Wednesday, May 27, 2009
It has been so crazy here I can barely remember to cook dinner for the family!
End of the school year is always busy with parties and programs, but even more so now that Madison is in Kindergarten. Being homeroom mom I have a ton of responsibilities to the class. I have been planning for Field Day and the End of the Year Party.
So, that is why I have no been blogging this week, I have been trying to get everything planned for that. Her last day of school is June 3rd though, so I suspect I will be able to blog a more when it is all said and done.
Just wanted to give those of you who might have been wondering where I went the low down!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Amish White Bread
2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2/3 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
6 cups bread flour
In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water, and then stir in yeast. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam. Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Mix in flour one cup at a time. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes, and divide in half. Shape into loaves, and place into two well oiled 9x5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until dough has risen 1 inch above pans. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes.
Makes two loaves. I freeze one for later use, so it stays fresh. Makes INCREDIBLE French Toast!
Monday, May 18, 2009
I began following that blog and printed out her directions last year! I knew if I was ever to have a garden I would have to do this!
So, now that we have a garden and it is actually growing I sent DH out for the supplies to make our rain barrels to water the garden.
Here is a picture of how he set it up on our back fence by the garden. You can see on the original blog post HERE how to do it and you can see how she connected it right to her gutters by her house. I didn't have that option so that's why we opted for back by the fence and my husband rigged it up this way. It works perfectly! He got it all set up right before it started to rain and I already have some water to start watering my garden! YAY!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
The Picture does not do the brownies justice! The yummy caramel center is to die for!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
And I have his wonderful teachers to thank. They are amazing women who have been so patient and loving to my child and I could not ask for a better teacher and caregiver for my son.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The Container Store has also started a program called Click and Pickup!
GoShop! Click & Pickup Shop online, pick up at any store
Why use GoShop! Click & Pickup?
It's FREE! There are no shipping or delivery fees.
It's convenient! You choose the products you want and schedule your own pickup time at one of our stores.
It saves time! Your order is ready when you arrive at your designated time.
It's exciting and new!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
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Friday, May 1, 2009
This giveaway is being brought to us by Natasha at The Melting Pot Candle Company!
Let's get this party started with a little questionnaire I had with Natasha!
Tell me about you and your family
My name is Natasha. I am married to a man who was my best friend for 6 years before we married almost 7 years ago! We have 3 great children; Justice our oldest son is 5, Savannah is 2 and Marcus is 1. Our 4th baby is due September 30th! We are both originally from Atlanta and moved to TN for a quieter place just before we married. We now have a mini farm in the works and our children love the outdoors and animals!
Whats your store name and link:
The Melting Pot Candle Co. http://www.themeltingpotcandleco.com/
What do you specialize in?
I specialize in natural wax tarts. Wax tarts go in a burner and are melted. The then release a fragrance making your home smell wonderful! I also have other products such as Aroma beads in sachets for closets, cars or drawers, and new bath and body products in the works!
How did you get started?
I began this company because my favorite tart maker was going to close her business. I didn't find any others I REALLY loved so I bought most of her supplies and began my own!
What do you love about your business?
I LOVE all the fragrances. I love when I get feedback from customers that they enjoyed the products. My goal is to make each and every customer satisfied. It is a great feeling when I see the same customers coming back for more!
What is your favorite product right now?
My favorite current product is the full size tarts in a cup. I love the cup. It makes for great storage and because it is a food grade container it keep s all the scent trapped inside until use. It gives the tarts a much longer shelf life. My favorite current scent is Wild Mountain Honey! Recommended by a great customer, Trish from Do-Hickies & Thing-A-Majigs...yum!
What makes your shop different?
I take extreme pride in each and every product I make. If it isn't right I will not ship it. I make each tart to order so they are fresh when you get them. If for any reason something isn't right I make it so!
What are some other sites to find out more about you and what you love to create?
The Melting Pot Products are sold at the main site:http://www.themeltingpotcandleco.com/
On Hyena Cart:http://hyenacart.com/CrunchyCongo/http://hyenacart.com/TheMeltingPot/
What do you love about handcrafts?
I really think it is important to support other families. I try to buy everything I can from a WAHM or WAHD. It is a great community to support and items are not mass manufactured. Items are made by hand with love and care. That is what I want to bring to my family. I enjoy getting packages in the mail and opening them with the kids. My 5 year old always says who sent us that? I gladly say a great mama in (insert state here). They get a better understanding when I make items and send them to other families. Even better are trades! I love to do trades and I tell the kids. We are going to send this to Jessica at Zing Slings and she is going to make Savannah a skirty. The Skirty arrives and they remember! It is a great lesson in sharing and give and take.
What are some of your favorite online shops?
The Crunchy Congo (http://www.crunchycongo.com/)
Zing Slings (http://www.zingslings.com/)
The Spotted Box (http://www.thespottedbox.com/)
T & Little S Designs (http://www.tscrapper.etsy.com/)
Thanks Natasha for allowing us to get to know you, your family, and your business better! And a double thanks for participating in this great giveaway!
Natasha is offering up a gift set which includes :1 Tart Burner, 3 Tarts (Your choice of scents and wax) and 3 Tea lights
All you have to do to enter for your chance to win this great gift set is go to TheMeltingPotCandleCo. website and browse around...come back and tell me what scents you would like to try.
For 1 Bonus entry you can:
1. Become a follower of my blog
2. Add my super cool button to your site
3. Follow me on twitter
4. Tweet it and link it back to me.
5. Blog about this giveaway and post the link in a comment.
For 2 bonus entries:
1. Go to TheMeltingPotCandleCo. and make a purchase of 3.00 or more! I will have Natasha give me your order number as a confirmation.
Leave me a comment for each entry that you complete. This giveaway ends Friday, May 8th
UPDATED: Natasha has agreed that whoever won the giveaway, if outside of the US or Canada, that she would give a 5.00 giftcard to her store! SO now there is no excuse! ENTER! ;)