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Things I've learned from CITR
April 27, 2011
1:53 pm
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JeannieB
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Here is a list of things that I have done since CITR-

Baking Grandmother bread-thanks to Suzanne

Making laundry soap-thanks to GeorgiaZ

Making bath powder-thanks to Rose-UK

Using baking soda as shampoo-thanks to Pete

More canning and buying all associated stuff-thanks to DeeDee, CindyP and Suzanne and many others

Container gardening-thanks to so many to list

Soap-thanks to CindyP and Suzanne, finally got the nerve to face lye

Making Vanilla flavoring-thanks Suzanne

What I want to do:

more dehydrating and , learning to use my embroidery machine

How has CITR influenced you??

Don't cry because it's over—smile because it happened!

April 27, 2011
3:55 pm
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mammaleigh
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Wow the list is a bit long for me,

Raising Chickens, Laundry soap, Water bath canning, Pressure canning,
candles, bath lye soap, gardening, baking soda and ACV rinsing, more
crocheting…I think that is it right  now BUT I know there are tons more
out there that I want to try. But the “boss” put a hold on it right now,
do one thing at a time I am told…haha

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.  The world owes you nothing.  It was here first."  ~Mark Twain

April 27, 2011
4:08 pm
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lizzie
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I have learned to make soap! Cindy P and Suzanne a big Thank You!

I make all of our own bread now! love the Dough Enhancer

Have made so many tasty recipes using Farm Bell and Suzanne's recipes!

Learned to Crochet

Buckeye Girl has taught me so much about chickens! Thank You!

Went on a canning frenzy last summer because of CITR even bought a steam juicer and pressure canner!

Learned to make doughnuts, not so sure this is a good thing? just kidding!

I am always inspired by CITR, sometimes things are very stressful around here and this is a great place to make one feel better.  Many thanks to all of the wonderful people here!

This is a very supportive place to try new things and there is always someone to help if you need it!!!!!hug

April 27, 2011
6:46 pm
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brookdale
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The best thing I've learned is to not hesitate to try new things! There's always someone here to help if you get stuck.

I've made yeast bread, tried lots of new recipes, made twig stars, fancied up my liquid soap containers, and even cleaned out my kitchen drawers! I may even try canning!

Thanks, Suzanne and everyone.

Remember, if it rains on your picnic it's also raining on your garden!

April 27, 2011
7:37 pm
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justdeborah2002
ottawa ON
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Things I've learned to do:

Make all my family's bread products (artisan breads, 12 grain and white sandwich loaves, bun, pizza dough, bread sticks)

BWB and pressure canning (a big shout out to all the folks who calmed me through my first few attempts)

making mozzarella cheese (this is still in the working towards perfection stage)

dehydrating all the veg and fruit “leftovers”, so nothing goes to waste this year

and how to deter my new kitten (now almost 1) from jumping on the kitchen counters

 

 

queen of make it fit

April 27, 2011
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ROFL   Let me know about that whole cat on the counter thing!!!  I just keep a spray bottle of bleach solution handy and give mine a spritz before I do anything vital.  I know my cats just wait till my back is turned then look innocent when I come back towards the room.

Located in N.E. Ohio

April 27, 2011
11:38 pm
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My list…

Making my family's bread – Grandmother bread & french bread

The courage to start canning this year…even bought a pressure canner!

Quick Mix – No more Bisquick!

Making my own laundry detergent & fabric softner

Making my own cleaning products

An ENORMOUS amount of gardening information

 

What I want to add to my list…

Making soap. I still need to work up the courage to face lye.  I have stared at it in the hardware store…does that count as a step in the right direction?

 

April 28, 2011
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mammaleigh
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Hey if you can find it in a hardware store that is a HUGE step! Its really not as scary as what it is put out to be. Just be cautious and pay close attention to what you are doing and it is not bad at all. I actually had some splatter on me when I was making soap the other day, it burns, but the burn is not like someone put a hot poker to you just like you just got a really nasty ant bite. I always keep a bottle of white vinegar out on the counter so if I do get splattered I could rinse it off quickly. I think the vinegar hurt worse then the lye!machine-gun

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.  The world owes you nothing.  It was here first."  ~Mark Twain

April 28, 2011
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Almost everything I do in my daily life now has a way to be linked back to CITR.  It's been about 2 1/2 years since I found Suzanne and everyone here.  It started out as a way to change my thinking about material things and how much more gratifying it is to be “homemade”.  It's now a way of life and challenging myself to do it myself.  If I could buy it, I could more than likely make it.

bar soap, liquid soap, laundry soap (now I use my own soap for the entire process), cleaning products, scratch cooking, homemade mixes and ingredients and condiments, canning, cheesemaking, gardening, breadmaking, homemade beauty/bath products, backyard chickens…

There are still many things on my “to-do” list…you just can't learn them all at once!

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

April 28, 2011
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I also have learned a lot. But mainly CITR has encouraged me to experiment, to not be afraid to try something new. It has given me so many more ideas than I already had. I don't know if my husband is quite as excited about that, though. He'll admit to liking my soap and finding a cheaper facial cleansing system than what I was using. And there are too many little tips from experts to list–canning, cooking, preserving, bath/beauty products, chickens…..

LOVE this site!heart

April 28, 2011
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mamawolf
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What have I learned?  Grandmother bread, cornbread, cake and baking mixes, creamed soup mix, marmelade, canning, both BW and PC, gardening, and learned that my grandmothers and greatgrandmothers knew what was important, to make do with what we have.  Thank you Suzanne, Pete, Cindy B and all the rest of you for your ideas, encouragement and talents.

 

Eunihug

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May 3, 2011
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Flowerpower
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I must admit I have learned lots from reading this blog. I have not been

brave enough to try some of it but one day I will. The funniest thing I have learned here is goats like cookies!!! I read daily farm every day and get the biggest charge out of suzanne's stories about the animals. Anybody who gives cookies to their animals is all right in my book!shimmy

When I get brave….and make the cheese I will let you all know! Thanks Suz.clover

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May 3, 2011
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Pete
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Wow!  What a great list of things we have all shared here!!    happy-flower

What we have learned and shared here has been priceless, and nearly impossible for me to actually itemize.  So many long forgotten skills renewed and honed, so many things never considered before now tried, finding new sources of information, new resources, new friends.  And perhaps the most important for me is the community we have with whom to share our successes and failures.  Oh, yeah, I really enjoy laughing over my failures with y'all!  Perhaps more than anything else.

Well, just maybe I enjoy having these chickens as much as that!  Even with all the wonderful books out there, having the expert advice from everyone sure made the building of the chicken house a pleasure, too.

Thanks, everyone!

Anulos qui animum ostendunt omnes gestemus!

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