Monday, March 14, 2011

First Sign of Spring - EtsyBlogger's Blog Carnival

The first signs of spring are started with having playtime in the backyard.  Warm enough for a momma and her baby to play with the old twigs and grass, while discovering and welcoming the new growth of local flowers, weeds, and plants.

The rose bush (seen pictured above in front of the house) looks like a gaunt old dying plant, but it is still putting on its winter disguise of being in hibernation.  The rose bush (plant) actually is getting new growth of strong beet red stems.  It probably wouldn't hurt to give it a good trimming though. ;-)

Another welcoming plant in the backyard is ironically a weed "chuckle": the chickweed.  It grows under our hawthorn tree in a large patch: great for picking.  I love to chop chickweed finely and steam along with chopped spinach for a quick and easy side dish; I like to add apple cider vinegar during serving.

I also made an EtsyBlogger's Treasury going along the Blog Carnival theme of "first sign of spring"; it is titled Spring Forward!


Monday, March 7, 2011

My Baby Can Learn to Read!

Featured above is an up-cycled hand-painted decoupage canister given to me as a gift at Bobby's baby shower by his Aunt Jessy (Eco-Friendly Freckles).  Here it is seen in my kitchen windowsill storing straws. :-)  I love it!  What an inspiration to raise a brainy baby. ;-)

After purchasing the first volume of Your Baby Can Read series and after skimming through How to Teach Your Baby to Read by Glenn Doman, I was motivated to continue this curriculum on my own by creating personalized word cards: some shown below.  I found the images online and printed them on regular cardstock. Easy and Affordable!


Friday, March 4, 2011

Self-Taught Artists Expose Their Treasures

Members of STAT Team (Self-Taught Artist Treasury Team) have created a collection of their most priced treasures to expose to the public.  Please take a moment to appreciate their grand achievements.

Captain Hippiechicjewelz says:
GREEN with envy everyone will be when they see you wearing this Hand Sculpted Rustic Citron Cross Bracelet by Hippie Chic Jewelz!
Leader oddballartco says:

Skulls can be girly, and cute as can be! Don't believe me? Check out these tags and find out....

Leader ecofriendlyfreckles says:

Cheer up on rainy day with this gorgeous, meticulously handcrafted, one-of-a-kind money tin "Sunshine on a Rainy Day":

Leader asiabataev says:

Have you ever seen winter playing with spring? Check it out :-)

SaratogaSpinning says:

Warm and toasty you will be when you knit up a delightfully warm hat or scarf and bring a Flannel Pajamas jolt of color to this crazy winter we are having!

labellechanson says:

Delicately hand made with freshwater pearls to adorn your hair for your wedding or any special event of yours. 

holeestars says:

What a great way to hide your toaster with class with my new Mr Toaster cupboard.

Pod Pals - Great for children and parents on the go!

Time and protection in a bottle

Red White and Denim...Does anything say welcome to summer better than this bag.

Hi! Your beautiful item has been included in a Treasury

yifatbareket says:
Are you a March B-day girl or just like blue? Those stunning earrings are especially for you!!

Nothing like colorful skulls to brighten your day!
Magical Sea Glass necklace from Salem MA

Storybook Artifact says:

Rekindle your lover's alluring memory with this original painting inspired by great thought into the hazy future of soulmate's dream: titled "Is He the Man of My Dreams"

BarSoap says:

Celebrate St Patrick's day with this deliciously sweet Irish Cream Soap. The lather of the soap is as soft and smooth as that first creamy cocktail of the evening but you can use this bar of pleasure any time of the day!

Dreaming of a wonderful summer in the adirondacks with this wall hanging.

Don't get caught not wearing green, or you may get pinched! Beautiful glass bracelet set, including free earrings!

This Octopus is just too cute!

KCIADesigns says:

A blue burst from the sun to colour your day!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Hooty Birthday

  I was browsing through one of my older subscriptions of Parenting Magazine the other day, and came across this adorable cake decorating scheme: a hoot owl.  I decided to make this for my husband Robert's birthday this last weekend, and it was a hit.  For the cake recipe, I made a simple Texas Sheet-cake.  On the decorating, I made a simple delicious icing with just powdered sugar and butter; I added cocoa for the chocolate part, and turmeric for the yellow beak, feet, and writing.  I also used Newman O's for the owl's eyes. ;-)


1 c. oil
1 c. water
4 tbsp. sweetened cocoa
2 c. flour
2 c. sugar
Dash of salt
2 eggs
1/2 c. sour cream or buttermilk
^"I used my Milk Maiden Kefir"
1 tbsp. baking soda

Bring oil, water, and cocoa to a boil. Note: If using unsweetened cocoa, add 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar.
Remove from heat; add dry ingredients. Beat eggs in a dish; add sour cream and baking soda. Mix well. Add to chocolate mixture and beat well. Bake in a greased jelly roll pan at 375 degrees for 20 to 22 minutes. Cookie sheet can be used.

"Happy Birthday!" to my Sweetheart, and much loved Bobby's "Daddy". "xoxo"