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    Feb 16 2011 4 20 59 PM Dee McDaniel deemc54 2441 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Heirlooms Forever badge I have read the book Heirlooms Forever by Lynn Coulter I am making my list of the seed that we will be ordering I think we are going to like these new varieties I also have some heirloom seeds that my father in law saved that we will be using MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 16 2011 4 25 10 PM Dee McDaniel deemc54 2441 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Sew Wonderful badge I have sown by hand as well as by machine I know how to sew French seams as well as straight and zigzag seams All my seams turned out very well I am hoping to purchase a serger one day MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 16 2011 4 38 53 PM Dee McDaniel deemc54 2441 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge I made these three aprons for my sister and my nieces I began with making one of them After I knew exactly what to do I made the other two in assembly line fashion Therefore the other two went very fast They turned out precious and my sister and nieces love them I love the fabric that I got at Hobby Lobby and I also love the Amy Butler designer pattern I don t know if you can see in the photo but the front has five pleats Now to just make me one MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 16 2011 4 46 40 PM Dee McDaniel deemc54 2441 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Aprons badge I did not purchase a pattern for this apron I used black broadcloth because I wanted to have that professional look when I have a luncheon for my mother I also monogrammed it The apron turned out great It is not too thin nor is it too thick It launders well MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 16 2011 4 53 43 PM Dee McDaniel deemc54 2441 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Gratitude badge I have written in my gratitude journal for a month now I already had a notebook and I began writing in my journal everyday at the beginning of the year I had no trouble thinking of people things etc to be grateful for both in my past and present MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 17 2011 2 34 25 PM Amanda Henning mamahenning 2492 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an intermediate level Shopping Green badge Over a period of several weeks I researched different ways to clean my house with natural cleaners I looked on the internet and in books I found a vast number of recipes to make cleaners for the home I really didn t know where to start I tried several all purpose cleaners window cleaners and laundry cleaners and settled on a few products that I like Although I will continue to try new things I have committed to using Seventh Generation Dishwashing liquid I like the way it cleans and smells I also like the fact that they disclose all of the ingredients they use to make the product right on the bottle I also really like the MaryJanesFarm Powdered Laundry Soap recipe I mixed up a triple batch today to have on hand With two babies in the house I tend to do a lot of laundry I like the laundry soap so much that I mixed up a batch for a few of my friends The first time I used it I was really impressed with how clean my clothes were MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 17 2011 2 44 28 PM Debbie Brown rileybrown 2007 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge Went to JoAnns bought a pattern and fabric came home and cut out the apron That was enough for one day Next day I started sewing and completed it all but the pockets because I forgot the elastic I needed Went back to JoAnns and got the elastic and voila I finished the apron It is the cutest thing I was so pleased that I combined two coordinating fabrics and even my husband was impressed Started wearing it that very night MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 17 2011 2 53 18 PM Debbie Brown rileybrown 2007 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Get It Together badge The bottom drawer where I keep my plastic containers for leftovers was all in a jumble I pulled them all out and rearranged and now the real job is maintaining it that way haha Picture shows the finished product with a pile of lids and containers that went in the trash MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 17 2011 3 02 18 PM Kathy Smothers kathyjane 2565 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an intermediate level Going Green badge My favorite homemade all purpose cleaner is Orange Vinegar Cleans glass wood stainless steel and floors while leaving a fresh citrus fragrance Place fresh orange peel in a glass bottle fill bottle with white vinegar cover bottle and place in a sunny window for 24 to 48 hours Strain orange vinegar into a spray bottle

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    back down onto the ground we added four quarts of oil ran the car for a moment then checked the level It was still a little low so we added the fifth quart which brought it up to the right level I will check the levels again tomorrow to make sure that there is still enough in the engine after running it some more I do not need to find a place to recycle the oil I removed from the car as it will be filtered and used in the shop s waste oil furnace to heat the building an in house recycling program MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 17 2011 5 01 02 PM Carrie Meerwarth Carrie M 147 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning an expert level Grease Chicks badge I earned the expert level of this badge by doing some much needed updating and repairs to my Chevy Blazer My husband assisted me in each task at the shop where he used to be a mechanic We were able to put my car on a lift and use the available tools which made the jobs much easier Together we fixed a leaky valve on one of the tires which is why it was dangerously low on air when I filled it beginner level then rotated all the tires replaced the wiper motor so that the wipers work at all speeds again adjusted the washer fluid sprayer on the rear wiper so that it hits the upper part of the window again changed the rear universal joint photo below to get rid of the vibration while driving added some anti freeze and changed the air filter We did a lube job as well and checked the belts My car rides like a dream now And I learned that although it is good for me know how to do these things I am tremendously grateful that I have had a husband who has maintained my car so well for me all these years I have taken him for granted for far too long I will be much more willing to offer my assistance when maintenance needs to be done on my Chevy In fact I made him his own key lime pie when we got home to show him how thankful I am MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 18 2011 10 02 48 AM Vickie Garver 13Grandma 2316 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Crochet badge I crocheted a baby blanket I made the blanket in an Irish stitch going from corner to corner It was a pastel blanket with white pink and blues It took me 20 hours to make The blanket turned out beautiful I added a scalloped edge all around the outside of the blanket The mother loved it It was for baby number 5 so she really appreciated getting something new MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 