How to: Clean a Mildewed Saddle

It was really funny, people around my parts of the country were complaining that it was so cold in May, then once June hit, BAM, the heat hit but so did the humidity. And it is hard for some people to imagine the midwest having humidity since we’re not surrounded by water, but there are days that you can walk out and be ringing wet because of the humidity.

So one thing we have to deal with is molding saddles in our trailer. The changing area in the trailer doesn’t get a lot of air movement so when the saddles/bridles hang out in the nose of the trailer, they sometimes mildew. Yuck! So here’s a trick to help you keep your leather tack in tip top condition!

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How to: Take Fourth of July Pictures

It’s that time of year… How on earth did we get to the 4th of July? The thing that the fourth of July brings besides celebrations of our Nations heritage and food, parties and get togethers, is fireworks. Who doesn’t like fireworks? I guess there are those out there… but I’m not one of them. I love them.

So the next thing to think about is how do you capture them on film? If you’re ever around me or you’ve been on my blog for a while, you know that I take pictures of EVERYTHING and I mean everything. Although every once in a while I miss a shot and have a #bloggerfail but usually I take pictures of Everything.

A couple years ago I went to every fourth party I could to learn how to take pictures of fireworks and today I want to pass along some of the tips and tricks I learned along the way.

dSLR and Point and Shoot directions for taking fireworks pictures

Normally people would tell you that you have to have a dSLR to be able to take photos like these. And while I’m not going to lie, it is helpful, I didn’t take all those photos above with my dSLR… Nope, I took one of them with a point and shoot. Can you guess which one?

So my first recommendation would be to get a tripod. If not a tripod, make sure you have a very solid foundation for your camera to sit on to avoid camera shake.

Maybe I should have stated my first recommendation would be to have a camera… or maybe that is just a given. Okay moving on…

So you can definitely check out this post that helps clarify aperture and shutter speed… I’ll wait while you refresh yourself…

Okay now for the settings for a dSLR to take great photos of fireworks.

ISO: 100. Now normally that would be what you set it at for a bright and sunny day… and you might be thinking, but wait, what… these will be at night. Oh but that’s the way to do it. First off at night you’ll get a lot of noise, especially by bumping up your ISO. To avoid that and with fireworks being extremely bright against the night sky you don’t need a high ISO.

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Scuba Diver Flag Toes

A few weeks ago when we went to the lake for the Safari Hunt, the Friday before hubby signed us up for Scuba Diving classes.  So that meant that the following Tuesday night we were headed to class at Extreme Sports Scuba, the same group who put on the Safari Hunt.

While we were down at the lake I talking to Grady and D the Man about sticking my toe straight up in the air, which just so happens to be like a thumbs up.  Thumbs up means going to the surface when you’re in the water.  How cool is that?  So they both wanted me to do this to poor Deb, who got stuck teach our class :).

In the mean time, I thought it would be fun to paint my toes up like the Diver Flag, so not only would I give her a thumb toes up, it’d include the Diver’s Flag.

So Here’s how to paint your toes up to look like a Scuba Diver’s Flag also….:

First things first… if you have toenail polish on currently, get rid of that stuff!

You want to be working with a clean slate.  Plus trim your toenails if they need it.  Mine were in need.

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The Living Room Update

So as I told you the other day, Pokey and Earl are remodeling their house, again.  I really wish I’d have gotten pictures of the garage before they even started cleaning on it but Earl didn’t even get any.  Oh well, I’m their paparazzi so I made sure they’ve gotten pictures since :).

This morning they promised hubby breakfast if he’d come and help do the electrical work on the house.  I didn’t know there was breakfast involved or I’d have come to help as well. ha!

By the time I got to the house this morning I saw that they were putting in the support pole.  Sadly, Pokey sent Earl, TB and me to the store to get a cedar pole.  Earl called to make sure they had the pole and check the price.  The guy on the phone told her.  Then Pokey called back to double check because it seemed too good to be true.  He got the same answer.  We got over there, wound up with Pine which is what the guy on the phone quoted, came home and we were wrong.  So now they’re going to wrap the pole in cedar.  Ah, one hit after another.

