Showing posts with label Weekend Links. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Weekend Links. Show all posts

Aug 19, 2017

Weekend Links

Berries!
In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.

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"...make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."

1 Thes. 4: 11-12

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* Life is good on the homestead. I'm picking copious amounts of wild berries. (The photo to the right explains why I rarely have my kids help. Guess which bucket is mine and which bucket is one of the kids'.) We got a few coveted yellow plums, and there are still some red plums, prunes, and apples on the trees, despite hurricane force winds last spring. I'm growing broccoli and cauliflower, which I've never successfully grow before. Our little broody hen is sitting on ten hopefully fertilized eggs. The dog is finally coming out of his puppy phase. Hubby set up two additional rabbit cages, so my daughter can soon get a mate for her buck. And, in answer to many prayers, my hubby finally got a job close to home! No more four hours of commuting each day.  No more concern about what fatigue and driving were doing to his health. What an AMAZING gift time is. We're thrilled for both him and us. He's taking a steep pay cut, but we are trusting God on this. And I'll be working even harder to try to bring in some income for our family. So...if you want to help support this blog (my labor of love) and my family, would you take a moment and consider purchasing one of my books? Most are very affordable. You can see them all here.
From a photo shoot I recently did for Self-Reliance magazine.
* I've blogged quite a bit about dehydrating food as an alternative to canning or freezing it. But another great reason to have a dehydrator is that it helps prevent food waste. Case in point: I bought some strawberries to make my daughter strawberry ice cream for her birthday, and had quite a few berries left over. But because we have an abundance of fruit on the homestead just now, they weren't getting eaten. So a few days ago, I popped them into the dehydrator. (Here's the one I use.) Quick and easy, and it will make a really yummy treat that will last on the shelf for at least a year!

Dehydrating strawberries.
* I have an article in the new issue of Backwoods Home magazine. Check it out; it's a fantastic resource for homesteaders.

Learn to make your own pectin in Backwoods Home magazine.
* Graco car seat recall. 

* Blue Wilderness dog food recall.

* Comfy Cow ice cream recall due to E.Coli.

* AMPT Coffee recall.

* Papaya recall due to salmonella. 

* Ground beef recall due to contamination with Styrofoam.

* I have new videos on YouTube. Be sure to check them out - and subscribe and like! Thank you.

* There's been a ton of news about the safety of viewing the solar eclipse. I thought I'd done the right thing by purchasing eclipse-safe glasses for everyone in the family. Then NASA came out and said they only recommended a handful of brands, saying other brands may not be tested safe. I know some people pooh-pooh the idea that viewing the eclipse without special glasses is unsafe. I do not, because I've researched the history of solar viewing and can see that thousands of people have damaged their eyesight looking at the sun. Anyway, I was relieved to find this comprehensive list of manufacturers who've had their eclipse glasses tested for safety. Our glasses are on the list! Are yours?

* How Smartphones are Destroying a Generation - an interesting read.

Eagerly awaiting the red plums!

* What you probably don't know about child grooming and abduction. A must read for every parent.

* The weird thing about Ball's new canning lids. A lot of experienced canners are reporting false seals with them too.

* Here's a helpful aid for teaching children to pray: Prayer prompt printables.

* 10 Ways to Preserve Cucumbers.

* Why aren't we telling diabetics the truth about diet?

Oldies But Goodies:

* 10 Ways to Save on Back to School Supplies

* How to Forage for and Eat Lobster Mushrooms

* Why Homeschool Preschool? 

* DIY Spice Blends - Healthier, Cheaper, and Easy! 

* How We Homeschool on a Shoestring Budget.
Our broody hen sitting on 10 lovely eggs.


Jul 29, 2017

Weekend Links

In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.

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"We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one."

