An Experimental Deer Fence

Now that we’re planting the herb bed, we need a way to keep the deer out of it. My father-in-law (affectionately known as Pa Kettle) is a country farmer from way back, and he’s tried nearly everything to prevent deer from ravaging his garden. Mothballs, garden spray with hot pepper, smelly plants like marigolds; you name it, he tried it. He hung bags of (humanely collected!) human hair on stakes throughout the garden, and did the same with bars of Irish Spring soap.

Each of these methods works for awhile, the deer acclimate to it, and then it’s no longer effective. He currently has an 8′ tall, wire fence around the garden which seems to prevent most break-ins.

Just look at those wee, little seedlings, will you?! I’m like a kid at Christmas!

Our neighbors paid $500 to have an electric fence installed around their large garden, and we’ve watched the deer leap right over it as gracefully as ballerinas. The little, tick-ridden acrobats.

Because this garden is in our front yard, I need a fence that is reasonably attractive. Or, at least not ugly. I read about a fishing line deer fence and decided to give it a shot. It’s easy to install, low maintenance and a minimal investment.

Materials:

  • T-Posts, or other fence posts – we needed 10 – Cost: $70
  • 1 spool of 30 lb. fishing line – Cost: $2
  • 1 Sturdy Gate Post – we used rebar
  • PVC Pipe – two pieces, cut to 18″, use the correct diameter for your gate post
  • O-ring, Rope or another contraption to use for the gate latch
  • Shovel or Post Hole Digger

We dug the post holes about 5′ from the edge of the bed. This leaves a wide path to maneuver a wheel barrow or push mower inside the fence. It’s far enough back that if deer manage to poke their nosy, little heads under the fence, they still can’t reach my herbs.

T-Posts are easy to install. The process goes like this: dig, level, fill, move on, dig, level, fill, move on, dig, level, fill, move on. Repeat until you can’t stand to look at another fence post, ever again. Burying the metal flange just below the surface stabilizes the post.

Once the posts are up, it’s time to wrap them with fishing line. Leaving the gate section completely open, I worked my way back and forth, wrapping the perimeter using one continuous piece of line. I might come back and hit the knots and hooks with a little E-6000 if the line doesn’t stay in place, but for now it’s holding.

The gate post is made from a piece of rebar. If this works well, I’ll paint it to match the T-posts. We tied fishing line from the post to the right of the gate and straight over to the rebar. The rebar recesses into the PVC pipe and it holds the gate in place.

To secure the top of the gate, slide an O-ring or loop of rope down over the top of the T-post and rebar post. I didn’t want to put downward pressure on the fishing line, so I looped a hair elastic through a hole in the T-post and attached a carabiner to it. The carabiner slides over the rebar to hold it in place.

When we want to open the gate we simply lift the rebar out of the pvc, walk it over to a second piece of pvc that we sunk into the ground to the right of the gate. This holds it upright until we’re ready to close the gate again.

We’re hopeful that this experiment works and we don’t have to resort to using guard dogs and explosives. (I’m kidding about the explosives. Mostly.) I’ll keep you posted.

Gate open.
Gate closed.

To read the post that inspired this project, go here:
http://blog.seedsavers.org/blog/deerfence

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Real Food Meal Prep for Week of 5.19.2019

This week’s menu has several recipes with the flavors of restaurant meals, plus the added benefit of knowing (and controlling) what’s in our food.

Breakfast:
Keto Sausage, Egg and Cheese Biscuits – Prep these on Sunday and you won’t need the drive-thru for breakfast. These are nutrient dense and very filling.
https://www.wholesomeyum.com/recipes/paleo-almond-flour-biscuits-low-carb-gluten-free/
I baked the sausage patties in the oven and used this genius method for the eggs. While slicing the biscuits with a bread knife, use a sawing motion without applying pressure. Let the knife do the work, so the biscuits don’t crumble.

