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  • MaryJanesFarm Farmgirl Connection - Farmgirl Sisterhood Merit Badge Awardees
    it never ceased to gag me Being an animal lover the thought of forcing cattle up with a forklift in order to say they aren t downed and therefore can be slaughtered is so inhumane I could cry Not to mention the thought of what cattle go through suffering with acidosis rumenitis feedlot polio vitamin A deficiency or eating pot scrubbers and phonebooks for roughage is unspeakable How can large scale operators live with themselves On the other hand grassfed beef owners are on the right track Its much easier to know one is eating beef that is cared for lives peacefully munching healthy organic grass and isn t distressed at weaning time or with long distance shipping Also knowing the cattle isn t being sent to gross stressful slaughterhouses for their last moments is bearable We just found a grass fed beef farm in our county and look forward to doing business with them MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 09 2010 11 26 27 AM Judy King patchworkpeace 932 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level The Secret Life of Bees badge 1 I watched the trailer Vanishing of the Bees today I took notes during the trailer 2 In addition to the purple flowering bushes we have on our property that the bees congregate around we have planted zinnias cosmos marigold and poppies in the hope of attracting more bees We already have purple irises tons of them We have other purple flowers which I don t know the names of but bees should love us 3 I read Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd finished it June 3rd 2010 The trailer told us that due to Colony Collapse Disorder the adult bee population is rapidly declining and that bees get disoriented and can t find their ways back to their hives CCD should be a wakeup call to how we ve played havoc on our environment The website listed four ways to help bees 1 plant a garden 2 get a hive 3 buy organic 4 use natural pesticides in home and garden We do all 4 with the exception of having a hive which isn t practical where we live I would love to own one though MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 09 2010 11 34 40 AM Kristen Myers KristenMyers 1642 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge My husband and I have had our three goat girls for about two months now They are all saneen goats Which is a dairy breed of goat We plan to milk them when their milk is in soon Our goats were being raised on a commercial goat pellet food when we got them Now they eat an organic diet of fescue hay and veggies They also eat a lot of tree leaves and such This past weekend we rescued 4 angora rabbits They stay in the house since they are a very delicate breed of rabbit They require a lot of grooming since they have long hair The challenge has been to get their severely matted hair off them as it is a huge health concern for the bunnies Since getting these bunnies I have spent over 20 hours grooming them They were being fed a commercial diet of bunny pellets We switched them to organic carrots and veggies Plus an organic rabbit cereal mix Our goats are healthy and they are gaining weight and should be good milk producers in a few months Their coats are shinny now not dull like before Their tails and ears have perker up and they actually smile Our angora bunnies are healing and recovering from the hair problems We continue to groom them daily Our bunnies are loving celery and yogurt vitamins They are regrowing their hair MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 15 2010 11 13 37 AM Kristen Myers KristenMyers 1642 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Horse Dreams badge We are lucky enough to have a horse farm on our road We have admired these three horse for sometime now when we drive by Last night we walked down the road to see the horses We took them apple slices and fed them While we were there we talked to the owner our neighbor we had never met she told us that the horses were her daughters and that the one that let us pet it was named Starbuck He is an Arabian breed horse from the research I did The owner was not sure and called it just a standard quarter horse He was beautiful and magical all at once I am sending a picture of all three horses we met MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 15 2010 11 24 11 AM Debra Swan Debra Swan 462 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a intermediate level Quilting badge Thought I would try making a table runner I love making the coasters and signature block I love it it really came out cute I thought MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 15 2010 11 34 43 AM Debra Swan Debra Swan 462 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Quilting badge My friend was showing me some of her projects on quilting I told her I would love to try quilting and saw this cute coaster So she said that would be a good beginner project I thought it came out cute Great gifts for friends family etc Fun project and quick MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 15 2010 12 03 28 PM Debra Swan Debra Swan 462 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an expert level Quilting badge Well my husband got me this material lap quilt kit from Alaska So I m getting excited on quilting now so I started on this quilt kit Oh It came out beautiful I m hooked on quilting now Thanks farmgirls for the different badges to earn It sure is making me try new things and just loving every minute of it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 15 2010 12 13 01 PM Marie Bucher Reereebee 1627 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a intermediate level Buttoned Up badge I spent an evening ooh ing ahh ing over my button collection and picking out my favorites After I was done I realized that I had picked those buttons with the most texture most unique designs and all were natural materials or made to look like natural materials such as wood mother of pearl bone stone etc The few that weren t happened to be in beautiful turquoise color tones They looked great together when I layed them all out Next I pulled some jewelry clasps from the anals of my sewing box and some thin hemp cord I strung them in an over under pattern with every 4th or 5th button as one of the turquoise colors I was very pleased with the end result of my button bracelet When I put it on I didn t want to take it off I wore it the next day to work and run errands I actually got several compliments on it The only thing I didn t like was its tendancy to flip over and show the back side of all the buttons I may end up restringing it in some other way to see if I can fix that MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 15 2010 12 19 26 PM Robin Griffin shepherdess 1519 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Knitting badge I have been knitting for many years I have made socks scarves hats and just recently finished a pair of fingerless mittens I knit for my granddaughter I love knitting find it very relaxing and enjoy knitting dishcloth s when I don t want to task my mind on a more complicated knitting project The fingerless mittens turned out very well for my first attempt I need to perfect the thumb a little better However my granddaughter loved them MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 15 2010 12 37 53 PM Judy King patchworkpeace 932 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Heirlooms Forever badge I began by reading Lynn Coulter s Gardening with Heirloom Seeds during the winter That inspired me to order as many heirloom seeds as my seed company had available in varieties that would do well in my part of the country I was able to plant 43 of my garden to heirlooms From recommendations from MaryJane forum posters I will be changing my seed company next year and hopefully will be able to plant an even higher percentage The following are the heirloom varieties I planted Lettuces Black seeded Simpson Deer Tongue Beets Bull s Blood Beans Garden of Eden Pole Beans Scarlet Runner Beans Flowers Persian Carpet Zinnias Perennial Lupine Tomatoes Great White Black Krim Rainbow Brandywine Legend Everything is up and doing well with the exception of the lupine We are enjoying the lettuce already and there are a few very small tomatoes along with some flowers on the tomatoes Can t wait MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 15 2010 12 53 45 PM Lindsay Troyer Lindsay Troyer 1548 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Going Green badge I have been slowly changing over all of the products we use in my house to green or environmentally responsible