Thursday, October 31, 2013

No Candy Here Sign

Ok so today is Halloween and my son had a brilliant idea! Well, it's not an original idea but still pretty smart! He asked me what we were going to do about all the trick-or-treaters coming to our door while we were all out trick-or-treating our selves. That is a totally legit question. Last year we took down all our decorations and turned off all the lights then went out to do some candy hunting!  But to be honest, I don't want to take down all my decorations! I want to enjoy them a little longer! So my son's brilliant idea? Put a sign up on the door! Brilliant! :)

So I went online this morning looking for signs that were already made...

All the signs seemed mean to me, like as if we weren't participating and hate people who do! I respect other people's choices.  I just wanted people to know that we were participating but couldn't be in two places at once. I didn't want my house to get toilet papered either! (Some people/teenagers out there are mean.) Also, most the signs out there in internet land are all color and I don't want to use all my ink up on a paper that would get thrown away in a few hours! I guess I could laminate it and save it for next year...I'll ponder that after the mass chaos is over! ;)

So I decided to make my own! And guess what? I'm so nice, I'm gonna share it with you!

So here is my sign! I hope you find it useful!

Click Here to Download Sign

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Playing in the Dirt

So I posted about how I started gardening earlier this year and kinda left you all hanging on how it turned out. Sorry about that, please forgive me! Now that I've got the begging for forgiveness out of the way I can tell you how it went! Here is a nice before and after picture of my garden!
Im so happy about how it turned out! I feel as if I learned so much about plants and growing food! If you have been following me on Pinterest then you know exactly how I grew my garden and all my aspirations for the future years to come. If you haven't followed me on Pintrest yet then you should! I find all the best and coolest stuff! I also do my best to post accurate links and comments on fails and successes! 

Any who! Back to my playing in the dirt! 

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I learned the hard way the differences between poison ivy, oak, and sumac. This is important to know especially up here in the north east. Stuff just grows like crazy and you should know how to spot the bad stuff.  Learn from my mistakes! Always wear gardening gloves, always! Wear long sleeves also. I don't care how hot it is outside! Wear them! You will thank me later! When you are done playing I the dirt take off your gloves and clothes and wash them with hot water and plenty of laundry soap. (BTW, I have a post on homemade laundry detergent that I've been using for years! You should check that out too!) after you have removed all your clothes take your now bare body, and a bottle of Dawn dish washing soap (or any type of dishwashing soap like Joy) and take a good shower making sure to lather up with the dishwashing soap. It really does work! This is so important because a whole lot of plants all look the same up here. You might accidentally brush up against one of these evil plants and not even know it. I mean, I did in my own back yard!!! This is so important! 

I also posted about using toilet paper rolls to use as seedling starters in my last gardening post. I just wanted to let you know that I did not like this method. The paper got all moldy in our warm kitchen. It was pretty gross! Right now I've got spinach seedlings growing in a paper egg carton. So far, so good! It has gotten pretty wet but hasn't molded yet. It might have something to do with the fact that it's in the basement where it's always 65 degrees... Not really good conditions for mold, unlike our warm kitchen.

This is a picture of my garden at its peak! It was overflowing! It wasn't a perfect year though. We had tomato horn worms like crazy and we also had a ton of squash vine boars that practically devistated our squash. But our cucumbers we plentiful and our tomatoes we awesome! We made so much salsa, marinara and spaghetti sauce! We also had jalipenios and basil that did well.  We had a bell pepper plant that got crowded out by the tomatos and squash and died. We had carrots that still haven't grown. They have been out there since the middle of June and they are still so incredibly small. I don't know what to do about them but leave them to grow through the winter. We also had a strawberry plant that kept getting eaten alive by earwigs. I learned that I really hate earwigs! I also learned that you can trap them with olive oil. Next spring I will be prepared!

Right now I'm planting broccoli and spinach. I have lettuce to plant this week and I planted some kitchen discards. We had green onions that we're going bad so I snipped off the ends and planted them like bulbs. We also had some garlic that was going bad so I broke them off and buried them too. I figure that it was going to the compost anyways, I had better at least give it a try. I mean, what's the harm? If they grow then it will be worth the two minuets effort and if they don't grow then who cares! It only took me like two minuets!

I will try to keep you informed about my adventures in gardening! Until next time!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

My new toy!

So my husband's laptop died a few weeks ago and he had to have a new one for school right away. So in order for him to qualify for a credit card at the apple store he had to spend a set amount of money. The laptop alone wasn't going to be enough to open a line of credit so he decided to get me an iPad2! I was so excited! And for Mother's Day he got me an adorable pink case that has a key board attached! All it needs is bluetooth to be used! It's so cool! Although, this is my first time to use it and I am finding it a little hard to manage. The key board is a little different from a regular computer key board so I am having to relearn how to type. It's not all that bad. I love the fact that I can do so many things with it! Between this and my iPhone I should be able to do a lot more blogging! I know that is exactly what you wanted!

