Tuesday, March 31, 2015

How to make plarn

How to make Plarn

Plarn is plastic bags converted to plastic yarn thus --plarn :)




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    The importance of a good read.
One habit that I have developed is to always have a good book handy ready to read. My favorite reads are cozy mysteries, love inspired harlequins, cookbooks, and how to books. Reading is like a good mental vacation. I also feel it is smart to read things that are uplifting and happy. Throughout the day I will grab my book and just get a little breather from life. I like to read several books at the same time so at times it's a little bit for me like watching TV shows I just change the channel (change my book and start reading where I left off) I enjoy reading this way. Sometimes I speed read if I struggle to get through a book if it is just dragging or I am not interested in the writing style.. but want to know the jest of the story. But for the most part I can hardly wait to grab my read and cup of coffee- it's my mental vacation daily!


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Monday, March 30, 2015

Spring Clean up

   We finally got some sun here in Upstate New York and Clay is collecting Morning Glory seeds to plant this year from the yard. 

   Maude looks around the barnyard and suddenly realizes she is now the head of the maternity ward. 


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The Rooster 
The Rooster does much more than wake us up in the morning. He has a very important job of protecting the hens. They feel more secure just knowing Mr. Rooster is out and about on the farm. He also fertilizes the eggs and he will call to the hens when he finds food. I like to have one rooster for ten hens. 


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Sunday, March 29, 2015

HOSANNA! Happy Palm Sunday!


           Palm Sunday? As Jesus entered Jerusalem the people were so happy that He came that they threw palm branches down and their clothes for him to ride on as He rode into Jerusalm on a donkey. Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords. 








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Friday, March 27, 2015

Chicks for breakfast



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....adding new chickens this spring?


Sometimes on our backyard farm we have had "stray" chickens from the locals wander over our way. There really aren't any close by farms but usually we will just watch and see if anyone will come get them as we have no idea where they come from. - Once we had a 3 chickens end up spending the entire summer in our yard so before winter we opened the gate and let them join our flock. I think what happens is perhaps they are a free range chicken that keeps going. The concerns would be disease or lice. The point of today's post is to share that if you get the occasional stray chicken or purchase new ones always keep them separated for about a week or so to make sure they are in good health before you have a whole flock of sick chickens. It's not necessarily a big issue but once is enough if you do have a problem. Also you will want to watch how the flock receives the "newbie" no doubt the roosters will fight at first to keep the pecking order but after that ordeal is done you will usually have one back down and it's back to Chicken life as usual. We usually add a few chickens we buy every year as we move around our old layers and new layers. Keeping a good eye out for your flock also covers the newbies coming in :)




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Coming from the city and moving to the country I thought it would be fun to grow my hair out. I am working on developing a bunch of lovely styles of fashion and make up that are "practical" and natural for the country girls I hope you enjoy my upcoming posts. This would be a fun style on one of those days that you just want to "feel pretty" It only takes a few minutes to make yourself look pretty and you will feel so much better the rest of the day! 


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I am enjoying working with plarn lately.. You can even make a bag to hold your bags in! 



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The peaceful life on the farm...
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Guinea Pig colors and breeds
If you love guinea pigs like I do , you just can't seem to get enough of learning about these amazing little sweeties. The colors are amazing and the variety of little piggies that there are. Anywhere from tri colored to long haired to even bald guinea pigs! You can find many in ads for FREE or you may even pay as much as a few hundred from a breeder for a speciality piggie such as a baldwin. Some people have herds in other countries ==and even eat them! Not something I would feel comfortable with as in the states they are usually pets. Guinea pigs can do tricks and will even use a litter box! They all have a sweet nature - There is debate about if a male is a better choice than a female. My personal feeling is like dogs and chickens - herding animals also (guinea pigs like to be in herds) -- I think they all have their own personality so I really feel it is just a matter of preference. Finding a guinea pig is fairly easy if you chose to have one join your family and they are sweet natured that no matter what breed you get you will find that they are all pretty loveable!




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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The joy of Silkie Chickens


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It's no secret that I love my little furry guinea piggies. I was amazed when I first started looking into Guinea pigs how many cool breeds there were. We have a Texel Guinea pig
"Curly" She is so easy to love because of her gentle nature and her little Beaver like face. I am not sure how old she is, as we adopted her from a owner who was in the process of moving. One thing about the longer haired piggies though is that they do require a little more care to make sure they are in good condition. I give Curly a bath and comb her hair to keep it nice. Guinea pigs are a wonderful choice for a first time pet because of their gentle nature. They are packing animals so they love to be in herds and have a pecking order much like chickens. They feel more "secure" in that environment. Dogs are packing animals too--
My thought is if you have more than one it's fine but if you have one and spend time with it that is fine too. If you are going to raise Guinea pigs a boy and a girl is okay but if you just want a pet.. definitely do not mix a boy and a girl or you will have babies. Usually they have 2 babies but they can have 5 or more not common but if you don't plan on it - space can be a huge problem as well as finding homes for new babies.  Guinea pigs are great companions they make all kinds of cute little noises "wheeks" for treats, etc... A great addition to any backyard Farm. I keep mine in the house with me although some people do keep them outside but they will need a good shelter to protect them from predators like cats, etc. Also you would want to make sure they wouldn't get fleas etc. One to two piggies are a great little buddy for farming families or any family !


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Pumpkin Paully Donuts

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Pumpkin Paully Donuts
4 1/2 cup bread flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 c sugar
2 eggs
2 tbs oil
1 can pumpkin puree 16 0z can
1 c buttermilk
1 bottle of vegetable oil for fry daddy type fryer


Mix all ingredients together. Put in refridgerator for a hour. Then roll out and let stand 15 minutes. Cut with donut cutter (any round lid etc.. ) then place in fryer for about 2 min until done.. 1-2 at a time. Eat plain or add powdered sugar.


