March 31, 2013

Plant those Beans!

Yes, another garden post! Sick of them yet? Better not be, as it's prime time for planting around here. I am busy in the dirt every day.  This weekend I planted the 4th set of beans and peas, this way as I had done last year I will have a non stop harvest of vegetables. One full harvest will always be saved for next years seeds, this is the last set planted so it dries on the vine and can be brought in right before winter's rains. All together there will be 5 total plantings. This is how I do most greens, carrots, anything that does not of course take 80+ days to be ripe- like a tomatoes, Though I truly wish I could do this with them, but that's a whole other story and it would bore you most likely.

Beans, my beans! 



These are Red Scarlet Beans, my all time favorite. They are very hardy, but like plenty of climbing space. They can be well over 10ft tall but I shift the vines back down . Remember the Bean - Pea Project? This is year 3!  I have neighbors who come by saying they love it when it's in full bloom. 


This was a taken last May at the start of the season! 

I'm looking forward to seeing the climbing vines again. What is going on in your garden? 


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March 27, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Forgotten Cookies in the making


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March 26, 2013

Breakfast Changes Lives

We all know how important breakfast is. It's the very beginning of our day, what sets the mood and gets our energy up to take on the day. 
So when a child misses breakfast , they lower their chance for having a good day at school. It makes it hard to concentrate, even function which brings me to tell you about the breakfast participation is a primary goal of the No Kid Hungry campaign. 

Does your local school serve breakfast? Do you know of a school that does this? 

The No Kid Hungry campaign is working hard to help transform schools  to start serving breakfast to help kids that are going hungry more and more. This is a simple way to help, if you know of local schools in your area use the link below and simply put their information on the map. If you take the extra step and call up the school to find out if they do have breakfast for kids and they happen to say no, ask what steps need to be made to make it happen. 

You can get started in the following easy steps:
  1. Visit http://nokidhungry.org/breakfastmap and type in your ZIP code
  2. Select a school (you’ll see the contact info and what specifically to ask)
  3. Fill in the responses to add that school’s information to the map

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March 24, 2013

Copper Wiring in the Garden

I wrote before about how to get rid of snails in the garden, you can catch all those posts here and of course I will add to it. The last two weeks I have set out copper wiring around my greens growing. There have been major problems with snails eating away at the leaves and the other methods haven't gotten rid of the few doing the damage.



Copper is said to deter snails away . Some say banana slugs are not fooled by copper and some even say wiring isn't thick enough to make any magic happen but I'm trying it until I get my next project finished. I have spoken to a few other people who mention wire meshing ( lay it along the ground) and wire tape that goes on the plant itself. There's also the lady that said she grabs handfuls of pennies and tosses them in her yard. Not so sure she mows her lawn or not, or rather cares but she was raising her eyebrow at me when I started questioning. Don't question penny throwing ladies!
That's the copper wire that goes around the plants 

Copper wiring, it was all I had on hand so I used it.  So far I'm not sure what the results are it's been 2 weeks now and though I see no more huge gaping holes in the green leaves I found a slug in there anyways.

 Mixed results, found a slug but the major damage stopped as of now, so yeah it seems to work for most the slugs but a few seem to get past. Will update if I find out anymore along with a new project!

What's happening in your garden? Got slugs? Bugs?


SNOW?  ha Sorry :)


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March 23, 2013

Garden Update - Waiting, planning, digging and waiting again.

You will be bombarded by garden posts from here on out. I am out in the dirt everyday for hours at a time with something to do and this is the "down time" really.  Starting in a few weeks it will be prime time for planting for most people but it's already started for me for awhile now. My four season garden took a hit last year when I was injured, and now that I'm finally up and about I've been kick starting it back to life. I still have to take it easy, it's not easy getting around the garden still, my broken hip is getting stronger I just can't lift much and it kind of puts a damper on things in the garden. Time will heal, and I have plenty of time.

