Who’s Gabbing and Who’s Gushing

Good Customer Service & Tomato-Basil Jam

Posted on September 30, 2014 by Sylvia Jacobus, Sister #5389

Wow! Whatever happened to that-good customer service? I won't bore you with horrible details, but being a webmistress for over 10 years, I'm used to dealing with server companies and getting pretty decent service. Making a simple transfer of administrators set off a really bad chain of events that the server company refused to correct. As a result, all websites held on their server are now being transferred to another company. I made multiple attempts to ask for help. I kept being told the same excuse. Some policies really need some updating and change. This is a competitive world so you would think that the policy of "the customer is always right" would be in place. Sorry for these folks, it sure isn't. They made an error which cost me and another tech a lot of hours and work.
Oh, and I do this for free! I volunteer my services which normally cost a few hundred bucks so that several organizations I treasure get website building and maintenance. Now moving....ARGH!

Those of you who run small or large businesses should really consider the old standby, let the customer be happy. From what I was lead to believe since childhood, it's what runs the economy.

OK, I'm off my soapbox now. Back to canning! ... Read more →

Broken-down Barn

Posted on September 30, 2014 by MaryBeth Schwartz, Sister #46

This old barn is just down the road--well on the same road only around the corner from my house ... Read more →

Fiber Fair and Market Wrap-up

Posted on September 30, 2014 by Katrina Tylee, Sister #3214

I made it! Through the market season that is. Whew! That is the second summer season under my belt now. I also have one winter market season down. I’m not doing a full winter season this year. With running the summer market I haven’t been able to keep up with my spinning or teach like I would like to so I am only doing the two markets in December. This way I might be able to catch up on some fiber processing, some spinning, and some teaching.

So where are we? Fiber Fair ... Read more →

Garden Bounty ~ Week Ending 9/27/14

Posted on September 30, 2014 by Rosemarie Thompson, Sister #6055

I didn’t harvest as much this past week as I’ve been used to. Between my plants acclimating to the cooler temperatures (flowers everywhere! fruit coming!) and the rain/drizzle most of the week, I had only enough to harvest everything in one day. I reaped a one-pound pumpkin, 5 ounces of raspberries (most of the ripe ones ended up on the ground from the heavy downpours), a 5 ounce tomato (yeah for more tomatoes!), and 2.5 pounds of peppers.

Identification of produce in the pictures begins at the top and moves clockwise.

HARVEST SEPTEMBER 26 ... Read more →

Layout Discovery

Posted on September 30, 2014 by Sarah Daniels, Sister #5076

After my pieces were slashed and diced, I started to put pieces up on my design board, just trying different things out. When I originally got inspired to slash my pieces up, I thought I was going to end up with this super modern quilt with off-kilter piecing, and large blocks of color. As I played around with the pieces though, I thought of how I had seen a cheater way of making a drunkard's path using quartered circles, so I tried it out. This is what I got ... Read more →

Night time talks

Posted on September 29, 2014 by Stephanie Smith, Sister #3023

Josephine and I like to lie in bed and talk in the evening. We talk about our favorite part of the day, and our not so favorite part of the day. We talk about family, about God, about friends, and about how beautiful our little life is. Tonight I asked her what she wanted to be when she grows up.She told me she wants to be a daddy. My first instinct was to explain to her that boys are daddies, girls can be mommies. Instead, I asked her why she wants to be a daddy ... Read more →

Dried Plums : To Crack or Not to Crack

Posted on September 29, 2014 by Megan McIntyre, Sister #5220

Crack, definitely crack (it’s not whack) your plums before placing them in the dehydrator. But first, please accept the fact that dried plums are not prunes. They are amazing; no weird texture or strong taste. Drying is an excellent way to preserve a bumper crop of plums for the long winter months. Sweet bites!

What is cracking? Basically, blanching but also known as checking. The intention is to break down the touch skins with a waxy-like coating to make for faster dehydration. Cracking is achieved by ... Read more →

A Week in Farm Photos September 21th - 27th on Location at Moss Mountain Farm

Posted on September 29, 2014 by Lisa Steele, Sister #4039

I am sorry I missed posting my weekly farm photos this past Saturday. I was at Moss Mountain Farm outside of Little Rock for a couple of days last week giving a workshop on natural chicken keeping at the bi-annual Poultry Workshop, so I thought instead of photos of our farm, I would share some photos of P. Allen Smith's beautiful farm and chickens. I had some time after the workshop to stroll around the gardens and farm taking photos. Enjoy! ... Read more →