April 6th Passover Begins At Sundown

This year, the Jewish holiday of Passover begins at sundown on Friday, April 6th. The day also happens to be Good Friday, which is a Christian religious holiday. Passover 2012 ends at sundown on Saturday, April 14th. Lasting eight days in the early spring, the timing of Passover is based on the Jewish calendar and […]

April 6th Is Good Friday

Good Friday is a religious holiday of the Christian faith, commemorating the day of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and his death at Calvary. In the United States, Good Friday occurs during Holy Week, two days before Easter Sunday; the day may coincide with the Jewish holiday of Passover. Good Friday is an important part of the […]

March 26th Is Spinach Festival Day

Today is the day we celebrate the many spinach festivals around the country, all celebrating the leafy green vegetable that’s great for you and excellent on pizza. There are many varieties of spinach, mostly falling into three distinct groups: – Savoy: dark green, crinkly and curly leaves; commonly found in supermarkets. – Flat/Smooth Leaf: includes […]

Do You Play the California Lottery Replay Game?

Curious if anyone in California or in any state for that matter plays the replay game for lottery scratchers? I’ve entered a ton of these damn things (every time I go to a 7-11 or grocery store I pick up the ones that have been scratched). Haven’t won once. I’d be happy if I got […]

Fuel Cells for Commercial Buildings At Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Just took an interesting class at the San Francisco, CA Pacific Energy Center PEC. Here’s info on the class: Energy class           Program Title Fuel Cells for Commercial Buildings – An Online Course [Register] Time, Location March 26 (Monday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm) Internet Also Offered n/a Description Fuel cell […]

March 20th Is The First Day Of Spring

“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.” – Proverb As of 1:14am Eastern Time on Tuesday March 20, 2012, winter has ended in the Northern Hemisphere. That means the spring equinox has officially arrived, making today the first day of spring. The word ‘equinox’ comes from the Latin “aequus nox,” meaning […]

March 19th-23rd Is National Agriculture Literacy Week

National Agriculture Literacy Week is important on more than one level; it helps to raise awareness about the value of agriculture in our daily lives, and it encourages both children and adults to read – which is always a good thing. For the purpose of this week, agricultural literacy includes understanding agriculture’s history as well […]

March 18th-24th Is Animal Poison Prevention Week

For many of us, our pets are an irreplaceable member of our family and we’ll go to any lengths to ensure they live a long and healthy life. This week is the 50th anniversary of Animal Poison Prevention Week; a perfect time to take a stroll through your house and eliminate the dangers to your […]

March 17th Is St. Patrick’s Day

Believe it or not, St. Patrick’s Day isn’t actually about drinking green beer and eating corned beef and cabbage. There’s a real history to the day, and a much deeper meaning than an excuse to down a bottle of whiskey and sing loudly at the local pub. While all those ways of celebrating are great, […]

March 17th Is National Quilting Day

National Quilting Day was created by the National Quilting Association through the passing of a resolution during the 22nd Annual Show in Lincoln, Nebraska in June 1991. While the third Saturday of March has been officially designated as National Quilt Day, quilters often spend the whole month each year celebrating the history and beauty of […]

March 11th – Daylight Saving Time Begins

It’s time to spring forward! Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00am on Sunday March 11th! Be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour; or you might find yourself an hour late for work on Monday. Unless you live in Arizona, Hawaii, the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands; those areas don’t […]

March 4th-10th Is National Agriculture Week

National Agriculture Week is devoted to increasing the public’s awareness and knowledge of America’s agriculture. Across the country, agricultural associations, corporations, producers, government agencies, universities, and countless others join together each year over the courts of the week surrounding National Agriculture Day, which falls on March 8th, to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by […]

Food Storage Shelf Life Guidelines For The Refrigerator and Freezer

Ever wondered about the shelf life of various food items after you put them in the refrigerator and freezer? So do I! I found this great chart from FoodSafety.gov that lets you know how long Aunt Jackie’s Turkey will stay good for. :) Food Storage Times for the Refrigerator and Freezer These short but safe […]

