Sunday, March 23, 2014

Throwaway to Pretty!!

I had a plant holder that I have not used in a long while. I actually have two of them. I had placed them in the recycling long ago. The recycle men kept taking it out of the recycling and leaving it on top of the mailbox. After three times of this, I brought them back to the garage and porch and there they have sat for well over a year. 

Today, I had an idea. This project happened in between the pallet wall project

 This is one of the baskets. 

 I suspended with two nails from a board on one of the pallets of the wall. It is actually between the red tip and buttercrunch lettuces.

 I cut a coconut fiber thing to fit the basket. 

 Romaine lettuce was transplanted within the basket. 


Lettuce in the Walls!

We made a garden wall from reclaimed pallets about two seasons ago. All winter, I have been looking at these pallets and thinking about things to do with them...So, here is what some of the wall space has become...

 This is where I started. I did not use this specific pallet for the first set of planting. Although, it is the same idea. 

 Weed control fabric was doubled and tacked in the space to hold the plants and still allow for proper drainage. The excess was trimmed back some. 

 Buttercrunch was transplanted into the space and dirt was placed around to fill the space. 

 This is another shot of the buttercrunch area. 

 This is a second space of red tipped lettuce. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Making Clove Oil - How to...

I made clove oil last week. We have used it this week for topical pain application. It was effective and it worked well. I wish I had known of the uses of oils AGES ago!!

Some of the pictures are sideways, but you will get the general gist of what to do. :)

 Crush fresh cloves.

 Use a coffee strainer and a string.

 Place crushed cloves in the coffee strainer.

 Tie up with string.  I did trim the excess of mine off.

 Use EVOO - does no have to be this brand. :)

 Place oil in jar and submerge clove sachet. It does want to float. I used a wooden spoon handle to push it in a bit. This is a jelly jar.

 Place a small square of tin foil over the top of the jar.

 Shape the foil concave to the jar lip.

 I firmed it up to the lip for better sealing and trimmed excess foil away. This will allow any oil steam to not escape, but to stay in the jar. It keeps all the goodies where you want them.

 Set up a double boiler situation. I do not have a double boiler, so I improvised this way. It works.

 Boil water for approximately 40-45 minutes. Take the oil and let it cool after 40 minutes or so. Then, lid the jar.

 You can use the oil right away, but it gets stronger by letting it sit a bit. You can remove the sachet after a week or so.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Recycling Onions

I had a friend at produce co-op ask me the other day how we recycle onions for regrow, so I decided to post this. In another note, I also reuse the skins and onion waste to keep with things like potato skins and the like when I make bone broth. Back to recycling/reusing onions...

When cutting up onion, save the bottom inch or so. Place in a shallow dish with water and wait for the roots to grow.
 These have been in water for a few weeks now and have started to sprout, so it was definitely time to plant them.

 You plant the onion start like you would any other plant start and leave the new leaves exposed.

 This is one planted previously by the garden wall.

 There is one onion in the foreground here and three more in the background. One of them is very small.

 And, three more planted before along the garden wall.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Book Review: The Adam Quest

The Adam Quest: Eleven Scientists Who Held on to a Strong Faith While Wrestling with the Mystery of Human Origins