  Came across baby tomato plants already coming up, and found some hidden squash gourds that gave me some extra seeds. All my seedlings are sunbathing in tiny pots. It will be a few more weeks before they get in the ground, and while I'm waiting on those I've been planting other things everywhere. Flowers, beans, peas more lettuce! It's been busy to say the least.

Been laying out the plan for planting for summer though. Rows of every kind of vegetable and am ready for whenever the seedlings get big enough to be in the ground. 

While I wait on that, I am also in the waiting for broccoli seeds. Getting tons of flowers and yet half don't seem to be making seeds.



 Very frustrating waiting for this, but the wait has come to an end! I found seed pods today! 


Now I just wait till they dry out and collect them like any other seeds. 
Oh the waiting process never ends in the garden but I enjoy it!

Are you waiting for anything in the garden? Perhaps the weather? Have you started any seeds, planned on buying any vegetables? What's the scoop? 

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March 22, 2013

The almost Vegan Blueberry Granola Bar

I got into a scuffle with these bars. I called them Vegan, yet used honey. Mistake on my part, but you can use agave nectar and be able to safely call these bars vegan! I made two batches, one with honey one with the nectar, I'll admit I like the one with honey better . Shame on me so thus, you get the "Almost Vegan Blueberry Granola Bar "

Ingredients

1 cup instant oats
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
3 tablespoons honey ( or agave nectar for full vegan power!)
1/2 of dried wild blueberries. <- These should be very small, if they are large cut them down you was smaller than pea size here. I used chopped up raisins in the other but the kids preferred the berries. Make sure whatever you use is diced up really small

Stir all ingredients up in a mixing bowl really well for a good couple minutes. Spray a bread pan and dump mix into the bottom of loaf pan. Pack it down nice and firm. Bake at 325F for about 20 minutes or until the edges are slightly browned. Let it cool in pan.
 This makes about 6 bars and my kids adore them enough I have to make a couple batches at once!
Enjoy!

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March 20, 2013

Wordless Wednesday





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Cranberry Apple Quick Bread

My kids ate all the oranges in the house so I didn't have oranges for this recipe. Instead I used apples, and they really liked it! Great thing about quick breads, besides their ease in making is the ease of mixing things up. I didn't add the nuts but you can if you want, try to keep the substitutions close together this bread would also be good with apricots and I have made it with pineapple too.

Ingredients 
3 small apples chopped to small pieces 
1 egg beaten
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 cups flour 
3/4 sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chopped up cranberries
optional 1/2 cup walnuts
about 1/4 applesauce

Combine eggs, oil, flour baking powder, salt, baking soda together and mix. Add in about 3 tablespoons applesauce and mix again. If it looks too try add a little more applesauce but only until just moistened. This will still be a lumpy batter.  Mix in apples and cranberries and the walnuts. Grease a 8x4 inch loaf pan . 
Cook in a preheated 350 degree oven and about 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool on wire rack and slice to enjoy! 

* If you wanted to make Cranberry Orange Bread, use 3 medium oranges and juice them .You should make about 3/4 cups of juice. Add the juice to the mixture as you would have the apples and applesauce. and fold in cranberries and walnuts. Cook the same.


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March 19, 2013

Who's up for Mojitos?

Had my first Mojito on my birthday this year in February.  I will drop my number at the big 31 with no shame. Age really doesn't bother me, it's what you do with it, how you live- how you spend your day and life! Do you stop to smell the roses, do you stop to listen to your kids? Do you drop to the floor to play a silly game with them? That's what matter's not the age part of it. I'm getting away from the drinking part of this post, but the point was, age doesn't matter, it's how you use your time.

 I was lucky enough to finally get out last month. We get out maybe once a YEAR. Yeah. Once a year. It's either a birthday , mine or my husbands or our anniversary , but this year I got out and it was supposed to be celebrating me walking again. Sadly that didn't happen around my birthday. I was still in a great deal of pain.  Those who have stuck with me know I broke my hip in November, YES, 31 and broke my hip! (technically 30 when it happened but that's besides the point)
 The point, once again is to live. To try new things, to enjoy! I'm not a drinker, I enjoy wine that's my drink. My husband told me I would love the Mojito so I went for it.  Ordered stuff I never would have ever ordered before. Lobster, crab, stuffed this, buttered that. You better believe I ate like a Queen that night. Cake to boot, but alas, this is about the drink. I loved it, Mojitos, yumm!

