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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!

Keeping Your Home Safe During The Holidays

Keeping Your Home Safe During The Holidays
                               

Real Estate Thursday - The Real Estate Market Is Looking Up! - Is Now The Time To Buy?

Real Estate Thursday - The Real Estate Market Is Looking Up! - Is Now The Time To Buy?

10 Ways to Prepare for Home Ownership

1. Decide what you can afford. Generally, you can afford a home equal in value to between two and three times your gross income.

2. Develop your home wish list. Then, prioritize the features on your list.

3. Select where you want to live. Compile a list of three or four neighborhoods you’d like to live in, taking into account items such as schools, recreational facilities, area expansion plans, and safety.

4. Start saving. Do you have enough money saved to qualify for a mortgage and cover your down payment? Ideally, you should have 20 percent of the purchase price saved as a down payment. Also, don’t forget to factor in closing costs. Closing costs — including taxes, attorney’s fee, and transfer fees — average between 2 and 7 percent of the home price.

5. Get your credit in order.