GEMINI-SKY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GEMINI%2DSKY GEMINI-SKY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ For Those of You that Missed the Lunar Eclipse ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794464 An iPhone picture Review of the Lunar Eclipse this morning ! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l910730553.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l727721282.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l44177250.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1488128542.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1408380834.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 06:52:23 EST My Italian Roasted Red Peppers...Step By Step ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778587 Some of you have asked me "How Do You Make Your Italian Roasted Red Peppers"? <BR> Well, here you go from start to finish...the way I do it ! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1787012368.jpg"> <BR> Gather your peppers, olive oil, garlic powder, oregano and basil. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1764893969.jpg"> <BR> Get out frying pan, pot with a lid, tongs and granny fork (my preference) or fork of your choice. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:31:57 EST Busy ! Busy ! Busy ! And So Enjoyable ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776343 After having the Grand Children here for almost a week, it was time to get down to Canning my Tomatoes and corn. <BR> But First...Here are my Grands ! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l24638179.jpg"> <BR> Pop and Luke at the Fair looking at Heavy Equipment ! Of Course ! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l176920412.jpg"> <BR> Annaliese, Luke and Sammy !!! He sure got a workout ! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l482339277.jpg... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 07:19:31 EST Another "Look What I Found" !!! Luna Moth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731081 Yesterday morning, I found this beautiful HUGE bright green moth on my porch wall. I took a picture last night as it was still there...I thought it was dead !!! <BR> I looked it up on the internet and found it was a Luna Moth... <BR> She's about 3 1/2" wide... <BR> <BR> She was laying eggs. So now I have moth eggs to watch...She is gone this morning. (They only live for a week...How Sad !!! ) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1799031311.jpg"> <BR> Her Eggs are by her... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 07:08:02 EST My Gardens and New Trellises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710225 Good Morning All <BR> I went for a walk in my back yard and took a FEW pictures of my gardens... <BR> Of course they have just been planted and I always plant things to close together...But it will be all lush and full of bounty in a few months !!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1495206430.jpg"> <BR> Jimmy's Corn, watermelons and pumpkins with our 300 gallon water container ! What a Life Saver !!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l518759756.jp... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 04:21:56 EST Happy Mother's Day...Hug a Mom Today !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692413 Today is such a Special Day !!! <BR> We all have or had Mom's... <BR> Some Good, Some not so Good and Some that are Great and some that are down right horrible. <BR> What ever the case, We should be So grateful for them, for they are the reason we are here. <BR> Even if it's only for that reason, we should Thank Our Mom's for giving us a chance to BE. <BR> To grow up and experience life, make the most of those experiences and learn from them. <BR> And to make thing Better for ourselves and ou... Sun, 11 May 2014 06:43:21 EST SONG HITS RENAMED FOR SENIORS. To Funny Not to Pass Along !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687869 60'S OLD TIME HITS RE-NAMED FOR SENIORS <BR> Should I laugh or cry!! <BR> <BR> Some of the artists from the 60's are revising their hits with new lyrics to accommodate aging baby boomers <BR> who can remember doing the "Limbo" as if it were yesterday! <BR> <BR> They include: <BR> <BR> ========================================<BR>=================== <BR> Bobby Darin's --- <BR> "Splish, Splash, I Was Having A Flash!" <BR> <BR> <BR> ===============================... Mon, 5 May 2014 09:42:28 EST Tipsy Pots Tower Planter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681444 My Step Daughter, Suzanne, made this !!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1890084363.jpg"> <BR> Here are the instructions...From Instructables. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1007380021.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My husband saw this clay pot tower in someone's yard several years ago and I just had to figure out how to make one. I found some very limited information online and learned they were called Tipsy Pots. I also have full instructions on my websi... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 08:59:21 EST Typical Cleveland Ohio Weather !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670349 Can you Believe this ???? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l538268491.jpg"> <BR> Just So You Can See It Better !!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l368747859.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1680798357.jpg"> <BR> On a Brighter Note .................. <BR> Our First Daffodils !!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1379723683.jpg"> <BR> Hope You Are All Having a Wonderful Spring !!!! <BR>... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:08:50 EST My Pretty Table Setting for My Coffee Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659788 I just read another members blog on Pretty Place Setting for One. <BR> It reminded me of the Coffee Parties I have with my friend a few times a year. <BR> I know I took a picture of the table all set and pretty. <BR> I hope I can find it now that I'm writing this blog... <BR> Let me See.......................................<BR>............................. <BR> Yeah !!! I found 2 pictures !!! <BR> My Mother's Depression Glass Pink Plates and dainty Depression Glass wine glasses for juice. <... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 07:04:38 EST They've Lied Before !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656818 OK Today the weather men/women are saying that this will be our LAST Snow for the Season !!! <BR> So does the Farmer's Almanac...Then Rain, Rain, Rain !!!! And More Rain !!! <BR> Well, they've All Lied Before so I am documenting it... <BR> This is what we woke up to this morning.... <BR> The Last Snow of the Season. <BR> Looking out from my porch. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l911222073.jpg"> <BR> Our Sugar Shack. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:41:00 EST I'm a "Staple" Canner !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629825 I'm using up what's in my pantry. <BR> I pressure canned chunks of potatoes in quarts for the first time this past summer. <BR> Boy, do they make the Best fried potatoes with onion and sweet red peppers ! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l327444693.jpg"> <BR> Corn tastes like fresh picked. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l696084035.jpg"> <BR> Green beans and carrots...we do not like and won't can again. <BR> Sauer Kraut is Awesome ! <BR> <img sr... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 07:05:43 EST Fighting the Urge--a free book to download http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611787 The Author Dr. Amy Johnson has given permission to share her book which really excited me..this is ONLY 23 pages long!! Please check it out and share with your friends if you like! <BR> <BR> "Per the author....My intention for this work is that it is widely shared with as many people as possible. Please feel free to reprint, publish, and share any part of this e-book with anyone who you think might benefit from it." <BR> <BR> A note for the Author ! <BR> <BR> You have everything you nee... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 06:23:39 EST Jan 29 2014 Rare Event in My Yard...Snow Rollers ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608840 Good Morning All... <BR> I woke up the other day and saw these clumps of snow all over the top of the snow in our side yard... <BR> It looked like ...Well, I don't know. You judge. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1286536871.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l669459781.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l165193820.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1844916109.jpg"> <BR> In all of my 60 ... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 05:37:12 EST 1-22-14 Painting My Kitchen Cabinets Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601976 Hi All <BR> For those who know that I'm in the middle of painting my kitchen cabinets, here are the pictures I had promised... <BR> My Kitchen colors were... <BR> Green washed oak bottoms, red uppers, light green window trim, yellow walls and real butcher block counters. <BR> New scheme... <BR> Leave Green bottoms, white uppers and window trim, keep yellow walls?, keep butcher block counter tops...Oh and have and will keep red oak hard wood floors stained dark. <BR> Pictures go from left to r... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 07:13:53 EST 1-14-14 Sad News about Mom's House http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593205 Good Day All... <BR> Just need to vent and get this off my mind... <BR> <BR> My parents never had money and we lived Very modestly. <BR> There were 5 of us in a tiny bungalow that was my parents starter home. <BR> They bought it in 1954 when I was one yr old for 11.300.00. My "rich" Aunt gave them the down payment. It had 2 small bedrooms, small kitchen, small...well, everything was Small ! <BR> The Lot was huge, so we had large gardens (canned or froze everything), great family picnics, c... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 07:24:51 EST Update on Friends Feed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590925 This topic sure has gotten a lot of negative press !!!! <BR> <BR> It so easy just to skip over what you don't want to see/read/comment !!!! <BR> <BR> But some just need something to complain about (IMHO) !!