Category Archives: 2017

Yule – Thinking about the Holidays Ahead

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The 20/10 Challenge – The Entry

Today’s 20/20 Challenge was a doozy.  I decided to tackle the front entry, including the coat closet. I used the first 20 to remove items from the entry to sort out those that have no particular purpose in that area. … Continue reading

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Biscuits

 Ingredients 3 cups flour 1/2 t salt 4 t baking powder 1 1/2 t honey 1/2 cup butter 1 egg 3/4 cup buttermilk Directions Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Combine flour, salt, and baking powder. Cut the cold butter into the flour until … Continue reading

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The 20/10 Challenge – the scary kitchen drawers

Summer is coming to an end and it’s back to school on Tuesday.  With the long vacation, our usual summer cleaning didn’t happen to I’m trying to squeeze some in now.  Today I employed the 20/10 strategy again – work … Continue reading

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The 20/10 Challenge – the jam shelf

Today’s 20/10 challenge actually required 3 rounds (and I still need to find homes for the extra odds and ends).  The jam shelf is above the desk in the laundry room and right next to the door that the construction … Continue reading

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Seedless Wild Blackberry Jam

I cooked down about 12 cups of blackberries with a bit of water and strained them to remove the seeds.  The pulp went into some vodka to make a Wild Blackberry Tincture to help treat sore throats, mouth ulcers, and … Continue reading

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The 20/10 Challenge – drawers and cabinets

I’m trying to get everything back in order after a summer of fun. I found a site, UfYH, that suggested lots of ways to make this more palatable.  Last night I tried “Clearing a Surface”.  Today, I decided to set … Continue reading

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Salt Fermented Dill Pickles

Ingredients 1-3/4 cups filtered water 1.25 Tablespoons (15 – 30 ml) high-quality sea salt cucumbers 1-2 in chunks or slices (I had a big, overgrown one) 2-4 sprigs fresh dill 1 bay leaf 1 Tablespoon pickling spice 5 – 6 … Continue reading

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Flat Surface Challenge Continued

I woke up this morning to a nice, neat, organized bed side table (flat surface challenge part one).  It was lovely.  I decided to complete the challenge this morning in the kitchen/dining areas. I had done a deep clean-up on … Continue reading

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Quick Bread and Butter Pickle

Ingredients 2 pounds sliced cucumbers 1/2 sliced yellow onion 3 tablespoons kosher salt Brine 2 cups white vinegar 2 cups sugar 2 sliced cloves garlic 1 1/2 teaspoon pickling spices 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves Directions Place the cucumbers and onions … Continue reading

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