SparkPeople Putting Foods Up Team Messageboard This is a place for those who love home canning, freezing and drying foods from our own gardens , orchards, and local farm markets while Exercising and Eating Healthy ! SparkPeople Putting Foods Up Team Messageboard Happy Birthday DEBBIEANNE1124 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is DEBBIEANNE1124'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>BBIEANNE1124 </link> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:32:34 EST Dried Spice Blends Here a some spice mixtures, courtesy of Graham Kerr's Swiftly Seasoned. If there are some ingredients that are hard to find, try to use something similar <BR> <BR> Hope they are of help to everybody out there!! <BR> <BR> <BR> SHANGHAI COASTAL SPICE BLEND <BR> <BR> 7 Tablespoons crushed Red Pepper flakes <BR> 2 ¾ Teaspoons ground Ginger <BR> 2 ¾ Teaspoons ground Anise <BR> <BR> Grind to a powder <BR> <BR> <BR> SCANDINAVIAN SPICE BLEND <BR> <BR> 4 ½ Teaspoons Horseradish powder (wasabi... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:14:05 EST How to Make Herb Concentrates Making Herb Concentrates from Living Homegrown <BR> <BR> I have so many zip lock baggies full of all different kinds of herbs floating around my freezer.. When I need some parsley or whatever, it's like going on a fishing expedition !!! <BR> So when I saw this I thought, What a Great Idea !!! <BR> <BR> Here's the link to help preserve your abundance of herbs from your garden or farmers market. <BR> <link><BR>-herbs-concentrate.html?utm_source=Liv<BR>ing... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11:00:18 EST Honey Brioche Bread Recipe and Instructions... Oh My Does this look Good !!!! <BR> <BR> Complete Recipe and Instructions.... <BR> I wish I could post a picture here. <BR> <BR> Maybe add some pumpkin for Thanksgiving Dinner ! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:39:01 EST Which Saves The Most Money? <BR> <BR> Here's an interesting page with breakdowns on freezing, canning and dehydrating and what, they think is the most cost efficient. <BR> <BR> There are also some good links to click onto as well! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ch-costs-the-least-dehydrating-freezin<BR>g-or-canning/ </link> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 06:43:55 EST GREAT SALE on Vacuum Seal Bags & Rolls Hi All... <BR> This is where I get all of my bags & Rolls for my FoodSaver. You can use these on most sealers. <BR> <BR> Jennifer has a HUGE Sale going on !!! Ebay Store The Sweet Attack Shop.. <BR> <BR> The prices are usually Great...But this is even Better !!!! <BR> <BR> Check this out... <BR> <link><BR>ml?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from= </link> <BR> <BR> She, also, has a website... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:52:01 EST FREE E-Book Crock Pot Recipes Download Creative Homemaking's new crock pot recipes Kindle e-book FREE from Amazon this week from 11/10/14 to 11/14/14. Share with your friends and please leave your feedback at Amazon. Thanks! <BR> <BR> In this e-book you will find almost 50 easy crock pot recipes, including recipes for crock pot cinnamon apple oatmeal, cherry cobbler, refried beans, green bean casserole, chicken enchiladas, beef stroganoff, Hawaiian chicken, crock pot pizza, spaghetti, crock pot lasagna, pulled pork chil... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 07:39:38 EST Happy Birthday HOPEFULHIPPO <BR> Hi everyone today is HOPEFULHIPPO'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>PEFULHIPPO </link> Sat, 8 Nov 2014 06:04:28 EST 100+ Apple Recipes! 100+ Apple Recipes! From The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Apple Walnut Salsa You Say ??? <BR> Or <BR> Easy Apple Peel Cider ??? <BR> <BR> Hmmmm............... <BR> <BR> Well, here's the link...Do check it out !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>100-apple-recipes.html </link> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:28:17 EST Thank You 10-28-2014 Jules and I would like to Personally Thank those of you that are consistently participating on our Wonderful Team !!! <BR> <BR> Even though, we have over 1200 members, there are 13 of us that are Active on a Steady Basis...( after going thru all of the threads for October) <BR> It's So Nice that we can count on each other for Help, Support and Most Importantly, Friendship !!! <BR> (Now Don't Blush !!!)....Yes, I'm going to list You All !!! Alphabetically Of Course... <BR> <BR> Crazyndncook ... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:05:39 EST What to Do with All of Your Pumpkins ! Make Powder<BR>k <BR> <BR> Unbelievable !!! Look how Great this works !!! <BR> Thank You Mrs. Volfie ! Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:35:43 EST Craftsy Offering FREE Class Any Topic ! Today ONLY Craftsy Offering FREE Class ...Any Topic !!! <BR> <BR> Choose from... <BR> Sewing <BR> Quilting <BR> Knitting <BR> Crochet <BR> Cake Decorating <BR> Food and Cooking <BR> Painting and Drawing and <BR> Photography <BR> <BR> It is ONLY for Today !!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>raftsyClass?_ct=sbqii-wqbbuho-ikrdql&_<BR>ctp=Jo-Ann_FreeCraftsyClass </link> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:04:19 EST Spin for Team Bonus Spins from your Start Page I'm not sure if you all know that you can Spin for Team Bonus Points Daily !! <BR> <BR> Don't forget to spin for your Team Bonus Spins (from your Start Page) <BR> Great way to get extra points and help your team get higher in the ratings... <BR> <BR> Just go to your Start page and scroll down to the 3rd section "Community and Spark Team Check In" and click on Spark America Team Bonus Spins. <BR> There are Flags next to your Spark Teams. You can click on up to 5 flags/teams per day. <BR> Wh... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:40:59 EST Pumpkin Refrigerator Pickles Well...Here's something to do with all of your extra Pumpkins !!!! <BR> <BR> Pumpkin Refrigerator Pickles from Mary Jane's Farm, Growing Jane ! <BR> <BR> PREP TIME: 30 MINUTES, PLUS 1 HOUR STEEPING TIME <BR> COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES <BR> MAKES: 2 PINTS <BR> <BR> 3 1/2 cups peeled pumpkin, cut into 1/2&#8243; cubes (about 16 ozs) <BR> 3 cups water <BR> 2 cinnamon sticks <BR> 4 allspice berries <BR> 4 cloves <BR> 1 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar <BR> 1 cup sugar <BR> <BR> 1. Add pump... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:22:21 EST Cooking Cabbage Rolls For Future Meals :) Mom and I recently made the decision, to make a greater effort towards storing foods for future meals. We aim to save more, and waste less. Today we made a huge batch of cabbage rolls. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Here is a link to my most recent blog. It includes both the recipe, and pictures of what I made. <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802895 </link> <BR> <BR> For those not wanting to click links, here is the recipe alone..... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:48:48 EST The fundraiser was a success. The fundraiser for the no-kill animal shelter seems to have been a success. Here is a link to my blog, with photos from the event. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800372 </link> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:25:48 EST How to Can Pumpkin !!! From Prarie Homestead Here's the link !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>how-to-can-pumpkin.html#comment-474711 </link> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:12:27 EST Pressure Canning Webcast Oct 23 @ 3:00 Jarden / Ball Pressure Canning Webcast Oct 23 @ 3:00 <BR> <BR> This is a must-see for new and experienced canners alike. <BR> <BR> Yes you can! If you're new to pressure canning, our live webcast will help you gain confidence as we show you how to safely preserve low-acid foods. Tune in to get a special offer code for free shipping and 10% off any of our online store items. This webcast will be a real resource for newbies and veteran canners alike. <BR> <BR> Mark your calendars for <BR> Oc... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:39:25 EST New Spark Point Levels <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi team, we now have new Sparkpoint levels. Before it stopped at level 20, now it continues onto Level 25 <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nts_icons.asp </link> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:06:00 EST Interested in Gardening? So... are you interested in gardening? Here is a link to some handy info, for best times to plant. <BR> The link is for the Almanac, and has other cool info for other things as well. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 08:05:55 EST Great Pinterest Pins <BR> <BR> Here are some great pins from Pinterest for Canning/Food Storage, hope you find them useful <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-food-storage/ </link> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 05:28:52 EST Welcome Trish, to Our Team...TIG2009 Hi there and Welcome to Our Team... <BR> Can't wait to hear from you on what you are Putting Up... <BR> And If you have any questions for us, Please do ask.... <BR> <em>235</em> <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> Psst...I tried to give you a goodie but you don't have a SparkPage... <BR> If you need help setting one up, do let me know. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 07:28:42 EST If You're Up...Go Out and See the Lunar Eclipse !! Watching the Lunar Eclipse right now ! A Rare Site !!! <BR> It will be over at 6:25am Wed, 8 Oct 2014 05:32:41 EST "Cooking for a Crowd" Short Cut ! Pie Shells Another Holiday "Cooking for a Crowd" Short Cut ! <BR> from Our Half Acre Homestead <BR> <BR> What a Great Idea !!! Make those pie shells ahead of time and freeze them. <BR> Then when needed, just take out of the freezer, thaw, fill and bake !!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=em-uploademail </link> Tue, 7 Oct 2014 07:25:02 EST WOnderful Book <BR> <BR> I know you aren't supposed to push items for sale, but I have this book at home and it is full of wonderful recipes. From Charcuterie to Liquers, Asian sauces to Jams, Jellies and Chutneys, there are so many recipes in this. <BR> <BR> There are very good used copies available from Amazon for only a couple of dollars. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>a-Beckett/dp/1863735070/ref=sr_1_1?s=b<BR>ooks&ie=UTF8&qid=1412736416&sr=1-1&key<BR>words=harvest+pantry ... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 05:51:53 EST FREE E-BOOK...Guide to Muffin Recipes FREE E-BOOK from Creative Homemaking Guide to Make-a-Mix Recipes <BR> Creative Homemaking Guide to Muffin Recipes <BR> <BR> FREE from Amazon from 10/6/14 to 10/10/14 <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tml </link> <BR> <BR> Get it while you Can !!!! Mon, 6 Oct 2014 12:26:27 EST I just Found this Wonderful Website on YouTube ! OMG What a Hoot !!! <BR> But I must say...There is such Great info here, that I think this will be my Go To place for canning, frying and freezing info... <BR> Do Check it Out !!!! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Put it in your Favorites...Priceless !!! <BR> <BR> Our Half Acre Homestead... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:47:04 EST Opalescent October Chat <BR> <BR> Hi everybody, here is the new October thread. <BR> <BR> What are you all up to????? Wed, 1 Oct 2014 04:04:24 EST How to store Carrots & Beets How to store Carrots & Beets <BR> <BR> Don't have a Root Cellar...Well try these ideas ! <BR> <BR> I got this article from The Art of Doing Things Site... <BR> You may also want to look at the bottom of the article under...You May Also Like... <BR> as there are different ways from different sites on how to store your root veggies... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ore-carrots-beets/?utm_source=Website+<BR>Subscribers&utm_campaign=1d1c93dfbd-RS<BR>S_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&u... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:42:20 EST Happy Birthday to Jenny !!!! JENNYFAYE55 Good Morning and Happy Birthday to You Jenny !!! <BR> <BR> Enjoy Your Special Day ! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>224</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:44:54 EST Porch Lights PLEASE !!!! I Just saw a report on the news... <BR> that a Dad told his little son that when he's gone to Iraq to look at the moon and he will know his Dad was looking at him, too. <BR> His father was killed one year ago today while fighting for our Freedom. He asked his Mom to put on the porch lights this evening so his Dad could see him. <BR> He is asking all of us to turn on our porch lights tonight !!!! <BR> <BR> How can we refuse ???!!!! Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:52:20 EST Easy, delicious Tomato Sauce. Roast ‘em! Easy, delicious Tomato Sauce. Roast ‘em! from The Art of Doing Stuff Site... <BR> <BR> Great Idea. Sounds like a great tomato paste to have on hand... <BR> <BR> And the pictures look SOOOO Yummy !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cious-tomato-sauce-roast-em/?utm_sourc<BR>e=Website+Subscribers&utm_campaign=a96<BR>6ecdd92-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=<BR>email&utm_term=0_b431e4fc08-a966ecdd92-81876169 </link> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 06:08:13 EST Very Interesting Pages Of Preserving and Recipes <BR> <BR> Here is a page, which, in turn, leads to many more pages, each with great information on preserving in all forms. Lots of recipes to try as well. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:28:05 EST Clean Up Your Fall Garden and Give it a Boost for Clean Up Your Fall Garden and Give it a Boost for Next Year! <BR> <BR> For those of you that don't read the Daily Thread, I thought I'd post this link so all can see it... <BR> <link><BR>winter-garden-clean-up.html </link> <BR> <BR> It's Time !!!!! <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:54:55 EST Happy Birthday KNITTY_JESS <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is KNITTY_JESS's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Jessie 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>ITTY_JESS </link> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 05:49:39 EST DIY Fruit Fly Trap ! Here's a link for a DIY Fruit Fly Trap ! <BR> <link><BR>qt/Make-A-Vinegar-Trap-For-Fruit-Flies<BR>.htm </link> <BR> <BR> With all of the fruit trees ripening, I thought this would be helpful ! Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:16:45 EST Happy Birthday FISHERESS68 <BR> Hi everyone today is FISHERESS68's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Tammy 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>SHERESS68 </link> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 04:55:47 EST Tomato Strainer at Amazon...GREAT Price and Free S <BR> Here is a tomato strainer on Amazon with FREE shipping !!! <BR> <link><BR>Fruits-Vegetables/dp/B0000BYDR1 </link> <BR> This is what I use. Just cut the tomatoes, bring to a boil until they are soft and then put thru the strainer. The skins and seeds go one way and the juice and pulp go down the tray into your pot. <BR> Bring the juice to a boil and jar....Done ! <BR> This price is Great...The cheapest I've seen in a long time... <BR> <BR> You c... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 07:24:13 EST How to grow a pineapple Interesting..... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=11979&memberid=871665 </link> Sun, 7 Sep 2014 12:56:19 EST Follow-Up on My Tomato Powder Experiment ! Yes, I have been experimenting with different ways to dehydrate my tomatoes to make powder. <BR> I've done many batches of cherry tomatoes, cut them in half and put in a dehydrator. <BR> When crispy, I ground them in my coffee grinder. Works Perfectly and tastes and smells Awesome !. <BR> <BR> I, also, used the skins and seeds from straining the tomatoes thru my Victorio Strainer. <BR> I put some on parchment paper lined cookie sheets (spread thinly) and did them in the oven at 170F (the... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 08:37:01 EST Happy Birthday KMATHRE <BR> Hi everyone today is KMATHRE'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> <BR> <link><BR>?id=KMATHRE </link> Sun, 7 Sep 2014 05:55:24 EST Happy Birthday CROYLE55 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is CROYLE55'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>OYLE55 </link> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 07:21:16 EST Happy Birthday MARTYLYNN1 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is MARTYLYNN1'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> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 05:37:18 EST Happy Birthday to One of Our Fearless Leaders !!! Happy Birthday Jules (FLOWERDALEJEWEL)... <BR> <BR> Take Time for Yourself and Enjoy Your Special Day !!!! <BR> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 05:24:22 EST Happy Birthday FLOWERDALEJEWEL <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, I feel like and idiot, singing happy birthday to me. <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>104</em> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 05:03:19 EST confusion from a wholly green newbie I have a notion to try putting up a few things. I'm not sure exactly what yet... but I'm trying to work out the details. I've read several books, and blogs, etc... and I'm more or less confused! <BR> <BR> I don't have a pressure cooker that would be big enough to hold more than 3-4 jars. I do have a b-i-g pot. But the instructions for canning by boiling seem to indicate that you don't cover the jars? how does this accomplish eliminating any bacterial load which may then grow when you put lid... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 11:00:43 EST Dehydrating tomatoes, storage, and recipes? Just wondering if anyone here dehydrates their extra tomatoes and if you do, how do you used them throughout the year? Keep them in slices or into powder? And do you just store it in a ziploc or is there a better way to keep the maximum quality? And then of course I'm looking for recipes or ways to reconstitute and use to replace something I'm currently buying to use in my recipes, like tomato sauce or paste, maybe. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Laurie Wed, 3 Sep 2014 13:14:42 EST Sensational September Chat <BR> <BR> Hi ho everybody, here is the September chat thread. <BR> <BR> What are you all doing? Tue, 2 Sep 2014 03:24:02 EST An easy way to peel tomatoes Do you want to make a recipe, that requires you to peel tomatoes, but hate the thought of having to scald them first, and risking getting scalded yourself? Try this method then. <BR> <BR> I simply throw my tomatoes into my freezer, and let them freeze solid. First I remove the core, and place them in a Ziploc bag. Then I just place them into the freezer. Once they are solid, all you need to do, is run them under warm water. The skins easily just rub off. Let them thaw, and use them in your s... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:00:46 EST Kitchen tips and shortcuts. <link><BR>id=11828&memberid=871665#.U_4oEzKwL6s </link> <BR> <BR> Lots of neat ideas here. I love the green onion frozen in a soda bottle. I never seem to use up a whole bunch in time and end up throwing so much away.... <BR> <BR> I also love the idea of scooping out an apple and filling with apple cider. That would make an impressive presentation, and the strawberries filled with cheese, or strawberries covered in chocolate, or..... Aw shucks, I l... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:00:09 EST New Changes in Canning Lid Procedures? MUST READ Just to add this statement before I get started !!! <BR> All NEW Ball and Kerr lids say “Made in USA” and/or “BPA Free”. (Kerr is now made by Ball) <BR> <BR> OK I didn't know this...So PLEASE Read this Article... <BR> <BR> From Living Home Grown <BR> <BR> Jarden, (the company that manufactures all Ball Canning Jars and lids), very casually mentioned that they completely changed the recommendations when using their canning jar lids. <BR> <BR> No explanation was given for this change. <BR>... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:58:27 EST FREE Printable Pantry / Freezer Inventory Sheets Well, I just found out I had put some of my home made canned goods in another cabinet... <BR> Now, if I would have had an inventory spread sheet, I might not have Lost them !!! <BR> <BR> Here is a link for all kinds of sheets. <BR> <link><BR>entory/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here's the one I like... <BR> <link><BR>s/image/pdf/food_inventory_pantry.pdf </link> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10:57:04 EST How To Make Haloumi Cheese <BR> Here's an interesting page that shows you, with pictures, how to make haloumi cheese. <BR> <BR> I did note it said to make it with goat milk. I love goats and had a large dairy herd years ago and I could never handle the taste of goat cheese. The milk was sweet, but everytime I tried my hand at cheese it was so strong in "goaty" flavour. <BR> <BR> If you were thinking of making this I'd try with cows milk first. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:09:09 EST Preview of design changes to Message Boards. <BR> We as leaders, have listened to your requests. <BR> 1. a cleaner look to the page dividing the individual messages for easier reading. <BR> 2. a quick way to get to My Spark Page <BR> 3. Keep Today on SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> Well, they listened and here is a Preview of design changes to Message Boards. <BR> They will roll our the beginning of next week. <BR> <BR> <link><BR> </link> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:11:31 EST Botulism <BR> <BR> I thought this page had some really interesting information about botulism a thing that stops a lot of people from canning. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:15:45 EST Lemon Summer Squash Bread from Thank Your Body Lemon Summer Squash Bread from Thank Your Body <BR> <BR> This sounds SOOOO Yummmmy !!!! <BR> This lady is a REAL Health Nut so the ingredients are all organic. <BR> You can use what ever you like...I just thought this is a recipe to share.... <BR> Not sure what evaporated cane juice or rapadura is...I'll have to figure out what quantity of sugar to use. <BR> <BR> Here's the link to the recipe.... <BR> <link><BR>ummer-squash-bread/ </link> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:25:33 EST Growing Garlic from The Leftover Lady Growing Garlic <BR> <BR> The rule with garlic is this: plant it on October 15th and Harvest it July 15th. My Dad taught me that and he follows it yearly and his garlic is the best! Garlic doesn’t cost much, so I don’t grow much of it, since I can buy it easily. However it also doesn’t take ANY maintenance, and hardly any garden space, so I do grow some. If you want to start growing garlic, just plant a small clove. <BR> <BR> Here's the link to the rest of the article... <BR> <link>le... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:08:50 EST 25 Reasons to keep those Lemon Peels around.... Like the orange peel, the lemon peel goes way beyond just zest. Check this out. <BR> <link><BR>easons_To_Keep_Those_Lemon_Peels!.aspx<BR>#.U_Iqj_ldW2E </link> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:34:35 EST 24 tips to save money and the planet Great reduce, reuse, recycle projects. I love how you can keep celery growing. I'm going to try that.... <BR> <link><BR>id=11686&memberid=871665#.U_IkwfldW2E </link> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:25:25 EST Spiced Plum Jam This sounds delish..... <BR> <link><BR>piced-plum-jam.shtml </link> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 06:02:52 EST Happy Birthday LARRIA <BR> Hi everyone today is LARRIA'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> <BR> <link><BR>?id=LARRIA </link> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:40:08 EST Creating plant sculptures out of old clay pots I don't know if anyone else would be interested in this, but I thought is wasan innovative and creative recycling project. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=11672&memberid=871665#.U_E8bfldW2E </link> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 19:40:03 EST International-Ca n-It-Forward-Day 2014 TODAY LIVE International-Can-It-Forward-Day 2014 from Ball Canning <BR> <BR> Live Webcast.... <BR> <BR> I know this is late but it's TODAY starting at 10:00 <BR> But you can usually go to the site the day after and watch... <BR> <BR> Schedule: <BR> 10:00am – 10:45am Pepper Jelly Demo with Ball® FreshTECH™ Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker <BR> 10:45am – 11:00am Tips on Urban Herb Gardening and Preservation <BR> 11:00am – 11:30am Peach Sriracha Jam Demo with Marisa McClellan of Food in Jars <BR> 11:30a... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 06:32:54 EST Do You Have a Free Canning Label Link to Share ? Here's one of my Favorites... <BR> <link> <link><BR>47e4b0953aee4ad8b1/t/51d111d1e4b032e24<BR>294780f/1372656081593/ELEPHANTSHOE_DIY<BR>_FROM_MY_PANTRY_BLANK_LABELS.pdf </link> </link> <BR> <BR> These are for circles that you can print for free and cut out and put on the lids of your jars. Just Put it between the lid and the ring...Really cute for gifts ! <BR> Here's the link to the original article so you can see what they look like in use. <BR> ... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:53:17 EST How to Make Old-Fashioned Peach Butter How to Make Old-Fashioned Peach Butter <BR> <BR> Fruit butters are somewhat related to jams, but they don’t require pectin. They are thick and opaque and absolutely perfect as a spread on homemade bread, or flaky homemade biscuits, or crepes, or waffles, or… you get the picture. <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:35:46 EST Seed Saving Packets FREE Download !!! Seed Saving Packets FREE Download from the Art of Doing Stuff... <BR> <BR> Most people also have flowers blooming, tomatoes growing and herbs going to seed. So NOW is the time to start collecting seeds to use next year. At the very least now is the time to print out really cute Art of Doing Stuff seed packets for free. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing-stuff-seed-saving-packetsfree-down<BR>load/?utm_source=Website+Subscribers&u<BR>tm_campaign=b97a6940eb-RSS... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:14:50 EST How often do you weigh? I am so glad I've weighed almost every day, because my weight can really play tricks on me. I weighed almost every day last week and showed some progress. Did my tracking for food. Moved around more. Ate reasonable portions of healthy food. Cut my calorie intake. This morning for my weekly "official" weigh in... WAMMO my devious, hateful, spite-filled scale reported that the two pounds I had supposed lost on Friday is back and instead of 2 pounds lost, I have lost .2 pounds. I know water rete... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:00:39 EST Anyone made Chia Seed Jam I am tempted to try and make a Chia Seed Jam. I am wondering if anyone had tried it yet and if so does it freeze well? Sat, 9 Aug 2014 16:24:05 EST Don't Throw AwayTthose Orange Peels. Some uses for orange peels you may not have thought of....... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_Throw_Away_Those_Orange_Peels!_-_28_D<BR>IY_Uses.aspx#.U-Y_IfldW2E </link> Sat, 9 Aug 2014 11:38:43 EST Sauces, Spreads and Rubs <BR> Not sure where to put this, but I'll try it here first at least. <BR> <BR> Here are some great ideas for sauces, spreads and rubs from the trusty Pinterest. Some really tasty ideas here <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-spreads-and-rubs/ </link> Sat, 9 Aug 2014 06:44:16 EST How to Can Pickled Beets How to Can Pickled Beets <BR> <BR> They have a delicious spiced flavor and I just love the tangy zip from the vinegar. In addition to the flavor, pickled beets are full of vitamins and minerals like vitamins A, B, C. They also contain potassium, magnesium, folic acid, and iron. Who doesn’t love a snack that is tasty AND healthy! <BR> <BR> A lot of beet recipes out there use white vinegar and lots of white sugar. The beauty of this recipe is that it is made with apple cider vinegar and no su... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 12:12:59 EST Everything You Need to Know About Container Garden Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening from Growing a Greener World.... <BR> It's a great show and is on your local PBS channel... <BR> Here is an episode on Container Gardening... <BR> <link><BR>container-gardening/?utm_source=GGWTV&<BR>utm_campaign=a7ecccb303-GGW_S4_Newslet<BR>ter_110_14_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_t<BR>erm=0_27022f05ad-a7ecccb303-66299425 </link> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 08:50:52 EST How to Make Homemade Stevia Extract How to Make Homemade Stevia Extract from Prairie Homestead.... <BR> <BR> Stevia is amazing stuff. It’s pretty popular right now, but in case you haven’t jumped on the stevia train yet, here is a quick run-down: Stevia is simply a plant. Yup– a plant. It’s not created in a laboratory and it’s most definitely not one of those scary artificial sweeteners. Stevia is 200-times sweeter than sugar and you can grow it right in your garden. That’s my kind of sweetener! <BR> <BR> I feel pretty confid... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 08:29:18 EST Recieving Team Goodies !!!! Recieving Team Goodies !!!! <BR> <BR> There have been many changes to SP lately and one of them is that is you want to receive Team Goodies, you must have posted on the team at least once in the past 90 days. <BR> (it was 30 days, but the team leaders really put up a fight to get it longer, hence the 90 days !!!) <BR> <BR> So if you would like to get team goodies, do post to our team at least once every 90 days to be eligible ... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 12:01:13 EST How to Make Raw Garlic Powder or Onion or Shallot How to Make Raw Garlic Powder PLEASE Read the Update at the Bottom !!!! <BR> <BR> I got this idea from my beautiful cousin, a fellow DIYer from Cali. When I found out she made her own garlic powder, I knew I had to find out how! A few months ago, she had a 3-hour layover in Seattle, and we hadn’t seen each other in years. It was a no-brainer – we simply had to get together! So my daughter and I drove down to the airport meet her, and we took her out to dinner. We had a great time together ov... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 16:31:51 EST Pickled Hot Peppers from Mary Jane's farm Pickled Hot Peppers from Mary Jane's farm <BR> <BR> Prep Time: 20 minutes <BR> Makes: 2 pints <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 4 cups hot peppers, stems trimmed (we used Hinkelhatz heirlooms*) <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 medium garlic cloves, peeled <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 t whole black mustard seed <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 T olive oil <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 t salt <BR> <BR> <BR> 2½ cups white vinegar <BR> <BR> <BR> ¾ cup water <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> 1.Sterilize two pint jars. <BR> 2... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 09:35:37 EST How to Grow Blueberries at Home & a Cherry Pitter How to Grow Blueberries at Home From Common Sense Homesteading <BR> <BR> I grow blueberries but I'll be darned if I can remember what types they are !!! <BR> I do know that you have to have 2 different types for cross pollination, so I guess I'm good there !!! (unless you can find a new fangled type that self pollinates) <BR> <BR> Any Hoo...Here is the link to all kinds of info to get you started, pictures and all ! <BR> <link><BR>ing-the-superfruit/ <... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 12:58:26 EST Let's Welcome our Newest Team Member PATTIE2101 !! Hi Pattie and Welcome !!! <BR> Can't wait to "Put Up" with You !!!! <BR> <em>213</em> <em>244</em> <em>235</em> <em>476</em> Sun, 3 Aug 2014 11:52:19 EST Overnight Zucchini Pickles Overnight Zucchini Pickles from Mary Jane's Farm... <BR> <BR> PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES <BR> COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES <BR> MAKES: 2 PINTS <BR> <BR> 8 ozs zucchini (about 2 1/4 cups), sliced 1/4” thick (we used a mandolin to crinkle-cut ours) <BR> 1/4 red onion, peeled and thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup) <BR> 2 sprigs fresh dill <BR> 4 garlic cloves, peeled and coarsely minced (about 4 t) <BR> 1/2 t mustard seed <BR> 1/8 t ground turmeric <BR> 1 1/4 cups white distilled vinegar <BR> 4 t sea... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:08:35 EST Awesome August Chatter !!! Well, Happy August First to You All !!! <BR> Have a Super Month and post your chatter here !!!! Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:05:41 EST This Dog Can Belly Dance Better than Most People Check this out !!! From SP Daily Spark ... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=104 </link> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:51:46 EST Happy Birthday RAPUNZEL53 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is RAPUNZEL53'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> <BR> <link><BR>PUNZEL53 </link> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:04:53 EST Free Ebook Creative Homemaking Guide to Zucchini R Creative Homemaking Guide to Zucchini Recipes [Kindle Edition] by <BR> Rachel Paxton . <BR> <BR> Rachel is offering her Free E-Book this week until 8/3. . Hurry while you can ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>uide-Zucchini-Recipes-ebook/dp/B00M6JP<BR>BZC/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&<BR>qid=1406524000&sr=1-4&keywords=rachel+paxton </link> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:47:29 EST Fun Cooking With The Kids <BR> I know these aren't a new thing, but I think they are a great idea and lots of fun for those who like to cook with kids. They'd even do well if you sell at markets <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ream-cone-cupcakes/ </link> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:48:00 EST Who Wanted Cobbler Recipes ???? I can't remember who wanted a cobbler recipe... <BR> Look what I found !!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>bbler </link> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:13:46 EST I Had an Idea for My Herb Stems ! Tip of the Day! I just got finished harvesting my basil and parsley... <BR> Picked off the leaves... <BR> Basil to dry as they don't freeze well, but I love the taste of fresh basil in my pasta sauces I can. So I took the stems and tied them in a bundle with cotton string and put them in a bag to freeze. (I hope they don't turn black like the leaves do when frozen) Then when I'm making my sauce, I can just drop the whole bundle in and then fish it out when done.... <BR> <BR> Parsley, froze fresh leaves, t... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:01:36 EST What is Canning ? Getting Started ! I thought I'd repost a thread from 2012... <BR> I know that many of you have questions on the Basics of Canning... <BR> Well, here we go with "Getting Started". <BR> What you need and how to proceed. <BR> Here's a link form the Ball Canning site that has Great Ideas and step by step procedure on How to Get Started ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ted </link> <BR> <BR> If you have any questions, do let us know. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:40:27 EST In the Mood to Bake ??? Try these 2... Melt In Your Mouth Blueberry Cake <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-mouth-blueberry-cake?plid=EM_PROMO_KI<BR>TCHME&crid=EM_072014_KitchMe </link> <BR> <BR> Zucchini Brownies <BR> <BR> <link><BR>wnies?plid=EM_PROMO_KITCHME&crid=EM_07<BR>2014_KitchMe </link> <BR> <BR> OK...1-2-3 GO !!! Get Baking !!!! <BR> <BR> Don't they sound SOOOO Yummy !!!! Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:32:48 EST Small Changes to Our Start Page Hi All, Us Leaders just got a message from Coach Jen regarding some changes to our start page... <BR> Here is her message... <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We'll be making a small change on the Start page tomorrow, and I just wanted to give you a heads up. Some of you asked about the wheel disappearing this week from the left side of the page. We are going to move the link to spin the wheel as well as the total SparkPoints for the day over to the right side of the page under Step 1. It w... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:18:07 EST Happy Birthday TESTYCATLADYP !!!! Happy Happy Birthday Linda !!!! <BR> May All of Your Wishes Come True !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> <em>125</em> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:15:16 EST How Do You Know When to Harvest Your Potatoes ???? How Do You Know When to Harvest Your Potatoes ???? <BR> <BR> I had bought a bag of seed potatoes and forgot them in my garage...They got really wrinkly and started to sprout... <BR> I planted them whole (did not cut into sections)... Oh My, The plants are HUGE !!! About 1 1/2 to 2' tall.... <BR> <BR> I haven't grown a large crop of potatoes in a long time...I usually just plant them in a bushel basket, and then just dump it in the fall to collect my goodies.... <BR> This year, I have a bed ... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 07:30:05 EST Do you Grow Spaghetti Squash / How Do You use Them 1. Do you grow them. <BR> 2. On a trellis or on the ground or other. <BR> 3. How do you cook them <BR> 4. How do you use <BR> <BR> Yes, I grow them...on the ground just sprawling all over the place. <BR> In the oven, cut in half, in a casserole with cut side down and a bit of water at 350 for 30-45 mins or until fork tender. Do Not Over cook or you will get mush ! <BR> I like them with brown sugar and butter. <BR> and <BR> I like them in soup !!! <BR> I cook them 3/4's o... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 07:37:01 EST Happy Birthday CRAZYNDNCOOK (Tammy) Happy, Happy Birthday to You Tammy !!! <BR> Have Yourself a Wonderfully Special Day ! <BR> <BR> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>44</em> <em>125</em> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:48:29 EST Why You Should Compost in Trenches <BR> What if there were a way you could compost your kitchen and garden waste, including weeds, that required almost no work on your part and enriched your soil in as little as one month? What if this compost pile were completely invisible, completely undetectable by smell, and could fit in just about anywhere in your garden? And, what if it required no turning whatsoever? <BR> <BR> Welcome to trench composting. <BR> <BR> What a Great Idea !!! <BR> I have heard of this before and reall... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:37:00 EST Save the date: Canning myths uncovered from Ball I got this email this morning and thought some of you would be interested... <BR> <BR> Save the date: Canning myths uncovered Webcast... <BR> <BR> Presented by Jarden Home Brands: Canning Myths <BR> <BR> Having trouble reading this email? Click here. <BR> Canning Myths: Fact or Fiction, Join us live from the Fresh Preserving Kitchen for our Canning Myths webcast. <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's blow the lid off of canning myths. <BR> <BR> Can you invert jars to help seal the lids? I <BR> s... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 11:14:17 EST Are You Getting Team Emails and New Thread Posts ? Are You Getting Team Emails and New Thread Posts ? <BR> <BR> To check and see if you are signed up for the team emails... And New Thread Posts... <BR> <BR> Go to your START page and click on Account / E-Mail Preferences on the top left under the BIG word START... <BR> A page will come up with 3 tabs, click on the COMMUNITY tab... <BR> Then click on Spark Teams... <BR> There you can go to our team and click the box New Topic Notification and Team SparkMail. <BR> Then You will be sure to... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 07:29:06 EST I Had a Request for a Strawberry Jam Recipe There are 2 ways to make jam... <BR> 1. without Pectin <BR> 2. with Pectin <BR> <BR> This first recipe is for NO Pectin.... <BR> <BR> This is by far the easiest recipe I have found for strawberry jam without using a pectin. The jam is soft, spreadable and delicious." <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled <BR> <BR> 4 cups white sugar <BR> <BR> 1/4 cup lemon juice <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions: Make approx. 3 pints <BR> <BR> 1. In a wide bowl, crush s... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:46:03 EST Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles These are the Easiest Bread and Butter Pickles Ever !!! And Do they taste Good !!!! <BR> <BR> Here you go Debbie !!!! <BR> <BR> COOKS.COM RECIPE <BR> <BR> REFRIGERATOR BREAD AND BUTTER PICKLES <BR> <BR> <BR> 3 c. sugar <BR> 3 c. WHITE vinegar <BR> 1/3 c. canning salt <BR> 1 tbsp. mustard seed <BR> 1 tbsp. celery seed <BR> 1 tbsp. turmeric <BR> <BR> <BR> Wash slicing cucumbers and slice thin. Layer in glass jars with onion as desired. Combine above ingredients - sugar, vinegar, salt, ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:26:15 EST Free E-Books From Creative Homemaking Hi All...I just resigned up for the Creative Homemaking Weekly Newsletter and they sent me a link to this page FULL of All Kinds of E-Books for FREE. <BR> <BR> I'm putting the link here for you...I hope this works. <BR> Take advantage of this while you can... <BR> <link><BR>shtml </link> <BR> So far, I've downloaded the <BR> Crock Pot Recipe EBook, <BR> The Beginner’s Guide to Preserving (74 pages) <BR> GET THIS ONE...It covers Canning, Drying, Freez... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 10:48:26 EST How to Use Our Recipe Boxes The Recipe Boxes are under the "Canning, Freezing, Dehydrating" Forum... <BR> <BR> First Go to the "Canning, Freezing, Dehydrating Forum" <BR> The Recipe Boxes are ... <BR> <BR> Canning Recipe Box <BR> Freezing Recipe Box <BR> Dehydrating Recipe Box <BR> Misc Recipes that Don't go Canning-Freezing-Dehy <BR> Original Recipe Box...Please DO NOT POST HERE !!!! <BR> <BR> The first Sticky Thread is a Reference Recipe box PLEASE DO NOT POST THERE... <BR> It gives all of the recipes in the reci... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 08:47:30 EST Happy Birthday LINDAM.1 <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is LINDAM.1's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all 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>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>NDAM%2E1 </link> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 06:31:41 EST Howdy folks So sorry haven't been around much...been a tad bit busy with the farm...however I have managed to place up a new video on my blog called "compost tea"...after harvesting I'll be around more I'm sure :-) Sun, 6 Jul 2014 10:49:21 EST How to Use the Deep-Mulching Method in Your Garden What a GREAT Idea !!!! <BR> \Do It once and you're done for a LONG Time !!! <BR> I have used a very thick layer of straw over my garden beds for a long time now...But this takes that to the extreme. <BR> Here's a link to The Prairie Homesteads post on Deep Mulch Gardening Posted on May 27, 2014 By Jill Winger .... <BR> <link><BR>deep-hay-mulch.html#sthash.j7EO5DAp.dpbs </link> <BR> <BR> Now this is Cool....Here is her Update posted on July 5, 2014 !!... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 07:08:31 EST What Would You Like From This Team ???? Good Morning Everyone !!! <BR> <BR> I just thought I'd ask Y'all what you are interest in and what would you like this team be like. <BR> <BR> Do you... <BR> 1. Want more exercising and weight loss topics ? <BR> 2. More Gardening Ideas ? <BR> 3. More Canning and Preserving Ideas ? <BR> <BR> Please tell us what you would like so we can improve Our Team. <BR> Thank You and Do have a Wonderful Sunday ! <BR> <BR> (I'm going to, also, send a team email) <BR> So Please answer on this thread. <... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 06:51:59 EST Resetting articles, quizzes and A-Z Health items Resetting articles, quizzes and A-Z Health items <BR> <BR> Once you've read an article or did a quiz or looked at a listing in the A-Z Health...and click on get your points, if you go back and read it again, you cannot get points as they have already been awarded !!! <BR> NOT SO !!! <BR> Here's how to reset the above 3 to get points again. <BR> <BR> Go to your START Page and look in the top left corner where it says <BR> Start <BR> Welcome GEMINI-SKY! (Your name will be there) <BR> and ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 10:24:39 EST July's Jubilant Chatter Hope everyone has a Fabulous July 4th with your Family and Friends ! <BR> <BR> Is anyone Putting Up Yet ??? <BR> <em>476</em> <BR> <BR> With all the replanting of bean I did, I'll be picking until Dec !!! <BR> <BR> I scored 6 pecks of pickles yesterday from Becky at 6.00/peck...Last week she had them for 14.00/peck !!!! <BR> I did 2 of them so far as Bread and Butter Pickles.. 30 pints and 36 half pints... <BR> I 'll probably do one more as Br & Butter and the rest as Dill and 9 Da... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 07:51:11 EST Happy Birthday NASFKAB <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is NASFKAB's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Nasreen 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>SFKAB </link> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 05:01:28 EST Free Books To Read Online <BR> Here is an excellent site that allows you to read hundreds of books online. I just had a look at a few of the cooking and gardening offerings as well as the preserving books. There are literally hundreds of books to read here. