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Don't Be Poor in America

My country can be a very odd and unforgiving place. We have politicians and religious leaders saying how precious life is and how important families are, yet they do nothing to ensure their citizens can get subsidized, safe day care or assistance. You have to jump through serious hoops for WIC and food stamps, though the Conservatives and the press will have you believe it is handed out here like candy. Um, no.

We have powerful lobbies that make the unborn child more important than the born child. Why? God says so. Um, no he does not. To apply the Commandment, Thou Shalt Not Murder to abortion is an interesting move, but hey everyone manipulates the Bible for their own interests. See Leviticus and all it's insanity.

One of the more interesting things about America, pointed out to me recently, is the illusion of being free. We all want choice and we do not want anyone to tell us our choice is wrong, but we don't think about that choice and the outcomes and how it affects people…

Blanch and Freeze Baby!!!

Our CSA has been quite bountiful. Bountiful to the point where we cannot get through it all and I am not one to waste food. By no means am I a canner so I have decided to freeze some of our food so it does not all end up in the composter.

We get A LOT of corn on the cob, which is nice for summer, but it really is too much for just the two of us as my son has no interest in it as of yet. Last week I had a total of ten cobs and realized I had to do something or else it would just end up getting tossed out. For some reason I was always under the impression it was a hassle to cook, blanch and freeze. I am not sure if I was afraid or did not want to do the ice bath step, don't question me, but it is really easy to do and that my friends, is a good thing.

Freezing Corn from Simply Canning. I chose to cut the kernels from the cob, but you can freeze whole cob if you choose.

Today I had extra cauliflower and it is currently in the freezer waiting to be tossed in a bag for a future use.

How …

TGIF!

Hope that you all have woken up to lovely weather and are ready for the weekend!

In contrast to the Texas mega-closet story I posted yesterday, it has been discovered that the popstar, Miss BeyoncĂ©,  has been quietly funding a homeless shelter in Houston for the past five years without seeking any fanfare. Philanthropy well done indeed.

This looks like a very tasty Grilled Jalapeno and Lime Shrimp recipe.

It is never too early to make homemade Christmas gifts. This beginner sewing pocket tote from Craft Snob is very nice.

I have been toying with making my own deodorant. We were buying a really awesome homemade deodorant, but it cost $10 every few months and let us be honest, that is a tad pricey. For now I have just been using rubbing alcohol on my arm pits which works for a bit, but it does have a tendency to fail and while I do not think my smell is that bad, I do not want to offend those around me. The Nerdy Farm Wife shares her easy peasy homemade natural deodorant recipe that I m…

Money, Money, Money!

The one thing everyone wants, thinks they can never have enough of and something they always need is money.

I can totally relate says the woman who needs to redo her upstairs bathroom with nonworking shower. Haha

One thing I have never understood is people's vehemence towards individuals who have wealth. Sure jealousy is the main factor, but I also don't get the whole "They better be donating to charity with that much money" attitude. People are entitled to do what they want with their money. You want to buy a six pack and a cake for dinner? Ten pairs of shoes? Put it in the bank or your mattress? Invest? Give to the local children's hospital? Go to Italy for a month? Hey, it is your cash, have at it.

Recently a Texas woman's three story, 3000 square foot closet got major press. Kind of freaky that her closet is bigger than my house, but it is Texas. Everything is bigger there to begin with. One thing I am not a fan of is her fur floor. Needless to say I lear…

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Rough night.

For some ungodly reason our two and a half year old sleep regressed last night like no one has probably ever sleep regressed before. He cried out for us for about an hour, maybe even more as it is a blur. He alternated between crying "Mama" and "Daddy" after one of us left the room in an attempt to soothe him. I admit I did snap once actually yelling out "Shut Up" from our bedroom because I believed I was about to have a heart attack and needed to die in my sleep.

Exhaustion makes you a horrible ogre of a person. I love my son, I hate sleep regression. All clear? Good.

My husband was and is the better parent. He went in to our son's room, laid some blankets on the floor and held onto our little one's hand until he nodded off which seemed to happen pretty quickly.

