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It's been a while, but I've been tucking away all of my links and interesting things that I've found!  Dan and I are chomping at the bit to start using all this knowledge and information.  Hopefully a house will be in the works coming up in late winter or early spring!

1. Reusable Canning Lids.  First of all, genius.  I always hated the whole concept of having to get new canning lids each year--it just seemed like such a waste.  Then who knows about the whole BPA thing.  Personally, I try not to get too up in arms about random hype and such because they always seem to go back and forth about random things--chocolate is good, chocolate is bad--for example.  Regardless, reusable=cheaper in my opinion (with enough years of use) and you have the added benefit of it being BPA free.  Very nice!  Here's a link to the Tattler Reusable Canning Lids. And, Granny Miller (click #1 above) is an awesome blogger!  Visit her blog while you're there! 

2. Staying Healthy with Flu Season Incoming.  Mother Earth News has a great article as a refresher of all the stuff we know is healthy for us.  Also, at the end, it has one of my favorite things--the Hygiene Hypothesis!  I am a firm believer that growing up in too sanitary environments is bad for your health and a good dose of exposure to germs makes for a sufficiently well-occupied immune system.  Just like livestock with nothing of interest, a bored immune system gets you in trouble with allergies, asthma, eczema and other atopy-related illnesses!  I have made it very well known that I intent in making sure my children climb trees, eat the occasional mud pie, and get exposed to every sick child in a 20 mile radius.  Dan grew up in a family of eight, lived in a foreign country, and went to public school and EXTREMELY rarely gets sick!  (As I type this, I believe he's getting his annual cold, though.)

3. Garlic Bounty.  Dan and I LOVE our Italian foods. We could just about live on pasta, bread, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and garlic--along with the smattering of basil, oregano, thyme, and parsley.  One thing that we have both grown to LOVE cooking with is garlic, but I had always heard that it was less than satisfying growing garlic in more temperate climates, as the growing season is too short.  The mammoth bulbs at the market are all grown in California long seasons.  However, as this article from MEN shows, it's all in the planting time!  When you get out there to plant your hairy vetch and winter rye, plant your garlic!  Honestly, it makes sense!  This is planting time for the daffodils, tulips and other bulbs...why not for garlic! :)

4. Roasting Garlic.  Since you'll be growing all those beautiful bulbs of garlic, roasted garlic will be a great way to use them all up!  These directions from MEN remind me somewhat of the Braised Onions that I made a while back.  Delicious!  And, A toaster oven would be an excellent way to prep a small amount of these....

5. Home Office.  With my work having me on the computer a decent amount and being an absolute lover of all things organization, I loved this article from BHG.  All of the use for kitchen items, the bread-box turned cell-phone charger, and spray painted file cabinets were personal favorites.  Especially since Dan and I have planned on having our office occupy a corner of our dining room one day, I thought the kitchen/silverware elements would be perfect!


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