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Today On ExperimentalHomesteader.com – April 15, 2014 there are a number of new blog posts, product reviews and contests. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of this post so you don’t miss out on any of the posts or contests. As I am sure you noticed, I am still finding it difficult to find the time every day to post – and sometimes even when I do post, this daily collection of new posts does not get updated. There are a number of other ways to stay on top of new posts – our newsletter, Facebook page or even Bloglovin’.

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Product Review: New #FebrezeSpring Scents Collection – Spring is my favorite time of the year. The flowers burst into bloom and the natural scents that they produce are just so wonderful. When I was selected to try out the new #FebrezeSpring Scents Collection I was super excited. With spring scents like Rain, Wildflower, Nectar and Sweet Pea Petals I was sure the scents would help chase the winter blues away – and I was right.

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Product Review: Woolzies Dryer Balls – I’ve used those plastic dryer balls for a number of years. Let’s face it, they break and they allow static cling to occur not to mention they get stuck in clothing because of the spikes on them – and sometimes finding them isn’t easy because of their small size. I had heard about wool dryer balls and had seriously considered trying to make my own – then I found out about Woolzies Dryer Balls. I immediately wanted to give them a try – and they were kind enough to send me a box of six XL dryer balls to test.

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Product Review: BISSELL Symphony All in One Vacuum and Steam Mop – I have hardwood and tile floors. You all know how hard those can be to keep clean – especially in a house where lots of activity is constantly going in. When it is wet outside mud is always being brought in on shoes – and then there is the fact that to get to the barn you must go through the kitchen and greenhouse. Keeping the floor clean – and sterile – is important to me, but prior to receiving the BISSELL Symphony All in One Vacuum and Steam Mop it required sweeping the floors with a broom or sweeper, scrubbing them by hand, mopping them and then using my floor steam cleaner to sterilize them. What a lot of work that was, not to mention I was using a full size sweeper and the steam floor cleaner I had was hard to push.

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Product Review: Bil-Jac Farmer’s Bounty Dog Food - I’m always excited to try holistic pet foods – especially for Precious Angel my 13-year-old lab mix. I got him when he was just two weeks old. They said he was eight weeks old and we paid for him. He ran under my feet and I fell on him. That led to a trip to the vet where I found out he was going to be ok but was only two weeks old. Over the years we have tried a lot of holistic and organic foods. Some he likes – and some he doesn’t. When it came to the Bil-Jac Farmer’s Bounty Dog Food he loved it.

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Product Review: Ozeri Touch II Kitchen Scale – I received the Ozeri ZK13-5PW Touch II Professional Digital Kitchen Scale with Microban Antimicrobial Product Protection for testing purposes. The first thing that I noticed was how lightweight the scale was. I have several other kitchen scales that are much larger and I that I don’t like using them because of the difficulty I have moving them around – especially when I have to pack them up to take them to the Farmer’s Market. The Ozeri ZK13-5PW Touch II Professional Digital Kitchen Scale with Microban Antimicrobial Product Protection has already proven itself easier to use in the past week alone plus it will take up a lot less space in my totes when I do go to the Farmer’s Market.

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I’ve started canning again using produce left over from last year that I froze. Stocking Up 2014 – Pantry And Freezer Inventory List is just my list of what I have done so far and it does get updated on a regular basis as I add more items to the pantry or freezer.

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Ketchup From Scratch is an updated post with photos added.

The contests that are currently running are as follows:

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Product Review, Recipe And Sweepstakes: Roman Meal Bread – there are two sweepstakes running with this contest! Be sure to check it out!

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For those of you who are true gardening addicts, don’t forget to check out our sister site Exotic Gardening. I’ve been over there some doing some updates and those updates will continue.

Now I would like to share with you some articles of mine that were recently published on other sites. I hope you will check them out and leave a comment or even share them on your social media sites.

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Mardi Gras is over for another year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t collect ideas for next year – or even create this Elegant, Easy, DIY Mardi Gras Centerpiece for everyday use.

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Create the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift Basket – and don’t be fooled into thinking that is the only day this lovely heart-shaped gift basket would be appreciated! It is perfect for so many occasions.

