SparkPeople Home and Garden and DIY - On A Budget Team Messageboard Discuss your remodeling projects, gardening adventures, or other DIY, Share decorating ideas or sew home decor. Join us for conversation, advice, and inspiration! SparkPeople Home and Garden and DIY - On A Budget Team Messageboard Happy Birthday IMAREADER Happy, Happy Birthday ! From All of Us on the DIY Team !!!! :} <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:32:30 EST How's this for an Easter Veggie Tray ??? How's this for an Easter Veggie Tray ??? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 7 Apr 2017 06:51:31 EST KitchenAid's NEW Vegetable Sheet Cutter attachment At the International Housewares Association Show showing off KitchenAid's NEW Vegetable Sheet Cutter attachment - and wanted to show you a sneak peek!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ideos/10155177608668993/?pnref=story </link> <BR> <BR> It will come out in August this year for about 129.99! I can't wait ! <BR> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:51:11 EST What are Your DIY Project Plans for 2017 ? What are Your DIY Project Plans for 2017 ? <BR> <BR> I thought I would start a thread so we can post what new and exciting DIY plans/projects we are going to try this year ! <BR> If you have a picture or link with instructions, do post them so we can try them, too ! <BR> <BR> Whether it be a new gardening project, something for you garden, something for your birds, new furniture, etc. <BR> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:42:49 EST Help - Opinions wanted on Baseboard vs Transition When the fellow laid my wood laminate floors, he put the transition strips in right up to the wall so that the baseboards either sit on top or must have a cutout made. I am shocked. I thought they would be cut to sit between the baseboards. if the flooring is ever changed, I'll have these holes in the baseboards. <BR> <BR> What do you think? <BR> <BR> Regarding what to do, I'll have a horrible job to do either way. The baseboards are glued down since there is a cement layer under the wood... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:57:54 EST 7 DIY Bird Feeders for Backyard Birdwatchers 7 DIY Bird Feeders for Backyard Birdwatchers <BR> <BR> I love attracting birds to my backyard. Where I live there are a lot of finches, nuthatches, hummingbirds, and wrens, and we even have a few doves that regularly visit our yard. There are many different types of bird feeders to choose from, and many you can make yourself. <BR> <BR> I have found seven fun backyard bird feeders for you to try out. Give them a try and see what you think! <BR> <BR> DIY Oriole Feeder <BR> <img src="http:... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:38:29 EST DJ4HEALTH Happy Happy Birthday Dorothy !!! DJ4HEALTH Happy Happy Birthday Dorothy !!! Enjoy Your Special Day ! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> m Tue, 14 Mar 2017 05:58:18 EST 40 Flavor-Packed Healthy Soup Recipes From Taste o 40 Flavor-Packed Healthy Soup Recipes From Taste of Home <BR> <BR> Well, since Winter won't go away, I thought I would post this link that I found ! <BR> What better way to warm those chilly days than with a nice bowl of soup ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eating/healthy-soup-recipes?pmcode=&am<BR>p;_cmp=TOHContentTOH&amp;_ebid=TOHCont<BR>entTOH3/11/2017&amp;_mid=140844&amp;eh<BR>id=53B679867C33509DD775920D891F6D1D1F841CE8#22 </link> Sat, 11 Mar 2017 17:06:30 EST Happy Birthday Emily...GO DSWORTHY72 Have Yourself a Wonderful Birthday Emily ! (GOLDSWORTHY72) From All of Us on the DIY Team ! <BR> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>437</em> <em>125</em> <em>408</em> Wed, 8 Mar 2017 08:57:13 EST HEADS UP !!! NEW CHANGES OF FEATURES ON SP HEADS UP !!! NEW CHANGES OF FEATURES ON SP <BR> <BR> I GOT THIS EMAIL FROM OUR COACH THIS MORNING...PLEASE READ !!! <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I wanted to give you a heads up about a new feature we'll be launching in the next day or two. We're very excited to introduce our Community Goal Feed, a place to post updates and photos, share your goal progress and tell others a little more about yourself! This feed will be found on your Start page (on the full site) or homescreen (through... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 08:21:04 EST Transform Your Landscape with Vertical Gardening – Transform Your Landscape with Vertical Gardening – Grow More Food in Less Space <BR> <BR> <link><BR>al-gardening/ </link> <BR> <BR> If you haven't tried vertical gardening, hopefully this post will win you over. Yes, growing up instead of out takes a little more work initially, but the end result is well worth it. I use trellises throughout my garden to make plants easier to care for, reduce disease and predation, and produce a larger crop in less spac... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 13:11:18 EST Magnificant March Daily Chat Thread ! :} From Daisy*Chick <BR> <BR> Echo, please order spring and some cold weather ONLY over the maple trees. <BR> <BR> LOL Daisy !!!! <BR> <BR> Woke Up to Tornado Warnings !!! :{ Then Snow forecasted for this evening !!!!!! Welcome March 2017 ! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> That was kind of Crazy !!! Hubby called from work and told me to close the bedroom windows and get the cats , that he left out this morning, in ! It was raining so hard and so windy, coming down in sheets ! Then I turned on ... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 07:18:41 EST Pickled Rainbow Chard Stems Pickled Rainbow Chard Stems <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Recipe from Mary Jane's Farm <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES <BR> COOK TIME: 5 MINUTES <BR> MAKES: 1 PINT <BR> <BR> 1 sprig fresh dill <BR> 2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced <BR> 1/4 t mustard seed <BR> 1/8 t chili powder <BR> 2 bunches rainbow chard (ap... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:47:46 EST Happy Happy Birthday Sassysnail ! Happy Happy Birthday Sassysnail ! Enjoy Your Special Day ! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> <em>125</em> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:04:06 EST The Complete Guide to Home Composting GGW The Complete Guide to Home Composting from Growing a Greener World ...Joe L'Ample... <BR> <BR> Joe just sent me an email with his latest EBook about Composting ! He makes it simple and answered most of our questions. It's 79 pages and packed with easy to understand and implement information ! <BR> <BR> Here is the link for you to see and save ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>017/02/JG-Complete-Guide-to-Home-Compo<BR>sting.pdf </link> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:31:38 EST Happy Happy Birthday BACKTOBASICSTR Happy Happy Birthday BACKTOBASICSTR form All of Us on the DIY Team ! <BR> Enjoy Your Special Day ! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:22:16 EST Square Foot Gardening? Does anyone here do this successfully? I have seen a lot about it, and after we were unable to till our rocky soil where we need the garden to go, I am considering a raised bed laid out with a square foot plan. Any thoughts? Sun, 12 Feb 2017 01:05:25 EST Herb Planting Guide ! Herb Planting Guide ! <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 6 Feb 2017 11:08:58 EST 18 Brilliant Ways To Repurpose Old Kitchen Items 18 Brilliant Ways To Repurpose Old Kitchen Items <BR> <BR><BR>lliant-ways-to-repurpose-old-kitchen-i<BR>tems/ Mon, 6 Feb 2017 08:53:58 EST Dehydrating 5 Pounds of Carrots Dehydrating 5 Pounds of Carrots <BR> <BR> I found a sale on 5 lbs of carrots for 2.50. They are the whole, unpeeled carrots ! <BR> I scrubbed them and did not peel them. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Grated them in my food processor ! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Blanched them for 3 minute ! Bring the water to a boil, add grated carrots and start ... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 08:21:21 EST 20 Common Tomato Plant Problems 20 Common Tomato Plant Problems and How to Fix Them <BR> <BR> This one is a Keeper ! Great Info Here ! <BR> <link><BR>o-plant-problems-how-to-fix-them/ </link> Thu, 2 Feb 2017 08:43:44 EST Fabulous February Chatter ! <em>524</em> February !!! <em>411</em> Spring is a Bit Closer !!! <BR> <BR> Tonight is our neighborhood monthly dinner. We are going to a neighborhood Italian Restr. <BR> <BR> I need to strip the beds and wash all of the blankets and sheets...That's always a good workout ! :} <BR> <BR> From Lecates... <BR> Sounds like you had a busy last day of Jan. I got more done in my planning area--almost done clearing and organizing the 5 bookshelves in there---think I have freed up almost 2 a... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 07:24:40 EST Reminder about tomorrow's pressure canning worksho Just a quick reminder about tomorrow's pressure canning workshop! <BR> <BR> <BR> The workshop is tomorrow, January 24th, at 2 p.m. PST, 5 p.m. EST. <BR> <BR> <BR> In this workshop you will learn the pressure canning process step by step, and how to can homemade pulled pork. <BR> <BR> <BR> You will be able to get your questions answered live! <BR> <BR> The presentation will last about 60 minutes (or less), and there will be time for live questions and answers at the end of the presenta... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:55:49 EST Homemade Car Windshield De-Icer Homemade Car Windshield De-Icer <BR> <BR> I have been waiting for months to try out this homemade solution for de-icing windshields. Believe it or not it hasn't been cold enough yet! For the first time this week it was cold enough that I finally found ice on my windshield when I woke up in the morning. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> To try out this DIY de-icer all you need is a clean, empty spray bottle, water, and rubbing alcohol. Fill the bottle with 2 parts rubbing alcohol, a... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:05:59 EST pressure canning workshop easy way to can pulled p pressure canning workshop easy way to can pulled pork ! <BR> From Rachel at Canning Homemade <BR> <BR> Next Tuesday, I will be offering a new pressure canning workshop. In this workshop I will show you the easy way to can pulled pork. The workshop is completely free. If you are unable to attend live, if you are registered for the workshop you will receive a replay of the workshop that you will have 48 hours to view. Click here to enroll in the pulled pork pressure canning workshop. <BR> <BR... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:36:45 EST Lean & Clean Quesadilla Lean &amp; Clean Quesadilla <BR> <BR> A Spark People Recipe with a video ! I didn't know you can make a BATTER for Quessadillas ! Just pour and let brown a bit, flip and repeat ! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This Mexican favorite is made healthier with coconut flour tortillas, turkey filling and fresh pico de gallo. <BR> <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 10 <BR> <BR> Minutes to Cook: 5 <BR> <BR> Number o... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:20:22 EST What's For Dinner ??? I thought since we are all trying to eat better, maybe posting what we eat for dinner, may help us being accountable ! <BR> <BR> Made a pot of Chili with my ground meat from the freezer, my canned diced tomatoes and tomato sauce, dried onions, my own chili seasoning mix and my canned beans ! <BR> Sun, 8 Jan 2017 07:20:46 EST Homemade A1 Sauce Homemade A1 Sauce <BR> <BR> I make it all the time and can it ! I haven't bought A1 Sauce in over 3 years ! <BR> <BR> <BR> A1 Sauce recipes... <BR> <BR> 1/2 C. orange juice <BR> 1/2 C. raisins <BR> 1/4 C. soy sauce <BR> 1/4 C. white vinegar <BR> 2 T. Dijon mustard <BR> 1 T. grated orange peel <BR> 2 T. catsup <BR> 2 T. chili sauce <BR> <BR> Bring all the ingredients to a boil, and then boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Allow the mixture to cool to l... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 06:41:50 EST Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Recipe courtesy of Katie Lee <BR> <BR> Total Time:20 minPrep:10 minCook:10 min <BR> <BR> Yield:4 to 6 servingsLevel:Easy <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 medium head cauliflower, stem removed <BR> 3 teaspoons canola oil <BR> 2 large eggs, lightly beaten <BR> 3 cloves garlic, minced <BR> One 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated <BR> 1 cup... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 12:11:33 EST DIY Birdseed Wreath DIY Birdseed Wreath <BR> <BR> What you need... <BR> <BR> Cooking Spray <BR> Large Bundt Pan <BR> 2 pkg unflavored Gelatin <BR> 1 cup warm water <BR> 6 Tbl Light Corn Syrup <BR> 1 1/2 cups flour any type <BR> 8 cups Bird seed <BR> <BR> Directions... <BR> <BR> Spray Bundt pan and set aside... <BR> In a large bowl, mix gelatin into warm water and stir. <BR> Add corn syrup and flour and mix thoroughly. <BR> Add Bird Seed and mix until all is coated ! <BR> <BR> Press mixture firmly into the ... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 08:42:35 EST Homemade Worcestershire Sauce Recipe Homemade Worcestershire Sauce Recipe <BR> <BR> Worcestershire Sauce Recipe <BR> <BR> Although Worcestershire sauce is probably one of the most difficult ingredients to spell, it is a versatile sauce that has many uses. Worcestershire is a perfect blend of salty, sweet, spicy and sour, which lends great flavor to bland dishes. <BR> <BR> There are many ways to use Worcestershire sauce to enhance your everyday meals. <BR> <BR> It makes a great marinade for steaks: just pour this Worcesters... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 15:16:39 EST Joyful January Chat Thread !!! :} Yep ! Thanks for Waiting until I got home... <BR> I'm just the back up co leader...Not sure where the other 2 leaders were yesterday ! <BR> Any Hoo...Here you go ! Our First Chat Thread of the new year ! <BR> <BR> I'll post more once I get organized ! <em>524</em> Mon, 2 Jan 2017 08:58:58 EST DIY Mosquito Yard Spray DIY Mosquito Yard Spray <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 07:24:49 EST Homemade Holidays – Windowsill Herb Garden Homemade Holidays – Windowsill Herb Garden <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-windowsill-herb-garden/ </link> <BR> <BR> Materials: <BR> <BR> 3 small containers <BR> decorative tray <BR> potting soil <BR> seeds or plants <BR> something to identify the plants (wooden clothspins, craft tags, etc) <BR> recipe cards <BR> <BR> Which herbs are best? <BR> <BR> Not all herbs do well in containers. Some to try: Sage, Basil, Rosemary, Parsley, Oregano &amp; Thyme. R... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:53:27 EST Homemade Spice Mixes and Herb Blends for Gift Givi Homemade Spice Mixes and Herb Blends for Gift Giving + Free Printable Tags <BR> <BR> Homemade spice mixes and herb blends are much cheaper than store bought versions. Plus, you know exactly what’s in them and what isn’t. <BR> <BR> Are you looking for an easy, budget-friendly gift idea that you can make yourself?Make your own spice mixes and herb blends at home. Save money and healthier versions, makes great gifts with the free printable tags! Grab the recipes now <BR> <BR> Making your own ... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 08:39:04 EST ALERT !!! Regarding Holiday Boxwood Decorations ! ALERT !!! Regarding Holiday Boxwood Decorations ! <BR> <BR> PLEASE READ !!! <BR> <BR> I got this Email From Joe Lamp'l From Growing a Greener World <BR> <BR> Dear Friend, <BR> <BR> In light of all the holiday decorating that takes place this time of year, I wanted to share with you an important alert related to boxwoods. As a beautiful evergreen shrub, its greenery is commonly used in wreaths, centerpieces, garland and more. <BR> <BR> I received an email yesterday from my friend and he... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 12:01:47 EST December Chat Hi everyone, here is the new Chat for December! Long day ahead of me so wanted to set it up early. Have an all day training across town, with loads of traffic, and I am NOT a morning person at all! I work 2pm-10pm or later! Happy December! Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:54:40 EST December Budget Challenge This challenge is flexible, to meet everyone's needs who wants to participate. We will all work on sticking to our budgets, but what that means for you can be anything. Are you always over your food bill? Do you keep buying home goods you really can't afford? Whatever it is, we can all support each other here! <BR> <BR> First, post what your challenge is. Then decide how to track that and post your progress here. So for example, some people like to post emoticons for each day, some l... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:49:44 EST Make fire starters from TP tubes and dryer lint Good Morning !!! <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> I made 50 fire starters made from TP tubes and dryer lint...Then dipped in wax. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Cut 4 slits in the TP tube so you can fold into a box. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Fold in all 4 tabs on one side <BR> <img src=" Sat, 26 Nov 2016 07:13:32 EST Salt Dough Ornament Recipe Salt Dough Ornament Recipe <BR> <link><BR>t-dough-ornaments/ </link> <BR> Ready, Set, Bake! <BR> <BR> This salt dough ornament recipe is as easy as 1-2-3, but I broke it into ten steps so that I could include more pics of my kiddos – ha! <BR> <BR> If you’re looking for a fun project to do with your kids for the holidays, THIS IS IT. Katie, my six year-old, did everything on her own except the baking, and four year-old Micah only needed help a few tim... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 12:27:46 EST 3 Ingredient Body Wash 3 Ingredient Body Wash from Mommypotamus <BR> <link><BR>ash/ </link> <BR> <BR> Homemade Body Wash Recipe <BR> <BR> EITHER "This simple DIY homemade body wash recipe creates a rich, bubbly lather and moisturizes while cleansing. All you need are three natural ingredients you probably already have on hand!" OR "Simple DIY homemade body wash recipe – creates a rich, bubbly lather and moisturizes while cleansing. All you need are three natural ingredient... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 12:14:52 EST Do You Like Challenges? I was thinking about maybe doing some challenges if anyone is interested...One thing I am working on is sticking to my budget, especially food and home stuff. There are so many we could do, just wondering if anyone is game! Sun, 6 Nov 2016 02:38:15 EST November Chat Thread Hi All And Welcome to Our November Chat Thread !!! :} <BR> <BR> Thank You Cindy for stepping up and becoming our New Team Co-Leader !!!! <BR> <BR> Chris or Cindy, Please make this Sticky thread 1....I can't do it any longer.... <BR> <BR> Yesterday, Made pear juice 7 pints and pear butter, not canned yet, with Lee's pears. <BR> I made the juice in my steam canner... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Then made pear butter w... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 07:22:46 EST New Team leader <BR> <BR> I'm sorry to say that I'll be stepping down as Team co-leader. <BR> <BR> I've been worse than useless over the past 6 months or so. <BR> <BR> I've got so much I want to do with my family and my husband, I find I just don't have the time for Sparks at the moment. <BR> <BR> I'm sorry to have to do this to Chris, but if anybody could step up and help as co-leader it would be most appreciated Sun, 30 Oct 2016 06:25:37 EST Transfer Photograph onto Wood by JP'sW in woodwork Transfer Photograph onto Wood by JP'sW in woodworking <BR> Instructables <BR> <BR> <link><BR>otograph-Onto-Wood/ </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> In this instructable I will explain an easy method of transferring photographs onto wood. <BR> <BR> Step 1: Make a wood mount <BR> <BR> First you will need something to mount it to, in the video I made a mount by gluing ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:34:13 EST 30+ Creative and Easy DIY Furniture Hacks 30+ Creative and Easy DIY Furniture Hacks <BR> This is a GOOD One !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sy-diy-furniture-hacks/ </link> <BR> There must be many old furniture laying around your house, basement, backyard, the corner of your garage over the years. Never throw them away! You can repurpose those old furniture into something creative, practical and unique for your home just with a little of handiwork and a bit of creativity. <BR> <BR> In this post, we h... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 11:13:53 EST 11 Ways to limit house spiders From Farm and Dairy 11 Ways to limit house spiders From Farm and Dairy !!! <BR> <BR> I’m thrilled for the cooler fall weather. The temperature drop creates prime conditions for my favorite outdoor activities — biking, mudding, hiking, kayaking, reading away an afternoon in my hammock, relaxing near a bonfire. However, not all of God’s creatures feel the same way. <BR> <BR> As I’m running out the door to enjoy the day, I’ve noticed an increasing number of spiders making themselves at home. <BR> <BR> They don’t... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 10:24:33 EST Ball/Kerr Jars Coupon on & 5 FoodSaver Ball/Kerr Jars Coupon on &amp; 5 FoodSaver coupons <BR> <BR> Ball/Kerr = 3.00 of a case of 12 jars <BR> <BR> FoodSaver = <BR> <BR> $3.00 OFF <BR> <BR> FoodSaver® <BR> <BR> any FoodSaver® Vacuum Seal Bag or Roll retail value $18 or more <BR> <BR> <BR> $2.00 OFF <BR> <BR> FoodSaver® <BR> <BR> any (1) FoodSaver® Vacuum Seal Bag or Roll retail value $8 or more <BR> <BR> <BR> $4.00 OFF <BR> <BR> FoodSaver® <BR> <BR> any FoodSaver® Vacuum Seal Bag or Roll retail value $28 ... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 08:05:28 EST Happy Birthday Kim... KIM22211 Happy Happy Birthday Kim !!! Enjoy Your Special Day !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> Sun, 2 Oct 2016 07:00:09 EST October Autumn Chat Thread <em>524</em> and Welcome to Our October Chat Thread !!! <BR> <BR> From Lecates... <BR> Glad your brother is home with you now. <BR> Carol, no, don't sand wet wood---hope you got enough stripper to finish the job---not fun but since you aren't happy with how it looks, not much choice. Bet it looks good where you painted. <BR> I did clean my front porch yesterday and put out the Fall Decor---no more water in the basement and slowly drying out with the help of fans, but it is still humid an... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 07:44:38 EST How to Work with Bulbs So I want to fill in my derelict flower beds out front but it is too late now for much but Mums. OK, but what if I want to plant bulbs for the spring? In the same bed...How do I work this out? I am in Upstate NY. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 02:56:52 EST list of FREE DIY EBooks from Creative Homemaking A list of FREE EBooks from Creative Homemaking Rachel Paxton <BR> <BR> Just go to the link and download the ones you would like ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>shtml </link> <BR> <BR> Download Free E-Books: <BR> <BR> <BR> Download these free e-books today. All Creative Homemaking e-books are in .pdf format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read them. If you don't already have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer, download it free from Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:45:10 EST Autumn and Halloween DIY Projects...Post Here ! Autumn and Halloween DIY Projects...Post Here ! <BR> <BR> There are so many DIY projects for the Fall and Halloween on the internet. <BR> <BR> Post the ones you find and want to make to Share with Us ! <BR> <BR> I found a few to start with... <BR> <BR> Halloween book pumpkin <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>een-book-pumpkin/?utm_source=wysija&am<BR>p;utm_medium=email&... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:56:32 EST New Emoticons and Goodies: Share Your Ideas! Good Morning Everyone !!! <BR> <BR> Not often do we get the opportunity to offer our suggestions but Coach Jen asked if there are any Goodies or Emoticon ideas you may have ... <BR> If so, post here and I will forward them to Our Coach ! <BR> <BR> Here is her post... <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We get requests periodically for new emoticons and Goodies. Although our designers don't have tons of extra time, if we can come up with a list of the most popular requests, it's something th... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:17:07 EST Happy Birthday Alana !!! Enchantedalana Happy Birthday Alana !!! Enchantedalana <BR> <BR> Enjoy Your Special Day !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> <BR> <link><BR>CHANTEDALANA </link> Sun, 11 Sep 2016 08:28:20 EST Advice On Fencing Needed! I have a black chain link fence on 3 sides of my back yard. My neighbor on the 4th side allowed us (in writing) to use his existing silver chain link fence as the 4th side. Now this neighbor is causing a number of problems, including trying to beat my very friendly dogs with a 2x2 stick because they bark back at his snarling and snapping (4) cocker spaniels. The police have been involved, and he has threatened to shoot my dogs!! My dogs, nor we, are at fault, we always go out to get ours,... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 03:04:03 EST How's Your Day Going !!!??? Hi All... <BR> What's New With You ? <BR> Are you DIYING anything Special Today ? Tue, 6 Sep 2016 05:13:40 EST Happy Happy Birthday Jules...FLOW WERDALEJEWEL Happy Happy Birthday Jules...FLOWERDALEJEWEL !!! Enjoy Your Special Day ! <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> Tue, 6 Sep 2016 05:11:53 EST September Chat Thread Good Morning and Welcome to our September Chat Thread !!! <BR> <em>524</em> First Day of September !!! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm just freezing my Roma tomatoes as they ripen for future projects... <BR> It may be time to put up my canning pots to the basement storage ! For Now !!! <em>253</em> Thu, 1 Sep 2016 08:20:50 EST DIY canning ring wreath DIY canning ring wreath <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This canning ring wreath just keeps getting better and better, because you can swap out the decoration on the side to fit any season. Right now, it’s a rustic fall look for Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> Other holiday embellishment ideas <BR> <BR> Christmas– red ribbon, pinecone, bell, snippets of evergreen boughs, any tree ornament <BR> <BR> Valentines- red and pin... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:05:47 EST 9 Ways to Preserve Apples at Home 9 Ways to Preserve Apples at Home <BR> <BR> We’ve all heard the saying an apple day keeps the doctor away, but my apples don’t grow all year round. Our goal is to put up as much food as possible when it’s in season to keep our food bill down and increase our food storage. It’s apple season ya’ll. (When I get excited a little bit of southern kicks in, it’s just how I roll) <BR> <BR> I happen to have almost 75 pounds of apples sitting in my kitchen and while most folks think of making applesa... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:46:42 EST more DIY greenhouses I love the ideas that people come up with on pinterest for greenhouses! THERE ARE SO MANY <BR> <BR> OK so Spark will not let me add a link to Pinterest for greenhouses. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> believe me there are a lot of great ideas without a lot of time or effort to do, check it out Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:41:08 EST Happy Birthday TFANDCD !!! :} Happy Happy Birthday TFANDCD !!! Enjoy Your Special Day ! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:13:22 EST Why are My Tomatoes Not Ripening ??? Why are My Tomatoes Not Ripening ??? <BR> <BR> Well, Now that makes sense !!!! <BR> <BR> With all of the hot weather we have experienced this summer, growers were expecting their tomatoes to ripen very quickly. Unfortunately, just the opposite is happening. Ripening seems very slow, almost like what we see in the autumn when temperatures are much cooler. <BR> <BR> So what's happening? It takes six to eight weeks from the time of pollination until tomato fruit reach full maturity. The lengt... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:30:46 EST Explanation for Tomato End Rot .I didn't know this Explanation for Tomato Blossom End Rot ...I didn't know this !!! I guess I was one that thought I needed to add calcium !!! <BR> <BR> A little after-the-fact for this season but a simple explanation for tomato blossom end rot prevention... <BR> <BR> Blossom End Rot (BER) is one of the most misunderstood problems with tomatoes. To see the sunken grey/black rotten bottoms on tomatoes you’ve been growing is disheartening. When gardeners go looking for a solution, the "add calcium" myth is pe... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 10:38:10 EST Happy Birthday Carol (FASDAIDE) Happy Birthday Carol (FASDAIDE) Enjoy Your Special Day !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> Sun, 14 Aug 2016 09:19:39 EST some fun DFIY greenhouses woke up to this on pinterest today..... the empty soda boodle one looks cool! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-diy-greenhouse-projects/ </link> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 07:16:49 EST How to Prevent Late Blight on Tomatoes How to Prevent Late Blight on Tomatoes <BR> <BR> LATE blight, a disease that strikes tomatoes and potatoes, can quickly ruin an entire crop — and provide a source of infection for other plants. It is critical that gardeners understand that late blight is not like other tomato and potato diseases. Many other diseases affect these crops in home gardeners, but most of them only affect leaves or cause limited damage to fruit, and while they may reduce the harvest, they generally don't cause a to... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 09:47:39 EST 3 FREE Upcoming Canning Workshops from Creative Ho If anyone is Interested !!! <BR> <BR> 3 FREE Upcoming Canning Workshops from Creative Homemaking ! <BR> <BR> Canned Peaches, Blackberry Jelly and BBQ Sauce !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>workshops.shtml </link> <BR> <BR> On Tuesday, August 16th, I will be giving a workshop on how to make homemade blackberry jelly. I will walk you through the process of making jelly step by step. <BR> <BR> On Saturday, August 20th, I will be giving a workshop on how to ca... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 08:45:51 EST Clever Storage Ideas <BR> Although these are aimed towards childrens toys etc, there's nothing to stop you using any of these ideas for other things around the house. Some of them were clever <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mb=vnnl&amp;utm_source=Sailthru&amp;ut<BR>m_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=ViralN<BR>ova%20Daily%202016-07-30&amp;utm_term=<BR>All%20of%20Viralnova </link> Wed, 3 Aug 2016 01:52:57 EST Creative August Chat Thread Good Morning Everyone !!! <BR> <BR> Here is our August Chat Thread...I had a hard time thinking of a Creative name for this month...HELP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> My Turkey dinner was wonderful except for the turkey...It was freezer burnt and rubbery...Thank Goodness we didn't invite anyone over for dinner !!! <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> I do have a ton of leftover mashed potatoes and dressing and gravy...already in the freezer ! <BR> <BR> Well, we are going to be in the 90's again fo... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 07:12:29 EST Sun Solutions Workshop: 13 Ways to Harness the SUN FREE Sun Solutions Tutorial: 13 Ways to Harness the SUN's POWER to save money &amp; live naturally! <BR> Melissa K. Norris <BR> Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT) 10:00 to 11:30 ET <BR> <link><BR>s-sun-solutions-tutorial-13-ways-to-ha<BR>rness-the-suns-power-to-save-money-liv<BR>e-registration-26760524449 </link> <BR> The pioneers definitely had an independent streak and many of us modern homesteaders seem to share that. I don't... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 09:47:31 EST Fun Things to do with Chalkboard Paint <BR> <BR> I know some of these ideas are a little "ordinary" but some of them are really good ideas as well as being fun <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>iy/?mb=vnnl&amp;utm_source=Sailthru&am<BR>p;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Vi<BR>ralNova%20Daily%202016-07-25&amp;utm_t<BR>erm=All%20of%20Viralnova </link> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 03:43:45 EST Get Rid of Mice etc with Peppermint <BR> <BR> This article is very informative, it gives you a couple of different ways to use Peppermint to help keep the rodents at bay <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=21771 </link> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 03:41:18 EST 2 FREE Canning Workshops...Do Sign Up !!! Hi Everyone !!! For those of you that are interested !!!! <BR> <BR> Many of you have asked in the past How to Water Bath Can and How to Pressure Can... <BR> Well, here is your chance to see it from someone whom has been doing this for years and makes it look Fun and Easy ! <BR> <BR> 2 FREE Canning Workshops...Do Sign Up !!! If you cannot attend at these posted times, do sign up anyway as she will send you a link to watch it after the workshop but only for a few days...But you Must Sign Up... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 11:01:30 EST Outside Grill and Pizza Oven <BR> <BR> The guy who did this was a genius. It's all here in pictures for those of us who are handyman inclined <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/?mb=vnnl&amp;utm_source=Sailthru&amp;<BR>utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Vira<BR>lNova%20Daily%202016-07-15&amp;utm_ter<BR>m=All%20of%20Viralnova </link> Sat, 16 Jul 2016 05:53:42 EST How this guy made a BBQ out of an old water heater <BR> <BR> This is so cool, if you or someone close to you is a handyman, this would be a great BBQ <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/?mb=vnnl&amp;utm_source=Sailthru&amp;<BR>utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Vira<BR>lNova%20Daily%202016-07-15&amp;utm_ter<BR>m=All%20of%20Viralnova </link> Sat, 16 Jul 2016 05:49:57 EST Slanted Planters <BR> I know this isn't new, but they look really good with some of the lovely flowering plants now available <BR> <BR> <link><BR>se-diy-slanted-planters-are-the-best-t<BR>hing-for-your-summe?utm_term=.hdbz37ep<BR>7#.jp9e4E1jE </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 06:17:55 EST Ways to use Bottles to Water your Garden or Pots. It's HOT out there and watering your garden can become daunting !!! <BR> Here are a few links on how to use plastic or glass bottles to water you garden or potted plants... <BR> <BR> Here's a link for the top in the dirt watering bottle... <BR> <link><BR>r-from-a-Plastic-Bottle </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's a link for wine bottle watering... <BR> <link> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:51:47 EST New header launching tomorrow New header launching tomorrow <BR> <BR> Us leaders just got a heads up that the Start Page will look differently tomorrow... <BR> Here is the email from Coach Jen... <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We wanted to give you a heads up about a new header that will be launching on the site tomorrow. <BR> <BR> The menus will work in basically the same way, except that there are a few new options like videos and challenges. Hopefully these changes will help you access the features you use eve... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:06:41 EST Recycled Hoses into Garden Mat Recycled Hoses into Garden Mat <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>se-rug/?utm_source=wysija&amp;utm_medi<BR>um=email&amp;utm_campaign=Recyclart+We<BR>ekly+Newsletter </link> Sat, 9 Jul 2016 06:33:26 EST Our July DIY Daily Chat Thread Happy Canada Day and Welcome July !!! :} <BR> <BR> I've made a management decision to use a Continuous Thread rather than a Monthly thread... <BR> So there will not be a new thread at the beginning of each month... <BR> Don't forget to check in here and post what you are doing and how you are ! <BR> <em>213</em> Fri, 1 Jul 2016 07:31:46 EST Free Ebooks from Creative Homemaking Free Ebooks from Creative Homemaking <BR> <BR> I found this page while going thru <BR> It's a list of the Free Ebooks from Creative Homemaking that she is offering... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>shtml </link> <BR> Free Cooking and Recipe E-Books <BR> <BR> Holiday Recipes <BR> The Creative Homemaking Guide to Holiday Recipes (31 recipes). <BR> <BR> Soups &amp; Chowders <BR> The Creative Homemaking Guide to Soups &amp; Chowders (2... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 06:56:53 EST Tips to ripen green tomatoes and How to Prune Toma Tips to ripen green tomatoes and How to Prune Tomatoes <BR> <BR> Nothing says summer like ripe juicy tomatoes. When plants hang heavy with green fruit but you are restless for red, try these tips to speed up the ripening process: <BR> <BR> Tip #1: Prune plants <BR> <BR> There are two main types of tomato plants. Determinate plants grow to a point, and then flower, fruit and die. Indeterminate plants produce fruit continually until frost. <BR> Pruning plants speeds up ripening by redirecti... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:08:57 EST Tips for repelling mosquitoes this summer Tips for repelling mosquitoes this summer <BR> <BR> Which plants repel mosquitoes? <BR> <BR> North Carolina State University Extension says that the following herbs may help to reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property: <BR> •Basil <BR> •Lemongrass <BR> •Rosemary <BR> •Garlic <BR> •Citronella plant/grass (inedible) <BR> •Catnip <BR> <BR> Here is the complete article... <BR> <link><BR>s-for-repelling-mosquitoes-this-summer<BR>/341719.html?omhide=... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 19:08:05 EST FREE Home Canning Class Fri. June 17 FREE Home Canning Class Fri. June 17 <BR> <BR> June 17th at 10 am Pacific time I'll be teaching a FREE online Live home canning class. <BR> <BR> Want to know my secret to keeping our food storage stocked, home cooked meals on the table when we're super busy, and my grocery bill down? <BR> <BR> It's all with home canning. I love having hundreds of Mason jars filled with food for my family that doesn't contain chemical preservatives, GMO ingredients, and ingredients I can't even pronounce. ... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 07:16:51 EST Happy Birthday Canningnanny / Patti ! Had to Do It Happy Birthday Canningnanny / Patti !!! Had to Do It ! :} <BR> I KNOW she will have a Wonderful Day !!! <BR> <em>246</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>213</em> <em>211</em> Wed, 8 Jun 2016 09:52:14 EST Happy Happy Birthday Chris !!! Sugarbaby51 Good Morning and Happy Happy Birthday Chris !!! Sugarababy51 <BR> Enjoy Your Special Day ! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>125</em> Mon, 6 Jun 2016 07:08:29 EST How To Make Buttermilk and Sour Cream How to Make Buttermilk <BR> <BR> First, let’s set the record straight– there are actually two different kinds of buttermilk: <BR> •Cultured buttermilk– this is the kind we’re making today. <BR> •Old-Fashioned or traditional buttermilk — this is the kind resulting from making butter. (Here’s how to make your own butter. ) <BR> <BR> Although you can use both types of buttermilk to make those buttermilk biscuits or pancakes, cultured buttermilk is my favorite because it is thick and creamy an... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 10:25:19 EST Joyous June Chatter !!! Welcome June <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Tomatoes and Red Pepper plants finally planted along with some Kentucky Wonder green bean seeds and zucchini seeds... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 06:44:27 EST sugesstion page for Spark With all the changes here on Spark, I became aware of a suggestion page.Please feel free to voice your concerns <BR> <BR> <link><BR>uggestion_box.asp </link> Mon, 30 May 2016 13:37:58 EST Make Your Own Homemade Garden Fungicide Make Your Own Homemade Garden Fungicide <BR> <BR> The basic recipe I have had success with comes from The Natural Gardener in Austin. The recipe they recommend is as follows (link to original recipe here): <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 4 Level teaspoons or 1 1/3 tablespoons of Baking Soda <BR> 1 teaspoon of Mild Soap (Dawn, Ivory, should be biodegradable with no phosphates) <BR> 1 gallon of Water <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> <BR> Mix all ingredients thoroughly and keep agitated. The... Thu, 19 May 2016 09:08:50 EST New SparkPage Layout rolled out this morning ! New SparkPage Layout rolled out this morning ! <BR> <BR> Have you seen it yet ? If you have any questions, do ask me ! Wed, 18 May 2016 16:25:39 EST Creamy Spinach Quesadillas Recipe Creamy Spinach Quesadillas Recipe <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Author: The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Recipe type: Main Dish <BR> <BR> Serves: 4-6 quesadillas <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> •4 cups spinach leaves (or other dark leafy greens of your choice), roughly chopped <BR> •½ of a medium onion, finely chopped <BR> •1 garlic clove, minced <BR> •3 tablespoons butter or coconut oil <BR> •1 medium tomato, fi... Wed, 18 May 2016 10:42:54 EST Deep Mulch Gardening with FREE EBook ! Deep Mulch Gardening with FREE EBook ! <BR> <BR> Jill has been doing this for 3 years now and hasn't rototilled yet... <BR> Here is her post on a question and answer session... <BR> She is, also, giving you a Free Ebook Called Winning the Weed War on how to deep mulch garden... <BR> <BR> deep mulching has: <BR> •Cut my weeding time down to almost nothing <BR> •Reduced the amount of water my garden requires <BR> •Reduced the frequency I have to water <BR> •Improved my soil (there are worms e... Wed, 18 May 2016 10:34:23 EST Happy Birthday TOONIE <BR> Hi everybody, today's TOONIE's birthday. Let's 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>236</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ONIE </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 4 May 2016 06:04:59 EST 3 Ingredient Lotion Bars 3 Ingredient Lotion Bars <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Prep time <BR> <BR> 2 mins <BR> <BR> <BR> Cook time <BR> <BR> 5 mins <BR> <BR> <BR> Total time <BR> <BR> 7 mins <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> From The Made-From-Scratch Life: Simple Ways to Create a Natural Home <BR> <BR> <BR> Author: MelissaKNorris <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> •Coconut Oil (You can grab it here) <BR> •Shea Butter (this is a great price for organic shea butter and it will make tons of batches!) <BR> •Beeswax (pellets ... Mon, 2 May 2016 12:05:27 EST Magnificent May Chat !!! Good Morning and Happy May 1st !!! <BR> <BR> Here are the last 2 posts of April ... <BR> <BR> LECATES... <BR> The coverage by the 2 local news stations of our greenhouse event at the school brought in a slew of customers this morning---and no help from the kids. Then went home to enjoy some time with my granddaughter. She wanted to go to the zoo but at least she allowed me an hour or so to recover from the work in the morning. It has been a busy day. <BR> <BR> <BR> VONBLACKBIRD... <BR> We... Sun, 1 May 2016 06:52:09 EST New Forum Titles !!! Good Morning Everyone !!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Just wanted to let you all know that I re-did the Forums on our team page...To make more sense... <BR> <BR> They are now... <BR> <BR> DIY Home <BR> DIY Yard and Garden <BR> DIY Misc. <BR> <BR> Under each forum, there is now a Sticky thread for Your Favorite Projects. <BR> Do post your projects and add threads of things you want to start a thread for under the appropriate forum category... <BR> <BR> I hope this helps ! Wed, 27 Apr 2016 06:47:55 EST FREE 5 Day Pantry Makeover Emails PLUS Bonuses FREE 5 Day Pantry Makeover Emails PLUS Bonuses <BR> <BR> I just did this 5 Day Pantry Makeover and it was very enlightening... <BR> If you want to do this and get the bonuses, here is the link for you... <BR> <link><BR>r </link> <BR> <BR> Click on the DOWNLOAD NOW Button and a screen will come up for you to register. <BR> Enjoy !!! Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:06:56 EST 40+ Hacks for YOU (the Urban Gardener) 40+ Hacks for YOU (the Urban Gardener) <BR> From Instructables !!! <BR> <BR> I haven't gone thru them all, but there are some interesting hacks here... <BR> Garbage Smoothie <BR> Gatorade...H20 for your plants <BR> DIY Seed Starter Pots <BR> Etc. <BR> <link><BR>-Excuses/ </link> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 07:09:44 EST Best cough killer that you can imagine. Homemade Best cough killer that you can imagine. Homemade <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When your nose is blocked and the cough sets in, most people are usually at their wit's end. You swallow medicine, gurgle specific solutions, rub ointments into your skin, and simply try everything that advertisements claim as successful. But with this little guide, you won't need to do any of that. These cough drops contain all the impo... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 07:47:36 EST You Gotta See This 6 Amazing Cooking Tricks Video You Gotta See This !!! 6 Amazing Cooking Tricks Video... <BR> <BR> Shell eggs in a glass jar <BR> Peel Garlic using a glass jar <BR> Take the skins off of a Kiwi using a drinking glass <BR> Slice a banana with the skins ON !!! <BR> Slice a Sweet Pepper Fast <BR> Prep a potato so its easy to peel after boiling... <BR> <BR> What Fun !!! Who Knew !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2375249683/?fref=nf </link> Sun, 3 Apr 2016 07:30:33 EST Awesome April Chat <BR> Hiya everybody!! I'ts me the missing team leader. I've been off on my first holiday in God only knows how many years. It's been fantastic. Also enjoying having a gorgeous man around the house ....... I can get used to this <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Would anybody be interested in seeing a few of the snaps from my holiday. It was only around my state but we saw some beautiful sights and animals <BR> <BR> Hope everybody is doing great Fri, 1 Apr 2016 06:55:06 EST FREE Live Basic Canning Workshop from Creative Ho FREE Live Basic Canning Workshop from Creative Homemaking <BR> <BR> Canning Basics for Beginners: Boiling Water vs. Pressure Canning <BR> <BR> Next week I will be giving two free canning workshops to give you an overview of the benefits of canning and the differences between pressure canning and boiling water canning. <BR> <BR> <BR> There are two times to choose from: Tuesday, April 5th at 11:00 a.m. PST and Thursday, April 7th at 6:00 p.m. PST. There will be a video replay of each work... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:49:01 EST Spring Has Sprung What DIY Plans are On Your List Spring Has Sprung! What DIY Plans are On Your List ? <BR> <BR> Here is a Thread so we can all share Our Projects... <BR> <BR> I don't know about you, but I've saved up some found things thru the winter and I can't wait to get my hands on them !!! <BR> <BR> My bench and sink are looking for a Proper spot in my garden ! Thu, 31 Mar 2016 07:43:08 EST Sprout Seeds Overnigh t...with Scarification! Sprout Seeds Overnight...with Scarification! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-Overnightwith-Scarification/ </link> <BR> <BR> How would you like to sprout practically any seed overnight? Of course you would! <BR> <BR> I like to mess around with plants, but I have always had a hard time getting seeds to reliably sprout, or germinate. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was poki... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:54:25 EST Perennial food gardening: The garden that keeps on Perennial food gardening: The garden that keeps on giving <BR> <BR> Growing perennial food crops in your garden provides delicious fruit, vegetables and edible flowers year after year. The majority of food plants are annuals that produce for a single season. Perennial plants are unique because they produce several seasons of crops over many years. <BR> <BR> Benefits of growing perennial food crops <BR> •Once established, perennials are very easy to maintain. Perennial food plants are not su... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 11:21:08 EST build a grow light system for starting seeds indoo build a grow light system for starting seeds indoors <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Seeds need light and damp, warm soil to grow indoors. If you want to start seeds indoors this spring, you’ll need an environment that provides 14-18 hours of light each day. Placing your seeds and seedlings near a south-facing window will give light throughout the daytime hours, but you’ll want to give your seeds a little extra ... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 10:25:59 EST How To Dye Easter Eggs Naturally With Everyday Ing How To Dye Easter Eggs Naturally With Everyday Ingredients <BR> <BR> What Fun !!