Sunday, April 20, 2014

Here are your Angel Messages for April 21 - 27 from Doreen Virtue's Week...

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Good News From Around the World




Anyone who watches or reads the news has got to be aware of the almost universal trend of over reporting the bad news and under reporting the good news.

Good news is everywhere in spite of what the mass media would have you believe.

If, like me, you are weary of this barrage of bad news and eager to discover where all the good news stories have been hiding, then check out these web sites and blogs that focus solely on reporting good news from around the world..

We need to let the people who force feed bad news to us daily that we are tired of it, and want to see the good news reported just as often. Let the networks, radio stations, magazines, and so on, know your thoughts about this issue please. Things won't change unless the people demand change.
The web sites below are all about good news.

Click for good news:
Huffpost Good News

Check out this good news web site:
Optimist World

Click for good news:
Gimundo Good News Served Daily

Another good news web site:
Good News Network

Even more good news:
Happy News

Check out this good news site:
Daily Good

Click here for good news:
Good News Daily

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Maximize Your Pantry From My Family Prepared

The following article is one of the best I've found for fitting a lot of food storage into a small space. The article comes from the web site: My Family Prepared, and was written by Michelle.

Maximize Your Pantry

After a discussion with some neighbors about 'where I put all of my food storage' I have had quiet a few requests for friends to come and view my pantry.  It is apparently hard to believe that I can really fit that much in there.
So... this post is all about
how to maximize the space in your pantry
(according to me).
This is my kitchen:

I would say my corner pantry is the average size for those in their first home.
As you can see, cabinet space is limited, so I squeeze as much into my pantry as possible.

First, there are 3 major rules that I keep in mind:
1) Same Sized Containers
2) Everything in Boxes
3) Hidden, but accessible

Having things in the same sized containers allows you to store more.  You can easily stack up/down, side/side, front/back better if everything is the same shape and size.

When everything is kept in boxes you are able to maneuver a large amount of items at one time.  It also helps to prevent dents/damage, and keeps everything tidy and uniform, which makes proper rotation easier.

Hidden but accessible refers to the fact that not everything has to be at a fingertips grasp.  There are things in my pantry that I only use every 6 months - so I make sure those items are put in the very back, and on the bottom, if possible.

This will all make more sense as you read on.
We will be moving from the bottom up.
Most pantry floors are seriously overlooked.

I like to use poly buckets on the bottom - they are sturdy enough to allow me to stack things on top of them, and I can fit enough to have a large variety of different foods.  Everything I have in a poly bucket I have in a smaller container that is easily accessible for everyday use.  That way, the only time I have to access them is to refill my container.
Be sure to put the items you use the LEAST amount in the back.

I can fit a total of 12 poly buckets in my pantry, but I have a 3 drawer unit that takes up the space of 2.
Remember to fill  in all of the gaps if possible.  I have a gallon of vinegar in the very back corner, with an extra tub of shortening on top.

Tall skinny items can be placed in between the buckets (pictured: cooking spray, 5 lbs. honey).

I also have 2 gallons of oil that can fit on the floor as well.

And I can still access everything at this point.

The other thing to note is that my poly buckets are all the same height.  Buckets can be 2" taller and 2" shorter than the ones I have.  Like I said before, the same size allows me to stack more things on top.

On all of my poly buckets I store my bottled goods.  Leaving them in the box prevents breakage, and allows easy maneuvering.

 There is the perfect amount of space to fit 7 dozen quarts.
 That gallon of vinegar is stacked on top of the oil.  Behind that, Parmesan cheese is stacked on top of the cooking spray.

**If you don't can or don't have bottles, use this space for other heavy objects like bottled water, appliances  or canned goods (stacked 3 high).

On top of my quart jars I stack my 1/2 pint jars and other small canned goods.

Again, everything is in a box so I can easily move it around or pull it out to restock.

In front of all of those, I can fit a dozen pint sized jars, as well as a basket of onions and a basket of potatoes (I'll get to that picture later).

So just to recap.  On the floor alone I can fit:
- 10 poly buckets = 250+ lbs. of food
- 2 gallons of vinegar
- 2 gallons of oil
- 20 lbs. of honey
- 5 lbs. shortening
- 5 cans of cooking spray
- 5 cans Parmesan cheese
- 7 dozen quart jars (84 bottles)
- up to 3 dozen 1/2 pint jars (36 bottles)
- 3 dozen smaller canned goods (36 cans)
- 1 dozen pint jars
- 25 lbs. of potatoes
- 10 lbs. onions
- 3 drawer unit that stores all of my: jello and pudding mixes, seasoning packets, bags, drink mixes, towels/aprons, and any other miscellaneous items.

