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    laundry soap and Green Works 99 Natural Oxi stain remover I am enjoying fresher smelling clothes and when I clean house I don t feel sick from the chemical smell of cleaners I wish I had started this a long time ago MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 01 2011 11 44 17 AM Peggy Smith Forever Young 1815 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Bustin Out badge I tried new organic or natural foods each week or more often I tried organic carrots Natural Farmers cheese Emerill s Natural pasta sauce and Bob s Red Mill whole wheat pastry flour It s such a good feeling knowing I am eating healthier and putting less chemicals in our bodies Not to mention the taste so much more flavorful MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 01 2011 11 53 32 AM Gail Springman gspringman 486 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level Light the Way badge I found an old fence and worked the wire the way I could I wired some canning jars onto it with a few curly cues and placed pumpkin scented tea lights inside It worked really well for the fall gathering of farmgirls I had out here last night Everyone wants to make one now What a fun project this was to do MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 01 2011 12 01 43 PM Tamara Burger GrammyTammy 2495 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Safe Toys badge In thinking about making my nieces some bean bags I wanted them to be educational as well as fun So I decided to embroider the color names on the bags and cut the bags different shapes I originally wanted to put a second bag inside with the beans to make them safer but decided if I top stitched that should be just as safe They are cute I was inspired to make a drawstring bag for them and made a little booklet with games in it I hope they like their homemade Christmas gift MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 01 2011 12 07 12 PM Tamara Burger GrammyTammy 2495 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Safe Toys badge I found a cute pattern online for a topsy turvey doll and made that for my intermediate doll I have not made many dolls and struggled with the hair a bit My granddaughter who is 2 won t care MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 01 2011 12 13 19 PM Norma Santiago nvstgo 3579 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Pay It Forward badge I figured out how much I spend per person per meal I skipped lunch on Thursday October 27th I have donated to the amount of the meal to Religious Community Services our local food bank It made me reflect how grateful I am that I do not have to struggle to put food on our table I realized that I need to help more MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 01 2011 12 19 37 PM Norma Santiago nvstgo 3579 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge I put together a beginner s sewing kit It was fun making the pinkeeper It includes color thread buttons scissors needles pins and safety pins It turned out great I have all my supplies in one place ready to be used in a project MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 01 2011 12 29 34 PM Norma Santiago nvstgo 3579 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level Make It Pretty badge I made a collage I used acrylic paints different types of paper stamps and inks It turned out great I learned a lot in the process of creating this art I will make more to give as presents MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 07 2011 10 44 50 AM Jamie Sweeney SunnyJam 2504 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Farmgirl Grammar badge To earn my merit badge I read Woe is I I learned a word of the day for fourteen days and I created 10 grammar centric posts on the message boards during this same two week period The words I learned were adumbrate bildungsroman bioturbation contumacious corrade coruscate hamartia haruspex jimjams marginalia megrim pelf tutoyer and zibeline After completing the Farmgirl Grammar beginner level I was very eager to continue with the new word of the day and that part certainly didn t disappoint Woe is I was a quick and helpful read although it instructed that almond should be pronounced AH mond with a silent l which I d never heard of and have never heard anyone use before The biggest surprise to me was how much I enjoyed posting That was the task I was definitely the least excited about because I tend to be a lurker when it comes to the internet and don t write a lot Well even doing just ten posts has started to change my outlook I found that it was quite satisfying to share my opinions and come together with others So I d say this has turned out very well indeed MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 07 2011 11 47 18 AM Cheryl Severeide k fallsfarmgirl 309 has received a certificate of achievement in

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    he wears boots when he competes Yes the horse is not wearing iron nailed on shoes but neither is he barefoot as there is still a layer of protection between his bare hoof and the ground I ride my horses between 800 and 1000 miles a year in various harsh terrains Barefoot does not work for me Barefoot across the board as Mr Camp proclaims does not work for horses being ridden that hard carrying extra weight in rocky mountainous terrain The people who have ridden with me in that rough terrain whose horses are barefoot have horses that mince along or walk on the side of the trail off the rocks because their feet hurt I did agree with his statements about letting a horse be a horse in the most natural environment possible My horses are out 24 7 without shelter Until it is below 40 degrees and raining or sleeting or snowing with wind they are left alone In the above mentioned circumstances I put waterproof insulated blankets on them and feed them lots of hay MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 14 2011 12 17 03 PM Cheryl Severeide K Fallsfarmgirl 309 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level The Secret Life of Bees badge I watched the trailer www vanishingbees com and planted flowers for my bees in my garden I read the book and saw the movie Secret Life of Bees The movie trailer was interesting and I loved the book Secret Life of Bees After that my husband I took a class on beekeeping and raised a hive of bees What fun the honey was delicious I planted sunflowers in the garden and many flowers in the yard We saved the sunflower seeds for the birds this winter MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 14 2011 12 28 08 PM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level Let s Get Physical badge Since August 1 20011 I have started an exercise program on my Power Plate which I purchased in February and just couldn t get myself motivated to learn how to use It was just another learning curve and I was over it However I did finally get out the DVD and manual and dive in The manual was four months late getting to me because it was back ordered so that s my excuse and I m sticking to it I had been out of the exercise loop since becoming ill with Thyroid problems so I wasn t looking forward to getting back into it I knew I was out of shape but I had been very disciplined before by walking three miles a day five days a week religiously no matter what the weather This routine was easier in that it was indoors but it WAS a workout I have done it for a month now and I feel much better about it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 14 2011 12 36 10 PM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning an intermediate level Let s Get Physical badge Since I got started with this in August I have been on a roll doing it three times a week for 30 minutes each time I am accustomed to the routine now so it is easier in that respect but it is still quite a workout I ve only missed two days in two months now so I consider that to be a success I nearly always eat only organic food so that has not been an issue with me I have kept up the exercise program now for actually three months and I will continue to do it and expand on it as time and muscles allow My diet is very healthy already so my goal was to get back into an exercise program and I have met that goal finally I really feel so much better now that I have returned to exercising regularly MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 14 2011 12 43 28 PM Tammy Burger GrammyTammy 2495 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Embroidery badge I have embroidered for years but have had limited stitches I chose to do a sampler that had some stitches I had never done before I really enjoyed working on linen and like how soft and pliable the project was I m pleased with how it turned out I used 2 strands of floss and wonder how some of the specialty stitches would have looked with only 1 strand Maybe next time MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 14 2011 12 52 26 PM Tammy Burger GrammyTammy 2495 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Embroidery badge Displaying my merit badges is so much fun to do on my jacket I have embroidered all my badges so far I have placed them on the jacket and am adding 1 2 or 3 buttons for beginner intermed and advanced I think it would be too hard to add another outline once the badge is on the jacket I love it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 14 2011 1 04 28 PM Jennifer Greenfield draiodoirmna 752 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Unprocessed Kitchen badge I love granola for breakfast or a snack This is one of my basic versions that has raisins coconut flakes sunflower seeds and almonds in it It s fabulous MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted

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    house I literally wrote a mission statement on the white board in the kitchen saying from here forward we are going green and recycling Now it is just known amongst my family members that mom likes green I began phasing out my non green cleaning products After my previously purchased non green cleaning products ran out I vowed not to repurchase those things I could make or buy green I am now on to trying testing out some of those very recipes I ve collected in my notebook In addition to my immediate family I have shared my green notebook with my mother who is a fellow MaryJane Farmgirl intending to start her very own going green mission I am impressed with my family s progress so far in going green Of course it s a constant ongoing process when it comes to greening your house life but we have BEGUN the process starting with our cleaning products My husband and children have been cooperative with these efforts It s something I ve wanted to do for some time but never got around to implementing it Now I am constantly learning new greening tips and little by little making changes MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 15 2011 2 35 27 PM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an expert level Unprocessed Kitchen badge At the Georgia Farm Girls meeting on Saturday Nov 12 2011 I did a presentation on how to take guilty pleasures from the grocery store and turn them into healthy organic substitutes There were three other farm girls present with definite show me attitudes All the ladies present agreed that the Zucchini Ice Cream from my new book that is just out on Amazon Alive Health Recipe Book Healthy Eating On The Run was a hit in spite of grave misgivings at the beginning It actually tastes good The two other items I did were raw brownies and Granola cereal all with fresh organic ingredients where possible All present enjoyed themselves MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 15 2011 2 46 38 PM Loyce Krogel traildancer 1272 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Community Service badge I started a Community Service journal to keep track of what I invest in my community There are four organizations that immediately come to mind Oregon Equestrian Trails Back Country Horsemen of Oregon North Umpqua Bible Fellowship and the Senior Lunch Program in Glide I am a member of the first two regularly attend the third and am curious about the fourth Volunteering for Back Country Horsement of America is simply filling out the membership application and sending in one s dues As a member of Back Country Horsemen I ride various trails in the Umpqua National Forest I count the trees across the trail note the diameter of the large ones and report back the the individual in charge of Trails for the Forest Service July 19 2011 my friends and I rode the loop around Tenas Peak counting the downed trees It was a 4 hour ride July 20 2011 we rode to Linda and Calamut Lakes counting the downed trees It was a five hour ride July 21 2011 we rode to Maidu Lake a five and a half hour ride After each ride I would call Mr Menke and report on the condition of the trails This gives him a better idea of how much time it may take to clear a trail MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 15 2011 3 00 43 PM Amanda Henning mamahenning 2492 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Quilting badge I made a single sized quilt for my niece Gabby I used scrap fabric that I had leftover from other sewing projects that I have done It is a very simple pattern that I put together but it helped me brush up on some quilting techniques such as adding a backing This quilt took me many hours to do I have two small children and I only have part of nap time to work on anything It came out very nice and I m sure my niece will really enjoy it My favorite part of the quilt is the way I did the ties Instead of just tying a knot with embroidery floss I sewed buttons at the corners of each block It took a lot longer to do it that way but it is so beautiful and was a great way to use some of my button collection MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 15 2011 3 12 00 PM Amanda Henning mamahenning 2492 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Buttoned Up badge I started a button collection in early January However my family does not wear very many garments with buttons I was off to a slow start By June I had just 3 I thought I would never get 50 In early September my dad and I stopped at an estate sale I bought a box of sewing stuff and tucked in the bottom was a tin full of beautiful buttons I now have well over 200 I have gone though the tin of buttons that I purchased and even used some for ties on a quilt that I made There are some buttons with tags still on them but it is plain to see that the vast majority came from a lifetime of cutting buttons off garments that were most likely repurposed into something else I don t know the woman that owned them or her family but I like to think that she is looking down from heaven and is happy to see someone making use of her button collection MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 15 2011 3 23 46 PM Anneke Penn annekepenn 3391 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Gratitude badge I started this journal on August 18th 2011 I really enjoyed looking back on what I wrote to remind myself what is truly important I liked doing this so much that I have kept it up and must say its interesting to try and not repeat myself I have discovered that I have a lot of wonderful things in my life MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 15 2011 3 31 49 PM Anneke Penn annekepenn 3391 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Farmgirl Gratitude badge I wrote letters to all of my local heroes I expressed my gratitude to them all and thanked them for their service I felt great after writing these letters hopefully the people who received these letters felt just as good when they read them MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 15 2011 3 45 06 PM Anneke Penn annekepenn 3391 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level Grease Chicks badge I started keeping track of my mileage and fuel useage on 08 31 2011 I didn t know I would be replacing my Toyota Prius with a Ford Explorer truck at the time but within 2 weeks my vehicle changed Needless to say my Prius got wayyyy better gas milage somewhere in the neighborhood of 42 miles per gallon The Ford faired much worse around 23 The Prius also made it much easier to check my tire pressure coolant levels oil levels power steering and windshield washer levels Things were more clearly marked and accesable plus it was a newer model so the labels were not as weathered But go me I figured it out in the truck and am a much more confident driver MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 15 2011 4 06 41 PM Anneke Penn annekepenn 3391 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I have accumulated an enormous amount of green bags and use them all quite frequently I love to find interesting ones especially the kind that fold into a small pouch MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 15 2011 4 18 57 PM Anneke Penn annekepenn 3391 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level