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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  The Cushaw Pie was a hit with attendees of the town wide yard sale. But you cannot believe how many women said"that's too much work" when I told them how to take the whole squash and prepare it for making the pie. The pie we offered for tasting was delicious. Here is the recipe, if you do not have Cushaw squash, you can use any other winter squash or pumpkin or sweet potato.

http://seekingsimpleinthesuburbs.blogspot.com/2013/01/how-to
-make-easy-delicious-pumpkin-or.html
Yesterday at 16:37 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  a lady we met during our sales at the flea market sold us some Cushaw squash. It is a green striped winter squash some say is better than sweet potato or pumpkin for pies. Also called the Tennessee Sweet Potato. We bought a bunch, at least I did, Hagar was amazed at how many I bought. Maybe he thinks I am crazy. Anyway, at some point during the night I am going to cook some to taste. I am staying up all night to be sure we get out of here on time, so I should have plenty of time to get this done. The van is loaded with everything, I think.
Friday at 21:17 EST .

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   MeiDei  I have to confess Bird, some days I wish I was your neighbor!
Saturday at 10:17 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Our neighbors directly next door are much older and one is hard of hearing so they are not disturbed by our middle-of-the-night prepping for the flea market or anything of that sort. We were out of here by 5:45, grabbed a "to go" biscuit and got to the booth area by 6am. Already there were people setting up,Haitians waiting to pounce, and darkness still. I waited a few minutes than started to unload. It takes a bit because of the tables-they were buried under plants and squash! We were almost set up when our friend showed up for his booth space. It was a busy day. As I said earlier, the Haitians were the first shoppers, it sounded like a foreign country. Worst part of it was they stayed lots longer than usual. They agitate everyone. One woman picked up a jar of relish, asked the price, then slammed it on the table in disgust. She did buy 3 bags of peppers, gave me the money, 3 bills, so I thanked her and she left. One of those bills was a five.
The next wave of illegals also stayed all day, between the two groups we were all wondering what has become of our country. Lots of women sporting NRA buttons. There was music, food, car show,and tractor show all included for the day. We packed up at 2 and headed out. Had a good day of sales, sold lots of pepper relish and bread and butter pickles. Lots of requests for watermelon rind pickle....next year. No one makes it anymore so maybe I can manage it. We are both bone tired today.
Yesterday at 15:20 EST .




   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Saturday is the big town wide yard sale. We will be there at 6am along with shoppers of Haitian origin trying to buy everything for pennies. Around 7am the migrants show up and try to buy everything for a dollar. Then around 9am the place looks like the good old USA again. And it will be fun til about 1:00 when the crowd thins. As soon as the crowd starts to get sparse we will pack up and go. Wish us luck, we have lots of jars of jams and pickles and relish to sell.

Last week at the flea market, we sold a jar of bread and butter pickles to a guy from the San Francisco area. He chose the spiralized pickles over the traditional ones because they were different. Hope he enjoyed them.

Next week is the "Chicken Swap and Sale" at the local feed store. we have some chickens to sell, some old girls-making room for a new flock. I have no particular fondness for these chickens so I am not agonizing over their leaving. The Silkies are another thing, we need to sell the older ones and pare down to a smaller flock, keeping both roosters because I like them. I am trying to make my workload easier for the winter. Hagar is still trying to get better, but all reports from others with Lyme disease, it takes upwards to a year to feel better again. We will also be able to offer for sale the jams/relishes/pickles for sale because we make them ourselves. Hope we don't have any left. Now that's a laugh! We have made 45 pints of pickle relish not counting the hot relish!!

Did get the quart of apple butter made thanks to the gift of apples from our friend. And we dehydrated some sage for a customer, so that is ready to go. Now to remember to get it all packed in the vehicle.
September 19 at 07:17 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Blessings  Our friend Theresa lost her son in December in a car accident-she has been through heck these past few months. She goes by the cemetery every day and yesterday was the 9 months mark since his death. We saw her getting ready to leave work and she was sad about the day, heading to the cemetery as soon as she clocked out, but she looks great, skin colour is rosy and she even smiles now. Also she has a new grand baby-her first and it is a girl. So we looked at photos of the little beauty-she is 1 month old and the apple of Theresa's eye, for sure. It does my heart good to see her coming back to life. It has been a tough time for her.
September 18 at 07:13 EST .