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> So for those that Really need help with making your FF less intrusive (bungled up with unnecessary and unwanted info) Here is your solution !!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/friend_feed_priv<BR>acy.asp </link> <BR> You can go to this link and check which ite... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 07:28:18 EST A Note on SP Friends Feed 1-10-2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588890 It has come to the attention of the SP Leaders Team (team only for team leaders where we discuss anything and everything on SP that is helping or hindering and suggestions) that <BR> 1. some people do not like the fact that we can use our wheel spins to update our status that shows on the Friends Feed (FF). <BR> They say it is cluttering up the FF and who cares anyway ??? <BR> I disagree. <BR> Some people use SP as a Social Network and some are Hard Core Sp Exercisers and Weigh losers !!!! ... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 07:34:53 EST My Christmas List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570793 <BR> I have a list of people <BR> <BR> All written in a book - <BR> <BR> And every year at Christmas time <BR> <BR> I go and take a look. <BR> <BR> <BR> And that is when I realize <BR> <BR> That those names are all a part - <BR> <BR> Not of the book they're written in <BR> <BR> But of my very heart. <BR> <BR> <BR> For each name stands for someone <BR> <BR> Who has crossed my path some time - <BR> <BR> And in that meeting they've become <BR> <BR> A treasured friend of mine. <BR... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 23:42:08 EST My Garden Project for 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566267 Good Day All... <BR> Just to preface my project... <BR> Our home was built in 1836...177 years old !!!! <BR> On the original farmstead was a huge Bank Barn. <BR> From the stories I've heard, it burned down in the 1970's. All that is left are the original Rock foundations and dividing walls. <BR> I can't imagine gathering all of those rocks and hand placing them to make the foundation walls, etc. <BR> THE PLANS... <BR> I want to section off areas by putting in some raised beds, trellises, tre... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 07:12:03 EST Nov 7 2013 Carrots and Brussell Sprouts !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534572 Good Day All... <BR> Gosh, I haven't Blogged in such a long time !!!! <BR> So I thought I'd show you what I've been doing with my Carrots and Brussell Sprouts. <BR> <BR> Here are the carrots as I got them...At least the tops were gone !!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1522132508.jpg"> <BR> After a Ton of scrubbing !!! No peeling necessary !!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2078912386.jpg"> <BR> Sliced ... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 07:06:11 EST Sept 11, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482463 I just wanted to say... <BR> At 8:46am and 9:03am today, a moment of Silence, for the Day, for the People, for the Dead, for the Survivors, for the Firefighters and Rescuers, For US and the U.S. I was cleaning beets to can and Stopped and Remembered. <BR> It was if All This happened yesterday. <BR> I cried as I did then. <BR> I was scared as I was then. <BR> I felt sorrow as I did then. <BR> I felt Proud and I did then. <BR> I felt Honored as I did then. <BR> God Bless the USA and ALL of ... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 09:03:21 EST DIY First Aid Ointment (Homemade Neosporin) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444939 DIY First Aid Ointment (Homemade Neosporin) <BR> by Jessie Flesner <BR> <BR> If you are looking to live a more natural, toxin-free life, then you will be happy to find out there are many products you can make yourself that are natural and chemical free. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here are two easy recipes for making your own first aid cream (aka Neosporin). Neosporin contains a lot of man-made ingredients that actually can cause serious side effects for some people. <BR> <BR> These ointments are a... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 08:25:09 EST How to Freeze Eggs !!! Who Knew !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414090 <BR> How to Freeze Eggs <BR> by Rachel Paxton <BR> <BR> If you have extra eggs on hand, whether you found a great sale or you have your own chickens and extra eggs to spare, then consider freezing them! Eggs can be stored in the freezer for up to a year and thawed when you need them. <BR> <BR> Who knew you could freeze eggs? I sure didn't. People have actually been doing it for years. Back in the day when people raised their own chickens, there was often the problem of too many eggs and... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 09:22:50 EST A Blog from SP Regarding Points Changes This Should Help !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403729 Hi There If you read my first blog today and are totally confused about the points changes.. <BR> This should help !!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Here it is !!!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=simplified_sparkpoints_and_more_of_<BR>them </link> <BR> This should help you find the blogs etc. <BR> <BR> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:02:46 EST The SP Insider is Gone !