18 2011 10 07 18 AM Vickie Garver 13Grandma 2316 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Gratitude badge I wrote a gratitude journal for 30 days I found at first it was very easy to think of so many things that I was grateful for As the month went on and I kept finding new things to be grateful for it seemed like it became harder But I realized it wasn t harder to find I just chose to find the things that I really was most grateful for I find myself still thinking about the things that I have and how they not only make me grateful for them they make me thankful and happy to think that I have them I have learned to think of the things that truly matter and not the material things MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 18 2011 10 11 32 AM Vickie Garver 13Grandma 2316 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Buttoned Up badge I gathered up all of the buttons scattered around in my sewing room I found a lot of buttons Put them in a storage container to use when I have a project Turned out fantastic I used a clear plastic container labeled the box Buttons and have it sitting on my shelf in my sewing room As I keep going through things a find another button or two so now it has a home to go to where it can be found and used MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 18 2011 10 19 40 AM Rebecca Tando Henny Becca 1952 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Aprons badge I made an apron using a pattern It took more than three hours start to finish because it is completely lined and made of three contrasting fabrics Today I was wearing it when preparing seed potatoes for the garden When I was done I washed up and walked across the street to visit my friend I realized it felt completely natural to be wearing it to a friend s house and I was earning a badge at that moment It turned out beautifully It is now my favorite apron All my most recent aprons are my faves I took a picture of my friend and I visiting He was doing school You can see the top part of my apron MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 18 2011 10 26 45 AM Rebecca Tando Henny Becca 1952 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge I started my own flock of chickens about six

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    been returnees from last year Many clients are grateful for the help and so impressed with the program that they are inspired to become trained volunteers In the training sessions that I took most of the attendants had been previous clients and were in their 3rd or fourth years of assistance in the program It is a great deal of fun working with people who enjoy volunteering their time to help others MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 18 2011 12 08 08 PM Krystle Townsend countrymommy85 2595 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level What s Your Beef badge I looked over the Eat Wild website and it just continued to verify the importance of grass fed animals It s disturbing to know the majority of cows are just standing in their own manure pits being fed animals flesh and all the junk in chicken feed is gross I refuse to buy conventional meat to cook for my family Sure going out to eat we can not choose grass fed per se but at least what I buy I can choose I have found some local farmers so I can buy good meat for my family while I get set up to grow my own meat Good informative websites like this wow I wish there were more MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 18 2011 12 12 51 PM Ann Hughes msneedlept 1011 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Quilting badge I made a doll sized quilt I have never made a quilt so I had to learn how I used the materials that I had left from other sewing projects I made a nine patch pattern from breast cancer fabric leftovers The quilting stitch was done in a straight stitch My first quilt project serves several purposes for me I learned to quilt I also use it as a place mat on my desk when I have tea or snack The warm pink fabric brings fond memories of lost love ones MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 18 2011 12 20 29 PM Carrie Meerwarth Carrie M 147 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Lend A Hand to Families badge I have had several opportunities to serve families during difficult times by bringing them food cleaning their homes and caring for their children This has usually been at the time of a new birth which is always fun as it usually means getting to see the new wee one Having been the recipient of such blessings when my babies were born I am especially happy to return the favor now that mine are all grown My most recent opportunity to serve a new mom was a little different as her sons have severe allergies to wheat and other foods we gave money to help buy some GF foods that are quite expensive but make dinner easy to make with a baby in the house I have also been able to travel to Massachusettes to help care for my grandmother after she received a terminal diagnosis I cleaned her apartment and got her room ready to receive a hospital bed commode nebulizer and walker This was a difficult time for me my mom and my cousin and aunt we were all shocked at her rapid decline We lost her just a month later a blessing in many ways as she was very sick but we also had time to tell her we loved her to serve her in her illness and to prepare for losing her I returned to MA two more times to empty her apartment clean it out and close it up Together we were able to do a difficult job without any one person having to bear the whole burden From the staff at Grandma s housing we learned that not all families work so well together which made us especially grateful for one another Here is a photo that was taken at the service MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 18 2011 12 26 49 PM Carrie Meerwarth Carrie M 147 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an expert level Lend A Hand to Families badge I have earned the expert level of this badge in a variety of ways First of all with my quilting guild I helped make over forty wheelchair accommodating lap quilts which we delivered to two different veteran facilities in our region We made dozens of Preemie baby quilts which were divided between the two local hospitals We also made two bed sized quilts to brighten up the bedrooms of a new local hospice house Haynes House of Hope and I made an appliqué square which will be part of a quilt and table runner set to be raffled in a fund raiser for another hospice home Hope House I have worked with my family to babysit the three children one handicapped of a local couple who don t out together very often I have helped to purchase gifts for needy families at Christmas with my church family I have sung in a community choir to raise funds used to purchase items for needy schoolchildren clothing school supplies and even snacks I have knitted hats for children and donated them to a coat ministry I also help support an orphanage in Haiti with the income from one of my cleaning jobs I learned of this home from a friend of mine who lived there for a year It was through her that I learned to love the children and families who are helped by HIS Home for Children photo is me at the tying party we had tying a quilt for a newly married

