Our Favorite Basic Biscuits

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One recipe we fall back on many times is the Basic Biscuit recipe adapted from the cookbook titled More With Less. This week I taught my 11 yo son Pilot to make them and today he decided to make them himself. Here is the recipe and the results. He is an amazing cook.

mwl Our well loved copy of More With Less

We have used this biscuit recipe for:

  • the base in Strawberry Shortcake
  • the top of Barbeque Chicken Casserole
  • plain old biscuits with jelly and butter
  • and so much more

Simple but delicious.

Basic Biscuits

Adapted from the More With Less Cookbook

Pre-heat oven to 425°F
Sift together into a bowl:

  • 2 c. flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Use 2 knives to cut in:

  • 1/4 c. shortening

Add, stirring until soft ball is formed:

  • 3/4 c. milk

Place dough onto floured counter. Knead lightly only 20 to 25 times. Using…

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Our Favorite Buttercream Frosting Recipe

This is a reblog from: https://crazy8cakedecorating.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/our-favorite-buttercream-frosting-recipe/

Our Favorite Buttercream Frosting Recipe

on January 24, 2015

We love to use buttercream frosting to decorate. We have tried other cake decorating options but always fall back on the tried and true Buttercream Frosting. This is the recipe we have used for 22 years and except for the occasional flavoring addition it has not changed.

This recipe works wonderfully right from the bowl for frosting a cake with a smooth top coat. Refrigerate it for a little while and it is perfect for using in a decorator bag.


Buttercream Frosting Recipe*


  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
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I Love Writing and Reading

My latest post to my Writing blog…

Crazy8 Writing

writingI think I love to read because I love to write or is it I love to write because I love to read? I spend a lot of time on the computer but my reading is almost always from a book held in my hand. I have read a few books on my kindle but it is not the same as turning the pages and watching that bookmark make it further through the book. When the kindle screen says I have 27% complete of the book I am reading it just doesn’t feel the same as that bookmark moving.

I have always loved reading.

My taste in genre has changed over the years. I had a long spell of reading mysteries when I was a teen and into my early twenties. Since my mid twenties I have mainly read non-fiction with a very occasional fiction book thrown in. Not sure why but…

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Seed Catalogs are Here

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seed catalog

We get so excited when the seed catalogs start arriving. Such inspiration in the dead of winter. The brain starts dreaming and scheming up new garden plans.

This year we are hoping to start more plants ourselves. In the past few years we have just taken other organic farmers discarded plants. It is a blessing but we never know what we will get. This year we plan to have a better plan☺

Seed catalogs are so inspiring. Mine never grow like those veggies in the catalog. Ours are never as prolific as those catalog pictures. But they taste so good and the joy of watching them grow is very fulfilling.

Have your seed catalogs started arriving?

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Etsy and eBay?

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I don’t really know much about Etsy but I am learning bit by bit. Most of the stuff I sell on eBay is over 20 years old so would I believe qualify for selling on Etsy. Just trying to decide if I want to add one more thing to my plate. Right now I am having a hard enough time working with the eBay store and keeping up with that. I am wondering if doing both would be useful or just quitting eBay and focusing on Etsy.

Finding statistics on what sell on Etsy is difficult. A person can look up what has sold by a person but it doesn’t list the details like on eBay. Say a person sells 395 items, that’s great, but did they do that over the last 5 years or 5 months? What did the items sell for? How long were they listed before they…

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I Love Cemeteries

This is a reblog from: https://crazy8genealogy.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/i-love-cemeteries/

I Love Cemeteries

Recently I was able to take time and visit the gravesites of some of my relatives. My mom came with me. It was a beautiful day and we only had to call my grandmother once to ask her how to find a headstone.

Here is the headstone we were searching for… (I have blotted out the last name for privacy)


I have always loved cemeteries. As a young child my grandmother would take me with her on her regular “neatings” of the headstones. She had this special container she brought that contained: a watering can, trowel, tiny rake, gardening gloves, and grocery bags for trash. On special occasion she also brought flowers to plant or greenery to add.

I believe spending time with my grandmother in the cemeteries when I was young is the reason I enjoy them so much now.

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Darwin – Origin of Species – Notes #1: Introduction

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darwin bust

The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Notes #1: Introduction

*For purpose of these posts please see my note at the end of this article. There you will also find the edition of the book I am reading. All quotes are from this work.

At the beginning of this work is a very interesting section titled, “Biographical Note, Charles Darwin, 1809-1852” followed by a brief “Contents: The Origin of Species” section which is an entire chapter by chapter book overview.

Now I know many people skip reading these introductional type sections, but I am not one of those people. There can be a wealth of information in these sections. I would suggest reading these sections in this work by Darwin as a background to the work itself.

I found reading this first section and learning a little about the life of Darwin very interesting. The fact that as a youth he…

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The HOME in Homeschooling

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Crazy 8 Homeschool

Lot’s of changes here. Being without a vehicle has made homeschooling so much easier. It used be that we were fighting with outside activities for time but now we have so much time. The house is neater and the schoolwork is all caught up.  More on that in a minute. So our list of what we accomplished this week is different but more fulfilling.

What we did do this week:

  • Weatherized the house: well we didn’t, but a crew was here working on that all week
  • Church
  • Workbook work
  • Easy Peasy Online School
  • Costco shopping with a friend and our little ones
  • Orthodontist appointment: Artist got her braces off 🙂
  • Math drills
  • Read lots to the younger kids
  • Played around with water and our freezing temperatures outside
  • Church
  • Created a new cleaning system for ourselves

The HOME in Homeschooling

So many things pull us out of our homes. There are…

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New Cleaning System: Wal-Mart Style

Latest post on my Getting Organized blog.

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Our house is quite large which is good since there are still 6 kids at home. BUT keeping it clean has been a chore (like the pun?) Anyway, the other morning while still in bed I had this awesome idea, “What if we cleaned our house using cleaning check off sheets like the ones hanging on the door in the bathroom at Wal-Mart?” It works for them, most of the time, why not for us?

I planned out what the sheet would look like in my head and then ran the idea by my husband. He thought is was strange but might work. It was strange.

Here is the entire idea.

The sheet includes:

  • the rooms that needed to be cleaned down the left column
  • the days of the month across the top row
  • a separate area of boxes with the children’s names to be checked off
  • the current month listed…

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