Things you can do with a feedsack

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Posted by kat | Posted in Hobbies, Sewing Projects | Posted on 28-11-2012

Since I have farm animals, I have feed sacks and sometimes those feed sacks are made out of a woven plastic material and sometimes they are paper bags.  I use the paper bags to put trash in and I was wondering what to do with the woven bags.    As it is starting to get cold here, I decide I needed something to carry wood in, the buckets are just so heavy.  So I cut up a feed bag, borrowed a Carpet needle from my mom because I couldn’t find mine, and set to work to make myself a little carry bag.  I used the string from the feed bag as thread, but half way through sewing one strap, hubby talked me into taking it all out and using the thread from a thing of para cord he had gutted.   By the time I was done, my hands hurt and I was ready to chuck it in the trash.   I tried it out as soon as it was done and it worked just like I expected it to, I have enough to make one more and this time I am using my sewing machine now that I know it can be done on one.  To use the sewing machine, I will have to go buy a #14 needle and some heavy duty thread, but it will be done so much quicker and I will have time to do other things.  It took me just about all day, to make one.

DIY-Catan Game

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Posted by kat | Posted in Family Happenings | Posted on 25-11-2012

So I asked my sister what she wanted for Christmas, and since my family tries to keep things practical and thing people need, figured that what ever she told me shouldn’t be too hard.  I was right and WRONG at the same time.   So where to start????  She mentioned a game the family loves to play called Settler’s of Catan.  I had heard of this game, but had never played it.  She wanted items to replace the cardboard pieces that are very easily worn over time.

So let’s start with the pieces (from my understanding) that would come with the game if you bought it and an expansion pack for 2 players.

19- Hexagon shaped cardboard pieces
19- Numbered circles
1- Robber ( think this is one of the few wood or plastic pieces)
9- Small triangle ports
30- Small houses= Settlements
24- Large houses= Cities
84 Straight pieces = Roads
2 dice
1 pack of game cards

Here is what I used.  Just a side note, getting enough for one means that you could make up to THREE full sets, if you had that many card sets.

Hexagon shaped 2 inch wood from  http://www.woodnshop.com/CRAFT_SQUARES_RECTANGLES_OVALS_CIRCLES.htm

 

Circles bought in a pack from Hobby Lobby
http://shop.hobbylobby.com/store/item.aspx?ItemId=158608

Robber
http://shop.hobbylobby.com/store/item.aspx?ItemId=158125

Ports ( They were out of triangles, so I cut them in half with an exact o knife)
http://shop.hobbylobby.com/store/item.aspx?ItemId=161228

Settlements
http://shop.hobbylobby.com/store/item.aspx?ItemId=158295

Cities
http://shop.hobbylobby.com/store/item.aspx?ItemId=158164&F_FilterIds=27152

Roads
Bought at Walmart in the craft section.  They are called Skinny Sticks and it was a bag of 75

So here is the next step.

I cut the roads to be 1 1/2 long, they need to be just shorter than your hexagons.

The Right To Feed My Family

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Posted by kat | Posted in Emergancy Prep/ Food Storage, Gardening(herbs, flowers,veggies and trees) | Posted on 23-11-2012

I live out in the country and I realize that I have not had to deal with the following issue, it is one of the many reasons I am glad I live out in the country.    What issue is that you ask?   Why the right to feed my family, by raising my own food, via a garden.

Recently a friend of mine posted a link to her Facebook page, it’s for a group called Georgia Food Rights.  Their website is www.gafoodrights.org, please check it out.  Normally I shy away from anything smacking of politics, but this is one thing that I feel really strongly about.   Basically the group got it’s start when several town fined homeowners that decided to change their landscaping from the normal landscaping you would find around a house to landscaping that would feed their family.  I have done edible landscaping around my house, I have raised beds, that I have been growing my fall garden in them.  I have gotten such a better crop from what I planted and I planted less then what I normally do, because I can better utilize the space I have.    I planted one packet of radishes and I had the same good crop that I get from planting two packets of seeds, straight into the ground.   Is it the raised bed or is it the fact that due to the raised bed I had to use compost to fill the beds.  I think it is a combination of the two.  Because it’s a raised bed and you have to use compost to fill it, the nutrients are not as diluted as if you put the same amount of compost on a regular garden and then tilled it in.  Even if you didn’t till it in, when it rains the rain water washes some of the dirt away and then dilutes it in another way.    ALRIGHT, Back to the issue at hand.  I did several google searches and found several headlines about people being fined, for growing vegetables in the city.  Hear are just two of the headlines I found, and I couldn’t believe it when I read the stories.

Georgia man is facing fines of up to $5000 for growing too many vegetables on his land.
Woman threaten with jail time for having garden

HOW is it wrong to grow your own food?  Why would this bother other people, especially since in the case of the first story he gave away food to his neighbors and sold some items at a farmer’s market?  There will come a time when we might need the Victory gardens of old, the garden’s that kept people alive during the war’s and other issues that have popped up for thousands of years.   I have heard of other case’s in other countries and shook my head and felt sorry for them, and felt safe in knowing that I didn’t have to worry about it, yet here I am not starting to worry about what I might just have to deal with someday.   The following pictures if from a story I read about a guy in Canada  that is having to deal with this issue.  I am amazed at the beauty and the thoughtful way he and his wife laid out the garden.

This one is when it was first planted
Lawn and Order: The Silly War on Home Gardening Escalates

This one is with it in full production.

Couple faces fines for this vegetable garden on Richelieu Street in Drummondville.

I am again amazed at the beauty and the skill with which they laid it out.

Even if you don’t plant a garden currently, but you want to have the right to plant a garden, make sure you know your states and cities rules.

Winter Plant Protection

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Posted by kat | Posted in Gardening(herbs, flowers,veggies and trees) | Posted on 15-11-2012

Today I bought some 6 mil plastic wrap, I bought a small roll that is 10ft wide and 20 ft long, it should be long enough to cover my raised beds.  Why do I need plastic sheeting you might ask?  I will be using it, to place over my raised beds so that I can protect them when it get’s too cold.  For now, it will just get draped over the plants, eventually I will build a frame for it to go over, or at least that the plan anyways.  Eventually I might even make a cold frame or two, but that might have to wait a bit, as for now it is more important to cover the plant so the frost doesn’t get them.  The weather here is hot one moment and cold the next, the poor plant’s are not sure what to make of it and things that should have stopped producing are still flowering and or have veggies still on them.  Just yesterday, I picked enough green beans and pea’s to take to a friend and I still have more that are close to being ready.   In a pinch, two walmart bag one inside the other works, as you can tie it around the plant depending on what type of plant it is.  Please remember that if any of the plastic, touches the leaves it will still freeze.

Homemade Applesauce

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Posted by kat | Posted in Emergancy Prep/ Food Storage | Posted on 12-11-2012

I made homemade applesauce today, it was very yummy and despite what most people think, pretty easy to make.   So here is what you will need:
Food strainer( I own a back to basics model 220 and I grew up using a Squesso Straino)  The Squesso Straino used runs about $150.00 and new runs about $200.00.  I think I paid $35-$45.00 for the one I have.  The only thing I do not like about mine, is when you wash it your hands turn black.
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Apple of any type
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Cut them in half and stick in a large pot with just enough water to cover the amount of apples in pot, cook until they are mushy.

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When mushy take out and put into the strainer
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You should end up with waste looking like this coming out of one side
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Your final product should look like this

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I made enough to freeze about 4 quarts of applesauce

I always taste test my applesauce before I add sugar or cinnamon, sometimes you just don’t need it.  I also either freeze my applesauce or I hot water bath can it.

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