SparkPeople Putting Foods Up Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=13192 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=13192 SparkPeople Has a Suggestion Box !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x64448439 Suggestion Box <BR> <BR> SparkPeople Has a Suggestion Box !!! <BR> <BR> If you have any suggestion for SP, here is the place to post it... <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/community/help_s<BR>uggestion_box.asp </link> <BR> <BR> If you hadn't noticed already, our team works hard every day to improve SparkPeople so that we can help even more people reach their goals. In fact, many of our best features came from member suggestions! If you have an idea to improve the site, please let us know ... Mon, 30 May 2016 08:19:16 EST Happy 60th Birthday Karen... ivedaily http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x64448119 Happy 60th Birthday Karen...Livedaily <BR> Enjoy Your Special Day !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> <em>125</em> Mon, 30 May 2016 07:27:12 EST Preserving Produce by Freezing Podcast or Read http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x64396168 Preserving Produce by Freezing Podcast or Read <BR> <BR> Read or Listen to... <BR> <BR> You Will learn: <BR> <BR> Which freezer containers work best and why <BR> What is flash-freezing &amp; why you should use it on berries <BR> How to disable the enzymes that soften vegetables <BR> Why headspace in freezing is so important <BR> What makes tomatoes so easy to freeze <BR> The trick to freezing zucchini quickly <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.livinghomegrown.com/how-to-freez<BR>e-produce... Sun, 22 May 2016 10:04:13 EST Leaving SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x64377710 I'm leaving SP, and this team, due to SP's latest stupidity in making SparkPages look like Facebook. Fond farewell everyone, and be well. Thu, 19 May 2016 13:07:34 EST Make Your Own Homemade Garden Fungicide http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x64375909 Make Your Own Homemade Garden Fungicide <BR> <BR> The basic recipe I have had success with comes from The Natural Gardener in Austin. The recipe they recommend is as follows (link to original recipe here): <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 4 Level teaspoons or 1 1/3 tablespoons of Baking Soda <BR> 1 teaspoon of Mild Soap (Dawn, Ivory, should be biodegradable with no phosphates) <BR> 1 gallon of Water <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> <BR> Mix all ingredients thoroughly and keep agitated. The... Thu, 19 May 2016 09:09:40 EST Turkey and Squash Ravioli with Raw Marinara (Glute http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x64375830 Turkey and Squash Ravioli with Raw Marinara (Gluten-Free, Flourless) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/48e6fe4c-f6f2-4934-ab8d-c1cc3cec9b6d.jpg"> <BR> Using strips of yellow squash rather than pasta cuts both the carbs and calories in this delicious Italian favorite! <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 10 <BR> <BR> Minutes to Cook: 25 <BR> <BR> Number of Servings: 3 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> Raw Marinara: <BR> 3 Roma tomatoes <BR> 12 sun dried tomatoes <BR> 1 clove ... Thu, 19 May 2016 09:01:16 EST New SparkPage Layout rolled out this morning ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x64371453 New SparkPage Layout rolled out this morning ! <BR> <BR> Have you seen it yet ? If you have any questions, do ask me ! Wed, 18 May 2016 16:25:11 EST Creamy Spinach Quesadillas Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x64369488 Creamy Spinach Quesadillas Recipe <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/02ee3410-b803-486b-aa0e-080784ba726e.jpg"> <BR> Author: The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Recipe type: Main Dish <BR> <BR> Serves: 4-6 quesadillas <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> •4 cups spinach leaves (or other dark leafy greens of your choice), roughly chopped <BR> •½ of a medium onion, finely chopped <BR> •1 garlic clove, minced <BR> •3 tablespoons butter or coconut oil <BR> •1 medium tomato, finely c... Wed, 18 May 2016 10:38:19 EST Deep Mulch Gardening with FREE EBook ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x64369463 Deep Mulch Gardening with FREE EBook ! <BR> <BR> Jill has been doing this for 3 years now and hasn't rototilled yet... <BR> Here is her post on a question and answer session... <BR> She is, also, giving you a Free Ebook Called Winning the Weed War on how to deep mulch garden... <BR> <BR> deep mulching has: <BR> •Cut my weeding time down to almost nothing <BR> •Reduced the amount of water my garden requires <BR> •Reduced the frequency I have to water <BR> •Improved my soil (there are worms e... Wed, 18 May 2016 10:35:06 EST FREE Pressure Canning Workshop - ON LINE !!! AGAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x64319240 In case you missed the last Free Pressure Canning Safety Workshop, Rachel is doing it again... <BR> <BR> Here is a copy of her email... <BR> <BR> In case you missed my pressure canning safety workshop last month, I will be offering it again next Wednesday, May 18th, at 10:00 a.m. PST/1:00 p.m. EST. <BR> <BR> <BR> If you are new to canning or you have only boiling water canned and you want to graduate to pressure canning, this workshop will give you all the information you need to can safe... Wed, 11 May 2016 08:19:41 EST Broccoli Tots Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x64254924 <BR> Broccoli Tots <BR> by Rachel Paxton <BR> <BR> If you spend very much time on Pinterest, you have probably run across a recipe for broccoli tots. They are all the rage right now. What are broccoli tots, you ask? They look like tater tots, but are made of broccoli. <BR> <BR> I like broccoli, so I wasn't too worried about whether I was going to like these or not, but I think even people who are not crazy about broccoli should give these a try. They have just the right combination of i... Mon, 2 May 2016 08:28:46 EST FREE How to Can the Best Salsa Online Workshop http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x64247101 Canning Basics for Beginners: <BR> How to Can the Best Salsa <BR> Tuesday May 3rd !!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.creativehomemaking.com/salsa-can<BR>ning-workshop.html </link> <BR> <BR> If you want to can homemade salsa, there are some important things you need to know for it to be safe to can in a boiling water canner. <BR> <BR> <BR> I will de-mystify the process of canning salsa by walking you through the process step-by-step. <BR> <BR> <BR> I will reveal my secret ingredient for makin... Sun, 1 May 2016 09:55:46 EST How to Make Hot Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x64219829 How to Make Hot Sauce <BR> <BR> <link>thepioneerwoman.com/food-and-friends<BR>/how-to-make-hot-sauce/?utm_source=fee<BR>dburner&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_c<BR>ampaign=Feed%3A+pioneerwoman-full-rss-<BR>feed+%28The+Pioneer+Woman+%7C+Full+RSS+Feed%29 </link> <BR> <BR> Homemade Hot Sauce <BR> <BR> April 26, 2016 &amp;#61574;0 <BR> <BR> Prep Time:24 HoursDifficulty:EasyServings:36 Servings <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> &amp;#61702;Ingredients <BR> <BR> <BR> &amp;#9726;1 pound Fresh Chi... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:46:46 EST How to Dry Herbs – 4 Methods to Dry Fresh Herbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x64211346 How to Dry Herbs – 4 Methods to Dry Fresh Herbs <BR> <link>premeditatedleftovers.com/recipes-co<BR>oking-tips/how-to-dry-herbs-4-methods-<BR>to-dry-fresh-herbs/ </link> <BR> enjoy growing herbs and being able to use fresh herbs in recipes throughout the summer. However, once the herbs begin to bolt or colder temperatures threaten the plants with a freeze, I know it is time for me to give up my fresh herbs and dry the herbs, so I can use the dried herbs all winter long. <BR> <BR> There a... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:09:16 EST FREE 5 Day Pantry Makeover Emails PLUS Bonuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x64197611 FREE 5 Day Pantry Makeover Emails PLUS Bonuses <BR> <BR> I just did this 5 Day Pantry Makeover and it was very enlightening... <BR> If you want to do this and get the bonuses, here is the link for you... <BR> <link>melissaknorris.com/5daypantrymakeove<BR>r </link> <BR> <BR> Click on the DOWNLOAD NOW Button and a screen will come up for you to register. <BR> Enjoy !!! Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:06:07 EST Basic Homemade Pasta Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x64190339 Basic Homemade Pasta Recipe <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Author: The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Recipe type: Main Dish <BR> <BR> Cuisine: Italian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Prep time: 70 mins <BR> <BR> Cook time: 4 mins <BR> <BR> Total time: 1 hour 14 mins <BR> <BR> <BR> Serves: 1 lb pasta <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> •2 cups flour <BR> •½ teaspoon sea salt <BR> •3 large eggs <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> 1.Combine the flour and salt. <BR> 2.Make a well in the ... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 07:22:42 EST How To Make Banana Jam http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x64182684 How To Make Banana Jam <BR> Author: Ellen Christian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 2 cups of mashed bananas (about 5 small) <BR> <BR> 2 cups sugar <BR> <BR> 2 tablespoons of lime or lemon juice <BR> <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> <BR> Fill the water bath canner with water and bring to a boil. <BR> <BR> Wash the jars, rings, and lids. <BR> <BR> Fill the jars with very hot water. <BR> <BR> Put all the ingredients in a pan and stir occasionally. <BR> <BR> Let the jam boil fo... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 05:24:54 EST Made from Scratch Life Ebook Link http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x64182665 Hi all I just bought this book and they gave me a free link to the ebook... <BR> I hope this works for you... <BR> <BR> OK I tried it... <BR> When the screen comes up, click on DOWNLOAD and it should come up for you ! <BR> <BR> Let me know .... <BR> <BR> <link>files.acrobat.com/a/preview/9ddd078e<BR>-aa18-44c5-81d1-d8b4de8f0fb4 </link> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 05:14:04 EST 40+ Hacks for YOU (the Urban Gardener) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x64153034 40+ Hacks for YOU (the Urban Gardener) <BR> From Instructables !!! <BR> <BR> I haven't gone thru them all, but there are some interesting hacks here... <BR> Garbage Smoothie <BR> Gatorade...H20 for your plants <BR> DIY Seed Starter Pots <BR> Etc. <BR> <link>www.instructables.com/id/40-Hacks-NO<BR>-Excuses/ </link> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 07:08:52 EST FREE Pressure Canning Workshop - ON LINE !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x64124210 FREE Pressure Canning Workshop !!! <BR> From Creative Homemaking... <BR> <BR> I've posted the link below for you to register.... <BR> <BR> I'd like to invite you to a live canning workshop I will be giving next Tuesday. In this workshop I will be discussing pressure canning safety and walking you through the pressure canning process step by step. <BR> <BR> <BR> The workshop will be Tuesday, April 19th, at 11:00 a.m. PST, 2:00 p.m. EST. If you are not able to make it at that time, sign up... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 08:14:31 EST Happy Birthday IMREITE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x64109494 <BR> Hi everyone today is IMREITE's birthday. <BR> Let's hope it's a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=IM<BR>REITE </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1100c04b-6e29-49c5-a4ac-8960d5964a74.jpg"> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 08:52:06 EST Best cough killer that you can imagine. Homemade http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x64039490 Best cough killer that you can imagine. Homemade <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aae054a0-9bde-49cc-9aea-e05767cace02.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When your nose is blocked and the cough sets in, most people are usually at their wit's end. You swallow medicine, gurgle specific solutions, rub ointments into your skin, and simply try everything that advertisements claim as successful. But with this little guide, you won't need to do any of that. These cough drops contain all the impo... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 07:48:23 EST 6 Amazing Cooking Tricks Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x64039281 You Gotta See This !!! 6 Amazing Cooking Tricks Video... <BR> <BR> Shell eggs in a glass jar <BR> Peel Garlic using a glass jar <BR> Take the skins off of a Kiwi using a drinking glass <BR> Slice a banana with the skins ON !!! <BR> Slice a Sweet Pepper Fast <BR> Prep a potato so its easy to peel after boiling... <BR> <BR> What Fun !!! Who Knew !!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/AkroLr/videos/44958<BR>2375249683/?fref=nf </link> Sun, 3 Apr 2016 07:29:19 EST FREE Live Basic Canning Workshop http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x64015984 FREE Live Basic Canning Workshop from Creative Homemaking <BR> <BR> Canning Basics for Beginners: Boiling Water vs. Pressure Canning <BR> <BR> Next week I will be giving two free canning workshops to give you an overview of the benefits of canning and the differences between pressure canning and boiling water canning. <BR> <BR> <BR> There are two times to choose from: Tuesday, April 5th at 11:00 a.m. PST and Thursday, April 7th at 6:00 p.m. PST. There will be a video replay of each work... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:48:18 EST Sprout Seeds Overnigh t...with Scarification! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x64000921 Sprout Seeds Overnight...with Scarification! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f7ac682-1771-49e2-9668-302c23442ad2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.instructables.com/id/Sprout-Seed<BR>s-Overnightwith-Scarification/ </link> <BR> <BR> How would you like to sprout practically any seed overnight? Of course you would! <BR> <BR> I like to mess around with plants, but I have always had a hard time getting seeds to reliably sprout, or germinate. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was poki... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:53:09 EST Perennial food gardening: The garden that keeps on http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x63993679 Perennial food gardening: The garden that keeps on giving <BR> <BR> Growing perennial food crops in your garden provides delicious fruit, vegetables and edible flowers year after year. The majority of food plants are annuals that produce for a single season. Perennial plants are unique because they produce several seasons of crops over many years. <BR> <BR> Benefits of growing perennial food crops <BR> •Once established, perennials are very easy to maintain. Perennial food plants are not su... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 11:10:19 EST Trash Can Compost Bin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63980378 <BR> Trash Can Compost Bin <BR> <BR> February 27, 2014 <BR> <BR> <BR> Trash Can Compost BinThis isn’t a new idea, but it’s a good one so I thought I’d share it with you. It’s a small compost bin made from a rubber trash can. It’s just the right size for small spaces; it has a lid to keep out the critters and it’s easy to maneuver around the garden. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Materials: <BR> Twist Bit and Hole Saw BitRubber Garbage Can with a Locking Lid (Choose a size that will provide yo... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 13:34:57 EST How to Care for Phalaenopsis Orchids After They Bl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x63980373 <BR> How to Care for Phalaenopsis Orchids After They Bloom <BR> <BR> December 14, 2015 <BR> <BR> <BR> Although they may appear exotic, Phalaenopsis orchids are easy to care for and these days, easy to come by. Relatively inexpensive <BR> and available at your local grocery store, it’s apparent why Phalaenopsis orchids have become so popular. <BR> <BR> Now, I’m a diehard packrat who is reluctant to throw anything away — especially if it’s living — so I hang on to <BR> orchids after th... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 13:33:22 EST build a grow light system for starting seeds indoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x63964764 build a grow light system for starting seeds indoors <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/327e9f66-0131-410a-85e2-2719f875c881.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Seeds need light and damp, warm soil to grow indoors. If you want to start seeds indoors this spring, you’ll need an environment that provides 14-18 hours of light each day. Placing your seeds and seedlings near a south-facing window will give light throughout the daytime hours, but you’ll want to give your seeds a little extra light ... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 10:26:29 EST 5-Steps-to- Your-Best-G rden-Ever-by-Joe-Lampl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x63964110 5-Steps-to-Your-Best-Garden-Ever-by-Joe-La<BR>mpl <BR> <BR> I just received a Free link to a PDF of 5-Steps-to-Your-Best-Garden-Ever-by-Joe-La<BR>mpl <BR> <BR> The new way that free info is given is in PDF form and there isn't a link for me to offer you. <BR> So, I saved it to my computer and will add the file here for you to view and save if you would like... <BR> <BR> <link>files.acrobat.com/a/preview/74b4a292<BR>-1472-4fe5-95b2-4dd7ecdc0c81 </link> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 09:07:30 EST 30 Day FREE Gardening Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x63963938 30 Day FREE Gardening Challenge <BR> <BR> <link>selfreliantschool.com/gardening-chal<BR>lenge/?inf_contact_key=bb96b88f36544d1<BR>7be7caa3bcc482231e7e7a711392fb4c195715<BR>13597418d16 </link> <BR> <BR> Spring Is Finally Here! <BR> <BR> Come take the SRS 30-Day FREE Gardening Challenge! <BR> Whether you need gardening instruction or just need a little motivation to get your gardening going this year, come join us as we challenge you to have the best garden ever this year! We'll be ... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 08:48:50 EST How To Dye Easter Eggs Naturally With Everyday Ing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x63956169 How To Dye Easter Eggs Naturally With Everyday Ingredients <BR> <BR> What Fun !!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b7315ea2-0363-49f1-a77b-eb9079e98efb.jpg"> <BR> After experimenting with everything from lemon peels and carrots to raspberries and grape juice, I’ve narrowed down my list to a few ingredients that consistently yield beautiful, vibrant colors. You’ll find them below along with the specific recipes I used. <BR> <BR> Pink <BR> <BR> Two cups water + two... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 08:50:18 EST How to Peel Farm-Fresh Hard-Boiled Eggs Steam Them http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63956030 How to Easily Peel Farm-Fresh Hard-Boiled Eggs with STEAM !!!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/04/<BR>the-easy-way-to-peel-farm-fresh-hard-b<BR>oiled-eggs.html </link> <BR> Well, I can say I've never tried this way...BUT I Will !!! <BR> <BR> Here's the Article... <BR> <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... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 08:36:59 EST Top Rookie Canning Mistakes & How to Overcome Them http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63934779 Top Rookie Canning Mistakes &amp; How to Overcome Them <BR> <BR> <link>www.livinghomegrown.com/4-rookie-can<BR>ning-mistakes/ </link> <BR> The Top 4 Rookie Canning Mistakes <BR> <BR> In this podcast episode (and in the show notes summary below) I dive into some the top rookie canning mistakes with information on how to learn more. <BR> <BR> My goal with this post (and last week’s post on Canning Myths) is to take away some of the road blocks that can stop canners from having success. ... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 11:51:44 EST Lunar Gardening http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63922347 Lunar Gardening <BR> <BR> <link>www.raisingjane.org/journal/48092 </link> <BR> <BR> How Fascinating !!! <BR> <BR> Do go to the link for explanation and pictures and a Chart !!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/58595983-77c0-400e-953d-4a914615a33e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1f5a7d5b-492c-45c6-888a-a9168afb0515.jpg"> Fri, 18 Mar 2016 14:50:15 EST How To Dehydrate Greens Plus Making Green Powder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x63912906 How To Dehydrate Greens Plus Making Green Powder <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/071b6b0a-49da-4b77-a128-4a4f354c8d17.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>selfreliantschool.com/dehydrate-gree<BR>ns-plus-making-green-powder/?inf_conta<BR>ct_key=a99b243a6813017d9040f04129b3e5b<BR>90e0715be96df7e2389f4e78e76f89eb0 </link> <BR> Green leafy vegetables are one of the easiest things to dehydrate. Luckily, with the whole foods movement they are becoming more popular and grocery stores and... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 09:17:11 EST What is Hypertufa? Here's How to Make One ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63906811 What is Hypertufa? Here's How to Make One ! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a5cf212d-8ad6-41c0-bc6e-ed2e5446286b.png"> <BR> Wouldn't these be cute for an Herb Garden ? <BR> <BR> Hypertufa is an anthropic (manmade) rock, originally invented for use in alpine gardens. Kind of like concrete, but much lighter and more porous, hypertufa is easy to mold into different shapes before it cures and hardens. Hypertufa is made by mixing equal parts perlite (volcanic glass), peat ... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 11:39:23 EST Cauliflower Tortilla ...Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x63890643 Cauliflower Tortillas... <BR> <BR> I love tortillas! I could eat them every night. That’s why I went looking for a healthier alternative. These Cauliflower Tortillas with lime and cilantro did the trick. They are not as pliable as traditional tortillas but they are good enough for my purposes and taste great. Combined with white meat and pico you’re in for a seriously satisfying savory dish that is skinny on calories. Check out the quick video below to see how they come together: <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 09:10:16 EST How to make homemade noodles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x63861548 How to make homemade noodles <BR> <BR> <link>www.farmanddairy.com/how-to/how-to-m<BR>ake-homemade-noodles/320818.html?omhid<BR>e=true&amp;utm_source=Around+the+Table<BR>&amp;utm_campaign=6e0aa3d44a-Around_th<BR>e_Table_3_9_Noodles&amp;utm_medium=ema<BR>il&amp;utm_term=0_8fa5014a52-6e0aa3d44a-80611553 </link> <BR> If you’re feeling ambitious, try making homemade noodles. You’ll be surprised at how simple it is, and you don’t need a pasta machine. <BR> <BR> Making your own noodles is a sk... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 07:32:39 EST 6 of the Best & Easy Garden Tool Rack You Can Make http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63843669 6 of the Best &amp; Easy Garden Tool Rack You Can Make from Recycled Materials <BR> <BR> Is it the mess in your garage or garden shed? It’s still winter, and maybe it’s time to take the decision to organize all your tools and be ready for the coming spring! You will find below six ideas of easy garden tool racks you can make from recycled or upcycled materials. So, to recover some organization and quickly find your garden tools when the sun and the heat will be back, take some inspiration :)... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 20:03:40 EST Homemade Seed Tape and Seed Bombs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x63839505 Homemade Seed Tape and Seed Bombs <BR> <BR> From Farm and Dairy... <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3c2ecbb1-19ef-48ee-95f3-df0496b140b3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/22175ca0-cd5e-45ba-b0d5-0a95ef007da9.jpg"> <BR> If you’ve ever tried to direct sow carrots seeds in correct spacing increments, you know it’s nearly impossible. Tiny seeds like carrots and lettuce are much easier to plant in pre-spaced tape. Seed tape reduces seed waste a... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 10:13:13 EST Key to Being A Successful Canner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63831330 Key to Being A Successful Canner? <BR> <BR> What Makes A Successful Canner? <BR> <BR> Learn 5 Traits of a Successful Canner! <BR> <BR> Pssssst – you don’t need to be a master chef to be an amazing canner. <BR> <BR> And you also don’t need fancy pants equipment. In fact, you probably already have everything you need in your kitchen! <BR> <BR> I’m revealing the 5 characteristics or traits you need to bring to the table when you’re putting up the harvest. When you have these in place, you ... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 09:26:36 EST 8 Tips to Grow Grocery Store Ginger http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63809227 8 Tips to Grow Grocery Store Ginger <BR> <BR> <link>preparednessmama.com/grow-grocery-st<BR>ore-ginger/ </link> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a7c43849-4012-435c-b8b0-a1746908fc34.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You can grow your own ginger <BR> <BR> Fresh ginger is almost always on my grocery list, we use quite a bit of it for cooking and cold remedies. About a month ago I happened to take a good look at the ginger on the counter and it looked like it was beginning to grow. Li... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 09:13:19 EST 6 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63801027 6 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden <BR> <BR> This post is for the garlic lovers – or those who aren’t sure if they like garlic but do like to use natural and organic practices in their gardens. It turns out that this fragrant bulb is good for more than just cooking, and can be a real helpmate around the yard and garden. So – without further ado – 6 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden and Yard. <BR> <BR> #1 – Use Garlic to Protect Fruit Trees <BR> <BR> Garlic planted at the base of fruit tre... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 09:09:51 EST Homemade “Emeril’s Essence” Seasoning Blend http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63775472 Homemade “Emeril’s Essence” Seasoning Blend <BR> Found on thenourishinghome <BR> <BR> Yield: 1/3 cup <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> * 1 tbsp paprika <BR> <BR> * 1 tbsp sea salt <BR> <BR> * 1 tbsp garlic powder <BR> <BR> * 1-1/2 tsp onion powder <BR> <BR> * 1-1/2 tsp dried oregano <BR> <BR> * 1-1/2 tsp dried thyme <BR> <BR> * 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper <BR> <BR> * 1 tsp cayenne pepper (if you like it spicy, use more) <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> <BR> 1. In a small bowl, add ... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 07:59:13 EST Growing Onions From Seed – 5 Tips for a Great Harv http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63721654 Growing Onions From Seed – 5 Tips for a Great Harvest <BR> <BR> Growing onions from seed can seem a little intimidating, but it’s really not much fuss at all. For years I just settled for whatever onion sets were available from the hardware store, but I’ve become an onion seed believer. Now my first seeds planted for the season are my onions, and the boys and I grow several hundred of these beauties every year, many of which go into homemade salsa and spaghetti sauce. <BR> <BR> Growing Oni... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 05:54:04 EST Free Fun Colouring Pages To Download And Print. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x63695554 If you like colouring you might like to check out these links. I found loads of free printable pages for mandalas and other colouring pictures at <BR> <BR> <link>www.coloring-pages-adults.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.art-is-fun.com/free-adult-colori<BR>ng-pages/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.easypeasyandfun.com/free-colorin<BR>g-pages-for-adults/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.everythingetsy.com/2015/08/print<BR>able-coloring-pages-for-adults-15-free<BR>-designs/ </link> <BR... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 12:36:26 EST DIY Soil Block Maker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63694139 DIY Soil Block Maker <BR> <BR> I’ve been hearing some buzz lately… <BR> <BR> …about these handy-dandy soil block thingies that people are using to start their seeds. <BR> <BR> I’ve been pretty loyal to my nifty little newspaper pots for a while now, but being the nosy curious homesteader that I am, I just had to check out these new pots on the block. (Sorry… I couldn’t help myself) :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My initial detective work led me to this soil block maker on Amazon for $30 (a... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 09:26:53 EST Happy Birthday SASSYSNAIL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x63693595 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is SASSYSNAIL's birthday. <BR> Let's hope it's a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=SA<BR>SSYSNAIL </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/738d7474-a56a-449a-86e0-47fd772c6dcd.jpg"> <BR> Wed, 17 Feb 2016 08:11:18 EST Make Your Own Corn Syrup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63686551 Make Your Own Corn Syrup <BR> <BR> I was just watching a video from Bev on Ourhalfacrehomestead and she was talking about the extremely high price of organic non GMO etc. corn syrup in Canada ! <BR> <BR> One of her followers suggested that she make her own !!! I didn't know you could make your own !!! <BR> Here is the recipe... <BR> <BR> 2 cups sugar <BR> 1/2 t cream of tarter <BR> you add enough water to dissolve it in a pan. <BR> Use a candy thermometer and boil scrapping the crystals... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 10:00:06 EST joegarde ner.com/ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63680356 joegardener.com/ <BR> <BR> Joe Lampl of grow a greener world is launching a new website in July, Called Joegardener... <BR> Do sign up as he will be releasing a free ebook on how to get your garden ready shortly to those that have signed up for his new web sight ! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>joegardener.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here is a link to a video that will help explain it better ! <BR> <link>vimeo.com/155413026/4a894f8f3c </link> Mon, 15 Feb 2016 14:33:09 EST Creating an Cottage Style Edible Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63672588 Creating an Cottage Style Edible Garden <BR> By Livinghomegrown.com <BR> <BR> Learn simple steps for creating an edible garden that is as gorgeous as it is productive. <BR> <BR> If you follow me, you know that I pack a lot of edibles in my 1/10th of an acre, city landscape here in Los Angeles. But I don’t plant those edibles in the usual way. <BR> <BR> I use basic design principles to create a gorgeous cottage garden look – instead of farm-style rows. <BR> <BR> It’s the way I have always... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 14:25:30 EST Happy Birthday JODIELYNN40 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x63669357 <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is JODIELYNN40's birthday. <BR> Let's hope it's a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=JO<BR>DIELYNN40 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9c2f9db4-304c-468f-8a1d-42e69c4eb383.jpg"> Sun, 14 Feb 2016 04:41:30 EST Decluttering Your Home Room By Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x63660741 Decluttering Your Home Room By Room <BR> <BR> Our emotions are so wrapped up in our stuff that decluttering your home can be a stressful task. One might think we’re being asked to throw out a child instead of just tossing a book, blanket, can of paint or some old spices. I say this halfway joking but decluttering your home really can be serious for some people – no, for most people. We come up with all kinds of excuses and explanations about why we need to keep these things: <BR> <BR> Now ... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:16:48 EST Homemade Sauage Recipes PLEASE !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x63648874 Good Morning... <BR> <BR> I have 2 huge pork shoulder roasts and would like to make some sort of sausage ! <BR> <BR> Do any of you have a Favorite Sausage Recipe ? <BR> <BR> Italian, kielbasa, etc...? Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:08:37 EST Happy Birthday TUDAFD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x63602427 <BR> Hi everyone today is TUDAFD's birthday. <BR> Let's hope it's a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=TU<BR>DAFD </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eecf65a5-b12f-45c3-bae3-21444a6d707a.gif"> Fri, 5 Feb 2016 07:27:03 EST 6 Hour Pickled Avocados http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63580074 6 Hour Pickled Avocados <BR> <BR> I've never heard of this before !!!! :} <BR> <BR> for step by step pictures and instructions, go to the following link ! <BR> <link>www.instructables.com/id/6-Hour-Pick<BR>led-Avocados/?ALLSTEPS </link> <BR> <BR> A quick and simple way to pickle and preserve your ripe avocados at home. <BR> <BR> Avocados just might be a wonder fruit. They complement just about every meal they accompany from salads and tacos to eggs and toast, and they've become more ... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 13:00:12 EST Pressure Cooker / Slow Cooker Recipe Box http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x63570837 Beef Stock – 8 Cups for Slow Cooker and for Electric Cuisinart Pressure Cooker ! <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 2½ pounds beef and/or veal bones <BR> 1 pound beef chuck or other stew beef, cut into 1-inch cubes <BR> 2 large carrots, peeled, cut into 3-inch lengths <BR> 2 ribs celery, cut into 3-inch lengths 2 large onions, peeled and quartered <BR> 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil <BR> 6 chives 6 sprigs parsley <BR> 6 sprigs thyme <BR> 3 cloves garlic <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> P... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 12:18:43 EST Rao's Meatballs with Marinara Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63568222 Rao's Meatballs with Marinara Sauce <BR> <BR> If any of you have had the pleasure of eating at Rao's (we ate at Rao's in Lad Vegas) <BR> then you know how good their sauce is and especially their meatballs ! <BR> <BR> ..... <BR> <BR> If you're looking for a hot and cozy fall recipe, look no further than Rao's. Known for its exclusivity and esteemed reputation, New York City's Rao's restaurant has been serving up authentic Italian food since 1896. <BR> <BR> Here, Dino Gatto, the Executive ... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 06:54:59 EST January Team Points Leaders Week of Jan. 30, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x63560850 January Team Leaders <BR> <BR> - Week of January 30, 2016 <BR> <BR> Congrat's !!! Hard Work Does Pay Off !!!! :} <BR> <BR> SparkPoints <BR> <BR> LORI4CHRIST <BR> GOLDENRODFARM <BR> RAPUNZEL53 <BR> TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> MEMORIES7 <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> KPETSCHE <BR> GOLDENRODFARM <BR> RBRINK21 <BR> MEMORIES7 <BR> SNOWFILLY <BR> <BR> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:43:11 EST NO Carb Rosemary Cloud Bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x63552180 NO Carb Cloud Bread <BR> <BR> <link>thebigapplemama.com/2016/01/no-carb-<BR>cloud-bread.html </link> <BR> Ridiculous Amount of Ingredients: <BR> •3 eggs, separated <BR> •3 Tablespoons cream cheese <BR> •¼ teaspoon baking powder (or cream of tartar) <BR> •Optional: 1 Tablespoon Honey or some natural sweetener, salt, garlic powder, rosemary <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> •Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit (150 degrees Celsius) <BR> •Separate the eggs, there must be no yolk in the white. <B... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 07:48:42 EST Happy Birthday YARELL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x63511766 Hi everyone today is YARELL's birthday. <BR> Let's hope Leslie has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=YA<BR>RELL </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/adc6ec78-efd1-46c1-9e4a-48544e37965f.jpg"> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:47:16 EST Hello from TN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13192x63483026 While I am new to your group, I am not new to SparkPeople. I have been sparking for 6 years. When I started the journey all those years ago, I lost 65 lbs in the first year. I met an awesome man, got married and we had custody of his 4 children. Being a country girl, and they were city folks, I had to uphold my duty of making sure they had all the awesome country home-cooked foods I enjoyed. In the process of cooking all those meals, somehow, the fat and calories from all that just jumpe... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 12:41:44 EST Garden Crop Rotation – A Simple System http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63481724 Garden Crop Rotation – A Simple System <BR> <BR> I got this in an email this morning and I think it's the Simplest System to follow for crop rotation...It even explains the reasons why !!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi, I’m Lesa from Better Hens and Gardens. When “getting back to basics”, one of the easiest ways to start is by growing your own food. Then you know exactly what’s in it, it’s tastier than grocery store varieties, it costs less, and the process is rewarding. <BR> <BR> By growing your ... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:05:56 EST Going organic this spring? Tips and tools to help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x63456471 Going organic this spring? Tips and tools to help you grow <BR> <link>www.farmanddairy.com/top-stories/goi<BR>ng-organic-this-spring-tips-and-tools-<BR>to-help-you-grow/309093.html?utm_sourc<BR>e=Farm+and+Dairy&amp;utm_campaign=002c<BR>35a5d6-E_newsletter_1_18_16&amp;utm_me<BR>dium=email&amp;utm_term=0_23b488519b-002c35a5d6-80608469 </link> <BR> Most people know organic gardening rejects synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, but that’s not all there is to growing organic. <BR>... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:29:21 EST Recordkeeping for the garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63456431 Recordkeeping for the garden <BR> From Farm and Dairy <BR> <BR> <link>www.farmanddairy.com/top-stories/rec<BR>ordkeeping-for-the-garden/311117.html </link> <BR> Before you prepare your spring garden, plan to keep records of what varieties you plant, how you plant them and what you’re learning as you garden. In later years, you can look back at your garden records and decide what to change or keep the same. <BR> <BR> Garden recordkeeping can include sketches of your garden space, list... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:25:31 EST Happy Birthday PATTIE2101 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x63453933 <BR> Hi everyone today is PATTIE2101's birthday. <BR> Let's hope it's a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=PA<BR>TTIE2101 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/808dd6c6-561a-47de-881a-d6e857d6760c.jpg"> <BR> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 06:23:35 EST Canning Granny DIY Dry Mixes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63438350 Canning Granny DIY Dry Mixes <BR> <BR> Is everyone getting the emails from the Canning Granny on her DIY Dry Mixes ??? <BR> She posts a new recipe each day and sends an email... <BR> Id not, Do sign up for her emails....She's <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> ***Scroll down the page to see that previous days of recipes... <BR> <BR> <link>canninggranny.blogspot.com/ </link> Sat, 16 Jan 2016 07:39:09 EST Tips for ordering from seed catalogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x63398055 Tips for ordering from seed catalogs <BR> from Farm and Dairy <BR> <BR> <link>www.farmanddairy.com/top-stories/tip<BR>s-for-ordering-from-seed-catalogs/3090<BR>61.html?utm_source=Farm+and+Dairy&amp;<BR>utm_campaign=e85b7d3959-E_newsletter_1<BR>_11_16&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_te<BR>rm=0_23b488519b-e85b7d3959-80608469 </link> <BR> Seed ordering tips <BR> <BR> Everyone’s garden is different. Before you order seeds, keep these tips in mind: <BR> <BR> 1.Order early. To ensure that you ... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:02:30 EST Back to Basics Guide PLUS DIY RECIPES !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63325864 Back to Basics Guide PLUS DIY RECIPES !!! <BR> <BR> <link>backtobasicsbundle.com/wp-content/up<BR>loads/Back_To_Basics_Living_Quick_Star<BR>t_Guide.pdf?inf_contact_key=69cc952afa<BR>8255f2f4095876a6908853ce4020598cd7c0d4<BR>0281510256ed80c1 </link> <BR> <BR> Back To Basics Living <BR> Homemade Cleaners <BR> <BR> Vegetable Wash <BR> <BR> 1 C Distilled Water <BR> 1 C Vinegar <BR> 1 T Baking Soda <BR> Place in spray bottle and use as necessary. <BR> <BR> Furniture Polish <BR> <BR> 1 C ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 08:06:22 EST Jazzy January Chatter !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x63316836 Good Morning and Happy New Year !!! I'm Back !!! <BR> Just got back from Raleigh on New Years Eve !!! Had a Blast with the Grands !!! <BR> Temps were in the 50's to 70's and wonderful !!! Now back to the 20's here at home ! <BR> I can't believe I didn't even gain a pound over the holidays !!! <em>334</em> <BR> Well, I quit smoking on New Years Eve at Noon !!! So far so Good ! Not one puff and it's day 3...My biggest fear is gaining weight after quitting smoking !!! :{ <BR> I've done t... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 07:32:48 EST Slow Cooker Rotisserie Style Chicken http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x63308055 Slow Cooker Rotisserie Style Chicken <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Author: Kelly Smith/The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Recipe type: Main Dish- Chicken <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> •One 5 to 6 pound whole chicken <BR> •2 pounds baby potatoes <BR> •2 large carrots <BR> •1 head garlic <BR> •4-5 sprigs fresh thyme <BR> •Savory Seasoning Mix <BR> •2 tsp sea salt <BR> •1 tsp dried thyme <BR> •1 tsp paprika <BR> •½ tsp onion powder <BR> •½ tsp dried rosemary <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 07:15:38 EST Chef's is Going Out of Business !!! Up to 90% OFF http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x63303065 Chef's is Going Out of Business !!! Up to 90% OFF <BR> <BR> <link>www.chefscatalog.com/catalog/sale-it<BR>ems.aspx?sourcecode=GW2EM9590 </link> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:05:30 EST New to You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13192x63302886 Hi from central Arizona. Longtime canner of jams, jellies and chutneys. Working on canning things like veggie chili (for nights when I'm too lazy to cook!) Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:40:45 EST Hydrogen Peroxide Magic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63202889 Hydrogen Peroxide Magic! <BR> <BR> <link>www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2015/11<BR>/hydrogen-peroxide-magic.html </link> <BR> She Wrote... <BR> <BR> Ever since I started using Hydrogen Peroxide to get rid of armpit stains, to clean cookie sheets, as a miracle cleaner in my kitchen and bathroom, and to make my own “oxi clean“…I ALWAYS have at least one bottle of the stuff under my kitchen sink, under my bathroom sink, AND in the laundry room. This stuff is amazingly versatile! <BR> <BR> B... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 09:25:28 EST Growing Potatoes In Containers - BIG Harvest ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63146853 Growing Potatoes In Containers - BIG Harvest ! Video... <BR> <BR> Watch this method of growing potatoes and a big harvest - in containers with a well draining potting mix like ProMix HP or a mix of Peat Moss and Perlitte. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=XahkgvNmzkk </link> Tue, 8 Dec 2015 06:53:08 EST Roasting Chestnuts !!! Oh YUMMMM !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x63143231 Roasting Chestnuts <BR> <BR> You’ve heard them sung about and you’ve probably seen them every year in the produce department around the holidays, but what how do you actually roast chestnuts? The process of roasting chestnuts doesn’t actually involve an “open fire” as the song suggests, your oven will do just fine. Roasting chestnuts is a simple and fun holiday activity and my just become a part of your holiday tradition. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e3d2d6c-d7d5-4e... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 16:07:03 EST Chef's Ball FreshTech Electric Water Bath Canner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x63126244 Chef's Ball FreshTech Electric Water Bath Canner, 21 Quart... <BR> <BR> Chef's Catalog has the Ball FreshTech Electric Water Bath Canner, 21-quart on Sale for 79.95 PLUS FREE Shipping !!! <BR> This is the BEST price I've ever seen...Usually sells for 149.95... <BR> It's been on my wish list for a long time now...So I bought myself my Christmas Gift !!! :} <BR> <link>www.chefscatalog.com/product/31481-b<BR>all-freshtech-electric-water-bath-cann<BR>er-21-quart.aspx </link> <BR> Also, on Ama... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 07:45:48 EST I have some Sad News for Jules...Flow rdalejewel.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x63119239 I have some Sad News for Jules... Flowerdalejewel...Our Leader ! <BR> This is the email I received this morning !!! <BR> I'm sure she can use our support today ! <BR> <BR> Patti, <BR> <BR> I don't know if you saw on FB, but my brother Steven had a heart attack this morning and passed away. <BR> <BR> It was a shock really, I just wasn't expecting anything like this to happen at home. <BR> <BR> I probably will be back to Sparks soon, I don't know I'm really not sure what I'm doing at the... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 07:30:25 EST Decadent December Chat Thread !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x63096559 Well, December is Already Here and Time to Bake and Buy and Wrap and Share Our Time with Family and Friends !!! <BR> Enjoy Our New Month !!! Tue, 1 Dec 2015 08:21:20 EST Our Life In Old Pictures. How Many Do You Remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x63063338 Our Life In Old Pictures. How Many Do You Remember? - <BR> <BR> What Fun !!! I Remember 99% of These !!! <BR> <link>www.roncaskey.com/articles/Our-Life-<BR>in-old-Pictures.-How-Many-Do-You-Remem<BR>ber.php </link> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 07:22:57 EST Free Book from Mom Prepares !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63052125 Free Book from Mom Prepares !!! <BR> <BR> Here is the email I got !!! <BR> <BR> We’re putting together a recipe book from the world’s best food bloggers and we want to give it to you for free. <BR> <BR> This is a limited time offer as we’ll likely be selling it for $20 - $30 on Amazon after launch. <BR> <BR> All you have to do is click this link and you’ll be all set to go with your free copy. We’re hoping to finish it up by January, 2016. <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving! <BR> <BR> <BR> E... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:15:47 EST FREE Simple Soup Ebook from SimplyCa ning.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63044776 FREE Simple Soup Ebook from SimplyCanning.com <BR> <BR> Hi All <BR> I got this email a few minutes ago and thought you would like this FREE Ebook Called Simple Soups from Simply Canning.com <BR> Here is the email...Don't Forget to use the code Thanks at checkout ! <BR> <BR> Hello Patti, <BR> <BR> Today's e-mail is going to be super short! Yay. <BR> <BR> It is the week of Thanksgiving in the US so we have been reflecting on life and blessings and yes even challenges. I want to t... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:23:09 EST 21 Day New Member Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x63041567 21 Day New Member Challenge <BR> <BR> This is a GREAT Challenge to learn about what SparkPeople has to offer, how to track Nutrition and Fitness and the how to navigate the Site. <BR> You will get an email each day that will take you to your Challenge Page. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/calendar<BR>-challenge.asp?calendar=6 </link> <BR> <BR> There are other Challenges on the Challenge Central Page...Including one for Stepping into the Holidays 30 day Challenge... <BR> <... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 05:50:49 EST Soup Recipe Box http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x63034414 Well, as you can all see, I post this new recipe box in the WRONG Forum... <em>40</em> <BR> So Here it is in the Correct Forum !!! <BR> Post your Soup Recipes on this Thread !!! Sun, 22 Nov 2015 07:14:41 EST Soup Recipe Box http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63028269 ... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 08:27:50 EST Homemade Hawaiian Rolls to Freeze http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x63021412 Homemade Hawaiian Rolls To Freeze <BR> <BR> www.creativehomemaking.com/recipes/hawaiia<BR>n-rolls.shtml <BR> <BR> My family really enjoys Hawaiian rolls, and I finally found a great recipe to try. I have never made homemade rolls before, but this recipe was really easy, and the rolls turned out great! Another great thing about these is that you can freeze them and then bake them later. <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 1/4 c. milk <BR> 1/4 c. butter, melted <BR> 1/3 c. brown sug... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 08:19:28 EST Soda Jelly! - Dr. Pepper/ Mountain Dew/ Orange Cru http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x62999889 Soda Jelly! - Dr. Pepper/ Mountain Dew/ Orange Crush <BR> From Sbcanning.com <BR> She wrote... <BR> I wanted to add this to the site because I get asked about it every once and a while from my followers on Facebook. It's not something I would personally make but the color and concept of soda jelly is super fun! I have listed a few of the popular ones but I am sure if you can dream it and it comes in soda you can make it into jelly. It just takes a lot of sugar! Enjoy! <BR> <BR> Thank you... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 08:15:15 EST Sweet Potato Pie - Using 1 Quart of Home Canned Po http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x62999786 Sweet Potato Pie - Using 1 Quart of Home Canned Potatoes! <BR> <BR> <BR> For the Crust: <BR> <BR> 1/2 cold butter, cut into small cubes <BR> <BR> 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour <BR> <BR> 2 teaspoons granulated sugar <BR> <BR> 1/3 cup cold buttermilk (milk will work also) <BR> <BR> For the Filling: <BR> <BR> 2 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes, from 2 medium sweet potatoes OR (1 Quart Home canned Sweet potatoes) <BR> <BR> 3/4 cup packed brown sugar <BR> <BR> 1/2 teaspoon freshly grate... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 08:06:54 EST Do You Know about the GREAT Threads We Have ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62999350 Do You Know about the GREAT Threads We Have on Our Team Page Forums ? <BR> <BR> I know a lot of us only use the threads that show up in our email in box every day BUT... <BR> We have a lot of wonderful threads on our team page under each forum.... <BR> <BR> Like Our Recipe Boxes, Currently Putting Up...Etc... <BR> Especially, the Sticky Threads (those that I have marked to stay at the top of the Forums...only 3 sticky threads allowed per Forum) <BR> <BR> Under General Team Discussion Forum... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 07:09:52 EST When Good Canned Goods Go Bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62984674 When Good Canned Goods Go Bad <BR> <BR> Look what came in an email today...Antheams !!! Perfect Timing !!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.livinghomegrown.com/signs-of-spo<BR>ilage-in-canned-food/?utm_source=Livin<BR>g+Homegrown+Newsletter&amp;utm_campaig<BR>n=9ad17c0f60-ManualRSS_Newsletter_11_1<BR>5_2015&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_te<BR>rm=0_4531d20179-9ad17c0f60-113104189&a<BR>mp;ct=t(ManualRSS_Newsletter_11_15_2015) </link> <BR> Just like planning next year’s garden – This is the time of yea... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 09:46:49 EST Tips - Tricks and Hacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x62983661 I know we find such Great Tips and Tricks as we go thru the internet. <BR> Do share what you find Here so all of us can learn what you found out !!! <BR> <BR> Littlewinds53...Posted... <BR> <BR> By adding powdered milk powder to smoothies will up the protein content of the smoothie and there is no need to buy protein powder. Who knew? <BR> <BR> Canningnanny...Posts. <BR> <BR> I just found out that adding baking soda to your tomato sauce will take away the acid taste and you won't have to ... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 07:30:08 EST What Would You Like From Our Team This Winter ??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62979217 What Would You Like From Our Team This Winter ??? <BR> <BR> Now that Summer and Harvesting is Over for the Season, I was wondering what you would like from the Team... <BR> If you have any ideas, do let me know on this thread... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 13:51:40 EST APPLE PUMPKIN BISQUE (Pantry Cooking II) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x62962093 APPLE PUMPKIN BISQUE (Pantry Cooking II) <BR> <BR> 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree (not pie filling) <BR> 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth <BR> 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) unsweetened applesauce or 1-3/4 cups <BR> 1 teaspoon onion powder <BR> 1 teaspoon ground ginger <BR> 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup <BR> 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon <BR> 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste <BR> Dash nutmeg <BR> 1/2 teaspoon salt <BR> 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk <BR> Dried chives <B... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 07:52:45 EST Chef John's Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x62946600 Chef John's Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy <BR> <BR> For all of the people celebrating Thanksgiving this month !!! Or a recipe to keep and use for beef, chicken etc. just substitute some beef or chicken in place of the turkey wings !!! :} <BR> <BR> <BR> Chef John's Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Prep <BR> 20 m <BR> <BR> Cook <BR> 1 h 55 m <BR> <BR> Ready In <BR> 2 h 15 m <BR> <BR> <BR> Recipe By:Chef John <BR> <BR> "This make-ahead turkey gravy frees up valuable ... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 04:55:26 EST Making Compost Black Gold for Your Organic Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x62940145 I was just searching the web for Compost Recipes and came across this article... <BR> <BR> Making Compost - Black Gold for Your Organic Garden <BR> <BR> It has everything you would ever want to know about making and keeping a compost pile/container... <BR> <BR> <link>www.dummies.com/how-to/content/makin<BR>g-compost-black-gold-for-your-organic-<BR>garden.html </link> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 09:33:41 EST 10 Christmas Craft Projects Made Out Of TP Rolls http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x62931499 10 Christmas Craft Projects Made Out Of Upcycled Toilet Paper Rolls <BR> <BR> What a Fun and Creative bunch of Ideas !!! <BR> From Advent Calendars, Village Buildings, Reindeer, Ornaments...Etc.... <BR> Who Knew ??? <BR> <BR> <link>www.recyclart.org/2013/12/christmas-<BR>crafts-projects-made-toilet-paper-rolls/ </link> Sun, 8 Nov 2015 07:14:39 EST Happy Birthday Hopefull hippo... Corinna http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62931359 Happy Birthday Hopefullhippo... Corinna !!! <BR> Hope Your Day is as Special as You Are !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> Sun, 8 Nov 2015 06:45:00 EST Honey Caramel Corn Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x62902108 Honey Caramel Corn Recipe <BR> <BR> Author: The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Prep time: 10 mins <BR> <BR> Cook time: 5 mins <BR> <BR> Total time: 15 mins <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> •1 cup unpopped popcorn kernels <BR> •½ cup butter or coconut oil <BR> •½ cup honey <BR> •½ cup sucanat OR brown sugar <BR> •Pinch sea salt <BR> •½ teaspoon baking soda <BR> •1 teaspoon vanilla <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> 1.Pop the popcorn and place it in a large bowl. <BR> 2.I always grab a bigger bowl tha... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 09:31:30 EST Thankful November Chat Thread !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62874792 Hi All and Welcome to our November Chat Thread !!! <BR> <BR> We All have So Much to be Thankful For !!! <BR> <BR> Our Veterans and Our Families !!! Plus SOOO Much More !!! <BR> <BR> Enjoy Our New Month !!! Sun, 1 Nov 2015 06:17:26 EST 20 EASY Fall Soups Ready in 30 Minutes or Less http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62853934 I got this email this morning !!! <BR> Soup must be the HOT Topic these days !!! And Should Be !!! It's Cold Outside !!! <BR> <BR> 20 EASY Fall Soups Ready in 30 Minutes or Less <BR> <BR> Check out the Cream of Mushroom soup Here...YUUUMMMM.... <BR> No Canning Instructions but you can figure that part out...Just leave out the Dairy ! <BR> <link>dish.allrecipes.com/easy-fall-soups-<BR>ready-in-30-minutes/?ms=1&amp;prop25=1<BR>71076029&amp;prop26=HealthyBites&amp;p<BR>rop27=2015-10-28&amp... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 08:17:18 EST Canning Granny Soups http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62792186 Canning Granny Soups <BR> <BR> Hi All I know it's getting to be Soup Season and Canning Granny has been sending a daily email with all kinds of soup recipes and How To Can Them ... <BR> I thought you would like to get these emails and try some new soup ideas... <BR> Today is cream of Celery... <BR> You get the recipe and how to Can It !!! <BR> <BR> <link>canninggranny.blogspot.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Cream of Celery Soup <BR> <BR> Makes 5 pints <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1/3... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 07:47:22 EST New to a great looking team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13192x62786175 Hello all. I'm from rural central Illinois and have been canning/putting up for years. We live on 4 acres and have quite a large garden. I love to read all of your posts on canning and the support you give to each other in the weight loss/healthy living journey. Thanks and have a wonderful day! <em>465</em> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 11:46:07 EST Roasted Bone Beef Stock & Crockpot Chicken Stock http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x62777094 Roasted Bone Beef Stock &amp; Crockpot Chicken Stock <BR> From The Far and Dairy... <BR> <BR> <link>www.farmanddairy.com/top-stories/hom<BR>emade-stock-for-body-and-soul/290232.h<BR>tml?utm_source=Farm+and+Dairy&amp;utm_<BR>campaign=d0d614ead8-E-newsletter+10-19<BR>-15&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=<BR>0_23b488519b-d0d614ead8-80608469 </link> <BR> Roasted Bone Beef Stock <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 4 pounds beef marrow bones <BR> Apple cider vinegar <BR> 1 onion, chopped <BR>... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 10:38:51 EST Zucchini Chips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x62776115 Zucchini Chips <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=2185737&amp;utm_source=sp<BR>arkpeople&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm<BR>_campaign=recipe-of-the-day </link> <BR> <BR> Perfect snack for school lunches, after school or work snacks, or as a side dish with meals. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 5 <BR> <BR> Minutes to Cook: 10 <BR> <BR> Number of Servings: 4 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 medium zucchini (about 10 ounces) <BR>... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 08:53:46 EST No Added Sugar Pumpkin-Apple Butter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x62776043 No Added Sugar Pumpkin-Apple Butter A SP Recipe.... <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=1824601&amp;utm_source=sp<BR>arkpeople&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm<BR>_campaign=recipe-of-the-day </link> <BR> <BR> You won't believe we didn't add any sugar! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 5 <BR> <BR> Minutes to Cook: 30 <BR> <BR> Number of Servings: 24 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 (29-ounce) can pumpkin puree or fresh steamed pu... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 08:47:28 EST Creative Homemaking Halloween Recipes and Crafts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62730335 <BR> FREE E-Book from Creative Homemaking... <BR> Creative Homemaking Guide to Halloween Recipes and Crafts <BR> <BR> Every once in a while, Rachel Paxton, offers one of her E-Books for FREE... <BR> FREE HALLOWEEN KINDLE E-BOOK <BR> <BR> Download Creative Homemaking's newest e-book for your Kindle this week for FREE! This e-book contains all of Creative Homemaking's favorite Halloween recipes and crafts. <BR> <BR> Find out how to make gooey monster eye cookies, pumpkin cheesecake browni... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 09:07:27 EST DIY Autumn Leaf Bowls http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x62730236 DIY Autumn Leaf Bowls <BR> <BR> Here is a way to turn those faux autumn leaves into something beautiful and functional. Below are instructions for your very own autumn leaf bowl, perfect for holding your favorite scented potpourri or tasty Halloween treats. <BR> <BR> <link>www.hellolucky.com/wordpress/2012/10<BR>/25/diy-autumn-leaf-bowls </link> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c7dd19e7-ccf7-4efe-977e-ae5b535fce86.jpg"> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 08:57:27 EST 21 Pumpkin Sweets & Halloween Treats Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x62714224 I just got this email for 21 Pumpkin Sweets & Halloween Treats Recipes... <BR> Some Great Pumpkin recipes !!! And other fun treats !!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.kitchme.com/the-dish/21-pumpkin-<BR>sweets-halloween-treats-recipes/?plid=<BR>EM_PROMO_KITCHME&crid=EM_101115_KitchM<BR>e&utm_source=EM_PROMO_KITCHME&utm_medi<BR>um=email&utm_campaign=EM_101115_KitchMe </link> Sun, 11 Oct 2015 08:23:33 EST Greetings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13192x62708666 I am trying to get a little farm up an running on my 3 acres here in southern Idaho. I just moved here in March and was successful with a few crops. I have some pumpkins that I just harvested that I need to process. I have never grown pumpkins prior to this season. What are some of your favorite ways to process your pumpkins for later use? I currently raise chickens for eggs, meat, insect and weed control. I am looking at possibly adding goats or sheep for dairy next year. I look forward to m... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 12:13:36 EST How to Dehydrate Milk for Long Term Storage. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x62678380 I wonder if one could dehydrate heavy cream, sour cream. buttermilk? The wheels are turning. I hate buying a carton and only using some of it and throwing the rest away because I can't use it all..... <BR> <BR> Even if I had to keep the dehydrated product in the freezer to prevent the fats from going rancid, it would still be quicker to mix up some frozen powder than it would be to thaw out the frozen milk. I have milk in my freezer that I haven't used because it takes so long to thaw ou... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 17:35:29 EST How To. Glass Plate Flower Garden/Yard Sun Catcher http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x62674059 "How To" Make a Glass Plate Flower Garden/Yard Art Sun Catcher <BR> <BR> I am saving old plates and bowls to make Flower sun catchers ... <BR> Here is a link for the "How To"...I'm sure there are more tutorials on the web ! <BR> <link>concretenprimroses.blogspot.ca/2009/<BR>11/plate-flower-tutorial-part-1.html </link> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f17048d6-d3a4-4ff1-a8ed-55f3f1a00999.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb2e02ab-8254-4... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 07:58:42 EST Dehydrating Broccoli http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62666593 Dehydrating Broccoli <BR> <BR> Broccoli is very easy to dehydrate if you start with frozen chopped broccoli. Just spread partially thawed chopped broccoli on dehydrator trays that have first been lined with non-stick dehydrator sheets or parchment paper. That keeps the dried broccoli from slipping through the holes in the mesh. Here are the instructions. http://www.simplyprepared.com/dehydrating_ <BR> frozen_vegetables.htm One pound of frozen chopped broccoli yields 1 cup dried broccoli. <... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 10:02:35 EST Random Kindness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62665598 Random Kindness <BR> <BR> Post any acts of kindness that you performed for anyone other than yourself recently. <BR> <BR> <BR> I took 2 cases of my canned goods to the nuns at Villa Maria Convent in PA. to Enjoy ! Mon, 5 Oct 2015 08:13:33 EST Autumn October Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62632736 Hi October !!! <BR> <BR> No, I used some of the apple I hadn't canned yet... <BR> Apple Blueberry Pies ! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c0d24188-ff45-4e97-97fd-cdc6c0c928e6.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I did get 30 lbs of chicken legs and thighs...Will work on those today. <BR> I, also got 2 1lb bags of navy beans to make either bean and ham soup or Baked Beans ! Thu, 1 Oct 2015 07:23:12 EST Canning Plain Apples http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x62608014 Now that I have a bushel of FREE Apples, I thought I would Put them Up Plain and then I can make what ever I want later ! <BR> Here is a recipe for canning plain apples.... <BR> <BR> I have a battery operated apple peeler that works like a charm ! <BR> <BR> Canning Apples <BR> <BR> www.simplycanning.com/canning-apples.html <BR> <BR> Canning Apples <BR> <BR> Jona-Golds are what we use for canning apples. But there are MANY varieties that will work. Gala, Granny Smith, Honey Crisp…..mmmm... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:17:56 EST 13 Things To Know Before You Dehydrate Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x62596670 13 Things To Know Before You Dehydrate Food <BR> <BR> Linda (Littlewind53) posted this link in the Dehydrating Recipe Box for us ! <BR> Not sure how many of you still subscribe to that thread so I posted it here for her ! <BR> <BR> Super article !!! <BR> <BR> <link>urbansurvivalsite.com/13-things-to-k<BR>now-before-you-dehydrate-food/ </link> <BR> Dehydration is a fantastic way to preserve food for the future. There are many reasons why I like dehydrating food: it’s safe, it’s easy, an... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 21:55:01 EST Healthy Recipe Magazine Suggestions Please !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62577933 Hi All... <BR> My step son Dan, always gets me a subscription to Country Cooks Magazine... <BR> I love it (the recipes and NO ads) but I am looking for a subscription to a healthier cooking magazine... <BR> Any Suggestions ??? I prefer a magazine that doesn't have Ads ! Thu, 24 Sep 2015 11:32:44 EST Happy Happy Birthday Christina !!! AUNTYSPARK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62558895 Happy Happy Birthday Christina !!! <BR> From All of Us on the Putting Foods Up Team !!! <BR> Enjoy Your Special Day ! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> <em>125</em> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 07:24:08 EST homemade mayo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62553007 looking for recipes for homemade. the prices on a jar are outrageous! <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 12:37:38 EST Copy Cat Campbell's Tomato Soup Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62550337 Copy Cat Campbell's Tomato Soup Recipe <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 15 ounces tomato sauce <BR> 6 ounces tomato paste (I will use my tomato powder to make the paste) <BR> 1 cup water <BR> 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt <BR> 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar <BR> 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste <BR> 2 cups whole milk <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> <BR> 1.Add first six ingredients to a medium pot and place over medium heat. <BR> 2.Bring to just a simmer. <BR> 3.Slowly stir in milk. <BR> 4.He... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 08:24:32 EST Black Bean Soup with Ham...It's Getting Cooler Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62550299 Black Bean Soup with Ham <BR> from sbcanning <BR> <BR> 1 lb. bag of dried black beans <BR> 2 med. Onions, one halved and one finely diced. <BR> 4 carrots diced <BR> 3-4 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 1 any hot pepper seeded and diced (optional) <BR> 2 ½ quarts of chicken stock <BR> 2 cups ham diced <BR> 2 tsp. ground cumin <BR> 3 tsp. kosher salt (adjust to taste) <BR> 1 ½ tsp. fresh ground black pepper <BR> ½ tsp. cayenne pepper (optional) <BR> 2 tsp. Mexican Oregano <BR> <BR> Sort,... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 08:21:15 EST Happy Birthday KMATHRE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62441089 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is KMATHRE's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Kathy has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=KM<BR>ATHRE </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b1032b4e-6918-469e-b4c2-096d26fe8585.gif"> Mon, 7 Sep 2015 09:48:30 EST Happy Birthday FLOWERDALEJEWEL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62432808 <BR> Hi everyone today is FLOWERDALEJEWEL's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Juleen has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=FL<BR>OWERDALEJEWEL </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/db76e72e-688c-42bd-b74b-df1672e0128a.jpg"> <BR> Sun, 6 Sep 2015 06:14:44 EST Happy Birthday MARTYLYNN1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62432797 <BR> Hi everyone today is MARTYLYNN1's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Martha has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=MA<BR>RTYLYNN1 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a17a2287-4fbd-439b-a842-94ff3c3d4450.jpg"> Sun, 6 Sep 2015 06:12:34 EST Create Your Own Frozen Dinners http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x62426353 Create Your Own Frozen Dinners <BR> <BR> A SpakPeople Article... <BR> <BR> You're busy. Whether you work full-time, attend college, care for a loved one, run a household—or all of the above—you don’t always have time to make yourself nutritious meals. Like many people who want to eat healthy on a budget, you probably rely on those handy frozen entrees to fill the gap. After all, they seem like a bargain compared to going out for lunch every day. <BR> <BR> But if you do the math, you're pro... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 08:37:01 EST Waist-to-Hip Ratio Estimates Health Risk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62410307 Waist-to-Hip Ratio Estimates Health Risk <BR> <BR> Hi All <BR> I found this SP Article and found it very interesting !!! <BR> I never thought that your shape could show your health risks ! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=776 </link> <BR> What shape are you ??? <BR> <BR> Use the calculator to find out... <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calcula<BR>tor_waist.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Just enter your waist and hip measurements to find out... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 06:13:51 EST 40+ Ways to Preserve Tomatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x62402814 40+ Ways to Preserve Tomatoes <BR> <BR> From The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> You will see ideas for Canning, Drying, Fermenting, Freezing and making condiments ! <BR> <BR> <link>www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/08/<BR>ways-to-preserve-tomatoes.html </link> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:26:39 EST Domino Sugar Give Away / Free Ebook Southern Sweet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62392997 Domino Sugar Give Away / Free Ebook Southern Sweets <BR> <BR> Win a trip to Charleston SC. !!!! <BR> <BR> Stroll the streets of beautiful Charleston, SC on this VIP Getaway <BR> 5 Grand Prize Winners will receive... Round-trip airfare for two to Charleston, SC <BR> 5 days, 4 nights in the charming luxury of The Restoration on King Hotel <BR> A VIP culinary experience with chefs <BR> Nick Stellino Bob Waggoner <BR> <BR> Private tours and dinners at historic homes and sites: Boone Hal... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:00:32 EST Silly September Chatter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62392782 Good Morning Everyone and Welcome to Our New Month of September !!! :} <BR> <BR> I've been SOOO busy with getting my yard sale ready...2 more days and way to much to get out there and priced...Plus all of Betty's things ! <BR> I'm getting rid of a lot of books...Yep Ebay was Way TO Much Work with not much results ! <BR> <BR> The doors on my hutch won't close now that I have them painted, so my BIL is going to come over and plane them down and I will have to repaint the edges once they are d... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 08:30:50 EST {Healthier} Chocolate Zucchini Bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62345936 {Healthier} Chocolate Zucchini Bread <BR> from Jill Winger <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.theprairiehomestead.com/2012/10/<BR>healthier-chocolate-zucchini-bread.html </link> <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 3 cups flour (I used 1 cup hard white, 1 cup spelt, and 1 cup unbleached) <BR> 1/4 cup cocoa powder(or carob) <BR> 1 T. cinnamon <BR> 1 t. baking soda <BR> 1/2 t. aluminum-free baking powder <BR> 1 t. sea salt <BR> 3/4 cup sucanat (or other granulated sweetener) <BR> 3/4 cup honey <BR> 3... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:27:58 EST Amish Zucchini Jam http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x62345369 Today's recipe... Remember... Disclaimer: The Amish don't always follow updated USDA canning methods, they follow methods passed down from generation to generation. Use this recipe at your own discretion, or adapt it to your own method. I am sharing these recipes EXACTLY as they were sent to me and take no responsibility for them. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Amish Zucchini Jam <BR> <BR> 6 c grated zucchini <BR> 2 T lemon juice <BR> 20 oz can crushed pineapple, drained <BR> 6 c sugar <BR> 6 oz... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 08:21:18 EST Honey Graham Crackers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x62327750 Honey Graham Crackers <BR> <BR> If you go to the link below to go to the webpage, there is a link to make marshmallows, too ! <BR> <BR> <BR> HONEY GRAHAM CRACKERS <BR> PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES <BR> COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES <BR> MAKES: 60 CRACKERS <BR> <BR> 1¼ cups flour <BR> 1¼ cups whole-wheat flour <BR> 1/3 cup brown sugar <BR> 1 t baking powder <BR> ½ t baking soda <BR> ½ t salt <BR> ½ cup salted butter <BR> 2 T honey <BR> 2 T molasses <BR> 1/3 cup canned coconu... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 07:29:47 EST The Importance of Water for Bees http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x62313557 The Importance of Water for Bees <BR> <BR> I know this is kind of off any of our topics...BUT...It is SOOO important that we all do our part to help the Pollinators survive and thrive these days !!! <BR> Notice in the pictures and videos that there is a link between the rim of the birdbaths and a rock or something for them to land on !!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.growingagreenerworld.com/the-imp<BR>ortance-of-water-for-bees/ </link> <BR> <BR> “Domesticated honey bees like the ones in the vi... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 08:31:06 EST Salsa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62310052 Does anyone can or freeze homemade salsa and have a good recipe to share? Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:48:11 EST New to Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13192x62262024 Hi. I'm Marge and love to cook. I haven't done any canning in years, sine the kids were all at home, but I do a lot of freezing food and meals. After raising 4 kids, I still tend to cook a lot. By cooking extra I can put food in the freezer and have some good, healthy quick fix meals ready in no time. Yesterday, I made 12 qts. of homemade beef vegetable soup for the freezer. I love making big batches of soup, so I have a variety in the freezer. Soon apples will be ready and I'll make a lot of... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 15:31:35 EST Valley Green's Southern-style Crab Cakes Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62251971 When I was in Charleston So. Carolina in 2005 for my Step Daughters Wedding, I attended a cooking class that made crab cakes... <BR> I'm usually NOT a fan of them as they usually use that aweful, fishy flavored crab meat ! <BR> This is made with just lump crab (as in the class) and they were just simply wonderful ! <BR> Here is a recipe that comes closest to the class recipe ! <BR> Enjoy !!! <BR> <BR> Valley Green's Southern-style Crab Cakes <BR> <BR> By Cindy DeVore valleygreennaturals <B... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 08:52:51 EST 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x62243795 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins...I'd add walnuts, too ! :} <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/59b80028-3a31-4a92-a866-ee34e3886f0c.jpg"> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 06:50:21 EST How to Get Rid of Tomato Blight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x62235820 How to Get Rid of Tomato Blight <BR> <BR> If it is only one plant that has blight I would pull it up. Blight spreads really easily through touch. This could be your hands, or insects going from one plant to another. After touching the plant that is affected, make sure to wash your hands really well with soap and water so that it does not spread further. If it is on several plants, you will want to remove all of the leaves and branches that are affected making sure to not touch any other area... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 06:55:29 EST How to Can Pears Without Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x62228009 How to Can Pears Without Sugar <BR> <BR> I decided to make some adjustments. Now, generally, canning recipes are NOT something you want to adjust too much, as usually the “rules” are in place to keep the food safe to eat (for example–getting rebellious and canning low-acid food in a water bath canner instead of a pressure canner is a BAD idea). <BR> <BR> However, after a little research I determined the edits I wanted to make would still allow me to produce SAFE canned pears with a bit les... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 07:44:47 EST You Know You Are A Canner When... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62210072 You have a stash of thread-bare bath towels in your kitchen cupboard, for protecting your countertop. <BR> <BR> In Spring you watch the Seasonal Section of your local grocery store for when the new canning supplies come out. <BR> <BR> You consider 12 boxes of lids a good start. <BR> <BR> You count full and empty jars on almost a weekly basis. And make lists of what you have. <BR> <BR> You never have enough canning jars. <BR> <BR> Now it is your turn to fess up. LOL Sun, 9 Aug 2015 01:11:28 EST Jennifer Shambrook FREE I Can Can Relishes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62180759 Jennifer Shambrook is offering her EBook FREE I Can Can Relishes on Amazon this weekend !!! <BR> <BR> Here is her post of Facebook !!! <BR> <BR> I Can Can Relishes is going to be available for free download this weekend on Amazon. If you have a Kindle, just download that way. If you don't have a Kindle, download a Kindle reader first, then download. There are Kindle reader apps for iPads, smart phones, and everything else but microwaves, I think. Hope you enjoy!!! - Jennifer <BR> Wed, 5 Aug 2015 08:37:03 EST My BBQ Sauce Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x62172527 My BBQ Sauce Recipe <BR> <BR> I made this up years ago as I didn't like any bottled sauce I had tried !!! <BR> To Spicey, to vinegary, etc.... <BR> <BR> I Use <BR> <BR> 1 large can of cheap ketchup <BR> 1 bottle of Hickory Flavored BBQ Sauce <BR> our maple syrup <BR> Brown Sugar <BR> Crushed Pineapple and pineapple juice <BR> Diced Onion <BR> My Garlic Powder <BR> Liquid Smoke <BR> <BR> These are the ingredients I use...I like my BBQ Sauce on the Sweeter side with a hint of smoke and hic... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 08:30:30 EST Awesome August Chatter ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62146975 Jules...What Fun to make plans for the Future !! Uluru looks really neat !!! <BR> <BR> Marty...Did DH find anything fun? <BR> <BR> Linda/Mom...Oh My !!! So Glad she is OK !!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Today, I'm cutting out my grape vineyard...I get a lot of grapes and then they shrivel up and die ! Besides, the split rail posts that we used have gotten rotten at the ground level and are now supported with rebar ! Time to get new fencing...After All...my hubby is a fence man !!! :} <BR> <BR> H... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 07:29:27 EST Why Canning Yields Vary http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x62146826 Have you ever experienced this? <BR> <BR> You find an interesting canning recipe that you want to try. The recipe states that it yields a certain number jars, so you prep those jars and make the recipe. <BR> <BR> But you end up with way more than the recipe stated. <BR> <BR> Or worse…You get way less. <BR> <BR> What happened? Did you do something wrong? <BR> <BR> No. It’s probably not you. <BR> <BR> Here’s what happened… <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Why Yields Vary in Canning - LivingHomegrow... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 07:02:08 EST READ THE HISTORY OF APRONS - http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62143293 READ THE HISTORY OF APRONS - I AM SURE YOU WILL LOVE THIS STORY <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The History of 'APRONS' <BR> ... I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principle use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven. <BR> <BR> It was wonderful for drying children's te... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:21:13 EST Happy Birthday RAPUNZEL53 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62131316 <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> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id= RAPUNZEL53 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c717237a-8d47-4a86-b2bb-ce11323fce37.jpg"> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:01:12 EST Make Your Own Mozzarella http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x62131162 <BR> <BR> Here is a step by step article on how to make your own Mozzarella. I really does taste much better than the stuff you buy as well <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?email<BR>id=16602&memberid=924752 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/56c0ff19-2160-4c04-9dd0-f5bd9d9d846c.jpg"> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:09:12 EST Eager to learn/Any good pickle recipes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13192x62127650 Hi, I'm new to the group, but not Sparkpeople. Still a newbie when it comes to canning. I've done a bit of canning here and there, mostly with the water bath pickling and jams. I did get a pressure canner for Christmas last year and have only used it once so far for some mushroom soup. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, we did not get a garden going this year since we just bought a house...even though we made the offer last December, it was a foreclosure and took over 5 months to close! That brought ... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:20:46 EST How To Preserve Herbs in Salt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x62124997 Homemade Herb Salt Recipe <BR> <BR> WOW Does this sound YUMMMY !!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Nothing like fresh herbs from the garden...How to Preserve them You Say ??? <BR> Well, here's a wonderful recipe... <BR> And you can mix or match the herbs to your taste !!! <BR> <link>www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/07/<BR>homemade-herb-salt-recipe.html#comment<BR>-484662 </link> <BR> <BR> Homemade Herb Salt Recipe <BR> <BR> Author: The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Recipe type: Seasoning <BR> <B... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:34:04 EST Welcome MRS_PRINCESS_07 to Our Team !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62124558 Welcome MRS_PRINCESS_07 to Our Team !!! <BR> I wanted to send you a Welcome Goodie, but you do not have a spark page...:{ <BR> I hope you have signed up for our team emails so you will get this... <BR> Here is how to set up your SparkPage ... <BR> Here's a link to the instructions... <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x<BR>61168231 </link> <BR> <BR> Hope to see you and Put Up with Us !!! Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:52:28 EST 15 Ways Epsom Salts Help Your Garden Grow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x62115508 <BR> <BR> Here's an interesting article on the many ways you can use Epsom Salts in the garden. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?email<BR>id=16577&memberid=924752 </link> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:53:03 EST Nine Surprising Fertilizers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x62107673 Nine Surprising Fertilizers <BR> By Christina Grand Porter <BR> <BR> It’s normal to think manure and <BR> packaged foods and fertilizers when it <BR> comes to fertilizing gardens and plants, but <BR> there are some surprising things that can <BR> be added to a plant’s soil to help it thrive. <BR> Some of the best ones are things that are <BR> already in your pantry or items that are <BR> constantly discarded. Here’s your chance <BR> to save money and reuse while benefiting <BR> your garden a... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:04:35 EST French Fried Pepper Rings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x62023602 French Fried Pepper Rings <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d5d6f8bd-ae05-4853-8e70-78b220b98895.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Why haven't I thought of that ????? <BR> <BR> <BR> Take a break from French fries and onion rings and fry up some bell pepper rings today. You'll love the crunchy change of pace! <BR> <BR> <BR> What You'll Need: <BR> • 4 green or red bell peppers (or a combination of both) <BR> • Vegetable oil for frying <BR> • 1 1/2 cups milk <BR> • 1 cup all-purpose f... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:24:26 EST Happy Birthday Sunrise14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62021615 Have Yourself a Wonderful Birthday from All of Us on The Putting Foods Up Team !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 06:29:09 EST Happy Birthday Linda ...Testy catladyp http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x62014556 Happy Birthday Linda ...Testycatladyp <BR> <BR> Have Yourself a Wonderfully Special Day ! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> <em>125</em> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 08:24:00 EST New Here and New to Putting Up Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13192x61999799 Joining as I'm looking for some advice and encouragement from others. One of those folks who would like to have a family member who knows these kinds of things who can help out. I've got the basic equipment and have done a few of the Ball Canning recipes with success but am interested in doing more as I'm trying to avoid so many of the food additives which are problematic these days for many of the people I regularly cook meals for. I'm especially looking to avoid gluten, high fructose cor... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:02:18 EST Squash Croquettes ...YUMMMMM !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61981843 Squash Croquettes <BR> <BR> Author: Melissa Sperka <BR> <BR> Serves: 18 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 4 cup shredded yellow squash <BR> 1 medium sweet onion, finely diced <BR> 2 large eggs, beaten <BR> 1 cup self-rising flour <BR> ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese <BR> 1 Tbsp chopped chives or parsley <BR> 1 tsp seasoned salt <BR> 1 tsp garlic powder <BR> ½ tsp ground cumin <BR> ¼ tsp ground black pepper <BR> dash of cayenne <BR> oil and butter for frying <BR> &#8532; cup panko breadcrumbs <BR> ... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 08:40:13 EST Happy Happy Birthday, Tammy from All of Us ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61973090 Happy Happy Birthday, Tammy from All of Us ! (Crazyndncook) <BR> Enjoy Your Special Day ! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> <em>125</em> <em>476</em> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 06:09:04 EST New Fuel for your car called E15 ...Do NOT Use It http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61956628 New Fuel for your car called E15 ...Do NOT Use It <BR> <BR> I just go this email from a friend !!! <BR> A new Fuel for your car is coming out and can hurt your engines and void your car's warrantee ! <BR> <BR> Here is what it said...(an do watch the video) <BR> <BR> I hope you all watch this. It will save you a lot of money <BR> <BR> Heads up @ <BR> <BR> DON"T USE NEW e15 GAS COMING TO STATIONS <BR> (EVERYBODY PLEASE WATCH) <BR> <BR> The EPA has changed the rules on corn in gasoli... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 07:47:19 EST Happy Birthday Linda... Lindam.1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61947108 Happy Birthday Linda...Lindam.1 <BR> Have Yourself a Wonderfully Special Day !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> <em>125</em> Tue, 7 Jul 2015 06:11:12 EST Ball Canning Book Give a Way from Living Homegrown http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61931829 Ball Canning Book Give a Way from Living Homegrown <BR> <BR> Check out the link below to Enter for the Give a Way ! <BR> <BR> Last Day to Enter is July 12th !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.livinghomegrown.com/new-ball-blu<BR>e-book-canning/#comment-565860 </link> Sun, 5 Jul 2015 11:30:00 EST Happy Birthday Barb...Gol denrodfarm !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61930297 Have Yourself a Very Special Day !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> <em>125</em> Sun, 5 Jul 2015 08:26:11 EST Wishing Carol...Caro lfaithwalkr. A Happy Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61907052 Here's Wishing Carol...Carolfaithwalkr. A Very Happy Birthday !!!! :} <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <em>144</em> <em>437</em> <em>125</em> Thu, 2 Jul 2015 08:33:23 EST Wishing Linda..Lit tlewind53, a Very Happy Birthda http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61896699 Wishing Linda..Littlewind53, a Very Happy Birthday !!!! <BR> <BR> Here's the link to her page so you can post your Birthday Wishes ! <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_teams.asp<BR>?id=LITTLEWIND53 </link> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <em>144</em> <em>437</em> <em>125</em> Wed, 1 Jul 2015 07:50:02 EST Just Wonderful July Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61895937 <BR> <BR> Hiya everybody here is the new July chat thread. Sorry I've been MIA, I think hormones, lousy cold weather and lack of sleep is finally catching up on me <BR> <BR> Great news on my family front though, my brother Steven has received news that it is looking good for his heart surgery. The professor who saw him says that his heart function is still strong enough to handle surgery so it looks like they'll repair his heart valve, do maze procedure and possibly a bypass. His qualit... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 05:43:07 EST Spark People Gardening Guide Page Tons of Articles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61837445 Spark People Gardening Guide Page Has Tons of Articles <BR> <BR> Below is the link to the spark page with all of the Gardening article Spark People has to offer... <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/gardeni<BR>ng-guide.asp </link> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 08:09:05 EST Preserving Strawberries Four Ways http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x61812485 Preserving Strawberries Four Ways <BR> <BR> Freezing, Drying, Fruit Leather and Kombucha <BR> <BR> How to Freeze Strawberries <BR> <BR> I prefer to have my berries individually frozen for use in smoothies, flavoring kombucha or pouring out only what I need for a particular recipe. I start by gently rinsing the berries under running water in a colander. (I invested in an over the sink colander several years ago <BR> and I use it all the time for fruit and vegetables.) I don’t recommend w... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 08:36:30 EST Pickled Radishes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x61772965 Pickled Radishes <BR> <BR> If you have an over abundance of radishes here is a way to use them and not let them go bad.and they are sooo good. and really easy to make. I use a lot of my over large radishes that are starting to get a little soft and are to big. <BR> <BR> What I do is slice them into pint jars then see how many I have before I start the brine. <BR> <BR> First slice thinly slice the radishes and put into pint jars <BR> <BR> <BR> Then for every pint you need <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:16:20 EST Onion Dill Bread from Food.com YUMMMM !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61772545 Onion Dill Bread from Food.com <BR> <link>www.food.com/recipe/drews-famous-oni<BR>on-dill-bread-20468/review?lrc=true </link> <BR> Drew's Famous Onion Dill Bread <BR> lPrep Time: 3 hrs Total Time: 4 hrs Yield: 1-2 loaves (1 bread machine or 2 loaf pans hand made) About This Recipe <BR> "Fantastic tasting bread. Great with corned beef as well as just buttered." <BR> <BR> Dry ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 (1/4 ounce) package yeast (2 1/4 tsp if you have bulk) <BR> 3 1/3 cups flour <BR> 1/4 ... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 08:47:12 EST Edible of the Month: Basil http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61758429 Edible of the Month: Basil <BR> <BR> This article covers Planning, Preparation, Planting, Care and Harvest and Storage... <BR> <BR> <link>www.garden.org/articles/articles.php<BR>?q=show&id=3942 </link> <BR> <BR> Basil is one of the most popular culinary herbs and is used in cooking around the world. It is very symbolic and has a rich history. In India, where it originated, basil is used in courtrooms where they swear oaths upon it. In Italy is symbolizes love and is often worn in the ha... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 15:47:32 EST Happy Birthday GEMINI-SKY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61703287 <BR> Hi everyone today is GEMINI-SKY's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Patti has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id= GEMINI-SKY </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7328a55e-1aec-4b67-a363-5cdec4fadcb7.jpg" Mon, 8 Jun 2015 06:34:22 EST 35 Cool Vintage-Looking Garden Pots http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x61655664 35 Cool Vintage-Looking Garden Pots <BR> <BR> What Fun !!!! <BR> <BR> I need to go to the barn and see what I can find to repurpose !!!! <BR> <link>www.shelterness.com/35-cool-vintage-<BR>looking-garden-pots/ </link> Tue, 2 Jun 2015 13:34:23 EST Jaunty June Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61641419 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone, here's Junes chat thread <BR> Mon, 1 Jun 2015 07:32:44 EST Happy Birthday LIVEDAILY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61623852 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is LIVEDAILY's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Karen has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=LI<BR>VEDAILY </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/81b693ce-1d8a-4ccb-b4a4-6c9cfb92c66a.gif"> Sat, 30 May 2015 06:25:22 EST Homemade Apple Juice From Peels & Cores http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x61623767 <BR> I haven't made this yet, but it sounds very interesting. I will try it when I do some more of my apples <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.inspirationkitchen.com/2014/09/0<BR>1/easy-no-waste-apple-juice/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35eeb845-922c-444e-a509-715b4c821777.jpg"> Sat, 30 May 2015 06:01:40 EST Natural Remedies for Tomato Blight & Powdery Milde http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61608650 Natural Remedies for Tomato Blight & Powdery Mildew <BR> <BR> <BR> Growing tomato plants in your garden provides juicy and plump fruit without having to make a trip to the market. Unfortunately, blight and powdery mildew can attack the tomato plants, causing stunted growth, leaf discoloration, premature leaf dropping and discolored spots on fruits. Several natural remedies will help control these diseases without using toxic and harsh fungicides. <BR> <BR> Baking-Soda Spray <BR> <BR> Bak... Thu, 28 May 2015 10:38:39 EST How to Build A Lasagna Bed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61549696 How to Build A Lasagna Bed <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l350264532.