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SparkPeople Home and Garden and DIY - On A Budget Team Messageboard Build Your Own DIY Island <BR> <BR> Here's the plans to build your own DIY island, doesn't appear too hard either <BR> <BR> <link><BR>d/?sssdmh=dm17.872529&amp;esrc=nwkbi02<BR>0116 </link> Tue, 2 Feb 2016 03:02:04 EST The best way to store fresh herbs came across an interesting way to help store fresh herbs <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-way-to-store-fresh-herbs-parsley-cila<BR>ntro-dill-basil.html </link> Sat, 30 Jan 2016 11:40:47 EST How to store fruits and veggies to last longer Withe price of food so high came across this interesting article that tells you what to do to get the maximum value for your produce..... plus it looks like it would print out nice to put up for handy reference. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-fruits-vegetables-to-last/ </link> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 06:37:41 EST Happy Birthday YARELL <BR> <BR> Hi everybody, today's YARELL's birthday. Let's hope Leslie has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>236</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>RELL </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:35:42 EST Garden Crop Rotation – A Simple System Garden Crop Rotation – A Simple System <BR> <BR> I got this in an email this morning and I think it's the Simplest System to follow for crop rotation...It even explains the reasons why !!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi, I’m Lesa from Better Hens and Gardens. When “getting back to basics”, one of the easiest ways to start is by growing your own food. Then you know exactly what’s in it, it’s tastier than grocery store varieties, it costs less, and the process is rewarding. <BR> <BR> By growing your ... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:04:49 EST Going organic this spring? Tips and tools to help Going organic this spring? Tips and tools to help you grow <BR> <link><BR>ng-organic-this-spring-tips-and-tools-<BR>to-help-you-grow/309093.html?utm_sourc<BR>e=Farm+and+Dairy&amp;utm_campaign=002c<BR>35a5d6-E_newsletter_1_18_16&amp;utm_me<BR>dium=email&amp;utm_term=0_23b488519b-002c35a5d6-80608469 </link> <BR> Most people know organic gardening rejects synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, but that’s not all there is to growing organic. <BR>... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:29:55 EST Recordkeeping for the garden Recordkeeping for the garden <BR> From Farm and Dairy <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ordkeeping-for-the-garden/311117.html </link> <BR> Before you prepare your spring garden, plan to keep records of what varieties you plant, how you plant them and what you’re learning as you garden. In later years, you can look back at your garden records and decide what to change or keep the same. <BR> <BR> Garden recordkeeping can include sketches of your garden space, list... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:25:59 EST Canning Granny DIY Dry Mixes Canning Granny DIY Dry Mixes <BR> <BR> Is everyone getting the emails from the Canning Granny on her DIY Dry Mixes ??? <BR> She posts a new recipe each day and sends an email... <BR> <BR> Including...Salad Dressings, cake mixes, hot cocoa mix, gravy etc.... <BR> If not, Do sign up for her emails....She's <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> ***When You open the link, Scroll down the page to see that previous days of recipes... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 16 Jan 2016 07:37:13 EST Does Anyone Do Home Improvement Here? I am seeing most of the posts about small projects, decor, etc, which is great too, but I am wondering if there are any home improvement people here?? I do almost everything myself, with backup from DH for heavy lifting and demolition. I watched people do things and then started to do it myself because I can't see paying someone to so something I can do in 15 minutes and a $10 part and they charge $175!! No thank you! I will do it and find a way! Fri, 15 Jan 2016 04:49:42 EST Newcomers Welcome to all newcomers! If you need any help navigating the site or general questions. I would be happy to try and help you. <BR> <BR> This is a interesting team for all kinds of things do it yourself at home and in the garden. <BR> We welcome anyone with fresh ideas or things to share with the group. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to contact me if you want direction. All the leaders here are VERY helpful. <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking! AND DIY ! Thu, 14 Jan 2016 13:25:54 EST Newbie here.... Hello all! So after being on this site off and on for a few years, I'm actually going to use a lot of it, instead of just the recipes. <BR> As many other women, baby fat is difficult to lose. I'll be turning 40 in six months and trying to get a few sizes smaller. <BR> I'm going a different route than others on here though. I'm trying for the low-carb thing. This is a life style change, not just a 6 month diet. I have a stupid auto immune disease and am unable to exercise, so I need to chang... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 11:58:03 EST DIY...Aloe Vera Face Cream Recipe DIY...Aloe Vera Face Cream Recipe <BR> <link><BR>aloe-face-cream-recipe.html </link> <BR> Aloe Vera Face Cream Recipe <BR> Author: Noelle Tarr/The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Recipe type: DIY Beauty <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> •1 cup aloe vera gel <BR> •½ cup coconut oil <BR> •2 tablespoons jojoba oil <BR> •1.5 tablespoons beeswax pastilles (Can also use ¾th of a 1 oz bar of beeswax, diced finely or grated) <BR> •5-8 drops essential oil like lavender o... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:38:57 EST DIY Healing Hand Salve DIY Healing Hand Salve <BR> <BR> This is a new recipe from me and a must have for the winter. You can find a lot more on my website Simple Life Mom. <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 1 cup olive oil <BR> <BR> 3/4 cup shea butter <BR> <BR> 2 Tbsp beeswax <BR> <BR> 1 Tbsp cocoa butter <BR> <BR> 20 drops essential oils <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> In a double boiler (I use a glass measuring cup in a saucepan of water), combine olive oil, shea butter, beeswax, and cocoa butter. <BR> Remove f... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 09:46:36 EST Tips for ordering from seed catalogs Tips for ordering from seed catalogs <BR> from Farm and Dairy <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-for-ordering-from-seed-catalogs/3090<BR>61.html?utm_source=Farm+and+Dairy&amp;<BR>utm_campaign=e85b7d3959-E_newsletter_1<BR>_11_16&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_te<BR>rm=0_23b488519b-e85b7d3959-80608469 </link> <BR> Seed ordering tips <BR> <BR> Everyone’s garden is different. Before you order seeds, keep these tips in mind: <BR> <BR> 1.Order early. To ensure that you ... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:03:07 EST Back to Basics Guide PLUS DIY RECIPES !!! Back to Basics Guide PLUS DIY RECIPES !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>loads/Back_To_Basics_Living_Quick_Star<BR>t_Guide.pdf?inf_contact_key=69cc952afa<BR>8255f2f4095876a6908853ce4020598cd7c0d4<BR>0281510256ed80c1 </link> <BR> <BR> Back To Basics Living <BR> Homemade Cleaners <BR> <BR> Vegetable Wash <BR> <BR> 1 C Distilled Water <BR> 1 C Vinegar <BR> 1 T Baking Soda <BR> Place in spray bottle and use as necessary. <BR> <BR> Furniture Polish <BR> <BR> 1 C ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 08:07:20 EST Joyous January Chatter !!! Good Morning and Happy New Year !!! I'm Back !!! <BR> <BR> Just got back from Raleigh on New Years Eve !!! Had a Blast with the Grands !!! <BR> Temps were in the 50's to 70's and wonderful !!! Now back to the 20's here at home ! <BR> I can't believe I didn't even gain a pound over the holidays !!! <em>334</em> <BR> Well, I quit smoking on New Years Eve at Noon !!! So far so Good ! Not one puff and it's day 3...My biggest fear is gaining weight after quitting smoking !!! :{ <BR> I've ... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 07:27:14 EST Hi! Returning Member From Upstate NY! I was a member of SP a few years ago, and now I have returned after buying a cute 1850's house! I love it, and the things I want to do are to de-modernize it if that makes sense? They went way too far with it in the 80's, and I need to bring it a bit antique looking!! Because it is an antique house!! I am starting by replacing fixtures as I can with aged bronze or brass, the darker period looking things anyway! I also hope to bring the other things moe in line with the period a... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 06:05:57 EST Chef's is Going Out of Business !!! Up to 90% OFF Chef's is Going Out of Business !!! Up to 90% OFF <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ems.aspx?sourcecode=GW2EM9590 </link> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:05:57 EST New to you! New to this forum, and recommitting to Spark. <BR> I'm an avid DIYer, both in and out of the house. Looking forward to swiping your ideas! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:32:42 EST How To Make Lighted Christmas Presents for Outdoor How To Make Lighted Christmas Presents for Outdoors <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2/how-to-make-lighted-christmas-presen<BR>ts.html </link> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 07:55:17 EST Hydrogen Peroxide Magic! Hydrogen Peroxide Magic! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/hydrogen-peroxide-magic.html </link> <BR> She Wrote... <BR> <BR> Ever since I started using Hydrogen Peroxide to get rid of armpit stains, to clean cookie sheets, as a miracle cleaner in my kitchen and bathroom, and to make my own “oxi clean“…I ALWAYS have at least one bottle of the stuff under my kitchen sink, under my bathroom sink, AND in the laundry room. This stuff is amazingly versatile! <BR> <BR> B... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 09:24:57 EST Christmas Village Ladder !!! AWESOME Idea !!! <img src=""> <BR> When next you find an old ladder at a garage sale, grab it!! <BR> Put a coat of paint on it... Run some boards across the steps... Welcome your new Christmas Village Scene! I love this!! <BR> To Bad I sold all of my Village buildings and accessories !!! :{ Tue, 15 Dec 2015 07:57:01 EST Gifts from the Kitchen – Infused Vinegar Gifts from the Kitchen – Infused Vinegar <BR> <img src=""> <BR> One of the most informative links on making infused vinegars... <BR> Including recipes, ratios, combinations, storing...etc. <BR> <BR> You can infuse vinegar with just about any combination of herbs, fruits, veggies and spices that you can think of. Consider combinations like basil &amp; oregano, garlic and rosemary, lemon and dill, apple and cinnam... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 10:16:35 EST 2 DIY Gift that are Easy to Make !!! 2 DIY Gift that are Easy to Make !!! From Living Homegrown... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-gifts/?utm_source=Living+Homegrown+N<BR>ewsletter&amp;utm_campaign=ace69b1565-<BR>ManualRSS_Newsletter_12%2F13%2F15&amp;<BR>utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_4531d2<BR>0179-ace69b1565-113104189&amp;ct=t(Man<BR>ualRSS_Newsletter_12/13/15) </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Home Fragrance Kit <BR> <BR> If you create a kit, you are creating the gift of fragrance for your reci... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 09:54:03 EST Growing Potatoes In Containers - BIG Harvest ! Growing Potatoes In Containers - BIG Harvest ! Video... <BR> <BR> Watch this method of growing potatoes and a big harvest - in containers with a well draining potting mix like ProMix HP or a mix of Peat Moss and Perlitte. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 8 Dec 2015 06:53:43 EST Roasting Chestnuts !!! OH YUMMMM !!!! Roasting Chestnuts <BR> <BR> You’ve heard them sung about and you’ve probably seen them every year in the produce department around the holidays, but what how do you actually roast chestnuts? The process of roasting chestnuts doesn’t actually involve an “open fire” as the song suggests, your oven will do just fine. Roasting chestnuts is a simple and fun holiday activity and my just become a part of your holiday tradition. <BR> <img src=" Mon, 7 Dec 2015 16:10:22 EST A Few Christmas Ideas !!! A framed Christmas Tree made from vintage hankies... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>3904/?utm_campaign=bprecs&amp;e_t=0f45<BR>9531e76947508998a57134e027d4&amp;utm_c<BR>ontent=443956475747333904&amp;utm_sour<BR>ce=31&amp;utm_term=3&amp;utm_medium=2004 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> A Stocking made from vintage quilts and embroidered table runner... <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 09:46:00 EST Chef's Ball FreshTech Electric Water Bath Canner, Chef's Ball FreshTech Electric Water Bath Canner, 21 Quart... <BR> <BR> Chef's Catalog has the Ball FreshTech Electric Water Bath Canner, 21-quart on Sale for 79.95 PLUS FREE Shipping !!! <BR> This is the BEST price I've ever seen...Usually sells for 149.95... <BR> It's been on my wish list for a long time now...So I bought myself my Christmas Gift !!! :} <BR> <link><BR>all-freshtech-electric-water-bath-cann<BR>er-21-quart.aspx </link> <BR> Also, on Ama... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 07:46:21 EST I have some Sad News for Jules...Flow rdalejewel.. I have some Sad News for Jules...Flowerdalejewel...Our Leader ! <BR> This is the email I received this morning !!! <BR> I'm sure she can use our support today ! <BR> <BR> Patti, <BR> <BR> I don't know if you saw on FB, but my brother Steven had a heart attack this morning and passed away. <BR> <BR> It was a shock really, I just wasn't expecting anything like this to happen at home. <BR> <BR> I probably will be back to Sparks soon, I don't know I'm really not sure what I'm doing at the ... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 07:31:08 EST Delightful December Chat Thread !!! Well, December is Already Here and Time to Create and Bake and Buy and Wrap and Share Our Time with Family and Friends !!! <BR> Enjoy Our New Month !!! Tue, 1 Dec 2015 08:25:12 EST Our Life In Old Pictures. How Many Do You Remember Our Life In Old Pictures. How Many Do You Remember? - <BR> <BR> What Fun !!! I Remember 99% of These !!! <BR> <link><BR>in-old-Pictures.-How-Many-Do-You-Remem<BR>ber.php </link> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 07:22:29 EST FREE Simple Soup Ebook from SimplyCa FREE Simple Soup Ebook from <BR> <BR> Hi All <BR> I got this email a few minutes ago and thought you would like this FREE Ebook Called Simple Soups from Simply <BR> Here is the email...Don't Forget to use the code Thanks at checkout ! <BR> <BR> Hello Patti, <BR> <BR> Today's e-mail is going to be super short! Yay. <BR> <BR> It is the week of Thanksgiving in the US so we have been reflecting on life and blessings and yes even challenges. I want to t... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:23:49 EST 21 Day New Member Challenge 21 Day New Member Challenge <BR> <BR> This is a GREAT Challenge to learn about what SparkPeople has to offer, how to track Nutrition and Fitness and the how to navigate the Site. <BR> You will get an email each day that will take you to your Challenge Page. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-challenge.asp?calendar=6 </link> <BR> <BR> There are other Challenges on the Challenge Central Page...Including one for Stepping into the Holidays 30 day Challenge... <BR> <... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 05:55:33 EST How can I repackage relish? Hubby brought home a HUGE jar of pickle relish -- a GALLON of it -- we go through a lot because we eat a lot of hamburgers so he thought it would be a better deal. <BR> But the thing doesn't fit in the fridge so I'm going to have to repackage it... or ??? <BR> <BR> Can I freeze relish do you think? <BR> <BR> Or can I can it somehow? <BR> <BR> I don't do much canning since I got a ceramic-top stove and they say not to use a canner on it so I don't even have a pressure canner anymore. <B... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:24:20 EST Chef John's Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy Chef John's Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy <BR> <BR> For all of the people celebrating Thanksgiving this month !!! Or a recipe to keep and use for beef, chicken etc. just substitute some beef or chicken in place of the turkey wings !!! :} <BR> <BR> <BR> Chef John's Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Prep <BR> 20 m <BR> <BR> Cook <BR> 1 h 55 m <BR> <BR> Ready In <BR> 2 h 15 m <BR> <BR> <BR> Recipe By:Chef John <BR> <BR> "This make-ahead turkey gravy frees up valuable ... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 04:54:16 EST 39 Ways To Reuse, Restyle Old T-Shirts 39 Ways To Reuse, Restyle, And Rewear Your Old T-Shirts (Complete with the link for instructions ) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>o-reuse-restyle-and-rewear-your-old-t-<BR>s-9gri </link> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 12:29:46 EST Making Compost Black Gold for Your Organic Garden I was just searching the web for Compost Recipes and came across this article... <BR> <BR> Making Compost - Black Gold for Your Organic Garden <BR> <BR> It has everything you would ever want to know about making and keeping a compost pile/container... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g-compost-black-gold-for-your-organic-<BR>garden.html </link> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 08:11:19 EST 10 Christmas Craft Projects Made Out Of TP Rolls 10 Christmas Craft Projects Made Out Of Upcycled Toilet Paper Rolls <BR> <BR> What a Fun and Creative bunch of Ideas !!! <BR> From Advent Calendars, Village Buildings, Reindeer, Ornaments...Etc.... <BR> Who Knew ??? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>crafts-projects-made-toilet-paper-rolls/ </link> Sun, 8 Nov 2015 07:14:00 EST Honey Caramel Corn Recipe Honey Caramel Corn Recipe <BR> <BR> Author: The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Prep time: 10 mins <BR> <BR> Cook time: 5 mins <BR> <BR> Total time: 15 mins <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> •1 cup unpopped popcorn kernels <BR> •½ cup butter or coconut oil <BR> •½ cup honey <BR> •½ cup sucanat OR brown sugar <BR> •Pinch sea salt <BR> •½ teaspoon baking soda <BR> •1 teaspoon vanilla <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> 1.Pop the popcorn and place it in a large bowl. <BR> 2.I always grab a bigger bowl tha... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 09:29:05 EST Thoughtful November Chat Thread Hi All and Welcome to our November Chat Thread !!! <BR> <BR> We All have So Much to be Thankful For !!! <BR> <BR> Our Veterans and Our Families !!! Plus SOOO Much More !!! <BR> <BR> Enjoy Our New Month !!! <BR> <BR> I thought it was important to carry over a few of the last posts from October !!! <BR> <BR> From CANTATA... <BR> Folks, I've been really struggling with a decision all week. It finally occurred to me that if I was struggling that much, then I definitely shouldn't continue it... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 06:25:26 EST 20 EASY Fall Soups Ready in 30 Minutes or Less I got this email this morning !!! <BR> Soup must be the HOT Topic these days !!! And Should Be !!! It's Cold Outside !!! <BR> <BR> 20 EASY Fall Soups Ready in 30 Minutes or Less <BR> <BR> Check out the Cream of Mushroom soup Here...YUUUMMMM.... <BR> No Canning Instructions but you can figure that part out...Just leave out the Dairy ! <BR> <link><BR>ready-in-30-minutes/?ms=1&amp;prop25=1<BR>71076029&amp;prop26=HealthyBites&amp;p<BR>rop27=2015-10-28&amp... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 08:18:01 EST Happy Birthday Cindi...LIK ETHEPHOENIX Happy Happy Birthday Cindi !!! <BR> Do Enjoy Your Special Day !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> <em>125</em> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 08:14:15 EST Canning Granny Soups Canning Granny Soups <BR> <BR> Hi All I know it's getting to be Soup Season and Canning Granny has been sending a daily email with all kinds of soup recipes and How To Can Them ... <BR> I thought you would like to get these emails and try some new soup ideas... <BR> Today is cream of Celery... <BR> You get the recipe and how to Can It !!! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Cream of Celery Soup <BR> <BR> Makes 5 pints <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1/3... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 07:51:47 EST DIY Hanging Light Fixtures DIY Hanging Light Fixtures <BR> Here are 2 links... <BR> <link><BR>ght-fixtures/ </link> <BR> And... <BR> <link><BR>g-ideas/ </link> <BR> <BR> I, personally, like this one !!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> AND This One !!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <link>www.diyinspi... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 10:14:33 EST How To Make a Display Plate for Invitations Etc. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here are a few of the Wedding Invitation Plates that I had made in the past...The last picture, I made yesterday ! <BR> You can make these plates for any occasion...Wedding Invites, Baby Announc... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 09:45:21 EST Creative Homemaking Halloween Recipes and Crafts FREE E-Book from Creative Homemaking... <BR> Creative Homemaking Guide to Halloween Recipes and Crafts <BR> <BR> Every once in a while, Rachel Paxton, offers one of her E-Books for FREE... <BR> FREE HALLOWEEN KINDLE E-BOOK <BR> <BR> Download Creative Homemaking's newest e-book for your Kindle this week for FREE! This e-book contains all of Creative Homemaking's favorite Halloween recipes and crafts. <BR> <BR> Find out how to make gooey monster eye cookies, pumpkin cheesecake brownies, mo... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 09:05:56 EST DIY Autumn Leaf Bowls DIY Autumn Leaf Bowls <BR> <BR> Here is a way to turn those faux autumn leaves into something beautiful and functional. Below are instructions for your very own autumn leaf bowl, perfect for holding your favorite scented potpourri or tasty Halloween treats. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/25/diy-autumn-leaf-bowls </link> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 08:54:36 EST 21 Pumpkin Sweets & Halloween Treats Recipes I just got this email for 21 Pumpkin Sweets & Halloween Treats Recipes... <BR> Some Great Pumpkin recipes !!! And other fun treats !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sweets-halloween-treats-recipes/?plid=<BR>EM_PROMO_KITCHME&crid=EM_101115_KitchM<BR>e&utm_source=EM_PROMO_KITCHME&utm_medi<BR>um=email&utm_campaign=EM_101115_KitchMe </link> Sun, 11 Oct 2015 08:24:22 EST New To the Team Hello everyone, <BR> My name is Cindi. I'm a single mom with 3 adult children, (2 living at home). I work as a hospice aide and am hoping to start nursing school in September. I am looking forward to getting to know you all :) Sat, 10 Oct 2015 21:32:40 EST How To. Glass Plate Flower Garden/Yard Sun Catcher "How To" Make a Glass Plate Flower Garden/Yard Art Sun Catcher <BR> <BR> I am saving old plates and bowls to make Flower sun catchers ... <BR> Here is a link for the "How To"...I'm sure there are more tutorials on the web ! <BR> <link><BR>11/plate-flower-tutorial-part-1.html </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 6 Oct 2015 08:04:47 EST Random Kindness Random Kindness <BR> <BR> Post any acts of kindness that you performed for anyone other than yourself recently. <BR> <BR> <BR> I took 2 cases of my canned goods to the nuns at Villa Maria Convent in PA. to Enjoy ! <BR> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 08:14:43 EST Happy Birthday Kim...KIM22211 Happy Birthday Kim ! Have Yourself a Wonderfully Special Day ! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> Fri, 2 Oct 2015 07:50:47 EST Ominus October Chat What a Great Idea and I bet that chicken tasted wonderful !!! <BR> <BR> I got 3 10Lb bags of chicken at 3.90 each...30 lbs for under 12.00 !!! :} <BR> Here is the video I just watched on how to can raw chicken ! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Made 2 apple blueberry pies yesterday ! <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 1 Oct 2015 07:27:43 EST How to Can Plain Apples Now that I have a bushel of FREE Apples, I thought I would Put them Up Plain and then I can make what ever I want later ! <BR> Here is a recipe for canning plain apples.... <BR> <BR> I have a battery operated apple peeler that works like a charm ! <BR> <BR> Canning Apples <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Canning Apples <BR> <BR> Jona-Golds are what we use for canning apples. But there are MANY varieties that will work. Gala, Granny Smith, Honey Crisp…..mmmm... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:20:48 EST Happy Birthday LEW0213 <BR> Hi everybody, today's LEW0213's birthday. Let's hope Linda has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>236</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>W0213 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 00:48:34 EST Happy Birthday OZARKMARY <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is OZARKMARY's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ARKMARY </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 13 Sep 2015 22:24:46 EST Happy Birthday FLOWERDALEJEWEL <BR> Hi everyone today is FLOWERDALEJEWEL's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>OWERDALEJEWEL </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 6 Sep 2015 06:22:58 EST Create Your Own Frozen Dinners Create Your Own Frozen Dinners <BR> <BR> A SpakPeople Article... <BR> <BR> You're busy. Whether you work full-time, attend college, care for a loved one, run a household—or all of the above—you don’t always have time to make yourself nutritious meals. Like many people who want to eat healthy on a budget, you probably rely on those handy frozen entrees to fill the gap. After all, they seem like a bargain compared to going out for lunch every day. <BR> <BR> But if you do the math, you're pro... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 08:37:44 EST Waist-to-Hip Ratio Estimates Health Risk Waist-to-Hip Ratio Estimates Health Risk <BR> <BR> Hi All <BR> I found this SP Article and found it very interesting !!! <BR> I never thought that your shape could show your health risks ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=776 </link> <BR> What shape are you ??? <BR> <BR> Use the calculator to find out... <BR> <link><BR>tor_waist.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Just enter your waist and hip measurements to find out... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 06:14:21 EST 40+ Ways to Preserve Tomatoes 40+ Ways to Preserve Tomatoes <BR> <BR> From The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> You will see ideas for Canning, Drying, Fermenting, Freezing and making condiments ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ways-to-preserve-tomatoes.html </link> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:27:15 EST Domino Sugar Give Away / Free Ebook Southern Sweet Domino Sugar Give Away / Free Ebook Southern Sweets <BR> <BR> Win a trip to Charleston SC. !!!! <BR> <BR> Stroll the streets of beautiful Charleston, SC on this VIP Getaway <BR> 5 Grand Prize Winners will receive... Round-trip airfare for two to Charleston, SC <BR> 5 days, 4 nights in the charming luxury of The Restoration on King Hotel <BR> A VIP culinary experience with chefs <BR> Nick Stellino Bob Waggoner <BR> <BR> Private tours and dinners at historic homes and sites: Boone Hal... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:03:34 EST Spectacular September Chat Line !!! :} Hi and Welcome to Our New September Chat Line !!! <BR> <BR> I've been SOOO busy with getting my yard sale ready...2 more days and way to much to get out there and priced...Plus all of Betty's things ! <BR> I'm getting rid of a lot of books...Yep Ebay was Way TO Much Work with not much results ! <BR> <BR> The doors on my hutch won't close now that I have them painted, so my BIL is going to come over and plane them down and I will have to repaint the edges once they are done ! <BR> <BR> Pick... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 08:35:51 EST Happy Birthday Tonia ...TFANDCD Another Year Older and Another Year Wiser !!! <BR> Have a Wonderfully Special Day, Tonia !!!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> <em>125</em> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 07:19:15 EST thankfully not a USA problem! I caught this article online and immediately thought of you Flowerdale! <BR> <BR> I could not imagine having a SNAKE problem in my attic! LOL Rats and bats maybe even a racoon, but never a snake, let alone 4 of them!!!! seriously would gross me out, they are HUGE! <BR> <BR> Thank God they are not venomous! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4862/A-family-Queensland-s-northern-be<BR>aches-shocked-discover-four-scrub-pyth<BR>ons-fighting-breeding-rights-roof.html<BR>... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 11:07:57 EST The Importance of Water for Bees The Importance of Water for Bees <BR> <BR> I know this is kind of off any of our topics...BUT...It is SOOO important that we all do our part to help the Pollinators survive and thrive these days !!! <BR> Notice in the pictures and videos that there is a link between the rim of the birdbaths and a rock or something for them to land on !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ortance-of-water-for-bees/ </link> <BR> <BR> “Domesticated honey bees like the ones in the vi... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 08:30:30 EST Happy Birthday GINIEMIE <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is GINIEMIE's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link> GINIEMIE </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 06:47:46 EST Using What You Have When I had a place to keep it in a garage or utility room, I kept my gardening stuff in plastic drawer sets. I had two small 3-drawer units and 1 large 3-drawer unit. Of course, I have much more than that, but that was the bulk of the smaller things. <BR> <BR> I bought a plastic shelving unit to keep my shade plants indoors, because right now, I have no shade outdoors. I was trying to figure out how to extend my storage space in the pantry, because I like to stockpile dry and canned goods wh... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:35:45 EST Hi Hi <BR> My name is Marge and I have been with Spark people off and on over the last few years. I have realized I need to get serious and begin a new healthy life style. I enjoy cooking, crocheting, counted cross-stitch, and want to teach myself to quilt when I retire in a few weeks.i also hope to work on some projects around the house to. I love doing things and seeing the finished project. I always say working on projects keeps my sanity. Lol. <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know all... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 09:12:18 EST Southern-style Crab Cakes Recipe When I was in Charleston So. Carolina in 2005 for my Step Daughters Wedding, I attended a cooking class that made crab cakes... <BR> I'm usually NOT a fan of them as they usually use that aweful, fishy flavored crab meat ! <BR> This is made with just lump crab (as in the class) and they were just simply wonderful ! <BR> Here is a recipe that comes closest to the class recipe ! <BR> Enjoy !!! <BR> <BR> Valley Green's Southern-style Crab Cakes <BR> <BR> By Cindy DeVore valleygreennaturals <B... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 08:54:07 EST Happy Birthday MZDOOR <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is MZDOOR 's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link> MZDOOR </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 08:47:48 EST Happy Birthday Carol... FASDAIDE Happy Birthday Carol and Welcome to Our Team !!! <BR> <BR> Hope you have a Very Special Day ! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> <em>125</em> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 08:31:23 EST 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins...I'd add walnuts, to 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins...I'd add walnuts, too ! :} <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 06:53:14 EST How to Get Rid of Tomato Blight How to Get Rid of Tomato Blight <BR> <BR> If it is only one plant that has blight I would pull it up. Blight spreads really easily through touch. This could be your hands, or insects going from one plant to another. After touching the plant that is affected, make sure to wash your hands really well with soap and water so that it does not spread further. If it is on several plants, you will want to remove all of the leaves and branches that are affected making sure to not touch any other area... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 06:56:34 EST Jennifer Shambrook FREE I Can Can Relishes on Amaz Jennifer Shambrook is offering her EBook FREE I Can Can Relishes on Amazon this weekend !!! <BR> <BR> Here is her post of Facebook !!! <BR> <BR> I Can Can Relishes is going to be available for free download this weekend on Amazon. If you have a Kindle, just download that way. If you don't have a Kindle, download a Kindle reader first, then download. There are Kindle reader apps for iPads, smart phones, and everything else but microwaves, I think. Hope you enjoy!!! - Jennifer <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Aug 2015 08:39:02 EST Build Your Own Greenhouse <BR> This looks like an easy plan for a build it yourself greenhouse. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=16615&memberid=924752 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 5 Aug 2015 07:22:04 EST Adventurous August Chatter ! Today, I'm cutting out my grape vineyard...I get a lot of grapes and then they shrivel up and die ! Besides, the split rail posts that we used have gotten rotten at the ground level and are now supported with rebar ! Time to get new fencing...After hubby is a fence man !!! :} <BR> <BR> Happy August 1st !!! <BR> Sat, 1 Aug 2015 07:34:16 EST Why Canning Yields Vary...... .......... Why Canning Yields Vary................. <BR> <BR> Have you ever experienced this? <BR> <BR> You find an interesting canning recipe that you want to try. The recipe states that it yields a certain number jars, so you prep those jars and make the recipe. <BR> <BR> But you end up with way more than the recipe stated. <BR> <BR> Or worse…You get way less. <BR> <BR> What happened? Did you do something wrong? <BR> <BR> No. It’s probably not you. <BR> <BR> Here’s what happened… <BR> <BR> Rea... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 07:02:44 EST READ THE HISTORY OF APRONS - READ THE HISTORY OF APRONS - I AM SURE YOU WILL LOVE THIS STORY <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The History of 'APRONS' <BR> ... I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principle use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven. <BR> <BR> It was wonderful for drying children's te... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:21:42 EST Make Your Own Mozzarella <BR> <BR> Here is a step by step article on how to make your own Mozzarella. I really does taste much better than the stuff you buy as well <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=16602&memberid=924752 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:11:18 EST How To Preserve Herbs in Salt Homemade Herb Salt Recipe <BR> <BR> WOW Does this sound YUMMMY !!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Nothing like fresh herbs from the garden...How to Preserve them You Say ??? <BR> Well, here's a wonderful recipe... <BR> And you can mix or match the herbs to your taste !!! <BR> <link><BR>homemade-herb-salt-recipe.html#comment<BR>-484662 </link> <BR> <BR> Homemade Herb Salt Recipe <BR> <BR> Author: The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Recipe type: Seasoning <BR> <B... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:35:32 EST 15 Ways Epsom Salts Help Your Garden Grow <BR> <BR> Here's an interesting article about the many ways you can use trusty old Epsom Salts in the garden. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=16577&memberid=924752 </link> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:51:12 EST Nine Surprising Fertilizers Nine Surprising Fertilizers <BR> By Christina Grand Porter <BR> <BR> It’s normal to think manure and <BR> packaged foods and fertilizers when it <BR> comes to fertilizing gardens and plants, but <BR> there are some surprising things that can <BR> be added to a plant’s soil to help it thrive. <BR> Some of the best ones are things that are <BR> already in your pantry or items that are <BR> constantly discarded. Here’s your chance <BR> to save money and reuse while benefiting <BR> your garden a... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:03:51 EST French Fried Pepper Rings French Fried Pepper Rings <BR> <BR> Why haven't I thought of that ????? <BR> <BR> <BR> Take a break from French fries and onion rings and fry up some bell pepper rings today. You'll love the crunchy change of pace! <BR> <BR> <BR> What You'll Need: <BR> • 4 green or red bell peppers (or a combination of both) <BR> • Vegetable oil for frying <BR> • 1 1/2 cups milk <BR> • 1 cup all-purpose flour <BR> • 2 tablespoons cornstarch <BR> • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder <BR> • 1/2 teaspoon ... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:27:31 EST Squash Croquettes s...YUMMMM !!!! Squash Croquettes <BR> <BR> Author: Melissa Sperka <BR> <BR> Serves: 18 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 4 cup shredded yellow squash <BR> 1 medium sweet onion, finely diced <BR> 2 large eggs, beaten <BR> 1 cup self-rising flour <BR> ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese <BR> 1 Tbsp chopped chives or parsley <BR> 1 tsp seasoned salt <BR> 1 tsp garlic powder <BR> ½ tsp ground cumin <BR> ¼ tsp ground black pepper <BR> dash of cayenne <BR> oil and butter for frying <BR> &#8532; cup panko breadcrumbs <BR> ... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 08:41:01 EST New Fuel for your car called E15 ...Do NOT Use It New Fuel for your car called E15 ...Do NOT Use It <BR> <BR> I just go this email from a friend !!! <BR> A new Fuel for your car is coming out and can hurt your engines and void your car's warrantee ! <BR> <BR> Here is what it said...(an do watch the video) <BR> <BR> I hope you all watch this. It will save you a lot of money <BR> <BR> Heads up @ <BR> <BR> DON"T USE NEW e15 GAS COMING TO STATIONS <BR> (EVERYBODY PLEASE WATCH) <BR> <BR> The EPA has changed the rules on corn in gasoli... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 07:46:41 EST Just Perfect July Chat <BR> <BR> Hiya everybody, here is July's chat thread <BR> <BR> Sorry I've been MIA, still feeling cruddy, I think a combination of hormones, lack of sleep and this lousy cold weather is making me crappy. <BR> <BR> Great news on my family front though, my brother Steven has received news that it is looking good for his heart surgery. The professor who saw him says that his heart function is still strong enough to handle surgery so it looks like they'll repair his heart valve, do maze proc... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 05:36:13 EST Spark People Gardening Guide Page Has Tons of Arti Spark People Gardening Guide Page Has Tons of Articles <BR> <BR> Below is the link to the spark page with all of the Gardening article Spark People has to offer... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-guide.asp </link> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 08:09:53 EST Happy Birthday CRISSYPIE25 <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is CRISSYPIE25's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link> CRISSYPIE25 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 08:00:40 EST How to Make a Mosaic Table Top How to Make a Mosaic Table Top Step by Step with Pictures ! <BR> <BR> A mosaic table top can be a nice decorative piece to add to your home. This could be a coffee table, side table, cafe table or even your dining room table. It's a fairly easy process but it does take some time to complete. <BR> <link><BR>Top </link> <BR> <BR> I have a garbage pick end table that I want to do with my Grandmother's dishes that are crazed and not useable ! <BR> I will p... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 08:23:22 EST Pickled Radishes Pickled Radishes <BR> <BR> If you have an over abundance of radishes here is a way to use them and not let them go bad.and they are sooo good. and really easy to make. I use a lot of my over large radishes that are starting to get a little soft and are to big. <BR> <BR> What I do is slice them into pint jars then see how many I have before I start the brine. <BR> <BR> <BR> First slice thinly slice the radishes and put into pint jars <BR> <BR> <BR> Then for every pint you need <BR> ... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:15:08 EST Onion Dill Bread from Onion Dill Bread from <BR> <BR> This is SOOO Good I had to share the recipe !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on-dill-bread-20468/review?lrc=true </link> <BR> Drew's Famous Onion Dill Bread <BR> lPrep Time: 3 hrs Total Time: 4 hrs Yield: 1-2 loaves (1 bread machine or 2 loaf pans hand made) About This Recipe <BR> "Fantastic tasting bread. Great with corned beef as well as just buttered." <BR> <BR> Dry ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 (1/4 ounce) package yea... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 08:51:31 EST Painting an old cheap dresser I have a dresser - it's not wood, it's not even MDF, it's some kind of chipboard, it looks similar to MDF but it's not that nice. <BR> It has this fake woodgrain "veneer" - it's not wood, it's more like a paper veneer. <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if I can paint it? Or would the paint cause the paper veneer to lift? <BR> Should I sand it? A little? A lot? <BR> <BR> Any ideas? Thought I'd check in here first before trying to find answers on some huge DIY forum <BR> <BR> <BR> Lynn <BR> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 14:31:07 EST Edible of the Month: Basil Edible of the Month: Basil <BR> <BR> This article covers Planning, Preparation, Planting, Care and Harvest and Storage... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>?q=show&id=3942 </link> <BR> <BR> Basil is one of the most popular culinary herbs and is used in cooking around the world. It is very symbolic and has a rich history. In India, where it originated, basil is used in courtrooms where they swear oaths upon it. In Italy is symbolizes love and is often worn in the ha... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 15:48:07 EST Happy Birthday GEMINI-SKY <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is GEMINI-SKY's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Patti has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link> GEMINI-SKY </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 8 Jun 2015 06:28:37 EST 35 Cool Vintage-Looking Garden Pots 35 Cool Vintage-Looking Garden Pots <BR> <BR> What Fun !!!! <BR> <BR> I need to go to the barn and see what I can find to repurpose !!!! <BR> <link><BR>looking-garden-pots/ </link> Tue, 2 Jun 2015 13:33:36 EST Joyous June Chat <BR> <BR> Hi everybody, here is the new June chat thread Mon, 1 Jun 2015 07:34:57 EST Happy Birthday RUTHDEN1 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is RUTHDEN1's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link> RUTHDEN1 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 1 Jun 2015 07:25:35 EST Homemade Apple Juice From Peels & Cores <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I haven't made this yet, but it sounds very interesting. I will try it when I do some more of my apples <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>1/easy-no-waste-apple-juice/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 30 May 2015 06:05:54 EST Natural Remedies for Tomato Blight & Powdery Milde Natural Remedies for Tomato Blight & Powdery Mildew <BR> <BR> <BR> Growing tomato plants in your garden provides juicy and plump fruit without having to make a trip to the market. Unfortunately, blight and powdery mildew can attack the tomato plants, causing stunted growth, leaf discoloration, premature leaf dropping and discolored spots on fruits. Several natural remedies will help control these diseases without using toxic and harsh fungicides. <BR> <BR> Baking-Soda Spray <BR> <BR> Bak... Thu, 28 May 2015 10:39:11 EST Looking for input: geraniums I've read frequently that you could "winter over" geraniums; bare rooted. Thought I would try it last winter and did. Here are the results: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I even shaped it up and used trimmings for cuttings: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Success for sure. Today: <BR> <img src=" Tue, 26 May 2015 09:13:05 EST Some Great GREENHOUSE Ideas!! some of these look pretty doable! I might just try a few <BR> <BR> <link><BR>iy-greenhouses/ </link> <BR> <BR> and some more on the Cheep! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>frugal-ways-build-cold-frame/#_a5y_p=2<BR>801819 </link> Sat, 23 May 2015 21:59:35 EST How to Build A Lasagna Bed How to Build A Lasagna Bed <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Introduction: <BR> <BR> Lasagna gardening is a no-dig, no-till organic gardening method that results in rich, fluffy soil with very little work from the gardener. Creating a lasagna bed will result in soil that is alive with microorganisms, your plants will thrive. <BR> <BR> Gardeners everywhere will benefit from this knowledge. Results will be increased yields, fewer weeds ... Thu, 21 May 2015 11:31:29 EST Homemade Hand Cream (for hard working hands) Homemade Hand Cream (for hard working hands) <BR> <BR> Homemade Hand Cream Recipe <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> •1/4 cup shea butter (where to buy) <BR> •1/8 cup sweet almond oil (where to buy) <BR> •1 tablespoon beeswax (where to buy) <BR> •10 drops myrrh essential oil <BR> •10 drops cedarwood essential oil <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>diy-hand-cream-recipe.html </link> Wed, 20 May 2015 09:25:31 EST Crock Pot Soap Making Instructio s...Really Easy ! Crock Pot Soap Making Instructions...Really Easy ! <BR> From the Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Basic Hot Process Soap Recipe (aka Crock Pot Soap) <BR> <BR> (A note about amounts: This recipe produces about 30 oz of soap. I chose this amount because of the size of my mold. However, you can absolutely play around with the oil amounts in any soap recipe, as long as you run the final amounts through a lye calculator to make sure you are using a safe amount of lye. I always, always run my numbers ... Wed, 20 May 2015 09:22:38 EST Happy Birthday BUTEAFULL <BR> Hi everyone today is BUTEAFULL's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>TEAFULL </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 20 May 2015 06:57:09 EST Mary, Mary Quite Contrary... How does Your Garden how are your gardens doing? I have a small one this year, just a few vegeys and herbs... along with our grapevines... and so far, crossing fingers... it is all healthy! <BR> I added romaine and celery grown from scraps and have garlic and potatoes rooting from more scraps to add soon. Fri, 15 May 2015 10:47:53 EST Happy Birthday SALLYANDGENE <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is SALLYANDGENE's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>LLYANDGENE </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 11 May 2015 06:42:47 EST Recyclable drip feeders for your garden This looks rather interesting and I just might give it a try. I think I would use less holes... so it would be more slow release. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p-feeder-for-vegetables/ </link> Sat, 9 May 2015 11:46:04 EST DIY Dishwasher Detergent Cubes DIY Dishwasher Detergent Cubes <BR> by Rachel Paxton <BR> <BR> Last year I made homemade dishwasher detergent for the first time. I have been using it ever since. I didn't think the recipe could be improved on, until I found the idea for these DIY dishwasher detergent cubes. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The recipe for these is basically the same as the dishwasher detergent I posted earlier. The difference is the addition of lemon juice, which is used to bind the powders together so that you c... Thu, 7 May 2015 07:33:09 EST Mud Kitchen Ideas <BR> <BR> This article is basically for those with children or grandkids. I know I loved to play with mud pies etc when I was younger and this is such a great idea that is reasonably cheap and easy to put together. there's nothing here that can't be found at secondhand dealers everywhere. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6359/ </link> Thu, 7 May 2015 04:06:56 EST Message from Coach Jen Re: Additional Points !!! Message from Coach Jen Re: Additional Spark Points !!! <BR> <BR> Hello <BR> <BR> Today we added the ability to receive SparkPoints for liking friend feed items, team wall posts, and blogs. This is a new SparkPoints task listed under the community section of Daily SparkPoint Challenges. You can receive 1 point per like, up to 5 per day. <BR> <BR> We also added SparkPoints for commenting on someone’s team wall post. These points feed into the existing Post to SparkTeam and Message Boards ... Wed, 6 May 2015 18:33:52 EST Preserving Carrots: Powder and Puree Preserving Carrots: Powder and Puree From Annie's Place <BR> <BR> Carrots are my next victim in the puree and powder obsession. Our local farm usually carries these in the fall and I love to stock up. Two years ago I bottled a ton a carrots and no one was eating them so I had to employ my sneaky skills of pureeing and powdering. I drained the water, pureed the carrots, froze half of them in food cubes and dehydrated the rest. I liked it so much that I no longer bother with bottled carro... Wed, 6 May 2015 06:42:51 EST Hello I am Jeanette Hi my name is Jeanette. I am on my second week as a returnee to Spark People. I had to create a new profile since it has been so long since I was here before and couldn't remember any of my log in info from before. I love to get crafty and create new things. This year I have started trying my hand at growing my own veggies and have been working on trying my hand at landscaping our home. I love decorating with found things and hand me downs that I can give new life to. I look forward to meetin... Mon, 4 May 2015 12:09:11 EST Introducing Farm and Dairy’s Around the Table Introducing Farm and Dairy’s Around the Table <BR> <BR> In May, we’re unveiling a new look to our weekly recipe page in print. And along with the redesign, we’re launching a FREE weekly e-newsletter, Around the Table! <BR> <BR> It’s all about food, the farmers who grow it, the folks who cook it and the rest of us who eat it. <BR> <BR> Sounds delicious, right? <BR> <BR> For years, the recipes in Farm and Dairy have been part of your weekly routine. You’ve clipped them, you’ve prepared them... Sat, 2 May 2015 09:44:40 EST 6 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden 6 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden <BR> <BR> This post is for the garlic lovers – or those who aren’t sure if they like garlic but do like to use natural and organic practices in their gardens. It turns out that this fragrant bulb is good for more than just cooking, and can be a real helpmate around the yard and garden. So – without further ado – 6 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden and Yard. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ic-in-the-garden/ </link> Sat, 2 May 2015 07:51:26 EST Mysterious May Chat <BR> <BR> OK here is the new May chat thread. <BR> <BR> I've been back and forward to the hospital twice today with my brother and his TOE ultrasound. I've had it and will probably go to bed early, that's if my friends on facebook don't get started <em>211</em> <em>246</em> <BR> Fri, 1 May 2015 03:59:57 EST 21 Epsom Salt Garden “Cheats” 21 Epsom Salt Garden “Cheats” <BR> <BR> There are many reasons to use Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) in the garden. It contains magnesium one of what growers call the “major minor” elements. It helps speed up plant growth, increase a plants nutrient uptake, deter pests, increase flavor of fruit and veggies, plus increase the output of vegetation. Read on to discover “other” ways to use Epsom salts in your garden. <BR> <BR> Before we look at the big three plants most gardeners use Epsom Sa... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:43:27 EST Tips for Attracting and Feeding Hummingbirds Tips for Attracting and Feeding Hummingbirds <BR> <BR> Welcome to my Hummingbird tips and information site, as featured at On this site you will find information on Hummingbird feeder care, tips for attracting Hummingbirds to your yard, great tips on preventing bees and ants at your Hummingbird feeders, and my recipe for preparing Hummingbird nectar that your Hummingbirds will truly love. <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 06:57:04 EST Bee keeping Bee has always fascinated me. I have wanted to get a hive and start keeping bees, seemed like a daunting task after I started reading about it. <BR> <BR> There is a crowd sourced bee keeping hive out of Australia, your neck of the woods Jules! <BR> Here is a short video, and it looks so simple! <BR> <link><BR>eos/p/60 </link> <BR> <BR> for whatever reason I can not get the video I want to paste, it is the one with the 2 jars in front. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:10:05 EST 51 Insanely Easy Ways To Transform Everyday Things 51 Insanely Easy Ways To Transform Your Everyday Things <BR> <BR> Love the idea of DIY but hate the actual effort it requires? Here are some creative ways to reuse the stuff you already own. <BR> <BR> Something for Everyone !!! <BR> <link><BR>-ways-to-transform-your-everyday-thing<BR>s?sub=2220841_1164282#.av9aqoYWy6 </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:30:03 EST Happy Birthday IMAREADER <BR> Hi everyone today is IMAREADER's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>AREADER </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:24:38 EST How to Grow Potatoes in a Trash Can How to Grow Potatoes in a Trash Can <BR> <BR> Welcome to everything you could want to know about growing organic potatoes in a trash can! Potatoes grow from potatoes seeds, which are bred to grow new potatoes. You don’t use store-bought potatoes as they can bear disease and are sometimes sprayed with a chemical to keep them from sprouting. I order my seed from Peaceful Valley. They have a great site with excellent garden educational videos. Following is everything you need to do to grow your... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:29:24 EST How to Start with Deep Mulch Garden FREE eBook How to Start with Deep Mulch Garden FREE eBook Jill Winger <BR> <BR> First off, let me start by saying there are a LOT of different schools of thought on mulching <BR> and dozens of different techniques. <BR> I don’t think there is any one “right” way to grow a garden, and I am finally coming to the realization <BR> that gardening success depends on a wide variety of factors (soil, climate, etc) and <BR> the gardener’s ability to adjust accordingly. <BR> <BR> <link>www.theprairiehomestead... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:18:27 EST DIY bath and beauty products DIY bath and beauty products are safe and effective alternatives to store bought products. All you need are a few natural ingredients and little time. The following homemade products are fun, easy to make and are great projects for a girls’ night in. They also make great party favors and hostess gifts. <BR> <BR> Scented bath salts <BR> <BR> A fragrant pick-me-up. <BR> &#9726;1 cup mint, chopped <BR> &#9726;½ cup rosemary, chopped <BR> &#9726;6 cups Epsom salts <BR> <BR> Mix all ingredients... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:05:44 EST How to Build a Rain Barrel How to Build a Rain Barrel <BR> <BR> Though, this is a rather upscale rain barrel, it gives you a good idea on how to build one... <BR> <BR> I used a very large plastic garbage can with a lid, placed on a base of cement blocks...cut a hole in the lid for the down spout and put a hole in the side, (about 6" from the bottom) and put on a spigot with a washer...(like you have on the outside of your house for your hose). <BR> I need the over flow pipes as in this design ! <BR> <BR> <link>www... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 11:05:18 EST DIY Roman Shades from Mini Blinds... DIY Roman Shades from Mini Blinds... <BR> <BR> I have 3 West facing kitchen windows that can use this...NEED this !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>w-to-make-roman-shades-using-mini-blin<BR>ds.html </link> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:51:42 EST Our Brag Thread !!! Post pictures of our yards or anything that we are Proud Of... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Bracelet on Annaliese's arm that I made for her and her friends... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:52:34 EST Downloading Clips From Youtube! <BR> Ever wanted to watch a clip from youtube but don't want to add to your download amount? You can copy any clip on youtube is you wish and watch it at your leisure and as many times as you wish. <BR> <BR> Copy this link into your favourites or your Bookmarks bar. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> All you have to do then is copy the URL on youtube (the address at the top) and copy it into the download section then download. You'll need to have your Java updated and i... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:10:58 EST DIY: PALLET GARDENING TABLE <BR> This is such a simple but clever idea for a DIY/Potting table <BR> <BR> <link><BR>et-gardening-table/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:06:56 EST Vintage Spoon and Fork Garden Markers Vintage Spoon and Fork Garden Markers <BR> <BR> Make some sweet garden markers out of vintage spoons and forks with this step-by-step tutorials. <BR> <BR> Spoons... <BR> <link><BR>poon-garden-markers.html </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Forks... <BR> <link><BR> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:33:12 EST Happy Birthday IMREITE <BR> Hi everyone today is IMREITE's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>?id=IMREITE </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 06:19:57 EST Old China Stepping Stones <BR> <BR> This is a fun idea to make garden stepping stones using broken china etc. If you don't have a mould to make the stones with, use a plastic plate or cake pan. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 06:52:14 EST FREE Printable Garden Notebook...18 pages FREE Printable Garden Notebook...18 pages <BR> <BR> Here is a Garden Notebook full of any kind of chart, grid, planner, garden plotter etc, that you can think of... <BR> I think you can print the complete journal or print the pages you would like... <BR> Punch holes in the pages and save in your favorite binder. <BR> <BR> .Put all of your garden plans, records and dreams in one place. Just slide this printable cover into the front of a binder, and you have your very own garden notebook <BR>... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 05:28:05 EST The SparkPeople Walkabout Challenge The SparkPeople Walkabout Challenge <BR> <BR> Join the #VionicWalkabout Challenge to step your way into better shape in 30 days. <BR> <BR> Once you sign up, You will get a Daily email with that days Challenge...(there is a Calendar with the Daily Challenges)...You get 5 SP Points for every challenge you complete. <BR> <BR> So Start Today !!! WHY NOT ???? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>kabout-challenge.asp?utm_source=sparkp<BR>eople&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 07:54:32 EST homemade self watering planters these look doable and they will help save some watering <BR> <BR> <link><BR>watering-planter/ </link> Thu, 2 Apr 2015 18:59:58 EST Happy Birthday GARDENCHRIS <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is GARDENCHRIS's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Chris has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>RDENCHRIS </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 2 Apr 2015 06:09:14 EST Awesome April Chat <BR> <BR> Here is our "Awesome" chat thread for April <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I'm in the middle of Autumn here in Australia while you are starting Spring over there. What's going on???? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:22:40 EST All Natural Egg Dyes For A Non-Toxic Easter All Natural Egg Dyes For A Non-Toxic Easter <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g-dyes/ </link> <BR> <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <em>449</em> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:16:02 EST backyard projects another pinterest idea! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cts/favorite-backyard-projects/view-all </link> <BR> some look like a fun project. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 22:54:05 EST Look What I found to do with Old Tin Cans... Look What I found to do with Old Tin Cans... <BR> <BR> I was looking for a tool carrier made with tin cans, and I ran across this page ! <BR> You could go Crazy with all of the great projects... <BR> Don't throw away for your old cans !!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's the link... <BR> <link><BR>ns/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here's another one...I like this one better !!!! <BR> <link><BR>fab-48-diys-for-average-tin-cans#.qarL<B... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:35:43 EST April Challenge. .Declutter Your Home in 30 Days ! April Challenge...Declutter Your Home in 30 Days ! <BR> <BR> OK Folks !!! Let's get rid of that extra JUNK that is Cluttering Up our lives !!! <BR> <BR> Here is a 30 day list to help you get started !!! <BR> <BR> You can follow the list or make your own that would suit you better. <BR> <BR> Every day, list the 10 things you got rid of and where it went... <BR> Trashed, Sold or Donated... <BR> <BR> Why wait until April 1st ??? Start Now !!!! <BR> <BR> Bathroom <BR> Day 1: Medicin... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:55:07 EST 20 Innovative Ways to Create a Vertical Garden <BR> <BR> Some of these ideas look really good, very clever!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=14780&memberid=924752 </link> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:11:46 EST Homesteading for Beginners: FREE EBook FREE EBook <BR> Homesteading for Beginners: <BR> A Complete Survival Guide for Sustainable Living! <BR> <BR> As usual I do not know how long it will be available for free. If you are interested make sure to grab your copy before it reverts to its usual price. <BR> <BR> So if you’re looking to reconnect with the land, live sustainably and build community values, this eBook on urban homesteading will be worth your time. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/ref=as... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:21:38 EST must have garden tools and a nice work bench Pinterest has some very interesting pins today... thought you might enjoy these <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oductreviews/tp/<BR>m?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=soci<BR>al&utm_campaign=shareurlbuttons </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>build-a-potting-bench </link> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 14:43:26 EST good idea for tight spaces this looks interesting for a small space <BR> <BR> <link><BR>space-saving-dresser/ </link> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 13:42:54 EST 12 New Uses for Plastic Bottles <BR> <BR> These ideas look interesting. A couple of them I wouldn't bother with but some of them look interesting. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=14711&memberid=924752 </link> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 06:55:17 EST What To Do With Empty Wine Bottles <BR> <BR> Assuming you have empty wine bottles hanging around the house, there are some really crafty things to make with them, if you are into crafts <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/?mb=vnnl&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medi<BR>um=email&utm_term=Viralnova%20Daily&ut<BR>m_campaign=ViralNova%20Daily%202015-03-17 </link> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 07:35:28 EST How To Sew A Grow Bag <BR> <BR> For all of us out there that don't have to room to garden, or just wish to container garden, these are really interesting. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>w-a-grow-bag/ </link> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 06:38:11 EST Twice Baked Cauliflower from AllRecipes Twice Baked Cauliflower from AllRecipes <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> Original recipe makes 1 8-inch square dish Change Servings <BR> <BR> 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets with stems cut into bite-size pieces <BR> <BR> 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream <BR> <BR> 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened <BR> <BR> 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> <BR> <BR> 1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees ... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:14:30 EST DIY Laundry Soap DIY Laundry Soap <BR> <BR> 1 bar of soap grated about 1.5 cups (I used Fels Naptha) <BR> 1/2 cup Borax <BR> 1 cup washing soda...NOT baking soda <BR> water <BR> 5 gallon bucket <BR> <BR> Grate the soap with a cheese grater <BR> Place grated soap in a medium sauce pan with about 6 cups of water. <BR> Heat and stir until soap has dissolved <BR> Ad borax and washing soda and still until they are dissolved. <BR> Pour into 5 gallon bucket and fill until 3/4 full with HOT water. <BR> G... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:40:03 EST Plant Container Potatoes Plant Container Potatoes <BR> <BR> If you have clay soil, no soil or very alkaline soil, then you probably have not had a good opportunity to grow potatoes. <BR> <BR> An easy way to sneak around these obstacles is to plant your potato crop in a container. It may sound unusual, but root crops can easily be grown in containers as long as you provide proper growing conditions and a little loving care. The first step is to choose the right potato variety for your garden. Select ones that will m... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 19:45:20 EST Declutter Your Home in 30 Days ! Bathroom <BR> Day 1: Medicine Cabinet <BR> Toss expired medications, hotel shampoos that you'll never use, and throw out lotions you've had since 1990. While you're at it, give the mirror a quick wipe, too. <BR> <BR> Day 2: Shower <BR> Get rid of the extras and empties in your shower. Invest in a shower caddy to keep everything organized and in one spot. <BR> <BR> Day 3: Makeup Drawer/Bag <BR> Go through your makeup bag or drawer and reassess some of the items. Hot pink eye shadow you hav... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 08:54:06 EST Happy Birthday VONBLACKBIRD <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is VONBLACKBIRD's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Barb has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>NBLACKBIRD </link> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:40:15 EST When & How to Start Seeds Indoors In General When & How to Start Seeds Indoors In a Nut Shell <BR> From Miracle Grow... <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't let damp, chilly spring weather stymie your urge to grow. Set up your own seedling nursery indoors. It's fun, fulfilling, and saves you money. Here's how to get started. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> •Choose the Right Growing Mix <BR> <BR> Choose a potting mix specifically formulated for seed growth, such as Miracle-Gro® Seed Starting Potting Mix. A good seed starting mix will hold moisture, drain well... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:00:49 EST Consider Container Gardening Consider Container Gardening from Kids Gardening... <BR> <BR> No ground to garden in? No problem! Even if you have little space, poor soil, or are surrounded by cement and blacktop, you can still have a thriving youth garden project -- in containers. As long as you have some sun and access to water, gardening in containers lets you and your students grow vegetables, herbs, flowers, even fruit trees. A container garden can be as simple as a few pots of herbs in a window box or as elaborate as... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 10:59:24 EST How to Start Seedlings and Care Webinar TODAY 3:00 How to Start Seedlings and Care Webinar TODAY 3:00 <BR> <BR> Join us for this Exclusive Webinar <BR> <BR> Learn How to Start Seedlings and Care for them Indoors so you can Plant your Garden Early <BR> <BR> <link><BR>den-seed-starting-webinar/?ref=25&utm_<BR>source=CommonSenseHomesteading&utm_med<BR>ium=email&utm_campaign=SeedStartingWebinar </link> Sat, 7 Mar 2015 12:38:41 EST Fun different garden paths I came across this on one of my Pinterest boards. <BR> <BR> They sure look like fun things to do, some would be harder than others, but it sure will get you thinking! <BR> <link><BR>hs-that-are-off-the-beaten-path/ </link> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:12:16 EST Happy Birthday SLM0305 <BR> Hi everyone today is SLM0305's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope it's a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>M0305 </link> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 07:14:41 EST List of Common herbs Annual or Perennial ? Here is a list of Common herbs and whether they are annual or perennial... <BR> <BR> Basil -- Annual; fresh, dried or frozen. Many cultivars offer different leaf sizes, flavors, and colors. <BR> Chives -- Perennial; fresh, dried or frozen. Some species will reseed. <BR> Cilantro -- Annual, fresh or dried. Cilantro seed (called coriander) can be harvested as well. <BR> Dill -- Annual, fresh or dried. Reseeds; seed also can be harvested. <BR> Fennel -- Annual, fresh or dried. Reseeds; see... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 06:39:32 EST Oven Canning Your Dry Goods in the Oven Video Oven Canning Your Dry Goods in the Oven Video <BR> <BR> For those of you that don't have a foodsaver and/or the canning lid attachment, here is a great way to can and store your dry goods for many many years. <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 06:38:17 EST THANK YOU! Hello all you fellow gardening enthusiasts! <BR> <BR> I've been invited to help lead this team... <BR> I live in northern Illinois zone 5, I have about 1/2 acre of land that has a large garden bed and a small pond that I installed. I do mostly perennials, I have a strawberry patch, blackberries, and i grow tomatoes, peppers, garlic and chives for the veggie part. I could spend all day in my garden and have! I also have 3 compost bins and actively compost all year. I keep a stainless contai... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 13:44:16 EST Magical March Chat <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone, here is the new March chat thread (and on time too!!) <BR> <BR> I'm not looking forward to the end of February at all. March means another season closer to Winter. I hate the cold weather Sun, 1 Mar 2015 02:07:18 EST Everything You Want to Know About Pruning Everythi Everything You Want to Know About Pruning Everything (ran out of room in the title) <BR> <BR> Great Tips and Tricks for Pruning just about anything you may have in your yard... <BR> When, For Best Results... <BR> <BR> One of the very best ways to stimulate a plant to grow is to cut it back. Sometimes WAY back. <BR> <BR> Pruning controls a plant’s size and shape. It removes dead or diseased branches or limbs. It improves overall structure and health by allowing more light and air into the ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:13:22 EST Fantastic New Feature On Forum Posts Hi team, this is a message from Coach Jen on this great new feature <BR> <BR> Hello! <BR> <BR> We added the ability to upload images into regular message board and team message board posts today. It works just like uploading an image to a blog post. When you go to make a post, you’ll see a new button that says “add an image.” Click that button, select an image, upload it and you get a in your post pointing to the image you just uploaded. Once you submit the post, the image shows up in the... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:02:20 EST Losing A Team Leader <BR> Hi everyone, just letting you all know that Gene, DOGSTARDADDY has stepped down as team leader. <BR> <BR> He's been increasingly busy with his work as well as his homelife and he thought that he was not giving enough time to Sparks. <BR> <BR> He's always been extremely helpful and very friendly to me while I've been here and I wish him the very best of luck in this life as I'm sure the rest of us do. <BR> <BR> <em>253</em> <em>304</em> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:38:40 EST Cheap landscaping - using what is free I've been here for six months, and when I first moved here, I didn't really know what was growing in the yard. I've been walking around the neighborhood, and have found out that there are so many free native plants available! Just in this yard, I have TONS of dayflowers and lantana in all shades. The vacant lot behind me has cast iron plant that I'm going to dig up and put n the yard. I had dug up an elderberry plant from another place I Iived, so I'm going to put that in here too for the bir... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:23:45 EST Tiny House <BR> <BR> We were chatting about "tiny houses" the other day and I spotted this article today. Talk about little but incredibly well designed. It's like the Tardis on the inside!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>b=vnnl&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=<BR>email&utm_term=Viralnova%20Daily&utm_c<BR>ampaign=ViralNova%20Daily%202015-02-13 </link> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:41:15 EST All You Need to Know...All You Need to Grow ! All You Need to Know...All You Need to Grow ! <BR> <BR> from Cook's Farm and Greenhouse. <BR> <BR> What a wealth of information here.... <BR> It's basic info but very helpful for identifying and how to plant and where to plant.... <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 6 Feb 2015 08:06:23 EST Blueberry Bushes? I'm thinking of putting in a blueberry bush and a blackberry bush this year, in one of the new raised beds I have. <BR> Anyone have tips or suggestions on how to best handle them, or what to look for? Thu, 5 Feb 2015 14:22:51 EST Things To Do With Silica Packets <BR> <BR> Those little packets in pharmaceuticals or other products can be used in a variety of ways. My brother has a couple of them in a bag with his CPAP mask, it stops mould forming in the cracks of the mask when it's air drying. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>gs-You-Can-Do-With-Silica-Gel-Packets?<BR>utm_source=FBTraffic&utm_medium=fijifr<BR>ost&utm_campaign=CMfacebook </link> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 07:04:34 EST How to Make DIY Fire Starter Blocks How to Make DIY Fire Starter Blocks <BR> From Ourhalfacrehomestead... <BR> <BR> Well, this couldn't be easier and they Really Work !!! <BR> <BR> Gather your dryer lint, empty TP rolls, cotton string and paraffin ... <BR> <BR> Melt your wax as shown in the video. <BR> While that is melting, cut TP rolls in half.... <BR> The rest is on the Video ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=em-uploademail </link> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 06:03:27 EST Gardeners and Diapers, A Perfect Twosome? <BR> <BR> This looks like a great idea. I know you can buy 'water crystals' but they are not cheap, at least not as cheap as disposable diapers. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=14097&memberid=924752 </link> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 03:32:26 EST How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar from Scraps How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar from Scraps <BR> <BR> Seriously !!! This is SOOOO Easy ! <BR> <BR> <BR> Apple Cider Vinegar from Scraps <BR> <BR> Author: The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> •Apple peelings or cores <BR> •Sugar (1 tablespoon per one cup of water used) <BR> •Water <BR> •Glass jar (a quart is a great place to start, but you can definitely make larger quantities, too.) <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> <BR> 1.Fill the glass jar ¾ of the way with the apple peel... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 08:01:35 EST Fantastic February Chat I All...Here is our February Chat Thread !!! <BR> Have a Great Month ! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:31:47 EST Gardening Burnout Do you ever just get tired of gardening? I used to live to grow things, but now it's just too much like work. I'm looking to move out of this house into an apartment with a small patio where I don't have to take care of a yard. After 30+ years of being addicted to plants, I'm just sick to death of them. <BR> <BR> Maybe I'm just getting old, but I'm thinking of selling all my outdoor plants and only growing African Violets from now on. I can grow them indoors on a rack under lights and there... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 11:52:56 EST What the Heck is Wine Salt? Wine Salt <BR> <BR> Well, this is pretty interesting And I've never heard of it... <BR> But you can bet...I Will be Making It !!