On to the recipe, on to the drink!
I have fresh mint in the garden so this recipe was really fun to make. I had no idea so much went into such a small little glass!

Ingredients

1/2 teaspoon confectioners' sugar
1/2 lime juiced ( juice one lime)
1-2 sprig fresh mint ( bruised not sliced)
1/2 cup crushed ice
2 ounces white rum
4 ounces carbonated water
1 sprig fresh mint for garnish


Directions

In a highball glass, stir together the confectioners' sugar and lime juice. Bruise the mint leaves and drop into glass. Fill glass with crushed ice and pour in rum. Pour in carbonated water to fill the glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint & Enjoy!


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March 18, 2013

"I Can Do It" Reward Chart and "On Track" System by Kenson Kids- Review & Giveaway

Guest Review by Jennifer -

Today we received our "I Can Do It" Reward Chart and "On Track" System from Kenson Kids, Inc. My Father in Law brought in the package and handed it to me and the first thing my son asks is, "Is it for me?" My response was, "Of course, aren't they always for you?" We ripped into the package and my daughter is right there eager to see what is in the package.
Photo By Jennifer

When they saw the stars that were already on the chart they both got so excited because there were GOLD stars on the chart. This chart and system could not come at a better time. It seems that the "TERRIBLE TWOS" have come a year late for my daughter and have turned into the "TERRIBLE THREES" for her. She has been having horrible fits that we experienced when my son was 18 months and there was no reasoning with him. She refuses to eat anything we give her, it is either too spicy or too yucky, without her even trying it. I am hoping that since she is so excited about the stars and she will get to put a star on her chart for every success, she will start to follow the rules! Setting up the chart was very simple and we managed to be in business in seconds. She now knows what is expected of her and at the end, she will get a reward...a My Little Pony Reward, which in her world is the most amazing reward EVER! She is also starting to match pictures with words, as her older brother is learning to read at school, I am excited that this will help her match the word with the task.

Photo by Jennifer 

We decided to use the "On Track" System for my son, who is only 5, but a very responsible 5, if that exists. As the big brother, he has always taken it upon himself to do things that most kids his age don't do. Now that he is in Kindergarten, he has many responsibilities at school, whether it is putting away his coat and backpack to leading the line, or being in charge of the Calendar. He has been known to get a note home saying that he needs to remember to stay on task and complete the task that was asked of him. I believe these behaviors begin at home and are only reinforced at school.
Photo by Jennifer

 We made his Daily Checklist together, he told me the things that he has to do and I wrote them out. I am hoping that he is able to master his Daily Checklist and we can move on to bigger tasks and can move on to The "Master Chore List" which comes complete with a checkbook like system where you can track each chore/behavior/privilege with debit/credit, point balance, extra points and a space for the amount of allowance. This is pretty exciting considering the amount of Math Kindergartners are expected to know these days.

These products are not only helpful for my "SCREAM FREE" parenting resolution, but will help my children feel responsible for their actions and be conscience of their everyday routines. The best part of Kenson Kids products is that they are made in the USA. Will Update in a week with progress! 

Win Your Own Parenting Tools from Kenson Kids


The new On Track! Behavior and Responsibility System from Kenson Kids was created by two moms to teach their pre-teen children organizational skills, accountability and self-reliance by doing household chores, creating daily to-do lists and managing the money they earn.

This all-in-one parenting tool for the entire family helps eliminate the biggest mistakes parents make- giving too many warnings, getting too emotional and over explaining.