What s Your Beef badge I looked through the website www eatwild com I read all of the articles and even used their links to do some more exploring of my own I knew of the dangers of commercially raised meat Not just for me the consumer but also the animals the workers and the environment I was unaware of some of the specific details that many of these corporate farmers use to try and increase their bottom line Some of the more disturbing things I learned was about the feed and ultimatly the health of these animals How can these farmers think that candy with wrappers pot scrubbers recycled magazines and newspapers not to mention all of the hormones anti biotics and other types of medications are good for them or us 500 billion per year lost because of Ascites The pasture raised chickens do not have these kinds of mortality rates It s cheaper and better for us and their pockets so why are we still buying this garbage I found a farm nearby where I live on their website Lake Meadow Naturals LLC offers chicken and duck eggs broilers cornish hens goat meat beef pork and local honey I will be making a trip there very soon and will spread the word to all who care to listen MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 15 2011 4 30 52 PM Rain Klepper Rain K 3381 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner intermediate and expert level Going Green badge I am applying for all three levels of Going Green Beginner I have not used toxic cleaners for 30 years basically since I had my own home and choices I decided to use the beginner portion of this badge to update my green journal which lives in our health care office as a resource I recently welcomed a quilting friend to my neighborhood and brought her a lovely basket of homemade cleaning products Intermediate I learned a lot making laundry detergent and soap I am well versed in all purpose window floor bath cleaners already but had not taken the step to make my own soap or laundry detergent A little goes a long way with a high efficiency front loader I read all the forums on MJF and researched what others have come up with on the internet and now have about a 5 year supply by the washer My soap came out rather hilarious as I used shaped ice cube silicone trays to mold the soap I tried my lavender flowers and yes it is more of a scrub type of soap vs creamy I had some friends over last month to help make the soap and gave each lady a copy of my laundry detergent and hand sanitizer recipes with little bottles of each Expert My home and office as well as art studios are all organized around green We have outdoor clothesline pictured below and I like to plant lots of herbs and flowers to enjoy while I hang out wash During the winter I still use the outdoor line in the middle of the day but I also have two heavy rods that are 8 feet each inside our boiler room hot water heat that basically is a drying room I also use a stand up wood rack and a lighter weight rod above the washer for lightweight items We use non toxic paints have wood floors with hand knotted area rugs air filtration water filtration non toxic mattresses furniture and fabrics I have donated far more than the required 6 hours to several friends to transform their living environments from toxic to healthy I have an entire lending library in my office that is highly used and well respected I love sharing good news simple living healthy choices and a hopeful future with the folks that pass through our office and lives I think this has all been amazing I am so grateful to have found the farmgirl sisterhood and this system of merit badges to organize my thoughts and values into hard core action MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 17 2011 2 35 03 PM Rain Klepper Rain K 3381 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner intermediate and expert level Shopping Green badge I am applying for all levels of this badge Beginner I have quite a collection of shopping bags including teeny stuff sacks that clip to my purse and cooler lined bags for frozen or refrigerator items I also have net produce bags laminated paper bags and recycled onion netting etc I use my bags for everything from shopping for groceries to buying a pair of shoes I keep a bag kit in each vehicle the back porch the garden shed and just grab and go Intermediate I do not use toxic cleaners and did research new options for the Cleaning Up Going Green merit badge Expert level I am organizing a Farmgirls Southwest henhouse bag swap for January avoiding holidays and our Thanksgiving tie one on day so I organized some of my local friends to have a bag sewing day in my studio This led to a spontaneous talk to a local youth group on simple ways to go green while still living at home My efforts to inspire others to stop using those hideous plastic bags at the grocery had been well rewarded Our local food coop now has someone making net bags for produce as a small cottage industry and is offering lots of handmade totes Our offspring and their partners are enjoying the sets of bags I sent as harvest gifts filled with goodies from the farm of course Two of my girlfriends are looking at offering a free class on sewing up present bags for the holidays at our local library so on we go I am also looking forward to seeing what my henhouse sisters come up with in our distance swap MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 17 2011 3 11 27 PM Rain Klepper Rain K 3381 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner intermediate and expert level Heirlooms Forever badge I am applying for all levels Beginner Intermediate Expert I read Lynn Coulter s book among others to further my understanding of seed saving for produce and flowers Last spring I spent a lot of time researching Monticello s gardens and how Thomas Jefferson worked his rotations of food items Granted he still had slaves and lived in an era very unlike our own but at the same time Jefferson introduced amazing varieties of plants from Europe to the US for the first time all of which are now considered heirloom varieties Last fall I saved many seeds including cosmos hollyhock lakota squash Juliet tomato early Jersey wakefield green cabbage four heirloom peas and beans nasturtiums peppers etc This year I planted and grew many of these to adult fruiting stages and re saved many of the varieties It has been an amazing education in agriculture and a time when there weren t online catalogs for everything I could ever want to grow My gardens this year were over 90 heirloom varieties with fantastic success I have also been very blessed with excellent friends and neighbors that have joined together in protecting and cultivating our heritage plants We did a lot of swapping including some of my flowers that I painted fancy little seed packets as gifts My favorite is my close neighbor s great great grandmother s snap beans fabulous tasty abundant and I saved a ton of seed to share next season Overall the results are very inspiring with a few abject failures I am so very grateful my family will not starve because one or two crops failed It is humbling how much there is to know and put into practice but I can honestly report my seed saving area of the root cellar is full to the brim for next season MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 17 2011 3 17 43 PM Rain Klepper Rain K 3381 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning a beginner intermediate and expert level Woman at Arms badge I am applying for all levels of badge beginner I have completed hunter s safety in Colorado for levels 1 and 2 and have also taken NRA courses in handgun basic to advanced leading to a concealed carry permit for Colorado Intermediate I have spent more than a hundred hours in the last year at our local gun range Colorado Gun Club target shooting sighting in a hunting rifle practicing with various firearms we own and teaching others gun safety Expert I just finished butchering and packaging the doe gotten with a clean single shot into the freezer Elk season 3 was not as successful so we shall see what happens with my private property tag for season 4 next week Venison stew

