Friday, April 24, 2015

Hand Made Pottery Rain Wind Chime

This is the final wind chime I made, until I come up with a new idea that is. I made this one for myself to hang outside our home, I enjoy the sound of wind chimes and wanted to have one that reflected nature and made one that looked like raindrops falling from a branch. The branch is taken from one of the birch trees at our cabin. This will hang on our front porch.

Now I need to start working on an idea for one to hang on our back deck which we hope to update this spring/summer.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

15 - 3rd grade Accelerated Readers Books about the Garden

Mrs. Spitzer's Garden by Edith Pattou

Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin

Little Sweet Potato by Amy Bloom
The Boy in the Garden by Allen Say
Tiny Green Thumbs by C Z Guest

Grow Your Own Butterfly Farm by John Malam
Plant a Little Seed by Bonnie Christensen

Eddie's Garden and How to Make Things Grow by Sarah Garland
What on Earth is a Green Garden? by Oona Gardner-Juntti

How Groundhog's Garden Grew by Lynne Cherry
Pomelo Begins to Grow by Ramona Badescu
The Vegetable Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta

Digging up Trouble by Kim Wayans

Examining Backyard Habitats by Zelda King
Mossy by Jan Brett

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: No Achen Cross Country Ski Trail

It is EARTH DAY today!!1 So get outdoors and enjoy it. Here are some pictures from a recent hike the kids and I did on the No Achen Cross Country Ski Trail in Aitkin, MN. It is both an XXC and hiking trail.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Easy Mini Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Easy Mini Cheesecake Swirl Brownies  - makes 4 dozen 

1 Family-Size Brownie mix (makes 13x9 pan size)
Look at your brownie mix box for ingredients, but mine were:
2 eggs
1/4 C water
2/3 C oil

Cheesecake Swirl
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/3 C sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 large egg

(optional) mini-chocolate chips


  • Make brownie mix according to instructions in one bowl.
  • In another bowl, beat together cheesecake ingredients.
  • Place mini muffin cups in mini muffin tins.
  • Scoop about 1 T of brownie mix in each muffin cup.
  • Scoop about 1 tsp. of cheesecake mix on top of the brownie mix.
  • Cut in cheesecake mix to the brownie mix with a butter knife.
  • Top with mini chocolate chips, if desired.
  • Enjoy!
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Sunday, April 19, 2015

#ad GIVEAWAY & Review: Divine LED ultra Bright LED Headlamp

My Thoughts:

I had the chance to review the Divine LED Ultra Bright LED Headlamp:

So, what sets this headlamp apart from others that are cheaper is the quality of the materials used. The elastic in the band is thicker and seems to have a high degree of durability, plus it also has adjustment points so that you can make sure that you have it fit perfectly on your head and it will not move. The type of elastic used seems so durable that I doubt it will stretch out like we have had happen on cheaper headlamps.

The plastic on this headlamp also seems highly durable. With cheaper headlamps I have found that with use and changing batteries the plastic is more apt to crack and this type of plastic does not feel like it would do that. 

The other point on this headlamp that you can tell it is a higher quality headlamp is in the switch. I can't explain it but there is just a way that some cheaper headlamps allow you to feel the push of the spring more as it pushes on the button, which is not the  case with this headlamp.

Product Description from Divine LED:

The XE Series Headlamp offers a lightweight headlamp with adjustable elastic strap for a snug and customized fit every time. A dimmer and multiple modes allow you to adjust the light strength to suit your task-at-hand. And speaking of hands, both are free for use when you rely on XE Series Headlamp . This automatically results in 50% greater efficiency when compared to performing the same task using a standard flashlight. Made from military-grade materials, this headlamp is guaranteed to work as hard as you do! And at $27.97, you can afford to have one in your car, in the basement, on the boat, in the RV… everywhere you currently have a bulky handheld flashlight. The XE Series Headlamp is great for camping, hiking, biking, running, boating, home improvement, reading… and much, much more. This headlamp will make a great gift for Dad, Grad, and even that person who is impossible to shop for.

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I was sent the above product for the purpose of reviewing it on this blog. All thoughts, opinions and photographs belong to me. No monetary compensation was received.

#ad Review: Yorkshire Mayfair Flannel Sheets

My Thoughts:

These flannel sheets from Yorkshire Mayfair are wonderful to have at the cabin. They really help keep in the warmth and are great to snuggle in. They have extra deep pockets, which is necessary if you have a tall mattress like we do or you have a pillow top. Our mattress is not as tall as some other mattresses out there and there was still some of the side pockets that wrapped around and secured with elastic under the mattress. If you mattress is very thick this is definitely a sheet set you want to get.

They sent me a random color to review (this color is called Burgundy) but it happened to be the same color they sent me in the Microfiber Sheet Set they also make and it works perfectly at our cabin.

We have washed and dried these a couple times already and have not had any shrinkage and the elastic is staying taut.

The set is both a flat and fitted sheet and 2 pillow cases, as you expect. You can buy them on Amazon and right now they have them listed as $39.99 for the set at the time of this post, I think that is a decent price to pay for these, but Amazon has them as a list price of 5x that amount, which I think is crazy.

Product Description from Yorkshire Mayfair:

  • 100% Cotton
  • Extra Deep Pockets
  • Machine washable and dryable
  • 190 gram flannel weight
  • Breathable and Comfy

I was sent the above product for the purpose of reviewing it on this blog. All thoughts, opinions and photographs belong to me. No monetary compensation was received.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Hand Made Pottery Moon & Stars Wind Chime

When I made and strung together this Moon and Stars Pottery Wind Chime that I made for my mother for Christmas, it really made me think about how different the clay sounds. I had not thought much about it before this one was put together and I found out how different the moon sounded from the stars.

The clay was slab rolled and the moon and stars are all the same thickness. I had hand stamped texture in to the moon to give it a crater look.

As for the sounds, the stars make a higher clinky sound but the moon make a lower clunking sound. I now need to think of a new idea so I can try to recreate these same sounds. I was very intrigued by the different sounds and want to experiment with that more.

Next week I will share the final wind chime I made. This last one I made for myself.