Lunch:
Paleo Egg Roll in a Bowl – Edible dianthus is entirely optional, but it’s pretty!
https://ancestral-nutrition.com/paleo-egg-roll-bowl/

Dinner:
Cheeseburger Salad – I know this sounds weird, but we eat warm meat over lettuce and call it taco salad, right? This is the same idea, just with the flavors of a cheeseburger. And guess what? We like it!
https://www.facebook.com/cleanfoodcrush/posts/2369352406632167

Low Carb General Tso’s Chicken – New Recipe!
https://www.noshtastic.com/low-carb-general-tsos-chicken/

Lemony Avocado and Tomato Tuna Salad – So refreshing! I subbed in cucumber because my avocado wasn’t ripe, and used tuna packed in olive oil, omitting the 2 T. of olive oil in the recipe.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/eat-clean-lemony-avocado-tuna-salad/

Best Ever Broccoli Salad
https://thestonesoup.com/blog/2018/11/20/best-ever-broccoli-salad/

Sukuma Wiki – So good! I double the collard greens in this dish.
https://thedomesticman.com/2013/07/02/sukuma-wiki-kenyan-braised-collard-greens-and-ground-beef/

Keto Snacks: Celery and Peanut Butter, Walnuts, Almonds, Cucumber Slices, Pimento Cheese, Boiled Eggs

Bacon Guacamole Deviled Eggs – Take some help from the grocery store and use a clean pre-made guacamole. Serve these right away.
https://laurenrabadi.com/2019/05/05/bacon-guacamole-deviled-eggs/

All the delicious carbs for Hubby: Bananas, Oranges, Watermelon, Tiny but Mighty Popcorn

Treat:
Peppermint Fat Bombs – I made a double batch using 1 tsp. of peppermint extract and 1 tsp. of honey for the sweetener. Divided by 30, the honey adds less than 1 gram of carbs per fat bomb. Adjust to your tastes.
https://www.ditchthecarbs.com/peppermint-fat-bombs/

Happy Monday! Have a great week!

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Decorating the Hoosier for Summer

Even though it’s still spring, it will feel like summer this weekend with highs in the upper 80’s. I’m so excited because I love all things summer: long days, wearing flip-flops, garden produce, campfires and going to the beach!

I’m getting a jump on summer decor, starting with the Hoosier cabinet. Having red, white and blue as my color scheme, I’ll leave this up from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Of course, the star represents the Star City; and the thermoses are vintage, picnic fun!

Some of these pieces are a nod to my Minnesota childhood. The birch bark canoe is a reminder of summers spent paddling on the lake. The dala horses and the Lisa Larson figurine were gifts to our family from a Swedish exchange student.

I’ve had these metal sand pails for years now. My mother-in-law loved Mary Engelbreit and beach vacations, so these bring back memories of her.

This little guy was part of a Children of the World project that Larson produced for UNICEF. I love his sweet face and little “innie” belly button! He has the cutest bubble butt too, but I’ll try not to embarrass him here.

I’ve collected vintage linens for quite some time. Many of these are gifts from my sister-in-law who started my collection almost 25 years ago.

A little life advice from the Father of His Country. I found this little goodie at a thrift store; and I love the script calligraphy.

The Lone Star State tablecloth was a gift from my Grandpa to his mother when he was working in Texas.

Do you see the navy saucer peeking out from the red bowl? It belonged to my Hoosier Grandma. The California cloth is in memory of my Grandparents; and with love to all my family in the Golden State. The tablecloth is a new piece made to look like vintage, state map hankies.

I’m enjoying the irony of featuring beautiful, English dishes in my celebration of independence from British rule. Which reminds me of the time when my husband wore his Union Jack hoodie to watch the fireworks on July 4th!

The Fiestaware here is a mixture of old and new pieces. The large, navy bowl was my Grandma’s as well; she used her Fiesta everyday.

I usually keep the Hoosier doors open, but here you can see the design on them. I think the hinges and latch are so cool. She’s pretty even when closed!

This cabinet is chock full of sentimental pieces that to an outsider might look a bit like a yard sale! Nearly everything else is gifted, thrifted or from the flea market.

