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What's on your Countertop?

I have come to realize, that my kitchen is always sporting a few projects. Always.  It can get a tad disorganized....

I have been asked to keep my "growing" projects out of the kitchen (so in the laundry room I am currently growing some greens and I'll soon be rooting some cacti...) but my kitchen counters currently have the following things happening....
Refrigerator projects include Aronia jam, wild grape syrup, Black Walnut cookies, pancakes made with Acorn flour , Wild plum jam, applesauce, and fresh pressed apple cider.
I still have nannyberries and hog peanuts waiting in my bag to be brought out to save their seeds. And the rest of the black walnuts in my fridge are going to be turned into Russian teacakes tomorrow.  Plus a zillion blog review items, math homework, kids projects and toys, forms from school, coupons to clip, and books I'm reading. I know it looks messy, but it also looks alive. Full of life. Full of activity. Full of adventure....

ZITRADES 20W Hydroponic Plant Flood LED Grow Light Review

Disclosure: I received complimentary product for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and this article. The links in the post below may be affiliate links. Read the full disclosure.

I like to grow things...but the winter months are especially difficult. We have low E argon coated windows that block 90% of the sun's plant growing radiation, so plants suffer in my house. Even "low-light" houseplants suffer.

So I was super thrilled when I had the chance to review the 20W LED grow light.

This light is different from the usual bar lights people use to start seedlings. I connected this light to the knobs on my laundry room cabinets and faced the light downward to provide light to my growing greens.

There are no other lights in the room so the plants are surviving just on the lamp. They are growing okay. Not super fast and not super slow. They were leggy to begin with because I started them in the window a few weeks ago, but they haven't shortened themselves o…

Eating Wild Black Walnuts - Dehulling, Drying, Cracking, and Storing

Black Walnuts drop in the fall. The exact time is a matter of weather. Last year, I watched the Black Walnuts drop in October. This year, the trees started turning yellow in late August.  Our August was unseasonably cool. It's usually our hottest month but it felt like September. Obviously the trees agreed.

After a big storm, I went to check our Walnut trees and found that every walnut was on the ground. Every....single....one.

To be fair, this is not really "our" Walnut. It's in the forest preserve. But I am the only one that seems to know it exists.

I gathered up 50 Walnuts to hull, dry, plant, crack, and store. I will be planting a few of the Walnuts in various open areas in the preserve. The "parent" tree is at least 60 years old and was planted by my nonagenarian neighbors. They planted 2 of them. Both are alive and well - producing varying quantities of nuts. Both are going to be plowed down by development very soon. VERY soon. It's sad.
A few yea…