December 10, 2011

Favorite Things of the Week

Source: via Maja on Pinterest
These are just like the ones that my great aunt Alice used to make!  I am pretty excited to make some for the baby.
I have to try this! I can only imagine the wonderful smell.
I just love everything about this!

December 9, 2011

Are you a 'No-reply' blogger?!

   Are you a No-Reply Blogger? This post is a little lengthy but well worth it!


What is a NO-REPLY blogger?

1. Suzie leaves a comment on Jodi's blog asking a question.

2. Jodi has all her comments sent directly to her email.

3. Jodi checks her email and reads Suzie's question. Jodi
clicks reply. Shazam! Up pops Suzie's name but instead of her email address, it say's NO-REPLY. Argh!

4. Suzie doesn't have an Email associated with her blogger blog/blogger profile. Which means no one can reply to any of the comments or questions that she leaves. Boo Hoo.

You may not even know that you are a NO-REPLY blogger. No worries.

Follow these instructions to see if you are a NO-REPLY blogger:

Sign in to Blogger and bring up your Dashboard or Profile Page. Click on EDIT PROFILE.

See the third box down (SHOW MY EMAIL ADDRESS) there should be a check mark in it.

Scroll down; see the section titled IDENTITY. See the box labeled EMAIL ADDRESS. Your Email address should be in that box.

If there is no email in that box or if you don't have the Show My Email Address box checked. You are a NO-REPLY blogger.

ARGUMENT often heard from NO-REPLY bloggers:

I DON'T want my personal email out there for the whole world to see....

Good News! You don't have to. You can set up a "generic" email address to be associated with your blog. (You just need to remember to check it often) (especially if you leave a comment or ask a question on another blog).

CLICK HERE to see my profile. Notice below my photo there is a box labeled CONTACT. Just below that you will see a link that say's EMAIL. If you click on this link, you can email me. AND it also means that I have an email associated with my blog,,, so when I leave a comment on another blog, that blogger can email me a reply. (does your profile show an EMAIL link? If not.... You're a NO-REPLY blogger)

And really the majority of "seasoned" bloggers will agree; It's good blogging etiquette to have an email associated with your blog. Especially if you're going to be blogging, commenting, asking questions, participating in Give Aways, etc. etc. etc.

Here's your assignment for the day. Check your PROFILE. Are you a NO-REPLY blogger?
Yes? Well I would LoVe it, if you
either use the email you already have, or set up a new "generic" email and put it in your profile.

Use the instructions above to make sure your email is in your profile, and email me with any questions. CEPT! If you are a NO-REPLY. Please remember to put your email address in the body of your email.


December 3, 2011

What I have Accomplished/Learned this Week

This week I have been having a really hard time making what I want to accomplish and what really ends up happening match.  My to do list might have been a bit too ambitious or being 30 weeks pregnant with baby 5 could have been it.  All that I accomplished was naps, basic cleaning, and making sure my kids are taken care of.  
I know that it won't get any easier once the baby is born but at least I know that Jake will be on parental leave and I'll be able to breath.  Plus I LOVE nursing my babies :)

November 16, 2011

100 Things to disappear first in an extended emergency situation.

I don't know if it's cause I'm pregnant or if I'm being inspired but I can't get survival out of my head!  I live in the middle of a wheatfield on 5.62 acres.  We have lived here for 2 years and have learned many, many things about country life, and ourselves.  The last couple of days I have been thinking of things that I need to learn and get to be able to survive out here if cut off from the rest of the world.  Then I got to thinking about what if the rest of the world was in crisis too?! What would I need to get a hold of before anything bad happened to be able to not only survive but for my family to thrive.

Here are my top 100 list of things to disappear first.

1. Generators

2. Water Filters/Purifiers

3. Portable Toilets

4. Seasoned Firewood.

5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps, Lanterns

6. Camp Stove Fuel – Impossible to stockpile too much.

7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.

8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.

