Arrgh! Fruitflies!!!

This is just a short post with a tip you might need right about now.  How to get rid of the swarms of fruit flies in your kitchen?  Simple! First of all, try moving all your exposed water and produce into a bag or a fridge.  It doesn’t hurt to move your compost bucket further…

How to Brine a Chicken

For years I thought brining was some colossal pain in the tushie.  I don’t cook a lot of meat and I didn’t want to bother with anything that involved.  Being faced with a couple dozen tougher-than-they-should-be farm chickens forced me to face the brining demons in my mind.  Braising is awesome, but sometimes you just…

Play dough!!

I almost couldn’t believe it when my cousin Connie (mother of three and all around awesomely crafty person) told me that she made her first batch of home made play dough this Christmas.  It is so easy to make, super inexpensive, and your kiddos can help whip it up.  Here are the very easy steps:…

Easy make magnets

My kiddos love magnets.  And, okay, so do I.  I started them out with a set of foamy educational magnets.  They are awesome.  We can practice words and play at the same time. But they grew tired after a few months… It was a while before my little ones were old enough to not swallow…

Never too early to start your garden

Fall is all around us here in small town Independence!  The leaves are about halfway down and there is a chill in the air.  The chickens have been molting so they are mostly bald.  The cats have come indoors to snuggle by the fireplace.  It’s my favorite time of the year because it a time…