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Introduction: <BR> <BR> Lasagna gardening is a no-dig, no-till organic gardening method that results in rich, fluffy soil with very little work from the gardener. Creating a lasagna bed will result in soil that is alive with microorganisms, your plants will thrive. <BR> <BR> Gardeners everywhere will benefit from this knowledge. Results will be increased yields, fewer weeds ... Thu, 21 May 2015 11:32:11 EST Ball Canning Recipe Finder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61547350 Ball Canning Recipe Finder <BR> <BR> FIND THE RECIPE THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU <BR> <BR> Here you’ll find all of our canning recipes. If you know what ingredient, preserving method, or difficulty level you’d like to use, select them in the recipe finder below and we’ll make a recipe list for you! Or simply select the category of food you’d like to fresh preserve and get canning. <BR> <BR> <link>www.freshpreserving.com/recipes </link> Thu, 21 May 2015 07:14:10 EST How to Make Homemade Refried Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x61539249 How to Make Homemade Refried Beans <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 4 cups cooked pinto beans (or 2 pints home-canned beans) <BR> 4 Tablespoons butter, lard, or coconut oil <BR> 1 cup finely chopped onion <BR> 6 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 3 teaspoons cumin <BR> 2 teaspoons paprika <BR> 2 teaspoons sea salt <BR> 1 teaspoon chili powder <BR> 1 teaspoon black pepper <BR> Milk (water or bean broth can be used if your family is dairy-free) <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> 1.In a large saucepan or ... Wed, 20 May 2015 09:33:35 EST Pork And Fennel Sausages http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x61537764 I love the taste of fennel seeds so I usually put more of them in. To check the flavour of the sausages, fry a little in a pan and taste. You can then alter the spices etc until you get it just right <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds <BR> 1 small brown onion, chopped <BR> 2 garlic cloves, quartered <BR> 1/2 teaspoon paprika <BR> 1/4 teaspoon sea salt <BR> 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley leaves <BR> 500g (about 1 pound) pork mince (use regular mince as you need so... Wed, 20 May 2015 07:19:23 EST Pressure Canned Brown Sugar Carrots http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x61519360 Pressure Canned Brown Sugar Carrots <BR> <BR> <link>www.simplyprepared.com/brown_sugar_c<BR>arrots.htm </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> BROWN SUGAR CARROTS <BR> <BR> 2 cups brown sugar <BR> 5 cups water <BR> 1 3” to 4" stick of cinnamon <BR> 5 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced about 1/3” thick <BR> <BR> Combine sugar, water and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil. Remove the cinnamon stick. Fill hot, clean pint jars tightly with raw carrots leaving 1-inch headspace. Pour hot syrup over the carr... Mon, 18 May 2015 08:15:38 EST Canning Simple Syrups & Cordials http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61516467 .... has anyone done it? <BR> <BR> I am making two experimental batches of honeysuckle simple syrup and cordial. If I like the recipes I make using them then I will be making more to put up... I hope ! But first I would like to hear/ read about anyone's experiences doing so. Sun, 17 May 2015 21:54:19 EST 12 Homemade Sauces & Condiments http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x61485012 <BR> <BR> Here's an interesting page that gives recipes for 12 sauces and condiments. I have to admit on the odd times I make Mayo, I just stick it all in and blend it with the stick blender, it's never split. I do the same with Hollendaise as well. <BR> <BR> <link>www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?email<BR>id=15491&memberid=924752 </link> Thu, 14 May 2015 07:48:05 EST Happy Birthday DEBBYSDELIGHTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61484936 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is DEBBYSDELIGHTS's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=DE<BR>BBYSDELIGHTS </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1031343155.jpg"> <BR> Thu, 14 May 2015 07:37:44 EST Do I need a dehydrator? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x61481414 Hi all, <BR> I'm new to this team, so first let me say I'm a semi-homesteader, living on 40 acres north of Reno, NV (in the high desert). I love to garden, but haven't had a lot of experience canning things and don't have much freezer space. Lately, I've been reading about dehydrating. I got a couple of books on it from the library and now I'm excited about it. The only problem: convincing my tight-wad hubby that I really need one (and will use it after the initial thrill wears off). Ca... Wed, 13 May 2015 19:15:54 EST Happy Birthday Rhonda !!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61475795 Happy Birthday Rhonda !!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>285</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <em>126</em> <em>437</em> <BR> Do Enjoy Your Special Day !!!! Wed, 13 May 2015 07:11:21 EST DIY Dishwasher Detergent Cubes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x61423981 DIY Dishwasher Detergent Cubes <BR> by Rachel Paxton <BR> <BR> Last year I made homemade dishwasher detergent for the first time. I have been using it ever since. I didn't think the recipe could be improved on, until I found the idea for these DIY dishwasher detergent cubes. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The recipe for these is basically the same as the dishwasher detergent I posted earlier. The difference is the addition of lemon juice, which is used to bind the powders together so that you c... Thu, 7 May 2015 07:34:25 EST Message from Coach Jen Re: Additional Points !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x61419918 Message from Coach Jen Re: Additional Spark Points !!! <BR> <BR> Hello <BR> <BR> Today we added the ability to receive SparkPoints for liking friend feed items, team wall posts, and blogs. This is a new SparkPoints task listed under the community section of Daily SparkPoint Challenges. You can receive 1 point per like, up to 5 per day. <BR> <BR> We also added SparkPoints for commenting on someone’s team wall post. These points feed into the existing Post to SparkTeam and Message Boards... Wed, 6 May 2015 18:32:48 EST Preserving Carrots: Powder and Puree http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61414212 Preserving Carrots: Powder and Puree From Annie's Place <BR> <BR> Carrots are my next victim in the puree and powder obsession. Our local farm usually carries these in the fall and I love to stock up. Two years ago I bottled a ton a carrots and no one was eating them so I had to employ my sneaky skills of pureeing and powdering. I drained the water, pureed the carrots, froze half of them in food cubes and dehydrated the rest. I liked it so much that I no longer bother with bottled carro... Wed, 6 May 2015 06:39:48 EST How is Your Garden Growing ? 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61395132 The garlic, onions and shallots that I planted last fall are doing Great ! <BR> The chives have managed to spread everywhere ! <BR> I harvested as much as I could yesterday and will chop them up to dry and freeze. <BR> Potatoes and more onions and shallots are planted. <BR> Peas are planted in a pot on my porch and are about a foot tall. <BR> Basil, parsley and lettuce are planted in my over the door shoe rack. <BR> Yesterday, we hit 79F and it was so beautiful !!! <BR> Today, it will be in t... Mon, 4 May 2015 05:33:06 EST Introducing Farm and Dairy’s Around the Table http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x61379980 Introducing Farm and Dairy’s Around the Table <BR> <BR> In May, we’re unveiling a new look to our weekly recipe page in print. And along with the redesign, we’re launching a FREE weekly e-newsletter, Around the Table! <BR> <BR> It’s all about food, the farmers who grow it, the folks who cook it and the rest of us who eat it. <BR> <BR> Sounds delicious, right? <BR> <BR> For years, the recipes in Farm and Dairy have been part of your weekly routine. You’ve clipped them, you’ve prepared them... Sat, 2 May 2015 09:43:49 EST 6 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61378973 6 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden <BR> <BR> This post is for the garlic lovers – or those who aren’t sure if they like garlic but do like to use natural and organic practices in their gardens. It turns out that this fragrant bulb is good for more than just cooking, and can be a real helpmate around the yard and garden. So – without further ado – 6 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden and Yard. <BR> <BR> <link>commonsensehome.com/ways-to-use-garl<BR>ic-in-the-garden/ </link> Sat, 2 May 2015 07:52:00 EST Marvelous May Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61368875 <BR> <BR> Hi everybody, here is the new May Chat thread. <BR> <BR> I took Steven to the hospital this morning for his TOE ultrasound. All went well and I hope this means he'll be ready for his heart operation. <BR> <BR> I've been back and forward twice today to the hospital and I'm beat. I will have more to chat about tomorrow ...... I hope Fri, 1 May 2015 03:52:54 EST 21 Epsom Salt Garden “Cheats” http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x61353728 21 Epsom Salt Garden “Cheats” <BR> <BR> There are many reasons to use Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) in the garden. It contains magnesium one of what growers call the “major minor” elements. It helps speed up plant growth, increase a plants nutrient uptake, deter pests, increase flavor of fruit and veggies, plus increase the output of vegetation. Read on to discover “other” ways to use Epsom salts in your garden. <BR> <BR> Before we look at the big three plants most gardeners use Epsom Sa... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:44:22 EST Tips for Attracting and Feeding Hummingbirds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61351054 Tips for Attracting and Feeding Hummingbirds <BR> <BR> Welcome to my Hummingbird tips and information site, as featured at FineLiving.com. On this site you will find information on Hummingbird feeder care, tips for attracting Hummingbirds to your yard, great tips on preventing bees and ants at your Hummingbird feeders, and my recipe for preparing Hummingbird nectar that your Hummingbirds will truly love. <BR> <link>www.birdwatchers.com/debtips.html </link> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 06:56:34 EST 51 Insanely Easy Ways To Transform Everyday Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61315712 51 Insanely Easy Ways To Transform Your Everyday Things <BR> <BR> Love the idea of DIY but hate the actual effort it requires? Here are some creative ways to reuse the stuff you already own. <BR> <BR> Something for Everyone !!! <BR> <link>www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/insanely-easy<BR>-ways-to-transform-your-everyday-thing<BR>s?sub=2220841_1164282#.av9aqoYWy6 </link> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l260807896.jpg"> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:30:58 EST SANDRALEET has a new account. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61302101 SANDRALEET is my mom. Her computer died a few months ago, and she lost all her passwords and settings for her online accounts. If she was a friend of yours, she now has a new computer, and new account on here. <BR> <BR> SANDRALEET is now SANDIELEET <BR> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:22:39 EST How to Grow Potatoes in a Trash Can http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x61291380 How to Grow Potatoes in a Trash Can <BR> <BR> Welcome to everything you could want to know about growing organic potatoes in a trash can! Potatoes grow from potatoes seeds, which are bred to grow new potatoes. You don’t use store-bought potatoes as they can bear disease and are sometimes sprayed with a chemical to keep them from sprouting. I order my seed from Peaceful Valley. They have a great site with excellent garden educational videos. Following is everything you need to do to grow your... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:30:31 EST How to Start with Deep Mulch Garden FREE eBook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61291246 How to Start with Deep Mulch Garden FREE eBook Jill Winger <BR> <BR> First off, let me start by saying there are a LOT of different schools of thought on mulching <BR> and dozens of different techniques. <BR> I don’t think there is any one “right” way to grow a garden, and I am finally coming to the realization <BR> that gardening success depends on a wide variety of factors (soil, climate, etc) and <BR> the gardener’s ability to adjust accordingly. <BR> <BR> <link>www.theprairiehomestead... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:17:43 EST Outdoor Canning on a Camp Chef Stove http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x61288521 <BR> <BR> Here's an interesting idea, especially for those who have ceramic topped stoves. Pressure canners are not recommended for ceramic topped stoves. <BR> <BR> <link>www.simplycanning.com/camp-chef-outd<BR>oor-canning.html?utm_content=bufferbae<BR>51&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebo<BR>ok.com&utm_campaign=buffer </link> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 06:35:01 EST How to Build a Rain Barrel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61262485 How to Build a Rain Barrel <BR> <BR> Though, this is a rather upscale rain barrel, it gives you a good idea on how to build one... <BR> <BR> I used a very large plastic garbage can with a lid, placed on a base of cement blocks...cut a hole in the lid for the down spout and put a hole in the side, (about 6" from the bottom) and put on a spigot with a washer...(like you have on the outside of your house for your hose). <BR> I need the over flow pipes as in this design ! <BR> <BR> <link>www... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 11:05:45 EST Our BRAG Thread !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61252096 Post pictures of our yards or anything that we are Proud Of... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l281807959.jpg"> <BR> Makes me want to get out my pressure canner and make more... <BR> BBQ Pork and Beans ! Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:47:14 EST DIY: PALLET GARDENING TABLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61251216 <BR> <BR> This is such a simple but clever idea for a DIY/Potting table <BR> <BR> <link>www.jennaburger.com/2013/08/diy-pall<BR>et-gardening-table/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1141902382.jpg"> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:13:18 EST Vintage Spoon and Fork Garden Markers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61217229 Vintage Spoon and Fork Garden Markers <BR> <BR> Make some sweet garden markers out of vintage spoons and forks with this step-by-step tutorials. <BR> <BR> Spoons... <BR> <link>homespunsprout.com/2015/03/vintage-s<BR>poon-garden-markers.html </link> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1075308209.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l565320905.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Forks... <BR> <link>homespunsprout.com/2015/03/vintage-f<BR>ork-garden-markers.ht... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:32:02 EST Downloading Clips From Youtube! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61204756 <BR> <BR> Ever wanted to watch a clip from youtube but don't want to add to your download amount? You can copy any clip on youtube is you wish and watch it at your leisure and as many times as you wish. <BR> <BR> Copy this link into your favourites or your Bookmarks bar. <BR> <BR> <link>keepvid.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> All you have to do then is copy the URL on youtube (the address at the top) and copy it into the download section then download. You'll need to have your Java updated... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:04:39 EST Happy Birthday IMREITE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61195386 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is IMREITE's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_teams.<BR>asp?id=IMREITE <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1756927761.jpg"> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 06:15:35 EST How To make your SparkPage Public http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x61187754 How To make your SparkPage Public and make it show on your Message Board posts: <BR> <BR> To make your SparkPage public and make it show on your Message Board posts: 1.Click on “Start” in the top left corner of the screen. <BR> 2.You’ll now see your Start page. <BR> 3.Scroll down your Start page to "Step 3, Community & SparkTeam Check-In." <BR> 4.Click the “View My SparkPage” link, which is listed under the "My Community Quick Links" section. <BR> 5.You’ll now see your SparkPage. <BR> 6... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 08:00:51 EST How To make your SparkPage Public http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x61187748 How To make your SparkPage Public and make it show on your Message Board posts: <BR> <BR> To make your SparkPage public and make it show on your Message Board posts: 1.Click on “Start” in the top left corner of the screen. <BR> 2.You’ll now see your Start page. <BR> 3.Scroll down your Start page to "Step 3, Community & SparkTeam Check-In." <BR> 4.Click the “View My SparkPage” link, which is listed under the "My Community Quick Links" section. <BR> 5.You’ll now see your SparkPage. <BR> 6... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 08:00:25 EST How To Make A Spark Page: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x61168231 How To Make A Spark Page: <BR> <BR> Since a lot of people have never made a SP page and those of us around you find it really rough to communicate with you when you don't have one, as we can't comment to you , send you a spark mail, comment to you on your page or send you a goodie we thought it might be nice to have instructions on how to do that. <BR> <BR> Instructions: <BR> <BR> 1. On the orange bar at the top of any SP page such as a team message board, hover your cursor over the wor... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 05:25:50 EST FREE Printable Garden Notebook 18 pages http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61158732 FREE Printable Garden Notebook...18 pages <BR> <BR> Here is a Garden Notebook full of any kind of chart, grid, planner, garden plotter etc, that you can think of... <BR> I think you can print the complete journal or print the pages you would like... <BR> Punch holes in the pages and save in your favorite binder. <BR> <BR> .Put all of your garden plans, records and dreams in one place. Just slide this printable cover into the front of a binder, and you have your very own garden notebook <BR>... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 05:27:30 EST The SparkPeople Walkabout Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61149383 The SparkPeople Walkabout Challenge <BR> <BR> Join the #VionicWalkabout Challenge to step your way into better shape in 30 days. <BR> <BR> Once you sign up, You will get a Daily email with that days Challenge...(there is a Calendar with the Daily Challenges)...You get 5 SP Points for every challenge you complete. <BR> <BR> So Start Today !!! WHY NOT ???? <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/the-wal<BR>kabout-challenge.asp?utm_source=sparkp<BR>eople&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 07:51:02 EST Audacious April Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61083324 <BR> <BR> Here's our "Audacious" April Chat thread. What's going on??? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l903232954.jpg"> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:33:37 EST All Natural Egg Dyes For A Non-Toxic Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61079882 All Natural Egg Dyes For A Non-Toxic Easter <BR> <BR> <link>www.thankyourbody.com/all-natural-eg<BR>g-dyes/ </link> <BR> <em>451</em> <em>452</em> <em>449</em> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:17:01 EST One Pineapple but so many ways to use it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x61063251 One Pineapple but so many ways to use it! <BR> From Canning Homemade <BR> <BR> I thought that I would take another look at canning pineapple since many of you have become very excited about what you can do with it. I am sharing pics from Kelly, one of my followers, to show that you can can it in rings, chunked, and also diced just like any other commercial brand "can" you find in the grocery store. In addition I have added a pineapple jam recipe from the Ball Blue Book, a pineapple butter d... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 06:40:29 EST Ball ELECTRIC water bath canner w/ the drain spout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x61047551 I have all of my canning and preserving things all organized in ONE Spot and Ready to Go ! <BR> Of course, just as I bought a stainless steel water bath canner with a temp guage on the lid, Ball came out with their newest product... <BR> An all in one ELECTRIC water bath canner with the drain spout and everything !!!! <BR> Similar to the one you have Jules !!! <BR> <link>www.freshpreserving.com/Electric-Wat<BR>er-Bath-Canner </link> <BR> Dang It !!!! Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:25:04 EST April Challenge. .Declutter Your Home in 30 Days ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61027823 April Challenge...Declutter Your Home in 30 Days ! <BR> <BR> OK Folks !!! Let's get rid of that extra JUNK that is Cluttering Up our lives !!! <BR> <BR> Here is a 30 day list to help you get started !!! <BR> <BR> You can follow the list or make your own that would suit you better. <BR> <BR> Every day, list the 10 things you got rid of and where it went... <BR> Trashed, Sold or Donated... <BR> <BR> Why wait until April 1st ??? Start Now !!!! <BR> <BR> Bathroom <BR> Day 1: Medicine Cab... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:53:34 EST Happy Birthday DOINGITALL09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61026940 <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is DOINGITALL09 's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Jessica 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> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:05:27 EST Homesteading for Beginners: FREE EBook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61023743 FREE EBook <BR> Homesteading for Beginners: <BR> A Complete Survival Guide for Sustainable Living! <BR> <BR> As usual I do not know how long it will be available for free. If you are interested make sure to grab your copy before it reverts to its usual price. <BR> <BR> So if you’re looking to reconnect with the land, live sustainably and build community values, this eBook on urban homesteading will be worth your time. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00U4UTUTS<BR>/ref=as... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:20:39 EST 59 Home Canning Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x60990517 <BR> These are some recipes, some basic, some not, for all sorts of things. <BR> <BR> <link>www.simplycanning.com/home-canning-r<BR>ecipes.html </link> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 07:12:23 EST New Team Goal..Walk 5000 Steps per Day ! Join Now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x60972650 I've added a new Team Goal...Walk 5000 Steps per Day ! Be sure to Join the Team Goal at the bottom of this page. <BR> We are heading into the warmer seasons, so get outside and Enjoy the Fresh Air !!! Walk with a friend or with some good music ! <BR> <BR> Don't for get to Add it to Your Streaks ! <BR> Enjoy ! Thu, 19 Mar 2015 07:19:12 EST Twice Baked Cauliflower from AllRecipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60945718 Twice Baked Cauliflower from AllRecipes <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> Original recipe makes 1 8-inch square dish Change Servings <BR> <BR> 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets with stems cut into bite-size pieces <BR> <BR> 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream <BR> <BR> 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened <BR> <BR> 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> <BR> <BR> 1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees ... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:13:48 EST DIY Laundry Soap http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60944270 DIY Laundry Soap <BR> <BR> 1 bar of soap grated about 1.5 cups (I used Fels Naptha) <BR> 1/2 cup Borax <BR> 1 cup washing soda...NOT baking soda <BR> water <BR> 5 gallon bucket <BR> <BR> Grate the soap with a cheese grater <BR> Place grated soap in a medium sauce pan with about 6 cups of water. <BR> Heat and stir until soap has dissolved <BR> Ad borax and washing soda and still until they are dissolved. <BR> Pour into 5 gallon bucket and fill until 3/4 full with HOT water. <BR> Give it a ... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:12:19 EST Plant Container Potatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60940345 Plant Container Potatoes <BR> <BR> If you have clay soil, no soil or very alkaline soil, then you probably have not had a good opportunity to grow potatoes. <BR> <BR> An easy way to sneak around these obstacles is to plant your potato crop in a container. It may sound unusual, but root crops can easily be grown in containers as long as you provide proper growing conditions and a little loving care. The first step is to choose the right potato variety for your garden. Select ones that will m... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 19:44:07 EST Declutter Your Home in 30 Days ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60927043 Bathroom <BR> Day 1: Medicine Cabinet <BR> Toss expired medications, hotel shampoos that you'll never use, and throw out lotions you've had since 1990. While you're at it, give the mirror a quick wipe, too. <BR> <BR> Day 2: Shower <BR> Get rid of the extras and empties in your shower. Invest in a shower caddy to keep everything organized and in one spot. <BR> <BR> Day 3: Makeup Drawer/Bag <BR> Go through your makeup bag or drawer and reassess some of the items. Hot pink eye shadow you hav... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 08:50:57 EST Happy Birthday VONBLACKBIRD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60908267 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is VONBLACKBIRD's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Barb has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id<BR>=VONBLACKBIRD Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:46:44 EST When & How to Start Seeds Indoors In General http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60900920 When & How to Start Seeds Indoors In a Nut Shell <BR> From Miracle Grow... <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't let damp, chilly spring weather stymie your urge to grow. Set up your own seedling nursery indoors. It's fun, fulfilling, and saves you money. Here's how to get started. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> •Choose the Right Growing Mix <BR> <BR> Choose a potting mix specifically formulated for seed growth, such as Miracle-Gro® Seed Starting Potting Mix. A good seed starting mix will hold moisture, drain well... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 10:59:52 EST Consider Container Gardening from Kids Gardening.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60881397 Consider Container Gardening from Kids Gardening... <BR> <BR> No ground to garden in? No problem! Even if you have little space, poor soil, or are surrounded by cement and blacktop, you can still have a thriving youth garden project -- in containers. As long as you have some sun and access to water, gardening in containers lets you and your students grow vegetables, herbs, flowers, even fruit trees. A container garden can be as simple as a few pots of herbs in a window box or as elaborate as... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 11:00:08 EST Canned Baked Beans...Look Out Bush's !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60880372 Renee's BBQ Beans - Looking for a Bush's Clone <BR> <BR> Baked Beans <BR> <BR> Navy Beans 1 lb <BR> <BR> ½ cup Leeks, chopped <BR> <BR> 2 tbsp Brown Sugar <BR> <BR> ½ cup Molasses <BR> <BR> 1 ½ tsp Mustard Powder <BR> <BR> 1 tsp Kosher Salt <BR> <BR> 1 tsp Pepper <BR> <BR> 2 cups Ketchup (Simply Heinz brand or homemade) <BR> <BR> 1 cup Maple Syrup <BR> <BR> 2 cups water <BR> <BR> ½ cup Vinegar (cider or white) <BR> <BR> Add dry beans to Dutch oven and add 8 cups of water to cover... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 09:41:24 EST Photos of what you ate today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60875350 What did you eat today? Share a photo if you can. <BR> <BR> We had this for our evening meal.( Fried sausages and pierogies, simmered with cabbage. ) YUM! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1415257249.jpg"> <BR> Sun, 8 Mar 2015 19:54:35 EST How to Start Seedlings and Care Webinar TODAY 3:00 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60863749 How to Start Seedlings and Care Webinar TODAY 3:00 <BR> <BR> Join us for this Exclusive Webinar <BR> <BR> Learn How to Start Seedlings and Care for them Indoors so you can Plant your Garden Early <BR> <BR> <link>seedsforgenerations.com/webinars/gar<BR>den-seed-starting-webinar/?ref=25&utm_<BR>source=CommonSenseHomesteading&utm_med<BR>ium=email&utm_campaign=SeedStartingWebinar </link> Sat, 7 Mar 2015 12:38:11 EST Want to Get Motivated ? Watch This Video ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x60862178 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/dailysp<BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=68 </link> <BR> I'm So Glad I watched this ! Sat, 7 Mar 2015 09:46:28 EST Oven Canning Your Dry Goods in the Oven Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60841723 Oven Canning Your Dry Goods in the Oven Video <BR> <BR> For those of you that don't have a foodsaver and/or the canning lid attachment, here is a great way to can and store your dry goods for many many years. <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrrgmlfqRjA </link> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 06:37:43 EST List of Common herbs Annual or Perennial ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60841702 Here is a list of Common herbs and whether they are annual or perennial... <BR> <BR> Basil -- Annual; fresh, dried or frozen. Many cultivars offer different leaf sizes, flavors, and colors. <BR> Chives -- Perennial; fresh, dried or frozen. Some species will reseed. <BR> Cilantro -- Annual, fresh or dried. Cilantro seed (called coriander) can be harvested as well. <BR> Dill -- Annual, fresh or dried. Reseeds; seed also can be harvested. <BR> Fennel -- Annual, fresh or dried. Reseeds; see... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 06:33:32 EST Make Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60822518 Make Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions <BR> <BR> It takes time and patience to transform eye-watering, nose-assaulting, sharp-tasting raw onions into soft and nutty-sweet caramelized onions. Done stove-top, it’s a labor-intensive, 30- to 45-minute cook time that can’t be hurried along if you want the food science to work. But the good news is, there’s an easier way to make caramelized onions. <BR> <BR> Use the Slow Cooker to Caramelize Onions <BR> <BR> Low and slow from the get-go, a slow c... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:03:50 EST Check out Changing Your Status on your SparkPage.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x60822174 Check out Changing Your Status on your SparkPage...You can add a picture now !!! <BR> <BR> I was changing my status this morning and saw a little tab that says "Add Photo". <BR> Click on the change button and the add photo button is there on the screen where you can add your new text. <BR> Who Knew ???? Tue, 3 Mar 2015 08:34:05 EST Video on How to Make Fresh Ricotta Cheese So Easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60813901 Video on How to Make Fresh Ricotta Cheese ...So Easy...YUMMMMM !!!!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.finecooking.com/videos/how-to-ma<BR>ke-ricotta.aspx?&lookup=auto&V01=&V02=<BR>&V03=&V04=&V05=&V06=&V07=&V08=&V09=&V4<BR>9=&V50=&Taun_Per_Flag=true&utm_source=<BR>eletter&utm_medium=eletter&utm_content<BR>=fc_eletter&utm_campaign=fine-cooking-eletter_new </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Freshly made ricotta is so good, you'll want to eat it by the spoonful. With so few ingredients, the quality of each is very... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:24:35 EST Learn How To Keep YOUR Food Pantry Full ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60810136 Learn How To Keep YOUR Food Pantry Full ! <BR> <BR> Sign up now for our FREE 6-part Mini Course........... <BR> <BR> Learn how to dehydrate fresh food. And frozen, even canned. But let's stick with fresh food for now. Have you seen (and felt) the price of food sky-rocket these past couple of years? <BR> <BR> You'll get six short emails delivered <BR> to your inbox every 3 or 4 days. <BR> These easily-digestible emails will cover <BR> these six things you need to know: <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) ... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 07:30:36 EST Tomato Chips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x60799169 TOMATO CHIPS <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l576067401.jpg"> <BR> <BR> All you’re gonna need (besides a dehydrator) is Roma tomatoes (others would work also, but smaller ones are better), sea salt or kosher salt (something coarse), and dried basil. <BR> <BR> Slice your tomatoes, with the skin on, about 1/4 inch thick. <BR> <BR> Arrange slices on a dehydrator tray. <BR> <BR> Sprinkle them with sea salt or kosher salt (You want a coarser salt) and a bit of... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 06:54:21 EST Magnificent March Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60798461 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone, here is the new March chat thread (and on time too!!) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l186401755.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's my little tribute to Leonard Nimoy. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 01:54:24 EST Everything You Want to Know About Pruning Everythi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60782829 Everything You Want to Know About Pruning Everything (ran out of room in the title) <BR> <BR> Great Tips and Tricks for Pruning just about anything you may have in your yard... <BR> When, For Best Results... <BR> <BR> One of the very best ways to stimulate a plant to grow is to cut it back. Sometimes WAY back. <BR> <BR> Pruning controls a plant’s size and shape. It removes dead or diseased branches or limbs. It improves overall structure and health by allowing more light and air into the ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:12:11 EST Favourite funny photos and images http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60781802 Lets share our favourite funny photos and images here. <BR> <BR> Here is one that often makes me giggle. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1092173233.jpg"> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:34:46 EST New Feature : Images in board posts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60775915 Hi All... <BR> Here is an interesting post from our Coach Jen... <BR> <BR> Hello! <BR> <BR> We added the ability to upload images into regular message board and team message board posts today. It works just like uploading an image to a blog post. When you go to make a post, you’ll see a new button that says “add an image.” Click that button, select an image, upload it and you get a in your post pointing to the image you just uploaded. Once you submit the post, the image shows up in the a... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:16:42 EST Chicken Marsala - Perfect for pressure canning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60741181 Chicken Marsala - Perfect for pressure canning! From Canning Homemade. <BR> <BR> This is one of my Favorite Italian Dinners Ever !!! <BR> So I was surprised to see a pressure canning recipe for it... <BR> <BR> <link>www.sbcanning.com/2015/02/chicken-ma<BR>rsala-perfect-for-pressure.html?utm_so<BR>urce=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_c<BR>ampaign=Feed%3A+CanningHomemade+%28Can<BR>ning+homemade%21%29 </link> <BR> <BR> Scroll to the bottom of the page for other pressure canned dinner re... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:56:22 EST Basic Homemade Pasta Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60694500 <BR> Here is a Basic Homemade Pasta Recipe for The Prairie Homestead with step by step instructions... <BR> <link>www.printfriendly.com/print/?source=<BR>homepage&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theprair<BR>iehomestead.com%2F2015%2F02%2Fhomemade<BR>-pasta-recipe.html# </link> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:38:10 EST Computer Troubleshooting Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60692932 <BR> <BR> I don't know whether this is the right place for this, but I found some of these tips to be really helpful (especially the Cntrl Z) one. <BR> <BR> These only apply to Windows based computers, sorry I haven't seen anything for Apple. <BR> <BR> <link>www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?email<BR>id=14249&memberid=924752 </link> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 06:50:54 EST Happy Birthday SASSYSNAIL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60692784 <BR> Hi everyone today is SASSYSNAIL's birthday. <BR> <BR> Let's hope Kate has a fantastic day <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=SA<BR>SSYSNAIL </link> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 06:28:22 EST Happy Belated Birthday JODIELYNN40 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60682515 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone the 14th was JODIELYNN40's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm so sorry I am late with the notification, but my internet has been out for 3 days. I'm sure we all hope she had a wonderful day. <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:53:56 EST Food That Magically Re-Grows Its Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60663864 OOps !!! I put this in the Wrong Forum !!!! <BR> <BR> Here's a chart that shows the kind of Veggies and How to Re-Grow Them... <BR> I have celery growing on my kitchen window sill from the bottom end of the stalks... <BR> It's about 5" tall ! <BR> <BR> <link>www.pinterest.com/pin/98023729365369<BR>316/?utm_campaign=021415_us_editorial_<BR>gardening&utm_term=2&utm_content=98023<BR>729365369316&utm_source=31&e_t_s=pins&<BR>utm_medium=2002 </link> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 08:45:59 EST Food That Magically Re-Grows Its Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13192x60657701 Here's a chart that shows the kind of Veggies and How to Re-Grow Them... <BR> I have celery growing on my kitchen window sill from the bottom end of the stalks... <BR> It's about 5" tall ! <BR> <BR> <link>www.pinterest.com/pin/98023729365369<BR>316/?utm_campaign=021415_us_editorial_<BR>gardening&utm_term=2&utm_content=98023<BR>729365369316&utm_source=31&e_t_s=pins&<BR>utm_medium=2002 </link> Sat, 14 Feb 2015 12:41:07 EST Setting Your Friends Feed to Public http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x60626601 I've noticed that when I want to comment on someone's Daily Status, a notices come up that says "Friends Feed is Set to Private"... <BR> Here is how to make it Public, so others can see, comment and encourage you on our Daily postings.... <BR> <BR> 1. Go to any page and hover over the Community Tab <BR> 2. Click on Friends Feed <BR> 3. When page comes up, click on Settings. <BR> 4. Another page will come up where you can click on whatever you want to see on your Friends Feed and what you wan... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 07:59:28 EST Springtime Canning. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60620791 Spring is fst approaching. I'm wondering what are some of your favorite spring time things to can? Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:53:13 EST All You Need to Know...All You Need to Grow ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60577272 All You Need to Know...All You Need to Grow ! <BR> <BR> from Cook's Farm and Greenhouse. <BR> <BR> What a wealth of information here.... <BR> It's basic info but very helpful for identifying and how to plant and where to plant.... <BR> <link>www.cooksgreenhouse.com/default.asp </link> Fri, 6 Feb 2015 08:06:47 EST How to Make DIY Fire Starter Blocks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60566544 How to Make DIY Fire Starter Blocks <BR> From Ourhalfacrehomestead... <BR> <BR> Well, this couldn't be easier and they Really Work !!! <BR> <BR> Gather your dryer lint, empty TP rolls, cotton string and paraffin ... <BR> <BR> Melt your wax as shown in the video. <BR> While that is melting, cut TP rolls in half.... <BR> The rest is on the Video ! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDdD6gKS1Rw&<BR>feature=em-uploademail </link> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 06:02:16 EST Happy Happy Birthday TUDAFD !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60566399 Here's Wishing You a Wonderfully Special Day !