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My sister decided to run THE GREAT BEACON SCAVENGER HUNT 2015 for her birthday this year. I'm going to be spending most of the day with husband's family at my brother in law's house. My father in law passed away yesterday and while I doubt many people are feeling too festive, it's as good a place as any to spend time together.

The list of items that I need to find can be seen at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BVcb1g_P90UCIgQ7jdUdkgAf49MxkUAz4Rpotq10wg0/edit

Mar. 6th, 2012

I am assembling the felted wool for a katwise coat and MUST include this discontinued yo yo diet yarn! It's a gorgeous rose purple green and cream handmade yarn made by a womens collective. I get stunning yarn and feel good about supporting Nicole's business! (This is a contest entry, in case it's not clear by the background of the photo.)

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/419711_10150585286227944_754907943_9161884_617613993_n.jpg


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Nov. 3rd, 2011

*banging head into wall*

I posted this yesterday on a writing forum:

Tomorrow 3 of my 4 kids start school. I'm going to have SO MUCH time to write... if my toddler cooperates I've got a netbook, though, and can set her up with "work" to do while I write. And if things go well, I'll be able to hire a babysitter for some time, too. *Crossing my fingers*

21 hours later, I posted again:

Today was the first day of school. Laura spent the day talking. The WHOLE day, barely pausing for breath. I have never ever hear her talk this much. Like... she'd pause, barely, for replies. QUICK, talk before the other kids get home and I don't get a turn!!!! If Gary thinks I can work with her, he's on crack.

Apr. 9th, 2011

OOOH! Stuff you can make RIGHT NOW: http://wellpreserved.ca/2011/04/08/april-preserving-ideas/
Asparagus is coming into season
Mangos (imported) are in season

http://www.punkdomestics.com/ is loaded with fabulous recipes. I could spend all day there.

HOW TO HOST A CANNING PARTY! http://www.canningacrossamerica.com/resources/how-to-host-a-home-canning-party/

Some really cool links on food preservation: http://glutenfreegirl.blogspot.com/2009/08/party-to-preserve-season.html

ETA: This blog said she's focusing on low sugar stuff: http://www.lelonopo.com/

Canning recipes that grabbed my attention today Read more...Collapse )

Apr. 9th, 2011

Does canning pay? http://www.laughingduckgardens.com/ldblog.php/2009/08/08/the-economics-of-canning-peaches/

I don't understand her math but maybe it's because short people are talking to me. However, if you get your jars for free, the price ought to go down even more!

Preserving

I'd like to make a conscious effort to put up a lot of fresh, inexpensive produce this summer. As I happen to know other people will be doing the same, I'll share the links here, but try to remember to put them behind a cut if they're taking up a lot of space.

The first, and imo most important link, is the one with general guidelines letting me know what to expect and when. Last year, I planned badly. Every time I thought "I'd like to buy some pyo strawberries (or whatever)", I discovered that I'd missed the season (and cheapest prices). I'd LIKE to avoid doing that this year!!!

http://www.pickyourown.org/NYharvestcalendar.htm

Mar. 5th, 2011

I'm trying to go over my shopping habits in my head to see how I'm doing.Read more...Collapse )

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