Fall is the best time of year because it is PUMPKIN SEASON! Now is the time to get a few pie pumpkins and quickly make pumpkin puree. Freeze the pumpkin puree and use it throughout the year to make delicious goodies. Here are a few of my favorites:
Last time I was at my grandma’s place, I told her that in her will I wanted her old walnut chopper and bowl when she passed away. Please don’t ask how that came up, it’s a weird topic I know, but none the less there we were.
She looked at me puzzled and was trying to recall where it was. I then explained that some of the best memories I have of us together were in the kitchen making cookies and breads and pretzels and taffy. She loved to bake, and my sisters and I got to help anytime we went to grandma’s house. When she needed nuts chopped, she would pull out her wooden bowl and old metal walnut chopper and she would let us kids take turns chopping walnuts.
She smiled and told me that I didn’t have to wait until she died…she was going to look for it and give it to me. Turns out that she still had the chopper, but the bowl got a huge crack in it a few years ago and she had to throw it out. She gave it to me last Thanksgiving.
Fast forward to Christmas 2015. My best Christmas present was this awesome Walnut Bowl made just for chopping. My mom had looked far and wide for a walnut bowl … READ MORE...
An essential part of the No-Poo regime is the use of a Boar Bristle Brush. The Boar Bristle Brush (BBB) is excellent at cleaning your hair as well as redistributing the natural oils down the length of the strand so the oil is not concentrated at the roots, making your hair look greasy.
I have been doing No-Poo for two and a half years with great success. Check out my other No-Poo related articles by clicking on the ‘No-Poo’ Page at the top.
With all the redistributing of oil, it is natural for your brush to get greasy and will need to be cleaned.
Step 1: Gather your Boar Bristle Brush, your standard brush and your comb.
Step 2: Take all the hair out of your comb.
Step 3: Use the comb to scrape out the hair and debris from your brushes.
Step 4: Fill your sink with warm water and hand soap.
Spring is around the corner and refrigerators will be filled with eggs. Perhaps it is because your backyard chickens are beginning to lay more as the temperatures warm up, or perhaps eggs are on such a great sale at the grocery store that you are stocking up for Easter and Easter brunch. Either way, you are going to end up with A LOT of egg shells this time of year. Instead of throwing them out, crush them up and use the egg shells in your garden or feed to your chickens.
It is known that using calcium supplements in your garden is a great way to prevent blossom-end rot in tomatoes and can deter slugs and other unwanted pests. Calcium supplements are also important for your chickens so that they can continue to lay eggs.
Egg shells are full of calcium and other minerals, so instead of purchasing calcium supplements, you can make my own.
How to Crush Many Egg Shells
1. Rinse off the egg shells and let dry for a day or two
2. Put into a food processor or blender and pulverize to a dust
3. Dump into a Ziploc bag or other container to store
4. Use crushed egg shells
* When transplanting tomatoes, dig a hole, pour 1 teaspoon of the egg shell/calcium dust, … READ MORE...
How do you become the “Best Mom in the World” in 5 Minutes…..Show your kids how to make Snow Ice Cream!
Is it snowing out and the kids are cooped up and getting restless? Send them outside to gather some snow. Then, throw the snow and the other 4 ingredients in a mixer and five minutes later, you will have vanilla snow ice cream.
Ingredients for Snow Ice Cream:
12-16 cups of fresh snow
1.5 cups of milk
3 tablespoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sugar
Gather all your ingredients first (except the snow because we don’t want it to star melting). Mix the milk, vanilla, salt and sugar together in a large measuring cup or bowl.
Grab a large bowl and head outside to get approximately 12-16 cups of snow (if your ice cream is too liquidy, then add more snow later).
Fill your mixing bowl with the snow, and slowly add the milk mixture. Run your mixer until all the ingredients are mixed together. Viola! Snow Ice cream. *Generally after all that mixing, it is a little soft. I put it into a freezer safe bowl and refreeze it before serving.*
Top with your favorite toppings, sprinkles are always a favorite!
Trust me, your kids will think an instant ‘Mom of the Year’ award should be … READ MORE...