Happy 13th Year Blog Birthday!

It’s an unofficial blog birthday! My blog has actually reached it’s teenage years! I actually started blogging in 1999, however something happened with my self hosted webpage and I lost everything from 1999 until June 2000. In 2001 I discovered b2 and everything changed! b2 -A classy news/weblog tool (aka logware). No more static webpages that seemed to run on forever. It’s hard to believe that when I started ‘blogging’ it was such a new thing. It was even more impressive to myself that I setup and installed my own blogging software. All I needed was a hosting environment, a database and PHP. It’s amazing how far blogs/weblogs have come! Anyone can set up a blog and be blogging in no time!

Homemade Mustard


Overnight soak 1/2 cup mustard seeds 1/2 cup dry white wine, 1/4 cup water and 3 tablespoons Apple cider vinegar.  Stay tuned for additional info added to this post tomorrow.

Update: Next morning mix all of the following in a food processor.
Seed mixture from yesterday, 4 teaspoons honey or maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, a pinch of salt and some ground pepper. Blend until fully processed.
image Place finished product in a hot and sterile jar. Keeps in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.
This mustard is quite spicy and I believe more original than the yellow stuff we buy at the store. I’ll keep looking through my old cookbooks and see what else I can find for us to recreate.


Solar Powered Clothes Dryer


Let’s try a little test to see how much my electric bill goes down.  The trick will be dealing with all the rain we’ve been getting here lately.  I found this clothes dryer at Dirt Cheap for only $7 which to me seems like a deal.  I added a umbrella stand so that we don’t have to cement it into the ground.  Plus now it’s portable and I can move it to the porch if it rains.  35 years ago this was the only kind of clothes dryer that I had.  Money was tight and I was young so I had to save every way that I could.  Drying clothes in the winter was fun especially if it went below freezing during the day.

Staystay tuned for a monthly savings update.