I hope this inspires you to use your well-loved pieces in new and unusual combinations! If you need a few tips for displaying your collectibles, see my Spring Hoosier post.

Bring on summer! I’m ready!

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Plant Marking – Gardening Tips

We’ve got just over an acre and a half here at Arthurized Home. About 1/3 of that land is wooded. The property was very overgrown when we bought it 15 years ago, and some areas (okay, most areas) still need a good clean-out. Along the way we’ve discovered surprises hidden in the woods, a Nikko Blue hydrangea, Annabelle hydrangeas and Bridal Veil to name a few. We don’t want to go in and clear it without a plan.

Nikko Blue Hydrangea

This year, as our plants bud and bloom, we’re flagging everything we want to spare from the loppers. We’ll be able to identify and prune them at the proper time in their growth cycle.

Annabelle Hydrangea found growing in the woods. We transplanted it by the house.
It’s more convenient for the deer to mow it down out here in the open.

Materials needed:

  • Flagging tape – Don’t be concerned by the word “tape”, this product has no adhesive. Find it at a home improvement or hardware store. Cost: $4
  • Permanent Marker
  • Scissors

I chose obnoxious, neon tape. Although difficult to photograph, (who knew?) it will be easy to spot in the woods later in the growing season.
Also, because pink is the best color.

Cut 12” – 18” sections of flagging tape and write the name of the plant on one end.

Fold the tape in half and double the loop over a sturdy branch and pull the ends through.

There’s no need to label every piece of tape. Hang blanks on plants that you’ve already identified. Later on, you can compare leaves if you’re unsure of the type of plant. Make sure that you place the tape so you can easily spot it when you return to prune the plant or trim back its overgrown neighbors.

This fall, I want to plant hyacinth and crocus in front of my daffodils. But, because they die back every year, I won’t know exactly where to plant without marking it. I placed a circle of rocks around each clump of daffys and I’ll know to plant in front of the rocks later in the year.

I hope these simple tips are helpful to you. Happy gardening!

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Amending Garden Soil

Judging by the heavy, clay soil and the copious amounts of debris here, this area of our property has never been gardened. Our first job is to improve the soil by adding rich, new garden soil and compost.

Materials List:

  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow or heavy, plastic tarp
  • Gloves – I prefer leather gloves for this job
  • Strong Back
  • Soil Amendments (depending on your garden’s needs – new garden soil, compost, manure, sand, peat, etc.)

Here’s how to amend the soil:
Dig the first row about 12″ deep (or the depth of a shovel head), and place the soil in a wheel barrow, or on a heavy, plastic tarp. Pour the soil amendments down into the row.

As you dig the second row, shovel the soil from row two over row one and mix it in. You’ve just finished amending row one.

Now, pour soil amendments along your newly dug row two.

Row Three: Dig and place soil amendments over row two, mixing as you did before.

Rows 4 – Last: Repeat the above process until you reach the final garden row. Once you have added the amendments to the last row, pour the soil from row one on top and mix it in.

Rake the bed smooth and pick up any rocks or clumps of soil. Your garden is ready for planting!

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Real Food Meal Prep for Week of 5.12.2019

We’re up to our eyeballs in home and garden projects this week, so we’re keeping meal prep easy. I’m commiting to keto for two months and I’ll reassess after that. I’m still not comfortable with copious amounts of dairy and sweeteners ending in “itol”, so I’ve decided to go light on the dairy and use maple syrup sparingly as long as I can achieve and maintain ketosis. Fingers crossed for no keto flu!

Breakfast:
Almond Flour Pancakes with Chocolate Chips – I left out the stevia, but added one tsp. each of vanilla and maple syrup. The maple syrup adds about .5 g of carbs to each pancake. These would be amazing with homemade whipped cream and fresh strawberries on top. I’d also like to try mixing cocoa powder into the batter for a double chocolate variation. Maybe next time? These freeze well with a piece of parchment paper between them.
https://joyfilledeats.com/almond-flour-pancakes/


We used Lily’s chocolate chips in the pancakes and the mocha ice bombs.

