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DIY Wax Drip Easter Eggs

crafting for Easter with the children

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A Simple Trick to Save Water, Save $ and Save the Planet

Sunny Sleevez

SAVE WATER EASY STEPS

California faces its most severe drought emergency in decades; we are now in our 3rd consecutive year of below-normal rainfall. Governor Jerry Brown has called for Californians to reduce water use by 20 percent voluntarily, and mandatory rationing could be ordered soon so that homes, businesses and farms don’t run dry over the summer. No matter where you live it just makes sense not waste this precious resource. Here are 2 super simple steps you can take to drastically reduce water waste in the kitchen.

We have a double sink in the kitchen, 1 was used for washing the other ended up being a dumping location and quickly filled with dishes waiting to go in the dishwasher, which drove me BONKERS!

Wishing to reduce our water waste and save my sanity I bought a nice new bucket and put that in one sink, into this we collect the water from…

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4.4 billion-year-old crystal found in 2001 is oldest piece of Earth

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stone-300 (CNN) — From a sheep ranch in Western Australia comes the oldest slice of Earth we know. Scientists say they have dated an ancient crystal called a zircon to about 4.4 billion years, making it the earliest confirmed piece of the planet’s crust. The findings — the first to describe the zircon — were published in the journal Nature Geoscience on Sunday.

“This is the oldest and the best dated of all the crystals that have been reported,” said John Valley, lead study author and professor in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This crystal is a translucent red, Valley said, but glows blue when bombarded with electrons. At 400 micrometers long, its biggest dimension is just a tad larger than a house dust mite, or about four human hairs.

The crystal was found in an arid region north of Perth, Australia, in a low range of hills…

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A20 Anglo-Saxon garnet brooches

Love what a treasure hunt can unearth 🙂

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Sheperdswell metal detector Greg Sweetman finds valuable Anglo-Saxon artefacts next to A20 near Maidstone

A rare collection of Saxon artefacts has been found by a man from east Kent.
The Anglo-Saxon findings could be part of a grave date back to the sixth century and are said to be worth more than £40,000.
Two Saxon pins, part of a buckle or belt and seven brooches were found on land next to the A20 towards Maidstone.
Greg Sweetman, of Westcourt Lane, Shepherdswell, was the first person to find one of the brooches when metal detecting.
Mr Sweetman said that the finds were made at his first club dig with the Medway History Finders.
On finding a large square-ended Saxon brooch,  Mr Sweetman [Link to his pics] and the group decided to dig further and discovered the hoard of artefacts including hair pins and circular and square brooches. The brooches…

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Chop, chop

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001 David Mellor’s shop lives at No.4 Sloane Square in London, yards from the Royal Court Theatre. I suppose it’s interesting that I would now far rather go into a kitchen shop and buy a chopping board than go and see a play, or indeed audition for one. In fact, I steer well clear, scared (or should I say trepidatious) of bumping into someone from my former life, the theatre bar at the Royal Court witness to a small handful of intense, deeply felt humiliations. A theatre bar is not, in and of itself, a relaxing place to be anyway; everyone is subtly networking or nervous for a friend or relative about to perform (or jealous), everyone is sweeping the room, status – yours and theirs – is being constantly, silently re-negotiated. You can’t, or rarely can you, just go up to someone . Which is what I used to do…

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When Elephants Get Sad: A Touching Tale

Igor Purlantov

When life gets stressful, Asian elephants help each other feel better by trumpeting sympathetic noises and using their trunks to touch their friend’s – um – private parts, according to new research.  In a study published on Tuesday in the journal PeerJ, animal behaviorists observed 26 captive elephants in a sanctuary in northern Thailand. The researchers said they recorded a number of elephant behaviors that they concluded were specifically intended to comfort distressed herd members.  The behaviors included touching the distressed elephant’s genitals with their trunks, putting their trunks in the distressed elephant’s mouth, or making a high-pitched “chirping” noise.

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You have never seen anything like this …

Bear Tales

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Lions – The New Endangered Species?

The GoPro production crew journeys to Africa to explore the danger and beauty of Kevin Richardson’s passions for lions and their future.

Totally amazing!

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Source: Man Attempts To Hug a Wild Lion. What Happens Next Stunned Me

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A Potpourri of Roses and Other Blooms

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A Potpourri of Roses and Other Blooms

A versatile collection of fabric blossoms to adorn your special projects or that inspirational outfit be it as a pin, hair clip, and/or belt or shoe clip. (no glue is used)

Some of the blooms can be sent to you on a stem just right for arranging in that perfect bud vase.

