Urban Homesteading

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I have been keeping an eye on the raspberry bushes in the backyard garden.

I noticed some red starting to come on, so I went out to check things out.

There were a couple early raspberries, that were ready so I picked them and ate them.

There are many more that will be ready once we get some warmer weather.

The later part of this spring has been cooler than average. Next week is supposed to get warm, which will help ripen up these berries.

The apples are also starting to grow. If they don’t get eaten through by bugs, we might be able to get some apple sauce made this autumn.

I definitely enjoy growing my own produce, and working with the land. I like being able to live off what I can grow, and preserve food for later when it is no longer the season for growing produce.

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Snow Day Baking

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It’s been snowing pretty much all day, though it really didn’t stick until after the sun had set.

I have been wanting Cinnamon Rolls for several weeks, as my brother has had regular ones around since he moved back.

Today I finally made Gluten Free and Dairy Free Cinnamon Rolls. The recipe I used didn’t call for pecans, but I like putting pecans in my cinnamon rolls. I also make a double batch to get my cinnamon rolls to be a decent size.

I baked these cinnamon rolls from scratch. I even had mixed up the flour mix myself. I buy the individual flours from Bob’s Red Mill and then mix up the mix myself and then store it in a Rubbermaid container for when I am cooking and baking.

It’s time for Pumpkin

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Yesterday after I got home from work I felt like baking. Beings that I didn’t have to work today, I had the time to bake.

Now that autumn is finally here, as well as the fact that I love pumpkin food, and the weather is cool enough to actually warrant baking, I am back in my element. I love cooking and baking.

A couple weekends ago I made split pea soup, and this past weekend I made Chili.

Fall is definitely my favorite season. I love the cooler weather, pumpkin scents, pumpkin food, hot tea, the changing colors of leaves, I love the fall colors anyway.

I am actually excited that summer is over, and on to cooler weather.

WIAWS: Apple S’mores

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Today I am warming a couple cubes of Apple S’mores. While this one has been available for a while, to me, it is more of an autumn scent. I think of it as more of an autumn scent is because, at least in the part of the country I am from Apples are ripe and ready picking and eating in September and early October. It also has a toasted marshmallow-y warm smell. It reminds me of curling up on the couch, on a blustery, grey, rainy October day, with a good book or knitting while watching a movie. 

I like Apple S’mores because it is definitely not overly sweet while being more of a foodie scent, that fits in with my favorite season. 

The warmer I have out currently, and have been using a lot lately has been my Country Light warmer that came out last autumn, it reminds me of an old window with many different panes of glass. It also uses an Edison Bulb, which Is totally old school and awesome. 

While we have had an extremely wet, chilly (to downright cold) winter, I am so ready for autumn again. 

Choosing to Live Simply 

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Over the course of the past year especially, though it has really grown out of having lived in a small town after having grown up in the city, that I want to live a simpler life, that is more about being outdoors and adventures than having the latest and greatest items or having a huge house or driving fancy cars. 

I do want a home of my own, but a smaller farmhouse on several acres is my dream house. I want to be able to have a garden, some chickens (both laying chickens and chickens to raise for food). I have been wanting to live a more self sustainable lifestyle for a while now. I don’t really want to go completely off grid, at least not yet. I definitely want to be less reliant on the grocery store for all my food needs. I know I would still have to go for dairy alternatives, and go to Bob’s Red Mill for my gluten free products, but for everything else, if I can’t grow it, or it would not be as cost effective to grow it, going to local farm stores that sell the produce they grew or like a food cooperative that buys from multiple different local smaller farms. 

I also want to do more canning, preserving, and putting away food for the winter months. I began learning how to can when I was little, and now, I do know how to can. 

Wanting to be able to can, and preserve my own food, and have a garden and raise chickens and such is more than just because it is traditionally what women have done, but more so being able to take care of myself without relying so heavily on grocery stores and such. I like knowing where my food comes from. I know canning and all that kind of stuff is hard work, as I have done it before. 

For me, it’s not so much about society telling me I need to want a home of my own, and to do all this stuff, like having a garden or can my own food, or knit. Growing up in the city, in the era that I have, I have heard nothing but “you can do anything you want, you need to have a career, and fight for equal rights in the workplace, and make your mark as 21st century woman”, and all I am interested in, is living on some acreage, growing/raising a lot of my own food, and live a more unconventional lifestyle. 

