Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Reading Thing 2012

On The Bookshelf:  So I was browsing a friend's blog and found this link to Spring Reading Thing (see my sidebar).  It is a challenge of sorts - you set your own goals - of what you want to read between March 20 and June 20 (Spring 2012). 

http://callapidderdays.com/2012/03/spring-reading-thing-2012-start-reading.html

Well, I am an avid reader - most of the time I have read several books between the ones I post about here.  I thought this would be an awesome challenge for all of us.  I want my daughter growing up seeing me read - I want her to have the same love of reading I do.  Her father never acquired that love of reading - he's one of those that think "If you have the time to read, you have the time to work."  I still love him though! 

So here we go - my challenge to myself!

1.  Finish Earth's Children Series by Jean Auel
Her newest in the series "The Land of Painted Caves" came out last year, I think.  I'm a big fan of re-reading the entire series before reading the newest addition.  Unfortunately, I didn't have much time to read when Baby Girl arrived, so I've been putting this off.  I am currently on "The Mammoth Hunters" Book 3.  I've got 3 left to go...

2.  "Charlie St. Cloud" by Ben Sherwood
I fell in love with the movie - and generally speaking, the book is nearly always WAY better than the movie.  Can't wait!!!

3.  "Amazing Grace" by Danielle Steel

This is one of those books I nabbed for a buck or two at the thrift store.  I have always enjoyed Danielle Steele books and this is one I haven't read. 

4. "Peachtree Road" by Anne Rivers Siddons
I have several of her books and thoroughly enjoy them all.  This is another one I nabbed at the Thrift Store - you just can't beat paying $1 for a book!

So, a total of 6 books.  That may be pushing it a bit since my sewing has picked up. There's only so much time in the day while Baby Girl naps.

I'll keep you posted and try to give reviews on these.  If you are a reading fan and aren't a member yet, check out Goodreads.com.  It is your own personal library online - you can have friends and read their reveiws and what they have on their virtual bookshelves.  Check it out!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Pink Slime

In The Field:  We've all read about it - that stuff they're feeding our school-kids - that stuff from a horror movie that neither Taco Bell nor McDonalds will take.  PINK SLIME!

So what is it, really? 

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/whats-wrong-with-pink-slime/

Gene Hall, from Texas Farm Bureau, explains in his blog:  http://txagtalks.texasfarmbureau.org/pink-slime-isnt-from-a-horror-movie/

It is simply the trimmings left after the meat is cut from the bone and from the fatty tissue.  It is then treated with an antimicrobial inhibitor - keeping the meat safe.

Have you ever trimmed the fat off a steak - and left a bit of the tasty steak left clinging to the fat? 

That's what we're talking about - that little tasty morsel.  Why waste it?  So many are going hungry these days, and that tasty morsel is just as much "beef" as the succulent steak you just ate.  All that separated it from that steak was the angle of your knife.

Multiply that little morsel by the thousands of steaks eaten daily - that's a lot of meat going to waste!    Why shouldn't we process all those little morsels into something more edible?

As for those who still believe the lies (the media:  lie, twist the truth for a juicy story???? NEVER!), I have a solution for you - raise your own beef!  If you live in the city, you'll need to quit your job or relocate - buy a small plot of land.  Now, you'll need several hundred thousand dollars to buy this land - hope you had some savings put by!  And you'll need to buy a cow - another thousand dollars or so.  Then breed it to a bull - that'll cost you too.  And don't forget you'll need to feed this cow only grass - right?  Isn't that what everyone says - cows should be grass-fed only?  And when drought hits, you'll need to drive to Canada hauling a trailer to bring that grass home.  More thousands of dollars you've got invested now.  Let's wait several months until that cow has her calf.  Let's hope it all goes well, because God Forbid, you can't give that cow or calf any antibiotics!  Give the calf several months to grow before you butcher it.  And you need to do this yourself, because you can't trust the USDA, right?  You've got thousands upon thousands invested in this calf - and after butchering, you're left with a huge pile of trimmings.  And darn it, there's still a lot of meat left on that fatty part...Gosh, I've spent a lot of money, I'd hate to just throw that away...Hmmm, I bet I can cut it off there and make it into hamburger.  But I'd better treat this with something so we don't get sick...OMG - you've just done it yourself!  You turned your beef into PINK SLIME!

If you look at the situation from a factual standpoint - and not "blowing it all out of proportion" that the media is known for - this beef is safe.  It is healthy, it is "real beef".  There is absolutely no reason that we shouldn't eat it.  Unless, of course, you've got enough money to eat steak every day...

And concerning Taco Bell and McDonalds - the day I find them on Zagat's best places to eat is the day I start labelling their food as nutritious!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Momma Got New Shoes!

In The Field:  It's raining. Hallelujah!  I guess La Nina has taken a hike, Praise the Lord!  Over the last couple of days we've gotten about 1.5" - wonderful!  It has been a nice, slow rain - none of it draining off.  The wheat is looking beautiful.  We should have a plentiful harvest!

On The Crafting Table:  Do you remember this picture?
Well, I made myself a pair...
Pretty stinkin cute, if I say so myself! 
I found a cute sweater at the thrift store the other day - a wool blend that someone had washed and dried so it shrank up like a kid's sweater.  It was a gorgeous blend of blues, and I just knew I could do something with it...but what???
Inspiration struck!  Another pair of Room Shoes - in wool!  The wool blend was felted (meaning shrank in the wash) so it won't unravel.  I didn't do a lining since the wool was pretty thick.  What do you think?

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Project Complete!

On The Crafting Table:  I am so in love with the green baby sandals from my prior post.  I just HAD to make some. 

But what are new shoes without a new outfit???? 
So I made Baby Girl a new pillowcase dress for summer to match her new shoes.  She also got a matching diaper cover!

She'll be all dolled up!  I was hoping she could wear it soon - it was 80 degrees here yesterday.  But this morning a yucky cold front came in - and now, at 2:30 pm, it's 44 degrees.  Guess the new outfit and shoes will wait a bit longer...

If you're interested in purchasing any of these items in a different size or color, let me know through my kids clothing email... doodlebugkidz@centex.net or visit my etsy site:  doodlebugkidz.etsy.com

Monday, March 5, 2012

I forgot

On The Crafting Table:  I finished this fun peasant dress for a friend of mine and completely forgot to post it! 

I just love all the bright colors!

Also, got some fun new baby shoe patterns I'm dying to try!  How cute are these?


 And just had to pick up a shoe/slipper pattern or two for myself!  These are called "Room Shoes" as they only have a fabric sole.  I'm thinking I can use some heavier leather or something to make them more of an indoor/outdoor shoe. Any thoughts on what I can use?