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Don’t get me wrong, I like my Scrubbing Bubbles as much as the next guy. But every time I use them, I feel guilty. Who knows what I’m doing to the environment just to keep from having to scrub my shower? (Seriously, all you have to do is spray and rinse…)

Well, I finally decided to try something new. Le Scrub from Method is a eucalyptus and mint-scented cleaner made with eco-friendly ingredients. Sure, I had to use a little more elbow grease than usual. But really, it didn’t take much effort at all.

I’ll be honest with you — I’m going to keep the leftover can of Scrubbing Bubbles under my counter in case I ever need to bring out the big guns. But once it’s finally gone, I don’t think I’ll be buying it again…

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Look at this mess.

I love kitchen gadgets, but since I’m really not much of a cook, they usually end up in this drawer unused. Aside from the fact that I just like getting my hands on new things, I’m always secretly thinking that whatever gadget I’m buying will be the one that finally helps me to figure out this whole cooking thing.

Of course, it doesn’t work out like that. And I end up with something new to add to the drawer…

 

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What’s the most reliable indicator that the hot, sweaty days of summer have finally given way to the cool, crisp nights of autumn? This Farming Man changes his bedspread.

I have two of them, one that’s a very pale beige color and one that’s dark brown. Once the warmth of summer ends, the pale beige cover goes into the closet and the dark brown one makes its seasonal debut.

I remember going with a friend to the department store to get the second bedspread. He was a little surprised that I was buying it, seeing as I, you know, already had one. I tried to explain that it just wasn’t the right shade of brown for the season, but he still thought I was nuts.

Living in a small apartment in the city, I really don’t have any weatherizing to do to get my place ready for the winter. So switching the bedspread has become my twice-yearly ritual to mark the change of seasons. And the passing of time…

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I’ve been thinking about changing the color of my apartment for a while. And by “a while,” I mean about ten years. Pretty much since the last time I painted it.

I’m really indecisive when it comes to paint colors. Whenever I think that it’s time to make a change, I go to the Home Depot and get a bunch of color swatches. Then I end up holding them up to the wall in different kinds of light before leaving them on the kitchen counter for a couple of weeks until I move on to another project. (I had high hopes for the Martha Stewart Living paint collection at Home Depot, but I’ve followed the same pattern with that…)

It’s not that I don’t know what I want. I’ll see pictures in home design magazines and think how much I’d love to do something similar in my place. But I usually end up feeling like the change would be too drastic, and that I’d have to get a whole new wardrobe and personality to match it. Keep reading…

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This Farming Mom loved her birthday cake yesterday. I was worried how it would turn out, because I lost count and thought I might have added an extra half cup of sugar to the bowl before mixing everything up. (Not that the cake wasn’t a total sugar bomb anyway…)

The cake looked pretty good too, for which credit has to go to my new icing spatula. I got it the other month from the Martha Stewart Collection at Macy’s, and this was the first time I used it.

Let me tell you something. There’s a reason why Martha is always recommending using one of these things to frost a cake. It made it so much easier. Unlike a regular knife, which I’ve been using for the last ten years of baking, the blade of the spatula is offset at the perfect angle to smooth out the sides and top without getting your knuckles covered in frosting.

It now has a place of honor in the utensil bin on my kitchen counter.

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This Farming Man has never claimed to have a green thumb. But for some reason, this plant in my kitchen window just keeps growing and growing and growing. I bought it three or four years ago at Whole Foods, and it was just a scraggly thing in a tiny little pot. As you can see in the picture above, it’s all grown up now. I transplanted it into a bigger pot, and now all I do is water it three times a week and say “hi” to it every morning. I guess that’s enough to make it happy.

Every couple of months, it gets so big that the branches hang over into the dishwasher and get in the way when I’m trying to take the dishes out. So I have to give it a little trim, which is what I did today. Keep reading…

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While I had the sewing machine out, I decided to mend my reusable grocery bag from Whole Foods. I’ve used it so much that the handle was starting to come off, so instead of buying a new one (even though I really like some of the new designs; I especially liked the ones that looked like a wooden bushel and a galvanized steel pail), I sewed this one back together.

It’s hard to see in the picture, but everywhere there’s white thread is from me. (I used white instead of green, because I didn’t feel like changing out the bobbin…)

Mending a reusable grocery bag? That’s doubly green of me, isn’t it?

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