By Tim Stafford
Published by Thomas Nelson

Book Description

Science and faith should be allies, not opponents, in the search for truth.
But when it comes to understanding the very beginnings of life, it is no easy task to reconcile the history taught in the Bible with the discoveries of the scientific community.
Author Tim Stafford watched the tension between the beliefs of Darwin and the teaching of Genesis shake the faith of his family, ruin friendships, and leave Christians in the field of science feeling as though the doors of the church were closed to their profession.
He believes this civil war can stop. The scientific record and the truth of the Bible aren’t mutually exclusive. The Adam Quest offers a compelling new look at the beginnings of life as Stafford puts questions of dinosaurs, genealogy, and the age of the earth to eleven world-class scientists.
A sweeping book—touching everything from advances in genetics to a particle physicist striving to become Anglican priest—Stafford uses the stories and journeys of these remarkable men and women to provide a new diversity of answers. Scientific progress is carefully detailed, while the struggle toward truth and toward God is humanized.
A deeply informative look at Christians working in science, this book is for both believers and those who harbor doubts—an intersection of faith and science, and a safe place for questions. Whether you believe in a young earth, intelligent design, evolutionary creationism, or something else, The Adam Quest offers a chance to strengthen your faith, deepen your knowledge, and bring science back into the church.
Book Review
I found this book to review shortly after the highly publicized debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye. In our homeschool and parenting approaches for my son and the children I tutor, Istick firmly to instruction based upon the young Earth and a Biblical historical model. All else is false as far as I am concerned. And in my studies, the more one seeks to disprove the Bible and God, the more proof there is of the Truth and of Him....So, this text intrigued me. There are pieces of Stafford's book that I agree with and parts I really do not...but I will probably use some of the book as a curricula resource in our homeschool studies.
I meet many individuals who think, assume, or acknowledge that Biblical history and science do not confirm each other. I did not necessarily find that this book will settle that debate, but it does give many a firm foundation for which to launch a good conversation on the topic. 
Stafford provides an overview of the three worldviews of origin and what scientists think of these views. There is discussion presented of scientists who have faith in Christ. Despite what many argue, I hold steadfast that the Bible is the ultimate authority of all things. I believe we originate from a young Earth, based upon the genealogy presented in Genesis and throughout the other books. I have seen so called brothers and sisters in Christ argue vehemently with one another over these beliefs and views. Stafford presents much useful information to consider. I do not agree with it all, but this is fine. Healthy discussion can bring learning and understanding. Stafford wants to make it evident from the beginning of the text that he is just presenting each party. I think he has a slightly biased tone throughout the text. I will leave that to another reader to determine. 
I am an independent product reviewer. I received no monetary compensation for this review. I received this book from Nelson Publishing in exchange for an honest review. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

more tunnels and underground mall

Tunnel adventure number 3 and walking through the underground mall!!

In the early part of the 1900s, South Carolina had an underground area with stores and restaurants. There is an open mall area, now mostly offices and small boutiques, above the underground mall.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

More Tunnel Trips

Yep - there are several really OLD OLD tunnels under the city...Yep - we found them!  Yep - we explored!


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Underground Hidden City Tunnels

This is what we do for field trips at times...  :)  We went looking for the tunnels that went under the nearby city for the early 1800s. We found them!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Train Climbing...

Because climbing on the train is what you are supposed to do when you go to view one. :)

Sentimental Mommy Memories...

My older son moved back in for a brief while and it was bittersweet to see him go out into the world on his own again. We used to babysit the little girl who lived next door. These are from when she was over at our house one afternoon last spring, before my son moved out. He has his own baby now and this seems like a brief memory. :0)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Book Review: Minding Molly

Minding Molly

About the Book:
Molly Zook Has Everything Planned Just Right. Or So She Thinks!  
Molly Zook's always liked being in control, so she's struggling with her mother's wish that, to save the family farm, she marry Mervin Mosier. Especially after Molly meets Leon Fisher. He's from Montana but is now training horses at a nearby ranch. He's tall and muscular and confident--Molly has never met anyone like him and she's sure he feels the same about her.

Determined to let nothing get between them, Molly tries to coax Mervin into falling back in love with Molly's best friend, Hannah. A weekend camping trip in the Poconos could be just the place...but things quickly go awry, and it seems Leon and Hannah might be falling for each other instead! Will Molly keep struggling to control everyone and everything around her? Or will she learn to let God handle the twists and turns of her life?
Okay, I have to admit...for some reason, I love Amish romance clue why - just do! In this novel, Gould does well to appeal to your emotional side. The novel does well to allow the reader to relate his or her own personal journey of a relationship with Christ. Gould does well to represent the Amish culture, without diminishing the character of the individual and personal aspirations. Molly loses her father. Her mother is severely ill. Her mother wants her to marry soon to someone she should not. Molly is deep in many anxiety causing situations. Her personality as a organizer and scheduler does not help the situation lessen, but adds to it. And, lastly, in the midst of this all, Molly has her eye on someone. The story details are unique and well woven. Molly is brought forth as the heroine of Gould's novel. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it quite quickly. If this is the type of novel that would appeal to you, I would recommend a read. 
I was given this book by Baker Publishing of Bethany House Books in exchange for my honest review. 

Stuffed Peppers

This recipe was an instant hit...  :)

Things that make a mommy smile....
 Bell pepper boats were made and put onto a buttered dish for the oven.

Ground sausage and beef were combined with minced onions and garlic, sage, basil, egg, and cheese.

Boats were stuffed and baked at 375* for about thirty to forty minutes.

 The peppers were sweet and the dish was yummy!