Jumat, 31 Oktober 2014

The New Hitler

I let you draw your own conclusions

"The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, & nbsp;the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation." - & nbsp;Mein Kampf, Adolf Hilter, Publ. Houghton Miflin, 1943, Page 403


Kamis, 30 Oktober 2014

LOL Tuesday




Rabu, 29 Oktober 2014

New England Cheese Making Company Review and A Cheese Making Kit Giveaway!

So, this morning I set out to make my own homemade mozzarella cheese for the first time EVER. With the help of an awesome Mozzarella and Ricotta cheese-making kit from The New England Cheese Making Company.

Now, I LOVE cheese, and have made simple vinegar clabbered cheese before. This 30-minute Mozzarella & amp; Ricotta Kit has incredibly straight-forward directions and contains practically everything you need to make your own homemade CHEESE!

The kit includes:

Dairy Thermometer
Citric Acid
Rennet Tablets & nbsp;
Cheese Salt
and a lovely recipe booklet that has great suggestions on what ELSE you can make with your fancy homemade cheese (prosciutto & amp; cheese calzones, easy lasagna, and more)

What YOU need to have on hand:

(1) Gallon of Milk
Chlorine-free water
1 gallon stainless steel pot (or any other non-cast iron or aluminum pot)
Colander (strainer)
Slotted spoon
Long knife
A deep desire for an exciting CHEESY adventure & nbsp;

Get the milk & amp; citric acid up to temp, add rennet mixture - easy

If you're on the right path, this is what it looks like after sitting for 5 minutes and sliding a knife through. & nbsp;


Selasa, 28 Oktober 2014

The Hope Chest-Preparing Daughters for Marriage

There was a time that young girls were encouraged to dream and prepare for life as an adult. & nbsp;Girls made linens blankets and collected the items they would need to set up their households when they married. & nbsp; & nbsp;Adulthood was something to look forward to not to be avoided at all costs like people today seem to feel.

But why have girls given up on the precious tradition of the hope chest? & nbsp;Or more accurately why have mothers stopped teaching there daughters to prepare for marriage? & nbsp;Well I think there are two reasons for it. & nbsp;The main reason is the feminist movement. & nbsp;That's when you see the abrupt end of the hope chest in America. & nbsp;Girls were told they don't need men or children. & nbsp;That being a wife and mother was tantamount to slavery and only stupid women would actually want to be a homemaker or even consider getting married. & nbsp;Still with all that poisonous propaganda women and men still get married and almost all American women have children. & nbsp;Even some of the most strident of the feminist movement have ended up married. & nbsp;So why don't we just admit the reality here that most of our daughters are going to get married and have children?

The other reason is political correctness. & nbsp;Many people don't want to seem to encourage & nbsp;their & nbsp;daughters to marriage because that would just be horrible if they didn't chose to marry or have children! & nbsp;Gasp! & nbsp;How horrible! How & nbsp;judgmental! & nbsp; And we wouldn't want to teach our daughters that there are real personality traits you should avoid in a marriage partner if you would like a happy life. & nbsp;Most women my age and younger have never had a real conversation with their mother or father on preparing for married life. & nbsp;This is a huge problem in our country when you look at the horrifically high divorce rates in America. & nbsp;Even these self congratulating politically correct people would never say that they think & nbsp;their & nbsp;own divorces were fun or that if they could change the past they would not have married the person they ended up divorcing.

. & nbsp;We should be bringing back the hope chest because it encourages our daughters to think about marriage and adulthood in a logical way. & nbsp;It makes them envision what they actually want marriage to be like and let me tell you I have had some amazing conversations with my eldest daughter about picking a husband and what to look for in a life partner. & nbsp;I think these are the most important things I can teach my children because guess what? Your an adult most of your life and I want my children to be prepared for that. & nbsp;And the person you marry will be a huge factor in your future & nbsp;happiness.

My eldest daughter is almost 15 and about a year ago we started preparing her hope chest. & nbsp;She made a list of all the things she would need to set up a household with my guidance. These times have led to some amazing talks about & nbsp;marriage & nbsp;and adulthood. & nbsp; Now every weekend when I go yardsaling she comes along, whereas before she never wanted to, and she looks for items on her list. & nbsp;She is excited to find amazing deals on cookware like & nbsp;Pyrex & nbsp;and corning ware and she is looking for new & nbsp;linens & nbsp;and cooking utensils. & nbsp;I told her that it would be great if she is wealthy when she sets up her own house but most & nbsp;likely & nbsp;she will be like most young people and if not exactly poor not well off either. & nbsp;So she will not be able to afford to go out and buy name brand nice things from the store. & nbsp;But at & nbsp;yard sales & nbsp;you can get these things in new condition for a few bucks or less!

