Friday, March 27, 2015

You Might Want to Read This

News on this blog tends to be pretty light.  No heavy stuff.  However, when I read the March 20th report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer I felt it should be shared.
Two products caught my attention immediately. 
Glyphosate, also known as Roundup, a commonly used herbicide.
Diazinon, a commonly used insecticide.
I encourage you to read the entire report for yourself.  The link is listed below.  This is the sentence I feel should be shouted from roof tops warning anyone who might be using these products.

"The herbicide glyphosate and the insecticides malathion and diazinon were classified as probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A)."  

Probably carcinogenic to humans

We frequently use Roundup along the edges of our garden and flower beds.  Well, not anymore!  Diazinon is used by many lawn treatment companies in our area.
Here is the link to the report.

;-)  -Marci

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wonderful Quote

The power of persistence. 

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A river cuts through rock not because of its power, but because of its persistence.

;-)  -Marci

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

LINK PARTY!! Tuesdays with a Twist

Are you ready for a fun party?  We're your co-hosts:
Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured.  Be sure to check all of our blogs!
 Y'all make choosing features so difficult!  There were GOBS of great links last week!  Thank you!  I must be in the mood for Spring! 

Take a look at the lovely Jute Eggs

from Luanne at Our Cozy Creative Life


this super cute Jean's Apron

from Zenda at She's Lady of the Manor

If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.
We all love comments!  Please hop around and show some love!

The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Friday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!
*Pictures should be your own* 
By linking up you give us permission to use these photos
 (with proper link backs) in our features. 
And now for the party!

;-)  -Marci 
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Monday, March 23, 2015

Announcing The Winner!

Destination Cohosts WANTED!
(see information below)
Checkout the top 3 "Boxcars" (Bloggers) who received the most "clicks" from the March Great Blog Train (blog hop)!

 Great Blog Train
The 27th GREAT BLOG TRAIN was a blast! - We all safely reached our destination: Columbus, OHIO. It was a wonderful trip with 52 boxcars!! We (the Engineers) would like to thank all of you for travelling with us and we hope that you all had a wonderful time!
The Giveaway Winner: L.B. (I have contacted the winner by email)

W   A   N   T   E   D  :

The Great Blog Train by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo BlogTrainDestination_zps2925d251.jpg

(Being a "Destination Cohost" means that you get to pick our next destination!!  It also means that you will post The Great Blog Train on your blog on the first Wednesday of whatever month you will be cohosting (1 different cohost per month).  We (the engineers or hosts) will provide you with the html code for the blog hop & for the Giveaway - all you will have to do is add into that post some information on the destination that you picked (like population, known for, location etc - basic family friendly facts) and add a few pictures.  Also, if you cohost we ask that you promote it on your social media sites) (We are now scheduling for May 2015).

If you are interested in being a Destination Co-host for the Great Blog Train then please click HERE and fill out the form (THANK YOU!!)

We are now featuring the top 3 Boxcars!  (These are the links that received the most clicks)
Pretzel Shamrock Snack by "Christianity Cove"
shamrock pretzels St. Patrick’s Day Snack

Estonian Kringle Braided Bread by "Flour Me With Love"

Aluminum Foil that Gets Stuck! by "Momfever"

Please join us for the APRIL Great Blog Train
on April 1st, 2015!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Quick Maple Pecan Breakfast

Even though Spring is just around the corner, our mornings are still pretty chilly.  Hot cereal is a nice way to feel a little warmer!
Not long ago, I posted a recipe for Cranberry, Almond and White Chocolate oatmeal.  Since it received such a nice reception, I thought you might like another breakfast idea.
Maple Pecan Oatmeal
1/3 cup Old Fashioned Quaker Oats
1/6 cup Chopped Pecans
1 - 2 tablespoons Maple Syrup
1 teaspoon Butter
2/3 cup Water
Stir ingredients in microwave safe bowl.  Microwave on high for two and a half minutes.  Stir.  Let cool slightly. 
What is your favorite breakfast on cold mornings?
;-)  -Marci

Saturday, March 21, 2015

March Harvest and a Greenhouse Update

For my Twenty Wishes 2015 , Number 15 is
Harvest something edible from either the green house or garden 10 months of the year
The winter months are, of course, the trickiest ones!  I wrote the goal to challenge myself to use the greenhouse for more than just winter storage.
Harvesting something from a seed that I planted is so very gratifying, especially in mid-March!  Check out this lettuce!  Isn't it pretty?!  It's tasty, too!
How do I grow it?  Well, Handsome Husband cut a 55 gallon barrel in half and filled it with soil.
There is lettuce and spinach planted toward the front

with snow peas toward the back.  For climbing we have bamboo stakes and some cattle panel.  The peas are currently about two feet tall.

My fancy gardening utensil for transplanting small sprouts.  ;-)

What do you plan to grow this year?
;-)  -Marci