Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
The recipe consists of ingredients you most likely have on hand. If not, they are simple to obtain. I love the fact I can use my food dehydrator to make them. It’s another reason for me to put my dehydrator to use. If you don’t have a food dehydrator you could use your oven. Just turn it to warm for a few minutes and then shut it off. Having a thermometer inside your oven would be helpful.
The recipe doesn’t make a large batch of cookies, so if you want to try a test batch the recipe as listed is great.
Dehydrator Oatmeal Cookies
4 T. Almond butter (I would think natural peanut butter or sun butter would work and taste similar)
4 T. Honey
4 T. water
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 cup quick oats
1/4 cup raisins
Mix first 3 ingredients, and then remainder. Drop by teaspoonfuls on dehydrator tray at 115 for 1 hour. (I used a cookie scoop to measure and drop them onto the dehydrator tray and then pressed them flat with my hands).
When I make them I use Skippy Organic Creamy peanut butter but may try crunchy next time. I use Really Raw Honey with the top scraped off. I don’t care for all of the wax it has in it so I scoop off the top and throw it away.
You could alter this recipe by adding flax seed or changing the raisins to cherries. The next time I make them I’m going to try cherries and see how they turn out.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Today was a dreary day. I decided to take a few minutes to repair a pair of jeans I had ripped. The material was getting thinner from years of wear. For many years I didn’t wear jeans enough to warrant sewing a small hole. I wore dress clothes to work, jeans on Fridays and special occasions. The styles would either change, or my size would. I didn’t keep a pair long enough to show signs of wear.
With the newer styles, I have found various styles of Levis I really like, and wear them often. Jeans have become my main staple in my clothing wardrobe. As I get older, I tend to choose more comfortable clothing. With wearing them more often, also come the signs of wear.
I started repairing my husband’s jeans about a year and a half ago. Before this time, he would continue to wear them with holes for working on the vehicles or mowing the yard. Once he could no longer wear them, they were thrown in the trash. I decided to start mending the holes when they would initially appear. This increased the amount of time he could wear them. It prolonged the use of a pair by at least six months when being worn steadily. This not only saved us money, we weren’t needlessly throwing away an article of clothing simply because it had a hole in it. I don’t wear my jeans out as fast, or to the extent my husband does, however, I try to mend them as needed.
The same goes for other articles of clothing. If my husband looses a button on his BDU’s he doesn’t wait for me to replace or repair it, he does it himself. I was required in junior high to take sewing. I think my husband indicated he also took home economics in school. He doesn’t hesitate to replace a button or make repairs on his BDU’s; however, normal clothing is another area. He tends to leave that up to me. With a busy schedule, I tend to let sewing repairs sit around until I acquire more than I like to take care of. These become a good project for a yucky day. Normally I take them with me in the camper to work on if it rains. Today was one of those days, only I am not in the camper this time. Unfortunately one project was all I accomplished.
Keeping with the recycle and reuse motto, there are many repairs we could make instead of simply disposing of items. If a sheet gets a small tear, simply sew it and continue to use it on your bed. If the sheet is getting older, make the repair and save it as a drop cloth for painting. I have several old sheets I have saved over the years to use as covers for plants when there is a chance of frost. I also use them to cover items to keep dust off of a piece of furniture we are not using at the time, or a piece of exercise equipment. I know exercise equipment should not be allowed to get dusty. Well, some of us can’t always find the time to use them as often as we would like. ҉
Old sheets can have many new uses around the house. Here is a web site that lists may uses for your old bedding. Uses for Old Bedding Before you throw away, get creative and find a new use for the item. Maybe the use is simply giving it to the Salvation Army or local Goodwill store. The less we put into the landfill and can reuse in some way, the better our children’s lives will be.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
I hope you all had a great mother’s day and were able to enjoy the day with your families. I spent my day as any normal day. With my husband currently deployed, we do not get to enjoy the holidays, anniversaries, and birthdays as we would like to. My day was spent tending to the chickens, laundry, and baking things we were out of. My husband was able to call later in the day and wish me a Happy Mother’s day as my own mother did earlier in the day.
