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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Results


Thank you so much to everyone who entered the giveaway. This was so much fun! And, as a group, we are all doing so many good things for others. I made an extra effort to do something good for someone else all week. I returned lots of carts to stores this week, gave a woman a ride home on a cold night, gave a big smile to a store worker after a lady was rude to him, & donated some gift to the town giving trees. It really does feel so good to help others. 


You all had some really great things that you are doing to help others. As a group, we sent Christmas cards, filled freezers of friends with health issues, helped an elderly man load his groceries, bought coffee for a colleague, knit socks for a friend, sent a care package, bought food for a family who's father is in prison, donated dog beds to the animal shelter, knit a chemo cap to a friend starting chemotherapy, cleaned a friend's house, helped a lady push a stalled car, drove an elderly person to a church lunch, stayed at the hospital with a sick family member, made efforts to be more patient with our little ones, made efforts to be extra nice to a spouse returning home from work at the end of the day, brought flowers to a lady who just moved into a nursing home, wrapped donated gifts for a giving tree.. Lots of us pledged to make an effort to be extra nice and/or find a good deed to do:)

Some of my favorites are, 

'I was extra nice to the lady who cut my fabric at the fabric store even though she's always in a grumpy mood', 

'We just purchased a bike for delivering medical supplies in Tanzania',

'A lady stopped me in the frozen food section of Walmart last night and with tears in her eyes, asked me if I could buy her groceries. I did, and I gave her a $25 gift card to Walmart too.'

' I helped pay for the funeral of one of my patients who died in November... He was a special man that lived with dignity and died way too soon and his family did not have enough resources...'

 I could go on and on. Well, I kind of just did, but anyway, it really makes me happy that as a group we spread a lot of cheer & good will.  Nice work! Now let's try to keep it up, through the holiday season and as the new year begins...

Here is some more important business-the giveaway winner. This random number generator thing was so fun!

Congratulations to Jessica who said, "I'm going to give some baking to my neighbour." I will be emailing you Jessica to get your mailing address:)
Thanks so much to everyone. I wish everyone could win! I will be stopping by your blogs over the next few days to say hello too. If you are interested in the burp cloths, baby tag blankets, or other vintage & up cycled goodies, feel free to check out the RescuedGoods etsy shop. Use the code HOLIDAY30 for 30% off anything in the RescuedGoods etsy shop. Happy Holidays my friends!

Thanks for stopping by.

Vanessa

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Raising Pigs

Remember when I mentioned that we got some pigs, Hank & Rosie? Well, Hank & his friends Boomer & Double Stuff are no longer with us, as of this past weekend. I feel sad to see them go, but I am very happy that we have been able to have this experience of raising our own food. We have been able to ensure that Hank & his friends have been fed lots of good for you foods, have been treated well & have been healthy, and have had a good life, filled with lots of mud baths, running around, and snorting when they are excited.

Here are a couple of pictures of Hank & The Boys from early November. Hank is the pink boy, Boomer is all black, and Double Stuff has a ring of pink around his middle:)



The boys have been eating a steady diet of pig feed, lots & lots (& lots) of pumpkin & squash, and plenty of grain, fruit, and vegetable scraps.  They start snorting as soon as they know you are coming with a bucket of goodies for them. Seriously cute. These pics are in the muddiest part of their pen, and are after a big snowstorm, so this area is extra wet-no worries though, they have plenty of other areas to check out besides this muddy spot.

I will let you know a bit more about the processing and the cost of raising Hank once I learn more about this myself, probably in the next month or so.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

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Still hanging here to read for a moment? Yeah! So, my friend Matt & I have decided that we need to get ourselves in gear and start doing some prep work for the holiday season. A bit of a late realization? Perhaps. But we are ready to roll out the crafts & gifts & baking this week! Want to hang with us as we go for it?! Good!

Monday's goal-Peanut Butter Fudge-done!