How To Get Long Range WIFI With A WIFI Signal Booster Bridge

The good ole folks at Country Mile WIFI (Facebook page) agreed to let me put up this post about “How to Setup a Long Distance WiFi Bridge”. If ya have any questions about WIFI, be sure to ask here in the comments or on their facebook page. They are most helpful. And be sure and […]

Top California Food Handlers Card Test Takeaways

Top takeaways from the California Food Handlers Card Test. The “Top 5” Pathogens That Cause Sickness Shigella E. Coli Salmonella Hepatitis A Norovisus Salmonella is the most common bacterial illness in the United States. Commonly found in meat; especially poultry. If a food worker gets a cut on the hand or wrist the worker must […]

I Got My California Food Handlers Certificate Today

Kind of an interesting test I took yesterday about food safety. Every high school home Ec class should offer this. Lot’s of good info. I’ll post some of the notes I took about the class later.

March 1st Is National Pig Day

Started by sisters Ellen Stanley of Lubbock, Texas and Mary Lynne Rave of Beaufort, North Carolina in 1972, the purpose of National Pig Day is honor the domestic pig and “its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals.” National Pig Day activities across the United States include events […]

February 26th Is National Pistachio Day

If there’s one thing about Pistachio nuts I think we can all agree on, it’s that it’s nearly impossible to have just one. National Pistachio Day falls on the 26th day of February every year; however the origin of the holiday seems to be a little more difficult to pin down. And considering the pistachio […]

February 25th Is National Chili Day

Hey all you chili lovers! National Chili Day is February 25th!! Did you know that chili did not originate in Mexico as many people believe? In fact, chili is virtually non existent in Mexico, except in the areas catering to tourists. While no one seems to know for sure where chili was first made, there […]

February 23rd Is International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

Guess what dog owners! There’s a special day for your favorite 4-legged friends! International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day falls on February 23rd of every year, although I have no idea why. In fact, I can’t find much on the actual history of this fun holiday; but does it really matter? Any excuse to shower your […]

February 21st Is Mardi Gras

It’s that time of year again! Mardi Gras!! Literally translated from French, “Mardi Gras” means “Fat Tuesday” and falls on the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. The name originally comes from the tradition of parading an ox through the streets of Paris on this day as a way to remind people that […]

February 20th Is Presidents Day

Believe it or not, there is more to Presidents Day than department store sales and a long holiday weekend. While the holiday is loosely meant to honor all American Presidents, its main purpose is to pay respect to Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The history of Presidents Day begins in the 1790s, when Americans […]

February 18th – 25th Is National FFA (Future Farmers of America) Week

The FFA – or Future Farmers of America – is a National organization that envisions a future world in which all agricultural students will “discover their passion in life and build on that insight to chart the course for their educations, career and personal future.” Founded by a group of young farmers in 1928, the […]

Live Butterflies For Funerals In California – Association for Butterflies Certified

When death comes to a family it’s a time for mourning and sorrow, but it can also be a time for a serene and joyful celebration of life. One of the most miraculous things found in nature is the metamorphosis of butterflies. The transformation from little caterpillar to beautiful butterfly is almost beyond explanation; inspiring […]

February 16th Is National Almond Day

February 16, 2012 is National Almond Day across the U.S.A.; the day to celebrate the tasty almond. According to the Almond Board of California, eating an ounce of almonds each day is good for the health of your heart, and can help maintain a proper cholesterol level. A single serving of almonds, about 23 of […]

Butterfly Releases For Weddings And Special Events In California

When we think of traditional wedding ceremonies, the image of a happy couple leaving for their honeymoon while guests shower them with rice or bird seed, often comes to mind. However, in today’s world wildlife conservation, many venues have established rules banning the throwing of rice and/or bird seed. So how do you get around […]

