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For some reason I have the perfect conditions to grow an aloe plant. The Aloe Vera plant is a popular houseplant with medicinal properties. The sap from the leaves has wonderful topical benefits, especially on burns and sunburns. I think I first started growing aloe plants when we lived in Florida over twenty years ago! These plants are an ideal addition to your home, and they are very easy to care for. In fact not only are they easy to care for, but propagating an aloe plant is also extremely easy.Propagating an Aloe Plant

 

My plant does so well that I find myself passing along baby plants to my friends. You might wonder how I do this. While you can actually grow an aloe plant from a leaf cutting it is much easier and more successful to propagate from offsets or “pups” .Propagating an Aloe Plant

 

Aloe vera is a succulent and as such, is related to the cactus. Cacti are fairly easy to propagate from cuttings, but aloe vera cuttings, with their high moisture content, rarely become viable plants. Rooting an aloe vera plant leaf seems like it should work, but all you will get is a rotten or shriveled leaf.

 

It is much easier to share this wonderful plant by removal of offsets. This is a simple process that anyone can easily do. If you look carefully at your aloe plant you will notice little aloe plants (offsets) forming off the mother plant. As a general rule the offset should be about 1/5 the size of the parent plant and should have several sets of true leaves.Propagating an Aloe Plant

 

When the offset is large enough remove the dirt from around the base. When you remove the offset you want to make sure it has a complete root system attached.Propagating an Aloe Plant

 

Plant the newly removed offset in a dry cacti-potting mix or make your own with one part potting soil and one part sand. Allow it to sit for one week and then water the soil. After this you would care for the aloe vera pup the same way you would the mother plant.Propagating an Aloe Plant

 

To successfully grown an aloe vera plant remember that the plant is a succulent and does well in a dry environment. They should be planted in a cactus potting soil mix and should have plenty of drainage. They do not like standing water. They also need bright light and do best in south or west facing windows.

 

Now you can not only grow your aloe plant successfully but you now know that propagating an aloe plant is easy and you can pass the aloe plant pups off to your friends!Propagating an Aloe Plant

No our house hasn’t sold but moving, packing and de-cluttering is on the forefront these days. There are so many things to consider when making a move! I’m a planner and a list maker and although it will be many months before we’re actually making a move I thought I would gather my thoughts and think about the things to consider when making a move.Making a Move

 

We no longer have children at home so one thing we don’t have to think about is schools! My husband also works from home so trying to find a location near a place of employment is also something we don’t have to think about.

 

Top of the list is sorting and purging your belongings. We have been in this process for the last year. We are currently going through old slides! Between my husband and I we have reels of old slides and then boxes of loose slides. It’s tedious work but every evening we sort through a couple of reels tossing most of the slides but keeping the few treasures we come upon. It’s funny because as a teenager and in my early twenties I took so many scenic photos and very few photos of people. The scenic shots are pretty but how many photos of flowers and marshes do you want to keep?Preparing for a move

 

Anyway going though every room of your house and deciding what you’d like to keep and what you’d like to get rid of is time consuming. However when you’re paying for the move yourself you want to make sure that you’re moving exactly what you want and need and nothing extra! I have a box for items I want to sell and another box for items to donate. We’ll be having another yard sale this summer.

 

Now is also the time to do a little research regarding moving companies. What are the options? I called many of the bigger firms only to be told they don’t service our area. Guess we’re a little rural! Get an estimate in writing from each company and make sure it has a USDOT (US Department of Transportation) number on it if you are moving to a different state.

 

Now you’re beginning to collect a bit of information and it would be a good idea to use a binder or folder to keep track of everything – all your estimates, your receipts, and an inventory of all the items you are moving! I’m trying to keep an inventory of everything I’ve already packed but sometimes I’m not so organized and just write something like “cookbooks” on the box! I’m doing my best!planning a move

 

If you do have school age children go to your children’s school and arrange for their records to be transferred to their new school districts. This should be done about two months before you move.

 

Six weeks before you move you want to start collecting boxes and other supplies such as tape, bubble wrap, and permanent markers.Making a Move

 

Start using up things that you don’t want to move, like frozen or perishable foods and cleaning supplies.Making a Move

 

By now you’ve figured out where you are moving. Check the room dimensions of your new home, if possible, and make sure larger pieces of furniture will fit through the door. We have an extremely tall grandfather’s clock. When we’re looking at new homes we’re always looking to make sure there is a tall entry wall where the clock will go!making a move

 

Take steps now to ensure that you have an organized move. Stay tuned, as I will be posting another article on what to do in the weeks before a move! Hopefully I will follow all these suggestions myself and we’ll have a very organized move!

