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29 May

A Sonoma Garden

It’s hard to believe that it is actually applesauce making season again but it is! Last weekend we put up a bunch of jars and I thought I’d share with you our process. I’m sure there are as many applesauce recipes as there are people who make it, but if you haven’t tried making your own applesauce before, you really should try. It’s so easy! We have a golden delicious apple tree in our yard and typically we make applesauce out of the ugly apples that have fallen off the tree and leave the nice looking still-on-the-tree apples for eating and for pies. So the first order of business is to send out a troop of little boys to collect the fallen apples.
See, ugly, aren’t they? It takes extra time to cut them up, peel them and cut out the bad parts, about an hour to do an entire…

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3 May

I always find my sister’s artwork all over the house. I can never get rid of it! I have saved every single picture she has drawn and note she has written. There is even a poster size one that I have rolled up in my closet. She has always been a little artist. When she was a baby she began drawing faces – I know our mom has them saved somewhere, I will have to ask here where they are so I can post them. Here is the last picture she drew for me out of boredom I think. She calls me “Sissy” so every picture has “To: Sissy” on it… Adorable….. 🙂


First we have a man getting attacked by a huge bird. Then there is man on a plane wing with a gun and some people jumping out of the plane. Then there is a guy watering the grass as it starts raining on him. And a big pretty flower in the middle of it all. I like how everyone has pointy triangle hats.

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Worms in Dirt Snack

30 Apr

Here is an easy and classic snack that I remember eating as a kid.


Oreos, gummy worms, chocolate pudding, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, clear plastic cups or big clear bowl


Put several Oreos in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Mix the crushed Oreos with the chocolate pudding and gummy worms and use as bottom layer. Next put a layer of whipped cream or the vanilla ice cream. Make another layer of the Oreos/pudding/gummy worms, then a last layer of the whipped cream/ice cream. Enjoy eating worms and dirt!

Sneaky Girls

29 Apr

Check out this cool book I found on Think Geek’s website. Their description is below:

Let’s face it: girls are sneaky. And they have one advantage to being sneaky over boys – they are girls. Girls out there, you know what we mean: your brains are just smarter or something. We want to help ramp up your sneakiness quotient even more, and this book is it. The Sneaky Book for Girls provides complete how-to instructions and diagrams for sneaky gadgets, survival skills, communication codes, science projects, as well as having profiles of more than a dozen famous women. It also explores recycling and conservation techniques.

But that, of course, is not all. In these pages you’ll learn how to:

  • Use stars to find your bearings
  • Build a simple door alarm
  • Turn milk into plastic
  • Construct weapons from everyday objects
  • and loads more!

And it’s the “loads more” that will really get your mischief motor running. Girls, think of this book as a guide to outsmart your enemies (i.e. adults)…or if you are a parent reading this, think of it as a book to outsmart your enemies (i.e. your kids). Either way, just be safe and be sneaky. And don’t blame us if you get caught.

    • Author: Cy Tymony
    • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
    • ISBN: 9780740777141
    • Pages: 174
    • Cover: Paperback
    • Year: 2008
    • Edition: 1st
    • Genre: Technical – DIY

Chocolate Dinosaurs

28 Apr

I thought this was completely cute. A large milk chocolate dinosaur egg with miniature chocolate dinosaurs inside. You may get them from but they are currently out of stock. There are other online stores that sell them for around $20 each. Kind of expensive but still really cute and could make a fun gift (but be careful it doesn’t melt)…

27 Apr

Never seen a dessert like this. I think we def need this in Texas. Especially for the summers!

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Salju Desserts is another one of those new shaved snow places popping up in the San Gabriel Valley. I like it better than Fluff Ice because of the atmosphere, it’s much more friendly and personal if that makes sense. When you’re in Fluff Ice you feel like you’re in a store, but not at Salju. At Salju they bring your order out to your table, they don’t do that at Fluff Ice.

I’m not saying that one tastes better than the other, I just prefer the atmosphere at Salju. The place is kind of warm though but you quickly get over that when you start eating your nice cold dessert. They have wifi too.


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