1 John 5:19
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* I am now over 40 lbs. lighter than I was in December, when I was diagnosed with type II diabetes and went on a keto diet. I can't even tell you how amazing that is, because I was at the point where I felt I'd tried everything (including low carb diets) to lose weight, and NOTHING worked. I'd really given up. I'm so thankful to my doctor for suggesting keto! Anyway, lots of people were asking me for an updated photo, so I had my 11 year old take some a few days ago. I've updated all my bio pics (I think). To see it, look in the left hand column.  <--- br=""> 

<--- br="">* You know the old saying "God works in mysterious ways?" It's so true. This spring, I was not happy I didn't have a big garden ready to go, but it was really a blessing in disguise. I've had a lot of trouble growing anything here, the climate is so different from what I'm used to. And everything I read about the region, and was told by other gardeners in these parts hasn't been true for me, either. For example, I thought cold weather crops would be no problem at all - things like kale, broccoli, and lettuce. But almost every single cool season plant bolted (went to seed) before I got a crop from it. Even growing an easy plant like zucchini is a bit of a challenge. I have two plants: One inside the greenhouse and one outside. The outside zucchini is still tiny. The inside zucchini is much bigger, but struggling already with powdery mildew. (I'm treating it with milk; see how that's done by clicking here.)



* QUICK TIP: If you have fresh, aromatic herbs on hand, you have an automatic room freshener. Just scatter torn leaves or blooms on the floor and vacuum them up!

* Every parent needs to read this...right now. How pedophiles and sex traffickers "groom" children to trust them...even more than they trust their parents.

* Salmon tested positive for cocaine, anti-depressants, and more.

* And another reason I'm avoiding seafood. (Radioactive material.)

* Stuff everyone should know about Lyme disease...but doesn't. You might even have to educate your doctor.

* Old school "fidget spinners." More fun because you make them yourself.

* Got a lot of zucchini already? Try fermenting some zucchini pickles! 

* Planning on watching the solar eclipse? NASA says to be very careful what eclipse-safe glasses you purchase. Some are fakes and may permanently damage eyes.

Oldies But Goodies:

* How to Tell When Figs are Ripe (video)

* The Ins and Outs of Homesteading with Kids 

* Canning Dilly Beans (Pickled Green Beans)

Jul 1, 2017

Weekend Links

Still waiting for the contractor to start re-roofing my canning kitchen!


In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.

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"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,  the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

Isaiah 40:28-31
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* I just returned from an out of state trip to visit my Dad, and am busy trying to catch up on homesteading, home keeping, and blogging chores. Forgive me if I take a little time to catch up!

* It's official! Duck eggs do NOT raise my blood sugar the way chicken eggs do...and they don't seem to upset my tummy, either. So now my 11 year old daughter is saying: "Does that mean I can get some pet ducks now???"

* Once, you could walk onto our front porch, easily look into the bathroom window, and see a person sitting on the toilet! Bad layout. But this inexpensive window cling easily took care of the problem...and it looks pretty, too! I recommend it.

* No one likes to look like a city slicker when they live in a rural area. But for months, the kids and I have been looking for tadpoles to scoop into fish tanks so we can watch them turn into frogs. A couple of weeks ago, we were excited when we saw some in the greenhouse water tank. I'm glad we didn't put them in tanks in the house, though, because my hubby later informed me they aren't tadpoles...they are mosquito larvae. He thought it was cute that I didn't know this...

* Recall on dog raw hides.

* Recall of almond butter due to possible listeria.

* Respecting Your Husband the Proverbs 31 Way.

* Some interesting insights into what makes teens rebel.

* Lately I've noticed Netflix has some questionable titles readily available to anyone browsing their offerings. Even just the "covers" for the shows are not something I want my kids to see. If you're concerned about this, too, Our Good Life has instructions on how to block Netflix shows so your kids can't find them. 

http://proverbsthirtyonewoman.blogspot.com/2012/02/day-with-dinosaurs-free-ebook-for-kids.html#.WValGlGQwdg* Here's a fun, free summer activity for kids: Playing Bible detectives!

* Did you know I have a free children's chapter book all about time traveling to the days of the dinosaurs in order to learn about creationism? It's action-packed and fun, and perfect for summer reading! 

