How to Make Bug Spray

How to Make Bug Spray

Make your own bug spray, and skip all of the chemicals found in commercial versions. My recipe uses just two natural ingredients. [Read more…]

How to Have a Sold Out Yard Sale

Yard Sale Clothes

It’s always been my goal to have a yard sale where we sell absolutely everything. I mean, isn’t that everyone’s goal? It takes so much work to round up the stuff you want to sell, to price it, to haul it outside, to arrange it on tables and racks and then sit there baking in the sun while you try to sell it all. The last thing you want to do after all of that is box everything back up and then figure out what you’re going to do with the leftovers. So, when we had a yard sale this weekend, I finally got serious about selling everything, and I’m excited to report that we got to hang up our first ever sold out sign. Woo hoo!

Our strategy for having a sold out yard sale is really simple, and it something that you can easily replicate. Here’s what we did. [Read more…]

Strawberry Pie Recipe

Strawberry Pie Recipe

I had no idea I’d be making strawberry pie this week, let alone developing my own strawberry pie recipe; but when I spotted a u-pick strawberry sign on the way to our cabin last Saturday, it quickly got added to the agenda. Strawberry season is pretty much over and done with back home. The kids were busy with end of the year projects and finals when the berries were ready to pick, so we just never made it to our local patch.

I was really bummed that we wouldn’t be adding any strawberry jam to the freezer this year. But, something cool I’ve discovered about our cabin: the weather up there is about two weeks behind our weather back home. And that means strawberry season is also two weeks behind. Woo hoo! Gotta love second chances, especially when berries are involved.

So, we picked four gallons of berries Monday morning, and by Monday night, I had 15 pints of strawberry freezer jam safely tucked in the basement freezer and plenty of berries left to play with. I had somehow made it 35 years without making a strawberry pie, and I decided that needed to change. But, as you probably know, most strawberry pie recipes call for Jello, and that didn’t exactly excite me. So, I dug and dug until I found a strawberry pie recipe that didn’t call for Jello, and I made it.

It was good; everyone enjoyed it, but I knew I could do better. So, I pulled some more berries out of the fridge, and got to work developing my own recipe. I like to keep things simple, so this recipe is as simple as I could get it. Aside from the strawberries, it just calls for cornstarch, sugar and salt. It turns out you don’t need that Jello at all because everything gelled beautifully. And you know what? When you keep things this simple, you can actually taste the berries. And if you ask me, that’s how it should be. Want to take my strawberry pie for a test drive? Here’s the recipe. [Read more…]

Curb Shopping Celebration

The starter died in our Jeep last week. Not the best timing, since this is our busy season. But, my husband finished installing a new starter this morning, and we decided to celebrate by taking it curb shopping. So, glad we did because we had an insane haul. You’re not going to believe what we brought home.

Landscaping Rocks

This big pile of landscaping rocks was our first find of the morning. We got plenty of exercise loading and unloading it, but then, so did whoever paid for all those rocks to begin with. Now I just need to decide where I want to use them in my garden. [Read more…]