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14 April 2010 @ 12:38 pm
So, my official 20 Something Bloggers Blog swap has been posted!
12 April 2010 @ 09:58 am
I've posted a couple more times lately over here! Check it out!
08 April 2010 @ 11:02 pm
04 April 2010 @ 12:28 am
So I'm posting on wordpress now.

new post here
18 March 2010 @ 09:30 am
Here is the part of the show where I apparently posting about cooking.

I don't cook. I don't like it and its boring and there is a lot of clean-up. I would much rather someone else did it for me.

I ended up waking up at 2am (dont ask) and I ended up getting out of bed at 330 because I could not sleep one second more. I spent a couple of hours perusing blogs etc. that I like and came across a bunch of information about managing money and meal planning.

I took that inspiration and got cookin'!

I first cleaned out my pantry and combined a bunch of trail mix/bottom of the bags of chips/nuts into one big mix of goodies. An idea I got from a blog this morning, but now have no idea which one. I made one salty and one sweet. I even put jelly beans in the sweet one, so I'm not so sure how it is going to taste.

Then, I decided to do something with the fresh cranberries I have in the fridge from Christmas. They haven't been frozen, but they still look okay. I used my New Better Homes and Garden Cookbook that I got for Christmas to look for something to do with them that wasn't bread. I decided on cranberry-cherry chutney that I will probably freeze. That was the reason for the post about substituting all-spice. Sadly, I don't have nutmeg either. I am going to have to go to the store before I can finish it. On the upside, I "finely chopped" orange peel in my food processor!

I also did some searching for sun drying tomatoes. I was reading this book the other day and the author was talking about how he now dries his tomatoes instead of canning or freezing them and they taste just as good reconstituted. I found a website that talks about drying tomatoes. I decided to dry them in my oven instead of outside because I don't really have a screen to dry them on except my broken screen door.

Lastly, I am also cooking corned beef because Keith likes it and yesterday was his birthday and I was feeling like crap so we didn't do much.

I also found a blog I am really liking and she has a whole bunch of posts about freezer cooking that I am going to try. I have so much stuff around the house that I really only need to buy maybe some ground beef and I could prep a couple of weeks worth of meals. I think I'll wait to start on this until after the inlaws leave Sunday.
18 March 2010 @ 07:49 am
If you need a substitute for allspice combine equal parts of ground cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and black pepper. (http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/Articles/Exotic-Herbs-Spices-and-Salts-639/allspice.aspx#r2)
10 March 2010 @ 11:38 am
I'm getting overwhelmed with all the things I wand to do personally, so I'm making a list of what I want to do (baby steps) to get them done.

  • use up all of the paper towels and napkins I have and then use cloth napkins
  • learn more about composting
  • actually do some composting without getting in over my head
  • read the two gardening books I ILL'ed.
  • learn about saving seeds so I can do it when my plants are mature

I'm sure there is more, but this is a good start.
09 March 2010 @ 08:36 pm
So for the last couple of years Mr. B (the name by which I am going to call Keith from now on--because it is awesome!) and I have been scanning thousands of pictures that we hijacked from his grandma's house.

It has been pretty cool. So far, I think we have scanned somewhere around 2000 pictures. Some of them date back to about the 1870s all the way up through about 10 years ago. I have some of them are on my flickr page for a school project I did.

Anyway, last night we came across a Mr. B baby picture that I just had to post.

I really really don't want my babies to look like him in this picture! I think he looks like a scary cabbage patch doll. So, I went to www.makemebabies.com to see what our babies will look like.

Here it is:

I am not sure why the baby has a snaggle tooth. Maybe we won't be able to afford braces for our children. Maybe the site can tell the future....

On a completely unrelated note, when getting on photobucket to upload pictures, I found the tattoo I've always wanted--even as a kid! I have always wanted a tree tattoo on my back.

02 March 2010 @ 02:21 pm
My whole life I have felt older than I really am. Today it seems to be more evident. Instead of blogging about going out and drinking and other things people my age are doing, the majority of my time is spent thinking about knitting, gardening, getting married and sustainability.

My main political views are pretty conservative, but lately I've been thinking more about being self-sufficient. I think that ties into the gardening. Almost all of the gardening websites I have been looking at also discuss sustainability.

I highly believe (and maybe that is part of how I was raised) that there is a good possibility that there could be a time in my life that we may not be able to rely on electricity, water etc from the government like we currently do and I don't want to be left without any other options for taking care of myself.

It also seems like a lot of work to be self-sufficient. I was just reading someone's blog who did all their laundry by hand and they also have cleaning cloths that they use instead of toilet paper. I am all about using less and I know my washing machine and water heater are not as efficient as they should be, but there is something about giving up toilet paper and the washing machine that I am just not ready to do.

I plan on starting small. I've been meaning to buy/make some cloth napkins and so I think I will go to the thrift store on my days off and see if there are some there. I also have been meaning to make something like these and I really should get on it.
01 March 2010 @ 01:15 pm
So, two nights ago, I finally bought and planted the vegetables for my garden. We planted them all in pots this time around so that we can build a nice planter next year to plant vegetables in. I wanted for it to be organic at first, but we decided that it didn't matter that much.

I did:
Snap peas
2 kinds of tomatoes

On my days off this week I'll take pictures of it and the exact names of each plant so I can keep track of how they're growing.

In regards to the wedding, I received the invitations in the mail on Friday and I've just about got them all together to be mailed out. I'm hoping to have them all done tomorrow. We're getting close to getting things done. I wish I didn't have to work so I could actually put time in on school and the wedding.