Ways to Stress LESS this Holiday

Ways to Stress Less this Holiday: BrownThumbMama.com

Raise your hand if you’re feeling frazzled this month. *Peers out of computer screen and sees all hands raised* Yep, just as I suspected. At this time of year, we’re supposed to be joyful and festive. But the pressures of family, gloomy weather, and too many social events can turn… 

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How to Dry Jalapeno Peppers

How to Dry Jalapeno Peppers: BrownThumbMama.com

Let’s say–hypothetically speaking, of course–that you left your jalapeño peppers on the plant until they turned red and ripe. And you’d already put all your canning stuff away for the season. Hypothetically, of course. What’s a girl to do with a big bowl of peppers? Dehydrate them, of course! First,… 

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Perfect Gifts for a “Little House” Fan

Perfect Gifts for a Little House on the Prairie Fan: BrownThumbMama.com

“Once upon a time, sixty years ago, a little girl lived in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, in a little gray house made of logs.” I opened that first book, Little House in the Big Woods, when I was 8 years old and instantly fell in love. The stories of… 

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Make Caramel Corn Without Corn Syrup

Caramel corn without corn syrup: BrownThumbMama.com

Hubby is happy to report that this recipe took a bit of trial and error on my part. He was gracious enough to test all of my efforts, which went something like the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears: I made caramel on the stove top and poured it… 

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Why I Threw My Essential Oils Away

Why I Threw my Essential Oils Away: BrownThumbMama.com

Yes I did. I threw all of those essential oils in the trash. Have I lost my mind? Given up on natural health and cleaning? Abandoned my thrifty lifestyle? No, no, and no. So why did I do it? The best way for me to explain is with this comparison…. 

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Worms Eat My Lunch!

Worm Composting: BrownThumbMama.com

Does anybody remember the camp song, “Dirt Made My Lunch”? Dirt made my lunch, Dirt made my lunch. Thank you Dirt, thanks a bunch, For my salad, my sandwich My milk and my munch ’cause Dirt, you made my lunch. That’s what this reminds me of. Worms eat my lunch,… 

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