Monday, March 29, 2010

FuLL mOOn ~ March ~ Worm Moon

and I bet a LOT! of You are glad to hear that.
It's time to get dirty!

Full Worm Moon – March 
As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the Robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of Winter. or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.

Burn a grEEn candle and a Beeswax candle for Prosperity, Fertility, and Nature.
Place some sEEds, or Fern fronds along with the candles as an offering for a healthy Garden.

and for Your reading pleasure during this Worm moOn:

A childhood favorite, and now, one of The Blu Man's favorites also.

FuLL moOn names & meanings ~ Farmer's Almanac

Full moon picture credit on photo

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Spring Break Holidays and a Scavenger Hunt

Spring hOliday is upon us.
Spring break.
And for our holiday we are off on a Scavenger hunt.

The Blu Man's grade are doing a Scavenger hunt to learn all about our great state of Louisiana.

It was a gorgeous day, chilly, sunny, although a bit on the windy side
{must have something to do with all those tea baggers hanging around the capital blowing hot air...}

I do have to say I am proud of My Self
for getting on it and getting it done.
We took advantage of our week off to go to places
and knock off the Scavenger List.
Over half the list was done, and there is still two months? to finish.

We headed downtown to color a rubbing of the date Louisiana became a state.

We took pictures of officials.

We headed over to the levee, and watched the river swirling by in a swift rhythm.

We rolled down grassy hills.

We checked out the "bullet hole"
from the shooting of our great governor Huey P. Long.

It was a wonderful week spent adventuring with The Kiddos, 
with the added benefit of extended relaxation knowing we won't be panicking at the last minute!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Priscilla's Earthly Delights ~ 6

Now we can have Improm~tutu Cappacinno KaraoKe at home...
The Chook Man totally sweeted me out by buying a cappacinno machine.
Even Priscilla needs to put her feet up and relax for a bit.

I love CoFFee.
My DaD would bring me the most perfect cup of CoFFee Milk 
many times at 5am when He was getting ready to work.
All warm and toasty and cozy, go back to sleep.
Therefore, CoFFee is relaxing to Me.

I love CoFFee Shops
I remember the magic of coffee shops when they were new, 
a gathering of artists, cops, students, people with stories and adventures ...
it was so CooL.

Then They became Corporated and Chained.  
I have to compete with suits talking loudly on their cell phones, 
and students who have come to the coffee shop and expect you to treat it like a Library. 
This isn't the Library, I'm allowed to talk. Pfffhht!
cause, Improm~tutu  Cappacinno KaraoKe will not be held back!
and the prices! good grief.

The Chook Man,
decided that The Priscilla and I {cause Chook's my King} 
should be able to enjoy this luscious beverage any time we damn well please. 
Even sky clad if wanted!

After a bit of google`izing, I found a decent one. 
We headed off to the 3Bs but alas, the website had been wrong. They didn't have it.
The Chook Man being the Techno TiTan that he is 
{ I got my Nerd with my Superhero! winkwink}
whips out his Swiss army cell phone and withing a short digital flip of the timekeeper, 
we discovered that Dillards had them.
Lucky Me,
it was right across the street, in the mall, but across the street.
Before you know it we were riding the great escalator to higher standing.  
And there is was.
And it was on sale!

pa pa pa POW!
Kismet Lucky 13...

Priscilla skipped around in circles like a 3 year old.

ok ok, you may be thinking, its just a coffee machine. 
Yes, yes that is correct, but its what that coffee machine means to me. 

Indulgence without the expense.  
Its meditation in a cup...all relaxation and rainbows.
And believe it or not,
Staying at home ALL the time is not all cracker jack.

So as I bring this session of Earthly Delights to an end,
I raise my cup to you and say 
Hey, how are you?
Got a Story?

Friday, March 26, 2010

CLaSSrOOm Spring Project ~ MiNi*TeRRaRiuMs

Today, was Classroom Project Day!!
You may have heard My rant before about not making time to volunteer at Your Child's school
I still feel that way.
Make An EfforT!
I digress.
The class just finished diorama's on Eco~systems. 
and its Spring.
I had found this project in a Yulemas book, looking for Holiday to~do's.
The project used clear glass Ornaments, 
but seeing as I'm dealing with 23 3rd graders,
delicate glass that needs to have dirt and plants
shoved into it.....not goOd.

Racking my noGGin, I trawled the aisles at Hobo Lobo.
What I really wanted was Small, Glass w/ Lid, Inexpensive.
I wanted to go with something natural as opposed to plastic,
but in the end, I did choose the plastic for the above reasons.
I LucKed up when I strolled onto the Jewelry aisle.
Right there before me hung these glorious tubes, Bead BoTTLes, 
with wide mouths and PoP off tops INCLUDING! 
a small loop perfect for a length of RiBBoN to hang it!
there were 4 tubes in one bag for a little over $2.


A potted Fern

A Bead BoTTLe

A bag of assorted decorative Beads

A bag of small SheLLs

A roLL of Wire, any color

A bag of Organic soil 
{that's what I chose, otherwise I would get fussed at by The Blu Man, 
my 9 year old who's going to save the World by grEEning it! 
and class attendee of said project}

A roLL of RiBBon 
{give at least 12" of ribbon for each bottle}

Wire cutters,
chop sticks or other wooden sticks

First: Separate the Fern into Individual pieces.
It helps if you do it soaking in water, or with running water from a hose.
It washes the dirt and exposes the roots.
I stored them in a lidded bowl.