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403201 As you all my have noticed... <BR> On the SP Start page, a few changes have been made which started yesterday. <BR> One major change was that the Spark Insider tab and all tabs are gone. <BR> The Article, Video and Recipe tabs are now pictures only...But the Insider is gone all together. <BR> For me, That was the one I used the most...All the others come in emails daily. <BR> I don't agree with this change. <BR> One the SP Team Leaders Team thread that questioned the change, I did put in my 2... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 07:47:15 EST How to Make Mozzarella Cheese- (Part One: Getting Ready) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371189 From the Prairie Homestead... <BR> <link>www.theprairiehomestead.com/2013/05/<BR>how-to-make-mozzarella-cheese-part-one<BR>-getting-ready.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1166474925.jpg"> <BR> I’ve been promising ya’ll a mozzarella recipe for a while now and it’s finally here! <BR> <BR> I don’t consider myself to be an expert cheesemaker, by any means. BUT, I have had considerable success with mozzarella (and having a milk cow gives me plenty of... Wed, 29 May 2013 08:17:29 EST How to Make Yogurt in a Mason Jar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359001 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1474684447.jpg"> <BR> From Prairie Homestead <BR> There are lots of reasons to make your own yogurt. But the most important? <BR> <BR> It’ll make you feel like a homesteading rockstar. <BR> <BR> Oh yeah. <BR> <BR> Okay… so maybe that isn’t the *most* important reason, but it sure is fun. <BR> <BR> And besides the rockstar-thing, homemade yogurt is super nutritious (hello probiotic-goodness without all the flavorings and additives…) and p... Fri, 17 May 2013 08:37:50 EST Easy Peasy Cultured Buttermilk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349675 Easy Peasy Cultured Buttermilk <BR> {from our homemade pantry} <BR> <BR> <BR> From Happy In Dole Valley... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l348978900.jpg"> <BR> I'm not sure why I haven't shared this sooner since making homemade buttermilk is about the easiest thing to do. Really! And if "easy peasy" isn't enough to entice you to try making your own, you should know that you'll save money, too, which is always a good thing. :) <BR> <BR> Why use buttermilk?... Wed, 8 May 2013 10:26:52 EST OMG Look What I Found !!!! A White Toad/Frog !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346288 I know ...Seriously !!!! <BR> <BR> I had to show you all this white toad...In all of my almost 60 years of living in the country, I've never see such a thing. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1731002003.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l721747650.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2124938880.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1705180820.jpg"> <BR> He/She has bright yellow under it's l... Sun, 5 May 2013 13:30:22 EST I Made Them !!! Homemade Pork and Beans !!! YUM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340443 Good Morning All... <BR> Well, yesterday, I posted a blog on how to make and can Pork and Beans... <BR> I couldn't wait to try it so I made then yesterday... <BR> They look so Yummmy... <BR> The pictures in the original blog are of the girl that originally posted the recipe. <BR> Here are my pictures... <BR> I made mine a little juicier... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1769406097.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l150627933.jpg"> <BR> My ... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 08:42:13 EST Homemade Canned Pork and Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339140 How to Can Homemade Pork and Beans <BR> by Rachel Paxton <BR> From Creative Homemaking <BR> <link>www.creativehomemaking.com/recipes/p<BR>ork-and-beans.shtml </link> <BR> Do go look at her site...Very interesting !!!! <BR> <BR> Recently I have become very interested in food storage. In the past couple of weeks I have been doing a lot of reading about canning beans, and I found this great recipe for canning pork and beans. This recipe is definitely a keeper. <BR> <BR> If you are workin... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 08:40:06 EST Stuff you didn't know you didn't know! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328584 I Didn't Know some of this stuff !!!!! <BR> <BR> Stuff you didn't know you didn't know! <BR> <BR> And Very Interesting !!!! <BR> ------------ <BR> --------- --------- --------- <BR> ---- <BR> Men can read smaller <BR> print than women can; women can hear better. <BR> ------------ <BR> --------- --------- --------- <BR> ---- <BR> <BR> Coca-Cola was originally green. <BR> ------------ <BR> --------- --------- --------- <BR> ---- <BR> It is impossible to lick <BR> your elbow. <BR> ... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 10:36:59 EST April 8th 2013 Sunrises and Flowers Spring Has Sprung http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315549 Good Morning All... <BR> What a Beautiful Sunny Morning here in NE Ohio. <BR> The next 5-6 days will be raining SOOOO I thought I'd get out and take some pictures this AM. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l818740925.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l956661431.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1142652590.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1383366307.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 09:12:15 EST Thick and Creamy Homemade Tomato Soup Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167128 Thick and Creamy Homemade Tomato Soup Recipe from Prairie Homestead. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1716601875.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you don¡¯t have home-canned tomatoes at your disposal, just use two cans (14.5 oz each) of the store-bought version instead. <BR> <BR> Thick & Creamy Tomato Soup <BR> 4 cups crushed or diced tomatoes (do not drain) <BR> 4 Tablespoons butter, coconut oil, or bacon grease <BR> 1/4 cup chopped onion <BR> 1/4 cup chopped celery <BR> 3... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 08:46:47 EST A Beginner's Guide to the Farmers Market http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160006 Good Morning All !!!! <BR> I know it's kind of Early to be thinking about a Farmer's Market this time of year...BUT... <BR> I found this article while browsing SP... <BR> There are some great suggestions and reasons to be buying at a Farmer's Market rather than the grocery store...Besides it's always good to support our local farmers ! <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1375 </link> <BR> <BR> Can you tell I miss my Garden ???? <BR> <BR> Have a Super Sa... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 09:13:29 EST Dec 7th 2012 Funnies for the Day !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159100 Retirement !!! <BR> <BR> Question: How many days in a week? <BR> <BR> Answer: 6 Saturdays, 1 Sunday <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Question: When is a retiree's bedtime? <BR> <BR> Answer: Three hours after he falls asleep on the couch. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Question: How many retirees to change a light bulb? <BR> <BR> Answer: Only one, but it might take all day. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ques... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 09:39:54 EST How to Pressure Can Homemade Stock/Broth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159083 Now that our gardens are turned under and braving the winter chill, I thought this would be a Great winter project... <BR> Be sure to visit <link>www.theprairiehomestead.com </link> for more fun and fabulous ideas.... <BR> <BR> <BR> How to Pressure Can Homemade Stock/Broth <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1063928882.jpg"> <BR> Supplies: <BR> <BR> A pressure canner (I love my All-American Canner!) <BR> Pint or quart sized canning jars <BR> Matching lids and ring... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 09:24:55 EST Plastic Wrap Alternative: DIY Beeswax Cotton Wraps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154736 Plastic Wrap Alternative: DIY Beeswax Cotton Wraps <BR> From "My Healthy Green Family" Site by Free Range Mama <BR> Here is the link for her Blog and Site... <BR> Do go visit her as she has so many wonderful ideas.... <BR> <link>myhealthygreenfamily.com/blog/wordpr<BR>ess/plastic-wrap-alternative-diy-beesw<BR>ax-cotton-wraps/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was first introduced to beeswax-coated cotton wraps by Suzanne from Green Planet Parties. They quickly became an important part of our foo... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 12:53:12 EST Oct. 9th 2012 My Pantry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5092423 Good Morning All.... <BR> Woke up to 37 degrees outside !!!! Yikes !!!! <BR> My hanging plants are all withered so today is ripping out the rest of the gardens, grinding leaves and mulching the gardens with them. <BR> Hubby got a new toy at a yard sale this summer. It's a lawn vac that sucks up the leaves and grinds them. AWESOME !!!! It's huge so it's his job to run it and mine to load the J.D. Gator and take them to the gardens and dump and cover... <BR> I still have pears left so it's ... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 09:49:48 EST How to Make Grape Juice...with Steam . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064926 Hi All...Well, here you go !!!! <BR> BUT First... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l654029583.jpg"> <BR> A Praying Mantis stuck in a spider web...I Saved Him !!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l120942681.jpg"> <BR> This is a picture of the box and the steamer itself. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l674641762.jpg"> <BR> My Steam Juicer. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l667514418.jpg"> <BR> Comes w... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:55:23 EST September 2nd 2012 Goings On ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040884 Good morning Everyone ! <BR> Well, we got some of the rain up here near Cleveland, Ohio from Isaac. More coming today. That's OK as we surely did need some rain. <BR> My garden is winding down a bit now...just beans, Patty Pan and a few zukes, pumpkins and tomatoes left. (hillbillys and beef steak and cherries) <BR> I just love going out early am with my cup of coffee and a basket to collect my bounties. <BR> Not sure if it's the fruit and veggies or the colors. <BR> Speaking of colors, ou... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 08:29:21 EST Prayers Needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5032682 I Recieved this in an email this Morning. <BR> How could I Not forward that email and also, post it here. <BR> Our Young Men and Women are doing what is asked of them. <BR> I ask you to do what is Right. <BR> Pray for them and Keep Them in Your Hearts and Mind. <BR> After all...If it was't for them, we wouldn't have what we have... <BR> OUR FREEDOM !!!! <BR> <BR> We are asking everyone to say a prayer for " Darkhorse " 3rd Battalion 5th Marines and their families. They are fighting it out in... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 07:25:04 EST What is a Victorio Vegetable Strainer, You Ask ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028553 Well here is a picture of the box of the one I just bought... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l473258727.jpg"> <BR> I use it to make Tomato Sauce. <BR> It's function is to separate the skins and seeds from the juice and pulp of the tomatoes. <BR> First you Boil your tomatoes til they are really soft. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l257188395.jpg"> <BR> Then fill thetop hopper with the boiled tomatoes, crank the handle... <BR> <img src="http://... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 22:20:49 EST Beck's Farm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021485 Thought I'd show you where I sell my Wears... <BR> Beck's Farm...A Small Local Farm, Becky sells here farm fresh produce from the front of her home... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l225899238.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l20665386.jpg"> <BR> I can't find the close up pictures, so I'll take some today and post them on a new blog.. <BR> OOPS... I found them... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l155381764.jpg"> <BR>... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 08:07:08 EST UPDATE on Swartzbaugh Conservo Canner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5014698 Well, as Fun as that was... <BR> The tops are Popping !!!! (Did Not Seal Properly) <BR> I heard a ping in my pantry yesterday so I went to check it out, <BR> Here my canned corn lids were popped. <BR> Of the 16 jars I canned only 4 are still sealed. So 16 went into the trash !!! <BR> Not sure what I did wrong...But I'm back to Freezing my corn and/or pressure canning... <BR> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 08:03:42 EST Swartzbaugh Conservo Canner Canning Corn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5006183 Yesterday, I used my Swartzbaugh Conservo Canner to can my corn. <BR> It is a Cooker/Canner made in Toledo Ohio around 1906. <BR> It goes on your stove top. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l410702586.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l497836044.jpg"> <BR> To can corn, first shuck the corn... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l913464377.jpg"> <BR> Blanch it for 7 minutes... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.co... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 07:26:20 EST July 11 (7-11) Well, Yesterday was My and Meyer's Lucky Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4965063 Good Morning Everyone !!! <BR> FBS 122 <BR> Loving the morning cool air. I have my windows and doors open...How Wonderful !!!! <BR> We'll be in the high 80's in the next few days and 90's by friday !!!! <BR> Getting 5 doz ears of local corn today from Becky. Sounds like a Freezing day ! <BR> I tried my dried green beans in some soup yesterday...I couldn't believe it !!! The cooked up just like as if they were canned...What a tasty surprise... <BR> I may dry some of that corn. <BR> <BR> My an... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 08:06:45 EST July 3rd 2012 Garden, Canning and Such http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4953070 Just wanted to share what I've been doing...Via Pictures <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l156512226.jpg"> <BR> Planted Hens and Chicks in Jimmy's old work boots with Annaliese... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l694010170.jpg"> <BR> My Tomato Garden Day 1...46 plants here ...One of my many gardens. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l792289457.jpg"> <BR> Tomato Garden Today..This Morning. <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 07:12:39 EST The ABC's of Friendship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4942113 Borrowed from Abettrme's Blog <BR> To Good to not pass along !!!! <BR> <BR> The ABCs of Friendship <BR> <BR> We can all work to be better friends in life :) <BR> <BR> A friend... <BR> <BR> (A)ccepts you as you are <BR> (B)elieves in "you" <BR> (C)alls you just to say "HI" <BR> (D)oesn't give up on you <BR> (E)nvisions the whole of you (even the unfinished parts) <BR> (F)orgives your mistakes <BR> (G)ives unconditionally <BR> (H)elps you <BR> (I)nvites you over <BR> (J)ust "be"... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 18:44:37 EST