* More fun ideas for summer fun.




* With wild berries beginning to come on, now is a great time to start foraging! Even city dwellers can forage.

* Tick bites can lead to  meat allergies. It's true!

* These look good! Crispy Green Bean Chips.

* I recently joined a Facebook canning group...and oh my goodness! People get tossed out for mentioning botulism or suggesting a certain canning practice isn't safe. The things these people are doing are shocking. There's a lot of "My granny did it and she didn't die." Um, yeah, that's like saying "I drive home drunk every night and I've never gotten into an accident." There are many reasons Granny didn't die - mainly because she boiled the heck out of her canned food before she ate it. She also stored it in a fridge-like setting (a cellar or something similar). And she took for granted that spring time (as the last of the canned food was consumed) was a time of sickness, not realizing her home canned foods were making her ill. Please. No food you want to home can is worth making someone ill or killing them. Period. Learn more here.

* In my day, I've used a lot of manure. In the garden, that is. But by far my favorite is rabbit manure. I love it because you don't have to wait for it to age before using it, and because it makes plants grow abundantly! Don't have your own rabbits? Sometimes you can find rabbit owners who are willing to give away or sell their bunnies' pellets. Here's more on using rabbit manure in the garden.

Oldies But Goodies:

* Preserving Herbs with Salt
* Tips for Keeping the House Cool in Summer
* An EASY Way to Make Your Own Butter
* Crock Pot Sloppy Joes
* Easy Refrigerator Pickled Beets



Jun 2, 2017

Weekend Links

In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.

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"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."

James 1:2-4
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* To paraphrase a blog title, fats make your pants fall off...and turn your shirts into tents, too! When I started the keto lifestyle just before Christmas, I couldn't button up this shirt. I'm a little bummed that certain weird foods are spiking my blood sugar; I'm a lot sicker than even I realized. But I'm SO happy with the keto lifestyle. My blood sugar is still a thousand times better, and I feel a thousand times more energetic, too. Plus...shirt tents. (Check out a recent newspaper article on why eating fat helps you lose weight.)

* The previous owners of our homestead left behind all kinds of junk. Piles, and piles, and PILES of it. We are using what we can, sorting out scrap metal, and will spend thousands hauling the rest to the landfill. One of the things they seem to have collected were broken tools, including rakes with broken or missing handles. Last week, I had hubby turn some of them into the BEST garden tool organizers. They are totally practical but also look like they've been there a 100 years. (Hubby wants me to tell you that normally he'd have everything lined up perfectly like the type A he is, but he knew I wanted the old, imperfect look...so he gave it to m.)

* I have an article on growing and using figs in the summer issue of Self-Reliance​ magazine. It includes my super yummy homemade "fig newton" recipe! Grab a copy of the issue - or better yet get a subscription of this terrific homesteading magazine - right here.


* Graco car seat recall.

* Tuna recall due to hepatitis.

* Recall on Kroger's macadamia nuts, due to listeria.

* Hot dog recall due to metal shards. 

* How 36 million pounds of soybeans treated with pesticides became "organic."

* Make your own organic, liquid fertilizer with compost or manure: A video from my YouTube channel.

* Chicken coop mistakes that will cost you. 

* Tips from Christian author Tricia Goyer on teaching kids to give generously. 

* Think you know what drowning looks like? Then you better read this. 

* Lots of free homesteading ebooks! 

* How to homestead even if you live in an apartment.

* Lacto-fermented garlic scape pickles.

Oldies But Goodies:

* Activities to go along with the Little House on the Prairie books.
* Canning Strawberry Rhubarb pie filling.
* How to Make Brownies FROM SCRATCH.


May 20, 2017

Weekend Links


Berry picking led to some excitement this past week.
In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.

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"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."

