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post #241 of 542
I am only on page 1 but am subbing now!
With the birth of DS I didn't get done as much as I wanted but did can/freeze a little and managed to plant a garden although it was neglected.
We did get lots of tomato, chard and zucchini. And the other day I went out and dug up some some potatoes when I needed them for soup.

I don't know why but I am always completely amazed at growing potatoes in my own yard!

I sew and make and sell soap and body products & toys. I am trying to do more myself and be more frugal. Love to bake and make bread. We use cloth for many things (but not TP- YET!) and I tried to make my own detergent but it was a flop.

Nice to meet you all, now I'm off to catch up on this thread!
post #242 of 542
welcome mouso! sounds like you have lots of fun.

ah, one success: i have one celeriac growing!! who knows if it is more than greens...i must figure out when to harvest. i hope it is like the big radish - grow celeriac grow big, grow celeriac grow large!!

composted all the tomatoes, tied up some trellis, my sickly honeysuckle appears to be recovering

northerners, any suggestions for pretty outdoor flowers for the autumn + winter? my front garden suddenly looks awfully sad and bare. i am going to be very brave and try planting very-late-kale.

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post #243 of 542
Does anyone have a good jerky recipe for the oven? I don't have a food dehydrator but was thinking of trying something in the oven instead.
post #244 of 542
yum, i love it. we use sea salt, stevia, a little bit of cayenne, some tomato paste, and cinnamon, and a bit of coconut oil + lemon juice, and marinate overnight, then lay or hang them over the racks with a tray beneath, and put the oven very low with a fan for a few hours. honestly, i have never gotten them completely done, because once folks figure out what i'm doing, they get eaten as soon as they are just a little bit dry!

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post #245 of 542
Thanks artparent!
When using beef, what type works best?
post #246 of 542
i've been m.i.a. for a bit here as far as posting goes but happy to read all your cool projects and cooking going on. the schedule idea is still going strong but had to be modified a little this week because of writing gigs. little by little the house is looking more like a home because of it. i really hate our walls though and haven't been able to do anything about it terrible, old trailer trash fake wood paneling that was here before we moved in i really want to paint but am worried about fumes, don't have a ton of cash right now, and dh is working double shifts until the leaves are all gone and so are the tourists
enough with the sad smilies for today though, there's lots of great stuff happening too.
i took a job writing minutes for the elementary school board this week (2 nights a month plus typing time) so a little more cash is coming in, dh gets a daddy daughter night, and i get an insider look at the school before it's time to decide if dd will be hs or not.
my sourdough breads are starting to actually be breads worth eating! it took a lot of trial and error but the past couple of weekly loaves have been successful so hopefully i haven't jinxed myself here. lots of lovely breadcrumbs too which will be going into a meatloaf (local beef of course) this evening.
our farmers' market has closed for the season so i will soon have eggs to work with as long as the girls keep laying a few. we're debating the rooster's fate though, he's a *huge* light brahma the size of a small turkey and does a good job watching over everyone and keeping the peace but his "affections" shall we say rip all the feathers off the hen's backs. i don't want my chickens to be cold this winter but don't want to send him to the stockpot either.
dd is just waking up from her nap and i've got more cleaning to do before my dad comes up this weekend so i'm off. good luck to all in your endevors!
post #247 of 542
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That's great!

I live out in the country on a little over 8 acres and I still can't have chickens. I can have sheep, goats, cows, llamas, horses, but I can't have pigs or chickens. It's ridiculous
I just read something that might explain why you can't have pigs or chickens. Pigs can be the host for viruses that infect chickens and ducks and also for other viruses that infect humans.

So the theory goes, if a pig becomes infected by both types of viruses - one sort that infects animals and another sort common to humans - the genes of the two strains can get mixed together. And the result can be a totally new strain of flu, one to which humans have no immunity.

This might be old news for everyone else but it was brand new for me.

And it makes me sad because I always dreamed of owning chickens but I live in town.
post #248 of 542
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Originally Posted by Down2Earth View Post
I just read something that might explain why you can't have pigs or chickens. Pigs can be the host for viruses that infect chickens and ducks and also for other viruses that infect humans.

