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February 29, 2020
Oops! I did it again! from Appalachian Quilts

(Now I can't get that song out of my head!)

I told you I was going to need an intervention, but you didn't believe me.  The thing about being a gardener is you sit all winter and wish it was spring/summer.  You plan for all the things you will grow.  You plan for all the new things you have never tried.  You think about past successes and failures.  Then those seed catalogs start coming.  You envision your garden somewhat like this:


Of course, yours never quite makes it to this status.  (and if yours does, KUDOS!)  They ...

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February 27, 2020
Eggs-cuse Me! from Appalachian Quilts

Chickens slow down in the egg laying department during the winter.  This was the first year for us they completely stopped.  Some of our hens were getting older, so this fall we sent them to freezer camp.  (Actually, I canned them to keep them from being tough.)  We ran out of eggs.  Although we only had to purchase one dozen, I was none too happy about it.  Why are we feeding these freeloaders?


(Image taken from Google)

I have vowed that this won't happen again!  So, I decided once they started laying again I would dehydrate eggs.  I should ...

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February 4, 2020
The Kind of Late Update from The Little Crooked House

Hello everybody!


Hope everyone had a great holiday and a wonderful New Year! We welcome the new decade and wonder at the possibilities that it holds for us. What sort of goals have you set for yourself? It's a special time since most have planned new goals and if you're like me you look at the whole picture and might see this as a opportunity to plan out your decade. Realistically we could shoot for some highlighted goals and then make mini goals in the process that works toward that. I'm getting ahead of myself perhaps but ...

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The Kind of Late Update from That Little Crooked House

Hello everybody!


Hope everyone had a great holiday and a wonderful New Year! We welcome the new decade and wonder at the possibilities that it holds for us. What sort of goals have you set for yourself? It's a special time since most have planned new goals and if you're like me you look at the whole picture and might see this as a opportunity to plan out your decade. Realistically we could shoot for some highlighted goals and then make mini goals in the process that works toward that. I'm getting ahead of myself perhaps but ...

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Coffee, Tea...or Me? from Appalachian Quilts

There is just something about a vintage tea towel that makes any farmhouse kitchen spring to life.  Some of you who have been following my blog for a while know that I made all six of our girls a set of vintage tea towels for Christmas.

We are vending at the Shindig in April, so I decided some vintage tea towels were in order.  (I'll also be selling them on the website.)  This weekend I started stitching some out.  I like this linen look, but I'm also doing some waffle towels.  They are a little sturdier, depending on ...

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January 28, 2020
Dirty Dishes Are Like Rabbits.... from Appalachian Quilts

They keep multiplying!

I'm not a fan of dishwashers.  I love to hand wash dishes.  There is only the two of us, so c'mon, there aren't that many.  Yet, Hubs insists on loading that dishwasher.  Think about something (maybe it is just the OCD in me)....while those dishes are sitting there waiting for a full load, germs are percolating.  They are high-fiving each other and multiplying.  Ewwww!  Now that I put that vision in your head---your welcome by the way.

If we are going to use the dishwasher, we may as well make it as 'green ...

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January 26, 2020
More Chickens....What??? from Appalachian Quilts

Our flock is now down-sized to 16.  Napoleon finally crossed the Rainbow Bridge, but he had a great life.  He was the only rooster who was spared through all the down-sizing.  We knew he was close to the end, but he was the best rooster we have ever had.  He was the one who practically knocked on the back door when the coyote came.  He was the one who would shuffle all the girls back in the coop when there was a hawk (or an airplane that looked like a hawk  LOL).  He did what a rooster was supposed to ...

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January 24, 2020
Not Quite Ready for a 12-Step Program from Appalachian Quilts

...but I'm close!


I was more intentional this year when ordering seeds.  I save seeds.  I love to save seeds.  I haven't, however, been able to save all the varieties I want to save.  While shopping for seeds this year, I deliberately chose items I wanted to save seeds from.

These are just the flowers I ordered from Baker Creek.  I also ordered a few from Seed Savers and Bluestone Perennials.  A lot of these were chosen for pollinator attraction/feed as well as their defensive mechanisms against garden pests.


These are the herbs I ordered from Baker ...

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January 4, 2020
Getting Ready... from Appalachian Quilts

At the end of gardening season, the high tunnel always gets neglected.  My first 'excuse' is that is usually too hot in there to be able to stand it.  We got a shade cover this year, so I can't use that one.  My second excuse is that we are too busy with the garden.  The garden didn't do as well this year, so I can't use that one.  The third excuse is just pure laziness.  I stay busier than a one-armed paper hanger, so I can't use that one.  Seriously!  So, with more energy than sense ...

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December 31, 2019
Tips for Starting a Garden from Appalachian Quilts

Seed magazines have started piling up at our house.  The temptation is strong and I am weak!  Many of my YT friends are doing a collaboration of 5 Gardening Tips in 5 Minutes.  This will somewhat be my contribution.  :)


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We've all seen the pictures of the perfect garden.  There are never weeds.  You can't find pest damage on the plants and they are beautiful.  It's not what I strive for.  While it would be 'nice' to have that perfect garden, I refuse to set myself up for disappointment.  I want to grow food.  I want to know ...

