SparkPeople Putting Foods Up Team Messageboard This is a place for those who love home canning, freezing and drying foods from our own gardens , orchards, and local farm markets while Exercising and Eating Healthy ! SparkPeople Putting Foods Up Team Messageboard Our Life In Old Pictures. How Many Do You Remember Our Life In Old Pictures. How Many Do You Remember? - <BR> <BR> What Fun !!! I Remember 99% of These !!! <BR> <link><BR>in-old-Pictures.-How-Many-Do-You-Remem<BR>ber.php </link> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 07:22:57 EST Free Book from Mom Prepares !!! 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 FREE Simple Soup Ebook from <BR> <BR> Hi All <BR> I got this email a few minutes ago and thought you would like this FREE Ebook Called Simple Soups from Simply <BR> Here is the email...Don't Forget to use the code Thanks at checkout ! <BR> <BR> Hello Patti, <BR> <BR> Today's e-mail is going to be super short! Yay. <BR> <BR> It is the week of Thanksgiving in the US so we have been reflecting on life and blessings and yes even challenges. I want to t... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:23:09 EST 21 Day New Member Challenge 21 Day New Member Challenge <BR> <BR> This is a GREAT Challenge to learn about what SparkPeople has to offer, how to track Nutrition and Fitness and the how to navigate the Site. <BR> You will get an email each day that will take you to your Challenge Page. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-challenge.asp?calendar=6 </link> <BR> <BR> There are other Challenges on the Challenge Central Page...Including one for Stepping into the Holidays 30 day Challenge... <BR> <... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 05:50:49 EST Soup Recipe Box 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 ... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 08:27:50 EST Homemade Hawaiian Rolls to Freeze Homemade Hawaiian Rolls To Freeze <BR> <BR><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 Soda Jelly! - Dr. Pepper/ Mountain Dew/ Orange Crush <BR> From <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 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 ? 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 When Good Canned Goods Go Bad <BR> <BR> Look what came in an email today...Antheams !!! Perfect Timing !!! <BR> <BR> <link><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 What Would You Like From Our Team This Winter ??? 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) 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 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 I was just searching the web for Compost Recipes and came across this article... <BR> <BR> Making Compost - Black Gold for Your Organic Garden <BR> <BR> It has everything you would ever want to know about making and keeping a compost pile/container... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g-compost-black-gold-for-your-organic-<BR>garden.html </link> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 09:33:41 EST 10 Christmas Craft Projects Made Out Of TP Rolls 10 Christmas Craft Projects Made Out Of Upcycled Toilet Paper Rolls <BR> <BR> What a Fun and Creative bunch of Ideas !!! <BR> From Advent Calendars, Village Buildings, Reindeer, Ornaments...Etc.... <BR> Who Knew ??? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>crafts-projects-made-toilet-paper-rolls/ </link> Sun, 8 Nov 2015 07:14:39 EST Happy Birthday Hopefull hippo... Corinna 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 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 !!! 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 I got this email this morning !!! <BR> Soup must be the HOT Topic these days !!! And Should Be !!! It's Cold Outside !!! <BR> <BR> 20 EASY Fall Soups Ready in 30 Minutes or Less <BR> <BR> Check out the Cream of Mushroom soup Here...YUUUMMMM.... <BR> No Canning Instructions but you can figure that part out...Just leave out the Dairy ! <BR> <link><BR>ready-in-30-minutes/?ms=1&amp;prop25=1<BR>71076029&amp;prop26=HealthyBites&amp;p<BR>rop27=2015-10-28&amp... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 08:17:18 EST Canning Granny Soups Canning Granny Soups <BR> <BR> Hi All I know it's getting to be Soup Season and Canning Granny has been sending a daily email with all kinds of soup recipes and How To Can Them ... <BR> I thought you would like to get these emails and try some new soup ideas... <BR> Today is cream of Celery... <BR> You get the recipe and how to Can It !!! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Cream of Celery Soup <BR> <BR> Makes 5 pints <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1/3... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 07:47:22 EST New to a great looking team 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 Roasted Bone Beef Stock &amp; Crockpot Chicken Stock <BR> From The Far and Dairy... <BR> <BR> <link><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 Zucchini Chips <BR> <BR> <link><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 No Added Sugar Pumpkin-Apple Butter A SP Recipe.... <BR> <BR> <link><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 <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 DIY Autumn Leaf Bowls <BR> <BR> Here is a way to turn those faux autumn leaves into something beautiful and functional. Below are instructions for your very own autumn leaf bowl, perfect for holding your favorite scented potpourri or tasty Halloween treats. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/25/diy-autumn-leaf-bowls </link> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 08:57:27 EST 21 Pumpkin Sweets & Halloween Treats Recipes I just got this email for 21 Pumpkin Sweets & Halloween Treats Recipes... <BR> Some Great Pumpkin recipes !!! And other fun treats !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sweets-halloween-treats-recipes/?plid=<BR>EM_PROMO_KITCHME&crid=EM_101115_KitchM<BR>e&utm_source=EM_PROMO_KITCHME&utm_medi<BR>um=email&utm_campaign=EM_101115_KitchMe </link> Sun, 11 Oct 2015 08:23:33 EST Greetings! 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. 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 "How To" Make a Glass Plate Flower Garden/Yard Art Sun Catcher <BR> <BR> I am saving old plates and bowls to make Flower sun catchers ... <BR> Here is a link for the "How To"...I'm sure there are more tutorials on the web ! <BR> <link><BR>11/plate-flower-tutorial-part-1.html </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 6 Oct 2015 07:58:42 EST Dehydrating Broccoli 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. <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 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 Hi October !!! <BR> <BR> No, I used some of the apple I hadn't canned yet... <BR> Apple Blueberry Pies ! <BR> <img src=""> <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 Now that I have a bushel of FREE Apples, I thought I would Put them Up Plain and then I can make what ever I want later ! <BR> Here is a recipe for canning plain apples.... <BR> <BR> I have a battery operated apple peeler that works like a charm ! <BR> <BR> Canning Apples <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Canning Apples <BR> <BR> Jona-Golds are what we use for canning apples. But there are MANY varieties that will work. Gala, Granny Smith, Honey Crisp…..mmmm... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:17:56 EST 13 Things To Know Before You Dehydrate Food 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><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 !!! 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 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 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 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 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 <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><BR>ATHRE </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 7 Sep 2015 09:48:30 EST Happy Birthday FLOWERDALEJEWEL <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><BR>OWERDALEJEWEL </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sun, 6 Sep 2015 06:14:44 EST Happy Birthday MARTYLYNN1 <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><BR>RTYLYNN1 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 6 Sep 2015 06:12:34 EST Create Your Own Frozen Dinners Create Your Own Frozen Dinners <BR> <BR> A SpakPeople Article... <BR> <BR> You're busy. Whether you work full-time, attend college, care for a loved one, run a household—or all of the above—you don’t always have time to make yourself nutritious meals. Like many people who want to eat healthy on a budget, you probably rely on those handy frozen entrees to fill the gap. After all, they seem like a bargain compared to going out for lunch every day. <BR> <BR> But if you do the math, you're pro... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 08:37:01 EST Waist-to-Hip Ratio Estimates Health Risk Waist-to-Hip Ratio Estimates Health Risk <BR> <BR> Hi All <BR> I found this SP Article and found it very interesting !!! <BR> I never thought that your shape could show your health risks ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=776 </link> <BR> What shape are you ??? <BR> <BR> Use the calculator to find out... <BR> <link><BR>tor_waist.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Just enter your waist and hip measurements to find out... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 06:13:51 EST 40+ Ways to Preserve Tomatoes 40+ Ways to Preserve Tomatoes <BR> <BR> From The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> You will see ideas for Canning, Drying, Fermenting, Freezing and making condiments ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ways-to-preserve-tomatoes.html </link> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:26:39 EST Domino Sugar Give Away / Free Ebook Southern Sweet Domino Sugar Give Away / Free Ebook Southern Sweets <BR> <BR> Win a trip to Charleston SC. !!!! <BR> <BR> Stroll the streets of beautiful Charleston, SC on this VIP Getaway <BR> 5 Grand Prize Winners will receive... Round-trip airfare for two to Charleston, SC <BR> 5 days, 4 nights in the charming luxury of The Restoration on King Hotel <BR> A VIP culinary experience with chefs <BR> Nick Stellino Bob Waggoner <BR> <BR> Private tours and dinners at historic homes and sites: Boone Hal... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:00:32 EST Silly September Chatter 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 {Healthier} Chocolate Zucchini Bread <BR> from Jill Winger <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><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 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 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 The Importance of Water for Bees <BR> <BR> I know this is kind of off any of our topics...BUT...It is SOOO important that we all do our part to help the Pollinators survive and thrive these days !!! <BR> Notice in the pictures and videos that there is a link between the rim of the birdbaths and a rock or something for them to land on !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ortance-of-water-for-bees/ </link> <BR> <BR> “Domesticated honey bees like the ones in the vi... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 08:31:06 EST Salsa 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 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 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 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins...I'd add walnuts, too ! :} <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 06:50:21 EST How to Get Rid of Tomato Blight How to Get Rid of Tomato Blight <BR> <BR> If it is only one plant that has blight I would pull it up. Blight spreads really easily through touch. This could be your hands, or insects going from one plant to another. After touching the plant that is affected, make sure to wash your hands really well with soap and water so that it does not spread further. If it is on several plants, you will want to remove all of the leaves and branches that are affected making sure to not touch any other area... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 06:55:29 EST How to Can Pears Without Sugar 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... 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 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 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 ! 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 hubby is a fence man !!! :} <BR> <BR> H... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 07:29:27 EST Why Canning Yields Vary Why Canning Yields Vary................. <BR> <BR> Have you ever experienced this? <BR> <BR> You find an interesting canning recipe that you want to try. The recipe states that it yields a certain number jars, so you prep those jars and make the recipe. <BR> <BR> But you end up with way more than the recipe stated. <BR> <BR> Or worse…You get way less. <BR> <BR> What happened? Did you do something wrong? <BR> <BR> No. It’s probably not you. <BR> <BR> Here’s what happened… <BR> <BR> Rea... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 07:02:08 EST READ THE HISTORY OF APRONS - READ THE HISTORY OF APRONS - I AM SURE YOU WILL LOVE THIS STORY <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The History of 'APRONS' <BR> ... I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principle use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven. <BR> <BR> It was wonderful for drying children's te... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:21:13 EST Happy Birthday RAPUNZEL53 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is RAPUNZEL53 's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link> RAPUNZEL53 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:01:12 EST Make Your Own Mozzarella <BR> <BR> Here is a step by step article on how to make your own Mozzarella. I really does taste much better than the stuff you buy as well <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=16602&memberid=924752 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:09:12 EST Eager to learn/Any good pickle recipes? 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 Homemade Herb Salt Recipe <BR> <BR> WOW Does this sound YUMMMY !!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Nothing like fresh herbs from the garden...How to Preserve them You Say ??? <BR> Well, here's a wonderful recipe... <BR> And you can mix or match the herbs to your taste !!! <BR> <link><BR>homemade-herb-salt-recipe.html#comment<BR>-484662 </link> <BR> <BR> Homemade Herb Salt Recipe <BR> <BR> Author: The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Recipe type: Seasoning <BR> <B... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:34:04 EST Welcome MRS_PRINCESS_07 to Our Team !!! 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><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 <BR> <BR> Here's an interesting article on the many ways you can use Epsom Salts in the garden. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=16577&memberid=924752 </link> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:53:03 EST Nine Surprising Fertilizers Nine Surprising Fertilizers <BR> By Christina Grand Porter <BR> <BR> It’s normal to think manure and <BR> packaged foods and fertilizers when it <BR> comes to fertilizing gardens and plants, but <BR> there are some surprising things that can <BR> be added to a plant’s soil to help it thrive. <BR> Some of the best ones are things that are <BR> already in your pantry or items that are <BR> constantly discarded. Here’s your chance <BR> to save money and reuse while benefiting <BR> your garden a... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:04:35 EST French Fried Pepper Rings French Fried Pepper Rings <BR> <img src=""> <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 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 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 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 !!!! 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 ! 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 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 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 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><BR>e-book-canning/#comment-565860 </link> Sun, 5 Jul 2015 11:30:00 EST Happy Birthday Barb...Gol denrodfarm !!! 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 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 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><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 <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 Spark People Gardening Guide Page Has Tons of Articles <BR> <BR> Below is the link to the spark page with all of the Gardening article Spark People has to offer... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-guide.asp </link> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 08:09:05 EST Preserving Strawberries Four Ways 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 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 YUMMMM !!!! Onion Dill Bread from <BR> <link><BR>on-dill-bread-20468/review?lrc=true </link> <BR> Drew's Famous Onion Dill Bread <BR> lPrep Time: 3 hrs Total Time: 4 hrs Yield: 1-2 loaves (1 bread machine or 2 loaf pans hand made) About This Recipe <BR> "Fantastic tasting bread. Great with corned beef as well as just buttered." <BR> <BR> Dry ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 (1/4 ounce) package 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 Edible of the Month: Basil <BR> <BR> This article covers Planning, Preparation, Planting, Care and Harvest and Storage... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>?q=show&id=3942 </link> <BR> <BR> Basil is one of the most popular culinary herbs and is used in cooking around the world. It is very symbolic and has a rich history. In India, where it originated, basil is used in courtrooms where they swear oaths upon it. In Italy is symbolizes love and is often worn in the ha... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 15:47:32 EST Happy Birthday GEMINI-SKY <BR> Hi everyone today is GEMINI-SKY's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Patti has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link> GEMINI-SKY </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="" Mon, 8 Jun 2015 06:34:22 EST 35 Cool Vintage-Looking Garden Pots 35 Cool Vintage-Looking Garden Pots <BR> <BR> What Fun !!!! <BR> <BR> I need to go to the barn and see what I can find to repurpose !!!! <BR> <link><BR>looking-garden-pots/ </link> Tue, 2 Jun 2015 13:34:23 EST Jaunty June Chat <BR> <BR> Hi everyone, here's Junes chat thread <BR> Mon, 1 Jun 2015 07:32:44 EST Happy Birthday LIVEDAILY <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><BR>VEDAILY </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 30 May 2015 06:25:22 EST Homemade Apple Juice From Peels & Cores <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><BR>1/easy-no-waste-apple-juice/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 30 May 2015 06:01:40 EST Natural Remedies for Tomato Blight & Powdery Milde Natural Remedies for Tomato Blight & Powdery Mildew <BR> <BR> <BR> Growing tomato plants in your garden provides juicy and plump fruit without having to make a trip to the market. Unfortunately, blight and powdery mildew can attack the tomato plants, causing stunted growth, leaf discoloration, premature leaf dropping and discolored spots on fruits. Several natural remedies will help control these diseases without using toxic and harsh fungicides. <BR> <BR> Baking-Soda Spray <BR> <BR> Bak... Thu, 28 May 2015 10:38:39 EST How to Build A Lasagna Bed How to Build A Lasagna Bed <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Introduction: <BR> <BR> Lasagna gardening is a no-dig, no-till organic gardening method that results in rich, fluffy soil with very little work from the gardener. Creating a lasagna bed will result in soil that is alive with microorganisms, your plants will thrive. <BR> <BR> Gardeners everywhere will benefit from this knowledge. Results will be increased yields, fewer weeds ... Thu, 21 May 2015 11:32:11 EST Ball Canning Recipe Finder 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> </link> Thu, 21 May 2015 07:14:10 EST How to Make Homemade Refried Beans 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 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 Pressure Canned Brown Sugar Carrots <BR> <BR> <link><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 .... 