Lunch:
Cauliflower Pizza – I’ve been substituting milled flaxseed for the psyllium husks and it works great.
https://thestonesoup.com/blog/2016/09/27/cauliflower-pizza/

My husband made our version of Mellow Mushroom’s Mighty Meaty Pizza
on a cauliflower crust. It was fantastic!

Dinner:
Garlic Butter Turkey Meatballs with Lemon Zucchini Noodles – New Recipe!
https://www.eatwell101.com/garlic-butter-meatballs-with-lemon-zucchini-noodles

Grilled Chicken Skewers with Homemade Tzatziki and Greek Salad
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/grilled-chicken-skewers-homemade-tzatziki/
https://www.spendwithpennies.com/greek-salad/

Keto Stuffed Bell Peppers – Make a double batch of the filling, freeze half, and you have a quick and easy dinner just minutes away.
https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/stuffed-peppers-with-ground-beef-and-cheese

Breakfast for Dinner – Skinny Buns Egg Sandwiches – New Recipe!
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-eating-skinny-bun-egg-sandwich/

Chicken Bacon Skillet – Hubs can eat the carrots.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-eating-skinny-bun-egg-sandwich/

Low Carb Snacks:
Boiled Eggs, Almonds, Celery and Pimento Cheese, Cucumbers, Cheese Cubes
I usually make a 1/2 batch of the pimento cheese.
https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/09/sauced-pimento-cheese-recipe.html

Fruit for hubby: Bananas, Apples, Watermelon

Treat:
Mocha Ice Bombs – New Recipe!
My ice bombs are based off of the linked recipe, ’cause I can’t metric! Makes approximately 18, one inch bombs.
8 oz. softened, full fat cream cheese
1 tsp. maple syrup
3 T. cocoa powder
2 1/2 T. strong coffee, chilled
Chocolate coating:
1/2 c. Lily’s chocolate chips
1 T. coconut oil
Using a hand mixer, mix the above ingredients until smooth. Freeze in the mixing bowl for 10-15 minutes or until firm enough to scoop. Scoop the bombs onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, using a 1″ cookie scoop. Freeze the ice bombs for 20-30 minutes or until they release from the parchment easily. While the ice bombs are still in the freezer, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a double boiler. Working quickly, drop the ice bombs one by one into the melted chocolate and transfer them back to the paper lined cookie sheet. Freeze until the chocolate is set. Store in an air-tight container in the freezer. These are about 3.5 grams of net carbs each with the chocolate coating. Let these sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving.
https://www.ditchthecarbs.com/mocha-ice-bombs/

Have a great week, everyone! I’m off to enjoy some pancakes.

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Hiking The Sunrise Carriage Trail in Charleston, WV

I’m just gonna come right out and say it. I love this trail because it is more about history and scenic views than serious hiking. We’ve already established that I’m not a hiker. Carriage Trail (as the locals call it) is an urban stroll along the old drive to Sunrise; the mansion home of West Virginia’s 9th Governor, William A. MacCorkle.

Don’t expect a typical rocky, rooty, woodland trail. This 1.3 mile out and back is a wide, gravel drive bordered by impressive stonework, beautiful plantings and lush woods. There are several places to rest, and interesting, historical monuments along the way. With just over 200′ of elevation gain/loss it’s a fairly easy hike, and makes an enjoyable, family outing.

In the second year of the Civil War two women convicted as spies by drum head court martial, were brought to this spot, shot, and here buried. In 1905, when building this road to Sunrise, their remains were disinterred and re-buried opposite this stone. W.A.M.

We parked at the lot by the Kanawha River and began our ascent to Sunrise. The sounds of the city mostly died away as we walked further into the woods. Well behaved dogs on a leash are welcome here and we explored with our local guides, my sister-in-law, Wanda, and her adorable dog, Alice.

Some online reviews of Carriage Trail said that it gets very crowded, but we only saw a few people on the trail. Workers in downtown Charleston could hike this on their lunch break. I can imagine this trail is popular with locals because it is short and picturesque with convenient parking just below Bridge Road.