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    I have been putting daily entries into the journal Some days I only have a couple of lines and other days I can almost fill up a page Since beginning this journal we have had some medical issues with my husband In putting down my thoughts during this time it has shown me how much I have to be grateful and thankful for I realize now how important the support of family and friends can be Taking time to just stop and be quiet with my thoughts has been a very rewarding experience I plan to continue with my journal MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 18 2011 2 32 20 PM Remi Davis Cibola 2547 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level Let s Get Physical badge The New Year is always a time for me to begin resolutions I liked the Make it Easy of setting an exercise goal that is more of a lifestyle instead of a have to We recently got a dog and now I am walking her each day My husband joins us at times and it is a nice time to visit We have been doing this over a month now and I can see us continuing it I feel that I am being much more successful with this exercise goal of walking each day for at least 30 min Having a dog that expects me to take her out really helps me be more consistent also MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 18 2011 2 39 38 PM Tamara Burger GrammyTammy 2495 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge Made this 1 2 apron for my mom as she is moving into a new home I would have liked it a bit longer but think it s cute MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 18 2011 2 59 31 PM Llahoma Jackson homerbug 2653 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Buttoned Up badge My mother recently passed away and from that I was fortunate to inherit a few odds and ends from her craft room I discovered a jar with a few buttons but they were were cute ones and beautiful ones From there any time I see a random collection in antique shops or yard sales I nab them up Last night I used a few of the little buttons to elaborate a small quilted piece sent to me The collection is much more diverse than I had thought before I dumped them all out on the desk for this badge I was tickled to see some that I didnt know were in there MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 18 2011 3 04 41 PM Llahoma Jackson homerbug 2653 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Embroidery badge I received a package from my Secret Sister that included a small blank heart shaped quilted piece I wanted to elaborate the piece so I grabbed some thread and a few buttons from my collection This was the first time I attempted to stitch lettering I think Im going to find samplers and try my hand at it again I think for my first try it didnt turn out too bad I plan to use it in my MJF quilt Im making from blocks created from swaps and pieces sent to me from other sisters MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 18 2011 3 07 56 PM Llahoma Jackson homerbug 2653 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge I have a sewing kit that includes all the basic items I use while sewing I received the basket from my dad when I was in high school for Christmas one year I plan to continue using it as long as it holds up Ive had a sewing basket for a number of years and actually need to go through it again and clean it out as it is filling up and over the brim MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 18 2011 3 12 27 PM Llahoma Jackson homerbug 2653 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge Last spring I bought 5 ducklings Within a few weeks they were laying large yummy eggs I had never had duck eggs until then but I will never go back to chickens now I would like to get a few more females this spring I would like to have enough eggs to start selling them at the market MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 18 2011 3 18 19 PM Llahoma Jackson homerbug 2653 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Community Action badge I unfortunately live in an area where Pit Bulls are restricted or all out banned What that means is regardless of the temperament of the animal if it finds itself at animal control or in a shelter it will be euthanized Thousands of amazing dogs are put to sleep not because of their personal behavior or traits but because of stereotyping and ignorance It is typically the police or a faction of public works that deal with Animal Control Issues It all depends on the sort of funding available and organizational setup of each town I have the privilege of sharing my home with two pits and have opened my home to a 3rd that would have been euthanized otherwise I am still looking for a good home for her but will continue to

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    gotten The kids made snowflake ornaments out of popsicle sticks and I knitted mittens sewed felt birds and a few other things It turned out very cute and Nonni was the talk of the town everyone stopped by to check out her tree MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 22 2011 12 21 59 PM Regina Wasson farmgirl 1023 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level BakeOver MakeOver badge I attended a BakeOver Taste gathering I made a mexican bake over We were able to taste a variety of BakeOvers Some with beef chicken potatoes herbs and even sweet This experience has gotten me thinking about so many different ways that I could use this for meals It also gave me a new way to incorprate vegetables into my families diet MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 22 2011 12 26 25 PM Anna Howard earth mama 2700 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Knitting badge I revived my basic knitting skills taught to me by my grandmother when I was 8 and knit several basic scarves and hats for my god children niece and nephew for Christmas All the projects turned out well See pics here http wayfaringartist com 2010 12 26 knit one or six MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 22 2011 12 30 42 PM Anna Howard earth mama 2700 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Gaining Ground badge I started a compost pile last winter and I ve read Worms Eat my Garbage Have since started a second pile and last year used my own compost in my garden beds Pics here along with instructional blogging post http wayfaringartist com 2010 03 09 oh compost MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 22 2011 12 35 02 PM Anna Howard earth mama 2700 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Entrepreneurial Spirit badge A year and a half ago I quit my job and launched my photography and design business full time I ve been making a decent amount with it especially considering how new the business is It s not a full time income yet but it s approaching an average of half time and I ve been able to expand the design wing View my business website here http dailyikon com MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 22 2011 12 39 44 PM Anna Howard earth mama 2700 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Entrepreneurial Spirit badge I started my business in April 2010 researched the legal end got a business license opened a business checking account and have since designed several rounds of business cards as I solidified my branding So far so good Business is going strong and have expanded my design portion previously it was all photography http dailyikon com business website MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 22 2011 12 46 42 PM Anna Howard earth mama 2700 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an expert level Entrepreneurial Spirit badge I started my own business a year and half ago Business is going strong I ve done a Groupon promotion run Facebook ads and done a ton of networking To celebrate this spring I bought a bunch of perennial flower seeds to start so I ll have cut flowers that keep on giving Business is going awesome up to about a half time income and I see it hitting the full time income mark within another year Business website http dailyikon com MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 22 2011 12 52 01 PM Anna Howard earth mama 2700 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge Last spring I started a small chicken flock in a portable ark I feed a standard pellet to have food on hand but I give them both free range opportunities and lots of organic veggie scraps bits of homemade bread leftovers and so forth so I would say at least 50 of their food is organic as we don t treat our grass and I buy almost all organic veggies all local in season I barter for a CSA Chickens are doing great and I get eggs every day To see pics of them when they were new view this blog post http wayfaringartist com 2010 03 16 meet the ladies MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 22 2011 12 59 41 PM Anna Howard earth mama 2700 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Homespun Christmas badge I made about 1 3 to 1 2 of the Christmas ornaments for our tree this year along with about 90 of the presents we sent to family and friends So fun And folks loved my cookies in a jar and ornament gifts Christmas tree tour with links to ornament tutorials ornaments were hand made and almost completely up cycled as well http wayfaringartist com 2010 12 16 christmas tree tour Hand made presents for god children niece and nephew here http wayfaringartist com 2010 12 26 knit one or six And last but not least my cookies in a jar adaptation and decoration here http wayfaringartist com 2010 12 14 cookies in a jar great for gifting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 22 2011 1 31 23 PM Mari lyn Lobinsky LucyLobo511 2571 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching

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    on this quilts so it was very time consuming It was not only getting a good piece to cut but having the finished product come out balanced with good color combinations and be pleasing to the eye This took many hours as I had to try it over and over again The jacket has 8 peices and was machine sewn with my old Kenmore machine I think of myself as a beginner because I really have not sewn other than upholstry since I was a child Reuse Recycle and Repurpose are my goals for this year Soon I will take my collection of vintage tableclothes and pillowcase out of the mothballs too I think being a beginner seamstress it turned out ok The sleeves I was going to turn up but got it wrong and had to make do I think I need to make a large covered button or a belt for if it is chilly I would like a way to keep the jacket shut This jacket is like a huge hug It is soft and warm and comforting I am glad I took the time to save it with grace and the charm it deserves MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 23 2011 10 47 42 AM Nancy Marshall nancym 159 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner and intermediate level Self sufficiency badge I started out canning blackberry and raspberry jam as my mom used to do That was just the beginning I ve been growing my own herbs and vegetables for several years now I bemoaned my lack of a food dehydrator until I figured out my convection oven would work just fine I ve dried tomatoes basil oregano and parsley I made my own italian spice mix to put in my canned spaghetti sauce made with tomatoes peppers and onions I grew at home I ve always loved pickles and a friend taught me how to make bread and butter pickles as well as dills Last summer I grew my own cukes onions and dills for the pickles I canned We don t have any fruit trees so I used purchased peaches and home grown raspberries to can a peach pie filling We LOVE being able to eat our home grown goods in the winter They are so much better than store bought Not only do you know what s in them you get a real sense of pride from serving them to friends and family I plan on doing more canning every year especially with the price of food going up so quickly MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 23 2011 2 32 16 PM Krystle Townsend countrymommy85 2595 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an intermediate level What s Your Beef badge I just finished the book Beef The Untold Story and it was amazing I loved it I added it to my must have list for my personal library It was packed with information that I never knew about cows and I also liked their culinary interludes Nothing like history and cooking mixed I was also able to locate a few local farmers with grass fed beef and bison so I will be getting with them to purchase some grass fed meat while I continue my search for the right breed to raise for my family The book had some interesting information on the different breeds which I will be keeping in mind as I search for the right breed to raise for my family I really liked the book anything with history on one of my favorite animals plus with little culinary history tidbits was really neat MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 23 2011 2 43 49 PM Debbie Brown rileybrown 2007 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level Let s Get Physical badge Starting on Jan 18th the school where I work began a weight loss challenge That was great news to hear not only for personal weight loss but I knew there was a merit badge involved here I set my goals have tried to eat accordingly but have to admit I have only lost about 2 lbs We will continue the weight loss challenge for another couple of months To date I have lost 2 lbs but have been more conscious of the food I put in my mouth That has to be a good thing right MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 23 2011 3 01 04 PM Debbie Brown rileybrown 2007 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Going Green badge Over the last several weeks I have been substituting my household cleaning products with green products I don t have a large variety of cleaners so this wasn t hard to do I was skeptical about the effectiveness of the products but have been pleasantly surprised I researched brands and then availability in my marketplace before making my purchases I have been more aware of going green when reading articles and magazines and have jotted down a few ideas and plans for keeping my household green My sister lives in the country and I have shared some of these thoughts and ideas with her The products performed great I don t see any difference in the cleaning ability of my old products vs the green products I will continue to use the green products and will voice to others how good they are MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 23 2011 3 13 58 PM Dawn Bruce daisydawn 2531 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Buttoned Up badge I have kept buttons over the years but they have been in various bottles bags I consolidated them into one decorative box My daughter was excited