So the theory goes, if a pig becomes infected by both types of viruses - one sort that infects animals and another sort common to humans - the genes of the two strains can get mixed together. And the result can be a totally new strain of flu, one to which humans have no immunity.

This might be old news for everyone else but it was brand new for me.

And it makes me sad because I always dreamed of owning chickens but I live in town.
this is what they're saying happened to cause the H1N1 virus that's now circling ... except they think it happened on factory farms? I think?
post #249 of 542
vermont, we used a very, very low v.o.c. paint and we were impressed how fast the fumes went - pretty much when it dried. you can put open jars of vinegar or baking soda around to absorb odors, and of course throw sweaters on everyone + throw open all the windows + doors. a friend of mine whose child had leukemia is very careful about any toxins in the house, and she did some research and bought milk paint because it was so low in toxins. the other thing you can keep in mind is that the lighter the colour, the healthier the paint, which is good for white-obsessed folks like me i know how much energy you can get from loving your space. maybe you could organise a sleep-over right after you paint? we're dealing with all of this knowing we'll be having a dust + varnish infected home for at least 5+ days. soon. congratulations on writing gigs!

i think i've found the jars i want, they are french glass + rubber ring sealing types, and i think that they will be divine . now to persuade that the £'s are worth it

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post #250 of 542
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this is what they're saying happened to cause the H1N1 virus that's now circling ... except they think it happened on factory farms? I think?
That's sort of the H1N1 story, and they are saying factory swine farms in Mexico...and little vermin-type birds may have been involved (sparrows, etc.), pooping on the pig feed.

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Originally Posted by vermontmomma View Post
...terrible, old trailer trash fake wood paneling that was here before we moved in...
i took a job writing minutes for the elementary school board this week (2 nights a month plus typing time) so a little more cash is coming in, dh gets a daddy daughter night, and i get an insider look at the school before it's time to decide if dd will be hs or not.
... his "affections" shall we say rip all the feathers off the hen's backs. i don't want my chickens to be cold this winter but don't want to send him to the stockpot either.
We have ridiculous and trashy decor in spots, too. Cheap, ugly fake oak kitchen cupboards, there was paneling in the upstairs that we ripped out (except for one wall we forgot about--oops), and possibly the tackiest border imaginable in our living room, horses on the prairie running circles around you as you sit on the couch. My mom is going to help me get rid of it and paint that room--the last holdout since we moved in.

Congrats on the writing gig. Sounds like a good opportunity for a lot of reasons.

I have a few naked chickens, too, and I feel terrible about it, but dh never kills enough roosters for my taste. I want to get down to 2 roos tops before snow flies. Of course, snow may fly this weekend and dh is in Kuwait, so...hrm.

I have a bunch of cooking to do for a family party tomorrow, and I have been out of the house all day for the past two days. Today is garbage day and catch-up day. So I will be multitasking through house tidying, laundry, cooking and chores while kids are at school. I'm happy to take a day (more or less since our Fridays are short days at school) of quiet work before the weekend. Still have not mulched those trees, either, so I need to get started. It's getting colder and colder out there.

Have a great day, all!
post #251 of 542
Check me out. I cooked big batches of bbq chicken and sloppy joes for tomorrow's Big Birthday Party. I roasted and pressure-cooked some beef bones with herbs, onions and garlic for broth, and it's cooling on the porch so I can skim the fat (and feed it to the chickens). Pressure-cooked chicken into broth, which is cooling in the fridge for the same reason, but I'll feed that fat to the kitties.

I am half done mulching the trees, and I have the rest of the mulch waiting in the front yard. Laundry is in the dryer.

A baked butternut squash is ready for me to fix into a buttery, sweet treat.

Dishes are caught up.

I got a lot done today, and I will need to hold back and stop at a reasonable time this evening, to allow myself some time to work on personal, me stuff.

We're going up north tomorrow, and my hope is to get good weather for half the day, so we can at least hike around and enjoy the peaking fall colors.

