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Melanie Hoffman
Semi-crunchy, homeschooling, Air Force wife and mom to 4 boys.
Interests: Knitting, spinning, designing patterns, healthy/wholesome cooking, playing with my boys.
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We have 3 winners all chosen at random by First up, Leah! You get first pick of the prizes. Second up, Jennifer Sanford! You get second pick once I hear from Leah. Third up, Susan! I'll let you know... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2011 at The Knitting Siren
Is getting ready for Christmas stressing you out? Is it cold and snowy and you haven't left the house in a week? Are the days getting shorter and shorter and you're missing the sunlight? What better way to get cheered... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2011 at The Knitting Siren
Did my sweater collection yesterday inspire you? Next to knitting baby pants, sweaters are my favorite thing to make. It's not too late to start knitting Christmas presents! Today only to the first 25 customers, get 50% off you entire... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2011 at The Knitting Siren
I like sweaters. Ok, I love sweaters. You might go so far as to say I have a sweater obsession. I realized as I was tidying up my closet that I have a lot of handknit sweaters and many of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2011 at The Knitting Siren
How do people find time to knit with children? When I had 3, it seemed no problem. I could knit and supervise play at the same time. I had time to knit enough for my family and even do a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2011 at The Knitting Siren
Nice to meet you, Amanda! :-)
Toggle Commented Sep 21, 2011 on Human Milk 4 Human Babies at The Knitting Siren
What makes pesto pesto? I wanted to make some today but the only problem was I had no basil, pine nuts or Parmesan cheese. But I did have parsley, walnuts and feta. Is this how new recipes are created, through substitution? I used all local ingredients (except walnuts and olive oil) care of the farmer's markets this weekend. Even the cheese came from goats I milked and then turned into feta. How's that for real food! 2 cups parsley 2 cloves garlic 1/2 cup walnuts 1/4 cup feta cheese 1/2 cup olive oil salt to taste Whirl everything but the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2011 at Hoffman Homestead
Since I've had many friends ask me recently about cloth diapering (how awesome is that! I'm getting less and less weird as the years go by) I thought I would write a little series "Everything I think you should know about cloth diapers." Everyone's opinions vary of this subject and this is just mine. Where to start Choose a system that will work for you. Google cloth diapering and your head is going to start spinning with all the different options. AOI's, AI2's, fitted, pocket, wool, prefolds, flats and hybrids of everything in between. If you have a friend who... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2011 at Hoffman Homestead
I've lived near Minot for almost 4 years now and considered this community my home. I love it here. I love the people, I love the city, I even love the weather (I know, I'm nuts). My city is now... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2011 at The Knitting Siren
My guy has chicken legs (from his dad, lol). I usually make his about 10. My chubbier babies had 12 thighs at this age.
Toggle Commented May 27, 2011 on Baby leggings! at The Knitting Siren
Kristin, after thinking more on the vaccine issue, I realized he did receive one vaccine at 2 months that I completely forgot about. His doctor convinced me to at least give him the pneumococcal. I took that section out of the post since it's obviously misleading.
Toggle Commented May 18, 2011 on Our Journey with Autism at Hoffman Homestead
Now these are good! I don't know what gave me the idea to try lacto-fermenting a pea pod, but I'm glad I did. Because of this I have 2 good sized garden beds devoted solely to peas. I can't wait until I can start fermenting my own home grown peas! What is lacto-fermenting and why do it? Check it out here: My kids, who have a deep aversion to vegetables, devour these! Utensils: wide-mouth mason jar, shot glass, small plate or lid that will fit inside the mason jar. 1 lb snow pea pods 3 cloves of garlic, peeled... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2011 at Hoffman Homestead
I was on the Pecanbread group at that time too! Thank you so much for devoting your time to be a moderator. It was the biggest encouragement for me!
Toggle Commented May 3, 2011 on Our Journey with Autism at Hoffman Homestead
I've had quite a few people asking me about autism, ADHD and diet recently so I thought a blog post would be appropriate. This is one of the main reasons I'm as obsessed with nutrition as I am. I've seen first hand the drastic effect diet can have on behavior. (This is the only digital picture I could find near the time of his diagnosis) Almost 8 years ago, our oldest son (referred to as A#1 in all my posts), was diagnosed with autism shortly before he turned 3. We were noticing signs from the time he was a small... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2011 at Hoffman Homestead
Mmm, egg nog, mmm... Did you know egg nog can actually be good for you? Not the sugar/artificial everything laden stuff in the supermarket but the yummy homemade goodness using fresh from the farm ingredients. The only thing I bought from the store on the ingredients list are the spices. Even the the vanilla extract is homemade! Full of good proteins, good fats and good simple sugars, this is my new post-workout food of choice. It's also full of raw milk and eggs so according to the FDA, I'll die from this or at least get really sick. It's a... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2011 at Hoffman Homestead
You guys should totally come by! Wed love it!
Toggle Commented Apr 29, 2011 on Names at Hoffman Homestead
Um no. I dont want to die. Haha!
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2011 on Say Moo! at Hoffman Homestead
Finally, spring is actually here! It got to 70F, the sun was shining, it was just a beautiful day. We took advantage of it and headed out to the garden. James and I dug up our 2 smaller plots which will be home to our salad and herbs. We cleared out the goat's old pen and put the chickens and ducks there. They are finally big enough to be outside full-time. This won't be their final home as James and I are planning on building some chicken tractors that we can pull around the yard. But for the time being,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2011 at Hoffman Homestead
I totally bombed the True Love KAL (knit along), literally. A flying soup bowl landed right on my knitting and I just haven't had the heart to cast on a new one. Now that's it's supposedly spring (snow storm earlier... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2011 at The Knitting Siren
Oh Tina, thats so wonderful! Thank you for sharing.
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2011 on Human Milk 4 Human Babies at The Knitting Siren
That's wonderful, Carolie! Congratulations! I'm so excited that HM4HB's is helping getting milk to adopted babies possible. Happy dance!
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2011 on Human Milk 4 Human Babies at The Knitting Siren
Super like! As my friend Emma says, "Breastmilk is not some sort of scarce commodity; it is a free flowing resource." I hope that someday milk sharing will me less taboo, just like breastfeeding is becoming.
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2011 on Human Milk 4 Human Babies at The Knitting Siren
Why am I so passionate about getting breastmilk to babies? Imagine the following scenarios: Scenerio #1 You take great care of your nutrition before and during your pregnancy to ensure the best outcome for your baby. The big day comes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2011 at The Knitting Siren
Oh I loved doing that! I forgot about that. Ill have to see if we have shaving cream.
Toggle Commented Feb 25, 2011 on Crayons and Watercolor! at Hoffman Homestead
Just paint over the whole page with watercolor, thats it!
Toggle Commented Feb 25, 2011 on Crayons and Watercolor! at Hoffman Homestead