Jul 25, 2015

Weekend Links - with an update on our Tiny House Motor Home

Making progress with our move!
In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.

 * The House votes to ban states from labeling GMO foods.

* Many parents are aware that artificial food dyes can lead to behavior problems. But did you know certain natural food colorings can also be a problem?

* How to tell if your fresh garlic is from China and treated with bleach and other chemicals.

* Meet 38 companies that donate to Planned Parenthood.

* I recently posted an interview with author Tricia Goyer. Now check out my review of Tricia's newest book "Prayers That Changed History".

* For those of you not familiar with the many facets of Common Core, this is a good introduction. Something you might not have known, for example, is that the "sex ed" information given at every grade level is mixed in with other curriculum, so parents can't chose to opt out of it. 

* QUICK TIP: Love stuffed sweet peppers but hate how long they have to bake in the oven? Try this easy method, which requires only about 5 minutes of baking! Cut the tops off the sweet peppers and de-seed them. Bring a pot of water to a boil and carefully add the pepper bottoms. As soon as the peppers hit the water, start timing 5 minutes. Remove peppers with tongs and set aside to cool slightly. Fill with cooked stuffing. (We like cooked ground beef; sauteed onions, sweet bell pepper, and garlic; cooked rice, canned green chilies; shredded cheese; finely chopped canned tomatoes (without the liquid. Warm up before stuffing the peppers); and salt, pepper, and oregano.) Sprinkle cheese on top. Place in a baking dish in a preheated 350 degree F. oven and bake until the cheese is melted and the stuffing is heated - about 5 minutes.

* UPDATE on our Little House in the Big Woods: Our shipping container has been delivered! The delivery guy drove it to the top of the rural road, and my hubby moved it deeper into the woods with a backhoe, along a rocky, narrow driveway. This weekend, he figures out whether we're going to hire someone to install spray insulation, or whether he will do it himself, using another method. So many steps to getting our little house in the big woods!

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