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Fix-A-Heads

Today I have a special surprise for you. I have asked my mother-in-law Claudia “AKA Mom” to talk about how she saves her leftovers from larger meals. Mom’s advice will save you money. 😊 If your anything like me, I’m sure your all for saving money.

Until I met Stace and got to know his mom I had never heard of leftovers being call fix-a-heads. I thought you would enjoy Claudia’s tips about what she calls fix-a-heads.

When Mom has leftovers from the week, she will use her
Vacuum Sealer Machine on some food items. (I like to use the
FoodSaver bags for the vacuum sealer). She will also use zip lock freezer bags, or a freezer container and freeze the item. Don’t forget to write on it the date and what the item is. After it’s frozen sometimes its hard to tell what it is or how long it’s been in the freezer.

Some of Claudia’s favorite meals to save are leftover meatloaf, hamburgers, stews, mashed potatoes, and vegetables. You can use your imagination there’s no limits.

Our YouTube video that Claudia and I made about Fix-A-Heads

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Water in Your Gas

Hi there, welcome to Tailspin farms. I have to tell you about my boo-boo. I had a couple of gas cans empty, so I put them in the back of my truck.  They rode around in the back of my truck for several days before I remembered to fill them.

Stace and I was headed out to bring the goats in. We were in the cart that we use every day. I told him we had better stop and put gas in the cart before we headed out to bring in the goats. I filled the cart with one of the gas cans I had filled the day before. Off we went…then the cart started spiting and sputtering all the way out to let the goats in and all the way back.

We made it back to the house and Stace started checking out the cart. He didn’t need to be doing this because he just had knee surgery a week ago. But he was determined. He checked the gas…and guess what, it was very cloudy. It would normally be clear, and you could see the bottom of the tank. After checking the gas can he found that the spout had been chewed on by what looks like a Squirrel, and water from all the rain had got into the can and I didn’t realize it when I was filling it.

It just so happened that all the family was coming over for Christmas. Kristen and Matt arrived first. Matt being the nice guy he is drained the gas out of the cart. He checked the other gas can to make sure there was no water in it 😊 There wasn’t, so it was good to go. Matt put the new gas in and the cart runs now.

Thank God for the men in our family know how to fix things. It seems like I always have something to fix around the farm. If I didn’t break it, it breaks on its own. 😊

So now I’m able to do all my chores using the cart.

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Living With Fibro Fog

Fibromyalgia, IBS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrom, Closed Head Injury 

Living with fibromyalgia, IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and closed head injury is not easy.  Day to day my symptoms change, always with constant pain. 

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread pain, sleep problems, fatigue. Not to mention all the other conditions that go with fibromyalgia. Like fibro-fog.  

Fibromyalgia affects all aspects of the person living with it. Although chronic pain is one of the most debilitating symptoms of Fibromyalgia, there are a whole range of others like: 

  • Tinglingor numbness in hands and feet like little pins and needles
  • Extrememuscle stiffness in morning
  • Headaches,including migraines
  • Irritablebowel syndrome
  • Painfulmenstrual periods and other pain syndromes
  • Extremesensitivity to light, and/or loud noises
  • Problemswith thinking and memory (sometimes called “fibro fog”)

Fibro-fog has been described with the following symptoms:

  • Mental and physical fatigue
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Forgetfulness 
  • Difficulty retaining new information
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty carrying on a conversation
  • Difficulty to focus
  • Easily distracted 
  • Lace of alertness

With having fibromyalgia and closed head injury together it can be incredibly debilitation. So much so, that sometimes it helps to see the humor in it…or go crazy. If you deal with enough pain for a long time, you may want to embrace the crazy side of it all.

Like putting your purse in the dryer, then when you did a load of clothes there was your purse. 🙂 🙂  My husband and I laugh at all the crazy things I do. Or you walk into a room with a purpose but quickly forget what you went there for in the first place. My husband tells me all the time “focus, focus”.  Like my grandmother always said, “you sound laugh about it, no need to cry over spelt milk.”  It helps that I have an understanding and loving family. 

“Everyone forgets words sometimes. But usually when you do you are able to give a definition or a word having the same or nearly the same meaning. With the fibro fog, the word is gone completely and utterly gone.”

Fibro fog is having to set alarms on my phone for every- single- thing I do in my day.

