Monthly Archives: February 2015

Split pea and Bacon Soup

There’s nothing quite like a nice home made split pea soup.  With only 5 main ingredients its a quick and simple recipe.



1/2 lb. bacon cut into small slices

1 chopped onion

Fry together until onion is caramelized. This is what produces the best flavor.  ADD:



1/2 c. chopped celery

1/2 c. chopped carrots

1 package split peas

Use a 3 quart pot, fill with water. May add seasoning to taste. (I didn’t add anything extra, figuring on the bacon adding the extra salt).  Cook until pureed consistency.


Apple Bread

Have lots of apples? Need a yummy bread to make? This recipe is very similar to a banana bread.

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2 beaten eggs

1 c. sugar

1 c. brown sugar

1 c. oil

1 tbs. vanilla


Then ADD:

3 c. flour

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon


Ready for sprinkles.


3 c. chopped apples

1 c. chopped walnuts



Grease and flour 2 bread pans then bake @ 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar, serve.

Drip Irrigation

Drip irrigation can save time and money.  It’s a simple and cost effective way to water your garden, trees and shrubs.

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It minimizes water usage without sacrificing growth to your plants. Set-up is easy and inexpensive.

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There is less chance for your plants to get scorched from the sun, because water is delivered to the base of the plants.   It’s easy to add liquid fertilizer through the drip line.    Anyone that’s used a garden hose to water their plants knows what a chore it can become.  If you’ve ever played with a train set as a child, you can do this! It’s as simple as laying down tracks!


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Watering trees and shrubs can be done using a soaker hose in a circle around the base.  Or for a more eye appealing look, you can use small sprinkler type emitters. Birds seem to love them.  The emitters can be adjusted by a twist on cap allowing for precise delivery.

Link for Dripworks:

We found drip works to be an easy company to assist you in your gardening needs. People were pleasant and patient with all our questions.



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Easy $$ Ideas

Everyone could use a little extra cash! Here’s a few ways to earn it.


One of the best and easiest ways to get a few extra dollars. Using  it as your main search engine, shopping, daily poll, clipping coupons, surveys and watching video trailers make it the simplest to use. If you have a smart phone the app will let you know when there’s a code available. Codes usually have a very short time limit to redeem. Each swagbuck is worth approximately one cent.



 Walmart App:

A phone app that checks your receipt against advertised prices at nearby stores and pays you the difference.



Phone app that lets you get money back for buying things you would normally.  Things like bread, milk and cereal.


Checkout 51:

Another phone app to get money back for buying groceries. Very similar to Ibotta.


Receipt Pal:

Another phone app that gives you money for turning in your receipts. Even the free books from Amazon can get you points! A win-win!


Saving star:

Another grocery type phone app. for things you would buy anyway.



A phone app associated with the weather channel, nexercise and various games. It’s a little time consuming but if you have the time and data you can earn a few bucks.


Instant Win Games and Sweepstakes:

People really do win. You can win small prizes easily. And you just never know when you might get a big prize!


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Have you won anything exciting? I love hearing about things people win!

The Great American Bird Count

From February 13-16th the great American Bird Count goes on around the world.  It’s a great time to get in touch with nature, count birds, enjoy the day and help science on its way! I find it very soothing to the soul to connect with nature.

Young, old, any age can participate. A great project for young students! It gives the scientists valuable information on migration patterns, distribution and number of various species of birds.

You’ll be helping to understand disease, effects of pollution and changing climate. A great way to enjoy the world around you!


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If you have a bird feeder you might be surprised at the number of birds that are around.  In very dry climates having water around is a big draw, they’ll even find a dripping hose! Different food types will draw different birds. Oranges for orioles, they also love jam and it’s a great way to get rid that extra old jam in the fridge.

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In our area we can see lots of owls like this one shown above. Knowing more about preferred habitat in this case trees along the creek bottom can help you locate and observe kinds of wildlife. This same tree had a bobcat in it earlier this spring.  Owls can also be called in by phishing.

Lots of information can be found at this link to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:

Have you seen anything out of the ordinary at your place?

Bacon Potato Broccoli Soup

Bacon can be very versatile with meals. Especially those odds and ends pieces that you can find in the bargain store.  The secret to making a good bacon base for your soups is to fry your bacon and add your onions and fry them too! Those fatty end pieces work great and cooking them together makes for enhanced flavor.


Potato Broccoli Bacon soup:

1/2 lb. bacon

1 onion (small)

3 medium potatoes

1 small head of broccoli

dash of onion powder

dash of garlic flavor

2 cubes of bouillon (chicken or beef, I like to use one of each)

1/4 cup milk

4-8 oz. cheese grated (can use various types, use your favorite)

1/4 tsp. red pepper (I prefer red pepper vs. black because black sinks to the bottom)




Add all ingredients except milk and cheese. Add water, cook until potatoes and broccoli are done. Turn off the heat and add cheese until melted.  Stir constantly as cheese may stick to the bottom of the pot. Add milk. Do not bring to a boil as the milk will curdle.


Bread and butter are great to have with soups. Taste great dipped! Experimenting in the kitchen can be a lot of fun. What’s your favorite cheese to use?