Bonnie Kuhlman

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Zone 7a, Paulden, AZ
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Dale Hodgins wrote:That sounds like it could work. There are also spices that prevent things from growing. Cloves might be a good choice.



I think cloves would be a good choice.  I might also try gelatin, then it wouldn't need any flour.  I think it would keep well.  I make a gelatin air freshener with essential oils that gets a little crusty, but doesn't go bad.
1 month ago

Dale Hodgins wrote:The flour seems to have gone off a bit,  but the product still works well and it still smells like coffee.

The next batch will be half as big.



I love this idea.  I might try it using part vodka to keep it from going bad.

Bonnie
1 month ago

Chris Kott wrote:Well I would be worried about tiny broken edges, but I had been wondering if anyone has made coffee scrub soap bars. A little lather, a little scrub, and BAM, no more need for exfoliant.

-CK



I also use soap made with coffee grounds, especially in the kitchen.  I love it.  Slightly abrasive, but not a concern (for me) with cuts or scrapes.  I am more careful when using it with little ones.

Bonnie
1 month ago
I usually toss the coffee grounds into the chicken scrap bucket.  For decades, I've used baking soda and salt to scrub pots and pans, jar labels, ovens - anything that needed a little scrubbing power.  I usually use a little straight dish soap (no water) to get a good scrubbing first.  

I thought that was pretty thrifty - inexpensive AND non-toxic.  But then, lightening struck me.  As I was tossing the coffee grounds, I looked over and saw the cutting board that I'd forgotten.  I'd used it to cut onions and smash garlic - whew!  I grabbed that board - a beautiful solid piece of olive wood with a touch of live edge - and slapped those coffee grounds on it.  I scrubbed and did a little dance and rinsed, and low and behold.....that cutting board came out with knarly a scent to be had!!  I dabbed it with a smidge of olive oil and pronounced it glorious.  The angels sang I tell you.  

Now, of course, I'm looking at everything with an eye to those coffee grounds.  I've scrubbed a baking dish, a skillet left with the remains of scrambled eggs and cheese, and the stainless steel sink (OK, baking soda still wins on the sink).  Have you tried coffee ground scrub?  What else could they be used for scrubbing?

Bonnie
1 month ago
Blue berries need friends.  Plant at least 3 or more near each other.  Dig their holes in an irregular shape, especially if they are root-bound in the pot.  The roots will not spread out well in a round hole.  Add a splash of vinegar to water to use around the hole - just a little.  Basil, thyme, and pine are good companions.  Mulch with lots of pine needles (a good way to acidify the soil).  Tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins are not good companions.  Don't plant them close to blueberries.  Blueberries need bees.  Plant flowers near them that attract bees.

Bonnie
1 month ago

Matthew Nistico wrote:

Bonnie Kuhlman wrote:I have some glass lids for mason jars but can't find the tops/rings to use with them.  The regular canning rings don't have enough depth to hold the glass lid on the jar.  Here are a few on ebay, but they are difficult to find.  If anyone knows where to find these, please share.  Or maybe if they hear from enough people, the jar manufacturers will start producing them.  Thanks.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Ball-Presto-Atlas-Boyds-old-Mason-Jar-Zinc-Glass-Canning-Lids-LOT-of-11/382530069464?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D52885%26meid%3D6342d8ace0ae46c99b0f887b834c1547%26pid%3D100010%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D5%26sd%3D223120396718%26itm%3D382530069464&_trksid=p2047675.c100010.m2109

Bonnie


I am curious... are these just collector's items, or is there a special advantage to using these glass lids?  I don't immediately see the purpose, especially given that you can't use them with the normal Ball hardware (rings).  The eBay seller to whom you linked didn't explain.



They might be collectors' items, but I want them for food storage and fermenting, and for canning.  I'm an herbalist and I macerate tinctures in glass.  I don't like plastic and the metal lids also have BPA in the lining (or something similarly offensive) and they can't be used with acidic foods.  Without the rubber ring, the newer rings will barely fit, but with the rubber rings, they will not.  

Bonnie
2 months ago
Not sure where to put this, but....It's time to consider a new mattress.  I've been researching healthy mattress options and finding them VERY expensive.  The other thing I'm finding is that foam mattresses seem to be outpacing the coil/innerspring type mattresses.  

My health concern with the coiled type is that - like it or not - we have wifi.  I've been reading some articles about our EMF burden and the idea that a mattress with metal coils increases our EMF burden.  Most of the foam type are made with petrochemicals - yuk!

I'm considering a natural foam topper on top of a less expensive foam mattress so at least we wouldn't be sleeping right on top of the chemical soaked mattress.  It would give us a bit of buffer, but I'm not super happy with this option either.  We've never slept on a foam mattress before and I'm concerned about the comfort factor.  Any comments on switching from coil to foam?  Suggestions on natural bedding materials that don't cost a fortune?  I'm seeing $2500 - $3800 for low end just to avoid a mattress not filled with nasty chemicals, and that's JUST the mattress, not foundation or box springs.

These 'cleaner/organic' mattresses all come with a warranty but I'm also wondering how difficult it would be to return.  It looks like they all come packaged under pressure like a can of Pillsbury rolls; you know, where you press the seam and explosions ensue?  

Bonnie
5 months ago
We're in AZ about 40 miles north of Prescott.  Elevation is about 4500', very alkaline soil, windy, late frosts, seasonal monsoons.  We've been here about 2.5 years, still trying to figure it out.  Previous owner left us with a small orchard, large blackberry patch, and fairly good soil.  One of our biggest challenges is the late frost.  It warms up in Feb. and trees start to bud, then late frost in May kills it.  We got a fair crop off the apple trees this year.  One plum actually had about 7 fruit but the birds got them.  That was the only stone fruit that's actually set fruit.

We have a hoop house, but haven't had much success in there so far.  Thought I could overwinter some of my potted plants in there, but overnight freezes took them out.  I'm thinking I'll just use it to start seeds later.  

Bonnie
5 months ago