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Up the gully

Haul cattle panelsMark's got a useful saying for every occasion, and two of these gems came to mind on Friday.  Can "work smart not hard" involve paying someone else to do the impossible task of carrying 41 cattle panels and 82 fenceposts through a swamp and up a gully to the pig pasture?  (It's smart because we didn't have to do it!)

B.J.'s brother and step-cousin-once-removed (if I got that relationship right) did an amazing job of plugging along through the back-breaking labor.  A passel of these awesome cookies helped.  (I'd lower the sugar content by 25% to 50% for adults, but the kids ate about 70% of the batch as-is.)

"If you're going to break a man do it on a Friday."  Yep, this one definitely applies.  The question is, if you break a man on a Friday, will he come back Monday to continue working through the rest of his spring break?

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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That cookie recipe looks delicious! I would suggest experimenting with a small batch if you are thinking of reducing the sugar by 1/4 to 1/2. The sugar in baked goods is usually not just a sweetener, but also affects the structure and texture of your end product (especially when using the method in this recipe, where the butter and sugar are creamed together). It would be a shame to use all the expensive ingredients of a full batch and get disappointing results.
Comment by Heather Sat Mar 30 21:14:35 2013

I think cookies make everything better!.

This is a random note, but i am getting my quick hoops up finally, and i stead of using rebar as stakes to hold the hoops, we used a larger diamter pvc and slid the hoops inside them, Pvc is way easier to cut, cheap, and they pounded i to the ground very easily. And they are holding very well so far. Just thought i would memtion another option to the rebar.

Comment by Deb Sun Mar 31 02:37:36 2013





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