SparkPeople Putting Foods Up Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=13192 This is a place for those who love home canning, freezing and drying foods from our own gardens , orchards, and local farm markets while Exercising and Eating Healthy ! SparkPeople Putting Foods Up Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=13192 Natural Remedies for Tomato Blight & Powdery Milde http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61608650 Natural Remedies for Tomato Blight & Powdery Mildew <BR> <BR> <BR> Growing tomato plants in your garden provides juicy and plump fruit without having to make a trip to the market. Unfortunately, blight and powdery mildew can attack the tomato plants, causing stunted growth, leaf discoloration, premature leaf dropping and discolored spots on fruits. Several natural remedies will help control these diseases without using toxic and harsh fungicides. <BR> <BR> Baking-Soda Spray <BR> <BR> Bak... Thu, 28 May 2015 10:38:39 EST How to Build A Lasagna Bed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61549696 How to Build A Lasagna Bed <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l350264532.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Introduction: <BR> <BR> Lasagna gardening is a no-dig, no-till organic gardening method that results in rich, fluffy soil with very little work from the gardener. Creating a lasagna bed will result in soil that is alive with microorganisms, your plants will thrive. <BR> <BR> Gardeners everywhere will benefit from this knowledge. Results will be increased yields, fewer weeds ... Thu, 21 May 2015 11:32:11 EST How to Make Homemade Refried Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x61539249 How to Make Homemade Refried Beans <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 4 cups cooked pinto beans (or 2 pints home-canned beans) <BR> 4 Tablespoons butter, lard, or coconut oil <BR> 1 cup finely chopped onion <BR> 6 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 3 teaspoons cumin <BR> 2 teaspoons paprika <BR> 2 teaspoons sea salt <BR> 1 teaspoon chili powder <BR> 1 teaspoon black pepper <BR> Milk (water or bean broth can be used if your family is dairy-free) <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> 1.In a large saucepan or ... Wed, 20 May 2015 09:33:35 EST Pork And Fennel Sausages http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x61537764 I love the taste of fennel seeds so I usually put more of them in. To check the flavour of the sausages, fry a little in a pan and taste. You can then alter the spices etc until you get it just right <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds <BR> 1 small brown onion, chopped <BR> 2 garlic cloves, quartered <BR> 1/2 teaspoon paprika <BR> 1/4 teaspoon sea salt <BR> 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley leaves <BR> 500g (about 1 pound) pork mince (use regular mince as you need so... Wed, 20 May 2015 07:19:23 EST Pressure Canned Brown Sugar Carrots http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x61519360 Pressure Canned Brown Sugar Carrots <BR> <BR> <link>www.simplyprepared.com/brown_sugar_c<BR>arrots.htm </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> BROWN SUGAR CARROTS <BR> <BR> 2 cups brown sugar <BR> 5 cups water <BR> 1 3” to 4" stick of cinnamon <BR> 5 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced about 1/3” thick <BR> <BR> Combine sugar, water and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil. Remove the cinnamon stick. Fill hot, clean pint jars tightly with raw carrots leaving 1-inch headspace. Pour hot syrup over the carr... Mon, 18 May 2015 08:15:38 EST Canning Simple Syrups & Cordials http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61516467 .... has anyone done it? <BR> <BR> I am making two experimental batches of honeysuckle simple syrup and cordial. If I like the recipes I make using them then I will be making more to put up... I hope ! But first I would like to hear/ read about anyone's experiences doing so. Sun, 17 May 2015 21:54:19 EST 12 Homemade Sauces & Condiments http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x61485012 <BR> <BR> Here's an interesting page that gives recipes for 12 sauces and condiments. I have to admit on the odd times I make Mayo, I just stick it all in and blend it with the stick blender, it's never split. I do the same with Hollendaise as well. <BR> <BR> <link>www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?email<BR>id=15491&memberid=924752 </link> Thu, 14 May 2015 07:48:05 EST Happy Birthday DEBBYSDELIGHTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61484936 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is DEBBYSDELIGHTS's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=DE<BR>BBYSDELIGHTS </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1031343155.jpg"> <BR> Thu, 14 May 2015 07:37:44 EST Do I need a dehydrator? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x61481414 Hi all, <BR> I'm new to this team, so first let me say I'm a semi-homesteader, living on 40 acres north of Reno, NV (in the high desert). I love to garden, but haven't had a lot of experience canning things and don't have much freezer space. Lately, I've been reading about dehydrating. I got a couple of books on it from the library and now I'm excited about it. The only problem: convincing my tight-wad hubby that I really need one (and will use it after the initial thrill wears off). Ca... Wed, 13 May 2015 19:15:54 EST Happy Birthday Rhonda !!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61475795 Happy Birthday Rhonda !!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>285</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <em>126</em> <em>437</em> <BR> Do Enjoy Your Special Day !!!! Wed, 13 May 2015 07:11:21 EST DIY Dishwasher Detergent Cubes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x61423981 DIY Dishwasher Detergent Cubes <BR> by Rachel Paxton <BR> <BR> Last year I made homemade dishwasher detergent for the first time. I have been using it ever since. I didn't think the recipe could be improved on, until I found the idea for these DIY dishwasher detergent cubes. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The recipe for these is basically the same as the dishwasher detergent I posted earlier. The difference is the addition of lemon juice, which is used to bind the powders together so that you c... Thu, 7 May 2015 07:34:25 EST Message from Coach Jen Re: Additional Points !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x61419918 Message from Coach Jen Re: Additional Spark Points !!! <BR> <BR> Hello <BR> <BR> Today we added the ability to receive SparkPoints for liking friend feed items, team wall posts, and blogs. This is a new SparkPoints task listed under the community section of Daily SparkPoint Challenges. You can receive 1 point per like, up to 5 per day. <BR> <BR> We also added SparkPoints for commenting on someone’s team wall post. These points feed into the existing Post to SparkTeam and Message Boards... Wed, 6 May 2015 18:32:48 EST Preserving Carrots: Powder and Puree http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61414212 Preserving Carrots: Powder and Puree From Annie's Place <BR> <BR> Carrots are my next victim in the puree and powder obsession. Our local farm usually carries these in the fall and I love to stock up. Two years ago I bottled a ton a carrots and no one was eating them so I had to employ my sneaky skills of pureeing and powdering. I drained the water, pureed the carrots, froze half of them in food cubes and dehydrated the rest. I liked it so much that I no longer bother with bottled carro... Wed, 6 May 2015 06:39:48 EST How is Your Garden Growing ? 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61395132 The garlic, onions and shallots that I planted last fall are doing Great ! <BR> The chives have managed to spread everywhere ! <BR> I harvested as much as I could yesterday and will chop them up to dry and freeze. <BR> Potatoes and more onions and shallots are planted. <BR> Peas are planted in a pot on my porch and are about a foot tall. <BR> Basil, parsley and lettuce are planted in my over the door shoe rack. <BR> Yesterday, we hit 79F and it was so beautiful !!! <BR> Today, it will be in t... Mon, 4 May 2015 05:33:06 EST Introducing Farm and Dairy’s Around the Table http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x61379980 Introducing Farm and Dairy’s Around the Table <BR> <BR> In May, we’re unveiling a new look to our weekly recipe page in print. And along with the redesign, we’re launching a FREE weekly e-newsletter, Around the Table! <BR> <BR> It’s all about food, the farmers who grow it, the folks who cook it and the rest of us who eat it. <BR> <BR> Sounds delicious, right? <BR> <BR> For years, the recipes in Farm and Dairy have been part of your weekly routine. You’ve clipped them, you’ve prepared them... Sat, 2 May 2015 09:43:49 EST 6 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61378973 6 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden <BR> <BR> This post is for the garlic lovers – or those who aren’t sure if they like garlic but do like to use natural and organic practices in their gardens. It turns out that this fragrant bulb is good for more than just cooking, and can be a real helpmate around the yard and garden. So – without further ado – 6 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden and Yard. <BR> <BR> <link>commonsensehome.com/ways-to-use-garl<BR>ic-in-the-garden/ </link> Sat, 2 May 2015 07:52:00 EST 21 Epsom Salt Garden “Cheats” http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x61353728 21 Epsom Salt Garden “Cheats” <BR> <BR> There are many reasons to use Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) in the garden. It contains magnesium one of what growers call the “major minor” elements. It helps speed up plant growth, increase a plants nutrient uptake, deter pests, increase flavor of fruit and veggies, plus increase the output of vegetation. Read on to discover “other” ways to use Epsom salts in your garden. <BR> <BR> Before we look at the big three plants most gardeners use Epsom Sa... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:44:22 EST Tips for Attracting and Feeding Hummingbirds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61351054 Tips for Attracting and Feeding Hummingbirds <BR> <BR> Welcome to my Hummingbird tips and information site, as featured at FineLiving.com. On this site you will find information on Hummingbird feeder care, tips for attracting Hummingbirds to your yard, great tips on preventing bees and ants at your Hummingbird feeders, and my recipe for preparing Hummingbird nectar that your Hummingbirds will truly love. <BR> <link>www.birdwatchers.com/debtips.html </link> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 06:56:34 EST 51 Insanely Easy Ways To Transform Everyday Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61315712 51 Insanely Easy Ways To Transform Your Everyday Things <BR> <BR> Love the idea of DIY but hate the actual effort it requires? Here are some creative ways to reuse the stuff you already own. <BR> <BR> Something for Everyone !!! <BR> <link>www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/insanely-easy<BR>-ways-to-transform-your-everyday-thing<BR>s?sub=2220841_1164282#.av9aqoYWy6 </link> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l260807896.jpg"> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:30:58 EST SANDRALEET has a new account. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61302101 SANDRALEET is my mom. Her computer died a few months ago, and she lost all her passwords and settings for her online accounts. If she was a friend of yours, she now has a new computer, and new account on here. <BR> <BR> SANDRALEET is now SANDIELEET <BR> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:22:39 EST How to Grow Potatoes in a Trash Can http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x61291380 How to Grow Potatoes in a Trash Can <BR> <BR> Welcome to everything you could want to know about growing organic potatoes in a trash can! Potatoes grow from potatoes seeds, which are bred to grow new potatoes. You don’t use store-bought potatoes as they can bear disease and are sometimes sprayed with a chemical to keep them from sprouting. I order my seed from Peaceful Valley. They have a great site with excellent garden educational videos. Following is everything you need to do to grow your... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:30:31 EST How to Start with Deep Mulch Garden FREE eBook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61291246 How to Start with Deep Mulch Garden FREE eBook Jill Winger <BR> <BR> First off, let me start by saying there are a LOT of different schools of thought on mulching <BR> and dozens of different techniques. <BR> I don’t think there is any one “right” way to grow a garden, and I am finally coming to the realization <BR> that gardening success depends on a wide variety of factors (soil, climate, etc) and <BR> the gardener’s ability to adjust accordingly. <BR> <BR> <link>www.theprairiehomestead... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:17:43 EST Outdoor Canning on a Camp Chef Stove http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x61288521 <BR> <BR> Here's an interesting idea, especially for those who have ceramic topped stoves. Pressure canners are not recommended for ceramic topped stoves. <BR> <BR> <link>www.simplycanning.com/camp-chef-outd<BR>oor-canning.html?utm_content=bufferbae<BR>51&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebo<BR>ok.com&utm_campaign=buffer </link> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 06:35:01 EST How to Build a Rain Barrel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61262485 How to Build a Rain Barrel <BR> <BR> Though, this is a rather upscale rain barrel, it gives you a good idea on how to build one... <BR> <BR> I used a very large plastic garbage can with a lid, placed on a base of cement blocks...cut a hole in the lid for the down spout and put a hole in the side, (about 6" from the bottom) and put on a spigot with a washer...(like you have on the outside of your house for your hose). <BR> I need the over flow pipes as in this design ! <BR> <BR> <link>www... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 11:05:45 EST DIY: PALLET GARDENING TABLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61251216 <BR> <BR> This is such a simple but clever idea for a DIY/Potting table <BR> <BR> <link>www.jennaburger.com/2013/08/diy-pall<BR>et-gardening-table/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1141902382.jpg"> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:13:18 EST Vintage Spoon and Fork Garden Markers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61217229 Vintage Spoon and Fork Garden Markers <BR> <BR> Make some sweet garden markers out of vintage spoons and forks with this step-by-step tutorials. <BR> <BR> Spoons... <BR> <link>homespunsprout.com/2015/03/vintage-s<BR>poon-garden-markers.html </link> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1075308209.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l565320905.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Forks... <BR> <link>homespunsprout.com/2015/03/vintage-f<BR>ork-garden-markers.ht... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:32:02 EST Downloading Clips From Youtube! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61204756 <BR> <BR> Ever wanted to watch a clip from youtube but don't want to add to your download amount? You can copy any clip on youtube is you wish and watch it at your leisure and as many times as you wish. <BR> <BR> Copy this link into your favourites or your Bookmarks bar. <BR> <BR> <link>keepvid.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> All you have to do then is copy the URL on youtube (the address at the top) and copy it into the download section then download. You'll need to have your Java updated... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:04:39 EST Happy Birthday IMREITE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61195386 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is IMREITE's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_teams.<BR>asp?id=IMREITE <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1756927761.jpg"> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 06:15:35 EST How To make your SparkPage Public http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x61187754 How To make your SparkPage Public and make it show on your Message Board posts: <BR> <BR> To make your SparkPage public and make it show on your Message Board posts: 1.Click on “Start” in the top left corner of the screen. <BR> 2.You’ll now see your Start page. <BR> 3.Scroll down your Start page to "Step 3, Community & SparkTeam Check-In." <BR> 4.Click the “View My SparkPage” link, which is listed under the "My Community Quick Links" section. <BR> 5.You’ll now see your SparkPage. <BR> 6... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 08:00:51 EST How To make your SparkPage Public http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x61187748 How To make your SparkPage Public and make it show on your Message Board posts: <BR> <BR> To make your SparkPage public and make it show on your Message Board posts: 1.Click on “Start” in the top left corner of the screen. <BR> 2.You’ll now see your Start page. <BR> 3.Scroll down your Start page to "Step 3, Community & SparkTeam Check-In." <BR> 4.Click the “View My SparkPage” link, which is listed under the "My Community Quick Links" section. <BR> 5.You’ll now see your SparkPage. <BR> 6... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 08:00:25 EST How To Make A Spark Page: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x61168231 How To Make A Spark Page: <BR> <BR> Since a lot of people have never made a SP page and those of us around you find it really rough to communicate with you when you don't have one, as we can't comment to you , send you a spark mail, comment to you on your page or send you a goodie we thought it might be nice to have instructions on how to do that. <BR> <BR> Instructions: <BR> <BR> 1. On the orange bar at the top of any SP page such as a team message board, hover your cursor over the wor... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 05:25:50 EST FREE Printable Garden Notebook 18 pages http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61158732 FREE Printable Garden Notebook...18 pages <BR> <BR> Here is a Garden Notebook full of any kind of chart, grid, planner, garden plotter etc, that you can think of... <BR> I think you can print the complete journal or print the pages you would like... <BR> Punch holes in the pages and save in your favorite binder. <BR> <BR> .Put all of your garden plans, records and dreams in one place. Just slide this printable cover into the front of a binder, and you have your very own garden notebook <BR>... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 05:27:30 EST The SparkPeople Walkabout Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61149383 The SparkPeople Walkabout Challenge <BR> <BR> Join the #VionicWalkabout Challenge to step your way into better shape in 30 days. <BR> <BR> Once you sign up, You will get a Daily email with that days Challenge...(there is a Calendar with the Daily Challenges)...You get 5 SP Points for every challenge you complete. <BR> <BR> So Start Today !!! WHY NOT ???? <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/the-wal<BR>kabout-challenge.asp?utm_source=sparkp<BR>eople&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 07:51:02 EST Audacious April Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61083324 <BR> <BR> Here's our "Audacious" April Chat thread. What's going on??? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l903232954.jpg"> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:33:37 EST All Natural Egg Dyes For A Non-Toxic Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61079882 All Natural Egg Dyes For A Non-Toxic Easter <BR> <BR> <link>www.thankyourbody.com/all-natural-eg<BR>g-dyes/ </link> <BR> <em>451</em> <em>452</em> <em>449</em> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:17:01 EST One Pineapple but so many ways to use it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x61063251 One Pineapple but so many ways to use it! <BR> From Canning Homemade <BR> <BR> I thought that I would take another look at canning pineapple since many of you have become very excited about what you can do with it. I am sharing pics from Kelly, one of my followers, to show that you can can it in rings, chunked, and also diced just like any other commercial brand "can" you find in the grocery store. In addition I have added a pineapple jam recipe from the Ball Blue Book, a pineapple butter d... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 06:40:29 EST Ball ELECTRIC water bath canner w/ the drain spout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x61047551 I have all of my canning and preserving things all organized in ONE Spot and Ready to Go ! <BR> Of course, just as I bought a stainless steel water bath canner with a temp guage on the lid, Ball came out with their newest product... <BR> An all in one ELECTRIC water bath canner with the drain spout and everything !!!! <BR> Similar to the one you have Jules !!! <BR> <link>www.freshpreserving.com/Electric-Wat<BR>er-Bath-Canner </link> <BR> Dang It !!!! Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:25:04 EST April Challenge. .Declutter Your Home in 30 Days ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61027823 April Challenge...Declutter Your Home in 30 Days ! <BR> <BR> OK Folks !!! Let's get rid of that extra JUNK that is Cluttering Up our lives !!! <BR> <BR> Here is a 30 day list to help you get started !!! <BR> <BR> You can follow the list or make your own that would suit you better. <BR> <BR> Every day, list the 10 things you got rid of and where it went... <BR> Trashed, Sold or Donated... <BR> <BR> Why wait until April 1st ??? Start Now !!!! <BR> <BR> Bathroom <BR> Day 1: Medicine Cab... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:53:34 EST Happy Birthday DOINGITALL09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x61026940 <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is DOINGITALL09 's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Jessica has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:05:27 EST Homesteading for Beginners: FREE EBook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x61023743 FREE EBook <BR> Homesteading for Beginners: <BR> A Complete Survival Guide for Sustainable Living! <BR> <BR> As usual I do not know how long it will be available for free. If you are interested make sure to grab your copy before it reverts to its usual price. <BR> <BR> So if you’re looking to reconnect with the land, live sustainably and build community values, this eBook on urban homesteading will be worth your time. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00U4UTUTS<BR>/ref=as... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:20:39 EST 59 Home Canning Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x60990517 <BR> These are some recipes, some basic, some not, for all sorts of things. <BR> <BR> <link>www.simplycanning.com/home-canning-r<BR>ecipes.html </link> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 07:12:23 EST New Team Goal..Walk 5000 Steps per Day ! Join Now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x60972650 I've added a new Team Goal...Walk 5000 Steps per Day ! Be sure to Join the Team Goal at the bottom of this page. <BR> We are heading into the warmer seasons, so get outside and Enjoy the Fresh Air !!! Walk with a friend or with some good music ! <BR> <BR> Don't for get to Add it to Your Streaks ! <BR> Enjoy ! Thu, 19 Mar 2015 07:19:12 EST Twice Baked Cauliflower from AllRecipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60945718 Twice Baked Cauliflower from AllRecipes <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> Original recipe makes 1 8-inch square dish Change Servings <BR> <BR> 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets with stems cut into bite-size pieces <BR> <BR> 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream <BR> <BR> 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened <BR> <BR> 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> <BR> <BR> 1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees ... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:13:48 EST DIY Laundry Soap http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60944270 DIY Laundry Soap <BR> <BR> 1 bar of soap grated about 1.5 cups (I used Fels Naptha) <BR> 1/2 cup Borax <BR> 1 cup washing soda...NOT baking soda <BR> water <BR> 5 gallon bucket <BR> <BR> Grate the soap with a cheese grater <BR> Place grated soap in a medium sauce pan with about 6 cups of water. <BR> Heat and stir until soap has dissolved <BR> Ad borax and washing soda and still until they are dissolved. <BR> Pour into 5 gallon bucket and fill until 3/4 full with HOT water. <BR> Give it a ... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:12:19 EST Plant Container Potatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60940345 Plant Container Potatoes <BR> <BR> If you have clay soil, no soil or very alkaline soil, then you probably have not had a good opportunity to grow potatoes. <BR> <BR> An easy way to sneak around these obstacles is to plant your potato crop in a container. It may sound unusual, but root crops can easily be grown in containers as long as you provide proper growing conditions and a little loving care. The first step is to choose the right potato variety for your garden. Select ones that will m... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 19:44:07 EST Declutter Your Home in 30 Days ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60927043 Bathroom <BR> Day 1: Medicine Cabinet <BR> Toss expired medications, hotel shampoos that you'll never use, and throw out lotions you've had since 1990. While you're at it, give the mirror a quick wipe, too. <BR> <BR> Day 2: Shower <BR> Get rid of the extras and empties in your shower. Invest in a shower caddy to keep everything organized and in one spot. <BR> <BR> Day 3: Makeup Drawer/Bag <BR> Go through your makeup bag or drawer and reassess some of the items. Hot pink eye shadow you hav... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 08:50:57 EST Happy Birthday VONBLACKBIRD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60908267 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is VONBLACKBIRD's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Barb has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id<BR>=VONBLACKBIRD Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:46:44 EST When & How to Start Seeds Indoors In General http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60900920 When & How to Start Seeds Indoors In a Nut Shell <BR> From Miracle Grow... <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't let damp, chilly spring weather stymie your urge to grow. Set up your own seedling nursery indoors. It's fun, fulfilling, and saves you money. Here's how to get started. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> •Choose the Right Growing Mix <BR> <BR> Choose a potting mix specifically formulated for seed growth, such as Miracle-Gro® Seed Starting Potting Mix. A good seed starting mix will hold moisture, drain well... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 10:59:52 EST Consider Container Gardening from Kids Gardening.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60881397 Consider Container Gardening from Kids Gardening... <BR> <BR> No ground to garden in? No problem! Even if you have little space, poor soil, or are surrounded by cement and blacktop, you can still have a thriving youth garden project -- in containers. As long as you have some sun and access to water, gardening in containers lets you and your students grow vegetables, herbs, flowers, even fruit trees. A container garden can be as simple as a few pots of herbs in a window box or as elaborate as... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 11:00:08 EST Canned Baked Beans...Look Out Bush's !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60880372 Renee's BBQ Beans - Looking for a Bush's Clone <BR> <BR> Baked Beans <BR> <BR> Navy Beans 1 lb <BR> <BR> ½ cup Leeks, chopped <BR> <BR> 2 tbsp Brown Sugar <BR> <BR> ½ cup Molasses <BR> <BR> 1 ½ tsp Mustard Powder <BR> <BR> 1 tsp Kosher Salt <BR> <BR> 1 tsp Pepper <BR> <BR> 2 cups Ketchup (Simply Heinz brand or homemade) <BR> <BR> 1 cup Maple Syrup <BR> <BR> 2 cups water <BR> <BR> ½ cup Vinegar (cider or white) <BR> <BR> Add dry beans to Dutch oven and add 8 cups of water to cover... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 09:41:24 EST Photos of what you ate today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60875350 What did you eat today? Share a photo if you can. <BR> <BR> We had this for our evening meal.( Fried sausages and pierogies, simmered with cabbage. ) YUM! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1415257249.jpg"> <BR> Sun, 8 Mar 2015 19:54:35 EST How to Start Seedlings and Care Webinar TODAY 3:00 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60863749 How to Start Seedlings and Care Webinar TODAY 3:00 <BR> <BR> Join us for this Exclusive Webinar <BR> <BR> Learn How to Start Seedlings and Care for them Indoors so you can Plant your Garden Early <BR> <BR> <link>seedsforgenerations.com/webinars/gar<BR>den-seed-starting-webinar/?ref=25&utm_<BR>source=CommonSenseHomesteading&utm_med<BR>ium=email&utm_campaign=SeedStartingWebinar </link> Sat, 7 Mar 2015 12:38:11 EST Want to Get Motivated ? Watch This Video ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x60862178 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/dailysp<BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=68 </link> <BR> I'm So Glad I watched this ! Sat, 7 Mar 2015 09:46:28 EST Oven Canning Your Dry Goods in the Oven Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60841723 Oven Canning Your Dry Goods in the Oven Video <BR> <BR> For those of you that don't have a foodsaver and/or the canning lid attachment, here is a great way to can and store your dry goods for many many years. <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrrgmlfqRjA </link> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 06:37:43 EST List of Common herbs Annual or Perennial ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60841702 Here is a list of Common herbs and whether they are annual or perennial... <BR> <BR> Basil -- Annual; fresh, dried or frozen. Many cultivars offer different leaf sizes, flavors, and colors. <BR> Chives -- Perennial; fresh, dried or frozen. Some species will reseed. <BR> Cilantro -- Annual, fresh or dried. Cilantro seed (called coriander) can be harvested as well. <BR> Dill -- Annual, fresh or dried. Reseeds; seed also can be harvested. <BR> Fennel -- Annual, fresh or dried. Reseeds; see... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 06:33:32 EST Make Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60822518 Make Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions <BR> <BR> It takes time and patience to transform eye-watering, nose-assaulting, sharp-tasting raw onions into soft and nutty-sweet caramelized onions. Done stove-top, it’s a labor-intensive, 30- to 45-minute cook time that can’t be hurried along if you want the food science to work. But the good news is, there’s an easier way to make caramelized onions. <BR> <BR> Use the Slow Cooker to Caramelize Onions <BR> <BR> Low and slow from the get-go, a slow c... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:03:50 EST Check out Changing Your Status on your SparkPage.