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-wine-salt-recipe/ </link> <BR> <BR> A few tips: <BR> •Be sure to use a wine that you enjoy drinking. The finished wine salt is only as good as the wine you start with. If you don’t care for the wine, reducing it will only concentrate the flavors you do not like. <BR> •You can skip adding the herbs if ... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:57:28 EST 9 Natural Ways to Kill Weeds With numerous kid-, pet- and earth-friendly ways to rid your garden of pesky weeds, here are nine stand-outs to put to the test. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ral-ways-to-kill-weeds-without-harming<BR>-mother-earth/slideshows#!0 </link> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 06:44:51 EST Join the Realistic Resolution Challenge Join the Realistic Resolution Challenge <BR> <BR> This is in the Best of SparkPeople Daily Email... <BR> Sounds Interesting ! And you get Points for completing a daily task ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ic-resolution.asp </link> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:02:26 EST Guinness "Empty Chair" Video ! Ok I usually don't do this...BUT I couldn't let this one go without giving you an opportunity to see it.... <BR> It's called Guinness "Empty Chair" <BR> <BR> Guinness "Empty Chair" salutes the character of a community <BR> as they honor one of their own who is out of sight, but not out of mind. They remind us that a true test of character is what you do when no one's looking. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>380</em> <em>232</em> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:38:08 EST 15 Clever Ways to Start Seeds Start Seeds From Practically Anything From eggshells to pots to paper towels, you can start your seasonal veggies, herbs and flowers in containers you have lying around the house. <BR> <link><BR>ways-to-start-seeds?syc=NGAheadline </link> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:05:56 EST Helpful Kitchen Cheat Sheet <BR> <BR> Here's an interesting page filled with all sorts of info you might need in the kitchen <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=13820&memberid=924752 </link> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 06:56:29 EST Red Bean Kale Burger from Filp My Food's Chef Jeff I watch Flip My Food and they did this recipe today... <BR> Looks and sounds So Yummy ! <BR> <link><BR>ale-burger </link> <BR> Ingredients <BR> •2 cups smashed red beans <BR> •2 tablespoons olive oil <BR> •1 tablespoon sunflower seeds <BR> •2 tablespoon diced green bell pepper <BR> •1 cup sliced kale <BR> •2 tablespoon diced white onion <BR> •1 teaspoon Crystal liquid smoke <BR> •1 teaspoon cumin seasoning <BR> •3 tablespoon cooked quinoa <BR> ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:44:13 EST Lots Of Flowers But No Beans!! <BR> <BR> I'm hoping someone out there has come across this problem before. I put in heirloom beans this year and they are growing great, lots of flowers but absolutely NO beans. <BR> <BR> I've never had this problem before has anybody got any ideas?? Mon, 5 Jan 2015 06:16:28 EST Everything You Need to Know on Growing Vegetables. <BR> <BR> Hi everyone, this is a "cheat sheet" for growing vegetables in many different ways. Interesting read. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=13653&memberid=924752 </link> Sat, 3 Jan 2015 05:16:52 EST Happy 7th Sparkaversary Jules (Flowerd lejewel) WOW !!! 7 Years with SparkPeople !!! <BR> <BR> Happy Anniversary Jules !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>250</em> <em>384</em> <em>208</em> <em>507</em> + <em>504</em> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 11:04:26 EST Does Anyone Buy Purina Cat Chow ? Join Cat Perks. Does Anyone Buy Purina Cat Chow ? Join Cat Perks. <BR> <BR> I'm already working on my 2nd FREE bag of Cat Chow (up to a 14.99 value) <BR> Just open an account on the link provided below. <BR> Get points by signing in, Read articles, take surveys, entering proof of purchases, etc. <BR> Hey, I'll take anything that's FREE ! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 09:48:43 EST Jazzy January Chat <BR> OK everyone here is the new January chat thread. <BR> <BR> I hope everybody got through the fireworks and the idiots, I swear we had some numbnut here firing off a cannon. <BR> <BR> I wish I had an air horn, I'd drive around these idiots houses at 6am blowing the air horn in their windows. <em>215</em> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 05:54:51 EST Happy Birthday WATERFELON <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is WATERFELON's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I apologise for no team goodie, for some unknown reason I'm unable to send one to you via the team page. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>?id=WATERFELON </link> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:18:46 EST A Use for Used Up Air Wick Plug-Ins I pop the wick out of glass container, with the plastic that holds the wick. <BR> If you try to get the wick out on it's own, it falls apart. <BR> <BR> Place in small ramekin dish - with the wick & plastic end. <BR> Useful for small spaces such as in a linen closet, coat closet or underwear drawer. <BR> <BR> Replace the wicks in closets & drawers, when you replace the old Air Wick Plug-Ins that have used up the liquid in bottle. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 15:18:47 EST Happy Belated Birthday CNMILAM76 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi team, yesterday was CNMILAM76's birthday. I'm so sorry I missed posting this, things just got away from me. I do hope it was a very special day <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 28 Dec 2014 05:04:10 EST AMAZON FREE APP TODAY! Amazon is giving away free apps today! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&no<BR>de=10076151011&pf_rd_i=2350149011&pf_r<BR>d_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=2008238662&p<BR>f_rd_r=0JC24E119QX1XD7MEEAE&pf_rd_s=me<BR>rchandised-search-top-1&pf_rd_t=101&ta<BR>g=komandocom-20&linkId=P4XD4D22X7QRLGFH </link> Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:36:12 EST Has Anyone Heard of the Mr. Food Site ??? I stumbled across this site a few weeks ago and found it to have all kinds of Healthy Recipes and FREE EBooks... <BR> <link> </link> <BR> After the Holidays, I am going to go thru the Free Ebooks I already downloaded But the recipes I have looked at sound Very Good and as I said, Healthy. <BR> Do check it out ! Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:47:50 EST Live or Artificial Christmas Tree We went back and forth this year on what to do. The both have pros and cons. But in the end, a nice tree place opened up about a bock from the house, so we went with live tree this year for Christmas. <BR> What about you? Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:49:04 EST Happy Birthday Kay (Meadowb tterfly) Here's Wishing You a Wonderfully Special Day !!! <BR> Happy Birthday Kay !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:18:12 EST Holiday Tree-Shaped Cheese Ball I thought this was such a cute idea for your Christmas Festivities !!! <BR> A Christmas tree cheese ball... Easy and Tasty... <BR> <link><BR>-tree-shaped-cheese-ball/08bcf9be-a507<BR>-469e-b622-f7ea3aa963d2?nicam2=&p=1&ni<BR>cam2=Email&nichn2=Core&niseg2=BCD&nicr<BR>eatID2=BCD_12_12_2014&utm_source=Email<BR>_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=BCD_12_12_2014 </link> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:36:16 EST Crock Pot Recipes from Instructables YUMMMMMM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <link><BR>ecipes/ </link> Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:22:47 EST Christmas recipes, traditions & crafts FREE E-Book Christmas recipes, traditions, and crafts Kindle e-book from Creative Homemaking... <BR> FREE from Amazon from 12/9/14 to 12/13/14 <BR> <link><BR>tml </link> <BR> Click on the link on the Creative Homemaking page and you will be redirected to Amazon... <BR> <BR> Rachel is giving us this Free E-Book and all she asks is that you leave feedback on the Amazon site in return...Please do this if you are downloading it for Free... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 07:12:27 EST Happy Birthday DOODLEBUG46 <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi team, today is DOODLEBUG46's birthday. Lets hope she has a great time with lots of presents and cake on this fantastic day, <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ODLEBUG46 </link> Sun, 7 Dec 2014 04:15:22 EST 8 Easy To Grow Herbs with Recipes Download Good Morning...I just signed up for Mom Prepares emails and got this download Free... <BR> <BR> I thought I would share it with you... <BR> I Love the fact they go thru how to plant, propagate, anything you want to know about the plant and then have a recipe with that particular herb... <BR> Here's the link to the downloaded page...Scroll down as the first page is blank... <BR> <link><BR>ightEasytoGrowHerbsandRecipes.pdf </link> <BR> Enjoy ! <BR> <BR>... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 07:29:42 EST TODAY Ball Cyber Monday Webcast...3:00 THE CYBER MONDAY WEBCAST <BR> <BR> DECEMBER 1st <BR> 3pm ET <BR> Join us for our Cyber Monday Webcast! You'll learn how to put a personal touch on your holiday with special handmade gift and craft ideas. And for you shoppers: the best deals of the year from our store will only be available during this webcast. Plus, guest-host Janine will share some fun décor and gift-wrapping ideas for your homemade goodies. There'll even be a Ball© FreshTECH Automatic Home Canning System demo, showing yo... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 07:41:56 EST Unique Home-Made Plant Pots Ideas <BR> <BR> More different ideas for plant containers. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=13193&memberid=924752 </link> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 05:00:29 EST Daring December Chat <BR> <BR> Hi there everybody, December is upon us and here is the new chat thread to prove it!! Sun, 30 Nov 2014 22:31:11 EST Something Nice to Do for Our Military ! Something Nice to Do for Our Military ! <BR> <BR> I thought it would be nice to pass a long this information,,, <BR> <BR> Send a Christmas Card to a Recovering Soldier at the Hospital... <BR> Send to... <BR> <BR> A Recovering American Soldier <BR> c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center <BR> 6900 Georgia Ave. <BR> N.W. Washington DC <BR> 20307-5001 Sat, 29 Nov 2014 08:12:30 EST Coming back I am back on the team. Life happens and my time was spent caring for my sister who was battling cancer, and also, giving time to my daughter who is filled with anger because she is adopted. Believe me, it has been emotionally draining and my weight loss has not been much. But I am not giving up. <BR> <BR> Working on my home is a great way for me to relax and feel good, so here I am back again. So looking word to learning a lot and getting to know some of you. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:09:42 EST Amazon has 30% Off One Book + They are On Sale ! I just went to buy a Dehydrating Cook Book and it was on sale and had 30% OFF <BR> <BR> <BR> Special Offers and Product Promotions <BR> <BR> <BR> •Take an Extra 30% Off Any Book: Use promo code HOLIDAY30 at checkout to get an extra 30% off any book for a limited time. Excludes Kindle eBooks and Audible Audiobooks. Restrictions apply. <BR> &#9642; The promotion is valid for a limited time only, from November 26, 2014 at 9pm PST to November 30, 2014 at 11:59pm PST. <BR> <BR> Do Check It O... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:39:41 EST OOPS !! Posted the Amazon Special Twice Hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday ! Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:39:26 EST Outside Container Gardens <BR> <BR> I know you are heading towards Winter over there in the US, but for anyone who is interested in new ideas for planting either now or later, these ideas are great <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ontainer-planting/?utm_campaign=112114<BR>_au_editorial_containergar&utm_term=3&<BR>utm_content=205336132949461698&utm_sou<BR>rce=31&e_t_s=boards&utm_medium=2002 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lants~containers/?utm... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:26:32 EST What Are You Thankful For ? In our busy day today, I thought it would be nice to take a few minutes and remember what we all have to be Thankful for... <BR> <BR> Of course, Friends and Family. <BR> <BR> Name one thing that you are Thankful for.... <BR> <BR> I'm Thankful for being able to walk in my back yard, enjoying all that God has Created and knowing I am safe from attack and all the bad in the world because of our Fearless and Loyal Men and Women of our Military. <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:51:29 EST Pumpkin Shaped Dinner Rolls Video I'm Making These for Thanksgiving !!! How Cute ! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:09:36 EST 20 Great Uses for Black Pepper <BR> <BR> These are great ideas for the humble black pepper. I can attest to the tip to stop bleeding, this is what we did years ago if we clipped our goats toenails a little too close. <BR> <BR> I must admit I worried when I saw that it was tipped to deal with hemorrhoids, thank goodness it wasn't a topical cure!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=13077&memberid=924752 </link> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 06:58:17 EST Measuring Tips and Techniques for DIYers <BR> <BR> Here's an interesting article that answers a lot of questions about measuring etc. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ips/measuring-tips-and-techniques-for-<BR>diyers?pmcode=pin091714A </link> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:03:00 EST Growing The More Unusual Plants <BR> <BR> I grew Turmeric last year and have a big clump of it to divide and use part of it and plant the rest. <BR> <BR> I'm also trying Galangal and Ginger this year as well as Cumin. <BR> <BR> Any other "different" veggies or spices/herbs you are growing out there? Fri, 14 Nov 2014 05:31:17 EST Happy Birthday MINNIEME1114 <BR> <BR> Hi team, today is MINNIEME1114's birthday. Lets hope Laura has a great time with lots of presents and cake on this fantastic day, <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>NNIEME1114 </link> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 05:20:45 EST GREAT SALE on Vacuum Seal Bags & Rolls Hi All... <BR> This is where I get all of my bags & Rolls for my FoodSaver. You can use these on most sealers. <BR> <BR> Jennifer has a HUGE Sale going on !!! Ebay Store The Sweet Attack Shop.. <BR> <BR> The prices are usually Great...But this is even Better !!!! <BR> <BR> Check this out... <BR> <link><BR>ml?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from= </link> <BR> <BR> She, also, has a website... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:55:10 EST FREE E-Book Crock Pot Recipes Download Creative Homemaking's new crock pot recipes Kindle e-book FREE from Amazon this week from 11/10/14 to 11/14/14. Share with your friends and please leave your feedback at Amazon. Thanks! <BR> <BR> In this e-book you will find almost 50 easy crock pot recipes, including recipes for crock pot cinnamon apple oatmeal, cherry cobbler, refried beans, green bean casserole, chicken enchiladas, beef stroganoff, Hawaiian chicken, crock pot pizza, spaghetti, crock pot lasagna, pulled pork chil... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 07:35:59 EST Preparing Your Garden for Winter <BR> <BR> I'm from Australia so we are in our last month of Spring heading into a very warm Summer. That being said, the US is coming up to or have started Winter. I thought these ideas might be of some help to someone here. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>re/preparing-your-garden-for-winter/ </link> Mon, 3 Nov 2014 06:48:50 EST Happy Birthday WONKYSOX <BR> Hi team, today is WONKYSOX's birthday. Lets hope Linda has a great time with lots of presents and cake on this fantastic day, <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>NKYSOX </link> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 04:53:40 EST Naughty November Chat <BR> <BR> Okey Dokey here's the new November chat thread. It's entirely up you all if you want to be naughty <em>18</em> <em>20</em> <em>100</em> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 04:47:43 EST Craftsy Offering FREE Class Any Topic ! Today ONLY Craftsy Offering FREE Class ...Any Topic !!! <BR> <BR> Choose from... <BR> Sewing <BR> Quilting <BR> Knitting <BR> Crochet <BR> Cake Decorating <BR> Food and Cooking <BR> Painting and Drawing and <BR> Photography <BR> <BR> It is ONLY for Today !!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>raftsyClass?_ct=sbqii-wqbbuho-ikrdql&_<BR>ctp=Jo-Ann_FreeCraftsyClass </link> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:02:53 EST Late Season Gardens I managed to get my garlic in the ground on Friday. Then we had our first real frost of the season this morning. *whew* Just in time. <BR> Anyone else planting fall/winter crops, or putting bulbs in now for next year? <BR> ( You don't count Jules :P ) Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:29:14 EST Gardenias I have two small gardenia bushes and I was wondering if someone could tell me the best way to mulch them. They are about eighteen inches tall and I am in zone 6. I completely covered them last winter and they struggled in the spring. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:56:31 EST New Spark Point Levels <BR> <BR> Hi team, we now have new Sparkpoint levels. Before it stopped at level 20, now it continues onto Level 25 <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nts_icons.asp </link> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:00:44 EST If You're Up..Go On Out and See the Lunar Eclipse Watching the Lunar Eclipse right now ! A Rare Site !!! <BR> It will be over at 6:25am Wed, 8 Oct 2014 05:33:45 EST "Cooking for a Crowd" Short Cut ! Pie Shells... Another Holiday "Cooking for a Crowd" Short Cut ! <BR> from Our Half Acre Homestead <BR> <BR> What a Great Idea !!! Make those pie shells ahead of time and freeze them. <BR> Then when needed, just take out of the freezer, thaw, fill and bake !!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=em-uploademail </link> Tue, 7 Oct 2014 07:27:18 EST FREE E-BOOK...Guide to Muffin Recipes FREE E-BOOK from Creative Homemaking Guide to Make-a-Mix Recipes <BR> Creative Homemaking Guide to Muffin Recipes <BR> <BR> FREE from Amazon from 10/6/14 to 10/10/14 <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tml </link> <BR> <BR> Get it while you Can !!!! Mon, 6 Oct 2014 12:28:56 EST Happy Birthday WENDYSPARKS <BR> <BR> Hi team, today is WENDYSPARKS's birthday. Lets hope Linda has a great time with lots of presents and cake on this fantastic day, <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>?id=WENDYSPARKS </link> Sun, 5 Oct 2014 06:28:15 EST Outrageous October Chat <BR> <BR> Hi everybody here is our new October chat thread. Yep Cathy, it's on time too <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> What's everybody up to this month. <BR> <BR> Cruddy day here today, it rained all night and today is damp and miserable. No planting seedlings today Wed, 1 Oct 2014 04:33:14 EST Have an Old Door Hanging Around ? Have an Old Door Hanging Around ? <BR> Here are some Great Ideas for something to do with them !!! <BR> I have 2 thick old doors that I would like to make a headboard and footboard with. <BR> (I know, don't end a sentence with a preposition !!!! ) <BR> <link><BR>d-doors-headboards/ </link> <BR> I'm thinking of using the idea from the door bench picture.... <BR> <link><BR>508/ </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:53:08 EST Easy, delicious Tomato Sauce. Roast ‘em! Easy, delicious Tomato Sauce. Roast ‘em! from The Art of Doing Stuff Site... <BR> <BR> Great Idea. Sounds like a great tomato paste to have on hand... <BR> <BR> And the pictures look SOOOO Yummy !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cious-tomato-sauce-roast-em/?utm_sourc<BR>e=Website+Subscribers&utm_campaign=a96<BR>6ecdd92-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=<BR>email&utm_term=0_b431e4fc08-a966ecdd92-81876169 </link> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 06:09:15 EST Clean Up Your Fall Garden and Give it a Boost for Clean Up Your Fall Garden and Give it a Boost for Next Year! <BR> <BR> For those of you that don't read the Daily Thread, I thought I'd post this link so all can see it... <BR> <link><BR>winter-garden-clean-up.html </link> <BR> <BR> It's Time !!!!! <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:54:05 EST Happy Birthday LEW0213 <BR> <BR> Hi team, today is LEW0213's birthday. Lets hope Linda has a great time with lots of presents and cake on this fantastic day, <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>104</em> <BR> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:54:55 EST Happy Birthday EUNIQ3 Hi team, today is EUNIQ3's birthday. Lets hope she has a great time with lots of presents and cake on this fantastic day, <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>?id=EUNIQ3 </link> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:53:40 EST DIY Fruit Fly Trap ! Here's a link for a DIY Fruit Fly Trap ! <BR> <link><BR>qt/Make-A-Vinegar-Trap-For-Fruit-Flies<BR>.htm </link> <BR> <BR> With all of the fruit trees ripening, I thought this would be helpful ! Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:20:32 EST Happy Birthday OZARKMARY <BR> Hi team, today is OZARKMARY's birthday. Lets hope she has a great time with lots of presents and cake on this fantastic day, <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ARKMARY </link> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 07:57:50 EST Follow-Up on My Tomato Powder Experiment ! Yes, I have been experimenting with different ways to dehydrate my tomatoes to make powder. <BR> I've done many batches of cherry tomatoes, cut them in half and put in a dehydrator. <BR> When crispy, I ground them in my coffee grinder. Works Perfectly and tastes and smells Awesome !. <BR> <BR> I, also, used the skins and seeds from straining the tomatoes thru my Victorio Strainer. <BR> I put some on parchment paper lined cookie sheets (spread thinly) and did them in the oven at 170F (the... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 12:02:55 EST Happy Birthday to One of Our Fearless Leaders !!! Happy Birthday Jules (FLOWERDALEJEWEL)... <BR> <BR> Take Time for Yourself and Enjoy Your Special Day !!!! <BR> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 05:27:06 EST Happy Birthday FLOWERDALEJEWEL <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, I feel like and idiot, singing happy birthday to me. <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>104</em> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 05:01:27 EST The Great Container Corn Experiment So I ordered some of the new container garden corn from Burpee this spring. I've heard mixed things about it, but wanted to give it a try. I also got some for my mother and my mother-in-law. They both garden, and I was curious to see how it worked out. <BR> I live outside of Philly. I grew the corn in a large half barrel on my front porch. 9 seeds in the container. It started strong, and each stalk grew to about 3 foot high. Then it stopped. It got brownish, and the few small ears that it pro... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:01:43 EST Scintillating September Chat <BR> <BR> September chat thread here, better late than never <em>20</em> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 02:04:27 EST discovery I saw the RV team on another members page and was pleasantly surprised to mix RVing & spark Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:37:08 EST Autumn/Winter Gardens <BR> Here is some really great ideas for Autumn/Winter gardens from Pinterest. <BR> <BR> Some really interesting cold frames, cloches, greenhouses and ways to extend the growing season <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n-fall-winter/ </link> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 07:14:28 EST Woodworking Plans for a Large Picnic Table <BR> <BR> Here is a great project for those who have a large outside area. To get the plans for the table just click on to the "download the measured drawings" link. I think if you were wanting an outside umbrella attached it'd be easy to drill a hole in the centre for it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ects/ss/Build-a-Large-Picnic-Table-Out<BR>door-Woodworking-Plans.htm </link> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 05:22:20 EST FREE Printable Pantry / Freezer Inventory Sheets Well, I just found out I had put some of my home made canned goods in another cabinet... <BR> Now, if I would have had an inventory spread sheet, I might not have Lost them !!! <BR> <BR> Here is a link for all kinds of sheets. <BR> <link><BR>entory/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here's the one I like... <BR> <link><BR>s/image/pdf/food_inventory_pantry.pdf </link> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10:57:52 EST Preview of design changes to Message Boards <BR> We as leaders, have listened to your requests. <BR> 1. a cleaner look to the page dividing the individual messages for easier reading. <BR> 2. a quick way to get to My Spark Page <BR> 3. Keep Today on SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> Well, they listened and here is a Preview of design changes to Message Boards. <BR> They will roll our the beginning of next week. <BR> <BR> <link><BR> </link> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:12:19 EST Lemon Summer Squash Bread from Thank Your Body Lemon Summer Squash Bread from Thank Your Body <BR> <BR> This sounds SOOOO Yummmmy !!!! <BR> This lady is a REAL Health Nut so the ingredients are all organic. <BR> You can use what ever you like...I just thought this is a recipe to share.... <BR> Not sure what evaporated cane juice or rapadura is...I'll have to figure out what quantity of sugar to use. <BR> <BR> Here's the link to the recipe.... <BR> <link><BR>ummer-squash-bread/ </link> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:24:36 EST Happy Birthday GINIEMIE <BR> <BR> Hi team, today is GINIEMIE's birthday. Lets hope she has a great time with lots of presents and cake on this fantastic day, <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>NIEMIE </link> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:48:44 EST Happy Birthday MZDOOR <BR> Hi team, today MZDOOR's birthday. Lets hope she has a great time with lots of presents and cake on this fantastic day, <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>DOOR </link> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:23:45 EST How to Make Old-Fashioned Peach Butter How to Make Old-Fashioned Peach Butter <BR> <BR> Fruit butters are somewhat related to jams, but they don’t require pectin. They are thick and opaque and absolutely perfect as a spread on homemade bread, or flaky homemade biscuits, or crepes, or waffles, or… you get the picture. <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:36:35 EST Seed Saving Packets FREE Download Seed Saving Packets FREE Download from the Art of Doing Stuff... <BR> <BR> Most people also have flowers blooming, tomatoes growing and herbs going to seed. So NOW is the time to start collecting seeds to use next year. At the very least now is the time to print out really cute Art of Doing Stuff seed packets for free. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing-stuff-seed-saving-packetsfree-down<BR>load/?utm_source=Website+Subscribers&u<BR>tm_campaign=b97a6940eb-RSS... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:13:45 EST Who Remembers Macrame? I remember doing Macrame, usually plant holders/hangers years ago and thought you all might like to revisit this craft. There are some great ideas on Pinterest ........ have a look!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rame/ </link> <BR> <BR> And for some interesting ideas of what to do with macrame <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rame%20diy&rs=ac&len=7 </link> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:37:41 EST Re-Introducing myself! Hi everyone - Members since 2007 - but strayed away a few times. <BR> Need to lose "lots" of weight...and plan on "doing it" this time... <BR> <BR> I am a certified home stager and re-design professional in Ontario Canada and I love to help people get organized and redecorate their homes on a budget! <BR> <BR> I am constantly learning ... and am here to answer any questions you may have. <BR> <BR> Look out though - I will need advice from all of you as well! Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:02:28 EST Everything You Need to Know About Container Garden Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening from Growing a Greener World.... <BR> It's a great show and is on your local PBS channel... <BR> Here is an episode on Container Gardening... <BR> <link><BR>container-gardening/?utm_source=GGWTV&<BR>utm_campaign=a7ecccb303-GGW_S4_Newslet<BR>ter_110_14_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_t<BR>erm=0_27022f05ad-a7ecccb303-66299425 </link> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 08:51:29 EST DIY Stepping Stones <BR> <BR> Here's a fun weekend project. This only shows a couple of ideas, but I'm sure you all could come up with a lot of others <BR> <BR> <link><BR>utdoor-rooms/diy-stepping-stones/?sssd<BR>mh=dm17.739214&esrc=nwdiy052114#page=1 </link> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 05:44:07 EST 19 Ways To Slash Your Utility Bills <BR> <BR> Here's a few good ideas, some we all probably know, but a couple of new ones <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ement/energy-efficient/4288639 </link> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 04:31:22 EST Growing Green Tea Plants - Leaf Curl Hi Gang - A few months ago I ordered some green tea plants from a grower in central-eastern Florida (I live in South Florida). <BR> <BR> While my plants are growing, I am getting leaf curl. Has anyone experienced this, even on non-green tea plants. They are currently in 1 gallon pots, are about 12" high, and I have them on my screened porch because I was afraid the summer rains and very strong sun would kill them. They are planted in organic soil provided by the growers. <BR> <BR> I will ... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 15:15:51 EST How to Make Homemade Stevia Extract How to Make Homemade Stevia Extract from Prairie Homestead.... <BR> <BR> Stevia is amazing stuff. It’s pretty popular right now, but in case you haven’t jumped on the stevia train yet, here is a quick run-down: Stevia is simply a plant. Yup– a plant. It’s not created in a laboratory and it’s most definitely not one of those scary artificial sweeteners. Stevia is 200-times sweeter than sugar and you can grow it right in your garden. That’s my kind of sweetener! <BR> <BR> I feel pretty confid... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 08:30:01 EST Recieving Team Goodies !!!! Recieving Team Goodies !!!! <BR> <BR> There have been many changes to SP lately and one of them is that is you want to receive Team Goodies, you must have posted on the team at least once in the past 90 days. <BR> (it was 30 days, but the team leaders really put up a fight to get it longer, hence the 90 days !!!) <BR> <BR> So if you would like to get team goodies, do post to our team at least once every 90 days to be eligible ... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 12:02:03 EST How To Build A DIY Outdoor Living Plant Wall <BR> <BR> Here's an interesting idea for a vertical planter outside, the first link is to show you what it looks like and the second will have the instructions <BR> <BR> <link><BR>95-how-to-make-a-diy-outdoor-living-pl<BR>ant-wall?tru=bulSNw#jump </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 3 Aug 2014 06:27:22 EST Adventurous August Chat Thread <BR> <BR> Here is the new August chat thread. <BR> <BR> What are you all up to for this month?? Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:57:26 EST Free Ebook Creative Homemaking Guide to Zucchini R Hi All I posted this on our Putting Foods Up team, But I thought some of you may want it, too !!! <BR> <BR> Creative Homemaking Guide to Zucchini Recipes [Kindle Edition] by <BR> Rachel Paxton . <BR> <BR> Rachel is offering her Free E-Book this week until 8/3. . Hurry while you can ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>uide-Zucchini-Recipes-ebook/dp/B00M6JP<BR>BZC/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&<BR>qid=1406524000&sr=1-4&keywords=rachel+paxton </link> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:20:05 EST Planting and Care for Buddleia (Butterfly Bushes) Planting and Care for Buddleia (Butterfly Bushes) from Rachel Paxton ...Creative Homemaking. <BR> <BR> <BR> Planting and Care for Buddleia (Butterfly Bushes) <BR> by Alan Summers <BR> <BR> Buddleia, also known as, Butterfly Bush’, is one of the most beautiful and easiest flowers to care for. The blooms may be purple, white, pink, or red and appear in late summer. The leaves are gray-green and range from 4-10” long and are 1-3” wide. Even though ‘Butterfly Bushes’ are an easy plant to gro... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:57:17 EST Flat Ground vs. Raised Beds My garden is killing me this year. <BR> As many of you know I have a HUGE garden. I'm growing tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, peppers, beans, and squash. And I'm only using around half of the space. This year, with my crazy work schedule, the weeds have just gotten away from me. I've got sections where I have weeds growing up nearly as tall as me. So I think it may be time to make some changes. This fall, I think I'm going to move the fence in and cut the garden down the middle. I'll let the back... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:24:29 EST Easy Rug Made From Old TShirts <BR> <BR> Here's another simple idea for a rug. All you need is the old tshirts and a hula hoop. When you are finished you can try the hula hoop and see if you remember how to use it <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hoop-woven-rug-from-old-shirts/ </link> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:59:31 EST Easy Backyard Firepit <BR> <BR> Here is a really simple plan for a backyard firepit. So very simple <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>fire-pit-in-backyard/ </link> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:54:33 EST Ever Wanted To Be MacGyver? <BR> <BR> Here is an interesting clip that can make us all feel like MacGyver <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> There are many more interesting ideas on this youtube channel Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:08:45 EST Make Your Own Cookie Cutters <BR> <BR> These are supposed to be one or two shot cutters but they are a great idea for that design you want but can't find a cutter for <BR> <BR> <link><BR>own-cookie-cutters-from-soda-can/ </link> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:24:13 EST How to Grow Clematis Great timing for Me !!! <BR> My BIL bought me a Clematis for My Birthday in June...It's still in the pot as I was befuddled as to how to plant it and where to plant it. I have 3 others that I planted years ago and are not doing so well... <BR> <BR> Here the link form Creative Homemaking... <BR> <link><BR>/growing-clematis.shtml </link> <BR> <BR> I bought a metal arch with gates and I should probably dig up the other 3 and plant it with this one...2 o... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:01:03 EST Surprising Uses For Lemons And Butter These are interesting ideas for using (1) Lemons and for (2) Butter <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sehold-uses-lemons-1D79883185?cid=eml_<BR>iin_20140716 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-butter/7-a-557718?nlcid=in|07-16-201<BR>4|&_mid=7985832&_rid=7985832.95800.182235.2 </link> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 05:23:30 EST Small Changes on Our Start Page Hi All, Us Leaders just got a message from Coach Jen regarding some changes to our start page... <BR> Here is her message... <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We'll be making a small change on the Start page tomorrow, and I just wanted to give you a heads up. Some of you asked about the wheel disappearing this week from the left side of the page. We are going to move the link to spin the wheel as well as the total SparkPoints for the day over to the right side of the page under Step 1. It w... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:18:45 EST What To Do With Old T Shirts <BR> <BR> There are some great ideas here for those old tees. Oddly I use the really soft, worn ones and cut mask liners for my brothers CPAP mask. You can of course buy them but they aren't cheap and the t shirt ones are just as good and you can wash them a couple of times as well. <BR> <BR> Anyway, hopefully you'll find something useful to do with your old t shirts here. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>%20tshirts%20ideas&rs=ac&len=11 </link> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:06:56 EST How To Make Homemade Plant Food <BR> <BR> Here's a link to some "homemade" plant foods. I can't say one way or the other if they work, but it's definitely worth a look <BR> <BR> <link><BR>memade-plant-food.shtml </link> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 05:57:52 EST Mason Jar Wall Planters <BR> <BR> This is a small project on a blog that is really interesting and all about this lady's adventures in fixing up a small cottage. <BR> <BR> The mason jars would be great for things like herbs etc. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>son-jar-wall-planter.html </link> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 05:04:22 EST Joyous July Chatter You All have been SOOOO Busy. <BR> Nothing like Fresh Tomatoes out of the garden !!! <BR> <BR> Today is trimming out the old red raspberry canes...Way late but at least I'm getting them done ! <BR> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 06:47:20 EST I am new to this team! HI <BR> My name is Debbie. I am new to this team! Sun, 29 Jun 2014 18:39:35 EST Great Pinterest Pins <BR> <BR> Here are a couple of Pinterest boards that are really interesting. <BR> <BR> The first is all about raised garden beds ...... so many different types <BR> <BR> <link><BR>beds/ </link> <BR> <BR> The second is all about space saving veggie gardens <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ce-saving-veggie-gardens/ </link> <BR> <BR> I hope you find something of interest here, I know I did <em>104</em> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 06:40:52 EST Welcome Patti GEMINI-SKY New Co-Leader <BR> <BR> Everybody say hi and welcome to our new co-leader Patti (GEMINI-SKY) <BR> <BR> I know she'll be a great addition to the team. <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> <em>235</em> <em>235</em> <em>345</em> <em>104</em> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:18:32 EST Simple Homemade “Sun-Dried ” Tomatoes Simple Homemade “Sun-Dried ” Tomatoes <BR> From The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Oh !!! I can Smell them Now !!!! YUMMMM !!!!! <BR> <BR> The only thing I do differently is slice them from top to bottom...They may take a bit longer to dry but they are meatier ! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>homemade-sun-dried-tomatoes.html#comme<BR>nt-454722 </link> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:27:50 EST How To Build A Backyard Pergola <BR> <BR> This looks like a great DIY project and they've made the instructions oh so easy <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Zos:6vm.HFTr/<BR>home/how-to-plans/pergola/3352816?src=<BR>mens-footer </link> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:38:14 EST Happy Birthday BLUEMORROW <BR> Hi team, today BLUEMORROW's birthday. Lets hope she has a great time with lots of presents and cake on this fantastic day, <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>UEMORROW </link> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 04:23:22 EST Happy Birthday CRISSYPIE25 <BR> <BR> Hi team, today CRISSYPIE25's birthday. Lets hope she has a great time with lots of presents and cake on this fantastic day, <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ISSYPIE25 </link> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 04:59:29 EST Happy Birthday STEPHIMAE <BR> <BR> Hi team, today STEPHIMAE's birthday. Lets hope she has a great time with lots of presents and cake on this fantastic day, <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>EPHIMAE </link> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 06:53:48 EST House Siding Drama It has been a long and expensive last few months. <BR> Last fall, we decided it was time to get the house re-sided. We'd been having problems with bits and pieces coming off ever since Sandy plowed through. We got three different bids, and the the one we liked best was around $20,000. We saved up the money over the winter so we could pay cash, and started the project this spring. (We have a 4 bedroom farmhouse style home, built by the original owner in the 40's.) The project was abut a third ... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:27:33 EST My Bucket Corn Is Growing I got myself a packet of the new Burpee patio corn to try this year. It is.. well.. corn designed to be grown in a container on a patio. I also got some for my mother and mother-in-law. The squirrels got to the seeds for everyone else, and nothing grew. But because my porch is elevated, mine has survived. All 9 plants are doing well, each of them about a foot high. <BR> I know some folks here have tried it with mixed results, and the jury is still out for me. It'll be a month at least till ... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:15:07 EST 31 Insanely Clever Remodeling Ideas For Your Home <BR> These ideas are just great, some are definitely things you'd probably build into a new home but a lot of these could be built into an existing house. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r-remodeling-ideas-for-your-new-home </link> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:08:21 EST Hi! New Here I sort of introduced myself on another thread, but basically, I'm a compulsive gardener, frugalista and curb shopper who is starting over in a new place here in North Florida. Well, not exactly starting over, I still have a lot of stuff, but I'm moving into a tiny apartment (my dream) and will be blogging about how I manage to squeeze all my stuff in, or purge things I can't squeeze in. <BR> <BR> I've gone from a 3 BR, 2 BA 1 car garage down to this tiny 450 sf place, so I've already purged... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 10:19:05 EST Build Your Own Firepit <BR> <BR> Here is a project to build your own firepit. While the wording might be a little odd for anyone not into bricklaying etc, the pictures will give you a pretty good idea on how to do it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>utdoor-rooms/build-your-own-fire-pit/?<BR>sssdmh=dm17.739214&esrc=nwdiy052114 </link> Mon, 9 Jun 2014 06:42:24 EST Succulent Container Garden Plans <BR> <BR> It's no secret that I love succulents, they are so easy to grow and will grow almost anywhere. Here are some great ideas as well as identifying all of the succulents planted. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-ideas/succulent-container-garden-pla<BR>ns/?sssdmh=dm17.739443&esrc=nwgn052214#page=1 </link> Mon, 9 Jun 2014 06:38:37 EST 5 DIY Bug Sprays <BR> Here are 5 organic bug sprays you can make yourself. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g-sprays.shtml </link> Mon, 9 Jun 2014 05:23:25 EST How did I miss this team ?!?! I saw this team listed on another Spark Friend's page and decided to have a look. SO glad I did! I've been doing DIY and gardening projects for months now! <BR> <BR> We live in a 26 year old mobile home that we bought brand new that many years ago. Over the past two years it had been neglected while I worked 60-70 hours a week and spent another 30 hours per week visiting my husband in hospital/nursing home/hospital/rehab center/hospital/nursing home. <BR> <BR> As of 11/25/13 he is finall... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 10:29:21 EST Happy Birthday GEMINI-SKY <BR> <BR> Hi team, today GEMINI-SKY's birthday. Lets hope Pattie has a great time with lots of presents and cake on this fantastic day, <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>MINI-SKY </link> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 05:26:52 EST Pruning Deadwood <BR> <BR> Here's an interesting article that gives you an idea of how to prune back the deadwood, what zone you live in and what to plant in that zone (if you click onto the zone link) <BR> <BR> Also right down the bottom is the excellent link to a page that has quite a few gardening books you can either view online or download to a PDF file ......... very interesting!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p-calm-and-prune-dead-wood </link> Sat, 7 Jun 2014 06:02:50 EST Get the Most Sizzling Fitness Deal of the Summer! I don't know if you all got this email from SparkPeople !!!! <BR> <BR> If you have been considering getting the SparkPeople Fitness Tracker...It's ON SALE for the entire month of June !!! 10.00 OFF and a FREE DVD !!!! <BR> Here's what the email says... <BR> <BR> Get the Most Sizzling Fitness Deal of the Summer! <BR> <BR> Need a boost of motivation to keep up with your fitness routine this summer? For the entire month of June, order the Spark Activity Tracker and receive $10 off your pur... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 03:09:04 EST Bug Problems? Recently I had a problem with squash bugs...what I use for pesticide is 6 hot peppers blended with 1/4 cup of water...more if needed to blend...and I use 1/2 cup of Ivory dish soap (liquid) I pour it into my 2 gallon sprayer...(tip: add water into the sprayer first before adding other ingredients) I spray early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the sun is not so high and hot...the soap can burn the leaves if put on while sun is fully up. Those nasty bugs don't like that at all...I... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 22:14:41 EST Cement Cloth Planters <BR> I hope you all can see this link, this is such a clever and unusual idea for a planter. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>photos/a.415333008564753.1073741828.41<BR>5331385231582/598426286922090/?type=1&fref=nf </link> Tue, 3 Jun 2014 08:44:14 EST Happy Birthday RUTHDEN1 <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi team, the 20th was RUTHDEN1's birthday. Lets hope there were lots of presents and cake on this fantastic day, <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>104</em> <BR> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 06:46:46 EST