Drying Home Grown Herbs

Growing your own herbs in and of itself is rewarding but preserving them to extend their usefulness is even more rewarding! I grow and preserve my main staple herbs like basil, parsley, chives, lavender, lemon balm, oregano, sage and thyme. I also like to grow and preserve things like my own sweet pepper powder, roseContinue reading “Drying Home Grown Herbs”

Ripley Victory Garden Week 9

Today is weigh in day! Let’s see how many pounds of produce we have harvested in the last nine weeks. Last update was 73.5 lbs of fruits and veggies picked. Total as of yesterday is 181 lbs 10 oz! That’s over 100 lbs picked in the last 2 weeks, and the garden hasn’t even hitContinue reading “Ripley Victory Garden Week 9”

Ripley Victory Garden Week 7

What a glorious day it is today! The garden is really coming along and as the season progresses I will be weighing all of the produce I pick to see just how much I grow. So far I have picked 73.5 lbs of fruits and veggies including, sour cherries, zucchini, yellow squash, black raspberries, onions,Continue reading “Ripley Victory Garden Week 7”

Food Costs and What We Ate Last Week-July Week 1

Have you ever noticed that food seems to be the biggest monthly expense? It adds up quickly doesn’t it? Part of my goal is to bring our food bills down which will give us more money to do the things we want to do and also re-route some of that money to pay off debt.Continue reading “Food Costs and What We Ate Last Week-July Week 1”

Ripley Victory Garden Week 1

Although I have been working in my garden for the past month I am going to label this update as Week 1. Let’s start this series of posts with what a victory garden really is. Copied verbatim from Wikipedia: Victory gardens, also called war gardens or food gardens for defense, were vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens planted at private residencesContinue reading “Ripley Victory Garden Week 1”

New Walkway from Old Material

We installed our side walkway in the summer of 2018 and after a couple of years it has settled in and looks like it’s been there forever, which is a good thing! We used the bricks from our old outdoor fireplace that was destroyed by a fallen apple tree and re-purposed them into this walkway.Continue reading “New Walkway from Old Material”

From Pumpkin to Pie

Another frustrating item missing from the shelves this fall has been pumpkin puree. The kind of pumpkin used in sweet breads, pies and cookies. The shortage is not due to the pandemic but due to the wet growing season last year. While waiting for pumpkin supplies to replenish in the grocery stores I for theContinue reading “From Pumpkin to Pie”

Not Impressed with Our Debt September 2020 Update

I haven’t updated since June so I thought I better get an update posted today. It’s been a frustrating few months. I have made some progress in some areas and put some debt on in other areas. Here’s the breakdown: Honda loan balance in June was $1600 – Now down to $900. I made aContinue reading “Not Impressed with Our Debt September 2020 Update”

Lactose Intolerant

It’s official (at least in my mind) I am lactose intolerant. Especially after last night’s late night stomach problems after eating macaroni and cheese for dinner. Most of my adult life I have suffered from what I would call random stomach problems and stomach problems suck right? The most frustrating part is that people loveContinue reading “Lactose Intolerant”

Damaged Canning Lid Update

Last post I told you about the canning supply shortage and the shipment of lids I mistakenly purchased from a company in China. I have received a $6.96 credit towards my over $45+ purchase for the damaged lids. I wasn’t very happy with this and I would never buy from this company ever again butContinue reading “Damaged Canning Lid Update”

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