On Track! is an extension of the other parenting solution products from Kenson Kids to develop positive behavior in children and make parenting easier.
The award-winning I Can Do It Reward Chart teaches younger children independence and responsibility by pairing colorful pictures with written tasks to help the child associate words with the task.
Kenson Kids provides parents, teachers and caregivers innovative and practical solutions to assist in the development and well-being of children of all ages. For more information or to purchase, visit www.KensonKids.com.
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**Disclosure- This blog received the products mentioned above , in order to write an honest review. No monetary compensation was received for this post. I did not have to write a positive review, Any and all opinions are and will always be my own.* 
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Giveaway- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Blu-ray


J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic adventure follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins,
who is swept into an amazing quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of
Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the
wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of
thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their
journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming
with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit:
An Unexpected Journey,” the first of a trilogy of films adapting the
enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

I can't wait to see this movie! In the mean time of me waiting for it to come on on DVD which is March 19th , yay! I am happy to present you with a giveaway. A chance for you to own a copy of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,”




Take a quiz and find out if you are 100% Hobbit!
Want to know more about Hobbits, check out the "View" button for some stats you may not have known before. Enjoy and have fun with it, then tell me if you're a Hobbit true to heart :)
Enter the Contest below!

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Disclosure- I am working with Warner Bros who will supply the product for this giveaway to the winner. I have not received any compensation other than an awesome giveaway for my readers.
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March 17, 2013

Garden Update- Tomato troubles, Phosphorus deficiency

Mellissa over at Something Like Life is a great friend, we chit chat all the time, and we usually end up talking about food or gardening. It's a non stop circle with us it seems.  She just recently put her seedling plants outside, transferred her tomatoes but there was something noticed when she did it.

 The stems and leaves to the plants were purple or turning purple. I've never seen this, but I pulled my books out and found the answer surprisingly an easy fix.
Pictures courtesy  of Mellissa at Something Like Life. 

   Phosphorus deficiency happens when the soil is too cool early in the season. Mellissa mentioned she had just brought them from inside where the soil would probably be cool unless directly heated. Without direct sunlight nothing warms the soils. There's also probably a high amount of iron in the soil which can be corrected with lime ( there is organic gardening lime) . It can be either soil OR the water is high iron so you should test it. Another easy fix is to plant Valerian which will stimulate phosphorus activity in the soil. 
 As for the cool soil, you can put black mulch cloth down to keep the heat within the soil if the plants are too big to keep inside util the weather warms up. 
 The best thing about this is, the purple should go away. Once the plant is outside long enough the color should fade, if it does not then the soil content is off, you should really test it. Being purple won't harm the seedling and it has been seen in older plants so you should test the soil to make sure the plant is getting enough nutrients it needs, again the purple will fade it's not totally harmful to the plant.

Picture courtesy of Mellissa at Something Like Life. 

Both are easy to fix and the plant should correct itself so there is no real worry. Good news right? Let's hope Mellissa's Tomatoes grow! You can check out all her garden posts here, and catch up on the tomatoes health. 
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March 16, 2013

Sofia the First & A Birthday!

My youngest daughter loves Sofia the First on Disney Junior, so much that I themed her birthday cake after it this week. Thought I would share both the news that Sofia The First is going to air for a second season and my 4 year old cake!  First the News, sorry have to wait for cake ;) 


DISNEY JUNIOR ORDERS SECOND SEASON OF "SOFIA THE FIRST,"
CABLE TV'S #1 SERIES AMONG KIDS 2-5, GIRLS 2-5 AND BOYS 2-5


The animated series starring Disney's first little girl princess, "Sofia the First," the reigning cable TV series among Kids 2-5, Girls 2-5 and Boys 2-5, has been ordered for a second season on Disney Junior, the daily programming block for preschoolers and parents on Disney Channel, as well as the burgeoning 24-hour channel, Disney Junior. The announcement was made today by Nancy Kanter, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide. In addition to its regal standing with the youngest viewers, "Sofia the First" is also the #1 preschooler cable TV series in Total Viewers and Women 18-49, a key indicator of parental approval.

"Sofia the First" stories show young viewers just what makes a real princess -- the inner character of kindness, generosity, loyalty, honesty and grace. Viewers follow as Princess Sofia, an ordinary little girl, learns how to adjust to royal life after her mom marries the king.