ones and I have just recently finished the task I believe there is one bug killer bottle left that is being thrown out or given away even though its terrible I still feel strange just tossing in the garbage but besides that everything is gone We use Mrs Meyers hand soap dish soap and laundry detergent now and buy it in bulk All of our shampoos conditioners toothpastes and lotions are organic or environmentally responsible I started making notes and lists about what products would be better for my family to buy when decided risk to the producers risk for our safety and risk on the environment once it s disposed of I also recently brought veggie wash and biodegradable wipes to a friends house that needed some green help It went really well My family have been avid about eating organic for my entire life and have farming in their blood but surprisingly we weren t buying these simple products in that same spirit My father has been really receptive and has become more aware and responsible about what he purchases My dad s girlfriend has been really willing as well to change some old habits and try new products although I think it has been more difficult for her because she hasn t been exposed to this idea of living for very long This wasn t a terribly difficult task thankfully because my family believes so strongly in it We just needed a little push Thank you MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 15 2010 1 01 25 PM Kerma Hopewell mimi kerma 1009 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Gaining Ground badge I have had a compost pile for over two years now I also had one for years at my previous house I am very happy to say that my husband has totally come around and doesn t throw anything out without asking if is compost able Every morning he leaves his little packet of coffee grounds on the sink MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 15 2010 1 09 10 PM Kerma Hopewell mimi kerma 1009 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Crochet badge I learned to crochet daughter learned to knit After one year we will flip flop and teach each other our skills My first project potholder was an almost perfect triangle I made several potholders for my three year old granddaughter s toddler kitchen After getting the hang of it I made big girl potholders I have now made three doll afghans countless potholders and a pillow for my bed MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 15 2010 1 35 25 PM Beverly Sherman KMop 799 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level In the Garden badge This year I finally made a trellis for my peas using sticks and strings And also my first year for pole beans I built a teepee for them They have just started to grow I think the peas are so much easier to care for and the trellis was very easy to construct The teepee was made from cuttings when we trimed the brush in our lane I think it is quite beautiful MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 15 2010 2 19 39 PM Joanne Nasser jodi 1125 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a intermediate and expert level Quilting badge These were paper pieced and they were put together so that they would represent the seasons of the year I work with special needs students and have taught them how to quilt We had a blind young man high school and I was able to get him involved by having him rip the fabric for the sashes I know this is a NO NO but it was the only way he could be involved The quilts turned out fine They were a pleasure to make and I had a good time with them MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 15 2010 3 31 23 PM Ruby Slider narjay 1663 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge I found what looks like a very small picnic basket yard sale for 1 00 Lined it with material and made the pin keeper by covering a small piece of wood with batting and covered it by pulling tight and stapling material over the batting Then I glued it to the inside of the lid so it will always be handy I have all the sewing supplies beside the basket so you can see them I m proud of how it turned out I think it s really cute Can t wait to use it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 15 2010 3 44 23 PM CJ Armstrong ceejay48 665 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level 3 R s Rule Reuse Recycle Revive badge Well I had a bunch of fun making my garden row markers Used tin can lids stakes cut from the prunings from my pear and cherry trees Nail punched the veggie name on lids over marker print used baling wire through holes to attach the stake twigs to the lid Then I planted them in my garden Photo is of some of my tin can row markers I have my own garden tools which include grass clipper big pruners little pruners trowel etc I keep them clean and maintained and stored in a bin in my utility room My husband is a knifemaker and fanatic about keeping things sharp so I know how to sharpen my garden tools Been gardening for years been taking care of my garden tools for years too MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 15 2010 3 50 43 PM CJ Armstrong ceejay48 665 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level Make It badge I have tools in a special drawer in the kitchen that include hammer screwdrivers variety of picture hangers tape measure glass scraper etc These are the tools that I use around the house for a variety of household purposes and are always stored here I have hand garden tools that are in a bin in my utility room which include grass clippers little pruners trowel gloves etc This is where they always are stored I have some larger tools such as large pruners weedeater rake hoe etc that are stored in our metal storage shed When we are gardening the hoe rake shovel are usually more available and stored by our house It s nice to have tools that are for MY use and that I can count on knowing where they are I know how to use them and when I need to make a purchase I can usually make intelligent ones We have constructed wooden planters of every size shape and description over the years for use mostly when we lived in rentals Used them for flowers and veggies such as lettuce spinach and tomatoes MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 15 2010 3 56 43 PM CJ Armstrong ceejay48 665 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a intermediate level Make It badge Many years ago I built a picnic table for our yard It was sturdy and

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  • MaryJanesFarm Farmgirl Connection - Farmgirl Sisterhood Merit Badge Awardees
    Posted Jun 17 2010 11 55 13 AM Rusty McHale Rusty 1572 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Know Your Food badge My food journal was a real eye opener We already eat organic but need to incorporate more fruits and vegetables We grow our own sprouts so that helps but I need to make more BakeOver s to get more veggies in our diet We only use EVOO and real sugar and butter Nothing artificial About the book Animal Vegetable Miracle what a GREAT book Everyone should read this book It is about a family of four who eat only locally grown food for one year They have a huge garden and record month by month what product comes up and how they use it They raise chickens and turkeys and also give you great recipes at the end of each chapter I will be keeping up with my journal just to keep track of what we are eating MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 17 2010 11 59 52 AM Rusty McHale Rusty 1572 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a intermediate level ChillOver ComeOver badge Just made my own version of ChillOver dessert We have cherries that grow up in the mountains and we go up every year and buy some cherry cider I made a cherry cider ChillOver with dried cherries cut up and chopped nuts It was delicious needless to say it is all gone MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 17 2010 12 07 00 PM Kathleen Lorentz KathleenL 1620 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge I learned to sew when I was in 4th grade and have had a sewing kit since way back then I had one of those red store bought pin keepers that was shaped like a piece of fruit I was never sure what it was supposed to be because it was round like a tomato or apple but had a little thing attached for sharpening needles that made it look like a strawberry Anyhow I have never had a homemade pinkeeper so I decided to make one I enjoyed making my pinkeeper and made it in my favorite color pink MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 17 2010 12 12 32 PM Kathleen Lorentz KathleenL 1620 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a intermediate level