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>247</em> <em>236</em> <em>285</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 05:33:42 EST Why Do Gardeners Buy Adult Diapers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60566332 Why Do Gardeners Buy Adult Diapers? <BR> <BR> When you hear about “adult diapers”, your first thoughts usually have nothing to do with gardening. While this is understandable, after watching this video, you will very likely change the way you think of them. <BR> <BR> <link>www.ba-bamail.com/Content.aspx?email<BR>id=14097&memberid=924752 </link> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 05:18:16 EST How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar from Scraps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60556752 How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar from Scraps <BR> <BR> Seriously !!! This is SOOOO Easy ! <BR> <BR> <BR> Apple Cider Vinegar from Scraps <BR> <BR> Author: The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> •Apple peelings or cores <BR> •Sugar (1 tablespoon per one cup of water used) <BR> •Water <BR> •Glass jar (a quart is a great place to start, but you can definitely make larger quantities, too.) <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> <BR> 1.Fill the glass jar ¾ of the way with the apple peel... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 08:02:03 EST Fabulous February Chatter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60524456 OK Here is our New February Chat Thread !!! <BR> Have a Super Month ! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:28:28 EST What the Heck is Wine Salt? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60503451 Well, this is pretty interesting And I've never heard of it... <BR> But you can bet...I Will be Making It !!!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.growingagreenerworld.com/homemad<BR>e-wine-salt-recipe/ </link> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:52:15 EST Nothing like a bit of inspiration to get you going http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60483425 Another Email sent to me this morning !!! <BR> Take the few minutes to watch this! You will be very humble <BR> at the end I’m sure!! It’s incredible! It's Inspiring !!! It's Humbling ! <BR> When ever I feel Small and Needy...I will think of Paul Smith ! <BR> Thank You Paul ! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/embed/svzPm8lT36o?fe<BR>ature=player_detailpage </link> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:08:48 EST Bring Dried Vegetables Back to Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60448811 <BR> Great list of how to reconstitute all of your dried Veggies to a useable state.... <BR> <BR> Remember all those dried vegetables you carefully dehydrated and stored away? It’s time to bring them out and use them to cook with – but do you know how to bring them back to a usable state of re-hydration so you can present them to your family? <BR> <BR> Commercially-produced dried foods today are at a 2% to 3% moisture level – this means that the vegetable will be a less-intense version of ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:37:43 EST 9 Natural Ways to Kill Weeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60448080 With numerous kid-, pet- and earth-friendly ways to rid your garden of pesky weeds, here are nine stand-outs to put to the test. <BR> <BR> <link>www.bobvila.com/weeding/45747-9-natu<BR>ral-ways-to-kill-weeds-without-harming<BR>-mother-earth/slideshows#!0 </link> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 06:44:08 EST Join the Realistic Resolution Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60438182 Join the Realistic Resolution Challenge <BR> <BR> This is in the Best of SparkPeople Daily Email... <BR> Sounds Interesting ! And you get Points for completing a daily task ! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/realist<BR>ic-resolution.asp </link> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:02:58 EST Guinness "Empty Chair" Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60407225 Ok I usually don't do this...BUT I couldn't let this one go without giving you an opportunity to see it.... <BR> It's called Guinness "Empty Chair" <BR> <BR> Guinness "Empty Chair" salutes the character of a community <BR> as they honor one of their own who is out of sight, but not out of mind. They remind us that a true test of character is what you do when no one's looking. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/embed/rx0MRawkrj4 </link> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>380</em> <em>232</em> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:37:20 EST 15 Clever Ways to Start Seeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60382612 Start Seeds From Practically Anything From eggshells to pots to paper towels, you can start your seasonal veggies, herbs and flowers in containers you have lying around the house. <BR> <link>www.hgtvgardens.com/seeds/15-clever-<BR>ways-to-start-seeds?syc=NGAheadline </link> <BR> <BR> I like the seed tape... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:05:05 EST Happy Birthday PATTIE2101 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60369760 Hi everyone today is PATTIE's birthday. <BR> <BR> I know she probably doesn't feel like celebrating, but we all hope she has a good birthday <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=PA<BR>TTIE2101 </link> Sun, 18 Jan 2015 06:14:28 EST A Better Way to Make Tomato Powder !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60316862 Go Figure...Why didn't I think of that ???!!!! <BR> Instead of Grinding your dehydrated tomatoes, puree them first, then dry and grind ! <BR> You will get a much finer tomato powder... <BR> <BR> Here is Bev Volfie's video...Ourhalfacrehomestead <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMwhhzWi2Vg&<BR>feature=em-uploademail </link> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:18:07 EST Red Bean Kale Burger from Flip My Food's Chef Jeff http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60316430 I watch Flip My Food and they did this recipe today... <BR> Looks and sounds So Yummy ! <BR> <link>www.flipmyfood.com/recipe/red-bean-k<BR>ale-burger </link> <BR> Ingredients <BR> •2 cups smashed red beans <BR> •2 tablespoons olive oil <BR> •1 tablespoon sunflower seeds <BR> •2 tablespoon diced green bell pepper <BR> •1 cup sliced kale <BR> •2 tablespoon diced white onion <BR> •1 teaspoon Crystal liquid smoke <BR> •1 teaspoon cumin seasoning <BR> •3 tablespoon cooked quinoa <BR> ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:43:04 EST The BEST Dehydrating Site and Book the I Found http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60220842 I have been researching dehydrating sites and how to books and this is The BEST Dehydrating Site and Book the I have Found <BR> The Book...The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook <BR> <BR> Goes thru each fruit and/or veggie and how to prep, dehydrate and store each of them separately ...Other books just give you tables/charts. <BR> It, also, included 398 recipes using your dehydrated items. <BR> <BR> The Site... <BR> Awesome videos, instructions, blogs and recipes... The BEST ! <BR> <BR> <link... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 09:40:15 EST Happy 7th Sparkaversary Jules (Flowerd lejewel) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60186196 WOW !!! 7 Years with SparkPeople !!! <BR> <BR> Happy Anniversary Jules !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>250</em> <em>384</em> <em>208</em> <em>507</em> + <em>504</em> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 11:01:13 EST Healthy Blueberry Muffins from Just A Pinch http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60186080 Healthy Blueberry Muffins <BR> <BR> Cook time: 15 Min Prep time: 1 Hr Serves: 18 muffins <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 c whole wheat pastry flour <BR> <BR> 3/4 c all purpose flour <BR> <BR> 1/4 c almond flour <BR> <BR> 1 tsp baking powder <BR> <BR> 1/2 tsp baking soda <BR> <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> <BR> 1 tsp orange zest <BR> <BR> 2 c fresh blueberries <BR> <BR> 2 eggs large <BR> <BR> 1 1/4 c low-fat (1%) buttermilk <BR> <BR> 1/2 c brown sugar <BR> <BR> 6 Tbsp can... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 10:53:03 EST Does Anyone Buy Purina Cat Chow ? Join Cat Perks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60185277 Does Anyone Buy Purina Cat Chow ? Join Cat Perks. <BR> <BR> I'm already working on my 2nd FREE bag of Cat Chow (up to a 14.99 value) <BR> Just open an account on the link provided below. <BR> Get points by signing in, Read articles, take surveys, entering proof of purchases, etc. <BR> Hey, I'll take anything that's FREE ! <BR> <BR> <link>myperks.catchow.com/ </link> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 09:45:36 EST Joyful January Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60172457 <BR> <BR> OK everybody, this is the January thread up and running. <BR> <BR> I hope everybody got through the fireworks and the idiots, I swear we had some numbnut here firing off a canon. <BR> <BR> I wish I had an airhorn, I'd drive around these idiots houses at 6am blowing the airhorn in their windows. <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> Patti I remember my other dog Maggs after she had spinal surgery, it was really hard to keep her still. When her leg heals a little she'll be able to go on s... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 05:59:41 EST Dehydrating Bananas from The Prairie Homestead http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60163886 Dehydrating Bananas from The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> 2 bunches (as we call them) bananas <BR> 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice <BR> <BR> Cut length wise 1/8" thick and place in a bowl with the lemon juice. <BR> <BR> Place in dehydrator set at 135F for 6-8 hours or until leathery. <BR> <BR> See the rest of the recipe here... <BR> <link>www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/12/<BR>dehydrating-bananas.html </link> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 09:19:24 EST Happy Birthday WATERFELON http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60162423 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is WATERFELON's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I apologise for no team goodie, for some unknown reason I'm unable to send one to you via the team page. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_teams.asp<BR>?id=WATERFELON </link> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:17:58 EST Has Anyone Heard of the Mr. Food Site ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60089193 I stumbled across this site a few weeks ago and found it to have all kinds of Healthy Recipes and FREE EBooks... <BR> <link>www.everydaydiabeticrecipes.com/ </link> <BR> After the Holidays, I am going to go thru the Free Ebooks I already downloaded But the recipes I have looked at sound Very Good and as I said, Healthy. <BR> Do check it out ! <BR> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:44:44 EST Happy Birthday Kay (MEADOWB UTTERFLY ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60028559 Here's Wishing You a Wonderfully Special Day !!! <BR> Happy Birthday Kay !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:15:01 EST Thank You Gemini Sky http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60013410 I just want to post this, to let the team know what a wonderful leader we have. I and my mom, were feeling down, after having been hit very hard by a huge car repair bill ($1600.00). We paid it off, but it left us very strapped for money for over the Holiday Season. Thankfully, we have lots of stored food, that allows us to have a nice Christmas feast, but there was little left for me to get mom a nice gift. Gemini-Sky (Patti) stepped up, cheered me up by reminding me of the blessings we do h... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:58:20 EST Holiday Tree-Shaped Cheese Ball http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60008032 I thought this was such a cute idea for your Christmas Festivities !!! <BR> A Christmas tree cheese ball... Easy and Tasty... <BR> <link>www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/holiday<BR>-tree-shaped-cheese-ball/08bcf9be-a507<BR>-469e-b622-f7ea3aa963d2?nicam2=&p=1&ni<BR>cam2=Email&nichn2=Core&niseg2=BCD&nicr<BR>eatID2=BCD_12_12_2014&utm_source=Email<BR>_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=BCD_12_12_2014 </link> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:35:36 EST Crock Pot Recipes from Instructables http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59978596 YUMMMMMM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <link>www.instructables.com/id/Crock-Pot-R<BR>ecipes/ </link> Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:23:18 EST Christmas recipes, traditions & crafts FREE E-Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59976081 Christmas recipes, traditions, and crafts Kindle e-book from Creative Homemaking... <BR> FREE from Amazon from 12/9/14 to 12/13/14 <BR> <link>www.creativehomemaking.com/ebooks.sh<BR>tml </link> <BR> Click on the link on the Creative Homemaking page and you will be redirected to Amazon... <BR> <BR> Rachel is giving us this Free E-Book and all she asks is that you leave feedback on the Amazon site in return...Please do this if you are downloading it for Free... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 07:12:10 EST Interesting Pinterest Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59956862 <BR> <BR> Here's a great board on Pinterest to follow. Lots of preserving here!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.pinterest.com/meriansmith/cannin<BR>g-preserving/?utm_campaign=recs_141201<BR>&utm_term=1&utm_content=19949552718268<BR>4128&e_t=3fc02015f70b487f9b007f930fa11<BR>07c&utm_source=31&e_t_s=boards&utm_medium=2004 </link> Sun, 7 Dec 2014 06:06:22 EST Jenny's How To Can Meat Podcast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59922888 Hi...I just listened to Jenny's How To Can Meat Podcast on the Mom Prepares website. <BR> It was so fun to hear her voice behind the picture we have of Jenny. <BR> AND...there is some great information on How To Can Meat... <BR> Here's the link to the podcast... <BR> <BR> <link>momprepares.com/how-to-can-meat/ </link> <BR> <BR> Scroll down to where it says... <BR> Play Now in the Blue box under Jenny's picture... <BR> <BR> If you would like any of her "I Can Can" Ebooks in her series, ... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 07:38:43 EST 8 Easy To Grow Herbs with Recipes Download http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59922824 Good Morning...I just signed up for Mom Prepares emails and got this download Free... <BR> <BR> I thought I would share it with you... <BR> I Love the fact they go thru how to plant, propagate, anything you want to know about the plant and then have a recipe with that particular herb... <BR> Here's the link to the downloaded page...Scroll down as the first page is blank... <BR> <link>momprepares.com/wp-content/uploads/E<BR>ightEasytoGrowHerbsandRecipes.pdf </link> <BR> Enjoy ! <BR> <BR>... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 07:29:38 EST TODAY Ball Cyber Monday Webcast...3:00 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59902615 THE CYBER MONDAY WEBCAST <BR> <BR> DECEMBER 1st <BR> 3pm ET <BR> Join us for our Cyber Monday Webcast! You'll learn how to put a personal touch on your holiday with special handmade gift and craft ideas. And for you shoppers: the best deals of the year from our store will only be available during this webcast. Plus, guest-host Janine will share some fun décor and gift-wrapping ideas for your homemade goodies. There'll even be a Ball© FreshTECH Automatic Home Canning System demo, showing yo... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 07:41:49 EST Delicious December Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59900446 <BR> Hi there everybody, December chat thread up and running. What delicious things do you have on the cards for this month??? Sun, 30 Nov 2014 22:43:21 EST Jenny Has New EBook Done ! I Can Can Dried Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59894495 Jenny Has Her New EBook Done ! "I Can Can Dried Beans " <BR> <BR> Her Step By Step Instructions are so Easy to Follow. <BR> The EBook is available on Amazon... <BR> Here is her FaceBook page for "I Can Can Dried Beans " <BR> Do mosey on over and click the LIKE button for her... <BR> Here is the link. <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/pages/I-Can-Can-Dri<BR>ed-Beans/353053374873333 </link> <BR> The Amazon link is also on this FB page ! <BR> Enjoy Sun, 30 Nov 2014 09:44:18 EST Something Nice to Do for Our Military ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59885854 Walter Reed Army Medical Center has a Christmas Card Project. <BR> <BR> Something Nice to Do for Our Military ! <BR> <BR> I thought it would be nice to pass a long this information,,, <BR> <BR> Send a Christmas Card to a Recovering Soldier at the Hospital... <BR> Send to... <BR> <BR> A Recovering American Soldier <BR> c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center <BR> 6900 Georgia Ave. <BR> N.W. Washington DC <BR> 20307-5001 Sat, 29 Nov 2014 08:12:01 EST Amazon has 30% Off One Book + They are On Sale ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59881051 I just went to buy a Dehydrating Cook Book and it was on sale and had 30% OFF <BR> <BR> <BR> Special Offers and Product Promotions <BR> <BR> <BR> •Take an Extra 30% Off Any Book: Use promo code HOLIDAY30 at checkout to get an extra 30% off any book for a limited time. Excludes Kindle eBooks and Audible Audiobooks. Restrictions apply. <BR> &#9642; The promotion is valid for a limited time only, from November 26, 2014 at 9pm PST to November 30, 2014 at 11:59pm PST. <BR> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:41:17 EST What Are You Thankful For ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59864590 In our busy day today, I thought it would be nice to take a few minutes and remember what we all have to be Thankful for... <BR> <BR> Of course, Friends and Family. <BR> <BR> Name one thing that you are Thankful for.... <BR> <BR> I'm Thankful for being able to walk in my back yard, enjoying all that God has Created and knowing I am safe from attack and all the bad in the world because of our Fearless and Loyal Men and Women of our Military. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:46:33 EST Pumpkin Shaped Dinner Rolls Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59858751 I'm Making These for Thanksgiving !!! How Cute ! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2xHTxEnnXc </link> <BR> <BR> Here I come Pumpkin Powder ! Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:08:57 EST Making Jam Without Pectin – VIDEO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59846776 Making Jam Without Pectin – VIDEO <BR> From Growing a Greener World <BR> <BR> I, also, love the tip about using parchment or waxed paper to get the foam off of the jam...tho I use a pad of butter while cooking and I don't get any foam at all. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.growingagreenerworld.com/apricot<BR>-jam-with-no-pectin/#comment-37107 </link> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:04:36 EST Happy Birthday DEBBIEANNE1124 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59836387 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=DE<BR>BBIEANNE1124 </link> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:32:34 EST Dried Spice Blends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59810755 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59767930 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>livinghomegrown.com/2014/11/freezing<BR>-herbs-concentrate.html?utm_source=Liv<BR>ing... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11:00:18 EST Honey Brioche Bread Recipe and Instructions... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59757698 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>www.raisingjane.org/journal/52981 </link> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:39:01 EST