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> After experimenting with everything from lemon peels and carrots to raspberries and grape juice, I’ve narrowed down my list to a few ingredients that consistently yield beautiful, vibrant colors. You’ll find them below along with the specific recipes I used. <BR> <BR> Pink <BR> <BR> Two cups water + two... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 08:51:38 EST Lunar Gardening Lunar Gardening <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> How Fascinating !!! <BR> <BR> Do go to the link for explanation and pictures and a Chart !!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 18 Mar 2016 14:49:34 EST Philadelphia Flower Show Did anybody make it to the show this year? The theme was National Parks. Zion, Grand Canyon, Valley Forge to name a few. I've worked the show for the past... I don't know... 15 years or so. I really liked the theme, but was a bit disappointed in the exhibits. I wish they had been more grand, I guess. And colorful. Just not a ton of flowers/color this year. <BR> Last year was "Disney Movies", and I knew that would be a hard one to follow up. Thu, 17 Mar 2016 20:25:34 EST What is Hypertufa? Here's How to Make One ! What is Hypertufa? Here's How to Make One ! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hypertufa is an anthropic (manmade) rock, originally invented for use in alpine gardens. Kind of like concrete, but much lighter and more porous, hypertufa is easy to mold into different shapes before it cures and hardens. Hypertufa is made by mixing equal parts perlite (volcanic glass), peat moss, Portland cement, and water. The materials a... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 11:34:51 EST Homemade Vaseline and Neosporin <BR> Homemade Vaseline by Rachel Paxton <BR> <BR> During the coldest months of the year, it's easy to go through a lot of vaseline to soothe chapped skin or lips. Did you know you can make your own vaseline? It is all natural and chemical free! <BR> <BR> <BR> homemade vaselineYou only need a few simple ingredients to make your own vaseline. If you are already making your own home remedies, like this homemade Neosporin, you may already have all of these ingredients already on hand. <B... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 09:40:56 EST 6 of the Best & Easy Garden Tool Rack You Can Make 6 of the Best &amp; Easy Garden Tool Rack You Can Make from Recycled Materials <BR> <BR> Is it the mess in your garage or garden shed? It’s still winter, and maybe it’s time to take the decision to organize all your tools and be ready for the coming spring! You will find below six ideas of easy garden tool racks you can make from recycled or upcycled materials. So, to recover some organization and quickly find your garden tools when the sun and the heat will be back, take some inspiration :)... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 20:04:45 EST 8 Tips to Grow Grocery Store Ginger 8 Tips to Grow Grocery Store Ginger <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ore-ginger/ </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You can grow your own ginger <BR> <BR> Fresh ginger is almost always on my grocery list, we use quite a bit of it for cooking and cold remedies. About a month ago I happened to take a good look at the ginger on the counter and it looked like it was beginning to grow. Li... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 09:14:27 EST 6 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden 6 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden <BR> <BR> This post is for the garlic lovers – or those who aren’t sure if they like garlic but do like to use natural and organic practices in their gardens. It turns out that this fragrant bulb is good for more than just cooking, and can be a real helpmate around the yard and garden. So – without further ado – 6 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden and Yard. <BR> <BR> #1 – Use Garlic to Protect Fruit Trees <BR> <BR> Garlic planted at the base of fruit tre... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 09:10:51 EST Magnificant March Chat !!! Sorry Jules...I started a new March Thread for you ! Hope this is OK with You !!! <BR> Just make it a sticky ! :} <BR> <BR> Hi All... <BR> Welcome to the Great Month of March !!! <BR> Why you ask ??? <BR> Because we are now 18 days a way from the First Day of Spring !!! <em>244</em> <BR> I say this as I watch another round of Pretty Snow falling and blanketing our yard... <BR> Wed, 2 Mar 2016 07:17:36 EST Garden Planning Help! I need help for gardening planning! I live in Upstate NY, and I know I need to start seeds sometime soon but not sure when. Can anyone help? Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:54:07 EST Homemade “Emeril’s Essence” Seasoning Blend Homemade “Emeril’s Essence” Seasoning Blend <BR> Found on thenourishinghome <BR> <BR> Yield: 1/3 cup <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> * 1 tbsp paprika <BR> <BR> * 1 tbsp sea salt <BR> <BR> * 1 tbsp garlic powder <BR> <BR> * 1-1/2 tsp onion powder <BR> <BR> * 1-1/2 tsp dried oregano <BR> <BR> * 1-1/2 tsp dried thyme <BR> <BR> * 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper <BR> <BR> * 1 tsp cayenne pepper (if you like it spicy, use more) <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> <BR> 1. In a small bowl, add ... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 08:01:01 EST DIY Rustic Shutters for $10 DIY Rustic Shutters for $10 <BR> <BR> How Cute are These ??? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For instructions, go to this link... <BR> <link><BR>10/diy-rustic-shutters-for-10.html </link> Fri, 26 Feb 2016 06:45:33 EST Growing Onions From Seed – 5 Tips for a Great Harv Growing Onions From Seed – 5 Tips for a Great Harvest <BR> <BR> Growing onions from seed can seem a little intimidating, but it’s really not much fuss at all. For years I just settled for whatever onion sets were available from the hardware store, but I’ve become an onion seed believer. Now my first seeds planted for the season are my onions, and the boys and I grow several hundred of these beauties every year, many of which go into homemade salsa and spaghetti sauce. <BR> <BR> Growing Oni... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 05:54:38 EST DIY Soil Block Maker DIY Soil Block Maker <BR> <BR> I’ve been hearing some buzz lately… <BR> <BR> …about these handy-dandy soil block thingies that people are using to start their seeds. <BR> <BR> I’ve been pretty loyal to my nifty little newspaper pots for a while now, but being the nosy curious homesteader that I am, I just had to check out these new pots on the block. (Sorry… I couldn’t help myself) :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My initial detective work led me to this soil block maker on Amazon for $30 (a... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 09:27:21 EST Make Your Own Corn Syrup Make Your Own Corn Syrup <BR> <BR> I was just watching a video from Bev on Ourhalfacrehomestead and she was talking about the extremely high price of organic non GMO etc. corn syrup in Canada ! <BR> <BR> One of her followers suggested that she make her own !!! I didn't know you could make your own !!! <BR> Here is the recipe... <BR> <BR> 2 cups sugar <BR> 1/2 t cream of tarter <BR> you add enough water to dissolve it in a pan. <BR> Use a candy thermometer and boil scrapping the crystals... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 10:00:32 EST joegarde <BR> <BR> Joe Lampl of grow a greener world is launching a new website in July, Called Joegardener... <BR> Do sign up as he will be releasing a free ebook on how to get your garden ready shortly to those that have signed up for his new web sight ! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Here is a link to a video that will help explain it better ! <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 15 Feb 2016 14:31:02 EST Creating an Cottage Style Edible Garden Creating an Cottage Style Edible Garden <BR> By <BR> <BR> Learn simple steps for creating an edible garden that is as gorgeous as it is productive. <BR> <BR> If you follow me, you know that I pack a lot of edibles in my 1/10th of an acre, city landscape here in Los Angeles. But I don’t plant those edibles in the usual way. <BR> <BR> I use basic design principles to create a gorgeous cottage garden look – instead of farm-style rows. <BR> <BR> It’s the way I have always... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 14:24:40 EST Decluttering Your Home Room By Room Decluttering Your Home Room By Room <BR> <BR> Our emotions are so wrapped up in our stuff that decluttering your home can be a stressful task. One might think we’re being asked to throw out a child instead of just tossing a book, blanket, can of paint or some old spices. I say this halfway joking but decluttering your home really can be serious for some people – no, for most people. We come up with all kinds of excuses and explanations about why we need to keep these things: <BR> <BR> Now ... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:17:37 EST Build Your Own DIY Island <BR> <BR> Here's the plans to build your own DIY island, doesn't appear too hard either <BR> <BR> <link><BR>d/?sssdmh=dm17.872529&amp;esrc=nwkbi02<BR>0116 </link> Tue, 2 Feb 2016 03:02:04 EST Fabulous February Chat <BR> <BR> Hi there everybody, here's a new chat thread for February <BR> <BR> Sorry I've been MIA here, still getting my 'stuff' together so to speak Tue, 2 Feb 2016 03:00:18 EST The best way to store fresh herbs came across an interesting way to help store fresh herbs <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-way-to-store-fresh-herbs-parsley-cila<BR>ntro-dill-basil.html </link> Sat, 30 Jan 2016 11:40:47 EST How to store fruits and veggies to last longer Withe price of food so high came across this interesting article that tells you what to do to get the maximum value for your produce..... plus it looks like it would print out nice to put up for handy reference. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-fruits-vegetables-to-last/ </link> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 06:37:41 EST Happy Birthday YARELL <BR> <BR> Hi everybody, today's YARELL's birthday. Let's hope Leslie has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>236</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>RELL </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:35:42 EST Garden Crop Rotation – A Simple System Garden Crop Rotation – A Simple System <BR> <BR> I got this in an email this morning and I think it's the Simplest System to follow for crop rotation...It even explains the reasons why !!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi, I’m Lesa from Better Hens and Gardens. When “getting back to basics”, one of the easiest ways to start is by growing your own food. Then you know exactly what’s in it, it’s tastier than grocery store varieties, it costs less, and the process is rewarding. <BR> <BR> By growing your ... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:04:49 EST Going organic this spring? Tips and tools to help Going organic this spring? Tips and tools to help you grow <BR> <link><BR>ng-organic-this-spring-tips-and-tools-<BR>to-help-you-grow/309093.html?utm_sourc<BR>e=Farm+and+Dairy&amp;utm_campaign=002c<BR>35a5d6-E_newsletter_1_18_16&amp;utm_me<BR>dium=email&amp;utm_term=0_23b488519b-002c35a5d6-80608469 </link> <BR> Most people know organic gardening rejects synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, but that’s not all there is to growing organic. <BR>... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:29:55 EST Recordkeeping for the garden Recordkeeping for the garden <BR> From Farm and Dairy <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ordkeeping-for-the-garden/311117.html </link> <BR> Before you prepare your spring garden, plan to keep records of what varieties you plant, how you plant them and what you’re learning as you garden. In later years, you can look back at your garden records and decide what to change or keep the same. <BR> <BR> Garden recordkeeping can include sketches of your garden space, list... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:25:59 EST Canning Granny DIY Dry Mixes Canning Granny DIY Dry Mixes <BR> <BR> Is everyone getting the emails from the Canning Granny on her DIY Dry Mixes ??? <BR> She posts a new recipe each day and sends an email... <BR> <BR> Including...Salad Dressings, cake mixes, hot cocoa mix, gravy etc.... <BR> If not, Do sign up for her emails....She's <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> ***When You open the link, Scroll down the page to see that previous days of recipes... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 16 Jan 2016 07:37:13 EST Does Anyone Do Home Improvement Here? I am seeing most of the posts about small projects, decor, etc, which is great too, but I am wondering if there are any home improvement people here?? I do almost everything myself, with backup from DH for heavy lifting and demolition. I watched people do things and then started to do it myself because I can't see paying someone to so something I can do in 15 minutes and a $10 part and they charge $175!! No thank you! I will do it and find a way! Fri, 15 Jan 2016 04:49:42 EST Newcomers Welcome to all newcomers! If you need any help navigating the site or general questions. I would be happy to try and help you. <BR> <BR> This is a interesting team for all kinds of things do it yourself at home and in the garden. <BR> We welcome anyone with fresh ideas or things to share with the group. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to contact me if you want direction. All the leaders here are VERY helpful. <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking! AND DIY ! Thu, 14 Jan 2016 13:25:54 EST Newbie here.... Hello all! So after being on this site off and on for a few years, I'm actually going to use a lot of it, instead of just the recipes. <BR> As many other women, baby fat is difficult to lose. I'll be turning 40 in six months and trying to get a few sizes smaller. <BR> I'm going a different route than others on here though. I'm trying for the low-carb thing. This is a life style change, not just a 6 month diet. I have a stupid auto immune disease and am unable to exercise, so I need to chang... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 11:58:03 EST DIY...Aloe Vera Face Cream Recipe DIY...Aloe Vera Face Cream Recipe <BR> <link><BR>aloe-face-cream-recipe.html </link> <BR> Aloe Vera Face Cream Recipe <BR> Author: Noelle Tarr/The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Recipe type: DIY Beauty <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> •1 cup aloe vera gel <BR> •½ cup coconut oil <BR> •2 tablespoons jojoba oil <BR> •1.5 tablespoons beeswax pastilles (Can also use ¾th of a 1 oz bar of beeswax, diced finely or grated) <BR> •5-8 drops essential oil like lavender o... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:38:57 EST DIY Healing Hand Salve DIY Healing Hand Salve <BR> <BR> This is a new recipe from me and a must have for the winter. You can find a lot more on my website Simple Life Mom. <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 1 cup olive oil <BR> <BR> 3/4 cup shea butter <BR> <BR> 2 Tbsp beeswax <BR> <BR> 1 Tbsp cocoa butter <BR> <BR> 20 drops essential oils <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> In a double boiler (I use a glass measuring cup in a saucepan of water), combine olive oil, shea butter, beeswax, and cocoa butter. <BR> Remove f... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 09:46:36 EST Tips for ordering from seed catalogs Tips for ordering from seed catalogs <BR> from Farm and Dairy <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-for-ordering-from-seed-catalogs/3090<BR>61.html?utm_source=Farm+and+Dairy&amp;<BR>utm_campaign=e85b7d3959-E_newsletter_1<BR>_11_16&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_te<BR>rm=0_23b488519b-e85b7d3959-80608469 </link> <BR> Seed ordering tips <BR> <BR> Everyone’s garden is different. Before you order seeds, keep these tips in mind: <BR> <BR> 1.Order early. To ensure that you ... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:03:07 EST Back to Basics Guide PLUS DIY RECIPES !!! Back to Basics Guide PLUS DIY RECIPES !