Sew Wonderful badge I ve been sewing for many years and have many chances to sew both by hand and machine When I started sewing I didn t have a fancy machine that finished edges I m not sure they even made them then I learned how to sew all of the stitches illustrated in MaryJane s Ideabook Cookbook Lifebook plain seam pinked seam edge stitch seam french seam imitation french seam and flat fell seam For most purposes these days I m happiest to use the edge stitching that my machine does although it s nice to know how to do the other seam finishings for specific projects I remember that at the time I learned some of these stitches it was a challenge but with use they came more easily MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 17 2010 1 04 03 PM Robin Montoni 1485 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Going Green badge As I replaced all my cleaners with green choices I kept a journal with ideas and recipes for the ones I now use and some that I would like to try in the future I particularly like adding a drop of scented oils to the all purpouse cleaner and laundry soap I have shared my ideas with the other woman in the neighborhood and some have acutally replaced some of their cleaning products with home made green cleaners such as vinegar and water for glass instead of commercial cleaners Its been fun to swap ideas and compare how much we are saving Has been really fun to see what new ideas my neighbors and I can come up with Its become more of a mission statement its sort of a fun competition we now have going I also think the cleaners work better Who knew baking soda would be my new best friend MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 17 2010 1 09 38 PM Betsy Bollen TexBetsy 1444 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning a beginner level Disconnect to Reconnect badge My husband and I unplugged this past weekend No television cell phones video games It was marvelous Friday night we sat on the back deck until dark and watched our cows and horses Some time in the pool on Saturday then just relaxing and reading Sunday we went to church did a few outdoor chores and to church again on Sunday night What a peaceful weekend MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 17 2010 1 18 07 PM Betsy Bollen TexBetsy 1444 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge I have been sewing for many years so already have all the tools So I put together a sewing kit for my future daughter in law using the Mason jar idea from Mary Janes Stitching Room I think it s adorable and I know Meghan will love it too MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 17 2010 1 23 18 PM Robin Montoni 1485 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a intermediate level Going Green badge Making Laundry soap was fun

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    PM CJ Armstrong ceejay48 665 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an expert level 3 R s Rule Reuse Recycle Revive badge I have been finding ways to repurpose broken equipment and supplies all my life It is just the way my family is my dad was a master at that as a farmer I have used old watering cans pans pots and pitchers for planters Have several of those in use currently including an old tea kettle I found along the road just up from my house Old broken terra cotta pot pieces get broken up into smaller pieces and added to the driveway The picture included is of the dinner plate border around the flower bed at along the front of my deck I do a lot of power walking for many miles in my neighborhood Part of what I do along the way is pick up the trash bottles and cans The trash goes in our dumpster the glass goes to the recycle bin and the aluminum is money for my husband to use when he shops at the local salvage yard and he takes those to recycle for that As previously stated my family was always making do with what we had inventing creating and repurposing LONG before it was the now thing I m grateful that I have those genes and have been able to be creative all my life My husband is the same way and we are MASTERS at Reusing Recycling and Reviving Always will be MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 17 2010 2 50 01 PM CJ Armstrong ceejay48 665 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level What s Your Beef badge I was raised on a farm where we raised ALL of our chicken beef and lamb We were taught early on the difference in grass fed My husband s maternal grandfather was a cattle rancher in Arizona so he was raised to know the difference as well I did read through the information on www eatwild com just to see what was there and found it to be very interesting and informative I didn t learn anything that I didn t already know considering how we were both raised We raise our own beef currently and have for years So we are able to regularly butcher our own and put beef in the freezer It s really good to know where that hamburger steak or roast came from Yes those steers usually have names but we have no problem putting them in the freezer MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 17 2010 2 57 20 PM Debra Swan Debra Swan 462 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a intermediate level Buttoned Up badge I love the button braclets and thought I would make one for my friend A red one She told me if you wear red on Friday this shows your support for the troops Thought they came out cute and cannot wait to give her hers and looking to make myself one to wear on Fridays to show my support for the troops as well MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 17 2010 3 02 15 PM Rusty McHale Rusty 1572 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Tatting badge Well I finally mastered Tatting It only took me a week to figure it out and not get all tangled up but I think it looks great I think I will sew it onto my levi jacket I just love it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 17 2010 3 06 40 PM Rusty McHale Rusty 1572 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Safe Toys badge Put together five different bean bags and they will be given to our local women s shelter We have a shelter called Jardin de los Ninos which takes care of women and children who are in need of food clothing and shelter I think they are adorable MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 17 2010 3 10 40 PM Rusty McHale Rusty 1572 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a intermediate level Aprons badge As long as I had my sewing machine out I thought I would make a full size apron from some fun material I collect folk art turkey s and chickens for my kitchen so this will fit right it I wore this to my friend Bonnie s house and she got a big kick out of it In fact she wanted it I guess I ll have to make her one now MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 17 2010 3 17 21 PM Debra Swan Debra Swan 462 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an expert level Backyard Farmer badge Looked into my goat book for how to make cheese It is a lot of fun and it came out great My husband just loves the cheese I make and yogurt as well What rewarding feeling you get for doing it yourself Thank you farmgirls for the challege you give us MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 17 2010 3 21 52 PM Judy King patchworkpeace 932 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Know Your Food badge I haven t listed drinks because we only drink filtered well water teas or 100 juices No canned or sugar added drinks such as pops 5 1 2010 B reakfast 1 bowl multigrain organic cereal with almond milk Sn ack 1 banana 1 slice cheese L unch green salad S upper homemade hamburger pizza 5 2 B peach rhubarb cobbler L none S leftover hamburger pizza 5 3 B peach rhubarb cobbler L grilled cheese Organic wholegrain bread soy cheese S homemade chicken and noodles green beans frozen from garden 5 4 B peach rhubarb cobbler L none S chicken rice casserole 5 5 B none L green salad home canned peaches S chicken potato casserole 5 6 B organic GF crisped rice cereal w almond milk L tomato cheese omelet S grass fed beef stew biscuits green salad 5 7 B organic GF crisped rice cereal w almond milk L leftover chicken casserole S cheese quesadillas tomato salad 5 8 B rhubarb muffins L ham baked beans coleslaw rhubarb pie S leftover quesadillas 5 9 B cinnamon pancakes L ham peas potato salad rhubarb pie S grass fed beef hamburger on bun organic mac n cheese 5 10 B rhubarb muffins L none S stir fry with rice 5 11 B rice cereal almond milk L none S ham turkey Subway sandwich 5 12 B rice cereal w almond milk L none S veggie lentil soup 5 13 B rice cereal w almond milk L homemade bread and butter