Garden planning: raised beds

Garden planning: raised beds

My original plan this year was to try Lasagna gardening – especially since I wanted to increase our garden space and lasagna gardening is a good way to start from scratch.  However, about the time I was thinking seriously about the garden, a neighbor found a good source for a soil/compost mix.  He picked up
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Eat your hostas

Eat your hostas

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links I may be compensated. Did you know hostas were edible?  Recently, I was listening to the Pioneering Today podcast on my way to work.  In episode 82, she interviewed Angela England, author of the book Gardening Like a Ninja: A
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Churro ice cream bowls

Churro ice cream bowls

  This week you get a 2-fer in the recipe department. Because on the same day that we spotted the video for the salt-encrusted beef tenderloin, we saw another one for Churro Ice Cream Bowls.     I have to confess, I don’t believe I have ever had a real churro in my life. But
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The Best Beef Tenderloin

The Best Beef Tenderloin

Dinner was delayed the other night because of Facebook.  Not because we were surfing and forgot to make it.  We’re blaming it on the Tasty videos that a few “helpful” friends re-post all the time. The ones that make you drool and change dinner plans from having plain ol’ sandwiches to “forcing” your husband to run out to
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Weekend craft haul

Weekend craft haul

Yesterday was our church’s annual rummage sale.  It gets bigger every year!  And to think that everything they sell is donated – it’s wonderful.  The money goes towards scholarships for area college students.  In past years our contributions have been to donate and to shop.  This year, Papa decided he would help even more and
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Colorful popcorn

Colorful popcorn

  This is an exciting week. Little Chick is “Top Banana” at school. She has waited months for it to be her turn.  For a 5-year-old, it’s equivalent 1/10 her life!  Top Banana’s wear yellow for the week, they get to hold the door when everyone enters, they get to pick up name clips, and have
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Another dyeing failure

Another dyeing failure

I’m beginning to wonder if the sheep that were sheared last year wore acrylic fleece instead of wool. Sigh For my latest attempt in natural dyeing, I was sure this was going to work. There were great instructions over at Knit By A Hen Shop. She used black bean “water” to dye her yarn and they
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FO Friday – doll clothes and pincushions

FO Friday – doll clothes and pincushions

  I knew I was close to getting Little Chick’s doll cape done, but it wasn’t quite ready to share last week. On Saturday I finished it and Elsa (Frozen) was the first to try it on.     Actually, the cape itself was done, I just needed to mull over how I was going
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Garden planning – crop rotation

Garden planning – crop rotation

As I mentioned in parts 1 and 2, I’ve had my little garden planning system in place for a few years now. But there’s always room for improvement. For example, I haven’t really spent time looking at companion planting. I tried once or twice, but it’s tough in a small space so I haven’t worried
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Natural dyeing with red cabbage (FAIL)

Natural dyeing with red cabbage (FAIL)

This week I came up with a grand plan to make a felted wool bag for a swap I signed up for. The plan was to make a tartan-style bag.  I don’t have many colors in 100% wool that I could use for felting, but … I have over 15 skeins of Kurth Fiber mill
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