Kanter said, "We are so proud of the strong connection our young viewers and their parents have forged with Sofia. While she and her family live in a magical make-believe world, the storytelling and relatable everyday themes have struck a chord with our audience and has created demand not only for more stories, but to extend the 'Sofia the First' experience beyond the screen."

Extensions of the hit series include the illustrated storybook Sofia the First from Disney Press, and the record-breaking TV movie "Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess," which will be released on DVD by The Walt Disney Studios today. The "Sofia the First: Story Theater" app has held the #1 spot in the iPad and iPhone Books category five of the seven weeks it has been in the marketplace, and the "Sofia the First" soundtrack from Walt Disney Records is #1 on iTunes Top 10 Children's Albums chart and #2 on the Billboard's Kid Albums chart. An exclusive "Sofia the First" product line is in Disney Stores and a full "Sofia the First" line including apparel and toys will launch at major retailers nationwide this summer.

"Sofia the First" is also now a prominent part of the popular "Disney Junior Live on Stage!" attraction at Disney' Hollywood Studios in Florida and will be added to the attraction at Disney California Adventure later this month. The Sofia character is scheduled to make her Disney Parks debut this summer. 


And the Cake!  My Baby girl turned 4 this week! :) 



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March 15, 2013

Are You 100% Hobbit Quiz #TheHobbit


Have you seen The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey? I want to see it so bad! It looks really great. The movie comes out on Blu ray March 19th if you want to see it but in the mean time here is a really fun way to pass the time.
Take a quiz and find out if you are 100% Hobbit!
Want to know more about Hobbits, check out the "View" button for some stats you may not have known before. Enjoy and have fun with it, then tell me if you're a Hobbit true to heart :)


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March 12, 2013

Propagating Plants From Plant Cuttings

A week or so again I showed you how to make a second plant by simple layering and division, a way of laying a branch down to create more roots. It's extremely easy, it just takes a whole lot of patience to wait for those roots to form.
 This post will be about Cuttings, most all plants you can do this with. Start out with a nice healthy plant, if your using herbs try to do this when they are growing rapidly which is spring time.
I am taking cuttings from Erigeron karvinskianus, or a Mexican Daisy plant. Something is burrowing in underneath it, and has been eating at the stems so it's slowly dying. I'm trying to save as much as I can.
 You'll want to take a stem with at least 4 leaves on it. Then remove the bottom leaves so all you have is a top leafed stem.

You will need some sort of medium I recommend vermiculite. This will allow air to move around the bottom of the plant and roots will form more quickly. If you put the stem in plain dirt you may or may not get any roots. You can pack a cup or jar full of dirt and then make a finger hole and fill it with vermiculite, then stick the stem in the middle of it.Then wet the soil but down drown it.

It's best to keep the cuttings inside, so you can have a better control on temperature, keep it moist and look for new green growth, if there's growth you've got new roots! You can re-pot the plant to something bigger and bring it outside.
Cuttings after they grew roots can be potted in bigger pots
Mexican Daisies 

 I have done this with many plants, herbs are the easiest to do and I've also done it with this Mexican Daisy bush. Something is coming into the garden and started to make a nest or burrow in the bush and it's quickly dying so my focus has been trying to save   as many cuttings as possible to re-plant else ware.

Easy right?
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March 7, 2013

IRON MAN 3: INVENTOR and INNOVATOR FAIR contest



 CALLING ALL ASPIRING INVENTORS! 

 It’s time to channel your inner Iron Man/Tony Stark and let your inventing imagination go wild.  Discovery Science Center, Broadcom Foundation and Marvel Studios, along with Visa Signature and the famous El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, are proud to team up to sponsor a nationwide Marvel’s IRON MAN 3: INVENTOR and INNOVATOR FAIR in conjunction with the May 3rd release of Marvel’s IRON MAN 3, starring Robert Downey Jr.