I recommend the Apple iPad2 and also this wonderful case! :)

Sunday, April 28, 2013


So today during church, my child #2 let one rip, really loudly right in the middle of the prayer! Then child #1 started laughing and giggling and then child #3 let one rip trying to make #1 laugh even harder. All three kids were laughing and to make matters worse, so was my husband! I am so embarrassed!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

My Adventures in Gardening

So, I've been playing in the dirt. I, like many people out there, like the idea of growing my own food. I have learned that, while it sounds easy and looks easy, it's actually not! It's a complicated jumbled mess of information that consumes and overwhelms you! That is pretty much how I feel about this topic. I am approaching this topic one day at a time and hopefully over many years and seasons I will be a seasoned gardener! Wish me luck because my mom said I've inherited her black thumb of death! She's just exaggerating! I remember growing up, playing outside and my mom planting mums and irises and other things. So she's not being 100% honest with herself. That and I also remember my grandmother, my mom's mom, was a gardening fiend! I remember huge plump okra growing outside in the front yard along side the fence next to the driveway and I can recall a huge garden in her second back yard (she had two back yards) with rows upon rows of veggies. Ahhh, memory lane!

So anyways! Back to reality! I'm planting a garden! Hooray! I am super excited about it and I am going to keep on the bright side. So when I fail, I will cry and be sad but I will remember that this is a learning experience and no one starts out knowing absolutely nothing and magically turns into a master over night! One step at a time for this mom!

So last summer (late summer) I started growing herbs in a kit I bought at Walmart. I can safely tell you two things: 1) don't start growing things so late in the summer from seed, and 2) don't buy an herb seed kit from Walmart, don't buy one at all! Mixing seeds for different herbs is bad news! Some seeds need more water than others, some need less! And on top of that some herbs grow like weeds and will take over the whole small container they give you! Stick with one type of herb at a time. That way you will be able to tell which sprout is which! So I did successfully grow basil but nothing else out of the 6 different seeds in the kit. But about half way through winter they died! And I didn't even really get to harvest! Bummer!

This kind of made me sad but it grew my knowledge of how plants grow! We bought some books on gardening and they have helped but the most important way to learn, at least for me, is to do! So this spring, after lots of reading and simi/planning, I bought some seeds. I have a ton of basil seeds that I saved from a harvest of one of my husbands coworkers gave us. I started those seeds in paper towel rolls. (More about that later.) The seeds I bought were for tomatoes! I used some heirloom tomatoes seeds that were saved and given to us but after two weeks of nothing growing I added seeds from a Burpee package. They sprouted in about 7 days! I only used half of the packet. It's now been a month and I have already transplanted 6 sprouts that have grown their true leaves! My basil doesn't like that its only 60-65 degrees in my kitchen so they aren't growing as fast as the tomatoes. :( learning process!

Today I bought a grow light and installed it on the bottom shelf of my husband's book shelf. I don't think he will mind! ;) it's a small price to pay for a head start on the growing season! I bought the utilitech T8 fluorescent plant grow light at Lowe's for $14.98 and timer for $5.67. So for about $20 I can get a head start on the growing season in my basement! I got it all set up in less than 15 min! Now I just need to figure out how to keep the temperature 75 degrees down there! I'll let you know! But for now enjoy these pictures of my seedlings!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Freezing Fresh Herbs

So every time I have a recipe that calls for some kind of fresh herb, I run to the store to buy some and it always comes in a gigantic bundle! I would only need to use just a bit and the rest would normally go to waste after sitting in the fridge for a week.  I never was able to use it all up in time before it spoiled, which makes me feel just awful!  But one day while I was doing some pinteresting, I came across one pin about freezing certain foods.  This really got my attention because I hate wasting food, especially if it can be saved!  You can find this ever so helpful list of what to freeze here.  

The one thing I found most helpful to me personally at this time in my life was the saving of the herbs by freezing. All you do is prepare the herbs the way you normally would before using and stick in the ice cube tray and fill with water then freeze! 

Pop out of the tray and store in zip lock bags for later use! So brilliant! I had to share this with everyone!

I can't wait to use these in my favorite chicken noodle soup recipe!  I hope to one day grow my own herbs when I get a garden.  This will be a perfect way to store those herbs throughout the winter time!

Now get out there and freeze some herbs!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Handmade Hair Bows!

Today, while my little ballerina learned to gracefully twirl about at dance class, the mom's and I made cute little hair bows with some ribbon.  I have never made a hair bow without glue before but now I have learned to wield the needle and thread to make beautiful bows.

It came out so pretty and it matches my ballerina's tap ties I made.  All of us getting together, during the hour long class time, for crafting just kind of flowed out of us having to make the tap ties for our daughters.  We all made tap ties and the next class meeting showed off what we came up with.  There are so many talented mom's in this class.  We were instructed that we could buy the tap ties at a local store here in town but found out that they were expensive!  We also found out they were very simple to make.  We all made our own and they turned out great!  So that lead to talks about hair bows, which lead to making hair bows.  Now we are talking about tutus, which is our next project!  So next week look forward to some tutu pictures! I am so excited!

If you want to make your own hair bows you can find some awesome tutorials online. Here are my favorites:

The Ribbon Retreat
Under the Inkfluence
Slide Show with Random Links
Glorious Treats

That's all for today! Hope you had fun! Now go make some hair bows for your darling little princess!