There are probably a zillion recipes for this, all pretty similar. This recipe is good and easy, and very forgiving if you aren't much of a measurer-just my style. Check it out.

Easy Peanut Butter Fudge
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2 1/4 c. sugar
2 1/4 c. brown sugar
1 c. evaporated milk
Mix & boil 5 minutes on medium-low heat. Keep stirring, and start timing the boil when it comes to a rolling boil (bubbles don't stop even if you are stirring:)
Remove from heat & add;
7 1/4 oz jar of Marshmallow Fluff (I add half of the big 16 oz. tub-close enough!)
1 3/4 c. peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
dash of salt
Mix ingredients with electric mixer. It will quickly start to thicken and get the fudge consistency. Immediately pour into greased 9X13 pan. (If you like your fudge thicker for gift giving, use a smaller pan.)

Happy baking!

P.S. As you can probably tell from the picture & the ingredients, this is totally not fattening at all!

Vanessa


Monday, December 12, 2011

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway!

Hello! Welcome to Rescued Goods! Let's get down to business-giveaway goods! 

I love  Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day and I am excited to participate as a 'giver' this time! 



 
Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day lasts for 5 days this year (yee-haw!) and there are several different categories of giveaways. So check out their blog and enter away! The giveaway week ends this Friday December 16th at 5 pm PST. I will pick a winner after that time from the comments here. (random number generator, so you don't have to be too creative!)

Up for grabs is a set of three baby burp cloths made from vintage fabrics & cotton flannel. This set includes a green, blue, and yellow burp cloth-excellent for either gender baby. If you adore them and don't want to wait for the giveaway to end, don't fret-I have more listed in my etsy shop. These are pretty darn sweet, and very absorbent too, if you catch my drift:) For this, my first giveaway, I am going all out, and will be shipping internationally :)

To enter, leave a comment here pledging that you will do something nice for someone in the next day or two. If you are so inclined, let me know what you plan to do, or what you already did-but no worries-say whatever you want to say-I'll listen! Maybe you can return a cart or two to the supermarket, deliver some cookies to a neighbor,  donate a gift to a deserving child, or donate your time to a veteran's home. Or just give a big smile & a listening ear to someone who could use it:) Anyway, that's it! Leave a comment & have a great day! Of course, if you have an extra moment and want to visit, let's visit-Check out a post or two. You can check out Hank & Rosie, The girls, How to Grow Garlic, or an easy Winter centerpiece idea.

I am not the world's most consistent or prolific blog poster, so if you follow or put me in your Google Reader, I won't fill everything up:) You can also check me out on facebook-I would love it if you 'like' me:)

PS-Here is a recent pic of one of our chickens, . I just thought it was cute, so here you go:)


Thanks for stopping by! Good luck on your giveaways!

Vanessa





Sunday, December 11, 2011

Handmade Gift Exchange Update

Remember when I said I signed up for the Craftaholics Anonymous Handmade Gift Exchange? Well, anyway, I did! I got matched with a super nice lady named Sandra and she sent me these goodies! An awesome personalized drink cup (which I may or may not have filled zillions of times already with iced coffee & iced tea), a super cute little plate ("Christmas calories don't count"-I am totally believing this) that I have used several times already to hold holiday goodies, and a really neat decorative picture frame, which I just need to print a sweet picture for. Thanks so much Sandra. I really love all of the goodies you sent:)



Here are the goodies that I sent Sandra. She said that she likes all things Christmas related, so I sent her a Santa apron that I made, some 'From Santa' ribbon, a Christmas tree ornament made from upcycled fabrics, and some treats for her dogs in a holiday drawstring bag. For the treats, I used my easy whole wheat dog biscuit recipe here. Sandra told me that the dog treats, and the other goodies were a hit. 



Sorry for picture quality on all of the pics. I never think to do pictures until late night under the bright lights-ugh!
I am always nervous to participate in these types of swaps, but they are always lots of fun! Happy Holidays!