 Take the bead and wrap it at the top of the wire,
leaving plenty of wire for the support.
{you can trim the wire when putting it in the terrarium}

 Fill the bottle a little less than half full with the soil.

Using the flat end of a wooden stick, I made a hole in the soil, and then used the stick to gently push the Fern root into the hole in the soil. Pack some of the surrounding soil on top of root.
Insert wire decoration into the soil, place sheLL in bottle, sprinkle a few drops of water, then replace lid.

Add riBBon 
Find a Sunny spot and hang.

This is the one for the Teacher.

I hung mine in my car!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Berek, a Turkish meatpie

This is My Absolute ALL~time EVER Favorite Turkish Dish.
a Turkish Meatpie.

The Turkish Mother is the Best when it comes to making it too.
and now, 
it is Mine!

It's not complicated, but does take a bit of time.
Worth it!

Let's just jump right in.

1 1/2 pds ground meat
1 medium onion, chopped {more than diced, less than finely chopped}
1/3 cup {italian} parsley, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

1 1/2 cups milk
1 stick of butter
1 egg
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 to 1/2 tsp pepper
1 egg yolk
1 pack Yufkay {dough}, split
A whisk
A 13 x 9 pan

Preheat over to approx *370

Brown the ground meat.
Add the chopped onion to the browning meat; 
cook until wilted, not browned.
Add the salt and pepper, cook for a few minutes to meld flavor, 
then drain.
Warm the milk;
pour butter into milk while whisking 
{save a little butter for the top; approx 1/4 cup} 
then whisk egg into the mixture.
Mix the parsley into the meat & onion mixture.
Spray the pan generously with Pam.
Mix the egg yolk into the saved butter; whisk.
Open the package of dough.
Separate the triangles and start layering the side FIRST.
We used 6 triangles for the side. 

Don't over lap to much. You're only going to do on layer on the sides; when You layer the bottom it will build up and take care of the sides.
Next, layer the bottom. 

Put the first layer down, and spoon about 2 Tbls of the milk mixture on to the dough and brush to cover.
Do not do the sides.

You will do every layer like this. 
Dough; milk mixure.
We did 5 layers {of 3 triangles} on the  bottom
{2 whole triangles, 1 split}

Now add the ground meat mixture.
{meat mixture should not be hot; warm, but not hot}
Pour about 6 Tbls. of milk mixture over meat.
Start layering the top.
Same as the bottom layer.
Dough; milk mixture.

Pierce top {to the middle of the top layer of dough, not to meat}
Brush with eggyolk/butter mixture.
Cook for 45 mins.
Watch for a golden crispy color and texture.
Let cool;

Put on kettle, make some tea, and grab a generous serving.
Accompanied perfectly by a good book.

{try experimenting with added ingredients like feta cheese}

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring has Sprungeth

 The Family loaded up and went right on over to 
The Home Depot
to finally get Our Garden.
They were having a KiLLer sale on Seed Packets, too.

Last year We had out the starting gate success. Started off great, then just went away. We are going to try it again.
We have:
Squash [seed and plant}
2 types of PumPkin {carving and cooking}
Cucumbers {plant}
Green Beans {seeds}
Sweet Peas {seeds}
Sunflowers {seeds}
Leeks {plant}
2 types of TomaToes {plant}, 
one being the Creole, 
developed right here at home {support your local economy}

 For the Beauty Garden:
Rosemary {plant}
Lavender {plant}
Chamomile {seeds}

For the Floral Garden:
Gladiolas {bulbs}
Morning Glories {seeds}
Moon Vine {seeds}
California PoPPy {seeds}

All the Trees are doing well coming back:
Asian Plum

Due to all the wacka wacka weather,
We will be starting everything in containers
and then moving them to the square foot garden later.

I want to add an Apricot tree this year.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Two SiSters Mary Thoughts for the Day ~ March Spring

"All that is gold does not GLiTTeR,
not all those who wander are lost,
the old that is strong does not wither,
deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
a light from the shadows shall spring,
renewed shall be blade that was broken,
the crownless again shall be king"
~ J.R.R Tolkien

"In the Spring,
I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours"
~Mark Twain

"March is a tomboy with tousled hair, a mischievous smile, mud on her shoes,
and a laugh in her voice."
~Hal Borland

"The air is like a butterfly
With frail blue wings.
The happy earth looks at the sky
And sings!"
~Joyce Kilmer, Spring

"Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough."
~A.E. Houseman, Shropshire Lad


 "Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"
~Robin Williams

Cherry Tree Art

Blue Butterfly Tree

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bathroom Remodel ~ Mini Phase IV

the rest of the wall, the niche, and the floor...

After The Brother put in the pocket door frame, 
The Tile Guy came and finished the sheet rock and tile for that wall.

and then He did the floor.

He put the niche in, and tiled it. If I had any complaints it would be this. The inside is more slanted than I think it should be, but I will wait and see if its do~able, or a re~do~able.

this is where the small mirror and soap dish will set

The dOOr has arrived!
I will be glaSS etching this one.
I'll be looking at Turkish Tile and tExtile designs
to simplify and use. 

next up:
To hang the Lights and hOOk~up the Sink and the Toilet.

Things are looking good!