And if it seems like it is impossible to get to anything you are totally wrong.  Because everything is in a box, it takes be around 10 seconds to get to everything - unless it is the very back corner bucket, and in that case it takes me 1 minute.  The time is well worth the amount of food you can put in there.

Now on to the bottom shelf: Canned goods.
I use a plethora of boxes to keep them organized.  Leaving the front lip in place ensures that they don't get knocked off the shelf, but I remove the back lip so I can stack them all the way to the wall.

You can easily fit 7 boxes, which leaves exactly enough space in 2 different locations to fit 1 row of cans:

This will allow you to have one row for every type of canned good (25 rows).

This also helps rotate through properly.  Every time I need something, I take it from the front.  Whenever I am restocking, I put it in the back.

With a single layer, you can fit about 11 dozen cans (132), depending on the size of cans you purchase.

However, each time I restock I will double layer, so realistically I always have about 150 cans.  I don't dare to double stack everything for fear of the shelf breaking, but there are always a couple rows that are.  (And my shelves are not bowing at all).

Now that those are in I can fit those pint jars, potatoes and onions I was talking about earlier:

On to the next shelf: PASTA and SNACKS.
I love Barilla pasta, and it just so happens to come in a box, which is convenient for stacking and also refrains the noodles from breaking.
Same idea with the canned goods, I keep them in a box with rows (easy rotation), and each row is a different variety:

I can accommodate 9 rows of pasta (various sizes) on one side of the shelf this way.
Without stacking anything on top of the rows, I fit about 65 boxes/bags of noodles.  When I have Raman I usually stack those in their box on top of the other varieties.

**Egg noodles don't come in boxes, so I have those bags lined up inside of a shoebox (in the back corner).  Shoe boxes are the perfect size for bagged pasta.  

On the other half of that shelf I keep all of our snack items:
 Crackers (and other boxed items) are stacked straight against the wall and then side to side in front.
I have storage containers that stack for various types of nuts, candy, and cookies.
Multivitamins line up against the wall.  Everything is placed this way to make for better rotation - the oldest stuff goes in front so we end up eating it first.

The shelf above that is for Breakfast Items:
If you line the back wall and stack on top (not shown in pic, but just like the crackers), I can fit 12 boxes of cereal.  I also have 2 one gallon containers that fit other cereals like granola.
On the other side I can stack 6 boxes of instant oatmeal, with syrup and dehydrated hash browns in front of them.

In the back corner of that shelf I stack from floor to ceiling my cake boxes(7-8) and stuffing mixes (5).  Take from the top, restock from the bottom - again, it is all about rotating.
In front of those I stack boxes of hot chocolate mixes, hard taco shells, and any other boxed item.
To the side; spaghetti sauce.

The other half of that shelf is for spices.
I like to use the big Costco sized containers.  You can fit 20 of them into an old Raman noodle box.
I write the contents' name on the top of the lid so I can easily find what I am looking for.
 I also put things like Panko, Bread crumbs, cornflake crumbs, dehydrated onions and bell peppers in older containers to keep everything the same size.  I can fit about 36 of these of the shelf.

The top shelf is where I keep all of my #10 cans.
I reuse my old cans for things like chocolate chips, marshmallows, brown and powdered sugars, popcorn kernels, misc. grains, etc.

I have two rows that are double stacked, which means I can fit 20 #10 cans.

In the top back corner I have a box that I keep all of my 'backup' and replacement items.

This consists mostly of condiments:

Next to that are more containers of things like oats, specialty rice, and pretty much anything else that doesn't have a home:

As well as my crock pot and popcorn maker, which are hidden by garbage bags and chips most of the time.

And thats it!
Most shelves have plenty of room in front for various items like potato chips, peanut butter, honey, and other things that we go through.
Point being, having a small home is no excuse for not having food storage.
With your pantry alone, I believe you can store a 1-3 month supply of everything, with some items even up to a year supply.

With that said, here is everything I can fit into my pantry:

- 10 poly buckets = 250+ lbs. of food
- 2 gallons of vinegar
- 2 gallons of oil
- 20 lbs. of honey
- 5 lbs. shortening
- 5 cans of cooking spray
- 5 cans Parmesan cheese
- 7 dozen quart jars (84 bottles)
- 1 dozen pint jars
- up to 3 dozen 1/2 pint jars (36 bottles)
- 3 dozen smaller canned goods (36 cans)
- 12 dozen regular canned goods (144 cans)
- 25 lbs. of potatoes
- 10 lbs. onions
- 65 bags/pounds of pasta
- 12 boxes snack items (crackers/fruit snacks)
- around 10 lbs. nuts/raisins/craisins
- potato chips
- 5 lbs. peanut butter/nutella
- 5 lbs. candy
- 12 boxes cereal
- 2 gallons granola
- 6 boxes instant oatmeal
- 1 gallon dehydrated hashbrowns
- 1/2 gallon maple syrup
- 10 lbs. spaghetti sauce
- 5 boxes stuffing mix
- 7 cake/brownie mixes
- ~10 misc. boxes (taco shells)
- 36 large spice containers
- 20 count of #10 cans
- Miscellaneous condiments
- 10 lbs. of misc. grains/food
- Appliances (crockpot and popcorn maker)
- Garbage bags, other random items

Saturday, March 1, 2014

How to Get a Job on an Organic Farm

How to Find a Job on an Organic Farm

Have you ever had a desire to learn organic farming methods? One of the best ways is by going to work at an organic farm. This article tells how you can find an organic farm job.

