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When Lightning Strikes

We had an average thunderstorm in Nebraska last night.  A little lightning.  A little thunder. When we awoke, there was a larger-than-normal tree branch on the ground.


We figured it was a wind incident.  As it turns out, lightning had visited.
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How Do You Make Garlic Bread?


Garlic bread is an indulgent treat; the best kinds are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.  With the perfect seasoning, it's also the best way to finish off a homemade spaghetti dinner!

We have been making our own garlic bread the frugal way, using only leftover hot dog and hamburger buns.  It's easy and costs almost nothing!
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DIY Summer Hair Cuts!

It's the time of year when we shed our winter locks and get shaved for the summer (the boys, anyway.)  Here is Moses, the last of the kids to allow me to give him a trim.  We have faithfully used the Wahl Color-Coded clippers on the hubby and kids for over 9 years.  It's easy, and when we get done clipping, we put the hair outside for the birds to make nests with!

Here's Moses before (note that he was getting so shaggy he couldn't comb it by himself):


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Creative Ways to Play on the Farm

My kids are little inventors.  

They have toys, but, unless they are open-ended (LEGOS, for example), they won't give most toys their attention.

They are builders, too; a scrap wood pile, some hammer, and nails will keep them busy for weeks -- not just days.

 They also love adventure; give them some non-functioning lawn tractor or even a steel barrel... well, you get the picture:






I already know that this summer will be a blast, if not also dirty and full of calls for band aids.  How do your kids play in the great outdoors?
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Country Recipe: Potato Balls (our version of Crochette di patate)


As we promised, I'll be sharing some of the recipes we have tried around here, especially those that help to use up items we seem to be overloaded on (namely, eggs, stale bread, and garden stuffs.)  Today, I attempted a countrified version of the Italian Crochette di patate (see an excellent recipe for that at Scordo.com) that we lovingly call "Potato Balls."

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Welcome to Spring, 2012...


"Where have you been?" you may be asking... Well, we took a few months off of the blog to get ourselves back into gear after the Big Flood of 2011.  We still don't have all of our furniture back in the house, but we are well on our way to preparing for spring.

In fact, we just turned on our furnace a few weeks ago, and we were suddenly hit with 80 degree temps!  Is spring here already?  Possibly, if these photos of the past two days tell you anything:
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An Alternative to Traditional Freelance Work

(This guy might be happier working from home.)
I know that many of you freelancers are doing very well with your business, and that's great!  If you're looking for a little extra cash, however, you may consider doing something a bit different.  The good news is that there are plenty of work-at-home call center jobs available for companies within the U.S.