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SparkPeople Home and Garden and DIY - On A Budget Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=10178 Homemade Herb Salt Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x62125019 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>www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/07/<BR>homemade-herb-salt-recipe.html#comment<BR>-484662 </link> <BR> <BR> Homemade Herb Salt Recipe <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Author: The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Recipe type: Season... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:35:32 EST 15 Ways Epsom Salts Help Your Garden Grow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x62115499 <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>www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?email<BR>id=16577&memberid=924752 </link> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:51:12 EST Nine Surprising Fertilizers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x62107661 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x62023632 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 !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x61981853 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61956626 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 Spark People Gardening Guide Page Has Tons of Arti http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x61837458 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>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/gardeni<BR>ng-guide.asp </link> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 08:09:53 EST Happy Birthday CRISSYPIE25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x61797052 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id= CRISSYPIE25 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bcb51f43-1367-475f-967c-c732815c3c88.jpg"> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 08:00:40 EST How to Make a Mosaic Table Top http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7262x10178x61781154 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>www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Mosaic-Table-<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61772944 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 Food.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61772599 Onion Dill Bread from Food.com <BR> <BR> This is SOOO Good I had to share the recipe !!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.food.com/recipe/drews-famous-oni<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7262x10178x61767056 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61758432 Edible of the Month: Basil <BR> <BR> This article covers Planning, Preparation, Planting, Care and Harvest and Storage... <BR> <BR> <link>www.garden.org/articles/articles.php<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x61703243 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id= GEMINI-SKY </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8cfc91bc-84db-4a7f-b5e3-0b8016915bf1.jpg"> Mon, 8 Jun 2015 06:28:37 EST 35 Cool Vintage-Looking Garden Pots http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61655659 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>www.shelterness.com/35-cool-vintage-<BR>looking-garden-pots/ </link> Tue, 2 Jun 2015 13:33:36 EST Joyous June Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x61641442 <BR> <BR> Hi everybody, here is the new June chat thread Mon, 1 Jun 2015 07:34:57 EST Happy Birthday RUTHDEN1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x61641342 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id= RUTHDEN1 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0e21ec40-e4e7-477e-84ea-6b73bc303253.gif"> Mon, 1 Jun 2015 07:25:35 EST Homemade Apple Juice From Peels & Cores http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61623780 <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>www.inspirationkitchen.com/2014/09/0<BR>1/easy-no-waste-apple-juice/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6a930b6-9a9f-49a0-a269-63265db858a0.jpg"> Sat, 30 May 2015 06:05:54 EST Natural Remedies for Tomato Blight & Powdery Milde http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61608659 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x61589511 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/750a531c-31f8-4c81-84fd-e0f85987acdb.jpg"> <BR> I even shaped it up and used trimmings for cuttings: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/974a4fc2-f99c-43d6-8c39-cdddc26f0a37.jpg"> <BR> Success for sure. Today: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/96cc0650-6093-4198... Tue, 26 May 2015 09:13:05 EST Some Great GREENHOUSE Ideas!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19826x10178x61569438 some of these look pretty doable! I might just try a few <BR> <BR> <link>www.apieceofrainbow.com/21-amazing-d<BR>iy-greenhouses/ </link> <BR> <BR> and some more on the Cheep! <BR> <BR> <link>premeditatedleftovers.com/gardening/<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61549693 How to Build A Lasagna Bed <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l350264532.jpg"> <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) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61539162 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>www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/05/<BR>diy-hand-cream-recipe.html </link> Wed, 20 May 2015 09:25:31 EST Crock Pot Soap Making Instructio s...Really Easy ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61539128 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x61537635 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=BU<BR>TEAFULL </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l460328014.jpg"> Wed, 20 May 2015 06:57:09 EST Mary, Mary Quite Contrary... How does Your Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x61495719 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x61456759 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=SA<BR>LLYANDGENE </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l592611912.jpg"> Mon, 11 May 2015 06:42:47 EST Recyclable drip feeders for your garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61443718 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>thegardeningcook.com/soda-bottle-dri<BR>p-feeder-for-vegetables/ </link> Sat, 9 May 2015 11:46:04 EST DIY Dishwasher Detergent Cubes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7262x10178x61423973 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19826x10178x61423180 <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>www.pinterest.com/pin/22806516860652<BR>6359/ </link> Thu, 7 May 2015 04:06:56 EST Message from Coach Jen Re: Additional Points !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x61419925 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61414231 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10178x61398531 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61379994 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61378964 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>commonsensehome.com/ways-to-use-garl<BR>ic-in-the-garden/ </link> Sat, 2 May 2015 07:51:26 EST Mysterious May Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x61368888 <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” http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61353719 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61351056 Tips for Attracting and Feeding Hummingbirds <BR> <BR> Welcome to my Hummingbird tips and information site, as featured at FineLiving.com. 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>www.birdwatchers.com/debtips.html </link> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 06:57:04 EST Bee keeping http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61321355 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>www.honeyflow.com/gallery-videos/vid<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61315704 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>www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/insanely-easy<BR>-ways-to-transform-your-everyday-thing<BR>s?sub=2220841_1164282#.av9aqoYWy6 </link> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l260807896.jpg"> <BR> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:30:03 EST Happy Birthday IMAREADER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x61298221 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=IM<BR>AREADER </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1061461170.jpg"> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:24:38 EST How to Grow Potatoes in a Trash Can http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61291369 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61291251 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61271986 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61262482 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7262x10178x61253084 DIY Roman Shades from Mini Blinds... <BR> <BR> I have 3 West facing kitchen windows that can use this...NEED this !!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sawdustandembryos.com/2014/01/ho<BR>w-to-make-roman-shades-using-mini-blin<BR>ds.html </link> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:51:42 EST Downloading Clips From Youtube! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61251210 <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>keepvid.com/ </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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61251202 <BR> This is such a simple but clever idea for a DIY/Potting table <BR> <BR> <link>www.jennaburger.com/2013/08/diy-pall<BR>et-gardening-table/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1141902382.jpg"> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:06:56 EST Vintage Spoon and Fork Garden Markers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19826x10178x61217238 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>homespunsprout.com/2015/03/vintage-s<BR>poon-garden-markers.html </link> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1075308209.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l565320905.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Forks... <BR> <link>homespunsprout.com/2015/03/vintage-f<BR>ork-garden-markers.ht... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:33:12 EST Happy Birthday IMREITE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x61195421 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_teams.asp<BR>?id=IMREITE </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1347753765.jpg"> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 06:19:57 EST Old China Stepping Stones http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61177863 <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>overthebigmoon.com/from-oops-to-ahhh<BR>/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1480858782.jpg"> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 06:52:14 EST FREE Printable Garden Notebook...18 pages http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61158734 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61149413 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>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/the-wal<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19826x10178x61109085 these look doable and they will help save some watering <BR> <BR> <link>www.livinggreenandfrugally.com/self-<BR>watering-planter/ </link> Thu, 2 Apr 2015 18:59:58 EST Happy Birthday GARDENCHRIS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x61102736 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=GA<BR>RDENCHRIS </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l716085058.jpg"> Thu, 2 Apr 2015 06:09:14 EST Awesome April Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x61083226 <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1869005708.jpg"> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:22:40 EST All Natural Egg Dyes For A Non-Toxic Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61079865 All Natural Egg Dyes For A Non-Toxic Easter <BR> <BR> <link>www.thankyourbody.com/all-natural-eg<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61061846 another pinterest idea! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sunset.com/garden/backyard-proje<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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61040010 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>www.pinterest.com/vanessafayr/tin-ca<BR>ns/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here's another one...I like this one better !!!! <BR> <link>www.buzzfeed.com/pippa/from-drab-to-<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 ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19826x10178x61027832 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61026948 <BR> <BR> Some of these ideas look really good, very clever!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?email<BR>id=14780&memberid=924752 </link> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:11:46 EST Homesteading for Beginners: FREE EBook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61023751 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>www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00U4UTUTS<BR>/ref=as... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:21:38 EST must have garden tools and a nice work bench http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x61002183 Pinterest has some very interesting pins today... thought you might enjoy these <BR> <BR> <link>organicgardening.about.com/od/bookpr<BR>oductreviews/tp/musthavegardentools.ht<BR>m?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=soci<BR>al&utm_campaign=shareurlbuttons </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.vegetablegardener.com/item/2429/<BR>build-a-potting-bench </link> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 14:43:26 EST good idea for tight spaces http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60993347 this looks interesting for a small space <BR> <BR> <link>thehomesteadsurvival.com/build-wall-<BR>space-saving-dresser/ </link> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 13:42:54 EST 12 New Uses for Plastic Bottles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60990442 <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>www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?email<BR>id=14711&memberid=924752 </link> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 06:55:17 EST What To Do With Empty Wine Bottles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60972727 <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>www.viralnova.com/wine-bottle-crafts<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60953914 <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>homestead-and-survival.com/how-to-se<BR>w-a-grow-bag/ </link> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 06:38:11 EST Twice Baked Cauliflower from AllRecipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60945723 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60944496 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60940359 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 ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7262x10178x60927069 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x60908230 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=VO<BR>NBLACKBIRD </link> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:40:15 EST When & How to Start Seeds Indoors In General http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60900929 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60881389 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60863753 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>seedsforgenerations.com/webinars/gar<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19826x10178x60848752 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>blog.builddirect.com/cool-garden-pat<BR>hs-that-are-off-the-beaten-path/ </link> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:12:16 EST Happy Birthday SLM0305 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x60842011 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=SL<BR>M0305 </link> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 07:14:41 EST List of Common herbs Annual or Perennial ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60841743 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60841731 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>www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrrgmlfqRjA </link> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 06:38:17 EST THANK YOU! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10178x60803112 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x60798519 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60782836 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x60780282 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x60780243 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x60718889 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x60682467 <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>www.viralnova.com/tiny-house-cool/?m<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 ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60577265 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>www.cooksgreenhouse.com/default.asp </link> Fri, 6 Feb 2015 08:06:23 EST Blueberry Bushes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x60570719 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60566916 <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>www.omgfacts.com/lists/17194/15-Thin<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19826x10178x60566548 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>www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDdD6gKS1Rw&<BR>feature=em-uploademail </link> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 06:03:27 EST Gardeners and Diapers, A Perfect Twosome? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60565942 <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>www.ba-bamail.com/Content.aspx?email<BR>id=14097&memberid=924752 </link> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 03:32:26 EST How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar from Scraps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60556748 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x60524487 I All...Here is our February Chat Thread !!! <BR> Have a Great Month ! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:31:47 EST Gardening Burnout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60515356 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60503532 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>www.growingagreenerworld.com/homemad<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60448082 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>www.bobvila.com/weeding/45747-9-natu<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x60438179 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>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/realist<BR>ic-resolution.asp </link> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:02:26 EST Guinness "Empty Chair" Video ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x60407237 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>www.youtube.com/embed/rx0MRawkrj4 </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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60382623 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>www.hgtvgardens.com/seeds/15-clever-<BR>ways-to-start-seeds?syc=NGAheadline </link> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:05:56 EST Helpful Kitchen Cheat Sheet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60349258 <BR> <BR> Here's an interesting page filled with all sorts of info you might need in the kitchen <BR> <BR> <link>www.ba-bamail.com/Content.aspx?email<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60316445 I watch Flip My Food and they did this recipe today... <BR> Looks and sounds So Yummy ! <BR> <link>www.flipmyfood.com/recipe/red-bean-k<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!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x60218694 <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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60194730 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone, this is a "cheat sheet" for growing vegetables in many different ways. Interesting read. <BR> <BR> <link>www.ba-bamail.com/Content.aspx?email<BR>id=13653&memberid=924752 </link> Sat, 3 Jan 2015 05:16:52 EST Happy 7th Sparkaversary Jules (Flowerd lejewel) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x60186235 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60185324 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>myperks.catchow.com/ </link> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 09:48:43 EST Jazzy January Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x60172440 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x60162425 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_teams.asp<BR>?id=WATERFELON </link> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:18:46 EST A Use for Used Up Air Wick Plug-Ins http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60138045 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x60133419 <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60108293 Amazon is giving away free apps today! <BR> <BR> <link>www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&cam<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 ??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60089206 I stumbled across this site a few weeks ago and found it to have all kinds of Healthy Recipes and FREE EBooks... <BR> <link>www.everydaydiabeticrecipes.com/ </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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x60067848 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) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x60028587 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x60008036 I thought this was such a cute idea for your Christmas Festivities !!! <BR> A Christmas tree cheese ball... Easy and Tasty... <BR> <link>www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/holiday<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x59978588 YUMMMMMM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <link>www.instructables.com/id/Crock-Pot-R<BR>ecipes/ </link> Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:22:47 EST Christmas recipes, traditions & crafts FREE E-Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x59976084 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>www.creativehomemaking.com/ebooks.sh<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59956685 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=DO<BR>ODLEBUG46 </link> Sun, 7 Dec 2014 04:15:22 EST 8 Easy To Grow Herbs with Recipes Download http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x59922827 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>momprepares.com/wp-content/uploads/E<BR>ightEasytoGrowHerbsandRecipes.pdf </link> <BR> Enjoy ! <BR> <BR>... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 07:29:42 EST TODAY Ball Cyber Monday Webcast...3:00 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59902616 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59901817 <BR> <BR> More different ideas for plant containers. <BR> <BR> <link>www.ba-bamail.com/Content.aspx?email<BR>id=13193&memberid=924752 </link> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 05:00:29 EST Daring December Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59900355 <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 ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59885859 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10178x59881540 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 ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59881036 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59881032 Hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday ! Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:39:26 EST Outside Container Gardens http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59878293 <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>www.pinterest.com/aayers324/garden-c<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>www.pinterest.com/elizahag/outside-p<BR>lants~containers/?utm... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:26:32 EST What Are You Thankful For ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59864637 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59858756 I'm Making These for Thanksgiving !!! How Cute ! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2xHTxEnnXc </link> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:09:36 EST 20 Great Uses for Black Pepper http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x59828595 <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>www.ba-bamail.com/Content.aspx?email<BR>id=13077&memberid=924752 </link> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 06:58:17 EST Measuring Tips and Techniques for DIYers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19826x10178x59782210 <BR> <BR> Here's an interesting article that answers a lot of questions about measuring etc. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.familyhandyman.com/woodworking/t<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59756555 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59756525 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=MI<BR>NNIEME1114 </link> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 05:20:45 EST GREAT SALE on Vacuum Seal Bags & Rolls http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59719714 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>www.ebay.com/sch/thesweetattack/m.ht<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x59717424 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x59647814 <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>www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/garden-ca<BR>re/preparing-your-garden-for-winter/ </link> Mon, 3 Nov 2014 06:48:50 EST Happy Birthday WONKYSOX http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59626746 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=WO<BR>NKYSOX </link> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 04:53:40 EST Naughty November Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59626741 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x59579067 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>www.craftsy.com/classes/Jo-Ann_FreeC<BR>raftsyClass?_ct=sbqii-wqbbuho-ikrdql&_<BR>ctp=Jo-Ann_FreeCraftsyClass </link> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:02:53 EST Late Season Gardens http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59515756 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59477639 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59471206 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/sparkpoi<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59393969 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x59384049 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>www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaJCcsS2XAA&<BR>feature=em-uploademail </link> Tue, 7 Oct 2014 07:27:18 EST FREE E-BOOK...Guide to Muffin Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x59376259 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>www.creativehomemaking.com/ebooks.sh<BR>tml </link> <BR> <BR> Get it while you Can !!!! Mon, 6 Oct 2014 12:28:56 EST Happy Birthday WENDYSPARKS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59361918 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_teams.asp<BR>?id=WENDYSPARKS </link> Sun, 5 Oct 2014 06:28:15 EST Outrageous October Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59319320 <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 ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x59309501 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>www.pinterest.com/jeanetteshirley/ol<BR>d-doors-headboards/ </link> <BR> I'm thinking of using the idea from the door bench picture.... <BR> <link>www.pinterest.com/pin/56576539039446<BR>508/ </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:53:08 EST Easy, delicious Tomato Sauce. Roast ‘em! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x59257466 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>www.theartofdoingstuff.com/easy-deli<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x59236540 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>www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/09/<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59160253 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59160251 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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_teams.asp<BR>?id=EUNIQ3 </link> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:53:40 EST DIY Fruit Fly Trap ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x59150363 Here's a link for a DIY Fruit Fly Trap ! <BR> <link>insects.about.com/od/insectssociety/<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59138931 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=OZ<BR>ARKMARY </link> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 07:57:50 EST Follow-Up on My Tomato Powder Experiment ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x59070195 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 !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59057820 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59057766 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59054717 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x59016221 <BR> <BR> September chat thread here, better late than never <em>20</em> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 02:04:27 EST discovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10178x59002584 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x58996984 <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>www.pinterest.com/ABC123XYZ789/garde<BR>n-fall-winter/ </link> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 07:14:28 EST Woodworking Plans for a Large Picnic Table http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19826x10178x58950694 <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>woodworking.about.com/od/outdoorproj<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x58924839 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>www.pinterest.com/explore/pantry-inv<BR>entory/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here's the one I like... <BR> <link>organizedhome.com/sites/default/file<BR>s/image/pdf/food_inventory_pantry.pdf </link> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10:57:52 EST Preview of design changes to Message Boards http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x58908082 <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>www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-ay-8kIf6c&<BR>feature=youtu.be </link> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:12:19 EST Lemon Summer Squash Bread from Thank Your Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x58884510 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>www.thankyourbody.com/recipe-lemon-s<BR>ummer-squash-bread/ </link> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:24:36 EST Happy Birthday GINIEMIE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x58873025 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=GI<BR>NIEMIE </link> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:48:44 EST Happy Birthday MZDOOR http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x58835675 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=MZ<BR>DOOR </link> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:23:45 EST How to Make Old-Fashioned Peach Butter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x58829056 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>www.theprairiehomestead.com/ </link> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:36:35 EST Seed Saving Packets FREE Download http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7262x10178x58826963 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>www.theartofdoingstuff.com/art-of-do<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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7262x10178x58826174 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>www.pinterest.com/anamariapz/diy-mac<BR>rame/ </link> <BR> <BR> And for some interesting ideas of what to do with macrame <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=mac<BR>rame%20diy&rs=ac&len=7 </link> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:37:41 EST Re-Introducing myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10178x58797640 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x58778924 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>www.growingagreenerworld.com/edible-<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x58777568 <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>www.bhg.com/home-improvement/porch/o<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x58777410 <BR> <BR> Here's a few good ideas, some we all probably know, but a couple of new ones <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.popularmechanics.com/home/improv<BR>ement/energy-efficient/4288639 </link> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 04:31:22 EST Growing Green Tea Plants - Leaf Curl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x58762838 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x58758835 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 !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x58751072 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x58726477 <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>www.curbly.com/users/bruno/posts/151<BR>95-how-to-make-a-diy-outdoor-living-pl<BR>ant-wall?tru=bulSNw#jump </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>dremelweekends.com/living-wall.html </link> Sun, 3 Aug 2014 06:27:22 EST Adventurous August Chat Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x58697899 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x58697096 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>www.amazon.com/Creative-Homemaking-G<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) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x58686627 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x58683243 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x58665867 <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>wonderfuldiy.com/wonderful-diy-hula-<BR>hoop-woven-rug-from-old-shirts/ </link> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:59:31 EST Easy Backyard Firepit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19826x10178x58665857 <BR> <BR> Here is a really simple plan for a backyard firepit. So very simple <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>wonderfuldiy.com/wonderful-diy-easy-<BR>fire-pit-in-backyard/ </link> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:54:33 EST Ever Wanted To Be MacGyver? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x58629391 <BR> <BR> Here is an interesting clip that can make us all feel like MacGyver <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=R66umlzucUQ </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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x58618175 <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>wonderfuldiy.com/wonderful-diy-your-<BR>own-cookie-cutters-from-soda-can/ </link> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:24:13 EST How to Grow Clematis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x58598150 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>www.creativehomemaking.com/gardening<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x58587097 These are interesting ideas for using (1) Lemons and for (2) Butter <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.today.com/home/10-surprising-hou<BR>sehold-uses-lemons-1D79883185?cid=eml_<BR>iin_20140716 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.ivillage.com/surprising-home-use<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x58555864 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x58507872 <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>www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=old<BR>%20tshirts%20ideas&rs=ac&len=11 </link> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:06:56 EST How To Make Homemade Plant Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x58452767 <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>www.creativehomemaking.com/garden/ho<BR>memade-plant-food.shtml </link> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 05:57:52 EST Mason Jar Wall Planters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x58402860 <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>www.notjustahousewife.net/2011/08/ma<BR>son-jar-wall-planter.html </link> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 05:04:22 EST Joyous July Chatter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x58392286 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10178x58376566 HI <BR> My name is Debbie. I am new to this team! Sun, 29 Jun 2014 18:39:35 EST Great Pinterest Pins http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19826x10178x58370399 <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>www.pinterest.com/jaredstoll/raised-<BR>beds/ </link> <BR> <BR> The second is all about space saving veggie gardens <BR> <BR> <link>www.pinterest.com/missingamarble/spa<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x58351264 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x58331821 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>www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/06/<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19826x10178x58330604 <BR> <BR> This looks like a great DIY