S grass fed beef hamburger organic mac n cheese frozen homegrown green beans 5 14 B homemade bread butter L Lara bar S New England pot roast homemade biscuits 5 15 B organic GF crisped rice cereal w almond milk L sloppy joe macaroni salad baked beans cantaloupe S beef veggie soup homemade biscuit 5 16 B none L homemade bread butter organic yogurt applesauce S tacos 5 17 B organic GF crisped rice cereal w almond milk L mixed veggies S cheese quesadillas green salad 5 18 B organic yogurt applesauce L peanut butter and banana sandwich S grass fed beef hamburger and bun 5 19 B organic yogurt applesauce L brussel sprouts carrot dish homemade bread butter S mashed potatoes homegrown green beans green salad 5 20 B organic GF crisped rice cereal w almond milk L mixed veggies S spanish rice green salad 5 21 B rice cereal and almond milk L none S homemade ham spinach pizza 5 22 B pear L leftover pizza S home canned peaches 5 23 B pear L rhubarb muffin S roast potatoes carrots green salad 5 24 B rhubarb muffin L none S beef stew homemade biscuits green salad 5 25 B rhubarb muffin L leftover stew biscuit S rice w mushrooms brocolli green salad 5 26 B organic GF crisped rice cerel w almond milk L none S spanish rice spinach 5 27 B organic GF crisped rice cerel w almond milk L home canned applesauce S grass fed beef hamburger w bun parsley carrots applesauce cake 5 28 B organic GF crisped rice cerel w almond milk L none S veggie stuffed pasta shells w hamburger gravy green salad applesauce cake 5 29 B organic GF crisped rice cerel w almond milk L banana S tacos 5 30 B rice cereal w almond milk L meatloaf baked beans green beans corn applesauce rhubarb custard bars S none 5 31 B rhubarb custard bar pear L none S chef salad Baked goods are homemade using organic flour sugars and no hydrogenated oils Hamburger buns GF rice cereal are the only purchased breads 2 I read Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver and am participating in the discussion in the Reading Room 3 I sprouted some pinto beans and ate my first homegrown sprouts last night 4 We don t purchase hydrogenated oils or foods with artificial sweeteners We rarely buy any pre packaged foods if we do they are almost always an organic brand 5 Ten ways to incorporate more fresh fruit and veggies in diet 1 add a fresh fruit dish to supper 2 have more fruits available for snacking 3 make raw pies such as apple pies 4 serve fresh fruit smoothies 5 keep fresh made veggie juice on hand 6 have carrot celery sticks available for snacks 7 eat more salads for my lunches 8 have more fresh fruit for breakfast 9 put cold soups in hubby s lunches 10 add sprouts to diet regularly It always thought I ate a lot of fruits and vegetables but the journal opened my eyes to the fact that I really don t It was a good experience Also I found out that sprouts are quite tasty MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 17 2010 3 29 35 PM Cynthia Christen Lineshack farmgirl 1570 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Knitting badge I cased on 14 stitches using size 10 needles did all knit rows till the scarf measued 80 inches then bound off and weaved the end in The yarn I used was a bumpy yarn that a friend let me have I showed my mother in law how to knit she s working to make her scarf now I think it turned out well The yarn I used might not of been what I would of chosen but it was given to me I am looking forward to picking up some yarn and knitting another scarf Im sure it will be a red scarf MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 17 2010 3 36 41 PM Cynthia Christen Lineshack farmgirl 1570 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Buttoned Up badge Well it began with a tin that I have had for years that belonged to my Great Grandmother Elida there are lots of old buttons in that tin so that was the start I like to look for old buttons on old clothes the more unquie the better I love my buttons and my love for buttons has had me carrying my button tin around for 42 years MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 17 2010 3 40 52 PM Elizabeth Montgomery 725 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I use my reusable bags all the time I have a bunch of them a lot more than 6 from different stores and organizations and I keep them in my car so they are ready when I need them They are different sizes and materials which is very convenient when going grocery shopping Some are insulated some are cotton and some are recycled plastic MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 17 2010 3 46 36 PM Dianna Morris annaid41 1534 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an expert level Aprons badge I designed made 2 identical aprons one for myself and one for my out of the area daughter I am not a ruffly type person so I made a skinny but very full ruffle all around the skirt part of the apron I rounded the bottom corners of the apron as well as cut the bottom with wide but not deep scallops I used contrasting fabric for the pockets one on each side of the apron skirt kind of like trouser pockets and the ruffle and the front waist band I wanted a bit more feminine look to the bib top so I cut it wider and gathered it to the top of the waistband made a rounded neckband which buttons on one side of the front of the apron top I like it It is not too frilly but not simply utilitarian My daughter and I both wore our aprons to farmer s markets in our respective areas on the same day and then compared notes about people s reactions to us in our aprons I think I could go into business making aprons as a lot of people asked my daughter and I where we got the aprons and if I would make them one It helped that the main apron fabric had little icons and saying about living green and eating organically and fresh foods MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 17 2010 3 50 15 PM Elizabeth Montgomery 725 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Gaining Ground badge We have lived in our home for less than 2 years but ever since we have moved in we have had our compost behind our home I frequently contribute to the compost with buckets full of fruit peels coffee grinds old flowers old food and more It makes me feel so good to dump a bucket full into the compost versus putting it into the trash MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 17 2010 3 54 31 PM Dianna Morris annaid41 1534 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Gratitude badge I kept up a gratitude journal I had started the beginning of the year the only difference was that for the past month I made sure to write in it each day and to not repeat anything I had previously written I liked that this took me further on my path to being thankful every day Doing this journal the past month was different from what I had previously done in that I had to write something every day That made me more aware of things in my life to be grateful for I will continue this albeit perhaps not every single day but I do notice that now that I had to look for things to be grateful for on a daily basis that I find myself acknowledging things that happen in and around me more I am more aware of things around me MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 17 2010 3 57 58 PM Elizabeth Montgomery 725 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Horse Dreams badge Across from my home is a horse barn There are three horses boarded there I see them every day They are lovely to watch In the winter I strapped on my snow shoes and walked up to them They came to the fence and to greet me On a separate occasion which happen to be my birthday my husband and I walked up to the horses We were able to pet them It was very exciting They were so calm and friendly Now that it is summer the owner has let them roam and it s so nice to see them freely grazing in the field during the day MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 17 2010 4 01 21 PM Elizabeth Montgomery 725 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge This year for my birthday my mom gave me a sewing machine I was so excited that I pulled it out a few days later I love making things for myself my family and my friends I ve made the broom covers that were in one of your magazines I made a bunch of those I gave one to my mom my mother in law my best friend who just moved into her own place and my aunt I used all different fabrics to suit each person I was able to make these things because along with my new sewing machine I have a sewing box filled with all the essential items It contains scissors measuring tape thread extra bobbins pins safety pins a pin cushion buttons needles ribbons and more MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 17 2010 4 08 08 PM Lindsay Troyer

