One of these cute little princesses is me! My mom loved to make us matching dresses, even though it’s obvious we weren’t twins.
I begged her to teach me to sew too, since computers and other fun things weren’t invented yet.
Fortunately, I never got blood poisoning from the many times my fingers got in the way of the machine’s needles.
Exactly one year ago, I followed my family’s advice and began writing down all the stories of our travels, hobbies and crafts.
So if you picked the mischievous looking one on the right, yes that’s me.
To celebrate this first anniversary and honor my mom’s patient teaching, I want to give a lucky winner this handmade Princess Dress. It is fully lined, with attached netting for that poufy princess look. Please note that this dress will fit a girl that is a size 4 up to 6. My beautiful model is a size 6. For more details, please go to my Etsy site.
Welcome to my orchid growing hobby. No, I don’t have a huge room for growing orchids. When we became ‘Empty Nesters’ and moved to Utah, we downsized to fit our new lifestyle. It would be nice if growing orchids was as easy as growing a bloomin’ onion, but the dry climate of Utah adds a special challenge.
I’ve loved these unique flowers since my first prom date, when I received an orchid in my corsage.
My “orchid room” consists of a large plastic container, lined with heavy plastic to hold water. This plastic liner can then be easily replaced when it becomes dirty. A plastic ceiling grate or grill was cut to fit on top of the container, so the plants can sit above the water and receive needed humidity. Shining down on the flowers are two Fluorescent lights – one regular and one warm or grow light. An automatic timer takes care of producing each day of artificial sunlight.
My flowering Phalaenopsis or moth orchid’s only care is a watering ”weekly and weakly.” This means the flowers are given water each week with a weak amount of orchid fertilizer. Some growers recommend placing three ice cubes around each plant weekly, which is the equivalent of 1/4 cup of water. Apparently the ice cubes melt so slowly that the temperature doesn’t affect the plant.
If the orchids are to receive light from a window sill, it’s recommended that the windows should be cleaned frequently. Well, now you know why I don’t keep them on a window sill.
For more information on growing orchids, click to the Just Add Ice website. What flowers challenge your green thumb these days?
A look back to a special time in my life as an Olympic volunteer, when Salt Lake City hosted the Olympics in 2002.
The 2002 Olympic motto was Light the Fire Within and the Cauldron was created with the Fire and Ice theme in mind. Designed to look like an icicle, it was made of glass which allowed the fire to be seen burning within. Small jets sent water down the glass sides of the cauldron to give the effect of melting ice.
Air Force One landed with President George W. Bush on board. To be visible across the valley, the illuminated Olympic Rings were displayed across an area the size of ten football fields.
The tattered flag was recovered from the World Trade Center ruins after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in New York City. It was carried into the opening ceremony by eight athletes escorted by New York City firefighters and Port Authority police.
Every morning our course crew teams were sent up the mountain at Snowbasin in Ogden, Utah to prepare the Women’s and Men’s Downhill courses. We looked like Blue Smurfs skiing to our designated areas.
This is what you didn’t see when you watched the Olympics. We were a small part of the many volunteers making this the best possible Olympic event ever. I’ll never forget how dedicated these volunteers were to work for “free” just for the pride and love of the sport, country, and the fact that the world was watching us.
All volunteers received extensive training on being helpful and friendly to the visitors. Being part of a photo op was the easiest part of my job, since these three guys were visiting from my birth State of Wisconsin.
The three Olympic mascots are: Swifter, a snowshoe hare. Higher, a coyote. Stronger, an American black bear. They are based on a Utah legend inspired by petroglyphs from a Native American tradition. Mitt Romney was the President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, and more recently the Republican nominee for president of the United States.
Since our days began as early as 4 a.m., we enjoyed beautiful sunrises at the top of Snowbasin Ski Resort. My daughter Kari stands near the starting gate of the Woman’s Downhill course and a view of what the Olympic skiers saw on their way down the mountain.
