Who’s Gabbing and Who’s Gushing
Checkers Anyone? New Man's Apron
This man's apron Doug is wearing is made from 100% premium quilters cottonClassic folk Art by Fabri-Quilt Inc.#1171I introduce you to "Checkers Anyone?" ... Read more →
Product Review: Silicone Cooking Gloves
Today I review the product Silicone Cooking Gloves. I rarely wear even a cooking mitt in cloth and primarily use hot pads. This would be a challenge but then again I love a challenge ... Read more →
Recipe for Homemade Wheat Bread and the Satisfaction of Making Bread by Hand
Making bread is such a basic, yet artistic task. It is an ancient tradition that has stayed with us even in this modern world. Though we can easily buy bread, there is something about making it with one’s own hands that is soothing and gratifying. For me, it is also a good way to get creative ideas flowing. Bread-making is such a rich field for symbolic interpretation, the way the temperature cannot be too hot or it will kill the rising powers of the yeast, yet it needs to be warm enough to allow the dough to rise, the fact that we get to create the shape the dough becomes. I also love the fluidity and flexibility in making bread.
I never do it exactly the same way twice, and there is no exact amount of flour to use ... Read more →
RUNNING CONFESSION: IN LOVE WITH THE 5K & STICKING WITH IT!
A few weekends ago I went to a running store and was telling the female associate about my Go Girl Run experience and she was so happy for me. She truly seemed interested until I told her that I did the 5K not the 13.1. Suddenly I noticed that she was not as excited to hear about it. Don't get me wrong: she was nice but underneath her niceness there was something else. I felt sort of like I did in high school when I was not cool enough. Ugh... I despise that feeling. Then the words came out of her mouth: "well, keep training. I am sure you will build yourself to the point when you can do a half marathon". I felt deflated. Not only because I was proud of the 5K (hello! this is only the second race I've ever done!) but because I felt snubbed. Yes, snubbed. Like I am not cool enough because I haven't done a half marathon. Then it hit me. Why was I upset about being snubbed when... well, I have been a snob about the 5K all the time. After all when I told her that I did the 5K I said "oh, it was just a 5K" like it was something insignificant. As a non-racing person who is learning to enjoy the whole race experience, I have found myself in a new area: suddenly I am loving the 5K and truth be told, gone is my wish of doing a half or full marathon.
It is a weird feeling because for so long I have been wanting to do a half marathon ... Read more →
A Few More Fall Camping Days
Sunrise at Sun Lakes State Park, near Coulee City, WA., soft focusing on Sherry's Shanty Shack, a 1963 Fleetcraft, so lovingly restored ... Read more →
DIY Scrap Wood Painted Chicken Sign
I hate to throw anything away, even if it's an old broken fence board. I love this DIY project because you can make the sign any size you want to, paint it any color you want...depending on what you have available. And it makes a really cute sign for your coop or to advertise your fresh eggs ... Read more →
How My Garden Grows in October ~ Part 1
I can finally say the fall planting is done! I may add a little more spinach when I pull my peanut plants in a week or two – and maybe some more lettuce. Otherwise, DONE! For those of you who are new to my site, I have 21 raised beds, 18 of which are on the side of my house. Every month since spring planting, I’ve been sharing pictures of my garden’s side beds as well as each individual bed. Today is part 1 of the October installment of my garden through the seasons. I have also included links to how the raised beds looked last month, so you can see the changes.
Here’s a picture looking down my side yard where the 18 beds are. There’s a bit of a difference from last month – the tomatoes are gone, and several new things have been planted ... Read more →
The Wooden Spoon
The Wooden Spoon
Once a wooden spoon was so fine, so neat, so pretty, made of the best wood and carved in the most beautiful manner, no one could ever see a more delicate or tasteful wooden spoon, and no one took it up without saying,
"Ah, how pretty it is!"\
Thus the little spoon grew vain and proud ... Read more →
Wise & Witty Wednesday
Autumn is my Favorite time of year! Here are a collection of Fall quotes I hope you will love ... Read more →
How to Start Living a Simple Life
We have learned that living simple really isn’t simple at all. It took some time for us to learn how to slow down and find ways to simplify our life. We had to dig deep and figure out what was important to us. It took changing our mindset on how we wanted to live ... Read more →
Fall Flower Arrangment~ Go Native and Natural
As the temps continue to drop my perennials and shrubs fall deeper and deeper into the rich shades of autumn. The colors and textures may change but they are still beautiful and provide plenty of inspiration for floral arranging!
Today I'm sharing a fun recipe for making a quick and easy fall arrangement that is suitable for a basket, bucket, vase ( CHICKEN COOP ) or even a fresh fall garden wedding bouquet.I've been needing to freshen the container that hangs on our hen house for a while now.
The flowers in the container below have been hanging on the chicken coop all summer long. They have become quite faded, plus the bright yellow and blue hues don't represent the rich earthy tones we love a bout fall! So I tossed them out and got busy cutting some faded autumn blooms from my garden ... Read more →