First Strawberries

I picked our first batch of home-grown strawberries today. Hopefully there will be lots more to come. (I need to do a little research and find out how to grow BIGGER berries. Any thoughts on that?)

June 1, 2010 at 6:42 pm Leave a comment

Come Sit a Spell

This time of year there is so much to do!  Last weekend my project was painting the front porch furniture. Now it’s bright white and inviting, and yet there’s too much gardening to do to just sit and enjoy the view from the front porch.  I’ve been busy moving perennials and planting new ones, digging, organizing, putting in some new stepping stones, weeding, and more.  Hopefully soon there will be fewer chores and more time to sit and smell the roses.

April 18, 2010 at 6:10 pm Leave a comment

Delaware County Community Market

On the way home from work tonight, I stopped by to check out the new Delaware County Community Market, and wow!  I predict a bright future for this new member of our community. The market is centrally located at 222 E. William Street (right next to the liquor store on the east side of town), which is nice since it’ll be easy to pop in there on the way home from work or on trips around town.   Parking is easy and free.  And, there’s a great selection of local products for sale, including lots of baked goods, salsa and dips, crafts, fresh produce, and more. I came home today with some tasty, homemade sweet cream biscuits made in Delaware, fresh strawberries (from California, I think), an absolutely delicious chunk of havarti cheese made over in Richwood, and a jar of some super tomatilla salsa made in Zanesville.   The market itself is cute and appealing, and all its products are very tempting!

The really special thing about the DCCM, though, is its second “C,” which stands for community.  The market exists to benefit our community in many ways: not only by providing access to local products, but also income for the local citizens who are its vendors and the nonprofit organizations which are its beneficiaries.  Each customer of the market must register as a “member” (there’s no cost to join), and each member designates one of the market’s registered nonprofit organizations to receive a portion of each purchase.  Organizations such as the Council for Older Adults and the Arts Castle can receive monetary donations with each sale!  So the customer gets great products, creating income for local residents, and charities benefit as well – it’s a win-win-WIN situation.🙂

The DCCM’s grand opening is scheduled for this weekend. Make sure to check them out!

April 15, 2010 at 5:52 pm Leave a comment

Digital Decorating

Have I mentioned lately that I LOVE Photoshop Elements?  (Well, I love all things Photoshop. But while I have the Creative Suite at work, at home I have the more limited but extremely useful Elements.) 

So anyway, art.com is having a great sale this week on their art prints (read: posters).  I want two pieces for my dining room where I currently have these cool but way too small vintage French ads.  So now I have a deadline… the thrifty (read: very cheap) shopper inside me wants to order before the sale ends this Friday.  But quick decisions are not my forte.  For 3+ years I have been toying with paint color choices for my living room. :)  My friend Karen says that, when it comes to choosing a paint color, I have “paralysis by analysis.”  Probably true. 

PHOTOSHOP TO THE RESCUE!

Thank God for technology.  Here are the new prints I selected, placed in my dining room via the wonders of digital decorating.  (If you want to try this to satisfy your own sick obsession with decorating or gardening, simply bring in your background image, add a blank layer, place your new element and resize it accordingly, and add a drop shadow to make it look realistic.)  Et voila!   Decision accomplished.  I’m buying the prints tonight!

Here’s my digital dining room…

Digital Dining Room 1

Digital Dining Room 2

April 7, 2010 at 8:11 pm Leave a comment

Marching Backwards

Someone please tell Ms. March that she is supposed to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb. Because it’s cold and foggy, windy and wet today, and it surely seems like she is moving backwards.  Here’s a pansy from my front porch to bring you a little springtime on this very un-springlike day.

March 22, 2010 at 6:12 pm Leave a comment

Tastes Like Summer

What beautiful weather we had today… truly a taste of summer on the way.  It was 67 and sunny with blue skies.  I left work thinking it was a great night for a cookout, so we grilled burgers and had them with a delicious Caprese salad.  The only thing better would have been if the tomatoes were homegrown instead of from the grocery store.  Summer’s coming!

March 18, 2010 at 8:30 pm Leave a comment

The Dirty Dozen

According to the Environmental Working Group, these twelve non-organic fruits and veggies are the most contaminated by pesticides: peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, imported grapes, spinach, lettuce, and potatoes. You can check out the list of the twelve least contaminated and download a little list for your wallet here:

http://www.organic.org/articles/showarticle/article-214

March 14, 2010 at 12:39 pm Leave a comment

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