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holiday Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
holiday Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
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Finches leave the nest! Happy x-mas eve!

Yesterday I got a photo of two of my baby finches outside of the nest having a good time! My gray one and a cream colored one were hanging out on a perch together testing the waters! I am super excited and surprised that they are flying so early in their development! In other news our holiday kitchen madness has ended! We spent much of 12/22/07 making fudge, orange ham glaze, cinnamon raisin bread, rice crispy treats, chocolate dipped pretzels, English toffee, oatmeal raisin cookie mix, rustic soup mix and much more! We were canning, packaging and wrapping like crazy till about 2 am! We made up lots of good treats to give away to family and we had some fun too! I think the baking and crafting that we do...

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Enjoy the holidays- family members and all!

I am going to be honest, the holidays make me very anxious. I find that old issues and grudges resurface during this time and they make the holidays almost impossible to enjoy. Visiting certain family members means enduring blatant insults, being judged, openly criticized and manipulated. Certain people will go on and on about all the problems and issues they have without regard for anyone else. In general the entire encounter is draining and often extremely emotionally abusive. I do not enjoy being in such an unhealthy situation and the dread often robs me of the enjoyment of the holidays. Dealing with these people and issues is not an easy task. All I want is acceptance and tolerance from those certain family members during these gatherings. If everyone could just be on...

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Have you put up your holiday decorations yet?

Several of our neighbors have really gone all out with holiday decorations. I am amazed at how many people have started and completed putting up their holiday decorations, it is only November 27th! We haven't even retrieved our holiday decorations from the storage unit yet and some of our neighbors have all their decorations up and proudly gleaming at night. We are either really behind in decorating or other are just jumping the gun. We are planning to dig out our decorations this week and this weekend we will go cut down our own Christmas tree. We are slowly preparing to do the holiday decorations and we have been eying the energy efficient Christmas lights that are for sale in the stores. We plan to buy some, it's cool how many...

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Recycled sweater purse and glove instructions

I had planned to publish the instructions for the cozy sweater purse in my previous post titled Homemade Christmas gift ideas, to-go boxes and purses… Oh my but the post became rather long and for the sake of the sanity of my readers I put the instructions here in a separate post so it could be found more easily. All you need to do to make this nifty little sweater gift bag/ purse is find an old knitted sweater or perhaps a nice wool seater that has been felted (or if you are like me it was mistakenly shrunk). Take your favorite purse pattern or draw your own. I'll post a my own free pattern here for your to print and use, please don't repost it though, link to this blog post...

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Rude people suck!! Black Friday Experiences Shared

I went out today to so some shopping, specifically because I needed to get a chainsaw for my boyfriend. No, I am not killing him.. It was one of the gifts he wanted so he could chop wood and all that good stuff. I was paying with gift cards I earned from gather. Anyway the gift cards were not redeemable online so I had to go brave the crowds today. I do not enjoy the crowds and chaos of "black Friday" and I do my best to avoid it at all costs. Last night we had thanksgiving dinner at 11pm because that is when my boyfriend was off work. Eating so late was perfect because it kept us awake and ready for the black Friday deals online that posted at midnight!...

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Clever Holiday Gifts I found- November 2007

I have gotten the majority of my big holiday shopping out of the way prior to thanksgiving this year. Yay for me! I try to do this every year and am not always successful, this year I pulled it off though! Oh, by the way of you still need to do holiday shopping consider doing it from the comfort of your own home! I did all my shopping online and will only be visiting a store or two between now and Christmas. You can even start your "black friday" shopping from home now! Visit your favorite stores on 12am on black friday and get the deals without having to wait in line outside those stores in the wee hours of the morning- unless you really love the chaos of black friday...

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November 15th- America Recycles Day!

Today, November 15th is America Recycles Day. Do you recycle? Do you know why recycling is important? I want to encourage everyone to take some time to learn about the recycling today. If you have kids teach them about recycling too! Did you know that "the average American discards 7.5 pounds of garbage every day"? So much of our garbage can be reused and it's really a huge waste to just dispose of it when it can be recycled instead. If you recycle at home you are taking a major step! There are many other ways you can help though. Do you pay attention to the packaging of products when you shop? Many types of plastic are not recyclable in our area so when we have the choice between many brands we...

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Energy saving lights for your yard!

You probably already know I am a sustainable living freak. We love saving our gray water for the garden, we like energy efficient appliances and just about anything that can save us money and energy. We even just started a “green blog”, greenpreferred.com The new energy efficient craze is LED lights. These are a very big deal right now, they are made for more and more household uses (including holiday lights) and a new company just came out with LED landscape lighting for your home! LED lights are great because they are an energy efficient alternative to a 100 year old technology. Switching to LED lights is better for the environment, they are safer and they will save you money too! If you have landscape lighting you might consider switching to a...

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Avoid the crowds- shop online!

I do that majority of my holiday shopping online and I even start buying stuff before the official holiday shopping time period. Last year just for fun I went to some of my favorite stores for "black friday". It was exciting and chaotic but was not nearly worth the hassle in my opinion. Last year I was shopping for an IPOD or MP3 Player. Several stores had good black friday deals but those deals were so limited and coveted that only a few people got the hot items they needed. Needless to say I did not find the portable music player I needed during my black friday excursion. I actually found a great deal on an MP3 player online and buying it and having it shipped just in time for...

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Get some energy effcient light bulbs for the holidays!!

I am pretty excited! I just found out that this winter we can switch our Christmas/ holiday lights and be more energy efficient! That is right; they have now come out with more energy efficient bulbs for those holiday light strands! This is another way to save money on that electric bill and help the environment! Holiday LED lights are much like the CFL bulbs everyone has been switching to. These make homes more energy efficient, they use less power, burn cooler and even last longer. CLF bulbs can help you save money on your electric bill and they are much better for our environment too! It’s a win-win situation we just have to get people to make the switch. So, here is my challenge to you… When you are unwrapping those...

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Product Spotlight: Romantic Message in a Bottle Gift

Looking for a romantic gift for a lover? Skip the flowers and chocolates that will only last a few short days. Give a personalized gift that can be cherished for years to come! The Message in a Bottle Gift is a Custom Gifts by Talina exclusive! What is a “Message in a Bottle Gift”? A Message in a Bottle gift is simply a love note nestled in a beautifully decorated bottle. The gift giver authors a touching message that I inscribe on a message scroll that is nestled in a beautifully decorated bottle. This is a gift that can be held on to, stored and looked back upon for a lifetime. The message in a bottle gift is a love time capsule of sorts. Write you own touching message, love note or...

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