So slowly she is building up her hope chest and talking to me about life and growing up. It reminds me of something my father often said. & nbsp;I'm not raising children I'm raising future adults, so my priority is to give them the skills to be & nbsp;successful & nbsp;in life


Minggu, 26 Oktober 2014

Ideas for Maximizing Food Production on In-Town Lots

One way to maximize your food production on a small in town lot is growing vegetables and fruit that can be trained up a trellis. & nbsp;Many different foods can be grown this way. & nbsp;Small winter squash, vining & nbsp;summer squash, beans, tomatoes, peas, small melons, and cucumbers all are excellent for this. & nbsp;On the heavier melons and winter squash you will have to support them or they will pull off the vine before maturity. & nbsp;There are many varieties though that are small enough, even in the water melons, to grow this way. & nbsp; Here are some pics. & nbsp;I am planning to do much of my gardening this way so I'll keep you posted!


Sabtu, 25 Oktober 2014

What grow lights to use for starting seeds

It's almost that time of year again when I break out the potting soil, yogurt containers, and seeds to start my tomatoes, peppers, cabbages, and eggplant for the coming spring plantings. & nbsp; But up until two years ago we always lived in a place that had good sunny windows for planting and starting my seedlings. This house has no such windows and it's much too cold to try starting them in a traditional greenhouse. & nbsp; Last year I tried starting my seeds in the basement but it was a dismal failure if I do say so & nbsp;myself. & nbsp; This caused me to have to buy tomato plants! & nbsp; I was annoyed to say the least. & nbsp; I didn't like the varieties and the plants were weak and not as nice as the ones I grow myself. & nbsp; So this year I am making a indoor greenhouse with grow lights. & nbsp; This article was very timely because it has great info on what kinds of lights to use and how far from the plant they should be.

How to Build a High-Tech Indoor Garden This Winter

By & nbsp;Adam & nbsp;Verwymeren
The dark days of winter are upon us, but that doesn't mean you have to give up on gardening until the spring. Grow lamps are becoming increasingly popular in gardening circles these days. And new breeds of low-power lights make them affordable options for those looking to keep a kitchen stocked with green herbs through the winter months, or those just looking to jumpstart their seedlings for next spring.
Before going any further, we need a quick scientific crash course. Plants need fairly intense light to grow, and the intensity of light in measured in a factor called lumens. The higher the lumen value of a bulb, the stronger the light and the better your plants will grow. For noticeable growth, you'll want a bulb that puts out at least 4,000 lumens, and some bulbs can produce upwards of 40,000 lumens.

But a light's intensity isn't the only thing you have to look for; the temperature of the light is also important, a value measured in kelvins. Temperature in this case refers to the color of the light: the bluer, or colder the light, the higher the kelvin value. The warmer, or redder the light, the lower the value.

High-noon daylight is fairly blue, around 5,600K, and it's important to get a light source in this range to ensure strong plant growth. However, most plants also require light in the red and yellow ranges- somewhere around 2,400K- to flower, produce seeds or bear fruit, so it is good to have a mix of both in any good grow-lamp setup.

The final thing you want to check for is a light's wattage. Keep in mind, watts measure energy usage, not how much light a bulb produces. So when looking for an efficient light source, you want something that will produce a lot of lumens per watt.

Just about any type of bulb can add a little extra something to your garden's growth, but many won't do this very well. So let's consider the options.


Want to fry your plants and bankrupt yourself with huge energy bills? Great! Grab an incandescent bulb! These heat-producing energy-hogs should be avoided at all costs. Sure, the bulbs are dirt cheap. But with the high cost required to run them, you might just as well buy tomatoes from the grocery store. Heck, you can even spring for the fancy organic kind.

Fluorescent Lights

A growing favorite with the greenhouse DIY set, fluorescent lights used to be too weak to produce full, flowering plants. However, with the introduction of compact fluorescent lights- those curly soft-serve creations we've been told to switch to for the last few years- fluorescents have become a viable option and are especially well-suited for beginners.

Because of their compact construction, these bulbs can pump out a good amount of light in a small space. And since they run cool to the touch, you can place them a couple of inches from your sprouts and seedlings, maximizing efficiency.

Compact lights can work great as spotlights on a few plants, but if you're looking to plant rows of seedlings, you might want to consider a few T5 bulbs, which look like skinnier versions of fluorescent tube bulbs. Despite their trimmer profile, these bulbs actually produce a lot more light than their traditional counterparts.
Both kinds of fluorescents come in a range of color temperatures, so you can mix both cooler and warmer lights, depending on whether you are looking for growth or flowering. But before you run to the closet to grab a couple of compact fluorescents, take note: to get really effective results, you are going need a bigger light source, something in the 125 watt range, which costs about $30, and produces about 7,000 lumens. Though not as powerful as some light options, this will be more than enough to start seedlings or buck up a few potted plants.

