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Easy Valentines Day dishes for your sweetheart

All right folks, Valentines Day doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might think. Yes, the pressure is on for us to perform well, but you can do that on a reasonable budget. Here is my suggestion, make your partner a great meal at home. I know what you’re thinking, and it’s not as hard as it sounds. Here are a few of my favorite dishes that are quick, easy, and delicious (easy on the budget too). 

Now these might not be the most romantic dishes (and to be honest I’m not sure what makes the actual food romantic), but cooking for your partner is romantic. It’s especially romantic if you’re not the one who usually does all the cooking (and if you don't let them watch you do the preparing). These recipes are as easy as it gets, and cooking is all about the presentation. So while these recipes may look like the easy way out, make the final plate look nice. 

No-fry stir-fry (feeds two)

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Real Estate Thursday: Maine To Receive 21 Million Dollars From The National Mortgage Settlement

Real Estate Thursday: Maine To Receive 21 Million Dollars From The National Mortgage Settlement

 

This blog is taken from the www.nationalmortgagesettlement.com website that goes into great detail regarding the settlement.  My goal was to get the information out to those that may currently be underwater on their mortgage as there are streamlined solutions in place to assist homeowners through the settlement.  This blog is not a full explanation of the settlement.

The Little Gravely that COULD!

The Little Gravely that COULD!

My main Gravely Tractor is undergoing transmission work at the moment.  So last night I pulled out my back up tractor to do some snow blowing.  This tractor is the antique Model Li that I featured in THIS blog post.  And so because of the genius of the Gravely design all the attachments are interchangeable across several years of two wheel tractor models.  That means I can put the snow blower on this little guy!  And let me tell you I was pleasantly surprised with just how hard this little Gravely can work!  Even at less horsepower, 6.6 horse as opposed to 8 horse on my main tractor, this tractor was really doing a good job and holding it's own!  Of course my neighbor showed up with his Commercial 12, a giant of a tractor, using the same blower attachment.  It is a sort of  "Gravely Club" after all!

Homemade Lard!

Homemade Lard!

OK!  I know!  Why would anyone want to do this, RIGHT?  Well the point is I've actually done some research and I personally feel like the risks for heart disease are actually higher when you consume partially hydrogenated vegetable oils in the form of shortening and margarine.  Do your own research and come to your own conclusions.  For me when I need a solidified fat, or shortening that is stable at room temperature, like for a pie crust or pastry, I reach for the real deal, LARD!  Just like anything you must use lard in moderation so don't go "hog" wild, pun intended!  Also lard is the key ingredient in homemade soap so there are other uses for this old fashioned product than just enhancing your middle!

With THAT out of the way I'll step down from my "soap-box", haha, and show you how I make lard at home.  A word on ingredients here.  In this video I'm using suet which is beef fat.  I saw it in my grocery store and snagged

Real Estate Thursday - Benefits of buying in the winter and more

Real Estate Thursday - Benefits of buying in the winter and more

Benefits of buying a home in the winter

Typically, home sales are strongest in the spring and summer months; however, there are several advantages to shopping for homes in the fall and winter. Sellers are often more motivated in the winter and may be willing to negotiate terms such as price, repairs, and even a closing date.

Chickens in the cold! Winterizing the coop.

Chickens in the cold!  Winterizing the coop.

A lot of people ask me, "What do you do with your chickens in the winter?"  With a few modifications to the chicken coop itself a chicken can be kept quite comfortably outside all winter long.  First and foremost a chicken must be kept in a coop that is free of drafts and moisture.  Without this your chickens will not do well in the winter.  Second it is important to note that a chicken, especially one that is cold weather hardy, possesses all the neccessary equipment to survive the cold temperatures.  They have a remarkable ability to fluff up their feathers and conserve heat.  When they roost they cover their toes with their feathers but the roost itself shouldn't be narrower than about 1-1.5 inches or their toes will actually hang too far below their feathers and get cold.  The chicken will also borrow heat from her fellow flock members and they almost always bunch up on the roost to get the full effect of group warmth.  The only thing a ch

Apple Pomanders Part 2

Apple Pomanders Part 2

The pomanders dried beautifully and so we're ready to do the next step which is tying them up in cloth and hanging them on the tree.  Karen is using an eight inch square piece of tulle netting.  She wrapped the pomander in the netting and then tied it up with two pieces of ribbon.  One piece of ribbon is tied into a loop and the other piece sinches the whole thing together!  Watch the video to see how we do it!