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MaryJanesNiece Posted - Oct 22 2015 : 7:57:05 PM
I am excited to begin working on my merit badges and sharing my experiences with everyone! After much debating I was finally able to pick the top 4 badges I plan to accomplish first!
I choseÖ.

1.Pampered Pets (Outpost)
-Itís important to me that my pets are healthy and will live a long happy life. Knowing what is best for them will allow me to enhance their life.

2. Bread Making (Farm Kitchen)
-I have always enjoyed cooking and now look forward to a better way of cooking.

3. Embroidery (Stitching and Crafting)
- Would love to make something special for my baby boy just like my Grandma Butters made for me.

4. Water Conservation (Cleaning Up)
- I love the idea of helping save the planet as well as help me save money on my bill.

With that in mind, what merit badges do you fellow farmgirls plan on accomplishing first? Or working towards right now? Any of them hold a special meaning that drives you to accomplish one over another?

Much luck and enjoyment in your merit badge experiences!
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AussieChick Posted - Apr 19 2021 : 5:36:57 PM
Hi Krista,

I am working on the "Disconnect to Reconnect" and "Outstepping" badges this weekend. Your son might enjoy achieving these badges if he likes camping and being outdoors. I know you guys are heading into your summer over there, so it might be a great time to go hiking and explore some trails he's never been on before.

Have fun achieving your badges together!
Cindy

Farmgirl #6058

"The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have".
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Apr 19 2021 : 1:02:53 PM
How is everyone's badges coming along? Any updates?

Krista
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Mar 15 2021 : 1:01:53 PM
Oh my goodness! I just realized that my son Tilton will be old enough this year (in December) to start working on the Young Cultivators Badges! Iím excited to get started on them with him! I did see that I can request for him to start earlier than 6. I will have to look at the badges and see if there are any he would be able to do now and could apply for him to start now!

Krista
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Mar 01 2021 : 1:46:27 PM
Heather, I agree! The more research the better!

Krista
nndairy Posted - Feb 26 2021 : 5:08:21 PM
Cindy - that's too funny! I just finished "The Secret Life of Bee's"!!!! It was a very good book.

I'm thinking I might have to research more than one chocolate place - just to see for sure what I like best LOL!!!

~Heather
Farmgirl Sister #4701
September 2014 Farmgirl of the Month


"The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment" - Yogi teabag
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Feb 26 2021 : 12:10:39 PM
Heather, very much agreed! Itís all for research purposes lol! I am going to have to work on that badge sooner than later! I do love chocolate.

Cindy, you are doing awesome with your badges. You are definitely an inspiration!

Krista
AussieChick Posted - Feb 25 2021 : 6:09:20 PM
You are so right Heather! "The True History of Chocolate" will be my next book to read (and I can't wait to do the chocolate sampling part for that badge). I am currently reading the "Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd for my "Secret Life of Bees" badge. I'm quite enjoying it!

Farmgirl #6058

"The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have".
nndairy Posted - Feb 19 2021 : 1:55:27 PM
I got my planner a couple weeks ago and am currently reading some books. It's been YEARS since I earned any badges! I can't believe it's been so long but I'm hoping to get quite a few accomplished this year :) If you're looking for a good place to start I suggest the chocolate one :) I'm reading the book now and can't wait to go back to the chocolate shop and sample the goodies - for the sake of earning a badge of course LOL!!

~Heather
Farmgirl Sister #4701
September 2014 Farmgirl of the Month


"The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment" - Yogi teabag
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Feb 19 2021 : 11:35:54 AM
I agree Jean! So many amazing and talented ladies here! You should definitely give them a try yourself. Do you know which one you would want to start with first if you do?

Krista
JeanP Posted - Feb 17 2021 : 5:34:55 PM
Oh my goodness, I am in total awe at the accomplishments of the Merit Badge Awardees these last few days. Amazing and very inspirational. I haven't attempted any Merit Badges yet, but you Farmgirls are sure inspiring me. Keep up the good work.
jean

"However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at."
. . . .Stephen Hawking
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Feb 12 2021 : 1:47:26 PM
Congratulations Sara! That is awesome! Iím really hoping to get some done myself lol! I look forward to seeing what you work on in the future.

Krista
YellowRose Posted - Feb 12 2021 : 07:46:29 AM
Krista, I am happy to report I achieved the intermediate and expert badges too. Will take a break from working on badges and do something else for a while. Hope to come back to badges in a couple of weeks. I'll be checking in to see what everyone is up to.

