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White Tip Radishes

Here are my first radishes of the season. I grew these sparkler white tip radishes with seeds from the Livingston Seed Company. This is the first time in years that we’ve had a garden and that I’ve grown radishes.

Sparkler White Tip Radishes

I used my radishes in a salad last night and they tasted great. There are several wonderful things about radishes. First they grow and mature very fast. They are easy to grow and are hardy in even cooler, wet climates. They are good to mix within your garden as bugs and other pests don’t like the smell of them. I mixed in these radish seeds around other rows of plants and so far the bugs have stayed away.

On a nutrition level, radish are very low-calorie root vegetable with just around Continue Reading →

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Cast Iron Baked Irish Soda Bread

There has been a shortage in some stores of yeast. Several people have been posting that they can’t find yeast in their local stores due to the Coronavirus. One such poster shared her favorite recipe for Irish soda bread which does not require yeast. The recipe calls for baking soda for the leavening in the bread rather than regular yeast.

I heard good reviews on this bread and set out to bake some myself. Of course, I love to bake in my little 6 inch cast iron skillet so I modified the recipe to fit into my original No. 3 cast iron pan.

Irish Soda Bread Baked in Cast Iron

I baked my Irish soda bread using the recipe from Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking site. To achieve the right amount of bread to bake in my cast iron pan, I cut the recipe in half. I also found that I didn’t need as much milk as called for so do be careful not to add too much milk as you make your dough ball.

Irish soda bread before baking.
Irish Soda Bread before baking

The Irish soda bread rose very nicely and I baked it the initial 15 minutes at 425 F degrees and then about 18-19 minutes at 400 F. Halfing the recipe provided for just the right amount of bread for two generous servings for my husband and I. I served my Irish soda bread along with a bowl of homemade stew. The heavier Irish soda bread went well with our stew meal.

Overall I love the idea of using alternate yeast sources especially during these times of shortages that we are facing. Another alternate to regular bread yeast is wild sourdough yeast. Here is my wild sourdough starter directions. Anyone can make wild sourdough yeast at home. It is made by capturing wild yeast from the air and creating a natural sourdough yeast starter.

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Homemade Hand Sanitizer

As you may have heard and seen, buying hand sanitizer is getting harder and more expensive with the Coronavirus outbreak. Some reports say businesses are price gouging as much as $80-$100 a bottle. With that in mind, we are reminded that handwashing with warm water and soap is the best method for keeping our hands clean and preventing the spread of germs. But when you can’t wash your hands, the use of hand sanitizer is necessary especially with the concerns of Coronavirus looming.

Homemade Hand Sanitizer

So what do you do when all the hand sanitizer is gone? Well you might follow my innovative niece’s advice and make your own. Here is her photo of travel size bottles filled with her handmade hand sanitizer. Her recipe and ingredients shown are simple as follows: Continue Reading →

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Happy Valentine’s Day

I haven’t posted for a while and thought I’d better drop in and say I’m still around. Things have been a bit busy and life has thrown me many challenges recently. With 3 deaths in the family over the last 6 months and all the holidays, I just haven’t had the time to post here. But I am hanging in there and hope to post more useful ideas soon.

In the meantime you can always check out my crafting blog My Recycled Bags to see my latest projects and free patterns. Here is my Danish Valentine Heart in honor of Valentine’s Day. This was a fun project which does make for a beautiful little gift for the holiday.

Well, best wishes to all and Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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Cruical Catch

October is breast cancer awareness month.
Pink Cancer Ribbon
The NFL is promoting Crucial Catch and intercepting cancer. I can’t think of a better theme to write about to bring awareness to cancer. Early detection is so very crucial in as they say Make a Crucial Catch by having that mammograph, schedule that doctor’s appointment, have that required screening, and do those self-exams. Early detection is so vital. I should know, I found my own lump and had it scanned and biopsied right away. It probably saved my life as my lump was cancer. But early detection and immediate treatment, did make a difference. I am happy to report that for over 10 years now, I am cancer free.

So let me make a very useful suggestion for the most helpful idea I can share, make that crucial catch and intercept cancer. Battle this beast, and be strong. God willing that we can all share this vital information and above all, be diligent and don’t wait.

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