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x60822174 Check out Changing Your Status on your SparkPage...You can add a picture now !!! <BR> <BR> I was changing my status this morning and saw a little tab that says "Add Photo". <BR> Click on the change button and the add photo button is there on the screen where you can add your new text. <BR> Who Knew ???? Tue, 3 Mar 2015 08:34:05 EST Video on How to Make Fresh Ricotta Cheese So Easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60813901 Video on How to Make Fresh Ricotta Cheese ...So Easy...YUMMMMM !!!!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.finecooking.com/videos/how-to-ma<BR>ke-ricotta.aspx?&lookup=auto&V01=&V02=<BR>&V03=&V04=&V05=&V06=&V07=&V08=&V09=&V4<BR>9=&V50=&Taun_Per_Flag=true&utm_source=<BR>eletter&utm_medium=eletter&utm_content<BR>=fc_eletter&utm_campaign=fine-cooking-eletter_new </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Freshly made ricotta is so good, you'll want to eat it by the spoonful. With so few ingredients, the quality of each is very... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:24:35 EST Learn How To Keep YOUR Food Pantry Full ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60810136 Learn How To Keep YOUR Food Pantry Full ! <BR> <BR> Sign up now for our FREE 6-part Mini Course........... <BR> <BR> Learn how to dehydrate fresh food. And frozen, even canned. But let's stick with fresh food for now. Have you seen (and felt) the price of food sky-rocket these past couple of years? <BR> <BR> You'll get six short emails delivered <BR> to your inbox every 3 or 4 days. <BR> These easily-digestible emails will cover <BR> these six things you need to know: <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) ... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 07:30:36 EST Tomato Chips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x60799169 TOMATO CHIPS <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l576067401.jpg"> <BR> <BR> All you’re gonna need (besides a dehydrator) is Roma tomatoes (others would work also, but smaller ones are better), sea salt or kosher salt (something coarse), and dried basil. <BR> <BR> Slice your tomatoes, with the skin on, about 1/4 inch thick. <BR> <BR> Arrange slices on a dehydrator tray. <BR> <BR> Sprinkle them with sea salt or kosher salt (You want a coarser salt) and a bit of... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 06:54:21 EST Magnificent March Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60798461 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone, here is the new March chat thread (and on time too!!) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l186401755.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's my little tribute to Leonard Nimoy. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 01:54:24 EST Everything You Want to Know About Pruning Everythi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60782829 Everything You Want to Know About Pruning Everything (ran out of room in the title) <BR> <BR> Great Tips and Tricks for Pruning just about anything you may have in your yard... <BR> When, For Best Results... <BR> <BR> One of the very best ways to stimulate a plant to grow is to cut it back. Sometimes WAY back. <BR> <BR> Pruning controls a plant’s size and shape. It removes dead or diseased branches or limbs. It improves overall structure and health by allowing more light and air into the ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:12:11 EST Favourite funny photos and images http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60781802 Lets share our favourite funny photos and images here. <BR> <BR> Here is one that often makes me giggle. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1092173233.jpg"> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:34:46 EST New Feature : Images in board posts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60775915 Hi All... <BR> Here is an interesting post from our Coach Jen... <BR> <BR> Hello! <BR> <BR> We added the ability to upload images into regular message board and team message board posts today. It works just like uploading an image to a blog post. When you go to make a post, you’ll see a new button that says “add an image.” Click that button, select an image, upload it and you get a in your post pointing to the image you just uploaded. Once you submit the post, the image shows up in the a... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:16:42 EST Chicken Marsala - Perfect for pressure canning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60741181 Chicken Marsala - Perfect for pressure canning! From Canning Homemade. <BR> <BR> This is one of my Favorite Italian Dinners Ever !!! <BR> So I was surprised to see a pressure canning recipe for it... <BR> <BR> <link>www.sbcanning.com/2015/02/chicken-ma<BR>rsala-perfect-for-pressure.html?utm_so<BR>urce=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_c<BR>ampaign=Feed%3A+CanningHomemade+%28Can<BR>ning+homemade%21%29 </link> <BR> <BR> Scroll to the bottom of the page for other pressure canned dinner re... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:56:22 EST Basic Homemade Pasta Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60694500 <BR> Here is a Basic Homemade Pasta Recipe for The Prairie Homestead with step by step instructions... <BR> <link>www.printfriendly.com/print/?source=<BR>homepage&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theprair<BR>iehomestead.com%2F2015%2F02%2Fhomemade<BR>-pasta-recipe.html# </link> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:38:10 EST Computer Troubleshooting Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60692932 <BR> <BR> I don't know whether this is the right place for this, but I found some of these tips to be really helpful (especially the Cntrl Z) one. <BR> <BR> These only apply to Windows based computers, sorry I haven't seen anything for Apple. <BR> <BR> <link>www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?email<BR>id=14249&memberid=924752 </link> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 06:50:54 EST Happy Birthday SASSYSNAIL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60692784 <BR> Hi everyone today is SASSYSNAIL's birthday. <BR> <BR> Let's hope Kate has a fantastic day <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=SA<BR>SSYSNAIL </link> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 06:28:22 EST Happy Belated Birthday JODIELYNN40 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60682515 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone the 14th was JODIELYNN40's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm so sorry I am late with the notification, but my internet has been out for 3 days. I'm sure we all hope she had a wonderful day. <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:53:56 EST Food That Magically Re-Grows Its Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60663864 OOps !!! I put this in the Wrong Forum !!!! <BR> <BR> Here's a chart that shows the kind of Veggies and How to Re-Grow Them... <BR> I have celery growing on my kitchen window sill from the bottom end of the stalks... <BR> It's about 5" tall ! <BR> <BR> <link>www.pinterest.com/pin/98023729365369<BR>316/?utm_campaign=021415_us_editorial_<BR>gardening&utm_term=2&utm_content=98023<BR>729365369316&utm_source=31&e_t_s=pins&<BR>utm_medium=2002 </link> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 08:45:59 EST Food That Magically Re-Grows Its Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13192x60657701 Here's a chart that shows the kind of Veggies and How to Re-Grow Them... <BR> I have celery growing on my kitchen window sill from the bottom end of the stalks... <BR> It's about 5" tall ! <BR> <BR> <link>www.pinterest.com/pin/98023729365369<BR>316/?utm_campaign=021415_us_editorial_<BR>gardening&utm_term=2&utm_content=98023<BR>729365369316&utm_source=31&e_t_s=pins&<BR>utm_medium=2002 </link> Sat, 14 Feb 2015 12:41:07 EST Setting Your Friends Feed to Public http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x60626601 I've noticed that when I want to comment on someone's Daily Status, a notices come up that says "Friends Feed is Set to Private"... <BR> Here is how to make it Public, so others can see, comment and encourage you on our Daily postings.... <BR> <BR> 1. Go to any page and hover over the Community Tab <BR> 2. Click on Friends Feed <BR> 3. When page comes up, click on Settings. <BR> 4. Another page will come up where you can click on whatever you want to see on your Friends Feed and what you wan... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 07:59:28 EST Springtime Canning. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60620791 Spring is fst approaching. I'm wondering what are some of your favorite spring time things to can? Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:53:13 EST All You Need to Know...All You Need to Grow ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60577272 All You Need to Know...All You Need to Grow ! <BR> <BR> from Cook's Farm and Greenhouse. <BR> <BR> What a wealth of information here.... <BR> It's basic info but very helpful for identifying and how to plant and where to plant.... <BR> <link>www.cooksgreenhouse.com/default.asp </link> Fri, 6 Feb 2015 08:06:47 EST How to Make DIY Fire Starter Blocks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60566544 How to Make DIY Fire Starter Blocks <BR> From Ourhalfacrehomestead... <BR> <BR> Well, this couldn't be easier and they Really Work !!! <BR> <BR> Gather your dryer lint, empty TP rolls, cotton string and paraffin ... <BR> <BR> Melt your wax as shown in the video. <BR> While that is melting, cut TP rolls in half.... <BR> The rest is on the Video ! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDdD6gKS1Rw&<BR>feature=em-uploademail </link> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 06:02:16 EST Happy Happy Birthday TUDAFD !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60566399 Here's Wishing You a Wonderfully Special Day !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>247</em> <em>236</em> <em>285</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 05:33:42 EST Why Do Gardeners Buy Adult Diapers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60566332 Why Do Gardeners Buy Adult Diapers? <BR> <BR> When you hear about “adult diapers”, your first thoughts usually have nothing to do with gardening. While this is understandable, after watching this video, you will very likely change the way you think of them. <BR> <BR> <link>www.ba-bamail.com/Content.aspx?email<BR>id=14097&memberid=924752 </link> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 05:18:16 EST How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar from Scraps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60556752 How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar from Scraps <BR> <BR> Seriously !!! This is SOOOO Easy ! <BR> <BR> <BR> Apple Cider Vinegar from Scraps <BR> <BR> Author: The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> •Apple peelings or cores <BR> •Sugar (1 tablespoon per one cup of water used) <BR> •Water <BR> •Glass jar (a quart is a great place to start, but you can definitely make larger quantities, too.) <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> <BR> 1.Fill the glass jar ¾ of the way with the apple peel... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 08:02:03 EST Fabulous February Chatter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60524456 OK Here is our New February Chat Thread !!! <BR> Have a Super Month ! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:28:28 EST What the Heck is Wine Salt? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60503451 Well, this is pretty interesting And I've never heard of it... <BR> But you can bet...I Will be Making It !!!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.growingagreenerworld.com/homemad<BR>e-wine-salt-recipe/ </link> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:52:15 EST Nothing like a bit of inspiration to get you going http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60483425 Another Email sent to me this morning !!! <BR> Take the few minutes to watch this! You will be very humble <BR> at the end I’m sure!! It’s incredible! It's Inspiring !!! It's Humbling ! <BR> When ever I feel Small and Needy...I will think of Paul Smith ! <BR> Thank You Paul ! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/embed/svzPm8lT36o?fe<BR>ature=player_detailpage </link> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:08:48 EST Bring Dried Vegetables Back to Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60448811 <BR> Great list of how to reconstitute all of your dried Veggies to a useable state.... <BR> <BR> Remember all those dried vegetables you carefully dehydrated and stored away? It’s time to bring them out and use them to cook with – but do you know how to bring them back to a usable state of re-hydration so you can present them to your family? <BR> <BR> Commercially-produced dried foods today are at a 2% to 3% moisture level – this means that the vegetable will be a less-intense version of ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:37:43 EST 9 Natural Ways to Kill Weeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60448080 With numerous kid-, pet- and earth-friendly ways to rid your garden of pesky weeds, here are nine stand-outs to put to the test. <BR> <BR> <link>www.bobvila.com/weeding/45747-9-natu<BR>ral-ways-to-kill-weeds-without-harming<BR>-mother-earth/slideshows#!0 </link> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 06:44:08 EST Join the Realistic Resolution Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60438182 Join the Realistic Resolution Challenge <BR> <BR> This is in the Best of SparkPeople Daily Email... <BR> Sounds Interesting ! And you get Points for completing a daily task ! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/realist<BR>ic-resolution.asp </link> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:02:58 EST Guinness "Empty Chair" Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60407225 Ok I usually don't do this...BUT I couldn't let this one go without giving you an opportunity to see it.... <BR> It's called Guinness "Empty Chair" <BR> <BR> Guinness "Empty Chair" salutes the character of a community <BR> as they honor one of their own who is out of sight, but not out of mind. They remind us that a true test of character is what you do when no one's looking. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/embed/rx0MRawkrj4 </link> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>380</em> <em>232</em> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:37:20 EST 15 Clever Ways to Start Seeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60382612 Start Seeds From Practically Anything From eggshells to pots to paper towels, you can start your seasonal veggies, herbs and flowers in containers you have lying around the house. <BR> <link>www.hgtvgardens.com/seeds/15-clever-<BR>ways-to-start-seeds?syc=NGAheadline </link> <BR> <BR> I like the seed tape... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:05:05 EST Happy Birthday PATTIE2101 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60369760 Hi everyone today is PATTIE's birthday. <BR> <BR> I know she probably doesn't feel like celebrating, but we all hope she has a good birthday <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=PA<BR>TTIE2101 </link> Sun, 18 Jan 2015 06:14:28 EST A Better Way to Make Tomato Powder !