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Survey says…

…well, I have no idea.  That is why I’m administering a survey!

So, it would appear that I hate myself.  Despite being stupidly busy, I decided to take a 5 credit college class this fall AND sign Jack up for soccer.  Cause you know, I’m an idiot.

What does that mean for this blog?  Hopefully nothing!  Hopefully you won’t even know that I’m getting less sleep and am more busy than ever.  But what it does mean is that I need to be more focused and more planned out on what to post here in this space.  I need to streamline baby!

That is where you come in.  Please.  What are topics that you’d like to see me write about?  Just to generate a few nuggets of inspiration, here are some things I’m planning to blog about in the next few weeks:
                   -canning pears (tutorial)
                   -homemade breathmints
                   -homemade kid-approved 3 ingredient fruit snacks
                   -homemade “fast food” like soups in jars, etc.
                   -roasted tomato products for canning (soups, sauces, etc.) (tutorial)

So what do you think?  Excited?  Bored?  “Where are the fart jokes Sarah” you say?  Don’t worry friends, they’ll be there.

They’ll be there.

So, I’d love your input on additional topics that you’d enjoy hearing about as I start my descent in to crazytown.  I’ve always been crazytown adjacent, but I’m about to be a full-time resident quite soon!

Thanks in advance for your ideas!

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35 comments on “Survey says…”

  1. I like all of ’em. It’s all stuff I’d e interested in learning. 🙂

  2. I’d prefer the fruit snacks and breathmints. I’m not yet to the point where I’m adventurous enough to start canning.

  3. I like all of those topics! I found your blog three days ago (thanks, Pinterest!) and have been slowly but surely reading all the archived entries. I totally love it :). I understand your want to streamline, but everything you’ve done has been effing awesome so far.

  4. I love all of your posts. You make them fun. As long as we get that great sense of humor, Im open to all of your ideas. Im hoping to learn canning soon, so those are nice.

  5. Definately throw in some updates about your crazy juggling act… college AND soccer on top of all the other house stuff you do? That will be quality entertainment right there:)

    Good luck with all of it:)

  6. I love reading all your post. You’ve inspired me to learn to can. I bought a bushel of apples that i found for cheap, and plan to pick up a pressure canner this weekend. I would love to hear more about canning soups, chili, etc. You have me making my own bread. I really enjoy your humor and all you write. thanks

  7. I love all your posts and your humor the most!! Definitely love the canning/cooking recipes. Seems like you have a very interesting life. Let’s hear more about that! =P

  8. I LOVE all the topics your planning out especially the fruit snacks. My kids love fruit snacks so it would be awesome to make them myself. As far as new topics…how do you stay organized? Got any new fall recipes and fun things to do in the fall? You keep on truckin’ lady cause your crazy busy life is an inspiration to us all.

  9. I Love all of the topics you are planning. It is like you read my mind!! I cannot wait to read those posts.

  10. Sounds awesome! MMMmmm roasted tomatoes!! And thank you for the indirect motivation that I can squeeze in one or two more things and not be completely insane. Perhaps you have a high threshold — you sure can accomplish a lot!!

  11. I vote for fruit snacks. 🙂 I found your blog through pinterest and have spent the last few days reading through the archives. I’m a Washington State escapee and have to say your posts have been a pleasant taste of “home”. Love this blog!!

  12. I want the post about “fast” food!

    Also and maybe you already have this and I should check your archives…but do you have a general post on canning? What you use? I have no problem getting books and learning from that but I have a bad habit of getting a new “hobby” and thinking I need every product recommend and then getting overwhelmed by the price of all the supplies needed.

    I make a lot of things that need canned tomatoes and I spend a million dollars on organic canned tomatoes and then fret about the money I’m throwing away and the how I shouldn’t be eating ANY tomatoes from a can so I think your canning tomatoes post has inspired me to take it on…

  13. okay should have searched before I wrote that book of a comment..I found your beginner canning post 🙂

  14. I think what your asking is in addition to the topics you already have planned, what else are we interested…

    for me
    – dinners on the go ( crock pot style , which sounds like something you may be doing with all these new adventures)
    – frugal living tips for those who are already frugal 😉
    – frugal xmas gift ideas
    – kids craft idea ( im going off you kinda things here, aren’t i?)
    – how you prepare your garden for winter ( from canada and i just let snow dump on it and start over every year but i think i should be doing things to my raspberries and such)
    – your daily adventures
    – finacial planning stuff

    😉

  15. “Fast food” & dinners/lunches on the go! Love your canning posts too 🙂

  16. I would like more recipes that involve cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms and peppers. Thanks!

  17. I vote for “fast foods” but I will like anything you post.

  18. First of all, I have to admit that I’ve been stalking your blog for the past two days… to the point of creepiness. I just discovered it and I’m inappropriately excited. You have so much mind-blowingly good ish on here!