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Here is the tutorial for the Valentine’s Day Bath Salts I put into the gift basket above but of course you could make these for yourself or give them in a glass jar instead.

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Are you wondering where I found the cute guest soaps to put in the gift basket above? I made them – and you can too! Find out how easy it is in my Valentine’s Day Homemade Soap: Tips & Tricks article.

 

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DIY Valentine’s Day Etched Glass Vase is my latest article on Parade.com – this is a really easy technique that creates a truly special gift. I hope you check out the article.

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First up is an article published today on Parade.com – Step by Step Tutorial: DIY Pillar Candle – Pillar candles are fun and easy to make! Plus, there are so many ways you can customize them with dried flowers, ribbons or even by engraving them. Of course, they are beautiful as just plain pillars if that is your preference. Candles – especially handmade candles – make great gifts, especially for Valentine’s Day. You can give the candles an enticing scent – adds a touch of romance to a gift basket, or even just gift the candle alone as a thoughtful, homemade gift! Be sure to follow the link for step-by-step instructions.

I’ve been writing some articles that are now published on the San Francisco Gate Home Guides by Demand Media site. Here are links to those articles.

Varieties of Vine Vegetables

Leaf Disease in Orchids

How to Plant Peas in a Damp Towel Overnight in the Fridge

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Today On ExperimentalHomesteader.com – April 3, 2014 there are a number of new blog posts and contests. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of this post so you don’t miss out on any of the posts or contests. As I am sure you noticed, I am still finding it difficult to find the time every day to post – and sometimes even when I do post, this daily collection of new posts does not get updated. There are a number of other ways to stay on top of new posts – our newsletter, Facebook page or even Bloglovin’.

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Find Flavor at your Fingertips with Restaurant.com’s Mobile App! - and if you are a first time mobile app user, get a $10 eGift card! What a deal!

Spring is almost here and that means it’s time to update the spring wardrobe. Check out this post – and join us on the Google+ Hangout tomorrow – Coming To Kohl’s This Spring – Peter Som’s DesigNation Collection.

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Speaking of new clothing – are you familiar with Coobie Seamless Bras? Check out this post!

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In other news, a new anthology that I contributed to is now widely available. The proceeds from the sale of the book go to help the son of a very dear author friend. If you love horror, check out Blessings From The Darkness.

The contests that are currently running are as follows:

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Product Review, Recipe And Sweepstakes: Roman Meal Bread - there are two sweepstakes running with this contest! Be sure to check it out!

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For those of you who are true gardening addicts, don’t forget to check out our sister site Exotic Gardening. I’ve been over there some doing some updates and those updates will continue.

Now I would like to share with you some articles of mine that were recently published on other sites. I hope you will check them out and leave a comment or even share them on your social media sites.

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Mardi Gras is over for another year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t collect ideas for next year – or even create this Elegant, Easy, DIY Mardi Gras Centerpiece for everyday use.

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Create the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift Basket – and don’t be fooled into thinking that is the only day this lovely heart-shaped gift basket would be appreciated! It is perfect for so many occasions.

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Here is the tutorial for the Valentine’s Day Bath Salts I put into the gift basket above but of course you could make these for yourself or give them in a glass jar instead.

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Are you wondering where I found the cute guest soaps to put in the gift basket above? I made them – and you can too! Find out how easy it is in my Valentine’s Day Homemade Soap: Tips & Tricks article.

 

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DIY Valentine’s Day Etched Glass Vase is my latest article on Parade.com – this is a really easy technique that creates a truly special gift. I hope you check out the article.

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First up is an article published today on Parade.com – Step by Step Tutorial: DIY Pillar Candle – Pillar candles are fun and easy to make! Plus, there are so many ways you can customize them with dried flowers, ribbons or even by engraving them. Of course, they are beautiful as just plain pillars if that is your preference. Candles – especially handmade candles – make great gifts, especially for Valentine’s Day. You can give the candles an enticing scent – adds a touch of romance to a gift basket, or even just gift the candle alone as a thoughtful, homemade gift! Be sure to follow the link for step-by-step instructions.

I’ve been writing some articles that are now published on the San Francisco Gate Home Guides by Demand Media site. Here are links to those articles.