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60316862 Go Figure...Why didn't I think of that ???!!!! <BR> Instead of Grinding your dehydrated tomatoes, puree them first, then dry and grind ! <BR> You will get a much finer tomato powder... <BR> <BR> Here is Bev Volfie's video...Ourhalfacrehomestead <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMwhhzWi2Vg&<BR>feature=em-uploademail </link> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:18:07 EST Red Bean Kale Burger from Flip My Food's Chef Jeff http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60316430 I watch Flip My Food and they did this recipe today... <BR> Looks and sounds So Yummy ! <BR> <link>www.flipmyfood.com/recipe/red-bean-k<BR>ale-burger </link> <BR> Ingredients <BR> •2 cups smashed red beans <BR> •2 tablespoons olive oil <BR> •1 tablespoon sunflower seeds <BR> •2 tablespoon diced green bell pepper <BR> •1 cup sliced kale <BR> •2 tablespoon diced white onion <BR> •1 teaspoon Crystal liquid smoke <BR> •1 teaspoon cumin seasoning <BR> •3 tablespoon cooked quinoa <BR> ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:43:04 EST The BEST Dehydrating Site and Book the I Found http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60220842 I have been researching dehydrating sites and how to books and this is The BEST Dehydrating Site and Book the I have Found <BR> The Book...The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook <BR> <BR> Goes thru each fruit and/or veggie and how to prep, dehydrate and store each of them separately ...Other books just give you tables/charts. <BR> It, also, included 398 recipes using your dehydrated items. <BR> <BR> The Site... <BR> Awesome videos, instructions, blogs and recipes... The BEST ! <BR> <BR> <link... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 09:40:15 EST Happy 7th Sparkaversary Jules (Flowerd lejewel) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60186196 WOW !!! 7 Years with SparkPeople !!! <BR> <BR> Happy Anniversary Jules !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>250</em> <em>384</em> <em>208</em> <em>507</em> + <em>504</em> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 11:01:13 EST Healthy Blueberry Muffins from Just A Pinch http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60186080 Healthy Blueberry Muffins <BR> <BR> Cook time: 15 Min Prep time: 1 Hr Serves: 18 muffins <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 c whole wheat pastry flour <BR> <BR> 3/4 c all purpose flour <BR> <BR> 1/4 c almond flour <BR> <BR> 1 tsp baking powder <BR> <BR> 1/2 tsp baking soda <BR> <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> <BR> 1 tsp orange zest <BR> <BR> 2 c fresh blueberries <BR> <BR> 2 eggs large <BR> <BR> 1 1/4 c low-fat (1%) buttermilk <BR> <BR> 1/2 c brown sugar <BR> <BR> 6 Tbsp can... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 10:53:03 EST Does Anyone Buy Purina Cat Chow ? Join Cat Perks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60185277 Does Anyone Buy Purina Cat Chow ? Join Cat Perks. <BR> <BR> I'm already working on my 2nd FREE bag of Cat Chow (up to a 14.99 value) <BR> Just open an account on the link provided below. <BR> Get points by signing in, Read articles, take surveys, entering proof of purchases, etc. <BR> Hey, I'll take anything that's FREE ! <BR> <BR> <link>myperks.catchow.com/ </link> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 09:45:36 EST Joyful January Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60172457 <BR> <BR> OK everybody, this is the January thread up and running. <BR> <BR> I hope everybody got through the fireworks and the idiots, I swear we had some numbnut here firing off a canon. <BR> <BR> I wish I had an airhorn, I'd drive around these idiots houses at 6am blowing the airhorn in their windows. <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> Patti I remember my other dog Maggs after she had spinal surgery, it was really hard to keep her still. When her leg heals a little she'll be able to go on s... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 05:59:41 EST Dehydrating Bananas from The Prairie Homestead http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60163886 Dehydrating Bananas from The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> 2 bunches (as we call them) bananas <BR> 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice <BR> <BR> Cut length wise 1/8" thick and place in a bowl with the lemon juice. <BR> <BR> Place in dehydrator set at 135F for 6-8 hours or until leathery. <BR> <BR> See the rest of the recipe here... <BR> <link>www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/12/<BR>dehydrating-bananas.html </link> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 09:19:24 EST Happy Birthday WATERFELON http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60162423 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is WATERFELON's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I apologise for no team goodie, for some unknown reason I'm unable to send one to you via the team page. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_teams.asp<BR>?id=WATERFELON </link> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:17:58 EST Has Anyone Heard of the Mr. Food Site ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60089193 I stumbled across this site a few weeks ago and found it to have all kinds of Healthy Recipes and FREE EBooks... <BR> <link>www.everydaydiabeticrecipes.com/ </link> <BR> After the Holidays, I am going to go thru the Free Ebooks I already downloaded But the recipes I have looked at sound Very Good and as I said, Healthy. <BR> Do check it out ! <BR> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:44:44 EST Happy Birthday Kay (MEADOWB UTTERFLY ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60028559 Here's Wishing You a Wonderfully Special Day !!! <BR> Happy Birthday Kay !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:15:01 EST Thank You Gemini Sky http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x60013410 I just want to post this, to let the team know what a wonderful leader we have. I and my mom, were feeling down, after having been hit very hard by a huge car repair bill ($1600.00). We paid it off, but it left us very strapped for money for over the Holiday Season. Thankfully, we have lots of stored food, that allows us to have a nice Christmas feast, but there was little left for me to get mom a nice gift. Gemini-Sky (Patti) stepped up, cheered me up by reminding me of the blessings we do h... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:58:20 EST Holiday Tree-Shaped Cheese Ball http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x60008032 I thought this was such a cute idea for your Christmas Festivities !!! <BR> A Christmas tree cheese ball... Easy and Tasty... <BR> <link>www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/holiday<BR>-tree-shaped-cheese-ball/08bcf9be-a507<BR>-469e-b622-f7ea3aa963d2?nicam2=&p=1&ni<BR>cam2=Email&nichn2=Core&niseg2=BCD&nicr<BR>eatID2=BCD_12_12_2014&utm_source=Email<BR>_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=BCD_12_12_2014 </link> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:35:36 EST Crock Pot Recipes from Instructables http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59978596 YUMMMMMM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <link>www.instructables.com/id/Crock-Pot-R<BR>ecipes/ </link> Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:23:18 EST Christmas recipes, traditions & crafts FREE E-Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59976081 Christmas recipes, traditions, and crafts Kindle e-book from Creative Homemaking... <BR> FREE from Amazon from 12/9/14 to 12/13/14 <BR> <link>www.creativehomemaking.com/ebooks.sh<BR>tml </link> <BR> Click on the link on the Creative Homemaking page and you will be redirected to Amazon... <BR> <BR> Rachel is giving us this Free E-Book and all she asks is that you leave feedback on the Amazon site in return...Please do this if you are downloading it for Free... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 07:12:10 EST Interesting Pinterest Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59956862 <BR> <BR> Here's a great board on Pinterest to follow. Lots of preserving here!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.pinterest.com/meriansmith/cannin<BR>g-preserving/?utm_campaign=recs_141201<BR>&utm_term=1&utm_content=19949552718268<BR>4128&e_t=3fc02015f70b487f9b007f930fa11<BR>07c&utm_source=31&e_t_s=boards&utm_medium=2004 </link> Sun, 7 Dec 2014 06:06:22 EST Jenny's How To Can Meat Podcast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59922888 Hi...I just listened to Jenny's How To Can Meat Podcast on the Mom Prepares website. <BR> It was so fun to hear her voice behind the picture we have of Jenny. <BR> AND...there is some great information on How To Can Meat... <BR> Here's the link to the podcast... <BR> <BR> <link>momprepares.com/how-to-can-meat/ </link> <BR> <BR> Scroll down to where it says... <BR> Play Now in the Blue box under Jenny's picture... <BR> <BR> If you would like any of her "I Can Can" Ebooks in her series, ... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 07:38:43 EST 8 Easy To Grow Herbs with Recipes Download http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59922824 Good Morning...I just signed up for Mom Prepares emails and got this download Free... <BR> <BR> I thought I would share it with you... <BR> I Love the fact they go thru how to plant, propagate, anything you want to know about the plant and then have a recipe with that particular herb... <BR> Here's the link to the downloaded page...Scroll down as the first page is blank... <BR> <link>momprepares.com/wp-content/uploads/E<BR>ightEasytoGrowHerbsandRecipes.pdf </link> <BR> Enjoy ! <BR> <BR>... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 07:29:38 EST TODAY Ball Cyber Monday Webcast...3:00 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59902615 THE CYBER MONDAY WEBCAST <BR> <BR> DECEMBER 1st <BR> 3pm ET <BR> Join us for our Cyber Monday Webcast! You'll learn how to put a personal touch on your holiday with special handmade gift and craft ideas. And for you shoppers: the best deals of the year from our store will only be available during this webcast. Plus, guest-host Janine will share some fun décor and gift-wrapping ideas for your homemade goodies. There'll even be a Ball© FreshTECH Automatic Home Canning System demo, showing yo... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 07:41:49 EST Delicious December Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59900446 <BR> Hi there everybody, December chat thread up and running. What delicious things do you have on the cards for this month??? Sun, 30 Nov 2014 22:43:21 EST Jenny Has New EBook Done ! I Can Can Dried Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59894495 Jenny Has Her New EBook Done ! "I Can Can Dried Beans " <BR> <BR> Her Step By Step Instructions are so Easy to Follow. <BR> The EBook is available on Amazon... <BR> Here is her FaceBook page for "I Can Can Dried Beans " <BR> Do mosey on over and click the LIKE button for her... <BR> Here is the link. <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/pages/I-Can-Can-Dri<BR>ed-Beans/353053374873333 </link> <BR> The Amazon link is also on this FB page ! <BR> Enjoy Sun, 30 Nov 2014 09:44:18 EST Something Nice to Do for Our Military ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59885854 Walter Reed Army Medical Center has a Christmas Card Project. <BR> <BR> Something Nice to Do for Our Military ! <BR> <BR> I thought it would be nice to pass a long this information,,, <BR> <BR> Send a Christmas Card to a Recovering Soldier at the Hospital... <BR> Send to... <BR> <BR> A Recovering American Soldier <BR> c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center <BR> 6900 Georgia Ave. <BR> N.W. Washington DC <BR> 20307-5001 Sat, 29 Nov 2014 08:12:01 EST Amazon has 30% Off One Book + They are On Sale ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59881051 I just went to buy a Dehydrating Cook Book and it was on sale and had 30% OFF <BR> <BR> <BR> Special Offers and Product Promotions <BR> <BR> <BR> •Take an Extra 30% Off Any Book: Use promo code HOLIDAY30 at checkout to get an extra 30% off any book for a limited time. Excludes Kindle eBooks and Audible Audiobooks. Restrictions apply. <BR> &#9642; The promotion is valid for a limited time only, from November 26, 2014 at 9pm PST to November 30, 2014 at 11:59pm PST. <BR> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:41:17 EST What Are You Thankful For ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59864590 In our busy day today, I thought it would be nice to take a few minutes and remember what we all have to be Thankful for... <BR> <BR> Of course, Friends and Family. <BR> <BR> Name one thing that you are Thankful for.... <BR> <BR> I'm Thankful for being able to walk in my back yard, enjoying all that God has Created and knowing I am safe from attack and all the bad in the world because of our Fearless and Loyal Men and Women of our Military. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:46:33 EST Pumpkin Shaped Dinner Rolls Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59858751 I'm Making These for Thanksgiving !!! How Cute ! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2xHTxEnnXc </link> <BR> <BR> Here I come Pumpkin Powder ! Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:08:57 EST Making Jam Without Pectin – VIDEO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59846776 Making Jam Without Pectin – VIDEO <BR> From Growing a Greener World <BR> <BR> I, also, love the tip about using parchment or waxed paper to get the foam off of the jam...tho I use a pad of butter while cooking and I don't get any foam at all. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.growingagreenerworld.com/apricot<BR>-jam-with-no-pectin/#comment-37107 </link> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:04:36 EST Happy Birthday DEBBIEANNE1124 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59836387 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is DEBBIEANNE1124's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope she has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=DE<BR>BBIEANNE1124 </link> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:32:34 EST Dried Spice Blends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59810755 Here a some spice mixtures, courtesy of Graham Kerr's Swiftly Seasoned. If there are some ingredients that are hard to find, try to use something similar <BR> <BR> Hope they are of help to everybody out there!! <BR> <BR> <BR> SHANGHAI COASTAL SPICE BLEND <BR> <BR> 7 Tablespoons crushed Red Pepper flakes <BR> 2 ¾ Teaspoons ground Ginger <BR> 2 ¾ Teaspoons ground Anise <BR> <BR> Grind to a powder <BR> <BR> <BR> SCANDINAVIAN SPICE BLEND <BR> <BR> 4 ½ Teaspoons Horseradish powder (wasabi... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:14:05 EST How to Make Herb Concentrates http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59767930 Making Herb Concentrates from Living Homegrown <BR> <BR> I have so many zip lock baggies full of all different kinds of herbs floating around my freezer.. When I need some parsley or whatever, it's like going on a fishing expedition !!! <BR> So when I saw this I thought, What a Great Idea !!! <BR> <BR> Here's the link to help preserve your abundance of herbs from your garden or farmers market. <BR> <link>livinghomegrown.com/2014/11/freezing<BR>-herbs-concentrate.html?utm_source=Liv<BR>ing... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11:00:18 EST Honey Brioche Bread Recipe and Instructions... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59757698 Oh My Does this look Good !!!! <BR> <BR> Complete Recipe and Instructions.... <BR> I wish I could post a picture here. <BR> <BR> Maybe add some pumpkin for Thanksgiving Dinner ! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.raisingjane.org/journal/52981 </link> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:39:01 EST Which Saves The Most Money? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59747214 <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>wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/whi<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59719682 Hi All... <BR> This is where I get all of my bags & Rolls for my FoodSaver. You can use these on most sealers. <BR> <BR> Jennifer has a HUGE Sale going on !!! Ebay Store The Sweet Attack Shop.. <BR> <BR> The prices are usually Great...But this is even Better !!!! <BR> <BR> Check this out... <BR> <link>www.ebay.com/sch/thesweetattack/m.ht<BR>ml?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from= </link> <BR> <BR> She, also, has a website... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:52:01 EST FREE E-Book Crock Pot Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59717445 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59698546 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=HO<BR>PEFULHIPPO </link> Sat, 8 Nov 2014 06:04:28 EST Nutty But Nice November Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59626775 <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>authoritynutrition.com/resistant-sta<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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59620526 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>www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/10/<BR>100-apple-recipes.html </link> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:28:17 EST Thank You 10-28-2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59589260 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59581032 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeIboz_H6M<BR>k <BR> <BR> Unbelievable !!! Look how Great this works !!! <BR> Thank You Mrs. Volfie ! Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:35:43 EST Craftsy Offering FREE Class Any Topic ! Today ONLY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59579079 Craftsy Offering FREE Class ...Any Topic !!! <BR> <BR> Choose from... <BR> Sewing <BR> Quilting <BR> Knitting <BR> Crochet <BR> Cake Decorating <BR> Food and Cooking <BR> Painting and Drawing and <BR> Photography <BR> <BR> It is ONLY for Today !!!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.craftsy.com/classes/Jo-Ann_FreeC<BR>raftsyClass?_ct=sbqii-wqbbuho-ikrdql&_<BR>ctp=Jo-Ann_FreeCraftsyClass </link> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:04:19 EST Spin for Team Bonus Spins from your Start Page http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59559777 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59551071 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 :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59535186 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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59493612 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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800372 </link> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:25:48 EST How to Can Pumpkin !!! From Prarie Homestead http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13192x59486277 Here's the link !!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/10/<BR>how-to-can-pumpkin.html#comment-474711 </link> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:12:27 EST Pressure Canning Webcast Oct 23 @ 3:00 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59476735 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59471210 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/sparkpoi<BR>nts_icons.asp </link> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:06:00 EST Interested in Gardening? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59452039 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>www.almanac.com/plants/type/vegetabl<BR>e </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 08:05:55 EST Great Pinterest Pins http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59450981 <BR> <BR> Here are some great pins from Pinterest for Canning/Food Storage, hope you find them useful <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.pinterest.com/springnlater/canni<BR>ng-food-storage/ </link> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 05:28:52 EST Welcome Trish, to Our Team...TIG2009 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59432189 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 !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59393964 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59384026 Another Holiday "Cooking for a Crowd" Short Cut ! <BR> from Our Half Acre Homestead <BR> <BR> What a Great Idea !!! Make those pie shells ahead of time and freeze them. <BR> Then when needed, just take out of the freezer, thaw, fill and bake !!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaJCcsS2XAA&<BR>feature=em-uploademail </link> Tue, 7 Oct 2014 07:25:02 EST WOnderful Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59383338 <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>www.amazon.com/Harvest-Pantry-Barbar<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59376227 FREE E-BOOK from Creative Homemaking Guide to Make-a-Mix Recipes <BR> Creative Homemaking Guide to Muffin Recipes <BR> <BR> FREE from Amazon from 10/6/14 to 10/10/14 <BR> <BR> <link>www.creativehomemaking.com/ebooks.sh<BR>tml </link> <BR> <BR> Get it while you Can !!!! Mon, 6 Oct 2014 12:26:27 EST I just Found this Wonderful Website on YouTube ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59320508 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>www.youtube.com/user/TheMrsVolfie </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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59319273 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59309959 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>www.theartofdoingstuff.com/how-to-st<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59297473 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 !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59270055 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59257459 Easy, delicious Tomato Sauce. Roast ‘em! from The Art of Doing Stuff Site... <BR> <BR> Great Idea. Sounds like a great tomato paste to have on hand... <BR> <BR> And the pictures look SOOOO Yummy !!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.theartofdoingstuff.com/easy-deli<BR>cious-tomato-sauce-roast-em/?utm_sourc<BR>e=Website+Subscribers&utm_campaign=a96<BR>6ecdd92-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=<BR>email&utm_term=0_b431e4fc08-a966ecdd92-81876169 </link> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 06:08:13 EST Very Interesting Pages Of Preserving and Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59257271 <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>www.grit.com/#axzz3ENszkj25 </link> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:28:05 EST Clean Up Your Fall Garden and Give it a Boost for http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59236552 Clean Up Your Fall Garden and Give it a Boost for Next Year! <BR> <BR> For those of you that don't read the Daily Thread, I thought I'd post this link so all can see it... <BR> <link>www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/09/<BR>winter-garden-clean-up.html </link> <BR> <BR> It's Time !!!!! <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:54:55 EST Happy Birthday KNITTY_JESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59223657 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=KN<BR>ITTY_JESS </link> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 05:49:39 EST DIY Fruit Fly Trap ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59150298 Here's a link for a DIY Fruit Fly Trap ! <BR> <link>insects.about.com/od/insectssociety/<BR>qt/Make-A-Vinegar-Trap-For-Fruit-Flies<BR>.htm </link> <BR> <BR> With all of the fruit trees ripening, I thought this would be helpful ! Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:16:45 EST Happy Birthday FISHERESS68 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59118554 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=FI<BR>SHERESS68 </link> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 04:55:47 EST Tomato Strainer at Amazon...GREAT Price and Free S http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59077752 <BR> Here is a tomato strainer on Amazon with FREE shipping !!! <BR> <link>www.amazon.com/Strainer-Sauce-Maker-<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59070748 Interesting..... <BR> <BR> <link>www.ba-bamail.com/Content.aspx?email<BR>id=11979&memberid=871665 </link> Sun, 7 Sep 2014 12:56:19 EST Follow-Up on My Tomato Powder Experiment ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59067805 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59066873 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_teams.asp<BR>?id=KMATHRE </link> Sun, 7 Sep 2014 05:55:24 EST Happy Birthday CROYLE55 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59058305 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=CR<BR>OYLE55 </link> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 07:21:16 EST Happy Birthday MARTYLYNN1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59057839 <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 !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59057813 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59057769 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59040556 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x59031464 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x59016389 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58965796 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58965444 <link>www.ba-bamail.com/Content.aspx?email<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58940324 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x58924826 Well, I just found out I had put some of my home made canned goods in another cabinet... <BR> Now, if I would have had an inventory spread sheet, I might not have Lost them !!! <BR> <BR> Here is a link for all kinds of sheets. <BR> <link>www.pinterest.com/explore/pantry-inv<BR>entory/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here's the one I like... <BR> <link>organizedhome.com/sites/default/file<BR>s/image/pdf/food_inventory_pantry.pdf </link> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10:57:04 EST How To Make Haloumi Cheese http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58922143 <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>www.wikihow.com/Make-Haloumi-Cheese </link> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:09:09 EST Preview of design changes to Message Boards. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58908079 <BR> We as leaders, have listened to your requests. <BR> 1. a cleaner look to the page dividing the individual messages for easier reading. <BR> 2. a quick way to get to My Spark Page <BR> 3. Keep Today on SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> Well, they listened and here is a Preview of design changes to Message Boards. <BR> They will roll our the beginning of next week. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-ay-8kIf6c&<BR>feature=youtu.be </link> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:11:31 EST Botulism http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58893250 <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>www.wikihow.com/Prevent-Botulism </link> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:15:45 EST Lemon Summer Squash Bread from Thank Your Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x58884524 Lemon Summer Squash Bread from Thank Your Body <BR> <BR> This sounds SOOOO Yummmmy !!!! <BR> This lady is a REAL Health Nut so the ingredients are all organic. <BR> You can use what ever you like...I just thought this is a recipe to share.... <BR> Not sure what evaporated cane juice or rapadura is...I'll have to figure out what quantity of sugar to use. <BR> <BR> Here's the link to the recipe.... <BR> <link>www.thankyourbody.com/recipe-lemon-s<BR>ummer-squash-bread/ </link> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:25:33 EST Growing Garlic from The Leftover Lady http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x58884370 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.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58876971 Like the orange peel, the lemon peel goes way beyond just zest. Check this out. <BR> <link>www.ba-bamail.com/content_11652/25_R<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58876893 Great reduce, reuse, recycle projects. I love how you can keep celery growing. I'm going to try that.... <BR> <link>www.ba-bamail.com/Content.aspx?email<BR>id=11686&memberid=871665#.U_IkwfldW2E </link> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:25:25 EST Spiced Plum Jam http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58873088 This sounds delish..... <BR> <link>www.creativehomemaking.com/recipes/s<BR>piced-plum-jam.shtml </link> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 06:02:52 EST Happy Birthday LARRIA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58872987 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_teams.asp<BR>?id=LARRIA </link> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:40:08 EST Creating plant sculptures out of old clay pots http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58869631 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>www.ba-bamail.com/Content.aspx?email<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58854750 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 ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x58835833 Here's one of my Favorites... <BR> <link> <link>static.squarespace.com/static/51a850<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x58829044 How to Make Old-Fashioned Peach Butter <BR> <BR> Fruit butters are somewhat related to jams, but they don’t require pectin. They are thick and opaque and absolutely perfect as a spread on homemade bread, or flaky homemade biscuits, or crepes, or waffles, or… you get the picture. <BR> <link>www.theprairiehomestead.com/ </link> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:35:46 EST Seed Saving Packets FREE Download !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x58826973 Seed Saving Packets FREE Download from the Art of Doing Stuff... <BR> <BR> Most people also have flowers blooming, tomatoes growing and herbs going to seed. So NOW is the time to start collecting seeds to use next year. At the very least now is the time to print out really cute Art of Doing Stuff seed packets for free. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.theartofdoingstuff.com/art-of-do<BR>ing-stuff-seed-saving-packetsfree-down<BR>load/?utm_source=Website+Subscribers&u<BR>tm_campaign=b97a6940eb-RSS... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:14:50 EST How often do you weigh? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58809989 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58791545 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58789726 Some uses for orange peels you may not have thought of....... <BR> <BR> <link>www.ba-bamail.com/content_11138/Dont<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58787464 <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>www.pinterest.com/veryculinary/sauce<BR>s-spreads-and-rubs/ </link> Sat, 9 Aug 2014 06:44:16 EST How to Can Pickled Beets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x58781334 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x58778914 Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening from Growing a Greener World.... <BR> It's a great show and is on your local PBS channel... <BR> Here is an episode on Container Gardening... <BR> <link>www.growingagreenerworld.com/edible-<BR>container-gardening/?utm_source=GGWTV&<BR>utm_campaign=a7ecccb303-GGW_S4_Newslet<BR>ter_110_14_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_t<BR>erm=0_27022f05ad-a7ecccb303-66299425 </link> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 08:50:52 EST How to Make Homemade Stevia Extract http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x58758824 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 !