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August 30, 2020
The Masked Bandit from Appalachian Quilts

Today I was going to start canning pumpkin.  I have all those sugar pie pumpkins in Puddin Pop's Pumpkin Patch....

I went out for my morning garden stroll with the Hubs.  There was an ear of corn on the ground.  I asked Hubs if he had shucked one of the ears there the night before when he was harvesting for dinner and he said 'no'.  *sigh*  I'm not going to be that gardener who loses all their corn to deer and raccoons.  Hubs changed out plans.  He got the four-wheeler and trailer and we started harvesting.  We planted ...

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August 24, 2020
The Frugality of Gardening from Appalachian Quilts

I have always been frugal.  My Momma was frugal.  As a single parent (remember, my 'real' father committed suicide a month before I turned 3 and my brother was 6 months old), she scrimped and save where she could.  I'm a member of a couple groups online that are for us frugal friends.  I don't garden to be frugal.  I garden to give me joy.....I need to start with that disclaimer.

I have been in the foodservice industry since 1987.  I have been a broker, sales rep, credit manager, buyer....I have seen all facets.  This is ...

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June 10, 2020
Almost Amish?? from Appalachian Quilts

I have some Amish friends in Berlin, Ohio.  When the kids were younger, we used to take a weekend and camp on their farm.  There were 3 farm ponds for them to play in and it was a great getaway for us.  Sometimes my sister and her 3 kids would go with us.  Sometimes my almost brother and his 3 kids would go with us.  Sometimes it was both.  (Alvin even asked us once when it was ALL of us if my almost brother was Mormon to have 3 wives and 9 kids.  LOL)  We were awakened in the mornings ...

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May 30, 2020
Grow Baby Grow! from Appalachian Quilts

Bear with me, I have a LOT of photos today, but the sun was shining during my little morning walk.

As I was pulling the pics off, these were still on from Monday.  Two of the grands came to see the baby bunnies - Stella and Luciano.  Visitation is done in the garage on a moving blanket to keep them from escaping and becoming wild bunnies.  LOL




This bed has Roma tomatoes, sunflowers in the middle, zinnias on the ends and basil coming up along the long sides.  You can barely see it, but it is purple basil.  It kind of ...

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May 24, 2020
ANOTHER New Addition to the Farm from Appalachian Quilts

I would be fibbing if I said we don't think about the grandkids when we consider adding new animals to the farm.  That is why I want some of these:


Thank you Google for the pic
These are called baby doll sheep.  While I do not have any yet....aren't they just the cutest?  The ones that are black and white look like a poodle.

Hubs came to me and wanted me to start looking locally for rabbits.  I had a traumatic experience harvesting rabbits with Princess Sassypants (aka Momma) when I was in high school.  I don ...

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May 16, 2020
High Tunnel Update from Appalachian Quilts

Every time I go out to the garden to take pics it starts raining.  Today was no different.  *sigh*  I went out to open up the high tunnel and it started pouring.  Camera in hand, I decided you would get pics of some of what was going on in there instead.


This is the little area of chives I am letting go to seed.  As you can see from the cuttings, we have been wearing these out!  Chive flowers are phenomenal in salad!  You can barely see the baby ones coming up beside them.  For whatever reason, the chipmunk loves ...

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March 24, 2020
When Life Gives us Lemons.... from Val's Quilting Studio

Each morning....

...and throughout the afternoons....
I'm feeding my body with the:
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When Life Give Us Lemons...

...take control of the things we can! Green tea with a twist of lemon has always been an afternoon treat...but I've been remotivated to get back to my daily juicing routine too. It feels good to be feeding my body with nutrients that will build my immune system. Along with being intentional about what I put in my body, I'm also boosting my immune system by reducing the stress of the Coronavirues impact on our daily life by limiting ...

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Sewing Machine Stories from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Some have heard these stories, or at least parts of them but some haven’t. Bernina Back in about 1981, I was just starting to do machine piecing but I was also making smocked children’s clothes. I had an old Singer Golden Touch & Sew that I had gotten while in high school so . ....

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March 19, 2020
Horehound is Freeze Dried from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Yesterday the horehound I had picked was ready to take out of the freeze dryer. Three quarts and two pints. What I plan to do with it is make tea. I’m not giving medical advice and before using anything like this, please check with your doctor. I almost always taste everything that comes out of...

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March 17, 2020
Horehound from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Vince and I have been researching herbs, wild plants and weeds, and sometimes one plant fits into all three of those categories, at least in my opinion. Horehound was one of the plants we have growing in abundance but the main crop of it is growing in the middle of weeds that are getting tall...

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February 17, 2020
Ginger Bug from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

For those who are curious about a ginger bug, you can read about it here at Wellness Mama, who has great information on many topics, by the way. We really believe in consuming lots of fermented foods – sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir, miso, kimchi, etc. We made kombucha for years but Vince stopped drinking it and...

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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 17, 2020
Sprouting 101 from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

By request, I’ll share a few more details about the sprouting process. But, first, there are some risks with sprouts because they are eaten raw and because they grow best in a damp, warm environment, there’s always the risk of e-coli or other bacterial issues. Please keep everything clean and wash your hands and containers...

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January 14, 2020
» Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Here are before and after pictures – before Vince started keto about this time last year. We stayed on it through June and he lost probably 80 pounds. We got off in June because of the frequent trips to MO and it was hard being on the diet eating out. We’ve solved that issue with...

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January 11, 2020
Cinnamon from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Over a decade ago, Vince and I were killing time in Kansas City and wandered into a spice store. I had never even realized such places existed but as we browsed through all the herbs and spices, stopping to smell the varieties they had open, we stopped in our tracks at the Vietnamese Cinnamon display....

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November 20, 2019
Day 2 – Rowing Machine from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Where has this day gone? You know I don’t do well taking meds of any kind, right? I can take a children’s benadryl and sleep for three days! I’ve been coughing and coughing so last night I told Vince “I’m taking cough medicine before I go to bed tonight” but I didn’t. Thank goodness! I...

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November 16, 2019
Thought from the Past from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

This morning a friend had commented on a blog post and mentioned something that caused me to think of something — screensavers! Remember when every computer had a screensaver and you could pick what you wanted as your screensaver or download new ones from the internet? I asked Vince . . do computers still have...

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