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.


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
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!


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!


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.