Click here to see lots of the great gifts that were swapped. 

Vanessa

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Handmade Gift Exchange

Because I can't resist, I signed up for Linda's Handmade Gift Exchange. This sounds so fun! I am always nervous to sign up for exchanges, because I worry that my gift won't be 'good enough'. But, my excitement outweighed my nervousness, and I jumped in! Yeah! And, look how great I made out doing a bag swap last year! And I even made a decent clutch to swap too. You don't need a blog, or any crazy crafting skills to sign up. So, head right over and check it out!
I have got lots of other good stuff going on lately too-I am hoping to share some updates soon!

Monday, October 17, 2011

I've Been Over at Etsy

Hi Ladies & Gentlemen,

Once again, sorry for my long absence. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? Well, if not, I totally understand.
 I have been hanging out over at Etsy a lot lately. I have been updating my shop, and exploring lots of other cool shops. I even created my own Treasury list. Seriously, that was fun. I think I will be doing a lot of those!My list is all things hot dog.
Dozer will be celebrating his birthday in November, and guess what kind of party he is having? Yep, a hot dog party! Any ideas for me?! We are thinking about a cake shaped like a hot dog, hot dog tasting, pin the fixings on the hot dog? I really want to be able to find/make a few cute hot dog favors. I did find a couple of awesome candy sites with some hot dog candy, and may have to break down and get some. We'll see. Let me know if you have any ideas for me. 
Anyway, I wanted to pop in and say hello. I have not forgotten about you faithful friends and I am so appreciative that you take a moment to stop by. 
Have a happy fall day.
Vanessa

Monday, September 12, 2011

Meet Hank & The Boys

Remember when I first introduced you to Rosie and mentioned that we had some other farm friends too?
Well, here is a very very late introduction to Hank, Boomer, and Double Stuff!

Hank is our pig, and Boomer & Double Stuff are his friends, his bunk mates. He stays at a nearby farm and we see him and bring them all goodies every few days. I even had to take a turn cleaning out the pig pen one day, as mentioned on facebook. It was touch and go for the first few minutes, but I pulled out of there a stinky winner-I did it! Here the boys are eating kohlrabi in late July. They were kind of busy and didn't want to pose.


We got Hank back in June. I showed up at the local feed store to pick him up with a cardboard box, a car full of three kids, and a friend. Luckily the feed store gave me a dog crate to borrow. He was already at least 40 pounds at that point, was cranky & scared, and was covered in manure. Good times. We rode the entire way to the farm with our heads hanging out the windows gasping for fresh air. Here is Hank loaded up in the crate in the car.


Since then we have gotten to know Hank and the Boys a lot better. 

Hank is the pink mid sized guy of the gang. He seems like the most gentle natured guy of the crew. Poor guy, whenever the food comes in, he takes a bite then races over to the water for a drink, then cruises back to the food for a bite, then gets more water, etc. Our farmer friend says that he has never seen a pig drink so much. I guess he likes to stay hydrated!

Boomer is the big guy of the gang, mostly black with a small pink patch between his shoulders. He is the one who is most pushy when the food comes in-he really likes his food!

Double stuff is named for his cute stripe around his body. He rounds out the team perfectly.


The guys are so darn cute. As soon as you walk towards their pen and say hello, they start running to see what goodies you are delivering. This weekend we brought them apple drops from a tree in our yard and they acted like it was Christmas morning. They loved them. It is so good to be able to give them most of our food scraps. We don't give them any meats, but besides that pretty much anything goes.

Hank & Boomer & Double Stuff will only be with us until mid December, at which time we will have to say Goodbye to them.  I feel happy that they will have had a good life with few stressors and that we took good care of them and kept them healthy. I can't say how I will feel when the time comes and we do have to say goodbye, or when our dinner is Hank, but I do know I feel alot better that my family can be a part of a cared for animal becoming dinner rather than the alternative ways that many feed animals are kept. If you are interested in learning more about how the animals we eat are treated, some good books are...