(I'm on coffee break. )

Hope your Fridays have been productive!
post #252 of 542
I've been productive!
Last night made homemade pizza sauce, so yummy, simmering for an hour on the stove! Cleaned the downstairs a bit. Today made and froze 2 casseroles for later. Going to have a whole chicken Sunday and will make bone broth and then soup next week
Working on laundry, it has totally piled up!
DH and I will make habernero hot sauce from the peppers from the garden. We are also going to try our hand at homemade oven jerky!
Will hit the farmer's market tomorrow for local beef and whatever else catches my eye!
TGIF!
post #253 of 542
I finished the mulching in time for the very cold weather!

The squash is divine...I put dill in the chicken soup...the kids went to bed ON THEIR OWN at 8 PM (!!!)...and I wrote almost 3,000 words in my WIP (work in progress) tonight. My goal is another 5,000 this weekend.

I love hot sauce! Our hot peppers did terribly this year. They and the tomatoes had a notsogreat summer. Maybe next year...
post #254 of 542
ijooj: wow, you are inspiring!

yesterday i spent the day at my friends farm picking plums & apples (in the SNOW! not usual for her this early..) after putting them into cold storage (apples) and getting the plums ready for the dehydrator we weeded & harvested a bunch of stuff.. and mulched it all with straw. i love having a place to really get into gardening because i moved in july and didnt get to do it at my home this year. the day felt very prodective, if cold..and i came home with all sorts of greens and zucchinis and other yummies..

im now making spiced vanilla pear butter, more elderberry syrup, this time to mix with bubbly stuff for our harvest supper tomorrow.. we went to market got our raw milk and picked up what we needed for the feast *parsnips, carrots, beets, garlic, all locally grown...had to buy some mushrooms, yams and cranberries, not local..

im making pumpkin & apple pies(from scratch) tomorrow, as well as a brown rice & veggie nut loaf type stuffing for to stuff a hubbard squash..friends(the local midwife and her 4 kiddos and partner) are bringing a freshly butchered chicken & some sort of savory pie?! and another family(my farm family)a homegrown turkey, salad, beets & or a cabbage dish (always amazing) and punkin pie as well (her dp wants to make it!) and my SIL and her family are coming with potatoes & other good things.
i love having such a great family & friends.
post #255 of 542
you all are very inspiring. fern, how blessed are you! do you make friends quickly, or is it just the nature of your town, or did you already know people?! or is it a small-town canadian thing? i'm envious our harvest meal may be very lonely but at least my children are excited about it. i'm hoping to get into the forest to gather some bits for our nature window beside our table, and i'm planning a spelt + pumpkin pie, mushroom gravy (local) cranberry sauce (from dried, oh no!) and no one here is breaking out the turkey, so just chicken, kale, and squash. and local traditional apple cider why yes i *am* pretending i no longer have candida!

we all went to bed at normal hours and woke in the morning always takes us a week.

i sprayed the mildewy/blackspot roses, honeysuckle + clematis with baking soda. any other suggestions? i *need* them to grow (evergreen, the last two) because things are horribly bare. if i could throw a bunch of $$ at my front garden i would! i am keeping an eye out for aged lumber to build a bench to sit out front, my children love to play out there.

i've been soaking oats in water + yogurt at night and cooking it in the morning with sea salt, stevia, spices, fruit, coconut oil + butter, stir in a couple of eggs and dollop with yogurt. i'm not sure that my unbalanced body loves it, but it seems to keep us all steady and content all morning, which is saying something!

how old are your kids now 1jooj? my are nearly 9 and nearly 4, and they are mostly so self-sufficient in the day i can often get a lot done, it is such a blessing. we have our homelearning 'schedule' in place - park day with the local group, ballet, violin + soccer, so we have 3 days of whatever we like. i'm hoping to start getting us into some kind of family walk, as we have beautiful forests here, but once it starts getting rainy we tend to want to stay in. also going swimming or even getting them lessons..other than that i'd like to be doing some kind of thing with them daily, working on projects. left to their own devices they pretend most of the day and draw/make things + write stories for the rest of the day. we are missing friendships, but i hope there may be some in those classes and there are at the park. we're finding england a little slow for meeting people

i finished another linen dishcloth, and i'm about to start one like this:
row 1 k3 *p1 k5, rep from * to last 4 sts, p1 k3
row 2: p2 *k1 p1 k1 p3 rep from * to last

then you need to pick up all round it and add a border.

i'm looking for a lacy, but fairly simple pattern for a throw. anyone know of a good pattern?