The 12 finalists of the Marvel’s IRON MAN 3: INVENTOR and INNOVATOR FAIR will win a trip to Southern California, provided by Visa Signature. The trip includes a behind-the-scenes tour of Disney Studios, a meeting with Disney Imagineers, a trip to Disneyland, a visit to Discovery Science Center, and more!  INVENTOR and INNOVATOR FAIR finalists will also have their projects on display at the famous El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, from May 3rd – June 20th.  The competition concludes at the El Capitan Theatre on May 3rd when four Grand Prize winners will accept their awards at a special ceremony, on stage prior to the showing of Marvel’sIRON MAN 3.

Sixth through ninth-grade girls and boys across the nation are invited to participate, including those who have competed in Broadcom MASTERS®, a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP).   

For more information, rules and how to apply, visit www.discoverycube.org/ironman3.

Marvel’s IRON MAN 3: INVENTOR and INNOVATOR FAIR participants are the next generation of forward thinkers and innovators that will lead us into the future with scientific breakthroughs, engineering feats and technological advances. They are the real-life Tony Starks of tomorrow!” said Mike Pasciullo, Marvel’s SVP, Brand Planning & Communications.
Participating students are being asked to produce innovative, inventive projects based on themes from Marvel’s IRON MAN 3 —science, technology, engineering and math-related concepts and practices. Marvel’s IRON MAN 3: INVENTOR and INNOVATOR FAIR competition is encouraging students to submit projects that align with the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) Grand Challenges for Engineering™.

Some of the themes of the NAE Grand Challenges related to Marvel’s IRON MAN 3 are: (1) Develop Carbon Sequestration Methods, including projects involving themes of eco-friendly car development; (2) Engineer Better Medicines, with projects that focus on global disease prevention, limb regeneration and the study of body armor that protects injured body parts such as the heart; (3) Secure Cyberspace, inspiring projects that can lead to the development of new technologies that can redefine innovative security measures; and (4) Engineer the Tools of Scientific Discovery, in fields such as micro-technology, aeronautics or robotics. 


About the Movie
Marvel’s IRON MAN 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968.

Marvel’s IRON MAN 3 is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and DMG Entertainment. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing and Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Charles Newirth, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard, Alan Fine, Stan Lee and Dan Mintz are executive producers. The film releases May 3, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit marvel.com.


About Discovery Science Center
Imaginations run wild with over 120 hands-on exhibits at Discovery Science Center (DSC), Orange County’s leading destination for hands-on science entertainment. Take the Eco Challenge and become a green superhero, feel the power of a real rocket engine launch and explore the inner workings of a two-story tall dinosaur! Plus, the Science Center’s signature events don’t just foster science education, but also provide entertainment for the whole family. From our annual Bubblefest and Rocket Launch to blockbuster traveling exhibits such as Indiana Jones™: Where Science Meets Imagination, there is always something new to experience.  DSC is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young minds, assisting teachers and increasing public understanding of science, math and technology through interactive exhibits and programs. It is a community-wide resource where families come together to learn and have fun and school districts can use as an educational resource. For further information, visit www.discoverycube.org or call (714) 542-2823.

About Broadcom Foundation
Broadcom Foundation was founded to inspire and enable young people throughout the world to enter careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through partnerships with local schools, colleges, universities and non-profit organizations. Broadcom Foundation is the proud sponsor of the Broadcom MASTERS®, a program of Society for Science & the Public - a national science and engineering competition for middle school children. The Foundation's mission is to advance education in STEM by funding research, recognizing scholarship and increasing opportunity. Learn more at www.broadcomfoundation.org

About Visa Signature
Visa Signature is a premium consumer payment card bringing cardholders benefits and perks that offer special access and provide everyday value Visa Signature cardholders get access to exclusive movie ticket offers to movies like Marvel’s Iron Man 3 at www.Fandango.com/VisaSignature.Visa Signature is a proud sponsor of the theatrical release of Marvel’s Iron Man 3. Visa Signature cardholders enjoy benefits such as complimentary 24-hour concierge services, access to the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection and exclusive offers for fine wine and food, travel, and sports and great entertainment events like Marvel’s Iron Man 3For more information visit www.visa.com/signature.