to help me I realized that I have a pretty collection Having the buttons all together in one place also helps me to think creatively as to how they can be used I hope to use some of the unique buttons on my upcoming sewing projects MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 23 2011 3 33 16 PM Tamara Burger GrammyTammy 2495 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Shutterbugs badge I recently bought a new camera in preparation for a trip I used the following website to learn about photography http www digital photography school com digital photography tips for beginners I m sure this will take a lot of practice but I m excited about taking better pictures These are just a few of the ways I am living the Farmgirl lifestyle MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 23 2011 3 52 26 PM Denise Meister Denisemgm 1976 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Knitting badge I made a scarf using sock weight alpaca Since I wanted a little texture I did a YO K2Tog every third fourth or fifth row I love it The scarf goes well with many of my sweaters and the texture is exactly what I was after The scarf is a wee bit itchy but not too much MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 23 2011 4 10 03 PM CJ Armstrong ceejay48 665 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Let s Get Physical badge LET S GET PHYSICAL Intermediate My commitment to physical fitness has been lifelong with unfailing discipline and follow through to meet my goals GOALS for 2011 have been to continue my daily power walks that include interval training and bicycling and additional goal has been to use an elliptical machine at work on the days I have to work 10 12 hr shifts I also know that interval training is most beneficial so that my body has some consistent and regular challenges to increase the benefits Strength training is important as well for a more balanced routine DIET this also has been a lifelong and disciplined commitment to eat organic healthy foods and that is something I continue to do With getting older I have made a few changes in what I eat and when I eat LOGS my daily log includes distance time calories burned if possible intensity and intervals as it applies to the particular activity So far my 2011 goals have been met and exceeded in some instances It s a lifelong commitment and discipline MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 23 2011 4 30 38 PM Denise Meister Denisemgm 1976 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Knitting badge I designed and knit a fair isle tunic for my youngest daughter If you look closely the motifs are actually letters spelling her name vertically ELLIE I also knit every other Friday with four girlfriends where we chat about life ooohhh over each other s projects and help each other with pattern directions The tunic is wonderful It s probably one of the knitting items I m most proud of I would change just one thing I d probably work a provisional cast on or I d start the dark band a little higher to eliminate the seam line that is there MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 23 2011 4 36 44 PM Krystle Townsend countrymommy85 2595 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an intermediate level Horse Dreams badge First I read the book Soul of a Horse This was the second time I have actually read the book and I added it to my need to buy list It was refreshing to read and remember things about interacting with horses as well as my own horse I wanted to learn more about the Tennessee Walking Horse so I looked up that breed I never knew that the Tennessee Walking Horse actually did originate in Tennessee So many breeds originate from other places only to be named for the place that made them famous They are a mix of 4 5 different breeds of horses and were known in the southern US as Plantation Horses since they were common on the southern plantations They were also favored by traveling preachers and doctors Who knew They can also come in a variety of colors and average 15 2 hands high Neat horse Now I want to know more about these horses called Canadian Pacers which are supposed to have been part of the Tennessee Walking Horses foundation MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 23 2011 4 44 04 PM Denise Meister Denisemgm 1976 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Grammar badge I love this Here s a sampling of my ten words Amiable from dear Jane Austen Didactic Plethora Sanguine Anathema Jovial Meticulous Paradigm Gauche Visceral There s a man in my writer s group who uses this word at every meeting I had to look it up at first I like the word because it sounds so interesting and it fun to say though I do smile each time he says it usually he says something like this I enjoy the visceral nature of this character who seems so at odds with herself She s a real person This is an easy task I love words And it s fun to sneak interesting words like this into conversations MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 23 2011 4 51 39 PM Denise Meister Denisemgm 1976 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Farmgirl Grammar badge I read the book Woe is I and I enjoyed it I particularly liked her list of abused words that start on page 83 Among them I learned I was severely abusing diagnose It s the disease that s diagnosed not the person It s good to learn to amend one s ways in language I also applaud O Connor for saying it s okay to split infinitives Long has that rule been stifling creativity Turned out great I had to interlibrary loan the book but it was worth the wait It s proof that grammas books don t have to be entirely stuffy MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 23 2011 4 57 40 PM Denise Meister Denisemgm 1976 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an expert level Farmgirl Grammar badge Not only have I read the Truss book I actually USE it when I m teaching You see I have a Master s degree in English and I teach composition classes ENG 101 and ENG 102 for the University of Wisconsin Colleges UW Barron County Since students seem to have trouble with commas I often use the eats shoots and leaves example as on the cover of Truss book It s a perfect example of how important commas are and how the meaning of a sentence changes drastically if one is not careful with punctuation and grammar It takes a long time to break students of their dependence on the put a comma in where there s a pause rule Arg For every placement of punctuation there is a REASON I did not write the letter to my editor though I m hoping since my job is to teach students how to be conscientious writers that you will accept that I devote whole class periods to discussing the importance of precise communication and syntax MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 28 2011 3 48 29 PM Rusty McHale Rusty 1572 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Know Your Roots badge My oldest living relative is my mom who is 92 years young We had lunch together today and I quizzed her on a couple of questions regarding her upbringing and some of her fond memories What a great revelation She was born in North Bay Ontario Canada on 3 4 1918 She has one surviving sister who still lives in Canada She had two brothers and four sisters She married my dad in Michigan on 12 31 and had a lot of great stories about their years together I won t bore you with all of the great