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   Carolina Kat  "Joy comes in the morning" - like the morning of new life - very restorative. Said a prayer for your friend Birdsnest, such an unimaginable sorrow to lose a child, I'm sure she is grateful for your love and support.
September 18 at 09:42 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Recipes  Talking with a friend he gave us a recipe for a cake he said was really delicious, and the only cake he WOULD EVER use a box cake mix for. I think he called it Simply Divine.
1 box yellow cake mix
dump that in a bowl
1 can fruit cocktail
dump that in the bowl
1/2 C. chopped nuts(your choice )
dump them in the bowl
1/2 C. blueberries (fresh or frozen )
dump them on top.
Mix all ingredients together til combined.

Grease a cake pan, he never said what size so use your best judgement.

Bake at 350F til the top and sides are dark brown.

Using an ice cream scoop, while the cake is still hot from the oven, scoop some and put it in a dessert bowl or glass, top with vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

The cake can be microwaved once it has cooled and you have maybe some left. Heat til hot, add ice cream.

I will make this but use a DIY yellow cake mix, just my personal preference.

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September 16 at 19:55 EST .

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   MeiDei  This is a Dump Cake. I saw one of those small pamphlets at the grocery store with recipes for these. I almost bought it but noticed the $5 price tag & put it back, had enough of a shock @ the cost of a 2-1/2# chub of hamburger in the cart.
Saturday at 11:23 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Pioneer Woman has a good recipe for dump cake.
Yesterday at 15:23 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Our friend has raised beds she has been planting in forever. She is in her mid 70's and is busy all the time helping to care for her great grandchildren. No time for canning this year and apparently little time to care for the veggies in the raised beds. We had not been over for awhile and when we went to her house to water the plants while she was away for a few days we were shocked to see the beds full of weeds, over 5ft tall. I finally carved out some time to get over there, she was away again til tomorrow, and in an hour I had all 5 beds cleared of weeds and watered. I left the weeds in 2 piles, the guy that gets paid to cut the grass can haul them off. If he does not then I will load them in our van and dispose of them on our burn pile. That was my good deed for the week. It was a nice cool day for it and I only got hot when I had to haul buckets of water to put on the herbs and few remaining pepper plants. After going over there numerous times to water her plants I still do not know where the outside faucet is. She collects rainwater in buckets to use to water all plants.
September 16 at 19:46 EST .

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   Gerty  Miss Birdie--you've turned into a real, live "gardening angel! Well done!
September 17 at 15:26 EST .

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   MeiDei  I think you used up at least a week of "Random Kindnesses"
God bless you. We amend our soil and the weeds find them irresistible don't they?
September 17 at 19:05 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Birdie, what an act of kindness. Would love to see your friends face when she sees the work is done.
September 17 at 20:11 EST .

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   BirdsNest  We popped over there yesterday to see if she had gotten home and to see if the grass guy had moved the piles. No to both. So I hauled them off and it looks so nice, beds weeded, grass cut. Our friend's grand daughter is having surgery today, so I doubt our friend will be back for a few days. The surgery is at MCV in Richmond, a fair drive from here. Anyway, I was pleased to get the work done for her. She has been a sweetheart to us over the years we have known here and we just wanted to do something nice for her. She is always at the beck-and-call of the grand daughter and great grand children so she doesn't have much time for her own friends. She did catch us at the grocery store before she left and told us to come by and get some apples that someone had given her.
September 18 at 06:55 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  We attended a workshop for hoop houses, now the high tunnels they showed us were used and put together in a cheap way, but we gleaned some information from the thing anyway. Our local Food Bank has a hoop house with tomatoes planted and all were invited to come and ask questions or volunteer to help the transition to a late crop of tomatoes. That was on Friday. The hoop house was so crowded with tomato vines I wasn't willing to help since my clothes would have been ruined by the tomato vines-the stuff that rubs off stains so badly. We stood around and asked questions but we were even more interested in the "Garden Soxx" they used to plant the tomatoes in. This house is on a parking lot and concrete, they use the Garden Soxx filled with planting medium and place them on landscape fabric and add drip tape and POOF!! instant raised beds. Go to the website and check it out. This looks like the answer for us. They even sell the whole shebang-hoop house(with stainless tubing and plastic sheeting,Garden Soxx,heater,drip tape, and more ) for $35,000. Any one with that amount of change just lying around, it's on my wish list!! Really the answer for those who cannot till their soil or live in a small area where there is not much room. The Soxx can be cut to a manageable size to fit where you need it. Can also buy pre-filled sizes. Anyway, go take a look.....
http://www.gardensoxx.com/

