Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Painless Potion direct from Ocean View, Hawaii

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Painless Potion direct from the producer in Ocean View, Hawaii.

This is a natural therapeutic aromatherapy pain cream with eleven essential oils for muscle and joint pain relief.

Made from lavender and rosemary grown on the producer's Big Island farm, the lotion is sold in a 4-ounce jar and used for eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, cuts and burns, headaches, migraines, stress, and as a natural anti-depressant.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Home Grown: When to Prune

As the days get shorter and plants go dormant for winter, many homeowners become anxious to prune their landscapes. But for most trees and shrubs, pruning in the fall is not the best time.

Some woody trees and shrubs can be injured during winter from pruning cuts or open wounds that won't have a chance to heal properly until next spring. An open wound in the winter is more likely to suffer damage from water freezing and thawing inside the cracks and crevices of the exposed wood.

Continued at... When to Prune

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Farm Fresh: Old Birds with Little Red Berries

The hybrid Broad Breasted White turkey produces more meat (mostly white meat) at less cost than any other bird. This has made it so popular among producers and consumers that it has pushed almost every other breed of turkey into extinction, or close to it. This is the classic Thanksgiving turkey you see on television and in cookbooks and glossy magazines, but it is not the turkey that great-grandma served, or the pilgrims for that matter. It has been selectively bred to have, above all else, huge breasts full of juicy white meat.

Abnormally large breasts? Juicy white meat? Our foremothers would have been shocked!

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Reindeer Tutu Legging Set from Brighton, England

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Reindeer Tutu Legging Set from Brighton, England

This 2-piece outfit for girls from three months to a year in age has a knit bodice with reindeer applique and a tulle novelty tutu skirt with striped knit leggings.

Bodice/Pants are 95% Cotton/5% Spandex; the Skirt/Lining are 100% Polyester. Machine washable.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Farm Fresh! Christmas Stamps.

At the post office, customer buys a Christmas stamp for a card and asks the clerk, "Shall I stick it on myself?"
The clerk's reply: "It'll get there faster if you stick it on the envelope."

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Here's How To... Make a Twinkie

To get the light, spongy cake shell requires a few extra steps. First, beat the egg whites until they are very stiff.

After mixing the batter, fold the egg whites in gently. The volume of the batter will increase greatly. See all those bubbles? This batter is fluffy!

To get the authentic Twinkie shape, use this canoe pan.

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Coffee Cake from Littleton, Colorado

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Coffee Cake from Littleton, Colorado

Slices of fresh ripe banana are layered into this sour cream coffee cake, creating a moist banana and cinnamon flavored cake. Kosher Certified and contains no trans fats, artificial flavoring, artificial coloring or preservatives.

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Here's How To... Bake Bread

When we make bread, we participate in the same alchemy as countless generations before us who used the carbon dioxide produced by tiny yeast cells digesting carbohydrates to make bread, and used the alcohol they make to create beer and wine.

We've been at it so long, it is likely part of our genetic code.

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Artwork: Woman Baking Bread by Jean-Fran├žois Millet 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Home Grown: Overwintering Geraniums

You can beat the frost and save your geraniums by taking them inside to overwinter.

In freezing temperatures, unprotected annual geraniums will turn a mushy green and die. They can be preserved, however, by overwintering indoors before they get nipped by a hard frost.

Pot up the plants, take cuttings, or store the plants as bare-root specimens.Whichever method you choose, understand that success isn’t guaranteed.

Continued at... Overwintering Geraniums

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tips from the Farm Kitchen: Turkey Cooking Alternatives

Whether the oven fails, a power outage occurs or there just isn't enough room in the oven, roasting a whole turkey in a conventional oven isn't the only way to get the big bird cooked safely.

Grilling turkeys is becoming a popular cooking method. During grilling, a turkey cooks by indirect heat in an outdoor covered gas or charcoal grill and a pan of water should be placed beneath the grilling surface to catch the fat and juices that drip from the turkey as it cooks.

Deep fat frying a whole turkey also can be successful by using an unstuffed turkey 12 pounds or less in size.

Continued at... Turkey Cooking Alternatives

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Turnlock Chain Bracelet from Richardson, Texas.

Now available with Jewelry in Handmade:
Turnlock Chain Bracelet from Richardson, Texas.

Multiple silver-tone chains and a unique turnlock closure make this vintage-inspired bracelet a keepsake.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Home Grown: Preventing Sunscald

Homeowners who planted new trees this year, especially ones with thin bark, will want to protect the southwest side of the new tree this winter to protect it from sunscald.

Many young, smooth, thin-barked trees like honey locusts, fruit trees, ashes, oaks, maples, lindens, red buds and willows are susceptible to sunscald and bark cracks.

Continued at... Preventing Sunscald

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Butterwort Plants from Scranton, Pennsylvania

Now available in Plants & Seeds:
Pinguicula Moctezumae Butterwort Plants from Scranton, Pennsylvania,

Moctezumae Butterworts have violet flowers and sticky leaves that trap small insects that are then digested through the plant's leaves.

This live plant is sold with a 3-inch net pot, moss ideal for soil, and a detailed caresheet explaining how to take care of Butterworts.

Humidity domes and year round warm weather is not necessary.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Farm Fresh: Aptly Named

I once went to a dentist with the surname Peck. And I recall seeing a nurse named Oaui (pronounced oweee!).

Then there was the undertaker, B. Stiff, and the cardiologist, Dr. Hart, and the exterminator, Ed Bugg.

These names are call aptonyms ("aptly named") by people who get a kick out of such things, like English teachers and writers of dictionaries and bored postal clerks.

Continued at... Aptly Named

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Farm Direct: Cultivar Walnuts Offer Income Potential

Growing black walnut trees that have been grafted to improved cultivars have potential for excellent production and financial return. Some farmers grow the walnuts on their land, pick and sell them for extra money, but there is a potential to do much more using grafted trees.

According to Brian Hammons of Hammons Products Company in Stockton, Missouri, a landowner with a 40-acre planting of cultivar nuts (60x60 spacing = 480 trees) could be producing as much as 80,000 pounds of nuts and generating an additional $56,000 income (about a $32,000 profit after hulling and hauling).

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Personalized Christmas Stockings from Eagle River, Wisconsin

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Personalized Christmas Stockings with embroidered names from Eagle River, Wisconsin

Each Christmas Stocking is designed, crafted, and packaged in-house. They are knitted with 100% wool yarn, feature professionally embroidered names, and come in either a Scandinavian or Ragg Wool style.

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Emu Oil from Midland, Michigan

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Emu Oil direct from the producer in Midland, Michigan.

Emu Oil is a healthy, complex, topical or ingestible oil, which contains a natural anti-inflammatory and is trans-dermal. In addition to reducing swelling and stiffness in joints, it reduces bruising and muscle pain. Professional sports trainers and players recognize the benefits of emu oil.

This Pure Certified Emu Oil is processed to ensure a safe, clean, fresh product. Available in various sizes, from a half ounce to a full gallon.

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