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Monday, October 13, 2014

It's Been Too Long

It's been ages since I last posted on my blog. I have been extremely busy over the last few months with many changes going on in our little world. I will give you a quick rundown on what has been happening here. I accepted a new job out of state. We have kept our home just moved temporarily as far west as I could have ever imagined.
I really did not plan this move it was Gods plan. We had been struggling with a work injury and a long term job loss. As anyone who has been job hunting lately you might know there are few good jobs available to be had locally in small towns. We really tried to stick it out and stay in the same area. I love our little town and our farm. I fought tooth and nail to find a job in the area but after weeks and weeks of being stubborn I realised that fighting to stay was not in our best interest. We prayed and prayed until we saw the path that God was directing us to.
The move was hard on me. I did not think I could be happy away from our family and home. But, knowing that we are serving God and following his direction has helped to put everything into perspective.
The new job we accepted is in community service to needy children. I wish I could tell you more about the job but privacy laws are strict in this nature.  I will be stopping by to check out all the blogs I have not kept up on. Please be patience with me while I catch up with all the good reading I have ahead of me.
On a side note Grandma Bonnie's Closet will be working on a Holiday Gift Guide for the month of November.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Ozeri Green Earth Pan

Disclaimer: Grandma Bonnie's Closet was not compensated for the review of this product. I received a free product in exchange for an honest opinion. The opinions in this post are my own.

I have been wanting a ceramic pan for a while now. When Ozeri ask if I would like to review the Green Earth Pan I was thrilled! I have been using the pan for three weeks now and I must say it looks just like it was on day one. No scratches, peeling or discoloration. I am so pleased to say nothing sticks to this pan. I love the safe 100% PTFE and PFOA free ceramic non-stick coating. 
The frying pan is 8 inches in diameter and has a textured bottom. The elevated texture creates air pockets which distribute heat underneath food to enhance cooking. The pan is easy to clean since food does not stick there is no scrubbing to be done. 
Before the first use the pan should be seasoned with a little bit of oil. High temperatures when cooking are not recommended. Also as with any non-stick pan you should never cut food in the pan. 
The first time I used the pan I made omelettes for the family. The nice thing about this pan is I am able to cook with very little oil. 
At this point I got so excited how well the pan was cooking I forgot to take more pictures. The omelettes turned out perfect. 
The pan comes with its own little protector pad that is good to use when storing your pans together. This will prevent scratching the ceramic coating. 
If you would like to purchase one of these little gems. Stop over to Amazon and get a Green Earth Pan by Ozeri.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Fun With Our Grandchildren and more.

We have been crazy busy this last few weeks. I have hardly had time to write any posts lately. I decided to squeeze in some time just to let all my readers know I am still out here just busy as can be.
We had some baby goats visit us a few weeks ago. They are Pygmy goats and  such sweet little animals. I would have loved to keep them but they are not milk goats so I could not keep them.

We took a short trip to visit our grandsons. They sure are growing like weeds.
 That's Little Roo. Grandma see my balloon hat! You have just got to love those big brown eyes!
Of course Pooh Bear had to join in the fun with his balloon hat and balloon animal.
Then our grandson came for a visit a few weeks later.
Pooh Bear, Little Roo and Little Bug. "Grandma we are picking you these pretty yellow flowers!"
Just too sweet don't you think? 
Then our granddaughters Pumpkin and Sweet Pea came up from New Mexico for a visit. On their way up the stopped to see Pooh Bear and Little Roo.
Next stop grandma's house. Little Bug stopped over to spend the night with his cousins. We had a happy house full. 
My granddaughters wanted to celebrate their birthday so off we went to the American Girl Doll Store.

 Pumpkin and Marie Grace in their matching nighties.
 Sweet Pea and Ruthie in their matching nighties.
At some point during all the visiting and traveling we found time to drain our Koi pond. It is still sad to think about all the koi we lost. We have since filled the pond and added 4 koi. I shall share some photos later of the new koi.
So what do you think? Have the grandchildren grown like weeds? What have you been up to lately?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Ozeri Brezza III Dual Oscillating 10" High Velocity Desk Fan

Disclaimer: Grandma Bonnie's Closet was not compensated for the review of this product. I received a free product in exchange for an honest opinion. The opinions in this post are my own.
With the heat of summer blasting away in my home I was more than a little tickled to have the opportunity to review the Ozeri Brezza Dual Oscillating Desk Fan. I am not a fan of air conditioning. We do have a couple window A/C's that we use in the living room and guest bedroom but we like to use a fan in our bedroom. I like to be cool but not cold when I sleep.  With the Ozeri Brezza III I have been able to direct our air conditioning toward our bedroom without turning our bedroom into a freezer. 
The fan comes with a remote. This remote comes in handy when the night gets cooler and I want to turn the fan off without leaving my bed. 
The fan has four air speeds. Low, Medium, High and Quiet.  
The OSC(L/R) button activates the automatic left and right oscillation.
The OSC(U/D) button activates the automatic up and down oscillation.
The fan has a programmable timer button. Just press the timer button once and repeat to set the timer to the following increments: 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours, and 4 hours.

What I like about the fan is the ability to sit the fan beside my window or A/C and direct the cool air where I want it. It will also be great to use in the winter. I will be facing the fan at the ceiling to direct warm air down and circulate it through our house. 
Then there is the dual motion feature! To maximize the distribution of airflow into a wide space, activate the up/down button while in the left/right oscillation mode for automatic dual motion oscillation. Now thats an awesome function!
Check out my video on youtube. See all the great features in action. Its less than a minute twenty five seconds long. I appreciate the views. Thanks for watching.

