Saturday, April 30, 2011

Muck and Bubbles

Egg hunting in Oklahoma is always unpredictable. Sometimes, we wear sweaters. Sometimes, we wear shorts.  This year, we wore muck boots.
The bunny navigated the floods just fine...

Talon keeps his eggs all in one basket...

A tie dye egg and bubble eggs.  I've been wanting to try bubble photos since seeing these amazing shots at Flower Photography 365 blog.

These were the first bubbles I encountered-- have a long way to go, obviously, but the experimenting and striving is most of the fun.
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Sunday, April 24, 2011


Each Kindergarten student had to bring ten plastic eggs to school for the egg hunt. I picked up two bags of eggs at Dollar General and asked Talon which he wanted to take: pastel eggs or bright eggs...

He said: I'll take the 'passed out' eggs!!

Kids hear things funny, don't they.
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Friday, April 22, 2011

Ladybug or Manbug?

How can you tell?

Are the manbugs offended by the name 'ladybug?

Just a little something I've giggled about since seeing the movie, A Bug's Life. Francis the Manbug was macho but maybe he needs a less ambiguous name! haha 

The ladybug's a beetle.
It's shaped like a pea.
Its color is a bright red
With lots of spots to see.
Although the name is ladybug
Some ladybugs are men.
So why don't we say "gentleman bug"
Every now and then?
~Author Unknown

Here are the ladybugs/manbugs/peoplebugs that I spotted in the field yesterday. Aren't they cute?!
The Ladybug wears no disguises.
She is just what she advertises.
A speckled spectacle of spring,
A fashion statement on the wing....
A miniature orange kite.
A tiny dot-to-dot delight.
~J. Patrick Lewis, "The Little Buggers"

Oh ladybug, I wish you joy
As you complete your garden chores.
I'd like to put aside my work
And join you in the out-of-doors!
~Author Unknown

Hope they find their way to my garden...

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Spring Green

Spring is greening up nicely. All the trees are leafed out and we even had to mow!

This is a Mountain Ash that I planted years ago-- such a slowpoke grower. Maybe it would rather live on a mountain... I know I would!  Ozarks, maybe...

 This catalpa is a lazy grower too. And it has had nary a worm...
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Monday, April 18, 2011

Chinese-Style Chicken Veggie Noodle Soup

Here is another one of my yummy fast at lightning soups.

This is a lighter soup and just perfect for a chilly spring day.  If you are battling a miserable spring cold, the spicy chicken broth will soothe and comfort.

Here is what you will need:

Plus, minced garlic.  

In a soup pot,  saute 1-2 minced garlic cloves and 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger in a bit of olive oil or oil of choice over med high heat until fragrant (30 sec to a minute).

Add two cans of chicken broth bring to simmer.

3 tablespoons of soy sauce
2 tablespoons of rice vinegar
hot chile sauce to taste

Use more or less soy sauce/rice vinegar to suit your taste.

Add bag of frozen sugar snap stir fry mix.

Add water if needed.

Cook till heated through.

Add salt if needed.

In a separate pot, cook noodles of choice; drain.

Add noodles to bowl and top with hot soup.

Top with cooked shrimp or diced cooked chicken if desired. .
Plain veggie with wheat noodles.  Linguini noodles may be substituted for Chinese wheat noodles

This soup is very adjustable. Many times I add two bags of veggies and increase the water rather than increase the broth so it isn't so chickeny.

Of course, I double the seasoning if I add lots of water.

Sometime, I have added diced chicken to the pot along with the veggies. Tasty, but it is more versatile as plain veggie-- each person can add or not add meat to their bowl as they choose.

with cooked shrimp and rice noodles

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Men at Work

Is there anything better than seeing 'men at work' at home?

Not something that I see everyday so figured I better document this rare sighting...

Clearing brush in preparation for painting outbuildings. Our outbuildings are made of insulated metal panels and they start to rust after a few years.  Two have never been painted so really need a protective coating of paint.

How long has this project been on hubby's agenda?

Just three to five years-- I lose track!

He's a real go getter, that hub of mine!!

Little man at work!

They still like work at this age...
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

In the Ditch!

Last month,  we  topped the hill on the road to our house and saw another vehicle in the ditch! 

Don't know what happened but at least it wasn't upside down like this truck.

What is it with this road? You'd think a drive down a slow rural county road like this would be uneventful. 

Since these accidents seem to happen close to our house (that is us in the distance, see the white pear trees), we keep our seatbelts on till we reach our maibox! 

Count on me to find the funny (and blog fodder) in any situation...
   Shame on me for laughing but that is life on a dirt road: No paper, No worries...
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Monday, April 11, 2011

More Bloomin' Trees!

The ornamental pear blossoms are long gone and the trees are now all leafy green--- But I had a few photos left to show and the blooms are so pretty.

Plus, I just discovered the mosaic maker on my freebie Photoscape editing program.  Duh, photoscape calls it 'pages' not 'mosaic'-- Who woulda thunk it?  

Did you see the mosaics I made for my little boy's birthday posts? Yes, I'm now mosaic mad!!

In fact, I think I will link up to Mosaic Monday for the first time!! Woohoo! A new photo meme!!   

One of the pear trees along our fence line.  See all the pear trees in the distance?  Every fence line and woodsy border looks like it is covered in giant cottonballs.

Our woods--- This is the opposite side of the field from the previous photo

The redbuds bloom about a week before the pear trees leaf out. Like the pears, redbuds only bloom a couple of weeks but it is a glorious couple of weeks!

Please visit Mosaic Monday at Little Red House to see more amazing mosaics!

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Talon is 6!!

My mother has been waiting over a week for photos of Talon's birthday.  Sorry, Mama!!

Thanks, Gram!!

A Spongebob cake for Talon's family party. Walmart did use buttercream on this one as requested. The colors are more vibrant.

See the next post about the frosting-- I posted out of order. My excuse is my crazy cold head

Sneaking a little frosting! Talon isn't particular about frosting-- he likes it all!!

Top left photo: Talon thinks a flat as a flitter present isn't too promising.  But it is a book. Talon loves books. Cars and Star Wars-- two of his favorite things!

Not a bad haul-- and a few things fun things to share with mom and dad too! Funny, that... 

Time for the Treasure Hunt! Talon gets more of a buzz out of finding the clues than the actual treasure as you will see in the second video. 

Actually, a treasure hunt wasn't in the works this year but Talon requested it so I guess it must now be a tradition.

Be sure and watch for Talon's celebratory 'hip swivel'--- that is what he called it when he watched the video.

Happy Birthday, Talon!

We are so happy to know you!!
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School Birthday Party

This year, Talon chose Speed City, a hotwheels cupcake cake, for his school party.

I ordered the buttercream frosting for more vibrant colors but Walmart used the whipped by mistake.  The whipped is lighter and tastes a lot better so I might ask for it next time.

The cupcakes were a hit with the kids. 

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