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Paris Graham
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The Parlor Floor
 After almost 2 years we finally have the parlor floor finished! We began a few weeks ago with rented sanders (2 different kinds), a belt sander, a random orbit sander, a heat gun and a wire brush on a drill all in the attempt to remove 1 layer of latex pai...
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Pickled Beets
I got a surprise 25# of organic beets last Thursday, they were dirt cheap so I couldn't say no. Only a few people here like pickled beets, so I'm canning them in half pints this year. I pulled this recipe from my old blog, back when we lived in Ohio, grew h...
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Peach Jam Recipe
Peach Jam Recipe 14 peaches, skinned and crushed into a pot 2 Granny Smith apples, shredded including skin The zest & juice from 2 lemons (use 1 if your lemons are enormous) 4 cups sugar Cook until done, process for 10 minutes Yield: 3 1/2 to 4 pint s I lik...
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Apricot-Vanilla Bean Jam
I just made the best jam that I've ever tasted and wanted to get the recipe written down before I forgot what I did. To make it you will need: 6 cups of diced apricots including the skins Combine with 1 shredded Granny Smith apple and the zest of 1 lemon an...
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The Economics of Canning
I was talking to a friend this week and telling her that this year I'm doing a jar by jar analysis of what my home canned food costs. So far I haven't canned anything that I could have bought cheaper, matching quality for quality (and that's an important di...
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Food In Jars
This has been a full week already of canning, the busy time is definitely upon us. I was looking through the Complete Book of Home Preserving to find a pickle recipe and instead stumbled up a recipe for Thai Hot & Sweet Dipping Sauce. I made the recipe acco...
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Chickpea Tabbouleh
Tonight for supper I made chickpea tabbouleh which we ate in wraps along with shredded chicken. It was so good that I decided to save the recipe here. 2 16 ounce cans of chickpeas, drained 2 large tomatoes, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 5 radishes, c...
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In Which We Camp Out In The Living Room
We had decided last year that the drywall in the downstairs bedroom would have to come down, we thought we'd probably put drywall up again but the multiple rotten wallpaper layers should be removed first. And remember that I already had multiple holes blown...
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The Last of the Plaster (almost)
 Our Memorial Day weekend project was taking down the last of the plaster upstairs. We had one whole bedroom still plastered and the hallway upstairs, I didn't get a whole lot of shots before we started working, but here's the general idea. The hole in the ...
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Welcome to your Really Old House
I saw this in Yankee magazine and thought it was cute. And so true! Congratulations! As the proud new owner of a vintage New England home, you can look forward to many years of satisfaction, enjoyment, and repairs. Steep Thrills Note the daring slope of the...
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