Sorry about the funky boxes with the book links-experimenting with the amazon thing.

Hope your week starts off great. Thank you for stopping by and meeting Hank & Boomer & Double Stuff. They will pop in once or twice more to say hello.

Vanessa

Friday, September 9, 2011

How to Turn an Old Puzzle into Magnets & a Wall Hanging


"Why was 6 afraid of 7?"
"Because 7 ate 9!"


So, we had this old wooden puzzle hanging around that wasn't getting any love. Usually I give our outgrown puzzles to friends as hand me downs, or sell them back to a consignment store, but this one was a bit out dated. I have had an idea for it for way too long, and after my success with my clock revamp, it was time to dust off the puzzle pieces!


This project is awesome, because it is a 2 for 1 deal! We all know that I love a deal! One old unused puzzle (even a puzzle that is missing pieces-yeah!) will get you one set of magnets and a wall hanging. What a steal!

Supplies Needed;
Wooden or chipboard puzzle, complete or incomplete
Pretty paper &/or old book
Mod Podge (or watered down glue, as I sometimes use)
E-600 or heavy duty glue
Magnets
Embellishments
Permanent Markers 
Your own artwork or a piece you have found
A cool font or your fancy hand

So, first up will be our magnets. My puzzle was a numbers puzzle. Remove the pieces from the puzzle. Trace the pieces onto your pretty paper. Be sure you trace them in the correct direction (i.e. Be sure you are tracing the shape onto the paper so the right shape will glue onto the piece the right way. I wanted to cover the printed puzzle piece so I traced the piece with the printed side up on the printed side of the paper.)


Cut your papers and mod podge onto the puzzle pieces.


Once the pieces have dried, use your permanent marker to decorate the pieces. The alphabet, numbers, a name, or an inspiring word are all great options. But you are the artist! So chose what you love! Once the marker dries, re-coat with mod podge &/or spray with protective sealant. I re-coated, and sprayed with the sealant, as these will need some extra protection while they are being moved around on the fridge by little hands. (Since our fridge is already very weighted down with magnets, I hope to list this set in the shop this weekend-but Dozer & I may have a slight disagreement on this.)


Once they have dried, glue your magnets onto the back of the pieces with a heavy duty glue. I use these heavy duty magnets because they are so totally awesome, but you could also re-use any freebie store magnets you have hanging around.


Give these magnets to a special person and watch their eyes light up! 

A serious word of caution. If you do use the heavy duty magnets, please never leave kids unsupervised with these magnets. If swallowed they could cause very serious injury or death.

OK, next up is something pretty from the puzzle back.


First, find the main piece of art that you would like to use for your wall hanging. I used this beauty by Stephanie Fizer from Feed Your Soul: Free Art Project. I sized it to be sure it would fit. Then, I ripped up a few pages from an old book and mod podged them onto the flat side of the puzzle back.


I also found this great font from fontspace for my text. I printed the letters but later realized I liked the hand drawn look better. I used the font as a guide and drew my own letters. Once dried I mod podged  my main piece of art over the ripped book page background.


I added embellishments and attached a ribbon to the back as a hanger. The whole design and embellishment deal is not my strength, but you can do as much or as little as you want here.


Despite Dozer's pleas to the contrary, I plan to give this as a gift to a very special friend who is a librarian.


I hope you like my 2 for 1 deal today. Do you have any puzzles hanging around ready for a 2 for 1 re-do? Thanks a million for stopping by. Have fun!

Vanessa

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I got nothin...

So, last week I said that Wednesdays would be about Preserving the Harvest... I didn't preserve much this week (by not much, I mean nothing).

I had big plans to do sun dried tomatoes, but life got in the way. I have made the evil cake balls again, and I did make a totally awesome (if I do say so myself) hot fudge sauce. I will try to figure out the recipe at some point and share it, but my methods are more like pinch of this and more of that...

