Over the years many of us seem to accumulate stuff! I don’t know how it creeps in, but as we go through our house in preparation of an eventual move I wonder how did we get so much stuff, and the question is how to get rid of it!how to get rid of stuff

 

If you live in a populated area you can often have good luck with Craig’s List or perhaps a local Facebook page or even a local flyer. Here in Vermont Craig’s list covers the whole state, and as a result I have never had good luck getting rid of stuff that way.

 

We also have a local flyer called It’s Classified. If the item you’re selling is under $100 you can list for free. They also have an online presence.

 

eBay is another option but it does take some time to price your items and figure out how you’re going to ship them. I have a small pile near my computer of items I am selling on eBay. It may take some time, but I have had good luck getting rid of stuff on eBay.

 

If you’re not trying to make money, Freecycle is another way to get rid of stuff. I have had wonderful results with Freecycle. I have gotten rid of everything from unwanted perennials in the garden to old bicycles!

 

As I go through all the stuff in our home there are several ways to look at it. First decide which things are “must-keep” items. Perhaps these are items you use all the time or you just consider the item too important to throw away. I’ve been asking myself when did I last use this item, if I only use it every few years is it really worth holding on to?how to get rid of stuff

 

Make an area where you can move the items you want to get rid of. We have a spot in our garage. I have a box of books to go to the library for their ongoing book sale. I have a box of things to donate and another area for things I think I can sell.how to get rid of stuff

 

We tried holding a yard sale last year. It was a lot of work, we advertised, held the sale with another family to ensure there was plenty of stuff and at the end of the day we had only made a few hundred dollars! When you live almost three miles off the main road it is just not practical to hold a yard sale.how to get rid of stuff

 

My favorite way to get rid of stuff is to donate. Our local Christian school holds a big yard sale each Memorial Day weekend. I love filling up our car with miscellaneous items that still have good use but that we no longer need. All the money raised at the sale goes directly to the school. It’s a win-win situation. We also have a local church that holds a big sale during the summer. I have also donated to them in the past. Perhaps you know someone personally that you could bless with some of your belongings. Maybe you know a young couple that is just getting started and could really use a bookshelf or some canning jars. You may wonder how to get rid of stuff, but there are so many ways!how to get rid of stuff

 

Throwing things away is hard, but I have learned that if you just tackle a small area at a time it gets easier. Do you have any secrets for getting rid of stuff? Please share how to get rid of stuff in the comments!

There are many variations of this baked spaghetti dish. Looking a perfect dish for company especially when you are not quite sure when they will be arriving? Baked spaghetti can be made ahead of time and popped in the oven for a quick heating.  It was a big hit especially for the two twelve year old boys visiting. They even asked for it for lunch the next day!Baked Spaghetti

 

Baked Spaghetti

 

Ingredients:

 

6 slices of bacon

1 tsp minced garlic

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped green pepper

3 – 14oz cans diced tomatoes

1 – 2.25 can of sliced black olives, drained

1-2 Tbsp oregano

1 pound ground beef, browned and drained

12 oz thin spaghetti, cooked and drained

2 cups cheddar cheese

1 10oz can cream of mushroom soup

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees if you are planning to cook it right away. Spray the bottom and sides of a 9×13 pan with oil.

Fry the bacon, drain and cut into small pieces. Sauté the onion, garlic and green pepper. Add the tomatoes, olives, oregano, bacon and beef. Simmer for 10 minutes. Place 1/2 of the spaghetti on the bottom of your dish. Top with 1/2 of the tomatoes mixture and sprinkle with 1/2 of the cheddar cheese. Repeat. Top with the cream of mushroom soup that has been mixed with the 1/4 cup of water. Pour over the top of the casserole.Baked spaghetti Top with 1/4 cup parmesan cheese. Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes.Baked Spaghetti

 

As I said this baked spaghetti was a big hit. We enjoyed it with a salad for dinner and the leftovers were consumed for lunch the next day. I love dishes that are not only easy but delicious! Plus you don’t need to spend a lot of time in the kitchen making this baked spaghetti!Baked Spaghetti

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Last week I was able to attend a talk given by Sylvia Davatz also known as the “Radical American Gardener”. Several years go I took a six month long class with her which discussed seeds worth saving and how to go about getting started.Vermont, seed saving,seeds worth saving