Governor MacCorkle was injured in an auto accident along with his 35 year old daughter, Isabelle, who died from her injuries. He erected this memorial to her. A few years later, MacCorkle died of pneumonia. His ashes were buried at Sunrise and then later moved to a cemetery across the Kanawha River.

At the top of the trail, we found ourselves in a beautiful neighborhood of older homes, with Sunrise mansion on a bluff overlooking the city. Sunrise is privately owned and not open to the public, but you can stroll the grounds and get a sense of the property’s grandeur.

This is the rear entrance of Sunrise, the ‘back porch’ if you will! The front of the mansion overlooks downtown Charleston with sweeping views of the city.

Governor MacCorkle collected some of the stones for Sunrise during his travels and they are engraved with their place of origin. He named Sunrise after his boyhood home in Rockbridge County, VA; so you know we had to find the Virginia stone!

This trail has something for everyone: history, wildlife, natural beauty and even a ghost story if you’re up for that!

We loved our time on Carriage Trail and highly recommend it. It’s fairly convenient to I-77, I-64 and other major routes through Charleston. If you are just traveling through the area, stop nearby for a bite to eat (we recommend The Market or Lola’s on Bridge Road), visit the trail and recharge a little. Or stay, and explore all that Charleston has to offer.

For more on Sunrise Mansion and The Carriage Trail:
http://www.nrtdatabase.org/trailDocuments/3793_65_Brochureelectronicversionwithcolorphoto.pdf

This is not a sponsored post. I’m simply linking to businesses that I have visited and enjoyed. They’ve been Arthurized, and I hope you will like them too.

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Digging a New Garden Bed – A Literal Bed of Nails

Now with BONUS crazy story!

I’m so excited because we’re finally creating an herb garden! I’ve wanted one for years but the few sunny areas of our yard are out of sight and mostly out of mind. Recently, a wind storm took down a pear tree near our house, opening up the perfect place to grow herbs.

RIP, pear tree. You were a good climber, from what I hear.

First, we determined the size and shape of the bed. I wanted an interesting shape because this bed is smack-dab in the middle of our front yard. At the center of the bed I stuck a weeding tool into the ground and tied a string to the handle. I marked the string at 8.5′ and used that as my guide to spray paint the perimeter line. (This is my very unscientific method, and I’m purposely avoiding using words like radius and circumference here. I have to trick the right side of my brain into participating in math and science.)

Anywho, then we got to diggin’. Closely following the painted line, we dug a very deep border edge (8″ – 10″) and transferred that sod into a wheelbarrow.

Resisting the temptation to turn or till it under, we removed the sod layer entirely. This layer is full of seeds (grass and weeds, in our case) and they will sprout in the garden bed. We could have moved it to our compost piles, or filled a few low spots in the yard, but we chose to create a small berm instead, and we’ll have to aggressively weed it going forward.

Dig, remove sod, repeat. Dig, remove sod, repeat. Go to bed. Get up and do it all over again. You can see the berm taking shape in the back of the picture below.

Now that we’ve cleared away all of the sod, we’re ready to begin amending the soil. But for now, it’s time to stand back and admire our handsome new garden bed.

Crazy Story Time:
Soon after we bought this house we noticed that whenever it rained, shards of broken glass and tile would work their way to the surface of the lawn. That discovery was quickly followed by a “no bare feet outside” rule. The debris that has surfaced since then seems to have no end.

Broken tile

Almost with the first shovelful of soil that we turned over in this bed, we began picking up rusty nails and other debris. The first day we threw them out. The second day we started tossing them into a 5 gallon bucket just to save a few steps.

We found half a license plate, bits of wire, metal springs, screws, a Willard battery cap and beer can tabs. Not surprising, since the original owner ran a neighborhood garage from our property.

That green blob on the right is proof that balloons don’t biodegrade.
The Great Archaeological Dig of 2019

We unearthed half of a broken, plastic cup, two table knives, four glass marbles and a tiny, blue game piece. Also not surprising, because the Thompson family raised fourteen children here. I can just imagine Mrs. Thompson raising Cain as her utensils slowly disappeared from her kitchen, never to be seen again!

