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Archive for February, 2012

Little Miss Frizzy came to be part of our family today.  She was not the baby goat I had originally planned to get, and truth told I hadn’t planned on getting any goats today and just had stopped in for some flea medicine and chicken food, but when the man mentioned he had a little female goat that no one wanted I had to take a look.  He was willing to part with her for half price with bag of feed thrown in for free, and seeing her alone in her cage shivering, bleating and terrified, I just had to take her.

Of course getting her home was a trip. As I said I was not prepared to be hauling goats around but as with all things, you make do.  So in she went to the back of the Highlander and before I got to the front seat, she was in the passenger side having managed to put one hoof in my freshly bought Cafe Mocha in her journey.   Thankfully I don’t live far from the farm, but riding with a free leaping baby goat in confines of a vehicle was an experience.

Once home it wasn’t much easier…trying to catch her as she bounded from front to back seat, to far back and return again was a workout.  Being that the pen she was in was a mud pit, the first stop after getting home was the shower where she got cleaned up and I was able to check her over.  Thankfully she didn’t mind the shower process to much and aside from loud bleating tolerated it.  The blow dryer was a whole different matter…but patience paid off, and a few treats to snack on…all said and done the beauty that was her under the mud appeared.

Now in her new home I’m fairly sure she will adjust well.  She’s still extremely timid but I am certain with time spent sitting with her and reassurance she will come to be comfortable in her new surroundings and around these strange things called people.

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This wasn’t a topic I had planned to blog about, but being Sunday I had plenty of coupons that needed to be cut out, sorted, filed and of course the expired ones removed. Yes I cut coupons, boy do I cut coupons. I cut coupons for work, for myself, well…let’s just say I cut a lot of coupons.  Because of this there is always those I, and they, don’t use or have need for as well as the endless sorting of expired ones which didn’t match sales in the coupon box.  There in lead to my dilemma. If you are like me, you hate to throw them out, it feels like a waste, you know someone somewhere can use them…and so began my search some time back for what to do with these expired or unused coupons.

Now, for those with non-expired dates, you could take them to the store and lay them atop the product the amount off is for.  This will allow someone else to come and use the coupon who actually can use the item.   You also could consider taking ones such as for diapers and baby formula’s to your local Planned Parenting center to aid costs for new mothers.  Pet product coupons can be taken to your local no-kill rescues who may take them for use on food to aid the animals in their care.  Also many libraries host a coupon box which you can place them in for others to look through for discounts off items they use.

For both not yet expired as well as expired coupons (provided they are not over 6 months old since date the coupon expired) these can be mailed to service men and women over seas to aid them in their own grocery and supply needs.  Tonight’s sorting and clipping has resulted in a bulk mailer box which I will be mailing out this week to our Military personal and their families stationed abroad.

There are of course plenty of lists found on the internet to where you can send these coupons for distribution.  I personally prefer to send them either directly to the families in need, or to the base themselves.

http://www.ocpnet.org/Base%20List/BaseList1.htm   – Has a list of locations and bases which coupons can be sent to for distribution.

http://www.couponstotroops.com/   – This is another wonderful site with not only methods to send the coupons but also information for you.

In this world of hustle and bustle we often don’t stop to consider other individuals who might benefit from one simple small action by us.  It’s easier to just throw something away then be “bothered” to take the next step to help someone out.  I know it’s just a strip of paper with $ .25 cents off written on it, but I hope for just one person it makes their day a little easier.

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This warmer then usual winter weather has my small flock working overtime to give me upwards of 8 to a dozen eggs a day.  While I know when they slow down and I’m lucky to see one or two eggs daily I will miss these over productive days, right now it’s bottom line is just a lot of eggs.

While there are ways to use up abundance of eggs such as making quiche, curds, meringue’s..when you are faced with four dozen eggs a week, and rely on your own flock for your fresh egg supply often finding a way to preserve the bounty for those off season months is desired.

To manage this, I freeze them.  While they do not make for good baking eggs, they are wonderful as scrambled eggs, fried eggs and egg sandwiches.  My method for doing such is fairly simple.  I grab my muffin tins and grease them well with Pam.  To each muffin cup I crack one egg inside.  Some I leave with yolks whole, be aware that frying these the yolk is less runny.  Others I break the yolk in for those who prefer hard fried eggs.  To make scrambled, simply scramble the egg with cheese, sausage/bacon, onions or whatever else you like in your scrambled eggs and pour  into cups.   Once hardened, remove from muffin tin and put in Ziploc baggie or use a vacuum sealer.

Use up the eggs in 6 months.

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I’m A Hoarder…

It’s true, I confess, I am a hoarder.  The definition of the term is, “Behavior that leads people or animals to accumulate food or other items in anticipation of future need or scarcity.”.  This most assuredly defines me.  In fact I have been a hoarder for years and am exceptionally proud of it.  Every year based on the seasons I hoard away fruits, vegetables, herbs, dried flowers and seeds from that seasons harvest.  I stock up on household items, cleaning supplies, toiletries and unmentionables when they go in sale.  I never plan to buy by the week in shopping trips, but rather in non-perishable, or those to be canned or frozen I look to 3-6 (or more) months worth of stash using coupons.

I hide my stash too.  It can be found in boxes in closets, under beds, cupboards, on shelves, in fact as I type this there is a dozen baby food jars of garden seeds sitting on side of my work desk.

I don’t mind the extra work involved in assuring my family is well fed and there is a variety of foods available for making meals.  I don’t miss running out of things and making emergency trips.  It’s rather nice to when something runs out, just going to the hiding place and getting another.  Of course it does come with draw backs, my laundry/storage room and walk in closet look like mini marts.  I do have to take time once a month to rotate the stock to assure the oldest items are used up first, and Sunday involves coupon clipping while Monday and Wednesday involve searching adds to get the best deals available on sale items using up those coupons…but these are minute issues.

Yet, as I said, I am rather proud of being a hoarder.

 

 

 

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The sweet smell of jasmine fills the air. This is my Winter Jasmine vine..well maybe I should say wall. The vines have taken over twelve foot of fence line.  Yesterday I once more picked the open blooms and put them on the dehydrator screens throughout the house, the smell inside the house this morning is wonderful as it’s sweet fragrance fills the air.  It takes more time to dehydrate this way then using a dehydrator, but I find they don’t lose their fragrance as much with a natural drying method. These dehydrated flowers will be put into soaps, lotions, teas, herbal bath sachets and drawer sachets. With how heavily she’s blooming this year it’s looking like I’ll be harvesting flowers off her for some time.

Jasmine has so many amazing qualities to it besides just aiding in relaxing and slumber.  It is also helpful in dealing with sunburns, rashes and pain relief.

This particular jasmine is a night bloomer, expanding her flowers under the light of the moon and closing them up with the morning sun’s rising.  There is nothing more pleasant then stepping out into your yard at night and being greeted with the sweet, fragrant smell of these small and beautiful flowers.

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