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INTERESTING STATFrom: Animal, Vegetable, and Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. Shereports “If every US citizen would eat just 1 meal a week (any meal) composed of only locally and organically raised meats and produce, we would reduce our country’s oil consumption by over 1.1 million barrels of oil per week. Becoming a less energy-dependent nation may just need to start with a good breakfast.”GRAMA’S TREASURES!Wow! We had a great hatch! Hatching 50% of the eggs you put in an incubator is considered good. We have 33 out of 48. That’s almost 70%! I’m happy! Most of the eggs I put in the incubator were blue and green in hopes that I will get more hens that lay blue and green eggs. I plan to do this at least 2 or 3 more times this summer. If you’d like to help me fill the incubator again, I plan to have an official fill the incubator day once a month. The first one will be this Saturday at 10:30 am. If you need chicks, I am willing to sell a few at $2.35 each.THE FARMER’S MARKETGrampa Tom went to both the Keokuk and the Carthage Farmers’ Market by himself this week. I went to the Hamilton Farmers’ Market this afternoon. That was a bust. Nobody there but me. I’d like to go to all of the markets, but I’m really not needed most days and there’s plenty to do here. So far, we’re not making oodles of money, but we come home with more than we spent to go. It’s a start!

One of the things we’ve been selling is egg noodles. I got a noodle maker thinking it would speed up my egg noodle production time. It doesn’t take anywhere near as much strength, but I’m not seeing the time savings I was hoping for. I was hoping to be able to sell my noodles at farmers’ markets for $1.25/bag but it just isn’t going to happen for less than $2 and even then I’m not making minimum wage – it is just something to do with unused eggs. I told Grampa if we can’t sell them, we’ll just have to give them to charity.

E-BAY

Neither of my items on E-Bay sold L! But I got lots of lookers for the bag. Decided not to re-list it because Grampa Tom hasn’t managed to get another one done and he wants to take it to the farmers’ markets. I did re-list the Epson T060120 black ink. It didn’t sell, but it might have helped if I hadn’t made a typo in the id#! So far this week I have 3 watchers on it. If you’d like to bid, you can find my stuff at
http://myworld.ebay.com/gramasues

ON THE CRAFT TABLE

The rug is coming along. I’ve got several feet braided, but I’ve got no idea how big this thing will be! It’s an adventure.

Grampa Tom suggested that I do a golden egg with IOWA painted in black. I think I can do that. Then I thought I could probably even do a Deere egg in green and yellow. Grampa isn’t an Iowa fan, but we sure do like John Deere.

THE GARDEN

We are still finishing the construction and planting like mad. This week we planted musk melon, garlic, basil, winter onions and more yellow onions, cilantro, marjoram, cucumbers and dill. We also transplanted quite a few petunias and marigolds.

We took the first harvest from our spinach and green onions this week. I also harvested and sold some fresh oregano. The broccoli plants that we put in last week is already putting on a head. I can’t wait! We love broccoli!

The potatoes look wonderful, but the poor beans! They’ve suffered from chickens scratching in them and my “other dog/lawn mower” (pet lamb) eating all the leaves off them! Here’s a picture.

If you come, be sure to ask to see our new raised bed gardens. We are following Len Pense’s plans:

http://www.gardeningrevolution.com/index.html

They take a lot of work to build, but once they are done, they are a breeze to care for. We’d love to build one for you or teach you how to do it yourself!

GRAMA’S WISDOM
(tips, recipes and ideas for saving money)

How to Clean a Microwave

This is one I learned from my daughter when I was over 40. Some of you young pups may think that’s disgusting, but bear in mind the fact that there were no such things when I was young. OK, OK, so I used a microwave for 20 years before I learned how to clean one! I’m not the only one! Almost everyone I share this secret with has never heard of it.

Put a bowl of soapy water in microwave and run for 5 minutes. Even the most stuck on stuff will come off! It is amazing.

GRAMA RECOMENDS

Great Chiropractors!

It is so awesome to sleep next to my husband again! For years, Grampa Tom has been severely overweight. This obstructed his breathing so much that he had to sleep sitting up so he slept in his big chair on the other end of the house. He also fell asleep quite often during the day and snored loudly all the time. He finally went to the Rexroth Clinic in West Burlington. They gave him some adjustments and some supplements to help kick start his metabolism again. He’s lost several inches off his tummy, sleeps in our bed and stays awake all day! The only problem now is that I can’t keep up with the guy!

Check them out! http://rexrothchiropractic.com/index.php

God Bless You All!

Of Lambs and Egg Noodles

We have lambs! Lots and lots of lambs! They are so cute! If you can, you just have to come by to watch them jump and run. It’s so much fun! New little sheep are wonderful.

New Adventure
Tomorrow we will be attending our first farmer’s market. Not quite sure what to expect. The river front in Burlington is flooded so it is being held at the train depot. Yesterday it looked like the weather would be awful on Thursday, but tonight it looks like we’ll have decent weather tomorrow afternoon. We had decided we were going no matter what this year. The Burlington farmer’s market is one of the biggest in the area. We figure even if we don’t make much, the networking we do will be invaluable. BTW, if you want to come, it is held from 5-8pm every Thursday.

On the Craft Table
I’m still working on signs, but if I can get the little Houdini to stay there, I’ll have a little lamb that I am bottle feeding under the craft table. Petting will be encouraged! Don’t worry! I’ll have baby wipes and Avon hand sanitizer available to wash little hands!

Grama’s Wisdom
(tips, recipes and ideas for saving money)

Grama Sue’s Spicy Egg Noodles

My dear mother-in-love taught me how to make egg noodles before my youngest was born. Her recipe was the standard egg, flour and salt mixture rolled as thin as possible. Being the creative person that I am, I have a hard time following a recipe. Sometimes this actually results in something good J These are unique noodles that people rave over. I was in a hurry one day and didn’t roll them out to well, but my kids liked them so much that I usually cook them up thick without drying. My family prefers these noodles that way, but they don’t dry well unless they are fairly thin.

4 eggs
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper
¼ tsp. chili powder
Flour to make a soft dough

Mix eggs, salt, pepper and chili power. Add about ½ cup of flour at a time until you have a soft dough. Roll to desired thickness. Cut into strips with a pizza cutter. Boil or dry. Serves 4.

God Bless You All!