Better Than a Trip to Six Flags

When my sister and I were little, my parents made us a chore chart for the summer. It wasn’t one of those pretty, dry-erase bad-boys you see on Pinterest with cutsie ribbon and magnets. It was old school poster board with lines drawn on with the help of the local feed co-op wooden yardstick. The goal: Do our chores and don’t fight (can I get an ‘amen’ from the gals with a sister 2.5 years younger than them?). The reward: A trip to Six Flags! Or so we thought.

Half way through the summer, my parents took a day trip to Springfield to visit the exotic Bass Pro Shop (romantic, huh?). When they returned home that evening, what was strapped to the top of our family’s 1981 Mazda GLC? A brand new Old Town canoe. My mother went on to explain, “You girls have done such a great job with your chore chart, we thought we would reward the family with something that we can use over and over again.” This news was not well-received, to say the least. My sister and I sulked around the house for the next couple of weeks feeling sorry for ourselves because we didn’t get to go to Six Flags.

Fast forward 25 summers and guess what was strapped to the top of our Jeep last weekend, on its way to the Buffalo River? Yup, the Six Flags Old Town. Guess my parents knew what they were talking about!

It was a fabulous day in the river and it was documented in style by my dear friend and uber-blogger, Sarah Martin Hood. Check it out! Musings of Motherhood

Wild Edibles

What does every gal want for Mother’s Day? A book about wild edibles, you say? Why yes.

Let’s just say it wasn’t high on the list, but I did enjoy looking through it. With 40 acres, there must be something that can be foraged and eaten.

Jump forward a few weeks and I was weeding our behemoth garden and thought that I recognized some of the stuff I was pulling up. Yep, Sheep Sorrel. It has the taste of tart apple.

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So, what to do with Sheep Sorrel? Some sorrel pesto!

Sorrel, basil, olive oil, garlic, walnuts and lemon. Blend it, freeze it. Yum!

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Summer Salsa – Crowd Source Fashion Design

Last year I came across some fabulous fabric at JoAnn’s and thought that it would make a great dress for a local fundraiser called Summer Salsa. The event raises funds for EOA Children’s House, a therapeutic preschool for abused and neglected children. I’ve volunteered for the agency for a number of years and was excited to support it.

The fabric sat in my stash for a year before I decided to whip something up. I pinned it on my mannequin and asked for feedback from all of my Facebook friends. It ended up being one of my most popular posts. People like online fashion designing! Here were the options:

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And here is the finished product:

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It was fun and I loved the look.