn't work.  There's a picture of Mia on this page too.  What a CUTIE!!!  If ever there was a worthy cause, this is one of them.  For Dogs hold no grudges and they love unconditionally (most animals do) and they deserve all that is good.  I think I've said before I have six and they are all children to me.  They are probably the most spoiled pups you'd ever know.  Of the 6 we have 5 are rescues and we love them all dearly.  Enjoy the story and share it as much as possible:)   Have a great Day.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Slow Cooker Potato Soup

UPDATE:  I made this today (9/24/13).  I didn't peal the potatoes (my husband and I usually eat potato skins), I mashed the potatoes at the end, didn't add the bacon, but did get croutons with bacon.  I also used the onions I tried previously instead of using fresh onions.  That gave the onions a carmelly kind of taste.  Was VERY good.  I WILL do this one again.  Put it together in the morning and it really didn't take too long.  Well worth a try.  Let me know what you all think!!

Not feeling it today:)

For some reason, I'm just not feeling it today.  Just really not wanting to be here.  Me and my phone are not getting along and I've been messing with that all morning.  Sadly, the phone is winning.  I'll check out some pictures on the Milky way scientists facebook page and a couple of "Daily Cutes" on Grits facebook page and I'll smile again.  Won't make me want to be here anymore than I do, but I'll be here with a smile:)

I found a picture yesterday and I just think it's funny, I don't care who you are.  Made me laugh.  Hope it makes you laugh too.
My husband and I dreamed of winning the lottery this morning.  Before we went to work, we had the entire farmstead built complete with fences, garden boxes, garage, fireplace, new water well, the whole 9-yards.  Still had to work, but we were both okay with that.  Maybe I'll dream some more.  A few co-workers and I go in for $30-40 every now and again.  We bought some last night.  Maybe we'll get lucky.  I hope so, but won't hold my breath for it.  Wishing us all good luck!!!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

It's another Daily Cute from Grit

This one is from a while back, but isn't he ADORABLE????  I Love puppies!!  Don't you just love that cute little face?


Monday, September 16, 2013

A story barely remembered - Harley Dabbs

I can't say for sure that I actually remember this story.  Sounds a bit familiar but not sure if it's actually this story or a different one.  After reading her story today I find her to be one of the bravest women I've ever read about.  Being a teenager and going through this had to be the hardest thing in the world.  I remember how hard it was just to be a teenager and I had nothing to compare to this.  I hope younger girls pay attention to this and learn that beauty comes from inside and not necessarily skin tone and body style.  It's all about attitude.  Although frankly even with the burn scars she's a very pretty girl.  Good luck to her in the future.  As for other younger girls, know that what shows on your body and your face is not always what everyone judges us on or what they actually see.  What's inside will color our vision of you as well.  Read about Harley Dabbs here.

Another great picture:)

I can think of this picture off and on all day and it will make me smile.  I hope it makes you smile too.  Enjoy!!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Audio Books

I discovered Audible Books about 4 years ago.  I joined Audible right off the bat and I get a free book every month.  I love 'em.  I drive about 35 - 40 min to work one way so it's the perfect time to listen to them.  I buy a few as well.  I generally have 3 books going at a time.  I really like reading too in addition to listening.  I'll have a hard book, an ebook and an audio book all going at the same time.  People ask if I get the story's mixed up, but it's never happened.  I wish I had more time to read, but I take it where I can get it. I've listed some of my favorites on this blog.  Not near enough room for all my favorites, but that's a start.  Anyone else like reading/listening to books?  Anyone else a member of Audible?

Friday, September 13, 2013

Solar Dehydrator

This is something I'd like to try.  It's a solar dehydrator.  I have an electric one that I use all the time, but in the summer it heats up the house and frankly it makes quite a bit of noise.  This would work great in the Kansas heat (most summers) and with our wind.  She's even got a plan for the ant problem.  She's got it all laid out nice and neat and gives you everything you need to do.  If you ever get to try it out let me know how it goes.

Check it out here.  Hope it works for you all.  Nothing like having dried home grown veggies to use later in the winter.


Isn't that just beautiful!!!


Thursday, September 12, 2013

New to YouTube

I recently discovered there's a whole world of music on YouTube that you won't hear other places, like radio or TV.  I didn't realize there was so much music out there.  I've found violins, cellos, and other music types that are incredible.  Stuff that I like, but I really couldn't find anywhere, that I knew of before, anyway.  Did everybody know about this before me?   Recently I've started checking more things out and

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Shampoo or not to shampoo

Back in March I was reading an article in Mother Earth Living about what shampoo & conditioner do to your hair/scalp.  The article talked about how shampoos & conditioners strip the natural ability of your body/head to produce the correct amounts of oil.  These products strip out the natural oils so the body creates more.  So, when you go a few days without washing your hair, your hair is extremely oily.  So I made a decision to stop using shampoo & conditioner.

Yeah, right, I got that from a lot of people.:)

I started using baking soda instead.  For a conditioner I would use water with apple cider vinegar and a few drops of essential oils (whatever smelled good to me that morning).  For the first few weeks I had to use the

Look what I found first thing this morning....YUM!!



Apple Fritters Recipe
Make fruit fritters in no time with this simple recipe.
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