Thursday, March 29, 2012

All Natural Soap from Lynchburg, Tennessee

Now available with Soaps in Health & Beauty:
All Natural Soap direct from the soapmaker in Lynchburg, Tennessee

Pampering yourself with all natural soap is one of life's simple pleasures. These bars will leave your skin more moisturized because the glycerin is left in natural soap unlike most store-bought detergent bars.

This vendor makes its soap in small batches using the cold process method of soap making. Each oil is meticulously measured, poured in homemade wooden molds, allowed to cure, then hand cut and wrapped with our personal labels.

These bars average 5 ounces after curing, giving you mmore soap for your money.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Farm Fresh: Conundrums

Two men enter a bar. They both order identical drinks. One lives; the other dies. Why?

Why do the French only have one egg for breakfast?

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Home Grown: Spring Lawn Mower Maintenance

Longer days. Birdsong. Growing Grass.

These are all indicators that it's time to pull out the lawn mower and get it ready for another season.

It has been sitting in the back of the garage or shed all winter - maybe even under a pile of rags — collecting dust and moisture. There is probably some rust on the metal parts and caked debris underneath.

Of course, all we think we need to do is just top it off with gas and crank it up. We're ready to attack the jungle of grass blades.

Continued at... Spring Lawn Mower Maintenance

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Irish Soda Bread from East Durham, New York

Now available with Bread in Baked Goods:
Irish Soda Bread available from East Durham, New York

This is a delicious, crusty and tasty white bread with raisins. No preservatives. Homemade at an authentic Irish inn.

Serve with tea or coffee, good anytime.

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Asian Guavas Guavas from Fallbrook, California

Available now with  Guavas in  Farm Produce :
Asian Guavas direct from the grower in Fallbrook, California

Fresh California grown Asian Guava (Psidium guajava) now being shipped.

Guavas are rich in dietary fiber, vitamins A and C, folic acid, and the dietary minerals, potassium, copper and manganese. Having a generally broad, low-calorie profile of essential nutrients, a single common guava (P. guajava) fruit contains about four times the amount of vitamin C as an orange.

This fruit is often prepared as a dessert, in fruit salads. In Asia, fresh guava slices are often dipped in preserved prune powder or salt. In India it is often sprinkled with red rock salt, which is very tart.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Tips from the Farm Kitchen: Substitutions

Substituting one ingredient for another should only be done in desperation, when the necessary ingredient is not in the kitchen or readily available. Substitutions can change the flavor and outcome of the dish.

Our Substituions chart offers substitutions that can be used to achieve something similar to the original when cooking.

If you don't have: Brown sugar (1 cup)
Use: 1 cup white sugar plus 2 tablespoons molasses

If you don't have: Cajun Spice (1 tablespoon)
Use: ½ teaspoon white pepper, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon onion powder, ½ teaspoon ground red pepper, ½ teaspoon paprika, and ½ teaspoon black pepper

If you don't have: Pancake syrup
Use: ½ cup brown sugar plus 1 ½ cup water plus 2 ½ teaspoons cornstarch. Cook until slightly thickened.

Continued at... Substitutions

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Here's How To... Make a Twisted Wire Bangle

This gilding metal bangle provides a solution to the problem of what to do with the crushed ends of wire that have been gripped in the vise during twisting. In this project, the loose ends are eliminated by joining them in a long loop to be twisted between two steel rods. The necessary force can therefore be applied without damage to the round wire.

Step  1
File both ends of the gilding metal wire flat using the hole in the bench peg. Form the wire into a double loop and bind with wire temporarily. This will make it easier to line up the ends for soldering Use hard solder to join up the ends of the wire.

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