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Month: June 2012

What I Learned From Grandma Rene

What I Learned From Grandma Rene

Today, my Grandma Rene is 92 years young. I can’t hardly believe it! Only in the last few years has she appeared old to me, but she is still active and fairly sharp. Over my life I have learned a few things from her. A little background: She was born in 1920. She grew up on a farm during the 1920’s and 1930’s. She lived during the Depression. She lost her father at 16 years old. She graduated high school…

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Friendship Advice for Teenagers

Friendship Advice for Teenagers

Looking back at my teenage years, I was a horrible friend. I had no idea how to uphold friendships and no idea how to deal with others when I was hurt by them. I know what I did wrong now by watching my teens negotiate their way through friendships. I also want to apologize to everyone I hurt during that time. I want to pass on some wisdom that I hope helps you. Here is some advice for you to…

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Eating Naturally

Eating Naturally

We have been making the switch at our house to watching what we eat. We are trying to make more from scratch and eating more naturally produced foods instead of artificially processed foods. I have friends who are 100% into the clean eating life and I envy them. We are not there and I doubt at this point in time we will be. But the changes I have been making are starting to reap the results. I did not jump…

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Kids and The Public

Kids and The Public

I just came home from the tractor pulls in Wisconsin. I had a great time and the little break from home life and the kids was just what I needed to get recharged. Notice I said a little break from my kids. I missed them like crazy and wished they could have come, but the thing is…they don’t care for the tractor pulls. They would be fine sitting through one show/night of the pulls, but five shows would be torture…

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Food Storage Bucket Style

Food Storage Bucket Style

Five gallon buckets are so handy! I use them for so many things and I can never get enough of them! This is one of the most popular ways that I use them at my house. I store food in them. They are easy to store in, accessible, can hold a fair amount of food, and can by easy to store.  How do I store my food in buckets? Let me show you! (And apologize for my messy basement. It…

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Strawberry Jam Fever (and a few tips!)

Strawberry Jam Fever (and a few tips!)

I have been making Strawberry Jam for the last few days when I have a few moments. I found a really good deal on them at the store as well as getting a few from my garden. We love, love, love strawberry jam! This is also the one thing I can make that my oldest child does not give me grief for canning. I did something different this year. I use to make freezer strawberry jam. This year, I made…

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