Food Dehydrator Plans

Last week, I shared some of the fun I’d been having with my Nesco Food Dehydrator. I’ve been inspired by one of the Dehydrating Facebook groups I’m in.

A lady, in the Dehydrating for Rebels, dehydrated mushrooms, onions, and green peppers. She turned them into a fine powder using a coffee grinder. I thought that was brilliant!

In my previous post, I showed the mushrooms we dehydrated. We don’t have a coffee grinder at the moment, so we tried using our Ninja Express Chop to pulverize them….It didn’t work out so well. The mushrooms are now finely chopped, which worked out great when I made a large pot of Chicken Noodle Soup.

Anyways! I said I was inspired. Here are some of the mix ideas I’m thinking about putting together in the future:

Holy Trinity:

onions, celery, and bell peppers.

Mire Poix:

onions, carrots, and celery.

Flour-Alternative for Gravy:

white potatoes, sweet potatoes, and parsnips.

Soffrito:

onion, parsley, garlic, celery, and carrots.

And if all else fails, and I don’t create a single jar for each mix, I do individual jars of each component and make 1:1:1 ratios as needed.

When I made my chicken noodle soup, having powdered celery would have been helpful. If you have any other combinations, please leave them in the comments below. 

Other Social Media:

TFAPCG YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwETw4Z0geZ52u9AErAZJwg

TFAPCG FB: https://www.facebook.com/talesfromapolkcountygirl/

Crafts by Cori FB: https://www.facebook.com/Crafts-by-Cori-163136173711522/

CBC Products ETSY shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CBCproducts

Knitting All the Blankets YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbwh5oIhRXL83y___mL2gSQ

Knitting All the Blankets Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitting-all-the-blankets-podcast

Posted in Homesteading | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

6 Lessons I Learned from the Passion Planner

At the beginning of 2017, I decided to try out the planner that lead me down the Planner Addict rabbit hole 3 years ago: the Passion Planner (PP). I printed off the Classic size (8.5” x 11”) from the website (after completing their social media requirement to get to the PDF), hole punched it, and put it in a Flex Binder.

I used this planner solidly for the first 4 ½ months of the year. What changed? I couldn’t handle lugging around the full-size planner anymore. Even with a backpack to carry stuff to and from work, I didn’t want to bring it out of the house. And that’s a major problem when it comes to using a planner.

In the meantime, I re-purposed some old planner inserts from another brand, and made my own planner–a more portable one. And in September, I decided to try the Compact size (printed off the whole month from the PDF), and sadly realized neither of the Passion Planner’s offered sizes worked for me.

But!!! Just because the sizes didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean I didn’t learn some valuable lessons from the planner. So what did I learn?

1. Brain Bombing / Mind Mapping is Awesome!

When I started using the Classic size 2017 Passion Planner, I waited a few days before doing my Passion Road Map. If you’re in any of the PP Facebook groups, this isn’t an unusual occurrence. Actually putting down on paper, which REAL deadlines, triggered something in me. Leading to…

2. Goals are Achievable

Since I was a child, 4 years old to be exact, I knew I wanted to publish a book. I’ve written about a dozen books in the last 15 years, but the novel I wrote in 2016 is the first one I’ve ever actively worked towards publication on. As of writing this post, I’ve completed my editing, the novel’s been alpha and beta read, and I’m querying publishers. The farthest I’ve ever gotten with one of my novels is typing it up and running spell check (I wrote the initial draft longhand). Wish me luck!

3. Self-care and Personal To Do’s are Important

I saw a meme or something on the internet once (maybe off Pinterest?) that said: You can’t refill everyone else’s cup, if you don’t take time to refill your own. I love the Personal To Do list on the PP weekly layout, and how Angelia’s (sp?) purpose for that we need to remember to do things for ourselves.

The saying “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy,” comes to mind as well. I’ve been making more of an effort to make sure I take my vitamins, do some yoga and basic exercises, journaling, writing, reading, and knitting. All things that help my physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

4. Time slots are optional!

Not literally. Every version of the planner has the time slots. But I saw a picture on the Passion Planner Facebook page where they showed how to use the daily columns for To Do lists, and ignore the time slots! I LOVE THAT!

5. Reflecting is a Wonderful Thing

I’m a fan of journaling prompts, especially ones that force you to look back over a period of time and gauge how you’ve grown as a person. I appreciate that there are reflection questions at the end of each month and the year, to help you focus on the positive and learn from the negative. Over the years, the reflection questions have changed, with the initial lists having a dozen questions or so, and current set ups have half that. Taking the time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished, learned, and would do differently in the future helps you to grow as a person.

6. What Works for Some, Doesn’t for Others

As I’ve started in previous posts and videos, I love the concept of the Passion Planner, but the sizes just don’t work for me. I love seeing how others use their PPs, decorated or not, to achieve their goals and all that. Maybe one day I’ll figure out how to print the PDF in a way that I still have the guts of a planner, but the size is more what I need it to be. OR Angelia may develop an in-between size! One can hope, right?

Corporate & Social Media Pages

Passion Planner website

Passion Planner YouTube channel

Various Facebook Groups

Passion Planner Chat Forum

We Love Passion Planner

Passion Planner Squad

Passion Planner for College Students

Author PashFam

My Previous Blog Posts about the Passion Planner (in chronological order)

Goal Setting & Mind Mapping

What I Like about the Passion Planner

Passion Planner Set Up

Passion Planner Roadmap & January Set Up

Passion Planner Monthly Reflection

Passion Planner Walk Thru February 2017

March 2017 Passion Planner Flip Thru

Passion Planner May 2017 Walk Thru

June Goals in Passion Planner Compact (supposed to be Classic, oops!)

Passion Planner June 2017 Walk Thru

Passion Planner July 2017 Walk Thru

September Passion Planner Experiment

Posted in Planners/Journals | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

January 2018 Side Hustle Stats

I can’t believe a month of 2018 is over already! Check out my Side Hustle Stats for January!

Tales from a Polk County Girl–blog

# of posts: 13

# of views: 1039

# of Facebook page likes: 68

Tales from a Polk County Girl–YouTube Channel

# of videos: 7

# of views: 4208

# of subscribers: 239

Knitting All the Blankets / Crafts by Cori

# of videos: 1

# of views: 175

# of subscribers: 36

# of CBC FB page likes: 84

# of Ravlery group members: 7

Adsense Earnings

January’s Earnings: $0.51

Overall amount = $10.43

If you hadn’t heard, YouTube is demonetizing many of their smaller accounts. By February 20, 2018, if a channel does not have 1000 subscribers and 4000 hours (240,000 minutes) of viewing time, that channel becomes ineligible for monetization.

This was disappointing news to learn. However, I still earn Adsense money from the ads on my blog. Since YouTube’s announcement, my subscriber count has been increasing on both channels at an average of 1 new subscriber a day. I do not expect to reach the new minimums by the 20th, and this is not a plea for everyone to go subscribe to my channels. If you’d like to support my channels by subscribing, thank you and I appreciate the support.

I will continue to make videos for both channels, growing them organically. As tempting as it was to hop on the #subforasub train, I didn’t want to gain subscribers just to up my numbers. I want to create a community and audience that is genuinely interested in what I’m sharing.

Posted in Musings | Tagged , , | 1 Comment