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post #256 of 542
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Originally Posted by artparent View Post
you all are very inspiring. fern, how blessed are you! do you make friends quickly, or is it just the nature of your town, or did you already know people?! or is it a small-town canadian thing? i'm envious our harvest meal may be very lonely but at least my children are excited about it. i'm hoping to get into the forest to gather some bits for our nature window beside our table, and i'm planning a spelt + pumpkin pie, mushroom gravy (local) cranberry sauce (from dried, oh no!) and no one here is breaking out the turkey, so just chicken, kale, and squash. and local traditional apple cider why yes i *am* pretending i no longer have candida!

we all went to bed at normal hours and woke in the morning always takes us a week.

i sprayed the mildewy/blackspot roses, honeysuckle + clematis with baking soda. any other suggestions? i *need* them to grow (evergreen, the last two) because things are horribly bare. if i could throw a bunch of $$ at my front garden i would! i am keeping an eye out for aged lumber to build a bench to sit out front, my children love to play out there.

i've been soaking oats in water + yogurt at night and cooking it in the morning with sea salt, stevia, spices, fruit, coconut oil + butter, stir in a couple of eggs and dollop with yogurt. i'm not sure that my unbalanced body loves it, but it seems to keep us all steady and content all morning, which is saying something!

how old are your kids now 1jooj? my are nearly 9 and nearly 4, and they are mostly so self-sufficient in the day i can often get a lot done, it is such a blessing. we have our homelearning 'schedule' in place - park day with the local group, ballet, violin + soccer, so we have 3 days of whatever we like. i'm hoping to start getting us into some kind of family walk, as we have beautiful forests here, but once it starts getting rainy we tend to want to stay in. also going swimming or even getting them lessons..other than that i'd like to be doing some kind of thing with them daily, working on projects. left to their own devices they pretend most of the day and draw/make things + write stories for the rest of the day. we are missing friendships, but i hope there may be some in those classes and there are at the park. we're finding england a little slow for meeting people

i finished another linen dishcloth, and i'm about to start one like this:
row 1 k3 *p1 k5, rep from * to last 4 sts, p1 k3
row 2: p2 *k1 p1 k1 p3 rep from * to last

then you need to pick up all round it and add a border.

i'm looking for a lacy, but fairly simple pattern for a throw. anyone know of a good pattern?


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i guess its a mixture of all of those.. my SIL lived here before us and so introduced me to a few families, but i do make friends easily and put some heart into it and maybe it has to do with the small townness of kaslo..everyone (or mostly anyways) are pretty friendly, welcoming & kind!
as soon as i moved i started to go to knitting group at this woman's house (she is the local librarian. homeschooling mama of 3 boys) and i have met a few really wonderful woman that way..the farmers market is another great place to meet like minded folk. i usually just introduce myself to people i dont recognise, because after 3 months here i know almost everyone, or it feels that way! in a town this size pretty much everyone knows everyone in short order.. i guess there are good things about that and then some people feel like there inst much privacy. doesn't bother me though! there is also a mother circle once a week with a councelor from community services, and childcare in the family place, so another great way to make friends.. there are so many resources here..its pretty wonderful.

your feast sounds yummy! im extraspecially blessed this year to be surrounded by farmers. if i didnt have so many friends we would probably just be eating nutloaf and squash!

cranberry sauce from dried berries can be really yummy, just give it lots of time to reconsitute! chicken is yummier than turkey imo and kale and squash and the best things ever. i hope that you find some folks to make your supper merrier!