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 <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><BR>id=15491&memberid=924752 </link> Thu, 14 May 2015 07:48:05 EST Happy Birthday DEBBYSDELIGHTS <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><BR>BBYSDELIGHTS </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Thu, 14 May 2015 07:37:44 EST Do I need a dehydrator? 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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!! 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 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 !!! 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 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 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 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 6 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden <BR> <BR> This post is for the garlic lovers – or those who aren’t sure if they like garlic but do like to use natural and organic practices in their gardens. It turns out that this fragrant bulb is good for more than just cooking, and can be a real helpmate around the yard and garden. So – without further ado – 6 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden and Yard. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ic-in-the-garden/ </link> Sat, 2 May 2015 07:52:00 EST Marvelous May Chat <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” 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 Tips for Attracting and Feeding Hummingbirds <BR> <BR> Welcome to my Hummingbird tips and information site, as featured at On this site you will find information on Hummingbird feeder care, tips for attracting Hummingbirds to your yard, great tips on preventing bees and ants at your Hummingbird feeders, and my recipe for preparing Hummingbird nectar that your Hummingbirds will truly love. <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 06:56:34 EST 51 Insanely Easy Ways To Transform Everyday Things 51 Insanely Easy Ways To Transform Your Everyday Things <BR> <BR> Love the idea of DIY but hate the actual effort it requires? Here are some creative ways to reuse the stuff you already own. <BR> <BR> Something for Everyone !!! <BR> <link><BR>-ways-to-transform-your-everyday-thing<BR>s?sub=2220841_1164282#.av9aqoYWy6 </link> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:30:58 EST SANDRALEET has a new account. 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 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 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 <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><BR>oor-canning.html?utm_content=bufferbae<BR>51&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebo<BR> </link> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 06:35:01 EST How to Build a Rain Barrel How to Build a Rain Barrel <BR> <BR> Though, this is a rather upscale rain barrel, it gives you a good idea on how to build one... <BR> <BR> I used a very large plastic garbage can with a lid, placed on a base of cement blocks...cut a hole in the lid for the down spout and put a hole in the side, (about 6" from the bottom) and put on a spigot with a washer...(like you have on the outside of your house for your hose). <BR> I need the over flow pipes as in this design ! <BR> <BR> <link>www... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 11:05:45 EST DIY: PALLET GARDENING TABLE <BR> <BR> This is such a simple but clever idea for a DIY/Potting table <BR> <BR> <link><BR>et-gardening-table/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:13:18 EST Vintage Spoon and Fork Garden Markers Vintage Spoon and Fork Garden Markers <BR> <BR> Make some sweet garden markers out of vintage spoons and forks with this step-by-step tutorials. <BR> <BR> Spoons... <BR> <link><BR>poon-garden-markers.html </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Forks... <BR> <link><BR> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:32:02 EST Downloading Clips From Youtube! <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> </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 <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><BR>asp?id=IMREITE <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 06:15:35 EST How To make your SparkPage Public 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 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: 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 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 The SparkPeople Walkabout Challenge <BR> <BR> Join the #VionicWalkabout Challenge to step your way into better shape in 30 days. <BR> <BR> Once you sign up, You will get a Daily email with that days Challenge...(there is a Calendar with the Daily Challenges)...You get 5 SP Points for every challenge you complete. <BR> <BR> So Start Today !!! WHY NOT ???? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>kabout-challenge.asp?utm_source=sparkp<BR>eople&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 07:51:02 EST Audacious April Chat <BR> <BR> Here's our "Audacious" April Chat thread. What's going on??? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:33:37 EST All Natural Egg Dyes For A Non-Toxic Easter All Natural Egg Dyes For A Non-Toxic Easter <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g-dyes/ </link> <BR> <em>451</em> <em>452</em> <em>449</em> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:17:01 EST One Pineapple but so many ways to use it! 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 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><BR>er-Bath-Canner </link> <BR> Dang It !!!! Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:25:04 EST April Challenge. .Declutter Your Home in 30 Days ! April Challenge...Declutter Your Home in 30 Days ! <BR> <BR> OK Folks !!! Let's get rid of that extra JUNK that is Cluttering Up our lives !!! <BR> <BR> Here is a 30 day list to help you get started !!! <BR> <BR> You can follow the list or make your own that would suit you better. <BR> <BR> Every day, list the 10 things you got rid of and where it went... <BR> Trashed, Sold or Donated... <BR> <BR> Why wait until April 1st ??? Start Now !!!! <BR> <BR> Bathroom <BR> Day 1: Medicine Cab... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:53:34 EST Happy Birthday DOINGITALL09 <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 FREE EBook <BR> Homesteading for Beginners: <BR> A Complete Survival Guide for Sustainable Living! <BR> <BR> As usual I do not know how long it will be available for free. If you are interested make sure to grab your copy before it reverts to its usual price. <BR> <BR> So if you’re looking to reconnect with the land, live sustainably and build community values, this eBook on urban homesteading will be worth your time. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/ref=as... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:20:39 EST 59 Home Canning Recipes <BR> These are some recipes, some basic, some not, for all sorts of things. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ecipes.html </link> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 07:12:23 EST New Team Goal..Walk 5000 Steps per Day ! Join Now! 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 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 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 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 ! 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 <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><BR>=VONBLACKBIRD Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:46:44 EST When & How to Start Seeds Indoors In General When & How to Start Seeds Indoors In a Nut Shell <BR> From Miracle Grow... <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't let damp, chilly spring weather stymie your urge to grow. Set up your own seedling nursery indoors. It's fun, fulfilling, and saves you money. Here's how to get started. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> •Choose the Right Growing Mix <BR> <BR> Choose a potting mix specifically formulated for seed growth, such as Miracle-Gro® Seed Starting Potting Mix. A good seed starting mix will hold moisture, drain well... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 10:59:52 EST Consider Container Gardening from Kids Gardening.. Consider Container Gardening from Kids Gardening... <BR> <BR> No ground to garden in? No problem! Even if you have little space, poor soil, or are surrounded by cement and blacktop, you can still have a thriving youth garden project -- in containers. As long as you have some sun and access to water, gardening in containers lets you and your students grow vegetables, herbs, flowers, even fruit trees. A container garden can be as simple as a few pots of herbs in a window box or as elaborate as... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 11:00:08 EST Canned Baked Beans...Look Out Bush's !!! 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. 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=""> <BR> Sun, 8 Mar 2015 19:54:35 EST How to Start Seedlings and Care Webinar TODAY 3:00 How to Start Seedlings and Care Webinar TODAY 3:00 <BR> <BR> Join us for this Exclusive Webinar <BR> <BR> Learn How to Start Seedlings and Care for them Indoors so you can Plant your Garden Early <BR> <BR> <link><BR>den-seed-starting-webinar/?ref=25&utm_<BR>source=CommonSenseHomesteading&utm_med<BR>ium=email&utm_campaign=SeedStartingWebinar </link> Sat, 7 Mar 2015 12:38:11 EST Want to Get Motivated ? Watch This Video ! <link><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 Oven Canning Your Dry Goods in the Oven Video <BR> <BR> For those of you that don't have a foodsaver and/or the canning lid attachment, here is a great way to can and store your dry goods for many many years. <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 06:37:43 EST List of Common herbs Annual or Perennial ? Here is a list of Common herbs and whether they are annual or perennial... <BR> <BR> Basil -- Annual; fresh, dried or frozen. Many cultivars offer different leaf sizes, flavors, and colors. <BR> Chives -- Perennial; fresh, dried or frozen. Some species will reseed. <BR> Cilantro -- Annual, fresh or dried. Cilantro seed (called coriander) can be harvested as well. <BR> Dill -- Annual, fresh or dried. Reseeds; seed also can be harvested. <BR> Fennel -- Annual, fresh or dried. Reseeds; see... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 06:33:32 EST Make Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions 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.. 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 Video on How to Make Fresh Ricotta Cheese ...So Easy...YUMMMMM !!!!! <BR> <BR> <link><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 ! 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 TOMATO CHIPS <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <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 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone, here is the new March chat thread (and on time too!!) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <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 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 Lets share our favourite funny photos and images here. <BR> <BR> Here is one that often makes me giggle. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:34:46 EST New Feature : Images in board posts 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! 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><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 <BR> Here is a Basic Homemade Pasta Recipe for The Prairie Homestead with step by step instructions... <BR> <link><BR>homepage&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theprair<BR><BR>-pasta-recipe.html# </link> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:38:10 EST Computer Troubleshooting Tips <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><BR>id=14249&memberid=924752 </link> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 06:50:54 EST Happy Birthday SASSYSNAIL <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><BR>SSYSNAIL </link> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 06:28:22 EST Happy Belated Birthday JODIELYNN40 <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 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><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 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><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 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. 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 ! All You Need to Know...All You Need to Grow ! <BR> <BR> from Cook's Farm and Greenhouse. <BR> <BR> What a wealth of information here.... <BR> It's basic info but very helpful for identifying and how to plant and where to plant.... <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 6 Feb 2015 08:06:47 EST How to Make DIY Fire Starter Blocks How to Make DIY Fire Starter Blocks <BR> From Ourhalfacrehomestead... <BR> <BR> Well, this couldn't be easier and they Really Work !!! <BR> <BR> Gather your dryer lint, empty TP rolls, cotton string and paraffin ... <BR> <BR> Melt your wax as shown in the video. <BR> While that is melting, cut TP rolls in half.... <BR> The rest is on the Video ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=em-uploademail </link> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 06:02:16 EST Happy Happy Birthday TUDAFD !!!! 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? 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><BR>id=14097&memberid=924752 </link> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 05:18:16 EST How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar from Scraps How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar from Scraps <BR> <BR> Seriously !!! This is SOOOO Easy ! <BR> <BR> <BR> Apple Cider Vinegar from Scraps <BR> <BR> Author: The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> •Apple peelings or cores <BR> •Sugar (1 tablespoon per one cup of water used) <BR> •Water <BR> •Glass jar (a quart is a great place to start, but you can definitely make larger quantities, too.) <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> <BR> 1.Fill the glass jar ¾ of the way with the apple peel... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 08:02:03 EST Fabulous February Chatter 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? Well, this is pretty interesting And I've never heard of it... <BR> But you can bet...I Will be Making It !!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-wine-salt-recipe/ </link> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:52:15 EST Nothing like a bit of inspiration to get you going 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><BR>ature=player_detailpage </link> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:08:48 EST Bring Dried Vegetables Back to Life <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 With numerous kid-, pet- and earth-friendly ways to rid your garden of pesky weeds, here are nine stand-outs to put to the test. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ral-ways-to-kill-weeds-without-harming<BR>-mother-earth/slideshows#!0 </link> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 06:44:08 EST Join the Realistic Resolution Challenge Join the Realistic Resolution Challenge <BR> <BR> This is in the Best of SparkPeople Daily Email... <BR> Sounds Interesting ! And you get Points for completing a daily task ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ic-resolution.asp </link> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:02:58 EST Guinness "Empty Chair" Video Ok I usually don't do this...BUT I couldn't let this one go without giving you an opportunity to see it.... <BR> It's called Guinness "Empty Chair" <BR> <BR> Guinness "Empty Chair" salutes the character of a community <BR> as they honor one of their own who is out of sight, but not out of mind. They remind us that a true test of character is what you do when no one's looking. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>380</em> <em>232</em> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:37:20 EST 15 Clever Ways to Start Seeds Start Seeds From Practically Anything From eggshells to pots to paper towels, you can start your seasonal veggies, herbs and flowers in containers you have lying around the house. <BR> <link><BR>ways-to-start-seeds?syc=NGAheadline </link> <BR> <BR> I like the seed tape... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:05:05 EST Happy Birthday PATTIE2101 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><BR>TTIE2101 </link> Sun, 18 Jan 2015 06:14:28 EST A Better Way to Make Tomato Powder !!! 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><BR>feature=em-uploademail </link> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:18:07 EST Red Bean Kale Burger from Flip My Food's Chef Jeff I watch Flip My Food and they did this recipe today... <BR> Looks and sounds So Yummy ! <BR> <link><BR>ale-burger </link> <BR> Ingredients <BR> •2 cups smashed red beans <BR> •2 tablespoons olive oil <BR> •1 tablespoon sunflower seeds <BR> •2 tablespoon diced green bell pepper <BR> •1 cup sliced kale <BR> •2 tablespoon diced white onion <BR> •1 teaspoon Crystal liquid smoke <BR> •1 teaspoon cumin seasoning <BR> •3 tablespoon cooked quinoa <BR> ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:43:04 EST The BEST Dehydrating Site and Book the I Found 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) 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 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. Does Anyone Buy Purina Cat Chow ? Join Cat Perks. <BR> <BR> I'm already working on my 2nd FREE bag of Cat Chow (up to a 14.99 value) <BR> Just open an account on the link provided below. <BR> Get points by signing in, Read articles, take surveys, entering proof of purchases, etc. <BR> Hey, I'll take anything that's FREE ! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 09:45:36 EST Joyful January Chat <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 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><BR>dehydrating-bananas.html </link> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 09:19:24 EST Happy Birthday WATERFELON <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is WATERFELON's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I apologise for no team goodie, for some unknown reason I'm unable to send one to you via the team page. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>?id=WATERFELON </link> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:17:58 EST Has Anyone Heard of the Mr. Food Site ? I stumbled across this site a few weeks ago and found it to have all kinds of Healthy Recipes and FREE EBooks... <BR> <link> </link> <BR> After the Holidays, I am going to go thru the Free Ebooks I already downloaded But the recipes I have looked at sound Very Good and as I said, Healthy. <BR> Do check it out ! <BR> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:44:44 EST Happy Birthday Kay (MEADOWB UTTERFLY ) 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 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 I thought this was such a cute idea for your Christmas Festivities !!! <BR> A Christmas tree cheese ball... Easy and Tasty... <BR> <link><BR>-tree-shaped-cheese-ball/08bcf9be-a507<BR>-469e-b622-f7ea3aa963d2?nicam2=&p=1&ni<BR>cam2=Email&nichn2=Core&niseg2=BCD&nicr<BR>eatID2=BCD_12_12_2014&utm_source=Email<BR>_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=BCD_12_12_2014 </link> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:35:36 EST Crock Pot Recipes from Instructables YUMMMMMM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <link><BR>ecipes/ </link> Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:23:18 EST Christmas recipes, traditions & crafts FREE E-Book Christmas recipes, traditions, and crafts Kindle e-book from Creative Homemaking... <BR> FREE from Amazon from 12/9/14 to 12/13/14 <BR> <link><BR>tml </link> <BR> Click on the link on the Creative Homemaking page and you will be redirected to Amazon... <BR> <BR> Rachel is giving us this Free E-Book and all she asks is that you leave feedback on the Amazon site in return...Please do this if you are downloading it for Free... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 07:12:10 EST Interesting Pinterest Board <BR> <BR> Here's a great board on Pinterest to follow. Lots of preserving here!! <BR> <BR> <link><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 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> </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 Good Morning...I just signed up for Mom Prepares emails and got this download Free... <BR> <BR> I thought I would share it with you... <BR> I Love the fact they go thru how to plant, propagate, anything you want to know about the plant and then have a recipe with that particular herb... <BR> Here's the link to the downloaded page...Scroll down as the first page is blank... <BR> <link><BR>ightEasytoGrowHerbsandRecipes.pdf </link> <BR> Enjoy ! <BR> <BR>... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 07:29:38 EST TODAY Ball Cyber Monday Webcast...3:00 THE CYBER MONDAY WEBCAST <BR> <BR> DECEMBER 1st <BR> 3pm ET <BR> Join us for our Cyber Monday Webcast! You'll learn how to put a personal touch on your holiday with special handmade gift and craft ideas. And for you shoppers: the best deals of the year from our store will only be available during this webcast. Plus, guest-host Janine will share some fun décor and gift-wrapping ideas for your homemade goodies. There'll even be a Ball© FreshTECH Automatic Home Canning System demo, showing yo... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 07:41:49 EST Delicious December Chat <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 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><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 ! 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 ! 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 ? 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 I'm Making These for Thanksgiving !!! How Cute ! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Here I come Pumpkin Powder ! Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:08:57 EST Making Jam Without Pectin – VIDEO 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><BR>-jam-with-no-pectin/#comment-37107 </link> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:04:36 EST Happy Birthday DEBBIEANNE1124 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is DEBBIEANNE1124's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>BBIEANNE1124 </link> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:32:34 EST Dried Spice Blends Here a some spice mixtures, courtesy of Graham Kerr's Swiftly Seasoned. If there are some ingredients that are hard to find, try to use something similar <BR> <BR> Hope they are of help to everybody out there!! <BR> <BR> <BR> SHANGHAI COASTAL SPICE BLEND <BR> <BR> 7 Tablespoons crushed Red Pepper flakes <BR> 2 ¾ Teaspoons ground Ginger <BR> 2 ¾ Teaspoons ground Anise <BR> <BR> Grind to a powder <BR> <BR> <BR> SCANDINAVIAN SPICE BLEND <BR> <BR> 4 ½ Teaspoons Horseradish powder (wasabi... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:14:05 EST How to Make Herb Concentrates Making Herb Concentrates from Living Homegrown <BR> <BR> I have so many zip lock baggies full of all different kinds of herbs floating around my freezer.. When I need some parsley or whatever, it's like going on a fishing expedition !!! <BR> So when I saw this I thought, What a Great Idea !!! <BR> <BR> Here's the link to help preserve your abundance of herbs from your garden or farmers market. <BR> <link><BR>-herbs-concentrate.html?utm_source=Liv<BR>ing... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11:00:18 EST Honey Brioche Bread Recipe and Instructions... Oh My Does this look Good !!!! <BR> <BR> Complete Recipe and Instructions.... <BR> I wish I could post a picture here. <BR> <BR> Maybe add some pumpkin for Thanksgiving Dinner ! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:39:01 EST Which Saves The Most Money? <BR> <BR> Here's an interesting page with breakdowns on freezing, canning and dehydrating and what, they think is the most cost efficient. <BR> <BR> There are also some good links to click onto as well! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ch-costs-the-least-dehydrating-freezin<BR>g-or-canning/ </link> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 06:43:55 EST GREAT SALE on Vacuum Seal Bags & Rolls Hi All... <BR> This is where I get all of my bags & Rolls for my FoodSaver. You can use these on most sealers. <BR> <BR> Jennifer has a HUGE Sale going on !!! Ebay Store The Sweet Attack Shop.. <BR> <BR> The prices are usually Great...But this is even Better !!!! <BR> <BR> Check this out... <BR> <link><BR>ml?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from= </link> <BR> <BR> She, also, has a website... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:52:01 EST FREE E-Book Crock Pot Recipes Download Creative Homemaking's new crock pot recipes Kindle e-book FREE from Amazon this week from 11/10/14 to 11/14/14. Share with your friends and please leave your feedback at Amazon. Thanks! <BR> <BR> In this e-book you will find almost 50 easy crock pot recipes, including recipes for crock pot cinnamon apple oatmeal, cherry cobbler, refried beans, green bean casserole, chicken enchiladas, beef stroganoff, Hawaiian chicken, crock pot pizza, spaghetti, crock pot lasagna, pulled pork chil... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 07:39:38 EST Happy Birthday HOPEFULHIPPO <BR> Hi everyone today is HOPEFULHIPPO's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>PEFULHIPPO </link> Sat, 8 Nov 2014 06:04:28 EST Nutty But Nice November Chat <BR> It's a shame our konjac noodles aren't available at a reasonable price over there, Shiritaki noodles are made of the same vegetable and will do in a pinch for Angel Hair pasta. Virtually no calories, carbs and high in fibre ..... what more could you ask for? <BR> <BR> Here is a page that explains Resistant Starch to anyone who is interested. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rch-101/ </link> <BR> <BR> We do have a white potato here in Australia that is low ... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 05:16:11 EST 100+ Apple Recipes! 100+ Apple Recipes! From The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Apple Walnut Salsa You Say ??? <BR> Or <BR> Easy Apple Peel Cider ??? <BR> <BR> Hmmmm............... <BR> <BR> Well, here's the link...Do check it out !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>100-apple-recipes.html </link> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:28:17 EST Thank You 10-28-2014 Jules and I would like to Personally Thank those of you that are consistently participating on our Wonderful Team !!! <BR> <BR> Even though, we have over 1200 members, there are 13 of us that are Active on a Steady Basis...( after going thru all of the threads for October) <BR> It's So Nice that we can count on each other for Help, Support and Most Importantly, Friendship !!! <BR> (Now Don't Blush !!!)....Yes, I'm going to list You All !!! Alphabetically Of Course... <BR> <BR> Crazyndncook ... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:05:39 EST What to Do with All of Your Pumpkins ! Make Powder What to Do with All of Your Pumpkins ! Make Powder <BR> <BR> Unbelievable !!! Look how Great this works !!! <BR> Thank You Mrs. Volfie ! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> 1/4 cup dry to 1 cup hot water = 1 cup puree Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:35:43 EST Craftsy Offering FREE Class Any Topic ! Today ONLY Craftsy Offering FREE Class ...Any Topic !!! <BR> <BR> Choose from... <BR> Sewing <BR> Quilting <BR> Knitting <BR> Crochet <BR> Cake Decorating <BR> Food and Cooking <BR> Painting and Drawing and <BR> Photography <BR> <BR> It is ONLY for Today !!