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>loads/Back_To_Basics_Living_Quick_Star<BR>t_Guide.pdf?inf_contact_key=69cc952afa<BR>8255f2f4095876a6908853ce4020598cd7c0d4<BR>0281510256ed80c1 </link> <BR> <BR> Back To Basics Living <BR> Homemade Cleaners <BR> <BR> Vegetable Wash <BR> <BR> 1 C Distilled Water <BR> 1 C Vinegar <BR> 1 T Baking Soda <BR> Place in spray bottle and use as necessary. <BR> <BR> Furniture Polish <BR> <BR> 1 C ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 08:07:20 EST Joyous January Chatter !!! Good Morning and Happy New Year !!! I'm Back !!! <BR> <BR> Just got back from Raleigh on New Years Eve !!! Had a Blast with the Grands !!! <BR> Temps were in the 50's to 70's and wonderful !!! Now back to the 20's here at home ! <BR> I can't believe I didn't even gain a pound over the holidays !!! <em>334</em> <BR> Well, I quit smoking on New Years Eve at Noon !!! So far so Good ! Not one puff and it's day 3...My biggest fear is gaining weight after quitting smoking !!! :{ <BR> I've ... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 07:27:14 EST Hi! Returning Member From Upstate NY! I was a member of SP a few years ago, and now I have returned after buying a cute 1850's house! I love it, and the things I want to do are to de-modernize it if that makes sense? They went way too far with it in the 80's, and I need to bring it a bit antique looking!! Because it is an antique house!! I am starting by replacing fixtures as I can with aged bronze or brass, the darker period looking things anyway! I also hope to bring the other things moe in line with the period a... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 06:05:57 EST Chef's is Going Out of Business !!! Up to 90% OFF Chef's is Going Out of Business !!! Up to 90% OFF <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ems.aspx?sourcecode=GW2EM9590 </link> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:05:57 EST New to you! New to this forum, and recommitting to Spark. <BR> I'm an avid DIYer, both in and out of the house. Looking forward to swiping your ideas! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:32:42 EST How To Make Lighted Christmas Presents for Outdoor How To Make Lighted Christmas Presents for Outdoors <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2/how-to-make-lighted-christmas-presen<BR>ts.html </link> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 07:55:17 EST Hydrogen Peroxide Magic! Hydrogen Peroxide Magic! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/hydrogen-peroxide-magic.html </link> <BR> She Wrote... <BR> <BR> Ever since I started using Hydrogen Peroxide to get rid of armpit stains, to clean cookie sheets, as a miracle cleaner in my kitchen and bathroom, and to make my own “oxi clean“…I ALWAYS have at least one bottle of the stuff under my kitchen sink, under my bathroom sink, AND in the laundry room. This stuff is amazingly versatile! <BR> <BR> B... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 09:24:57 EST Christmas Village Ladder !!! AWESOME Idea !!! <img src=""> <BR> When next you find an old ladder at a garage sale, grab it!! <BR> Put a coat of paint on it... Run some boards across the steps... Welcome your new Christmas Village Scene! I love this!! <BR> To Bad I sold all of my Village buildings and accessories !!! :{ Tue, 15 Dec 2015 07:57:01 EST Gifts from the Kitchen – Infused Vinegar Gifts from the Kitchen – Infused Vinegar <BR> <img src=""> <BR> One of the most informative links on making infused vinegars... <BR> Including recipes, ratios, combinations, storing...etc. <BR> <BR> You can infuse vinegar with just about any combination of herbs, fruits, veggies and spices that you can think of. Consider combinations like basil &amp; oregano, garlic and rosemary, lemon and dill, apple and cinnam... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 10:16:35 EST 2 DIY Gift that are Easy to Make !!! 2 DIY Gift that are Easy to Make !!! From Living Homegrown... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-gifts/?utm_source=Living+Homegrown+N<BR>ewsletter&amp;utm_campaign=ace69b1565-<BR>ManualRSS_Newsletter_12%2F13%2F15&amp;<BR>utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_4531d2<BR>0179-ace69b1565-113104189&amp;ct=t(Man<BR>ualRSS_Newsletter_12/13/15) </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Home Fragrance Kit <BR> <BR> If you create a kit, you are creating the gift of fragrance for your reci... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 09:54:03 EST Growing Potatoes In Containers - BIG Harvest ! Growing Potatoes In Containers - BIG Harvest ! Video... <BR> <BR> Watch this method of growing potatoes and a big harvest - in containers with a well draining potting mix like ProMix HP or a mix of Peat Moss and Perlitte. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 8 Dec 2015 06:53:43 EST Roasting Chestnuts !!! OH YUMMMM !!!! Roasting Chestnuts <BR> <BR> You’ve heard them sung about and you’ve probably seen them every year in the produce department around the holidays, but what how do you actually roast chestnuts? The process of roasting chestnuts doesn’t actually involve an “open fire” as the song suggests, your oven will do just fine. Roasting chestnuts is a simple and fun holiday activity and my just become a part of your holiday tradition. <BR> <img src=" Mon, 7 Dec 2015 16:10:22 EST A Few Christmas Ideas !!! A framed Christmas Tree made from vintage hankies... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>3904/?utm_campaign=bprecs&amp;e_t=0f45<BR>9531e76947508998a57134e027d4&amp;utm_c<BR>ontent=443956475747333904&amp;utm_sour<BR>ce=31&amp;utm_term=3&amp;utm_medium=2004 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> A Stocking made from vintage quilts and embroidered table runner... <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 09:46:00 EST Chef's Ball FreshTech Electric Water Bath Canner, Chef's Ball FreshTech Electric Water Bath Canner, 21 Quart... <BR> <BR> Chef's Catalog has the Ball FreshTech Electric Water Bath Canner, 21-quart on Sale for 79.95 PLUS FREE Shipping !!! <BR> This is the BEST price I've ever seen...Usually sells for 149.95... <BR> It's been on my wish list for a long time now...So I bought myself my Christmas Gift !!! :} <BR> <link><BR>all-freshtech-electric-water-bath-cann<BR>er-21-quart.aspx </link> <BR> Also, on Ama... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 07:46:21 EST I have some Sad News for Jules...Flow rdalejewel.. I have some Sad News for Jules...Flowerdalejewel...Our Leader ! <BR> This is the email I received this morning !!! <BR> I'm sure she can use our support today ! <BR> <BR> Patti, <BR> <BR> I don't know if you saw on FB, but my brother Steven had a heart attack this morning and passed away. <BR> <BR> It was a shock really, I just wasn't expecting anything like this to happen at home. <BR> <BR> I probably will be back to Sparks soon, I don't know I'm really not sure what I'm doing at the ... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 07:31:08 EST Delightful December Chat Thread !!! Well, December is Already Here and Time to Create and Bake and Buy and Wrap and Share Our Time with Family and Friends !!! <BR> Enjoy Our New Month !!! Tue, 1 Dec 2015 08:25:12 EST Our Life In Old Pictures. How Many Do You Remember Our Life In Old Pictures. How Many Do You Remember? - <BR> <BR> What Fun !!! I Remember 99% of These !!! <BR> <link><BR>in-old-Pictures.-How-Many-Do-You-Remem<BR>ber.php </link> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 07:22:29 EST FREE Simple Soup Ebook from SimplyCa FREE Simple Soup Ebook from <BR> <BR> Hi All <BR> I got this email a few minutes ago and thought you would like this FREE Ebook Called Simple Soups from Simply <BR> Here is the email...Don't Forget to use the code Thanks at checkout ! <BR> <BR> Hello Patti, <BR> <BR> Today's e-mail is going to be super short! Yay. <BR> <BR> It is the week of Thanksgiving in the US so we have been reflecting on life and blessings and yes even challenges. I want to t... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:23:49 EST 21 Day New Member Challenge 21 Day New Member Challenge <BR> <BR> This is a GREAT Challenge to learn about what SparkPeople has to offer, how to track Nutrition and Fitness and the how to navigate the Site. <BR> You will get an email each day that will take you to your Challenge Page. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-challenge.asp?calendar=6 </link> <BR> <BR> There are other Challenges on the Challenge Central Page...Including one for Stepping into the Holidays 30 day Challenge... <BR> <... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 05:55:33 EST How can I repackage relish? Hubby brought home a HUGE jar of pickle relish -- a GALLON of it -- we go through a lot because we eat a lot of hamburgers so he thought it would be a better deal. <BR> But the thing doesn't fit in the fridge so I'm going to have to repackage it... or ??? <BR> <BR> Can I freeze relish do you think? <BR> <BR> Or can I can it somehow? <BR> <BR> I don't do much canning since I got a ceramic-top stove and they say not to use a canner on it so I don't even have a pressure canner anymore. <B... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:24:20 EST Chef John's Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy Chef John's Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy <BR> <BR> For all of the people celebrating Thanksgiving this month !!! Or a recipe to keep and use for beef, chicken etc. just substitute some beef or chicken in place of the turkey wings !!! :} <BR> <BR> <BR> Chef John's Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Prep <BR> 20 m <BR> <BR> Cook <BR> 1 h 55 m <BR> <BR> Ready In <BR> 2 h 15 m <BR> <BR> <BR> Recipe By:Chef John <BR> <BR> "This make-ahead turkey gravy frees up valuable ... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 04:54:16 EST 39 Ways To Reuse, Restyle Old T-Shirts 39 Ways To Reuse, Restyle, And Rewear Your Old T-Shirts (Complete with the link for instructions ) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>o-reuse-restyle-and-rewear-your-old-t-<BR>s-9gri </link> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 12:29:46 EST Making Compost Black Gold for Your Organic Garden I was just searching the web for Compost Recipes and came across this article... <BR> <BR> Making Compost - Black Gold for Your Organic Garden <BR> <BR> It has everything you would ever want to know about making and keeping a compost pile/container... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g-compost-black-gold-for-your-organic-<BR>garden.html </link> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 08:11:19 EST 10 Christmas Craft Projects Made Out Of TP Rolls 10 Christmas Craft Projects Made Out Of Upcycled Toilet Paper Rolls <BR> <BR> What a Fun and Creative bunch of Ideas !!! <BR> From Advent Calendars, Village Buildings, Reindeer, Ornaments...Etc.... <BR> Who Knew ??? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>crafts-projects-made-toilet-paper-rolls/ </link> Sun, 8 Nov 2015 07:14:00 EST Honey Caramel Corn Recipe Honey Caramel Corn Recipe <BR> <BR> Author: The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Prep time: 10 mins <BR> <BR> Cook time: 5 mins <BR> <BR> Total time: 15 mins <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> •1 cup unpopped popcorn kernels <BR> •½ cup butter or coconut oil <BR> •½ cup honey <BR> •½ cup sucanat OR brown sugar <BR> •Pinch sea salt <BR> •½ teaspoon baking soda <BR> •1 teaspoon vanilla <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> 1.Pop the popcorn and place it in a large bowl. <BR> 2.I always grab a bigger bowl tha... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 09:29:05 EST Thoughtful November Chat Thread Hi All and Welcome to our November Chat Thread !!! <BR> <BR> We All have So Much to be Thankful For !!! <BR> <BR> Our Veterans and Our Families !!! Plus SOOO Much More !!! <BR> <BR> Enjoy Our New Month !!! <BR> <BR> I thought it was important to carry over a few of the last posts from October !!! <BR> <BR> From CANTATA... <BR> Folks, I've been really struggling with a decision all week. It finally occurred to me that if I was struggling that much, then I definitely shouldn't continue it... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 06:25:26 EST 20 EASY Fall Soups Ready in 30 Minutes or Less I got this email this morning !!! <BR> Soup must be the HOT Topic these days !!! And Should Be !!! It's Cold Outside !!! <BR> <BR> 20 EASY Fall Soups Ready in 30 Minutes or Less <BR> <BR> Check out the Cream of Mushroom soup Here...YUUUMMMM.... <BR> No Canning Instructions but you can figure that part out...Just leave out the Dairy ! <BR> <link><BR>ready-in-30-minutes/?ms=1&amp;prop25=1<BR>71076029&amp;prop26=HealthyBites&amp;p<BR>rop27=2015-10-28&amp... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 08:18:01 EST Happy Birthday Cindi...LIK ETHEPHOENIX Happy Happy Birthday Cindi !!! <BR> Do Enjoy Your Special Day !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> <em>125</em> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 08:14:15 EST Canning Granny Soups Canning Granny Soups <BR> <BR> Hi All I know it's getting to be Soup Season and Canning Granny has been sending a daily email with all kinds of soup recipes and How To Can Them ... <BR> I thought you would like to get these emails and try some new soup ideas... <BR> Today is cream of Celery... <BR> You get the recipe and how to Can It !!! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Cream of Celery Soup <BR> <BR> Makes 5 pints <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1/3... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 07:51:47 EST DIY Hanging Light Fixtures DIY Hanging Light Fixtures <BR> Here are 2 links... <BR> <link><BR>ght-fixtures/ </link> <BR> And... <BR> <link><BR>g-ideas/ </link> <BR> <BR> I, personally, like this one !!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> AND This One !!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <link>www.diyinspi... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 10:14:33 EST How To Make a Display Plate for Invitations Etc. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here are a few of the Wedding Invitation Plates that I had made in the past...The last picture, I made yesterday ! <BR> You can make these plates for any occasion...Wedding Invites, Baby Announc... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 09:45:21 EST Creative Homemaking Halloween Recipes and Crafts FREE E-Book from Creative Homemaking... <BR> Creative Homemaking Guide to Halloween Recipes and Crafts <BR> <BR> Every once in a while, Rachel Paxton, offers one of her E-Books for FREE... <BR> FREE HALLOWEEN KINDLE E-BOOK <BR> <BR> Download Creative Homemaking's newest e-book for your Kindle this week for FREE! This e-book contains all of Creative Homemaking's favorite Halloween recipes and crafts. <BR> <BR> Find out how to make gooey monster eye cookies, pumpkin cheesecake brownies, mo... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 09:05:56 EST DIY Autumn Leaf Bowls DIY Autumn Leaf Bowls <BR> <BR> Here is a way to turn those faux autumn leaves into something beautiful and functional. Below are instructions for your very own autumn leaf bowl, perfect for holding your favorite scented potpourri or tasty Halloween treats. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/25/diy-autumn-leaf-bowls </link> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 08:54:36 EST 21 Pumpkin Sweets & Halloween Treats Recipes I just got this email for 21 Pumpkin Sweets & Halloween Treats Recipes... <BR> Some Great Pumpkin recipes !!! And other fun treats !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sweets-halloween-treats-recipes/?plid=<BR>EM_PROMO_KITCHME&crid=EM_101115_KitchM<BR>e&utm_source=EM_PROMO_KITCHME&utm_medi<BR>um=email&utm_campaign=EM_101115_KitchMe </link> Sun, 11 Oct 2015 08:24:22 EST New To the Team Hello everyone, <BR> My name is Cindi. I'm a single mom with 3 adult children, (2 living at home). I work as a hospice aide and am hoping to start nursing school in September. I am looking forward to getting to know you all :) Sat, 10 Oct 2015 21:32:40 EST How To. Glass Plate Flower Garden/Yard Sun Catcher "How To" Make a Glass Plate Flower Garden/Yard Art Sun Catcher <BR> <BR> I am saving old plates and bowls to make Flower sun catchers ... <BR> Here is a link for the "How To"...I'm sure there are more tutorials on the web ! <BR> <link><BR>11/plate-flower-tutorial-part-1.html </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 6 Oct 2015 08:04:47 EST Random Kindness Random Kindness <BR> <BR> Post any acts of kindness that you performed for anyone other than yourself recently. <BR> <BR> <BR> I took 2 cases of my canned goods to the nuns at Villa Maria Convent in PA. to Enjoy ! <BR> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 08:14:43 EST Happy Birthday Kim...KIM22211 Happy Birthday Kim ! Have Yourself a Wonderfully Special Day ! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> Fri, 2 Oct 2015 07:50:47 EST Ominus October Chat What a Great Idea and I bet that chicken tasted wonderful !!! <BR> <BR> I got 3 10Lb bags of chicken at 3.90 each...30 lbs for under 12.00 !!! :} <BR> Here is the video I just watched on how to can raw chicken ! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Made 2 apple blueberry pies yesterday ! <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 1 Oct 2015 07:27:43 EST How to Can Plain Apples Now that I have a bushel of FREE Apples, I thought I would Put them Up Plain and then I can make what ever I want later ! <BR> Here is a recipe for canning plain apples.... <BR> <BR> I have a battery operated apple peeler that works like a charm ! <BR> <BR> Canning Apples <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Canning Apples <BR> <BR> Jona-Golds are what we use for canning apples. But there are MANY varieties that will work. Gala, Granny Smith, Honey Crisp…..mmmm... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:20:48 EST Happy Birthday LEW0213 <BR> Hi everybody, today's LEW0213's birthday. Let's hope Linda has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>236</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>W0213 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 00:48:34 EST Happy Birthday OZARKMARY <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is OZARKMARY's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ARKMARY </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 13 Sep 2015 22:24:46 EST Happy Birthday FLOWERDALEJEWEL <BR> Hi everyone today is FLOWERDALEJEWEL's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>OWERDALEJEWEL </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 6 Sep 2015 06:22:58 EST Create Your Own Frozen Dinners Create Your Own Frozen Dinners <BR> <BR> A SpakPeople Article... <BR> <BR> You're busy. Whether you work full-time, attend college, care for a loved one, run a household—or all of the above—you don’t always have time to make yourself nutritious meals. Like many people who want to eat healthy on a budget, you probably rely on those handy frozen entrees to fill the gap. After all, they seem like a bargain compared to going out for lunch every day. <BR> <BR> But if you do the math, you're pro... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 08:37:44 EST Waist-to-Hip Ratio Estimates Health Risk Waist-to-Hip Ratio Estimates Health Risk <BR> <BR> Hi All <BR> I found this SP Article and found it very interesting !!! <BR> I never thought that your shape could show your health risks ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=776 </link> <BR> What shape are you ??? <BR> <BR> Use the calculator to find out... <BR> <link><BR>tor_waist.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Just enter your waist and hip measurements to find out... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 06:14:21 EST 40+ Ways to Preserve Tomatoes 40+ Ways to Preserve Tomatoes <BR> <BR> From The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> You will see ideas for Canning, Drying, Fermenting, Freezing and making condiments ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ways-to-preserve-tomatoes.html </link> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:27:15 EST Domino Sugar Give Away / Free Ebook Southern Sweet Domino Sugar Give Away / Free Ebook Southern Sweets <BR> <BR> Win a trip to Charleston SC. !!!! <BR> <BR> Stroll the streets of beautiful Charleston, SC on this VIP Getaway <BR> 5 Grand Prize Winners will receive... Round-trip airfare for two to Charleston, SC <BR> 5 days, 4 nights in the charming luxury of The Restoration on King Hotel <BR> A VIP culinary experience with chefs <BR> Nick Stellino Bob Waggoner <BR> <BR> Private tours and dinners at historic homes and sites: Boone Hal... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:03:34 EST Spectacular September Chat Line !!! :} Hi and Welcome to Our New September Chat Line !!! <BR> <BR> I've been SOOO busy with getting my yard sale ready...2 more days and way to much to get out there and priced...Plus all of Betty's things ! <BR> I'm getting rid of a lot of books...Yep Ebay was Way TO Much Work with not much results ! <BR> <BR> The doors on my hutch won't close now that I have them painted, so my BIL is going to come over and plane them down and I will have to repaint the edges once they are done ! <BR> <BR> Pick... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 08:35:51 EST Happy Birthday Tonia ...TFANDCD Another Year Older and Another Year Wiser !!! <BR> Have a Wonderfully Special Day, Tonia !!!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> <em>125</em> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 07:19:15 EST thankfully not a USA problem! I caught this article online and immediately thought of you Flowerdale! <BR> <BR> I could not imagine having a SNAKE problem in my attic! LOL Rats and bats maybe even a racoon, but never a snake, let alone 4 of them!!!! seriously would gross me out, they are HUGE! <BR> <BR> Thank God they are not venomous! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4862/A-family-Queensland-s-northern-be<BR>aches-shocked-discover-four-scrub-pyth<BR>ons-fighting-breeding-rights-roof.html<BR>... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 11:07:57 EST The Importance of Water for Bees The Importance of Water for Bees <BR> <BR> I know this is kind of off any of our topics...BUT...It is SOOO important that we all do our part to help the Pollinators survive and thrive these days !!! <BR> Notice in the pictures and videos that there is a link between the rim of the birdbaths and a rock or something for them to land on !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ortance-of-water-for-bees/ </link> <BR> <BR> “Domesticated honey bees like the ones in the vi... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 08:30:30 EST Happy Birthday GINIEMIE <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is GINIEMIE's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link> GINIEMIE </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 06:47:46 EST Using What You Have When I had a place to keep it in a garage or utility room, I kept my gardening stuff in plastic drawer sets. I had two small 3-drawer units and 1 large 3-drawer unit. Of course, I have much more than that, but that was the bulk of the smaller things. <BR> <BR> I bought a plastic shelving unit to keep my shade plants indoors, because right now, I have no shade outdoors. I was trying to figure out how to extend my storage space in the pantry, because I like to stockpile dry and canned goods wh... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:35:45 EST Hi Hi <BR> My name is Marge and I have been with Spark people off and on over the last few years. I have realized I need to get serious and begin a new healthy life style. I enjoy cooking, crocheting, counted cross-stitch, and want to teach myself to quilt when I retire in a few weeks.i also hope to work on some projects around the house to. I love doing things and seeing the finished project. I always say working on projects keeps my sanity. Lol. <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know all... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 09:12:18 EST Southern-style Crab Cakes Recipe When I was in Charleston So. Carolina in 2005 for my Step Daughters Wedding, I attended a cooking class that made crab cakes... <BR> I'm usually NOT a fan of them as they usually use that aweful, fishy flavored crab meat ! <BR> This is made with just lump crab (as in the class) and they were just simply wonderful ! <BR> Here is a recipe that comes closest to the class recipe ! <BR> Enjoy !!! <BR> <BR> Valley Green's Southern-style Crab Cakes <BR> <BR> By Cindy DeVore valleygreennaturals <B... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 08:54:07 EST Happy Birthday MZDOOR <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is MZDOOR 's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link> MZDOOR </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 08:47:48 EST Happy Birthday Carol... FASDAIDE Happy Birthday Carol and Welcome to Our Team !!! <BR> <BR> Hope you have a Very Special Day ! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> <em>125</em> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 08:31:23 EST 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins...I'd add walnuts, to 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins...I'd add walnuts, too ! :} <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 06:53:14 EST How to Get Rid of Tomato Blight How to Get Rid of Tomato Blight <BR> <BR> If it is only one plant that has blight I would pull it up. Blight spreads really easily through touch. This could be your hands, or insects going from one plant to another. After touching the plant that is affected, make sure to wash your hands really well with soap and water so that it does not spread further. If it is on several plants, you will want to remove all of the leaves and branches that are affected making sure to not touch any other area... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 06:56:34 EST Jennifer Shambrook FREE I Can Can Relishes on Amaz Jennifer Shambrook is offering her EBook FREE I Can Can Relishes on Amazon this weekend !!! <BR> <BR> Here is her post of Facebook !!! <BR> <BR> I Can Can Relishes is going to be available for free download this weekend on Amazon. If you have a Kindle, just download that way. If you don't have a Kindle, download a Kindle reader first, then download. There are Kindle reader apps for iPads, smart phones, and everything else but microwaves, I think. Hope you enjoy!!! - Jennifer <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Aug 2015 08:39:02 EST Build Your Own Greenhouse <BR> This looks like an easy plan for a build it yourself greenhouse. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=16615&memberid=924752 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 5 Aug 2015 07:22:04 EST Adventurous August Chatter ! Today, I'm cutting out my grape vineyard...I get a lot of grapes and then they shrivel up and die ! Besides, the split rail posts that we used have gotten rotten at the ground level and are now supported with rebar ! Time to get new fencing...After hubby is a fence man !!! :} <BR> <BR> Happy August 1st !!! <BR> Sat, 1 Aug 2015 07:34:16 EST Why Canning Yields Vary...... .......... Why Canning Yields Vary................. <BR> <BR> Have you ever experienced this? <BR> <BR> You find an interesting canning recipe that you want to try. The recipe states that it yields a certain number jars, so you prep those jars and make the recipe. <BR> <BR> But you end up with way more than the recipe stated. <BR> <BR> Or worse…You get way less. <BR> <BR> What happened? Did you do something wrong? <BR> <BR> No. It’s probably not you. <BR> <BR> Here’s what happened… <BR> <BR> Rea... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 07:02:44 EST READ THE HISTORY OF APRONS - READ THE HISTORY OF APRONS - I AM SURE YOU WILL LOVE THIS STORY <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The History of 'APRONS' <BR> ... I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principle use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven. <BR> <BR> It was wonderful for drying children's te... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:21:42 EST Make Your Own Mozzarella <BR> <BR> Here is a step by step article on how to make your own Mozzarella. I really does taste much better than the stuff you buy as well <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=16602&memberid=924752 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:11:18 EST How To Preserve Herbs in Salt Homemade Herb Salt Recipe <BR> <BR> WOW Does this sound YUMMMY !!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Nothing like fresh herbs from the garden...How to Preserve them You Say ??? <BR> Well, here's a wonderful recipe... <BR> And you can mix or match the herbs to your taste !!! <BR> <link><BR>homemade-herb-salt-recipe.html#comment<BR>-484662 </link> <BR> <BR> Homemade Herb Salt Recipe <BR> <BR> Author: The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Recipe type: Seasoning <BR> <B... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:35:32 EST 15 Ways Epsom Salts Help Your Garden Grow <BR> <BR> Here's an interesting article about the many ways you can use trusty old Epsom Salts in the garden. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=16577&memberid=924752 </link> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:51:12 EST Nine Surprising Fertilizers Nine Surprising Fertilizers <BR> By Christina Grand Porter <BR> <BR> It’s normal to think manure and <BR> packaged foods and fertilizers when it <BR> comes to fertilizing gardens and plants, but <BR> there are some surprising things that can <BR> be added to a plant’s soil to help it thrive. <BR> Some of the best ones are things that are <BR> already in your pantry or items that are <BR> constantly discarded. Here’s your chance <BR> to save money and reuse while benefiting <BR> your garden a... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:03:51 EST French Fried Pepper Rings French Fried Pepper Rings <BR> <BR> Why haven't I thought of that ????? <BR> <BR> <BR> Take a break from French fries and onion rings and fry up some bell pepper rings today. You'll love the crunchy change of pace! <BR> <BR> <BR> What You'll Need: <BR> • 4 green or red bell peppers (or a combination of both) <BR> • Vegetable oil for frying <BR> • 1 1/2 cups milk <BR> • 1 cup all-purpose flour <BR> • 2 tablespoons cornstarch <BR> • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder <BR> • 1/2 teaspoon ... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:27:31 EST Squash Croquettes s...YUMMMM !!!! Squash Croquettes <BR> <BR> Author: Melissa Sperka <BR> <BR> Serves: 18 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 4 cup shredded yellow squash <BR> 1 medium sweet onion, finely diced <BR> 2 large eggs, beaten <BR> 1 cup self-rising flour <BR> ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese <BR> 1 Tbsp chopped chives or parsley <BR> 1 tsp seasoned salt <BR> 1 tsp garlic powder <BR> ½ tsp ground cumin <BR> ¼ tsp ground black pepper <BR> dash of cayenne <BR> oil and butter for frying <BR> &#8532; cup panko breadcrumbs <BR> ... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 08:41:01 EST New Fuel for your car called E15 ...Do NOT Use It New Fuel for your car called E15 ...Do NOT Use It <BR> <BR> I just go this email from a friend !!! <BR> A new Fuel for your car is coming out and can hurt your engines and void your car's warrantee ! <BR> <BR> Here is what it said...(an do watch the video) <BR> <BR> I hope you all watch this. It will save you a lot of money <BR> <BR> Heads up @ <BR> <BR> DON"T USE NEW e15 GAS COMING TO STATIONS <BR> (EVERYBODY PLEASE WATCH) <BR> <BR> The EPA has changed the rules on corn in gasoli... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 07:46:41 EST Just Perfect July Chat <BR> <BR> Hiya everybody, here is July's chat thread <BR> <BR> Sorry I've been MIA, still feeling cruddy, I think a combination of hormones, lack of sleep and this lousy cold weather is making me crappy. <BR> <BR> Great news on my family front though, my brother Steven has received news that it is looking good for his heart surgery. The professor who saw him says that his heart function is still strong enough to handle surgery so it looks like they'll repair his heart valve, do maze proc... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 05:36:13 EST Spark People Gardening Guide Page Has Tons of Arti Spark People Gardening Guide Page Has Tons of Articles <BR> <BR> Below is the link to the spark page with all of the Gardening article Spark People has to offer... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-guide.asp </link> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 08:09:53 EST Happy Birthday CRISSYPIE25 <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is CRISSYPIE25's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link> CRISSYPIE25 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 08:00:40 EST How to Make a Mosaic Table Top How to Make a Mosaic Table Top Step by Step with Pictures ! <BR> <BR> A mosaic table top can be a nice decorative piece to add to your home. This could be a coffee table, side table, cafe table or even your dining room table. It's a fairly easy process but it does take some time to complete. <BR> <link><BR>Top </link> <BR> <BR> I have a garbage pick end table that I want to do with my Grandmother's dishes that are crazed and not useable ! <BR> I will p... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 08:23:22 EST Pickled Radishes Pickled Radishes <BR> <BR> If you have an over abundance of radishes here is a way to use them and not let them go bad.and they are sooo good. and really easy to make. I use a lot of my over large radishes that are starting to get a little soft and are to big. <BR> <BR> What I do is slice them into pint jars then see how many I have before I start the brine. <BR> <BR> <BR> First slice thinly slice the radishes and put into pint jars <BR> <BR> <BR> Then for every pint you need <BR> ... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:15:08 EST Onion Dill Bread from Onion Dill Bread from <BR> <BR> This is SOOO Good I had to share the recipe !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on-dill-bread-20468/review?lrc=true </link> <BR> Drew's Famous Onion Dill Bread <BR> lPrep Time: 3 hrs Total Time: 4 hrs Yield: 1-2 loaves (1 bread machine or 2 loaf pans hand made) About This Recipe <BR> "Fantastic tasting bread. Great with corned beef as well as just buttered." <BR> <BR> Dry ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 (1/4 ounce) package yea... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 08:51:31 EST Painting an old cheap dresser I have a dresser - it's not wood, it's not even MDF, it's some kind of chipboard, it looks similar to MDF but it's not that nice. <BR> It has this fake woodgrain "veneer" - it's not wood, it's more like a paper veneer. <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if I can paint it? Or would the paint cause the paper veneer to lift? <BR> Should I sand it? A little? A lot? <BR> <BR> Any ideas? Thought I'd check in here first before trying to find answers on some huge DIY forum <BR> <BR> <BR> Lynn <BR> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 14:31:07 EST Edible of the Month: Basil Edible of the Month: Basil <BR> <BR> This article covers Planning, Preparation, Planting, Care and Harvest and Storage... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>?q=show&id=3942 </link> <BR> <BR> Basil is one of the most popular culinary herbs and is used in cooking around the world. It is very symbolic and has a rich history. In India, where it originated, basil is used in courtrooms where they swear oaths upon it. In Italy is symbolizes love and is often worn in the ha... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 15:48:07 EST Happy Birthday GEMINI-SKY <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is GEMINI-SKY's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Patti has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link> GEMINI-SKY </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 8 Jun 2015 06:28:37 EST 35 Cool Vintage-Looking Garden Pots 35 Cool Vintage-Looking Garden Pots <BR> <BR> What Fun !!!! <BR> <BR> I need to go to the barn and see what I can find to repurpose !!!! <BR> <link><BR>looking-garden-pots/ </link> Tue, 2 Jun 2015 13:33:36 EST Joyous June Chat <BR> <BR> Hi everybody, here is the new June chat thread Mon, 1 Jun 2015 07:34:57 EST Happy Birthday RUTHDEN1 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is RUTHDEN1's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link> RUTHDEN1 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 1 Jun 2015 07:25:35 EST Homemade Apple Juice From Peels & Cores <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I haven't made this yet, but it sounds very interesting. I will try it when I do some more of my apples <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>1/easy-no-waste-apple-juice/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 30 May 2015 06:05:54 EST Natural Remedies for Tomato Blight & Powdery Milde Natural Remedies for Tomato Blight & Powdery Mildew <BR> <BR> <BR> Growing tomato plants in your garden provides juicy and plump fruit without having to make a trip to the market. Unfortunately, blight and powdery mildew can attack the tomato plants, causing stunted growth, leaf discoloration, premature leaf dropping and discolored spots on fruits. Several natural remedies will help control these diseases without using toxic and harsh fungicides. <BR> <BR> Baking-Soda Spray <BR> <BR> Bak... Thu, 28 May 2015 10:39:11 EST Looking for input: geraniums I've read frequently that you could "winter over" geraniums; bare rooted. Thought I would try it last winter and did. Here are the results: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I even shaped it up and used trimmings for cuttings: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Success for sure. Today: <BR> <img src=" Tue, 26 May 2015 09:13:05 EST Some Great GREENHOUSE Ideas!! some of these look pretty doable! I might just try a few <BR> <BR> <link><BR>iy-greenhouses/ </link> <BR> <BR> and some more on the Cheep! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>frugal-ways-build-cold-frame/#_a5y_p=2<BR>801819 </link> Sat, 23 May 2015 21:59:35 EST How to Build A Lasagna Bed How to Build A Lasagna Bed <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Introduction: <BR> <BR> Lasagna gardening is a no-dig, no-till organic gardening method that results in rich, fluffy soil with very little work from the gardener. Creating a lasagna bed will result in soil that is alive with microorganisms, your plants will thrive. <BR> <BR> Gardeners everywhere will benefit from this knowledge. Results will be increased yields, fewer weeds ... Thu, 21 May 2015 11:31:29 EST Homemade Hand Cream (for hard working hands) Homemade Hand Cream (for hard working hands) <BR> <BR> Homemade Hand Cream Recipe <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> •1/4 cup shea butter (where to buy) <BR> •1/8 cup sweet almond oil (where to buy) <BR> •1 tablespoon beeswax (where to buy) <BR> •10 drops myrrh essential oil <BR> •10 drops cedarwood essential oil <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>diy-hand-cream-recipe.html </link> Wed, 20 May 2015 09:25:31 EST Crock Pot Soap Making Instructio s...Really Easy ! Crock Pot Soap Making Instructions...Really Easy ! <BR> From the Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Basic Hot Process Soap Recipe (aka Crock Pot Soap) <BR> <BR> (A note about amounts: This recipe produces about 30 oz of soap. I chose this amount because of the size of my mold. However, you can absolutely play around with the oil amounts in any soap recipe, as long as you run the final amounts through a lye calculator to make sure you are using a safe amount of lye. I always, always run my numbers ... Wed, 20 May 2015 09:22:38 EST Happy Birthday BUTEAFULL <BR> Hi everyone today is BUTEAFULL's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>TEAFULL </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 20 May 2015 06:57:09 EST Mary, Mary Quite Contrary... How does Your Garden how are your gardens doing? I have a small one this year, just a few vegeys and herbs... along with our grapevines... and so far, crossing fingers... it is all healthy! <BR> I added romaine and celery grown from scraps and have garlic and potatoes rooting from more scraps to add soon. Fri, 15 May 2015 10:47:53 EST Happy Birthday SALLYANDGENE <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is SALLYANDGENE's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>LLYANDGENE </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 11 May 2015 06:42:47 EST Recyclable drip feeders for your garden This looks rather interesting and I just might give it a try. I think I would use less holes... so it would be more slow release. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p-feeder-for-vegetables/ </link> Sat, 9 May 2015 11:46:04 EST DIY Dishwasher Detergent Cubes DIY Dishwasher Detergent Cubes <BR> by Rachel Paxton <BR> <BR> Last year I made homemade dishwasher detergent for the first time. I have been using it ever since. I didn't think the recipe could be improved on, until I found the idea for these DIY dishwasher detergent cubes. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The recipe for these is basically the same as the dishwasher detergent I posted earlier. The difference is the addition of lemon juice, which is used to bind the powders together so that you c... Thu, 7 May 2015 07:33:09 EST Mud Kitchen Ideas <BR> <BR> This article is basically for those with children or grandkids. I know I loved to play with mud pies etc when I was younger and this is such a great idea that is reasonably cheap and easy to put together. there's nothing here that can't be found at secondhand dealers everywhere. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6359/ </link> Thu, 7 May 2015 04:06:56 EST Message from Coach Jen Re: Additional Points !!! Message from Coach Jen Re: Additional Spark Points !!! <BR> <BR> Hello <BR> <BR> Today we added the ability to receive SparkPoints for liking friend feed items, team wall posts, and blogs. This is a new SparkPoints task listed under the community section of Daily SparkPoint Challenges. You can receive 1 point per like, up to 5 per day. <BR> <BR> We also added SparkPoints for commenting on someone’s team wall post. These points feed into the existing Post to SparkTeam and Message Boards ... Wed, 6 May 2015 18:33:52 EST Preserving Carrots: Powder and Puree Preserving Carrots: Powder and Puree From Annie's Place <BR> <BR> Carrots are my next victim in the puree and powder obsession. Our local farm usually carries these in the fall and I love to stock up. Two years ago I bottled a ton a carrots and no one was eating them so I had to employ my sneaky skills of pureeing and powdering. I drained the water, pureed the carrots, froze half of them in food cubes and dehydrated the rest. I liked it so much that I no longer bother with bottled carro... Wed, 6 May 2015 06:42:51 EST Hello I am Jeanette Hi my name is Jeanette. I am on my second week as a returnee to Spark People. I had to create a new profile since it has been so long since I was here before and couldn't remember any of my log in info from before. I love to get crafty and create new things. This year I have started trying my hand at growing my own veggies and have been working on trying my hand at landscaping our home. I love decorating with found things and hand me downs that I can give new life to. I look forward to meetin... Mon, 4 May 2015 12:09:11 EST Introducing Farm and Dairy’s Around the Table Introducing Farm and Dairy’s Around the Table <BR> <BR> In May, we’re unveiling a new look to our weekly recipe page in print. And along with the redesign, we’re launching a FREE weekly e-newsletter, Around the Table! <BR> <BR> It’s all about food, the farmers who grow it, the folks who cook it and the rest of us who eat it. <BR> <BR> Sounds delicious, right? <BR> <BR> For years, the recipes in Farm and Dairy have been part of your weekly routine. You’ve clipped them, you’ve prepared them... Sat, 2 May 2015 09:44:40 EST 6 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden 6 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden <BR> <BR> This post is for the garlic lovers – or those who aren’t sure if they like garlic but do like to use natural and organic practices in their gardens. It turns out that this fragrant bulb is good for more than just cooking, and can be a real helpmate around the yard and garden. So – without further ado – 6 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden and Yard. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ic-in-the-garden/ </link> Sat, 2 May 2015 07:51:26 EST Mysterious May Chat <BR> <BR> OK here is the new May chat thread. <BR> <BR> I've been back and forward to the hospital twice today with my brother and his TOE ultrasound. I've had it and will probably go to bed early, that's if my friends on facebook don't get started <em>211</em> <em>246</em> <BR> Fri, 1 May 2015 03:59:57 EST 21 Epsom Salt Garden “Cheats” 21 Epsom Salt Garden “Cheats” <BR> <BR> There are many reasons to use Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) in the garden. It contains magnesium one of what growers call the “major minor” elements. It helps speed up plant growth, increase a plants nutrient uptake, deter pests, increase flavor of fruit and veggies, plus increase the output of vegetation. Read on to discover “other” ways to use Epsom salts in your garden. <BR> <BR> Before we look at the big three plants most gardeners use Epsom Sa... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:43:27 EST Tips for Attracting and Feeding Hummingbirds Tips for Attracting and Feeding Hummingbirds <BR> <BR> Welcome to my Hummingbird tips and information site, as featured at On this site you will find information on Hummingbird feeder care, tips for attracting Hummingbirds to your yard, great tips on preventing bees and ants at your Hummingbird feeders, and my recipe for preparing Hummingbird nectar that your Hummingbirds will truly love. <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 06:57:04 EST Bee keeping Bee has always fascinated me. I have wanted to get a hive and start keeping bees, seemed like a daunting task after I started reading about it. <BR> <BR> There is a crowd sourced bee keeping hive out of Australia, your neck of the woods Jules! <BR> Here is a short video, and it looks so simple! <BR> <link><BR>eos/p/60 </link> <BR> <BR> for whatever reason I can not get the video I want to paste, it is the one with the 2 jars in front. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:10:05 EST 51 Insanely Easy Ways To Transform Everyday Things 51 Insanely Easy Ways To Transform Your Everyday Things <BR> <BR> Love the idea of DIY but hate the actual effort it requires? Here are some creative ways to reuse the stuff you already own. <BR> <BR> Something for Everyone !!! <BR> <link><BR>-ways-to-transform-your-everyday-thing<BR>s?sub=2220841_1164282#.av9aqoYWy6 </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:30:03 EST Happy Birthday IMAREADER <BR> Hi everyone today is IMAREADER's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>AREADER </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:24:38 EST How to Grow Potatoes in a Trash Can How to Grow Potatoes in a Trash Can <BR> <BR> Welcome to everything you could want to know about growing organic potatoes in a trash can! Potatoes grow from potatoes seeds, which are bred to grow new potatoes. You don’t use store-bought potatoes as they can bear disease and are sometimes sprayed with a chemical to keep them from sprouting. I order my seed from Peaceful Valley. They have a great site with excellent garden educational videos. Following is everything you need to do to grow your... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:29:24 EST How to Start with Deep Mulch Garden FREE eBook How to Start with Deep Mulch Garden FREE eBook Jill Winger <BR> <BR> First off, let me start by saying there are a LOT of different schools of thought on mulching <BR> and dozens of different techniques. <BR> I don’t think there is any one “right” way to grow a garden, and I am finally coming to the realization <BR> that gardening success depends on a wide variety of factors (soil, climate, etc) and <BR> the gardener’s ability to adjust accordingly. <BR> <BR> <link>www.theprairiehomestead... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:18:27 EST DIY bath and beauty products DIY bath and beauty products are safe and effective alternatives to store bought products. All you need are a few natural ingredients and little time. The following homemade products are fun, easy to make and are great projects for a girls’ night in. They also make great party favors and hostess gifts. <BR> <BR> Scented bath salts <BR> <BR> A fragrant pick-me-up. <BR> &#9726;1 cup mint, chopped <BR> &#9726;½ cup rosemary, chopped <BR> &#9726;6 cups Epsom salts <BR> <BR> Mix all ingredients... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:05:44 EST How to Build a Rain Barrel How to Build a Rain Barrel <BR> <BR> Though, this is a rather upscale rain barrel, it gives you a good idea on how to build one... <BR> <BR> I used a very large plastic garbage can with a lid, placed on a base of cement blocks...cut a hole in the lid for the down spout and put a hole in the side, (about 6" from the bottom) and put on a spigot with a washer...