your breakfast oats sound yummy! i have never thought to put eggs in oats.. do you have an actual recipe?

i knit up my first linen dishcloth, i love it too!
im working on another one, but now im distracted by hats to sell at winter fairs..so maybe it will be put aside for a bit.

your life sounds pretty brilliant to me! we will do homeslearning next year for sure. im so over school already and its only october, but with a not quite 2 year old and not quite 4 year old its pretty hard to get much done these days (though i still do get a on done, if i do say so myself!)
post #257 of 542
yes. i don't think you could get more different in london!! i have made friends in the homelearning community but they are spread out all over; i have a friend in the crafting community and she is going to drop off my sewing machine, so exciting, she says it is beautiful and she actually popped out of my favourite shop in the village, to say hello, yesterday, which made me feel like i live here. i'm used to vancouver, where i am bound to run into several people i now every time i go out. i really love that.

i love homelearning, but i can understand needing a break when they are tiny. imo that isn't really homelearning so much as early parenting, it is hard no matter how you wear it!!

i don't have a recipe for the porridge, i make it differently every time!! the eggs give it a smooth texture and a lot more protein.

scratch that last pattern! it won't compute for me! i'm going to do a basic garter rib instead (k2 *p2 k2* repeat on both rows. multiples of 4 + 2) and i want to do a double moss stitch on the next.

i think i might go with this stitch for a throw...

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post #258 of 542
I clearly need to learn to knit. It seems to open such doors. The lady at the knitting store was really nice, very forthcoming, and they seem to support a community. Besides, I love all the cool knit things I see. My mom and I went out and looked at winter hats, and I saw several I want...but $$$! I may go back and get one, as the ones I really like a woolen, made by Nepalese women in a co-op.

artparent, mine are 8 and almost 6. Their needs and the extent to which they wear me out has to do with their and desire to have their hands in everything I do. So this is the sad thing: everything about them that is hard for me is a wonderful quality, yk? Dd wants to cook/bake/clean/write when I do, and ds wants to talk about everything at length. When I do barn chores, they are walking half a step in front of me (and I am tripping on them). They do Sunday school at the mosque for several hours, and they love to play outdoors and in the barn. Together, they read, color, play card games and board games, legos, etc. Dd is ready to read beyond her class, though, and ds could use more attention with math. I want to put dd into a dance class and find a sport for ds. It's just that soccer is so intensely scheduled around here. They want to do 4-H in a couple years. Both kids are writerly, and dd considers herself an artist. She makes my gift wrap and greeting cards. Ds is more science-minded, analytical, etc., so I have to think harder to create projects for him. Dd I can hand a piece of paper and a scissors and off she goes.

We spent a nice day at the cabin, took a walk in the woods and sat around a fire eating j-u-n-k. Kids played kick the can, built a fort of old wood, played in the tree house, etc. It was cold, and was actually below freezing when we left after dark for home. Today, we all slept in and awoke feeling a little sick.

I have dd at my shoulder , and I am looking forward to dropping them for a couple hours so I can have a little quiet before the week starts. This week, I'll be raking leaves, mowing, and probably finishing tearing out the garden. Probably bake a few more pumpkins and make muffins or something, and figure out a good soup to make with the beef stock in the fridge. Split pea, probably. We'll bake bread this afternoon. We're out of milk, so I'll hit the grocery store while they're at Sunday school. I know flu is on its way, so I need to get stuff done while I can.
post #259 of 542
sounds pretty similar to mine - now that my little one is nearly 4! except i have two artists. they are very busy.
we got out for a little nature walk round the wood and neighbourhood gathering things for our nature window.
i'm busy with my site there goes everything!

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post #260 of 542
I've had a huge pot of bone broth simmering since last night. may make a bunch of chicken noodle soup tonight(or wait until tomorrow). As soon as I get home from work I'm going to make my oven jerky Being the first time I hope it turns out well!!
Got a tiny bit of yardwork done over the weekend, don't want to start thinking about leaf raking yet though!
Will probably play outside the rest of the afternoon. The fall leaves look fantastic!
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