Possibly you would like to create that one-of-a-kind bookmark or attach a pretty poesy to your shopping bag.  How about up-dating that lampshade in your boudoir? Or tying back your curtains for that vintage Victorian look; the uses are endlessly possible.

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Website of the Week: Seriously Amazing

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Seriously Amazing from SI

This week’s Website of the Week is Seriously Amazing from the US Smithsonian Institute. Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities.

Seriously Amazing is a really interesting site chock full of strange, little-known, quirky and yes seriously amazing questions, and their answers.

The Smithsonian asks and answers questions every day about science, art, history and culture.

Check out Seriously Amazing to view some of the best.

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Blue Cheese Popovers

YUM my favorite cheese 🙂

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Yummy! That’s all to be said about adding crumbled Blue Cheese to a popover recipe. This recipe is probably more suitable for adults just because Blue Cheese has a strong flavor. We thoroughly enjoyed them.

Ingredients:  makes 1 dozen popovers

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup Blue Cheese, crumbled
  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Using butter, grease a regular muffin pan. In a large bowl whisk the eggs, milk and Blue Cheese together. Add all the remaining ingredients, flour, salt, black pepper and minced garlic, stir until well blended. Fill the muffin tins completely with the batter. Place in the cold oven and turn the oven on to 450 degrees. Bake for 30 minutes. Do not open the door, let the baking process go from a cold oven through the preheating process into the baking stage. Once the 30…

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Recipe: World’s Best Cookies

Must make!

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Happy Monday to all of our OrganicMeatsAndVeggies.com readers! Everyone at Passanante’s Home Food Service sincerely hopes you had a safe holiday surrounded by friends, family and of course good food. Over the holiday break we unearthed a ton of awesome recipes that we cannot wait to share with you all over the next few weeks so make sure you’re coming back frequently!

Now.. you’re probably already skeptical about this next recipe… the world’s best cookies?  BUT these cookies seriously are the world’s best. Even savory people with little appetite for sweets cannot resist eating a bakers dozen by themselves. These cookies have a light, fresh and crispness to them that is simply irresistible — plus they freeze incredibly well so make more than you think you’ll need.

World's Best Cookies Recipe

  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup salad oil
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1…

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This story is sure to pull on the heart strings of any animal lover; Dog mourns over friend

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CHINA – A story out of China is sure to pull on the heart strings of any animal lover.

Last sunday (Dec 22), a little white dog was killed in the middle of the street by a passing car.

A brown dog stayed by its side for the entire night, despite temperatures dropping well-below freezing, according to reports.

A resident saw the dogs and placed a stool next to them so that passing traffic wouldn’t hit them.

Eventually, restaurant owners nearby took the dead dog away and buried it under a tree in a city park.

The brown dog followed them until his friend was buried.

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Craft fair organizer out of business after confrontation, threats

No wonder I would rather sell my own things 🙂

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RACINE (WITI) — A craft fair organizer is starting to make good on her promises to pay vendors back after an unsuccessful Holiday Boutique craft show in Racine.

A video-taped confrontation after the event shows vendors threatening to call the Kenosha Police Department and Contact 6 — which is what they did.

Roxanne South received several complaints after her event at the Racine YMCA was poorly attended. Vendors say they paid $50 each to participate, but demanded their money back after a low turnout.

“I sincerely apologize to everyone for the inconvenience of lack of advertising. If they have not received their money yet, they will be receiving it. Be patient with me please,” said South. “And I won’t be doing any more vendor events or fairs.”

Contact 6 confirmed that many of the 29 vendors that participated in the event have gotten their money back.

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Festive Sand Dollar Cookies

You know how I adore ANYTHING BEACH!!!!!

Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches

‘Tis the season to be baking. Fa la la la la!

I definitely have my own favorites for our family Christmas cookie line up, and some kind of yummy cut-out sugar cookie is always on that list!

This year I decided to try something a little different. Inspired by my collection of sand dollars, I thought it would be fun to try out an idea for coastal themed Christmas cookies. Of course, these sweet beach treasures are great for any time of year and would be a big hit at any luau or beach picnic!

I used a sugar cookie recipe that I found at Art of Dessert (recipe below).

After rolling out the dough to 1/4 inch, I used a small mouth Mason jar lid band to cut out my cookies. It was just the right size (almost 3″ across) for the sand dollar I was trying to match…

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Giovanna’s Family Secret Tiramisu Recipe

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Tiramisu is possibly the best food in the world. Sweet, cold, creamy, with the bite of coffee and liquor. But I rarely have it, and almost never make it. I’ve found that restaurants in the U.S. get something wrong (not sure what it is—too bready? flavor’s off?) and while actually making tiramisu isn’t difficult, finding the right ingredients IS.

