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Monday, March 1, 2010

catching up & organizing....

seems like that's what I'm doing all the time yet, I'm still not finished nor can't seem to find anything!

I have gotten back on track with my cooking thanks to my friend Alicia and encouraging bloggers, especially Kelly @Faithful Prov and @crystalpaine aka Money Saving Mom. Reading these two bloggers got me on the move again and the house smells yummy! I was fairly successful at my attempt at bread making this time. You know it's always a surprise to see what the same ingredients, cooked in the same manner, will turn out to be! It wasn't pretty, but it is good. A delicious meat loaf is in the oven, (recipe from moneysavingmom.com) and waiting for supper, now.

In an effort to continue to improve our diets and health, I went to the Franklin Farmer's Market. I know it was a HAUL... but I was part of the way there anyway picking up consignment clothes. I found some great organic producers. They were all so nice, to explain things. The only drawback is no one is this way!! Don't they know folk in this area want to be healthy too?? I got some milk & cream from Hatcher Family Dairy. Don't let anybody tell you otherwise, there is a difference in fresh milk. It is delicious!! I am now on the search for someone reasonably close. It just isn't feasible to drive that far for a gallon of milk. I made fresh butter from the cream and it is so sweet and good on the toast and I put a bit in our corn last night and WOW was that good.



I also got a Shiitake Mushroom log while I was at the Farmers Market. Yeah, I didn't know they made these either?? But basically it's a live cut log, with holes bored in it & covered with beeswax. You put the log in the shade & wait. Gather the few mushrooms it produced and then soak the log in the pond for a day, wait and more mushrooms will grow. I figure $20 was cheap, if it produced only a few 'shrooms. We like them here, cooked especially. The fella was telling me about drying them too...

I also found a great planner "The Well Planned Day" to try to use to keep our school days on track and focused. It has other resources in it like meal planning as well. Funny how that keeps coming up?? So day one (today) I actually used the planner and planned a meal. Put a smiley face on my chart!

I have also moved my blog to Wordpress. That's no small feat & I'm still trying to figure out how to get some of the sidebar items on here. (a long with a few other tweaks) I'll keep my Blogspot up for a bit longer. So if you're a Wordpress user and have that figured out along with how to edit autosave feature, please let me in on it.

I also finally followed thru on my committment to build the Celtic Quilt Trail its own site. I have had a link for it on the Chamber's site for quite a while, but had told Debbie, the Quilt Trail founder, I would 'fix' her, her own site. So take a second and check that out. www.celticquilttrail.com This is a great tourism tool for our county and Debbie has done yeoman work on it.

I think that has me up to date??

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