(like you have on the outside of your house for your hose). <BR> I need the over flow pipes as in this design ! <BR> <BR> <link>www... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 11:05:18 EST DIY Roman Shades from Mini Blinds... DIY Roman Shades from Mini Blinds... <BR> <BR> I have 3 West facing kitchen windows that can use this...NEED this !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>w-to-make-roman-shades-using-mini-blin<BR>ds.html </link> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:51:42 EST Our Brag Thread !!! Post pictures of our yards or anything that we are Proud Of... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Bracelet on Annaliese's arm that I made for her and her friends... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:52:34 EST Downloading Clips From Youtube! <BR> Ever wanted to watch a clip from youtube but don't want to add to your download amount? You can copy any clip on youtube is you wish and watch it at your leisure and as many times as you wish. <BR> <BR> Copy this link into your favourites or your Bookmarks bar. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> All you have to do then is copy the URL on youtube (the address at the top) and copy it into the download section then download. You'll need to have your Java updated and i... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:10:58 EST DIY: PALLET GARDENING TABLE <BR> This is such a simple but clever idea for a DIY/Potting table <BR> <BR> <link><BR>et-gardening-table/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:06:56 EST Vintage Spoon and Fork Garden Markers Vintage Spoon and Fork Garden Markers <BR> <BR> Make some sweet garden markers out of vintage spoons and forks with this step-by-step tutorials. <BR> <BR> Spoons... <BR> <link><BR>poon-garden-markers.html </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Forks... <BR> <link><BR> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:33:12 EST Happy Birthday IMREITE <BR> Hi everyone today is IMREITE's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>?id=IMREITE </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 06:19:57 EST Old China Stepping Stones <BR> <BR> This is a fun idea to make garden stepping stones using broken china etc. If you don't have a mould to make the stones with, use a plastic plate or cake pan. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 06:52:14 EST FREE Printable Garden Notebook...18 pages FREE Printable Garden Notebook...18 pages <BR> <BR> Here is a Garden Notebook full of any kind of chart, grid, planner, garden plotter etc, that you can think of... <BR> I think you can print the complete journal or print the pages you would like... <BR> Punch holes in the pages and save in your favorite binder. <BR> <BR> .Put all of your garden plans, records and dreams in one place. Just slide this printable cover into the front of a binder, and you have your very own garden notebook <BR>... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 05:28:05 EST The SparkPeople Walkabout Challenge The SparkPeople Walkabout Challenge <BR> <BR> Join the #VionicWalkabout Challenge to step your way into better shape in 30 days. <BR> <BR> Once you sign up, You will get a Daily email with that days Challenge...(there is a Calendar with the Daily Challenges)...You get 5 SP Points for every challenge you complete. <BR> <BR> So Start Today !!! WHY NOT ???? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>kabout-challenge.asp?utm_source=sparkp<BR>eople&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 07:54:32 EST homemade self watering planters these look doable and they will help save some watering <BR> <BR> <link><BR>watering-planter/ </link> Thu, 2 Apr 2015 18:59:58 EST Happy Birthday GARDENCHRIS <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is GARDENCHRIS's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Chris has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>RDENCHRIS </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 2 Apr 2015 06:09:14 EST Awesome April Chat <BR> <BR> Here is our "Awesome" chat thread for April <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I'm in the middle of Autumn here in Australia while you are starting Spring over there. What's going on???? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:22:40 EST All Natural Egg Dyes For A Non-Toxic Easter All Natural Egg Dyes For A Non-Toxic Easter <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g-dyes/ </link> <BR> <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <em>449</em> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:16:02 EST backyard projects another pinterest idea! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cts/favorite-backyard-projects/view-all </link> <BR> some look like a fun project. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 22:54:05 EST Look What I found to do with Old Tin Cans... Look What I found to do with Old Tin Cans... <BR> <BR> I was looking for a tool carrier made with tin cans, and I ran across this page ! <BR> You could go Crazy with all of the great projects... <BR> Don't throw away for your old cans !!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's the link... <BR> <link><BR>ns/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here's another one...I like this one better !!!! <BR> <link><BR>fab-48-diys-for-average-tin-cans#.qarL<B... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:35:43 EST April Challenge. .Declutter Your Home in 30 Days ! April Challenge...Declutter Your Home in 30 Days ! <BR> <BR> OK Folks !!! Let's get rid of that extra JUNK that is Cluttering Up our lives !!! <BR> <BR> Here is a 30 day list to help you get started !!! <BR> <BR> You can follow the list or make your own that would suit you better. <BR> <BR> Every day, list the 10 things you got rid of and where it went... <BR> Trashed, Sold or Donated... <BR> <BR> Why wait until April 1st ??? Start Now !!!! <BR> <BR> Bathroom <BR> Day 1: Medicin... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:55:07 EST 20 Innovative Ways to Create a Vertical Garden <BR> <BR> Some of these ideas look really good, very clever!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=14780&memberid=924752 </link> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:11:46 EST Homesteading for Beginners: FREE EBook FREE EBook <BR> Homesteading for Beginners: <BR> A Complete Survival Guide for Sustainable Living! <BR> <BR> As usual I do not know how long it will be available for free. If you are interested make sure to grab your copy before it reverts to its usual price. <BR> <BR> So if you’re looking to reconnect with the land, live sustainably and build community values, this eBook on urban homesteading will be worth your time. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/ref=as... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:21:38 EST must have garden tools and a nice work bench Pinterest has some very interesting pins today... thought you might enjoy these <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oductreviews/tp/<BR>m?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=soci<BR>al&utm_campaign=shareurlbuttons </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>build-a-potting-bench </link> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 14:43:26 EST good idea for tight spaces this looks interesting for a small space <BR> <BR> <link><BR>space-saving-dresser/ </link> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 13:42:54 EST 12 New Uses for Plastic Bottles <BR> <BR> These ideas look interesting. A couple of them I wouldn't bother with but some of them look interesting. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=14711&memberid=924752 </link> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 06:55:17 EST What To Do With Empty Wine Bottles <BR> <BR> Assuming you have empty wine bottles hanging around the house, there are some really crafty things to make with them, if you are into crafts <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/?mb=vnnl&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medi<BR>um=email&utm_term=Viralnova%20Daily&ut<BR>m_campaign=ViralNova%20Daily%202015-03-17 </link> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 07:35:28 EST How To Sew A Grow Bag <BR> <BR> For all of us out there that don't have to room to garden, or just wish to container garden, these are really interesting. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>w-a-grow-bag/ </link> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 06:38:11 EST Twice Baked Cauliflower from AllRecipes Twice Baked Cauliflower from AllRecipes <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> Original recipe makes 1 8-inch square dish Change Servings <BR> <BR> 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets with stems cut into bite-size pieces <BR> <BR> 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream <BR> <BR> 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened <BR> <BR> 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> <BR> <BR> 1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees ... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:14:30 EST DIY Laundry Soap DIY Laundry Soap <BR> <BR> 1 bar of soap grated about 1.5 cups (I used Fels Naptha) <BR> 1/2 cup Borax <BR> 1 cup washing soda...NOT baking soda <BR> water <BR> 5 gallon bucket <BR> <BR> Grate the soap with a cheese grater <BR> Place grated soap in a medium sauce pan with about 6 cups of water. <BR> Heat and stir until soap has dissolved <BR> Ad borax and washing soda and still until they are dissolved. <BR> Pour into 5 gallon bucket and fill until 3/4 full with HOT water. <BR> G... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:40:03 EST Plant Container Potatoes Plant Container Potatoes <BR> <BR> If you have clay soil, no soil or very alkaline soil, then you probably have not had a good opportunity to grow potatoes. <BR> <BR> An easy way to sneak around these obstacles is to plant your potato crop in a container. It may sound unusual, but root crops can easily be grown in containers as long as you provide proper growing conditions and a little loving care. The first step is to choose the right potato variety for your garden. Select ones that will m... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 19:45:20 EST Declutter Your Home in 30 Days ! Bathroom <BR> Day 1: Medicine Cabinet <BR> Toss expired medications, hotel shampoos that you'll never use, and throw out lotions you've had since 1990. While you're at it, give the mirror a quick wipe, too. <BR> <BR> Day 2: Shower <BR> Get rid of the extras and empties in your shower. Invest in a shower caddy to keep everything organized and in one spot. <BR> <BR> Day 3: Makeup Drawer/Bag <BR> Go through your makeup bag or drawer and reassess some of the items. Hot pink eye shadow you hav... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 08:54:06 EST Happy Birthday VONBLACKBIRD <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is VONBLACKBIRD's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Barb has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>NBLACKBIRD </link> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:40:15 EST When & How to Start Seeds Indoors In General When & How to Start Seeds Indoors In a Nut Shell <BR> From Miracle Grow... <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't let damp, chilly spring weather stymie your urge to grow. Set up your own seedling nursery indoors. It's fun, fulfilling, and saves you money. Here's how to get started. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> •Choose the Right Growing Mix <BR> <BR> Choose a potting mix specifically formulated for seed growth, such as Miracle-Gro® Seed Starting Potting Mix. A good seed starting mix will hold moisture, drain well... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:00:49 EST Consider Container Gardening Consider Container Gardening from Kids Gardening... <BR> <BR> No ground to garden in? No problem! Even if you have little space, poor soil, or are surrounded by cement and blacktop, you can still have a thriving youth garden project -- in containers. As long as you have some sun and access to water, gardening in containers lets you and your students grow vegetables, herbs, flowers, even fruit trees. A container garden can be as simple as a few pots of herbs in a window box or as elaborate as... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 10:59:24 EST How to Start Seedlings and Care Webinar TODAY 3:00 How to Start Seedlings and Care Webinar TODAY 3:00 <BR> <BR> Join us for this Exclusive Webinar <BR> <BR> Learn How to Start Seedlings and Care for them Indoors so you can Plant your Garden Early <BR> <BR> <link><BR>den-seed-starting-webinar/?ref=25&utm_<BR>source=CommonSenseHomesteading&utm_med<BR>ium=email&utm_campaign=SeedStartingWebinar </link> Sat, 7 Mar 2015 12:38:41 EST Fun different garden paths I came across this on one of my Pinterest boards. <BR> <BR> They sure look like fun things to do, some would be harder than others, but it sure will get you thinking! <BR> <link><BR>hs-that-are-off-the-beaten-path/ </link> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:12:16 EST Happy Birthday SLM0305 <BR> Hi everyone today is SLM0305's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope it's a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>M0305 </link> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 07:14:41 EST List of Common herbs Annual or Perennial ? Here is a list of Common herbs and whether they are annual or perennial... <BR> <BR> Basil -- Annual; fresh, dried or frozen. Many cultivars offer different leaf sizes, flavors, and colors. <BR> Chives -- Perennial; fresh, dried or frozen. Some species will reseed. <BR> Cilantro -- Annual, fresh or dried. Cilantro seed (called coriander) can be harvested as well. <BR> Dill -- Annual, fresh or dried. Reseeds; seed also can be harvested. <BR> Fennel -- Annual, fresh or dried. Reseeds; see... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 06:39:32 EST Oven Canning Your Dry Goods in the Oven Video Oven Canning Your Dry Goods in the Oven Video <BR> <BR> For those of you that don't have a foodsaver and/or the canning lid attachment, here is a great way to can and store your dry goods for many many years. <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 06:38:17 EST THANK YOU! Hello all you fellow gardening enthusiasts! <BR> <BR> I've been invited to help lead this team... <BR> I live in northern Illinois zone 5, I have about 1/2 acre of land that has a large garden bed and a small pond that I installed. I do mostly perennials, I have a strawberry patch, blackberries, and i grow tomatoes, peppers, garlic and chives for the veggie part. I could spend all day in my garden and have! I also have 3 compost bins and actively compost all year. I keep a stainless contai... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 13:44:16 EST Magical March Chat <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone, here is the new March chat thread (and on time too!!) <BR> <BR> I'm not looking forward to the end of February at all. March means another season closer to Winter. I hate the cold weather Sun, 1 Mar 2015 02:07:18 EST Everything You Want to Know About Pruning Everythi Everything You Want to Know About Pruning Everything (ran out of room in the title) <BR> <BR> Great Tips and Tricks for Pruning just about anything you may have in your yard... <BR> When, For Best Results... <BR> <BR> One of the very best ways to stimulate a plant to grow is to cut it back. Sometimes WAY back. <BR> <BR> Pruning controls a plant’s size and shape. It removes dead or diseased branches or limbs. It improves overall structure and health by allowing more light and air into the ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:13:22 EST Fantastic New Feature On Forum Posts Hi team, this is a message from Coach Jen on this great new feature <BR> <BR> Hello! <BR> <BR> We added the ability to upload images into regular message board and team message board posts today. It works just like uploading an image to a blog post. When you go to make a post, you’ll see a new button that says “add an image.” Click that button, select an image, upload it and you get a in your post pointing to the image you just uploaded. Once you submit the post, the image shows up in the... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:02:20 EST