Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
P.S. Recent studies show that catnip makes a great mosquito repellent. Check out our Insect Veil Spray, which includes catnip essential oil.
Friday, June 26, 2009
How will you celebrate July 4th? Bring a little red, white and blue into your festivities:
Blue and Red Checked Napkins, set of four, 100% Cotton
Bowl and Spoon set in White
Blue and Red Striped Tablecloth,, 100% Cotton
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
What upsets you is not what happens.
What upsets you is your response to what happens.Just as easily as you respond in a negative way, you can easily and naturally respond in a
positive, empowering, uplifting way.The biggest problems are often caused by
what you choose to do about the smallest problems.
Most of those big, painful problems are so unnecessary.
You are in control and you can decide
exactly how you wish to feel at any point.Imagine the power of remaining calm and focused
and resourceful when some totally unexpected,
disappointing development interrupts your day.
Truly, you can make the disappointments not disappointing at all.
Feel the power and the joy as every moment gives you a way to move forward.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
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Friday, June 19, 2009
Arapawa Goats are globally endangered (approximately 243 remaining) and just recently added to the Conservation Priority List. Arapawa Goats were introduced to the US through Plimoth Plantation in 1993 as part of a heritage breeding program. Plimoth Plantation is a living museum of colonial life in North America in 1627 located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The possibility of a connection between the Arapawas and the animals brought to North America by the first colonists made them a logical addition to the rare breeds collection at Plimoth Plantation.
We're pleased to offer these soaps because the maker donates the proceeds from the sale of these soaps to the conservation of this amazing breed.To learn more visit the International Arapawa Goat Association.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
"A friend of mine has an electric fence round a piece of his land, and keeps two cows there. I asked him one day how he liked his fence and whether it cost much to operate. 'Doesn't cost a damn thing,' he replied. 'As soon as the battery ran down I unhooked it and never put it back. That strand of fence wire is as dead as a piece of string, but the cow don't go within ten feet of it. They learned their lesson the first few days.'
Apparently this state of affairs is general throughout the United
States. Thousands of cows are living in fear of a strand of wire which no
longer has the power to confine them. Freedom is theirs for the asking. Rise
up, cows! Take your liberty while despots snore. And rise up too, all people
in bondage everywhere! The wire is dead, the trick is exhausted. Come on
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
My husband and I met on Martha's Vineyard 19 years ago about this time of year. One warm summer night a bunch of us were out on the town. As we all started to pile in our old Jeep I asked him a question, which I shan't repeat here. I will only tell you his reply, which was, "Yes, to the right music." This was so the right answer. As we headed down the country roads, hair blowing all over in the night air, this Buddy Holly song came on the radio. He turned to me and said, "Like this song." This was so the right answer. We eloped eight weeks later. Needless to say, this is our song. What's your song?
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
top left: our adorable new woven grass Bee Skep
top right: amazing Aromatherapy Bees Wax Candles by Big Dipper Wax Works
bottom left: Organic Acacia Honey by Savannah Bee Co.
bottom right: drawing by my daughter--she makes me really happy!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
The really traumatic part though--his girlfriend, Katrina, snubs him for days after the event. It breaks my heart too. She's really not supportive at all. In fact, she completely takes off and doesn't bother coming home for days. We've been giving him tons of extra love. But she came home today, sniffing around him like nothing ever happened. I think he should pull out his best Nancy Sinatra impression and tell her "these boots are made for walking". What do you think?
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Handcarved wood santo (shown left)
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Once manufactured by the American Wringers Co., this reproduction Horse-shoe Brand Empire Clothes Dryer offers 10 racks for drying, and it can be closed, to save space, when not in use (shown bottom right). The system is easy, you simply push the vintage-style hardware up from the bottom until the racks fall into place and pull down to tuck the racks away.
I'm going to have to hang one inside and outside by the pool for towels too.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
The funny thing is all their hard work and ambitious toil is making me very lazy. All I want to do is indulge in sleepy summertime fantasies.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Coco Loco Cupcakes by Joanne Weir from the book Tequila
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
Large pinch of salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
2 Tbsp. fresh grated ginger
1 tsp. coconut extract
¼ cup tequila (100 percent agave)
½ cup buttermilk
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
Coconut Cream Frosting
½ lb. cream cheese, at room temperature
2 Tbsp. unsweetened coconut milk, or more as needed
2 Tbsp. tequila (100 percent agave)
2 tsp. coconut extract
3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted, or more as needed
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour two 12-cup cupcake pans or line with paper liners.
Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a bowl and set aside.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl and mixing well after each addition. Add the coconut milk, ginger, and coconut extract and beat for 1 minute at high speed until well blended.
In a measuring pitcher, stir together the tequila and buttermilk. Add the dry ingredients in 3 batches to the egg mixture alternately with the buttermilk mixture in 2 batches, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients and mixing well after each addition. Fold in the shredded coconut.
Fill each cupcake well about three-fourths full with batter. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a rack and let cool completely before frosting.
Meanwhile, using the electric mixer, beat the cream cheese on high speed until smooth. With the mixer on high speed, slowly add the coconut milk, tequila, and coconut extract. Continue beating until thoroughly combined and smooth, about 5 minutes. Add the confectioners’ sugar and continue beating on high speed, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl. The frosting should be smooth and spreadable. Adjust with more coconut milk if the consistency is too thick, or more confectioners’ sugar if it is too runny.
To assemble, spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes and sprinkle with the shredded coconut.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
My husband works for a local newspaper that once occupied the building shown on this sack, long after it had been in use as a mill. When the newspaper owner sold the business and vacated the old mill building, he gave my husband one of these old sacks. We prized it, and were hesitant to stretch it for display, so we tucked it away. A few years later, my husband told our neighbor George about the old grain sack. George had a historian's knowledge of the farming industry around us, and he filled my hubby in on the building's long history. They went on their respective ways. A short time later, George wandered over with three of the identical sacks, which he had stashed away. Typical Yankee farmer--never throw anything away that can be put to good use.
George said the reason he had saved it was because it had a picture of a pretty place that he remembered as a boy. I think its pretty sweet that he passed them on to us.
My Old Mill Grain Sack is pictured here with our new Cromwell Zinc Cake Stand and one of our Vintage Style Milk Cans.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
1. I'm addicted to the Bravo show Real Housewives
2. I like eating lemons with salt
3. I need at least nine hours of sleep to function properly
4. My favorite artist is Laurie Anderson, and my favorite song is Strange Angels
5. When I was nineteen I was in a movie
6. I get really crabby if I don't get my bike ride everyday
Now it's my turn to tag you:
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