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Tag: monday mondays
This past week we did something we have rarely done over the course of our lives – gone to the fair! Above and beyond that… we even entered something in the fair, and came away with ribbons! WooHoo!
In April, we bought a couple working hives of bees, and more or less on a whim, decided to enter some honey, a frame of honey (the comb with the honey still inside) and some photos I took of the bees the first time we got into the hives. And we placed in a couple categories! So the other day we went to see our “prize-winning” entries and walk around and see the sights. It was a lot of fun, and we really enjoyed talking to some of the other exhibitors that were incredibly passionate about their fields of specialty. For instance… this giant (super soft) bunny rabbit….
Or these chickens… There literally must have been over 1000 chickens in one pavilion!!! Who knew there were so many varieties of them? Not me.
Or how about these eggs? Some – from chickens – were about the size of a chocolate truffle, and others were larger than turkey eggs. They came in all colors, but my favorites were the deepest brown mahogany I’ve ever seen.
And then there was an abundance of all kinds of fruits and vegetables. After having not eaten for most of the day, and having given blood right before we went to the fair, it was all I could do not to swipe a few cucumbers and tomatoes and tuck into them!
One of our favorite parts, though, was talking to the man who grew these giant watermelons, sunflowers and pumpkins. Not to win prizes, but just to show others that it could be done without much trouble. The pumpkin here weighed in at 1199 lbs, and with the rain we got this summer and 6 other waterings, grew by 45 lbs a day! The watermelon weighed grew about 6 – 8 lbs per day. The gentleman we talked with was so enthusiastic about how and why he grew giant vegetables that it was kind of infectious. Except… I couldn’t imagine having to MOVE one of those!
There were also sculptures and biscuits and quilts and Lego models entered into competition. And of course, fried foods too! Which, I have to say, after having heard so much about them for so many years, we broke down and bought some fried Oreos! After all… I had just given blood and I need a boost of energy! 🙂 In all honesty, though, I think I like just plain Oreos better than fried ones!
Maybe it’s the homeschooler in me, but I love this stuff. I love learning and seeing what people are interested in. What they do as hobbies and for businesses.
Learning is good for you!
Never stop learning!
With that in mind, here are your Monday links:
- Scientists discover a way to cook rice that dramatically cuts calories
- Clean your dishwasher so it works better for you
- Signs that prove booksellers are smart and awesome
- A couple raises a baby koala – adorable!
- 10 common sense ways to save money
- Dog stands guard over his trapped friend for a week
- Make cheese in your microwave!
- Volkswagen van to be re-released
- Transform unripe avocados to ripe ones in 2 hours!
- New technology to stop credit/debit card fraud (good! I just had my debit card # stolen!)
- The easy way to make any vegetable addictive
- Can you be a perfectionist and still be happy?
- Grocery store changes the idea of food expiration date
- What you can do with a jar of honey
- Making space for your soul to breath – from Emily P Freeman
- Capes are big this season. Here’s a great DIY cape/scarf tutorial
- Mysterious beach patterns
- Antibacterial soap isn’t any better than regular soap
- How to get along with someone even though you have vast political differences
- How to pose someone for portraits
- Smoked tomato and feta tart
- 10 tips to stay in touch with people
- This is really a big debate in our country – the pros and cons of pumpkin spice
- People are spray-painting their curbs blue… here’s why
- Two starved dogs, transformed by love…. awwww
- I keep hearing and reading about this salad. I’m going to have to try it! Soon!
- Cute idea to keep your most-used essential oils handy
- Star Wars coffee creamers!!!!
News-wise, what a week, huh? Sometimes it makes me want to be 11 years old again and oblivious to life beyond my own four walls.
Murder rampages inside a church.
Sweeping Supreme Court decisions.
Suicide bombs inside a Muslim mosque.
All I can think is… where’s the good news?
First, my God is bigger than any of it. And second, here’s some (mostly) trivial fluff news so you can start your week without all that other stuff…
May your week be blessed!!! Oh, and God Bless America – it’s still the land I love!
- 67 Snapple cap facts – or, how to win at Trivial Pursuit
- What astronauts eat in space
- 8 words that make you sound less confident (and intelligent, I might add)
- 17 tricks to help you eat healthier
- 26 ways to add style to your home
- I love these free encouraging printables
- How to avoid burnout
- Firecracker cake for the 4th
- How much to eat according to your body type
- Why a gap year between high school and college is a good idea
- Slow smoked St. Louis style ribs
- How Southwest Airlines was saved with a “10 minute” idea
- 4th of July bunting tutorial
- There’s a science behind taking your own advice
- Our 4th of July picnic tradition – Summer Trifle
- Save $ at Whole Foods
- Why some people are more attractive to mosquitoes
- Blueberry hand pies
- On my “someday” list – ideas for a home gym
- The different cultures of North America
- With a Starbucks on every corner, we’re actually consuming less coffee
- Miley Cyrus is the poster child for consent
- Formula to figure out how to work for yourself
- 4th of July printables
- Nepalese festival to thank dogs!
- Photos of oddly-shaped fruits and vegetables
- I STILL do this – why we stick out our tongues when we concentrate
- Body organs on computer chips?
- I try not to do it, but I’m guilty anyway…. how much $$$ Americans waste on food
- 5 ways to respond to the the Supreme Ct marriage decision
- Love chimichangas!
- 4th of July cooking-for-a-crowd tips
This week we’re getting bees. My in-laws have had several beehives for the last few years, and the more I’ve learned about them, the more fascinating they seem. I still can’t quite believe that this girl, who was raised in suburban Florida, plants and keeps a garden every year, cans things from the garden, is getting bees, and wants chickens at some point in life. I’ve learned to make a lot of things that you can find in the grocery – homemade pastas, croissants, stocks and bouillon cubes, jams, almond milk – things when I was in college I’d never think would be exciting to me to learn to make. I don’t ever want to stop learning. Whether I read about something in a book or figure out how to do it in the real world, learning keeps us young. What’s interesting is that when we’re young and “forced” to learn in school, much of the time, we fight it (unless you’re kind of a nerd like me, although, I really didn’t care for learning about moles in chemistry…). But when we mature, we actually enjoy learning. It’s a challenge that we can rise to meet. And it’s kind of a fun thing, now that it’s not forced. What have you learned lately?
Not that these links make me feel like I’m still 20, but I did learn some interesting tidbits this week:
- I love this idea of providing free housing to college students – they just have to interact with the elderly residents in a retirement home
- Since peanut butter + bananas = a thing, this browned butter banana bread with peanut streusel looks like a good thing
- 5 ways to curb your sugar addiction
- Smiling really can change things
- If you’re addicted to cheese, here’s why….
- I love dinner recipes that come together quickly and taste delicious – I need to try this pan-roasted chicken with rosemary
- Some creative and thoughtful ways to say thank you
- 5 reasons marriages are struggling with younger generations
- Photos of actors behind the scenes from some classic movies
- Homemade chia pudding that you can tailor to your tastes
- If some famous paintings were gluten free
- When you need some kind of sign that God is there
- When you’re in the middle of a storm, hang on
- Are you deficient in magnesium? Or protein?
- Too much cuteness! Baby animal photos
- I am definitely a Type A – are you?
- Sometimes we can take our spouses for granted. Here are 5 things to make sure you’re still BFF’s
- These health(ier) magic cookie bars look amazing! Making these a.s.a.p.
- Gwyneth Paltrow is living off food stamps for a week
- Houzz readers decide their 20 “must-haves” for the kitchen
- 7 tips for better family photos
- Make sure your kids take your picture
- This 4 letter word can help you to be more productive