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    earning a intermediate level Nellie Make do badge For the intermediate level of this badge I took apart a purple shawl that I had and knitted the yarn into hats The shawl was made with four skeins of homespun yarn two strands held together so the yarn was difficult to separate I rolled the yarn into two balls one a dark purple and the other a slightly lighter purple with some blue and dk green streaks From the two balls I was able to knit 10 hats in different sizes ranging from infant to youth I had to resort to using some white yarn that I had on hand to finish up the last bit of purple I am keeping one hat for myself it matches a sweater I made last year and the rest of them will be sent to a Family Crisis center near me MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 17 2010 4 50 16 PM Carrie Meerwarth Carrie M 147 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an expert level Nellie Make do badge For the expert level of this badge I used up my drawer full of fabric scraps along with the scraps of a friend to make two quilts One is a log cabin with sampler squares around it It has a sheet for the backing and an old ragged blanket inside in place of batting I hand quilted all the sampler squares and tied the log cabin center The second quilt is made from autumn colors and the pattern is called Buckeye Beauty The blocks are full of small pieces and because I was using scraps it took long time to piece together I used another old sheet for the back and had to applique fabric leaves onto the back to cover moth holes It looks like leaves are falling down the back of the quilt I love both of my scrap quilts even though they are not contest quality Lovely memories fill my heart as I pick out the fabrics that were once dresses that my girls wore or pajama pants made for my boys I usually give away the things I make but these two precious quilts I keep in my camper where my family can be close to me no matter where I may roam MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 21 2010 11 41 57 AM Rusty McHale Rusty 1572 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a intermediate level Know Your Food badge We have been eating organic for quite a while now but unfortunately we do not have any CSA s that are local We are feasting on blueberries and cream in the evenings instead of cake or ice cream We removed anything with High Fructose Corn Syrup ages ago Bad stuff Omnivore s Dilemma is a great book and it really gets you to want to eat more fruits and vegetables This is an ongoing work in progress but we feel we are on the right track health wise MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 21 2010 11 48 03 AM Rusty McHale Rusty 1572 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a intermediate level Pay It Forward badge My neighbors probably think I m nuts but I went around and collected boxes of canned good bags of rice and beans and boxes of noodles for La Bodega which is our food pantry for NMSU starving students They were very generous We collected well over 100 items for this food drive MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 21 2010 11 55 37 AM Rose Lynn christmasgal 1486 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level The Secret Life of Bees badge I watched the trailer movie at vanishingbees com and checked out at the library the audio book of The Secret Life of Bees and planted bee friendly flowers of bachelor button love in a mist sweet peas poppies and sunflowers I have a whole new view on the honeybee and will always respect them from now on and I will always plant bee friendly flowers in my flower beds The book on audio was a wonderful way to read the book so descriptive MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 21 2010 12 10 39 PM Rusty McHale Rusty 1572 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Bustin Out badge We have been eating organic for quite a while now but it is amazing the variety of organic food you can find at your local co op We are expanding our horizons each time we go shopping We are feeling that we are helping our local farmers and also helping ourselves to stay healthy MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 21 2010 12 18 45 PM Lisa Birkner Lisa Marie 1196 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Buttoned Up badge Reading the requirements for this spurred me to gather from all corners the buttons in my home Dresser drawers closets storage area clipped a few from clothes headed to rags and trash Collected them all into my old sewing basket Haven t used it in years What fun I now have over 100 buttons all in one place and ready to be used I think some may have been my Grandmothers I ll check with Mom Thank you for giving me the goal MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 21 2010 12 26 12 PM Lisa Birkner Lisa Marie 1196 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I already had some bags so for this project I ordered a new set of five that includes two bags that zip close and have a light insulated lining Collected two more at a solar powered outdoor concert Now have bags everywhere Adding the new bags really helped Some are always in the car now and I have started taking them into all stores Target drug stores and the like The insulation is fabulous here in Florida Heat index has been around 110 the groceries still make it home cool MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 21 2010 12 40 09 PM Cynthia Christen Lineshack Farmgirl 1570 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew wonderful badge Well I used the mason jar idea I had some cushon foam laying around so I used that to make the pin cushon for the top of the jar I cut a circle to match the top of the jar cut it out then shaved it into a dome shape and covered with fabric On the inside when I secured the fabric I also added an old abalone shell button as an accent inside I put a pair of scissors measuring tape thread for different colors thimble buttons safety pins and some old vintage embroidery thread I feel that this turned out very well I plan to give this to my daughter for her birthday The Abalone shell button will really thrill her she is just crazy for buttons And that shell was one of the buttons from my Great Grandmas button book that was pasted down to me so that will really mean alot to her This was really a lot of fun to put together MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 21 2010 1 43 55 PM Theresa Atkinson atkinst2 1632 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level What s Your Beef badge I went to eatwild com and did the research on grass fed vs corporately raised and wrote down what I learned and how it has changed my mind about the meat I eat Grass Fed vs Corporately Raised Having been raised on a horse ranch in Utah my family always preferred natural meat Whether it came from the wild or the farmer down the lane Not that I knew about the unnatural diets and drugs given to the meat bought in the store I ve always preferred it for the taste and quality The research I have done on this process just fortifies my desire for wild or grass fed We as humans are given way to many antibiotics and chemicals in our food I was also not aware that animals raised on pasture had more vitamins It is no wonder that people today are more unhealthy than in my mother s day or for that matter my grandparents day They ate food that they grew Vegetables from the garden pigs from the farm My grandparents lived to nearly 100 and my mother is 83 and going strong This research will not change my mind about the meat I eat as I buy my eggs from a friend that has free range chicken my beef when I buy beef from a friend that raises grass fed cattle and hunt for my own wild game I will however try to find a place to purchase milk products It was very interesting I have found a local dairy farmer that sells raw milk in my area MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 21 2010 1 56 58 PM Cynthia Christen Lineshack Farmgirl 1570 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a intermediate level Buttoned Up badge I made a necklace out of small assorted white buttons from my old button tin I matched the size of the white shade buttons put them on strong string added some blue bead and used fishing fasteners for the clasp I think it looks like a pouka shell necklace it makes me remember the old days So I would say it turned out just fine MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 21 2010 2 11 27 PM Ruby Slider narjay 1663 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Buttoned Up badge I went around the