Monthly Archives: December 2011

No-Spend January

I’m going to try to join Carla over at 1/2 Dozen Daily in a no spend January.  The rules (adapted from Carla’s) are: 1.  Track purchases. Write down every single penny we spend! 2.  Start a “sealed pot challenge”.  Any coins … Continue reading

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Monthly Do-it-Yourself for 2012

One of the things I’m going to try to do in 2012 is to try one do-it-yourself project every month. I’ve picked projects that I’ve never done before — some I’ve wanted to try for a long time. January: Make Goat Milk Soap – Using … Continue reading

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Plans for 2012

Each month in 2012 I want to try to look at some of the ideas that Rose came up with in a post from August in the Down to Earth Forum. I want to be more intentional with things this … Continue reading

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Eating Healthy – Smoothies

I think I’m going to try to add more fresh fruits and vegetables to my diet next year.  These smoothies that I read about at Marcus Samuelsson’s website look like a great way to start. • 1-2 bananas • frozen … Continue reading

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Homemade iCcessories

I decided to try to make an envelope to protect my new iphone from scratches in my purse.  I used a double layer of felt fused together with heat activated fusing.  I added an old plastic card to the front … Continue reading

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Lefse for Jul

Our Lefse Recipe • 8 cups riced potatoes • 1/2 cup butter – melted • 1 cup whipping cream • 4 tsp sugar • 2 tsp salt • 3 cups unbleached flour Day 1: Peel, rinse and cut 5 lbs … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Rolls or Ring

Rolls 1 cup milk 0.25 cups warm water 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 cups butter, room temperature 2 each eggs, room temperature and beaten 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup sugar 5 cups bread flour 1 tablespoons instant active dry … Continue reading

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Making the Gravlax

I’ve never tried to make Gravlax before, but it seemed like it might be a fun project and tasty too.  I think it will be ready for supper on Christmas with all of the relatives.  I hope they’ll enjoy it. … Continue reading

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The Seven Days of Jul Cookies – Krumkake

These light and airy  cookies are fantastic filled with whipped cream.  They are my kids favorites.  Joe’s Grandpa used to make them every year for Christmas supper. 3 whole eggs ½ cup sugar ½ cup melted butter ½ cup white … Continue reading

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The Seven Days of Jul Cookies – Berlinerkranser

Wonderful, buttery little bites that are great with cup of chai (probably coffee too). Be careful not to overcook these cookies the first batch took a little while to brown and then were a bit dry.  After that I baked … Continue reading

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