Thanks to my son, the laundry pile in my living room is no longer there. He was a big help in taking care of the folding for me. He spent most of his day catching up on sleep from his time away at his fathers. He was glad to get home, but I think he was more glad to go back to sleep this morning than anything.
The chickens, after being “cooped” up for two days, were more than anxious to escape the confinement once let into the run. The weather has been colder than the normal temperatures we experience. The chickens came running outside when normally it takes them a little while to mosey down the ramp. Today they didn’t even use the ramp. They started flying from the top step.
Because of the colder weather the past two nights, I had had to cover some of my plants to make sure they didn’t get hit by frost. Frost warnings in May are not normal. I wanted to cover some of the things my son had been working on during the week for me.
My son worked on his mother’s day present for me earlier this week. We looked at purchasing nice, new, stackable blocks to make a flower bed, but once we figured the amount we needed, and the expense, we decided against it. My son’s mind went to work. Trying to reuse instead of purchasing new, he found some red bricks we had laying around and decided to make a flower bed around our pine tree.
It seemed the only thing that would ever grow under the tree was weeds. For the past two years I have planted marigolds around the tree to keep the weeds at bay. I had saved the seeds from plants that were growing in front of my house and used them to propagate the bedding around the tree. The second year they came back on their own, and I was able to add more of the saved seeds to fill in areas that were sparse. This year I had planned to do the same, until he had a better idea.
Since the coop is now next to the tree, my son thought it would be nice to dress it up. We remolded the area by adding the same mix I am using in my square foot garden beds. We planted three hostas and added some decor. The bird bath and chicken my son picked out at our local Hy-Vee garden center. We grabbed a couple rocks he had laying around that he had found while vacationing in Wyoming and added them with some stepping stones we had in storage. He said he was going for a red theme. He was so excited to get started on it, and the results are great. I’m really pleased with our new “garden”. And we were able to reuse items we already had!
Friday, May 7, 2010
Yes, that is right. We have chickens in our house. We now have six new additions which are around two weeks old. These little chicks are more skittish than our first ones. The first ones were ordered from Hoover's Hatchery and are doing great. (http://www.hoovershatchery.com/)
Before we decided to get chickens my son and I researched the various breeds. He decided he wanted to get Silver Laced Wyandotte chicks. These would not only make good pets, they were also a pretty bird. Luckily this was a breed the hatchery carried. Both of us have allergies to cats and dogs so we felt chickens would be a great alternative for a pet. Not only will they make great pets, we will have some fresh eggs sometime this fall.
They newest chicks are a different breed, and are talking a little longer to warm up to us. We purchased them at our local TSC on April 28th. They indicated to us they received them at the store on Monday. These appear to be a few days older than they anticipated. Their wings seemed more developed at an earlier age so we are guessing they were closer to a week old when we purchased them. They did indicate their hatchery was out of state, and since the birds arrived on Monday, the difference in shipping time would account for the variance between those we ordered locally.
None the less, all of them appear to be doing fine. They are starting to warm up to us slowly. Just yesterday they started eating out of our hands. They are already perching on a wooden towel bar we put inside their box, and scratching bedding into their water and food every time we turn around.
Originally were only going to raise the six chickens we initially purchased; however, my son decided he wanted to get two more. He wanted some more babies of a different breed. The second batch of babies is amber and black sex links. They are suppose to be a good breed for pets and will lay brown eggs just like the Wyandotte chicks.
After some begging and pleading, since TSC would only allow us to purchase six, we came home with six more to start the baby process all over again. To be honest, we had just graduated the others to their new home and I was happy to have them outside. What can I say, I love my son and he knows how to get to me.
These newest editions will be grown and outside with the others in no time at all. I’m amazed at how fast they grow. It seems like they are growing right before our eyes. Just like our own children who grow up too fast. Before we know it, they will be out on their own leaving us to wonder where the time went.