February 14th Is Valentine’s Day In Calaveras County

There are several legends surrounding the origin of Valentine’s Day – and no, they have nothing to do with the greeting card industry. In fact, the most widely accepted stories are all rooted in the Catholic Church and their three saints named Valentine or Valentinus who were all martyred. The first claims that Valentine was […]

February 4th is National Homemade Soup Day

Happy National Homemade Soup Day! It couldn’t happen at a better time of year. Like so many of the other “national” holidays I’ve been sharing with you, National Homemade Soup Day is not actually on the books as an observed holiday, and has no documented origin. But that makes no difference. Any reason to eat […]

February 2nd Is Groundhog Day

February 2nd is Groundhog Day!! About 90 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the intersection of Route 36 and Route 119, and halfway between the Allegheny and Susquehanna Rivers, sits Punxsutawney; originally a campsite settled by Delaware Indians in 1723. – The name Punxsutawney comes from the Indian name for the location “ponksad-uteney” which means […]

January 28th Is National Daisy Day

National Daisy Day is celebrated each year on the 28th of January all across the United States. Although not an “official” holiday, Daisy Day is a day set aside for celebrating the beauty of the daisy flower, as well as the innocence and cheerfulness it symbolizes. – The word ‘daisy’ is the Anglo Saxon version […]

January 23rd Is National Pie Day

National Pie Day, which is celebrated each year on January 23rd, was created by the American Pie Council in 1986 to commemorate Crisco’s 75th anniversary of “serving foods to families everywhere.” The American Pie Council encourages pie lovers across the country to honor pie by hosting a pie baking and tasting party, taking a pie […]

USPS United States Postal Service 2012 Holiday Schedule

2012 Postal Holidays • Monday, January 2 – New Year’s Day (observed) • Monday, January 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday (observed) • Monday, February 20 – Washington’s birthday (President’s Day) • Monday, May 28 – Memorial Day • Wednesday, July 4 – Independence Day • Monday, September 3 – Labor Day • Monday, […]

January 21st Is Squirrel Appreciation Day

I’m willing to bet that a certain friend of mine is thrilled that today is Squirrel Appreciation Day. She loves squirrels like no one I’ve ever known before. In fact, the pictures contained in this post are of her feeding peanuts to a couple of the little guys. Squirrel Appreciation Day was created by Christy […]

January 20th Is National Cheese Lovers Day

I kid you not, my sister’s first full sentence was, “More cheese, please.” Her love of cheese definitely runs in the family as both my mother and I are also fanatic about the dairy product. National Cheese Lovers Day was clearly created with people like us in mind. Although hundreds of cheeses are produced worldwide, […]

January 11th Is National Milk Day

On January 11, 1878, milk was delivered to customers in bottles for the first time. Somewhere along the line, the momentous occasion was honored with an unofficial holiday, which we celebrate each year on the 11th of January. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans states that an adult with a healthy 2,000-calorie diet should consume at […]

January 9th Is National Apricot Day

As with most unofficial holidays that celebrate a particular food, National Apricot Day seems to have no real origin. But hey, if it’s a way to get you to try something new with Apricots, then so be it. Celebrate National Apricot Day with an Apricot-Themed Dinner! Apricot Appetizer: Little Apricot Bites What You Need: 12 […]

January 6th Is National Bean Day

While it’s not written in stone as indisputable fact, it’s believed that National Bean Day was created in honor of Gregor Johann Mendel, an Austrian botanist whose work is credited for forming the foundation of genetics studies. Working with an estimated 28,000 garden pea plants over a period of seven years, Mendel stumbled upon and […]

January 5th Is National Bird Day

Established by bird activists to bring attention to the plight of birds in captivity, National Bird Day is celebrated annually on the 5th day of January. The day was created in an effort to reflect upon the conditions of captive birds and spotlight the exploitation of birds in the United States pet industry. National Bird […]

What Does A Cord Of Wood Weigh – Dry Firewood And Fresh Cut (Green) Weights

I am currently in the market for a trailer sized right to haul the yard brush and wood used to heat my home. I know wood can be pretty heavy, but just how heavy it is, and whether or not a trailer will be able to haul a full cord of wood is the bigger […]