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58751057 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58742628 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58738718 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x58730076 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>commonsensehome.com/blueberries-grow<BR>ing-the-superfruit/ <... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 12:58:26 EST Let's Welcome our Newest Team Member PATTIE2101 !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58729533 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58708729 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 !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58708694 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58697358 Check this out !!! From SP Daily Spark ... <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/dailysp<BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=104 </link> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:51:46 EST Happy Birthday RAPUNZEL53 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58686969 <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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=RA<BR>PUNZEL53 </link> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:04:53 EST Free Ebook Creative Homemaking Guide to Zucchini R http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58686599 Creative Homemaking Guide to Zucchini Recipes [Kindle Edition] by <BR> Rachel Paxton . <BR> <BR> Rachel is offering her Free E-Book this week until 8/3. . Hurry while you can ! <BR> <BR> <link>www.amazon.com/Creative-Homemaking-G<BR>uide-Zucchini-Recipes-ebook/dp/B00M6JP<BR>BZC/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&<BR>qid=1406524000&sr=1-4&keywords=rachel+paxton </link> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:47:29 EST Fun Cooking With The Kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58665843 <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>wonderfuldiy.com/wonderful-diy-ice-c<BR>ream-cone-cupcakes/ </link> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:48:00 EST Who Wanted Cobbler Recipes ???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58641337 I can't remember who wanted a cobbler recipe... <BR> Look what I found !!!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.reynoldskitchens.com/search?q=co<BR>bbler </link> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:13:46 EST I Had an Idea for My Herb Stems ! Tip of the Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58621608 I just got finished harvesting my basil and parsley... <BR> Picked off the leaves... <BR> Basil to dry as they don't freeze well, but I love the taste of fresh basil in my pasta sauces I can. So I took the stems and tied them in a bundle with cotton string and put them in a bag to freeze. (I hope they don't turn black like the leaves do when frozen) Then when I'm making my sauce, I can just drop the whole bundle in and then fish it out when done.... <BR> <BR> Parsley, froze fresh leaves, t... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:01:36 EST What is Canning ? Getting Started ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x58598657 I thought I'd repost a thread from 2012... <BR> I know that many of you have questions on the Basics of Canning... <BR> Well, here we go with "Getting Started". <BR> What you need and how to proceed. <BR> Here's a link form the Ball Canning site that has Great Ideas and step by step procedure on How to Get Started ! <BR> <BR> <link>www.freshpreserving.com/getting-star<BR>ted </link> <BR> <BR> If you have any questions, do let us know. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:40:27 EST In the Mood to Bake ??? Try these 2... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58588730 Melt In Your Mouth Blueberry Cake <BR> <BR> <link>www.kitchme.com/recipes/melt-in-your<BR>-mouth-blueberry-cake?plid=EM_PROMO_KI<BR>TCHME&crid=EM_072014_KitchMe </link> <BR> <BR> Zucchini Brownies <BR> <BR> <link>www.kitchme.com/recipes/zucchini-bro<BR>wnies?plid=EM_PROMO_KITCHME&crid=EM_07<BR>2014_KitchMe </link> <BR> <BR> OK...1-2-3 GO !!! Get Baking !!!! <BR> <BR> Don't they sound SOOOO Yummy !!!! Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:32:48 EST Small Changes to Our Start Page http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58555860 Hi All, Us Leaders just got a message from Coach Jen regarding some changes to our start page... <BR> Here is her message... <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We'll be making a small change on the Start page tomorrow, and I just wanted to give you a heads up. Some of you asked about the wheel disappearing this week from the left side of the page. We are going to move the link to spin the wheel as well as the total SparkPoints for the day over to the right side of the page under Step 1. It w... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:18:07 EST Happy Birthday TESTYCATLADYP !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58537271 Happy Happy Birthday Linda !!!! <BR> May All of Your Wishes Come True !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> <em>125</em> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:15:16 EST How Do You Know When to Harvest Your Potatoes ???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x58516344 How Do You Know When to Harvest Your Potatoes ???? <BR> <BR> I had bought a bag of seed potatoes and forgot them in my garage...They got really wrinkly and started to sprout... <BR> I planted them whole (did not cut into sections)... Oh My, The plants are HUGE !!! About 1 1/2 to 2' tall.... <BR> <BR> I haven't grown a large crop of potatoes in a long time...I usually just plant them in a bushel basket, and then just dump it in the fall to collect my goodies.... <BR> This year, I have a bed ... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 07:30:05 EST Do you Grow Spaghetti Squash / How Do You use Them http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58507273 1. Do you grow them. <BR> 2. On a trellis or on the ground or other. <BR> 3. How do you cook them <BR> 4. How do you use them...recipes.... <BR> <BR> Yes, I grow them...on the ground just sprawling all over the place. <BR> In the oven, cut in half, in a casserole with cut side down and a bit of water at 350 for 30-45 mins or until fork tender. Do Not Over cook or you will get mush ! <BR> I like them with brown sugar and butter. <BR> and <BR> I like them in soup !!! <BR> I cook them 3/4's o... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 07:37:01 EST Happy Birthday CRAZYNDNCOOK (Tammy) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58486490 Happy, Happy Birthday to You Tammy !!! <BR> Have Yourself a Wonderfully Special Day ! <BR> <BR> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>44</em> <em>125</em> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:48:29 EST Why You Should Compost in Trenches http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58486415 <BR> What if there were a way you could compost your kitchen and garden waste, including weeds, that required almost no work on your part and enriched your soil in as little as one month? What if this compost pile were completely invisible, completely undetectable by smell, and could fit in just about anywhere in your garden? And, what if it required no turning whatsoever? <BR> <BR> Welcome to trench composting. <BR> <BR> What a Great Idea !!! <BR> I have heard of this before and reall... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:37:00 EST Questions and Answers !!! Post them here !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x58475626 Luckydew asked for a section for questions and answers. <BR> <BR> So I'm making a Sticky thread so anyone can ask a question regarding preserving and/or gardening that they may have. <BR> <BR> Post your question here and I'm sure someone will have a Great Answer !!! <BR> <BR> 1. Do Check in here often to see if you can help. <BR> <BR> 2. You may have a question that may have already be answered here. <BR> <BR> Question 1....How did I do Lucky ??? Wed, 9 Jul 2014 07:07:22 EST Save the date: Canning myths uncovered from Ball http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58467723 I got this email this morning and thought some of you would be interested... <BR> <BR> Save the date: Canning myths uncovered Webcast... <BR> <BR> Presented by Jarden Home Brands: Canning Myths <BR> <BR> Having trouble reading this email? Click here. <BR> Canning Myths: Fact or Fiction, Join us live from the Fresh Preserving Kitchen for our Canning Myths webcast. <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's blow the lid off of canning myths. <BR> <BR> Can you invert jars to help seal the lids? I <BR> s... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 11:14:17 EST Are You Getting Team Emails and New Thread Posts ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58464684 Are You Getting Team Emails and New Thread Posts ? <BR> <BR> To check and see if you are signed up for the team emails... And New Thread Posts... <BR> <BR> Go to your START page and click on Account / E-Mail Preferences on the top left under the BIG word START... <BR> A page will come up with 3 tabs, click on the COMMUNITY tab... <BR> Then click on Spark Teams... <BR> There you can go to our team and click the box New Topic Notification and Team SparkMail. <BR> Then You will be sure to... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 07:29:06 EST I Had a Request for a Strawberry Jam Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x58457062 There are 2 ways to make jam... <BR> 1. without Pectin <BR> 2. with Pectin <BR> <BR> This first recipe is for NO Pectin.... <BR> <BR> This is by far the easiest recipe I have found for strawberry jam without using a pectin. The jam is soft, spreadable and delicious." <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled <BR> <BR> 4 cups white sugar <BR> <BR> 1/4 cup lemon juice <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions: Make approx. 3 pints <BR> <BR> 1. In a wide bowl, crush s... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:46:03 EST Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x58456876 These are the Easiest Bread and Butter Pickles Ever !!! And Do they taste Good !!!! <BR> <BR> Here you go Debbie !!!! <BR> <BR> COOKS.COM RECIPE <BR> <BR> REFRIGERATOR BREAD AND BUTTER PICKLES <BR> <BR> <BR> 3 c. sugar <BR> 3 c. WHITE vinegar <BR> 1/3 c. canning salt <BR> 1 tbsp. mustard seed <BR> 1 tbsp. celery seed <BR> 1 tbsp. turmeric <BR> <BR> <BR> Wash slicing cucumbers and slice thin. Layer in glass jars with onion as desired. Combine above ingredients - sugar, vinegar, salt, ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:26:15 EST Free E-Books From Creative Homemaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58455770 Hi All...I just resigned up for the Creative Homemaking Weekly Newsletter and they sent me a link to this page FULL of All Kinds of E-Books for FREE. <BR> <BR> I'm putting the link here for you...I hope this works. <BR> Take advantage of this while you can... <BR> <link>www.creativehomemaking.com/download.<BR>shtml </link> <BR> So far, I've downloaded the <BR> Crock Pot Recipe EBook, <BR> The Beginner’s Guide to Preserving (74 pages) <BR> GET THIS ONE...It covers Canning, Drying, Freez... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 10:48:26 EST How to Use Our Recipe Boxes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x58454423 The Recipe Boxes are under the "Canning, Freezing, Dehydrating" Forum... <BR> <BR> First Go to the "Canning, Freezing, Dehydrating Forum" <BR> The Recipe Boxes are ... <BR> <BR> Canning Recipe Box <BR> Freezing Recipe Box <BR> Dehydrating Recipe Box <BR> Misc Recipes that Don't go Canning-Freezing-Dehy <BR> Original Recipe Box...Please DO NOT POST HERE !!!! <BR> <BR> The first Sticky Thread is a Reference Recipe box PLEASE DO NOT POST THERE... <BR> It gives all of the recipes in the reci... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 08:47:30 EST Happy Birthday LINDAM.1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58452960 <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is LINDAM.1's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Linda has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=LI<BR>NDAM%2E1 </link> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 06:31:41 EST Howdy folks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58444969 So sorry haven't been around much...been a tad bit busy with the farm...however I have managed to place up a new video on my blog called "compost tea"...after harvesting I'll be around more I'm sure :-) Sun, 6 Jul 2014 10:49:21 EST How to Use the Deep-Mulching Method in Your Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18500x13192x58443160 What a GREAT Idea !!!! <BR> \Do It once and you're done for a LONG Time !!! <BR> I have used a very thick layer of straw over my garden beds for a long time now...But this takes that to the extreme. <BR> Here's a link to The Prairie Homesteads post on Deep Mulch Gardening Posted on May 27, 2014 By Jill Winger .... <BR> <link>www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/05/<BR>deep-hay-mulch.html#sthash.j7EO5DAp.dpbs </link> <BR> <BR> Now this is Cool....Here is her Update posted on July 5, 2014 !!... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 07:08:31 EST What Would You Like From This Team ???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58443057 Good Morning Everyone !!! <BR> <BR> I just thought I'd ask Y'all what you are interest in and what would you like this team be like. <BR> <BR> Do you... <BR> 1. Want more exercising and weight loss topics ? <BR> 2. More Gardening Ideas ? <BR> 3. More Canning and Preserving Ideas ? <BR> <BR> Please tell us what you would like so we can improve Our Team. <BR> Thank You and Do have a Wonderful Sunday ! <BR> <BR> (I'm going to, also, send a team email) <BR> So Please answer on this thread. <... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 06:51:59 EST Resetting articles, quizzes and A-Z Health items http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x58435500 Resetting articles, quizzes and A-Z Health items <BR> <BR> Once you've read an article or did a quiz or looked at a listing in the A-Z Health...and click on get your points, if you go back and read it again, you cannot get points as they have already been awarded !!! <BR> NOT SO !!! <BR> Here's how to reset the above 3 to get points again. <BR> <BR> Go to your START Page and look in the top left corner where it says <BR> Start <BR> Welcome GEMINI-SKY! (Your name will be there) <BR> and ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 10:24:39 EST July's Jubilant Chatter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58425357 Hope everyone has a Fabulous July 4th with your Family and Friends ! <BR> <BR> Is anyone Putting Up Yet ??? <BR> <em>476</em> <BR> <BR> With all the replanting of bean I did, I'll be picking until Dec !!! <BR> <BR> I scored 6 pecks of pickles yesterday from Becky at 6.00/peck...Last week she had them for 14.00/peck !!!! <BR> I did 2 of them so far as Bread and Butter Pickles.. 30 pints and 36 half pints... <BR> I 'll probably do one more as Br & Butter and the rest as Dill and 9 Da... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 07:51:11 EST Happy Birthday NASFKAB http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58414094 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is NASFKAB's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Nasreen has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=NA<BR>SFKAB </link> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 05:01:28 EST Free Books To Read Online http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58402841 <BR> Here is an excellent site that allows you to read hundreds of books online. I just had a look at a few of the cooking and gardening offerings as well as the preserving books. There are literally hundreds of books to read here. <BR> <BR> <link>chestofbooks.com/ </link> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 04:56:59 EST Happy Birthday CAROLFAITHWALKR http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58402815 <BR> Hi everyone today is CAROLFAITHWALKR's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Carol has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=CA<BR>ROLFAITHWALKR </link> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 04:42:48 EST Happy Birthday CAROLFAITHWALKR http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58402814 <BR> Hi everyone today is CAROLFAITHWALKR's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Carol has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 04:42:19 EST Happy Birthday LITTLEWIND53 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58391698 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is LITTLEWIND53's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope Linda has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 03:27:15 EST Space-saving Veggie Gardens From Pinterest http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58371196 Wait till you see these !!! <BR> Makes me want to go out and build some more gardens !!!! <BR> <link>www.pinterest.com/missingamarble/spa<BR>ce-saving-veggie-gardens/ </link> <BR> <BR> Thx Jules for the link !!!! Sun, 29 Jun 2014 08:11:30 EST Simple Homemade “Sun-Dried ” Tomatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x58331791 Simple Homemade “Sun-Dried ” Tomatoes <BR> From The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Oh !!! I can Smell them Now !!!! YUMMMM !!!!! <BR> <BR> The only thing I do differently is slice them from top to bottom...They may take a bit longer to dry but they are meatier ! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/06/<BR>homemade-sun-dried-tomatoes.html#comme<BR>nt-454722 </link> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:24:59 EST Welcome to the Team Happytob !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58319367 Let's All Welcome our newest team member HAPPYTOB .... <BR> <BR> Welcome to Our Team...Can't wait to get to know you ! <BR> <em>235</em> <em>250</em> <em>244</em> <em>524</em> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 06:42:18 EST two ingredient recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x58257790 These look super fun and easy!! <BR> <BR> http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/34-insanel<BR>y-simple-two-ingredient-recipes Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:05:26 EST Welcome to the Team HANNAHV http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58257734 Let's All Welcome our newest team member Hannahv.... <BR> <BR> Welcome to Our Team...Can't wait to get to know you ! <BR> <em>235</em> <em>250</em> <em>244</em> <em>524</em> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:02:03 EST Canning Marinated Red Peppers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x58221800 <BR> <BR> This is a great recipe for marinated red peppers that can be done in the water canner. Also while you are there check out the recipe for Faux Pineapple using Zucchini. Sounds like a great idea for the usual summer glut of Zucchinis <BR> <BR> <link>www.sbcanning.com/2011/09/canning-ma<BR>rinated-bell-peppers-yes-its.html </link> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 02:17:04 EST Easy Homemade Frozen Yogurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58184191 Love This !!!! <BR> And So Easy !!! <BR> Here's the link from The Prairie Homestead.... <BR> <link>www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/06/<BR>frozen-yogurt-recipe.html#sthash.skuwy<BR>XuM.dpbs </link> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:21:10 EST Simple Ways to Preserve Fruits and Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58184114 Hi All... <BR> I received this in a SP Email this morning... <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1365 </link> <BR> <BR> I thought you would all like to see it... <BR> And don't forget getting your Points at the end of the article.... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:15:33 EST Happy Birthday GEMINI SKY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58146058 <BR> Hi everyone today is GEMINI SKY's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all hope our fearless leader Pattie has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 05:15:56 EST Happy Birthday AZULVIOLETA6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58115276 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is AZULVIOLETA6's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all wish Julie has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> Thu, 5 Jun 2014 06:17:39 EST Get the Most Sizzling Fitness Deal of the Summer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58103352 I don't know if you all got this email from SparkPeople !!!! <BR> <BR> If you have been considering getting the SparkPeople Fitness Tracker...It's ON SALE for the entire month of June !!! 10.00 OFF and a FREE DVD !!!! <BR> Here's what the email says... <BR> <BR> Get the Most Sizzling Fitness Deal of the Summer! <BR> <BR> Need a boost of motivation to keep up with your fitness routine this summer? For the entire month of June, order the Spark Activity Tracker and receive $10 off your pur... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 03:10:27 EST LuckyDew's Video of Raised Beds.And I mean a ton http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58092441 Here is a video of one of our team members...LuckyDew... <BR> She moved from Michigan to Arkansas... <BR> Here is what she wrote... <BR> <BR> we purchase a ½ acre lot with a mobile home on it. We purchased everything by phone and online, site unseen. With promises of this or that from the owner of the land. For example him telling us that yes the land is fertile an yes I can raised chickens etc. <BR> <BR> We were running out of time in Michigan, so we snapped it up and took off. Not knowi... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 07:19:18 EST Spark Planner Is No More http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58057153 <BR> <BR> Hi everybody, just to let you know that the Spark planner and the Spark journal will be disappearing on the 10th June. <BR> <BR> I don't know why this is happening and as a team leader this will make sending goodies etc for birthdays impossible. I have no more time to transfer all of the dates to another program (if I knew of one anyway) Sparks needs a Gibbs slap for this foolishness <BR> Sat, 31 May 2014 06:03:04 EST Happy Birthday Livedaily http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58046497 Happy Happy Birthday Karen ( Livedaily) !!! <BR> <BR> Have yourself a Wonderfully Special Day ! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> <em>376</em> Fri, 30 May 2014 06:25:17 EST How's Your Garden Growing ??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58035336 Well, Hopefully we all have our gardens planted and they are starting to sprout ! <BR> <BR> Let us know what you are planting/growing and what you plan to can/preserve with it. <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 May 2014 07:08:04 EST Happy Birthday GEMINISUE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x58023487 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is GEMINISUE's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all wish Linda has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> Wed, 28 May 2014 07:03:31 EST DIY Garden Projects Ebook from P. Allen Smith http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57925675 I just got this in an email from P. Allen Smith... <BR> I like the pallet wall hanging garden shed organizer... <BR> There are raised beds, trellises etc. <BR> <link>bonnieplants.com/ebooks/i1v3/ </link> Mon, 19 May 2014 11:24:29 EST 34 Simple Two Ingredient Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x57911056 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here are some good ideas using only two ingredients. Granted some of them I wouldn't touch with a barge pole, but some of them look pretty good. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.stumbleupon.com/su/33XQha </link> Sun, 18 May 2014 06:20:21 EST 100% Off Grill It Or Lose It Cookbook + Free E-Del http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57879252 Get a FREE Grilling E-Book !!! <BR> I just downloaded it and it has some wonderful recipes... <BR> <BR> 100% Off Grill It Or Lose It Cookbook + Free E-Delivery <BR> Was: $29.99 <BR> Now: $0.00 <BR> <BR> <link>www.wkyc.com/story/money/personal-fi<BR>nance/ways-to-save/2014/05/15/free-gri<BR>lling-cookbooks/9114215/ </link> <BR> <BR> Hope this works !!! Thu, 15 May 2014 06:47:30 EST 26 Home Remedies That Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57868628 <BR> <BR> Here are some really interesting general health remedies that sound really interesting. <BR> <BR> <link>www.medhelp.org/general-health/slide<BR>shows/26-Home-Remedies-That-Work/235?c<BR>amp=nl_2014_05_13 </link> Wed, 14 May 2014 09:03:23 EST Happy Birthday DEBBYSDELIGHTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57868480 <BR> Hi everyone today is DEBBYSDELIGHTS's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all wish it to be a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> Wed, 14 May 2014 08:48:39 EST Inactive Team Members Help !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57867051 Good Morning. <BR> I have been looking over our team members list... <BR> There are So Many that don't participate on our team. <BR> Sometimes when you sign up for SparkPeople, you are asked questions that determine your preferences and get automatically added to teams that relate to those preferences. <BR> You may not even know that you are on certain teams. <BR> In an effort to "Clean Up" our team membership, I am asking you to go to our team page... <BR> Here's the link... <BR> <li... Wed, 14 May 2014 06:45:39 EST Happy Birthday RhondaWI !!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57855684 <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> <BR> Hope your Special Day is as Special as YOU !!! <BR> Tue, 13 May 2014 07:32:36 EST Heirloom Red Rice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57767167 I had to start a thread for those who don't participate in the Daily Chat Thread.... <BR> <BR> OOOO!!!! I have to share this with you all... <BR> <BR> I bought a bag of Heirloom RED Rice from Village Harvest...I've never heard of such a thing before. <BR> Boasts of being Whole Grain and Heart Healthy. <BR> Soooo...I made some this morning just to see what it tastes like. <BR> <BR> Well Heavens to Betsy !!! Where has this been all my life ??? <BR> It's the BEST Rice I've ever eaten !!!!!!!!... Mon, 5 May 2014 14:22:47 EST FoodSaver Starter Kit On Sale http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57763447 For those who have been toying with the idea of getting a FoodSaver... <BR> here is your opportunity. <BR> The Starter Kit is on sale now for 79.99 and FREE Shipping <BR> includes... <BR> FoodSaver® V2244 Vacuum Sealing System <BR> 2 - 11" x 10' FoodSaver® Roll <BR> 20 - Quart Size FoodSaver® Bags. <BR> <BR> <BR> Details & Features <BR> <BR> This FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing kit keeps food fresh up to 5x longer and saves up to $2700 per year based on buying in bulk, on sale and preventing w... Mon, 5 May 2014 09:32:14 EST Where do i begin dehydrating fruits for trail mix? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57749456 Good Morning All... <BR> VJH-W65 asked this question on the "WALL" <BR> Any suggestions ???? Sun, 4 May 2014 07:39:50 EST FitBit is now at Kohl's... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57712294 FitBit is now at Kohl's... <BR> Here's a link for it !!! <BR> <link>www.kohls.com/catalog/fitbit.jsp?CN=<BR>4294708720&om_mid=_20140501_Thursday&o<BR>m_etid=5836437 </link> <BR> <BR> Use this Promo Code to get 20% OFF FILA20 <BR> Good May 1st thru May 3rd... Thu, 1 May 2014 06:14:32 EST Make Sure You are Getting Team Emails http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x57660897 Good Day All... <BR> We sure have many new members and, also, older member that aren't participating on our team. I was wondering if it's because you don't have the team email page preferences filled in. <BR> <BR> Here's how to make sure you are getting our team emails. <BR> <BR> 1. Go to your "Start" page. <BR> In the top left corner, under the word START is Welcome and your name... <BR> under that it says Account / Email Preferences. <BR> 2. Click on that. A new page will come up with 3... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 07:49:22 EST 16 Ways to Eat Dandelions from the Prairie Homeste http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57640513 16 Ways to Eat Dandelions from the Prairie Homestead... <BR> <BR> Who would have thunk it !!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/04/<BR>dandelion-recipes.html </link> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 10:39:32 EST Plant Encyclopedia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57638346 Here's a great tool for gardeners, especially in the US. It's a complete plant finder, along with uses and features of the plants. <BR> <BR> Have a good look through and see what you think <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictiona<BR>ry/?sssdmh=dm17.734684&esrc=nwgn042414a </link> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 08:00:25 EST New Features coming to our Team Pages Next Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57619577 Hi <BR> I just wanted to let you know that the coaches have told us that we are going to be getting new features on our team page. <BR> Here is a video of what they are going to be.... <BR> <link>youtu.be/TcqPQi_75tw </link> <BR> Any questions, do contact me. <BR> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:47:09 EST Proof That There Are Good People Out There http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x57553968 <BR> <BR> This is such a lovely clip, guaranteed to make you smile at the wonderful people out there. <BR> <BR> <link>www.superstarmagazine.com/this-is-un<BR>deniable-proof-that-there-are-good-peo<BR>ple-left-in-the-world/ </link> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:55:03 EST The Easy Way to Peel Farm-Fresh Hard-Boiled Eggs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57533142 From The Prairie Homestead !!!! <BR> We’ve all been there… <BR> <BR> You get the hankering for a good, old-fashioned hard-boiled egg. And since you have your very own flock of chickens, you can hardly wait to boil up a batch. <BR> <BR> You carefully select the eggs, place them in the pot, and simmer them to perfection. <BR> <BR> Your mouth starts watering as you gently crushed the shell and peel the egg–with the salt shaker ready and waiting. <BR> <BR> And then you get this: <BR> <BR> He... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:44:11 EST This Weeks Points Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57504367 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> 1. GEMINI-SKY <BR> 2. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 3. SHARSUE <BR> 4. RAPUNZEL53 <BR> 5. SNOWFILLY <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness points <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. MEMORIES7 <BR> 3. SNOWFILLY <BR> 4. PFD6692 <BR> 5. 