Be My Valentine Sensory Bin

Valentines Day Sensory Bin

Recently, in my post Including Kids In The Garden ~ How’s and Why’s, I talked about the benefits of sensory play!  And as much as kids love it, they can get bored just like they would with anything else.

That’s why I like to use the seasons and holidays to change it up!

Besides sensory needs being met, creativity and social studies opportunities really come out when playing in the bins.

The stories and scenarios that kids come up with really are amazing!

Pressure Canning Straight From A Newbie

I Survived My First Time Pressure Canning And You Will Too!


Have you ever seen one of those children’s movies where the furnace turns into a monster and screams at them???  I have wanted a pressure canner for a long time, and finally got one!

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Put those old canning lids to work!

The Perfect Plant Markers From Re-Purposed Canning Lids

Create Something New

We’re full swing into winter now, with blizzards and low temps!  That also means that the canning cupboard is emptying pretty quickly.  The canning lids are piling up again, and are really getting on my nerves.

I keep a box of them in the pantry and they were spilling out over the top, screaming to be organized!  So, I humbly obeyed this week.  I went through and realized that quite a few of them were just not up to par to be used again next season.

But that frugal girl in me just couldn’t throw them out!

Make this easy melt and pour soap to give a beautiful (affordable!) gift this Christmas!

Melt And Pour Goat Milk Soap

A Christmas Tradition

I was raised in a large extended family, and every year for Christmas we try to get as many of us together as possible.  I am lucky to still live fairly close and am able to make it to most holiday events.

But so many of us live from coast to coast!  Because there are so many of us, it’s hard to give to everyone.

We draw names and we each give a large gift to one person, but my mom and I like to make something homemade each year to give to the whole family.  Since my next plans for the homestead are goats, we decided to do goat milk soap!

Sourdough Starter ~ Failure to Success

 How I Finally Figured Out My Sourdough Starter

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I love bread. It’s a fault of mine.

I watch people order burgers with no bun and make pizzas with cauliflower. Even though I realize that this is for health reasons, bread is just not something that I am willing to give up. Especially sourdough bread!