Since I didn't do anything, just wanted to remind you about an awesome use of tomatoes that I mentioned last year. Make your own salsa to keep or to eat now.  

Monday, September 5, 2011

Update on Rosie




Remember when I told you about Rosie? She was so cute and sweet and we adored her. 


Well, she didn't make it. 

Right before we went Off Duty for a little Wild Maine Blueberrying vacation, we went to check on Rosie. She was staying at a nearby farm. We had seen her that Friday and we stopped by on Tuesday to say hello and check in before we headed out for a bit. We knew she was small, and I had my concerns from the start that she was too little to leave her mom, but the farmer from whom she came (is that awkward & poor grammar or what?!) assured us that she was ok to go. 


Anyway, she wasn't doing too hot that day we stopped to say hello. She hadn't grown and she had some serious breathing issues. Mr. Rescued Goods ended up taking her home and staying home with her while the kids and I went to camp. I felt awful to leave him and her but we didn't want the kids to watch her in distress. And the Mr. was scheduled to bring Rosie to see the farmer the next morning for some advice. He stayed up with her that night and tried to get her to eat & drink, but she didn't make it through the night. 

I have thought about it lots since then, and I can now think of many things we could have tried to help her, but I don't know if it would have helped. We were (and are still) new pig keepers and are still learning the ropes about this whole farm animal thing.


For the future, I would definitely say that if we aren't certain that a pig is old enough to leave her mom, we need to stick with our gut feeling. Squirrel was heartbroken, as were we all. I know that this is the same end result that would have happened to Rosie, but we wanted her to have a good happy healthy life first. So, I feel really badly that she didn't make it. So, I know I am late on sharing the news, but I wasn't quite sure how to say it. Thanks for stopping by and for listening.

Vanessa

Friday, September 2, 2011

How to Re-Do an Old Cheap Clock



So, in the scheduling scheme, Fridays are going to be a spotlight day for a Rescued Good. This week, I am bragging about my new old clock. I have had this clock for ever, from the house before our current house. I liked it, but I was just kind of tired of it, and it doesn't fit in with my new (half of a) kitchen paint color. I had planned to mod podge something over it and it has been sitting in my craft closet mocking me for way too long.

 So, pretty but needing a change, right? I planned to simply take off the clock mechanism, mod podge the face, and put it back together, but of course it is totally cheap and you can't take the mechanism off without it breaking in a million small pieces. 
 
(Edited to add:Sorry about the unclear post. The Bingo face is my re-vamped clock. Not, the grapes. Nothing like being clear on things!)


So, I had to cut the paper around the hands of the clock. I usually am not this smart, but I planned ahead and figured it out with scrap paper, before using my awesome paper.



Trace your clock face, and cut out a small circle where the clock hands join in the center. Cut a straight line from this center circle to the edge of the paper.

Modge podge your paper (I used one sheet, but you can certainly use lots of little pieces too-you are the artist!) onto your clock face, carefully fitting your paper around the center of the clock where the hands meet. Smooth the paper out to the edges to reduce air bubbles. (I kind of stunk at this part, but it goes with the whole look, so it is fine, right?)


Not counting the year or so that I planned on doing this, it took me about 5 minutes total. You should try it! What fun re-vamps have you done lately?

Vanessa

Thursday, September 1, 2011

How to Preserve Green Beans

Remember back when I said I was going to post recipes on Wednesdays?! Well, I am going to! For the next few weeks, I am going to focus on preserving fresh local vegetables, from your garden or a friend's garden, or from a local farm stand. How about a Preserving the Harvest series?! If I had a clue, I might make a button for this, but, don't get too excited about that-we all know that it won't happen.

Anyway, before I start, thanks for stopping by even though I have been off duty for a long time this summer. I do have some updates to share too. Let's pretend this is a Wednesday post. In my defense, I have had little to no internet since Irene stopped by.