4MYBODYNSOUL <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>345</em> <em>243</em> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:08:10 EST 31 Uses For Baking Soda http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x57482194 <BR> <BR> I think we all have a big container of baking soda in our homes, here are some ways you can use it. <BR> <BR> <link>www.allyou.com/budget-home/live-gree<BR>n-save/baking-soda </link> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:40:37 EST Happy Birthday IMREITE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57481947 <BR> Hi everyone today is IMREITE's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all wish it to be a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:21:36 EST growing asparagus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57471387 Does anyone on here know anything about growing asparagus? I planted some last year and they started to grow. Didn't cover over winter and with all the deep freezes we had mine are 2-3 inches out of the ground. Can I save these or just plant new? Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:59:38 EST Jenny's New Ebook I Can Can Ground Meats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57446263 Hey Everyone, Jenny has a new Ebook out on Amazon. <BR> I Can Can Ground Meats. It went live today but she will be offering it for Free Tomorrow thru Saturday... <BR> Looks Fun and Interesting. <BR> Here's the link.... <BR> <link>www.amazon.com.au/CAN-GROUND-MEATS-f<BR>lavorful-nutritious-ebook/dp/B00JK7QZT<BR>4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qi<BR>d=1397039349&sr=1-1&keywords=i+can+can<BR>+ground+meats </link> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 09:27:35 EST This Weeks Points Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57417310 Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> 1. SHARSUE <BR> 2. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 3. RAPUNZEL53 <BR> 4. VONBLACKBIRD <BR> 5. IMREITE <BR> <BR> Fitness points <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. AZULVIOLETA6 <BR> 3. MEMORIES7 <BR> 4. 4MYBODYNSOUL <BR> 5. YARTHSA <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>345</em> <em>243</em> Mon, 7 Apr 2014 07:28:41 EST Hello everyone from New Brunswick Canada http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13192x57325831 Greetings! Thank you for the spark goodie. It sure was a much needed ray of sunshine. It may be spring on the calendar but we are still in winter! Freezing rain and snow today and tomorrow. We have had a long terrible winter this year. <BR> We plant two large gardens every year and already DH is saying he don't think he will be getting the tractor in them this year if the weather pattern does not change. <em>39</em> I hope the weather changes soon as I put up enough veggies that I don't ha... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:39:11 EST This Weeks Points Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57325829 Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. RAPUNZEL53 <BR> 3. VONBLACKBIRD <BR> 4. LIVEDAILY <BR> 5. LAWANDMUSIC <BR> <BR> Fitness points <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. MEMORIES7 <BR> 3. JODIELYNN40 <BR> 4. TERRY0217 <BR> 5. JDWOLF2 <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>345</em> <em>243</em> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:39:03 EST DIY Brown Sugar Who Knew ??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57321667 DIY Brown Sugar <BR> <BR> I knew brown sugar was made of regular white sugar and molasses ...But.... <BR> Why didn't I ever tried making my own??? I don't Know... <BR> But here it is. A recipe with quantities to make your own... <BR> <BR> From Instructables / amalkhan <BR> <BR> Who knew that you could MAKE your own brown sugar? Argh... I'm regretting all those times I've run to the grocery store just to buy some of the stuff! By simply mixing only two ingredients, now you can always kee... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 19:47:52 EST Getting Started Herb Gardening http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57290449 From Common Sense Homesteading... <BR> <BR> MEADOWBUTTERFLY (Kay) and I were talking about Herb Gardening the other day on another thread... <BR> I just found this article from a Great website and thought you'd all like to see it... <BR> <BR> While we are trying to eat healthier, herbs add that extra bit of flavor we need to make foods more interesting while cutting out the salt, bad fats and sugars. <BR> Why not grow them ourselves??? <BR> <BR> <link>www.commonsensehome.com/getting-star... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:56:45 EST Free Kindle Download Finishes 3/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57289212 <BR> Hi everybody, I've only just known about this, it came in an email today. I've already downloaded it, so if you wish to download Rachel Paxtons Creative Homemaking Guide to Make-a-Mix Recipes please click onto the link below and get it ASAP <BR> <BR> <link>www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J4OHW2W<BR>/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=<BR>1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00J4O<BR>HW2W&linkCode=as2&tag=creativehomemaki </link> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 03:47:42 EST Canning tomatoes method? And another question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x57277304 I have been putting up tomatoes for several years now. Every time I do it, I use the Open Kettle method. I tried pressure canning them one year, long ago, and decided open kettle was much easier on the tomatoes. I was talking with some 'older' ladies about a month ago, and they said they used to (they don't can anymore) just put the tomatoes in the jars warm, and seal the jar. They said the jar will seal every time this way. WHAT?? Have I been doing all this work for nothing?? How do YOU ladi... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:30:54 EST Happy Birthday DOINGITALL09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57252545 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone today is DOINGITALL09's birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all wish it to be a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>104</em> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 06:36:00 EST This Weeks Points Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57227783 Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. RAPUNZEL53 <BR> 3. LAWANDMUSIC <BR> 4. VONBLACKBIRD <BR> 5. LIVEDAILY <BR> <BR> Fitness points <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. TERRY0217 <BR> 3. JODIELYNN40 <BR> 4. MEMORIES7 <BR> 5. JDWOLF2 <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 05:52:34 EST 800+ Organized Canning Recipes for Winter Storage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57217317 <BR> <BR> Here's an interesting page, just click onto the myriad of links here to keep you happy for hours <BR> <BR> <link>www.diyncrafts.com/3657/homemade/800<BR>-organized-canning-recipes-winter-storage </link> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 07:41:18 EST Springtime http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57205771 <BR> Here's a little funny clip to make you laugh <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITZiZcHfj8s&<BR>feature=share&list=PLagyxbJHFyL11iTef4<BR>c6ALIDsD--nXkel&index=23 </link> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 07:14:19 EST SPRING HAS SPRUNG!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57198453 alrightie team mates.....age old question of what's going into the garden for plans of summer canning? I'm mapping mine out now.... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:09:51 EST This Weeks Points Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57168141 Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. RAPUNZEL53 <BR> 3. VONBLACKBIRD <BR> 4. LIVEDAILY <BR> 5. IMREITE <BR> <BR> Fitness points <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. JODIELYNN40 <BR> 3. MEMORIES7 <BR> 4. JDWOLF2 <BR> 5. TERRY0217 <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> Sorry for being late posting this Tue, 18 Mar 2014 04:47:07 EST Reusable Canning Lids http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57155495 <BR> <BR> I found this on facebook and thought I'd share. Don't know if these are well known but I have seen some testimonials from people that love and use them <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>reusablecanninglids.com/ </link> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 06:32:13 EST Sweet Gherkins http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23800x13192x57120609 This is a great recipe for Gherkins minus the iridescent green colours <BR> <BR> Sweet Gherkin Recipe (yields approx 7 - 9 pints) <BR> <BR> 5 quarts cucumbers (Pickling cucumbers 1 1/2 to 3 Inch long) <BR> 1/2 cup pickling salt <BR> 8 cups granulated sugar (divided through recipe) <BR> 6 cups distilled white vinegar (divided through recipe) <BR> 3/4 teaspoon turmeric <BR> 2 teaspoons celery seeds <BR> 2 teaspoons pickling spices <BR> 8 pieces cinnamon sticks (1 inch) <BR> 1/2 teaspoon fenn... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 04:29:35 EST This Weeks Points Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x57058152 Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. RAPUNZEL53 <BR> 3. VONBLACKBIRD <BR> 4. LIVEDAILY <BR> 5. LAWANDMUSIC <BR> <BR> Fitness points <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. MEMORIES7 <BR> 3. TERRY0217 <BR> 4. JODIELYNN40 <BR> 5. JDWOLF2 <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sun, 9 Mar 2014 03:43:23 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13192x57005235 Hello, I am new to this team. I have been on sparkpeople for a while. I just found this group. I love to make jelly (low to no sugar), and grow in my garden. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 17:14:47 EST Add More Than One Emoticon at a Time !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x56997915 I just got an email with a post from the Team Leaders Team regarding picking more than one Emoticon while on the Emoticon page...Not having to keep going back to add an emoticon tab... <BR> I never knew that you could click on the Add an Emoticon tab, hold down the "M" key on your key board and then just keep picking Emoticons. <BR> When you are done picking (you can even go to other Emoticon pages, just keep the "M" key pressed sown at all times) Just close the window manually (x in the top ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 06:40:14 EST Slow Cooker White Bean Soup I add Ham !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x56983569 <link>www.budgetbytes.com/2013/09/slow-coo<BR>ker-white-bean-soup/ </link> <BR> <BR> I found this recipe while needing a recipe for some good soup on these cold, cold days. <BR> <BR> I will add a ham bone during the slow cooking and diced ham at the end just to warm it through. <BR> <BR> Thought you all would like to try it !!! <BR> <em>140</em> <BR> <BR> If it's really good, I'll make a huge batch and can it ! Mon, 3 Mar 2014 06:44:20 EST This Weeks Points Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x56970171 Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. AZULVIOLETA6 <BR> 3. VONBLACKBIRD <BR> 4. LIVEDAILY <BR> 5. LAWANDMUSIC <BR> <BR> Fitness points <BR> 1. AZULVIOLETA6 <BR> 2. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 3. JODIELYNN40 <BR> 4. MEMORIES7 <BR> 5. TESTYCATLADYP <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sun, 2 Mar 2014 05:44:51 EST This Weeks Points Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x56879698 Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. RAPUNZEL53 <BR> 3. VONBLACKBIRD <BR> 4. IMREITE <BR> 5. IWANNAGOAT <BR> <BR> Fitness Points <BR> <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. MEMORIES7 <BR> 3. TINK9305 <BR> 4. JET150 <BR> 5. YARTHSA <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>104</em> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 03:51:52 EST How to Make Ricotta (Two Ways!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x56857109 It's That Easy !!!??? <BR> Why haven't I tried this before ? <BR> <BR> <link>www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/02/<BR>how-to-make-ricotta-two-ways.html </link> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 07:57:25 EST This Weeks Points Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x56791649 <BR> <BR> Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. VONBLACKBIRD <BR> 3. RAPUNZEL53 <BR> 4. IMREITE <BR> 5. IWANNAGOAT <BR> <BR> Fitnesspoints <BR> <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. MEMORIES7 <BR> 3. YARTHSA <BR> 4. JET150 <BR> 5. AZULVIOLETA6 <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>345</em> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 04:22:03 EST Happy Birthday JODIELYNN40 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x56768836 <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi team, today is JODIELYNN40 's birthday. Let's all wish her a wonderful birthday filled with fun and presents <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>104</em> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 05:13:34 EST Introducing SparkPeople 'Friend Feed' Enhancements http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6366x13192x56757172 Hi All... <BR> Here's a link for a copy of the... <BR> Introducing SparkPeople 'Friend Feed' Enhancements Blog from yesterday Feb 12-2014. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=introducing_sparkpeople_friend_feed<BR>_enhancements </link> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 07:02:44 EST Preserved and Pickled http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x56703064 <BR> <BR> Here's a site with some very interesting recipes, hope you like it!! <BR> <BR> <link>preservedandpickled.blogspot.com.au/ </link> Sun, 9 Feb 2014 00:36:35 EST Homemade Extracts – Vanilla, Lemon and Almond http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x56668075 I found this at Common Sense Homesteading... <BR> I do make my vanilla, but never thought about the lemon or almond extracts.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.commonsensehome.com/how-to-make-<BR>homemade-extracts/ </link> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 08:13:46 EST This Weeks Points Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x56611231 <BR> Hi everyone here are this weeks points leaders. <BR> <BR> Sparkpoints <BR> <BR> 1. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 2. IWANNAGOAT <BR> 3. RAPUNZEL53 <BR> 4. VONBLACKBIRD <BR> 5. GEMINI-SKY <BR> <BR> Fitnesspoints <BR> <BR> 1. AZULVIOLETA6 <BR> 2. TRYINGTOLOSE64 <BR> 3. MEMORIES7 <BR> 4, VONBLACKBIRD <BR> 5. TESTYCATLADYP <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <BR> Sun, 2 Feb 2014 04:20:50 EST And the Winner of Our Team Photo Contest Is .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x56609260 First, I'd like to thank all of you that had entered your pictures for the new team photo contest... <BR> <BR> AND the Winner Is.... <BR> <BR> Tudafd and her picture called "Something for Everyone"!!!! <BR> <BR> Love, Love, Love your picture. It represents our team very well. <BR> Not only a variety of canned goods but a variety of people Putting Foods Up ! <BR> Congrat's to You Tudafd and Thank You ! Sat, 1 Feb 2014 22:45:46 EST Team Picture Deadline is Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13192x56572413 Time to get those last minute pictures in for out team photo. <BR> <BR> Post then to the Photo section on the right of this page under the Huddle Bar. <BR> Click on the word photo and when the new screen comes up, click on add photo. <BR> <BR> There are some Great entries so far, so get yours in ASAP !!!! Thu, 30 Jan 2014 06:00:55 EST