Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
I do plan to go pick up some more blueberries this week! I hope to get at least 2 more bushels of apples over the next couple weeks to make some more applesauce and apple pie filling. Our schedule is looking pretty busy so I will just have to try to work it all out....Lord willing!
How is your garden harvesting shaping up? What will you change next year? Is there a certain variety of veggie you LOVE to use each year?
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Even though the main character in these series is a stong young girl named Andrea, don't let that stop you from getting this series for your boys...I should know I have three of them. My boys LOVE this series! They hang on every word and can't stand it when the chapter ends and they have to wait till the next day to find out what happens next. The Circle C Adventures series is truly a wholesome reading for the entire family. Whether you home school and need more books in your home library, or you want a great read aloud series that you can read a chapter each night to your kids, you won't be disappointed.
I realize it is a bit early to think about Christmas, but I like to start now and buy gifts to stash away for later. You might consider buying the whole set and saving yourself some money! Just a thought! (Just for the record, I am not getting paid to say any of this! I am just simply sharing my thoughts.)
Well I have been a little sparse around here this week. Why? We are in full swing around this house...school has begun for the year! I am super happy to report that our schooling has gone so wonderful the past two days! Shhh..don't say it to loud though...I don't want to set myself up for failure on Friday!
I have been on the fence about what to do with my five year old...to start Kindergarden with him or not....that was the lurking question. I have gone back a forth about a million times. I can list pro's and con's that are about a mile long. After discussion with my hubby...again...we decided to "Just do it". He is ready, he is able, he is willing, so why am I so undecisive? The jury is still out on that one.....So I am officially schooling 3 out of the 4 kids this year. Pray for me....wish me luck...call me crazy...I don't know which one you want to do first. I can honestly tell you I am having a good time and loving it so far (ask me in December and you might get a different answer....smile....).
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
A couple of months ago I was contacted by The EcoStore to review products that are made from plant and mineral-based ingredients, and are also free of toxic chemicals. The two products I chose were the Dishwash Liquid (for hand washing dishes) and the Lemon Rinse Aid. These products are made from a concentrate which means you should be able to use less of the product each time and therefore stratching your dollar farther. With that being said, I was ready to try out these products and see if they could really deliver on their promises. I am all for products that are less harmful, more economical, and environmently friendly, but they have to be able to perform as well.
What I liked about the Dishwasher liquid is that is smelled really good, and it wash gentle on my hands (it didn't dry them out). I was dissapointed with the performance of the soap. It did not cut grease well, it did not lather up well, and I found that I needed to add more of this soap than I normally use. So from my experience, I would not recommend this product.
The second product I tested was the Lemon Rinse Aid. We have soft water at our home so we don't always use a rinse aid, but when I am washing lots of plastics I like to have a rinse aid on hand. Again, I loved the smell of this product. I can not honestly say I noticed a difference between when I used the rinse aid and when I didn't.
coconut bar of soap...as a thank you for waiting on my package to arrive since there were some hiccups in the shipping department. The lather was really great, it made our skin feel nice and soft, plus we all loved the smell of coconut! I loved pretending I was somewhere tropical!! So I do recommend the bar soap!
A BIG THANK YOU to The EcoStore for sending me their generous free samples to review, and for being very customer consious in their business details.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Well the boys have been talking about it for a couple of months.....mom has been trying to convince them in another direction. The boys have been looking through craigslist and dreaming up which one they want....again mom has been trying to convince them to buy a different "toy".......
I have been considering calling the ER to introduce myself...but I thought might be a little to forward thinking. I'll tell ya what, I never knew being a mommy to three country boys was going to be so stretching to me. I am a mama who likes to be "in control" with lack of a better term. I always have a Plan A then a Plan B....I think this is just another way of learning to cut the apron strings on my boys as they grow up. (Which seem to be happening WAY TO FAST around here these days!)
I hope you all had a great weekend of FUN at you house! I am exciting about cooler temps. here in my neck of the woods...dream weather.....LOVE IT! Happy Monday....
