Monthly Archives: January 2012

Mushroom update: first harvest!

It has been a week since I posted an update on the mushroom experiment and I have already eaten my first oyster mushrooms!  These things really grow fast.  Once the mushroom buttons appear on the substrate, the mushrooms really grow quickly … Continue reading

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It’s simple but it ain’t always easy

I want all you readers out there to know that I will always be honest and share both the good and the bad with you.  I really like not having a car payment.  I haven’t had one for a number … Continue reading

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Amazing yields in a small space: raised bed gardening

You really can grow an abundance of food in a relatively small area using raised bed gardens.  Raised beds are exactly what the name says, garden beds that are raised above the ground around them.  The beds can be constructed … Continue reading

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Mushroom experiment update

I am conducting an experiment in growing mushrooms.  I ordered a kit for growing oyster mushrooms and one for growing shitake mushrooms.  I started the oyster mushrooms 6 days ago and they are already starting to produce some mushrooms. You … Continue reading

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Impress your guests with this flank steak

I have a house full of people over for the Ravens/Patriots game today.  Each family brought a side dish or dessert and we provided the meat.  By popular request, I grilled up some flank steaks.  As you can see by … Continue reading

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The great mushroom experiment

I have been interested in mushrooms for years.  I love them and eat them frequently.  I’ve thought about growing them many times over the years, but haven’t really gotten very far with it until recently.  Last week I decided to … Continue reading

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The Great Depression: Part 3: why this matters today

We’ve examined experiences from different people during the Great Depression.  Now let’s look at why those experiences were different and what’s really important – why this matters to us today. In the first installment of this series we saw the … Continue reading

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Was the Great Depression really that bad? Part 2: what depression?

In the previous post I talked about the Great Depression from the perspective of my grandfather, who was a teenager in a sharecropping family.  Now we’ll look at it from a different perspective. When my parents married and moved to the … Continue reading

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Was the Great Depression really that bad? Part 1: it really was bad!

I don’t remember ever having a conversation with my grandfather where he didn’t tell me at least once how bad the Great Depression was.  He was just entering his teenage years as the Depression hit and he remembered it well. … Continue reading

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How to get your kids to eat their broccoli

Maybe I can tell you how to get your kids to eat their broccoli.  At least I can tell you the story of how I got mine to eat it.  Hopefully my method will work for your too. When my … Continue reading

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