Monthly archives: July, 2008

A picture, some updates, and random links

The table is already being put to good use!   For those of you (Nicole you can do it) considering the 100 push-up challenge I encourage you to give it a try and don’t worry about getting it done in six weeks.  Matt and I have decided instead of moving on to week 3 we…



Slowly Preparing

Matt and I have slowly been preparing our house for the arrival of Tom and Jerry. We do little things around the house each and every month. Some things are for them, some things for us (the kind of things we know we won’t have time for after they arrive). This weekend we sold a…



What happened to that $100?

Do you think he will at least by me a present with it?



Go By Bike Challenge

  Take a pledge to take all those little short trips by bike and you could win a free bike.  I personally like taking my short trips by bike and still take a few, but right now it is so HOT.  I cannot wait for fall and then I can take all my short trips…



Random Stuff

My Aunt Kim sent me this cute video on being a mother and I just had to share: extraordinarymothers This story is inspiring.  The woman featured in the story was told she was too disabled to benefit from a service dog.  Well not only did she get her service dog, she started her very own…



Figs!

My little fig tree has been producing figs faster than I can eat them (Matt is still not sure about them).  So I decided to learn how to make jam.  I found this recipe and the batch size looked just right for me and Matt (he loves jam so I figured this would be the…



Harvesting

One of my biggest joys every day is going outside and seeing what I need to harvest.  I’ve been getting a little each and every day and everything is tasting yummy.  Mostly figs and banana peppers right now, but soon I will have tons of tomatoes.  (I also have a ton of basil, so if…



Bread

I have kept to my word and started baking our bread.  No more store bought stuff in this house.  Monday I realized Matt was just about out of his sandwich bread and that I had to make bread.  This was the first time I have made bread without the help of a bread machine.  It was an…



Green Meat

Matt and I have been reducing the amount of meat we eat because raising and producing meat is more taxing on the environment.  We do still eat meat a couple of times a week and thanks to Burban Mom’s most recent post we will be looking into more sustainable meat.  I have been kind of…



Keeping Busy

Matt and I are finding new ways to keep ourselves busy during the waiting period. The Ethiopian courts close for two months starting August 6, so even if we got a referral right now our case couldn’t be finalized until October/November. Plus I am pretty sure that there are still a few couples ahead of…



Contest for Free Cloth Diapers

Want to start cloth diapering, but are overwhelmed with the initial investment?  Thanks to Tara I learned about a contest to win an 18 pack starter set of Bum Genius 3.0. Win a Bum Genius 3.0 Starter Kit from Nature’s Child – Wholesome Goods for Mothers and Babies I actually already own some of these…



Check out Matt in the news

Matt is featured in an article on a local area website.  Go check it out!



Cardboard bikes

Ahh my two favorite topics finally merge in a new way. Bikes and environment. BBC is the best. They have a story out on a 21 year old college student who has designed and produced a bike made of 95% cardboard. And its rideable. The only non-cardboard parts are the chain, tires, crank & rims….



Goodies from the garden

This year stephanie planted Banana Peppers just for me. She must love me, or something like that. This one plant has been producing peppers like crazy. 2 months ago we pickled 2 jars worth. Today we took about 15 more peppers and pickled 3 jars worth.  3 weeks of pickling can’t be done soon enough. I don’t…