Varieties of Vine Vegetables

Leaf Disease in Orchids

How to Plant Peas in a Damp Towel Overnight in the Fridge

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Today On ExperimentalHomesteader.com – March 26, 2014 there are a number of new blog posts and contests. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of this post so you don’t miss out on any of the posts or contests. I have several product reviews, new products to tell you about, great sales plus a way for you to earn some extra money from your old electronic devices.

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We all deal with stress and anxiety. Some days are worse than others. Learn about this great new product called 1Hour Break that offers Natural Stess And Anxiety Relief.

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I love having a great smelling home. I also love floral scents but often find I have an allergic reaction to them. I have found a new product that I am not allergic to and love so much I’ve already bought refills. Read the Product Review: Glade® Wax Melts and PlugIns® Scented Oil Customizables to find out more.

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I received the J’adore VoxBox on Valentine’s Day. It was packed with a wide variety of products. Read my reviews on the items the box contained at Product Review: J’adore VoxBox.

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In other news, a new anthology that I contributed to is now widely available. The proceeds from the sale of the book go to help the son of a very dear author friend. If you love horror, check out Blessings From The Darkness.

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For all you photography buffs out there, check out the Blurb Photo Shoot Tips post.

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If you need a new pair of shoes, check out the Adidas End Of Season Sale – Save Up To 50% post.

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As promised Now Is A Great Time To Get Cash For Your Old iPad - and iPad’s are not the only electronic devices that Gazelle buys. Check out the post, check out their site, sell your old electronics and get cash.

The contests that are currently running are as follows:

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I’m hosting a Puritan’s Pride Joint Health Care Supplement Giveaway. Be sure to enter today! The contest ends on March 30, 2014. One lucky winner will get one each of the three products above.

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Add a little “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” flair to your mornings with the Breakfast & Chandeliers Giveaway sponsored by TableclothsFactory.com! Your Strong Tower, The Experimental Homesteader, and a fabulous group of bloggers are excited to bring you a bit of luxury to your first meal of the day. Three lucky fans will each win a gorgeous chandelier from TableclothsFactory.com and a cool breakfast gadget! I would love to win the Presto 22” Electric Griddle. Being able to make pancakes and bacon using one appliance all at once would be so nice.

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For those of you who are true gardening addicts, don’t forget to check out our sister site Exotic Gardening. I’ve been over there some doing some updates and those updates will continue.

Now I would like to share with you some articles of mine that were recently published on other sites. I hope you will check them out and leave a comment or even share them on your social media sites.

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Mardi Gras is over for another year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t collect ideas for next year – or even create this Elegant, Easy, DIY Mardi Gras Centerpiece for everyday use.

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Create the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift Basket – and don’t be fooled into thinking that is the only day this lovely heart-shaped gift basket would be appreciated! It is perfect for so many occasions.

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Here is the tutorial for the Valentine’s Day Bath Salts I put into the gift basket above but of course you could make these for yourself or give them in a glass jar instead.

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Are you wondering where I found the cute guest soaps to put in the gift basket above? I made them – and you can too! Find out how easy it is in my Valentine’s Day Homemade Soap: Tips & Tricks article.

 

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DIY Valentine’s Day Etched Glass Vase is my latest article on Parade.com – this is a really easy technique that creates a truly special gift. I hope you check out the article.

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First up is an article published today on Parade.com – Step by Step Tutorial: DIY Pillar Candle – Pillar candles are fun and easy to make! Plus, there are so many ways you can customize them with dried flowers, ribbons or even by engraving them. Of course, they are beautiful as just plain pillars if that is your preference. Candles – especially handmade candles – make great gifts, especially for Valentine’s Day. You can give the candles an enticing scent – adds a touch of romance to a gift basket, or even just gift the candle alone as a thoughtful, homemade gift! Be sure to follow the link for step-by-step instructions.

I’ve been writing some articles that are now published on the San Francisco Gate Home Guides by Demand Media site. Here are links to those articles.