Today I am barely able to string a coherent sentence together. Had I left the spelling mistakes in this post you would have seriously questioned if I was stroking out.

I thin…

Someone Heard Me

Lo and Behold, I wrote my post lamenting the lack of bees and other pollinators and BAM! It has been a bumblebee bonanza in my backyard. Various butterflies are still woefully absent, but the Hummingbird Moths have arrived and I am pleased as punch.

Hummingbird Moth happily feeding on my Butterfly Bush. That big bulky white thing to the left is our radon remediation machine thingy and common to have in certain parts of NJ.
The only type of butterfly I have seen this year. While it is pretty, I am missing the swallowtails. 
Three bees in a row on the Echinachea. There were more and boy were they all working hard. 
My zucchini and cucumbers plants are still a bust, but that is okay since we belong to the CSA and our veggies and fruits are covered by that at least.

And for a random recipe, here is a gorgeous looking Roasted Cherry Chocolate Tart from Annie's Eats. My husband does not eat any cherries, berries, peaches, not a single stone fruit, so I would never be able to make this y…

Fish for Dinner

Made this Tilapia with Cilantro-Walnut Pesto recipe from FineCooking.com and it was very good.
What were my changes? I used Swai instead of Tilapia and I cooked my fish in coconut oil instead of butter. I also did not do the lemon wedge thing, but that was because I just did not feel like doing do.
Our side was roasted corn. Preheat over to 350 degrees, throw corn in their husks on the rack or in my case, on the pizza stone, for 30 minutes and voila! Tasty corn. My kind of quick and  easy meal.

Cheers!
MissFifi

Where For Art Thou Mother Nature?

Thanks to various things like pesticides, climate change and what ever else we can conjure, I have very few bees or butterflies in my garden. Because of this, none of my zucchinis or cucumbers are growing. I have flowers, but nothing else.

This displease me.

I was going to hand pollinate the zucchini, but the flowers have fallen off already. Aces.

This is the first time since we have lived here, 5 years now, that I have not had one swallowtail butterfly. None. I have not seen any hummingbird moths either. This disturbs me because it is very telling.
Sure the bumblebees are out, but in far less numbers than I have had in the past. Is it because everything is blooming so damn late thanks to the obnoxiously long winter? I don't know. I do have neighbors that use pesticides to keep a perfect lawn and I am sure that doesn't help much. We keep the clover in ours because I like it and heck, so do the bees. I saw two honeybees within the clover and I became giddy.

I don't know. It…

Look At My Land

At least my backyard. ;-)
A happy bumblebee on my multi-headed sunflower.


My garden in bloom. That is the oregano down in front. But look at my flowers. I am beyond giddy. We have already begun planning on expanding the garden for next year. Oh yeah, flowers and veggies for everyone!!!

House Finch fledglings in our hanging plant on the porch.


Nature is really something to behold and enjoy. Have a wonderful day!

Cheers!
MissFifi

I AM ON A MISSION

And not necessarily a wise one. Human beings like to collect things. Whether it is comic books, Dr Who paraphernalia, baseball cards, guns or weird cat art, for some reason we have a need to hunt and gather. I am not very good at things like Ebay or Craigslist. I basically suck at bidding and I get lazy about checking every hour for the possibility that someone may have posted/listed something I want.

Until now.

Recently I have gotten a bee in my big ass bonnet to locate a great deal on the following furniture pieces.

Hoosier Cabinet

I want this awesome piece of furniture for my kitchen so I can eliminate most of my upper cabinets and have a place for flour to sift out of because that would make me so cool. Some are wood, some are retro metal, all that matters it is a multi-functional piece of art that would be amazing to own..

Pie Safe


I don't make pies and that is irrelevant to my desire for one of these.

Vintage Ice Box

Where would I even use this? I don't care. We can addres…

Little Things

Photos to share:
An apartment house in Italy

An abandoned home in Long Valley

A bumblebee on one of my wildflowers

Inside of a El Santuario de Chimayo in Chimayo, Taos, New Mexico

Old Family Wedding Photo (My Aunt Louse is second from the right)
Pets sleeping

Baby Sleeping

Have a wonderful day!!
Cheers! MissFifi