The Portable Electric Space Heaters Bible – How To Pick The Best Electric Heaters

The Small Portable Electric Heater Bible – How To Pick The Best Electric Heaters The official start of winter is almost here and the cold weather has made an appearance or two. I can’t think of a better time to write a post about how to pick a small portable electric heater to help you […]

Mar-Val Food Stores In Valley Springs CA Hours And Address

Mar-Val Food Stores In Valley Springs CA Hours And Address Mar-Val Food Stores 55 S Hwy 26 Valley Springs, CA 95252 (209) 772-2393 Hours Of Operation Monday – Sunday – 7:00 am – 10:00 pm Other Stuff: MarVal Website Mar-Val On Yelp Weekly Specials Other Specials

Taco Bell Valley Springs, CA Hours And Address

Taco Bell Valley Springs, CA Hours And Address Taco Bell 200 E Hwy 12 Valley Springs, CA 95252 (209) 772-3288 Breakfast ends at 11 am – restarts when they open in the morning. Hours Of Operation Monday – Sunday – 7:00 am – Midnight; Dining room closes at 10 pm Other Stuff: Taco Bell website […]

Burger King Valley Springs, CA Hours And Address

Burger King Valley Springs, CA Hours And Address Burger King Valley springs 200 E Highway 12 Valley Springs, CA 95252 (209) 772-2800 Breakfast ends at 11 am – restarts when they open in the morning. Hours Of Operation Monday – Saturday – 6:00 am – Midnight; Dining room closes at 11 pm Sunday – 7am […]

Hay vs. Straw – What’s The Difference?

Hay and straw seem very similar on the surface, but they are actually quite different; each one ideal for its own thing. For example, hay is a feed, while straw is a byproduct, and although both can be used for bedding, straw is the better choice. It’s important to know these differences before working with […]

Canepa & Sons, Inc Well Drilling Covering All Of California

With over 30 years of well service under their belt, Canepa & Sons, Inc is the best place to go (in our opinion) when looking for help with your residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal welling needs. Family owned and operated, Canepa & Sons takes pride in their high-quality customer service and quick response time. In […]

Where To Get Phone Service in Valley Springs / Burson

Living in a rural area like Valley Springs makes having reliable phone service a must. Depending on your direct needs, there are several phone service providers for you to choose from….. XFINITY Voice from Comcast Starting at $19.00/mo for 6 months….. Unlimited local and long distance calling to the US, Canada and Puerto Rico Voicemail […]

Where To Get Cable TV Service in Valley Springs / Burson

Some of us move to rural areas to get away from the hustle and bustle, but that doesn’t mean that we want to be cut off from civilization completely. We still want TV! When deciding on a cable television service provider, be sure to first figure out how many channels you will want and how […]

Where To Get Internet in Valley Springs CA and Burson CA

With country living comes hit or miss internet service, especially if you live in one of Calaveras County’s rural areas, like Valley Springs or Burson. If you have a land-line at home, a simple dialup internet connection will work on almost any home phone line. Dialup Providers: BasicISP Phone: (800) 456-3118 Email: Support@BasicISP.net Copper.net Phone: […]

Fruit Growers Laboratory, INC – Drinking Water Testing Services

Fruit Growers Laboratory, Inc. (FGL) is a full service agronomic and environmental laboratory in California, consisting of a primary laboratory and corporate office in Santa Paula, two satellite laboratories in Stockton and Chico, as well as a field service office in Visalia. FGL provides environmental and agricultural analytical support services to a variety of clients […]

Find Burson, CA Foreclosures, Short Sales and REO’s

Strike while the iron is hot! Now is the time to find available Foreclosures, Short Sales and REO’s in Burson, CA, all at affordable prices. Don’t let the possibly to own your own property in the beautiful Sierra Foothills of Calaveras County pass you by! Here are a few places to find Burson Foreclosures, Short […]

Todays Gold Price Per Ounce – Charts And History

Today’s Gold Price Per Ounce – Charts And History

Mullins Farms Donates to AIDS Walk Los Angeles

VALLEY SPRINGS, CA – August 2011 – Mullins Farms of Valley Springs, CA has contributed to the fight against AIDS with a donation to the 2011 AIDS Walk Los Angeles. First developed in 1984 by Craig R. Miller, the world’s first AIDS Walk took place during the height of the epidemic, on July 28, 1985 […]

Burning Man 2012 – Now With A Farmer’s Market!