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    to use wheat I soak wheat berries and then sprout them over a few days Then I dehydrate them and grind them up to use It s much less time consuming than it may appear and very inexpensive I either grow my own veggies organically or buy organically at the farmer s market If I buy tropical fruits they are always organic at the grocery store I have cut my grocery budget by at least 25 in the past year When I m feeling generous I buy some cast iron bakeware as an indulgence MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 21 2011 3 21 30 PM Kristina Nelson FieldsofThyme 800 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Know Your Roots badge I have used and will be continuing to use the National Archives to continue researching my family history With the help of my family members and the National Archives I can search for information about more branches and history to our family MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 22 2011 09 46 36 AM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an expert level Entrepreneurial Spirit badge Woo Hoo FINALLY I have finished my book This is the closest I can come to shouting it out For five years I have working in some form on this book It is the culmination of my passion for helping others to gain optimal wellness First it was to be a program at a Wellness Center then I did a website and now at last a book called Alive Health Recipe Book Healthy Eating On The Run I don t have to buy flowers for myself my sweetie did that for me the day the book debuted at the Expo on November 1 2011 I am a published author now on Amazon This book was the last part of my quest to get this information out to people It can be found by searching for the title above or by going to https www createspace com 3656249 and ordering directly from that site It s just in time for Christmas and would make a wonderful gift for yourself and all of your loved ones Have a blessed holiday season MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 22 2011 10 18 19 AM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Lend a Hand to Families badge When my next door neighbor had to go in for surgery I made up some of my raw Marinated Kale and some gluten free banana bread for her When she got home from the hospital I took seven days worth of meals down to her to help out while she recuperated from the surgery All who tried the food said they loved it They weren t afraid to try something different for a change Even though this was for a man and not a woman I think it qualifies A neighbor of mine had his house foreclosed on and I along with many others in the neighborhood helped him pack up his belongings and move them out All told I spent about a full work week 40 hours in helping him move out and then set up his home office in his new place on the neighboring street He was pretty traumatized with it and just about fell apart but we all pulled together for him Hopefully he can overcome it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 22 2011 10 25 12 AM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Self sufficiency badge Now that it is Autumn I have harvested my herbs that I grew during the summer and have dried them in my Excalibur dehydrator I have four bottle of curly leaf parsley three bottles of flat leaf parsley two bottles of Greek oregano and one of thyme The only thing that didn t dry well was my basil and I don t know why that didn t work I ll have to do some research on that I had been saving empty spice bottles for years and I put dried herbs into each of these I didn t make blends because I didn t have enough different kinds of herbs but I made labels for them on my computer and some of these will be Christmas gifts this year for friends and family I m very pleased with the way they turned out MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 22 2011 10 33 00 AM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an expert level What s Your Beef badge Mt Valley Farms in Ellijay GA is where I buy my grass fed grass finished beef and free range Heritage pork Their farm has been in the same family since 1826 and they are USDA certified to sell meat by the piece They also sell eggs and raw milk for pet consumption only They just never changed to the new way of handling their animals so they are still raised the old fashioned way I interviewed co owner Suzy Wright about the farm and put the article in the November 2011 e newsletter that I send out monthly It was quite fascinating learning about how Frank Wright s mother still cooked three meals a day from scratch on a wood stove up until 1962 among other things She just saw no reason to change what she had been used to The article can be read on my website and here is the direct link to the page www HealthyEatingOnTheRun com local

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    were very influential in my choice of food to showcase in my book and to eat for myself I not only wrote 20 pages for this project I went on to write 262 pages for a whole book It is called Alive Health Recipe Book Healthy Eating On The Run and can be found on Amazon That was quite an undertaking but I am extremely proud of how this book turned out Here s a picture of what my dining room table looked like for WAY too long in the compiling of this book MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 01 2011 4 32 15 PM Carrie Goad Homestead Dreams 3028 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Quilting badge I made a baby quilt for the baby I am expecting It turned out exactly as I had envisioned it minus my less than perfect sewing skills I had a good time making it and put a lot of love into it I brushed up on some of quilting sewing skills tried some new techniques tying as opposed to stitching the blocks and found areas I definitely need to work on mitered corners I wrote a post on my quilt and badge http spiritualhomesteading blogspot com 2011 11 quilt and badge html MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 01 2011 4 42 17 PM Kelda Reisman FarmGirlonPark 2886 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge This summer I ordered 7 chicks from www mypetchicken com and have raised them as organically and free range as possible I live in town but have an acre that s fenced so during the week I keep them in their run and coop then on the weekends they get the run of the fenced yard Oh the joy of chickens it is as great as I thought it would be When they first arived I raised them in an extra bedroom in a large dog crate They were so cute and sweet The kids and I loved holding and watching them After 4 weeks I was so ready to get them out of my house gettin icky so I built a coop into our shed 8 x 9 and an attached run 8 x 16 I ll be submitting the project for a carpentry badge but my hens are big beautiful sweet and seem very happy It s been more work than I anticipated but SO WORTH IT MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 05 2011 12 38 09 PM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Crochet badge It s been probably 30 years since I last did any crocheting so I had to re learn how to do it After getting back into it I crocheted a pattern that was supposed to be a one hour scarf When I finished it it looked more like one of those halo things that doctors put around patient s necks who have had a whiplash so I pulled it all out and started over I used a chenille yarn that was very thick and the pattern said to hold two together so the second go around I used only one skein of yarn This time it looked a lot better and had more drape to it Now I am pleased with how it turned out The one hour scarf took about five hours altogether Tonight at the craft in that we Farmgirls have on Thursday nights I taught Karen a fellow Farmgirl who is a knitter how to crochet She is doing well with it but is tight with it like most of us were right now because it is new to her MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 06 2011 09 43 09 AM Kristina Nelson FieldsofThyme 800 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an expert level Homespun Christmas badge We have decorated our tree with homemade ornaments I am finishing up homemade gifts for this Christmas season This year s gifts to family friends and other people are homemade cinnamon honey butter home canned candy apple jelly and dry taco mix I am also crocheting my mother a blanket I have posted the recipes on the Holiday forum and have posted several ornament photos on my blog MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 06 2011 09 56 24 AM Loyce Krogel Traildancer 1272 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level Carp hen try badge To earn this badge I helped my husband install laminate flooring in one of our rooms I also read the required book Pulling up the old 20 years carpeting was the worst part Installing the flooring was pretty simple and quick once we remembered to tilt the preceding piece The dogs helped by standing on