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Salt Phoenix - I'd love to try some of your mead!

Will see you all tomorrow at 1:30!
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It was so nice to meet all of you today. I'm so glad I made the drive. Thank you, Debora for opening up your home to all of us. And thanks, Alyssa for the scoby! I can't wait to get my kombucha brewing.

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I am so glad I got to come today as well! I apologize I wasn't able to stay very long I was borrowing my mother's car or I would have definetly stayed. Did anything else fun go on? I can bring some of my sourdough starter for the next meeting if anyone wants any.
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OMG.. I totally forgot about this today, oops! I hope you all had a good time!

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WOOT WOOT! I'll take sourdough starter! :

I'm also really stoked about the scoby! I spent WAY too much time finding her "the right container" and "the right spot" in my kitchen today!
as per le usual... dh stared blankly (fearfully?) at the blubbering mass. I don't even know how he ended up with ME and my homesteading ways.
That's 'aight...
MORE KOMBUCHA FOR ME! :

Thanks for the day all!!! I'll be glad to host next month. Good motivation to get all my boxes hid... er, uhm, PUT AWAY!

EDIT: WOAH! LIZZYQ!!!! Just noticed the ticker!!!! WOAH! CONGRATS!!!!

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EDIT: WOAH! LIZZYQ!!!! Just noticed the ticker!!!! WOAH! CONGRATS!!!!
Thanks!

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That was so fun! :

We missed you LizzyQ and Jennifer (and friends!) and Aurelie...

Julie, no kidding about hiding boxes -my bedroom is full of junk that I threw in there and I'm SO SORRY about not getting the outlet covers on in the dining room (i am so embarrassed -it was tops on my list of things to do but i forgot!

yeah for scobies and the amazing mead -i am so inspired. and our december gathering can't come soon enough! you mamas (and your kids) rock.
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Maybe someday I'll make it out to a get together. My work schedule can be kind of wonky... plus, admittedly, I can be a bit flaky : so I don't want to commit to a meeting and then forget or get distracted or whatever and not make it.

But I am thinking of making a foray into cheesemaking sometime soon...
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I am so glad that the November meeting went so well! I still would love to get a scobie if possible?! Sorry I could not attend. (so wish we still had "red tents")

I am excited that the get togethers are growing and providing so much fun, information and connections. Feels good!!
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I'm SO SORRY about not getting the outlet covers on in the dining room
outlet covers? : I don't even have outlet covers... which is worse: no outlet covers or 548308 things plugged with their miles of tangled cords hanging all over the floor? :
I was just thinking today that my house is SOOOO not baby friendly. I really don't know how to make it baby friendly without buying cabinets with locking doors. I can't afford new locking cabinets. I really do just have to keep my eyes on Ember 100%. I can't leave her alone. Now that she's crawling, I'm a little nervous. I guess I'll keep trying to figure out a better system. Organization experts, apply within.

We should make the most of the December meet and go home with something nifty and gifty? I'm still thinking about what we should do. I could share LOTS of things, but they aren't all appropriate for having the littles running about. Like soap making or candle making... or too time intensive like brewing.
Maybe recrafted soap bars and a discussion on lye soap?
Handcrafted bath salts? Salt dough ornaments for the kids?
Card making?
I also have TONZ of unclaimed fabric... maybe we should utilize that for some sort of crafting or gift making? Even something simple like sachets?
I'll keep brainstorming. Input welcome.

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Wow, I was just looking at last years schedule at Tree Utah. Have you mamas seen this? I can't wait to make it to some of these next year!

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I'm so dissapointed that I didn't come!!! Last meetup I came home refreshed and energized.

We've been sick at our house--I may even have to go to a doctor (any recommendations). After half a month, I'm considering that I may not be able to kick this on my own.

The kids were also napping. So next time. We'll focus on getting well and we'll be there.

Also, congrats Lizzie! How exciting.
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I am so glad that the November meeting went so well! I still would love to get a scobie if possible?! Sorry I could not attend. (so wish we still had "red tents")

I am excited that the get togethers are growing and providing so much fun, information and connections. Feels good!!
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I could bring a scobie by, Jennifer and pick up those crayons (if you still want to send them off) and see your new place!
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Maybe someday I'll make it out to a get together. My work schedule can be kind of wonky... plus, admittedly, I can be a bit flaky : so I don't want to commit to a meeting and then forget or get distracted or whatever and not make it.

But I am thinking of making a foray into cheesemaking sometime soon...
Don't you live in Lehi? If you want we could car-pool sometime. Even if I bring all my kids I still have 2 free seats in my minivan.

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So we just did some massive yard work today and have a few plants that need new homes. If you are interested let me know and I will PM you our new address.
  • Oregano (2-4 plants)
  • Violets??? (3-5 plants)
  • Lambs Ear (3-5 plants)
We decided to plant a Blind Man's Herb Garden in the front. We kept some of the existing oregano and mint, added lavender and will be adding rosemary, lemon balm and fennel. I just hope the scents blend well together. We shall see next year!!!

I read about it in "The Curious Gardener's ALMANAC: centuries of practical garden wisdom" by Niall Edworthy. A great book. Full of wonderful gardening wisdoms, yummy recipes, historical tidbits, and inspirational sayings. A must have!!!

Speaking of books...does anyone have or know of any good landscaping/vegetable gardening/permaculture books or websites. We are going to start designing our back yard and need inspiration.
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The downtown library has a good selection of permaculture books. I can't remember any off the top of my head but have checked out several there.

