• MARY JANE?

    No, it is NOT marijuana! But it SURE does look like it!  The plant is called KENAF and is a close relative of Okra and Cotton used primarily for fiber production. It’s an ancient plant over 4,000 years old and along with HEMP is a revolutionary way to grow enough of the world’s fiber needs […]

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  • PUUURTY KITTY

    Yeah, I know this picture has nothing to do with our homesteading project, but I thought it was soooo cute, I had to put it up. Isn’t Cassidy (AKA “Pudy Tat”) so adorable? OK, now down to business. We are continuing re-design the yard, trying to maximize and incorporate more edible fruits into the yard. […]

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  • GROOVY GRANNY

    I’m almost finished my granny square afghan… 30 or so more squares to go. Here’s aneat link if you are bitten by the granny square bug. A gal at our knitting group yesterday said she had a huge bag of G’squares that were made by her grandma in the 70’s and I am to be […]

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  • HEAVY METAL

    The other day us gals got together searching the garage, cellar and kitchen drawers for junk so we could turn into useful objects for the yard. We went a bit overboard…  making 4 wind chimes out of utensils, beaters, keys–you name it! Also made a cute lil sun catcher out of all those AOL CD’s […]

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  • FALL PLANTING TIME

    Purchased bulk seeds from a few seed companies. It’s sooo much cheaper than buying individual packets… Right now we’re planting peas, broccoli, lettuces, salad greens, potatoes, onions, garlic, carrots, radishes, turnips and tomatoes. Yep, tomatoes! We read in a gardening magazine that gardeners in So Cal can plant tomatoes in Sept/Oct. In that case, e […]

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  • END OF SUMMER GARDEN REPORT

    It’s been not a very good year for gardeners here in So Cal. As personal reports from the chef at The Kitchen for Exploring Foods explains, not even the ‘commercial’ farmers are without trouble… That makes us feel a little better. Still, unfortunately, we had to water practically every day or things would have been […]

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  • RAIN DROPS ON ROSES

    What’s this? Rain in September? Yep, So. Cal received a wonderful and unexpected blessing yesterday and all last night… RAIN!!!!!!! It has been quite some time since we heard the rain drops falling off the roof. Everything is so bright and clean and wonderful this morning. Take a deep breathe… mmmmm! We probably received about […]

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  • OUR FAIR TALE

      Woke up yesterday to an eerie sunrise and the day ended in a smoky sunset. Today, the sky is dark and gloomy, having an orange glow/tint. The smell of smoke and ash hangs heavy in the air as a large wildfire burns in theSan Gabriel Mountains. While going home yesterday from the LA County […]

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  • AN APPLE A DAY

    Better keep the doctors away!!! Got four boxes of organic apples that our local health food store couldn’t sell. Paid only two bucks a box!!!!! Now, what to make?  “Apples are the fruit of the land.” You can bake it, fry it… There’s applesauce, apple juice, apple pie, fried apples, dried apples… should I go […]

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  • VICTORIAN ESSENCE

    Been collecting essential oils to make perfume, which smells so much better and lighter than the fake stuff made in labs. Here are some quick and easy recipes to make your own with someEO and Vodka. Also check out this wonderful page of recipes for light floral, Victorianhomemade toiletries {BTW, if you are a Jane […]

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