house gathering buttons from the bottom of jewerly boxes sewing kits and retired workshirts all over the house I had no idea I had so many Good variety now I need to learn how to make jewelry out of them MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 21 2010 2 21 23 PM Robin Armstrong Miller birdie71 1301 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Going Green badge I have replaced the ungreen cleaners in our house with either homemade or purchased green cleaners The mission statement for our home is that we will choose cleaners whether homemade or store bought that are safer for our family and for our environment I have collected recipes for cleaning and for personal health from online and from Mary Jane s magazines and gathered them into a section in my Farmgirl Sisterhood binder This section is titled Green Cleaning I have started sharing these recipes with friends at work and in other groups I m involved in I have really enjoyed doing this I enjoy learning new things and especially learning things that make life better This has not only been better for my family but also for my classroom I choose to use green cleaners in my classroom as well as teaching my students how to use more green I also have had issues with my skin blistering and peeling off with ungreen cleaners and since I ve started using these recipes I have not had any problems MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 21 2010 2 35 26 PM Robin Armstrong Miller birdie71 1301 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Families Forever badge My family and I have been playing Dungeons and Dragons for the past year and a half It started as just the four of us and then we have invited a couple close friends to join in Since the kids are my stepchildren we have them both every other weekend That is the time when we would play It has become quite the ritual We always have our favorite drinks and snack with us We are amateurs at this game but it doesn t really matter we re having a good time together with something that we all like My husband and I recently started playing different card games and we all have our favorite word games such as crosswords wordsearches and Sudoku We actually do help each other on those too Our most recent reading aloud to each other has been The Garden Guy It s a month by month guide to gardening in the desert rather appropriate since we began our first garden this spring with that book What I truly enjoy about playing games and playing more is the interaction that we have with one another We don t get to spend every weekend together and now the oldest is going off to college So it is such a precious time for us to interact When the tv is on that doesn t happen As the kids are growing and leaving the nest my husband and I are learning to have fun together no matter what MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 21 2010 2 46 10 PM Rose Lynn christmasgal 1486 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level What s Your Beef badge I got onto eatwild com and researched the difference between grass fed beef and corporately raised beef This has completely changed my mind about the kind of meat I eat Grass fed beef has less total fat less calories has more vitamin e c and beta carotene It s not treated with hormones or growth promoting additives They re not fed soy or other supplements but left to graze and not confined Corporately raised beef are raised in confinement given hormones antibiotics and other drugs Their main feed is genetically modified grain and soy and also may contain by product feedstuff such as municipal garbage stale pastries chicken feathers and candy Some of their feed has been shipped from distant fields that have been treated with pesticides and fertilizers and to cut the costs some beef feedlots feed their beef chicken manure for protein This has forever changed how I look at meat prodcts and will only seek out grass fed meat Thank you so much MaryJane for opening my eyes MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 21 2010 2 53 24 PM Robin Armstrong Miller birdie71 1301 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Gratitude badge I wrote a gratitude journal for the month of May I have actually already been journaling but for this badge I included something to be grateful for each day I love doing this In this world is so easy to find what is wrong or what is missing However there are so many things that I have that others don t I have no choice but to be grateful I am going to continue to notice at least one thing to be grateful for everyday MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 21 2010 2 57 37 PM Rose Lynn christmasgal 1486 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Pay It Forward badge I figured out how much I spent per meal skipped a meal and donated it to a food bank MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 21 2010 3 01 55 PM Rose Lynn christmasgal 1486 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Bustin Out badge I tried an organic food each week for a month I ate cauliflower broccoli rhubarb and carrots and will continue to do so they tasted so much better and fresher MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 21 2010 3 07 12 PM Rose Lynn christmasgal 1486 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Bee Good to Your Mother Earth badge I read Montrose Life in a Garden did research on pest control and I m growing green beans tomatoes and lemon thyme I love the book it is so descriptive and the drawings were beautiful This families life is this garden I enjoyed the details given about all the people they know and all the pets and wild animals it was like I was really there I have done research on pest control and will love to try out a few if needed and I m growing green beans tomatoes and lemon thyme MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 21 2010 3 19 42 PM Robin Armstrong Miller birdie71 1301 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Horse Dreams badge My horse dreams began as a little girl It first began with Flicka She was the first horse that I learned to ride on and actually got most of my training on as a child 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    took my swap to the forum Below is a partial introduction of the swap I hosted Do you use reusable shopping totes Do you know that the plastic grocery bag is harmful to you your children and your pets For more information on the harmful effects that plastic grocery bags have on us and our environment go to www learnaboutenergy org gbags facts doc The following is what I asked of the participants Totes can be handmade or purchased I want everyone to be able to participate not just those that can sew The possibilities are limited only by your own imagination Try to use recycled items If you re sewing you could use old jeans or repurposed fabric even feed sacks If purchasing your tote try to add some repurposed recycled embellishments There were a few rules as far as contacting partners and mailing dates There were 27 ladies that signed up only 1 dropped out during the swap without contact and only 3 ladies that sent did not receive a tote from their assigned partners There was a drawing at the end of the swap that included all ladies that completed the swap by the assigned mailing date for a free tote For the most part everyone that signed up participated and I consider the swap a big success Everyone that participated was sent a big thank you for taking a step toward getting the plastic bags out of our landfills and off the side of our roads There were a couple of ladies that sent out their totes but have not yet received a return They were angeled a tote with great love and thankfulness for the part that they played Cindy was the winner of the tote drawing Everyone that sent a tote received a tote You can checkout pictures of the tote swap on the Swapping thread MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 22 2010 11 13 24 AM Rali Burleson Rali 1679 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I started collecting reusable shopping bags in 2008 To date I ve collected a total of seven reusable shopping bags I m still waiting on two more The best part is I acquired all of them for FREE I clipped coupons saved UPCs etc I keep them in my car That way I always have them for my shopping trips I ve included a picture so you can see all of my reusable shopping bags I m proud of my collection MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 22 2010 11 39 08 AM Rali Burleson Rali 1679 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Buttoned Up badge I inherited the bulk of my button collection from my mother I ve also saved left