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 04:56:59 EST Happy Birthday CAROLFAITHWALKR <BR> Hi everyone today is CAROLFAITHWALKR's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Carol 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> <link><BR>ROLFAITHWALKR </link> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 04:42:48 EST Happy Birthday CAROLFAITHWALKR <BR> Hi everyone today is CAROLFAITHWALKR's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Carol 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> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 04:42:19 EST Happy Birthday LITTLEWIND53 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is LITTLEWIND53's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all 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>44</em> <em>104</em> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 03:27:15 EST Space-saving Veggie Gardens From Pinterest Wait till you see these !!! <BR> Makes me want to go out and build some more gardens !!!! <BR> <link><BR>ce-saving-veggie-gardens/ </link> <BR> <BR> Thx Jules for the link !!!! Sun, 29 Jun 2014 08:11:30 EST Simple Homemade “Sun-Dried ” Tomatoes Simple Homemade “Sun-Dried ” Tomatoes <BR> From The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Oh !!! I can Smell them Now !!!! YUMMMM !!!!! <BR> <BR> The only thing I do differently is slice them from top to bottom...They may take a bit longer to dry but they are meatier ! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>homemade-sun-dried-tomatoes.html#comme<BR>nt-454722 </link> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:24:59 EST Welcome to the Team Happytob !!! Let's All Welcome our newest team member HAPPYTOB .... <BR> <BR> Welcome to Our Team...Can't wait to get to know you ! <BR> <em>235</em> <em>250</em> <em>244</em> <em>524</em> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 06:42:18 EST two ingredient recipes These look super fun and easy!! <BR> <BR><BR>y-simple-two-ingredient-recipes Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:05:26 EST Welcome to the Team HANNAHV Let's All Welcome our newest team member Hannahv.... <BR> <BR> Welcome to Our Team...Can't wait to get to know you ! <BR> <em>235</em> <em>250</em> <em>244</em> <em>524</em> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:02:03 EST Canning Marinated Red Peppers <BR> <BR> This is a great recipe for marinated red peppers that can be done in the water canner. Also while you are there check out the recipe for Faux Pineapple using Zucchini. Sounds like a great idea for the usual summer glut of Zucchinis <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rinated-bell-peppers-yes-its.html </link> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 02:17:04 EST Easy Homemade Frozen Yogurt Love This !!!! <BR> And So Easy !!! <BR> Here's the link from The Prairie Homestead.... <BR> <link><BR>frozen-yogurt-recipe.html#sthash.skuwy<BR>XuM.dpbs </link> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:21:10 EST Simple Ways to Preserve Fruits and Vegetables Hi All... <BR> I received this in a SP Email this morning... <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1365 </link> <BR> <BR> I thought you would all like to see it... <BR> And don't forget getting your Points at the end of the article.... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:15:33 EST Happy Birthday GEMINI SKY <BR> Hi everyone today is GEMINI SKY's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope our fearless leader Pattie 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> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 05:15:56 EST Happy Birthday AZULVIOLETA6 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is AZULVIOLETA6's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all wish Julie 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> Thu, 5 Jun 2014 06:17:39 EST Get the Most Sizzling Fitness Deal of the Summer! I don't know if you all got this email from SparkPeople !!!! <BR> <BR> If you have been considering getting the SparkPeople Fitness Tracker...It's ON SALE for the entire month of June !!! 10.00 OFF and a FREE DVD !!!! <BR> Here's what the email says... <BR> <BR> Get the Most Sizzling Fitness Deal of the Summer! <BR> <BR> Need a boost of motivation to keep up with your fitness routine this summer? For the entire month of June, order the Spark Activity Tracker and receive $10 off your pur... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 03:10:27 EST LuckyDew's Video of Raised Beds.And I mean a ton Here is a video of one of our team members...LuckyDew... <BR> She moved from Michigan to Arkansas... <BR> Here is what she wrote... <BR> <BR> we purchase a ½ acre lot with a mobile home on it. We purchased everything by phone and online, site unseen. With promises of this or that from the owner of the land. For example him telling us that yes the land is fertile an yes I can raised chickens etc. <BR> <BR> We were running out of time in Michigan, so we snapped it up and took off. Not knowi... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 07:19:18 EST Spark Planner Is No More <BR> <BR> Hi everybody, just to let you know that the Spark planner and the Spark journal will be disappearing on the 10th June. <BR> <BR> I don't know why this is happening and as a team leader this will make sending goodies etc for birthdays impossible. I have no more time to transfer all of the dates to another program (if I knew of one anyway) Sparks needs a Gibbs slap for this foolishness <BR> Sat, 31 May 2014 06:03:04 EST Happy Birthday Livedaily Happy Happy Birthday Karen ( Livedaily) !!! <BR> <BR> Have yourself a Wonderfully Special Day ! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> <em>376</em> Fri, 30 May 2014 06:25:17 EST How's Your Garden Growing ??? Well, Hopefully we all have our gardens planted and they are starting to sprout ! <BR> <BR> Let us know what you are planting/growing and what you plan to can/preserve with it. <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 May 2014 07:08:04 EST Happy Birthday GEMINISUE <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is GEMINISUE's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all wish 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>44</em> <em>104</em> Wed, 28 May 2014 07:03:31 EST DIY Garden Projects Ebook from P. Allen Smith I just got this in an email from P. Allen Smith... <BR> I like the pallet wall hanging garden shed organizer... <BR> There are raised beds, trellises etc. <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 19 May 2014 11:24:29 EST 34 Simple Two Ingredient Recipes <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here are some good ideas using only two ingredients. Granted some of them I wouldn't touch with a barge pole, but some of them look pretty good. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 18 May 2014 06:20:21 EST 100% Off Grill It Or Lose It Cookbook + Free E-Del Get a FREE Grilling E-Book !!! <BR> I just downloaded it and it has some wonderful recipes... <BR> <BR> 100% Off Grill It Or Lose It Cookbook + Free E-Delivery <BR> Was: $29.99 <BR> Now: $0.00 <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nance/ways-to-save/2014/05/15/free-gri<BR>lling-cookbooks/9114215/ </link> <BR> <BR> Hope this works !!! Thu, 15 May 2014 06:47:30 EST 26 Home Remedies That Work <BR> <BR> Here are some really interesting general health remedies that sound really interesting. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>shows/26-Home-Remedies-That-Work/235?c<BR>amp=nl_2014_05_13 </link> Wed, 14 May 2014 09:03:23 EST Happy Birthday DEBBYSDELIGHTS <BR> Hi everyone today is DEBBYSDELIGHTS's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all wish it to be 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> Wed, 14 May 2014 08:48:39 EST Inactive Team Members Help !!!! Good Morning. <BR> I have been looking over our team members list... <BR> There are So Many that don't participate on our team. <BR> Sometimes when you sign up for SparkPeople, you are asked questions that determine your preferences and get automatically added to teams that relate to those preferences. <BR> You may not even know that you are on certain teams. <BR> In an effort to "Clean Up" our team membership, I am asking you to go to our team page... <BR> Here's the link... <BR> <li... Wed, 14 May 2014 06:45:39 EST Happy Birthday RhondaWI !!!!! <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> <BR> Hope your Special Day is as Special as YOU !!! <BR> Tue, 13 May 2014 07:32:36 EST Heirloom Red Rice I had to start a thread for those who don't participate in the Daily Chat Thread.... <BR> <BR> OOOO!!!! I have to share this with you all... <BR> <BR> I bought a bag of Heirloom RED Rice from Village Harvest...I've never heard of such a thing before. <BR> Boasts of being Whole Grain and Heart Healthy. <BR> Soooo...I made some this morning just to see what it tastes like. <BR> <BR> Well Heavens to Betsy !!! Where has this been all my life ??? <BR> It's the BEST Rice I've ever eaten !!!!!!!!... Mon, 5 May 2014 14:22:47 EST FoodSaver Starter Kit On Sale For those who have been toying with the idea of getting a FoodSaver... <BR> here is your opportunity. <BR> The Starter Kit is on sale now for 79.99 and FREE Shipping <BR> includes... <BR> FoodSaver® V2244 Vacuum Sealing System <BR> 2 - 11" x 10' FoodSaver® Roll <BR> 20 - Quart Size FoodSaver® Bags. <BR> <BR> <BR> Details & Features <BR> <BR> This FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing kit keeps food fresh up to 5x longer and saves up to $2700 per year based on buying in bulk, on sale and preventing w... Mon, 5 May 2014 09:32:14 EST Where do i begin dehydrating fruits for trail mix? Good Morning All... <BR> VJH-W65 asked this question on the "WALL" <BR> Any suggestions ???? Sun, 4 May 2014 07:39:50 EST FitBit is now at Kohl's... FitBit is now at Kohl's... <BR> Here's a link for it !!! <BR> <link><BR>4294708720&om_mid=_20140501_Thursday&o<BR>m_etid=5836437 </link> <BR> <BR> Use this Promo Code to get 20% OFF FILA20 <BR> Good May 1st thru May 3rd... Thu, 1 May 2014 06:14:32 EST Make Sure You are Getting Team Emails Good Day All... <BR> We sure have many new members and, also, older member that aren't participating on our team. I was wondering if it's because you don't have the team email page preferences filled in. <BR> <BR> Here's how to make sure you are getting our team emails. <BR> <BR> 1. Go to your "Start" page. <BR> In the top left corner, under the word START is Welcome and your name... <BR> under that it says Account / Email Preferences. <BR> 2. Click on that. A new page will come up with 3... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 07:49:22 EST 16 Ways to Eat Dandelions from the Prairie Homeste 16 Ways to Eat Dandelions from the Prairie Homestead... <BR> <BR> Who would have thunk it !!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>dandelion-recipes.html </link> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 10:39:32 EST Plant Encyclopedia Here's a great tool for gardeners, especially in the US. It's a complete plant finder, along with uses and features of the plants. <BR> <BR> Have a good look through and see what you think <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ry/?sssdmh=dm17.734684&esrc=nwgn042414a </link> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 08:00:25 EST New Features coming to our Team Pages Next Week Hi <BR> I just wanted to let you know that the coaches have told us that we are going to be getting new features on our team page. <BR> Here is a video of what they are going to be.... <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Any questions, do contact me. <BR> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:47:09 EST Proof That There Are Good People Out There <BR> <BR> This is such a lovely clip, guaranteed to make you smile at the wonderful people out there. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>deniable-proof-that-there-are-good-peo<BR>ple-left-in-the-world/ </link> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:55:03 EST The Easy Way to Peel Farm-Fresh Hard-Boiled Eggs From The Prairie Homestead !!!! <BR> We’ve all been there… <BR> <BR> You get the hankering for a good, old-fashioned hard-boiled egg. And since you have your very own flock of chickens, you can hardly wait to boil up a batch. <BR> <BR> You carefully select the eggs, place them in the pot, and simmer them to perfection. <BR> <BR> Your mouth starts watering as you gently crushed the shell and peel the egg–with the salt shaker ready and waiting. <BR> <BR> And then you get this: <BR> <BR> He... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:44:11 EST This Weeks Points Leaders <BR> <BR> Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> 1. GEMINI-SKY <BR> 2. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 3. SHARSUE <BR> 4. RAPUNZEL53 <BR> 5. SNOWFILLY <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness points <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. MEMORIES7 <BR> 3. SNOWFILLY <BR> 4. PFD6692 <BR> 5. 4MYBODYNSOUL <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>345</em> <em>243</em> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:08:10 EST 31 Uses For Baking Soda <BR> <BR> I think we all have a big container of baking soda in our homes, here are some ways you can use it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n-save/baking-soda </link> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:40:37 EST Happy Birthday IMREITE <BR> Hi everyone today is IMREITE's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all wish it to be 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> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:21:36 EST growing asparagus Does anyone on here know anything about growing asparagus? I planted some last year and they started to grow. Didn't cover over winter and with all the deep freezes we had mine are 2-3 inches out of the ground. Can I save these or just plant new? Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:59:38 EST Jenny's New Ebook I Can Can Ground Meats Hey Everyone, Jenny has a new Ebook out on Amazon. <BR> I Can Can Ground Meats. It went live today but she will be offering it for Free Tomorrow thru Saturday... <BR> Looks Fun and Interesting. <BR> Here's the link.... <BR> <link><BR>lavorful-nutritious-ebook/dp/B00JK7QZT<BR>4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qi<BR>d=1397039349&sr=1-1&keywords=i+can+can<BR>+ground+meats </link> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 09:27:35 EST This Weeks Points Leaders Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> 1. SHARSUE <BR> 2. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 3. RAPUNZEL53 <BR> 4. VONBLACKBIRD <BR> 5. IMREITE <BR> <BR> Fitness points <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. AZULVIOLETA6 <BR> 3. MEMORIES7 <BR> 4. 4MYBODYNSOUL <BR> 5. YARTHSA <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>345</em> <em>243</em> Mon, 7 Apr 2014 07:28:41 EST Hello everyone from New Brunswick Canada Greetings! Thank you for the spark goodie. It sure was a much needed ray of sunshine. It may be spring on the calendar but we are still in winter! Freezing rain and snow today and tomorrow. We have had a long terrible winter this year. <BR> We plant two large gardens every year and already DH is saying he don't think he will be getting the tractor in them this year if the weather pattern does not change. <em>39</em> I hope the weather changes soon as I put up enough veggies that I don't ha... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:39:11 EST This Weeks Points Leaders Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. RAPUNZEL53 <BR> 3. VONBLACKBIRD <BR> 4. LIVEDAILY <BR> 5. LAWANDMUSIC <BR> <BR> Fitness points <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. MEMORIES7 <BR> 3. JODIELYNN40 <BR> 4. TERRY0217 <BR> 5. JDWOLF2 <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>345</em> <em>243</em> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:39:03 EST DIY Brown Sugar Who Knew ??? DIY Brown Sugar <BR> <BR> I knew brown sugar was made of regular white sugar and molasses ...But.... <BR> Why didn't I ever tried making my own??? I don't Know... <BR> But here it is. A recipe with quantities to make your own... <BR> <BR> From Instructables / amalkhan <BR> <BR> Who knew that you could MAKE your own brown sugar? Argh... I'm regretting all those times I've run to the grocery store just to buy some of the stuff! By simply mixing only two ingredients, now you can always kee... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 19:47:52 EST Getting Started Herb Gardening From Common Sense Homesteading... <BR> <BR> MEADOWBUTTERFLY (Kay) and I were talking about Herb Gardening the other day on another thread... <BR> I just found this article from a Great website and thought you'd all like to see it... <BR> <BR> While we are trying to eat healthier, herbs add that extra bit of flavor we need to make foods more interesting while cutting out the salt, bad fats and sugars. <BR> Why not grow them ourselves??? <BR> <BR> <link> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:56:45 EST Free Kindle Download Finishes 3/28 <BR> Hi everybody, I've only just known about this, it came in an email today. I've already downloaded it, so if you wish to download Rachel Paxtons Creative Homemaking Guide to Make-a-Mix Recipes please click onto the link below and get it ASAP <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=<BR>1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00J4O<BR>HW2W&linkCode=as2&tag=creativehomemaki </link> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 03:47:42 EST Canning tomatoes method? And another question I have been putting up tomatoes for several years now. Every time I do it, I use the Open Kettle method. I tried pressure canning them one year, long ago, and decided open kettle was much easier on the tomatoes. I was talking with some 'older' ladies about a month ago, and they said they used to (they don't can anymore) just put the tomatoes in the jars warm, and seal the jar. They said the jar will seal every time this way. WHAT?? Have I been doing all this work for nothing?? How do YOU ladi... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:30:54 EST Happy Birthday DOINGITALL09 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is DOINGITALL09's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all wish it to be 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> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 06:36:00 EST This Weeks Points Leaders Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. RAPUNZEL53 <BR> 3. LAWANDMUSIC <BR> 4. VONBLACKBIRD <BR> 5. LIVEDAILY <BR> <BR> Fitness points <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. TERRY0217 <BR> 3. JODIELYNN40 <BR> 4. MEMORIES7 <BR> 5. JDWOLF2 <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 05:52:34 EST 800+ Organized Canning Recipes for Winter Storage <BR> <BR> Here's an interesting page, just click onto the myriad of links here to keep you happy for hours <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-organized-canning-recipes-winter-storage </link> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 07:41:18 EST Springtime <BR> Here's a little funny clip to make you laugh <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=share&list=PLagyxbJHFyL11iTef4<BR>c6ALIDsD--nXkel&index=23 </link> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 07:14:19 EST SPRING HAS SPRUNG!!! alrightie team mates.....age old question of what's going into the garden for plans of summer canning? I'm mapping mine out now.... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:09:51 EST This Weeks Points Leaders Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. RAPUNZEL53 <BR> 3. VONBLACKBIRD <BR> 4. LIVEDAILY <BR> 5. IMREITE <BR> <BR> Fitness points <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. JODIELYNN40 <BR> 3. MEMORIES7 <BR> 4. JDWOLF2 <BR> 5. TERRY0217 <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> Sorry for being late posting this Tue, 18 Mar 2014 04:47:07 EST Reusable Canning Lids <BR> <BR> I found this on facebook and thought I'd share. Don't know if these are well known but I have seen some testimonials from people that love and use them <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 06:32:13 EST Sweet Gherkins This is a great recipe for Gherkins minus the iridescent green colours <BR> <BR> Sweet Gherkin Recipe (yields approx 7 - 9 pints) <BR> <BR> 5 quarts cucumbers (Pickling cucumbers 1 1/2 to 3 Inch long) <BR> 1/2 cup pickling salt <BR> 8 cups granulated sugar (divided through recipe) <BR> 6 cups distilled white vinegar (divided through recipe) <BR> 3/4 teaspoon turmeric <BR> 2 teaspoons celery seeds <BR> 2 teaspoons pickling spices <BR> 8 pieces cinnamon sticks (1 inch) <BR> 1/2 teaspoon fenn... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 04:29:35 EST This Weeks Points Leaders Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. RAPUNZEL53 <BR> 3. VONBLACKBIRD <BR> 4. LIVEDAILY <BR> 5. LAWANDMUSIC <BR> <BR> Fitness points <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. MEMORIES7 <BR> 3. TERRY0217 <BR> 4. JODIELYNN40 <BR> 5. JDWOLF2 <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sun, 9 Mar 2014 03:43:23 EST New to the team Hello, I am new to this team. I have been on sparkpeople for a while. I just found this group. I love to make jelly (low to no sugar), and grow in my garden. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 17:14:47 EST Add More Than One Emoticon at a Time !!! I just got an email with a post from the Team Leaders Team regarding picking more than one Emoticon while on the Emoticon page...Not having to keep going back to add an emoticon tab... <BR> I never knew that you could click on the Add an Emoticon tab, hold down the "M" key on your key board and then just keep picking Emoticons. <BR> When you are done picking (you can even go to other Emoticon pages, just keep the "M" key pressed sown at all times) Just close the window manually (x in the top ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 06:40:14 EST Slow Cooker White Bean Soup I add Ham !!! <link><BR>ker-white-bean-soup/ </link> <BR> <BR> I found this recipe while needing a recipe for some good soup on these cold, cold days. <BR> <BR> I will add a ham bone during the slow cooking and diced ham at the end just to warm it through. <BR> <BR> Thought you all would like to try it !!! <BR> <em>140</em> <BR> <BR> If it's really good, I'll make a huge batch and can it ! Mon, 3 Mar 2014 06:44:20 EST This Weeks Points Leaders Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. AZULVIOLETA6 <BR> 3. VONBLACKBIRD <BR> 4. LIVEDAILY <BR> 5. LAWANDMUSIC <BR> <BR> Fitness points <BR> 1. AZULVIOLETA6 <BR> 2. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 3. JODIELYNN40 <BR> 4. MEMORIES7 <BR> 5. TESTYCATLADYP <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sun, 2 Mar 2014 05:44:51 EST This Weeks Points Leaders Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. RAPUNZEL53 <BR> 3. VONBLACKBIRD <BR> 4. IMREITE <BR> 5. IWANNAGOAT <BR> <BR> Fitness Points <BR> <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. MEMORIES7 <BR> 3. TINK9305 <BR> 4. JET150 <BR> 5. YARTHSA <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>104</em> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 03:51:52 EST How to Make Ricotta (Two Ways!) It's That Easy !!!??? <BR> Why haven't I tried this before ? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>how-to-make-ricotta-two-ways.html </link> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 07:57:25 EST This Weeks Points Leaders <BR> <BR> Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. VONBLACKBIRD <BR> 3. RAPUNZEL53 <BR> 4. IMREITE <BR> 5. IWANNAGOAT <BR> <BR> Fitnesspoints <BR> <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. MEMORIES7 <BR> 3. YARTHSA <BR> 4. JET150 <BR> 5. AZULVIOLETA6 <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>345</em> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 04:22:03 EST Happy Birthday JODIELYNN40 <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi team, today is JODIELYNN40 's birthday. Let's all wish her a wonderful birthday filled with fun and presents <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>104</em> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 05:13:34 EST Introducing SparkPeople 'Friend Feed' Enhancements Hi All... <BR> Here's a link for a copy of the... <BR> Introducing SparkPeople 'Friend Feed' Enhancements Blog from yesterday Feb 12-2014. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=introducing_sparkpeople_friend_feed<BR>_enhancements </link> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 07:02:44 EST Preserved and Pickled <BR> <BR> Here's a site with some very interesting recipes, hope you like it!! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 9 Feb 2014 00:36:35 EST Homemade Extracts – Vanilla, Lemon and Almond I found this at Common Sense Homesteading... <BR> I do make my vanilla, but never thought about the lemon or almond extracts.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>homemade-extracts/ </link> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 08:13:46 EST This Weeks Points Leaders <BR> Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. IWANNAGOAT <BR> 3. RAPUNZEL53 <BR> 4. VONBLACKBIRD <BR> 5. GEMINI-SKY <BR> <BR> Fitnesspoints <BR> <BR> 1. AZULVIOLETA6 <BR> 2. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 3. MEMORIES7 <BR> 4, VONBLACKBIRD <BR> 5. TESTYCATLADYP <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <BR> Sun, 2 Feb 2014 04:20:50 EST And the Winner of Our Team Photo Contest Is .... First, I'd like to thank all of you that had entered your pictures for the new team photo contest... <BR> <BR> AND the Winner Is.... <BR> <BR> Tudafd and her picture called "Something for Everyone"!!!! <BR> <BR> Love, Love, Love your picture. It represents our team very well. <BR> Not only a variety of canned goods but a variety of people Putting Foods Up ! <BR> Congrat's to You Tudafd and Thank You ! Sat, 1 Feb 2014 22:45:46 EST Team Picture Deadline is Tomorrow Time to get those last minute pictures in for out team photo. <BR> <BR> Post then to the Photo section on the right of this page under the Huddle Bar. <BR> Click on the word photo and when the new screen comes up, click on add photo. <BR> <BR> There are some Great entries so far, so get yours in ASAP !!!! Thu, 30 Jan 2014 06:00:55 EST The Leftovers Lady <BR> <BR> Here's a great page for all those on facebook. Who doesn't want to get the most out of our food etc. Some really interesting things here. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 02:05:55 EST Canning Potatoes <BR> <BR> This is a great blog filled with fun stuff, recipes etc. Don't forget to read some of the replies on this page, great tips about canning and washing the potatoes ...... in the washing machine no less!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>7/canning-potatoes.html </link> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 01:54:00 EST This Weeks Points Leaders Hi everyone here is this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. LAWANDMUSIC <BR> 3. MEMORIES7 <BR> 4. NASFKAB <BR> 5. TEXASGIDGET <BR> <BR> Fitnesspoints <BR> <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. MEMORIES7 <BR> 3. JDWOLF2 <BR> 4. MYBODYNSOUL <BR> 5. JODIELYNN40 <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 03:15:00 EST What are You Doing to Keep Busy Thru the Winter ?? I know our gardens are frozen and the Farmers Markets are only bringing in out of state produce...So canning is of FRESH Veggies and Fruits is not an option... <BR> (except for you Jules and others in another Hemisphere !!!) <BR> <BR> So What are you doing to keep busy thru this Cold, Cold Winter???? <BR> <BR> I'm canning chicken and beef stock <BR> painting my kitchen cabinets and window trim <BR> cleaning out the clutter by selling it on Ebay and what doesn't sell, I'm stock piling for a ... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:03:04 EST Jessica Smiths U-Tube Video Walking Gosh...What Fun and she is Great.... <BR> We all need something new to do thru the winter to keep us Fit !!! <BR> Here is a series of Walking Videos that you may like... <BR> Just thought I'd pass them to you. <BR> <link><BR>list=TLKXmS2JeScsNAa9vVNGRCeZYl0ltnl-Zc </link> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:19:24 EST This Weeks Points Leaders Hi everyone here is this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. NASFKAB <BR> 3. LAWANDMUSIC <BR> 4. TEXASGIDGET <BR> 5. MEMORIES7 <BR> <BR> Fitnesspoints <BR> <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. MEMORIES7 <BR> 3. YARTHSA <BR> 4. JDWOLF2 <BR> 5. 4MYBODYNSOUL <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <em>104</em> <em>306</em> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 05:46:14 EST HOT Deals on FoodSaver till 1-31-14 <link> </link> <BR> Check this out !!! <BR> Now's the time to get your FoodSaver and Supplies !!!! <BR> Thought you'd like to know. <BR> <em>476</em> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 09:35:53 EST Root Cellars I'm looking at setting up a root cellar in my basement. I spoke with one person and they suggested using storage bins with sand. I would like to use it for potatoes, carrots, radishes, and turnips. Any suggestions? Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:27:10 EST If you were a Spice/Herb, Which would you be & Why <BR> Hi All...I thought this would be something fun to do daily or only once. Enter as often as the feeling strikes you. <BR> Enter an herb, spice, flavoring, vegetable, fruit etc. etc. that you are feeling that best describes you and why !!!! <BR> <BR> Well. First of all, I'm a Gemini !!! So things change So Fast in my world !!! <BR> <BR> Today is Vanilla....Is that a Spice or Herb??? See what I mean !!!! <BR> <BR> Vanilla because it's comforting and warm. It's Sunday and cold outsid... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 07:40:18 EST This Weeks Points Leaders <BR> Hi everyone here is this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. NASFKAB <BR> 3. CAROLFAITHWALKR <BR> 4. TEXASGIDGET <BR> 5. LAWANDMUSIC <BR> <BR> Fitnesspoints <BR> <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. MEMORIES7 <BR> 3. 4MYBODYNSOUL <BR> 4. JDWOLF2 <BR> 5. JODIELYNN40 <BR> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 05:31:46 EST hello Hi...I'm glad I found this team .this past summer I started canning.for the for I didn't do too awful but can definitely use improvement . I'm excited to learn the different ways and food that I can put up Sat, 11 Jan 2014 18:02:43 EST Hello! Nice to meet everyone! Thank-you for letting me join. I don't "can" alot, my husband does, I would rather use the "seal-a-meal" and freeze it. I do try to help him with the garden and canning days. We live in IN. so the weather is a factor on what and when we do all this. We have 2 apple trees and a peach tree, plus I have a medium sized strawberry patch, and we just got blueberries on our 2 year old bush, (even though my great niece ate all of them before we could get to them- guess you need to watch 4 year olds c... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 06:35:52 EST A Note on SP Friends Feed It had come to the attention of the SP Leaders Team (team only for team leaders where we discuss anything and everything on SP that is helping or hindering and suggestions) that <BR> 1. some people do not like the fact that we can use our wheel spins to update our status that shows on the Friends Feed (FF). <BR> They say it is cluttering up the FF and who cares anyway ??? <BR> I disagree. <BR> Some people use SP as a Social Network and some are Hard Core Sp Exercisers and Weigh losers !!!!... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 07:18:37 EST Arkansas Hi partner and I recently moved from Jackson, Michigan to Hot Springs Arkansas. We purchased 1/2 acre of complete mountain...well actually the ground ended up being nothing but shale. We purchased the land unseen...but we are making the best of what we have. I am currently building up our farm. I use raised beds to grow in. Our goal is to eat nothing but what we have grown on the farm. And let me tell ya canning is essential on self sustaining I am happy to see you a... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 09:28:44 EST This Weeks Points Leaders <BR> Hi everyone here is this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. TEXASGIDGET <BR> 3. NASFKAB <BR> 4. SUNSPOT_BABY <BR> 5. LAWANDMUSIC <BR> <BR> Fitnesspoints <BR> <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2, AZULVIOLETA6 <BR> 3. 4MYBODYNSOUL <BR> 4. NASFKAB <BR> 5. YARTHSA <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>104</em> <BR> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 05:20:00 EST Easy Shortening-Free Pie Crust <link><BR>simple-shortening-free-pie-crust.html </link> <BR> <BR> I wish I would have found this before the Holidays !!!! <BR> <BR> Fri, 3 Jan 2014 08:05:40 EST Happy Birthday WATERFELON <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi team, today is WATERFELON's birthday. Let's all wish her a wonderful birthday filled with fun and presents <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>104</em> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 06:09:19 EST This Weeks Points Leaders <BR> Hi everyone here is this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. NASFKAB <BR> 3. SPAYNE34 <BR> 4. CAROLFAITHWALKR <BR> 5. LAWANDMUSIC <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness Points <BR> <BR> 1, TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. MEMORIES7 <BR> 3. 4MYBODYNSOUL <BR> 4. TESTYCATLADYP <BR> 5. JET150 <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <em>104</em> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 04:02:40 EST Nutmeg I posted a blog today about Nutmeg on my SparkPage, and listed sources for all the info. <BR> <BR> I knew nutmeg was healthy but either was clueless or had forgotten all of it's benefits. I learned alot. Here are my favorite take-aways from the info in the blog. There are many other applications given in the blog, these are just the ones I like for me. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Myristicin, Brain, Concentration, Memory, Alzheimers, Anxiety, Stress, Depression <BR> <BR> Nutmeg can effectively s... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 17:43:16 EST This Weeks Points Leaders <BR> <BR> Hi everyone here is this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. NASFKAB <BR> 3. RAPUNZEL53 <BR> 4. LAWANDMUSIC <BR> 5. CAROLFAITHWALKR <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness Points <BR> <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. MEMORIES7 <BR> 3. JDWOLF2 <BR> 4. 4MYBODYNSOUL <BR> 5. IMREITE <BR> <BR> <em>380</em> <em>242</em> <em>104</em> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 05:10:07 EST Team Leader Boards...Did You know We Have Them ? Hi All... <BR> Under The section on the right called Team Stats there are 2 links... <BR> See Team Leaders and See Category Leaders... <BR> Click on See Team Leaders... <BR> You can then see 2 Leader Boards... <BR> Fitness Minutes and SparkPoints Leaders. <BR> We have over 1300 members...The Leader Boards show... <BR> Fitness Minutes = 60 active <BR> Team Points = 101 active <BR> When I took the team over 1 1/2 yrs ago, we had around 350 members. <BR> Then we ere a Featured team and got a Bla... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 07:45:44 EST How to Dehydrate and Store Potatoes <BR> This is a "prepper" site but with great ideas nonetheless. If you dry potatoes (and probably other veggies) silica gel is a great thing to buy to keep the moisture out. I bought some from a chemist here (drugstore) I suppose there and it keeps moisture out of things really well. <BR> <BR> I guarantee you'll be on this site for ages checking things out <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hydrate-store-potatoes/ </link> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 06:00:43 EST My Christmas Eve This is a great clip of a poem. I remember years ago when poem reciting was common place, what a shame it's not so much these days. We learnt how to communicate, tell a story with wit, excitement and drama when we recited these poems. Now I know this has nothing to do with putting up, but I hope you enjoy this as much as I did <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l=0 </link> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 05:03:05 EST This Weeks Points Leaders <BR> <BR> Hi everyone here is this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> <BR> TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> NASFKAB <BR> RAPUNZEL53 <BR> LAWANDMUSIC <BR> CAROLFAITHWALKR <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness Points <BR> <BR> TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> MEMORIES7 <BR> JDWOLF2 <BR> TESTYCATLADYP <BR> IMREITE <BR> <BR> Excellent work everyone <em>243</em> <em>386</em> <em>104</em> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 02:42:29 EST Canning Jar Quilt Project My winter project is going to be for me...I found a canning jar quilt pattern..It looks like shelves with canning jars on the shelves. <BR> It's going to be Great because I can use some of the fabrics that I made my grandchildren's cloths and other projects out of. <BR> Sort of a memory quilt... <BR> But that's for after the holidays and awaiting the next growing and canning season. <BR> Here's a link to Pinterest so you can see all the different quilts... <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.pintere... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 06:59:20 EST Heart Attack In Women <BR> <BR> While I know this has nothing to do with putting up, so many of our team members are women and I think it's such a good idea to know about these things. This is an interesting article that explains some of the symptoms of heart attacks in women. Because many of the symptoms are not the same as men it's worthwhile checking them out. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/do-you-know-which-symptoms-signal-a-h<BR>eart-attack-in-women?ecd=wnl_wmh_12091<BR>3... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 05:16:44 EST This Weeks Points Leaders <BR> Hi everyone here is this weeks points leaders <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. CAROLFAITHWALKR <BR> 3. LAWANDMUSIC <BR> 4. NASFKAB <BR> 5. RAPUNZEL53 <BR> <BR> Fitness points <BR> <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. TESTYCATLADYP <BR> 3. MEMORIES7 <BR> 4. GEMINISUE <BR> 5. IMREITE Sun, 8 Dec 2013 06:17:45 EST New Team Photo Contest Good Morning. I'm looking for a new team photo for out Team... <BR> I thought it would be a Great idea to have anyone that wants to participate, add their entry on the Photos area for our team (on the right under the Huddle Wall) <BR> <BR> Let's make it a Contest ! <BR> <BR> Go to your pantry and find some of your canned goods and take pictures. (one jar or a mix of jars) Upload them to your computer and Add your pictures that you think would make a Great Team Photo (ours currently is my ... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 08:58:55 EST FoodSaver Buy 1, Get 1 Free on Specialty Bags and If anyone is interested... <BR> Buy 1, Get 1 Free on Specialty Bags and Rolls <BR> <BR> And Free shipping with orders over 25.00... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-on-specialty-bags-and-rolls?src=L3FE<BR>AAA&trk_msg=105JT7OD1CJ496NGQPDRCD9O48<BR>&trk_contact=K25QA5KRG3SQSGQV4BIDBV8KP<BR>0&utm_source=Listrak&utm_medium=Email&<BR><BR>m%2fbuy-1%252C-get-1-free-on-specialty<BR>-bags-and-rolls%3fsrc%3dL3FEAAA&utm_ca<BR>mpaign=FS-... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 19:02:18 EST Free Creative Homemaking Guide to Holiday Recipes Creative Homemaking Guide to Holiday Recipes and Crafts on Amazon <BR> Kindle Edition... <BR> <BR> Not sure what's in it yet but could have some fun projects...And it's FREE... <BR> Today thru 12-4 <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>RSQ/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&ca<BR>mp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00<BR>BP4YRSQ&linkCode=as2&tag=creativehomemaki <BR> Won't let me add the link so you get to copy and paste the link to Amazons search area.... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 07:54:54 EST Bags for Your FoodSaver or Other Food Vac... I have a FoodSaver and use bags from the Sweet Attack Vac Pak.. <BR> You can buy rolls or individual bags and small or large quantities. I buy 100+ bags at a time and 10+ rolls. I have no problem using these bags on my FoodSaver. <BR> Her prices are a lot less then FoodSaver...Check her out... <BR> Her Ebay store link is... <BR> <link><BR>-PAK?_rdc=1 </link> <BR> And her Online site link is <BR> <link><BR>7042.h... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 07:07:42 EST This Weeks Points Leaders <BR> <BR> Hi everyone here is this weeks points leaders <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. NASFKAB <BR> 3. RAPUNZEL53 <BR> 4. LAWANDMUSIC <BR> 5. SPAYNE34 <BR> <BR> Fitness points <BR> <BR> 1. GEMINISUE <BR> 2. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 3. MEMORIES7 <BR> 4. PENGUINPIE <BR> 5. GEMINI-SKY <BR> <BR> <em>380</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Dec 2013 04:47:16 EST Happy Birthday DEBBIEANNE1124 <BR> <BR> Hi team, today is DEBBIEANNE1124's birthday (the right one this time). Let's all wish her a wonderful birthday filled with fun and presents <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>104</em> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 04:02:32 EST This Weeks Points Leaders Hi everyone here are this weeks leaders <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints - <BR> <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. RAPUNZEL53 <BR> 3. NASFKAB <BR> 4. PENGUINPIE <BR> 5. SPAYNE34 <BR> <BR> Fitnesspoints - <BR> <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. GEMINISUE <BR> 3. PENGUINPIE <BR> 4. MEMORIES7 <BR> 5. GEMINI-SKY <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>104</em> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 03:29:54 EST Did anyone see the NEW Canner from Ball??? Did anyone see the NEW Canner from Ball??? <BR> 298.00 worth !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>spx </link> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 23:36:38 EST Changes To The Nutrition Tracker <BR> <BR> If you track your food etc you will now notice some changes to your Nutrition Page. Here is the message left for the team leaders to explain the changes. <BR> <BR> This morning we launched a slightly redesigned version of the nutrition tracker. The changes entail: <BR> <BR> 1) An overall visual redesign. We simplified the colors, and a few other things. The goal was to better match the redesigns recently launched on pages like our homepage and Start page. <BR> <BR> 2) As part o... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 03:17:34 EST This Weeks Points Leaders <BR> Hi everyone here are this weeks leaders <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints - <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. RAPUNZEL53 <BR> 3. NASFKAB <BR> 4. PENQUINPIE <BR> 5. LAWANDMUSIC <BR> <BR> Fitnesspoints - <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. PENGUINPIE <BR> 3. GEMINISUE <BR> 4. IMREITE <BR> 5. MEMORIES7 <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>381</em> <em>104</em> <BR> Sun, 17 Nov 2013 05:37:26 EST Our New Welcome Guide Hi All...I just received an email announcing the start of a New Welcome Guide that has been added to our Start Page... <BR> We (team leaders) have been asking for some sort of guide for new members to show how to navigate SparkPeople and make the most of their experience. <BR> Well, it finally arrived this morning. <BR> Please go to the link below to see the Blog explaining how to use it.. <BR> It is Great for us Seasoned Sparkers, too !!! <BR> You even get a total of 500 points for completin... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:59:04 EST Did You Know there is a MY SPARK SUMMARY CALENDAR Use the My TRACKERS drop down to go to the reports page. Scroll down to the middle of the page and under WEIGHT AND OTHER REPORTS you will find MY SPARK SUMMARY CALENDAR. <BR> <BR> It gives you the whole month of YOUR Activities and Information. <BR> <BR> Calories eaten <BR> Met calorie range for the day <BR> Strength scheduled <BR> See Note for the day <BR> Appointment scheduled <BR> Etc. <BR> <BR> Check It Out !!!! Mon, 11 Nov 2013 07:54:10 EST This Weeks Points Leaders <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone here are this weeks leaders <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints - <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. RAPUNZEL53 <BR> 3. NASFKAB <BR> 4. LAWANDMUSIC <BR> 5. SPAYNE34 <BR> <BR> Fitnesspoints - <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. PENGUINPIE <BR> 3. GEMINISUE <BR> 4. GEMINI-SKY <BR> 5. MEMORIES7 <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>250</em> <em>104</em> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 06:00:53 EST Happy Birthday HOPEFULHIPPO <BR> <BR> Hi team, today is HOPEFULHIPPO's birthday. Lets hope it's a fun day filled with all things fun <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>104</em> Fri, 8 Nov 2013 04:24:20 EST This Weeks Points Leaders <BR> <BR> Hi everyone this is a new thing here whereby everyweek the leaders of both Spark points and Fitness points get a goodie. <BR> <BR> Here are this weeks leaders <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints - TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> <BR> Fitnesspoints - TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>244</em> <em>250</em> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 04:37:46 EST Happy Birthday DEBBIEANNE1124 <BR> <BR> Hi team, today is DEBBIEANNE1124's birthday. I'm sure we all wish her a fantastic birthday filled with lots of presents and of course cake!! <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>242</em> <em>104</em> Fri, 1 Nov 2013 06:42:12 EST FREE From Rachel Paxton on Amazon Hi All Rachel is offering her Ebook for free for 3 thru Thursday. <BR> <BR> <BR> Creative Homemaking Guide to Quick Bread Recipes [Kindle Edition] <BR> <BR> <link><BR>uide-Quick-Recipes-ebook/dp/B00G8UK3KS </link> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:03:06 EST How To Re-Grow Green Onions !!! REALLY ??? This is from the Creative Homemaking site by Rachel Paxton... <BR> I have to try this... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>een-onions.shtml </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> How to Re-Grow Green Onions <BR> by Rachel Paxton <BR> <BR> Did you know that you can actually re-grow green onions? You are not going to believe this until you try it for yourself. Hopefully my photos will make you a believer! I first saw this idea here. I had to give it a try myself. <BR> <BR> The... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 07:15:11 EST *** Birthday Thread...Please Post Your Birthdays * Hi All <BR> For All of those who have not entered your birthday info on our Birthday Thread, Please enter your info. <BR> Jules will be sending Birthday Wishes with Team Goodies to everyone who had posted their info on the thread. <BR> Here is the Link to the Birthday Thread... <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13192x48<BR>713761 </link> <BR> Let us help make your Birthday Special with a little Putting Up Cheer !!!! Mon, 28 Oct 2013 06:54:05 EST October 20 2013 Team Leaders Points and Fitness October 2013 Total Team SparkPoints 85,029 Points <BR> <BR> October 2013 Total Team Minutes 67,065 minutes <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> October Team Leaders <BR> <BR> SparkPoints <BR> <BR> TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> RAPUNZEL53 <BR> NASFKAB <BR> PENGUINPIE <BR> LITTLEWIND53 <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> PENGUINPIE <BR> MEMORIES7 <BR> IMREITE <BR> GEMINI-SKY <BR> <BR> You All Rock !!!! <BR> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 08:58:06 EST October 29 for a Live Pressure Canning Chili Demo I just got an email from Ball Canning with the info for this Free Online Demo... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Join us for a special Fall treats broadcast! Watch Jarden Home Brands canning expert Jessica Piper show how pressure canning chili isn't as tricky as some may think. Jessica and Roberto will demonstrate each step of the pressure canning process and showing how to can low-acid foods safely to enjoy through the winter season. <BR> <BR> Live b... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 08:14:21 EST 10 Free Recipes from Five Little Homesteaders Site Thought I'd share these with you from a wonderful All Natural Homesteading Site. <BR> I sighed up for Colleens Newsletter and got this as a Bonus... <BR> Hope the link works for you and do sign up for her newsletter. <BR> Wonderful Stuff here !!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>9467c5bc2dc/files/Newsletter_Freebie.1<BR>.pdf </link> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:40:04 EST Tis the Season...For Pumpkins That Is !!! Recipes. Pumpkin Ravioli Recipe <BR> To learn how to make these simple raviolis, check out the directions below. <BR> <BR> <link><BR><BR>ml#more </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Maple-Pumpkin Pie Bars <BR> <BR> Give 'em layer upon layer of yumminess—from a buttery cake crust to a luscious pumpkin pie filling to a sweet and creamy maple-whipped topping. <BR> <link><BR>umpkin-pie-bars-154946.... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:05:16 EST Setting Up Your Goal Board Good Morning All... <BR> On your New Start page, Step 2 is your goal board... <BR> Did you know you can Personalize It ??? <BR> <BR> Go to your New Start page and look to the right of step 2. <BR> Click on "Personalize my goal board" <BR> You can set up goals, short term, long term, completed and Motivators... <BR> You can, also, add your own personal pictures to motivate you to reach your goals... <BR> Do let me know if you need help setting it up. <BR> Have Fun and Get Going !!!! Wed, 23 Oct 2013 07:18:00 EST New Team Co-Leaders... Good Morning All !!! <BR> Yesterday, FLOWERDALEJEWEL (Jules) and JENNYFAYE55 (Jenny) Both agreed to be Co-Leaders of Our Team... <BR> They are both Experts and have a Wealth of Experience Canning and Gardening. <BR> AWESOME !!!! <BR> Let's All Welcome Them as Our Team Co-Leaders... <BR> I know they are going to do a Great job for Us !!!! <BR> Thank You to Both of You !!! Mon, 21 Oct 2013 07:04:00 EST Changes to Start Page on Monday 10/21 There are major changes coming to the Start page on Monday. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=introducing_a_brand_new_sparkpeople<BR>_experience </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I really like the changes. It is going to be great for new users. It may take some of us "old-timers" a bit of getting used to, but things are organized in a much more logical fashion. I think having tracking front and center is a huge improvement. <BR> <BR> Go to the link above and click on th... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:47:29 EST Did You Get Your Galic Planted ? Here's Info Hurry, the planting window is NOW !!!! <BR> <BR> This article covers selecting your garlinc, planting, scapes to eat, harvesting, curing and storing. <BR> <BR> Here's a link to help you out !!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ogs/organic-gardening/growing-garlic-4<BR>60709 </link> <BR> <BR> Planting Garlic <BR> <BR> Growing garlic starts with knowing when to plant it. But planting itself is incredibly easy: <BR> <BR> In mid-fall (around October 10 here in the... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 07:33:12 EST Prayers Needed I got this from another of my very good SparkFriends from another team and I'm passing it along to you...Your prayers are Welcome. <BR> <BR> <BR> My only niece, Laurie, in her forties, married with three children in their twenties has been diagnosed with an advanced stage of an ovarian related cancer. This was found during a routine gall bladder removal, She will be having surgery on Sunday Oct. 13th. We are asking everyone to join us in our "circle of prayer". If you could please take a mo... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 08:31:49 EST TROUBLE TREE Another Email this AM... <BR> We ALL need a Trouble Tree... <BR> <BR> TROUBLE TREE <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I hired a plumber to help me restore an old farmhouse, and after he had just finished a rough first day on the job: a flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric drill quit and his ancient one ton truck refused to start. <BR> <BR> While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence. On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 08:28:38 EST Preserving Potatoes I received an email this morning with this info... So I thought I'd pass it along !!!! <BR> From Creative Homemaking Newsletter <BR> <BR> If you grow your own potatoes, harvest them when the vines have died and the potato skins have toughened up. You should leave the potatoes in the ground for about 2 weeks after the vines die to make sure they are mature enough for harvesting. <BR> <BR> If you buy potatoes from the store, look through the plastic and examine each potato as well as you ca... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 08:26:35 EST Misc Recipes that Don't go Canning-Fr ezing-Dehy Hi All I just created this Recipe Box for Recipes that aren't Canning, Freezing or Dehydrating. <BR> Enter your Recipes Here.... <BR> I'll go thru the past threads and enter those recipes here, also. <BR> I'll post the member who posted them incase you have any questions. <BR> They will, also be posted on the Recipe Index thread with the date for easy finding. <BR> <BR> Enjoy ! Patti Fri, 20 Sep 2013 08:42:55 EST Updated the Recipe Box Index List Thread Good Day All... <BR> <BR> We have a Thread under the Canning, Freezing, Dehydrating Forum Called "Recipe Title Index Reference " <BR> (PLEASE DO NOT POST ON THE INDEX THREAD) <BR> <BR> I've updated it to include the date the recipe was entered on to it's appropriate thread. <BR> I just wanted to make it easier for you all if you are looking for a recipe, you won't have to look at each entry. You can now just go to the date as see the recipe. <BR> I hope this save you a bunch of time... <BR... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 10:25:53 EST Week of Sept 8 2013 Team Leader Board <BR> Congrats to you All !!!! Keep Up the Great Work !!! <BR> <BR> September Team Leaders <BR> <BR> SparkPoints <BR> <BR> TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> NASFKAB <BR> LAWANDMUSIC <BR> BLEGNER11 <BR> RAPUNZEL53 <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> GEMINISUE <BR> MEMORIES7 <BR> AVONWITHJENN <BR> SHARSUE <BR> <BR> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 07:54:54 EST Week of 9-1-2013 Team Leader Board September Team Leaders <BR> <BR> SparkPoints <BR> <BR> TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> BLEGNER11 <BR> NASFKAB <BR> LAWANDMUSIC <BR> RAPUNZEL53 <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> GEMINISUE <BR> NASFKAB <BR> IMREITE <BR> JODIELYNN40 <BR> <BR> Congrats to you All !!!! Keep Up the Great Work !!! <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 Sep 2013 07:04:02 EST Peach Salsa--Legit Recipe So I made some peach salsa from this recipe, half a batch: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lsa/ </link> <BR> <BR> Mostly I made it because I wanted some peach or mango salsa to put on top of freshly grilled tuna steaks. However, I wanted to can a few half pints, but I wonder if you guys think this is a safe/legitimate canning recipe. It doesn't have vinegar, salt (though I added about 1/2T) and it doesn't indicate that the salsa should be warm and go into warm ... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 00:39:51 EST Fuss Free Salsa Recipes <BR> Hi everyone, some of these salsa recipes were great, hope you find something here you like <BR> <BR> <link><BR>can/10-fuss-free-salsa-recipes/?sssdmh<BR>=dm17.687239&esrc=nwgn082213#page=1 </link> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 07:50:49 EST Question on vinegar Last weekend I put up dill pickles. The vinegar I used was from last year and had been opened. When I put the vinegar in the pan, some of it formed a globby mess. Is this normal or is my vinegar bad? <BR> <BR> How long does vinegar last? I have an unopened bottle from last year-is it still good? <BR> <BR> Thanks ! Jackie Fri, 16 Aug 2013 10:32:45 EST Sunflower Sprouts- -Special Preservation of Seeds? I am currently up to my elbows in sunflower seeds. I am absolutely amazed at the amount of food that they produce for the space. <BR> <BR> After removing the black seeds, I am soaking them in salt water and then toasting them in the oven for 30 minutes. When they cool, I am going to throw them in freezer bags and store them in the freezer. <BR> <BR> I've watched a few videos on YouTube about making sunflower sprouts. I think that I will try this at some point down the road. Is there... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 23:45:30 EST Ball Heritage (Blue) Jars--Quart Sized, Wide Mouth I am finding the pint-sized, narrow mouth jars in lots of places, but I can't seem to track down the wide-mouth quart jars that I want. <BR> <BR> So far I have looked at Bi-Mart, Target and Fred Meyer (Kroger) with no luck. I do not want to order these online. <BR> <BR> Any other suggestions about what stores might carry these? <BR> <BR> Thank you! Thu, 8 Aug 2013 00:35:53 EST Homemade Jellies And Jams <BR> <BR> This link has a lot of new recipes for jams and jellies as well some of the tried and true recipes <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g-canning/homemade-jelly-and-jam-recip<BR>es/?sssdmh=dm17.682139&esrc=nwwr072913#page=1 </link> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 04:28:11 EST Interesting Pickling Recipes <BR> <BR> I loved some of the recipes here <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g-canning/pickled-recipes/?sssdmh=dm17<BR>.682139&esrc=nwwr072913#page=1 </link> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 04:05:22 EST Garden and Orchard Videos from Master Gardeners Good Morning. <BR> I just found this page full of great videos on gardening pruning orchard and landscape trees, etc...from master gardeners. <BR> Look under each persons name for the topic on the video. <BR> <BR> What a wealth of information here.... <BR> Save it to your favorites for the Future... <BR> <BR> Here's the link... <link> </link> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 07:27:27 EST Big Boy's Burger Season Salt Recipe One of our members (AuntB) wrote a blog on her memories and love for Big Boy Burgers... <BR> As you know, they are almost out of existence....and getting the bottled seasoning is getting harder. <BR> <BR> Here are 2 recipes for the seasoning they put on their burgers... <BR> <BR> <BR> BIG BOY SEASONING SALT <BR> <BR> Makes 5 to 6 tablespoons <BR> <BR> 2 tablespoons celery salt <BR> 2 teaspoons paprika <BR> 11/2 teaspoon garlic powder <BR> 1 teaspoon monosodium glutamate <BR> 1 teaspoon... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 08:15:53 EST BBQ Potato Chip Spice Blend...DROP the Chips !!!! I am an addict for BBQ Potato Chips... <BR> Well, forget the chips and make the seasoning blend and put on fresh zucchini from my garden...YUMMMMM.... <BR> Try it on cheese, cukes, tomatoes, etc.... <BR> <BR> Bobby Flay's Barbecue Seasoning for Chips, Fries or Onion Rings <BR> <BR> 1 tablespoon spanish paprika <BR> 2 teaspoons dried ancho chile powder <BR> 2 teaspoons ground cumin <BR> 2 teaspoons kosher salt <BR> 1 teaspoon onion powder <BR> 1 teaspoon garlic powder ... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 09:15:56 EST ALERT - Scam on SparkPeople It seems that someone is sending a sparkmail asking for money... <BR> DO NOT ANSWER IT...IT'S A SCAM !!!! <BR> <BR> Just Be Aware.... <BR> <BR> Here is the thread from a concerned Sparker... <BR> <BR> Someone who is a Spark member calling him/herself FRIEND4YOU5. She calls herself <BR> Princess Sameera Michel & is asking for help in getting a very large amount of money out of her country and also for her to relocate to our country!! <BR> <BR> SCAM - I guess he/she thinks that sending thr... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 11:41:51 EST Sweet Hot Caramelized Onions Sweet Hot Caramelized Onions <BR> <BR> 3 1/2 to 4 lb yellow onions (10 to 12 onions), halved lengthwise and <BR> thinly sliced (12 cups) <BR> 6 Tbsp butter, melted <BR> 6 Tbsp olive oil <BR> 1/3 cup packed brown sugar <BR> 1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar <BR> 1/3 cup apple cider <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper <BR> 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper <BR> <BR> Prepare jars, lids and bands. <BR> <BR> In a 4 to 6 quart slow cooker combine onions, melted butter and oil. <BR> Cover and cook ... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 23:29:36 EST I Want To Can Soon I really want to can soon. I'd like to do a strawberry rhubarb recipe I found. I do not have a pressure cooker. Has anyone done tis before? Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:29:57 EST July Team Leaders...Week of July 7 Congrat's Folks...Keep Up the Great Work !!! <BR> <BR> July Team Leaders <BR> <BR> SparkPoints <BR> <BR> TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> LAWANDMUSIC <BR> RAPUNZEL53 <BR> IMREITE <BR> NASFKAB <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> IMREITE <BR> GEMINI-SKY <BR> MEMORIES7 <BR> TESTYCATLADYP <BR> <BR> Sun, 14 Jul 2013 08:36:52 EST To change your profile picture... To change your profile picture... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just go to your sparkpage and click on Edit my sparkpage. Then go to your Profile Image and click on Change this Image. Under Choose a photo from your gallery, you'll see in smaller print 'also choose from our success gallery'. That's where the weight loss trophies are found. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:38:18 EST How to manage your Trophies and SparkVer aries... How to manage your Trophies and SparkVersaries... <BR> <BR> Go to your Sparkpage and click on Edit my page... <BR> Look at the tabs running across the page...Click on Awards. <BR> There are 3 columns on this page. Go to the left column "Trophies" <BR> Go to the bottom of the column and click on Manage My Trophies... <BR> A new page comes up... <BR> Next to the trophy cup, there are 3 bars. <BR> Click on the middle one that says "Add Weight Loss & SparkVersary Trophies. <BR> Then pick which ... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:29:49 EST Optional program changes coming soon! Optional program changes coming soon! <BR> Message: Good Morning All.. <BR> I, as a Leader, got a message from Coach Jen yesterday regarding some new changes regarding your calories vs. fitness. <BR> Here is what she wrote... <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We wanted to let you know about some changes that are coming tomorrow to calorie and fitness tracking. A few things to keep in mind: <BR> <BR> 1. These changes are TOTALLY optional to current members. So if you like the way thin... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 07:09:10 EST 40 Preserving Links 40 Preserving Links: Beginner tips, pro tricks and canning with honey <BR> <link><BR>ing/ </link> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 16:02:44 EST Victorio is Discounted Right Now $51.58 at Amazon Do You Have a Victorio? <BR> <link><BR>-victorio </link> Tue, 2 Jul 2013 13:43:40 EST ***IMPORTANT *** SP POINTS CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE Don't Panic !!! Here is the Blog from SP explaining the changes... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=simplified_sparkpoints_and_more_of_<BR>them </link> <BR> <BR> If you have any questions, do ask me...I'll do my best. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:22:43 EST Congratulations to Our Team Leaders Week of June 9 June Team Leaders <BR> <BR> SparkPoints <BR> <BR> TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> NASFKAB <BR> RAPUNZEL53 <BR> LAWANDMUSIC <BR> IMREITE <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> NASFKAB <BR> TESTYCATLADYP <BR> GEMINI-SKY <BR> MEMORIES7 <BR> <BR> Congratulations !!!! Keep up the Great Work !!!! <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 08:58:24 EST Mason Jar Make-Ahead Salads So many creative ideas . . . WHO thinks up these things?!! <BR> <BR> Mason Jar Make-Ahead Salads <BR> <link><BR>week-of-make-ahead-spring-salads-in-jars/ </link> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 19:14:55 EST What are you doing for fitness today? Yardwork Sat, 1 Jun 2013 10:56:51 EST Sprouts from mung beans? I am thinking of sprouting some mung beans in the clear plastic container my strawberries came in from the grocery store. What do y'all think? Any pointers. The last time I made sprouts I was a sprout and that's been a long time ago! <BR> Thu, 30 May 2013 19:32:06 EST How to Make Mozzarella Cheese- (Part One: Getting How to Make Mozzarella Cheese- (Part One: Getting Ready) <BR> <BR> Wednesday, May 29, 2013 <BR> <BR> From the Prairie Homestead... <BR> <BR> how-to-make-mozzarella-cheese-part-one <BR> -getting-ready.html <BR> <BR> <BR> I’ve been promising ya’ll a mozzarella recipe for a while now and it’s finally here! <BR> <BR> I don’t consider myself to be an expert cheesemaker, by any means. BUT, I have had considerable success with mozzarella (and having a... Wed, 29 May 2013 08:19:45 EST I Can Can Chicken is published! <em>244</em> <BR> I didn't get any gardening, housework, cooking, or anything else done yesterday. I went into high writing mode and finally finished I Can Can Chicken!! <BR> <BR> I am going to do a free day tomorrow from midnight tonight until midnight tomorrow night. It's free NOW for anyone who has an Amazon Prime subscription. <BR> <BR> Please get a copy and please leave feedback on Amazon for me! Also, if you notice any typos (I'm sure I've missed some) please send me an email and ... Sun, 26 May 2013 08:03:18 EST Bread Dough ? My sister in law just gave me her old bread maker. I really like the loaves cooked in a bread pan but would like to use the maker for dough. Does anyone here make and freeze bread dough? I was hoping I could just mix it and suck it up in the seal a meal machine. Defrost and bake. I am wondering if I will need to do anything special before freezing? Any help would be appreciated. <BR> Thanks, Kathy Sun, 19 May 2013 22:26:06 EST How to Make Yogurt in a Mason Jar How to Make Yogurt in a Mason Jar <BR> <BR> Friday, May 17, 2013 <BR> <BR> <BR> From Prairie Homestead <BR> There are lots of reasons to make your own yogurt. But the most important? <BR> <BR> It’ll make you feel like a homesteading rockstar. <BR> <BR> Oh yeah. <BR> <BR> Okay… so maybe that isn’t the *most* important reason, but it sure is fun. <BR> <BR> And besides the rockstar-thing, homemade yogurt is super nutritious (hello probiotic-goodness without all the flavorings ... Fri, 17 May 2013 08:40:27 EST I Can Can Beef free today on Amazon Kindle!! My book, I Can Can Beef is free until midnight tonight. <BR> <BR> If you are out of the US, please click on the link NOW as it goes by US time, I believe. <BR> <BR> Please download a copy and leave a review on Amazon after you've had a chance to read through it. <BR> <BR> There are instructions for canning beef (would also work for venison) and there are recipes for using the canned beef.' <BR> <BR> Hope you enjoy! (if the link breaks, just go to Amazon and type in I Can Can Beef) <BR> <... Fri, 17 May 2013 07:40:19 EST How to Can Fresh Asparagus just cut up any asparagus you have to place into jars and can. Just make sure to discard the thick, tough portions. <BR> <BR> <BR> canning asparagus <BR> <BR> If your asparagus has not already been washed, then before you cut it soak it in ice water in your sink for a few minutes first. <BR> <BR> Place your jars, lids, and screw bands in the dishwasher to sterilize, and put your pressure canner on the stove to start the water heating up. <BR> <BR> While you are cutting up the asparagu... Wed, 15 May 2013 07:45:29 EST Another Fun Site To Check Out <BR> <BR> Found this site at my Gardening DIY team, some interesting stuff with some fun links to take a look at <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ood-eml-2013-05-08-homegrown </link> Wed, 15 May 2013 04:05:18 EST Free: 35+ Canning Jar Labels <link> </link> Sat, 11 May 2013 17:52:07 EST The Cornbread Bible Kindle Ed. Free til midnight Just wanted to let you all know that my book, The Cornbread Bible: A Recipe Storybook is free today until midnight tonight. If you don't have a kindle, you can download a free kindle reader on just about every electronic device other than a microwave. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping this doesn't count as an advertisement because it is free today. I just wanted to share this with my friends. Thanks <BR> <BR> <link><BR>torybook-ebook/dp/B00AA4F6L4/ref=tmm_k<BR>in_t... Fri, 10 May 2013 12:26:02 EST What to do with Kiwi or Pineapple or Mangoes My favorite place for produce has Kiwi and Pineapple and Mangoes on sale this week. I would like to preserve them in some way. I usually just dry the mangoes and use them when I make chutney. <BR> <BR> Anyone else got ideas for how best to take advantage of these gorgeous tropical fruits? Fri, 10 May 2013 08:54:23 EST Easy Peasy Cultured Buttermilk Hi All I just did a blog on this, also, with pictures... <BR> <BR> Easy Peasy Cultured Buttermilk <BR> {from our homemade pantry} <BR> <BR> FROM Lisa at Happy in Dole Valley <BR> <BR> I'm not sure why I haven't shared this sooner since making homemade buttermilk is about the easiest thing to do. Really! And if "easy peasy" isn't enough to entice you to try making your own, you should know that you'll save money, too, which is always a good thing. :) <BR> <BR> Why use buttermilk? <BR> ... Wed, 8 May 2013 10:29:10 EST Lower fat corned beef experiment We love to make corned beef and cabbage for a quick meal in the pressure cooker. I cut up a whole head of cabbage, add 4 or five quartered potatoes (washed, skin on), 4 or 5 carrots, salt and pepper and a can of corned beef. Let it jiggle for about 3 minutes and voila dinner is done! It makes about 6 one-dish-meal servings in no time flat. <BR> <BR> HOWEVER, canned corned beef is about $5 for a 12 oz can and full of fat. Spread over 6 servings, it's not completely awful, but still, not doi... Tue, 7 May 2013 07:40:22 EST Articles Just for Us from SparkPeople !!! Gardening, Canning, Composting, etc... <BR> Thank You SparkPeople !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>own-food/ </link> <BR> <BR> I just copied the composting article.... <BR> <BR> Don't forget, to view these and NOT lose the original link, right click on the picture and either click on open in new window or open in new tab. Then you won't lose the original page. Tue, 7 May 2013 07:35:06 EST Favorite tomato sauce recipe? Hi, I'm just beginning by 2nd year with canning. Last year I found a recipe for roasted pepper tomato sauce that was good, although a bit runny. I assume it needed to simmer more than the recipe listed (under an hour). <BR> <BR> This year I'd like to make a sauce that is simular in texture to Ragu. Anyone have any recipes? <BR> <BR> Thanks much! Mon, 6 May 2013 11:06:56 EST Books Books older than my self have different ingredients, Molasses was almost always Black strap so why mention it. Sun, 5 May 2013 21:17:49 EST Word Game When you see the word, type the first word that comes to mind !!!! <BR> <BR> planting Sun, 5 May 2013 07:29:08 EST What Are You Planting Today ??? Had a great day yesterday... <BR> after a re-rototill of the garden...and put up make shift trellises made from found objects from my DH's barn...rebar, old ornamental fencing, a ladder, etc <BR> Planted my pole beans, peas, more tomato plants, pickling cukes, candy onions and zucchini. <BR> Today is corn, pumpkins, squashes, sunflowers, herbs, lettuce in a bowl planter and whatever I have room for. <BR> Also, Jimmy will put the pump in the pond so I can water the gardens. <BR> It felt so gr... Sun, 5 May 2013 07:24:43 EST Another Interesting Canning Site <BR> <BR> Just came across this site, it has basic information for beginners as well as those who are old hands, there are many, many recipes here as well. Don't forget to sign up for the newsletter <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 4 May 2013 06:32:51 EST canning refried beans Does anyone know if you can can homemade refried beans? If so how do you do it? I love refried beans and its one of the few proteins that I can get my son to eat but I don't always have time to make a fresh batch. Fri, 3 May 2013 17:18:18 EST How to Make Fromage Blanc {Cultured Soft Cheese) How to Make Fromage Blanc {Raw, Cultured Soft Cheese} <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is a link to making your own soft, spreadable cheese from Prairie Homestead... <BR> <BR> But let’s face it- as fancy as the name is, this cheese is just as down-to-earth as I am. <BR> <BR> It’s pretty much cheese-in-a-bag. Oh yeah, that’s what I’m talking about… ;) <BR> <BR> There are a million-and-one versions of this cheese floating around the ‘net. Some folks mistakenly call it “cream cheese,” but that’s ... Fri, 3 May 2013 08:59:34 EST Hanging Shoe Bag takes on a New Use I scoured the 2nd hand stores for a used Hanging Shoe bag in good shape. This is a borrowed idea from a site I came across. I mainly garden on my condo balconies. What a space saver for growing herbs! Hanging the herb planted shoe bag on a sunny wall. <BR> I added a picture, for you gals to take a peek at the photo in the section, in here. Thu, 2 May 2013 00:50:30 EST Preserving Garden Herbs Herbs for Freezing: <BR> Any herb with two asterisk beside name - the stems can also be frozen <BR> <BR> Basil (retains flavor, but discolors) <BR> Chervil** <BR> Cilantro <BR> Chives <BR> Dill** <BR> Lemon balm <BR> Lemon verbena <BR> Lovage <BR> Mint <BR> Oregano <BR> Parsley <BR> Rosemary ** <BR> Sage <BR> Savory ** <BR> Sorrel <BR> Sweet cicely <BR> Sweet marjoram ** <BR> Tarragon ** <BR> Thyme ** <BR> ** Can be frozen on stems <BR> Herbs for Drying <BR> Basil <BR>... Wed, 1 May 2013 13:29:28 EST Interesting Site <BR> <BR> Hi, I thought I'd post a link to an interesting site, she has some good recipes for preserves and canning, as well as many other things <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 06:25:12 EST New Team Goal Good Morning All... <BR> <BR> I've added a New Team Goal <BR> <BR> Encourage Each Other 1 Huddle 1 time per day <BR> <BR> Don't forget to add it to your team streaks !!!! <BR> Under My Trackers find SparkStreaks. Click on it. A window will come up with all of your Spark Team Goals. <BR> At the top, Click on Add/Manage My Streaks. <BR> Click the boxes of the team goals you want to keep track of. This will add them to your Streaks. Then click SAVE ... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 06:51:08 EST Dry Cream of Chicken Soup Mix I added this to the Spark Recipes. You may already have a version of this on hand, but just in case you don't... here's the recipe I use. Thought it might be handy for some. <BR> <BR> I hate buying anything I can easily (and this is SUPER easy) make for myself! <BR> <BR> Powdered Cream of Chicken Soup Mix <BR><BR>tail.asp?recipe=2464571&ff=1 <BR> <BR> -Jenny Thu, 18 Apr 2013 18:52:19 EST Pressure Canning Meat and a New Member Hi All and Welcome Jenny <BR> <BR> Jenny just joined our team and has written a book (sold on Amazon) called... <BR> I CAN CAN BEEF!! How to can beef to save money and time with quick, easy, delicious family recipes <BR> (I CAN CAN Frugal Living Series) [Kindle Edition] <BR> <BR> Here's the link... <BR> <link><BR>pes-Frugal-ebook/dp/B00BOB667K/ref=sr_<BR>1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365078636&sr=8-1&keyw<BR>ords=I+Can+Can+Beef#_ </link> <BR> <BR> For all of yo... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 08:42:28 EST Gardening Please Post You Gardening Issues here... <BR> <BR> Can't wait to get my hands Dirty !!!!! Sun, 31 Mar 2013 08:47:18 EST Pressure Canning Information I've moved the thread for pressure canning to this Forum... <BR> Please post anything about pressure canning HERE !!!!! <BR> <BR> GeminiSue <BR><BR>cs <BR> -of-pressure-canning/ <BR> <BR> If you are or going to be canning, please check out which foods need to be pressure canned and which can be canned in a large water canner. <BR> <BR> meat=pressure canner <BR> low acid veggies & fruit pressure canner <BR> beans=pressure canner <BR> for a start! <B... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 08:42:59 EST Pressure Canner Information <link><BR>basics-of-pressure-canning/ </link> <BR> <BR> If you are or going to be canning, please check out which foods need to be pressure canned and which can be canned in a large water canner. <BR> <BR> meat=pressure canner <BR> low acid veggies & fruit pressure canner <BR> beans=pressure canner <BR> for a start! <BR> This may give you time to get prepared (get what you need) to do this. <BR> <BR> Does anyone already have experience with pressure c... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 19:50:39 EST Hi everyone!!! I'm new I joined this team because I really miss putting foods up!! I grew up with a huge garden and my Mom canning and preserving and drying and freezing like crazy!!! I now live in a little house with a big yard and big garden plot and I'm too fat and broken and sick to garden. I'm holding out hope that losing weight will help me but I have fibromyalgia pretty bad so it might not. <BR> However, after all that, I ran across an article on how to 'can' flour! What you do is fill your clean jar with f... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:18:51 EST