Happy weekend, friends! Oh goodness, we had another interesting property viewing this week. I probably should explain that housing prices in our area are completely out of control. We heard on the news that Eugene, Oregon is second only to Seattle in the entire country for low inventory of houses which pushes already high prices up. So our goal of downsizing, both in size and cost, is proving more difficult than we imagined. Well, since we're not looking for a condo or something like that.
So this week was another example of how Google birds-eye views and listing agent's carefully chosen photo angles don't tell the whole story. Up for sale was an almost 2 acre property (more than we want, but because of what I explained, we're looking at almost everything) with an old single wide mobile home, but surrounded by farmland. When we drove by, though, we saw that the farmland was all on the far side and the entire drive from the freeway to the house (1+ miles) consisted of run-down industrial buildings and active wood mills. Throw in a couple moldering old RVs, a sweet old tire raised bed garden (20!), and the Oregon countryside standard shredding-blue-tarps and we quickly checked it off the list. You know what they say about location, right?
Here are this week’s three things – and a few links I think you’ll love! (as always, some of the links I provide are affiliate links)
Easiest fermenting ever with Easy Fermenter lids. I think I've mentioned that at the beginning of the year I started researching digestive health more in-depth than I ever have. In the process of this I discovered these fermenting lids that took the mystery (and a bit of fear) out of fermenting for me.
Guys, these lids are WONDERFUL. You do not have to worry about burping or liquid overflowing (unless you fill the jars too much) - you basically add ingredients to a jar, attach the lid and let it ferment. That's it. And if you're wondering what fermented veggies taste like (like I did) - just like anything pickled! The fermenting process basically makes it's own "vinegar" along with all the good bacteria that's so good for our guts.
We've enjoyed corn relish (super easy), carrots & cauliflower, sauerkraut, and kimchi. I also bought some half gallon mason jars to be able to make larger amounts, especially of cabbage-based recipes since they take longer to ferment. I'm refining my recipes to share with you, too. It is easier than I ever imagined - you definitely do not need to be paying the high Whole Food prices for quality fermented foods!
Finding low-cost yarn for this knitted gingham-plaid blanket pattern. I found this amazing knitted blanket (with the worst instructions ever - "33 hanks each of dark yarn and white" - no brand name or yardage amounts or even weight!) at Martha Stewart's site. I decided right then and there it would be my next project. And then about had a heart attack after pricing out 66 balls of wool yarn - even at just $1.99 each. Yikes. (FYI, I don't use cheaper acrylic yarn - it doesn't wear well and I prefer to work with natural yarns).
But it would be SO beautiful in green and cream for our house and definitely count as an heirloom, right? So I visited DNBY, my favorite discount yarn site, and found some green wool on cones for cheap like I used for these basketweave throws.
I couldn't find a deal for cream wool though, and almost gave up. But then I decided to buy a couple of these huge fishermen wool yarn hanks every month to kinda spread it out. They're probably close to 3 hanks at 465 yards. With knitting, it's more than the total price for me - it's entertainment, relaxation, and creating something unique. For about the price of a couple ebooks, movies or coffees a month, I can have a blanket at the end I can enjoy forever. Sometimes it's okay not to dwell on the total price and just think of the process along the way. At least that's what I'm telling myself. 🙂
Finding the Modern Mrs. Darcy kindle deal email. I've been reading the Modern Mrs. Darcy website for a couple of years, but never knew about this deal email until just a few months ago. This is WAY better than the standard Amazon kindle deals you may get (that never has anything I want to read), I just wish I'd found it sooner.
However, this deals list is DANGEROUS, ha! I've already bought 6 ebooks (4 on my TBR list and 2 that looked interesting). What I like the best, though, is the audible deals of the day, since audible books are often so expensive.
I'm specifically looking for books Brian and I can listen to together that I can't find at the library through Hoopla (we just finished Born Standing Up by Steve Martin - which was read by him - and it was really good). Seriously, if you want to read more, audiobooks are the way to fit more reading into your day. And this daily deals list is where you'll find them - and regular kindle books - for the lowest prices.
Links To Check Out:
So many things you can make with powdered milk. (whipped topping?!)
Totally in awe of this small kitchen remodel.
Wanna try this?
A little laundry room love.
Adding this paned mirror tutorial to my "next house"'list.
Uh-oh, I hope you don't fall for this.
This free vintage-looking wall art is incredible!
Here's a DIY boot tray that looks good enough to live in your entry.
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