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February 2012 Blog Posts (37)

What if "Out of the Box" Is Just Finding What Fell Through the Cracks?

It’s so frustrating to see so many stories about people feeling hopeless, homes being lost, and buildings being vandalized.  The media, the people, and even the government calling for ways to make things better, and yet we sit. Here we have an idea that can light a candle for many people, locally and nationally, but it’s not “out of the box enough,” and too small scale for others to consider.

What if “outside of the box,” is not what hasn’t been invented yet, but those things we let…


Added by Patricia Stewart on February 15, 2012 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Detox recipe: Salad Dressing

Today is Day 5 of the detox.  I am feeling great and we finally made it to the gym this morning.  The recommendations for exercise are 30-45 minutes of moderate exercise every day.  For the first few days we walked instead of hitting the gym.  I must say the gym was a bit tougher than usual but we made it!

Below is a recipe for salad dressing.  I found this recipe a few years ago when I started the program for…


Added by Marianne Smith on February 15, 2012 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Homemade Organic Pest control remedies

Another interesting post, this time from http://wakeup-world.com/2011/12/06/extensive-list-of-organic-pest-control-remedies/.

Below is just an extract - there are more suggested remedies and solutions to fight fungal infections on their page. …


Added by Yvonne on February 15, 2012 at 9:17am — 1 Comment

GLUTEN FREE - Fresh Egg Pasta

Today was the day, the mood was right and I finally got round to trying my hand at gluten-free fresh pasta.  Finding a suitable recipe seemed to be the hardest part; an internet search threw up endless possibilities, all with a dazzling array of ingredients (given that I always thought that pasta was so very simple and made of just three ingredients - flour, eggs and water). However, no two recipes seem to be the same, which made it rather difficult to determine which sounded best.  So, I…


Added by Yvonne on February 12, 2012 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Ten Fingers, Ten Toes, Part the First

I hate using power tools. I would rather spend six times longer doing something with a hammer and a chisel than whip out a router. I don't mind the endless monotony of a simple screwdriver. Staple guns scare the bejeezus out of me. But I draw the line at handsaws. One of the few handy things I dislike more than power tools in general, is the handsaw. I can't use one efficiently or neatly to save my life. My cuts are ragged and jagged and look much like I'm in training for a role in a slasher…


Added by Jen Garrison on February 11, 2012 at 6:35pm — 3 Comments

Saving Food without a fridge - an interesting post by http://www.treehugger.com

Fridges are a recent invention; for thousands of years, people lived without them, but had many low-tech ways of making food last. Today most fridges are filled with stuff that would last just as long and probably would taste a lot better if it was never lost in the back of the fridge. They are expensive air conditioned parking lots for what…


Added by Yvonne on February 9, 2012 at 6:22pm — 5 Comments

Book Review: Grow Great Grub


Dark Opal Basil Jelly!  Nuff said!

Added by Marianne Smith on February 8, 2012 at 9:41am — No Comments

NPR, Meth Labs and Raised Bed Lumber, Oh My

Yesterday I saw an ad on Craigslist for rough sawn cedar in agreeable dimensions for a great price, so of course I called. Today I went to pick it up. First of all, I would like to emphasize that I grew up in a rural place. Rural is comfortable and comforting to me. Where I went for these boards, was well past rural and extremely close to the Heart of Nowhere. It went something like this.

Rather than give me an address, the guy said just to call when I got to Somewhere and he would…


Added by Jen Garrison on February 7, 2012 at 11:29pm — 5 Comments

What stuff means...

Last Summer it appeared that my mom had fought and beat lung cancer. In February of 2011 she was in intensive care at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY. Doctors told us that she was, "holding on to the edge of a cliff."  I stayed with her for several days, sleeping in a recliner and praying. I asked God to give her more time. I just wanted to see her in the garden one more time. We had plans. Greenhouse plans. Seeds in the dirt plans.

Well, God gave her another Spring. Her…


Added by Aaron Hart on February 7, 2012 at 10:52pm — 10 Comments


Returning home after a brief holiday in the UK, I was struck by how dry my island home had become in the short time that I'd been away. Due to a lack of rain, many trees are already turning brown and dropping their leaves and the grass has turned a pale straw colour. My poor cocoa sapling has no leaves at all and one of the avocado trees finally seem to have given up.  It's sad to see a three year old tree give up when it has done so well thus far. Perhaps it will send some new shoots - I'll…


Added by Yvonne on February 7, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Wisdom from Mr. Lu

The other night I couldn't face the kitchen - the mess, the planning, the cooking, the cleanup - so Mr. Lu's it was. A quart of Veggie Lo Mein, an order of Veggie Egg Foo Young and a few Crab Rangoons later, we made it to the fortune cookies. Mr. Lu always gives extra, so I had two fortunes (lucky me) and I couldn't have asked for better fortunes.

Fortunate fortunes

I DO appreciate the caring people who…


Added by Jen Garrison on February 5, 2012 at 12:07pm — No Comments

The Problem of Plenty

I have never actually seen it, but I hear there is a show called Hoarders, about people who do exactly that. Don't anyone alert the producers, but I think I may qualify. Fortunately my collection doesn't take up that much space, really, at least not until you have to find room for the transplants. I hoard seeds. I save seeds, buy seeds, trade seeds, swap seeds, but I always…


Added by Jen Garrison on February 5, 2012 at 10:00am — 1 Comment


It is the ancient Pagan celebration of Imbolc (also known as the Christian festival of Candlemas).

If Imbolc be Fair & Bright, Winter will have another flight...

If Imbolc be Shower & Rain, Winter is gone and will not come again...…


Added by Yvonne on February 2, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Family Farmers, Small Seed Companies, Need Support

"Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens," wrote Thomas Jefferson, "They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands."…

Added by Flour Sack Mama on February 1, 2012 at 10:29am — 1 Comment

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