Our Little Seeds

Sooo, I’m learning how to use WordPress still…hence the interesting arrangement of this post!

I wanted to show off pictures of my seed trays!

I am quite excited to have started some plants from seed and I have two trays that are still alive!

Now they are all bigger. My hubby doesn’t think they’ll be big enough to transplant in a few weeks but I’m not looking that far out. I’m just happy they are still alive. It’s a first!

The middle picture is what they looked like before I thinned them out. I do believe I have “leggy” tomatoes but I don’t know yet if that means they will not make it to the garden.

In my seed trays I have three varieties of tomato, two varieties of pepper, basil and lavender. But the lavender didn’t grow. Not sure why exactly.

Yep, that’s the post. Just wanted to show off my living seeds! I’ve tried growing seeds before and they never made it this far. Hubby tells me watering them helps…

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Catching Up

Last week I was focused on some house purging and find that the more I do the more I want to get rid of! Thus I happily ignored my blogs last week and cleaned instead. Here are some of my favorite links from last week:

Starting with 7 Principles to Simplify your Family Life @ Simple Mom. Not sure that title does the article justice. If I could just do these seven things I’d be quite happy! Maybe they could re-title this “7 Goals to Work Toward,” or “7 Cool Objectives for a Household Manager.” 😛 This is my favorite article from last week.

Money Links:

I have no budget, am buried in debt, and am going on vacation @ Enemy of Debt – Next question, “Who are you following over the cliff?” 😀 This has some good questions to ask yourself about your debt.

General principles for setting up a budget @ Gather Little By Little – A budget can sound scary and complicated, but it isn’t!

Food Stuffs:

Perfecting Pasta @ Simple Bites – With our new pasta roller machine (which is very cool and fun) we must make lots of pasta! I’d like to try this sauce.

Crockpot Au Gratin Potatoes @ A Thrifty Mom – Mmm…not from a box.

Rolo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies @ $5 Dinners – really, the name says it all!

Homemade Pop Tarts @ Mennonite Girls Can Cook – everything can be homemade!

Bread for Every Occasion @ Chiot’s Run – Homemade rolls, hamburger buns, etc.

7 Nutrients You Need More Of @ Wise Bread – I like that with each nutrient listed there is a list of foods that contain the nutrient.

Butcher’s Tips: Easy Ways to Slash Your Meat Bill @ Lehmans – This also contains an embedded link to an article on how to cut up your own chicken, a helpful skill to have!

Why Christians Should Store Food @ Almost Plum Nearly – Ok, really, I don’t think someone needs to be a Christian to store food. Because the Bible doesn’t say, “follow Jesus, store food.” But I do think that food storage is important, and something TJ and I haven’t started yet. In fact, we’re busy eating our way through the pantry! But we have plans to store food! 😀

And some interesting odds and ends…

Radiation Network.com – This tracks radiation levels around the US. Very interesting! Our level is at 29 right now. 100 is bad. It also shows all the nuclear sites in the US. Rather disturbing on several levels.

5 Easy Steps To Organic Weed Control for Your Garden Beds & Borders @ An Oregon Cottage – I love this; easy, simple and something I can do. 

Northwest Spring Consignment Sales – 2011 @ Thrifty NW Mom – yeaaa sales!!!

Pledge vs Olive Oil + Lemon Juice @ 29 Diapers – My can of Pledge is almost gone and this is how I plan to replace it…homemade!

Whew! Those were all open tabs in my Firefox! Firefox is awesome b/c it saves the open tabs if you want it to…thus TJ often teases me about all the tabs I have open.

Odds and Ends

Here are some leftover odds and ends from the week:

Vegetable Planting Guide by Soil Temperature @ New Dimension Seed

The Spring Garden: Planting Lists @ Frugal Living NW – Thinking in the next week I need to get my seeds started.

Japan Giving Options @ Jenn in Japan

How Big Is Japan? @ Tokyobling’s Blog – Neat graphic with Japan overlaid over Europe and the United States.

Changes to Ebay @ Wise Bread – Good news for smaller sellers.

The Little Green Project @ Heavenly Homemakers – A challenge to save, eat, earn, plant and craft something green this year.

Yogurt in the Crockpot @ A Year of Slow Cooking – I’m testing this recipe as I type. 🙂

Homemade Taco Seasoning @ Mennonite Girls Can Cook

The 10 Most Overpriced Items @ Christian PF – Fun graphic!

What You Are – And What You’re Not @ The Simple Dollar – This is a great post on goal setting. He uses basketball as his example and while I don’t connect with any sports theme I did get the point.

Push Up Bikini Tops at Abercrombie Kids @ Sociological Images – Scoiological Images is an awesome blog for seeing things in a different perspective. The blog does not claim any faith or moral stand, but looks at current events and trends with a different lens. If you’d like to be outraged check out the push up bikini tops for kids link…or any of the links they note below it. Booo!!