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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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Monday Muffins: Roasted Banana Muffins


I have made banana muffins many times but this was the first time I’ve made Roasted Banana Muffins. Roasting the banana seems to intensify the flavor. These muffins have more of a cake-like consistency and they are delicious and freeze well. These roasted banana muffins are perfect to go with your afternoon cup of tea.Roasted Banana Muffins


Roasted Banana Muffins




2 ripe bananas

2 cups flour

1 ¼ cup sugar

2 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

½ cup milk

1 large egg, beaten

4 Tbsp butter, meltedRoasted Banana Muffins




Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Make a three inch long slice down each banana and lay the banana on a baking sheet. Roast the banana until the skins turn black and the juices in the bananas start to run from the slits in the skins, about ten minutes. Remove the bananas from the oven and keep the oven on.Roasted Banana Muffins


When the bananas are cool enough to handle, discard the peels and place the bananas in a bowl. Mash with a fork and set aside.


In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt and whisk to blend evenly. In another bowl, whisk together the milk, egg and melted butter. Stir in the mashed bananas. Thoroughly combine the dry ingredients with the banana mixture and stir with a wooden spoon to blend well.


Place a paper liner in each cup of a 12-cup muffin tin. Spoon the batter into the cups, filling each about three quarters full. Bake until golden brown or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 15-20 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to let cool.Roasted Banana Muffins Makes 12-14 muffins depending on the size of your muffin tin.Roasted Banana Muffins

As we have been de-cluttering our house we have also started packing like the pros! After getting several quotes for moving across country we realized one way to save money is to do the majority of the packing ourselves. When the house went on the market we packed up the family pictures and various knick-knacks that we want to keep, but that don’t need to be on display. While I miss having family photos out having less clutter around makes keeping things cleaned much easier.Packing Like The Pros


We have moved several times in our life. For our last move we rented a truck and drove from Florida to Vermont. Longer moves are more challenging than an across town move and you want to make sure you pack your items securely so they survive the trip. Here are a few tips to help you pack like the pros!packing like the pros


First tip is to use the right size boxes.

Put heavy items, like books, in small boxes; light items, like linens and pillows, in bigger boxes. This is not only helpful when loading the truck but there is a better chance that everything will arrive to your new destination without breaking.moving boxes


When packing don’t leave any empty spaces in the boxes.

Fill any gaps with clothing, towels or packing paper. The goal is that your boxes are balance and tightly packed.


Avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box.

If you are trying to fill small spaces you may end up having a few random items in a box, but for the most part you want all the kitchen items in one box, pantry items in another box and bedroom items in yet another box. This will make your packing quicker and your unpacking much easier.


Be sure to label your boxes.

This will help the movers to know where the boxes belong in your new home. Number each box and keep an inventory as you pack. This will help you keep track of what you’ve packed and to make sure you still have everything when you unpack. Whatever you do don’t mark a box “MISC”, you will have no idea where that box goes when you get to your new home.


Tape your boxes well.

Tape the bottom and top seams and then make a couple of wraps all the way around the box’s top and bottom edges, where the stress in concentrated.


Bundle breakables

As you pack your dishes, put paper between each plate and then wrap bundles of 5-6 plates together with more paper. Always pack your dishes on their side. Be sure to use plenty of bundled paper as padding above and below the breakables. Cups and bowls can be placed inside each other, just be sure to use plenty of paper in between. Use special dish boxes for your breakables as well.


Packing Artwork

For pictures behind glass, make an x with masking tape across the glass to strengthen it and hold it together if it shatters. Then wrap the pictures in paper or bubble wrap and put in a special fame box. Put cardboard between each famed piece for more protection.Packing Like The Pros


Taking a few precautions as you pack your belongings will ensure that everything arrives safely. Have you ever made a long distance move yourself? We will hire movers to pack the truck and drive our belongings across country, but we expect to save some money by doing the majority of the packing ourselves. Following these simple tips will help us pack like the pros and guarantee that our belongings arrive safely in our new home!