1. Get some fresh local beans. Snip the end or ends. I only snip the stem end, because that is how my grandmother always did it. Everyone has their own way here. Snip in half or thirds if need be.

2. Wash beans.
3. Boil a big pot of water.

4. Get a big bowl of ice cold water ready & waiting in your refrigerator.

5. Boil the beans for 2 minutes. Carefully strain them and then put them in the ice cold water for a few minutes (to stop the cooking process). (If I am doing several batches at once, I strain both the hot beans and the cold beans over another container, so I can keep the hot and cold water baths going for a bit-adding ice each time to the cold water, rather than re-filling each time and waiting for them to heat up/cool off.)


6. Strain again, and bag in freezer bags. Admire your work and enjoy fresh local beans all winter long! These are delicious sauteed with a little olive oil, salt and pepper.


Lots of people can their beans too, but I prefer frozen, and it is less work! Thanks so much for stopping by! Are you canning or freezing any harvests right now?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Clotheslines

So, we are still in the midst of Maine Wild Blueberries and we are having a good time. I am however, now officially a guest blogger. I crack myself up, by the way.

If you are so inclined, come check me at Life on the Clothesline. Jeannie is super nice, and blogs about all things clothesline related. She has clothesline profiles regularly and she is in need of some fresh new ones, so who's up next?! She also blogs about her Gram's Cookbook, and these are wonderful posts to read too.

Take care, and have a fun day!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Off Duty


Hi Folks
I will be going Off Duty for a couple of weeks while we harvest Maine Wild Blueberries. Yum! I hope to check in here once or twice, but please don't hold your breath! Have a happy August. See you soon!
Vanessa

Monday, August 1, 2011

Neglected Garden-Part Two


So, I did say that the garden was being neglected, right? Here is the overall view of our vegetable garden, complete with sunflowers planted by the birds. It looks really green, but most of the green is weeds.


Here are some of the many weeds surrounding the corn.
Impressive, I know.


I am afraid to enter the garden without wearing tall garden boots! As if I wasn't afraid of this jungle before, now we have some wasps on the side of our garden that like to buzz out of nowhere and get you! If you were lucky enough to hang out with me in person, I could complain and complain and complain about my current stings... Not everyone can be so lucky!

But, here's to show that even in a neglected garden complete with stingers, there is plenty of good stuff coming.

The kale is still looking good.


Here are of our Easter Egg radishes. I let them grow and grow and grow, because they are said to help keep cucumber beetles away. Now I have hundreds of the cucumber beetles rather than thousands of them...


 And lastly, some flowers from our garden & from Mother Nature.


Hope you are getting good stuff from a garden somewhere this summer!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Rosie P

So, I still have some other family friends to introduce to you (OK-it is another pig, who we have had for a bit now, but I haven't introduced him yet.), but I have to cut the line and first introduce our newest arrival....

Rosie Penelope.


Here is Squirrel holding Rosie after catching her in a pig scramble at our local community fair.


She is super cute, and although the plan is for her to be our dinner after this winter, we are in love with her. PS-There is a bit of a discussion between Squirrel and The Mr. about Rosie becoming a mama next year vs. Rosie becoming dinner before then. I kind of think I know how it is going to pan out.


Squirrel catching & winning Rosie was quite an unexpected surprise, so we weren't really prepared. We already have 1 boy 'farmed out' and needed to figure out a plan for Rosie. Luckily, more friends own another great farm and agreed to have Rosie stay with them, as they were planning on getting piglets as well.

When Rosie first got to the farm, I think she was a bit lonely. She had her own stall, and when we went to find her, every time she would be burrowed under the hay. She was lucky to get lots of human visitors, but I think she wanted some friends who oinked. Luckily, within a couple of days, she got 3 new older girlfriends! Her girlfriends are not our pigs, but we sure are glad that they are Rosie's pals. I will introduce them to you next week.