Friday, August 20, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
A big Congrats to Rose-Red for winning the new Rubbermaid Reveal.....I know you'll love it!!
Also Congrats go to Nancy Sue for being the winner of the Layer Cakes...Happy choosing!!
Thank you to Rubbermaid for providing a Reveal for the giveaway, and to The Fat Quarter Shop for genereously offering up a Layer Cake of the winners choosing!
One more thing...if you haven't voted for me yet you can click on over HERE and please do so. I need a minimun of at least 11 more...but more would be even better!
Have a great day, and come back and check the new giveaways I hope to have up soon!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I just submitted a post at the online quilt market for a chance to win some $$$$ at the Missouri Star Quilt Company. The more votes you can get the more money you can win! I would love it if you could take just a second and hop over there and vote for me! I posted My Field Trip to the quilt show.
PLEASE and THANK YOU!
This past Saturday there was a local quilt show that was only about a half hour away from me. My wonderful Hubby said he could keep the kiddos so I was off to have some fun looking and shopping! Here are a few of the gorgeous quilts I saw. I would estimate that the show had a total of around 75 quilts...but I am just guessing.
REMINDER!!! Today at NOON (Indiana time), the layer cake giveaway from THE FAT QUARTER SHOP will end.....hurry and enter now!!
Just a curious question for you all....How many of you quilt or sew that FOLLOW The Gaertegang?
Friday, August 13, 2010
Step ONE: Wash the apples. I just fill my sink to the brim with apples then add water and rinse them.
Step TWO: Grab a nice big pot and fill it a little more than half way with water and bring it to a boil.
Step THREE: Gently put the apples into the pot, put on the lid, and let them boil for about 5-6 minutes. I set my timer for 5 minutes then removed the lid to check on them, most often they needed just a few more seconds to finish up. Also remember the apples in the bottom of your pan will "crack" sooner.
* Depending on the size of your pot the number of apples will vary.....also depending on your stove the "cook time" may vary.
*The main thing to remember:You are shooting for the apples to cook long enough to crack the skin on the apples. This process makes it so the skin just peels right off.
Step FOUR: Remove the apples from the pot and put them into a bowl for cooling. You could use a ladle, or tongs to do this. I went with the tongs option and they worked well.
Step FIVE: This step has a couple ways you can go about it....I will give you both options and then you can decide how you would like to do it.
#1 Quarter the apples and run them through the stainer as is. (This is what I opted to do most of the time...just faster this way.)
#2 Remove the peel on the apples, then quarter them and run them through the strainer. (The peels really just slide of quickly so it really doesn't add much time to the process.) I did this option the 2nd part of the afternoon when Lance came into the kitchen begging to run the strainer for me.
Step SIX: After running the apples through the strainer you can either put them into freezer containers, this is what I chose to do for this round of apples.
You can also put them into jars and pressure can them. I think I will be choosing this option next time because I am literally out of freezer space. I have filled a chest freezer (mostly meat products), and two top freezers! I do not have a pressure cooker, but my mom does. I am sure you could water bath them also without any issues.
Out of ONE bushel of apples I was able to make 12 Quarts of apple sauce, which is so naturally sweet that you don't add any sugar to it! No preservatives, no sugar, no high fructose corn syrup (or any other junk the store bought varieties have)!!! My apples cost me $24 so that makes $2 per quart. I think it is worth the time invested to make it and know that it is good for us too. I have come to use applesauce in about all my baking....If a recipe calls for vegetable oil I substitute applesauce instead.
Next up is apple pie filling, and some more applesauce! I can almost taste that yummy pie filling...Mmmm.
Is there anything that you do differently when making apple sauce? I would love to hear from you! I bought Paula Red apples this time...it was the only apples the gal had at the time. What variety of apples do you prefer?
We all rounded up our crews and met up and grandma and grandpa's house for cake and ice cream. It was yummy cake and great company!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
If you’re not familiar with Swag Bucks, it’s a free rewards program where you can earn points for doing web searches, online shopping, taking polls and more. Just a few searches a day can help you rack up points pretty quickly. Then cash them in for gift cards, electronics, DVDs, gift sets and more.
