Capturing Nature-Nature Photography Class

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How to Prune Raspberries

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Prune Raspberries

Making Plans for a New Year of Homesteading

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Gardening with Kids

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12 Must-Have Basic Garden Tools

To begin gardening, you need very few tools to start. A trowel and some dirt might do, for now, but as you become a more avid gardener, you will undoubtedly want to gather more and more garden tools for your collection.

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Cleaning and Care of Garden Tools

I love gardening, but just like all of my other hobbies and chores, there is clean-up involved. Garden tools can be expensive, so taking care of them is important.

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Honey Bee Jobs: Her Royal Highness, the Queen

We call the queen “Her Royal Highness” because, frankly, she is spoiled. We could call her a princess, but has a lot of responsibilities. As for honey bee jobs, she doesn’t really have many, but her main job is the most important. Without her, there would be no hive.

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Honey Bee Jobs: Workers and Drones

Honey Bee Jobs: Drones and Workers Pictured: Worker bees emerging from a hive. When learning beekeeping, one of the most important things to learn about are the bees, their jobs, why they bee-have the way they do, and how they interact with other bees in the colony. Being familiar with your colony residents will help […]

Beekeeping with Kids

Beekeeping with Kids

A few years ago, my daughter Hannah, started to take interest in beekeeping and decided to take it as a 4-H project. Since I have been beekeeping for so long, I could answer most of her questions.

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Beekeeping: What I Have Learned

I’ve been beekeeping since 1998. When I started out, I knew very little about honey bees and caring for them and had a lot to learn. I started to research as much as I could and gathering information from everywhere. There is tons to learn about bees, as they are fascinating creatures.

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The Ultimate Homemaking Ebook Bundle

I wanted to tell you about an awesome ebook bundle that is now available, this week only! It’s called The Ultimate Homemaking Ebook Bundle. This is your chance to get 78 ebooks, 2 audio books, 2 ecourses, and 2 sets of printables from many well-known homemaking bloggers and authors.

Basic Hand Sewing Kit

Basic Hand Sewing Kit

Basic Hand Sewing Kit:

Just as a good carpenter needs the right tools to build a well-constructed house, a good seamstress need the right tools to make a seam or repair or to make a well-constructed garment. Without the right tools in your basic sewing kit to do your project, you will be lost.

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Ways to Re-use Clothing

Re-using clothing can be a fun, creative, stylish hobby. Shop thrift stores, second-hand stores, or even in your own closet. There is a wealth of textiles, embellishments, and accessories to re-use. Try to imagine the potential. Here are seven ways to get you started.

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Beginning Sewing Class

Beginning Sewing Class will introduce you to the basics of sewing or help you brush-up on your current skills. You will receive very personalized instruction. You will learn beginning sewing skills, then move on to more difficult skills you can use to create a Pocketed Patchwork Pillow that is yours to keep after class is over.

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Beginning Sewing Class for Teens

Beginning Sewing Class for Teens will introduce your child to the basics of sewing with very personalized instruction that is tailored to their specific needs and skill level. They will learn beginning sewing skills the first day, then build on what they have learned in the next class. Then, use what they learn to create a Pocketed Patchwork Pillow that is theirs to keep after class is over.

Sewing Lessons for Kids

Beginning Sewing Class-Kids

Beginning Sewing Class for Kids will introduce your child to the basics of sewing with very personalized instruction that is tailored to their specific needs and skill level. They will learn beginning sewing skills the first day, then build on what they have learned in the next class. Then, use what they learn to create a Pocketed Patchwork Pillow that is theirs to keep after class is over.

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Beginning Sewing Class for Teens

Beginning Sewing Class for Teens will introduce your child to the basics of sewing with very personalized instruction that is tailored to their specific needs and skill level. They will learn beginning sewing skills the first day, then build on what they have learned in the next class. Then, use what they learn to create a Pocketed Patchwork Pillow that is theirs to keep after class is over.

Sewing Lessons for Kids

Beginning Sewing Class-Kids

Beginning Sewing Class for Kids will introduce your child to the basics of sewing with very personalized instruction that is tailored to their specific needs and skill level. They will learn beginning sewing skills the first day, then build on what they have learned in the next class. Then, use what they learn to create a Pocketed Patchwork Pillow that is theirs to keep after class is over.

