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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wildflowers of New England

We went on a walk recently and found some beautiful woodland wildflowers. I always point these out to the kids and name them, because I think it is important to know. My many walks in the woods with my grandfather and his lessons about these plants still remain one of my fondest memories.

Here are some of our favorites that we found.

Jack in the Pulpit. These are endangered species in Maine (and parts are poisonous) so leave them where you find them. If you gently lift the middle folded leaf, there is a little 'Jack in the pulpit' standing!
Purple Trillium. These too are endangered in Maine. My grandfather always called them Stinkin' Benjamins. They have a stinky smell!

 Just because it is cute-Squirrel Hideout

I can't find my picture of a pink lady's slipper anywhere! Darn it! I found these nice pictures here. These are native to Maine, and are not "technically" on the endangered list in Maine, but they are in several states (and maybe should be here, considering the fact that many Mainers have probably never seen one-my two cents worth).

 Along the walking path.

 Not from the same walk, but Maine Wild Blueberry blossoms this time of year. In August, they will be beautiful blue berries full of antioxidants and delicious to eat!

There you have it. Today is a great day to get outside and see what you can find.



Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sauteed Asparagus

As New England gardeners know, early spring brings alot of gardening work, but doesn't deliver much in the immediate benefit department. Asparagus is such a welcome exception! We have been doing lots of work in our vegetable gardens and in our flower garden, but don't have alot to show for our work yet.
BUT, here is our first harvest from our 2011 garden. Asparagus!
Asparagus is very easy to saute. Put your olive oil, butter, or non-stick spray in your plan, add asparagus, cover and heat medium-lowish for 7ish minutes. Mid way through I add salt and pepper, and just before it is finished I add lemon juice. Perfection!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Lately...

Lately we have been running. Not like good for you exercise running, more like try to fit too many things into one day running. But, we are having lots of fun while we are running. And I am hoping to start to fit more of the good for you running into my days as well.

Here are a few pics of what we have been up to lately. The camera is officially in the shop, and the iphone shots are not looking too good lately-I think that is completely operator error...

Went for a road trip to Boston for the weekend. The highlights for the kids were...





Elevators, escalators, subways, the pool. Too bad I sprung for Children's Museum tickets when we spent most of the time riding the escalators! Just kidding (sort of). There was a pretty awesome Butterfly Garden at the Museum. Look at this Pitcher Plant!





And this giant Lunar Moth!


And these two cuties looking at the waterfall in the hotel lobby. It is the little things, once again...


We have been starting some of our gardening and doing some spring cleaning and organizing, as well as starting some of our spring yard-saleing. I plan to share pictures this week... Hope your week is starting off well.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Recent Projects & Fun

As I mentioned on facebook, our camera hit the skids! Yikes! Mr. Rescued Goods did some research and thinks he know the problem, but we haven't taken it to the camera store yet for the official diagnosis, so I am rockin' the camera phone lately. It is good, because it is making me learn how to use it, and upload the pictures to the computer. Usually I take pictures on the phone, and they stay there forever until the camera dies-so now I will have to learn this. I think I have, but in the meantime, here are some pictures of what we have been up to, before the camera petered out on us!

 As mentioned yesterday, there are babies galore around us, so I have been working the vintage sheet, up cycled flannel burp clothes.
 
Besides that, it is fishing, beaching, exploring, and lots more that I don't have any pics of...




Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Easy DIY Book Plates

So, sorry I have been away so long. Nothing major, just doing lots of stuff outside and having fun. We have been making lots of gifts around here lately. Babies, babies, babies are showing up with many families and friends! Add to that Mother's Day, Teacher Appreciation, Birthdays, phew-we have been crafting! 

First up, easy DIY bookplates. For some of our favorite teachers, we got Have You Filled A Bucket Today. It is a really great book for kids, and a great addition to a school/classroom library. I couldn't find any printable bookplates that I loved, so we made our own. 
For the first one, I just got some scrapbook paper that I liked, cut it to the desired shape, and added our text. I love this one! I used glue stick to adhere to the inside cover of the books.


For the second, I found free clip art of a sea turtle (this teacher's favorite!), had squirrel color it with colored pencils, and added the text. 


I love how these add such a personal touch to the books! And the kids feel pretty proud about their artwork!
 (Which they should, right?!) 

Here is another picture that Squirrel drew for a teacher who apparently likes Dora since Dora helps the teacher learn Spanish. (OK.)


Here are some other recent hand made gifts. The burb clothes were made from fabric from one of my favorite yearly yard sales. It was just enough fabric to make them-it nearly broke the bank at 10 cents! The onesies were freezer paper stencils and one applique sewn on.



On another note, I was at the Party Store today looking for a mohawk wig (for the Mr. for a costumed mud race coming up), and look what I found! The mustaches are just cute-and the Napoleon Dynamite get up, well, I think I have found my Halloween costume for next year! Now go make yourself a dang quesadilla! (You have to see the movie for that one!)