over buttons for forty years I store most of my buttons in two display jars in my sewing room MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 22 2010 11 52 39 AM Robin Montoni 1679 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Connecting Growers and Eaters badge Well its been ten long years but I have finally done it Over the years I have watched the neighborhood children grow as they have visited my garden Talking about butterflies watching the birds make nests and even giving them all their own bird houses to paint and take home Well this year to my delight the family across the street honored me by asking for my help to create their own garden It s not a plantation it wont feed hundreds but to me it is truly one of the most beautiful gardens I have ever seen Each morning when I look out my window I see the little five by eight plot with mums squash and tomatoes and my heart sings It s a joy to watch them care and take pride in their new found hobby This is testament to me that given a little encoragment and guidance others will follow in positive footsteps over time MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 22 2010 12 02 52 PM Sally Roeser dragonfly 1668 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning a beginner level Disconnect to Reconnect badge I unplugged tv radio computer and cell phone promptly at 5pm last Friday and plugged my phone back in at 9pm Sunday to call my dad and wish him a happy birthday and happy father s day My husband already doesn t have a cell phone and no landline so it was quiet at our house but definitely not dull We had such a fun family weekend working on our new hobby farm at home with our two young boys We had campfires all weekend and all went out to breakfast together one morning We shopped at a local nursery for more plants for my garden and landscaping stones for my husband s projects We kept the kids so busy they didn t ask for tv once I got housecleaning done and spent so much more quality time with my children and husband It was great MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 22 2010 12 09 32 PM Judy King patchworkpeace 932 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Bee Good to Your Mother Earth badge 1 I am growing a vegetable garden We are currently eating radishes chives and 5 varieties of lettuce from the garden 2 We don t use any pesticides 3 I have researched pest control Organic Gardening magazine and Rodale books have been helpful We choose to try to grow the healthiest plants possible since pests attack the weakest plants first We have

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    Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 24 2010 11 55 14 AM Giselle Borowicz scotdeerie 1659 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level The Secret Life of Bees badge I ve watched the trailer for Vanishing of the Bees and signed up for their email list I ve always been fascinated by bees and very concerned over why the hives are vanishing I read Secret Life of Bees years ago and it started me off on a journey to study bees and their problems Now I plant with bees in mind and I joined The Great Sunflower Project www greatsunflower org to help track bees This year everyone is growing Lemon Queen sunflowers to track bees and mine are just starting to set their flowers I also grow lots of Bee Balm Purple Salvia Balsam Veronica Nasturtiums purple Clover and mints to give the bees lots of variation Many people won t come up my front walk because there are so many busy bees there in July and August but I have never ever been stung by one of my garden bees I love it I love all the flowers and all the bees and even lowly weeds that the bees love are welcome in my garden although I rarely call any plant a WEED I think they re all misplaced flowers MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 28 2010 10 09 06 AM Ruby Slider narjay 1663 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level What s Your Beef badge I prefer beef from local sources over grocery store meats I just didn t know the mechanics of why When we my husband and myself looked into it we decided to purchase our own mini starter herd two cows and one bull and now one calf No hormones no drugs no stress Healthier happier cows healthier happier family We actually made these changes last year This just confirms we made the right decision I m very happy with the changes we ve made MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 28 2010 10 26 16 AM Debra Swan Debra Swan 462 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a intermediate level In the Garden badge It was a challenge to make something out of tin cans So when my grandsons came up we started to put a tin man together What a blast we had building putting together cans We started with the arms legs body and head We started stacking them together As we were putting it together my youngest grandson said Nanna it looks like a robot when legs are apart more the older one said Once we put the legs closer together it started looking like a tin man MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 28 2010 10 34 37 AM Debra Swan Debra Swan 462 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level The Secret Life of Bees badge Watched the trailer of Vanishing of the Bees I also signed up for their email newsletters Very interesting I have grown up with bee s I would go into the schools and share about bee keeping My dad had hives and did all that bee keepers do He passed away a couple of years ago and my husband has gotten into bee keeping It is so fun watching him care for his bees and today he brought in some honey comb for us to sample YUMMY MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 28 2010 10 43 50 AM Ruby Slider narjay 1663 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge This is part of my bag collection I ve had them for years and I m ashamed to say that I have never used them for shopping until now The blue and red ones were free the cow print bag was homemade and given to me as a gift the bag with lions on the front I got at the San Diego Zoo in 1993 My favorite was a Christmas gift the bag in the upper left hand corner of photo this bag was made with heavy duty material it folds out and has two small wheels on the bottom so it is perfect for heavier items I keep them in my truck so I won t forget them when shopping If I do forget them a quick trip to the parking lot and I m back on track I love using them it s actually easier to use my own bags MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 28 2010 10 50 02 AM Kathleen Lorentz KathleenL 1620 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Buttoned Up badge I have a button collection that started years ago when I inherited a glass jar full of buttons from my grandmother Over the years I ve taken from the jar and added to it plus collected several other cards of buttons that I keep in a rubbermaid container The other day out of curiosity I counted the buttons in the jar and there are 928 It s convenient to have a collection of buttons so that when I need some I don t have to make a trip to the store MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 28 2010 10 57 26 AM Kathleen Lorentz KathleenL 1620 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Get It Together badge I started out by going through storage containers and sorting out the odd pieces and ended up cleaning out the utensil