the foam underlayment As a side benefit I sorted through lots of stuff that had been languishing on shelves and in cupboards for many a year waiting for someday Most of it is going to Salvation Army Now the room seems less cluttered and more inviting The downside Now I see all the dust dirt and dog hair that used to hide in the carpet But my husband says that he already notices less aggravation of his allergies MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 06 2011 10 05 33 AM Elli Metz 2251 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Ink Slinger badge The Elements of Style is on my desk as I write this it s my go to resource for all things written word I ignore the traditional syntax when it suits the story piece but I do know how to do it right if it s necessary My two page work was the beginning to a longer work called The Flood I ended up not running with that particular story but I may in the future go back to it I submitted it to my hivemind a group of women who all give feedback on the creative stuffs we all do collectively They fixed a few things set it on the right path and told me to write more All s well so far I did end up going a little further with a different idea but I ll mention that in the advanced badge bit MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 06 2011 10 16 26 AM Elli Metz 2251 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level Make It Pretty badge Collage And drawing I do a ton of both For this one I m doing primarily art journaling and ATCs Oils make me twitch the scent gives me migraines so I m substituting acrylics for health purposes Which I ll explain in the other level applications Some come out fabulous others not so much But I learn a lot from the doing so it s okay MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 06 2011 10 50 46 AM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Aprons badge Finally I finished making this full size apron for myself I used a McCall s pattern and now I remember why I always stuck to Simplicity patterns before This one has ruffles and gathers galore and it took me way over three hours to make it However I must say that I do like the way it looks Here s a picture of the finished product which I wore to my next door neighbor s house She s a fellow Farm Girl so she didn t think I was crazy In fact she liked the pattern and may try making one for herself I will gladly give it to her as I won t be making another one for myself that s for sure MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 06 2011 11 25 33 AM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an expert level Aprons badge Actually I did this apron long before I did the intermediate one because I needed it for my business I had the front designed from my website heading on www HealthyEatingOnTheRun com and had 10 of them printed up for giving out as door prizes at our Business After Hours a local networking group So I have given away almost all of them by now I have one more for this month s meeting On the pocket of the apron I sewed on my MaryJane s Farmgirl badge and my Georgia Farmgirl s one with buttons holding them on I have worn the apron to these BAH meetings plus the Consumer s Expo and it is a great way to distinguish myself You can be sure that no one else does it I definitely get noticed MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 06 2011 11 58 40 AM Loyce Krogel Traildancer 1272 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Bustin Out badge For the last two months I have been trying different organic foods and some non organic I started with King Arthur s flour for MJs starter For spaghetti sauce I used organic tomato paste I just finished a box of organic granola using soy milk instead of regular milk For Thanksgiving dinner I made green bean casserole with all organic ingrdients except the Durkee s onions I have tried others but I am at work and don t have my list For a new non organic food I tried sauteed eggplant and on another day roasted turnips To me flour is flour But I like the idea of using organic natural flour I could tell no difference in using the tomato paste Again just felt better knowing I d used it Same with the granola and soy milk However I did notice a difference in the green beans straight from the can firmer and better tasting By the time all the other ingredients were added I could tell no difference and nobody made any comments So far as noted above I can tell little to no difference I will continue to try organic foods because it makes me feel that I am making a small difference MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 06 2011 12 23 47 PM Loyce Krogel Traildancer 1272 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level Make It Pretty badge When I earned my first merit badge I did not know how I was going to get the image from the paper to the muslin One day it dawned on me to use my bedroom window as a light box Using the window worked well except my arms got tired being held up long enough to trace all the merit badges The first few I earned had simple line drawings Some of the subsequent ones had much more detail that was difficult to transfer I did find transfer printer paper at Joanne s and will use that for the more complicated images MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 06 2011 12 58 51 PM Loyce Krogel Traildancer 1272 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an intermediate level Going Green badge I have made my own laundry soap using the recipe in MJF I have made different cleaners and have shared either the recipes or finished products with friends I have not made my own soap but have a friend who does who will show me the next time she makes a batch but I have purchased homemade soap from a fellow farmgirl which I love and the afore mentioned friend sold me two bars to try I really like the laundry soap It s right on top of the washer so even my husband uses it I tried mopping the floors with water vinegar and lavender oil Yes the floor was clean but the laminate was dull I liked the Mrs Meyer s diluted with water better and it smelled better I made an all purpose cleaner to wipe down the desks in the GED room at work Especially in the winter testers arrive with coughs sneezes sniffles Why they don t stay home when sick I don t know So every so often I spray and wipe with a cleaner made from the same MJF I want to try making my own soap but am afraid to take the plunge I think I will feel more confident after helping my friend MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 06 2011 1 21 13 PM Loyce Krogel Traildancer 1272 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Know Your Roots badge For this badge I interviewed my mother Her parents are gone she is the oldest child and other relatives live in Indiana I asked Mom to relate some of her earliest memories while I took notes I did not know that my mother who is in her 70s was born at home Her father was a farmer wheat corn and soybeans Grama had chickens which they would raise and then butcher Grama kept some for eggs to sell Another interesting fact is that my mother was born on a farm outside the town of Roseburg Indiana When my husband and I moved to Oregon we started out in Roseburg Oregon My intent is to transcribe my notes to be passed on to my children MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 06 2011 1 38 09 PM Loyce Krogel Traildancer 1272 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level What s Your Beef badge I went to the site eatwild com I found three farms close to me within 50 miles listed on the site One of the farms is less than a mile down the road from my house I have known them in a horse training context and had no idea that they raised grass fed animals for sale I have heard stories about what has been included in animal feed and even read a novel years ago based on that premise It just seems obvious to me that natural conditions and feeds are better for the animal and therefore better for the consume r But I also understand the desire for profit and the slim pocketbooks of purchasers I grew up eating moose deer mountain sheep mountain goat caribou buffalo ptarmigan an occasional bear salmon ling cod and halibut All were wild My mother bought bacon and occasionally chicken The moose meat was made into hamburger with beef suet to keep the patties from crumbling breakfast sausage summer sausage and one year hotdogs Now in Oregon we eat primarily deer and elk Once in a while we eat freshly caught salmon ocean going halibut and trout I still buy beef chicken and pork for