project and they've made the instructions oh so easy <BR> <BR> <link>www.stumbleupon.com/su/37bFbl/1OAWL0<BR>Zos:6vm.HFTr/www.popularmechanics.com/<BR>home/how-to-plans/pergola/3352816?src=<BR>mens-footer </link> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:38:14 EST Happy Birthday BLUEMORROW http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x58287177 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=BL<BR>UEMORROW </link> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 04:23:22 EST Happy Birthday CRISSYPIE25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x58265993 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=CR<BR>ISSYPIE25 </link> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 04:59:29 EST Happy Birthday STEPHIMAE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x58255547 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=ST<BR>EPHIMAE </link> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 06:53:48 EST House Siding Drama http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x58198012 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x58197944 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7262x10178x58179918 <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>www.zdouf.com/5755/31-insanely-cleve<BR>r-remodeling-ideas-for-your-new-home </link> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:08:21 EST Hi! New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10178x58171079 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19826x10178x58157455 <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>www.bhg.com/home-improvement/porch/o<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19826x10178x58157422 <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>www.bhg.com/gardening/container/plan<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x58157071 <BR> Here are 5 organic bug sprays you can make yourself. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.creativehomemaking.com/garden/bu<BR>g-sprays.shtml </link> Mon, 9 Jun 2014 05:23:25 EST How did I miss this team ?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10178x58148733 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x58146068 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=GE<BR>MINI-SKY </link> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 05:26:52 EST Pruning Deadwood http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x58137106 <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>www.provenwinners.com/learn/care/kee<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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x58103351 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x58101415 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19826x10178x58093467 <BR> I hope you all can see this link, this is such a clever and unusual idea for a planter. <BR> <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/DiyGardenAndCrafts/<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x58079583 <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 Jubilant June Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x58067491 <BR> <BR> Hi everybody, here is the new chat thread for June Sun, 1 Jun 2014 05:26:15 EST Spark Planner to disappear! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x58056609 If you use the SP Planner/Calendar/Journal be aware it disappears on June 10! The message says " The Planner will be removed from SparkPeople on June 10. We recommend moving any Planner items to another calendar." Sat, 31 May 2014 02:07:08 EST 6 DIY All-Natural Garden Fertilizers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x58010472 <BR> Here' a few natural ways to fertilize your garden with common household products. <BR> <BR> <link>www.creativehomemaking.com/garden/na<BR>tural-fertilizers.shtml </link> Tue, 27 May 2014 05:51:27 EST Happy Birthday BUTEAFULL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57946432 <BR> <BR> Hi team, the 20th was BUTEAFULL'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> <BR> I apologize for being late, I'm having issues with my computer, one day it works and the next it doesn't. Wed, 21 May 2014 06:30:29 EST Happy Birthday MEREZIP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57946423 <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi team, today is MEREZIP's birthday. Lets hope there are 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> I'm so sorry that I can't send a team goodie to you but Sparks has changed everything and now they decide who I can send goodies to <em>234</em> Wed, 21 May 2014 06:28:20 EST DIY Garden Projects Ebook from P. Allen Smith http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57925670 I just got this in an email from P. Allen Smith... <BR> I like the pallet wall hanging garden shed organizer... <BR> There are raised beds, trellises etc. <BR> <link>bonnieplants.com/ebooks/i1v3/ </link> Mon, 19 May 2014 11:23:52 EST 34 Simple Two Ingredient Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x57911047 <BR> <BR> Here are some good ideas using only two ingredients. Granted some of them I wouldn't touch with a barge pole, but some of them look pretty good. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.stumbleupon.com/su/33XQha </link> Sun, 18 May 2014 06:18:06 EST 100% Off Grill It Or Lose It Cookbook + Free E-Del http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57879258 Get a FREE Grilling E-Book !!! <BR> I just downloaded it and it has some wonderful recipes... <BR> <BR> 100% Off Grill It Or Lose It Cookbook + Free E-Delivery <BR> Was: $29.99 <BR> Now: $0.00 <BR> <BR> <link>www.wkyc.com/story/money/personal-fi<BR>nance/ways-to-save/2014/05/15/free-gri<BR>lling-cookbooks/9114215/ </link> <BR> <BR> Hope this works !!! Thu, 15 May 2014 06:48:16 EST Two Recycled Pallet Planters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x57878807 <BR> <BR> Here's a link to the directions for 2 easy pallet planters. <BR> <BR> Further down the page are also some links to homemade plant food and also weedkiller. <BR> <BR> <link>www.creativehomemaking.com/garden/pa<BR>llet-planters.shtml </link> Thu, 15 May 2014 05:38:21 EST 26 Home Remedies That Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x57868616 <BR> <BR> Here are some really interesting general health remedies that sound really interesting. <BR> <BR> <link>www.medhelp.org/general-health/slide<BR>shows/26-Home-Remedies-That-Work/235?c<BR>amp=nl_2014_05_13 </link> Wed, 14 May 2014 09:02:18 EST Wild Turkeys eating garden plants?? Seriously?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57867869 We have most of our garden planted now. Or so we thought! We've had to replant the green peppers and some of the tomatoes, 3 times now!! Something was coming along and eating the tender young leaves off of them. Our first thought was that it was a Waskelty Wrabbit eating our garden plants, so we put out a live trap to catch the critter! We were told to put apple chunks in there, because rabbits like apples. Never heard of this, but since we had some apples already, we tried it. The next morni... Wed, 14 May 2014 08:01:24 EST Happy Birthday SALLYANDGENE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57833418 <BR> <BR> Hi team, today is SALLYANDGENE's birthday. Lets hope there are 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> I'm so sorry that I can't send a team goodie to you but Sparks has changed everything and now they decide who I can send goodies to <em>234</em> Sun, 11 May 2014 08:21:15 EST Happy Birthday MYKITTYCONDO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57822806 <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi team, today is MYKITTYCONDO's birthday. Lets hope there are 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> Sat, 10 May 2014 05:34:08 EST Free Patterns and Project Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19826x10178x57811510 <BR> <BR> Here's a link for all sorts of patterns, project plans and more, all sorts of ideas here. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.bhg.com/decorating/do-it-yoursel<BR>f/accents/free-patterns/?sssdmh=dm17.7<BR>17318&esrc=nwdiy011514 </link> Fri, 9 May 2014 06:45:14 EST Grow Your Own Salad Containers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x57799822 <BR> Here's some simple ideas for growing salad greens and other simple salad plants. Just click onto the different garden ideas (on the top right) for some interesting plantings. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.bhg.com/gardening/container/plan<BR>s-ideas/simple-salad-garden-containers<BR>/?sssdmh=dm17.736409&esrc=nwwu050614#page=1 </link> Thu, 8 May 2014 07:16:52 EST Green Cleaning Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x57738341 <BR> <BR> Here is a link to a page with a few clean, green cleaning ideas. I'm not sure about the last one though, seems an awful lot of work for a clean toilet. <BR> <BR> I did see somewhere that if you drop a couple of Denture cleaning tablets in the bowl just before going to bed, it's supposed to be clean by the morning. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.ivillage.com/9-d-i-y-natural-cle<BR>aners-actually-work/7-a-566726?nlcid=i<BR>n|04-30-2014|&_mid=6643332&_rid=664333<BR>2.55000.280952.2... Sat, 3 May 2014 06:40:53 EST FitBit Now at Kohl's !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57712290 FitBit is now at Kohl's... <BR> Here's a link for it !!! <BR> <link>www.kohls.com/catalog/fitbit.jsp?CN=<BR>4294708720&om_mid=_20140501_Thursday&o<BR>m_etid=5836437 </link> <BR> <BR> Use this Promo Code to get 20% OFF FILA20 <BR> Good May 1st thru May 3rd... <BR> Thu, 1 May 2014 06:14:09 EST Magical May Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57712239 <BR> <BR> Hi everybody, here is the new May chat thread ........ on time too <em>211</em> Thu, 1 May 2014 06:08:01 EST Do You Replace Potting Soil? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57680677 I started planting pansies and marigolds in pots for the porch this morning, and it dawned on me that the dirt in the pots is a few years old. <BR> Do you swap out the pot dirt every year, or jut freshen it us with some new stuff.. or do nothing? Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:15:28 EST Container Garden Design http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x57661015 <BR> <BR> Here's an article, along with a further three links at the end, to enable you to make that perfect container garden. I know it is a relatively simple thing to plant in a container, but like a landscaped garden, there are professional tips that make the job look just that little bit better. <BR> <BR> <link>www.provenwinners.com/learn/containe<BR>r-garden-design-color </link> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 07:55:09 EST Aloe Plant Pruning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57653044 I have an aloe plant in a pot in the kitchen window. The good news is that I don't need to use it very often. The bad news is that it's gotten quite big, and is starting to outgrow the window. Does anyone know if there is a proper way to prune it back a bit? I figured I would just clip off a few of the lower leaves, since they are spreading far out and getting very long. But maybe there is a better way? Sat, 26 Apr 2014 12:43:23 EST Plant Encyclopedia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x57637818 <BR> <BR> Here's a great tool for gardeners, especially in the US. It's a complete plant finder, along with uses and features of the plants. <BR> <BR> Have a good look through and see what you think <BR> <BR> <link>www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictiona<BR>ry/?sssdmh=dm17.734684&esrc=nwgn042414a </link> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 07:05:14 EST Make Your Own Reversible Messenger Bag http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x57626861 <BR> <BR> Here's an interesting step by step tutorial on how to make a reversible bag. Looks pretty good too. <BR> <BR> <link>www.stumbleupon.com/su/4zJycA </link> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:09:32 EST New Team Features Coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57624628 <BR> Hi everybody <BR> <BR> Just letting you all know that the coaches have told us that we are going to be getting new features on our team page. <BR> <BR> Here is a video of what they are going to be.... <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcqPQi_75tw&<BR>feature=youtu.be </link> <BR> <BR> Any problems or questions, just let me know <em>213</em> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:01:08 EST Waiting To Plant http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57619737 Here is Pennsylvania, we tend to have decent, warm weather off and on in April. The big stores start stocking tomato and pepper plants, and some folks start planting. But we also are good for at least one or two hard frosts, and I've lost more than a few plants by putting them in too early. So now I don't plant anything until Mother's Day. <BR> How about you? When do you start planting? Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:03:16 EST Happy Birthday IMAREADER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57613233 <BR> <BR> Hi team, today is IMAREADER's birthday. Lets hope there are 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> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:00:43 EST Starting plants from kitchen scraps.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x57606769 After reading a blog on Sparkpeople about planting kitchen scraps, I thought I would give it a try. I planted a green onion root this morning. Here's an article on how to do such things. I'd love to try planting ginger. <BR> <BR> http://blackthumbgardener.com/1-plants-y<BR>ou-grow-from-kitchen-scraps/ Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:38:54 EST What to Do with Old Bed Frames ??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19826x10178x57586872 I have some vintage bed frames in the barn...I was wondering what people may do with them.. <BR> Look what I found on pinterest !!! <BR> <link>www.pinterest.com/helpkeller1/bed-fr<BR>ame/ </link> <BR> Not what I was looking for but what Great Ideas !!! <BR> <BR> OK this is what I was looking for !!! <BR> There are 2 pictures of the type i have... <BR> I have the one with the plates on it and the one with the metal stool under it. <BR> Any ideas for what I can do with it in the gardens ??... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:32:21 EST Air Fresheners http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x57576231 Did you know that according to a recent test by the Natural Resources Defense Council 86% of common air fresheners contained phthalates even though these were not listed as ingredients ? Phthalates are hazardous chemicals known to be endocrine disruptors. <BR> <BR> Commercial air fresheners are marketed as a way to make your house smell "fresh and natural" but the main ingredients are not natural; instead they are industrial chemicals; some are even listed as hazardous by the CDC. And we wo... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 04:46:05 EST This Weeks Points Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57576202 <BR> Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints - GOOSIEMOON <BR> <BR> Fitness points - DWROBERGE <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>345</em> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> This will be the last week I'll be posting the team leaders, I will still send the leaders their goodie, but unless someone especially wants to read this I won't post anymore <em>213</em> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 04:23:24 EST How To Build A Decorative Lattice Screen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19826x10178x57565550 <BR> <BR> This is a project from one of my favourite Australian sites. There are many projects here for you to have a look at. Don't forget if you are working in inches, use the conversion chart posted at the start of this forum <BR> <BR> <link>www.bunnings.com.au/diy-advice/outdo<BR>or-garden/building-renovating/building<BR>-your-own/how-to-build-a-decorative-la<BR>ttice-screen </link> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 05:18:40 EST Changed Forum http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19826x10178x57565535 <BR> <BR> Our old games forum has been changed to Projects to do around the house. <BR> <BR> If you have projects, plans etc of jobs to do around and in the house, please post them on this forum. Please don't post them here on this thread <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 05:14:47 EST Conversion Chart http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19826x10178x57565522 <BR> <BR> As I come from Australia and when I post it's usually in metric. This is a handy tool that will convert, not just inches to centimetres but all other conversion <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.metric-conversions.org/length/ce<BR>ntimeters-to-inches.htm </link> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 05:10:47 EST Proof That There Are Good People Out There http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3409x10178x57553980 <BR> <BR> This is such a lovely clip, guaranteed to make you smile at the wonderful people out there. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.superstarmagazine.com/this-is-un<BR>deniable-proof-that-there-are-good-peo<BR>ple-left-in-the-world/ </link> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:04:38 EST The Easy Way to Peel Farm-Fresh Hard-Boiled Eggs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57533149 From The Prairie Homestead !!!! <BR> We’ve all been there… <BR> <BR> You get the hankering for a good, old-fashioned hard-boiled egg. And since you have your very own flock of chickens, you can hardly wait to boil up a batch. <BR> <BR> You carefully select the eggs, place them in the pot, and simmer them to perfection. <BR> <BR> Your mouth starts watering as you gently crushed the shell and peel the egg–with the salt shaker ready and waiting. <BR> <BR> And then you get this: <BR> <BR> He... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:44:40 EST How To Print On Fabric !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57513192 Gosh...I Just Love this Site "The Art of Doing Stuff" !!!! <BR> <BR> I posted a thread on how to print on pictures on wood before. And here is another of her Great Techniques ! <BR> <BR> I bought printable fabric but that is soooo expensive. <BR> Here is a cheap way to print on fabric with things you already have at home ! <BR> <BR> <link>www.theartofdoingstuff.com/how-to-pr<BR>int-on-fabric/?utm_source=Website+Subs<BR>cribers&utm_campaign=03c39265e1-RSS_EM<BR>AIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:16:00 EST This Weeks Points Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57504224 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints - DONUT88 <BR> <BR> Fitness points - DWROBERGE <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>345</em> <em>243</em> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:45:36 EST 31 Uses For Baking Soda http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57482212 <BR> <BR> Here are some great ideas for using trusty old Baking Soda <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.allyou.com/budget-home/live-gree<BR>n-save/baking-soda </link> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:42:02 EST growing asparagus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57471333 Does anyone on here know anything about growing asparagus? I planted some last year and they started to grow. Didn't cover over winter and with all the deep freezes we had mine are 2-3 inches out of the ground. Can I save these or just plant new? Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:56:38 EST This Weeks Points Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57417254 <BR> Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints - KOALA1949 <BR> <BR> Fitness points - DWROBERGE <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>345</em> <em>243</em> Mon, 7 Apr 2014 07:22:03 EST Hi, I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10178x57408740 Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Callie and I have 50 lbs to lose. I am off to a great start with SP. <BR> <BR> I like the official SP challenges. SP Official Healthy Cooking Challenge and SP Official 'Eat Up, Slim Down' Challenge <BR> <BR> Here are the changes I have made so far: <BR> 1. Planning meals now <BR> 2. Drinking 2.2 L of H2O per day <BR> 3. Keeping fruit in bowls throughout my house <BR> Lastly, Tracking my food calories with (wow....lots of work there, but gotta do it!) ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 13:58:32 EST Happy Birthday DOGSTARDADDY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57366943 <BR> Hi team, today is DOGSTARDADDY 's birthday. Lets hope there is lots of presents and cake for our fearless leader 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> Thu, 3 Apr 2014 05:20:24 EST Veggie Can Holder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57358462 Have any of you ever made a can holder for your pantry? I bought a rotater from Amazon, but it was the wrong depth. I'm not quite tall enough to reach my cans in the very back of my pantry so I'm looking for something that will move them to the edge. Sort of like a 12 pack of pop that you open on the end and when you take one the next one moves down. Anyone got any ideas? Wed, 2 Apr 2014 12:32:42 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10178x57354334 New to team, but I see some people I already know like Gemini and Flower. <BR> This team is right up my alley! Always looking for cool things to do around the house and farm. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 07:23:10 EST Happy Birthday GARDENCHRIS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57353604 <BR> <BR> Hi team, today is GARDENCHRIS 's birthday. Lets hope there is lots of presents and cake for Chris 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> Wed, 2 Apr 2014 05:49:10 EST Worm Farming! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57345083 About 15 years ago, I decided I wanted to have a worm farm to create rich potting soil for free. I bought this huge bin and set it up in the basement of my condo in the Chicagoland area. The worms were doing fine, but I had a fruit fly problem that I couldn't seem to get rid of. Since the winters are so cold there, I didn't have a good spot to keep my worm farm going outside year round. I took the bin outside and it just sat by an outer wall of my condo for years. Empty and unused. <BR> ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 12:57:37 EST How to Print Pictures on Wood http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57342859 Look at This !!! What Fun !!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.theartofdoingstuff.com/how-to-pr<BR>int-pictures-on-woodwaxed-paper-transfer/ </link> <BR> From : The Art of Doing Stuff website... <BR> <BR> I'm getting out my wax paper !!! Tue, 1 Apr 2014 10:07:58 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10178x57342840 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Kristy. I am 33 (about to be 34 in a couple of weeks). I have been married for 2 years now to an amazing man. I recently quit my job to become a stay at home wife and work on getting a couple of businesses started. We are working on starting a home baking business. My husband went to culinary school for about a year and has always wanted to open a food business. I loved watching cooking shows on tv and wanted to be a cook from the age of about 10. So, after ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 10:06:45 EST Awesome April Chatter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57339832 <BR> Hi ho everybody here is the new chat thread <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>100</em> <em>104</em> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 05:45:08 EST This Weeks Points Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57325721 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints - DWROBERGE <BR> <BR> Fitness points - DWROBERGE <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>345</em> <em>243</em> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:26:57 EST DIY Brown Sugar...Who Knew !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57321679 DIY Brown Sugar <BR> <BR> I knew brown sugar was made of regular white sugar and molasses ...But.... <BR> Why didn't I ever tried making my own??? I don't Know... <BR> But here it is. A recipe with quantities to make your own... <BR> <BR> From Instructables / amalkhan <BR> <BR> Who knew that you could MAKE your own brown sugar? Argh... I'm regretting all those times I've run to the grocery store just to buy some of the stuff! By simply mixing only two ingredients, now you can always kee... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 19:49:00 EST The Art Of Doing Stuff!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57301082 <BR> <BR> Here's a nifty site with lots of ideas on everything. Just click on to the picture frames at the top and check the stuff out <BR> <BR> <link>www.theartofdoingstuff.com/ </link> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 01:20:20 EST Creative Homemaking Guide Make-a-Mix Recipes FREE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57290091 Here is the link for Rachel Paxton's FREE EBook <BR> Creative Homemaking Guide to Make-a-Mix Recipes <BR> Today is the Last day to download it for FREE... <BR> Her series of How To Books is Wonderful. <BR> Sign up for her emails and you'll get a notice when she lists them for FREE on Amazon. <BR> Here is her link to her website... <BR> <BR> <link>www.creativehomemaking.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Link to FREE EBook... <BR> <link>www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J4OHW2W<BR>/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asi... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:25:27 EST This Weeks Points Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57227758 <BR> Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints - KIM22211 <BR> <BR> Fitness points - DWROBERGE <BR> <BR> Great going guys, 3rd week in a row. <em>104</em> <em>380</em> <em>104</em> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 05:45:18 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10178x57169887 Hi, I'm Susan and I'm an avid gardener and home remodeller. I live on seven acres in rural Canada - sadly very poor soil so all gardening is in raised beds. Current diy project is to renovate and organize several closets. One small entry closet done and three large bedroom closets to go, so I'll be searching for tips for economical approaches. Can't decide whether to buy closet system or build something from scratch at the moment. <BR> Can't wait for the snow to go so I can get out in the... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:47:05 EST This Weeks Points Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57168086 <BR> Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints - KIM22211 <BR> <BR> Fitness points - DWROBERGE <BR> <BR> Great going guys, 2nd week in a row. <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> Sorry for being late with the post Tue, 18 Mar 2014 04:21:32 EST Hey all/Electrical ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57145871 Hey all, <BR> <BR> I posted a while back about doing the electrical work on my Dad's house sale and I should get some $$ for the work I do. Well as I've posted I got hit with some pretty bad SAD (seasonal depression) this winter, so I think that was influencing my thinking at the time. I was pretty drained. Anyway, as I've been feeling better I've decided to do the electrical work regardless. I mean I'm at least saving my 1/3 of the $2100 the electrician wants to charge us. <BR> <BR> So, t... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 10:29:59 EST Garden Fence Repair http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57088549 My garden fence is falling apart. Granted, it's been there since before we moved into the house... so probably 10 years at least. It's just your typical green metal fence, but it's come loose from the posts. I priced out getting the whole thing replaced and updated, but given the fact that my garden is 42x63 feet, its a LOT of fence, and the first estimate was right around $1,000 for fence, gates, the whole thing. <BR> So I guess I will look at doing repair instead. Has anyone does this and ... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:54:57 EST This Weeks Points Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57058232 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints - KIM22211 <BR> <BR> Fitness points - DWROBERGE <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> Sun, 9 Mar 2014 04:34:43 EST 25 Ways to Spring Clean with Vinegar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57031445 <BR> <BR> Some of these I have already used. Sorry, it will have to be copied and pasted unless you can get it as a link to click on. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Our ND says to use Organic Apple Cider Vinegar for cleaning/disinfecting. <link>www.naturallysavvy.com/naturally-gre<BR>en/25-ways-to-use-vinegar-to-spring-clean </link> Thu, 6 Mar 2014 18:08:47 EST Terrarium Gardens http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x57023353 <BR> These can be big or they can be as small as a glass. So many different things to plant, here are a few ideas. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.bhg.com/gardening/houseplants/ca<BR>re/terrarium-gardens/?sssdmh=dm17.7189<BR>97&esrc=nwgn012314 </link> Thu, 6 Mar 2014 04:48:53 EST What is Your Travoltified Name ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x56999658 What a Hoot !!! <BR> John Travolta really messed up Idina Menzel's name at the Oscars... <BR> Now you can get Travoltified...See what your Travoltified name is... <BR> What Fun ! TRY IT !!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.slate.com/articles/arts/low_conc<BR>ept/2014/03/john_travolta_called_idina<BR>_menzel_adele_dazeem_what_s_your_travo<BR>lta_name.html </link> <BR> <BR> Patricia Habbyshaw = Catriona Hargision <BR> <BR> I kind of like it !!!! <BR> Tue, 4 Mar 2014 09:17:42 EST Philadelphia Flower Show 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x56998911 I am heading to the show tomorrow---so looking forward to it. The theme this year is "Articulture" Should have some lovely and interesting takes on this theme. Anyone else going? Tue, 4 Mar 2014 08:20:40 EST Happy Birthday SLM0305 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x56997448 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi team, today is SLM0305 's birthday. Lets hope there is 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> Tue, 4 Mar 2014 05:24:28 EST This Weeks Points Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x56970194 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints - BADGERONE5 <BR> <BR> Fitness points - CONJII <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> Sun, 2 Mar 2014 05:52:37 EST Magic March Chat Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x56969656 <BR> Sorry I'm a bit late with this, I was feeling unwell yesterday and totally forgot all about it. <BR> <BR> Patti I cook the beets first until they are tender then peel and then process. I always pickle them so the vinegar always keeps them OK when using the water bath. <BR> <BR> Put more Beetroot seedlings in today so I'll have plenty to can when they are grown. <BR> <BR> Still very warm here, today was in the high 80's and tomorrow is supposed to be hotter. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 01:51:51 EST Surprising Home Uses For Banana Peels http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x56944280 <BR> <BR> Some of these I knew but a lot of them I've never heard of <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.ivillage.com/surprising-home-use<BR>s-banana-peels/7-a-561871?nlcid=in|02-<BR>14-2014|&_mid=5230932&_rid=5230932.550<BR>00.245071.2 </link> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 04:35:56 EST This Weeks Points Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x56879693 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints - DWROBERGE <BR> <BR> Fitness points - KIM22211 <BR> <BR> This is starting to be repetitive, we'll have to pull our fingers out and rack up some more points!! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>104</em> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 03:47:28 EST Snow Covered Still http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x56851397 We've gotten off pretty easy with snow for the past few years. But not this time around. 58 inches of snow this season, and winter isn't over yet. My poor bushes have been under a snow bank for weeks. Fingers crossed that everything comes back ok. <BR> We finally started getting some thawing today, with temps almost up to 50 degrees. But it'll be a long time before I start seeing the grass buried under all the snow. <BR> Hurry up spring!!! Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:02:01 EST This Weeks Points Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x56791647 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints - DWROBERGE <BR> <BR> Fitness points - KIM22211 <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>345</em> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 04:17:11 EST Is this being greedy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x56777995 We're in the process of selling my Dad's house and the inspections came back with $2,075 worth of electrical work. None of it, for me, is particularly hard. <BR> <BR> You guys know I am normally full of energy but right now I am dealing with seasonal depression pretty badly. I do not feel like doing this work. It's part this, and also in part that I did a large portion of the work that had to be done before the sale. There are three of us inheriting, everyone did something but I did most of ... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:47:59 EST 15 Creative Uses for Coffee Grounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x56770082 <link>www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/02/<BR>uses-for-coffee-grounds.html </link> <BR> <BR> I found this link on The Prairie Homestead site... <BR> <BR> Very Interesting ! <BR> <BR> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 08:16:17 EST Happy Birthday LEW0213 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x56757013 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi team, today is LEW0213 's birthday. Lets hope there is lots of presents and cake for Linda 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> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 06:42:36 EST Happy Birthday TRI_BABE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x56756999 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi team, today is TRI_BABE's birthday. Lets hope there is lots of presents and cake for 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> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 06:41:06 EST This Weeks Points Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x56703814 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints - DWROBERGE <BR> <BR> Fitness points - KIM22211 <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>104</em> <em>250</em> <em>104</em> Sun, 9 Feb 2014 04:05:56 EST Day Two of No Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x56675244 Things are getting chilly in the Dogstar mansion. 88% of our township is without power due to the ice storm, and we are one of them. <BR> I have a kerosine heater that I'm using off and on in one room to keep the temp up. (Yes, I have a carbon monoxide detector right next to the bed.) Three people, two dogs, an cat, and two Guinea Pigs are all sleeping together to stay warm. The temp in the kitchen was 53 degrees when I went to work this afternoon, with 35 degrees outside. <BR> Hopefully pow... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 18:42:10 EST Clean Upholstered Furniture Like a Pro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7262x10178x56666732 <BR> <BR> Good information on cleaning furniture <BR> <BR> <link>www.bhg.com/homekeeping/house-cleani<BR>ng/surface/upholstery-cleaning/?sssdmh<BR>=dm17.721762&esrc=nwdc020514c </link> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 04:52:38 EST How to Arrange Furniture: No-Fail Tricks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7262x10178x56666706 <BR> Here's an interesting article. We always tend to move things into one area, so this article will give you a few ideas ........ hopefully <BR> <BR> <link>www.bhg.com/decorating/lessons/basic<BR>s/how-to-arrange-furniture/?sssdmh=dm1<BR>7.721762&esrc=nwdc020514c#page=1 </link> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 04:46:40 EST No More Snow Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x56662152 I need a break. It feels like every week we are getting severe cold, snow, ice, or some mix. The kids have long since burned through their snow days, and have already lost three days of summer vacation. <BR> Today we had a big ice storm hit us, covering the 9 inches of snow we got on Monday with a nice half inch of ice. Trees and power lines are down all over the place. As of now, we still have power, but the majority of homes in our town do not. Our poor trees, already smashed up pretty bad... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 18:34:34 EST 20 Surprising Uses for Salt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x56639146 <BR> <BR> Here's another of the Surprising Uses posts. This one had some interesting ideas <BR> <BR> <link>www.ivillage.com/20-surprising-uses-<BR>salt/7-a-220519 </link> Tue, 4 Feb 2014 05:12:46 EST 25 Foods You'd Never Recognize in Nature http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10178x56624572 <BR> This is really interesting, some of these you may recognize and some you won't <BR> <BR> <link>www.boredpanda.com/how-fruits-vegeta<BR>bles-and-spices-grow/ </link> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 05:37:18 EST