It's really very easy to make an oil lamp out of a mason jar or really any kind of jar with a metal lid. You never know when you might need a light like this, either due to a power outage, or lights for your patio, or even a lights for camping. It is a good thing to know, just in case.
Updated for 2018!
I was talking to a friend of mine the other day. Lucky Sue lives in the country and has a big garden, and chickens and lives the homesteading lifestyle that I am preparing for. She had just made a beautiful batch of Raspberry Jam, so I asked her to share some pictures and her recipe with me, so I could share it on my blog. She was happy to, as she has been reading my blog since the beginning.
This post is a tribute to my Mom, by featuring her most loved recipe, her butter cream frosting. When you eat this frosting, you will hear angels sing, trust me.
This is my Stevia plant, just before I repotted it in a larger pot. I bought this plant at a local nursery, and when I got home, I did some research on how I could turn it into sweetner. It's really not that difficult, but the homemade sweetner is not a strong as what you buy in the store. It is, however, much cheaper.
When you start out, you really need to buy a store bought seedling. Trying to grow a viable plant that will yield a good crop of sweet leaves from a seed is almost impossible. Stevia plants only produce good leaves for two years and after that they should be discarded. In order to keep from having to buy new plants every year, at the end of the season, you can take cuttings from your plants, root them, pot them and store them inside for the winter. In the spring, bring them outside after the last frost and you are good to grow. :)
I have been making a concerted effort to change the way I eat, in the last few months. I have done a lot of reading and research, and I have run across some pretty disturbing stuff. Because of that, I have switched over to almost all organic veggies and fruit; the stuff I cannot grow myself and still buy at the market.
My grandma used to make this to use up left over rice. She always used to say "waste not, want not." Back then, I had no idea what that meant, but I was happy to stuff myself with this delicious breakfast rice dish.
I was just wondering what to have for dinner, when I remembered this recipe. I originally got it from an old church recipe book that I had gotten years ago, but I have changed it a bit, to make it more creamy. So I tossed it in the crock pot and then decided to come and share it with you all. It really is easy, and come dinnertime, all I will have to do is make a vegetable salad and dinner's done. I even included the veggie salad recipe, below!
Planting - It Ain't Over Yet!!
My garden is starting to have big empty areas where things have been harvested, and are gone. Not quite ready to let go of the gardening season yet, I did some research on what I can plant now, that will mature before it gets too cold.
I was happy with what I found.
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