variety I would like to try some pasture fed meat but don t know if I can afford to I had always been told that wild game was leaner than domestic and that the red meat limitations did not apply to game It was interesting to see the graphs on eatwild com that showed the truth of that statement MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 06 2011 1 46 43 PM Carrie Goad Homestead Dreams 3028 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Entrepreneurial Spirit badge My dream business would be to start a freelance artist business I already do commissioned portraits from time to time but nothing official I would love to make it a legit business and start marketing my skill I researched online how to write a business plan and looked into some of the details of getting started i e registering a name getting a business license etc I typed up a plan for a simple home based freelance artist business and printed it out I only have an unofficial name at this point I m still ironing it out and I have a timeline in place I ve been keeping my plan in my pocket during the day and tucked under my pillow at night Just as important if not more so I ve been praying about it And I ve discussed my dream and plan with my husband who thinks it s wonderful idea and is encouraging me to go for it he thought I should have done this a long time ago I blogged a little about this at http spiritualhomesteading blogspot com 2011 12 project barn loft studio html I m already moving on to the Intermediate Level Putting the dream into action If all goes as planned I could have a legit business as early as the beginning of the New Year What I really need now most of all is confidence Confidence to put myself out there and confidence in myself that I can do this So this story is to be continued MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 06 2011 1 59 50

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    in case I go shopping spur of the moment I will have them with I even use them when I go to thrift stores and the yarn store I have noticed more and more people using their own bags now It is working out so well for me I do not forget to take the bags with me now when I shop I use them all the time even the library MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 07 2011 4 15 58 PM Janet Doran jan49829 3340 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an intermediate level Shopping Green badge For the intermediate badge I have researched ways to clean my home without using harsh chemical cleaners I use baking soda for cleaning floors sinks scuff marks deodorizing fabric rinse in my washer I use vinegar for windows hair rinse dog rinse cleaning appliances I will never go back to using any other cleaners I will be making my own cleaners Works wonders on appliances keeps dandruff away in my hair my clothes seem to be fluffier and cleaner MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 08 2011 10 21 50 AM Janet Doran jan49829 3340 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Little Squirts badge For this badge I oiled all the door hinges in the house with WD40 although there were other times I used vegetable oil and it worked well I oiled my husband s bike chain and also oiled and cleaned all the garden tools before putting them away for the season so they will be all ready for the planting season in the spring I only had one door that was squeaky but know that the rest will not follow suit now that they are oiled No rust on my tools MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 08 2011 11 56 16 AM Janet Doran jan49829 3340 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Little Squirts badge For the intermediate I tightened up all the doorknobsa in the house some were pretty loose I checked and made sure all the locks were in working order and also for the window locks I had one door that needed adjusting to swing freely my outside door I also oiled all the car doors as I had the back ones squeaking Not any more All is well with all doors and windows now I will do this every fall and spring as part of my seasonal cleaning and preparing MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 08 2011 12 24 28 PM Janet Doran jan49829 3340 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Gratitude badge I started a journal and wrote each day for a month what I am thankful for It is amazing how many things there is like everything around you and within I keep it up daily now as part of my daily routine How wonderful life is Each day there is more to be thankful for MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 08 2011 12 39 54 PM Janet Doran jan49829 3340 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Bee Good to Your Mother Earth badge I grew my own vegetable garden this year first time in over 20 years I used no pesticides at all and used my own compost for fertilizer I read the book Montrose Life in a Garden I did not need any pesticide this year the only problem I had with pests were rabbits eating my peas Need to put a fence around next year MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 08 2011 12 52 21 PM Janet Doran jan49829 3340 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level The Secret Life of Bees badge I watched the trailer www vanishingbees com and I planted bee friendly flowers also for the butterflies I read the book Secret Life of Bees I could not put it down until I finished it I learned a lot about bees I did not know I do not have a way to raise bees but it would be something I definetly would do if I could The book was so good I learned a lot about beekeeping and to respect them MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 08 2011 1 03 13 PM Janet Doran jan49829 3340 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning an intermediate level Let s Get Physical badge I am applying for the intermediate badge for Let s Get Physical I eat more organic foods than I did before and am cutting down on my portions I can t seem to lose weight but I do have more energy I continue daily exercise as I belong to a support group and we must post on a daily basis what exercise we do I feel more energetic now that I am eating better and controlling how much I eat I do some kind of exercise daily to keep me moving helping keep my muscles stronger MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 08 2011 2 38 53 PM Melissa Kunze 1836 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner 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    achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge I purchased a fabric panel from my local walmart that had all the pieces and simple instructions for making a childs christmas apron for my 5 year old daughter It is a full apron with a ruffled skirt and it took me two evenings to complete My daughter Ruby loves it and loves to wear it while helping me prepare dinner MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 14 2011 2 46 41 PM Colina Washburn Rubyleesmom 3408 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Crochet badge For my beginners crocheting project I made a simple straight scarf from a Learn to Crochet kit It took me about a week to complete it as I took it to work with me and worked on it during my down time and lunch breaks The yarn is a pretty rose color I really enjoyed learning to crochet and will definitely be starting a new crochet project soon MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 14 2011 3 04 52 PM Elli Metz 2251 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner intermediate and expert level Spinning badge Last year when I was largely out of touch via internet but still a sister I bought a full jacob fleece at the Southeastern Animal and Fiber Festival in Asheville NC Since I don t have access to a drum carder I carded the ENTIRE FLEECE by hand from washing it to the carding to pulling it into roving to spinning that sucker on a Lendrum single treadle wheel Best Time Ever I taught my neighbor Teri to help since that was a ton of fleece Well 6 pounds at least From Jester that was the sheep s name I did several 200 yard balls of single ply and a metric ton of thin singles over the next few months that I plied into a DK weight 15 wpi two ply yarn The yarn was gifted to a knitting friend For several months in lieu of a spinning class in the requirements I taught my stitch n bleep group how to spin at our meetings A couple girls have gone on to buy wheels and at least one is enrolled in the Master Spinner Program now so apparently I infected her with the bug I m hooked on spinning I