 

Sylvia is a renowned gardener and seed saver located in Hartland, Vermont. She is passionate about teaching others how to start saving seeds and why it’s an important practice to engage in. During her talk Sylvia explained terms like open-pollinated and hybrid, as well as isolation methods, spacing, plant populations, harvesting, cleaning and storing seeds. The importance of preserving the irreplaceable heritage of biodiversity contained in seeds was discussed.gardens, seed saving, seeds worth saving

 

Over 200 unique vegetable varieties are preserved in her organic Hartland gardens. She grows everything from beets to amaranth! Sylvia is part of a global community saving seeds to preserve heirloom varieties that have been passed down across generations. By planting heirlooms, gardeners are silently protesting the industrial agricultural system and also ensuring these time-tested, community grown seeds will thrive well into the future.gardening, Vermont

 

Why are there seeds worth saving? Seeds are worth saving because we have lost over 97% of all varieties that used to be available commercially. By saving your seeds you can help to maintain those seeds that have been grown by families for years. The quality of the seed is far superior to the seeds available commercially and you can harvest the seeds at the ideal time.Seeds Worth Saving

 

In order for you to be able to harvest your own seeds you must be growing an open pollinated variety, not a hybrid. The easiest seeds to start saving are those plants which are self-pollinating such as peas and beans. You don’t have to worry about cross-pollination and the seeds are easy to harvest. Just wait until the pod is dry.saving cucumber seeds

 

Saving tomato seeds is also easy, but they do best if the seeds are allowed to go through a fermentation stage. By allowing the seeds to go through the fermentation process the seed borne diseases are killed. The seeds of tomatoes are ready when the fruit is eaten.tomato seeds

 

For other plants like zucchini and cucumber, you must allow the fruit to go beyond the eating stage. Let the fruit ripen well beyond the green stage.saving cucumber seeds

 

What ever seeds you decide to save make sure they have plenty of time to dry before storing, and store them in a cool, dark and dry place. There are many seeds worth saving. Have you started saving seeds in your garden yet?

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I love shrimp and my favorite way to enjoy shrimp is a quick and easy dinner of broiled shrimp in olive oil and spices. I figured there was no way to improve that meal until I combined it with pesto spaghetti squash. Talk about a win-win!

 

Marinate the shrimp in olive oil and herbs and placed under the broiler for 5-6 minutes. That’s it, so easy. Usually I serve it on rice with a vegetable side dish.pesto spaghetti squash However, I’m trying to cut back on carbs and I discovered this recipe for pesto spaghetti squash. The hardest part of the meal is roasting the spaghetti squash! I have to say the shrimp paired with the pesto spaghetti squash is delicious and is going to be enjoyed many times this summer!pesto spaghetti squash

 

Pesto Spaghetti Squash with Shrimp

 

Roast your spaghetti squash. While the spaghetti squash is roasting combine in a food processor:

 

2 Cups fresh basil

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

2 Tbsp grated Parmesan

2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Clove garlic

 

Puree in food processor.

 

Broiled Shrimp in Olive Oil and Spices

 

Ingredients:

 

2 pounds of shrimp, the larger the better
½ cup olive oil
2 tsp finely chopped garlic
2 Tbsp finely chopped parsley
1/8  tsp crushed red pepper
½ tsp dried oregano
2 Tbsp fine fresh bread crumbs

 

Directions:

 

Preheat your broiler to high. Split the shrimp down the backside, rinse and pat dry. Add the remaining ingredients to the shrimp and toss to coat evenly. Line a baking dish with foil and arrange the shrimp over it.pesto spaghetti squash

 

Place the shrimp under the broiler, about three to four inches from the source of heat. Broil 5-6 minutes. It is not necessary to turn the shrimp as they cook.pesto spaghetti squash

 

Makes four servings. This recipe can easily be halved as well.

 

Plan to put the shrimp in the oven just as the spaghetti squash is done. Place the 2 cups of the spaghetti squash in a bowl and pour the pesto sauce over. Serve with roasted cherry tomatoes if you like and the shrimp.pesto spaghetti squash

 

Any leftovers are perfect for lunch the next day.pesto spaghetti squash

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