Tuesday, March 22, 2011

One thing leads to another!

It all started with a recipe for essential oils using apple peels. Well, I wasn't going to peel some apples without doing something with the the rest of the fruit. So, I decided to make apple cake!

Then I thought about my personal bread quest. I had wanted to make a spinach flat bread recipe ever since I tried some two weeks ago. It looks good. I can't wait until it cools off.

And the critters got the good vegie scraps!
(I cleaned out the vegetable bins in the refrigerator) :)

Homemade Essential Oils | eHow.com

Ok, I was inspired to make my own liquid hand soap. I enjoy using the Bath and Bodyworks apple scented foaming liquid soap. It is expensive and they do not carry refills. What a waste. So in reading the Chickens in the Road blog, I was inspired to try to make my own dispenser with liquid soap. The theory I'm formulating is if I water down the liquid soap,it will work through the dispenser. However, what about the apple scent. I found information on eHow on how to make essential oils. Seems like a reasonable theory that should work. I'm off.... I will let you know what happens in my kitchen today. Take care everyone.
Homemade Essential Oils | eHow.com

Vinegar: Over 400 Various, Versatile, and Very Good Uses Youve Probably Never Thought Of by Vicki Lansky

I bought this book at Barnes and Noble last night. It has ideas I've never pondered.

Check out this SlideShare Presentation:

How to Make Ginger Ale - wikiHow

Am I brave enough to try this project? I will grab some ginger root at the store the next time I shop. However, I wonder if I can use a quart jar? I don't feel comfortable using a recycled 2 Liter bottle. Hmmm...
How to Make Ginger Ale - wikiHow

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Buzzards Return to Hinckley

A Turkey Buzzard...the real thing.

Here is an article from the Ohio Festivals Page about the annual Buzzard migration. Every year around March 15th, the Buzzards return to Hinckley, Ohio. I must put this on my list of things to do. It looks like a fun experience.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Bees, the Garden and Earthquakes....Oh My!


I walked back to the hives today to see it all a "buzz". I am happy to see that some our our girls made it through the cold, harsh winter. The temperature reached about 60 degrees today and the bees were busy. I fed them a pollen patty to help them get their mojo back until the blossoms appear.
Come on....blossoms.
I encourage everyone to plant something for our pollinators. Remember butterflies are pollinators too! Sunflowers are easy to plant and grow and benefit the butterflies, honey bees and birds too! This year I want to plant some bee balm as well as some other pollinating plants. I hope to have some nice flowering plants all season long.
More flowers + More pollinating = MORE HONEY!!!


This is the first year in about the last ten where I actually had the time to prepare the garden for early spring planting. I have one box ready to go and I planted some spinach, radishes and lettuce. I need to go to the store to get my pea seeds and some onions and my Spring Garden Box will be ready. Woooo....Hooo.

Apparently our area experienced a 2.6 magnitude earthquake on St. Patrick's day (March 17, 2011). I didn't feel it as I was taking a car pool to Jazz Band practice. And I didn't notice any buildings shaking. Thankfully, no major damage was reported in our area.
My prayers continue for the folks in Japan dealing with their Earthquake, Tsunami, Cold Weather and Energy problems. The American Red Cross continues to help. Please keep these victims and volunteers in your prayers.
Below is the information from the USGS web site that monitors earthquakes.

2011 March 17 10:53:09 UTC

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 10:53:09 UTC
Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 06:53:09 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
41.110°N, 80.680°W
5 km (3.1 miles) set by location program
2 km (1 miles) WNW of Youngstown, Ohio
18 km (11 miles) SE of Warren, Ohio
95 km (59 miles) ESE of Cleveland, Ohio
234 km (145 miles) ENE of COLUMBUS, Ohio
Location Uncertainty
Error estimate not available
NST= 7, Nph= 7, Dmin=2.8 km, Rmss=0 sec, Gp=108°,
M-type="Nuttli" surface wave magnitude (mbLg), Version=1
Event ID
Did you feel it? Report shaking and damage at your location. You can also view a map displaying accumulated data from your report and others.
Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center:
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver

Monday, March 14, 2011

Old Photo Time!

This is a picture of me at 14 months old. I am only a little bit bigger than a bushel of apples. I don't remember the dog's name. I'll have to ask one of my OLDER Sisters.

Cinnamon Bread, Crocus and MUD!

Thanks to all my friends and your kind encouragement to continue on with this blog.

Over the weekend I started my bread project. I made a homestyle white bread and it turned out pretty good for my first attempt. I also made a Cinnamon bread yesterday. The recipe I used made 2 loaves. When I went to take a picture to show you...there was only one loaf left. I think my family likes this one! :)

After running to the grocery store this morning I spotted our crocus. A sure sign that spring is doing its' best to arrive.

And what is spring without a little MUD!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Time to dust off the blog!

This is what we woke up with this morning. Winter storm warning in effect until noon. (I think). Really??? Hopefully this is the last of the winter weather. We say this every day!!!