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Capturing Nature-Nature Photography Class

Bring your digital camera, tablet, Smartphone, Ipod, or whatever you have to take pictures with.

In this class, we will learn about the world around us as we Capture Nature .

We will start our time with a short lesson on capturing nature in photography. We will go over techniques that can be used to get best shots in the outdoors.

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Noticing Nature-Creating a Nature Journal

In this class, we will learn about the world around us as we Notice Nature .

We will start our time with a short lesson on noticing details in nature. Students will learn how to see the little things in the outdoors. They will learn how to do bark/leaf rubs, sketch, press flowers/leaves,make pigment art, write down things they notice, and questions they have, and more.

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Five Senses in Nature-Nature Scavenger Hunt

In this class, we will learn about the world around us by smelling, hearing, seeing, touching, and tasting as we explore our Five Senses in Nature and go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt..

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Blender Salsa

Easy, Fresh Blender Salsa Recipe for Kids.

I wanted a way for my kids to make salsa on their own, so I came up with this easy salsa recipe they can make in the food processor or blender. It takes less then a half an hour to put it together.

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Pie Crust Cinnamon Rolls

Pie Crust Cinnamon Rolls!

When I was a young girl, I remember being in the kitchen while my mom was baking pies. I’d get so excited when she take a knife and cut the edges of the crust all the way around each pie. That one inch of dough would be re-worked and rolled out by me to make tiny little cinnamon rolls. I would share them with my mom, dad, and my siblings. They were melt in your mouth delicious.

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“Gingerbread Girl” Sugar Cookie Cut -Out Photo Gallery

Some of the girls were very creative in their decorating, but some of them made what looks more like ‘abstract art.’ Here is the “Gingerbread Girl” Photo Gallery:

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Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs

This Sugar Cookie Cut-Out Recipe is perfect for a child’s cookie party.  The dough is virtually indestructible. My oldest daughter had a baking birthday party for her 11th birthday.  She had five girls over for the evening to make their very own cookie creations.  They all made and decorated two ‘gingerbread girl’ shaped cookies, one […]

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Maple Syrup Snow Candy

With all the talk of maple sugaring time around here, I thought I would share something fun my kids and I did during our last big snow.  We made Maple Syrup Snow Candy. My youngest daughter is big onto the “Little House on the Prairie Series” by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  She has read the whole […]

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Crockpot Apple Butter

Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Butter

Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Buttter.
You can make apple butter out of any apples, but if you can, it is always best to go with soft apples. They will cook down faster, and be ready to process sooner. I opt for a mix of apple varieties for the best flavor.

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Beginning Sewing Class

Beginning Sewing Class will introduce you to the basics of sewing or help you brush-up on your current skills. You will receive very personalized instruction. You will learn beginning sewing skills, then move on to more difficult skills you can use to create a Pocketed Patchwork Pillow that is yours to keep after class is over.

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Beginning Sewing Class for Teens

Beginning Sewing Class for Teens will introduce your child to the basics of sewing with very personalized instruction that is tailored to their specific needs and skill level. They will learn beginning sewing skills the first day, then build on what they have learned in the next class. Then, use what they learn to create a Pocketed Patchwork Pillow that is theirs to keep after class is over.

Sewing Lessons for Kids

Beginning Sewing Class-Kids

Beginning Sewing Class for Kids will introduce your child to the basics of sewing with very personalized instruction that is tailored to their specific needs and skill level. They will learn beginning sewing skills the first day, then build on what they have learned in the next class. Then, use what they learn to create a Pocketed Patchwork Pillow that is theirs to keep after class is over.

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How to Make the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies Made Easy

I have been making Chocolate Chip Cookies for many years. They are my favorite and are always a hit for any gathering or holiday party.

Today I want to talk about how I make them and some simple variations you can use to easily make your cookies even more spectacular.

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Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag-A Fun Summer Activity for Kids

Ice Cream in a Bag! What a great activity for a child’s birthday, a 4-H meeting, or just for the fun of it! This was a big hit with my kids.

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Farmhouse Meatloaf

I have been asked for a gluten-free version of my meatloaf. I didn’t have one, so I came up with one. Here it is! I love it! Plus, it’s way healthier than my original recipe, which is also delicious.

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