I could be having a conversation with my husband, and all of a sudden, I stop talking, look at him and say, ‘What were we talking about?’ Because I can’t remember to save my Life!

Thank you so much for stopping by our blog. Hope you come back soon to visit.


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Tailspin Farms YouTube Channel

Tailspin Farms YouTube Channel.

Yes, we have a YouTube channel. When I set up the YouTube channel I put it under Margarita Crews. I was just starting to learn about YouTube and wasn’t sure how it all worked. Well, now years later I use it for our farm “Tailspin Farms”. 

I have been making videos of things happing on the farm. How to videos, about my health, and coming soon crafting videos.

Hope you will visit our YouTube channel and like and subscribe to it.

Check out my video talking about our YouTube channel

Thank you so much for stopping by our blog. Hope you come back soon to visit. 

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Need The Right Tools for the Job

When you have the right tools for a job it makes it easier to do that job. Here on our farm “Tailspin Farms” when one of my tools get broke or misplaced it’s hard for me to complete the job at hand. 

Cleaning our stalls and barns here are some of my favorite tools, a leaf rake, grain shovel, and manure fork. I use them every day to clean up after our goats.   

Leaf rack works great to clean up after goats. 
I rake the goat pellets into the gain shovel. 
A manure fork works great to pick up old hay.

Tools on the Farm

Including the leaf rake, grain shovel, manure fork we also use a good heavy water hose. We like to use the heavy hoses because they last longer and hold up to all the use here at our farm. 

I would call our equipment tools also. Just because they are a key tool in helping us with big jobs. Lik our EZGo cart with a dump bed. Our cart gets used twenty-four / seven. No matter what we are doing we always use our cart. When cleaning up after our livestock this cart works great. Building a fence or repairing fence we load up the cart and here we go. One of the best gifts my hubby has bought me. 🙂 

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How to Tell If Eggs Are Fresh

How to Tell if Eggs Are Fresh

You can’t tell just by looking at an egg whether it is fresh or not. The good news is that there is a very simple way to test the freshness of an egg and there’s no need to crack it.
Whether you buy eggs from the store or from a local farmer, all you need is a bowl of water to do a quick freshness check.

A Quick Test to Check an Egg’s Freshness

Fill a deep bowl, pan, or tall glass with enough cold tap water to cover an egg. Place the egg in the water.
• If the egg lies on its side on the bottom, the air cell inside is small and it’s very fresh.
• If the egg stands up on end and bobs on the bottom, the air cell is larger and it isn’t quite as fresh. It is probably between one and three weeks old, which is perfectly acceptable to eat.
• If the egg floats on the surface, it is bad and should be discarded.

 

Why the Float Test Works So Well

The reason this method works is that the eggshells are porous, which means they allow some air to get through. Fresh eggs have less air in them, so they sink to the bottom. But older eggs have had more time for the air to penetrate the shells, so they’re more buoyant and will float.

Signs of a Bad Cracked Egg

We don’t always think about checking the freshness of our eggs before cracking them. That’s why it’s also good to know how to tell if an egg is bad after it’s out of the shell. A very fresh egg out of the shell will have an overall thick white which doesn’t spread much. The yolk will stand up and have a nice, rounded dome.

  1. If the egg white is quite thin and spreads, it is probably past its peak.
  2. A flattened yolk or one that breaks very easily is an indication that the egg is old.
  3. The white of a very fresh egg will be cloudy. A clear egg white indicates an older egg, but not necessarily a bad egg.
  4. When in doubt, give it the sniff test. The smell of a rotten egg is unmistakable and should be apparent immediately upon cracking. If it smells bad, do not eat it.
Choosing and Storing Eggs

Now that you know how to test your eggs, it’s time to get a few buying and storage tips.
• Store them wisely
To ensure your eggs stay as fresh as possible, make sure you’re storing them in the coldest part of your fridge—that’s usually going to be the bottom shelves, because of cold air sinks, and towards the back of the fridge. Many people like to store their eggs on the inside of the fridge’s door—sometimes there’s even a little egg compartment in there—but that’s actually the warmest part of the fridge since it gets the most exposure to the kitchen’s heat.  It’s best to point the small end down, so get in the habit of flipping your eggs whenever you bring a new carton home.
• Eggs which are a week or so old are easier to peel than very fresh eggs when cooked in the shell. This makes them perfect candidates for hard-boiled eggs. To keep hard-boiled eggs fresh, keep them in the shell until you’re ready to eat them.
• Still, always discard any eggs that have an odd appearance or odor, or that have been stored improperly—even if they passed the sink test. It’s not worth the risk of getting sick