This past year, I have really realized that I would rather live in smaller house, with some land, and make my home cozy, and that there are more important things in life than having all the material things and a big teched out house. I would rather spend my money on books and adventures. A couple summers ago, I was seriously going to the beach about every other weekend, and it had to have been my favorite summer so far. For someone like me, going to the beach never gets old, especially if I can spend the night, and watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean, and have a campfire. I have seen many a sunset over the ocean, but it never gets old for me. I prefer experiencing the simple things, and prefer experiences over material possessions. 

During this year, I am working on finding a way to support myself doing what I love, and filling out what I need for a place of my own, and have as many amazing experiences as possible. 

Cleaning and Organizing 

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The past month and a half has been crazy. Now that Christmas and New Years are over, things are calming down and getting back to normal. 

For the past few months I have been piling up the new Scentsy warmers I had purchased, because the plastic bins I had were not big enough to hold all my Scentsy warmers, and to buy enough plastic tubs was more than I wanted to spend, and would have taken up too much space in storage. On Friday I had stopped at Home Depot and picked up several packing boxes for my Scentsy warmers and one small one for the DVD cases of the dvd’s and tv on dvd’s I have picked up over the last year or so. I spent Friday organizing and packing up all the Scentsy warmers I have with the exception of the one I currently have in use, and my diffuser. I was able to get them all packed into two medium Home Depot packing boxes. I got all the DVD cases packed into a small moving box, and got them put out in the garage. I also reorganized my fall and Christmas decorations. I had been storing my autumn and Christmas decorations in the same container, which was fuller than capacity, so now they are each in their own container. 

This all came about because I was tired of having to move all the Scentsy warmers I had sitting in my room, in order to get into the middle and bottom drawers of the 3 drawer sterilite container I keep my personal stash of Scentsy bars in. As of now, until I find a beachy Scentsy warmer that I absolutely love, and if they bring back the lumina warmer for fall 2017, I will be ordering my last Scentsy warmers for personal use this month. With the exception of a beach themed warmer that I like and the lumina warmer, if they bring it back, my collection is complete. 
The plastic storage tub I had been storing the DVD cases in, will become a second book storage container for the time being, until I am able to have my own place again and half shelf space to put my books on, and actually be able to have my own personal mini library with all the books I own. Beings that books and reading are an obsession of mine, my book collection will continue to grow. 

December Scentsy Haul 

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Today I got the last of the Scentsy products I had ordered in the month of December. 

Beings that Scentsy had brought out the scents of the season, I had bought a sample pack, then ordered more of the scents I liked. 

I had ordered 5 poinsettia pine bars, 4 eggnog bars and 1 St. Nickerdoodle. I gave my mom one of the poinsettia pine bars since she liked the scent. 

When I had first heard about Scentsy about a year and a half ago, I never would have thought that a year and a half later I would be a consultant. I was a customer for a year, and the only 2 reasons I joined Scentsy as a consultant versus staying a customer was because I wanted to be able to buy the testers and get money back on what I bought. As of writing this, I am not really in it to make it more than what it is, something I love and for the testers and what commission I do get. If you want Scentsy, I’d be happy if you bought it from me, but I am not out to bug people to buy it. I buy it because I like it. 

I, personally am scent sensitive and an picky about what scents I do use. I found that most of the holiday scents have too much of the cinnamon fragrance or too much of the fake Christmas tree scents in them and are too strong for me. When I found Poinsettia Pine (scents of the season) and the lavender white balsam (November scent of the month), I found two additional Christmas favorites, in addition to Silver Bells. 

The latest Scentsy fragrances are getting me excited for the new spring & summer catalog which will be available for order March 1st. I am totally interested in seeing what warmers Scentsy comes out with for the summer, as I am looking for a cute beach warmer for the summer or a cute summer warmer period. The spring/summer catalog also has several amazing clean scents that are also fairly light and aren’t overly sweet or floraly. I really love the fresh, clean but not overly strong scents like coconut lemongrass (which is an all year round scent), white tea and cactus, as well as sun kissed citrus. 

Of the Bring Back My Bar scents that are out this month, Ocean, Inner Peace, and Coffee Tree are My top 3 faves. Ocean and inner peace follow in the clean scents, and I just like the way that the coffee ones smell. I had ordered a bunch of Perk Me Up the last time they had been released.