And oh, my word! The nails that filled this bed! It’s been a week since we finished digging, and we haven’t found more nails, but I’m not deluding myself into thinking we’ve found them all.

Guess how many nails we dug up from the herb garden? Can’t imagine? Here’s a hint:

We picked up seven. hundred. and. eighty. two. rusty. nails!
782!
I would love to know what on Earth happened here, to have so many nails in the yard!

And then there is the glass! Our nieces and nephews have played on this patch of lawn forever. They’ve chased lightning bugs, played What Time is it Mr. Fox?, Tag and Toilet Tag here. They’ve scoured this area for hidden Easter eggs. This is where we have our New Year’s midnight silly string battle. Our nieces turn cartwheels here. It’s really amazing that no one has been injured by a glass shard.

I told my sister-in-law that we’d never be able to work in this bed on our hands and knees, and she suggested that we use a small bag of soft mulch as a kneeling pad. Great idea! We will certainly do that.

The best discovery of all (the only good discovery?) are these two glass bottles that my husband dug up. The larger bottle is absolutely perfect with no chips or cracks. I cannot believe that it survived undamaged, considering that we used shovels and a mattock to dig this bed! The smaller bottle has a chip on the lip, but is otherwise in good condition.

Is it just me, or does that white marble remind you of a glass eye?

So that’s your crazy story for the day, kids. Now, go update your tetanus shot!

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Real Food Meal Prep for Week of 5.5.2019

I’m inching closer to keto this week and sharing some family favorite recipes with you!

Ropa Vieja is a delicious, Cuban, shredded beef dish that I’ve made frequently over the past 18 years. My version is Americanized; I take some help from the store and use jarred salsa. If you serve it over cauliflower rice instead of white or brown rice, it’s very low carb. I love the richness of flavor that slow-roasting gives, so I use the Dutch oven. As a bonus, the house smell amazing while it cooks!

Here is this week’s menu:

Breakfast:
Blueberry Smoothie – New Recipe!
“Looks so bad, but it tastes so good.” – My husband
Y’all. I have laughed so hard over these smoothies which look NOTHING like the beautiful purple in the recipe photo. These look more like something you would serve at a Grinch party! Trust me, they are tasty, and you know you’re getting your daily dose of green goodness from the spinach. If the kids are constantly drinking your smoothie, offer them this and watch them recoil in horror! Looks can be deceiving.
https://tastythin.com/anti-inflammatory-blueberry-smoothie-paleo-keto/

Copycat Starbucks Keto Egg Bites – New Recipe!
https://laurenrabadi.com/2018/08/29/copycat-oven-baked-starbucks-keto-egg-bites/amp/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_smartloop&utm_content=smartloop&utm_term=8803022

Lunch: Ropa Vieja
My husband will have his over brown rice, I’ll have cauliflower rice.

Ropa Vieja
325° for 2 1/2 to 3 hours
3 lbs beef chuck roast
1 package (1 oz.) dry onion soup mix – or make your own like this:
https://feedingbig.com/clean-eating-onion-soup-mix.html
1 onion, chopped
1 c. red wine
3 T. coconut oil
1/2 c. salsa – look for salsa with no added sugar
1/2 c. water – optional (I almost never add this)
Garnishes: sour cream, cilantro, lime wedges and avocado

Heat oil in dutch oven, over med-high. Add beef and brown on all sides . Reduce heat, add onion and cook until soft but not browned. Add onion soup mix, wine, salsa and water (if using). Bring to a boil. Cover and place in preheated oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Check occasionally to make sure there is sufficient liquid in the pan, add more wine if necessary. Shred beef before serving. Serve over rice, or cauliflower rice for low carb. Garnish as desired.