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December 30, 2019
The Job Mission from The Little Crooked House



Since last year after I quit my CNA job, I was convinced I would probably end up in another CNA job or finally find something else such as a desk job. I was doing what I wanted which was going back to school for IT in computers and mobile devices. We lived near San Francisco and I sorted my goals to fit the area we lived in. We longed for a forested country life for a long time and well to be honest, we didn’t think it would happen anytime soon. Dylan got a full-time position at his current ...

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The Job Mission from That Little Crooked House



Since last year after I quit my CNA job, I was convinced I would probably end up in another CNA job or finally find something else such as a desk job. I was doing what I wanted which was going back to school for IT in computers and mobile devices. We lived near San Francisco and I sorted my goals to fit the area we lived in. We longed for a forested country life for a long time and well to be honest, we didn’t think it would happen anytime soon. Dylan got a full-time position at his current ...

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Cooties! from Appalachian Quilts

Hubs and I jokingly refer to the grandkids as petri dishes.  They are exposed to all those germs at school and seem to pass and share them all with us.  Christmas was no different.  After spending our Christmas together all of the grands, most of the kids and....Hubs and I, too, all have gotten the flu.  We had a sleepover with two of them Thursday/Friday and had so many fun things planned.  You know what they say about the best made plans???  (We will definitely have to do a mulligan on that one!)

We are still fighting it ...

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December 22, 2019
Results of Gomming in the Kitchen from Appalachian Quilts

It's an Appalachian word "gomming".  When you "gom" in the kitchen, it refers to making a mess.  Momma always used to say Nurse Daughter and I liked to gom in the kitchen, but not clean it up.  (This is a bold-faced exaggeration, because I assure you--once I hit about fifth grade that woman never washed a dish!  It was all me!!!   LOL)

Before I get into that....I was messaged and asked the 'green' way to get all of the scorch off the bottom of the fudge pan.  It was about 1/8" think - NOT just a little bit ...

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December 21, 2019
Perfectly Imperfect from Appalachian Quilts

Yesterday was supposed to be a "me" day.  I had big plans and so many thing to choose from.  My list of things to get done included everything from making fudge, making ornaments, making body butter, making soap and quilting a couple quilts.

Our day started in the goat barn.  We wormed everyone, trimmed hooves and had to give Barnabus a shot.  He still fights pneumonia. 

Into the house I went.  I started melting the oils for the body butter.  While that was melting, I started the fudge.  I went down to the basement for just a quick minute to ...

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December 17, 2019
From the Workshop from Appalachian Quilts

I finally set up a page on the website to sell the items Hubs and Prodigal Son are making in the workshop.  So far, most of what they have made have been requested by yours truly due to customer requests.  I have somewhat kept them from turning out the designs they have in their heart to do.  While I should 'probably' leave them alone, I just can't help myself!  :)

The first item I had them make was a garden dibbler.  A dibbler is used to plant seeds or bulbs.  The notches on it start at 1/2" and then ...

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December 15, 2019
Why I can meat. from Appalachian Quilts

After yesterday's post, I got a few messages asking why I can meat and if it is safe.  Long story short - convenience and YES, it is very safe.  Usually, during the week Hubs grills meat for dinner and we have a steamed vegetable of some kind.  If we forget to lay something out for dinner, he always wants to get a pizza or some other food that is not good for us.  We are both miserable after and resign ourselves to go back to only eating home-cooked food.  Then, it happens again and the cycle continues.  A few weeks ...

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December 14, 2019
I have an addiction.... from Appalachian Quilts

When we planted the garden this year, I had grandiose visions of canning a BUNCH of salsa.  We eat salsa nearly daily here.  The tomato crop wasn't what we needed, but we had huge success with our peppers.  What to do?  I like to make my own spice blends, so I pulled out the dehydrator.  When I bought the dehydrator, I did not buy one of the expensive ones.  I hadn't dehydrated much and didn't know if/how much it would get used.  I originally bought it so I could make Hubs jerky.


I dehydrated peppers.  Aren ...

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November 29, 2019
Scarred for Life! from Appalachian Quilts



Thinking back to my childhood, I can remember working in the garden with Granny.  I remember getting stung by a bee.  She hastily pulled some 'weed', rubbed it on the sting and the pain was instantly gone.  I wish I had paid more attention....   I remember being sick with the flu and her making me drink some unmarked concoction to make me all better.  It did.  I wish I had paid more attention...  I remember her rubbing weird stuff on me, making me drink weird stuff and frankly some of the strange things she would put in the bathwater.  As ...

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November 20, 2019
Too Legit to Quit.... from Appalachian Quilts

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Do you remember the MC Hammer Song "Too Legit To Quit"?  Actually, I don't think that was the name of the song, I think it was just part of the lyrics to Hammertime.  All of my homesteady friends have cute little T-shirts for their farm.  They all do their YouTube videos wearing their cute little shirts and I think about all the exposure they are getting from the shirts.  I will confess, I was a tad envious.  Not for the reason you think, though....  We had shirts for the shop when we were in Fairborn.  We all disliked them ...

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