Psalm 139:13-14

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* Friends, I have sad news. For a while now, I've been vomiting "randomly" and having nausea. I finally learned why. I. Am. Egg. Intolerant. How completely sad is that??? I've been eating eggs all my life, but I admit I sometimes felt just a wee bit icky afterward. But when I started the keto lifestyle to reverse my diabetes, I began eating more eggs per week, and...well, my body rebelled. Incredibly, I also learned eggs were raising my blood sugar! They were consequently preventing me from losing more weight. Now that I eat no eggs (except in baked things) I feel SO much more energetic, all the tummy troubles are gone, and I'm losing weight again. So while I'm glad I figured out my problem, I'm sad to say bye-bye to eggs. Maybe one of these days, when I'm willing to risk feeling sick all day, I'll try just the yolks (statistically, you're far more likely to be allergic to the whites) or maybe even duck eggs. Who knows? We might add ducks to the homestead!

Took the kids wild berry picking this afternoon, when suddenly the dog started growling and barking, then began pulling me firmly the opposite direction (I was holding his leash). Yep, that's why we got ourselves a guardian dog! I'm sure he kept us from bumping into something we wouldn't have wanted to bump into. My first thought was a bear bed - but he's passed by fresh bear beds before without freaking out. Then I thought a bear itself - but it should have been sent crashing through the woods by the dog's barking, and we didn't hear that. Hubby thinks it was a cougar...which gives me the shivers. Whatever it was, the dog didn't like it. He spent the rest of the day very jumpy, and he kept staring in the direction of whatever it was, growling very low. I've never seen him like that before.
I'm thrilled to have my first-ever homegrown artichoke!

* Have you ever heard of tick paralysis? Sometimes when ticks latch on to children (and Learn more from the CDC.
occasionally adults) they can literally cause the child to lose the use of her limbs!

* A few simple ideas to help prevent ticks in your yard.

* How to dehydrate celery AND how to make celery salt, on my YouTube channel.

* How to grow great sunflowers - and some great ideas on what to do with all parts of the plant.

* Cauliflower can be expensive to purchase. Why not try growing it? You can even grow cauliflower in a pot!


* Copycat recipe for Claussen Kosher Dill Pickles.

* Making canned rhubarb butter. 

* How to make freezer jam without a recipe - also from my YouTube channel.


* Cute crafts for kids to make with toilet paper tubes.

Oldies But Goodies:

* If you're not use Fels-Naptha for laundry stain removal, you need to go grab yourself some now!
* The truth about salt.
* Banana Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
* Harvesting and Making Your Own Chamomile Tea 
* Now is the PERFECT time to make use of the dandelions growing in your yard! Every part of the dandelion is edible. Learn how to use this common plant to make super food! Check out my book The Ultimate Dandelion Cookbook! 
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May 6, 2017

Weekend Links

Chive blossoms.
In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.

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"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God."
 
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
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* Things are looking pretty glorious here on the homestead. The fruit trees are either in bloom or getting bright green leaves, the grass is green, and the flowers are waking up. (It's fun to see what's popped up; I've never seen the homestead in spring before!) I've planted out a few veggies in the already existing beds, and this weekend, the hubs is fixing the greenhouse. (Hurricane force winds blew the roof off.) Life is good.

* Did you know I have a YouTube channel that features a growing library of videos not posted on the blog? I hope you'll check it out and consider subscribing and sharing.
* Recall  on Lords Organic ginger powder, due to potential Salmonella contamination.

* Bumble Bee tuna recall.

The robins are everywhere.
* Recall of Wegmans O'Brien hashbrowns due to golf ball pieces being mixed in with the food. (Can't make this stuff up!)

* Recall of "Chef’s Line All Natural Fire Grilled Chicken Breast."

* Recall of Frito-Lay chips.

* Lyme disease is spreading into broader areas.

* Did you know MSG - which is hidden in so many processed foods - raised blood sugar by as much as 300%?

Apple blossoms.
* How to grow rhubarb. (Hint: It's so easy! And while you're at it, check out my roundup of rhubarb recipes.)

* Did you know hosta shoots are edible? 

* Homemade mayo is so easy...plus it's cheaper and far healthier than store bought!