FarmGirl Hugs, Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 Aug 2014
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Feb 05 2021 : 10:57:36 AM
Way to go Sara! You are doing awesome with your badges. I really need to get back at mine! I just need to write up my intermediate cross stitch badge for submitting. I will do that this weekend.

Krista
YellowRose Posted - Feb 05 2021 : 05:34:00 AM
Krista, I kept a spiral notebook on my kitchen table and jotted down any changes I made. I've finished all the mixes and now to write it up to submit.

Cindy, I read all the badges you achieved. I'm in awe of you. Well done!



FarmGirl Hugs, Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 Aug 2014
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Feb 03 2021 : 12:40:46 PM
Maybe keep a pen and paper on every cupboard to help remind you! Lol.

Krista
YellowRose Posted - Feb 01 2021 : 12:50:02 PM
Yes, Krista. I made 3 mixes today. Will have to dry a little rosemary for another. That'll make four with four more to go. Have to order more butter for the "white sauce butter ball".

The hardest part for me is to remember to write down the changes I make to a recipe.

FarmGirl Hugs, Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 Aug 2014
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Feb 01 2021 : 12:38:52 PM
Sara, that is awesome! You are on a roll! Congratulations on submitting your badge. Are you starting your intermediate badge now?

Krista
YellowRose Posted - Jan 31 2021 : 05:19:46 AM
Yesterday I submitted my beginner badge for Kitchen Renegade. Now the wait begins.

FarmGirl Hugs, Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 Aug 2014
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
YellowRose Posted - Jan 30 2021 : 08:03:06 AM
Krista, lemon pepper is a good one to start experimenting. Before long you're be making your own lemon pepper.

I have decided on what mixes I will make for the Renegade Badge.

Trelingua Blend from MaryJane's "Idea Book - Cookbook - Life Book" - I've made it before and really like it. It's for venison but I use it on beef & bison.

Will work on exact measurements for the chili mix I made.

Recipes in "Spice Mix Recipe Book"
Taco Mix and Pizza Mix

Recipes in "More-Make-a-Mix-Cookbook"
Buttermilk & onion salad dressing mix.
Onion seasoning Mix - substitute for dry onion soup mix

This cookbook broaden my idea of what a mix is. Along with mixes for spice rack and pantry there are recipes for the freezer.

Ground beef mix - I already do this but never thought of it as a mix just a short cut. I've learned that mixes are shortcuts that help us in the kitchen.

White sauce butter ball - can't wait to make this one and have it in the freezer for all kinds of cream sauces, soups and gravy.





FarmGirl Hugs, Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 Aug 2014
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Jan 22 2021 : 1:20:14 PM
That is very true. I think I would need to start off familerizing myself with the different kinds of spices. I recently learned about lemon pepper and have found I really like it. Last night I cooked my asparagus with it and it was delicious! I'll have to keep experimenting.

Krista
YellowRose Posted - Jan 21 2021 : 08:15:28 AM
Krista, I learned to add my touch to recipes because I often didn't have an ingredient or couldn't afford it. For the most part my changes are successful, but I have either had to eat my mistakes, or trash them. Mistakes are helpful because they taught me what not to do.

FarmGirl Hugs, Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 Aug 2014
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Jan 20 2021 : 1:24:53 PM
I am so terrified to break away from recipes and make things myself lol! There are only a couple of recipes where I have changed a spice or 2 but thats it. I definitely admire you ladies who do! I hope to cook like you one day!

Krista
KnyttWytch Posted - Jan 19 2021 : 10:16:40 AM
What are the recipes that always get asked for at family get togethers and what are your youngest's fabourites? That could be your starting point!


Jill
Farmgirl #6748

"When life gets super crazy, do your art. It helps you remember the exquisite, imaginary, delightful, lovely side of what is otherwise sometimes a bit much" Sylvia Olsen
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#6958 Disabled knitter and stitcher (lover of real food!)
jillyd Posted - Jan 18 2021 : 3:02:01 PM
Sara, that's rather how I cook too, unless I'm trying a new recipe. My youngest wants me to write down my "best" recipes for when he moves out, and figuring out measurements will be a challenge. I have yet to hear what my "best" recipes are. :) Looking forward to hearing about your mixes. I have many jars of things I have dried, but haven't used a fraction.

Jill
Farmgirl #6748

"When life gets super crazy, do your art. It helps you remember the exquisite, imaginary, delightful, lovely side of what is otherwise sometimes a bit much" Sylvia Olsen
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Jan 18 2021 : 1:30:24 PM
Sara, thatís a good idea! Good luck with all the work for you Badge! I bet you will have a lot of fun with this one.

Krista

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