Varieties of Vine Vegetables

Leaf Disease in Orchids

How to Plant Peas in a Damp Towel Overnight in the Fridge

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Today On ExperimentalHomesteader.com – March 17, 2014. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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I have three new product reviews on the website today – all Puritan’s Pride products. Product Review: Puritan’s Pride Triple Strength Glucosamine, Chondroitin & MSM Joint Soother®, Product Review: Puritan’s Pride Boswellia Standardized Extract and Product Review: Puritan’s Pride MSM Cream.

I’m also hosting a Puritan’s Pride Joint Health Care Supplement Giveaway. Be sure to enter today! The contest ends on March 30, 2014. One lucky winner will get one each of the three products above.

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With Easter just around the corner, be sure to check out the Painted Bunny Bread Tutorial.

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The Daily Indiana Garden Post – March 11, 2014 is back – and of course this post doesn’t happen every day simply because I found I don’t always have something to blog about but it is going to happen every day that I do have something going on in the garden.

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For those of you who are true gardening addicts, don’t forget to check out our sister site Exotic Gardening. I’ve been over there some doing some updates and those updates will continue.

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Are you looking to make some extra cash? Check out What Is Gazelle And Why Would I Use Their Services?

Now I would like to share with you some articles of mine that were recently published on other sites. I hope you will check them out and leave a comment or even share them on your social media sites.

mardi-gras-sheri-promo

Mardi Gras is over for another year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t collect ideas for next year – or even create this Elegant, Easy, DIY Mardi Gras Centerpiece for everyday use.

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Create the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift Basket – and don’t be fooled into thinking that is the only day this lovely heart-shaped gift basket would be appreciated! It is perfect for so many occasions.

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Here is the tutorial for the Valentine’s Day Bath Salts I put into the gift basket above but of course you could make these for yourself or give them in a glass jar instead.

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Are you wondering where I found the cute guest soaps to put in the gift basket above? I made them – and you can too! Find out how easy it is in my Valentine’s Day Homemade Soap: Tips & Tricks article.

 

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DIY Valentine’s Day Etched Glass Vase is my latest article on Parade.com – this is a really easy technique that creates a truly special gift. I hope you check out the article.

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First up is an article published today on Parade.com – Step by Step Tutorial: DIY Pillar Candle – Pillar candles are fun and easy to make! Plus, there are so many ways you can customize them with dried flowers, ribbons or even by engraving them. Of course, they are beautiful as just plain pillars if that is your preference. Candles – especially handmade candles – make great gifts, especially for Valentine’s Day. You can give the candles an enticing scent – adds a touch of romance to a gift basket, or even just gift the candle alone as a thoughtful, homemade gift! Be sure to follow the link for step-by-step instructions.

I’ve been writing some articles that are now published on the San Francisco Gate Home Guides by Demand Media site. Here are links to those articles.

Varieties of Vine Vegetables

Leaf Disease in Orchids

How to Plant Peas in a Damp Towel Overnight in the Fridge

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Today On ExperimentalHomesteader.com – March 6, 2014. It’s still cold here, but spring is on the way. Two of our goats have given birth. The snow is melting although it seems more snow keeps coming. One day I look outside and I can see the Hellebores and their flowers, the next day they are completely covered in snow.

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As many of you may remember I was chosen to host a #DisneySide @Home Celebration. I received a number of really cool gifts from Disney Parks, MomSelect and the various sponsors to have this celebration. With all the snow, the dates kept changing, but it finally happened on March 1, 2014. Be sure to check out the post. A fun time was had by all.

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An idea I had for snacks for the #DisneySide @Home Celebration was mini sandwiches made with Mickey Mouse shaped bread. In preparation, I made the bread and then wrote this Mickey Mouse #DisneySide Bread Tutorial

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I’m a BzzAgent and over the past few weeks I’ve been trialing the newSchick® Hydro Silk® Sensitive Care® Razor. If you have sensitive skin or know someone who does, check out this review.  Product Review: Loving My Schick® Hydro Silk® Sensitive Care® Razor

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As I mentioned above, we’ve had two goats who have kidded. Tulip gave birth on February 23, 2014. She had a baby girl. Spice gave birth on March 4, 2013 and had a baby boy. Tulip’s baby is the first one in the photo and Spice’s is the second one.