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>raftsyClass?_ct=sbqii-wqbbuho-ikrdql&_<BR>ctp=Jo-Ann_FreeCraftsyClass </link> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:04:19 EST Spin for Team Bonus Spins from your Start Page I'm not sure if you all know that you can Spin for Team Bonus Points Daily !! <BR> <BR> Don't forget to spin for your Team Bonus Spins (from your Start Page) <BR> Great way to get extra points and help your team get higher in the ratings... <BR> <BR> Just go to your Start page and scroll down to the 3rd section "Community and Spark Team Check In" and click on Spark America Team Bonus Spins. <BR> There are Flags next to your Spark Teams. You can click on up to 5 flags/teams per day. <BR> Wh... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:40:59 EST Pumpkin Refrigerator Pickles Well...Here's something to do with all of your extra Pumpkins !!!! <BR> <BR> Pumpkin Refrigerator Pickles from Mary Jane's Farm, Growing Jane ! <BR> <BR> PREP TIME: 30 MINUTES, PLUS 1 HOUR STEEPING TIME <BR> COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES <BR> MAKES: 2 PINTS <BR> <BR> 3 1/2 cups peeled pumpkin, cut into 1/2&#8243; cubes (about 16 ozs) <BR> 3 cups water <BR> 2 cinnamon sticks <BR> 4 allspice berries <BR> 4 cloves <BR> 1 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar <BR> 1 cup sugar <BR> <BR> 1. Add pump... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:22:21 EST Cooking Cabbage Rolls For Future Meals :) Mom and I recently made the decision, to make a greater effort towards storing foods for future meals. We aim to save more, and waste less. Today we made a huge batch of cabbage rolls. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Here is a link to my most recent blog. It includes both the recipe, and pictures of what I made. <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802895 </link> <BR> <BR> For those not wanting to click links, here is the recipe alone..... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:48:48 EST The fundraiser was a success. The fundraiser for the no-kill animal shelter seems to have been a success. Here is a link to my blog, with photos from the event. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800372 </link> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:25:48 EST How to Can Pumpkin !!! From Prarie Homestead Here's the link !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>how-to-can-pumpkin.html#comment-474711 </link> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:12:27 EST Pressure Canning Webcast Oct 23 @ 3:00 Jarden / Ball Pressure Canning Webcast Oct 23 @ 3:00 <BR> <BR> This is a must-see for new and experienced canners alike. <BR> <BR> Yes you can! If you're new to pressure canning, our live webcast will help you gain confidence as we show you how to safely preserve low-acid foods. Tune in to get a special offer code for free shipping and 10% off any of our online store items. This webcast will be a real resource for newbies and veteran canners alike. <BR> <BR> Mark your calendars for <BR> Oc... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:39:25 EST New Spark Point Levels <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi team, we now have new Sparkpoint levels. Before it stopped at level 20, now it continues onto Level 25 <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nts_icons.asp </link> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:06:00 EST Interested in Gardening? So... are you interested in gardening? Here is a link to some handy info, for best times to plant. <BR> The link is for the Almanac, and has other cool info for other things as well. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 08:05:55 EST Great Pinterest Pins <BR> <BR> Here are some great pins from Pinterest for Canning/Food Storage, hope you find them useful <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-food-storage/ </link> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 05:28:52 EST Welcome Trish, to Our Team...TIG2009 Hi there and Welcome to Our Team... <BR> Can't wait to hear from you on what you are Putting Up... <BR> And If you have any questions for us, Please do ask.... <BR> <em>235</em> <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> Psst...I tried to give you a goodie but you don't have a SparkPage... <BR> If you need help setting one up, do let me know. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 07:28:42 EST If You're Up...Go Out and See the Lunar Eclipse !! Watching the Lunar Eclipse right now ! A Rare Site !!! <BR> It will be over at 6:25am Wed, 8 Oct 2014 05:32:41 EST "Cooking for a Crowd" Short Cut ! Pie Shells Another Holiday "Cooking for a Crowd" Short Cut ! <BR> from Our Half Acre Homestead <BR> <BR> What a Great Idea !!! Make those pie shells ahead of time and freeze them. <BR> Then when needed, just take out of the freezer, thaw, fill and bake !!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=em-uploademail </link> Tue, 7 Oct 2014 07:25:02 EST WOnderful Book <BR> <BR> I know you aren't supposed to push items for sale, but I have this book at home and it is full of wonderful recipes. From Charcuterie to Liquers, Asian sauces to Jams, Jellies and Chutneys, there are so many recipes in this. <BR> <BR> There are very good used copies available from Amazon for only a couple of dollars. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>a-Beckett/dp/1863735070/ref=sr_1_1?s=b<BR>ooks&ie=UTF8&qid=1412736416&sr=1-1&key<BR>words=harvest+pantry ... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 05:51:53 EST FREE E-BOOK...Guide to Muffin Recipes FREE E-BOOK from Creative Homemaking Guide to Make-a-Mix Recipes <BR> Creative Homemaking Guide to Muffin Recipes <BR> <BR> FREE from Amazon from 10/6/14 to 10/10/14 <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tml </link> <BR> <BR> Get it while you Can !!!! Mon, 6 Oct 2014 12:26:27 EST I just Found this Wonderful Website on YouTube ! OMG What a Hoot !!! <BR> But I must say...There is such Great info here, that I think this will be my Go To place for canning, frying and freezing info... <BR> Do Check it Out !!!! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Put it in your Favorites...Priceless !!! <BR> <BR> Our Half Acre Homestead... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:47:04 EST Opalescent October Chat <BR> <BR> Hi everybody, here is the new October thread. <BR> <BR> What are you all up to????? Wed, 1 Oct 2014 04:04:24 EST How to store Carrots & Beets How to store Carrots & Beets <BR> <BR> Don't have a Root Cellar...Well try these ideas ! <BR> <BR> I got this article from The Art of Doing Things Site... <BR> You may also want to look at the bottom of the article under...You May Also Like... <BR> as there are different ways from different sites on how to store your root veggies... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ore-carrots-beets/?utm_source=Website+<BR>Subscribers&utm_campaign=1d1c93dfbd-RS<BR>S_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&u... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:42:20 EST Happy Birthday to Jenny !!!! JENNYFAYE55 Good Morning and Happy Birthday to You Jenny !!! <BR> <BR> Enjoy Your Special Day ! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>224</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:44:54 EST Porch Lights PLEASE !!!! I Just saw a report on the news... <BR> that a Dad told his little son that when he's gone to Iraq to look at the moon and he will know his Dad was looking at him, too. <BR> His father was killed one year ago today while fighting for our Freedom. He asked his Mom to put on the porch lights this evening so his Dad could see him. <BR> He is asking all of us to turn on our porch lights tonight !!!! <BR> <BR> How can we refuse ???!!!! Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:52:20 EST Easy, delicious Tomato Sauce. Roast ‘em! Easy, delicious Tomato Sauce. Roast ‘em! from The Art of Doing Stuff Site... <BR> <BR> Great Idea. Sounds like a great tomato paste to have on hand... <BR> <BR> And the pictures look SOOOO Yummy !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cious-tomato-sauce-roast-em/?utm_sourc<BR>e=Website+Subscribers&utm_campaign=a96<BR>6ecdd92-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=<BR>email&utm_term=0_b431e4fc08-a966ecdd92-81876169 </link> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 06:08:13 EST Very Interesting Pages Of Preserving and Recipes <BR> <BR> Here is a page, which, in turn, leads to many more pages, each with great information on preserving in all forms. Lots of recipes to try as well. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:28:05 EST Clean Up Your Fall Garden and Give it a Boost for Clean Up Your Fall Garden and Give it a Boost for Next Year! <BR> <BR> For those of you that don't read the Daily Thread, I thought I'd post this link so all can see it... <BR> <link><BR>winter-garden-clean-up.html </link> <BR> <BR> It's Time !!!!! <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:54:55 EST Happy Birthday KNITTY_JESS <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is KNITTY_JESS's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Jessie has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ITTY_JESS </link> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 05:49:39 EST DIY Fruit Fly Trap ! Here's a link for a DIY Fruit Fly Trap ! <BR> <link><BR>qt/Make-A-Vinegar-Trap-For-Fruit-Flies<BR>.htm </link> <BR> <BR> With all of the fruit trees ripening, I thought this would be helpful ! Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:16:45 EST Happy Birthday FISHERESS68 <BR> Hi everyone today is FISHERESS68's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Tammy has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>SHERESS68 </link> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 04:55:47 EST Tomato Strainer at Amazon...GREAT Price and Free S <BR> Here is a tomato strainer on Amazon with FREE shipping !!! <BR> <link><BR>Fruits-Vegetables/dp/B0000BYDR1 </link> <BR> This is what I use. Just cut the tomatoes, bring to a boil until they are soft and then put thru the strainer. The skins and seeds go one way and the juice and pulp go down the tray into your pot. <BR> Bring the juice to a boil and jar....Done ! <BR> This price is Great...The cheapest I've seen in a long time... <BR> <BR> You c... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 07:24:13 EST How to grow a pineapple Interesting..... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=11979&memberid=871665 </link> Sun, 7 Sep 2014 12:56:19 EST Follow-Up on My Tomato Powder Experiment ! Yes, I have been experimenting with different ways to dehydrate my tomatoes to make powder. <BR> I've done many batches of cherry tomatoes, cut them in half and put in a dehydrator. <BR> When crispy, I ground them in my coffee grinder. Works Perfectly and tastes and smells Awesome !. <BR> <BR> I, also, used the skins and seeds from straining the tomatoes thru my Victorio Strainer. <BR> I put some on parchment paper lined cookie sheets (spread thinly) and did them in the oven at 170F (the... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 08:37:01 EST Happy Birthday KMATHRE <BR> Hi everyone today is KMATHRE's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>?id=KMATHRE </link> Sun, 7 Sep 2014 05:55:24 EST Happy Birthday CROYLE55 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is CROYLE55's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>OYLE55 </link> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 07:21:16 EST Happy Birthday MARTYLYNN1 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is MARTYLYNN1's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 05:37:18 EST Happy Birthday to One of Our Fearless Leaders !!! Happy Birthday Jules (FLOWERDALEJEWEL)... <BR> <BR> Take Time for Yourself and Enjoy Your Special Day !!!! <BR> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 05:24:22 EST Happy Birthday FLOWERDALEJEWEL <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, I feel like and idiot, singing happy birthday to me. <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>104</em> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 05:03:19 EST confusion from a wholly green newbie I have a notion to try putting up a few things. I'm not sure exactly what yet... but I'm trying to work out the details. I've read several books, and blogs, etc... and I'm more or less confused! <BR> <BR> I don't have a pressure cooker that would be big enough to hold more than 3-4 jars. I do have a b-i-g pot. But the instructions for canning by boiling seem to indicate that you don't cover the jars? how does this accomplish eliminating any bacterial load which may then grow when you put lid... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 11:00:43 EST Dehydrating tomatoes, storage, and recipes? Just wondering if anyone here dehydrates their extra tomatoes and if you do, how do you used them throughout the year? Keep them in slices or into powder? And do you just store it in a ziploc or is there a better way to keep the maximum quality? And then of course I'm looking for recipes or ways to reconstitute and use to replace something I'm currently buying to use in my recipes, like tomato sauce or paste, maybe. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Laurie Wed, 3 Sep 2014 13:14:42 EST Sensational September Chat <BR> <BR> Hi ho everybody, here is the September chat thread. <BR> <BR> What are you all doing? Tue, 2 Sep 2014 03:24:02 EST An easy way to peel tomatoes Do you want to make a recipe, that requires you to peel tomatoes, but hate the thought of having to scald them first, and risking getting scalded yourself? Try this method then. <BR> <BR> I simply throw my tomatoes into my freezer, and let them freeze solid. First I remove the core, and place them in a Ziploc bag. Then I just place them into the freezer. Once they are solid, all you need to do, is run them under warm water. The skins easily just rub off. Let them thaw, and use them in your s... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:00:46 EST Kitchen tips and shortcuts. <link><BR>id=11828&memberid=871665#.U_4oEzKwL6s </link> <BR> <BR> Lots of neat ideas here. I love the green onion frozen in a soda bottle. I never seem to use up a whole bunch in time and end up throwing so much away.... <BR> <BR> I also love the idea of scooping out an apple and filling with apple cider. That would make an impressive presentation, and the strawberries filled with cheese, or strawberries covered in chocolate, or..... Aw shucks, I l... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:00:09 EST New Changes in Canning Lid Procedures? MUST READ Just to add this statement before I get started !!! <BR> All NEW Ball and Kerr lids say “Made in USA” and/or “BPA Free”. (Kerr is now made by Ball) <BR> <BR> OK I didn't know this...So PLEASE Read this Article... <BR> <BR> From Living Home Grown <BR> <BR> Jarden, (the company that manufactures all Ball Canning Jars and lids), very casually mentioned that they completely changed the recommendations when using their canning jar lids. <BR> <BR> No explanation was given for this change. <BR>... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:58:27 EST FREE Printable Pantry / Freezer Inventory Sheets Well, I just found out I had put some of my home made canned goods in another cabinet... <BR> Now, if I would have had an inventory spread sheet, I might not have Lost them !!! <BR> <BR> Here is a link for all kinds of sheets. <BR> <link><BR>entory/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here's the one I like... <BR> <link><BR>s/image/pdf/food_inventory_pantry.pdf </link> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10:57:04 EST How To Make Haloumi Cheese <BR> Here's an interesting page that shows you, with pictures, how to make haloumi cheese. <BR> <BR> I did note it said to make it with goat milk. I love goats and had a large dairy herd years ago and I could never handle the taste of goat cheese. The milk was sweet, but everytime I tried my hand at cheese it was so strong in "goaty" flavour. <BR> <BR> If you were thinking of making this I'd try with cows milk first. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:09:09 EST Preview of design changes to Message Boards. <BR> We as leaders, have listened to your requests. <BR> 1. a cleaner look to the page dividing the individual messages for easier reading. <BR> 2. a quick way to get to My Spark Page <BR> 3. Keep Today on SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> Well, they listened and here is a Preview of design changes to Message Boards. <BR> They will roll our the beginning of next week. <BR> <BR> <link><BR> </link> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:11:31 EST Botulism <BR> <BR> I thought this page had some really interesting information about botulism a thing that stops a lot of people from canning. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:15:45 EST Lemon Summer Squash Bread from Thank Your Body Lemon Summer Squash Bread from Thank Your Body <BR> <BR> This sounds SOOOO Yummmmy !!!! <BR> This lady is a REAL Health Nut so the ingredients are all organic. <BR> You can use what ever you like...I just thought this is a recipe to share.... <BR> Not sure what evaporated cane juice or rapadura is...I'll have to figure out what quantity of sugar to use. <BR> <BR> Here's the link to the recipe.... <BR> <link><BR>ummer-squash-bread/ </link> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:25:33 EST Growing Garlic from The Leftover Lady Growing Garlic <BR> <BR> The rule with garlic is this: plant it on October 15th and Harvest it July 15th. My Dad taught me that and he follows it yearly and his garlic is the best! Garlic doesn’t cost much, so I don’t grow much of it, since I can buy it easily. However it also doesn’t take ANY maintenance, and hardly any garden space, so I do grow some. If you want to start growing garlic, just plant a small clove. <BR> <BR> Here's the link to the rest of the article... <BR> <link>le... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:08:50 EST 25 Reasons to keep those Lemon Peels around.... Like the orange peel, the lemon peel goes way beyond just zest. Check this out. <BR> <link><BR>easons_To_Keep_Those_Lemon_Peels!.aspx<BR>#.U_Iqj_ldW2E </link> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:34:35 EST 24 tips to save money and the planet Great reduce, reuse, recycle projects. I love how you can keep celery growing. I'm going to try that.... <BR> <link><BR>id=11686&memberid=871665#.U_IkwfldW2E </link> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:25:25 EST Spiced Plum Jam This sounds delish..... <BR> <link><BR>piced-plum-jam.shtml </link> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 06:02:52 EST Happy Birthday LARRIA <BR> Hi everyone today is LARRIA's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>?id=LARRIA </link> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:40:08 EST Creating plant sculptures out of old clay pots I don't know if anyone else would be interested in this, but I thought is wasan innovative and creative recycling project. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=11672&memberid=871665#.U_E8bfldW2E </link> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 19:40:03 EST International-Ca n-It-Forward-Day 2014 TODAY LIVE International-Can-It-Forward-Day 2014 from Ball Canning <BR> <BR> Live Webcast.... <BR> <BR> I know this is late but it's TODAY starting at 10:00 <BR> But you can usually go to the site the day after and watch... <BR> <BR> Schedule: <BR> 10:00am – 10:45am Pepper Jelly Demo with Ball® FreshTECH™ Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker <BR> 10:45am – 11:00am Tips on Urban Herb Gardening and Preservation <BR> 11:00am – 11:30am Peach Sriracha Jam Demo with Marisa McClellan of Food in Jars <BR> 11:30a... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 06:32:54 EST Do You Have a Free Canning Label Link to Share ? Here's one of my Favorites... <BR> <link> <link><BR>47e4b0953aee4ad8b1/t/51d111d1e4b032e24<BR>294780f/1372656081593/ELEPHANTSHOE_DIY<BR>_FROM_MY_PANTRY_BLANK_LABELS.pdf </link> </link> <BR> <BR> These are for circles that you can print for free and cut out and put on the lids of your jars. Just Put it between the lid and the ring...Really cute for gifts ! <BR> Here's the link to the original article so you can see what they look like in use. <BR> ... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:53:17 EST How to Make Old-Fashioned Peach Butter How to Make Old-Fashioned Peach Butter <BR> <BR> Fruit butters are somewhat related to jams, but they don’t require pectin. They are thick and opaque and absolutely perfect as a spread on homemade bread, or flaky homemade biscuits, or crepes, or waffles, or… you get the picture. <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:35:46 EST Seed Saving Packets FREE Download !!! Seed Saving Packets FREE Download from the Art of Doing Stuff... <BR> <BR> Most people also have flowers blooming, tomatoes growing and herbs going to seed. So NOW is the time to start collecting seeds to use next year. At the very least now is the time to print out really cute Art of Doing Stuff seed packets for free. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing-stuff-seed-saving-packetsfree-down<BR>load/?utm_source=Website+Subscribers&u<BR>tm_campaign=b97a6940eb-RSS... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:14:50 EST How often do you weigh? I am so glad I've weighed almost every day, because my weight can really play tricks on me. I weighed almost every day last week and showed some progress. Did my tracking for food. Moved around more. Ate reasonable portions of healthy food. Cut my calorie intake. This morning for my weekly "official" weigh in... WAMMO my devious, hateful, spite-filled scale reported that the two pounds I had supposed lost on Friday is back and instead of 2 pounds lost, I have lost .2 pounds. I know water rete... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:00:39 EST Anyone made Chia Seed Jam I am tempted to try and make a Chia Seed Jam. I am wondering if anyone had tried it yet and if so does it freeze well? Sat, 9 Aug 2014 16:24:05 EST Don't Throw AwayTthose Orange Peels. Some uses for orange peels you may not have thought of....... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_Throw_Away_Those_Orange_Peels!_-_28_D<BR>IY_Uses.aspx#.U-Y_IfldW2E </link> Sat, 9 Aug 2014 11:38:43 EST Sauces, Spreads and Rubs <BR> Not sure where to put this, but I'll try it here first at least. <BR> <BR> Here are some great ideas for sauces, spreads and rubs from the trusty Pinterest. Some really tasty ideas here <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-spreads-and-rubs/ </link> Sat, 9 Aug 2014 06:44:16 EST How to Can Pickled Beets How to Can Pickled Beets <BR> <BR> They have a delicious spiced flavor and I just love the tangy zip from the vinegar. In addition to the flavor, pickled beets are full of vitamins and minerals like vitamins A, B, C. They also contain potassium, magnesium, folic acid, and iron. Who doesn’t love a snack that is tasty AND healthy! <BR> <BR> A lot of beet recipes out there use white vinegar and lots of white sugar. The beauty of this recipe is that it is made with apple cider vinegar and no su... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 12:12:59 EST Everything You Need to Know About Container Garden Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening from Growing a Greener World.... <BR> It's a great show and is on your local PBS channel... <BR> Here is an episode on Container Gardening... <BR> <link><BR>container-gardening/?utm_source=GGWTV&<BR>utm_campaign=a7ecccb303-GGW_S4_Newslet<BR>ter_110_14_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_t<BR>erm=0_27022f05ad-a7ecccb303-66299425 </link> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 08:50:52 EST How to Make Homemade Stevia Extract How to Make Homemade Stevia Extract from Prairie Homestead.... <BR> <BR> Stevia is amazing stuff. It’s pretty popular right now, but in case you haven’t jumped on the stevia train yet, here is a quick run-down: Stevia is simply a plant. Yup– a plant. It’s not created in a laboratory and it’s most definitely not one of those scary artificial sweeteners. Stevia is 200-times sweeter than sugar and you can grow it right in your garden. That’s my kind of sweetener! <BR> <BR> I feel pretty confid... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 08:29:18 EST Recieving Team Goodies !!!! Recieving Team Goodies !!!! <BR> <BR> There have been many changes to SP lately and one of them is that is you want to receive Team Goodies, you must have posted on the team at least once in the past 90 days. <BR> (it was 30 days, but the team leaders really put up a fight to get it longer, hence the 90 days !!!) <BR> <BR> So if you would like to get team goodies, do post to our team at least once every 90 days to be eligible ... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 12:01:13 EST How to Make Raw Garlic Powder or Onion or Shallot How to Make Raw Garlic Powder PLEASE Read the Update at the Bottom !!!! <BR> <BR> I got this idea from my beautiful cousin, a fellow DIYer from Cali. When I found out she made her own garlic powder, I knew I had to find out how! A few months ago, she had a 3-hour layover in Seattle, and we hadn’t seen each other in years. It was a no-brainer – we simply had to get together! So my daughter and I drove down to the airport meet her, and we took her out to dinner. We had a great time together ov... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 16:31:51 EST Pickled Hot Peppers from Mary Jane's farm Pickled Hot Peppers from Mary Jane's farm <BR> <BR> Prep Time: 20 minutes <BR> Makes: 2 pints <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 4 cups hot peppers, stems trimmed (we used Hinkelhatz heirlooms*) <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 medium garlic cloves, peeled <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 t whole black mustard seed <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 T olive oil <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 t salt <BR> <BR> <BR> 2½ cups white vinegar <BR> <BR> <BR> ¾ cup water <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> 1.Sterilize two pint jars. <BR> 2... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 09:35:37 EST How to Grow Blueberries at Home & a Cherry Pitter How to Grow Blueberries at Home From Common Sense Homesteading <BR> <BR> I grow blueberries but I'll be darned if I can remember what types they are !!! <BR> I do know that you have to have 2 different types for cross pollination, so I guess I'm good there !!! (unless you can find a new fangled type that self pollinates) <BR> <BR> Any Hoo...Here is the link to all kinds of info to get you started, pictures and all ! <BR> <link><BR>ing-the-superfruit/ <... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 12:58:26 EST Let's Welcome our Newest Team Member PATTIE2101 !! Hi Pattie and Welcome !!! <BR> Can't wait to "Put Up" with You !!!! <BR> <em>213</em> <em>244</em> <em>235</em> <em>476</em> Sun, 3 Aug 2014 11:52:19 EST Overnight Zucchini Pickles Overnight Zucchini Pickles from Mary Jane's Farm... <BR> <BR> PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES <BR> COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES <BR> MAKES: 2 PINTS <BR> <BR> 8 ozs zucchini (about 2 1/4 cups), sliced 1/4” thick (we used a mandolin to crinkle-cut ours) <BR> 1/4 red onion, peeled and thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup) <BR> 2 sprigs fresh dill <BR> 4 garlic cloves, peeled and coarsely minced (about 4 t) <BR> 1/2 t mustard seed <BR> 1/8 t ground turmeric <BR> 1 1/4 cups white distilled vinegar <BR> 4 t sea... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:08:35 EST Awesome August Chatter !!! Well, Happy August First to You All !!! <BR> Have a Super Month and post your chatter here !!!! Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:05:41 EST This Dog Can Belly Dance Better than Most People Check this out !!! From SP Daily Spark ... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=104 </link> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:51:46 EST Happy Birthday RAPUNZEL53 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is RAPUNZEL53's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>PUNZEL53 </link> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:04:53 EST Free Ebook Creative Homemaking Guide to Zucchini R Creative Homemaking Guide to Zucchini Recipes [Kindle Edition] by <BR> Rachel Paxton . <BR> <BR> Rachel is offering her Free E-Book this week until 8/3. . Hurry while you can ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>uide-Zucchini-Recipes-ebook/dp/B00M6JP<BR>BZC/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&<BR>qid=1406524000&sr=1-4&keywords=rachel+paxton </link> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:47:29 EST Fun Cooking With The Kids <BR> I know these aren't a new thing, but I think they are a great idea and lots of fun for those who like to cook with kids. They'd even do well if you sell at markets <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ream-cone-cupcakes/ </link> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:48:00 EST