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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Snow

   South East Oklahoma has had a really, super mild winter.  Hardly any precipitation and really warm temps. Snow finally came on February 28th and today.  A later winter is better than no winter at all.
    Enjoy the pictures (all taken around our homestead).

winter, snowfall, Countrified Hicks, snow on the homestead

winter, snowfall, Countrified Hicks, snow on the homestead

winter, snowfall, Countrified Hicks, snow on the homestead
winter, snowfall, Countrified Hicks, snow on the homestead

winter, snowfall, Countrified Hicks, snow on the homestead

winter, snowfall, Countrified Hicks, snow on the homestead
winter, snowfall, Countrified Hicks, snow on the homestead

winter, snowfall, Countrified Hicks, snow on the homestead

winter, snowfall, Countrified Hicks, snow on the homestead
winter, snowfall, Countrified Hicks, snow on the homestead

winter, snowfall, Countrified Hicks, snow on the homestead

winter, snowfall, Countrified Hicks, snow on the homestead
winter, snowfall, Countrified Hicks, snow on the homestead

winter, snowfall, Countrified Hicks, snow on the homestead

winter, snowfall, Countrified Hicks, snow on the homestead

winter, snowfall, Countrified Hicks, snow on the homestead

winter, snowfall, Countrified Hicks, snow on the homestead


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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Wireless Security Camera


   We had the opportunity to try out the Fujikam Security Camera.   This security camera really is amazing and quite nice in appearance too.
Fujikam security camera,
   The security camera is a high-definition security camera with a LOT of features.  It is wireless and uses Cloud IP networking to access the camera from anywhere.  It also has night vision, 2-way voice, digital zoom, and motion detection.  It is also quite easy to use and set-up even if you are not tech savvy.


     This is a really high quality camera and will give you peace of mind whether it is for your children, an elderly relative, your pets or for home security.


    Using a smartphone, tablet or PC, you can stream real time video to see what is going on.  If you install an SD card, then you can record also with great clarity. 

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Friday, February 13, 2015

3-in-1 Cree LED Flashlight with Magnetized Base

    We really like reviewing the 3-in-1 Cree LED flashlight.  We do a lot of camping and general work on our homestead and this flashlight really has come in handy.  It would be a great addition to a bug-out-bag also.
 
 



   This flashlight is well built and is military grade.  It is durable and looks great too.  For only needing just 3 AAA batteries, the amount of light this flashlight puts out is utterly amazing.  There are 18 white LEDs and 11 red LEDs and a multiple ways to use the light.
      The lighting options are Cree, white, and flashing red LED.  Light comes out the side or the front and the bulbs are listed to last for more than 100,000 hours.  And no that is not a typo...100,000 hours. 


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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Swisher Sweets

   We recently got a chance to review a box of Swisher Sweets cigars.  We had heard of Swisher Sweets before but had never purchased any cigars in the mail before.  The box arrived very quickly and we were pleased with the freshness of the cigars.  The last cigar tasted as good and as fresh as the first cigar in the box. 



   Swisher Sweets are small cigars made in Florida and have been around for a LONG time.  The cigars are not harsh tasting and come in a wide variety of flavors.  They are one of the best selling machine made cigars around.  My husband's favorite is the white grape flavored and the peach flavored.



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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Santamedical Wrist Digital Blood Pressure


Santamedical wrist digital blood pressure monitor




    The Santamedical wrist digital blood pressure monitor is really nice.  I suffer from several medical conditions myself (MS, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes).  My youngest son has heart problems and my hubby is a diabetic too.  Having one of these monitors in our household is pretty much a necessity.  Having it on hand gives us peace of mind.
     This monitor comes in a nice hard case that is small and compact enough to carry in your purse or bag.  The monitor is easy to use and seems to read very accurately.  Some features of this monitor include:  it can store up to 60 different blood pressure readings; it measures your pulse and blood pressure at the same time; it is 100% satisfaction guaranteed; and it self inflates to the right pressure and turns off automatically.  The best part is the price.  Right now, it is less than $21.  What a bargain!

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Dehydrating Broccoli

Dehydrating Broccoli
 
      I love to dehydrate.  It is my favorite way to preserve.   Any fruit or vegetable that exists, I can and will dehydrate it.  Broccoli is easily grown in the garden and we always get a huge harvest from it and can't eat it all before it goes bad so we dehydrate it to be eaten throughout the winter.  By dehydrating it, we can have broccoli whenever we want without running to the store.  
 
    When it comes to dehydrating broccoli, you begin by washing your broccoli thoroughly.  Then cut the florets from the stems.   If the florets are really big, I cut them in half.  Then in a small pot, boil some water and once it is boiling, drop some of your broccoli in and let it bowl one minute.  Remove and add more until it is all blanched.  After blanching, the broccoli is so much brighter and prettier than before.  Now, spread out the broccoli onto your dehydrator trays.
 
Dehydrating broccoli, how to use dehydrated vegetables, dried broccoli, preserving broccoli

 


   Turn on the dehydrator and let it dry for about 8 hours.  The broccoli is done when it is brittle.  To use, just place the dehydrated broccoli in a bowl of really hot water for about 15 minutes.  It can be used just as you would fresh broccoli.  If the broccoli doesn't look "fresh" enough, just soak it in ice water for about 5 minutes and then use.  The cold water improves the look and texture.
       Serve it as a side dish topped with cheese; in soups; or casseroles.  The stems I dehydrated also.  We are not huge fans of the stems so once they are dehydrated I throw them in my Magic Bullet and grind them into powder.  I add some to my green powder and I save some as broccoli powder to be used in dips and as a soup filler.  
 

Dehydrating broccoli, how to use dehydrated vegetables, dried broccoli, preserving broccoli
 

    Store the dehydrated broccoli in mason jars.  It will keep up to a few years but we always use up all of ours over the winter...just in time for the next harvest.  :-)

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Epica Bellows


    These bellows. are awesome.  My teenage son loves to work with his hands and build things. A few years back, he built his own forge in our backyard and starting making knives out of lawn mower blades and all sorts of steel he found on the property.  He has asked for bellows ever since and never had got him any.  These bellows are not only beautiful but efficient.  I really was shocked on how well made these were and how well they worked.  They are currently less than $20 but I would see paying over $50 for these easily.
Epica bellows
    These bellows really help with his forge but would work great on barbecues or fireplaces.  It is made from sturdy wood and all the hardware is metal without any plastic parts so you know it is durable.  The bellows measure 19"x 7.3" so works great for small to medium sized fires.  Perfect for most individual uses. 

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