Tring to be frugal today I started working with the tomatoes seed starts I had planted. The Burpee Hybrids I planted are doing amazing they are up and out with only a few slow starts. The Organic seeds from Home Farmer aren’t doing so well out of 37 Starts I have 2 Brandy Wine and 1 Cherokee Purple. To say that I am not impressed is an understatement. The Brandy Wine seeds didn’t germinate I have dissected 3 of the peat moss growing media all with the same results. The coating the seeds had on them didn’t dissolve it just became gooey and the seeds never germinated. I am hoping that this is not the case with other organic seeds. I am going to go back to my local Walmart and try Burpee Organic Tomato’s Seeds and see if I have the same issue. Problem is, now I am almost 2 weeks behind with organic tomatoes. So I have a plan. Continue reading →
Today we talk about the Egg. Yes, that incredible Egg. In my childhood I remember the TV Commercial with the Jingle “The Incredible Edible Egg”. In 1920, Edward Bernays created the advertising campaign for Beech-Nut Bubble Gum that made Eggs and Bacon the American Breakfast. Up until this time, most people just had leftovers from dinner when they got up. Oh I am sure, that eggs were eaten for breakfast before 1920 but it just goes to show how social perceptions can change with advertising. Continue reading →
I know that it is early it’s January. But it is a good time to get out a notebook and start thinking of what you want to plant this gardening season. Soon it will be time to start your cold weather crops like onions, lettuce, peas, beets, the list goes on and on. If you plan ahead you should be seeing your garlic start to poke its head up in a few weeks. It won’t be long until the days go from cold to cool and mild. Young plants will start to show in stores for the gardeners that don’t like to start their own pants. Seed packets are already loaded on pallets and might be making and appearance in your local mega-mart already. So what plans do you have this year. Do you have one? Continue reading →
My Favorite Knife is the Mora. Most people haven’t heard of them they are a knife built for the rigor of everyday life built for Scandinavian farmersWikipediahas this to say about the knife.
“Mora knife (in Swedish: Morakniv) is a term used to refer to a range of belt knives manufactured by the cutleries of the town of Mora in Dalarna, Sweden, primarily by Mora of Sweden. In Sweden and Finland, Mora knives are extensively used in construction and in industry as general-purpose tools. Most Mora knives are similar in design to Finnish puukkos. The forging of Mora knives dates back to medieval sword-smiting tradition. The proper way to pronounce “Mora” is with a long o (“moo-ra”).”
How many times have you been at the store and need an item like garbage bags? There you are standing in front of a wall of garbage bags, slack jawed and trying to remember what you brought home the last time. Now if your need lawn bags, no problems get a lawn bag, if you need a small trash bag for a waste pail no problem you get a small bag.
But if you are like me, you’re standing there and trying to remember what size bag your kitchen trash can takes, and you have way too many choices, and nothing to compare the sizes. You just roll the dice and hope you they don’t come up snake eyes. Continue reading →
Where and How to Store Your Long Term Food Storage
Food storage is a big topic. Lots of people talk about what to store, how much to store, how long things store for. What about, where in the heck are we going to put it? I have yet to meet a home maker that has enough kitchen cabinets. Even the normal house with the nicest kitchen, always seems to run out of space. You have to have a place for all your “every day” food, then there is the mixers, the bread maker, popcorn popper, coffee maker, and on and on. Just storing your cooking utensils, plates, dishes, cups, and glasses, takes up so much room and we haven’t even started on the pots and pans yet. Continue reading →
One of the few things I Truly Fear is a Cyber war. We have become to dependent on computers in everyday life. When was the last time you had cash in your pocket? It has become so common place for you and I to just swipe our cards for what we need. That card is connected to the bank and the bank is connected to the internet. What happens when a bad actor (IE) for lack of a better example the Korea, or China, finally gets fed up with the US government using them as scape goats every time someone hacks Sony or Target, and turns loose programmers, to work taking down our cyber grid. Continue reading →