Sunday, May 5, 2019

Donate books to jail.

Are you in flux of books and have decided to "Tidy Up" and find that you just do not need these books but still have love for them and want them to find a good home? Here are a few different way you can donate your books to jail.

If you are thinking about the reference books you no longer need or never used you would be surprised that they are in high need! Here are some other book types that top the list for needed most in jails etc.

Dolly Parton has an Imagininate Library free for kids. Free books by mail for kids

Dolly Parton has an Imagininate Library free for kids. Free books by mail for kids compliments of Dolly.

Cheerios is helping us to help save the bees

Cheerios is giving away free seeds(while supplies last)  to help save the bees and free information to cultivate more bee friendly areas.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Summer time Free Audio books for teens to keep (and adults too!)

Hello everyone!
Free Audio books! FREE AUDIOBOOKS! Who does not love free!? If you know me you know it is a very favorite way to be! Free!

 Today is exciting because it is only 5 days away from the first installment of 2 FREE AUDIOBOOKS to keep that are geared towards teens. Let us be honest. A guilty pleasure of my is YA (Young Adult) novels. These are a great treat that you get to keep courtesty of Sync. They have helped expand my audio books beyond what I typically am geared towards and allow me a wider range information that expand my horizons.

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. Returning April 25, 2019, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at

Here are Sound Clips of the 2019 titles  Soundcloud Playlist

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Saving basil seeds.

How to save basil seeds. Homesteading in suburbia from seed to seed. Basil start to finish. Most people take a leaf here and there from their basil. If they are ambitious pesto is in the cards. But the relationship ends there.
This is year 4 of growing basil. Each year I have gotten more and more involved with the plant itself. Here is what I've learned. 

When your basil goes to flower, pinch it off. You want the resources of the plant to go into making new leaves not seeds and flowers. They will keep producing flowers and I just to through and pick them all again. 

This promotes healthy growth.

When it flowers, some people loose interest in the plant at this point. Either letting it go calling it done or even ::gasp:: tossing the whole plant ! 

I'll admit I was tossing the flowers and seeds before. This year I'm really into drying herbs and saving seeds. 

Here's the trick. Dry everything for at least a week. It might have gone to two. Then just roll the bits you saved in your fingers. It crushes up the driers flower bits and the seeds come out! There are typically 4 seeds per pod and the pods looks like this on their own. 

You get really good at identifying the seed pods. They look like this. Typically found on the stem below the flowers (which are also edible) ! 

Fully dried and ready to store for next year ! I use an airtight little tiny jar then envelope them to protect from light deterioration. Handy to label year and plant origin! 

Any leaves that dried are saved for winter use and soups. All the crushed up basil bits that came from harvesting seeds just went into the dried jar too for later use! Great flavor!

It's obviously a time consuming and not at all "cost effecient" to the rich mans eyes. But not only is it free to save seeds but some day someone might control all the worlds seeds and have all of the fruit and produce "trademarked" and breed to have seeds that will not produce fruit. Even if that was not a worry, why not stockpile and ensure that you yourself have independence and a different gratitude for the food you create! 

What are your favorite things to do with basil ? 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Painted rocks. Strawberry

Last nights random project. 

Painted rocks to mimic strawberries
Hoping to dissuade the birdies and teach them our food is no good. I'll let you know how it ends up at the end of the season !  

Thursday, May 15, 2014

4 Steps to Creating a Chalkboard Cabinet Door with Measuring Cups and Measurement Conversions

 Chalkboard Craze! I absolutely LOVE the idea of making surfaces multi-purpose. On top of that there are also other benefits to having my measuring cups all have a home and always in an order. Baking is just that much more fun when I can leave my cabinet door open and have every spice and measuring cup at hand! The measurement conversions come in handy too! Most of the materials I already had on hand too!

Cost : $3.67 for the Rust-Oleum Specialty Chalkboard Flat-Black Spray Paint

Chalkboard spray paint
Piece of wood
Cup Hooks
Masking Tape


 4 Steps to creating this:

1.) Get a slim piece of scrap wood to add to the middle of the inside of the door. I attached this using wood glue and used a heavy object to hold it in place overnight while the glue dried. 
TIP: Make sure that when you are opening and closing your cabinet door that the extra wood and what will be hanging off of them do not interfere with the existing interior shelves.

2.) Line up all of the utensils in the order you want them to hang. Using a Sharpie color in the holes to mark where you will be drilling. 

3.) Pre-Drill the holes slightly smaller then the coffee cup hooks you will be screwing them into. Screw in cup hooks.

4.) Mask the edges of the wood you do NOT want paint on and then spray away! Following the instructions on the can, it is important to prep the chalkboard with chalk then erase once its dry. 

Voila ! And a Beautiful addition to our home! Though I do have to warn you... this cabinet door is noisy if you find you swing cabinet doors open fiercely. Which apparently I used to do but no longer as the clanking of Stainless Steel is enough to make me have a new softer approach !