stories we shared but I am going to write them all down for my children to cherish This was a great topic to share with my mom I will keep getting more tidbits as long as I can MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 02 2011 10 27 32 AM Carol Stover Gidgitmoom 2559 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level Carp hen try badge I have machine sewed four hanging t towels out of new t towels I cut them in strips for various colors and material This has been on a back burner for a while but on a cold day like today it was a perfect craft to do I like hanging T towels to hang from kitchen cupboards it s cheaper than paper towels I was totally amazed how nice these turned out I had draped a decorative flag solid color on top of gathered sewed t towels it turned out mighty nice Can t wait to show my hubby when he gets home from work and family and friends My Motto Something out of nothing MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 02 2011 10 33 00 AM CJ Armstrong ceejay48 665 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Unprocessed Kitchen badge While many might not think waffles are a guilty pleasure I do and so does my family We have made waffles and the enjoyment thereof a regular Sunday morning ritual And it s not butter and syrup it s a HUGE variety of toppings including fruit and yogurt or fruit and ice cream etc Many years ago we used Bisquick mix but decided that we really didn t like it and wanted to make it healthier more substantial for a hearty breakfast I was also on a quest to decrease the amount of gluten I consumed I came up with my own recipe for waffles which uses old fashioned oats walnuts buttermilk and eggs with whatever spices we want and my own home ground oat flour All of it organic and healthy very little oil which is a smidge of olive oil It was also important that they be CRISP and LIGHT My SUNDAY MORNING WAFFLE remake is what we wanted it to be healthy yummy too MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 02 2011 10 38 13 AM Rusty McHale Rusty 1572 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Spinning badge We have a group of gals that get together on Monday s at our local book store and they knit crochet and spin I sat in on there group this morning and learned to card like combing the yarn and spin with a drop spindle It was very confusing at first you need to go 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    My problem with sandwich bread is that the bread tears easily when cutting And then the latest issue of Cooks Illustrated arrived in the mail with a recipe for Whole wheat sandwich bread Hooray Hooray Finally repeat finally I have hit pay dirt The recipe is fabulous and creates a perfect loaf that slices like a dream I ve made the recipe twice now with the same results I m also grinding my own wheat berries with the grain mill attachment to the Kitchenaid for this bread Bonus the kids like my bread better than the store brands Extra Bonus the cost to make the two loaves in the recipe is a third or less of purchasing ONE loaf at the store Woo Hoo Yes I m over excited about this Turned out super duper Wouldn t change a thing Here s a link to the recipe http www cooksillustrated com recipes login asp docid 27410 MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 03 2011 2 11 55 PM Denise Meister Denisemgm 1976 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level The Secret Life of Bees badge I watched the trailer of the movie it s fascinating I knew bees were in danger though the video intensified just how much in danger they are Late last summer I planted cone flower and bee balm in a flower garden that also included an heirloom tea rose bush that smells incredible All are supposed to be winter hardy for Wisconsin so I m hopeful they will return this spring I ve also read The Secret Life of Bees and I ve seen the movie My favorite bit of advice comes from August when she says that bees are like people Be kind to them and they will be kind to you Swat at them and they will sting you I love August s advice and teach it to my kids when they start to freak out when a bee is near It s such a valuable life lesson with deeper meaning toward conservation as well The book is one of my favorites I think I ll netflix the movie to see the entire production I want to include a hive in my garden though we will be moving in a few years so I m waiting until we get to a more permanent location to include a hive MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 03 2011 4 27 37 PM Debbie Brown rileybrown 2007 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an intermediate level Horse Dreams badge I chose to research the paint horse because those are the horses my sister and her husband own The Spanish explorers brought these horses over to the New World Native Americans soon learned the horse was an excellent beast of burden transportation and partner in battle The horse with splashy markings was a prize I also read The Soul of a Horse by Joe Camp and visited his website I knew nothing about horses until I did the research and read the book My sister has had horses for years but she doesn t live that close and I guess I took no interest in them Now that I have gained some knowledge I have had fun engaging my brother in law in horse talk I was also impressed with Camp s book and his methods of raising and keeping his horses and his no shoe approach to caring for his horses The picture attached is of two ponies one wearing the bald or white face indicative of a paint They also have 4 white feet another characteristic Paints are good for running cutting and roping My brother in law uses his paints for rounding up stray animals that have escaped their fencing out in the country Cow bulls other horses and donkeys as well MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 03 2011 4 43 51 PM Brenda Powers Brenda 2650 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Crochet badge I crocheted a dish rag The first one was off a little The second one turned out pretty good I liked doing them they went pretty fast MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 03 2011 4 52 31 PM Elizabeth Chamberlain 1747 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Bustin Out badge It s very hard to stick to a budget and eat organic BUT my motto is do what I can Fortunately my husband is a hunter so by default we have always eaten organic meat deer and elk and we raise our own meat and egg chickens feeding them organically Well in January I started buying my produce at the farmers market or I go to the organic section of my grocery store I have also switched to organic cereals and crackers from Trader Joe s And most recently we switched to organic milk Immediately my husband LOVED the organic milk he says it tastes WAY better than conventional I do encourage others to go organic and always say well do what you can MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 04 2011 11 30 53 AM Remi Davis Cibola 2547 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning a beginner level Stargazing Chicks badge We had several nights that were cold and the sky was bright We live outside the city limits so we can see the night sky well I borrowed several books and a sky chart from the library to help me understand what I was looking at I found more than 5 bright objects in the sky and even shared with my grandchildren what I was doing I made