    As a newlywed (two months!), I’m figuring out how to be a great wife, great professional, eco-friendly person, etc. You are proof that it works, and it’s worth it. I should maybe stalk a little further before making a request, but at the moment I’m really into learning the basics of how to start a garden. I’d love to get to the point that I’m harvesting and canning fruits and veggies from my own garden like you do. Basics such as square footage, tools/tips, what is easiest to start with, etc., would be really awesome to know. Thanks!

    • Stalkers are welcome as long as they comment! ;-D

      I do have a post on starting seedlings if you look under “garden”, and then up-potting the seedlings.

      More garden posts will be in winter when the planning really starts. For now, do you have a space picked out? You can do things NOW to prepare for next spring. You can lay down cardboard where you want the garden to go. Then put grass clippings, leaves, compost, and then straw. Repeat until you have these layers multiples times. Then cover the whole thing with straw. It’s called a lasagna garden, and come spring you will have so many worms and the best planting medium!

  19. I just like to hear about what you are up to – particularly enjoyed your word picture of the banjo-playing neighbour on the porch of the almost empty house with fruit trees. And then your description of your “love” of canning cracked me up “I do laundry and clean the bathrooms all the time too, but I wouldn’t call those things hobbies.” But if I must vote, I go for homemade kid-approved 3 ingredient fruit snacks. Keep bringing smiles to my inbox!

  20. All are good topics. Pear canning is of interest just cause I’m not sure if you can do hot water bath on those or I need to break out my brand new spiffy RED QVC on easypay 8qt pressure cooker/canner. Fast food is also a good one. Which kind of takes me to wondering how you survive christmas gift giving. Do you make anything special? I really like giftsinajar kind of things cause I belong to several associations and that means cheap bulk gift buying. I should probably read your archives. Nah.. annoying you is faster.

    • You can absolutely water bath can pears! I’m no canning expert, but I’m not familiar with too many fruits that can’t be WBC. I’m sure there are some other there, but I’ve yet to try to can any of them! ;-D

      For Christmas, search “homemade holidays” on the search function of my blog cause there are a lot of previous posts about those! And more will be coming!!

  21. I love all your upcoming ideas Sarah, I have some pears crying right now to be turned into something for winter. I can only think of caramelizing them and adding them with greek yogurt and the innards of a vanilla bean and into the ice cream maker they go. I would also be interested in anything crafty for either xmas gift giving or DIY natural household and beauty products. I would also be interested in more crock pot recipes. What field of study are you in? Maybe on days you are crazy busy you could post recipes or ideas that have been submitted from your readers to share with everyone…..it may give you some much needed time for something else now and then? I love reading your blog and look forward to finding out how to can those damn pears! 🙂 Take care

    • You can can them, but you could also dry them to make pear chips!

      Love the idea of more guest posts/recipes! Lately all the guest post requests I’ve received have been people trying to sell a product.

  22. I’d like to see you post about changing the oil in your new car. I think that would be helpful. 🙂

  23. Hey Sarah…

    Another stalker here. lol. Have been religiously following your blog for the last 6weeks or so…even have my sister stalking you now too. HAHA. Love yer sense of humor and I have even gone out and bought myself a dutch oven!! (I knew you would LOVE that). I have been canning (newbie – first run at it) the “fruits” of my labor from my garden and have gone out to the local orchards for fruit too. BTW…my boys (12 & 16, yes I started young @ age 22) LOVE LOVE the apple butter I made from your blog! More lazy crockpot ideas I would love to see, as well as more kid humor and fart jokes. LOL. I love em all, keep em coming.
    Kelly (from BC Canada)

    • Stalking is always much more fun when it is a family event! ;-D

      Oh you just made my night – you purchased a dutch oven? Whatcha name her? She needs a name!

      Glad the fam loved the apple butter! There are plenty of lazy crockpot recipes under “crockpot cookin” under the recipe tab!

  24. love all those post ideas and very happy there will still be fart jokes. please don’t stop sharing the wonderful things your kidlett says either 😀 (i still giggle to myself every time i see someone smoking lol)

  25. I’m another of your stalker trolls, ever since Pinterest shower discs (wtf? who is this chick that makes her own SHOWER DISCS?) led me to your blog. I haven’t actually made anything except for the dilly beans (which turned out quite tasty, thank you) but I like your writing and fun ideas.

    A couple of ideas:
    – all things pumpkin- I don’t think I see any pumpkin recipes in your archive. Are you morally opposed to them?
    – DIY hair masks
    – Stuff that freezes well. I may never get ambitious enough to can, and forget grinding my own flour. But making a batch of waffles to throw in the freezer? That I can do.

    Keep up the awesome work!

    • Well welcome to the world of named readers Miss Anne!

      Not morally opposed to pumpkin at all…in fact I have about 7 pie pumpkins ripening in my garden right now! ;-D

      Under “breakfast” in my recipe archive is a whole wheat waffle recipe that makes the perfect amount for eating and freezing! Also, search for “frozen pizza”.