Author: Cheri

Cutworms — How to Keep Them OFF Your Plants

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If you’ve gardened for any length of time, you’ve probably come across many little creatures — some welcome and others unwelcome.  The unwelcome guest we deal with in our garden in the spring is the cutworm.  It’s a larva for…

Elderberry Propagation

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Ever wonder how you can get more elderberry bushes, or share some of yours with someone?  It may be easier than you think!  Follow these simple steps to increase your stock by using clippings from an existing bush. Find new…

To Bee or Not to Bee?? Spring Update 2016

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There’s something about taking a big loss that makes you step back and think about what you’re really doing with your life.  We had a rough fall when we lost our honey bees and chickens, and there wasn’t much that…

Lacto-fermented Carrots

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What’s orange and tasted like a pickle?  Dilly carrots!  …Also known as lacto-fermented carrots.  It’s a strange name for a delicious food, but one that I’m very excited about and happy to share with you.  Even though I have known…

Easy Chili Recipe

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My apologies for taking a month off without notice, which had to be done for personal reasons, but I’m back with a recipe for you!  It’s still winter, which means it’s still a great time to make chili.  I’ve got…

Girl Scout Cookie Copycat Recipes!

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It’s Girl Scout cookie time in our part of the world.  The order forms are circulating and the salivary glands are working overtime.  We love Girl Scout cookies!  However, we are not buying them this year because we’re making our…

Tortilla Chip Pizza Crust (gluten-free)

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If you are looking for a super-simple flourless crust for your pizza, look no further!  I came up with a recipe and method that works great and tastes fantastic.  I, personally, have not been diagnosed with any sort of gluten…

Nesting Boxes and BAD NEWS

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I’ll start off with the good stuff.  My son and I added nesting boxes to our chicken coop!  This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while since this coop didn’t have a separate nesting area where the eggs…

Pumpkin Shaggy Donuts

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If you have an extra can of pureed pumpkin in your pantry, this post is for you!  If you don’t have can of pumpkin, go buy one so this post can be for you, too. I know Halloween is long…

Hive Inspection Gone Wrong

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Every beekeeper who has kept bees for any decent amount of time has dealt with the loss of bees.  Sometimes it’s from disease or parasites, and sometimes it’s from seasonal swarming or too much condensation during the winter.  And sometimes…

DIY Layered Haircut

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I have been cutting hair for a long, long time, but not as a professional.  The first haircut I did was probably for my sister…against her wishes…with horrible results (I honestly don’t remember, but wouldn’t be a bit surprised).  The…

Canning Green Grapes

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If you are new to canning or just like a simple canning recipe, this post is for you!  I can green grapes whenever my grocery store has a sale on them ($.99/lb or cheaper), which is a great way to…