CCC and State Parks – Explore!

Growing up very close to Cheaha Mountain there were plenty of CC roads to explore. I never really put it together until a few years ago on what exactly these dirt roads were and how they were created. Not sure what a CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) State Park is either? Alabama has a few, so check them out. Your great grandfather may have worked at the CCC camps.
More to come about our trip we took over the weekend. In the mean time brush up on just what the CCC was during its time.

Happy 13th Year Blog Birthday!

It’s an unofficial blog birthday! My blog has actually reached it’s teenage years! I actually started blogging in 1999, however something happened with my self hosted webpage and I lost everything from 1999 until June 2000. In 2001 I discovered b2 and everything changed! b2 -A classy news/weblog tool (aka logware). No more static webpages that seemed to run on forever. It’s hard to believe that when I started ‘blogging’ it was such a new thing. It was even more impressive to myself that I setup and installed my own blogging software. All I needed was a hosting environment, a database and PHP. It’s amazing how far blogs/weblogs have come! Anyone can set up a blog and be blogging in no time!

Homemade Mustard

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Overnight soak 1/2 cup mustard seeds 1/2 cup dry white wine, 1/4 cup water and 3 tablespoons Apple cider vinegar.  Stay tuned for additional info added to this post tomorrow.

Update: Next morning mix all of the following in a food processor.
Seed mixture from yesterday, 4 teaspoons honey or maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, a pinch of salt and some ground pepper. Blend until fully processed.
image Place finished product in a hot and sterile jar. Keeps in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.
This mustard is quite spicy and I believe more original than the yellow stuff we buy at the store. I’ll keep looking through my old cookbooks and see what else I can find for us to recreate.

Enjoy!

Solar Powered Clothes Dryer

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Let’s try a little test to see how much my electric bill goes down.  The trick will be dealing with all the rain we’ve been getting here lately.  I found this clothes dryer at Dirt Cheap for only $7 which to me seems like a deal.  I added a umbrella stand so that we don’t have to cement it into the ground.  Plus now it’s portable and I can move it to the porch if it rains.  35 years ago this was the only kind of clothes dryer that I had.  Money was tight and I was young so I had to save every way that I could.  Drying clothes in the winter was fun especially if it went below freezing during the day.

Staystay tuned for a monthly savings update.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions Answered

Someone asked me about this picture from my blog header.

http://www.isaacs.ie/

Isaacs Hostel Dublin! A great place to stay! We loved it!

So to answer the easiest thing would be to refer them to this post from last summer. The picture is of Isaacs Hostel in Dublin.  We stayed there during our trip to Ireland.  You can read about it here:  Ireland  and More Ireland

Never say you are too old to stay in a hostel!  Do your research, read reviews, search Google for blogs that talk about where you want to stay, and then contact them directly with any questions you have!

 

 

Snapshot Stories – Hohenwerfen Castle

Hohenwerfen Castle - 40 km south of Salzburg - in the Berchtesgaden Alps

Hohenwerfen Castle – 40 km south of Salzburg. In the Berchtesgaden Alps

Snapshot Stories – Open the first photo album you can find — real or virtual, your call — and stop at the first picture of yourself you see there . Tell us the story of that photo.

Several years ago I took a leap of faith and traveled to Italy to visit a friend while I was on spring break. While I was visiting we did a little sightseeing and decided to drive from Aviano Italy to Munich Germany. I could not believe all the castles and ruins that we saw along the way. I’d like to go back one day and take my husband with me. This was my first international trip all by myself. Since then we’ve traveled to Ireland…no more putting things off, waiting till later or the when the ‘time is right’. We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow so go for it today!

Inspired by Snapshot Stories