* Warm weather is coming! Here's a recipe for pink lemonade

* Common canning mistakes and how to avoid them.

* "The Bible verse that changed my finances."

* Fun free printable 3-D dinosaurs for kids.

Oldies But Goodies:

* How to grow honeyberries 
* To the mom who thinks she's not doing enough... 
* Teaching kids God's household order


Apr 22, 2017

Weekend Links

I made spruce tip syrup last week.
In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.

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"For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land."

Song of Solomon 2:11-12
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* The pole barn is fully up, the weather is less wet, and we've re-started the process of moving in! It feels really good; I'm ready to make this house a home! But projects are pressing us at every side. The greenhouse still isn't repaired (hurricane force winds blew off the roof) and my seedlings are suffering (especially the tomatoes), the garden spot still needs to be prepared, fallen trees need cutting up so they can cure for next winter's firewood, vehicles require repair...the list is long.

* 25 outdoor entertaining tips...cuz summer is coming! 

Our old apple tree started blooming on Easter.
* War room prayer ideas for our nation.

* How to raise innocent kids who are worldly wise.

* How to clean your home's air vents.  

* Store bought cream of...soup is so, so bad for you. Here's a great recipe for quickly making your own, healthier homemade version.

* Questions to ask before buying a homestead.

* Spring is an excellent time to learn to forage for wild food - or to expand your foraging
The wild berries are starting!


Even some bolted lettuce provides beauty, here on the homestead.
knowledge! My book The Ultimate Dandelion Cookbook is an excellent place to begin! 4 1/2 stars on Amazon, and available in digital and paperback formats.
 
https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Dandelion-Cookbook-Kristina-Seleshanko-ebook/dp/B00CTSA6A0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1491494072&sr=8-1&keywords=ultimate+dandelion+cookbook&linkCode=sl1&tag=vintageconnec-20&linkId=f6359e9ca185430676410509a0f59c7f

Oldies But Goodies:

* Making Dandelion Jelly (it tastes like honey!)

* How to Make a Quiet Felt Book for small children 

* Starting a Garden from Scratch




Mar 25, 2017

The plum trees are blooming!
In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.

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* The plums and pear tree are blooming, and I have winter sowed tomato seedlings popping up! It's spring, my friends, and I am soooooo glad! Is my garden bed ready yet? No, not quite. But the trees are down, and my hubby is working hard on cutting and stacking all that lovely wood for next winter's use. I'm sure I won't have the garden of my dreams this year, but if there's one thing I've learned about homesteading - really, life in general - it's that baby steps, rather than giant leaps, usually work out better in the end.

* Three months ago, my doctor diagnosed me as a type II diabetic, with blood sugar so high I should be on insulin. Thankfully, my doctor also told me to go on a keto diet, and gave me three months to turn my health around...and I did! According to my most recent blood test, I have totally reversed my diabetes! There is no cure for diabetes; if I eat too many carbs, my blood sugar will go up and I will suffer the awful consequences of this disease. BUT if I continue to eat the way I have been (low carb, high fat, moderate protein), I will not suffer the consequence of diabetes - and that's a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, wonderful thing! You can bet I'll be blogging more about this, but in the meantime, just know that all diabetics (type I and type II) benefit from a therapeutic keto diet and eventually can either come off their medication, or reduce their dependence upon it.
Plant cell photo taken through My First Lab Duo-Scope.

* My 11 yr. old took this photo (left) of a plant cell. Both kids adore their microscope. I spent years looking for a reasonably priced one that would actually work, and ended up buying a My First Lab Duo-Scope. I highly recommend it! 

* Recall of Walmart's Marketside Pizza, due to listeria.

* Recall of beef due to E.coli.

* Recall of dog pig ears due to salmonella.

* Recall of Vulto Creamery cheese due to listeria.

* Did you know most sunscreens contain ingredients linked to skin cancer? Here's a great guide to choosing a natural sunscreen.

* Deep cleaning you can do in 60 minutes or less.

