For Christmas, my in-laws bought me a Nesco Food Dehydrator. It comes with 6 trays, 2 herb sheets, and two fruit leather trays. I did order 4 more herb sheets off Amazon. 

I LOVE this thing! So far I’ve dehydrated mushrooms (button and baby bella) and herbs. In the hopes that if I pulverized them and turned them into powder, we could add the power to various recipes. I like mushroom flavor, HATE the texture.

Here’s what they look like dehydrated. As of today, I haven’t pulverized them, and they are separated not mixed. In my opinion, the button mushrooms have a stronger aroma than the baby bellas.

I wanted a dehydrator mainly for my herb garden. My basil, mint, and rosemary are plentiful. My Greek oregano is brand new, so it has some growing to do. I also have citrus trees in my backyard, so I’m looking forward to making my own fruit snacks.

So far, other than mushrooms, I’ve only dehydrated some basil and mint. I swear I pruned my basil plant (since I filled 9 trays with it) but it does not look like it.

Have any of you used a food dehydrator before? What do you like to make with yours?

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So I made my mommy a Monster Flex…

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I spent some time at the Orlando Distaff Day. Reconnected with a few dyers I knew and met a new one!

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For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been comparing various pens and trying to customize what I actually wanted. The closest I’ve come is added ballpoint pen inks into my Uni Style Fit pen, which is a gel pen. Check out what I’ve come up with!

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It’s a new year, fresh budget, and time to reset my cash envelope wallet.

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I’ve revamped my goals for 2018. For those that have followed me for the last couple of years, I used to have very detailed monthly target lists to help me work towards my goals. 2017 was the year of the Passion Planner (okay, not a full year), and it helped me focus on ONE goal and make the most progress on.

So, for 2018, I have revamped and rethought about what I really want to achieve in my life. I’ve split my goals into 5 main areas, and what I want to achieve in those areas.

I am still using the Passion Planner Roadmap format to help me get organized.

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To be perfectly honest, I was hesitant to list the books I read in 2017. I honestly didn’t think I had read that many, and compared to years past, I haven’t.

But I averaged over a book a month, which isn’t too bad. Also, some of these books took me awhile to get through, sometimes because of length, and other times because the material was so dense, I had to take it in in small chunks. I also have review videos to go along with these titles, which can be found on my Book Reviews Playlist.

  1. 100 Million Years of Food: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters by Stephen Le

Comment: Made some interesting points; had to read in short runs; a lot of info to process.

2. The Writing Life compiled by the National Book Award Winners

Comment: Some essays were interesting, some I skipped.

3. Knitting Yarns & Spinning Tales: a Knitter’s Stash of Wit and Wisdom edited by Kari Cornell

Comment: Quick read. Alright.

4. Pickled, Potted, and Canned: How the Art and Science of Food Preserving Changed the World by Sue Shephard

Comment: Very informative.

5. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Comment: Good story. Kept me hooked. Recommended.

6. The Knitting Diaries by Debbie Macomber, Susan Mallery, & Christina Skye

Comment: Macomber: romance w/ knitting sprinkled on top; Mallery: set in a yarn shop w/ a graphic sex scene; Skye: didn’t finish because too many injured animals.

7. The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Comment: Very good book for learning about where food comes from. Takes awhile to get through though.

8. Clara’s Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression by Clara Cannucciari

Comment: Reminded me of Nona/Grandma Lellie

9. Something to Food About: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs by Questlove

 

Comment: Interesting, glad it was a free review copy.

10. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan

Comment: Nice follow up to The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

11. Only Skein Deep (Knitting Mystery #15) by Maggie Sefton

Comment: Let down. #14 was filler and set up for this one. Murder was an afterthought. Pregnancy main focus.

12. Finders Keepers: a Tale of Archaeology Plunder & Obsession by Craig Childs

Comment: Better than anticipated. Seedy underbelly of archaeology.

13. The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies

Comment: Better than expected, but the wife was too passive for me.

14. Food Rules by Michael Pollan

Comment: Nice summary of both The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food.

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Check out the awesome scrapbook paper I got to make new covers for my Monster Flex with!

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