Monday, October 6, 2014

Foliage Season - Leaf Peepers

As a kid, I never even knew that the trees didn't change everywhere in the world the way they do this time of year in New England.  It is one of those wonderful little things that are so easily taken for granted.

I never cared for the science of it all, photosynthesis and such,  but there is something about the turning of the leaves that is a fun safety net between summer being over, and not quite snowy season.

This morning,  the sun was gleaming on the bright colors, and I had to snap a few shots to share.

Its funny,  the giant maple in my yard, just turns a yellowish brown,  you would think it was a spicy mustard tree.  but some are bright red, or orange,  and look amazing.

I suppose I can take solace in knowing that what my trees lack in color this fall they make up for in syrup production in the spring.

Do the leaves change where you live?  If not,  do you ever come north just to leaf peep?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

It's not the dogs fault

Making signs is just fun.  It's a lot like seeing a bumper sticker,  and thinking,  who came up with that?

Where I live,  my garden runs adjecent to the sidewalk,  and being that we live in town,  many people walk their dogs past our house daily.  

Now,  I love dogs,  I just dont love all dog owners.  some are loving caring and responsible,  while others,  have a dog, and could not possibly pay less attention to what it is doing,  even while on a walk.

So the idea for this sign came.   My vegetables are constantly peed on by the walking dogs,  and there is even one unattended neighborhood dog who chooses to take his daily #2 there.  

I made it,  but never actually put it out.  I still love how it came out though.  

do you let your dog freely go on your neighbors lawn and garden?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Back To Romania

Do you remember the 10 days of Romania series from a few years ago?  My wife went on a missions trip there,  and I posted what the boys and I did while she was gone for those days.  One of the things we said when she got back was that we would love to take the whole family there one day.  Teach the boys to serve others,  and have a cross cultural experience they would remember for a lifetime.

Well...We are going!  We actually leave next month,  and are taking the whole family (even the baby).

This is an amazing opportunity we are very excited about,  and are working hard to raise the necessary funds.

If you have been looking for a way to donate toward helping those in other countries,  would you consider donating to our trip?   All sales from my Etsy shop go directly toward the trip right now,  and there is also a paypal link set up where you can donate,  if you feel so inclined.

I am looking at every possible avenue of fundraising,  what is your favorite fundraiser?

Take a look at the post Heather wrote after her last trip.



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Carrot Fries

As you may remember we completed the whole 30 this past year,  and while we are certainly not 100% Paleo now,  we did find certain foods that we really liked and kept in our regular rotation.

Allow me to introduce Carrot Fries!

Super simple (in fact I could cook them,  and that's saying something)

Start with a whole bag of carrots.

Remove the carrots from the bag.  (skipping this step can cause the final product to taste like melted plastic)

Foil some cookie sheets or pizza pans,  and put a tablespoon of oil on each,  lightly coating the whole surface

Cut carrots in half making them french-fry length,  also peel the carrots

Spread carrots onto oiled cookie sheets and season evenly.  I like salt pepper oregano,  and thyme

bake at 400 for 35 minutes,  check to see that they are a little wrinkled (they will not get too soft like boiled carrots,  or actual potato fries.

place as a side with your favorite protein and consume.  If they are still hot,  you may want to blow on them

Monday, January 20, 2014

1-4-3 means I love you

Do you remember pagers?

They were like cell phones,  except they didn't make calls, or play games, or.... ok so they really weren't like cell phones,  except that those who had them took them everywhere and it was a way to reach them.

Oh,  I know how to explain it better.  You know on Grey's Anatomy when they are about to get it on in the break room,  or there is an emotional moment about to be revealed at the bar,  when suddenly that little black box starts beeping?   THAT is a pager.

Well... the way it worked,  was you dialed the pager number,  then a second number which would appear on the pager screen.  In the case above could be a room number, or a medical code,  although I think theirs are probably more high tech.  So if you left your number,  the person with the pager would know to call you.  you could also page 911 to let someone know it is an emergency.

My favorite though was 143.  1 for I, 4 for Love, and 3 for you.  it is my favorite because even in the early days of wireless technology,  where we couldn't even send letters electronically,  but only numbers,  people were still finding a way to check in at random times to say I love you..

With the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday,  there will be a whole lot of I love you going around.  Cards, candy, flowers, stuffed bears with pink tutus.  And we will look at it and say thank you, display it for a week or 2 and then trash it.   Well,  compost the flowers, put the card in the recycling, and donate the bear.

This is where the Idea for a 1-4-3 sign came from.   They make a great gift,  because it is saying I love you in a creative fun way,  but it is also something that He or She can keep out, in the bedroom, living room, kitchen, cubicle,  or anywhere.   It is a conversation piece as well.  People will be sure to ask,  "What does that mean"? and you will be able to say,  "oh,  it means I love you,  so and so got it for me."

So go get some flowers, and chocolate, but save the stuffed bear the humiliation of being the latest on a Goodwill shelf in 3 months,  and pick up a piece of hand made art that will light up your love life for years to come.

Happy Valentine's Day!