Friday, July 11, 2014

A Sweet Treat

The wild horses in our neighborhood found a very nice treat for munching on...My apple trees
I do not mind sharing with them I have four apple trees which is more than plenty to go around
 It was amazing how close you can get to them

I think her patience was wearing thin as she turned her backside to us in a warning lol
Yah... I'm not getting any closer. What I did not get a picture of was my son handing her an apple to eat. She started to take it then changed her mind.
 After her fill she joined the pack on the other side of the street

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pineapple Plant Update July

I'm happy that his little guy is growing. The first time I planted a pineapple top in 2012 I was pretty excited well... it did not work So This year I'm trying it again. I really think it's going to work but it's time to be planted into a pot
The roots are nice and long
And the center stalk is beginning to rise along with the newly emerging leaves... I'm so excited
Now on to the next phase of this little guys growth...

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Summer Time Memory's

Watching my fruit tree ripening reminds me of a sweet summer time memory I have from my childhood of sweet apricots hot off the tree and I mean HOT. My uncle lived in Concord California and apricot trees love that climate! and he had one of the best. I remember when we would go for a visit and the tree was ripe for picking... we would climb up the tree and sit on a branch picking the hot fruit and eating it. The sweet apricots were so juicy they would drip all down our hands and arms. The summer sun would beat down all around us but we didn't mind because the fruit had a bit of magic keeping us cool and happy. We would eat so many apricots that our tummy's would be filled to the top and a lot of the time a nap would follow
I believe this tree in my back yard is a peach or nectarine fruit... I can hardly wait to taste a fresh picked fruit off the branch again!!! I might just have to make peach filled jello or peach Popsicle sticks or... Some waffles with slices of peach on top yummmmmm... I can hardly wait

Update July 10 2014: Turns out this is a plum tree I love plums but now I have to try and beat the birds to the punch lol

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Low Flying Planes

 I had a bit of a surprise today while driving down the High way. Out of no where came these two airplanes
They were flying very low to the ground! 
 It was obvious that they were flying so low as to be undetected by the flight radar... Hummmm I wonder why?
I mean these planes were so low that I could have stood on my tip toes and touched them lol not really but low they were
There is no air port around here for them to land so I can only conclude that they wanted to not be detected by radar.
Sorry the pictures are not too good but I took these pictures with my phone as the planes were speeding by me. It was really quick! Out of no where they came and in seconds they were gone as if the were never there to begin with... I would have never seen them if I had not been there at that exact moment... Weird right...

Friday, June 27, 2014

Summer Storm and Horses

I LOVE, LOVE storms... I feel very happy, charged up and full of energy when ever there is a storm a brewing! Weird right... well that is me and I love it... enjoy the scenery

The horses are back! I have been looking forwards to this for a while now. I found the evidence of them on the road side about three weeks ago and then on the way home from work two weeks ago at night I saw two horses casing the neighborhood lol not really but it seemed that way
This herd has grown... Last year there were about five to this herd but now there are eight that I can see and count. It was hard to get them all as they were just standing here resting and I was driving down the road but if you look you can see a foal's behind and there is a younger horse there maybe about six to eight months. Watching them make me so happy... I love horses

Nice way to end the week with two of my favorites... Storms and horses Have a great weekend everyone

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wonder Oven tutorial

In 2011 I made a wonder oven and I LOVE it! I use it when ever I have large gatherings and need to keep something hot/cold for a length of time. Not to long ago I had a couple of friends over for dinner and they loved the idea of the wonder oven and asked if I could show them how to make one so I have put together this tutorial for them.
To start with you need about three yards of cotton fabric and between 19 to 20 gallons of polystyrene beads. The best fabric is cotton because it will allow the heat/cold to be retained by the beads and not cause a barrier prohibiting the exchange.
You will need a pattern so get out your yard stick, tape measure or what ever you have and measure out the dimensions below and then cut out your pattern.
Step 1 Make the pattern
This will be the bottom
This will be the top
You will need four sections for the top and four for the bottom. I have used two different colors to make it easier for you to see the way its put together. 
Step 2 Use the pattern to cut out the needed sections
Step 3 Sew two of the pieces right sides together, then repeat with the other two pieces. When sewing the pieces together follow the arrows below on each set
These are the two sections not sew together yet
Step 4 sew the double sections right sides together making sure that you leave a six inch hole to add the polystyrene beads and then just hand sew up the hole or if you do not care to much how the six inch seam looks just run it under the sewing machine. Below is the finished bottom
Now for the top part: take two of the four sections for the top and sew them right sides together just where the arrows are, then repeat for the second two sections. Now sew them all together making sure to keep right sides together and leave a six inch hole so that you can add the beads
Pictured below is the finished top. Now add the beads and sew the hole closed 
Filling the bags can be messy so I made a small tool to help and it didn't cost me anything (I love it when it's free) I took an empty 2 liter soda bottle and cut both the top and bottom off. Next I wiped the inside and outside with a dryer sheet coating it the best that I could... It helps with the static
Filling the bags can be tricky so that is why I used the dryer sheet. It keeps the static down because those beads will fly everywhere and I mean EVERWHERE! So make double sure to really coat everything the beads touch. 
Pictured above are the polystyrene beads they are small about the size of a "Nerd" the candy. Here is where you would wipe down the bag with the dryer sheet, before you start moving them little beads around... I'm telling you it works and saves you a lot of cleaning up at the end but be prepared to have a mess because although the dryer sheets help they still escape and get all over.
Next put your tool in the hole of the bag and start filling it

See... messy but not to bad. A word of caution if you have dogs or cats I recommend putting them away until you are all done. I didn't think about taking a picture of my dogs... they had beads on their face and paws it was funny to me but they did not think so
 Here is the finished wonder oven
Here is where the pan goes when placed inside. When I made baked potatoes for a party once I cooked them half done and then placed them in the oven where they finished cooking to perfection and stayed hot from 11am until 10pm that night. I had to use a pot holder to take them out wonder oven

When keeping food hot or cold keep the top piece on and make sure that the item inside is cradled well with all sides snuggled so that the beads will retain the temp... And that's it. I hope that this answers all your questions... If you have any please let me know and hopefully I have explained this well enough for you to understand