After the Olympic and Paralympic games ended, the volunteers came together one last time. This special night was given to honor all the dedicated volunteers, with a concert on the Olympics Medal Plaza.
As a young boy, John Pollack built boats from scrap wood that eventually sank. He dreamed of building a boat from something that couldn’t sink….corks.
Over the next 25 years, he never stopped saving corks. His book,Cork Boat, is a memorable account of making his dream a reality. His 27 foot boat is made of 165,321 corks, large rubber bands, fishnet and heavy cord.
My grandsons made their cork boats on a much smaller scale, since we don’t drink that much wine!
They each decided how big to make their boats by gluing rows of three or four corks together.
After many warnings of what happens when hot glue touches fingers, they became very adept at using my glue gun.
Wooden skewers pushed easily into the corks for masts and swizzle sticks became rudders.
Will there be six more weeks of winter or an early spring? Will Punxsy wake up to his shadow? The origin of Groundhog Day began with the celebration of Candlemas Day in medieval Europe.
Candles were blessed and handed out on a day that was midpoint between the first day of winter and the first day of spring.
In Germany, the hedgehog was chosen for predicting the weather.
When the German settlers arrived in Pennsylvania, they continued this tradition with a groundhog, since hedgehogs weren’t available. In 1886, The Punxsutawney Spirit printed the first official observance in its newspaper.
We’ve celebrated Punxsutawney Phil’s debut on Groundhog Day ever since.
This tradition isn’t totally goofy, since animals are sensitive to the thawing of soil and other signs of spring.
If you’re not crazy about a cuddling a rodent on this special day, the “groundhog in a can” souvenir is available at this Punxsutawney website.
This is a recipe that allows you to play with your food.
The tootsie roll groundhogs pop up from the cookies with the help of your pinky finger.
The kids will love biting off the heads of their groundhog/dogs with this meal theme.
SpongeBob Squarepants has always been my grandson’s favorite cartoon character. So it wasn’t a surprise that he requested this theme for his birthday party. Two chocolate cakes (his choice) were baked in 9 x 13 inch pans for the head and body.
Fondant used for the white eyes, teeth, red tongue, with blue fondant eye balls give him that smiling hello to the partying kids.
Mini donuts created his shoes and pant tops. Large pretzel rods were covered in fondant for his legs and arms.
To keep my fingers from looking yellowish red for the next week, I wore disposable gloves while mixing the colors into the fondant.
Fruit rollups created the tie & belt on chocolate frosted pants. Rice Krispie treats shaped the hands and fingers and covered in fondant. Wilton’s food writer pens gave an edible birthday message on the fruit rollups.
Blue jello jigglers held the candles and gummy bears were added for snacking until the cake was cut.
Here’s looking at you grandma! Half the fun of eating the cake is picking out what part they want to eat.
My inspiration came from the many great ideas shown on this cake website. I’d love to hear about your cake creations and any questions or suggestions you may have for shaped cakes.
Did your kids get everything they wished for this Christmas? This true story will tug at your heart and is a must read to share with your children.
Colonel Halverson was one of the pilots airlifting food to war torn, Soviet-blockaded Berlin, Germany after World War II had ended. On a snowy Christmas eve, thirty children were more concerned about freedom than food or gifts.
They had little to eat, yet they didn’t ask or beg him for anything. Still being Christmas Eve, he dug into his pockets and only found two sticks of gum. He broke the gum into four pieces and passed it through the fence. One by one, each small nose was pressed to the paper, breathing in the minty smell. An idea formed in his mind.
From what began as 2 sticks of gum, grew to dropping over 23 tons of donated candy. His father always said “From little things come big things.”
As Colonel Halverson explained, you wouldn’t want to be hit by a piece of candy dropped from a plane, so he devised parachutes out of handkerchiefs. “The Candy Bomber” is now a spry 93 years old and still fits into his World War II uniform. His recent interview with Nicea on Good Things Utah, Channel 4 television is very inspiring.
What’s your favorite children’s book?
See more pictures at the Someone in Mind blog and how much her children love the Christmas from Heaven book.