* Natural Homemade Cleaning Recipes.


http://proverbsthirtyonewoman.blogspot.com/2016/05/omas-delish-rhubarb-cake-recipe.html#.WNbMrme1sdi
* How to start an asparagus patch. 

* Colicky baby? Try an all natural, traditional, homemade gripe water. 

* Why you should be eating lard. 

* A simple way you can help end sex trafficking!


Oldies But Goodies:

* Oma's Old Fashioned Rhubarb Cake - so delicious!

* 14 Christ-Centered Easter Ideas

* Easiest Vegetables & Fruits to Grow.

* My #1 Housekeeping Tip



Mar 11, 2017

Weekend Links

In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.

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"Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord; for He is coming to judge the earth. O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting."
 
  1 Corinthians 16:33-34

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* The workmen started replacing our burned down pole barn! At LAST! Once the building is up, we can maybe finish unpacking. That would be really, really nice :)

* I created a Facebook group that's all about sharing very low carb, keto recipes (like I'm using to loose weight and normalize my blood sugar). If you're interested, join us

* I got this brand new novel (from possibly my favorite modern author) in the mail. I can't wait to dig in! 

* SoyNut butter being investigated for E. coli contamination.

* Veal recall.
  
* Transform your bedroom into a couple's oasis.

* How to pray for a strong willed child.


* Get off to the right start by choosing the healthiest chicks this spring!

http://proverbsthirtyonewoman.blogspot.com/2015/01/moms-super-easy-flexible-and-delish.html#.WMGuT_LkrcS* 3 Common Seed Starting Mistakes & How to Avoid Them.

* A primer on planting fruit trees.

* How to use weeds as garden mulch.

* Glass bakeware can shatter. Here's how to avoid that.

* 15 natural spring cleaning recipes & tips


Oldies But Goodies:

* Mom's Super Easy, Flexible, and DELISH Banana Bread Muffins or Bread.

* If you were being evaluated for your job as a home keeper, would you get a raise? Or would you be fired? 

* Lazy Girl's Guide to Spring Cleaning





Feb 25, 2017

Weekend Links

The fruit trees are budding!
In which I share my favorite posts from this blog's Facebook page.

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"Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord."

 
  Psalm 27:14

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* Spring is the time homesteaders work hardest to fulfill their dreams. It's the time to start seeds, whip together new garden beds you neglected to create in the fall, and buy baby animals. But a lot of things seem to stand in our way this spring. Every weekend, my dear husband has either been ill in bed or working on an emergency project - like fixing the gas-mileage car he drives four hours every day to commute to work. And then there's all the unexpected medical bills we've incurred lately. And the undiagnosed illness I have that makes me vomit randomly. And a host of other things. (And did I mention we lost one of our laying hens for an unknown reason?) But we push onward, just like the millions of homesteaders before us. At least the homestead is beginning to show some signs of spring!
Clematis is blooming!
* Britax stroller recall.

* Recall of Little Tykes toddler swings.

* Study shows a medication commonly given to women during childbirth or after a C-section may be linked to postpartum depression.

* Make your own cream cheese. It's not hard, and it's less expensive.

http://proverbsthirtyonewoman.blogspot.com/2013/05/cant-eat-just-one-blackberry-muffins.html#.WLCt4PLkrcR* Research backs up natural remedies for children's ear infections.

* There are sound reasons you should never leave your family's dog alone with a baby or small child.

* Are you eating food from Japan? Quite possibly. And that food might be contaminated with radioactive materials, says the FDA.

Oldies But Goodies:

* Can't Eat Just One Blueberry Muffins. (Time to get the freezer ready for coming harvests!)
* DIY Ranch Dressing. (Tastes better, cheaper, and healthier!)
* Dehydrating Citrus Peels to use in baking.


Books for Spring:


A Vegetable For Every Season Cookbook - just $2.99!
Starting Seeds - only 99 cents!
The Ultimate Dandelion Cookbook
Grow the Dirty Dozen - 5 stars on Amazon!
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