Prepare Dry Beans in Advance by Pressure Canning

Pressure canning dry beans

I love the economy of dried beans. I love being able to know exactly what ingredients went into my dishes. The only problem is that I am terrible at setting them out ahead of time to rehydrate and cook them in time for the meals at which I’d like to serve them. I just don’t have that kind of organization in my meal preparation! And recently, I discovered that I am not the only one! To work around this known deficiency of mine, I find that it is easier to do all the work for dried beans at one time […] Click to read more

Local Fun with Kids week of May 26

Fun with Kids, Farmers Markets and Races In and Around Auburn – Week of 5/26

It’s time for another list of local activities! We had so much fun researching activities last week, even though it was the last week of school and we didn’t really hit any of the events. This week I even discovered a completely new museum that I had no idea existed near me – the Hall of Heroes Super Hero Museum in Elkhart, IN! I’ve also included farmers markets and upcoming races. I will probably break these out into separate posts later on, but since I have them ready now I figured hey – let’s just go ahead and add them! […] Click to read more

Auburn IN events week of May 18

Fun with Kids In & Around Auburn – Week of 5/18

School is almost out for the year, so I’m keeping an eye out for events in my local area to which it would be fun to take the kids. I’m planning to list events once a week. If I’m missing a good one, please let me know! Every Day LEGO Quest/Busy Builders – Every day in May (except May 26) 164 Kelly St. Rome City, IN 46784 Every day in May, the Limberlost Public Library with have LEGOs and Duplos (for the smaller kids) available. Just head in and ask to play. For more info & directions, visit: Tuesday […] Click to read more

House stubborn quote

“I’m both annoyed and amused that you think I should be less stubborn than you are”

I’m a stubborn person. So are my children. And this quote runs through my head at LEAST once a day. Click to read more

Less toxic ways to kill ticks and control tick population

Less Toxic Ways to Kill Ticks and Control Their Population

Yesterday I published an article titled 14 Reasons Ticks Are The Worst and in it I promised that I would share the results of my complete melt down in my adventure to eradicate the tick threat from my home and yard. After the initial finding of a tick on my dog, the freak out that followed concerning the removal of said tick, and subsequent finding of MORE ticks, this happened: Click to read more

the tick

14 Reasons Ticks Are The Worst

If we’re friends on Facebook (and if we’re not yet, why not?!), then you might be aware that I’ve been suffering from a small crisis called THE TICK MENACE. It all started about a week ago… My beloved Thor (you’ve seen the countless pictures of him on my Instagram, right?) had something on  him. I thought it might be a tick. My husband thought no, perhaps he needed to go in to see the vet due to some weird tumor. There was something hanging off of him that resembled a deflated corn kernel. We went to bed completely unsuspecting and I […] Click to read more

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Design Your Kids Room With Instant Print Posters

Cinema posters are often used to decorate bedrooms and are not just for the kids, as many adults love having their favourite movie posters hanging up on the wall. I’m excited to share information about cinema posters and one company that allows you to design your very own cinema style poster. Cinema posters can add a unique and decorative stance to any bedroom, and because there are so many options to choose from with regard to content and size, the possibilities are endless. People may want to have the posters that they see in the cinema because they are fans […] Click to read more

Liberty Wedding Photo

Sonnet LXIX by Pablo Neruda

7 years ago today, this sonnet by Pablo Neruda was read at my wedding. Sonnet LXIX Maybe nothingness is to be without your presence, without you moving, slicing the noon like a blue flower, without you walking later through the fog and the cobbles, without the light you carry in your hand, golden, which maybe others will not see, which maybe no one knew was growing like the red beginnings of a rose. In short, without your presence: without your coming suddenly, inticingly, to know my life; gust of a rosebush, wheat of wind: since then I am because you […] Click to read more

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