Aug 20, 2016

Weekend Links & Updates

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

"A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, but even the compassion of the wicked is cruel."

* My children's chapter book, based on a true American Revolution story, is free this weekend Don't have a Kindle? No problem! Use the Kindle app to read the book on your computer or mobile device.

* When your kids, when everyone and/or everything is driving you out of your mind...remember this

* It's so hard to find beginning reader books kids actually want to read. I'm checking out this list of "not boring" early readers for my little guy.

* FREE downloadable, printable grammar and spelling books for grades K - 6

* How eliminating screen time can "magically" change your household.

* Tylenol use by pregnant women is linked to ADD and other behavioral problems in children

* Lots of lawsuits now against Mansanto, makers of RoundUp, for putting our health at risk. One of the more compelling stories (found here) is that farmers who use RoundUp have a higher incidence of lymphoma.
Some of the things I'm harvesting.

* If you own a smartphone and you want to avoid buying GMO foods, check out this app!

* Vitamin deficiencies are linked to many diseases...and, in this case, even anxiety.

* Here is something new to me: Canning jar labels that stick on...but WASH OFF in water! Nifty! And perfect for gift giving.

Puppy love!
*Another addition to the homestead is coming next week! He doesn't have a name yet, but just look at his face! Not only has my son been pining painfully for a dog for at least two years, but we really needed a dog the kids could take with them around the property, to scare away bear and cougar. This big-little puppy's parents are both working hobby farm dogs, which is just an added bonus for us! The mama is half German Shepherd and half King Shepherd, and the papa is English Shepherd. They are some of the most gentle, mellow dogs I've ever met...and this pup latched right on to my son, even letting him pick him up awkwardly (because he's heavy for a puppy). He never wiggled, let along scratched or yelped. He was perfectly content to be held for as long as my son desired. We're pretty excited to bring him home next week.
Oldies But Goodies:

* Canning Salsa - a recipe you can safely adjust to your taste!
* Canning Green or Frozen Tomatoes
* An Easy Way to Make Tomato Paste from Tomato Skins 
* Avoiding Food Waste Through Freezing

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