Monday Muffins: Healthy Company Muffins


It’s Monday and time to share another delicious muffin recipe. January is the perfect time of year to make these delicious Healthy Company Muffins. We have a lot of company that likes to visit and play in the snow during the winter months. Nothing better than having a healthy, delicious muffin to offer in the morning. This recipe comes from my favorite book, Simply in Season. I love this book for the simple recipes it contains and the fact that they are geared to helping you eat in season. These muffins are perfect for breakfast or for a good snack. They can be cooked in a regular muffin tin or a mini muffin tin, which works well if you are using them for a snack.


Company Muffins



½ cup flour
½ cup whole-wheat flour
1 cup oat bran or rolled oats
¾ cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt

In a large bowl combine the above ingredients. Set aside.healthy company muffins


In another bowl combine the following ingredients:

2 large tart apples, peeled, cored and shredded

1 ½ cups finely shredded carrots
1 cup chopped walnuts or flax seed meal
½ cup raisins

Add the apples, carrots, walnuts and raisins to the dry mixture.healthy company muffins Stir to coat and make a well in the center of the mixture.


In a separate bowl combine:
2 eggs
½ cup milk
¼ cup oil

Pour into the flour mixture. Stir just until moistened. Fill your muffin tins about ¾ full and bake in a preheated 375F oven for 18-20 minutes.muffins

These muffins are delicious and keep well and the muffins  remain moist for several days. healthy company muffinsYou can also pop a few in your freezer so that you can have these healthy company muffins to enjoy at a later time!Healthy Company Muffins

Best Bee Savvy Salve – a Naturally Healing Salve


Recently a woman named Tita asked me if I would be willing to write a product review for her naturally healing salve. As a former beekeeper I was very interested in her salve which is a natural beeswax salve, made locally in Vermont. Best Bee Savvy Salve is ideal for distressed dry skin, minor burns, cuts, abrasions and eczema. It also has natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to help protect the skin. I have used our own beeswax to make my own lotions and lip balm and was interested to try her salve out.naturally healing salve


In December Billings Farm & Museum picked the Best Bee Savvy Salve as one of the Seven Great Vermont Stocking Stuffers For Women! They included a nice write up on the salve. “This revitalizing and healing salve is the brainchild of Vermont native Tita, who uses the excess wax from the beehives in her garden as the core ingredient, combined with all-natural organic coconut oil, lemongrass, grapefruit, and ylang ylang. Designed for use on lips, hands, feet, and any other exposed areas, Best Bee Savvy is the perfect way to keep skin hydrated and healthy.” They also used a wonderful photo to market the salve.naturally healing salve


Tita’s website if filled with glowing reviews. Not only is the Best Bee Savvy Salve a local product, it is a pure product. My hands get very dry in the winter here in Vermont and this wonderful salve not only softens my hands but it smells wonderful and protects my fingers from cracking! There are so many wonderful properties of beeswax and I’m glad that Tita is using this natural ingredient as the base for her salve.naturally healing salve


I love the packaging too. When my jar arrived in the mail it was well wrapped and included a nice write up of the Best Bee Savvy Salve. You can order the salve here. Buy 1-3 jars of the natural salve for $18.00. If you purchase 4-12 jars the price goes down to $17.00. A little goes a long way and I am confident that my jar will keep my hands protected for the rest of the winter!BeeSalve


If you are interested in learning more about this wonderful naturally healing salve check out Tita’s blog or spend a little time on her website. You can also follow Tita on Facebook. Stop by her Facebook page and give it a like and let her know how you found out about her wonderful salve!naturally healing salve


I received a small jar of the naturally healing salve in exchange for writing a review. What I have written are my own thoughts and I am so thankful Tita reached out to me, otherwise I might not have known about her naturally healing salve!naturally healing salve

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