HID Lights

The reigning favorite amongst gardening enthusiasts, HID lights- short for high intensity discharge- come in two types: metal halides and high pressure sodium. Metal halides come closest in reproducing the glowing tones of true sunlight and are amongst the most efficient, producing about 39,000 lumens with a 400 watt bulb, enough to produce things like peppers and tomatoes. On the downside, these lights pump out a lot of heat. So if you're not careful, you can reduce your garden to potpourri. Because of the high heat, halides need to be kept three or four feet away from plants, which means the lights are going to illuminate a far larger space than fluorescents, making them a better option for larger indoor gardens.

High pressure sodium lights emit a much redder light, so they aren't very useful if you are looking to coax a few sprouts from the soil. But they are great in the later stages of a plant's life when trying to get it to produce fruit or flowers. Like their halide siblings, these lights run very hot, so they can be a little tricky for novice growers.


LED systems are the latest craze to hit the shelves. They can cut power use in half, produce almost no heat and last around 10 years, but a lot of greenhouse aficionados say they just don't have the growing power of other light sources. The lights are also pretty costly, and bathe your plants in an otherworldly purple glow more akin to an imminent alien abduction than the sun's golden rays. That said, as costs for these units come down and the technology improves, they promise a low-powered alternative for those undeterred by the sci-fi sheen they cast.

Once you have decided on a bulb type, setting up a grow rig is as easy as slapping the bulb into the appropriate light fixture and setting up a reflector so that as much light as possible is directed at the plant. If you're looking to make one yourself, your local hardware store likely carries all equipment you need. And if you'd like an easier approach, readymade units are available as well. & nbsp; & nbsp;

Finally while you might be tempted to keep your lights running 24/7 in a quest to grow veggie behemoths, remember, plants need their sleep just like you do. In general, giving plants at least 8 hours of darkness each day will help them flower and produce better fruit.


Jumat, 24 Oktober 2014

Coincidentaly somehow our front porch caught on fire!

So after our scare with the weirdo coming on to our property and getting hauled off by the police Sunday morning at about 2 am somehow our front porch burst into flames. & nbsp;The only reason it didn't spread to the rest of the house is because I woke up to go to the restroom and smelled smoke. & nbsp;Seeing a glow through my window I looked outside and saw my front porch engulfed in flames. & nbsp;My husband and I sprung into action and had it out from the hose as the fire department was arriving. & nbsp;Now it is an arson investigation, but as of yet they have found no incriminating evidence.

Kamis, 23 Oktober 2014

A Great Site on Making Natural Home and Body Care Products

I came across this site and had to share it with you guys. & nbsp;The name is Herbs and Oils & nbsp; and it has hundreds of recipes on making everything from home made dishwasher soap to making your own foundation. & nbsp;They also have lots of home remedies for illnesses and ailments. & nbsp;Some I am going to try out right now are

How To Make A Natural Allergy Relief Drink

How To Make Two Arnica Pain Relief Salves

Plus they have tons of posts on tips for using common household & nbsp;ingredients & nbsp;for cleaning


Rabu, 22 Oktober 2014

My thing.....

I think I've found my 'thing'. I really enjoy making lambs and stuffed kids toys. These lambs seem to be a constant work in progress at my place. It seems to be the one thing that people ask me to make all the time when they have new babies arriving.

I've never tried a red one before - looks cute though! My only worry is that the washable pen I used to trace the face features will still not wash out. So, a word of warning... wool and washable pens may not always mix! The photo actually makes it look worse than it is.

This spotty lamb is gorgeous and a special request by a special friend for her sister who is expecting baby number one. I found more pressure sewing for her than anyone. I wanted it to be better than perfect. Not possible, I know!!

Off to the machine - I have a list as long (or longer) as my arm of things I need to complete. I did make a little flower handbag for a friend's daughter on the weekend while they were visiting - but as usual - it disappeared before I remembered to take a photo of it!!

If you had to choose a lamb... what colour would you choose?


Selasa, 21 Oktober 2014

3 MORE SLEEPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm kind of excited and kind of not excited. All of our Christmas plans have changed due to us being flooded in. But that's okay - we have presents for the kids and plenty of special food to eat. We will miss out on eating lunch with 120 relatives... and just have the 5 of us here. A bit different to what was planned.

The kidlets are sick of the countdown to Christmas. They want it to be here NOW! (As I'm sure most other children are!)

I probably won't get back here before Christmas again. So I'd like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a really wonderful Christmas time as we celebrate the birth of Jesus!