Giovanna's family tiramisu recipe, learned it from my host mom when studying abroad

My host mom from when I studied abroad, Giovanna, was the best cook, and gave me her family’s recipes for her pasta con pesto and tiramisu. And all of the sudden last Saturday night, I got it in my head that I HAD to make it for dinner the next evening. However, none of the stores had lady fingers (I called around), so I made my own. See separate post, the recipe I used is here. It was surprisingly easy. Or you could substitute madeleines or pound cake or angel food…

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Announcing: Photography Contest, in time for Spring

Women Writers of the Triad

Female Photographers only.  (Sorry, fellas.)

Women Writers of the Triad is looking for photography that we will use on our website and potentially other marketing pieces and we would love your help:

Photographers:  We are looking for photography to use throughout our site.  It might be a flower in bloom.  It might be a bank of roses.  We’ll know it when we see it.  Submit your flowers, skies, fields in bloom, or any other pieces that, to you, represent our mission of providing a nurturing place for women to write, learn to better their craft, and find their voice.  A safe place to bloom.

Your work and all credit and rights will forever remain with you.  If your piece or pieces are selected, you will receive credit wherever they are displayed along with links to your work.

Submission Process

E-mail your submissions to Women Writers of the…

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We Are Better Than This

Melissa I. Hassard

(A mother of a rant)

At some point in the early mornings, A. usually crawls into my bed in the still-dark-out, wanting to snuggle.  This morning is no exception, and he cuddles up next to me.  We drift for a while like this, on a quiet raft of early morning.

I am lying there with my eyes closed but my mind is awake, running through the conversations I have had lately with my pro-gun friends.  What I have come to realize is that some of them are not arguing for the right to keep their guns.  We (I) have stated over and over that we are (I am) not interested in taking that right away from them.  What I have come to understand is that they are arguing their right to not be inconvenienced.  Gun ownership should be as convenient as, say, eggs at Wal-mart.  And this stuns me.

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January 11 – National Hot Toddy Day

For all who are so sick this is a re-blog to warm you and make you feel better

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National Hot Toddy Day

Five Food Finds about Cocktails

  • The first cocktail party was held for 50 house guests in St. Louis in 1917. The house still stands today….as the  residence of the Archbishop.
  • While Prohibition resulted in a decline in alcohol it also resulted in a dramatic increase in crime as money flowed to the bad guys. Crime rose as high as 500% in some countries. Consequently, government costs soared while tax revenue declined.
  • Calling an illegal bar a ‘speakeasy’ came from a lady barkeep who would warn her customers to “speak easy, boy, speak easy” whenever they became loud enough to attract police.
  • A greater crime was what it did to the cocktail. Prior to Prohibition, America was enjoying its first golden age of mixology. Once liquor became illegal, ‘rum runners” brought it in by boat but watered down their blends so they could ship less and make more.

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lobster chowder for a holiday treat

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You’d be hard pressed to knock on any door in the Maritimes and not find a recipe for lobster chowder. It would be even harder to find two the same! The magic in this particular chowder is the addition of old cheddar cheese and frozen peas. Cheddar cheese is gorgeous with lobster anything. Adding it in addition to the whipping cream takes an already rich soup to the sublime. The peas just add fun and a little color.

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Lobster Chowder

Serves 4 Maritimers or 6 from everywhere else…

2 – 14 ounce tins frozen lobster meat, thawed – drain and reserve the water

4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced

1 cup frozen peas

1 yellow onion, chopped

1/4 cup butter

2 cups whipping cream

2 cups shredded old cheddar

2 bay leaves

1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Over medium heat, melt butter…

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It’s turned into a bit of a rave, or Mea Culpa

The Wanderlust Gene

You know when they say “everything happens for a reason”? I hate that.  Especially when something happens and a reason immediately springs to mind.  It happened to me the other day:  an award nomination from A Pirate’s Haven and now I have to ‘fess up to a guilty secret because the rules for The Wonderful Team Member Readership Award are stringent – nominate, within one week (yes, that’s seven days!) fourteen blogs you appreciate.  Here’s the rub: up on my bookmarks bar is a shameful catalogue of 23 other award nominations, all awaiting acceptance speeches.

When the first award came in on June 9, I’d just depleted my list of newly discovered blogs, so I put Francine’s generous thought aside till I could meet seven new bloggers I could recommend to you.  The next day, Maggie at Fly Away Home kindly nominated my blog for the Sunshine Award, wasn’t that wonderful?…

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