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Another thing some of you might remember is the Janome New Home Memory Craft 8000 embroidery machine I bought at an estate sale of a friend last August. The machine was an older one and did not come with a  lot of accessories so finding embroidery cards has been like looking for a needle in a haystack. I finally located some at a Janome dealer in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Since acquiring them I have been very busy trying to figure out how to use this machine. My first major project was these Embroidered Flour Sack Towels.

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Last night I attempted to make my first hot pad. I was not real happy with the way the zigzag stitching looked when I was done, but practice makes perfect so I guess I just need to try, try again.

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Speaking of cooking, I attempted to make fortune cookies – except I forgot to bend them in the center once they were shaped. They still tasted good, they just looked a bit odd. Here is the Decorated Fortune Cookie Tutorial.

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For those of you who are true gardening addicts, don’t forget to check out our sister site Exotic Gardening. I’ve been over there some doing some updates and those updates will continue.

Now I would like to share with you some articles of mine that were recently published on other sites. I hope you will check them out and leave a comment or even share them on your social media sites.

mardi-gras-sheri-promo

Mardi Gras is over for another year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t collect ideas for next year – or even create this Elegant, Easy, DIY Mardi Gras Centerpiece for everyday use.

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Create the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift Basket – and don’t be fooled into thinking that is the only day this lovely heart-shaped gift basket would be appreciated! It is perfect for so many occasions.

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Here is the tutorial for the Valentine’s Day Bath Salts I put into the gift basket above but of course you could make these for yourself or give them in a glass jar instead.

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Are you wondering where I found the cute guest soaps to put in the gift basket above? I made them – and you can too! Find out how easy it is in my Valentine’s Day Homemade Soap: Tips & Tricks article.

 

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DIY Valentine’s Day Etched Glass Vase is my latest article on Parade.com – this is a really easy technique that creates a truly special gift. I hope you check out the article.

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First up is an article published today on Parade.com – Step by Step Tutorial: DIY Pillar Candle – Pillar candles are fun and easy to make! Plus, there are so many ways you can customize them with dried flowers, ribbons or even by engraving them. Of course, they are beautiful as just plain pillars if that is your preference. Candles – especially handmade candles – make great gifts, especially for Valentine’s Day. You can give the candles an enticing scent – adds a touch of romance to a gift basket, or even just gift the candle alone as a thoughtful, homemade gift! Be sure to follow the link for step-by-step instructions.

I’ve been writing some articles that are now published on the San Francisco Gate Home Guides by Demand Media site. Here are links to those articles.

Varieties of Vine Vegetables

Leaf Disease in Orchids

How to Plant Peas in a Damp Towel Overnight in the Fridge

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Today On ExperimentalHomesteader.com – February 4, 2014. It’s still cold and snowy here in Indiana. Snow – snow – and even more snow plus high winds make doing anything less than pleasant – and there is more snow on the way today.

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I have two new articles up on the blog - and am working on more. How To Make An Edible Chocolate Bowl is a fun – and somewhat easy – project ideal for Valentine’s Day.

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Another cute tutorial is the Solace Sun Bread Tutorial. If we can’t have sunshine outside, we can at least shape our bread to look like the sun!

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For those of you who are true gardening addicts, don’t forget to check out our sister site Exotic Gardening. I’ve been over there some doing some updates and those updates will continue.

Now I would like to share with you some articles of mine that were recently published on other sites. I hope you will check them out and leave a comment or even share them on your social media sites.

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DIY Valentine’s Day Etched Glass Vase is my latest article on Parade.com – this is a really easy technique that creates a truly special gift. I hope you check out the article.

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First up is an article published today on Parade.com – Step by Step Tutorial: DIY Pillar Candle – Pillar candles are fun and easy to make! Plus, there are so many ways you can customize them with dried flowers, ribbons or even by engraving them. Of course, they are beautiful as just plain pillars if that is your preference. Candles – especially handmade candles – make great gifts, especially for Valentine’s Day. You can give the candles an enticing scent – adds a touch of romance to a gift basket, or even just gift the candle alone as a thoughtful, homemade gift! Be sure to follow the link for step-by-step instructions.

I’ve been writing some articles that are now published on the San Francisco Gate Home Guides by Demand Media site. Here are links to those articles.

