Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Hello Everyone,
During this Christmas season, I was remembering how over these past few years the saying "Merry Christmas"  has almost completely dissappeared from the public.  The bellringers for Salvation Army many times say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas.  When I opened my internet page this morning, I saw the Google doodle, and put my mouse over it to see what it said; not expecting much.  Of course it did not say Merry Christmas, and instead it read "'tis the season".  I clicked on it to see if there was something special they had for it, and despite the fact that Christmas is one of the most  celebrated Holidays over the world, it did not go into a game, and instead relocated to the search of "Happy Holidays".  I was a bit dissapointed, and decided to look around.  This is what I found.  A link to a British person complaining how Americans should just say Merry Christmas no matter what.  Here is the link to the webpage.


Merry Christmas to you all, and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas!

Since it is almost Christmas, I thought I would post a picture of our awkward Christmas tree.  Don't worry.  We will have an un-awkward one too.  Yes.  We have two Christmas trees.  Here you go!


We had it taken off the top of one of our large pine trees that stand in our front yard.  The only catch was that someone had done that to the same tree a couple of years ago.  Because of this, when we cut the top off, we actually got two tops. . . and one of them turned out to be a bit awkward.  As you can see, it would have looked a bit better if we had cut it a little shorter, but then it would have been a very small tree.  I guess we all voted to have a tall awkward tree in our kitchen rather than a small one!
Hopefully I can post a picture of our better looking one soon.

Friday, November 29, 2013

I Forgot: Our Pumpkins.

Hey all!  This past November brought us around 20 Pumpkins.  I don't know why, but I forgot tell everyone about them last week.  Oh well!  We had to wash them, bake them, de-seed them (if that makes sense. . .) take the peels off, and bake the seeds!  It took two different occasions actually to get *all* of them finished.  Elleanna did quite a few a couple of weeks ago, and then I finished them about a week ago.  







Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tea vs. Coffee

My assignment for writing two a couple weeks ago was a compare contrast paper.  Right away in class I knew that I wanted to compare Tea and Coffee.

          Tea vs. Coffee
What images come to mind when you hear the word tea?  What about when someone says “coffee”?   Most people would imagine nostalgic surroundings when they hear tea, and coffee probably reminds them of their regular work day, with a cup of java ready to give them a kick-start into their routine. 
Many Americans do not think twice when they grab their cup of coffee or their mug of tea, and to some, it is a necessity to start their day.  Tea is a regular part of the lives of most European and Asian cultures, and coffee is a large part of the morning routine of almost everyone in the United States of America.  But there is a question that not many people ask.  Are these two drinks really that different from each other as they seem?
The stereotyped tea drinker loves to sit in his or her favorite chair, snuggling their favorite blanket, reading their favorite book or knitting, and of course, drinking their favorite tea.  What about the stereotyped coffee drinker?  You can find them all over America.  They love to drink coffee, sit in a coffee shop, drink more coffee, and read a newspaper.  Although the lifestyles of these groups are vastly different, their favorite drink is not.
Beyond the stereotypes we find the myths.  Were you allowed to drink coffee as a child?  Or were you never able to even taste it because the adults around you said, “It will stunt your growth!”?  Studies have proven that coffee indeed does not stunt growth, and although children under 10 years old should not make coffee a part of their daily routine, there is no harm in giving a sip here and there to your children.
Most people drink coffee or tea as a morning boost to start their day.  What they do not think about are the health benefits.  Both coffee and tea have antioxidants, a vitamin that protects the body’s immune system and strengthens cells.  Tea and coffee also contains two bone strengtheners: magnesium and calcium.  Calcium is a natural ingredient in tea, but is added to coffee through cream.  Both of these drinks, when taken straight black, contain only 8 calories.  The drawback of coffee in this area is that most people add cream or some type of creamer, and the more cream, the more fat. 
The benefits that come upon tea drinkers are quite plentiful and include lower blood pressure, properties that fight anemia and natural fluorides that protect your teeth from cavities.  A few of the benefits of drinking coffee are that it helps to keep cancer away as well as Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.  An 8 ounce cup of coffee contains 5.4 % of choline which is an important nutrient for cell membranes.  All these benefits are a great reason to drink tea or coffee. 

There are many pros to both coffee and tea.  The cons generally only come as an onset of drinking too much of either drink, and should not be worried about unless you drink more than 5 cups of either drink per day.  Whether it is coffee, tea, or some kind of juice, how much do you know about your favorite beverage?

Citing:

The picture of tea is from: http://www.homespunmom.com/category/simplify/

Monday, October 21, 2013

Snow In October. . . . . . .

Here I am, posting again. This time because of the strange weather, and because I had pictures to show you!









(those dark grey spots are snow flakes fyi. . .)

Our holly bush leaves.





















Saturday, October 19, 2013

Crab Apple Jelly!

Hey Everyone!  I have finally done something exciting amidst my school.  This was making crab apple jelly.  I still have lots of crab apples to make things with.  This is great since we want to try rosemary-mint-crab apple jelly as well as crab apple butter.  Here goes =)


Our largest crab apple (compared to my thumb)

Chop 'em up!


 





Wow... this turned out super vivid!  It really wasn't that orange...




The mush of apple and water. . . you strain this to get your juice ;)
Put to bed in cheesecloth for the night!
Funneling in into the jars!








I just love the color that it came out in =) So pretty!  Hope you enjoyed =)


















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