Saturday, April 30, 2011

:: links ::

{where i found this}

one of our
{boodil reminds us SO much of our kooky dog, maisy}

at the top of maisy's wist {wishlist},
:: pet peek ::

on my wist,
:: this shirt ::

i'm obsessed with
:: this ::

remember this?
it is now available as a
{just in time for mother's day}

and finally,

Friday, April 29, 2011

show & tell {cuddly tarantula}

a contradiction in terms.
an oxymoron.
a cuddly tarantula.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

:: black bean burgers ::

one of our very favorites

black bean burgers {makes 6 big burgers}
1 onion, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 zucchini, grated
1 can black beans {15 oz}
1 T cornstarch
2 T water
1 cup potato flakes {or one 4oz package "idahoan" roasted garlic mashed potatoes}
1/4 cup oats
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes*
1/4 cup dry milk powder
2 eggs, lightly beaten
salt & pepper to taste
*plus extra nutritional yeast to "bread" burgers

you will also need:
oil for the pan {i use butter & olive oil}
6 rolls or hamburger buns
sliced cheese
lettuce / cabbage / tomatoes / pickles / onion
mayo / ketchup / mustard

saute diced onion, diced red pepper, grated zucchini.
season with salt & pepper as you saute, then allow to cool.
rinse beans, then mash.
combine cornstarch & water, then add to mashed beans.
add remaining ingredients: 
potato flakes, oats, flour, nutritional yeast, milk powder, eggs, s&p.
shape into 6 patties.
coat in nutritional yeast flakes {like a breading}.
heat oil in a heavy pan or griddle.
cook 5-10 minutes per side {until golden brown}.
top with cheese while hot.
toast buns under broiler.

best served outside with:
corn on the cob, watermelon, pasta salad, potato chips

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

ever twine, ever mine

 i have just received a lifetime supply
of the coolest vintage twine
from my sweet friend, mary ann.

sometimes she sends me vintage sewing patterns.
sometimes beach glass & hole-y rocks.
always bundled up with love & encouragement.
she is a dolly, for certain.

thank you, m.a.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

:: christmas card ::

i did not send out cards at christmastime.
i'm sorry.
i was feeling overwhelmed,
and i just couldn't do it.

this is the is the photo i wanted to include

better late than never.

merry christmas

p.s. my mom tells me that my great-aunt jimmie
reads my blog from time to time.
aunt jimmie, this post is especially for you.

Monday, April 25, 2011

various & sundry

this post has no theme.  at all.

the easter bunny brought kites

more than groceries at the grocery store
{giant red watering can ~ it's bigger than a gallon of milk}
{green ceramic lantern ~ would make a good orchid pot}

we didn't do a very good job with this video, 
but it will give you a peek at what is going on inside our egg

Sunday, April 24, 2011


a pop-up washcloth

kites {we flew them today}

we used chapstick and rubberbands on our eggs
{thank you, martha, for the chapstick idea}

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

show & tell {tiny wooden bunny}

we love this little bunny
the easter bunny brought him
to emily when she was very little.

and today, he got to go to
kindergarten with ned.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

:: a gift card challenge ::

do you have a visa gift card with $1.49 left?
well, i do.
i also have one with $2.17 remaining.
don't let that paltry sum sit idle any longer!
this is the perfect chance to help my best friend

look on your card to find the website where
you can check the exact balance.

note: the missyfund website 
will accept whole dollar amounts only.

missy's fundraising was scheduled to end today,
but has been extended for another month.

please help me help her.

spread the word.

share this link:

and the link to my 
gift card challenge:

in the words of missy's sister-in-law, chris,
"the world is a better place
having her in it."

thank you, sweet friends!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

:: vintage easter postcards ::

the first one is my very favorite
because it was sent to my grandpa,
forrest hinkle, and his brother carl
when they were boys.

my grandpa forrest & my great uncle carl
two of twelve children, there were two sisters between them,
and eight siblings after them.

the postcard above was sent in 1916 from martha, who wrote,
"i have the mumps but feel fine."

i do hope you enjoy these.
feel free to print them
or share them on your own blog.
{please link back to my post, if you can}

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

a loaded picnic basket

ned & i had a picnic
on this chilly, sunny day.
i made salami & cheese sandwiches
{a rare treat}
which prompted unending questions
about pigs & pork & meat.

ned calls any kind of deli meat "hammin"
~ sort of a combo of ham & salmon, i suppose.

emily & marian are both vegetarians,
so almost all of our meals are meat-free.
after today's lunch & subsequent discussion,
ned thinks that he wants to be a vegetarian, too.

okay, little buddy.
you do what you feel is right.

tonight we're having veggies with
tofu or chicken...
which will he choose?

Monday, April 18, 2011

for the love of ducks

i have been putting this

on these

because they are near this

so that none of these fall through

Sunday, April 17, 2011

:: shopping tote makeover ::

my canvas shopping totes are super sturdy,
but they were not pretty.

i've been looking for some fabric 
to spruce them up.
i found this
i ordered a large sample {18" x 27"} for $7.00 with free shipping.
     unwashed sample           cut & washed sample

look out, grocery store.

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