Located on the Playa at Baghdad and 530, the Black Rock City Farmers Market opens at 8:00am Tuesday, August 30th thru Friday, September 2nd with a great big smile. “It’s 8am, you’re dusty, you’re hankering for a slice of juicy melon, a gnarly carrot or a sweet cob of corn; the BRC Farmers Market can […]

How Much Water Should You Drink Per Day?

Have you ever wondered how much water you should be drinking in a day? Me too!! While I wasn’t able to find anything absolute and concrete, I did find some general recommendations one should follow. Here’s what I could find: – The typical recommendation is eight to twelve 8 ounce glasses of water a day. […]

Party And Event Planning Guide: How Much Alcohol Will My Guests Drink

How Much Alcohol Will My Guests Drink? A rough estimate of how much people will drink is two alcoholic drinks the first hour and one each additional hour. Of course, if you’re at a frat party it might be quite a lot more. If your party is 4 hours and you have 100 guests that […]

Valley Springs Churches In Valley Springs California – Church Directory

Church Directory Of Valley Springs, California Assembly Of God Valley Christian Center 2475 Silver Rapids Road – Valley Springs, CA (209) 772-2090 Sunday School 9 am – Donuts & Fellowship 10 am Morning Worship 10:30 am – Eve Worship 6 pm Bible Study & Youth Group – Wed 7 pm Baptist First Missionary Baptist Church […]

California Low Cost Auto Insurance (CLCA) For Low Income Residents

Are you an unemployed or low income resident of California? California now has a low cost auto insurance plan that most the State’s counties are participating in. Get more info here. Requirements: All participants must meet income guidelines 1 Person = $27,075 2 People = $36,425 3 People = $ 45,775 4 People = $55,125 […]

Our Love / Hate Relationship with Paper Wasps And Yellow Jackets

If there’s one thing I’ve learned while battling the wasps that have made themselves at home on our property, it’s that insects are most definitely called bugs and pests for a reason. Of course, they’re also incredibly useful and an important part of the cycle of life, so how to handle them without ruining the […]

Free Wireless WiFi Locations In Valley Springs, CA

Sometimes living in a rural area means spotty internet service. Fortunately there are several locations in Valley Springs that offer free WiFi service to their customers. Starbucks Coffee 200 E. Hwy 12 #E1 Valley Springs, CA 95252 PHONE: (209) 772-2645 HOURS: Mon-Fri 5am-9pm; Sat & Sun 5:30am-9pm Hawg Dawg’s Gourmet Dawgs 200 E. Hwy 12 […]

Mullins Farms Joins Servint’s Managed Dedicated Server Hosting

Since 1995 ServInt webhosting has been successfully serving its clients 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year. They’ve aided some of the world’s largest bloggers, retailers, and web developers get started on their servers and helped them grow to new heights. They will completely manage your server for you […]

A Country Boy Can Survive Song Lyrics by Hank Williams Jr

What a great song! The preacher man says its the end of time And the Mississippi River shes a goin dry The interest is up and the Stock Markets down And you only get mugged If you go down town I live back in the woods, you see A woman and the kids, and the […]

Rocky Mountain Oysters Recipe – Bull Testicles Are AWESOME!

