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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Encouraging Hearts and Home 07.29.2021

Our Smokey Mountain Vacation, How to Make a Butler's Pantry, In Garden Vermicomposting, and Asian Noodle Stir Fry with Oyster Sauce are this week's featured posts!  

Hello and Welcome!

We have been fighting with smokey air in these parts, having been in "fire season" for the last month. Some days our AQI is as high as 188...I can only imagine the conditions that the firefighters are enduring as they work to save our forests...each day I pray for rain to help get the air clear enough to breathe and help put out the fires. 

A couple of homestead projects I am working on include a second attempt at growing potatoes in the hay bales I had purchased, and making pineapple vinegar from the peeling and cut-away trimmings. Actually, this is a second attempt at pineapple vinegar also. We have been enjoying fresh pineapple on the grill with some of our dinners this past month. 

I am learning that vinegar actually takes a long time, and it is not unusual to get a growth of what appears to be mold on the top of the liquid. As I learn more about vinegar making, I am surprised to find that often it is NOT mold. Yikes, I probably did not need to pour the first batch out! Learning to ferment food has been my biggest challenge. My Dad made it look so simple when I was a kid!

What have you been up to that is new for you? 
And now, it's time for this week's Encouraging Hearts & Home Blog Hop!

   Come and see what's new this week at Encouraging Hearts and Home, at Scratch Made Food! & DIY Homemade Household.
Introducing our team of Co-hosts! 
You may learn more about our team, right here
Thanks for joining in, we appreciate your visits, contributions, and comments!

Linda @ Apron Strings and other things.

Amy @ A Nest in the Rockies.

Jennifer @ Faithful Homestead.

Joanne @ Slices of Life.

Destiny @ Some Call it Destiny, and

Melynda @ Scratch Made Food! & DIY Homemade Household. 

Join your Encouraging Hearts & Home Co-Hosts each week for encouragement and support for your heart & your home. We hope to provide a space that builds each other up and lends a helping hand along the way. With all the negativity in the world, let's all shine a positive light!


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  1. Melynda,
    Thanks again for hosting this lovely party every week! I know how much time and effort goes into doing so and I want you to know that it is greatly appreciated!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!


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