Thanks all for the good time at Deborah's and I'm so glad I could share my scobies! Jennifer, if you want one... I can trade you for those oregano plants you mentioned!

Can't wait for the next get together at your house Julie. I'm up for any of those ideas. I have lots of fancy squares of fabrics (samples from the interior design dept. at work). I can bring them if you have ideas for how to use them.
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Yeah so many scoobies. I had better go try some kobucha to see if I even like it. lol

Deb- I tried responding to your PM but could not send it.
Alyssa- I will PM my new address for the oregano exchange!
Julie- I would love to help out with figuring out simple ways to baby proof your house without having to spend more than $20. I am a bit of a organization freak (not martha steward bad) though you would not be able to tell lately.
Lizzy - Congrats on the
Aurelie- I am bummed I missed it too.
Everyone Else - Sending lots of good vibes your way!!! :

I had fun with the little smiley faces today can you tell?!
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I would love to help out with figuring out simple ways to baby proof your house without having to spend more than $20. I am a bit of a organization freak
I'm downs!

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Deb- I tried responding to your PM but could not send it.

I had fun with the little smiley faces today can you tell?![/QUOTE]

Sorry! I have room now in my inbox...
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So we just did some massive yard work today and have a few plants that need new homes. If you are interested let me know and I will PM you our new address.
  • Oregano (2-4 plants)
  • Violets??? (3-5 plants)
  • Lambs Ear (3-5 plants)
I'm interested in the Lambs Ear and maybe the violets if you still have plants that are in decent shape. I have, da, da, dum, mono, so I've been slow on the board lately. Let me know.
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GET BETTER SOON!

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Seeing as I missed the last get together I am wondering if there is another planned for Dec?
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There is a December meet scheduled... It's supposed to be at my house, if people aren't too afraid of my small child hazards.

I can't do it Wednesday, December 3rd. But I am open for Wednesday, December 10th or Thursday, December 4th.

ALSO: I know I mentioned some sort of fabric craft, but I am having trouble coming up with something EASY, FAST and SAFE :
I thought maybe I'd change gears entirely and do something that is ALSO useful for the month of December:

A SOUP SWAP

Who's with me? :

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Julie- I can do Weds Dec 10th, but only after work. Maybe I can switch my schedule that day for another.

What would a soup swap entail?

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Julie- I can do Weds Dec 10th, but only after work. Maybe I can switch my schedule that day for another.

What would a soup swap entail?
Let's plan on Wednesday, December 10th then!

Basically we all bring the same amount of one kind of home made soup (6 one quart containers) and go home with 6 different ones for the freezer!
If everyone is interested in doing this, I will send out more extensive info.

I was actually thinking about doing a soup swap in January because Saturday, January 24, 2009 is National Soup Swap Day. Maybe I still will!

We certainly don't have to do a soup swap if it isn't something that suits the group. I can go back to procrastinating about fabric.

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I am all in for Dec. 10!

A soup swap sounds like fun but we may want to arrange that as a separate event among those of similar dietary guidelines. I wouldn't want to leave anyone out and I know that my family would take a loooooooooong time to make use of 6 quarts of vegan soup.: But definitely up for the idea!

I think you mentioned soap before too... I've always wanted to experiment with soap making but have never gotten around to it. Soaps make nice christmas gifts or salves are always good for winter... do you do salves?

Jennifer - Thanks for the oregano!!!!
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Alyssa-
I am so glad you got it!!

I got my scobbie and am still needing to find it a good home. I have put it in the fridge and my DH has suggested feeding it some sugar. Is that a good idea? I hope to have it in a jar and fermenting by Sunday but don't want it to die before then.

Wednesdays may become difficult for me in that I have a kiddo stay till 3pm at my preschool. However it is not every wednesday so I will try and be there. I so missed seeing everyone at the last one and really dont want to miss another.
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Dec 10th sounds good. Soup swap sounds great!! Soup is one of my favorite foods and I enjoy making it. : Oh, We made homemade laundry detergent and it works well, even on cloth dipes.
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A soup swap sounds like fun but we may want to arrange that as a separate event among those of similar dietary guidelines. I wouldn't want to leave anyone out and I know that my family would take a loooooooooong time to make use of 6 quarts of vegan soup.: But definitely up for the idea!
very good point! We wouldn't make use of non-vegan soup here.

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Oh, We made homemade laundry detergent and it works well, even on cloth dipes.
what a great idea!

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Soap FTW. I'm not going to do lye soap with the babies around though. We can discuss the process. It's not that hard. I will have some melt & pour available so that we can take a vegetable oil soap (olive most likely) essential oils of your choice, flowers/herbs/oats of choice additions, pour into the mold of your choice (gotta find them), put in the freezer wah lah, mostly-handcrafted soap ready before you leave. :
Bath salts are inexpensive and easy to make too.
Crystal, will you bring your laundry soap recipe?

Sourdough question for anyone: I'm attempting my OWN starter from scratch. Good idea? Bad idea? Does anyone HAVE sourdough to share if I'm insane for trying?
How about kefir? Anyone have kefir grains? :
Help me, after my successful batch of kombucha, I've gone on a non-alcoholic (for a change) fermenting rampage. Thanks for the addiction Alyssa... no, really, THANKS!

Anyone here a cast iron cooking fan? :

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