Varieties of Vine Vegetables

Leaf Disease in Orchids

How to Plant Peas in a Damp Towel Overnight in the Fridge

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Today On ExperimentalHomesteader.com – January 31, 2014 – there are a variety of blog posts. It’s still cold and snowy here in Indiana. Snow – snow – and even more snow plus high winds make doing anything less than pleasant. The Hellebores – which I am sure are blooming – are buried under several feet of snow. I do not see signs of the witch hazels blooming yet and I doubt we are going to tap the maple trees tomorrow. With all the snow and frigid temperatures it is just too hard to get out to the maple trees this winter. Hopefully before the sap finishes running I can get some though. I dread the thought of no homemade maple syrup.

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I have several new blog posts for you including one guest post by Loralee. We will start that with that one. It is titled Product Review: My New Bed. If you currently use an air mattress either to sleep on or for guests – or even need an easy-to-assemble bed for yourself – check out this review.

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A number of bloggers – myself included – are gearing up for our #DisneySide @Home Celebration. Read about my #DisneySide @Home Celebration Blogger Toolkit. It was filled with some great items from American Tourister, HP, The Chew, Disney Parks and MomSelect along with a  number of other companies products. Be sure to leave a blog post comment and let me know how you show your #DisneySide!

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Even though it’s cold outside, it is an ideal time to start seeds indoors! Check out Seed Starting: Celery for some great tips on starting seeds of this plant now.

I’ve been feeling a little crafty again since I am stuck inside. I have two new articles up for you on my blog.

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Do-It-Yourself Printed Candles teaches you how to use any photo or graphic that you like and transfer it from your computer to a candle. This is a project that doesn’t take a lot of money and is fun.

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Tissue Paper To Canvas Photo Tutorial takes a bit more money but it is a great way to transfer your photos from your computer to an actual canvas without spending a fortune.

 

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For those of you who are true gardening addicts, don’t forget to check out our sister site Exotic Gardening. I’ve been over there some doing some updates and those updates will continue.

Now I would like to share with you some articles of mine that were recently published on other sites. I hope you will check them out and leave a comment or even share them on your social media sites.

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First up is an article published today on Parade.com – Step by Step Tutorial: DIY Pillar Candle - Pillar candles are fun and easy to make! Plus, there are so many ways you can customize them with dried flowers, ribbons or even by engraving them. Of course, they are beautiful as just plain pillars if that is your preference. Candles – especially handmade candles – make great gifts, especially for Valentine’s Day. You can give the candles an enticing scent – adds a touch of romance to a gift basket, or even just gift the candle alone as a thoughtful, homemade gift! Be sure to follow the link for step-by-step instructions.

I’ve been writing some articles that are now published on the San Francisco Gate Home Guides by Demand Media site. Here are links to those articles.

Leaf Disease in Orchids

How to Plant Peas in a Damp Towel Overnight in the Fridge

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Today On ExperimentalHomesteader.com – January 24, 2014 – there are a variety of blog posts. It’s been cold and snowy here in Indiana. Snow – snow – and even more snow plus high winds make doing anything less than pleasant.

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Today we lost our very first goat of this herd - Darla. She was 8 years old. It was a combination of age and the weather as near as I can tell. She was up this morning and eating, but by afternoon she was gone. I am going to really miss her – and even though I don’t spend a lot of time in the barn in the winter, I do watch all my animals on Goat TV which is set up in the living room. I know some of you enjoyed seeing it on the website – and maybe at some point I can get that set-up again.

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I’m In – Biannual Blogathon Bash – January 2014 - and it’s going on all weekend. With all the cold weather, snow and ice here, this is a great weekend to just stay inside, stay warm and keep on blogging! Who’s with me?

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Restaurant.com encourages you to Become a Dining Daredevil in 2014! Be sure to check out their ideas!

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I’ve been taking inventory of some of the craft items I have and that lead to this post – Stamp Collection 2014 – Post 1

I’ve been busy in the kitchen coming up with some new ideas for delicious recipes that I can blog about. I’ve also been doing some research into gelatin art, sugar and chocolate sculpture. I have yet to create anything but stay tuned for some exciting new blog posts. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these.

