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I have exciting news. I submitted a photo to the 2011 Photo Contest from Organic Gardening and I was selected as one of the 10 finalists! My picture is number 5 – Picking Beans with Grandpa. It is a photo of my dad and my daughter picking green beans together. It is a treasured photo of mine and I’m glad I could share it. One of my main reasons for gardening is my… Read More

I have been staring into my spice cabinet for months trying to decide just how to overhaul the whole mess. It needed to be neat and orderly, preferably with the jars or canisters all the same size. And I need to be able to find things easily. It wouldn’t hurt for it to be pretty too. After much internet searching and looking and window shopping I settled on what I think is… Read More

You may have noticed that things were pretty quiet around here a bit ago. You may also have noticed my brief (to say the least) bumper tomato crop post. The two definitely coincide. Unfortunately, the bumper tomato crop was not my own (though mine are certainly doing well). We spent the better part of a week with family, helping in the garden, playing, swimming and enjoying the company. We helped gather the… Read More

UPDATE: I was able to get the new fan blade installed. It helped, a little. The machine is still noisy, but since it dries food so well we just deal with it. END UPDATE I am SO frustrated with the Excalibur people. I received an Excalibur 3900 as a gift last Christmas (2010). What an awesome gift, right?! I love how quickly and evenly it dries food. My biggest complaint is how… Read More

After the comment on my last hand cream post that mentioned that adding water to the lotion was inviting bacteria I have been ready to try again. I altered my recipe to remove the water, and to lessen the oil a bit because after some use I felt it was too oily. I also added tea tree oil to help with any mold or bacteria growth. Here’s the updated water-less recipe. Ingredients: 2… Read More

UPDATE (7/24/11) – Make sure to check out my DIY lotion update – this time with no water! Between diaper changes, garden work and working in the kitchen I find that I wash my hands many times a day. As a result I found that my hands were really dry all the time. In a search for a solution I came across hard lotion bars and found that I really liked how… Read More

   photo credit: PMillera4   “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the… Read More

(click on the images to see the pictures larger) On June 18th we were visiting family and happened to see this spectactular sight in the night sky. The faraway lightning show went on for over an hour and we ended up going in to bed before it was over. Turns out there was a heavy storm about an hour South of us and we’re pretty sure that’s what we were watching unfold.