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Dancing when there is work to be done?

Friday, May 1st, 2009

I have been thinking deeply on my role in the world.   I  believe passionately in many causes.  I try to be an active participant in society  by voting, writing to my legislators, volunteering, buying local, handmade or fair-trade items and creating community.
I also believe that I am doing my share to be of service to the world community due to the  measures I take to reduce the impact my family has on this planet.   I hope that by sharing  these attempts with those who are interested in growing along this path, I am making myself useful as well.   I consider myself an activist.  So I was a bit taken aback when it was brought to my attention that some people feel I am shirking my civic duty by devoting my time to home and family.   In a passive aggressive manner, the charge was leveled at me that I engage in frivolous pursuits, such as dancing and socializing, when there is serious work to be done.  I suppose I am guilty of this but I will not apologize.   All human beings deserve joy  in their lives.   It is what makes the hard work worthwhile.
Furthermore, I am a mother.  I have children to nurture, a home to care for, a garden to tend and a husband who is often gone for weeks (sometimes months) at a time.   My current responsibility  is to raise children who grow to be peaceful, mindful world citizens.  This is the time for me to set an example for them to follow into adulthood. Would I be doing this if I weren’t  embracing life and doing things I enjoy?  I don’t think so.
I am savoring this wonderful chapter in my life.  I also know I will have many years when my children are older for other pursuits.   I am learning so much during my time as a mother that I will be of greater service at that time.   The best part is that I will be able to devote myself freely, devoid of the guilt I would have if I hadn’t lived all these years in a manner that was authentic to my beliefs.

Snicker’s Pie

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Today is my oldest daughter’s sixteenth birthday and instead of her usual cheesecake, she asked for Snicker’s Pie like our friend Sandy makes.  I thought I would post the recipe in honor of the day.

Arrange 5 Snickers bars cut into small 1/4 inch pieces in the bottom of one baked pie crust.


1/2 cup sugar

12 ounces of softened cream cheese

2 eggs

1/3 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup sour cream

Pour this mixture over the snickers bars in the pie crust and bake at 350 degree for 15 minutes or until the mixture sets up.   You want to make this early because it needs to chill in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving.   I decorate the top with a little chocolate syrup.

Vitamin C Drink

Monday, July 14th, 2008

This drink  full of vitamin C and flavonoids.The blackberry leaf adds iron which is absorbed more easily in the presence of vitamin C.  It turns a bright, cheery red due to the hibiscus which makes it fun for kids. It also makes great Popsicles but don’t serve cold treats or drinks to children when a viral condition is present.

1/8 cup rose hips

1/8 cup orange peels

1/4 cup rose petals

1/4 cup hibiscus petals

1/4 cup blackberry leaf
honey to taste
Place the orange peels and rose hips in a saucepan with 5 cups of water.  Bring to a boil, then remove from heat.   Add rose petals and hibiscus and blackberry leaf cover and allow to steep for four hours.  Sweeten with honey, to taste.

Egg Dye Revisted

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Naturally Dyed Eggs

Our eggs turned out well this spring. Directions for making natural dyes are included in an older blog post.

Scented Playdough

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

1 Cup Flour
1/2 cup salt
1 pkg unsweetened drink mix
1 stp cream of tarter
1 tblsp vegetable oil
1 cup boiling water

Bring water to boil in a small saucepan and stir dry ingredients in until mixture forms a ball in the middle of the saucepan.
Allow to cool completely knead for a few minutes and it’s done


Sunday, December 10th, 2006
I can’t take credit for these instructions, a friend e-mailed
them to me a long time ago and I think she got them from
someone else so it is one of those Internet mysteries…srhThey go together pretty quickly though and would make a
great gift.

Lay sweater flat with sleeve extended.

Slice off both sleeves in the same place.

Lay sleeves flat with straight sides toward the outside
and taper toward the inside.

Use another pair of pants (or just guess) to figure
out where the pants will need to be cut.

Cut on the seam from the top to the point you
determined above.

Pin pieces together to create your pants.
This is where you’ll need to guess on how much you
need to take in.

Sew or serge together the pieces where you’ve
pinned them. You will probably need to reinforce
both of the crotch seams if you notice they
aren’t connecting perfectly.

Overlock the top edge, if you want.
If you don’t have a serger, it’s not necessary.
Fold back and sew down to form a casing.
Make sure you leave a small hole so you can insert
your elastic.

Attach a safety pin to one end of your elastic.
Just push it through until it meets on the other side.

Now that the elastic is in, you’ll need to guess how
much stretch you need for your baby’s size. I just
experiment with different lengths by pinning the
elastic and putting it back inside the casing

Tack the elastic in 2 places with a wide zig-zag.

Trim the excess elastic and tuck the elastic into the casing.

You can sew the casing closed completely.

The finished pair of pants.