We also met the boys at another store looking for ceiling fans.  Woohooo that worked out great.

Once we got back to the house with the pole, the boys went back to work, placing the pole.

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A Remodel Project

Welcome to Earl and Pokey’s new living room.  Some may also call it a Family room.  Call it as you please.

Oh, wait, you don’t think this looks like a cool place to hang out?  Well never fear!  This is the latest remodeling project that they’ve taken on.  Since we’ve been hanging out at their house they’ve remodeled their current living room floor and the bathroom.  Both have been extremely difficult projects.  But never fear we’re here to help.  Oh in their house, they’ve also remodeled their kitchen and maybe their bedroom.  I can’t remember but this was prior to hubby and I hanging out with them.

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Homemade Mozzarella

One thing about my Tbug and my husband, they humor me, a lot.  When I get some crazy idea in my head I want to try and make something, because I never have, they go along with it.  Our most recent challenge… making Homemade Mozzarella.  It’s pretty sweet we made our own cheese.  I’m not real sure it tastes like Mozzarella, but the original recipe had a Pesto sauce on top of it, so that might be the difference.

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons citric acid powder dissolved in 1/4 cup cool water. Available here.
  • 1 gallon whole milk- Also- do not, under any circumstances, use ultra-pasteurized milk for this cheese.
  • 1/4 teaspoon regular strength rennet dissolved in 1/4 cup cool water (or 1/8 teaspoon double strength rennet OR 1/4 tablet vegetable rennet, crushed and dissolved in the 1/4 cup water.) Available here
  • 1 teaspoon cheese salt, optional (cheese salt is just any salt that is not iodized or flavored.)

Pour the gallon of milk into a large stainless steel or other non-reactive stockpot. Sprinkle the citric acid over the top and stir in gently. Heat milk to 88°F. Don’t panic when the milk starts to curdle. That’s the idea!

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Who’d a thunk it?

Pretend this is white & not yellow!!

love this idea (saw it on Rachael Ray)! Did you know that you can use a regular white onion (peeled and sliced in half), to treat a burn!
No more buying expensive aloe vera gel (or the cheapy stuff) – just keep an onion on hand!
So here’s how to use an onion to treat a burn:

  • Use a freshly cut onion and squeeze the juices onto the burn
  • Use the onion as soon as you cut it – otherwise it loses its’ healing properties
  • Keep it on the burn for as long as you need – until you feel the pain decreasing or going away

Only use this for first or second degree burns. Do not try this for third degree burns as those require medical attention!

Pineapple Tidbits


The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family.  It is extremely rare that bromeliads produce edible fruit. The pineapple is the only available edible bromeliad today.It is a multiple fruit. One pineapple is actually made up of dozens of individual floweret’s that grow together to form the entire fruit. Each scale on a pineapple is evidence of a separate flower.

Pineapples stop ripening the minute they are picked.  No special way of storing them will help ripen them further.  Color is relatively unimportant in determining ripeness.  Choose your pineapple by smell.If it smells fresh, tropical and

sweet, it will be a good fruit.

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Pumpkin Patch pie

Happy HalloweenAGRICULTURE IN THE CLASSROOM ACTIVITY

Pumpkin Patch Pie
Materials:
1 gallon Ziploc freezer bag
2 2/3 cups cold milk
2 packages (4 serving size) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon                                                             
½ teaspoon ground ginger
Graham cracker crumbs                                                               
                                                                                                     
25 small cups
scissors
1 can whipped topping
25 spoons
      
                                                                                    
Combine the milk and instant pudding in the Ziploc bag. Remove the air and Ziploc shut. Squeeze and kneed with hands until blended for 1 minute.
Add the pumpkin, cinnamon and ginger.
Remove the air and Ziploc shut. Squeeze and kneed with hands until blended for 2 minutes.
Place ½ Tablespoon of graham cracker crumbs in the bottom of small cups.
Cut corner of gallon freezer bag and squeeze pie filling into cups.
Garnish with 1 container (8 ounces) whipped topping.
Add a spoon. Serve and enjoy.
Yield – 25 students and 1 teacher
Ingredients can be divided by 4 or 5 students to work in small groups.