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Live Like Your Grandmother Did

My Favorite Post:
Make Your Own Unpaper Towels

 

 

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Gooseberry Patch Cookbook Giveaway

 

Several times I have been lucky enough to have one of my recipes printed in a Gooseberry Patch cookbook! In January my recipe for Amazing Overnight Waffles was printed in their latest cookbook Secrets from Grandma’s Kitchen. What is even better is that Gooseberry Patch sent me a cookbook to give away to one of my lucky readers! Scroll down for the cookbook giveaway!Cookbook Giveaway

 

Secrets from Grandma’s Kitchen has more than 200 delicious tired and true recipes from grandmothers across the country! I love cooking from the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and I’m sure you will too. If the other recipes are half as good as my Amazing Overnight Waffles you are in for a treat! The one thing I enjoy about the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks is not only are they filled with wonderful recipes but they also include many hints on how to make your mealtimes extra special. For example the hint underneath my recipe says, “Don’t waste one crumb of a scrumptious waffle! Before you add the batter to the waffle iron, brush it well with melted butter or vegetable oil. Then let the waffle cook until steam stops coming out the sides. The waffle will lift out easily.”waffles, breakfast, prudent living

 

Each recipe featured in the book also has a little comment before each recipe. My comment is, “This is an old family favorite that I have been making for years. It’s perfect for when you have company, as you can mix up the batter the night before and it will be ready in the morning. Recipe can be easily doubled or tripled! these waffles also freeze well. Any leftover waffles I let cool on a baking sheet and then wrap and place in the freezer. Perfect to pop in the toaster on a busy morning.”

 

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Simple Homestead Blog HopWelcome to the Simple Homestead Blog Hop!

We are so glad that you have stopped by for a visit! We encourage you to look through some of the great posts shared by our readers and then take the time to read those that interest you. If you are adding to our list, thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us. It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings. We hope you have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us.

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Tracy at Our Simple HomesteadFacebookTwitterPinterest

Nancy at On the HomefrontFacebookTwitterPinterest

Dash at Bloom Where You’re PlantedFacebookInstagram

Delci at Heritage Club StablesFacebookGoogle+PinterestYouTube

Sandra at Clearwater Farm – FacebookPinterestInstagram

Featured Posts

Each week we’ll feature the most-viewed post from last week’s hop. Each host also features her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. Visit each of our blogs to see if you were featured this week.

Our most-visited post from last week’s hop was:
From Trailer To Cabin, a Cinderella Storyhomecabin2

My Favorite Post:
What is a Deep Pantry / Food Storage, and Do You Have One?food_pantry_full

 

 

Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week.

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Treats for the BirdsTreats for the Birds

 

My husband loves to feed the birds. We both enjoy sitting at our kitchen table watching the numerous wild birds come to our feeders. There are two large forsythia bushes near the feeders where the birds can take refuge. Since Valentine’s Day is almost here I decided to make some treats for the birds.Treats for the birds

 

I wanted to make some birdseed ornaments to hang in the trees to give the birds an extra treat. I didn’t need any special equipment; everything needed to make these I had on hand.

 

This is what I used:

 

4 feet of ¼ inch wide ribbon, cut into 12-inch long sections

2 envelops of Knox gelatin

1 ½ cups birdseed (Mixed seed works best)

Baking sheet lined with wax paper

Four cookie cutters of any shape, about 4 inches by 4 inches

Cooking spray

 

Directions:

 

This makes about 4- 8 cookie cutter ornaments depending on the size of the cookie cutter.

Combine the gelatin with ½ cup of boiling water. Stir well to dissolve the gelatin.Treats for the birds

Add the birdseed.Treats for the birds

Stir well; if the mixture is too watery add a little more seed until it is stiff but sticky.

Place the cookie cutters on your prepared baking sheet. I chose heart shapes for Valentine’s Day. Lightly coat each cookie cutter with cooking spray.Treats for the birds

 

Fill each cookie cutter halfway with birdseed.Treats for the birds

 

Before the birdseed hardens push a straw through the mix to create a little hole for your ribbon. Firmly press the mix with your hands or the back of a spoon.

After a few hours, coax each ornament onto fresh waxed paper. Let dry, turning them over every so often, for about 72 hours or until hard. Hang the ornaments outside for the birds to enjoy!Treats for the birds

 

We often treat each other for Valentine’s Day, but it’s nice to make some treats for the birds to enjoy as well!

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