sold my wheel when we moved to NE but I still have my drop spindle and several braids of off the hook gorgeous top to play with when my fingers itch I ve made all kinds of things out of the yarns created most of them gifts a few for me It s probably my favorite of the fiber arts The attached picture is of one of the novelty yarns made from fiber I dyed spun thick and thin left as a single ply It was prettier to look at than the more boring two ply even yarns were LOL MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 14 2011 3 43 12 PM Elli Metz 2251 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner and intermediate level Buttoned Up badge I literally saw this badge and SQUEED Scared the dogs My name is Elli and I m a button addict HI ELLI My jar of buttons has far more than 50 in it collected lovingly off every shirt antique store run and thrift store re do I ve ever had or done and threatens often to take over my house I m kind of okay with that My intermediate task I looked up button jewelry last week and got nearly nothing else done Button bracelets and necklaces and pins zomg In the end I went with the simplest of projects I had five black buttons that I wired together for a choker and learned to make my own clasp bit for the chain part I did use a store bought lobster clasp to hold it together but the rest of it is aaaaallll me Thanks to Mary Jane s Sisterhood now I want a whole wardrobe of button jewelry While my button jar thanks you my husband who does occasionally want me to stop making jewelry and make dinner instead may not be as gracious D p s Pardon the HORRIBLE unbrushed hair in the photo It s early here MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 14 2011 4 16 51 PM Elli Metz 2251 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge Rather than buying six reusables I set about making six I ve just cast on the seventh the Everlasting Bagstopper pattern from knitty com by the way which I ll get a picture of The rest I ve put in the truck which is with my husband at work right now If they re in the vehicle I never forget to take them with me to the store which I use EVERY TIME now Even though I started collecting market bags a couple years ago knit my first one in 2007 I believe I really kicked it into gear this year since all of the other ones I ve knit have been acquisitioned by friends and my mom who keeps stealing them when I m not vigilant I ask her if she wants me to knit her a set and I get the I don t want to be any trouble dear This year she s getting market bags for Christmas All seven are in cotton this one in the picture is a different kind of cotton and I think I prefer the ones with a little bit of acrylic in them to give a teensy bit of stretch to the final product So there s my verdict MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 14 2011 4 30 20 PM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning an expert level Let s Get Physical badge This morning I did my first 5K race I walked it because my knees don t allow me to run anymore I was very proud of myself because I finished in 57 53 minutes and I have never been able to do it in under an hour before Usually it takes an hour and five minutes This race was the Reindeer Run which benefited our local food bank My sweetie walked it with me and it was challenging I have also been doing my exercise program on my Power Plate for 17 weeks now and I intend to continue with that I probably won t do another 5K race though because I ended up with blisters on the soles of my feet which has never happened to me before I ll have to stay off of them as much as possible for the next few days to recuperate MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 15 2011 10 18 44 AM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an intermediate level Self sufficiency badge My neighbor up the street from me showed me how to can apple pie filling and she let me sample her wonderful apple pie that she had made from hers see picture I took a canning class this summer and we learned how to can tomatoes I made some spaghetti sauce from it and it was rather tasty although I prefer my raw tomato basil sauce that I make I also learned how to make veggie kraut which is a fermented kind of sauerkraut but I won t be eating that I did not care for it at all even though I know it is very good for me You can have that one MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 15 2011 10 59 02 AM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an expert level Self sufficiency badge Recently I bought a new Excalibur dehydrator that has a timer on it That is a big improvement over my old one I dried bananas peaches and strawberries in it and they are delicious That was sort of a problem in that I liked them way too much and ate a whole package of them all at once I ll have to try to discipline myself better over those in the future My neighbor Paula up the street from me and I had a canning party Friday and she showed me how to can apples We put up 14 jars of apples so that should last me through the winter pretty well It s a lot easier to do this in the Fall when the weather cools off I ll dehydrate in the summer but I won t do canning while it s so hot outside MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 15 2011 11 06 22 AM Chris Pruitt Chip 3669 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Know Your Roots badge I have spent the last 3 weeks with 2 more remaining with my 93 year old father living at my house We ve had so much time to visit and go over the geneology he and his sister put together Honestly it s been a bit of a trial as he fell at my son s choir concert but he s doing better I will be returning him to Kansas after Christmas but till then we have even more time to visit I ll have more time to learn the things he has to teach which are many MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 15 2011 11 16 00 AM Chris Pruitt Chip 3669 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge I put together a basic sewing kit to be carried in my camping gear my glove box and my tote bag I think it s a good idea to have these available and I ll get to address sewing with the Boy Scout troop I m an Asst Scoutmaster for MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 15 2011 11 22 55 AM Chris Pruitt Chip 3669 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Sew Wonderful badge I practiced making seams on both my machine and by hand With my 93 year old dad visiting I ve had time to sit listen while doing handwork So far my sewing is going well I ve made an apron to hold my Farmgirl Sisterhood membership badge I love it and it s out of Girl Scout fabric since I spent so long as a GS MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 15 2011 11 29 08 AM Chris Pruitt Chip 3669 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge I made my half apron out of Girl Scout fabric my sister bought me for my birthday It got decorated with some rick rack and has a pocket It turned out great My visiting dad said it makes me look like Mom who I remember wearing an apron around the house I wear it all the time over my jeans and t shirt MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 03 2012 12 36 47 PM Amy Marquardt amarquardt 3706 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I counted the reusable shopping bags I had handy 33 was the general count I came up with Of these 28 are kept in the back of my car for easy access when out shopping or traveling You never know when you might need a bag This turned out well I typically do 90 of my shopping at places that are BYOB bring your own bag so I have to use my own MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 03 2012 12 50 20 PM Rose Lynn Christmasgal 1486 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Homespun Christmas badge I did homemade cocoa mix for gifts and ornaments of small paper snowflakes with a little glitter on them It all came out wonderful the gifts were loved and the snowflakes were the added touch the tree needed MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 03 2012 12 58 36 PM Nancy Marshall Nancym 159 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner intermediate and expert level Backyard Farmer badge We started a chicken flock 5 years ago which includes some hens listed by the ALBC as threatened watch and recovery We have always used organic feed as well as food from our organic garden to feed them Last year we acquired a small herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats an ALBC recovering breed Since then I ve learned to milk