Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Natural Way to Rid Chickens of Lice & Mites

"It is not unusual for chickens to have a few mites on them, but just like anything else, mites and lice become a problem when there are too many of them trying to feast upon your birds. If your birds’ combs and wattles are looking pale and dull, if your birds are always scratching at their ears, shaking their heads a lot or if you see mites, lice or nits on your birds, you may have a real issue."


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sweet Cucumber Relish

4 cups finely chopped or course ground cucumber ( seeded ) 
2 cups finely chopped or course ground green peppers (seeded) - can also use banana peppers
2 cups finely chopped or course ground carrots 
8 stalks of celery finely chopped or course ground 
3 large onions 
1/4 cup canning salt 
2 cups white vinegar 
3 1/2 cups sugar 

Finely chop or course grind all you vegetables with a cheese cloth squeeze as much liquid from the vegetables as you can in a kettle add vegetables , vinegar , salt and sugar. Bring to a boil, let simmer for 15 minutes. Fill pint jars 1/2 from top. Using the handle of a wood spoon remove the air pockets.Wipe rim of jar clean with a damp cloth or paper towel. Place flat lid on top of jar. Place the twist cap on jar, tighten by hand. Process in a water bath canner for 15 min. 

**Makes about 5 pints**

Monday, September 8, 2014

Louise's Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

12 cups Rhubarb
8 cups Strawberries
6 cups Sugar
1 4.7 oz Instant Pectin
1 pouch Liquid Pectin

Cook rhubarb, strawberries and sugar until rhubarb is tender. Mash with potato masher. Add pouch of liquid pectin, return to boil. Remove from heat. Slowly add container of instant pectin, stirring constantly. (We used extra pectin to make sure that this big batch thickened)

Fill pint jars 1/2 inch from top. Wipe rim with damp cloth. Put lid and metal band on and process in water bath canner for 15 minutes.

**Makes 8 Pints**

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Homemade Fondant

"Fondant has always frightened me.  During my brief period owning a bona fide bakery I always claimed to be a ‘fondant free’ environment.  Not only was it scary but it tasted bad.  And taste was, and still is, of utmost importance to me.  Then about 2 years ago I was prompted to attempt a fondant cake.  And I’m so glad I did!  Fondant is a little tricky, can be frustrating but when homemade does taste pretty darn good and looks really pretty!  I have by no means mastered fondant, I still get aggravated but learn a little more each time I make it.  And I do have the basics down.  So I wanted to share what I have learned with you!  I was asked to make a baby shower cake in teal with red polka dots, I thought it was cute!  And now  maybe you can make your own fondant too!"

Friday, August 22, 2014

Homemade Burt’s Bees Lip Balm

"Yep. I’m a junkie. Call it addiction, call it whatever you want. I LOVE the stuff in the little yellow tube. Can’t go anywhere without it.  Can’t sleep without it. Can’t live without it. But when you lose a tube of precious Burt’s Bees lip balm and have a panic attack trying to find it, only to go to the store (almost in tears because your lips are so dry) and pay $4 to replace it, you start to wonder if there’s a better way. Or rehab. Well, there isn’t (to my knowledge) rehab for lip balm junkies, so I needed to find a better way. And I did."


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cranberry Glass

"I am obsessed with painted glass bottles and jars. I have seen so many beautiful projects lately; simple spray painted bottles, white paint inside of the glass resulting in a milk glass effect and Mod Podge and blue food coloring inside of the glass which makes beautiful sea glass. I decided to try to make cranberry glass. True cranberry glass is an art and the glass is typically hand blown.  My cranberry glass is made from everyday jars."

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

10 Reasons To Grow and Preserve Your Own Food

1. Taste - Nothing tastes better than a vegetable or fruit picked fresh off the plant/vine/bush. The texture, the flavor - everything is so superior when it is harvested while ripe. You don't have to eat something that has been sitting in a truck or on a shelf for days and weeks. All you have to do is take one bite of the garden fresh produce and you'll be sold - Grow Your Own Food!