Store them wisely
To ensure your eggs stay as fresh as possible, make sure you’re storing them in the coldest part of your fridge—that’s usually going to be the bottom shelves, because of cold air sinks, and towards the back of the fridge. Many people like to store their eggs on the inside of the fridge’s door—sometimes there’s even a little egg compartment in there—but that’s actually the warmest part of the fridge since it gets the most exposure to the kitchen’s heat.

Have chickens?

Don’t wash your eggs until you’re ready to use them. They have a covering, known as bloom, that protects them from bacteria. Leave eggs intact until you’re ready to cook them, and your home-grown eggs should outlast grocery store varieties.
Finding blood in an egg may seem gross and cause for tossing out the egg (and all of the ingredients that you’ve just cracked it into), but it’s actually completely safe to eat. Occasionally a blood vessel ruptures when an egg is being formed, and this causes a small blood spot (also referred to as a meat spot) to appear on the yolk. You can remove it if you’d like, but the egg is perfectly safe to eat with or without the blood spot.


If you buy your eggs from the grocery store, you probably won’t come across an egg with a blood spot very often, if ever. Egg producers use electronic spotters to detect eggs with spots, and they’re removed before they go to market.
If you have your own chickens, or you buy your eggs direct from a farmer, you may see blood spots a bit more frequently, simply because the spotted eggs aren’t being culled.

Now you know how to tell if eggs are bad, here’s how to get a perfect poach on your super-fresh eggs.

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Amazon Prime Day 2018 Deals

Amazon Prime Day 2018 Deals

Happy Monday! A brand new week is here, what do you plan on doing with this week? I think I will start my week by shopping on the Amazon Prime Day. I’m letting you know it’s Amazon Prime Day today (and deals start in just a few minutes!)!!  I have saved on household items, yard items, car items, and the list goes on and on.

I’m a pretty frugal person, so I buy things on sale whenever I can and that especially applies to bigger purchases. I buy several items for our home on Amazon.

There are a lot of products that I have used to help me save money by shopping on Amazon. I wanted to make sure I shared them with you today so that you can snag them if you’ve had your eye on something that Amazon decides to put on an amazing sale today! Here are some of our favorite items from Amazon.’          

pingbingding HDTV Antenna Amplified Digital Outdoor Antenna–150 Miles Range–360 Degree Rotation Wireless Remote–Snap-On Installation Support 2 TVs

I’m looking for items to start my Christmas shopping. Hohoho!!

The deals are slowly rolled out throughout the day, starting at 3 pm Eastern, so make sure you’re watching the items you want!

Click below for my post on the products that have really helped me in my weight loss journey that will probably be put on a great sale today.

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A Glass of Sweet Tea

A Glass of Sweet Tea

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There’s nothing better than a glass of ice tea to drink. If anyone knows me they know I love my sweet tea. I drink sweet tea year round all day long. Always have a glass of sweet tea in my hand.  Durning the day while I’m working on the farm I make several trips inside to refill my glass with sweet tea.  Also to cool off a bit before heading back out to work.

We were at our favorite restaurant La Encalidia in Nixon Texas having dinner when by mistake the waitress put lemonade in my tea.  To my surprise, I like the lemonade in my sweet tea. It’s really good and refreshing!  Now I know people have done this for years but it was something new for me.

Since I liked it so much I bought a lemonade mix to put in my sweet tea. I add a tablespoon of lemonade mix to a glass of sweet tea. Hmmmmmm! It may be all in my head but it seems to help quench my thirst.  With our hot summer days hitting 100 degrees and more.  This is the most thirst-quenching tea I have ever made!!!

This drink has to be my favorite drink for the hot summer months. Give it a try and let me know what you think of it.

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Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July! Hope you are having a safe and fun 4th of July!

What are your plans for the day?

Relaxing day on the 4th of July

We stayed home and made some home cooking from the kitchen. (Where it was cool)  I cooked my sweetheart some cooked cabbage, fresh sausage, butter beans, and cornbread. All day the house smelled so good. 🙂 🙂

Stace’s parents came out and enjoyed the day with us.

