June 29, 2008
June 25, 2008
June 23, 2008
Rob and the girls got dry ice and sasparilla extract and viola! Sweetness...without corn syrup! It's really good stuff. He also made cream soda & we've got rootbeer extract for next time!
1 bottle of extract, sasparilla, rootbeer, or cream soda (about 5 tablespoons)
5 gallons of water
5 pounds of granulated sugar
5-8 pounds dry ice
Yellow pear tomatoes, still small, but ripening up!Mary and Mom at the beginning of the bridal shower. Look at the cake my sister Susanna made...it's towels! She also made 2 scrumptious Florida Sunshine Cakes, glazed...looked like 2 rings! Fresh flowers from my garden and lilies from Susanna's.
June 19, 2008
June 14, 2008
2 t. baking powder
1 cup sugar
1 t. vanilla extract
Mix ingredients together (you know, dry stuff first together, then add wet) and scoop into 12 muffin cups (lined with cupcake liners, if you wish) & bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.
June 13, 2008
4. The toilet:
5. My favorite shoes...are my Clarks from Rob (for Christmas), they're super comfy & cute (minus my swollen ankles....it's humid here)!
I was amazed at how these little butterflies loved our shoes, must've been the salt! You can hear the waterfall behind me...it was a nice hike to this serene spot, no one but the 4 of us & we stayed here for quite a bit before heading out on the trail again!
June 7, 2008
June 1, 2008
China -although I think capitalism is great (if you see something that's a great price, why would you buy something similar at a higher price?)...I do want to think & buy more locally! Especially if it's just American, Ohio made would be even better (like that cheese), think of the cost really being more affordable because there is little gasoline used in transporting the goods, it's made here! A friend sent me this (as an email):
Are we Americans as dumb as we appear or is it that we just do not think?
While the Chinese, knowingly and intentionally, export inferior products and dangerous toys and goods to be sold in American markets, the media wrings its hands and criticizes the Bush Administration for perceived errors. Yet 70% of Americans believe that the trading privileges afforded to the Chinese
should be suspended.
Well, duh.....why do you need the government to suspend trading
DO IT YOURSELF!!
Simply look on the bottom of every product you buy, and if it says 'Made in China' or 'PRC' (and that now includes Hong Kong), simply choose another product or none at all. You will be amazed at how dependent you are on Chinese products, however you will be equally amazed at what you can do without.
Who needs plastic eggs to celebrate Easter? If you must have eggs, use real ones and benefit some American farmer.
Easter is just an example, the point is... do not wait for the government to
act. Just go ahead and assume control on your own.
If 200 million Americans refuse to buy just $20 each of Chinese goods, that's a billion dollar trade imbalance resolved in our favor...fast!! The
downside? Some American businesses will feel a temporary pinch from having foreign
stockpiles of inventory.
* Downside?? Is there a downside?
Let's give them fair warning and send our own message. We will not
implement this UNTIL June 4, and we will only continue it until July 4. That is only one month of trading losses, but it will hit the Chinese for 1/12th
of the total, or 8%, of their American exports. Then they will at least have to ask themselves if the benefits of their arrogance and lawlessness were worth it.
Remember, June 4 to July 4. You might try it for always.
Send this to everybody you know.
Show them we are Americans and NOBODY can take us for granted.
If we can't live without cheap Chinese goods for one month out of
our lives,WE DE SERVE WHAT WE GET!
Pass it on, America !!!