a poster of what I learned I loved doing this project I made a poster from some of my researching I also learned some of the folk lore about the constellations I am looking forward to this summer when I can sleep out under the stars MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 04 2011 11 39 09 AM Regina Wasson familygirl 1023 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Know Your Roots badge Through the help of many family members and technology I have been able to trace our leg of my roots back eight generations We have a folder made with the family tree showing all that was learned MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 04 2011 11 45 07 AM Regina Wasson familygirl 1023 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an expert level Know Your Roots badge When I was growing up my grandparents would have a Christmas family reunion As the grandchildren got into middle school they stopped because of so many family commitments The year my 92 year old grandfather died we also lost two family members I felt that the only time we got together as extended family was at funerals The following year I started the Christmas New Year family reunion again We will continue to have these on the first Saturday of each new year It is a blessing to see how many people still come and tell the children and grandchildren about this tradition MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 04 2011 12 46 54 PM CJ Armstrong ceejay48 665 has received a certificate of achievement in Farmgirl Legends for earning the Chapter Leader badge MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 04 2011 12 54 38 PM Belinda Purvis 837 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Unprocessed Kitchen badge I chose potato chips for my guilty pleasure I made homemade potato chips at home that were to die for Nothing better than real whole food cooked at home MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 04 2011 1 00 19 PM Kristina Nelson FieldsofThyme 800 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level Carp hen try badge I borrowed a copy of Dare to Repair by Julie Sussman and Stephanie Glakas Tenet from our library inter loan system I also repainted the garage and installed portable shelving at the end of last summer It was an all day job I got the entire family involved We removed everything from the garage removing everything we didn t need swept and repainted the block walls We installed portable shelving and organized the garage I have also done many repairs that are in the book Dare to Repair such as replace the toilet seat handle and float etc I have helped repair our well completely removing it to replace the foot valve I have also painted many rooms unclogged sinks replaced caulking door locks and more A few items don t apply to use such as the electric garage door opener I can now replace one screen with the help of this book I was surprised that there were no instructions to clean a wood burning stove other than to hire someone to clean it I am pretty sure there are suggestions in another book I read Clean and Green to clean wood burning stove piping etc MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 04 2011 1 07 20 PM Laurie Lemieux Montrose Girl 1587 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Know Your Roots badge I ve been working on my family tree for years I ve dug up lots of info and the relatives have loved talking about the family The latest attempt was with my mom s Aunt Helen She had given us some stories and every time I went back east I would ask her more Last spring I sent a tape recorder to Aunt Helen because she was having a hard time writing any more and enjoyed sharing her stories She passed in August and her kids have really appreciated all the information This has been a project that my sister and I have closer working on We ve both spent time on certain aspects and been able to share info and pass it along MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 04 2011 1 13 15 PM Laurie Lemieux Montrose Girl 1587 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Know Your Roots badge I actually had a chance to visit the National Archives a few years ago It was an amazing experience and before much was online Now it is so much easy especially finding older census records As much as the National Archives has helped I found a lot of luck with local historical groups Last summer I was able to get the birth record for my great great grandfather which contained his parents name We didn t have that before and could never find him in the census MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 04 2011 1 21 56 PM Megan Salter HondaRebelGirl 1383 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning a beginner level Stargazing Chicks badge As my husband patrols the more rural areas of our county he knows all of the good spots where there isn t much light pollution We like to go stargazing whenever we have the chance but it s been so cold lately next time we re taking hot chocolate The five brightest objects observable from various spots in my county are the stars in Orion s belt the star Betelgeuse the star Sirius from the constellation Canis Major the star Procyon from the constellation Canis Minor and the stars Castor Pollux from the constellation Gemini I m usually observing the night sky around 11 00pm Jupiter is supposed to be visible this time of year but I haven t seen it yet I m keeping an eye out though I ll know it when I see it because it won t have the same twinkle that stars do but through this research I learned an even better way The stars always stay in the same place but the planets move After observing the night sky for several nights only the planets will be in different places While I know about purely mathematical uses for measuring degrees of arc I m still learning about the usefulness of the degrees of arc as they relate to astronomy For now I know that I can use the width of my pinky to measure 1 degree my three middle fingers together to measure 5 degrees the width of my balled fist to measure 10 degrees the distance from my extended pinky to my extended index finger to measure 15 degrees and the distance from my extended pinky to my extended thumb to measure 25 degrees I m doing my best to learn the names of all of the stars in the constellation Orion it s always been one of my favorite constellations and I d like to know more about it I wish some of the names were better than M42 and M43 Anyway it s one of the most visible in the Southern sky I m really glad that this badge was made available it gave me the incentive I needed to go lie beneath the stars with my husband It makes for a cheap memorable date MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 04 2011 1 27 10 PM Ann Hughes msneedlept 1011 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Know Your Roots badge This has been an exciting journey for me My family loves to share old family stories This is who we are and where we come from My father the oldest living family member of thirteen has been tracing his family tree Since he does not have a computer I continued the reseach for him I have copied photos newspaper articles and documents It is lots and lots of work It is so addictive but well worth the journey MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 04 2011 1 32 12 PM Ann Hughes msneedlept 1011 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Know