MY mother just went through one of her knitting books and removed what she wanted and asked me to toss the rest of the book. It has a beautiful cover and inside pages. I told her I wanted to look at it and may make a journal or family book from it. The binding and cover is in very good shape and I think I can repurpose it and turn it into a family treasure.
If you take a book in good shape and remove about every other page to give you "extra" space you can use a book to make a journal or photo album that is one of a kind. You need the extra space created by moving pages to be able to add items to the pages you redo.
Cover the back of any page with cloth, clean paper, photo collage, and so much more to capture moments in your life or family. It would also make a great gardening journal. The ideas are endless!
Lets keep this non-political, but I do need to express my frustration... the Census Bureau is driving me crazy!!! First the form came in the mail; I filled it out an sent it in. Then a guy came to the door.... I told him I'd already sent it in. He asks me questions anyway.. I had to get back to work and asked him to leave. He argues with me, sat in the driveway and made a 20 minute phone call, obviously reporting me for non-compliance. Then, they send me a letter telling me I have to fill out the long form, under penalty of law. So, I start and after nearly an hour and well over 100 really personal questions, I just didn't have time to do it or even all the answers. So, I canceled that out... had to call in and ask them to reset the online form and send me a paper form. It was a BOOK! I spent most of a day filling it out and mailed it in 3 weeks ago. I got a letter today saying because they have not received my form, they are scheduling another census taker to come speak to me in person. Well, what if I'm not in? What if I'm the phone with a client? These letters are like IRS level threatening and I'm actually getting very angry.... I do have an Irish temper when pushed. How much is a person supposed to take? Honestly, I just want to be left alone.
I received a bag of fresh Brussels sprouts in my Misfits Market box 2 weeks ago and just today managed to get them in the oven. No- one likes them but me so I cooked them up for lunch. I'll eat what's left as a side with a burger tomorrow.
I cut the the stems off, sliced the sprouts in half, tossed them in toasted sesame oil and a splash of Balsamic vinegar, salted and peppered lightly, and laid them flat on aluminum foil in a cookie sheet. Roasted for 15 minutes in a 425 degree Fahrenheit oven.
They caramelized a bit, and the outsides were crispy.
When I had my one career I lived in cities. I walked away from that one job and returned to the country.
My work related friends would ask, "How can you live in the country - its boring." Boring? If I told half the stories of what happened around here they would lock up.
My one rooster one spring went from nice to total nasty. He broke the screen door off a smaller chicken pen and held the homestead hostage for 4 days. He would not attack me with this claws but would run into me and knock me on the ground. He was quite big. He could out run me too.
My one friend told me to get it drunk then I could catch it. Two thimble fulls worked and I caught him. But he still had a nasty attitude. I was thinking of chicken stew when my Amish friends came to fish in our back yard. They fished for a few hours but did not have the luck they wanted, so I told Andy if he could get that rooster out of the pen he could have it. You have heard the wild fish stories people tell, well this man went out to fish and came home with a massive chicken
From time to time I come across some interesting documentaries and films. I thought it would be nice to share them here or if you have watched some please feel free to share ; )
- Kiss the ground: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3-V1j-zMZw
- Urban permaculture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlTODxalakI&t=375s
- Living soil: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntJouJhLM48&t=37s
For those lacking space or fitting as much in a small area as possible Hostas can also be a food source.
I was never that fond on hostas but they are edible in several stages. I just put in asparagus so until I can harvest them I can use hostas when they first break the ground.
The leaves are also edible in different stages, They make a great wrap and leaves when small are tender in salads,
There are a few recipes listed here:
I have several friends who will not use leftovers. I personally love them especially for breakfast or if I don't have time to create an entire meal. My schedule makes it hard to make a decent lunch and mom no longer makes any meals, even snacks. So leftovers makes a easy solution to this problem - and creative meals.
Creating a pantry and trying to organize it and meals to get the most from them has also sort of re-trained me to make more of one item to serve with another later on.
Tonight was was looking at my leftovers and not wanting my mother to get tired of anything. So...
I called my niece. and asked if she had any leftovers. Total silence. I could hear her mind working - "What is my crazy Aunt up to this time?"
"Yes, I do"
"Well so do I, would you like to trade some? I hear laughter and Yes!
So we both have several days of new leftovers for our families