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Kristina
Pacific NW, USA
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As promised in our first newsletter, my lovely assistant and I are conducting our first product giveaway. We're giving away a sampler of our handmade organic olive oil and beeswax soap (five varieties!) valued at $15. Click on the photo for details about this fabulous prize. (go ahead, we'll wait) Before proceeding, I'll go over the rules and (terribly low tech) method: To be entered into our periodic drawings you must be a busy Bea newsletter subscriber at the time of the drawing. If you're not already a subscriber and you'd like to be entered into future drawings you can... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2012 at Busy Bea
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After trying a few approaches to math that didn't take and caused great frustration I was so lucky to overhear another homeschooling mom mention and enthuse about the Right Start Math curriculum. I checked it out online and printed out the sample lessons for Level A. Everything clicked and we fell in love! It's visual, it's auditory, it's hands on, it's anything but boring. There are only 28 worksheets to supplement the 77 lessons in Level A as most of the reinforcement is accomplished with card games. Life-long arithmetic phobe that I am, I am now EXCITED about learning math... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2012 at Busy Bea
Your cabinet is gorgeous and I'd love to have something similar with a similar use in mind! I've been making soap since 2000 and just discovered Anne L Watson and her wonderful books very recently. In fact, I added her to my blog's page of soapmaking resources just this morning. I teach soapmaking in my community and hope I have encouraged folks not to fear the lye! Information is key and as long as you plan well and observe sensible safety precautions good things will result. Waiting until the kids are in bed is a great idea. I also avoid making soap without another grown up in the house. Accidents can happen but my five year old can't drive me to the ER! My favorite fats for soapmaking are olive oil and beeswax, but in the last year have made a few batches with lard from a neighbor's pig and was very pleased with the results. In my estimation the cold process is the key :)
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Is this February? Fifty-six degrees in the shade and not a cloud in the sky! I managed a hike up the great hill and wanted to stay outside planting things until sundown, but a pressing deadline (Valentine's Day!) won't allow it. Let this be a lesson to me to stay on top of my work to better take advantage of these glorious surprises when they appear. As consolation I'm treating myself to this working lunch of sunshine on a plate: sweet potato hash and mixed greens all drizzled with chili-lime-ginger-garlic vinaigrette, lacto-fermented dilly beans, and a perfectly boiled hen's egg... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2012 at Busy Bea
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Posted Jan 22, 2012 at Busy Bea
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Hanukkah & Christmas treats, experiences, and celebrations enjoyed and shared in 2011. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2012 at Busy Bea
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There is way too much going on right now so it was nice to take a few minutes to notice what is going on outside on this gorgeous day. shallots! Hens on the heap Hickory Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2011 at Busy Bea
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The events hosted by the Venersborg Community Club at their 100 year old school house are definitely planned by kindred spirits. Seed exchanges, wreath making parties, Sweethearts' Dances, Homestead Days...Next up is Apple Fest this Sunday, October 23. I'll be there cutting (and sampling) some of the more than 200 (!) heirloom varieties. I was lucky enough to be invited to demonstrate soap making at their recent Homestead Day. It was an opportunity for folks to share some of the skills that would have been vital to the community when the schoolhouse was built a century ago. I had a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2011 at Busy Bea
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Posted Aug 20, 2011 at Busy Bea
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Scenes from Aunt Kathe's really lovely garden which was to be the first setting for reunion activities including the pasty social. I love this Finnish rug beater poking out of the flower bed. The children went wild for the ripe sweet cherries. Aunt Kathe and Gracie chatting with Bea. The wedding photo of Grandma Margaret's parents Andrew and Hilda Eskelinen. They met and married soon after each immigrated to the UP from Finland. He became a sucessful cobbler and she a mother, housewife, and reportedly eager hostess. Sent from my iPhone Added Sept 9, 2011: Here's where I became dissolutioned... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2011 at Busy Bea
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A lovely morning in Houghton and Hancock (Michigan). I do believe this is the world's largest lift bridge. Goofing around at one of Grandpa's favorite stores. Flags across the street from one of my favorite independent book stores, Northwind Books at Finlandia University. I like to spend Bea's birthday and Christmas dollars from Grandma Margaret on books from here. It was a treat to shop in person this time and we left with a rare Richard Scarry ABC book in Finnish, a new Jan Brett tale involving armadillos and cowboy boots that we just had to have for the Texas... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2011 at Busy Bea