We also had a short visit from our youngest daughter Kristen and her boyfriend Matt. Of course, while they were here they had to go out and see Monster. Monster is our new Boer Buck born this year. Matt thinks he is cool looking.

We are Blessed on this day with, faith, love, home cooking, and fellowship. Oh, and did I forget to mention chocolate. Brownies with a double chocolate chip. Hmmmm! Just melts in your mouth.

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20 Year Anniversary

20 Year Anniversary

Where has time gone? It seems like it was just yesterday that I married my best friend Stace. We’ve been married 20 years as of June 26. Wow! Time flies when you’re having fun.

For our 20th anniversary, we booked an Airbnb Bed and Breakfast in Burnet, Texas.

We booked an Airbnb Bed and Breakfast in Burnet, Texas. Well, it was the whole house… it was outside of town on a working ranch. If you know anything about us, that fits us perfectly. 😊 (We didn’t have to take care of any animals.) The place was very quiet, peaceful and very beautiful, it reminded us so much of our cute little house we had in Southern Floresville that we miss so much.

We enjoyed visiting with the owner of the ranch, he told us about the history of the ranch and the house and that the house is the 2nd oldest homestead in the county.


After a quick trip to HEB for supplies, we quickly settled in and relaxed out on the front porch enjoying each other’s company with some good food and drink. Life is good!


In the mornings and evenings, we figured it was feeding time you could hear a donkey sounding off in the far distance. Hahahaha! We had a good laugh about the donkey.

We drove around touring some of the surrounding towns and visited Smithwick where my Mom was raised and where my grandparents are buried. We have driven thru this area several times over the years going to shows but this was the first time for me to have a chance to revisit and for Stace to really get to see the area other than at 70 MPH. The countryside is rocky with rolling hills and an occasional deer.

Visited Marble Falls and drove past the house we use to live in before my parents moved the family to San Antonio. We drove around the area were my aunt Lena lived. Marble Falls has grown and changed so much in the past 56 years.

Of course, every Texan knows this time of year the weather is 90 to 100 plus degrees, and the weather was right on schedule in Burnet, Hot and oh yes HOT! 😊 We tried to get our days started early so we could unwind and enjoy our evenings at the house.

We went to a local restaurant called Mama’s Home Cooking the second night we were in Burnet. It’s known for great home cooking.  We were blessed that night to have a family of young Brothers and Sisters play some bluegrass Folk music. We stayed for a few hours and enjoyed the music and food.

The next day we went to visit the Farmers Market and Crafts on the square in Burnet. Stopped in and had lunch at Trailblazer Grill. Truly GREAT food and wonderful service especially when Stace made a funny comment about me ordering a Veggie Burger and had everyone laughing. We loved all the signs and sayings that decorated the walls of the restaurant.

We walked around and looked in some of the shops and had a wonderful time visiting with some of the owners. Their stories of the refurbishing the shops were very interesting. If you are in town stop by The Napping Mouse Inc. they are so friendly and helpful. We bought a few gifts for Christmas.

On the way home, we stopped and visited the Texas State Cemetery in Austin Texas. We had seen it on Texas Reporter a while back and thought it would be an interesting place to visit. It’s located near downtown Austin, southeast of the Texas Capital on Navasota Street. I never knew just how majestically beautiful it was and just how many famous Texans are buried there, or we would have visited years ago. Now I see why Former Governor Rick Perry would frequently visit the cemetery during his lunch hour. It is a mesmerizing place to go and take a stroll amongst many of Texas’ Greatest. When you walk along the paths of headstones you will see so many names that you will remember from Texas History Class (back when they taught “Texas History” as a class) and realize that these are some of the great people who helped make Texas the wonderful State it is today.

With a VERY Special thanks to our Youngest Daughter Kristen and her Boyfriend Matt we were able to get away. They stayed at our farm and took care of the animals. Kristen did the milking and Matt helped her with all the feeding and chores.

We really enjoyed getting away and seeing the Texas Hill Country, something that we don’t get to do very often because we choose to have Livestock!! 😊. But it sure was good to get back home to our Funny Farm and a little piece of Heaven. I think the animals missed us as much as we missed them, the dogs acted like we were gone for a month. Even the goats were wagging their tails when the saw us. 😊

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