We want this for our next year's crop of tomatoes, that way we can utilize an area that DOES NOT have to be tilled, just cut the grass, landscape fabric goes down, the filled Soxx on top.Ta Da!
September 14 at 10:48 EST .

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   BirdsNest  This has been up for a day, has anyone visited the website? I was contacted by the company because I made a comment about how I would like to sell these. No one on the Shore carries these and I would really like to be able to use these myself. Several of the people who attended the workshop are interested also. We do not have a store, our "store" is the railroad tracks flea market on Saturdays!! This Saturday is the town wide yard sale in Exmore. I have a request from a customer for a quart of apple butter so that means I have to make some more. I only made pints.
September 16 at 07:32 EST .

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   BirdsNest  For folks like Balogreene,Surfie,heck anyone! These answer a really hard question about where can we put the garden and who is going to till it. Plus if you get the filled ones they are filled with Super Compost and weeds will be almost nil especially if they are placed on landscape fabric. There is NOTHING better than no weeds to a gardener. Minimum work, maximum benefit.
September 16 at 07:36 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  I did go to the site right away. Read it all. Compared the pros and cons to Earthboxes, and for me the Earthboxes won hands down. Not that these aren't a good idea though.
September 16 at 14:46 EST .

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   BirdsNest  It's good that you checked it out. The Earthboxes don't work for everyone. And the Garden Soxx may not be the ideal for all.
September 16 at 19:32 EST .

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   BirdsNest  WW, the Food Bank Soxx have been through their 3rd season and still look great. Granted they leave them in place, but there is no reason to move them anyway. All they do is remove the dead plants, tidy up the area and wait til next growing season.
No weeds to pull, except for a very few we saw, it looks like a grand solution. This garden is not tended to every day either, a young lady from Va Beach comes over a couple of times a week and supervises volunteers. Except for watering, there is not much to do once the plants are in and the strings are attached to the braces in the top of the hoophouse. They have drip lines for watering.
September 16 at 20:52 EST .

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   MeiDei  Thank you for this, I sent it to a friend of mine who has a decorative fish pond - she's ordering their pond soxx.
September 18 at 09:52 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I went back to the site to look for the pond soxx-that is a great idea. Thanks for mentioning it.
Friday at 21:12 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  I found this to be interesting.
http://www.naturalnews.com/046783_neem_skin_health_Ayurvedic
_medicine.html
September 8 at 08:45 EST .

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   Dixonnh  Has anyone used neem products?
September 18 at 17:07 EST .

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   BirdsNest  We use Neem oil for the garden, spray it on the soil and on plants for insects. Never have used it for skin care but it has a nice smell.
September 19 at 07:19 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Main Page The Lobby  Most of these we already know...
http://www.naturalnews.com/046776_popular_lies_Americans_sta
te_of_denial.html
September 8 at 08:43 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  The manufacturer of Ball jars has changed their guidelines for prepping lids for hot water bath canning. They do not recommend boiling the lids, simply put them in water no hotter than 180F or wash with soapy water,rinse and dry and use them that way. We have not boiled our lids for a long time but still keep them in hot water til ready to place on the jar. For those that use the old method of heating jars in the oven, boiling lids and then just filling jars and covering them....I have no expertise in that method. A good friend of ours does that and is successful but we stick to USDA guidelines for most of our canning. Oddly enough, the USDA has not changed their guidelines.
September 5 at 07:23 EST .

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   Balogreene  The new things I have read (so all I've used ), recommend the hot, not boiling, method. I do keep everything in hot water till I put it in the jars, thus 4 pans on the stove!
September 7 at 20:17 EST .

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