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Improving on a recipe

When I started making our homemade tortillas, I didn't have any lard in the house (post holiday pie baking wiped out my big tub), so olive oil it was, knowing they should be good, but maybe not as good as they could be. Still, they turned out…
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Life with a Water Well

How much trouble can a water well be? Besides the cost, which can be 10s of thousands of dollars, you might have issues with water quality that has to be resolved to be able to use the water. If it's bad enough, it can damage your pipes.In…
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Lessons in Yeast and Substitutions in a Recipe

We recently ran frighteningly low on honey, and my brain being, well, it's usual scatter-brained brain, forgot to buy more on the last two trips to Grande Prairie.It was on the list; I did go down that aisle. Maybe something shiny distracted…
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Snow = Lotion

I'm on a quest lately, to make peanut butter snack bars my boys will like more than store bought ones. Because, you know, they're expensive and why pay extra for all that crap they put in factory food?So that was this morning, making the…
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Years of our lives

That moment when you realize it was 2014 when you posted last, and it's somehow now 2017.... How did that happen? Looking back over all the year's posts, my poor garden blog went from frequent excited posts to sporadic random recipes and "want…

We get winter like Florida gets sun

Well, it's been winter since the second week of November here (it was winter early October last year though, so I am happy fall stuck around a little longer) and it just keeps getting more and more wintery. And I'll tell you a secret, I can…
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They move in…

If you follow me on facebook, you probably noticed a few pictures I've posted of our recent "guests".They are gypsy moths (or the caterpillars that will turn into them) and they don't want to move out. Google says that BTK is "the thing" to…
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Raised bed & tub gardening

What a difference a thousand miles makes. In Oregon, the garden (and weeds) was growing like crazy by the end of May; here in Alberta it's only just warmed up enough to take a chance at planting outside. We were too busy this year to start seeds…
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Pinterest Thursday : Decorating

I am a lousy decorator. I know what I like, but being able to create the look I want in my home has made it so that for too many year, the most decorating my homes have gotten is new shower curtains in cute or fun patterns. Like, I don't even…
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Chickens!

"A chicken in every pot" - 1928 Rep. Party campaign slogan "Don't have a pot to put it in" - 1928 Dem. Party response slogan It's time to get back to more regular posting! There's been so much going on that I haven't had the brain power to formulate…