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Holiday Weekend...

For being a holiday weekend, this weekend went by quickly! I would wish for a holiday week, but I know better than that!

We treated this weekend like a holiday since it was also the last day of school on Thursday. The kids went to bed late, slept in, had friends over, had sleepovers, went to graduations, and generally they just relaxed except for getting chores done. Now we get to face the busyness of June - softball, little league ball, drivers education, and swim lessons!

What did I do this weekend? I am starting to wonder! I did get my kitchen cleaned up and floor scrubbed. I realized my dandelion wine was a complete failure - the color was green instead of gold. I was pretty careful about the green stuff not being in the mix so I am not sure what happened. Dumped that down the drain! Maybe I will try Honey Mead instead.

I made strawberry jam for the freezer. Yum! I just used the recipe from the Sure Jell company. It seems to work everytime. I also want to make the strawberry-rhubarb jam from the Common Sense Homesteading blog. Hopefully I will get that done Wednesday night when we don't have any games.

I also worked in my garden and mowed when the weather was decent and the wind wasn't trying to blow us away! I need to round up some buckets now to finish my tomatoes and peppers. I ran out of room in the garden for them! And I need to WEED!!! The never ending task! Otherwise, the potatoes are coming up beautifully, the garlic is starting to show, the onion transplants are bouncing back from the shock, and the peas are just starting to show! All in all - good progress!

We also made the Yum Yum Brownie Muffins from the Hungry Girl on the Cooking Channel. Oh man, oh man - you need to try these! I think you can adjust it to make the devils food cake mix from scratch and use your own canned pumpkin! I should be ashamed to say that these were breakfast Sunday morning, but I am not! We were on holiday!

I also did some shopping yesterday with a friend. Good deals were to be found at Walgreens and we found them! I added to my stockpiles and prepping supplies while finding some fun things for the kids. We also stopped at Hobby Lobby (I love this store!) and Target for some more good deals. Hobby Lobby was awesome - I found glyercine and shea butter so I can start making more of my own soaps and candles hopefully. I still need to find beeswax and a few other items to get started. I would like start working my way through Better Basics for the Home: Simple Solutions for Less Toxic Living by Annie Berthold-Bond. I love what I have read so far. Now I want to make everything in it!

Have a great day! Thanks for reading!

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