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I hope you all are staying cool this summer.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Goats

Disclaimer: Grandma Bonnie's Closet was not compensated for the review of this book. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest opinion. The opinions in this post are all my own.

Have you ever thought about raising goats for milk, meat or just as a pet? I have had that dream for some time now. We have been making plans to purchase two Nigerian dwarf goats. I have never raised goats before and I did not want to jump into this project without doing thorough research on the subject of raising dairy goats. While looking into all the information online I came across the book titled, "How To Raise Goats Everything You Need To Know" By Carol Amundson. I immediately begged for requested a review copy from Voyageur Press
I am so thrilled to tell you this book is very comprehensive in dealing with the subject of raising goats. The first chapter describes each type of goat and their breed. Its is important to research all the available breeds and their types so you might be able to choose the best goat breed for your needs. I myself am interested in a small dairy goat. I have no need for a meat goat. I am not interested in fiber goats. I just want goats for their milk. Well maybe also their pet qualities. The book has helped me decide what my needs are and made it easy for me to choose the best breed for my situation. So, after choosing a breed of goat the chapter goes on to give a quick peek into the physical and behavioral view of goats in general. There are several charts included on the parts of a goat. And also a chart on body condition scoring. 
This will come in useful when I inspect my goats for purchase. Its nice to know I won't just be picking a goat because of its pretty coat or striking blue eyes. Knowing a little about what a good body condition is and what to watch out for is very important when purchasing a goat. Next, in chapter two I read about preparing your goat farm. The topics included animal diseases, management systems, dead animal disposal, auctions, breeders, acquiring your goats, housing, fencing and much more.
Chapter three Breeding Your Goats was fascinating. I am looking forward to having some kids and the fresh milk resulting from their birth. Very exciting indeed. There is so much more great goat information in this book. From milking a goat, handling goats milk, meat goats, fiber from fiber goats, goats as pets and even showing goats. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to start raising goats on their own.

When we do purchase our very own goats we will be one step closer to living the sustainable lifestyle we are working tward. 
Have you ever raised goats? What type of goat would you be interested in owning? 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Encyclopedia Of Country Living

Disclaimer: Grandma Bonnie's Closet was not compensated for the review of this book. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest opinion. The opinions in this post are all my own.

Being on a mission to turn our family into a sustainable homestead that is earth friendly and  Eco-conscious I have been looking for suitable educational resources to help us on our journey. When I came across a description of the book "The Encyclopedia Of Country Living" I knew it would be a wonderful resource to learn from. 
Thanks to Sasquatch books for allowing Grandma Bonnie's Closet to review "The Encyclopedia Of Country Living" By  Carla Emery. 
I have been reading and reading and did not want to put this book down. I can hardly describe my fascination with this book. The day I received the copy in the mail I sat down with the intention to flip through a few pages and get a feel for the organization of the book. That was a mistake because I could not put the book down. I forgot to make dinner. My husband, (poor dear) came home to no dinner. I scarcely looked up from my book to apologize for not fixing dinner. I did eventually pull myself away from the magnetic pages of the book and fixed us a fresh green salad for our late dinner. I then promised my husband I would limit my reading to one section at a time while I finish this book. 
Here is just a little about "The Encyclopedia Of Country Living" to give you an idea of the contents included in this book. 
The book contains over 1 million words and is 928 pages long. It is divided into 11 chapters, organized into 125 sections, with over 500 topics covered. It contains over 2000 recipes and 1,500 mail-order sources. 
There are so many interesting topics in this book it is hard to choose which information I want to share with you. I will share with you just a few of the many topics I want to study and learn more about from this book. From the first chapter Oddments, I am very fascinated in "Making an Ice Cave". I think it would be very useful to be able to keep ice in the case of a grid down situation. Another skill I would like to try my hand at is "Building a Mud Oven", It starts out by saying, "If you have clay soil this is a natural. Start by building a dome-shaped frame of willow branches and sticks about 2 feet wide and 3 feet long. Cover your branch canopy..." (You will have to read the book to get the rest of the directions on this DIY project.)
The Mud Oven is a project that I am going to start working on as I have an entire back yard of clay! I will share it with you when I am finished. 
Chapter 2, Introduction to Plants is fairly comprehensive. If its about plants, made of plants or useful for plants you can find it in this section. From DIY cleaning products, planning a garden, seed saving, seed storage, vegetable propagation, root cutting , resources for seed catalogs, greenhouse design and so much more I can't possibly list every topic in this chapter. So, let us just skip to Chapter 7 Food Preservation. From drying, canning, root cellars and making vinegar this is a very interesting look into food preservation. Probably the most important section to read in this chapter is the Twelve Life-Saving Canning Rules. Keep in mind I am a canning enthusiast so the canning rules are very important to me. 
I will have to skip the sections on animals, livestock, building a barn, growing your own coffee and more, but I do believe you have got a good idea on the contents of this book. 
What I like about this book is that the instructions and explanations are clearly written. The illustrations, charts, and resources are clear and easy to understand. 
 The Encyclopedia Of Country living is definitely a book I think everyone should own. No matter where you live you will find some very useful information that may just come in handy someday. Well, off I go with a glass of lemonade to enjoy another chapter in this fascinating book.