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I hope everyone like my double spinning compost barrels. I will be posting a recipe next, Australian shrimp with blood orange sauce and zucchini pudding. God bless and remember to live creatively 1 day at a time!!!

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Double Compost Barrels And Spinner Rack

SUPPLIES LIST:

2-20 gallon barrels
2-5/8″IDx1/2″ wall R3.2 25/50 fm (092362)
1 3/4 inch hole saw bit
1/8 inch drill bit
2- 3″ 7.6cm hinges
Power drill 2 drawer catches
2- 5/16×1 3/8×2 1/2 inch u-shaped screws with bolts
2- 10x32x2 inch screws with bolts
2-7/8″ 10d sinker
4- 1 1/4 inch PVC spacer/coupler
1- 1 inch x 5ft PVC pipe
2- 2x6x8 top choice boards
1/2 gallon rust oleum paint (optional) exterior weather resistant
Scissors
Tape measure
Philip screw driver
Hand saw or skill saw

DOUBLE COMPOST BARRELS:

Using a hand saw or (saw of your choice) cut your barrels 3 inches from the top, this creates a lid for fill/empty access. Then cut your 5/8×1/2 inch wall 46 3/4 inches. Attach the wall strip to the barrel (make sure to position it correctly because once the adhesive connects it is impossible to re adjust it. Now attach the 3″ hinge right on top of the wall, drill your holes right through it. Attach the lid to the barrel, attach the drawer catch to the front of the lid play around with the bottom piece of the catch and adjust it so when hooked and snapped it pulls the lid tight to assure no spillage when spinning. Now you are ready to drill the holes for the 1 inch x 5ft PVC pipe. Using a 1 3/4 inch hole saw drill bit, drill your holes right in the center between the top and bottom of your barrel. This is for even spin when the tumbler is full of compost. If the holes are to close to the top, instead of spinning the barrel will just rock to and fro.
Now, unless you barrel is already dark, the next step is painting it a dark color. Dark colors draws heat and helps your compost material cook and break down quicker. All done with the com poster, now on to the spinner stand.
Cut your 2x6x8 inch boards in half 4ft each. Using your 1 3/4 inch hole saw bit, drill holes through 3 pieces of your 4 ft boards. ( save the 4th 4ft board for another project)
When you drill the holes be sure to leave plenty of room at the bottom for spinning. Cut your 2- 2x4x8 inch boards 47 3/4 inches, cut the 2 left over pieces 3 ft. These two 3 ft pieces will be your stabilizer legs. I have step by step building pictures that follow, it is easier to follow the pictures, this is a very easy project.

I got my barrels at the car detailing shop by my house, they were free. They use to contain armor all car wash solution. I had to take steps to make them food safe. First I rinsed them thoroughly with hot water until it ran clear. Next I filled them with hot water added 1/2 cup in each and let them soak for 48 hours. After this I rinsed again with hot water, and wash really good with a mild dish liquid. Again rinse thoroughly until water runs clear. Now fill this time using warm water and white distilled vinegar, let it sit over night. If the vinegar water solution is still clear by morning, the containers are food safe. But, if the water solution has a light brown color( like the color of really weak tea) their are still some wash solution and you should do the cleansing process again. Fortunately for me these washed out nicely and passed the food safe test.

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We Can Be Taught

We Can Be Taught

I have been on my own since I was 17 years old, that also was when I had my first child. It isn’t an experience that I’m proud of. Although I would want that same child, I wish I had waited until I was older. But the destiny of our lives is already predicted by a higher power. So I survived the early motherhood, and even learned my strength at an early age. I put aside all teen activity that didn’t include my son, and instead involved him in every aspect of my life. As I adapted to a routine on a daily basis, it started to become fun and easy. It was hard, I was still in high school in Brooklyn, N.Y. And had a studio apt. On Prospect Ave. in the Bronx. I graduated high school with a 4.0 average and attended college on an academic scholarship. Strength, that’s what the experience taught me, and endurance . It moulded me into the serious minded adult that I am today, I am no where near perfect, and still make mistakes as a Mother, but I keep faced forward.
I have through the years learned from my children, not to be harsh in punishment, they are in titled to mistakes also. To be there when they fall or mess up, as my sister was there for me. And to know when to let go, I chose the path of my life so I can’t live precariously through there’s. I,though not wanting to toot my own horn, am very proud of the way my life turned out. It could not have been possible without that Higher Power and strength. It also taught me to give credit where credit is due. Thank you GOD.

My Recipe For Fried Green Tomatoes

Hello fellow post people, I am going to share my fried green tomato recipe with you.
Although I was raised in Brooklyn, New York, I was born in North Carolina and country roots are strong. I hope you enjoy my recipe as much as I do. It is very easy:

INGREDIENTS:

1 large or medium sized green tomato
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1/2 cup of plain white enriched cornmeal
2 large eggs(for drench only)
Sea Salt (for seasoning after you cook the tomatoes)
Black pepper

Slice your tomato, I used a mandolin so each slice is about the same size. Spread them out, and sprinkle them lightly with salt, this will draw the water from the slices, and will help the cornmeal cling instead of falling off. While the tomatoes are resting with the paper towel over them, mix the dry ingredients: stir to assure even mixture. Heat oil in skillet, do not fry them on on high, keep temp at medium for even browning. High will allow them to fry to fast, leaving a well done outer and a undercooked tomato. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl or dish that is easy to use for drenching. You are now ready to fry!! First drench the tomato in the egg, next the cornmeal mixture (use one hand for the wet drench, and the other for the dry drench that way you don’t get to much of either in the other). When the edges show a little golden color flip them on the other side, sprinkle a little sea salt or salt of your choice on the done side right in the skillet. When this side is done place them on a paper towel to drain any remaining oil, and continue cooking the remaining tomatoes. One large tomato will give you about 10 slices if you use a mandolin.
Now eat and enjoy, leave me a comment to let me know if you like this recipe.

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My next DIY project: self sufficient single mom

I hope every one enjoy my herb shelf post. I already have another project lined up, it’s a double composting spinner. Follow my blog for step by step building instructions and ideas.

Being single and self sufficient has it’s advantages, it gets hard sometimes, yet enjoyable at the same time. I get lots of ideas from posts on Pinterest, take what I see and incorporate my way.
Bless all you single parents out there, and let’s always share to make each others load easier.

Thank you, Reks T. Creativeliving1.Wordpress.com

How To: Herb Shelf

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I recently told everyone that I would keep you posted on the building of my three tier herb rack. Well, it’s finished and it turned out really good. I have pictures following. It was very easy, I used wood left over from my chicken coop. All wood material used was purchased at Lowe’s. I used three Mainstay under the window flower planters I bought at Wal-Mart. I even painted it the same barn red as the chicken coop so everything is color coordinated.

Step 1: I had no plan or measurements, but I knew that the shelf had to resemble actual steps,
It easy if you cut both pieces together to assure they are they same measurements.

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Step 2: Use 2×4 board cut to 47 inches each piece, these will be your back legs

Step 3: Nail the 2×4 to the top of your steps

Step 4: Now nail 1 of your 18 inch 2×4 boards in between the top part of your shelf, and the other
18 inch 2×4 board in between the bottom of your shelf. These will hold it steady, and keep your planter containers from falling over.

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That’s it guys, you have your herb shelf. All that’s left is to paint it, or not. The natural wood is fine also. But if you decide to paint, make sure to use an outdoor paint. Rustoleum is a very good
Brand for this project, one coat and weather resistant. 4 easy steps to having herbs all throughout
The winter. You can even bring your planters indoors when the weather is really rough.

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