Monthly Archives: October 2012


keep your flame strong

A candle lit for safety and swift recovery for all our sisters, families, and friends harmed by storm Sandy.

Giveaway: WINNER Mountain Rose Herbs Pampered Glamper Kit

I took a little time for afternoon tea yesterday. And of course, I reached first for my Mountain Rose Herbs loose leaf tea. Complete with one of their nifty press n’ brew teabags, the flavor was perfect, the tea was toasty, and altogether just perfect.

While I was sipping, I also let steep the entry names for the Pampered Glamper kit … and … after ruminating on the fabulous flavor of my white silver tea, I pulled a name out of the teapot …

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Today’s Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Happy Halloween! Have you harvested and carved your pumpkins yet? Hope so. And I hope you’ve saved the seeds. Pumpkin seeds are very good for you and a much tastier snack than all of the candy your kids will bring home tonight. Get ’em hooked on this snack and fill their tummies with good nutrition before they go trick-or-treating tonight. You can also make the pumpkin centerpieces shown below by folding leaves lengthwise and rolling them around one another. We gave instructions on how to do this with my glamping fabric here.

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Sandy Aftermath

Thinking of our friends in the East.


Madge In the Garden Badge

Wondering who I am? I’m Merit Badge Awardee Jane (MBA Jane for short). In my former life

I used to be the kind of girl that spent her afternoons at fancy boutiques, her weekends at the mall, and her evenings at Macy’s online store. But the older (um, I mean, the more mature) I get, the more I do my shopping in unconventional places. You know, like thrift shops, vintage stores, tag sales, flea markets, and well, the occasional curb.

I mean, I’m not exactly dumpster diving (yet) but you’d be amazed at some of the perfectly great things people will throw away. Well, some of them need a little TLC, it’s true … but TLC happens to be my middle name. Actually, it’s Katherine, but let’s not split hairs.

Anyway, I was driving by a residential street the other day, when my eagle eye happened upon

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Good Morning Houston

 View from my room. Cooler temperatures. Some fun, I mean sun:)