Spring in MN

a beautiful weekend!

PS My Dad bought a motorcycle!


Call you Ma

and wish her a happy Mother’s Day.  This photo was taken right before my mom started Chemo and Radiation for the last time.  I is our last set of family photos before she died.

I wonder what we were laughing about . . . . . .

Have a great weekend!

Etsy Love: BayanHippo

So for some strange reason I didn’t realize that yesterday was Wednesday .  It has been a long week!  But anyhow . . . . .

I cam across this BayanHippo a few years ago when I was still new to Etsy and I fell in love with her bags.  Not only are they great quality, but they are super roomy, and using sturdy fabric in vibrant colors.  I have the messenger and it is still like new!


bayanhippo2bayanhippo3Images and lovely bags from BayanHippo

PS Great customer service…   the bags come from Turkey and you still get them fast….  lux fabrics ….  I could go on and on!

Not my Mama’s cookies

My mom’s cooking was legendary, and now that she is gone.  All of the family’s cooking is compared to hers.  Reproducing your Ma’s recipes are hard when she really didn’t follow a recipe or would just right down the ingredients and nothing else.  It is big shoes to fill.

I started making these simple cookies years ago with much success.  I have tried many ‘Best Chocolate Chip Cookie’ recipes, including my Mother’s, and these have been the favorite.

I made them over the weekend and one of my friends said, “This must be your mom’s recipe.”  I just smiled and gave them another.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 c butter, softened

3/4 c sugar

3/4 c brown sugar, packed

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 1/4 c flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

chocolate chips

Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a small bowl and set aside.  Combine butter and sugars, beat until well creamed.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add the vanilla and mix until well blended.  Slowly add flour mixture, making sure it is well incorporated.  Add the chocolate chips and stir until it is well blended.  Place a tablespoon of dough 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet.  Bake in 350 oven until the edges are golden brown and the centers are just set.  Transfer to wire rack to cool

Makes about 3 1/2 dozen.

Farming, Camera, Action!

I live in a world on contradictions.

I like to DIY, but I am lazy.

I like to travel, but I am a home-body.

I also like to eat local food, but I also enjoy a fast food burger more often than I would like to admit.  (This I am blaming on my childhood, when going to McDonald’s involved a 30 minute drive and good behavior on mine and my sister’s part all day.  It was a privilege not a right!)

I generally try to stay off the soap box and not tell people what to do, because I may do that wrong thing tomorrow (and it is really none of by business).

I read last week that Minnesota, along with Florida and Iowa, is working on legislation that would ban people from filming the conditions at factory farm in the state.

It is really all about information.

Sometimes all it takes is one photo and someone can become a vegan for life.  And sometimes people will look away and choose not to know.

I know where my meat comes from, and when I hear news about meat recalls and people getting sick from meat they bought for their families and do not have to worry about my family.

But everyone should choose for themselves.

Don’t let someone decide what you should eat or what you should know about your food.

What it comes down to is:

If you want to know where you food comes from:  find out

Generally any farm worth his salt will let you see the farm (with in reason, mind you!).  Most farmers are proud of what they are doing.

Indoor Gardening

FadedFarm Friday Finds

Hello everyone and Happy Friday!  We are finally going to have a little sun and yard work beckons, not before enjoying some good company and cocktails.  (everyone wants to check out the new floor).

Here are some interesting things going on around the interweb this week:

Check out Jenna’s post on farm snobbery.  She is right:  it is not a hobby.

I came across this cool site this week:  One Dress Protest.  Here it is in her words, “One Dress Protest is me, Kristy Powell, wearing one dress for one year in order to protest the ideas and motivations behind how and why I wear my clothes. Over the year I aim to challenge the ways identity is constructed through clothing, what sustainability means for consumption, how our perception of others is so often based on external presentation, and what “fashion” ultimately means for me going forward.”

Check out the Meal Planning 101 post by Oh Buckets on Going Home to Roost.  I love making lists!  (Check out pics of Bonnie’s new CA home while you are over there, beautiful.)

I was super excited to get Megan’s Best of Crafting an MBA.  Two words:  Awesome and Inspiring

Check out the article over at Inc Mag Can Rob Kalin Scale Etsy?  And then head over to Scoutie Girl and check out her interview with Julie Boyles.