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Friday, February 27, 2009

willow beds


Raised willow beds are any easy way to give your garden English charm. You could even make them yourself if you have branches that will bend easily. Go to http://www.thewillowbank.com/ to see examples of their willow structures.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

our daily bread

I've been wanting to make bread the last couple weeks and today I finally got around to it. I used king arthur whole wheat flour and followed the recipe on the back of the package. Honey was used instead of sugar and I was surprised not to see any eggs in the ingredients list. I let it rise twice and then baked it whereupon it promptly sank. It still tasted pretty good! C kept commenting how good it smelled when we were mixing it up. He helped knead the dough as well. He said he might eat the whole loaf all by himself. We had a tea party and he declared it the best night ever which was pretty cute.

There was a sale on jars of spaghetti sauce (99cents each) so of course I had to make lasagna again. I certainly have not gotten tired of it. And I found more heirloom seeds (rainbow yellow tomato and black grim) that I need to plant straight away. Probably will need to set up a separate area for the seedlings as they take up a lot of space around the kitchen table and sometimes get stepped on, eek!

I am looking forward to seeing my sister in about a week and a half (who I haven't seen in 2 years). I want to only take one suitcase and pack light and figured since all of us girls wear around the same size we can always share outfits.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

100 things I may or may not have done

For this list, you are supposed to bold the ones you have done.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset (many times)

31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout cookies
62. Gone whale watching.
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy.
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London.
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle.
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cellphone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

seeds

If you are looking for some inexpensive seeds I found some at my local Dollar Tree - 10 for $1. I got lots of vegetable seeds (cauliflower, zuchini, lettuce, 2 types of radishes and carrots, beets, dill, chives, and a few flowers). Rite-Aid also has seeds that are 5 for $1. Of course the cheapest seeds are the free ones you save from your own plants.

Another amazing place is Seeds of Change (http://www.seedsofchange.com). Their website says they have over 600 distinct varieties of 100% organically grown seeds and I love looking at their print catalog. Our natural health coop food store sells them as well.

We now have about 150 little tomato seedlings so I guess I better plant some other vegetables :)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy day of Love



Happy Valentine's Day everyone. I hope everyone is having a great day, I am and I'm single :) I'm also thinking that lots of chocolate and other goodies will soon be on sale! I'll be even happier if I can find my cell phone, where is that pesky thing? Haven't seen it since Wednesday...morning...

Friday, February 13, 2009

lost and found

I went to the mall today at lunchtime to get a smoothie and I found some money someone dropped on the floor. I took it the store's lost and found but they said I should keep it because if I don't then one of the employees will take it. It wasn't a lot but I felt kind of bad for whoever lost it. I mean what if it was some poor old lady. Awhile ago I found a $20 bill in the self checkout kiosk at Walmart and when I gave it to one of the clerks, he put it in the box where the checks go and I wonder if anyone ever claimed it. Of course it wasn't mine to begin with.

My smoothie from Orange Julius wasn't that great, for the same price I could of gotten that orange mango smoothie from Starbucks. I should of packed my lunch anyways. That is what I get! Right now lasagna sounds pretty good, maybe I will make up another batch.

art class

Last night I had my figure drawing class, again. I was considering dropping it because by the time class ends each week I feel terrible about my drawing skills!!! It is probably my own fault just because I only draw in pencil and we have been using graphite sticks and sharpie markers. Honestly I am starting to feel like the worst artist in the class and I know that I can draw decently. Also even though I move my easel somewhere new each class it seems like I end up in a terrible spot.

So I am going to start sketching everyday and use different mediums so I can feel good about drawing again. And I will remind myself that I have sold thousands of paintings the last few years so I have to have some sort of talent. Plus the whole point of me taking the class is so I can draw the human body in correct proportion. Anyhow if something decent comes out of the class I will post a picture of some art I have done.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

lasagna




This past weekend I made lasagna and come to think of it, I don't think I've made it in the past 10 years even though it is supposed to be one of my favorite foods! I used ground turkey instead of ground beef and you couldn't really tell.

My recipe needs to be tweaked because I made it up and I do not think 4 cups of cheese is healthy. Here is what I used:

1 pound ground turkey
2 jars of garden spaghetti sauce
2 cans tomato sauce
2 cups shredded colby jack cheese
2 cups shredded mozarella cheese
1 package of no bake lasagna noodles

It's yummy at work as well. I bought all the ingredients on sale so the total cost was $13. (Last time I went to Macaroni Grill the Lasagna was $10-12 so obviously homemade is cheaper and hopefully healthier).
(photo from epicurious)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

raise

I just got a small raise at my job. I can't complain when I am getting more money because every bit counts. Also it is nice to have cable internet, at home I never know if I am going to have wireless for a long period of time or not.

Today it was 70 degrees out and I was tempted to call in sick...

vintage stove

I am getting a vintage woodstove from my Grandpa which I am pretty excited about. The only thing is if I ever plan to use it I would need to cut a whole in the ceiling for a stove pipe. It will need to be cleaned up as well since it has been sitting in the granary for years. I will post a picture soon.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

tomato seeds

The other day C & I planted a whole ton of tomato seeds in a tiny greenhouse kit. His were regular and mine were heirlooom brandywine. I'm getting started on my garden early this year! Last year I thought I was getting a great deal when the veggies at my local nursery were marked down to 99 cents but my total investment for the tomatoes was under $10 and I might wind up with 200 tomato plants, we'll see how many sprout.

I'd like to see more heirloom varieties at the store. Mainly it is my fault for not saving last year's seeds properly, I saved them on a papertowel last summer that was probably thrown away by someone else the next day. And here I had about 4 different heirloom types of tomatoes.

Next up is the flowering sweet pea. And maybe a huge greenhouse (or at least in my dreams).

outdoor decor



How to make your old shed look charming? Simply drape with colorful rugs or sheets.

Have some unexpected visitors? Direct them to the greenhouse!

Image from Anthropologie catalog.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Braces

Today I checked into getting paid back the $1,000 orthodontic benefit my health insurance has. I've had my braces awhile now and after I get the reimbursement I'll only have around $1,000 left on the balance as opposed to the $6,000+ total cost. I would definitely recommend braces to anyone. I had to pay $2,000 upfront and then have a two year payment plan. My goal is to have my braces paid off within the next month (including the reimbursement).

My teeth straightened noticably within 2-3 months and haven't been that straight since I was 8 years old. Now I know $6,000 is a lot of money but it is nothing compared to a lifetime of not liking your teeth or feeling bad about it. I was also able to get a family discount since my younger sister has braces so that helped as well.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Mary Jane


I love Mary Jane shoes and have been looking for an athletic pair that would go good with jean skirts. It can be hard finding mary jane shoes that don't look too frumpy. These ones are made by Merrell, and they come in black, green, white, blue and pink. I will let you know how they are when I get them in the mail.

Update: Ok I got the shoes in the mail about a week later and while they are cute they don't look as cute as the photograph. I didn't read the description very carefully because they are half mesh and the strap is much thinner. I think these are going to be returned!

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