SparkPeople Home and Garden and DIY - On A Budget Team Messageboard Discuss your remodeling projects, gardening adventures, or other DIY, Share decorating ideas or sew home decor. Join us for conversation, advice, and inspiration! SparkPeople Home and Garden and DIY - On A Budget Team Messageboard July Chat 2019 I guess it's better late than not at all, right? I just noticed that we were still in June. <BR> <BR> Nothing new here. We went back out to the ranch today and cleaned up most of the piles of pruning that DIL and I have done in the past few days. Steve used his tractor with the bucket to haul it all off to a pile that will be burned when it's safe to do so. Then I started pulling some old fence boards down where they were rotting and halfway falling off, and he hauled those away. I'm sur... Wed, 3 Jul 2019 00:38:24 EST June 2019 Chat ok Ladies not sure who always askes for me to make it a Sticky..... here we go! Sat, 1 Jun 2019 08:33:57 EST May 2019 Chat It's late in the day, but it looks like I got to it first. Can you believe we're already in the 5th month of the year? Wed, 1 May 2019 20:05:29 EST April 2019 I got to the canyon Wednesday evening and was able to get the car unloaded, groceries put away and a fire going before dark. I'd already called my dad to let him know I was in town and Steve to let him know I'd made it while at the grocery store. It's a good thing I did, because the phone wasn't working when I got to the house. There was a lot of static on the line when I picked it up, and no dial tone. It rained Wednesday night, so I couldn't mow until the grass dried off a little. I met... Mon, 1 Apr 2019 11:36:52 EST March 2019 Chat Wow, Here we are, March just slipped in almost unnoticed. Like Terri last month, I'm copying the posts for Mar over from Feb 2019 Chat <BR> <BR> Terri 3/2/19 3:19 P <BR> I did. It's actually turned into a nice day and the sun is even shining right now. I filled up the wheelbarrow and returned it to its station on the porch. <BR> <BR> I am of the opinion that you can almost never have too much storage space or too many outlets. I even have task lights underneath my kitchen cupboards and ea... Sat, 2 Mar 2019 20:29:37 EST February 2019 Chat *** I copied and pasted all the Feb posts from the January Chat*** <BR> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Everything went well. I'm resting in my room at the Lodge and Gd Anna is staying with me. Going to bed now.  <BR> <BR> Oh, and I'm virtually pain free! <BR> <BR> Edit My Post2/1/19 10:21 P by TERRIJ7 <BR> <BR>   <BR> <BR> Well, I need to clarify my comments again, lol. I presume Cathy knows more about your situation than I do. I thought the plan to go the night... Sat, 2 Feb 2019 01:43:00 EST Marie Kondo on Netflix Marie is the Japanese expert on organizing and tidying up your home. The people she helps are regular folks (not extreme hoarders), who need advice on how to best use the space in their homes and solve their problems. I got some great ideas for how to store electronics, cluttery little things and I just love her! <BR> <BR> You can listen to her audiobook on youtube for free <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Anyone else a Marie fan? Tue, 8 Jan 2019 18:01:00 EST January 2019 Chat <em>235</em> to 2019! <BR> <BR> Cathy, you should be able to change the direction of the sensor. Do you have the instructions? I always save them (receipts too). <BR> <BR> I want to change the Topic name of the chat to January 2019 Chat but I don't remember how. Does anyone remember? <BR> <BR> Gas prices here on my small city (35,000) have dropped $.20 L in the last 2 days. That's almost $.80 Gal. Crazy. No one knows why but people are loving it. I think it is because they have too much... Tue, 1 Jan 2019 10:56:49 EST December...31 Days to Healthier Holidays Gathering with close friends and family members during the holidays creates lasting joy and memories. But with so many parties, celebrations and errands to run, it can be hard to keep up with your healthy lifestyle! Here are 31 daily tips that will help you make healthy choices throughout the holiday season. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r_2007-12.pdf </link> Sun, 2 Dec 2018 18:16:55 EST December Chat Here we go--last month of 2018! Only about 3 weeks until Christmas and I haven't caught up from October yet! Sat, 1 Dec 2018 09:20:09 EST November Chat Hi everyone! We didn't have a November Chat yet so I created it. <BR> All that talk of turkey is a reminder of your Thanksgiving this month and mine last month. <BR> <BR> My pc had an error and wouldn't boot up. I'm now on my netbook and feel really handicapped. The good news is that I msg'd the guy that upgraded the netbook with Windows 10 and he was able to check out my PC. I sent him screenshots taken with my camera which gave him a headstart on the problem. Got the call this afternoon.... Fri, 2 Nov 2018 20:45:24 EST November.....30 Days To Greater Happiness NOVEMBER.... <BR> <BR> Don't fall's colder,shorter days get you down.Try to enjoy every moment of this beautiful season! After all,November brings football,falling leaves, and backyard fires,so flash those pearly whites as often as you can.Here are 30 daily tips that will each give you reason to grin and help increase your overall happiness. <BR> <BR> Starting ...November 1st, Suggestions that will help us get through this month will be posted. See you here! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpe... Thu, 1 Nov 2018 07:43:25 EST Birthday List. Let Us Celebrate with You! Copy/Paste &amp; add your day &amp; name under the month of your Birthday <BR> <BR> JANUARY <BR> <BR> <BR> FEBRUARY <BR> 02 -wrkng1abttrme- (Nancy) <BR> <BR> <BR> MARCH <BR> <BR> <BR> APRIL <BR> <BR> <BR> MAY <BR> <BR> <BR> JUNE <BR> <BR> <BR> JULY <BR> <BR> <BR> AUGUST <BR> <BR> <BR> SEPT. <BR> <BR> <BR> OCT. <BR> <BR> <BR> NOV. <BR> <BR> <BR> DEC. <BR> <BR> Wed, 31 Oct 2018 22:35:11 EST October chat October already! <BR> <BR> Lots going on today--we picked the garden clean this morning in case the rain comes early, so now I have lots to do. Mon, 1 Oct 2018 14:38:56 EST September chat I'm here, so might as well say good morning and happy September. I hope everyone is having just the kind of weekend that suits you. Sat, 1 Sep 2018 12:14:45 EST August Chat I'm on my way to town to buy some alum and fresh dill to make some pickles. I'm being overrun by cucumbers and zucchini! Wed, 1 Aug 2018 15:42:21 EST new new to this team Sat, 7 Jul 2018 12:34:26 EST July Chat I couldn't think of a catchy Title for the topic, so I hope this is okay. <BR> <BR> We've had a fairly lax day. Well, I have. Steve was up on the roof for quite a while, tearing the old roof off the loft. It's the topmost part of the roof and he was going to wait for our sons to come and help; but in true form, he started picking away at it until he had it off. We needed to examine the rafters to check for water damage and replace any as needed. He just keeps plugging away, but it's a... Wed, 4 Jul 2018 23:39:12 EST June Chat Hi everyone. I hope no one minds that I started a new chat for June. We're busy around here will yard work and wedding prep. <BR> <BR> Barb, the log house IS where we plan to retire and the Canyon house was our first home (built by DH in 1974-82) and has been rented for decades. We decided not to be landlords any longer, but couldn't sell it and make any profit without paying through the nose in taxes unless it was our primary residence. Since there was so much work to be done on it anyw... Sat, 2 Jun 2018 18:11:15 EST Mighty May Chat Here we go; a new month! Wed, 2 May 2018 10:28:51 EST Happy Happy Birthday Chris (Gardenchris) ! Happy Happy Birthday Chris (Gardenchris) ! From All of Us on the DIY Team ! Enjoy Your Special Day ! <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> <em>125</em> Mon, 2 Apr 2018 07:18:35 EST April Chat I thought I'd start up our April chat since Patti has indicated that she doesn't want the responsibility. I'm not interested in being a team leader, but figured I could do this much. <BR> <BR> It's a gloriously beautiful day here in Northern California. The sun is shining, the birds are busy at the feeders, there are flowers blooming everywhere and...the grass is growing and will need to be mowed soon...but not today! <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Apr 2018 16:50:10 EST How to Preserve (Dehydrate) Zucchini Noodles How to Preserve (Dehydrate) Zucchini Noodles <BR> <BR> Below are 2 articles for complete directions... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ink-preserve/how-to-preserve-zucchini-<BR>noodles/ </link> <BR> Zucchini noodles are a fantastic low carbohydrate alternative for anyone who loves pasta dishes but wants to keep their carb or grain intake low. Plus, they’re really simple to make. And, dried they’ll store well into winter without drawing power from your deep freeze... Fri, 30 Mar 2018 06:12:49 EST Thank You Hi All ! I just wanted to let you all know that I am Partly leaving SP ! I will be doing my own tracking and Challenges but not following up on teams ! I've enjoyed my time away from the teams and found other sources that stimulate my imagination in both gardening and Putting Up ! <BR> If anyone would like to take over as Our Team Co-Leader, do let me know ! I'm posting this here on the wall, in a thread and sending out a team email... <BR> Thank You All for your constant support and Frie... Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:57:11 EST Happy Birthday Dorothy ! (DJ4HEALTH) Happy Happy Birthday Dorothy ! From All of Us on the DIY Team ! Enjoy Your Special Day ! <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> <em>125</em> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:59:53 EST Herbs That Attract Pollinating Insects Herbs That Attract Pollinating Insects <BR> <img src=""> <BR> When it comes to vegetable and fruit production pollinating insects are the very lifeblood of the garden. For the majority of food plants they're 100% necessary, so it's important to make pollinators at home in the garden and encourage them to stay. <BR> <BR> This is yet another reason that my heart belongs to herbs -- they're incredible performers on ... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:10:51 EST Cucamelons and How to Plant and Overwinter I just heard of Cucamelons a few months ago and of course, bought some seeds !....... <BR> Cathy just asked if I had heard of them... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I found some Great info on them so here goes.......................... <BR> <BR> Cucamelons are the most popular crop in our vegetable garden with the long, slender vines yielding hundreds of grape-sized fruits that resemble tiny watermelons. Hence, their othe... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:06:03 EST What To Do With Over Ripe Cucumbers... .Make...Rip What To Do With Over Ripe Cucumbers...Make...Ripe Cucumber Relish <BR> <BR> Ripe Cucumber Relish <BR> <BR> 8 large ripe cucumbers <BR> 2 cups chopped onion <BR> 1/2 cup salt <BR> 2 tblsp. flour or Clear Jel <BR> 2 cups sugar <BR> 1 tsp. celery seeds <BR> 1 tsp. mustard seeds <BR> 1 tblsp. dry mustard <BR> 2 tsp. tumeric <BR> 1 pint vinegar <BR> <BR> Pare, remove seeds and cut cucumbers in 1-inch squares. Add onion, sprinkle with salt and let stand overnight. Drain and rinse well... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 07:08:34 EST Happy Happy Birthday VONBLACKBIRD Happy Happy Birthday VONBLACKBIRD from All of Us on the DIY Team ! <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> Mon, 12 Mar 2018 06:36:51 EST Happy Happy Birthday Emily ! Goldsworthy72 Happy Happy Birthday Emily ! (Goldsworthy72) From All of Us on the DIY Team ! Enjoy Your Special Day! <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> Thu, 8 Mar 2018 07:37:50 EST Homemade Hair Mask Recipes for Dry/Damaged Hair Homemade Hair Mask Recipes for Dry/Damaged Hair <BR> <BR> A homemade hair mask is great because you control the ingredients, and salons are expensive! Learn to make these natural hair mask recipes at home instead of shelling out a bunch of money for inferior commercial products. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wintertime can be hard on hair. <BR> <BR> Humidity is low, which might seem nice when your hair isn’t frizzy, but in reality when there’s little moisture in the air, your hair can get really dry. <B... Tue, 6 Mar 2018 11:47:11 EST Make a Hypertufa Trough Step By Step Instructions Make a Hypertufa Trough Step By Step Instructions <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Molded concrete containers can be made in nearly any shape and size you want ! <BR> <BR> To make a hypertufa trough, you'll need peat moss, perlite, and Portland cement. Make sure you buy straight Portland cement. You don't want any of the pre-mixed concrete or mortar you'll find on the market. <BR> <BR> You'll also need a few ounces of synt... Tue, 6 Mar 2018 10:56:03 EST Magnificant March Chat Thread ! <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> From Lecates March 1st... <BR> She's surprised the doctors and right now is improving. Plans are a bit of rehab and then to my house with hospice care. She's a tough old broad. <BR> Thu, 1 Mar 2018 07:26:15 EST Happy Happy Birthday Sassysnail !!! Happy Happy Birthday Sassysnail !!! Enjoy Your Special Day ! From All of Us on the DIY Team ! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 05:59:20 EST Happy Happy Birthday (Backtob asicstr) !!! Happy Happy Birthday (Backtobasicstr) !!! Enjoy Your Special Day ! <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> <BR> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 09:19:12 EST Fabulous February Chat Thread Good Morning All and Welcome February !!! <BR> <BR> Barb, that's a Great Picture of the Blood/Blue Moon ! We had clouds so we didn't get a chance to see it ! <em>39</em> Thu, 1 Feb 2018 06:03:45 EST Dehydrating Celery and Then Making Powder ! Dehydrating Celery and Then Making Powder ! <BR> <BR> The other day, I went to get some veggies from my veggie crisper in my frig and found that my 2 new heads of celery were partially frozen ! <em>40</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> What's Up With That ???? And What to do Now ??? <BR> Well, I decided that the defrosted chicken thighs I had out for dinner were going into a pot and make some soup ! That will use ... Mon, 29 Jan 2018 08:06:16 EST Happy Happy Birthday Leslie (Yarell) !!! Happy Happy Birthday Leslie (Yarell) !!! Enjoy Your Special Day ! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> Thu, 25 Jan 2018 07:28:15 EST Seed Starting Guide Seed Starting Guide From Prairie Homestead <BR> <img src=""> <BR> PLUS....Helpful Seed Starting &amp; Planning Links: <BR> <BR> •Frost Date and Garden Zone Chart <BR> •8 Re-purposed Seed Starting Pots <BR> •DIY Soil Block Maker <BR> •Homemade Potting Soil Recipe <BR> •21 Plants for Your Fall Garden <BR> •Where I Get My Heirloom Seeds <BR> •Seed Starting System <BR> <BR> Beans: <BR> <BR> Planting Method: Direct s... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 06:46:42 EST Homemade Hamburger Buns Recipe Homemade Hamburger Buns Recipe <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>homemade-hamburger-buns-recipe.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Author: The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Prep time: 10 mins <BR> <BR> Cook time: 15 mins <BR> <BR> Total time: 25 mins <BR> <BR> Serves: 8 buns <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> •1 cup warm milk (100ºF) <BR> •1 tablespoon active dry yeast <BR>... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 06:33:46 EST 32 Space Saving Storage Ideas That'll Keep Your Ho 32 Space Saving Storage Ideas That'll Keep Your Home Organized (Slide Show with instructions) <BR> <BR> Since we are all Organizing ....I thought I found this post at a Good Time ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>3-space-saving-storage-ideas-that-ll-k<BR>eep-your-home-organized?utm_source=ema<BR>il&amp;utm_medium=paid&amp;utm_campaig<BR>n=storage3&amp;page_num=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Also, check out the next slide show on up cycling old clothing ! <BR> It follows t... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:13:31 EST OOPS Double Posted ! ...! Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:12:35 EST Starting Seeds Indoors – 11 Steps to Help You Plan Starting Seeds Indoors – 11 Steps to Help You Plant Seeds with Confidence <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndoors/ </link> <BR> Starting Seeds Indoors – 11 Steps to Help You Plant Seeds with Confidence <BR> <BR> 1. Keep records and label all your seedlings <BR> <BR> I keep a simple spreadsheet listing the variety planted, date planted, date when seedlings appear and some other basic information. You can print out your own copy from the post, “Simple Record Keepin... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 08:21:57 EST Happy Birthday TJVIXEN Happy Happy Birthday !!! <BR> Enjoy Your Special Day ! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> Fri, 5 Jan 2018 06:31:10 EST Joyous January 2018 Chat Thread ! Happy New Year to You All ! May All of Your Dreams Come True ! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I couldn't decide which picture to post as I like them both !!!! <em>198</em> <BR> Here is my Favorite Christmas Picture that I forgot to post on Christmas Day ! <BR> <img src=" Mon, 1 Jan 2018 08:32:40 EST Homemade Peppermint Patties (Healthy Version) Homemade Peppermint Patties (Healthy Version) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Makes 12 patties <BR> •1/2 cup coconut oil (where to buy) <BR> •3-4 tablespoons honey (where to buy) <BR> •1/2 t. vanilla (how to make vanilla extract) <BR> •6-10 drops peppermint essential oil OR 1 teaspoon peppermint extract (*see note below) <BR> •2/3-3/4 cups chocolate chips, melted (where to buy) <BR> <BR> Instructions: <BR> <BR... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:51:09 EST DIY Whipped Body Butter Recipe DIY Whipped Body Butter Recipe <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Author: The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> •¼ cup shea butter (like this) <BR> •¼ cup cocoa butter (like this) <BR> •¼ cup coconut oil (like this) <BR> •¼ cup sweet almond oil (like this) <BR> •10-20 drops of essential oil <BR> <BR> (this version doesn’t smell like chocolate) <BR> •1/2 cup shea butter (where to buy) <BR> •1/4 cup coco... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:43:22 EST Soft Molasses Cookies Soft Molasses Cookies <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> •1 cup sucanat (like this) <BR> •½ cup butter, softened <BR> •½ cup coconut oil, melted (like this) <BR> •½ cup molasses (I used blackstrap molasses- a less refined version)(like this) <BR> •1 egg <BR> •3 cups flour (I used unbleached all-purpose. Whole wheat or spelt might work as well.) <BR> •1½ t. baking soda <BR> •1 t. ground cinnamon (li... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:38:29 EST DIY Bird Suet Cakes DIY Bird Suet Cakes <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi first i cubed the suet then i ran the suet in my food processor (make sure it's really cold)...put it into a good stock pot and put it on medium heat to melt...once melted, i turned off the heat and added 4 apples, cored that have been ran thru food processor, peanut butter and bird seed, I keep adding until the mixture is good and thick ! Then put into container... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:03:43 EST Christmas Jello Cookies Christmas Jello Cookies <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ello-cookies.shtml </link> <BR> I am always looking for new cookie recipes to try, especially during the holiday season when I like to bake lots of goodies to give to friends and family. <BR> <BR> This was the first time I've tried these Jello cookies, and they are surprisingly very easy to make. If you ha... Fri, 8 Dec 2017 08:58:11 EST Reindeer Cookies Reindeer Cookies <BR> <BR> I'm going to make these for the Grandchildren's Cookies for Santa ! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Prep time 15 mins <BR> <BR> Cook time 8 mins <BR> <BR> <BR> Total time 23 mins <BR> <BR> Serves: 24-28 <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1 box chocolate cake mix <BR> 2 large eggs <BR> &amp;#8531; cup vegetable oil <BR> 1 can of chocolate frosting (or 1-2 cups of homemade chocol... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 09:42:09 EST Decadent December Chat Thread !!! Good Morning and Welcome to Our December Chat Thread ! <BR> <BR> Cathy, I will tell Luke what you said ! When he first got his glasses...We all said he looks so Stinking Cute ! <BR> <BR> Giraffe is DONE !!!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 1 Dec 2017 06:38:07 EST Happy Happy Birthday Barb (Barb4Health ) !!! Happy Happy Birthday Barb (Barb4Health ) !!! Enjoy Your Special Day ! <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> Thu, 30 Nov 2017 06:11:02 EST Someone asked for a Beet cake Recipe Someone asked for a Beet cake Recipe <BR> <BR> Hi...Someone ask a while back, if anyone had a good recipe for baking with beets...I can't remember who it was and i did look thru the posts ...But here is a Recipe i found... <BR> <BR> Chocolate Beet Cake (Gluten &amp; Dairy Free Options) <BR> <BR> <BR> Prep time 18 mins <BR> <BR> Cook time 40 mins <BR> <BR> Total time 58 mins <BR> <BR> Author: MelissaKNorris <BR> <BR> Serves: 12 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> •9 ounces (or 1 cup ... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:23:37 EST Theresa's Pumpkin-Ginger Cheesecake Recipe Theresa's Pumpkin-Ginger Cheesecake Recipe <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Try this autumn cheesecake instead of <BR> traditional pumpkin pie this year. The <BR> ginger and cinnamon provide classic <BR> flavor with a crunchy gingersnap crust. <BR> <BR> Crust: <BR> <BR> 30 gingersnap cookies <BR> 4 tbsp. butter, melted <BR> ½ tsp. ground ginger <BR> <BR> Filling: <BR> <BR> 2 (8-oz) packages cream cheese (softened 1 hour) <BR> ¾ cup firmly packed light brown sugar <BR> ½ cup granu... Sun, 12 Nov 2017 07:40:12 EST PDF of DIY Cleaner / Air Freshener Recipes PDF of DIY Cleaner / Air Freshener Recipes <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ploads/2017/11/LH-120_natural_all-purp<BR>ose_cleaner.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Natural,, All-Purpose Cleaner <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1/2 cup white vinegar or citrus vinegar <BR> 1 teaspoon Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds <BR> 15 drops tea tree essential oil or OnGuard essential oil blend <BR> 2 cups water <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> Add everything to a clean, empty 16 oz spray bottle. <BR> Put th... Sun, 5 Nov 2017 07:35:23 EST Naughty and Nice November Chat Thread ! Happy November 1st !!! :} <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> Cathy, you asked about not being able to can puree... <BR> You can't get all of the air bubbles out while de-bubbling and that's a haven for bacteria and botulism ... <BR> <BR> I put up 2 HUGE (3.5 lb each) butternut squash and 2 acorn squash into wide mouth quarts ! <BR> I will use them for pumpkin pies ! Got 7 qts. <BR> Drain and puree... <BR> <img src=""> <... Wed, 1 Nov 2017 06:33:22 EST Canning Onion Stock | Using Kitchen waste Canning Onion Stock | Using Kitchen waste <BR> <BR> <link><BR>amp;t=2 </link> <BR> <BR> I just found this video and thought you would all like to put it to good use ! <BR> Super Easy making onion stock from onion scraps ! <BR> LOVE IT ! Tue, 31 Oct 2017 09:08:03 EST How to Get Rid of Bad Smells.. .Natural Remedies How to Get Rid of Bad Smells...Natural Remedies for Bad Odors in the Home <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lth/natural-living/how-get-rid-bad-sme<BR>lls?trk_msg=9FQH3OC02COKF91VJ942DU9TDG<BR>&amp;trk_contact=K25QA5KRG3SQSGQV4BIDB<BR>V8KP0&amp;trk_sid=23VN3RBNROJQ0QBLT35G<BR>94J9V0&amp;utm_source=Listrak&amp;utm_<BR>medium=Email&amp;utm_term=How+to+Get+R<BR>id+of+Bad+Smells+(read+more)&amp;utm_campaign=Companion+Daily </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> There are many ways to ... Mon, 30 Oct 2017 09:40:50 EST Happy Birthday Cindi !!! LIKETHEPHOENIX Happy Happy Birthday Cindi (LIKETHEPHOENIX) !!! Enjoy Your Special Day ! <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> Fri, 27 Oct 2017 06:10:37 EST Broth & Stock... Bone Stock and Bone Meal Broth &amp; Stock... Bone Stock and Bone Meal <BR> <BR> By Kelly Kindle Cheney <BR> <BR> This is an Awesome Post !!! The health benefits of bone broth are countless ! <BR> <BR> Here is her post !!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Be the master of the bird and don't waste a thing. <BR> <BR> <BR> Get your money's worth out of any meat bones. The difference between stock and broth is stock is made with bones, broth is made with meat only. Stock is much richer and will even turn into a gelatin if very c... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 08:23:13 EST I just posted a Blog on Making Pumpkin Powder I just posted a Blog on Making Pumpkin Powder <BR> <BR> For those of you that asked, Here It Is ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423593 </link> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:37:18 EST DIY Canning Ring Wreath DIY Canning Ring Wreath <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>wreath/ </link> <BR> This canning ring wreath just keeps getting better and better, because you can swap out the decoration on the side to fit any season. Right now, it’s a rustic fall look for Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> 34 Wide mouth canning rings <BR> <BR> Jute twine (seriously, jute twine might be one of ... Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:29:38 EST An Old-Fashioned Homemade Christmas Seminar An Old-Fashioned Homemade Christmas Seminar from Melissa K. Norris... <BR> <BR> OK All of You DIYer Folks... Heer's a Great One for You !!! <BR> <BR> Want to take back your Christmas? Join 2,397 others for a free 8 week old-fashioned Christmas with homemade gift tutorials, DIY ideas, from scratch recipes, ideas, fun and faith. <BR> <BR> In This Ebook and FREE Series you'll learn: <BR> &amp;#61452;How to make homemade gifts people actually want <BR> &amp;#61452;How to celebrate Christmas l... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:00:12 EST German Potato Soup from Farmer's Almanac German Potato Soup from Farmer's Almanac <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Celebrate Oktoberfest with this wonderful German Potato Soup. With vegetables, noodles, and bacon, it’s a simple and hearty meal on a cool night! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 3 slices bacon <BR> <BR> 3 cups diced peeled potatoes <BR> <BR> 1 small onion, chopped fine <BR> <BR> 2 stalks celery, chopped fine (leaves OK) <BR> <B... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:41:37 EST Over to October Chat Thread! I hope Patti is Ok. Since it is now the 3rd of October, I took it upon myself to create this month's Chat thread. Patti, feel free to delete it or change it. <BR> Barb <BR> Tue, 3 Oct 2017 12:38:18 EST Theresa’s Tips for Preserving the Harvest Theresa’s Tips for Preserving the Harvest <BR> <BR> Flash freeze tomatoes, berries, and peppers – even shredded zucchini <BR> •Rinse and dry – don’t core or peel. <BR> •Place on cookie sheet and freeze. <BR> •Then pop into freezer bags (can be BPA free). <BR> •Press out as much air as possible. <BR> •Label and freeze. <BR> •Use in 6 months for best results – they lose texture &amp; can start to get freezer burn. <BR> <BR> Berries – Do them the same way <BR> <BR> Peppers <BR> •You can do th... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:22:44 EST Leek Greens: From Unloved to Fab with 11 Recipes Leek Greens: From Unloved to Fab with 11 Recipes <BR> <BR> Do you cook with leeks? I am going to let you in on a secret. Come closer. Come even closer. Did you know that the dark green parts are yummier than the white and light green parts? Yeah, I am talking about leek greens. See, recipes always call for the white and light green part, then you probably toss the dark part. Well, Mother Nature didn’t intend you to toss the leek greens but use them. Here’s her secret that she whispered... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 16:53:16 EST Zapple Pie – Mock “Apple Pie” Made with Zucchini Zapple Pie – Mock “Apple Pie” Made with Zucchini <BR> <BR> Have some over grown zukes that you need to use ? Try this Pie !!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 16 Sep 2017 16:34:27 EST My Blog on Making Grape Juice...From Stem to Jar ! Good Morning and Happy Friday ! <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> Here is My Blog on Making Grape Juice ! From Stem to Jar, Steam Juicing ! <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411166 </link> <BR> I got 15 quarts of juice BUT........................... <BR> I think the grapes could have been a bit riper ! The juice is still Wonderful but not as rich as I would like ! I had to pick them as it is so dry here that they were drying out and getting hard !... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 06:22:29 EST Happy Happy Birthday Alana (Enchantedalana ) !!! Happy Happy Birthday Alana (Enchantedalana ) !!! Enjoy Your Special Day ! <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> Mon, 11 Sep 2017 07:42:10 EST Happy Happy Birthday Jules (FLOWERD ALEJEWEL ) !!! Happy Happy Birthday Jules (FLOWERDALEJEWEL ) !!! Enjoy Your Special Day ! <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> Wed, 6 Sep 2017 06:10:35 EST Starting Herbs from Cuttings with Video Starting Herbs from Cuttings with Video <BR> <BR> How to Grow New Herbs For Free <BR> <BR> Grow new herbs from cuttings easily and for free! Late-summer is the perfect time to do this, though cuttings can be taken almost any time. <BR> <BR> With cuttings, you can increase the number of perennial herbs such as lavender, rosemary, sage and thyme in your garden. Semi-ripe cuttings are taken from stems that are beginning to ‘ripen’, or become woody at the base. Cuttings are best taken in the... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 08:36:59 EST A September to Remember Chat Thread !!! 53F Here in NE Ohio ! YIKES !!! Welcome September ! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Let me tempt you more ... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> With my apricot jam...Just like when I was young and my mother made peach jam, she always made a loaf of bread ! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Fri, 1 Sep 2017 06:04:56 EST Look who got married! Yesterday I was wondering what happened to FlowerdaleJewel who used to be so active on this Team but had to step back for family reasons. This morning I looked up her Spark page and she had just had just gotten married, posted today but yesterday in Australia time - it gets so confusing). <BR> Congratulations Jewel! I hope you have many happy years together! <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406013 </link> Thu, 31 Aug 2017 13:31:38 EST Roasting tomatoes for canning Roasting tomatoes for canning <BR> <BR> The steps for roasting tomatoes <BR> <BR> Some home canning recipes for tomato-based products have started calling for the tomatoes to be roasted as part of the prep. <BR> <BR> The process works best with large, paste-type tomatoes such as Roma, San Marzano, and Amish Paste, etc, but it can also be done with other tomatoes. <BR> <BR> The roasting both concentrates the juices and caramelizes the sugars in the tomatoes, providing amazing flavour. The ... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 09:43:52 EST Happy Happy Birthday TFANDCD !!! Happy Happy Birthday TFANDCD !!! Enjoy Your Special Day ! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> Thu, 24 Aug 2017 07:06:56 EST Planting Garlic in the Fall Planting Garlic in the Fall <BR> <BR> Garlic is incredibly useful in the kitchen and surprisingly easy to grow in the garden. Learn how and when to plant garlic so that you can maximize your harvest! <BR> <BR> When to Plant garlic <BR> <BR> Fall is traditionally the best time to plant garlic in many regions. Just like onions and other plants in the Allium family, garlic is sensitive to daylength and matures during the longest days of summer. Fall planting gives it a jumpstart on the growi... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:23:16 EST How to Save Your Tomato Seeds Successfully Video How to Save Your Tomato Seeds Successfully Video <BR> <BR> Growing heritage or heirloom tomatoes helps preserve this fantastic diversity of fruit for future generations. <BR> <BR> In this short video, we explain which kinds of tomatoes you can harvest seeds from and demonstrate how to prepare, dry and store your seeds to give them the best chance of germinating when planted. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-your-tomato-seeds-successfully?trk_m<BR>sg=1A73A0CID7UKL... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:29:34 EST How to Freeze and Can Green Beans How to Freeze and Can Green Beans <BR> <BR> From Rachel at Creative Homemaking !!! <BR> <BR> How to Freeze Green Beans <BR> <BR> I am an avid canner, but I also like to freeze some fruits and vegetables, depending on what I am going to use them for. Canned green beans are good, but they are really soft like canned green beans from the store. <BR> <BR> Some of my family likes canned green beans, but some prefer the taste that green beans have when they are fresh and more crisp. Green bean... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:16:04 EST How To Regrow Fruit From Your Kitchen Scraps How To Regrow Fruit From Your Kitchen Scraps <BR> <BR> Do watch the Video ! <BR> <link><BR>egrow-fruit?bffbtasty&amp;ref=bffbtast<BR>y&amp;utm_term=.lc0GPJ08mP#.glLPxMZymx </link> <BR> <BR> NEED <BR> <BR> Strawberry <BR> <BR> Raspberry <BR> <BR> Tomato <BR> <BR> Lemon <BR> <BR> Orange <BR> <BR> Avocado <BR> <BR> Pineapple <BR> <BR> Mason jars or cups <BR> <BR> Toothpicks <BR> <BR> All-purpose or seed-starting soil <BR> <BR> <BR> INSTRUCT... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:00:41 EST Lemon-Zucchini Muffins Lemon-Zucchini Muffins <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Shredded fresh zucchini doesn’t alter the flavor of these lemony muffins, but it does give them a moister texture and a nutritional boost. <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 2 cups all-purpose flour <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup granulated sugar <BR> <BR> 1 tablespoon baking powder <BR> <BR> 1/2 teaspoon table salt <BR> <BR> 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest <BR> <BR> 1/4 ... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:23:06 EST How to Save Vegetable Seeds: Seed-Saving Guide How to Save Vegetable Seeds: Seed-Saving Guide <BR> <BR> Save the seeds from some of your favorite garden vegetables to replant next year! Here’s our seed-saving guide for beginners. <BR> <BR> Generally, you will want to make sure seeds are clean and dry before storing them. Below is a rundown of gathering, treating, and storing the most commonly-saved garden vegetable seeds. (If you haven’t read our primer on seeds, you may wish to review the article, “Start Saving Those Vegetable Seeds“... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:16:15 EST Planting for a Fall Harvest: Fall Vegetables Planting for a Fall Harvest: Fall Vegetables <BR> <BR> Someone had asked...What are good veggies to grow for a Fall Harvest ! <BR> I found this article on the Old Farmers Almanac Site. <BR> Hope it helps ! <BR> <link><BR>ning/second-coming-planting-fall-crops<BR>?trk_msg=GU58H1TIM854F2O7UK130V76VC&am<BR>p;trk_contact=90OFSA9C4256RV99VRIHPEQG<BR>2O&amp;trk_sid=1TUFSLBU54PHNRESHPB8SBI<BR>6H8&amp;utm_source=Listrak&amp;utm_med<BR>ium=Email&amp;utm_term=Pl... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:45:37 EST Happy Happy Birthday Carol, FASDAIDE ! Happy Happy Birthday Carol, FASDAIDE ! Enjoy Your Special Day !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 06:27:33 EST Pickling Tips and Recipes <BR> Pickling Tips and Recipes <BR> <BR> How to Pickle and Make Dill Pickles, Pickled Peppers, Dilled Beans, and More! <BR> <BR> Learn how to pickle! See our best pickling tips—plus, great pickling recipes from dill pickles to pickled peppers! Preserve the bounty of the season’s harvest. <BR> <BR> <BR> What is Pickling? <BR> <BR> In pickling, the process is about adding acid (vinegar or lemon juice) to a low-acid food to lower its pH to 4.6 or lower. <BR> <BR> Acidic foods include al... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 08:20:37 EST AWESOME AUGUST Chat Thread !!! :} HELLO August !!! <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> To many projects to even count ! This has been a Hot and Sticky Summer so far ! Most of my projects are outside ! :{ <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I looked at my pantry and saw that I had 6 gallons of tomato juice from last years Putting Ups !!! :} <BR> So I got 3 gallons and started simmering it to make spaghetti sauce. I used up some dried onions and dried sweet red peppers and my canned diced tomatoes and dried basil and oregano and my garlic powde... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 09:26:36 EST 5 Fast-Growing Vegetables to Try ...Video 5 Fast-Growing Vegetables to Try <BR> <BR> Quickly-Maturing Vegetables to Grow <BR> <BR> <link><BR>growing-vegetables-try?trk_msg=36CPCA5<BR>N1GH4R296D2LI32JM6S&amp;trk_contact=90<BR>OFSA9C4256RV99VRIHPEQG2O&amp;trk_sid=6<BR>4GBEAM93QCE7R47ALEG5QDHFC&amp;utm_sour<BR>ce=Listrak&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;ut<BR>m_term=5+Fast-Growing+Vegetables+to+Tr<BR>y+(read+more)&amp;utm_campaign=Companion+Daily </link> Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:12:29 EST Preserving the Harvest without expensive equipment Theresa’s Tips <BR> for Preserving the Harvest without expensive equipment <BR> <BR> Flash freeze tomatoes, berries, and peppers – even shredded zucchini <BR> •Rinse and dry – don’t core or peel. <BR> •Place on cookie sheet and freeze. <BR> •Then pop into freezer bags (can be BPA free). <BR> •Press out as much air as possible. <BR> •Label and freeze. <BR> •Use in 6 months for best results – they lose texture &amp; can start to get freezer burn. <BR> <BR> Berries – Do them the same way <BR>... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 08:25:41 EST How to Use a Pressure Canner (Part One & Two) How to Use a Pressure Canner (Part One &amp; Two) <BR> <BR> It's almost time to be pressure Canning, so I thought I would post these helpful links... <BR> Great for beginners and also for those that need a refresher ! <BR> <BR> How to Use a Pressure Canner (Part One) >> <BR> <link><BR>how-to-use-a-pressure-canner-part-1.html </link> <BR> <BR> How to Use a Pressure Canner (Part Two) >> <BR> <link><BR>how-to-use-... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:12:33 EST 30 days of tomatoes challenge Each day I plan to use tomatoes in a different way. Join me on using one of the most bountiful fruits of the garden (or farmer's market or grocery store). Today is the most simple use, but my very favorite: the tomato sandwich. Thick slices of tomato -- I love heirloom Mortgage Lifter -- on old fashioned pillowy white bread, slathered with mayonnaise. I dip the slices in apple cider vinegar before putting them between the bread. The only other ingredient is a healthy sprinkle of coarsely ... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:06:40 EST Team Bonus Flags Are Back !!! Team Bonus Flags Are Back !!! <BR> <BR> I thought I would post that our Team Bonus Flags are Back ! <BR> <BR> Just go to your Points Page and under the Community Section you will see <BR> Spark Team Bonus Points ! <BR> Click on it and it will take you to the Flag Page ! You can earn up to 5 spins depending on how many points you have earned each day ! Fri, 7 Jul 2017 08:25:39 EST Sugar now available as nutrient to track!. Sugar now available as nutrient to track!. <BR> <BR> Good Morning ! <BR> I just got an email from Coach Jen regarding our ability to track sugar now ! <BR> Here is her message .... <BR> <BR> Our tech folks did some investigating and found out that there is more reliable sugar data available for many of the commonly tracked foods in our database than there used to be. So we have now added the ability to track sugar. The recommended range is 0-90 grams per day, which will include natural and... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 09:00:17 EST SMOKEY DRIED TOMATOES SMOKEY DRIED TOMATOES <BR> <BR> Slice firm, ripe paste tomatoes (such as Roma) 3/8-inch thick and lay them on dehydrator trays. Brush each slice with Liquid Smoke. Dry at 130o for 20 to 24 hours or until dry. Tomatoes may still be pliable when dry but should have no pockets of moisture in them. Dry heat process in canning jars for longer shelf life. <BR> <BR> Tomatoes may also be dried without brushing with liquid smoke. <BR> <img src=" Thu, 6 Jul 2017 08:41:05 EST Happy Happy Birthday Barb, GOLDENRODFARM !!! Never Mind !!! Wrong Team ! <em>40</em> <BR> Wed, 5 Jul 2017 08:13:12 EST Happy Happy Birthday 2BDYNAMIC Happy Happy Birthday 2BDYNAMIC Enjoy Your Special Day !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> Mon, 3 Jul 2017 12:15:02 EST How to Make Homemade Plant Food <BR> How to Make Homemade Plant Food <BR> <BR> Over the years our readers have submitted some of their favorite tips for making homemade plant food. You can find these tips below. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Did you know that Epsom salt is a common fertilizer that can be used in your yard and garden? Right on the bag it says that you can sprinkle 2 tbsp. of Epsom salts around the base of tomatoes, roses, evergreens, azaleas, rhododendrons, and trees. It is also great for fer... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 08:24:40 EST July Chat Thread ! Welcome July ! <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> With the month of July comes a lot of harvesting, Celebrating of Our Countries (US and Canada) Birthdays ! Enjoy Our New Month ! Sat, 1 Jul 2017 09:17:40 EST Homemade Teriyaki Sauce (in 10 Minutes or Less) Homemade Teriyaki Sauce (in 10 Minutes or Less) <BR> <link><BR>eriyaki-sauce.shtml </link> <BR> It's quite satisfying to make your own homemade sauces and mixes. It's amazing how much money we spend on store bought sauces, not realizing that we can often make the same sauces at home with ingredients we probably already have on hand. <BR> <BR> This teriyaki sauce has lots of flavor and it's really easy to make. You can literally have it made and on the... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:44:07 EST No Can Dill Pickles No Can Dill Pickles <BR> <BR> <link><BR>les/ </link> <BR> Author: Betty Schleis <BR> Prep Time: 15 <BR> Total Time: 15 <BR> Yield: 1 <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 9 cups water <BR> 1 ½ cup vinegar <BR> 1/3 cup canning salt <BR> ½ cup sugar <BR> Dill, 2-3 stalks <BR> 2-4 inch long cucumbers, enough to fill a gallon jar <BR> <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> 1.Combine the water, vinegar, salt and sugar and boil one minute. Cool slightly. <BR> 2.Wash ... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 06:22:29 EST Joyous June Chat Thread !!! Hi and Happy 1st Day of June !!! <BR> <BR> Are you gardens getting planted and your DIY projects in Full Swing ? <BR> I know mine are and so happy to be enjoying some warmer weather ! <BR> I Love My Morning Walks around my yard with a good cup of coffee and <BR> looking what needs to be done for the day ! <BR> Enjoy ! Thu, 1 Jun 2017 07:18:31 EST Growing Potatoes: The Definitive Guide Growing Potatoes: The Definitive Guide <BR> <BR> <link><BR>growing-potatoes.html </link> <BR> I’ve never met a potato I didn’t like. <BR> <BR> I’d eat them for every meal if I could, and I usually have to force myself to think of alternative side dishes, because in my world, potatoes go with everything. (This may have to do with the fact I grew up in Idaho? I can’t help myself.) <BR> <BR> Therefore, it’s only logical they’d be one of my most-favorite... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 07:09:35 EST How to create a butterfly garden How to create a butterfly garden <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>-to-create-a-butterfly-garden/422532.h<BR>tml?utm_source=Farm+and+Dairy&amp;utm_<BR>campaign=cd2995df59-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_201<BR>7_05_30&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_t<BR>erm=0_23b488519b-cd2995df59-80608469 </link> <BR> Butterfly gardens can add a splash of color to your yard, while the butterflies themselv... Tue, 30 May 2017 10:26:13 EST Best Pickled Asparagus- Easy Canning Recipe Best Pickled Asparagus- Easy Canning Recipe <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ragus-easy-canning-recipe/ </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Pickled asparagus may be my favorite pickling vegetable….except for the dilly beans and pickled beets, oh and the garlic dill cucumbers. Okay, I can’t pick a favorite, because really, they should all have their place on your cupboard shelves and inside a ... Mon, 22 May 2017 08:16:16 EST Happy Happy Birthday Carolyn (Cantata) Happy Happy Birthday Carolyn (Cantata) Enjoy Your Special Day !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> Sat, 20 May 2017 07:11:54 EST DIY Wine Bottle Tiki Torch to keep your mosquitos DIY Wine Bottle Tiki Torch to keep your mosquitos at bay !!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n-mosquitos-diy-wine-bottle-tiki-torch/ </link> <BR> <BR> Materials Needed to Make a Wine Bottle Tiki Torch <BR> <BR> This project couldn’t be easier and when you do the math, it’s pretty cheap too. Regardless, from a design perspective I find wine bottle tiki torches a lot m... Sat, 13 May 2017 09:18:59 EST Episode 805 – Redeeming Your Ground GGW Episode 805 – Redeeming Your Ground From Growing a Greener World <BR> <link><BR>-805-redeeming-your-ground/#comment-13<BR>9390 </link> <BR> <BR> Great Show and a ton of ideas ! <BR> <BR> One idea is a DIY Wine Bottle Tiki Torch to keep your mosquitos at bay !!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n-mosquitos-diy-wine-bottle-tiki-tor... Sat, 13 May 2017 09:18:31 EST Magnificant May Chat Thread ! :} Hi All !!! <BR> MAY has Finally Arrived !!! <BR> Warmer Weather and time to get our hands dirty in our gardens..... <BR> Enjoy ! Mon, 1 May 2017 09:09:27 EST Happy Birthday IMAREADER Happy, Happy Birthday ! From All of Us on the DIY Team !!!! :} <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:32:30 EST How's this for an Easter Veggie Tray ??? How's this for an Easter Veggie Tray ??? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 7 Apr 2017 06:51:31 EST April Chat Thread ...No Fooling !!! It's time for our new monthly chat thread ! Do post here ! Sat, 1 Apr 2017 06:25:42 EST KitchenAid's NEW Vegetable Sheet Cutter attachment At the International Housewares Association Show showing off KitchenAid's NEW Vegetable Sheet Cutter attachment - and wanted to show you a sneak peek!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ideos/10155177608668993/?pnref=story </link> <BR> <BR> It will come out in August this year for about 129.99! I can't wait ! <BR> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:51:11 EST What are Your DIY Project Plans for 2017 ? What are Your DIY Project Plans for 2017 ? <BR> <BR> I thought I would start a thread so we can post what new and exciting DIY plans/projects we are going to try this year ! <BR> If you have a picture or link with instructions, do post them so we can try them, too ! <BR> <BR> Whether it be a new gardening project, something for you garden, something for your birds, new furniture, etc. <BR> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:42:49 EST Help - Opinions wanted on Baseboard vs Transition When the fellow laid my wood laminate floors, he put the transition strips in right up to the wall so that the baseboards either sit on top or must have a cutout made. I am shocked. I thought they would be cut to sit between the baseboards. if the flooring is ever changed, I'll have these holes in the baseboards. <BR> <BR> What do you think? <BR> <BR> Regarding what to do, I'll have a horrible job to do either way. The baseboards are glued down since there is a cement layer under the wood... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:57:54 EST 7 DIY Bird Feeders for Backyard Birdwatchers 7 DIY Bird Feeders for Backyard Birdwatchers <BR> <BR> I love attracting birds to my backyard. Where I live there are a lot of finches, nuthatches, hummingbirds, and wrens, and we even have a few doves that regularly visit our yard. There are many different types of bird feeders to choose from, and many you can make yourself. <BR> <BR> I have found seven fun backyard bird feeders for you to try out. Give them a try and see what you think! <BR> <BR> DIY Oriole Feeder <BR> <img src="http:... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:38:29 EST DJ4HEALTH Happy Happy Birthday Dorothy !!! DJ4HEALTH Happy Happy Birthday Dorothy !!! Enjoy Your Special Day ! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> m Tue, 14 Mar 2017 05:58:18 EST 40 Flavor-Packed Healthy Soup Recipes From Taste o 40 Flavor-Packed Healthy Soup Recipes From Taste of Home <BR> <BR> Well, since Winter won't go away, I thought I would post this link that I found ! <BR> What better way to warm those chilly days than with a nice bowl of soup ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eating/healthy-soup-recipes?pmcode=&am<BR>p;_cmp=TOHContentTOH&amp;_ebid=TOHCont<BR>entTOH3/11/2017&amp;_mid=140844&amp;eh<BR>id=53B679867C33509DD775920D891F6D1D1F841CE8#22 </link> Sat, 11 Mar 2017 17:06:30 EST Happy Birthday Emily...GO DSWORTHY72 Have Yourself a Wonderful Birthday Emily ! (GOLDSWORTHY72) From All of Us on the DIY Team ! <BR> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>437</em> <em>125</em> <em>408</em> Wed, 8 Mar 2017 08:57:13 EST HEADS UP !!! NEW CHANGES OF FEATURES ON SP HEADS UP !!! NEW CHANGES OF FEATURES ON SP <BR> <BR> I GOT THIS EMAIL FROM OUR COACH THIS MORNING...PLEASE READ !!! <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I wanted to give you a heads up about a new feature we'll be launching in the next day or two. We're very excited to introduce our Community Goal Feed, a place to post updates and photos, share your goal progress and tell others a little more about yourself! This feed will be found on your Start page (on the full site) or homescreen (through... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 08:21:04 EST Transform Your Landscape with Vertical Gardening – Transform Your Landscape with Vertical Gardening – Grow More Food in Less Space <BR> <BR> <link><BR>al-gardening/ </link> <BR> <BR> If you haven't tried vertical gardening, hopefully this post will win you over. Yes, growing up instead of out takes a little more work initially, but the end result is well worth it. I use trellises throughout my garden to make plants easier to care for, reduce disease and predation, and produce a larger crop in less spac... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 13:11:18 EST Magnificant March Daily Chat Thread ! :} From Daisy*Chick <BR> <BR> Echo, please order spring and some cold weather ONLY over the maple trees. <BR> <BR> LOL Daisy !!!! <BR> <BR> Woke Up to Tornado Warnings !!! :{ Then Snow forecasted for this evening !!!!!! Welcome March 2017 ! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> That was kind of Crazy !!! Hubby called from work and told me to close the bedroom windows and get the cats , that he left out this morning, in ! It was raining so hard and so windy, coming down in sheets ! Then I turned on ... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 07:18:41 EST Pickled Rainbow Chard Stems Pickled Rainbow Chard Stems <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Recipe from Mary Jane's Farm <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES <BR> COOK TIME: 5 MINUTES <BR> MAKES: 1 PINT <BR> <BR> 1 sprig fresh dill <BR> 2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced <BR> 1/4 t mustard seed <BR> 1/8 t chili powder <BR> 2 bunches rainbow chard (ap... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:47:46 EST Happy Happy Birthday Sassysnail ! Happy Happy Birthday Sassysnail ! Enjoy Your Special Day ! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> <em>125</em> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:04:06 EST The Complete Guide to Home Composting GGW The Complete Guide to Home Composting from Growing a Greener World ...Joe L'Ample... <BR> <BR> Joe just sent me an email with his latest EBook about Composting ! He makes it simple and answered most of our questions. It's 79 pages and packed with easy to understand and implement information ! <BR> <BR> Here is the link for you to see and save ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>017/02/JG-Complete-Guide-to-Home-Compo<BR>sting.pdf </link> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:31:38 EST Happy Happy Birthday BACKTOBASICSTR Happy Happy Birthday BACKTOBASICSTR form All of Us on the DIY Team ! <BR> Enjoy Your Special Day ! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:22:16 EST Square Foot Gardening? Does anyone here do this successfully? I have seen a lot about it, and after we were unable to till our rocky soil where we need the garden to go, I am considering a raised bed laid out with a square foot plan. Any thoughts? Sun, 12 Feb 2017 01:05:25 EST Herb Planting Guide ! Herb Planting Guide ! <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 6 Feb 2017 11:08:58 EST 18 Brilliant Ways To Repurpose Old Kitchen Items 18 Brilliant Ways To Repurpose Old Kitchen Items <BR> <BR><BR>lliant-ways-to-repurpose-old-kitchen-i<BR>tems/ Mon, 6 Feb 2017 08:53:58 EST Dehydrating 5 Pounds of Carrots Dehydrating 5 Pounds of Carrots <BR> <BR> I found a sale on 5 lbs of carrots for 2.50. They are the whole, unpeeled carrots ! <BR> I scrubbed them and did not peel them. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Grated them in my food processor ! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Blanched them for 3 minute ! Bring the water to a boil, add grated carrots and start ... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 08:21:21 EST 20 Common Tomato Plant Problems 20 Common Tomato Plant Problems and How to Fix Them <BR> <BR> This one is a Keeper ! Great Info Here ! <BR> <link><BR>o-plant-problems-how-to-fix-them/ </link> Thu, 2 Feb 2017 08:43:44 EST Fabulous February Chatter ! <em>524</em> February !!! <em>411</em> Spring is a Bit Closer !!! <BR> <BR> Tonight is our neighborhood monthly dinner. We are going to a neighborhood Italian Restr. <BR> <BR> I need to strip the beds and wash all of the blankets and sheets...That's always a good workout ! :} <BR> <BR> From Lecates... <BR> Sounds like you had a busy last day of Jan. I got more done in my planning area--almost done clearing and organizing the 5 bookshelves in there---think I have freed up almost 2 a... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 07:24:40 EST Reminder about tomorrow's pressure canning worksho Just a quick reminder about tomorrow's pressure canning workshop! <BR> <BR> <BR> The workshop is tomorrow, January 24th, at 2 p.m. PST, 5 p.m. EST. <BR> <BR> <BR> In this workshop you will learn the pressure canning process step by step, and how to can homemade pulled pork. <BR> <BR> <BR> You will be able to get your questions answered live! <BR> <BR> The presentation will last about 60 minutes (or less), and there will be time for live questions and answers at the end of the presenta... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:55:49 EST Homemade Car Windshield De-Icer Homemade Car Windshield De-Icer <BR> <BR> I have been waiting for months to try out this homemade solution for de-icing windshields. Believe it or not it hasn't been cold enough yet! For the first time this week it was cold enough that I finally found ice on my windshield when I woke up in the morning. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> To try out this DIY de-icer all you need is a clean, empty spray bottle, water, and rubbing alcohol. Fill the bottle with 2 parts rubbing alcohol, a... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:05:59 EST pressure canning workshop easy way to can pulled p pressure canning workshop easy way to can pulled pork ! <BR> From Rachel at Canning Homemade <BR> <BR> Next Tuesday, I will be offering a new pressure canning workshop. In this workshop I will show you the easy way to can pulled pork. The workshop is completely free. If you are unable to attend live, if you are registered for the workshop you will receive a replay of the workshop that you will have 48 hours to view. Click here to enroll in the pulled pork pressure canning workshop. <BR> <BR... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:36:45 EST Lean & Clean Quesadilla Lean &amp; Clean Quesadilla <BR> <BR> A Spark People Recipe with a video ! I didn't know you can make a BATTER for Quessadillas ! Just pour and let brown a bit, flip and repeat ! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This Mexican favorite is made healthier with coconut flour tortillas, turkey filling and fresh pico de gallo. <BR> <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 10 <BR> <BR> Minutes to Cook: 5 <BR> <BR> Number o... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:20:22 EST What's For Dinner ??? I thought since we are all trying to eat better, maybe posting what we eat for dinner, may help us being accountable ! <BR> <BR> Made a pot of Chili with my ground meat from the freezer, my canned diced tomatoes and tomato sauce, dried onions, my own chili seasoning mix and my canned beans ! <BR> Sun, 8 Jan 2017 07:20:46 EST Homemade A1 Sauce Homemade A1 Sauce <BR> <BR> I make it all the time and can it ! I haven't bought A1 Sauce in over 3 years ! <BR> <BR> <BR> A1 Sauce recipes... <BR> <BR> 1/2 C. orange juice <BR> 1/2 C. raisins <BR> 1/4 C. soy sauce <BR> 1/4 C. white vinegar <BR> 2 T. Dijon mustard <BR> 1 T. grated orange peel <BR> 2 T. catsup <BR> 2 T. chili sauce <BR> <BR> Bring all the ingredients to a boil, and then boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Allow the mixture to cool to l... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 06:41:50 EST Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Recipe courtesy of Katie Lee <BR> <BR> Total Time:20 minPrep:10 minCook:10 min <BR> <BR> Yield:4 to 6 servingsLevel:Easy <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 medium head cauliflower, stem removed <BR> 3 teaspoons canola oil <BR> 2 large eggs, lightly beaten <BR> 3 cloves garlic, minced <BR> One 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated <BR> 1 cup... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 12:11:33 EST DIY Birdseed Wreath DIY Birdseed Wreath <BR> <BR> What you need... <BR> <BR> Cooking Spray <BR> Large Bundt Pan <BR> 2 pkg unflavored Gelatin <BR> 1 cup warm water <BR> 6 Tbl Light Corn Syrup <BR> 1 1/2 cups flour any type <BR> 8 cups Bird seed <BR> <BR> Directions... <BR> <BR> Spray Bundt pan and set aside... <BR> In a large bowl, mix gelatin into warm water and stir. <BR> Add corn syrup and flour and mix thoroughly. <BR> Add Bird Seed and mix until all is coated ! <BR> <BR> Press mixture firmly into the ... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 08:42:35 EST Homemade Worcestershire Sauce Recipe Homemade Worcestershire Sauce Recipe <BR> <BR> Worcestershire Sauce Recipe <BR> <BR> Although Worcestershire sauce is probably one of the most difficult ingredients to spell, it is a versatile sauce that has many uses. Worcestershire is a perfect blend of salty, sweet, spicy and sour, which lends great flavor to bland dishes. <BR> <BR> There are many ways to use Worcestershire sauce to enhance your everyday meals. <BR> <BR> It makes a great marinade for steaks: just pour this Worcesters... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 15:16:39 EST Joyful January Chat Thread !!! :} Yep ! Thanks for Waiting until I got home... <BR> I'm just the back up co leader...Not sure where the other 2 leaders were yesterday ! <BR> Any Hoo...Here you go ! Our First Chat Thread of the new year ! <BR> <BR> I'll post more once I get organized ! <em>524</em> Mon, 2 Jan 2017 08:58:58 EST DIY Mosquito Yard Spray DIY Mosquito Yard Spray <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 07:24:49 EST Homemade Holidays – Windowsill Herb Garden Homemade Holidays – Windowsill Herb Garden <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-windowsill-herb-garden/ </link> <BR> <BR> Materials: <BR> <BR> 3 small containers <BR> decorative tray <BR> potting soil <BR> seeds or plants <BR> something to identify the plants (wooden clothspins, craft tags, etc) <BR> recipe cards <BR> <BR> Which herbs are best? <BR> <BR> Not all herbs do well in containers. Some to try: Sage, Basil, Rosemary, Parsley, Oregano &amp; Thyme. R... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:53:27 EST Homemade Spice Mixes and Herb Blends for Gift Givi Homemade Spice Mixes and Herb Blends for Gift Giving + Free Printable Tags <BR> <BR> Homemade spice mixes and herb blends are much cheaper than store bought versions. Plus, you know exactly what’s in them and what isn’t. <BR> <BR> Are you looking for an easy, budget-friendly gift idea that you can make yourself?Make your own spice mixes and herb blends at home. Save money and healthier versions, makes great gifts with the free printable tags! Grab the recipes now <BR> <BR> Making your own ... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 08:39:04 EST ALERT !!! Regarding Holiday Boxwood Decorations ! ALERT !!! Regarding Holiday Boxwood Decorations ! <BR> <BR> PLEASE READ !!! <BR> <BR> I got this Email From Joe Lamp'l From Growing a Greener World <BR> <BR> Dear Friend, <BR> <BR> In light of all the holiday decorating that takes place this time of year, I wanted to share with you an important alert related to boxwoods. As a beautiful evergreen shrub, its greenery is commonly used in wreaths, centerpieces, garland and more. <BR> <BR> I received an email yesterday from my friend and he... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 12:01:47 EST December Chat Hi everyone, here is the new Chat for December! Long day ahead of me so wanted to set it up early. Have an all day training across town, with loads of traffic, and I am NOT a morning person at all! I work 2pm-10pm or later! Happy December! Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:54:40 EST December Budget Challenge This challenge is flexible, to meet everyone's needs who wants to participate. We will all work on sticking to our budgets, but what that means for you can be anything. Are you always over your food bill? Do you keep buying home goods you really can't afford? Whatever it is, we can all support each other here! <BR> <BR> First, post what your challenge is. Then decide how to track that and post your progress here. So for example, some people like to post emoticons for each day, some l... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:49:44 EST Make fire starters from TP tubes and dryer lint Good Morning !!! <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> I made 50 fire starters made from TP tubes and dryer lint...Then dipped in wax. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Cut 4 slits in the TP tube so you can fold into a box. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Fold in all 4 tabs on one side <BR> <img src=" Sat, 26 Nov 2016 07:13:32 EST Salt Dough Ornament Recipe Salt Dough Ornament Recipe <BR> <link><BR>t-dough-ornaments/ </link> <BR> Ready, Set, Bake! <BR> <BR> This salt dough ornament recipe is as easy as 1-2-3, but I broke it into ten steps so that I could include more pics of my kiddos – ha! <BR> <BR> If you’re looking for a fun project to do with your kids for the holidays, THIS IS IT. Katie, my six year-old, did everything on her own except the baking, and four year-old Micah only needed help a few tim... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 12:27:46 EST 3 Ingredient Body Wash 3 Ingredient Body Wash from Mommypotamus <BR> <link><BR>ash/ </link> <BR> <BR> Homemade Body Wash Recipe <BR> <BR> EITHER "This simple DIY homemade body wash recipe creates a rich, bubbly lather and moisturizes while cleansing. All you need are three natural ingredients you probably already have on hand!" OR "Simple DIY homemade body wash recipe – creates a rich, bubbly lather and moisturizes while cleansing. All you need are three natural ingredient... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 12:14:52 EST Do You Like Challenges? I was thinking about maybe doing some challenges if anyone is interested...One thing I am working on is sticking to my budget, especially food and home stuff. There are so many we could do, just wondering if anyone is game! Sun, 6 Nov 2016 02:38:15 EST November Chat Thread Hi All And Welcome to Our November Chat Thread !!! :} <BR> <BR> Thank You Cindy for stepping up and becoming our New Team Co-Leader !!!! <BR> <BR> Chris or Cindy, Please make this Sticky thread 1....I can't do it any longer.... <BR> <BR> Yesterday, Made pear juice 7 pints and pear butter, not canned yet, with Lee's pears. <BR> I made the juice in my steam canner... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Then made pear butter w... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 07:22:46 EST New Team leader <BR> <BR> I'm sorry to say that I'll be stepping down as Team co-leader. <BR> <BR> I've been worse than useless over the past 6 months or so. <BR> <BR> I've got so much I want to do with my family and my husband, I find I just don't have the time for Sparks at the moment. <BR> <BR> I'm sorry to have to do this to Chris, but if anybody could step up and help as co-leader it would be most appreciated Sun, 30 Oct 2016 06:25:37 EST Transfer Photograph onto Wood by JP'sW in woodwork Transfer Photograph onto Wood by JP'sW in woodworking <BR> Instructables <BR> <BR> <link><BR>otograph-Onto-Wood/ </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> In this instructable I will explain an easy method of transferring photographs onto wood. <BR> <BR> Step 1: Make a wood mount <BR> <BR> First you will need something to mount it to, in the video I made a mount by gluing ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:34:13 EST 30+ Creative and Easy DIY Furniture Hacks 30+ Creative and Easy DIY Furniture Hacks <BR> This is a GOOD One !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sy-diy-furniture-hacks/ </link> <BR> There must be many old furniture laying around your house, basement, backyard, the corner of your garage over the years. Never throw them away! You can repurpose those old furniture into something creative, practical and unique for your home just with a little of handiwork and a bit of creativity. <BR> <BR> In this post, we h... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 11:13:53 EST 11 Ways to limit house spiders From Farm and Dairy 11 Ways to limit house spiders From Farm and Dairy !!! <BR> <BR> I’m thrilled for the cooler fall weather. The temperature drop creates prime conditions for my favorite outdoor activities — biking, mudding, hiking, kayaking, reading away an afternoon in my hammock, relaxing near a bonfire. However, not all of God’s creatures feel the same way. <BR> <BR> As I’m running out the door to enjoy the day, I’ve noticed an increasing number of spiders making themselves at home. <BR> <BR> They don’t... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 10:24:33 EST Ball/Kerr Jars Coupon on & 5 FoodSaver Ball/Kerr Jars Coupon on &amp; 5 FoodSaver coupons <BR> <BR> Ball/Kerr = 3.00 of a case of 12 jars <BR> <BR> FoodSaver = <BR> <BR> $3.00 OFF <BR> <BR> FoodSaver® <BR> <BR> any FoodSaver® Vacuum Seal Bag or Roll retail value $18 or more <BR> <BR> <BR> $2.00 OFF <BR> <BR> FoodSaver® <BR> <BR> any (1) FoodSaver® Vacuum Seal Bag or Roll retail value $8 or more <BR> <BR> <BR> $4.00 OFF <BR> <BR> FoodSaver® <BR> <BR> any FoodSaver® Vacuum Seal Bag or Roll retail value $28 ... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 08:05:28 EST Happy Birthday Kim... KIM22211 Happy Happy Birthday Kim !!! Enjoy Your Special Day !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> Sun, 2 Oct 2016 07:00:09 EST October Autumn Chat Thread <em>524</em> and Welcome to Our October Chat Thread !!! <BR> <BR> From Lecates... <BR> Glad your brother is home with you now. <BR> Carol, no, don't sand wet wood---hope you got enough stripper to finish the job---not fun but since you aren't happy with how it looks, not much choice. Bet it looks good where you painted. <BR> I did clean my front porch yesterday and put out the Fall Decor---no more water in the basement and slowly drying out with the help of fans, but it is still humid an... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 07:44:38 EST How to Work with Bulbs So I want to fill in my derelict flower beds out front but it is too late now for much but Mums. OK, but what if I want to plant bulbs for the spring? In the same bed...How do I work this out? I am in Upstate NY. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 02:56:52 EST list of FREE DIY EBooks from Creative Homemaking A list of FREE EBooks from Creative Homemaking Rachel Paxton <BR> <BR> Just go to the link and download the ones you would like ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>shtml </link> <BR> <BR> Download Free E-Books: <BR> <BR> <BR> Download these free e-books today. All Creative Homemaking e-books are in .pdf format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read them. If you don't already have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer, download it free from Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:45:10 EST Autumn and Halloween DIY Projects...Post Here ! Autumn and Halloween DIY Projects...Post Here ! <BR> <BR> There are so many DIY projects for the Fall and Halloween on the internet. <BR> <BR> Post the ones you find and want to make to Share with Us ! <BR> <BR> I found a few to start with... <BR> <BR> Halloween book pumpkin <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>een-book-pumpkin/?utm_source=wysija&am<BR>p;utm_medium=email&... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:56:32 EST New Emoticons and Goodies: Share Your Ideas! Good Morning Everyone !!! <BR> <BR> Not often do we get the opportunity to offer our suggestions but Coach Jen asked if there are any Goodies or Emoticon ideas you may have ... <BR> If so, post here and I will forward them to Our Coach ! <BR> <BR> Here is her post... <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We get requests periodically for new emoticons and Goodies. Although our designers don't have tons of extra time, if we can come up with a list of the most popular requests, it's something th... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:17:07 EST Happy Birthday Alana !!! Enchantedalana Happy Birthday Alana !!! Enchantedalana <BR> <BR> Enjoy Your Special Day !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> <BR> <link><BR>CHANTEDALANA </link> Sun, 11 Sep 2016 08:28:20 EST Advice On Fencing Needed! I have a black chain link fence on 3 sides of my back yard. My neighbor on the 4th side allowed us (in writing) to use his existing silver chain link fence as the 4th side. Now this neighbor is causing a number of problems, including trying to beat my very friendly dogs with a 2x2 stick because they bark back at his snarling and snapping (4) cocker spaniels. The police have been involved, and he has threatened to shoot my dogs!! My dogs, nor we, are at fault, we always go out to get ours,... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 03:04:03 EST How's Your Day Going !!!??? Hi All... <BR> What's New With You ? <BR> Are you DIYING anything Special Today ? Tue, 6 Sep 2016 05:13:40 EST Happy Happy Birthday Jules...FLOW WERDALEJEWEL Happy Happy Birthday Jules...FLOWERDALEJEWEL !!! Enjoy Your Special Day ! <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> Tue, 6 Sep 2016 05:11:53 EST September Chat Thread Good Morning and Welcome to our September Chat Thread !!! <BR> <em>524</em> First Day of September !!! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm just freezing my Roma tomatoes as they ripen for future projects... <BR> It may be time to put up my canning pots to the basement storage ! For Now !!! <em>253</em> Thu, 1 Sep 2016 08:20:50 EST DIY canning ring wreath DIY canning ring wreath <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This canning ring wreath just keeps getting better and better, because you can swap out the decoration on the side to fit any season. Right now, it’s a rustic fall look for Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> Other holiday embellishment ideas <BR> <BR> Christmas– red ribbon, pinecone, bell, snippets of evergreen boughs, any tree ornament <BR> <BR> Valentines- red and pin... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:05:47 EST 9 Ways to Preserve Apples at Home 9 Ways to Preserve Apples at Home <BR> <BR> We’ve all heard the saying an apple day keeps the doctor away, but my apples don’t grow all year round. Our goal is to put up as much food as possible when it’s in season to keep our food bill down and increase our food storage. It’s apple season ya’ll. (When I get excited a little bit of southern kicks in, it’s just how I roll) <BR> <BR> I happen to have almost 75 pounds of apples sitting in my kitchen and while most folks think of making applesa... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:46:42 EST more DIY greenhouses I love the ideas that people come up with on pinterest for greenhouses! THERE ARE SO MANY <BR> <BR> OK so Spark will not let me add a link to Pinterest for greenhouses. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> believe me there are a lot of great ideas without a lot of time or effort to do, check it out Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:41:08 EST Happy Birthday TFANDCD !!! :} Happy Happy Birthday TFANDCD !!! Enjoy Your Special Day ! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:13:22 EST Why are My Tomatoes Not Ripening ??? Why are My Tomatoes Not Ripening ??? <BR> <BR> Well, Now that makes sense !!!! <BR> <BR> With all of the hot weather we have experienced this summer, growers were expecting their tomatoes to ripen very quickly. Unfortunately, just the opposite is happening. Ripening seems very slow, almost like what we see in the autumn when temperatures are much cooler. <BR> <BR> So what's happening? It takes six to eight weeks from the time of pollination until tomato fruit reach full maturity. The lengt... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:30:46 EST Explanation for Tomato End Rot .I didn't know this Explanation for Tomato Blossom End Rot ...I didn't know this !!! I guess I was one that thought I needed to add calcium !!! <BR> <BR> A little after-the-fact for this season but a simple explanation for tomato blossom end rot prevention... <BR> <BR> Blossom End Rot (BER) is one of the most misunderstood problems with tomatoes. To see the sunken grey/black rotten bottoms on tomatoes you’ve been growing is disheartening. When gardeners go looking for a solution, the "add calcium" myth is pe... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 10:38:10 EST Happy Birthday Carol (FASDAIDE) Happy Birthday Carol (FASDAIDE) Enjoy Your Special Day !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> Sun, 14 Aug 2016 09:19:39 EST some fun DFIY greenhouses woke up to this on pinterest today..... the empty soda boodle one looks cool! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-diy-greenhouse-projects/ </link> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 07:16:49 EST How to Prevent Late Blight on Tomatoes How to Prevent Late Blight on Tomatoes <BR> <BR> LATE blight, a disease that strikes tomatoes and potatoes, can quickly ruin an entire crop — and provide a source of infection for other plants. It is critical that gardeners understand that late blight is not like other tomato and potato diseases. Many other diseases affect these crops in home gardeners, but most of them only affect leaves or cause limited damage to fruit, and while they may reduce the harvest, they generally don't cause a to... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 09:47:39 EST 3 FREE Upcoming Canning Workshops from Creative Ho If anyone is Interested !!! <BR> <BR> 3 FREE Upcoming Canning Workshops from Creative Homemaking ! <BR> <BR> Canned Peaches, Blackberry Jelly and BBQ Sauce !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>workshops.shtml </link> <BR> <BR> On Tuesday, August 16th, I will be giving a workshop on how to make homemade blackberry jelly. I will walk you through the process of making jelly step by step. <BR> <BR> On Saturday, August 20th, I will be giving a workshop on how to ca... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 08:45:51 EST Clever Storage Ideas <BR> Although these are aimed towards childrens toys etc, there's nothing to stop you using any of these ideas for other things around the house. Some of them were clever <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mb=vnnl&amp;utm_source=Sailthru&amp;ut<BR>m_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=ViralN<BR>ova%20Daily%202016-07-30&amp;utm_term=<BR>All%20of%20Viralnova </link> Wed, 3 Aug 2016 01:52:57 EST Creative August Chat Thread Good Morning Everyone !!! <BR> <BR> Here is our August Chat Thread...I had a hard time thinking of a Creative name for this month...HELP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> My Turkey dinner was wonderful except for the turkey...It was freezer burnt and rubbery...Thank Goodness we didn't invite anyone over for dinner !!! <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> I do have a ton of leftover mashed potatoes and dressing and gravy...already in the freezer ! <BR> <BR> Well, we are going to be in the 90's again fo... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 07:12:29 EST Sun Solutions Workshop: 13 Ways to Harness the SUN FREE Sun Solutions Tutorial: 13 Ways to Harness the SUN's POWER to save money &amp; live naturally! <BR> Melissa K. Norris <BR> Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT) 10:00 to 11:30 ET <BR> <link><BR>s-sun-solutions-tutorial-13-ways-to-ha<BR>rness-the-suns-power-to-save-money-liv<BR>e-registration-26760524449 </link> <BR> The pioneers definitely had an independent streak and many of us modern homesteaders seem to share that. I don't... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 09:47:31 EST Fun Things to do with Chalkboard Paint <BR> <BR> I know some of these ideas are a little "ordinary" but some of them are really good ideas as well as being fun <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>iy/?mb=vnnl&amp;utm_source=Sailthru&am<BR>p;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Vi<BR>ralNova%20Daily%202016-07-25&amp;utm_t<BR>erm=All%20of%20Viralnova </link> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 03:43:45 EST Get Rid of Mice etc with Peppermint <BR> <BR> This article is very informative, it gives you a couple of different ways to use Peppermint to help keep the rodents at bay <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=21771 </link> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 03:41:18 EST 2 FREE Canning Workshops...Do Sign Up !!! Hi Everyone !!! For those of you that are interested !!!! <BR> <BR> Many of you have asked in the past How to Water Bath Can and How to Pressure Can... <BR> Well, here is your chance to see it from someone whom has been doing this for years and makes it look Fun and Easy ! <BR> <BR> 2 FREE Canning Workshops...Do Sign Up !!! If you cannot attend at these posted times, do sign up anyway as she will send you a link to watch it after the workshop but only for a few days...But you Must Sign Up... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 11:01:30 EST Outside Grill and Pizza Oven <BR> <BR> The guy who did this was a genius. It's all here in pictures for those of us who are handyman inclined <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/?mb=vnnl&amp;utm_source=Sailthru&amp;<BR>utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Vira<BR>lNova%20Daily%202016-07-15&amp;utm_ter<BR>m=All%20of%20Viralnova </link> Sat, 16 Jul 2016 05:53:42 EST How this guy made a BBQ out of an old water heater <BR> <BR> This is so cool, if you or someone close to you is a handyman, this would be a great BBQ <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/?mb=vnnl&amp;utm_source=Sailthru&amp;<BR>utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Vira<BR>lNova%20Daily%202016-07-15&amp;utm_ter<BR>m=All%20of%20Viralnova </link> Sat, 16 Jul 2016 05:49:57 EST Slanted Planters <BR> I know this isn't new, but they look really good with some of the lovely flowering plants now available <BR> <BR> <link><BR>se-diy-slanted-planters-are-the-best-t<BR>hing-for-your-summe?utm_term=.hdbz37ep<BR>7#.jp9e4E1jE </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 06:17:55 EST Ways to use Bottles to Water your Garden or Pots. It's HOT out there and watering your garden can become daunting !!! <BR> Here are a few links on how to use plastic or glass bottles to water you garden or potted plants... <BR> <BR> Here's a link for the top in the dirt watering bottle... <BR> <link><BR>r-from-a-Plastic-Bottle </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's a link for wine bottle watering... <BR> <link> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:51:47 EST New header launching tomorrow New header launching tomorrow <BR> <BR> Us leaders just got a heads up that the Start Page will look differently tomorrow... <BR> Here is the email from Coach Jen... <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We wanted to give you a heads up about a new header that will be launching on the site tomorrow. <BR> <BR> The menus will work in basically the same way, except that there are a few new options like videos and challenges. Hopefully these changes will help you access the features you use eve... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:06:41 EST Recycled Hoses into Garden Mat Recycled Hoses into Garden Mat <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>se-rug/?utm_source=wysija&amp;utm_medi<BR>um=email&amp;utm_campaign=Recyclart+We<BR>ekly+Newsletter </link> Sat, 9 Jul 2016 06:33:26 EST Our July DIY Daily Chat Thread Happy Canada Day and Welcome July !!! :} <BR> <BR> I've made a management decision to use a Continuous Thread rather than a Monthly thread... <BR> So there will not be a new thread at the beginning of each month... <BR> Don't forget to check in here and post what you are doing and how you are ! <BR> <em>213</em> Fri, 1 Jul 2016 07:31:46 EST Free Ebooks from Creative Homemaking Free Ebooks from Creative Homemaking <BR> <BR> I found this page while going thru <BR> It's a list of the Free Ebooks from Creative Homemaking that she is offering... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>shtml </link> <BR> Free Cooking and Recipe E-Books <BR> <BR> Holiday Recipes <BR> The Creative Homemaking Guide to Holiday Recipes (31 recipes). <BR> <BR> Soups &amp; Chowders <BR> The Creative Homemaking Guide to Soups &amp; Chowders (2... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 06:56:53 EST Tips to ripen green tomatoes and How to Prune Toma Tips to ripen green tomatoes and How to Prune Tomatoes <BR> <BR> Nothing says summer like ripe juicy tomatoes. When plants hang heavy with green fruit but you are restless for red, try these tips to speed up the ripening process: <BR> <BR> Tip #1: Prune plants <BR> <BR> There are two main types of tomato plants. Determinate plants grow to a point, and then flower, fruit and die. Indeterminate plants produce fruit continually until frost. <BR> Pruning plants speeds up ripening by redirecti... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:08:57 EST Tips for repelling mosquitoes this summer Tips for repelling mosquitoes this summer <BR> <BR> Which plants repel mosquitoes? <BR> <BR> North Carolina State University Extension says that the following herbs may help to reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property: <BR> •Basil <BR> •Lemongrass <BR> •Rosemary <BR> •Garlic <BR> •Citronella plant/grass (inedible) <BR> •Catnip <BR> <BR> Here is the complete article... <BR> <link><BR>s-for-repelling-mosquitoes-this-summer<BR>/341719.html?omhide=... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 19:08:05 EST FREE Home Canning Class Fri. June 17 FREE Home Canning Class Fri. June 17 <BR> <BR> June 17th at 10 am Pacific time I'll be teaching a FREE online Live home canning class. <BR> <BR> Want to know my secret to keeping our food storage stocked, home cooked meals on the table when we're super busy, and my grocery bill down? <BR> <BR> It's all with home canning. I love having hundreds of Mason jars filled with food for my family that doesn't contain chemical preservatives, GMO ingredients, and ingredients I can't even pronounce. ... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 07:16:51 EST Happy Birthday Canningnanny / Patti ! Had to Do It Happy Birthday Canningnanny / Patti !!! Had to Do It ! :} <BR> I KNOW she will have a Wonderful Day !!! <BR> <em>246</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>213</em> <em>211</em> Wed, 8 Jun 2016 09:52:14 EST Happy Happy Birthday Chris !!! Sugarbaby51 Good Morning and Happy Happy Birthday Chris !!! Sugarababy51 <BR> Enjoy Your Special Day ! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>125</em> Mon, 6 Jun 2016 07:08:29 EST How To Make Buttermilk and Sour Cream How to Make Buttermilk <BR> <BR> First, let’s set the record straight– there are actually two different kinds of buttermilk: <BR> •Cultured buttermilk– this is the kind we’re making today. <BR> •Old-Fashioned or traditional buttermilk — this is the kind resulting from making butter. (Here’s how to make your own butter. ) <BR> <BR> Although you can use both types of buttermilk to make those buttermilk biscuits or pancakes, cultured buttermilk is my favorite because it is thick and creamy an... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 10:25:19 EST Joyous June Chatter !!! Welcome June <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Tomatoes and Red Pepper plants finally planted along with some Kentucky Wonder green bean seeds and zucchini seeds... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 06:44:27 EST sugesstion page for Spark With all the changes here on Spark, I became aware of a suggestion page.Please feel free to voice your concerns <BR> <BR> <link><BR>uggestion_box.asp </link> Mon, 30 May 2016 13:37:58 EST Make Your Own Homemade Garden Fungicide Make Your Own Homemade Garden Fungicide <BR> <BR> The basic recipe I have had success with comes from The Natural Gardener in Austin. The recipe they recommend is as follows (link to original recipe here): <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 4 Level teaspoons or 1 1/3 tablespoons of Baking Soda <BR> 1 teaspoon of Mild Soap (Dawn, Ivory, should be biodegradable with no phosphates) <BR> 1 gallon of Water <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> <BR> Mix all ingredients thoroughly and keep agitated. The... Thu, 19 May 2016 09:08:50 EST New SparkPage Layout rolled out this morning ! New SparkPage Layout rolled out this morning ! <BR> <BR> Have you seen it yet ? If you have any questions, do ask me ! Wed, 18 May 2016 16:25:39 EST Creamy Spinach Quesadillas Recipe Creamy Spinach Quesadillas Recipe <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Author: The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Recipe type: Main Dish <BR> <BR> Serves: 4-6 quesadillas <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> •4 cups spinach leaves (or other dark leafy greens of your choice), roughly chopped <BR> •½ of a medium onion, finely chopped <BR> •1 garlic clove, minced <BR> •3 tablespoons butter or coconut oil <BR> •1 medium tomato, fi... Wed, 18 May 2016 10:42:54 EST Deep Mulch Gardening with FREE EBook ! Deep Mulch Gardening with FREE EBook ! <BR> <BR> Jill has been doing this for 3 years now and hasn't rototilled yet... <BR> Here is her post on a question and answer session... <BR> She is, also, giving you a Free Ebook Called Winning the Weed War on how to deep mulch garden... <BR> <BR> deep mulching has: <BR> •Cut my weeding time down to almost nothing <BR> •Reduced the amount of water my garden requires <BR> •Reduced the frequency I have to water <BR> •Improved my soil (there are worms e... Wed, 18 May 2016 10:34:23 EST Happy Birthday TOONIE <BR> Hi everybody, today's TOONIE's birthday. Let's hope it's a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>236</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ONIE </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 4 May 2016 06:04:59 EST 3 Ingredient Lotion Bars 3 Ingredient Lotion Bars <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Prep time <BR> <BR> 2 mins <BR> <BR> <BR> Cook time <BR> <BR> 5 mins <BR> <BR> <BR> Total time <BR> <BR> 7 mins <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> From The Made-From-Scratch Life: Simple Ways to Create a Natural Home <BR> <BR> <BR> Author: MelissaKNorris <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> •Coconut Oil (You can grab it here) <BR> •Shea Butter (this is a great price for organic shea butter and it will make tons of batches!) <BR> •Beeswax (pellets ... Mon, 2 May 2016 12:05:27 EST Magnificent May Chat !!! Good Morning and Happy May 1st !!! <BR> <BR> Here are the last 2 posts of April ... <BR> <BR> LECATES... <BR> The coverage by the 2 local news stations of our greenhouse event at the school brought in a slew of customers this morning---and no help from the kids. Then went home to enjoy some time with my granddaughter. She wanted to go to the zoo but at least she allowed me an hour or so to recover from the work in the morning. It has been a busy day. <BR> <BR> <BR> VONBLACKBIRD... <BR> We... Sun, 1 May 2016 06:52:09 EST New Forum Titles !!! Good Morning Everyone !!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Just wanted to let you all know that I re-did the Forums on our team page...To make more sense... <BR> <BR> They are now... <BR> <BR> DIY Home <BR> DIY Yard and Garden <BR> DIY Misc. <BR> <BR> Under each forum, there is now a Sticky thread for Your Favorite Projects. <BR> Do post your projects and add threads of things you want to start a thread for under the appropriate forum category... <BR> <BR> I hope this helps ! Wed, 27 Apr 2016 06:47:55 EST FREE 5 Day Pantry Makeover Emails PLUS Bonuses FREE 5 Day Pantry Makeover Emails PLUS Bonuses <BR> <BR> I just did this 5 Day Pantry Makeover and it was very enlightening... <BR> If you want to do this and get the bonuses, here is the link for you... <BR> <link><BR>r </link> <BR> <BR> Click on the DOWNLOAD NOW Button and a screen will come up for you to register. <BR> Enjoy !!! Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:06:56 EST 40+ Hacks for YOU (the Urban Gardener) 40+ Hacks for YOU (the Urban Gardener) <BR> From Instructables !!! <BR> <BR> I haven't gone thru them all, but there are some interesting hacks here... <BR> Garbage Smoothie <BR> Gatorade...H20 for your plants <BR> DIY Seed Starter Pots <BR> Etc. <BR> <link><BR>-Excuses/ </link> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 07:09:44 EST Best cough killer that you can imagine. Homemade Best cough killer that you can imagine. Homemade <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When your nose is blocked and the cough sets in, most people are usually at their wit's end. You swallow medicine, gurgle specific solutions, rub ointments into your skin, and simply try everything that advertisements claim as successful. But with this little guide, you won't need to do any of that. These cough drops contain all the impo... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 07:47:36 EST You Gotta See This 6 Amazing Cooking Tricks Video You Gotta See This !!! 6 Amazing Cooking Tricks Video... <BR> <BR> Shell eggs in a glass jar <BR> Peel Garlic using a glass jar <BR> Take the skins off of a Kiwi using a drinking glass <BR> Slice a banana with the skins ON !!! <BR> Slice a Sweet Pepper Fast <BR> Prep a potato so its easy to peel after boiling... <BR> <BR> What Fun !!! Who Knew !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2375249683/?fref=nf </link> Sun, 3 Apr 2016 07:30:33 EST Awesome April Chat <BR> Hiya everybody!! I'ts me the missing team leader. I've been off on my first holiday in God only knows how many years. It's been fantastic. Also enjoying having a gorgeous man around the house ....... I can get used to this <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Would anybody be interested in seeing a few of the snaps from my holiday. It was only around my state but we saw some beautiful sights and animals <BR> <BR> Hope everybody is doing great Fri, 1 Apr 2016 06:55:06 EST FREE Live Basic Canning Workshop from Creative Ho FREE Live Basic Canning Workshop from Creative Homemaking <BR> <BR> Canning Basics for Beginners: Boiling Water vs. Pressure Canning <BR> <BR> Next week I will be giving two free canning workshops to give you an overview of the benefits of canning and the differences between pressure canning and boiling water canning. <BR> <BR> <BR> There are two times to choose from: Tuesday, April 5th at 11:00 a.m. PST and Thursday, April 7th at 6:00 p.m. PST. There will be a video replay of each work... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:49:01 EST Spring Has Sprung What DIY Plans are On Your List Spring Has Sprung! What DIY Plans are On Your List ? <BR> <BR> Here is a Thread so we can all share Our Projects... <BR> <BR> I don't know about you, but I've saved up some found things thru the winter and I can't wait to get my hands on them !!! <BR> <BR> My bench and sink are looking for a Proper spot in my garden ! Thu, 31 Mar 2016 07:43:08 EST Sprout Seeds Overnigh t...with Scarification! Sprout Seeds Overnight...with Scarification! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-Overnightwith-Scarification/ </link> <BR> <BR> How would you like to sprout practically any seed overnight? Of course you would! <BR> <BR> I like to mess around with plants, but I have always had a hard time getting seeds to reliably sprout, or germinate. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was poki... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:54:25 EST Perennial food gardening: The garden that keeps on Perennial food gardening: The garden that keeps on giving <BR> <BR> Growing perennial food crops in your garden provides delicious fruit, vegetables and edible flowers year after year. The majority of food plants are annuals that produce for a single season. Perennial plants are unique because they produce several seasons of crops over many years. <BR> <BR> Benefits of growing perennial food crops <BR> •Once established, perennials are very easy to maintain. Perennial food plants are not su... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 11:21:08 EST build a grow light system for starting seeds indoo build a grow light system for starting seeds indoors <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Seeds need light and damp, warm soil to grow indoors. If you want to start seeds indoors this spring, you’ll need an environment that provides 14-18 hours of light each day. Placing your seeds and seedlings near a south-facing window will give light throughout the daytime hours, but you’ll want to give your seeds a little extra ... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 10:25:59 EST How To Dye Easter Eggs Naturally With Everyday Ing How To Dye Easter Eggs Naturally With Everyday Ingredients <BR> <BR> What Fun !!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> After experimenting with everything from lemon peels and carrots to raspberries and grape juice, I’ve narrowed down my list to a few ingredients that consistently yield beautiful, vibrant colors. You’ll find them below along with the specific recipes I used. <BR> <BR> Pink <BR> <BR> Two cups water + two... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 08:51:38 EST Lunar Gardening Lunar Gardening <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> How Fascinating !!! <BR> <BR> Do go to the link for explanation and pictures and a Chart !!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 18 Mar 2016 14:49:34 EST Philadelphia Flower Show Did anybody make it to the show this year? The theme was National Parks. Zion, Grand Canyon, Valley Forge to name a few. I've worked the show for the past... I don't know... 15 years or so. I really liked the theme, but was a bit disappointed in the exhibits. I wish they had been more grand, I guess. And colorful. Just not a ton of flowers/color this year. <BR> Last year was "Disney Movies", and I knew that would be a hard one to follow up. Thu, 17 Mar 2016 20:25:34 EST What is Hypertufa? Here's How to Make One ! What is Hypertufa? Here's How to Make One ! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hypertufa is an anthropic (manmade) rock, originally invented for use in alpine gardens. Kind of like concrete, but much lighter and more porous, hypertufa is easy to mold into different shapes before it cures and hardens. Hypertufa is made by mixing equal parts perlite (volcanic glass), peat moss, Portland cement, and water. The materials a... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 11:34:51 EST Homemade Vaseline and Neosporin <BR> Homemade Vaseline by Rachel Paxton <BR> <BR> During the coldest months of the year, it's easy to go through a lot of vaseline to soothe chapped skin or lips. Did you know you can make your own vaseline? It is all natural and chemical free! <BR> <BR> <BR> homemade vaselineYou only need a few simple ingredients to make your own vaseline. If you are already making your own home remedies, like this homemade Neosporin, you may already have all of these ingredients already on hand. <B... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 09:40:56 EST 6 of the Best & Easy Garden Tool Rack You Can Make 6 of the Best &amp; Easy Garden Tool Rack You Can Make from Recycled Materials <BR> <BR> Is it the mess in your garage or garden shed? It’s still winter, and maybe it’s time to take the decision to organize all your tools and be ready for the coming spring! You will find below six ideas of easy garden tool racks you can make from recycled or upcycled materials. So, to recover some organization and quickly find your garden tools when the sun and the heat will be back, take some inspiration :)... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 20:04:45 EST 8 Tips to Grow Grocery Store Ginger 8 Tips to Grow Grocery Store Ginger <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ore-ginger/ </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You can grow your own ginger <BR> <BR> Fresh ginger is almost always on my grocery list, we use quite a bit of it for cooking and cold remedies. About a month ago I happened to take a good look at the ginger on the counter and it looked like it was beginning to grow. Li... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 09:14:27 EST 6 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden 6 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden <BR> <BR> This post is for the garlic lovers – or those who aren’t sure if they like garlic but do like to use natural and organic practices in their gardens. It turns out that this fragrant bulb is good for more than just cooking, and can be a real helpmate around the yard and garden. So – without further ado – 6 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden and Yard. <BR> <BR> #1 – Use Garlic to Protect Fruit Trees <BR> <BR> Garlic planted at the base of fruit tre... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 09:10:51 EST Magnificant March Chat !!! Sorry Jules...I started a new March Thread for you ! Hope this is OK with You !!! <BR> Just make it a sticky ! :} <BR> <BR> Hi All... <BR> Welcome to the Great Month of March !!! <BR> Why you ask ??? <BR> Because we are now 18 days a way from the First Day of Spring !!! <em>244</em> <BR> I say this as I watch another round of Pretty Snow falling and blanketing our yard... <BR> Wed, 2 Mar 2016 07:17:36 EST Garden Planning Help! I need help for gardening planning! I live in Upstate NY, and I know I need to start seeds sometime soon but not sure when. Can anyone help? Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:54:07 EST Homemade “Emeril’s Essence” Seasoning Blend Homemade “Emeril’s Essence” Seasoning Blend <BR> Found on thenourishinghome <BR> <BR> Yield: 1/3 cup <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> * 1 tbsp paprika <BR> <BR> * 1 tbsp sea salt <BR> <BR> * 1 tbsp garlic powder <BR> <BR> * 1-1/2 tsp onion powder <BR> <BR> * 1-1/2 tsp dried oregano <BR> <BR> * 1-1/2 tsp dried thyme <BR> <BR> * 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper <BR> <BR> * 1 tsp cayenne pepper (if you like it spicy, use more) <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> <BR> 1. In a small bowl, add ... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 08:01:01 EST DIY Rustic Shutters for $10 DIY Rustic Shutters for $10 <BR> <BR> How Cute are These ??? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For instructions, go to this link... <BR> <link><BR>10/diy-rustic-shutters-for-10.html </link> Fri, 26 Feb 2016 06:45:33 EST Growing Onions From Seed – 5 Tips for a Great Harv Growing Onions From Seed – 5 Tips for a Great Harvest <BR> <BR> Growing onions from seed can seem a little intimidating, but it’s really not much fuss at all. For years I just settled for whatever onion sets were available from the hardware store, but I’ve become an onion seed believer. Now my first seeds planted for the season are my onions, and the boys and I grow several hundred of these beauties every year, many of which go into homemade salsa and spaghetti sauce. <BR> <BR> Growing Oni... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 05:54:38 EST DIY Soil Block Maker DIY Soil Block Maker <BR> <BR> I’ve been hearing some buzz lately… <BR> <BR> …about these handy-dandy soil block thingies that people are using to start their seeds. <BR> <BR> I’ve been pretty loyal to my nifty little newspaper pots for a while now, but being the nosy curious homesteader that I am, I just had to check out these new pots on the block. (Sorry… I couldn’t help myself) :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My initial detective work led me to this soil block maker on Amazon for $30 (a... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 09:27:21 EST Make Your Own Corn Syrup Make Your Own Corn Syrup <BR> <BR> I was just watching a video from Bev on Ourhalfacrehomestead and she was talking about the extremely high price of organic non GMO etc. corn syrup in Canada ! <BR> <BR> One of her followers suggested that she make her own !!! I didn't know you could make your own !!! <BR> Here is the recipe... <BR> <BR> 2 cups sugar <BR> 1/2 t cream of tarter <BR> you add enough water to dissolve it in a pan. <BR> Use a candy thermometer and boil scrapping the crystals... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 10:00:32 EST joegarde <BR> <BR> Joe Lampl of grow a greener world is launching a new website in July, Called Joegardener... <BR> Do sign up as he will be releasing a free ebook on how to get your garden ready shortly to those that have signed up for his new web sight ! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Here is a link to a video that will help explain it better ! <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 15 Feb 2016 14:31:02 EST Creating an Cottage Style Edible Garden Creating an Cottage Style Edible Garden <BR> By <BR> <BR> Learn simple steps for creating an edible garden that is as gorgeous as it is productive. <BR> <BR> If you follow me, you know that I pack a lot of edibles in my 1/10th of an acre, city landscape here in Los Angeles. But I don’t plant those edibles in the usual way. <BR> <BR> I use basic design principles to create a gorgeous cottage garden look – instead of farm-style rows. <BR> <BR> It’s the way I have always... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 14:24:40 EST Decluttering Your Home Room By Room Decluttering Your Home Room By Room <BR> <BR> Our emotions are so wrapped up in our stuff that decluttering your home can be a stressful task. One might think we’re being asked to throw out a child instead of just tossing a book, blanket, can of paint or some old spices. I say this halfway joking but decluttering your home really can be serious for some people – no, for most people. We come up with all kinds of excuses and explanations about why we need to keep these things: <BR> <BR> Now ... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:17:37 EST Build Your Own DIY Island <BR> <BR> Here's the plans to build your own DIY island, doesn't appear too hard either <BR> <BR> <link><BR>d/?sssdmh=dm17.872529&amp;esrc=nwkbi02<BR>0116 </link> Tue, 2 Feb 2016 03:02:04 EST Fabulous February Chat <BR> <BR> Hi there everybody, here's a new chat thread for February <BR> <BR> Sorry I've been MIA here, still getting my 'stuff' together so to speak Tue, 2 Feb 2016 03:00:18 EST The best way to store fresh herbs came across an interesting way to help store fresh herbs <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-way-to-store-fresh-herbs-parsley-cila<BR>ntro-dill-basil.html </link> Sat, 30 Jan 2016 11:40:47 EST How to store fruits and veggies to last longer Withe price of food so high came across this interesting article that tells you what to do to get the maximum value for your produce..... plus it looks like it would print out nice to put up for handy reference. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-fruits-vegetables-to-last/ </link> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 06:37:41 EST Happy Birthday YARELL <BR> <BR> Hi everybody, today's YARELL's birthday. Let's hope Leslie has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>236</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>RELL </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:35:42 EST Garden Crop Rotation – A Simple System Garden Crop Rotation – A Simple System <BR> <BR> I got this in an email this morning and I think it's the Simplest System to follow for crop rotation...It even explains the reasons why !!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi, I’m Lesa from Better Hens and Gardens. When “getting back to basics”, one of the easiest ways to start is by growing your own food. Then you know exactly what’s in it, it’s tastier than grocery store varieties, it costs less, and the process is rewarding. <BR> <BR> By growing your ... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:04:49 EST Going organic this spring? Tips and tools to help Going organic this spring? Tips and tools to help you grow <BR> <link><BR>ng-organic-this-spring-tips-and-tools-<BR>to-help-you-grow/309093.html?utm_sourc<BR>e=Farm+and+Dairy&amp;utm_campaign=002c<BR>35a5d6-E_newsletter_1_18_16&amp;utm_me<BR>dium=email&amp;utm_term=0_23b488519b-002c35a5d6-80608469 </link> <BR> Most people know organic gardening rejects synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, but that’s not all there is to growing organic. <BR>... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:29:55 EST Recordkeeping for the garden Recordkeeping for the garden <BR> From Farm and Dairy <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ordkeeping-for-the-garden/311117.html </link> <BR> Before you prepare your spring garden, plan to keep records of what varieties you plant, how you plant them and what you’re learning as you garden. In later years, you can look back at your garden records and decide what to change or keep the same. <BR> <BR> Garden recordkeeping can include sketches of your garden space, list... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:25:59 EST Canning Granny DIY Dry Mixes Canning Granny DIY Dry Mixes <BR> <BR> Is everyone getting the emails from the Canning Granny on her DIY Dry Mixes ??? <BR> She posts a new recipe each day and sends an email... <BR> <BR> Including...Salad Dressings, cake mixes, hot cocoa mix, gravy etc.... <BR> If not, Do sign up for her emails....She's <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> ***When You open the link, Scroll down the page to see that previous days of recipes... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 16 Jan 2016 07:37:13 EST Does Anyone Do Home Improvement Here? I am seeing most of the posts about small projects, decor, etc, which is great too, but I am wondering if there are any home improvement people here?? I do almost everything myself, with backup from DH for heavy lifting and demolition. I watched people do things and then started to do it myself because I can't see paying someone to so something I can do in 15 minutes and a $10 part and they charge $175!! No thank you! I will do it and find a way! Fri, 15 Jan 2016 04:49:42 EST Newcomers Welcome to all newcomers! If you need any help navigating the site or general questions. I would be happy to try and help you. <BR> <BR> This is a interesting team for all kinds of things do it yourself at home and in the garden. <BR> We welcome anyone with fresh ideas or things to share with the group. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to contact me if you want direction. All the leaders here are VERY helpful. <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking! AND DIY ! Thu, 14 Jan 2016 13:25:54 EST Newbie here.... Hello all! So after being on this site off and on for a few years, I'm actually going to use a lot of it, instead of just the recipes. <BR> As many other women, baby fat is difficult to lose. I'll be turning 40 in six months and trying to get a few sizes smaller. <BR> I'm going a different route than others on here though. I'm trying for the low-carb thing. This is a life style change, not just a 6 month diet. I have a stupid auto immune disease and am unable to exercise, so I need to chang... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 11:58:03 EST DIY...Aloe Vera Face Cream Recipe DIY...Aloe Vera Face Cream Recipe <BR> <link><BR>aloe-face-cream-recipe.html </link> <BR> Aloe Vera Face Cream Recipe <BR> Author: Noelle Tarr/The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Recipe type: DIY Beauty <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> •1 cup aloe vera gel <BR> •½ cup coconut oil <BR> •2 tablespoons jojoba oil <BR> •1.5 tablespoons beeswax pastilles (Can also use ¾th of a 1 oz bar of beeswax, diced finely or grated) <BR> •5-8 drops essential oil like lavender o... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:38:57 EST DIY Healing Hand Salve DIY Healing Hand Salve <BR> <BR> This is a new recipe from me and a must have for the winter. You can find a lot more on my website Simple Life Mom. <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 1 cup olive oil <BR> <BR> 3/4 cup shea butter <BR> <BR> 2 Tbsp beeswax <BR> <BR> 1 Tbsp cocoa butter <BR> <BR> 20 drops essential oils <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> In a double boiler (I use a glass measuring cup in a saucepan of water), combine olive oil, shea butter, beeswax, and cocoa butter. <BR> Remove f... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 09:46:36 EST Tips for ordering from seed catalogs Tips for ordering from seed catalogs <BR> from Farm and Dairy <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-for-ordering-from-seed-catalogs/3090<BR>61.html?utm_source=Farm+and+Dairy&amp;<BR>utm_campaign=e85b7d3959-E_newsletter_1<BR>_11_16&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_te<BR>rm=0_23b488519b-e85b7d3959-80608469 </link> <BR> Seed ordering tips <BR> <BR> Everyone’s garden is different. Before you order seeds, keep these tips in mind: <BR> <BR> 1.Order early. To ensure that you ... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:03:07 EST Back to Basics Guide PLUS DIY RECIPES !!! Back to Basics Guide PLUS DIY RECIPES !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>loads/Back_To_Basics_Living_Quick_Star<BR>t_Guide.pdf?inf_contact_key=69cc952afa<BR>8255f2f4095876a6908853ce4020598cd7c0d4<BR>0281510256ed80c1 </link> <BR> <BR> Back To Basics Living <BR> Homemade Cleaners <BR> <BR> Vegetable Wash <BR> <BR> 1 C Distilled Water <BR> 1 C Vinegar <BR> 1 T Baking Soda <BR> Place in spray bottle and use as necessary. <BR> <BR> Furniture Polish <BR> <BR> 1 C ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 08:07:20 EST Joyous January Chatter !!! Good Morning and Happy New Year !!! I'm Back !!! <BR> <BR> Just got back from Raleigh on New Years Eve !!! Had a Blast with the Grands !!! <BR> Temps were in the 50's to 70's and wonderful !!! Now back to the 20's here at home ! <BR> I can't believe I didn't even gain a pound over the holidays !!! <em>334</em> <BR> Well, I quit smoking on New Years Eve at Noon !!! So far so Good ! Not one puff and it's day 3...My biggest fear is gaining weight after quitting smoking !!! :{ <BR> I've ... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 07:27:14 EST Hi! Returning Member From Upstate NY! I was a member of SP a few years ago, and now I have returned after buying a cute 1850's house! I love it, and the things I want to do are to de-modernize it if that makes sense? They went way too far with it in the 80's, and I need to bring it a bit antique looking!! Because it is an antique house!! I am starting by replacing fixtures as I can with aged bronze or brass, the darker period looking things anyway! I also hope to bring the other things moe in line with the period a... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 06:05:57 EST Chef's is Going Out of Business !!! Up to 90% OFF Chef's is Going Out of Business !!! Up to 90% OFF <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ems.aspx?sourcecode=GW2EM9590 </link> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:05:57 EST New to you! New to this forum, and recommitting to Spark. <BR> I'm an avid DIYer, both in and out of the house. Looking forward to swiping your ideas! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:32:42 EST How To Make Lighted Christmas Presents for Outdoor How To Make Lighted Christmas Presents for Outdoors <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2/how-to-make-lighted-christmas-presen<BR>ts.html </link> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 07:55:17 EST Hydrogen Peroxide Magic! Hydrogen Peroxide Magic! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/hydrogen-peroxide-magic.html </link> <BR> She Wrote... <BR> <BR> Ever since I started using Hydrogen Peroxide to get rid of armpit stains, to clean cookie sheets, as a miracle cleaner in my kitchen and bathroom, and to make my own “oxi clean“…I ALWAYS have at least one bottle of the stuff under my kitchen sink, under my bathroom sink, AND in the laundry room. This stuff is amazingly versatile! <BR> <BR> B... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 09:24:57 EST Christmas Village Ladder !!! AWESOME Idea !!! <img src=""> <BR> When next you find an old ladder at a garage sale, grab it!! <BR> Put a coat of paint on it... Run some boards across the steps... Welcome your new Christmas Village Scene! I love this!! <BR> To Bad I sold all of my Village buildings and accessories !!! :{ Tue, 15 Dec 2015 07:57:01 EST Gifts from the Kitchen – Infused Vinegar Gifts from the Kitchen – Infused Vinegar <BR> <img src=""> <BR> One of the most informative links on making infused vinegars... <BR> Including recipes, ratios, combinations, storing...etc. <BR> <BR> You can infuse vinegar with just about any combination of herbs, fruits, veggies and spices that you can think of. Consider combinations like basil &amp; oregano, garlic and rosemary, lemon and dill, apple and cinnam... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 10:16:35 EST 2 DIY Gift that are Easy to Make !!! 2 DIY Gift that are Easy to Make !!! From Living Homegrown... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-gifts/?utm_source=Living+Homegrown+N<BR>ewsletter&amp;utm_campaign=ace69b1565-<BR>ManualRSS_Newsletter_12%2F13%2F15&amp;<BR>utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_4531d2<BR>0179-ace69b1565-113104189&amp;ct=t(Man<BR>ualRSS_Newsletter_12/13/15) </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Home Fragrance Kit <BR> <BR> If you create a kit, you are creating the gift of fragrance for your reci... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 09:54:03 EST Growing Potatoes In Containers - BIG Harvest ! Growing Potatoes In Containers - BIG Harvest ! Video... <BR> <BR> Watch this method of growing potatoes and a big harvest - in containers with a well draining potting mix like ProMix HP or a mix of Peat Moss and Perlitte. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 8 Dec 2015 06:53:43 EST Roasting Chestnuts !!! OH YUMMMM !!!! Roasting Chestnuts <BR> <BR> You’ve heard them sung about and you’ve probably seen them every year in the produce department around the holidays, but what how do you actually roast chestnuts? The process of roasting chestnuts doesn’t actually involve an “open fire” as the song suggests, your oven will do just fine. Roasting chestnuts is a simple and fun holiday activity and my just become a part of your holiday tradition. <BR> <img src=" Mon, 7 Dec 2015 16:10:22 EST A Few Christmas Ideas !!! A framed Christmas Tree made from vintage hankies... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>3904/?utm_campaign=bprecs&amp;e_t=0f45<BR>9531e76947508998a57134e027d4&amp;utm_c<BR>ontent=443956475747333904&amp;utm_sour<BR>ce=31&amp;utm_term=3&amp;utm_medium=2004 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> A Stocking made from vintage quilts and embroidered table runner... <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 09:46:00 EST Chef's Ball FreshTech Electric Water Bath Canner, Chef's Ball FreshTech Electric Water Bath Canner, 21 Quart... <BR> <BR> Chef's Catalog has the Ball FreshTech Electric Water Bath Canner, 21-quart on Sale for 79.95 PLUS FREE Shipping !!! <BR> This is the BEST price I've ever seen...Usually sells for 149.95... <BR> It's been on my wish list for a long time now...So I bought myself my Christmas Gift !!! :} <BR> <link><BR>all-freshtech-electric-water-bath-cann<BR>er-21-quart.aspx </link> <BR> Also, on Ama... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 07:46:21 EST I have some Sad News for Jules...Flow rdalejewel.. I have some Sad News for Jules...Flowerdalejewel...Our Leader ! <BR> This is the email I received this morning !!! <BR> I'm sure she can use our support today ! <BR> <BR> Patti, <BR> <BR> I don't know if you saw on FB, but my brother Steven had a heart attack this morning and passed away. <BR> <BR> It was a shock really, I just wasn't expecting anything like this to happen at home. <BR> <BR> I probably will be back to Sparks soon, I don't know I'm really not sure what I'm doing at the ... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 07:31:08 EST Delightful December Chat Thread !!! Well, December is Already Here and Time to Create and Bake and Buy and Wrap and Share Our Time with Family and Friends !!! <BR> Enjoy Our New Month !!! Tue, 1 Dec 2015 08:25:12 EST Our Life In Old Pictures. How Many Do You Remember Our Life In Old Pictures. How Many Do You Remember? - <BR> <BR> What Fun !!! I Remember 99% of These !!! <BR> <link><BR>in-old-Pictures.-How-Many-Do-You-Remem<BR>ber.php </link> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 07:22:29 EST FREE Simple Soup Ebook from SimplyCa FREE Simple Soup Ebook from <BR> <BR> Hi All <BR> I got this email a few minutes ago and thought you would like this FREE Ebook Called Simple Soups from Simply <BR> Here is the email...Don't Forget to use the code Thanks at checkout ! <BR> <BR> Hello Patti, <BR> <BR> Today's e-mail is going to be super short! Yay. <BR> <BR> It is the week of Thanksgiving in the US so we have been reflecting on life and blessings and yes even challenges. I want to t... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:23:49 EST 21 Day New Member Challenge 21 Day New Member Challenge <BR> <BR> This is a GREAT Challenge to learn about what SparkPeople has to offer, how to track Nutrition and Fitness and the how to navigate the Site. <BR> You will get an email each day that will take you to your Challenge Page. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-challenge.asp?calendar=6 </link> <BR> <BR> There are other Challenges on the Challenge Central Page...Including one for Stepping into the Holidays 30 day Challenge... <BR> <... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 05:55:33 EST How can I repackage relish? Hubby brought home a HUGE jar of pickle relish -- a GALLON of it -- we go through a lot because we eat a lot of hamburgers so he thought it would be a better deal. <BR> But the thing doesn't fit in the fridge so I'm going to have to repackage it... or ??? <BR> <BR> Can I freeze relish do you think? <BR> <BR> Or can I can it somehow? <BR> <BR> I don't do much canning since I got a ceramic-top stove and they say not to use a canner on it so I don't even have a pressure canner anymore. <B... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:24:20 EST Chef John's Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy Chef John's Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy <BR> <BR> For all of the people celebrating Thanksgiving this month !!! Or a recipe to keep and use for beef, chicken etc. just substitute some beef or chicken in place of the turkey wings !!! :} <BR> <BR> <BR> Chef John's Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Prep <BR> 20 m <BR> <BR> Cook <BR> 1 h 55 m <BR> <BR> Ready In <BR> 2 h 15 m <BR> <BR> <BR> Recipe By:Chef John <BR> <BR> "This make-ahead turkey gravy frees up valuable ... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 04:54:16 EST 39 Ways To Reuse, Restyle Old T-Shirts 39 Ways To Reuse, Restyle, And Rewear Your Old T-Shirts (Complete with the link for instructions ) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>o-reuse-restyle-and-rewear-your-old-t-<BR>s-9gri </link> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 12:29:46 EST Making Compost Black Gold for Your Organic Garden I was just searching the web for Compost Recipes and came across this article... <BR> <BR> Making Compost - Black Gold for Your Organic Garden <BR> <BR> It has everything you would ever want to know about making and keeping a compost pile/container... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g-compost-black-gold-for-your-organic-<BR>garden.html </link> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 08:11:19 EST 10 Christmas Craft Projects Made Out Of TP Rolls 10 Christmas Craft Projects Made Out Of Upcycled Toilet Paper Rolls <BR> <BR> What a Fun and Creative bunch of Ideas !!! <BR> From Advent Calendars, Village Buildings, Reindeer, Ornaments...Etc.... <BR> Who Knew ??? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>crafts-projects-made-toilet-paper-rolls/ </link> Sun, 8 Nov 2015 07:14:00 EST Honey Caramel Corn Recipe Honey Caramel Corn Recipe <BR> <BR> Author: The Prairie Homestead <BR> <BR> Prep time: 10 mins <BR> <BR> Cook time: 5 mins <BR> <BR> Total time: 15 mins <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> •1 cup unpopped popcorn kernels <BR> •½ cup butter or coconut oil <BR> •½ cup honey <BR> •½ cup sucanat OR brown sugar <BR> •Pinch sea salt <BR> •½ teaspoon baking soda <BR> •1 teaspoon vanilla <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> 1.Pop the popcorn and place it in a large bowl. <BR> 2.I always grab a bigger bowl tha... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 09:29:05 EST Thoughtful November Chat Thread Hi All and Welcome to our November Chat Thread !!! <BR> <BR> We All have So Much to be Thankful For !!! <BR> <BR> Our Veterans and Our Families !!! Plus SOOO Much More !!! <BR> <BR> Enjoy Our New Month !!! <BR> <BR> I thought it was important to carry over a few of the last posts from October !!! <BR> <BR> From CANTATA... <BR> Folks, I've been really struggling with a decision all week. It finally occurred to me that if I was struggling that much, then I definitely shouldn't continue it... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 06:25:26 EST 20 EASY Fall Soups Ready in 30 Minutes or Less I got this email this morning !!! <BR> Soup must be the HOT Topic these days !!! And Should Be !!! It's Cold Outside !!! <BR> <BR> 20 EASY Fall Soups Ready in 30 Minutes or Less <BR> <BR> Check out the Cream of Mushroom soup Here...YUUUMMMM.... <BR> No Canning Instructions but you can figure that part out...Just leave out the Dairy ! <BR> <link><BR>ready-in-30-minutes/?ms=1&amp;prop25=1<BR>71076029&amp;prop26=HealthyBites&amp;p<BR>rop27=2015-10-28&amp... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 08:18:01 EST Happy Birthday Cindi...LIK ETHEPHOENIX Happy Happy Birthday Cindi !!! <BR> Do Enjoy Your Special Day !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>437</em> <em>125</em> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 08:14:15 EST Canning Granny Soups Canning Granny Soups <BR> <BR> Hi All I know it's getting to be Soup Season and Canning Granny has been sending a daily email with all kinds of soup recipes and How To Can Them ... <BR> I thought you would like to get these emails and try some new soup ideas... <BR> Today is cream of Celery... <BR> You get the recipe and how to Can It !!! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Cream of Celery Soup <BR> <BR> Makes 5 pints <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1/3... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 07:51:47 EST DIY Hanging Light Fixtures DIY Hanging Light Fixtures <BR> Here are 2 links... <BR> <link><BR>ght-fixtures/ </link> <BR> And... <BR> <link><BR>g-ideas/ </link> <BR> <BR> I, personally, like this one !!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> AND This One !!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <link>www.diyinspi... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 10:14:33 EST How To Make a Display Plate for Invitations Etc. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here are a few of the Wedding Invitation Plates that I had made in the past...The last picture, I made yesterday ! <BR> You can make these plates for any occasion...Wedding Invites, Baby Announc... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 09:45:21 EST Creative Homemaking Halloween Recipes and Crafts FREE E-Book from Creative Homemaking... <BR> Creative Homemaking Guide to Halloween Recipes and Crafts <BR> <BR> Every once in a while, Rachel Paxton, offers one of her E-Books for FREE... <BR> FREE HALLOWEEN KINDLE E-BOOK <BR> <BR> Download Creative Homemaking's newest e-book for your Kindle this week for FREE! This e-book contains all of Creative Homemaking's favorite Halloween recipes and crafts. <BR> <BR> Find out how to make gooey monster eye cookies, pumpkin cheesecake brownies, mo... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 09:05:56 EST DIY Autumn Leaf Bowls DIY Autumn Leaf Bowls <BR> <BR> Here is a way to turn those faux autumn leaves into something beautiful and functional. Below are instructions for your very own autumn leaf bowl, perfect for holding your favorite scented potpourri or tasty Halloween treats. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/25/diy-autumn-leaf-bowls </link> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 08:54:36 EST 21 Pumpkin Sweets & Halloween Treats Recipes I just got this email for 21 Pumpkin Sweets & Halloween Treats Recipes... <BR> Some Great Pumpkin recipes !!! And other fun treats !!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sweets-halloween-treats-recipes/?plid=<BR>EM_PROMO_KITCHME&crid=EM_101115_KitchM<BR>e&utm_source=EM_PROMO_KITCHME&utm_medi<BR>um=email&utm_campaign=EM_101115_KitchMe </link> Sun, 11 Oct 2015 08:24:22 EST New To the Team Hello everyone, <BR> My name is Cindi. I'm a single mom with 3 adult children, (2 living at home). I work as a hospice aide and am hoping to start nursing school in September. I am looking forward to getting to know you all :) Sat, 10 Oct 2015 21:32:40 EST What are You DIY'ing Today ??? Do post you projects (with web links, if possible) here ! <BR> <BR> Today I am making Scarves for the Grands out of leftover Univ. of Maryland fleece fabric for Saturdays game with Ohio State ! <BR> <link><BR>f/P501893.html#q=fleece%2Bhat&start=7 </link> <BR> SUPPLIES & TOOLS: •1 1/2 yd 54" fleece: makes 3 hats or 5 scarves <BR> •Ribbon: 1/8" & 3/8" widths, 1/2 yd for each hat <BR> •Scissors <BR> •Rotary cutter, ruler & mat <BR> •Basic sewing supplie... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 06:12:57 EST How To. Glass Plate Flower Garden/Yard Sun Catcher "How To" Make a Glass Plate Flower Garden/Yard Art Sun Catcher <BR> <BR> I am saving old plates and bowls to make Flower sun catchers ... <BR> Here is a link for the "How To"...I'm sure there are more tutorials on the web ! <BR> <link><BR>11/plate-flower-tutorial-part-1.html </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 6 Oct 2015 08:04:47 EST Random Kindness Random Kindness <BR> <BR> Post any acts of kindness that you performed for anyone other than yourself recently. <BR> <BR> <BR> I took 2 cases of my canned goods to the nuns at Villa Maria Convent in PA. to Enjoy ! <BR> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 08:14:43 EST Happy Birthday Kim...KIM22211 Happy Birthday Kim ! Have Yourself a Wonderfully Special Day ! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>125</em> <em>437</em> Fri, 2 Oct 2015 07:50:47 EST Ominus October Chat What a Great Idea and I bet that chicken tasted wonderful !!! <BR> <BR> I got 3 10Lb bags of chicken at 3.90 each...30 lbs for under 12.00 !!! :} <BR> Here is the video I just watched on how to can raw chicken ! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Made 2 apple blueberry pies yesterday ! <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 1 Oct 2015 07:27:43 EST How to Can Plain Apples Now that I have a bushel of FREE Apples, I thought I would Put them Up Plain and then I can make what ever I want later ! <BR> Here is a recipe for canning plain apples.... <BR> <BR> I have a battery operated apple peeler that works like a charm ! <BR> <BR> Canning Apples <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Canning Apples <BR> <BR> Jona-Golds are what we use for canning apples. But there are MANY varieties that will work. Gala, Granny Smith, Honey Crisp…..mmmm... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:20:48 EST Happy Birthday LEW0213 <BR> Hi everybody, today's LEW0213's birthday. Let's hope Linda has a wonderful day filled with fun, presents and cake <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>236</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>W0213 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 00:48:34 EST