9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar (CHOCOLATE!!! I know it will be a great bartering tool and sanity keeper!)

10. Rice – Beans – Wheat

11. Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled)

12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid

13. Water Containers

14. Mini Heater head (Without this item, propane won’t heat a room.)

15. Grain Grinder (Non-electric)

16. Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur.

17. Survival Guide Book.

18. Lantern Mantles

19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.

20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)

21. Propane Cookstoves

22. Vitamins

23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder

24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.

25. Thermal underwear / Polypropylene

26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)

27. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty

28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)

29. Garbage Bags

30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels

31. Milk – Powdered & Condensed

32. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid)

33. Clothes pins/line/hangers

34. Coleman’s Pump Repair Kit

35. Tuna Fish (in oil)

36. Fire Extinguishers (or..large box of Baking Soda in every room)

37. First aid kits

38. Batteries

39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies

40. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)

41. Flour, yeast & salt

42. Matches

43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators

44. Insulated ice chests

45. Workboots, belts, jeans & durable shirts

46. Flashlights, Lightsticks, torches, Lanterns

47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks

48. Garbage cans Plastic

49. Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash, floss

50. Cast iron cookware

51. Fishing supplies/tools

52. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams

53. Duct Tape (lots and lots!!!)

54. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes

55. Candles

56. Laundry Detergent (liquid)

57. Backpacks, Duffel Bags

58. Garden tools & supplies

59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies (sturdy fabric)

60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.

61. Bleach

62. Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)

63. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel

64. Bicycles…Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc

65. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats

66. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)

67. Board Games, Cards, Dice

68. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer

69. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets

70. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)

71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap

72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.

73. Shaving supplies

74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)

75. Soysauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy/soupbase

76. Boy Scout Handbook

77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)

78. “Survival-in-a-Can”

79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens

80. Reading glasses

81. Window Insulation Kit

82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky

83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts

84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)

85. Lumber (all types)

86. Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)

87. Cots & Inflatable mattress’s

88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.

89. Lantern Hangers

90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts

91. Teas

92. Coffee (for bartering)

93. Cigarettes (for bartering)

94. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc,)

95. Paraffin wax

96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.

97. Chewing gum/candies

98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)

99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs

100. Goats/chickens ( with feed options and fencing)


November 5, 2011

Christmas Round up Part 3 {Christmas Decor}

Every year, after I get out the Christmas decoration I am amazed at how little I have. So I am going to do a project a year until I feel this 'problem' is resolved.

I have found some good ideas on pinterest.

   Are you Christmas Decoration impared or overloaded?

November 4, 2011

Christmas Round up Part 2 {Christmas Sewing}

Usually each year I get all excited about sewing something for the littles...and then reality happens and the sewing doesn't.
I am starting earlier than normal and hopeing to actually get it done this year.  Wish me luck!

Here are a few ideas I've found:

Source: via Krymsen on Pinterest

I could really use a foolproof nightgown pattern!  If you have one PLEASE share :)

November 3, 2011

Christmas Round up Part 1 {Christmas Ornaments}

I have the goal of making an ornament for my kids each year.  That way when the leave home and start their own families they will have a bunch of ornaments from me to start with.

Here are the contenders for this year:

October 29, 2011

Italian Bread

Italian Bread Recipe
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 tablespoons crisco or tenderflake
1 1/4 cups warm water
2 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoon butter, melted
1 Mix together shortening, sugar, salt, yeast, and 1 cup flour. Add warm water and beat by hand until manageable, or 3 minutes with an electric mixer. Add remaining flour, scraping bowl often, and mix all together until smooth.
2 Cover with a clean cloth and let rise until doubled in volume.
3 Stir dough down gently, and spoon into a lightly greased 9x5 inch loaf pan (the batter should be sticky). Pat down with floured hands to help shape. Cover again, and let rise for about 30 minutes.
4 Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
5 Bake for about 45 minutes. Place on a cooling rack, and brush top with melted butter.