Thursday, September 2, 2010

Happy Heinys Sized Diapers & a Giveaway Ends 09-14-2010

I have to say these were one of our favorite pocket diapers when our children were in cloth. One Sized diapers were just coming out in testers when my children were ending their cloth diapering careers.

Our last little darling was allergic to just about everything PUL included. We had been reduced to prefolds with a hemp insert and wool covers. Although they were fantastic and we loved our wool covers there were times that a PUL covered diaper would have been nice. Like nap times or an extended trip shopping would have been great. Happy Heinys were the perfect fit and the answer for us.

What did we love about our Happy Heinys? Just about everything, the wide Aplix closures were great and harder for our little streakier to get off. The no leg casings were the biggest blessing for us because the fleece pokes out around the leg opening the PUL did not touch her skin only the oh so soft fleece.  Our last favorite thing about the Happy Heinys is that they do not come with an insert allowing us to use what we all ready had. As our little one could not use the micro fiber inserts it was nice to not have to figure out what to do with an insert we did not need.

The wonderful colors and now even prints made cloth diapering even more fun for us. I remember taking our daughter to get her picture taken, you know the one the famous diaper shot every parent gets of there kids. I had our daughter in a hot pink diaper and the photographer just stood there for the longest time waiting for me to expose the diaper. When I told her the pink was the diaper she was overjoyed to not have to take those boring white disposable diaper shot. The photographer took extras shots just because the diaper was so cute, well that and my baby was so cute of course.

Having sized diapers was perfect for us and we believe that everyone should have some in there stash. The fit is always perfect for your little one and trimmer in the smaller sizes to get under some clothes.

Because we think everyone should have a sized pocket in their stash this months giveaway is one sized solid Happy Heinys pocket diaper in the size you need. The giveaway date is September 14th.
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Monday, August 30, 2010

Simple steps to start canning!

It is that wonderful time of the year, where you are trying to savor every last bit of the summer and fall produce that you can. This is also the time of the year that I bring out the canning supplies and get to work on saving those moments. It is my hope to also create great memories for my kids as I had as a child as well.

Plus the added benefit is pulling something off the shelve that you created! One of the fun things with canning is that you can change flavors up if you would like.

To get you started with canning here is a quick and easy recipe for canning pickles:

Ingredients Or you can get a Ball pickle mix which is really easy to use.

* 3 to 3-1/4 pounds small pickling cucumbers (I personally use whatever I have available)
* 4 cups water
* 4 cups white vinegar
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1/3 cup pickling salt
* 6 tablespoons dillseeds

Step 1:
Collect your cucumbers and wash them:

Start by getting off the ends as the enzymes can affect your canning.

Then slice about 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick!

Step 2:
Get Your Boiling Water Canner Ready.

Wash your jars to prepare them for use.

Then place them in your boiling-water canner (some people like to use a different pot, however I figure this way the water is already heated). Turn up the heat to high and get the jar to just about boiling, this will sterilize the jars for use.

Step 3:
This is where you would like to get your supplies ready for starting the canning and get your recipe ready. Get your vinegar out (you can use white vinegar in this recipe or apple cider vinegar) Decide if you would like to use a mix or do your own. The pictures I took were well I was making bread and butter pickles and I choose to use a mix. If you use the recipe above you would combine water, vinegar, sugar and pickling salt. Bring to boiling.

With the mix I used you combined the ingredients and brought it to a boil and then placed your mixture over your cucumbers for 30 minutes or until room temperature. However for the recipe above, pack your cucumbers into pint or quart jars and then add the heated mixture directly into the jar leaving 1/2 inch headspace.

Step 4:
Packing and preparing your jars, here is a picture of the items you will need. You can get them all in a starting canning set.

When placing the liquid in the jar using the funnel helps reduce the mess, especially if you are canning tomatoes or applesauce.

Prepare your lids by putting them in hot, but not boiling water. Boiling water will affect the sealing material on the lid. (REMEMBER TO ONLY USE A LID ONCE)

Take a spatula along the inside of your jar to remove air bubbles.

Then wipe the outer rims of your jars. Any debris can hinder the lid from properly sealing.

Take your lid out of the hot water and place it evenly on your jar.

Place the outer ring on your jar, not to tight though. (The outer rings can be reused.)

Place jars in boiling water for 10 minutes for pickles. For other canning recipes check to see the timing. Tomatoes for instance take 40 minutes for a pint jar and 45 minutes for a quart jar.

Take the out and let them rest. Pickles need to rest for about 3-4 weeks to really get the full flavor. Also you will notice a white film on the outside of my jar, I forgot to add vinegar to the water. That will help reduce that.

I know this can look overwhelming, but it took me about 20 minutes of prep work for getting the pickles ready and about 20 minutes to finish it all up! The more you do it the easier it becomes. Good Luck and happy canning!

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