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    leftovers and when I bake I love having my ingredients so easily accessible It also makes it easy to know what ingredients I m low on MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jul 02 2010 09 38 53 AM Kyria Baker Kyria 991 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Gaining Ground badge I started a compost heap this spring I have now kept it going for about four months It has finally become a habit with my whole family to use the compost bucket MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jul 02 2010 09 43 15 AM Kyria Baker Kyria 991 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Bee Good to Your Mother Earth badge Because of chronic illness I haven t gardened in many years This year I ve felt good enough to have a garden finally My husband two children and I are growing an acre and a half And since we ve been selling organic fertilizer for two years now of course we re using it ourselves Our pest controls are molasses and garlic oil We have had successes okra and failures potatoes We re learning together and enjoying the journey We re trying varieties that aren t common around here like Moon Starz melons We even had a volunteer mustard plant I m collecting the seeds now My garden is my therapy It s helping me get healthy keeping me happy and giving me purpose MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jul 02 2010 09 48 43 AM Kathleen Lorentz KathleenL 1620 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a intermediate level What s Your Beef badge I read the book Beef The Untold Story of How Milk Meat and Muscle Shaped the World I also located places to buy meat in my area One rancher sells in the Denver area although his farm is much farther away There are a couple of places within an hour or two drive from my home and one place about 40 minutes from my home I was surprised at the last place as it s in a mountain area that I ve been past many times and never knew it existed A few months ago I was wondering how cattle had ended up being domesticated but hadn t gotten around to researching the subject Reading the book Beef answered all of my questions and more Some parts of the book I found very interesting but there were a few parts that I thought were a little boring I m glad this book came to my awareness because it saved me a lot of research of my own MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jul 02 2010 09 54 37 AM Joan Van Roo Tourguidejoan 1314 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a intermediate level Shopping Green badge I tried a number of non toxic cleaners and found the best one for me is Seventh Generation products from Burlington VT I had discarded all the toxic cleaners I had been using I use Method in my washing machine It is 90 per cent plant based and biodegradable Seventh Generation and Method are the only two products I am using at the present time These products work great and I don t miss the toxic ones MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jul 02 2010 10 04 49 AM Elizabeth Thums prairie princess 1505 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge I already had the majority of the items required for the beginner s sewing kit on hand I just had to buy more better quality straight pins I included all of the required items in my sewing box along with denim patches various fabric hooks and eyes sewing machine attachments bobbins thimble seam ripper and a measuring tape I made a mason jar pinkeep to include in my sewing kit I got together with a fellow MJF farmgirl to make the homemade pinkeep together We gathered ideas from MaryJane s Stitching Room At first I tried to use a recycled yeast jar as the base of the pinkeep and create a pincushion for the top but the results were not very impressive But we had many laughs along the way We finally decided to attempt the mason jar pinkeep like in the book and it came out much better To make the pinkeep I saved a used mason jar seal for the base of the pinkeep and gathered polymer stuffing on top wrapped a pretty country fabric square around the whole thing and used a hot glue gun to hold everything in place This pinkeeper worked much better because it was easier to adjust the amount of stuffing and pull the fabric to make a prettier shape The mason jar will also double as a nice container to hold my growing button collection MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jul 02 2010 10 10 57 AM Darcy Tietjen Darcy 1674 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge The requirement is to collect six reusable bags for shopping That was the easy part I find I prefer the canvas bags better sturdier and bigger but still manageable The second part is to commit to using them I keep them in the car and work hard at remembering they are there I find that if I visualize land fills with plastic bags that I was responsible for being there that jogs my memory My local grocery store pays back 5 cents off my grocery bill for each of my own bags I

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    has been such a blessing to me I work full time but always say my four hours at The Inn each week is good for the soul Getting to know the residents and their stories of how they ended up in a homeless shelter puts everything in my life into perspective MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jul 07 2010 10 59 54 AM Betsy Bollen TexBetsy 1444 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Gratitude badge Beginning June 1 I kept a daily gratitude journal Here s my list getting my feet rubbed books my friend Lise hot weather my husband Pike Baptist Church swimming pool Farmgirls fun pens Samaritan Inn Diet Coke Blanca kittens postcards rice pudding a good night s rest recipes getting out of work on time Farmers Market my son dessert before supper lunch with a friend vacation rain Chinese food swimming the old folks of Pike chocolate chip cookies a job that pays well enough a car that gets me where I need to go As I review my list the things I m grateful for are not expensive may not seem to some people to be a big deal and in many cases had to do with my Farmgirl Sisters MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jul 07 2010 11 12 13 AM Tanya Murphy Turtlemoon 1737 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level Make It badge Made a small trellis for the garden area to help separate and support the potatoes and to keep them from smothering the corn from some old bamboo stakes and small mesh left over from a lettuce table I made A bit of string finished it off I also made a few bamboo tee pee s from some old stakes found in the barn when we moved here That and string are doing wonders to support the beans and look nicer than traditional cages over tomatoes Can t wait to play some more It is working out well The beans are loving the support and already starting to curl around the stakes The corn is thriving now that the potatoes are not hanging over them Very good for the garden the earth and the pocket book MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jul 07 2010 11 18 42 AM Tanya Murphy Turtlemoon 1737 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge I went to my local goodwill this morning and found a great old wooden sewing box for 1 99 It has the hinged top that opens both sides outward and has a handle and feet I was able to pick up a small set of thread spools with needles there for 99 cents as well At home I was able to round up pins safety pins and scissors to keep all in one spot I also located many odd buttons from clothing items that come with the spare button or old clothes that were no longer wearable that I cut the buttons off from My daughter now knows everything is in one spot for those random mending tasks needing to be done She actually sat right down to re sew a button onto her shorts MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jul 07 2010 11 27 14 AM Tanya Murphy Turtlemoon 1737 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Knitting badge I already do know how to knit so I chose a silk alpaca scarf to knit Lacey in design but an easy pattern and nice for all seasons Teaching daughter to knit a washcloth The scarf came out nice airy may even take it to a bbq tomorrow in case it cools in the evening My daughter is not sold on the knitting yet but is still working on it We will see though lol fingers not crossed but she is being persistent MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jul 07 2010 11 34 41 AM Tanya Murphy Turtlemoon 1737 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Buttoned Up badge I organized my buttons a little better in the collection I gathered some old wooden embroidery hoops from the goodwill and tied buttons of the same style on waste yarn and hung them from the hoops The hoops each got hung on nails on the wall in my craftroom Not only are they more visible but they are now art until put into a project Some of these I have purchased from crafters who made them picked up when we are traveling etc Buttons that I have inherited from my gram who was a huge button collector are filling canning jars on a shelf in my room These get used for various projects I have an old wooden dovetail box filled with the very very old buttons from my gram She gave me this box years ago as I played with it when I was very small She collected these on trips to the city from old family clothes grandads old military uniform I have yet to find anything I deem special enough to use these on yet I can see what I have now as well as the sizes and number per style I like being able to enjoy them before they go into a project I also enjoy seeing my grams treasures now that she is no longer here MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jul 07 2010 11 51 40 AM Dionne Ruff Sloan TeaPriestess 1690 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge I decided I wanted some

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