Your Roots badge I gathered all the information I could find to compile my father s family tree I used the National Archives web site old court house documents newspapers family bibles and old knowledge referenced from family I even joined Ancestry com It is fascinating to discover a new piece of your family My regret is I did not ask more and start research earlier Maybe some important questions would have answers MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 04 2011 1 37 37 PM Ann Hughes msneedlept 1011 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an expert level Know Your Roots badge My father and I have been working on his family tree My Christmas present to my family was a book of their family roots I was able to trace back to the early 1600s I complied all the documents and photos with the family history my father had written My son typed it for me I had it bound into a book The book was given to my children father brother and nieces My father was so pleased as he hoped someday he could find someone to type it This was a great gift to share with my family I still have some more research to do Some day there will be a revision to the book MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 04 2011 1 48 08 PM Marie Hilliard horselover 2214 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Know Your Roots badge Realizing that my mother and father were the only living family now on both sides I decided we had better document some history and memories My parents are each writing a journal of their childhood for each of my grandchildren 3 we have labeled all photos shared info with my cousins and traced our family tree Great to know I have Cherokee blood running in my veins We are so blessed to have this info shared and documented I might not have done it if it had not been for MaryJanesFarm merit badges Thank you MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 04 2011 1 54 33 PM CJ Armstrong ceejay48 665 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level Carp hen try badge My dad taught his children to do simple repair tasks as we grew up He wanted us all to be as self sufficient as possible My husband is a contractor and we have built two houses for ourselves I have subbed out on some of the jobs for him in painting some remodels etc So I know a lot of the skills as discussed in the book DARE TO REPAIR However in the past two weeks I had some repairs to make replace the weatherstripping around our exterior doors because our cat had destroyed the lower portions The 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    left side of the picture Then I organized the containers by size The smallest containers the yogurt containers will be used for seed sowing this spring The next larger ones I will use for my garden s bounty The ones I don t use I plan to donate to the local Montessori nursery school for a gardening project I think the need for this is excellent It got me to look at my shelf and clean it up Now I m much happier And the school will be too MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 04 2011 4 16 48 PM Elisabeth Pierce Tree Sister 2755 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an intermediate level Get It Together badge I find my kitchen is pretty complete regarding needs I ve always been a stickler to make sure I have all the essential tools no matter how little they may be used So I found it difficult to give my unneeded items such as tools away because I use them What I did instead and in the hopes of receiving this merit badge was I made a spreadsheet of the items I keep in my freezer Any item that I purchase often I put on the list And if it wasn t in the freezer at the time I made the list I made a note of it making it onto a Freezer Needs List What I found in my freezer was a heck of a lot more than what I found in my kitchen lots of things someone could use especially that venison roast I don t care to cook So I gave those things to my friend down the road who s in need as she doesn t make too much money My friend was very happy with my gift and my freezer is very happy too MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 04 2011 4 23 25 PM Elisabeth Pierce Tree Sister 2755 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an expert level Get It Together badge As a child I used to watch my dad sharpen the kitchen knives every Sunday afternoon He used to sell knives door to door and I watched how the roller sharpener would roll across the counter with a knife in it whiska ing back and forth Recently I purchased some of the same brand of knives my dad sold and sharpened them with a different type of sharpener See picture Now when I pull out my knives they are sharp And I sharpen them regularly especially before I put them away after I ve used them MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 04 2011 4 33 42 PM Rebecca McGinnis Sister Becky 2598 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge I used to have chickens several years ago for a long time and becoming a farm girl made me want to get a new flock I bought five hens and a rooster from a friend that fed organically My son helped me re do the old chicken coop and it is quite cozy now I did research and asked a lot of questions this time to make sure that I am doing everything right I get about 4 brown eggs and one green egg each day and the colors are beautiful God s work is truly amazing I love to just sit and watch them as it is very relaxing MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 04 2011 4 43 22 PM Rebecca McGinnis Sister Becky 2598 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Buttoned Up badge My buttons were all over the house in different places and I have been wanting to put them together for quite a while now I have my collection my grandma s and my husband s grandmother s buttons I found an old mason jar that has some nice aging on the rim and put them all inside I had to take a lot of mine out of the plastic baggies that extra buttons come in I love my jar of buttons I know where they all are now and it s really cool that the buttons from my grandma my husband s grandmother and me are all mixed together making one happy colorful family MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 04 2011 4 50 54 PM Sarah Labrecque 1655 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Going Green badge Before reading the badge requirements I already had exchnaged most of my cleaners with natural ones I wrote my mission statement which I shared with my husband my 12 year old daughter and 10 year old son Everyone agreed We have exchanged our laundry soap for soap nuts 80 loads from just one box We only use either homemade or natural cleaners and I couldnt feel healthier Awesome see above It s been more than six months and I have not bought one single commercial cleaner And I keep clipping recipes and adding them to my Green Housekeeping Binder and the binder is actually green My brother is currently building a log cabin in the middle of the woods no electricity no running water no driveway I plan to give him a BIG basket of my favorite natural cleaners and a binder of his own MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 04 2011 4 56 37 PM Sarah Labrecque 1655 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I have used reusable shopping bags well before it was fashionable I used

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