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Natural Easter Egg Dyeing

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

If you’d like to see my post about dyeing eggs naturally, hop on over to my Blog Falafel and the Bee!

Have an eggceptional Hoppy Easter from The Mom Squad!

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~Michelle is a mom of 2 who loves to sew, create, thrift~ and to be a Mom. You can read more about Michelle at her blog Falafel and The Bee (formally Noggin’ Toppers), where she has been blogging and creating since 2008.

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Islandwood Howloween

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Every year we venture over to Islandwood around Halloween time to enjoy what they like to call “Howl-oween“. There is story tellng by Bainbridge Island’s Children’s Librarian (Carmine Rau), and cookies, hot cocoa, and cider to enjoy. You can bring your pumpkin to carve or paint there. They also have a few games, face painting and fortune tellers for the kids.

This year, the highlight for us was the Spider/ Bug display and live snake they had.

It was fantastic.

If you haven’t been, I highly recommend you head on over next year for some family fun!

Plus, you’ll get to see the magical (more than 150 pound) pumpkin carvings by my husband and some of his co-workers. They are certainly not to be missed!

Pumpkin Carved by Jim White

Pumpkin carved by Matt Schmidt

Always a treat!

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~Michelle is a mom of 2 who loves to sew, create, thrift~ and to be a Mom. You can read more about Michelle at her blog Falafel and The Bee (formally Noggin’ Toppers), where she has been blogging and creating since 2008.

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Fireworks~meh.

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

The Fourth of July is upon us! Independence day. So that means fireworks.

Me and Fireworks have always had a Love/Hate relationship. Except not the Love part. They are Loud, Dangerous, and Stinky. So there. I said it.

It began many moons ago when I saw fireworks with my family. I was the kid with her fingers in her ears, wincing every time something exploded. I asked every few seconds if we could leave, and was holding my breath, waiting until it stopped. A special kind of torture really. It hasn’t changed.

Now, though, I get to calm my youngest down in the middle of the night when someone chooses to “celebrate” at 2:00 am with some rip roaring fireworks. Right. Outside. Our. Window. *blinking eyes*

I realize I am in the minority, but totally fit right in with most dogs. I met a woman yesterday who was driving to Canada with her dog, to avoid the noise because said dog was freaked out. Smart Lady.

The day after is always filled with strewn firecracker remnants, and stories of children losing limbs. UGH. There must be a better way to show our patriotism, no?

On the upside of the holiday, there is a general feeling of camaraderie with fellow countrymen (and women) and passion for this country in which we live. People march in parades and gather to share food and music and pride. Lovely.

I like that part.

So have a great, safe Independence Day today~however you choose to celebrate it!

I’ll be the one under the bed with the dogs.

Photo Credit: pdphoto.org


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-Michelle is a mom of 2 who loves to sew, create, thrift~ and to be a Mom. You can read more about Michelle at her blog Falafel and The Bee (formally Noggin’ Toppers), where she has been blogging and creating since 2008.

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Chestnuts are Overrated and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

It’s that time of year again. It is the time of year our we lose our minds.

No?

Cooking, and list-making, and cooking, and present planning (or shopping if you are on the ball like that and I hate you), card sending and pie buying making.

Not only is it a time of year we reflect on the things we are thankful for… it is also a time of year we do stupid things…

LIKE DECIDE TO MAKE RECIPES WITH PEELED CHESTNUTS.

That’s what happened to my family last Thanksgiving.

My brother-in-law found a stuffing recipe he wanted to make for Thanksgiving. The recipe (by Martha Stewart) called for boiled, peeled chestnuts.

*coughcough*

I used Twitter to document the peeling of the cursed boiled chestnuts:

• 8:28 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve: Attention fellow domestic goddesses: Marta Stewart has a flippin’ STAFF to peel her pounds & pounds of precious chestnuts! *fingers cramping*

• 8:40 p.m.: I mean, Martha Stewart. This is absolutely ridiculous.

• 8:51 p.m.: And now my thumbs are not only nail-less, but also paralyzed.

I sacrificed the sacred use of my opposable thumbs for this sad little pile of chestnut shells:

It’s that time of year again. It is the time of year our we lose our minds.
No?
Cooking, and list-making, and cooking, and present planning (or shopping if you are on the ball like that and I hate you), card sending and pie buying making.
Not only is it a time of year we reflect on the things we are thankful for… it is also a time of year we do stupid things…
LIKE DECIDE TO MAKE RECIPES WITH PEELED CHESTNUTS.
That’s what happened to my family last Thanksgiving.
My brother-in-law found a stuffing recipe he wanted to make for Thanksgiving. The recipe called for boiled, peeled chestnuts, by Martha Stewart.
*coughcough*
I used Twitter to document the peeling of the cursed boiled chestnuts:
• 8:28 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve: Attention fellow domestic goddesses: Marta Stewart has a flippin’ STAFF to peel her pounds & pounds of precious chestnuts! *fingers cramping*
• 8:40 p.m.: I mean, Martha Stewart. This is absolutely ridiculous.
• 8:51 p.m.: And now my thumbs are not only nail-less, but also paralyzed.
I sacrificed the sacred use of my opposable thumbs for this sad little pile of chestnut shells:

The stuffing was quite yummy… except for the chestnuts.

So. What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Are you going to be peeling chestnuts and rolling-out pie crust, or opening a box of Stove Top and peeling plastic off a frozen pie crust? I’ll give you one guess what I’ll be doing…

Happy Thanksgiving!

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