About National Academy of Engineering
The US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. The mission of the National Academy of Engineering is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology. Established in 1964, NAE operates under the congressional charter granted to the National Academy of Sciences in 1863. Find out more at www.nae.edu.
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Heirloom seeds- The lost art of saving seeds

If you have a garden you should be thinking about saving the seeds found within it.

My Seed Box

I've had a garden since 2005 now and have been savings seeds every since. It's not just the idea of saving some money so you won't buy seeds the next year, though that's a good idea to begin with it's the act of  being able to save a heritage and future generations of seeds.

Right off the bat I will tell you this, look at the seeds you have. If they are not heirloom, chances are they are modified and hybrid. What does that mean? Simple, the seed has been changed genetically. Most I see on the shelf today say something like "disease resistant " or "resistant to pests".
Here's the thing-
 Plants get bugs, disease happens in plants, just as it does humans. That's life, there are ways to fight  pests in the garden without damaging the crop. You do not need a plant that was bred to kill off a bug. If the plant is doing that, what will it do to YOU? Think about it.
Not only that but hybrid plants won't give you viable seeds which I have mentioned before. Most hybrids are cross pollinated in a lab, or use splicing and other ways to create some sort of massive plant to give people what they want, yet in turn that massive plant will most likely be sterile so seeds won't be viable from it. Even if they are, it will not be the same plant, which brings me to the heirlooms.
Chives about to go to seed

 Heirlooms are seeds that have been collected for generations and passed down to generations. These are open pollinated by nature, viable and strong plants. These seeds are pure, as well as a perfect match of their parent plants. While a hybrid seed isn't the same as it's parent . The seed from a hybrid will already be smaller than it's parents, it looses it's strength and viability quickly while a heirloom is a pure offspring with it's same strain of it's parents. It will produce the same, and give you the same viable seeds for next year  , as well as the next year and so on. Hybirds will not. You have to keep buying hybrid seeds because they do not give you viable seeds! Plants are meant to make seeds, if it isn't giving you seeds to replant what good is it?
Red Scarlet Bean Seeds

I cannot stress this enough, buy heirloom seeds, start collecting them yourself. Seed collecting is such a lost art in today's world.

 If we don't save our past, what will make up our future?




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March 4, 2013

OZ The Great and Powerful - Interview Clip

Here is a new video interview with Zach Braff (“Finley”) and Joey King (“China Girl”) where they interview each other about OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL which opens in theatres March 8th


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March 3, 2013

Recovering the Garden

Since my injury early in November I have not been able to do much gardening. My four season garden took a hit but it's still going- kind of like my recovery. Slow but steady. Think snail pace. Set backs are hard to over come and so I've been pouring myself into trying to jump start the garden again. It's not easy since most of what I want to do I am unable to do still with my injury. It's one frustrating hurdle to deal with after another, but I won't give up. The garden is just another one of life's therapies. It takes time dedication and patience all of which I have.

To the garden-
 Under layers of leaves I've been happy to discover life in the soil moved forwards without my help.

Mint is coming back, lower than expected but it's there. Most the plant died off in the winter.


 My greens, well the mustard survived, I have both broad leaf and wild mustard ( used for the mustard seed  for the kitchen) .

I have broccoli as well as different kinds of lettuce still going which is nice to see!


Seedlings were started weeks ago, and then again last week as well as again this week. Every year the same thing happens, kids, cat, squirrel dogs or even me end up messing up a batch or two. Yes I knocked over trays of seedlings so we're already on batch #3 ! Thankfully it's still early so it won't make that much of a difference. Will keep you updated each week with garden news

Anything growing in your neck of the woods? 

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March 2, 2013

Psssst!! A vote if you will !

Last year I was honored to be a part of Voice Boks Top 10 Foodie Blog awards! I came in a happy most honored 3rd place and hope to make the top 10 again this year. All you have to do is click on the picture below, then click the thumbs up right under the title. You can vote daily as well and I would really appreciate the love. Thank You!


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