This post is by Hilary Shepherd. I have been eating these things forever and love every bite. Mhhhhhh – Craig Mullins I never thought I’d say this, but not only have I eaten Rocky Mountain Oysters on more than one occasion, I have enjoyed them each time. And now, thanks to the Alameda County Fair […]

Valley Springs Mobile Notary $10 Per Signature

Living in a small town like Valley Springs shouldn’t mean you have to give up certain luxuries larger cities offer. Like the services of a local Valley Springs mobile notary. I am available to witness and notarize a variety of documents, including quitclaim deeds, deeds of trust, grant deeds, powers of attorney, loan documents, and […]

Valley Springs California Mortgage Loan Rates

Check the latest Valley Springs California Mortgage Loan Rates, comparing 30-Year Fixed, 15-Year Fixed, and 5/1 ARM. Powered by CA Loan Rates

Mullins Farms Joins Calaveras County Farm Bureau

This is truly a wonderful time in the life of Mullins Farms. We’re starting to get to know our community of fellow farmers, and now we’re proud members of the Calaveras County Farm Bureau. Our local County Farm Bureau office is located in Valley Springs, while the main California Farm Bureau Federation Headquarters is located […]

Valley Springs Real Estate And Homes For Sale

I’ve wanted to own a little acreage for as long as I can remember, but growing up in the big city, I never actually thought it was viable goal. Until I realized I just wasn’t looking in the right place. I met someone who wants the same thing I do out of our land, and […]

Valley Springs Free Mortgage Loan Calculator

Knowing the asking price for home is one thing, but actually knowing what your payments will be is something completely different. And when you’re considering the purchase of a home it’s an important thing to know! Even on your best day, you may not be able to figure out in your head what the monthly […]

Find Valley Springs Foreclosures, Short Sales and REO’s

It may not feel like it after you read the news in the morning, but now could very well be the perfect time for you to invest in real estate and purchase a home; especially if you’re looking in the right place. Come to Calaveras County and find Valley Springs Foreclosures, Short Sales, and REO’s […]

Free Social Media Workshop for California Farmers And Ranchers By The California Agricultural Communications Coalition

Social media must really be where it’s at if farmers are getting involved! The Social Media Workshop for California Farmers and Ranchers is a free, one full-day, hands-on social media workshop put on by the California Agricultural Communications Coalition (CACC), which has been designed specifically for farmers and ranchers. Created as an offshoot of the […]

Health Insurance In California For Those With Pre Existing Conditions

Did you know that you can now apply health insurance in California, and not have to worry about being turned down due to a pre existing condition? It’s pretty damn cool! As some of you may know I haven’t been the golden child of good health the past 4 years or so. I sprained an […]

Cell Phone Coverage Maps For Valley Springs – What Cell Service Works In Valley Springs

Moving or coming to visit Valley Springs? I just moved here and I wish I would have researched the cell phone coverage maps for Valley Springs before I bought this house in Burson, CA. Appears almost all cell phone carriers in the area skip over my house. Yeehaw! So at some point it looks as […]

Cell Tower Locations In Valley Springs California

Ever wondered where all the Cell towers are around Valley Springs, CA? Here’s a few I’ve found… AT&T Cell Tower Location In Valley Springs California END OF ROSS DRIVE VALLEY SPRINGS, CA 95252 Latitude: 38° 10′ 39.80″ Longitude: 120° 51′ 31.20″ Structure Height: 101 Elevation (AMSL): 827 Structure Type: Monopole Occupied RAD Heights: 35,70,78 T-Mobile […]

Valley Springs Well Water Testing And Analysis By Aqualab Water Analysis In Twain Harte, CA

Just wanted to do a quick post about Aqualab Water Analysis In Twain Harte, CA. As some of the blog readers know we recently bought a new place in Burson, CA, a quaint little area of Valley Springs, CA. It’s a great piece of property, but unfortunately had some issues with the well; we’ve been […]

Our Introduction To Farming In Valley Springs California

This isn’t your grandfather’s farm. Nor is it the farm you visited with your second grade class, but we’d sure love to have some second graders visit! The life of a farmer has changed, my friend! Farming is moving and shaking, and where it’s going is like no place it’s ever been before. The agricultural […]