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New Dentures

I had to get new dentures 6 weeks ago.

I have been keeping up with my progress on our YouTube channel. I listed below the denture videos.

I did’t inherit the best teeth in the world. Over the years I have had so many cavities, root canals, crowns, teeth pulled. Always had tooth pain. I know part of the reason my teeth started braking was because I grit my teeth when I’m working and frustrated. My teeth just slowly crumbled. 🙁 .

I went to the dentist because I had a broke tooth. I woke up with a swollen jaw. It looked liked I had a golf ball in my mouth. I called Affordable Dentures & Implants and they got me in right away. I had an 8:30 appointment. The dentist checked my teeth and said I was a good candidate for dentures. I looked over all the packages they have available and applied for financing. Was approved and they said be back by one and we will pull your teeth and get you into dentures.

Wow…what a whirlwind. Meet Stace at home and then back to the dentist office. I had 21 teeth pulled and new dentures put in.

Then the rest was history and I’m on the road to recovery.

Here are the list of my videos: 1. New Dentures

2. Day 2 To Have New Dentures

3. 5 Days New Dentures

4. 11 Days New Dentures

5. 18 Days New Dentures

6. 1 Month With New Dentures

7. Drinking Coffee With Dentures

8. Denture Phantom Tooth Pain

9. My Daily Morning Denture Routine

Every new day is an adventure with my new dentures. When I look in a mirror and see myself I still can’t believe it’s my new teeth. Silly me 🙂 .

Thank God for new dental procedures now days.

I hope you come back and check out my progress with my new teeth.

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Cooking Chicken And Dumplings

How I cook chicken and dumplings. Many, many years ago I got this Chicken and Dumpling recipe from an old cookbook. Over the years I have used this recipe to make chicken and dumplings.

My family loves homemade chicken and dumplings. They have even requested that I make chicken and dumplings for our Christmas meal instead of the traditional Christmas meal.

I double the recipe for a larger meal. Also cook in a large stock pan. That gives the dumplings room to ex-span.

  • Chicken and Dumplings Recipe
  • 4 chicken breast – Cube chicken up and boil until chicken is cooked Dumplings ingredients
  • 3 Tablespoons shortening (Crisco)
  • 1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • Cut shortening into flour, baking powder and salt until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in milk. Roll out the dough. (I like to roll out my dumplings because I don’t like fluffy dumplings), Sprinkle some flour on table and roll dough out. Extra flour helps to keep dough from sticking. Or drop dough by spoonfuls into boiling chicken broth. Cook uncovered 10 minutes. Cover and cook 10 minutes longer.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we have over the years.

Here is my YouTube Video I made on Cooking Chicken and Dumplings If you haven’t checked our YouTube channel please do. Please Like and Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

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Having The Right Tools

Having the right tools for a job on the farm makes the job easier. When I’m cleaning the goat stalls and pens it is important to me to have the correct tools.

The tools I use to clean are a leaf rake. I rake all the stalls and pens with a leaf rake. With a shovel I scoop up all the piles that I have raked up. Next up is a hay fork (that’s what I call them) is great for picking up hay or piles with hay in them.

Leak Rake is great for clean up on the farm.
Shovel to scoop up all the piles that is raked up.
Hay Fork for picking up hay

These are my three go tools on the farm for cleaning up after our livestock. It makes my day to have the right tools. 🙂 When I don’t have the right tools for the task it takes me longer to do that task. That’s not good…when you have several other task to do.

Here is my YouTube Video I made on Having The Right Tools. If you haven’t checked our YouTube channel please do. Please Like and Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

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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!

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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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