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I found a Saffron Orange-ade Recipe last year – and it was on my list of things to make, try and blog about. I never got around to it – that is, until today – and I have to tell you, I put a new twist on the recipe and it was delicious! You simply must try this!

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I heard about a restaurant called Alinea in Chicago. I looked them up online and was impressed – but the cost was out of my budget – so I decided I wanted to learn how to do what they did – and my first creation – based on one of their menu items – is Essence Of Root Beer Slow Cooker Pork Roast Recipe. It isn’t elegantly presented like it would be there – but boy, did it taste good. I have no idea what their recipe tastes like – or even how they make it, but give this a try. You will be glad you did.

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I’m talking about National Wildlife Week over on the Exotic Gardening Thoughts Blog. Being both a Certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Monarch Watch Station plus a Cornell University NestWatch participant, wildlife is truly important to me. Stop by and find out what you can do to help the wildlife in your area.

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For those of you who are true gardening addicts, don’t forget to check out our sister site Exotic Gardening. I’ve been over there some doing some updates and those updates will continue.

And now for the contests!

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We have a Book Giveaway! A Snicky Guide to Falling Asleep valued $33.39 Ends 01/25 The Snicky Guide To Falling Asleep cleverly sub-titled How To Yawn Like A Dog is the feel-good guide to getting your child to fall asleep. Check out the blurb about the book and enter to win a free copy!

 

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Have you heard of Camu Camu: The Missing Fountain Of Youth According To Dr. Oz? Well now you have a chance to win a free bottle of Amacari.  The contest ends 2/27, so enter today!

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The Bummas Cloths Giveaway is still going on. It ends on 2/27 so be sure to get your entry in today!

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We also have the Lilla Rose Hair Clip Giveaway going on until 2/27. These hair clips are really pretty and you don’t want to miss your chance to get one. Enter today!

 

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Today On ExperimentalHomesteader.com – January 10, 2014 – there are a variety of blog posts - and of course there are contests too! Because of the website upgrade, I have not been doing the Today On posts for several days so this post will include all the ones not previously included.

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First up is How I’m Utilizing My Shine Misfit For A Healthier 2014. I really love this product and am learning so much about how active I am, how many calories I use and how much sleep I am getting.

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Layla Grayce Offers 15% Off Valentine’s Day Gifts – and you know it isn’t that far off really. Check out this post and their great products.

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Those of you in the Midwest know what this past week has been like. It is cold out there – and animals get cold too. Check out Extreme Temperature Livestock Care to see what you can do to help any animal that must remain outdoors in extreme temperatures cope.

I’ve been working hard to add new seed starting posts for all of you. Here are three brand new ones – and be sure to check back daily to see if new ones have been added.

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Seed Starting: Onions - I’m not a fan of onions, but they have their place in every garden. If you don’t eat them either, grow them and donate them.

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Seed Starting: Statice - An everlasting that I truly love and try to grow every year.

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Seed Starting: Peas - Peas are a wonderful early spring crop that you can plant now. Yes, you can direct sow these seeds in the open garden right now – well – once the snow clears!

Are you interested in knowing even more about seed saving and starting? Check out my book The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Seed Saving & Starting! Download a free sample chapter for your Kindle device today!


 

For those of you who are true gardening addicts, don’t forget to check out our sister site Exotic Gardening. I’ve been over there some doing some updates and those updates will continue.

And now for the contests!

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We have a Book Giveaway! A Snicky Guide to Falling Asleep valued $33.39 Ends 01/25 The Snicky Guide To Falling Asleep cleverly sub-titled How To Yawn Like A Dog is the feel-good guide to getting your child to fall asleep. Check out the blurb about the book and enter to win a free copy!

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As some of you know, Jerry Stanley who designed this website from the beginning passed away unexpectedly from cancer on September 14, 2013. Since then there have been some website issues I have needed help with. My wonderful hosting company Hostnexus has gone over and above to try to help me through these issues. Yesterday they did an upgrade on my website and are now working to find the header information. Jerry altered the WordPress hardcode on a lot of the website and so it is just taking time to figure things out. In the meantime the website is up and running which I am thankful for. The guys at Hostnexus that I have worked with are truly wonderful. I highly recommend their services.

In the meantime, here are the links to the various parts of the site.

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