Dinner:
Keto stuffed bell peppers with side salad
https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/stuffed-peppers-with-ground-beef-and-cheese

Guacamole Bacon Burgers on a lettuce bun – we make lettuce buns two ways:

  • Slice large rounds from the sides of a head of iceberg lettuce.
  • Stack several large leaves of romaine lettuce to make each half of a bun.

Strawberry Avocado Salad with Honey Lime Dressing
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/strawberry-avocado-salad-clean-eating/

Summer Squash Oregano – I found this recipe in Southern Living magazine years ago; and we make this all summer long. Well, as long as the squash from Pa Kettle’s garden are rolling in! Add some rolls or cloud bread, and you’ve got a nice vegetarian dinner.

Summer Squash Oregano – Serves 6 as a side dish
From Southern Living magazine
3 T. butter
1 medium yellow onion, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 small, green bell pepper, chopped
1 T. chopped, fresh oregano
3/4 lb. yellow squash, sliced
3/4 lb. zucchini, sliced
4 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 t. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 c. grated parmesan
Melt butter in a large skillet; add onion, garlic and bell pepper, and saute until tender. Stir in oregano, yellow squash and zucchini; cover and cook, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes. Stir in tomato, salt and pepper; cook uncovered until squash is tender. Spoon into a serving dish and sprinkle with cheese.

Grilled Chicken Skewers with Homemade Tzatziki and Greek Salad
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/grilled-chicken-skewers-homemade-tzatziki/
https://www.spendwithpennies.com/greek-salad/

Snacks:
Low carb for me: Peanut Butter Dip with celery sticks, Cucumber slices, jicama sticks
Fruit for hubby: Grapes, bananas, pineapple, watermelon
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/peanut-butter-fruit-dip-clean-eating/

Treat:
Lemon Cheesecake Keto Fat Bombs – So good! Swap out limes for the lemon and make lime cheesecake fat bombs instead!
https://www.eatwell101.com/lemon-cheesecake-keto-fat-bombs-recipe

Have a great week, everybody!

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How I Repaired Wood Rot and Saved Over $1,000

Arthurized Home has french doors that developed some wood rot along the threshold. The folks at a big box home improvement center told us it couldn’t be repaired and that we should replace the entire door unit; to the tune of well over $1,000.

My sister had just successfully repaired a wooden column on her front porch using Abatron’s LiquidWood and WoodEpox, so we decided to give it a try. We ordered a kit from Amazon that was about $40.

The first step is to scrape away all of the rotten wood. Really dig in there and make sure you get it all. Remove anything that comes off easily. We were horrified to see the true extent of the damage, especially on that center support.

Tape off the area where you will be working in case there are epoxy drips. Use plastic sheeting if necessary. This product is meant to last, and drips or spills will not clean off easily.

The next step is to stabilize the adjoining area using LiquidWood. It’s an epoxy mixture that soaks into the wood and hardens it, preventing it from future rot. I probably went a little overboard drilling holes here, but I wanted to be extra thorough. I drilled slightly downward so the epoxy would flow down into the holes, not right back out of them. Mix the LiquidWood according to the package directions and paint onto your project, completely covering any exposed wood.

Let the epoxy dry completely.

Now comes the fun part! Mix the two-part WoodEpox together according to the package directions. It’s like playing with putty! Make sure the colors blend completely to solid white. That’s how you’ll know it is thoroughly mixed. Work quickly and in small batches; this starts to set up shortly after mixing.

Smoosh (yes, that’s the technical term! Smoosh!) it into and onto the areas you’re repairing. This product sands easily, so don’t be shy about piling on the WoodEpox. Apply enough product so that when you sand, you don’t end up with dimples or valleys.

Let that dry completely and start sanding. I used a triangular detail sander to get into those corners.

Yep, I realize there is a spider on the trim. This is country living; and I don’t mind them as long as they stay outside of the house.

So much better!

Once the repair is complete you can paint the WoodEpox. This repair is almost four years old now, and still looks (and functions) as good as new.

For more information on the products that I used to repair my door frame:
https://www.abatron.com/product/wood-restoration-kit/

This post is not sponsored; I’m simply sharing my honest experience with this product.

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