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Last night we disembarked from the California Zephyr at Union Station in Chicago. After waiting hours for our delayed arrival, Ama and Auntie Barb whisked us away to Ama and Grandpa Bob's house in Darlington, Wisconsin. After a brief sleep and a load of wash we were once again on the road and headed for the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Here is how we settled in at the hotel here on Hancock's waterfront: This is where my dad, Grandpa Bob, was raised and my Grandmother Margaret and Auntie Kathe live today. This weekend we will be meeting many... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2011 at Busy Bea
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Just outside of Council Bluffs, Iowa, this farm has an unwelcome visitor- the Missouri river. Letting off steam on the platform in Ottumwa, Iowa. Behold the mighty Mississippi! I will never tire of this landscape.... Sent from my iPhone Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2011 at Busy Bea
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A little of this... A little of that... And lots of.... Sent from my iPhone Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2011 at Busy Bea
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The streets of Old Sacramento are pretty deserted at 7 a.m. Think Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf, Bar Harbor, Mackinac Island...saltwater taffy, sock and hat stores, old timey photo studios, etc. Several interesting looking historical museums including the California State Railroad Museum distinguish Old Sacramento from these other destinations. Unfortunately for us none of them open before 10 am and the California Zephyr taking us to Chicago boards shortly thereafter. We found a few surprises like the combination Danish Royal Consulate/Scandinavian law firm. We hoped to sneek in a quick visit to the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum (one room can't take... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2011 at Busy Bea
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Back at the Sacramento Amtrak Station Leave it to Bea to find the only available wildlife in a city. Waiting on the platform for the California Zephyr. After a few moments of terror when we found our sleeping compartment already occupied (I boarded the wrong car) we settled into the lounge car to wait for our lunch reservation. I enjoyed stunning scenery and overheard conversation while Beasy napped. Now we are enjoying even more stunning scenery as we approach Reno, Nevada in our little bedroom which is the last compartment of the last car on the train! Sent from my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2011 at Busy Bea
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We made it aboard the Coast Starlight in Portland on time! This day found me still up at 1:30 am finishing my new purse and up again at 6 am to water, mulch, and plant last minute parsnips, kohlrabi, asian greens, carrots, and turnips. The last minute (read several DAYS) flurry of preparations was made possible by a very tolerant and supprtive husband and father in law who have happily included Bea in their projects. Now she's mine, all mine and I have nothing but time for her for the 32 days. Yippee! Sent from my iPhone Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2011 at Busy Bea
Posted May 16, 2011 at Busy Bea
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This is the second time this spring that baby moles and I have frightened each other. I have it on good authority that we have to "do something" about them, but gosh they're so helpless and sweet. The matter deserves more study and until then we'll continue our relocation program.... Sent from my iPhone Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2011 at Busy Bea
Posted May 15, 2011 at Busy Bea
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...to combat ring around the collar. This is a very severe case. Papa wore this shirt with his wedding suit so we try to keep it going. Sent from my iPhone Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2011 at Busy Bea
Mix up some laundry powder to have on hand for very heavily soiled loads. 5.5 oz grated bar soap 1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax Mix everything in a food processor and store in a moisture proof container. Makes 3 cups (about 40 loads) Use 1 to 2 tablespoons depending on size & soil level of load. adapted from www.duggarfamily.com/recipes Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2011 at Busy Bea
To make just 1 gallon: 1 cup hot tap water 1.5 oz grated bar soap 1/4 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda 2 Tablespoons 20 Mule Team Borax Add the grated soap to the hot water in a saucepan. Stir it over med-low heat until melted. Add washing soda and borax and stir until dissolved. Fill a 1 gallon jug half way with hot tap water. Add the soap mixture. Shake it up and then fill to the top with more tap water. Let it sit overnight to thicken. Shake before each use. 1 gallon = 128 oz = 16... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2011 at Busy Bea