The internet should be your first resource when looking for a job on an organic farm. Below this article you'll find links to hundreds of places and farms that hire workers for their organic farms. You could be one of them.

A few years back, I found a part-time job on an organic farm through craigslist by stating my desire for organic farm work and posting it under resumes. I got a response to my resume within one day, met the organic farm owner that week, and went to work for him the next day. 

The work is hard, dirty, and not glamorous at all for the most part, but there is a lot of satisfaction in helping to provide beautiful organic vegetables or other crops to grocery stores and local restaurants through your work.You can also check the listings under jobs in craigslist.

I've seen organic farm jobs listed under general labor and even under food jobs so do some checking. an organic farm More ideas for finding an organic farm job include researching in your local phone book under "organic farms' and then calling the farms listed there to see if they are hiring. 

You'd be surprised how many are and will ask you to come out for an interview as soon as possible.The reason; farm work is hard work and not everyone enjoys it or is suited for it so if you are a hard worker you can be assured someone will want to hire you, sooner rather than later.

  • There are organic farms throughout the country so you can find one within driving distance no matter where you live.
  • If you aren't a hard worker, don't waste either your time or the organic farm owners time. They don't hire people who stand around and expect someone else to do all the work.

How to be a Better Receiver


How to Be a Better Receiver

Giving is important in life, but so is receiving. Unless you know how to receive your good as well as how to give to others then you are literally pushing good things away from you and you are also blocking your good from coming into your life at all

There are several things you can do to become a better receiver but the first step is to believe that you deserve good things in your life. 

It also helps to believe and know that the universe is abundant and wants to give you your good, and that having good things in your life does not take away from anyone else's good. There is enough for all.

The next thing to do, if you want to start receiving more good things, is to form a vacuum. This means that you get rid of the things in your life that you don't want, to make room for the good things that you do want. 

Get rid of clutter in your house & your 
life to a form a vacuum to receive

For example you can't attract the soul mate of your dreams if your life is cluttered with other, less healthy, relationships. Let go of the people who aren't right for you, to make room for the person who is. He or she won't be attracted to you if there is no room in your life for them. 

This same principle holds true for things too. Do you hold onto stuff that is old, useless, outdated, or even broken, just in case you might need it someday? By doing this you are sending a clear message to the universe that you don't want something better, or you believe you don't deserve anything better, or even that you don't trust the universe to provide for you. So let go to make room for the better good that the universe has for you.

The next thing you can do to receive more of what you want is to make detailed and specific lists of the good things you want. Then visualize the things you want through the use of treasure maps, which are basically pictures and images of the things you want placed on a board, or in a notebook, so you can look at them everyday and see yourself having them.
Link to Creating a Treasure Map For Your Life

Use affirmations to further increase your ability to receive. Here are some good ones, especially for manifesting abundance into your life:

  • I prosper wherever I turn and I know that I deserve prosperity of all kinds.
  • The more grateful I am, the more reasons I find to be grateful.
  • I pay my bills with ease.
  • I have money for everything I need.

Another thing that will help you be a better receiver is to learn and practice forgiveness. An unforgiving spirit can literally block good things from coming into your life.
  Along with practicing forgiveness, you'll want to appreciate what you already have, and be grateful for your blessings. Gratitude and appreciation are attractive energies. 

Tithing or giving back to the universe about ten percent of your net income is another practice that can bring more good things into your life. Give to your church, your source of spiritual inspiration, or to those charities you believe in.
The last step is to let it go. After you have made your lists, visualized and made treasure maps, said your affirmations, etc., then trust that the universe will bring your good to you at the right and perfect time without you struggling and straining to make it happen.

  • Whenever you receive anything from anyone, thank them and be appreciative even if it isn't something you need or want. Then pass it on to someone who can use it. If you are always refusing what people or the universe want to give you, that can create a block to your good coming into your life.
  • Stop talking about what you lack, and put your focus on what you have and on your blessings.

    Let people teach you what they know

    People might want to give you flowers. Receive them gratefully.

Produce from someone's garden should be received 
with thanks, especially something as delicious as these raspberries.