I most recently had over $15 in Amazon gift cards that I cashed in for a new quilt book I have wanting. I would say since I have started using Swag Bucks I have cashed in almost $40 in gift cards......just for using them as my search engine.....doing everyday searches I need to do anyway! What a great bonus....I can't say enough positive things about this program.....SIGN UP TODAY and earn over TWICE the bucks as usual....FREE MONEY awaits you!
WOW! Is it Wednesday already.....ohhhh doggy...this week is flying by! Hope your week is going well, be sure to stop back again soon. Happy Garden Harvesting!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
At this point we got the console with the remotes, the Wii Resorts, and Wii Sports games, and bought an extra remote so we could play with 2 players. So let me hear it.....what are we missing?
Monday, August 9, 2010
Not sure how much you will hear from me this week. This mama is feeling really yucky...sinus/allergy stuff going on...double yuck! We are pulling together the last details of redoing our office space, which leads to much re-organizing all of our homeschool materials. We also sold our camper, so we are cleaning that out and getting it ready for a new home this weekend. We signed the boys up for soccer...Good-bye Saturday mornings....
Does anyone else wonder if summer "break" is really a break at all? I think all I have done is complete one project after another...but it is a "break" from the normal happenings I guess. It does feel great to be so productive, but I think I am ready for a REAL "break" for a little while....nice thought in theory, hope I can make it a reality real soon.
While I am trying to feel better and finish things up around here....DON'T FORGET!!! Sign up for the super awesome giveaways I have going on right now...Tell your friends to stop in and enter as well!
Saturday, August 7, 2010
I read this post awhile back and it was a great inspiration and encouragement. I have been wanting to post it since...I don't think I ever did, but if so sorry for the repeat. Here is the link to read The Emotional Benefits to Becoming Debt Free
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
So far I have discovered the Bump app....which enable Justin and I to sync up our calendar stuff....super cool I am still baffeled how that all works!
I think it's super cool that I could download the Textfree app (used to be $5.99, but it's free now) and now text anyone and receive text anywhere that I have a wifi connection.
Okay so this one is kinda nerdy, but I really love The Weather Channel app......I love being able to see the weather hour by hour, 36 hour, or the ten day forcast whenever I want. I never know what the weather is suppose to be since I never watch the news.
My favorite music thing in the whole world is the Pandora app. Internet radio with basically no commericals and a random mix of the artists you like. I love that you can hear all this music for FREE!! (We already have this on our home PC so I knew I would love it.)
The Funny thing is I really like the stuff that is already loaded on my IPod Touch...I love the list maker....FB at my fingertips, my email, Calendar..oh ya.... no more paper calendar! Of course having my music/podcasts with me is so priceless.....no more contact tunes of my husband's pickings and my kids liking....unless I want to listen (insert angelic singing...)
Okay, all this to say I want to hear from you about the "Must Have apps" I have mostly Free apps loaded on my toy at this point. What apps do you have that you would highly recommend?
I would love to hear any and all feedback you have to offer.....or if you have any questions about the Touch...because maybe you have had your eye on one as well!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
The Fat Quarter Shop is an internet only fabric store (although they sell much more than just fabric.) Quilting notions, magazines, books, patterns, quilt kits, block of the month clubs, thread, ribbon and MORE!
The ladies at The Fat Quarter Shop have offered to give away on of their fabulous layer cake bundles.
Deadline for entries will be Tuesday August 17th, 2010 at NOON!
Tell all your friends...come back soon!
The winner of the snikiddy giveaway was Christa M.....CONGRATS!!!
The winner of the $60 CSN Gift Card is Krissie.....Yahoo!
It has been a very busy couple of weeks for me...finishing up the fair...starting a new project here at the house...finishing that project and starting to get some things from the garden. Sorry for my non-frequent posting as of late, but rest assured I have two FAB giveaways coming up that will make up for it...smile!! I hope to have them up and running very soon!