and make my own cheese We are so enjoying our goaties We entered our doe in the state fair this year She came in dead last in her class but we love her anyway I haven t eaten meat in 20 years so that particular area of the backyard farmer designation doesn t apply I LOVE having our goaties they are so fun Chickens have turned out to be most excellent little farm animals very low maintenance and you can t beat the fresh eggs We love them and are able to provide the extras to friends who love them too MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 03 2012 1 22 00 PM Marilyn Edlund edlund33 1100 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Tatting badge I taught myself how to tat with two colors of thread and experimented with a few small projects using sizes 10 20 and 30 threads And I learned how to add beads to my work I tatted an edging on a 12 square hankie I do not know how to crochet so I found and used instructions from an old booklet on how to attach the tatting to the edge of the hankie as I worked using a joining picot I ve given several of my smaller two color snowflakes and beaded medallion projects as gifts The hankie turned out lovely and it s so pretty I can t bring myself to use it so I have it displayed on my dresser It is so fun to look back at earlier projects and see how my skill is improving MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 03 2012 1 46 47 PM Laurie Conner Montrose Girl 1587 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Grammar badge I don t text often but when I do I refuse to use the slang or single letter meanings that have become common Not using acronyms is difficult with my job as they are everywhere and we have a thick book of them As a gift a few years back I received a book The Word Museum It has amazing words that have been forgotten So I used that as an inspiration for my two weeks of words fubbery deceit deception quanked Overpowered by fatigue thigger One who draws on others for subsistence in a genteel sort of way mawmsey sleepy stupid as from want of rest of over drinking sandillions Numbers like the sand on the seashore vomitory A door of a large building by which the crowd is let out yoicks an old hunting cry stampointed Bewildered overcome with astonishment pig s whisper A loud whisper one meant to be overheard placeparted Sent out of the world in peace repurple to make purple again to doubly dye with purple landjobber One who buys and sells lands for other men farded Painted embellished hove to take shelter What I love is that most of the words are not recognized by the spell checker I enjoyed looking up various words and trying to find ways to use them Some were more difficult than others MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 03 2012 2 08 01 PM Gail Springman gspringman 486 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an expert level Get er Done badge Our chapter adopted a room to completely furnish for a woman transitioning into her own place from our local women s shelter We began with new paint for the walls carpeting vinyl and then furnished it with bed dresser kitchen table cubboards and a few neccesities to get one started It turned out so beautiful and welcoming We are so very proud of what we have accomplished MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 03 2012 3 28 40 PM CJ Armstrong ceejay48 665 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning an expert level Make It Pretty badge I ve been painting all kinds of things most of my married life I actually learned how to use oils some years ago when painting decorative doors for our house And I ve

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    Typos are all over the place at least I m hoping they are typos and not ignorance and surely other readers notice this too MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 04 2012 12 11 10 PM Loyce Krogel traildancer 1272 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Green Energy badge In the most recent power bill was a brochure describing the various energy options available along with approximate cost differences After reading the information I called the power company and found out that most of the power for the basic service option comes from coal It costs about 10 a month more to switch to other cleaner service PacifiCorp does have several green options with varying amounts of different power supply The cost per 1000 kwh was not that much different but with a power bill of 120 dollars when I was expecting 80 I am not able to add another 10 dollars a month for the green options The option I am most interested in has over half of the power generated by wind with smaller amounts generated by solar biomass and other I was surprised that PacifiCorp had an option completely independent of coal MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 04 2012 12 18 56 PM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Homespun Christmas badge Here is a baker s dozen of crocheted snowflakes in three different designs before they were starched and stiffened After that you just add ornament hangers and on the tree they go These made up at least 25 of the ornaments on my tree this year 2011 and I will continue to make them for the tree next year Actually all of my Christmas gifts this year were homemade I made calendars with pictures that I took of my garden all year long I m also giving copies of my new book that I just finished Alive Health Recipe Book Healthy Eating On The Run now available on Amazon to everyone That is definitely homemade MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 04 2012 12 25 32 PM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Civic Heritage badge The first person to realize that there really was gold in them thar hills in the Dahlonega GA area supposedly was a man named Benjamin Parks This is the site of the first Gold Rush in the United States way before California got in the picture At the height of the rush the little town of Auraria close to Dahlonega had over 10 000 people in it Today it is a sparsely populated area of farms and houses MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 04 2012 12 31 15 PM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Get er Done badge My next door neighbor joined the Farmgirls in September so together we are a team She practically lived at my house throughout October helping me to finish my book Alive Health Recipe Book Healthy Eating On The Run Then in November she helped me for three hours to promote the book at an Expo that was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce I went to her house later that month to help her cut out four Christmas stockings that she was making for gifts She has arthritis in her hands and using scissors is difficult for her I had to go to her house in December to print out the transfers for my newest badges because I found out that HP printers like the one I have get too hot and melt the transfer substance Then I helped her to put the names on her almost finished stockings with iron on transfers so that she could get them done them in time for Christmas We have been in and out of each other s homes for three months now helping to Get er Done with projects and each time it has been for at least two hours and many times a whole lot more MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 04 2012 12 58 45 PM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Get er Done badge A mutual friend of fellow Farmgirl Paula s and mine fell on some hard times and had to move into the basement of one of the residents on our road We helped pack Dale up from the old place and move into the new place We then helped to get the new place set up and arranged in a way that was efficient workable and home like We spent several days doing this because the movers who had been hired did not show up on the appointed day so we did what neighbors do we helped out This involved WAY over eight hours but we were glad to help out a friend in need MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 04 2012 1 10 07 PM Emily Race Simply Satisfied 3591 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level Let s Get Physical badge I made sure to eat five fruits or vegetables everyday for a month Although it is something I should do I have never eaten that much fruit and vegetables in a given month The first week or two was really hard to get through I felt like I wasn t eating anything else and would sometimes have to eat extra veggies before bed to make sure I got all

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