4 Tips to Avoid Clogs Thanks to Charmin #MC #sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Charmin. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

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The holidays are a busy time. We run around like crazy people; shopping, cooking, baking, cleaning and entertaining. The last thing any of us want to think about is a clogged toilet. I live in a very rural area so  I don’t have a sewer system I have a septic tank. Now don’t go thinking I know the first thing about how that baby works – that’s the hubby’s department. My job? Buying the right toilet paper so that it breaks down effectively and doesn’t gum up the works.

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A Wireless Speakerphone is #GiftingAudio Perfection #ad

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The hubby and I are eight years apart in age but light years apart in our music tastes. You would not think that so few chronological years would create such a difference but it does. He loves folk music; Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, etc. He also has a passion for Bluegrass. Me? I’m a child of Bruce Springsteen, heavy metal and 80ies rock (don’t ask, I have eclectic tastes.) Every so often we find common ground but in general it’s his and mine . The perfect solution would be a wireless speakerphone so he could play HIS music out in his Motorcycle Palace while tinkering around and then I can play MY music while baking and cleaning. Win-win! As it is now he puts the music on in the yurt and plays it through the computer in the “palace.” I can turn it off but I can’t play my music. But where to find the right one?  Continue reading

Fire & Sword by Louise Turner – Blog Tour, Book Review and Giveaway

I received a free ebook for my honest review.

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About the Book:

Publication Date: September 19, 2013
Hadley Rille Books
Formats: eBook, Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction

On the 11th June in 1488, two armies meet in battle at Sauchieburn, near Stirling. One fights for King James the Third of Scotland, the other is loyal to his eldest son, Prince James, Duke of Rothesay.

Soon, James the Third is dead, murdered as he flees the field. His army is routed. Among the dead is Sir Thomas Sempill of Ellestoun, Sheriff of Renfrew, whose son and heir, John, escapes with his life.

Once John’s career as knight and courtier seemed assured. But with the death of his king, his situation is fragile. He’s the only surviving son of the Sempill line and he’s unmarried. If he hopes to survive, John must try and win favour with the new king.

And deal with the ruthless and powerful Lord Montgomerie…

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Homemade Whole Wheat Bread for Stuffing

I mentioned yesterday that the hubby bought himself a grinder when we went on our day trip to St. Ignatius. He has been thinking about grinding his own wheat for quite a while now and when he saw the different options and a hand grinder he put it in the cart. I suppose the timing was good as I was going to be baking bread to make stuffing for Thanksgiving so it was a good time to try it all out. He bought three different kinds; hard white spring wheat, hard red winter wheat and hard red spring wheat. Don’t ask me, I have no clue! I did read the descriptions on the packages and decided the hard red spring would work best for the stuffing bread, It claimed it was best for whole wheat recipes.

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So the hubby went to work grinding the wheat.  He said it was a bit of a workout. I needed 8 cups of flour and it took just about the whole 1 pound bag. You can see he had an audience – Pumpkin the Farm cat was most intrigued.

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He would pour some of the wheat berries into the top and then turn, turn, turn until he had flour. From what he told me, he could choose between three different grinds. I told him I wanted it as fine as he could get it. It felt just like the flour I have on the shelf so I would say he did a good job. It took him about half an hour to grind me the 8 cups of flour so it was a workout for him. This was enough for three loaves of bread; I would be using two for stuffing the turkey and there would be one left for eating. The recipe is from my favorite bread cookbook – Secrets of a Jewish Baker.

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