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    Growing on the Homestead

    All kinds of things are finally growing on our little homestead now that we are headed into the hot part of the year. Mother’s irises have been glorious. She has at least eight different colors all around the place. They are nearly finished blooming. They need to be thinned out. Then we can spread them out to even more locations.…

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    Homestead Update

    It's still mostly winter here on the homestead... at least for the moment. However, spring is gradually creeping in...There is still much we can't do until spring arrives for sure-and-certain, but we are making a little progress on our homestead goals...

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    Homestead Goals

    Our adventure this past fall has been settling into our new home in Arkansas. Now that we live out in the country I have some homesteading/self-sufficiency goals that I want to try. Lyle is not so enthusiastic but, as usual, he’s willing to offer his support however he can. Some of these activities aren’t new for us. It only made…

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    Review: Diamond Quest

    I haven't yet met a Smart Game I didn't like. However, Diamond Quest is one of my favorites so far. I love that it's an non-electronic game that helps strengthen thinking skills with challenges for all ages, from preschool through senior citizens.

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    Sprouts in a Mason Jar

    I use Mason jars for making sprouted greens. It takes about 5-7 days to make salad sprouts so I usually have two jars going at staggered times so they'll be ready a few days apart. And they are just as easy as the cold brew coffee process.

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    Cold Brew in a Mason Jar

    When I was growing up much of our food came out of Mason jars. I don't do much canning these days, but I've been whipping up a quart of cold brew coffee concentrate in a Mason jar about every other day this summer. It is SO easy and SO yummy and WAY cheaper than a coffee shop.