Good Pickins #22

It’s the last week of March, and I think we may finally be getting to that “out like a lamb” part of the month. We’ve had mild temps in the 40s & 50s this week, lots of rain, and maple sap out the wazoo. My husband just started our first seeds last weekend, and will likely do another batch this weekend. Is it safe to say that spring is really here?

All we’ve really been up to is boiling, boiling, boiling sap and practicing for a couple of spring folk music gigs- and enjoying getting some fresh air!

march 2015 maple syrup 011(Is it just me or did this kid grow up into a little boy way too fast?)

On to the pickins’ for this week!

The Ultimate DIY Bundle– This coming Monday-Wednesday (March 30- April 1st) only, the folks over at Ultimate Bundles are selling a collection of DIY e-books, covering topics from crafting and sewing to gardening and canning, from interior design to crafty business basics, and everything in between! The bundle also comes with some great bonuses- a free class from Crafty and a free art print, to name two. It costs $34.95 and only comes once a year- definitely worth it if you’re remotely interested in trying your hand at some creative action!

Homegrown Food Summit– From April 6-12, there will be a free online educational event on growing, preserving, and enjoying your own food. A great line up of top notch speakers will be giving sessions on numerous topics, like working with kids, getting started with fermentation, homesteading on just one acre, and more. I will definitely be trying to attend as many of these sessions as I can! Visit the link above for more info and registration.

A Health Revolution– I LOVED this post. Who needs the gym when you can be doing productive work towards growing food, caring for your local resources, and getting to work with your family and other like-minded people?

How to Eat Seasonally– One thing the $25 challenge made us do this month is either eat our preserved food or eat what was on sale and in season. The Frugal Chicken has some great ideas to encourage seasonal munching.

And, for your entertainment purposes only, a rough recording of a song my husband wrote from a collection of spring-themed haiku. 🙂 (Lyrics are on the YouTube page.)

Have a springy Saturday!

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