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Monday, March 23, 2015

Tired of being overweight? Try these things

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Some weight loss tricks that work for me.. Check with your doctor before doing any of these but just wanted to share..

Eating  a small amount of everything else breads, meat, oils... and filling up on veggies.

Eating my main meal in the middle of the day and not eating 4 hours before bed.

Drinking a large glass of water before each meal.

putting my fork down between each bite and chewing each piece until it is gone.

taking a walk daily

Learning to say NO to others about food being offered to me and not feeling guilty.

- Being accountable to people for my eating.

- writing down what I eat.






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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Things Grandma taught me

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Things my grandma taught me
My grandma Yingst lived in Lebanon, PA. She was  Pennsylvania Dutch along with my grandfather. I remember going to their home as a child and loving to see the spinning wheel she had in her home for a decoration along with walking outside among the chestnuts on the ground from their chestnut tree. Grandma left a good impression on me as a child she was strict yet had a very tender heart. She treated everyone like a adult. I remember as a kid playing scrabble with her and she played to win! I think this was great as this taught all of us to be mature and not to be a slacker. She wasn't going to let me win just because I was a kid. She also believed in hard work and she took pride in her cooking skills. She'd make things like corn pie, speciality german dishes, shoo fly pie and the like being a Pennsylvania Dutch woman. She took pride in who she was and didn't feel at all that she was less of a woman for staying home verses working. -- Because she probably worked harder!  Cooking was her thing and she kept her kitchen clean, tidy and her pans were well used but spotless. Grandma also was a sassy dresser she'd doll herself all up including high heels. I never saw Grandma with no make up or not dressed nicely.
     Her faith was her strong point and as a born again Christian she made sure no one was going to miss the boat. I remember visiting and even going to church with my grandparents.  She also was quick to tell someone YOU NEED GOD if they were vocal about stuff. Once some guy said some type of rude mocking remark about the Lord and she said.. Jesus, He's my friend. After Grandpa died my Dad would take us to pick up grandma and bring her back to stay with us for a month at a time. I would share a room with grandma. I remember one time it was pretty touching to me she cried about losing Grandpa. She was a lot of fun with her strict ways and her outspoken personality. I remember Grandma staying in our home with a bunch of teenagers and nightly we would play scrabble and during the day she would cook for us.  We'd get into some fierce games of Scrabble with grandma that we still talk about to this day. She'd get out the dictionary and she wasn't going to let anyone slip up. Grandparents build into us their character and courage. I know Grandma wasn't afraid of anyone and her faith was solid. She'd often brag about how my Dad printing Christian literature - (He was also a business man He did this to help spread the gospel after his day job) . She'd make sure we were all busy so Dad could work on this. Grandma taught me to be strong, courageous, work hard, stand for my Faith - I too, am a born again Christian and don't be shy about it- and to be beautiful inside and out!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Social media Friday

 
Clay and I love social media.. and
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

I should have been raised in a barn

     
OUT TO THE BARN WE GO...


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   Fun Tips to live really cheap that may make people look twice!

* Save on laundry.. If your family has no where to go.. Have a Pajama day!
* Use the plastic bags you get from the grocery store in all your garbage cans..I am so cheap I don't let stores let me go out with big items uncovered I ask for a big bag for the kitchen garbage!
* Save all those butter tubs for cereal bowls.. and if you have a really lazy day and don't feel like doing dishes- Just tell the family they can toss them.
* Save chopsticks when you go out for Chinese they work great as knitting needles!
* Dig out your sewing machine and mend everything.. Don't toss out clothing that has a hole in it!
* Use old clothes to clean the house - great for mopping the floor and dusting!
* Never toss leftovers but rather get creative and turn them into a new dish.
* Plan a game nights vs a outing - Besides it's more interaction and make a big bowl of popcorn with real popcorn!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Why not win a sweepstake?

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I love winning sweepstakes. It's so much fun it is like eating peanuts!
I used to think no one wins those things until I did a little research and found out A LOT of people win all the time.. so what did I do? I started playing sweepstakes!
Here are a few of the types of sweepstakes you can win and some tips to win-
Mail In
Text to win
Contests (you have to do something to win such as cooking)
Internet sweepstakes
radio
Stores and products
Many people have gone to online
sweepstakes since there are so many out there.
I usually win between 5-20 x 's a month.
The key to winning is to play A LOT!  The more you enter the more contests you can win! Some people literally enter all day everyday just enter, and enter, and enter. Many people win all the time. They share referral links (you can get more entries in that way) and some example people like me...  I don't really want to win trips etc.. and it's more fun for me to just share sweepstakes with my friends.. it's like a big community game everyone plays at times. I personally feel it's best not to get too competitive as that kinda takes all the fun out of it. --
Facebook sweepstakes,
Twitter sweepstakes-
etc..
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tuesday - Happy st. Patrick's day

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Kiss Me Quick Donut Recipe

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This one is delicious and easy!
4 1/2 c bread flour
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 salt
1/2 c sour cream
1 egg
1 c sugar
1 c buttermilk
1 tsp. baking soda
1 bottle vegetable oil
paper towels or brown paper bags
powdered sugar (if desired)

pour vegetable oil into your fryer
Fry daddy is my brand of a fryer
let heat up. Mix all ingredients in a
big bowl and then work it like bread
dough- Moist but not sticking to your
hands. Roll out and using a donut round
cutter cut dough. Place in fryer until
desired crispiness. Place on paper
towel or paper bag to drain off
excess grease. Eat plain or coat
with powdered sugar.

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