the apple experiment

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Looks amazing right?  A fresh apple pie.

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You buy all these wonderful apples at the grocer to make your family an all american apple pie.

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So you carefully wash, peel, slice and layer and layer—beautiful crisp apples into your made from scratch pie crust. Cause you naturally want nothin’ but the best for your family and yourself right?

But you have one little apple left over…

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So being the little curious one, you decide to let it sit on your counter-top,

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and sit some more…

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until you realize that your little apple (in my experiment), has been sitting on your counter-top for 162 days (so far) and aside from it’s color fading into a dull yellow, the consistency or the firmness has not changed.

WHAT????? In ONE HUNDRED & SIXTY TWO DAYS ! ! !

Yep.  NO rotted-out spots, NO browning, NO nothing, really.


A couple of years ago I read a report done about Whole Foods and their produce being sold as organic NOT being truly organic. They reported that before apples are actually displayed in their stores, they have been kept in a dark warehouse for about a year—YES, A YEAR= 365 days!!!  But according to this chart below, a fresh apple lasts 2-4 weeks on the shelf.

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These apples didn’t come from Whole Foods, but I wanted to conduct my own little experiment. (And I am not solely picking on Whole Foods), I just think that there are so many people out there willing to buy ORGANIC at any cost cause they think they’re buying the best.  All the while, these stores are so misleading.  Our FDA is misleading us to think we are getting the best. I’m pretty positive that our FDA does squat.

Hence, why I will shop at a farmers market ANY day vs the literal FAKES being sold in stores.

We have got to stand up for ourselves, read labels, be aware and get informed.


Some knowledge…

http://www.tradereform.org/2012/01/whole-foods-not-so-organic-after-all/

http://www.naturalnews.com/037329_whole_foods_gmo_undercover_video.html#


Something to think about folks!  Still think you’re buying the best for your family?

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think again~

Support your local farmers market peeps!

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weekend haps

Beautiful rain and crisp weather!  How I L♥VE you!!!

Woke up Saturday to 63 degree fall weather and the LORD finally blessing us with some rain!  It was the prefect weather to get away and go excavating for architectural pieces, projects and some fall inspiration.  After having a busy, beautiful and shock-full week, it was nice to look forward to an easy weekend.

Tuesday evening I was headed into our master bathroom to get ready for bedtime and in the corner of my eye I saw something move on the floor…totally shocked and screaming, Boo ran in to find a stupid snake that somehow got in our room.  I HATE SNAKES!!!

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I guess that’s what you get when you live near farmland!  I was terrified all week and since then, worried that there might be others. The husband keeps telling me there isn’t.  If by chance I stop posting, it’s cause there were and I’ve died of a heart attack.

2nd shocker…I’ve NEVER until Saturday, EVER dropped my phone in a toilet but after shopping I stopped at a convenience store, (another thing I NEVER do), cause I had to use the facilities really bad.  I dropped my pants and I hear a big thud in the toilet.  I immediately realize my phone has fallen from my back pocket and into the water, I frantically jumped around (if you can visualize me needing to use the loo really-really badly), wadding up as much toilet paper that I can to dry off the phone while pulling it out of the protective cover and freakin’ out about germs. YES, GERMS!  I’m a freak about that. (I try to hide it) but sometimes, like this instance…there’s no hiding it.  As soon as I got to my car, I ended up using every napkin and hand sanitizer I had to clean it off.  Luckily and by the grace of the phone fairies…it still works.  Thank goodness!  Chihuahua’s!!!

On to sweeter notes…

I am thankful for the beautiful skies we had all week.  (They’ve been brilliant as you will see in the pictures below.)

But the BEST & most BEAUTIFUL was Wednesday when our daughter went to the dr. and sent us an audio clip of our g-baby’s heart beat. O M G!!!  I bawled and bawled. It was the most beautiful sound ever!

So thankful for those blessings!


Haps~

  • have I told you I love spending time with my husband?  I do.
  • operation armadillo continues in the neighborhood
  • beautiful skies
  • losing a beautiful friend (Faren Charles Persall)
  • snake sighting (YUK)
  • hearing baby HEARTBEAT!
  • Luling antiquing and shopping
  • Luling farmers market
  • fall projects underway
  • Bastrop Sunday date with the mister
  • Bastrop’s famous Roadhouse & fab burgers
  • Bastrop architecture

Pics~

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A photographer friend of my son’s gave us this beautiful photograph she took of him (drumming) at a show a few months ago.  LOVE the photo! Thank you Deborah K Coley- beautiful capture!

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Lost this beautiful man, wonderful husband, great dad and super friend, much too soon. Rest in peace Faren Charles you will be missed by many~

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beautifying junk…do you want one?

Can you see the potential or purpose in these?
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“That’s ridiculous, you bought these?  They’re resin- they’re not even wood”.

That’s what came out of my husbands mouth when he saw these. You’d think after 35 years he would understand or better yet, trust me. My reply to him was, “you can’t?  AND yes, I can tell the difference between wood and resin, darlin, but I plan to beautify these pieces of junk“!


When I went to visit my daughter last spring, I found these at a little shop in town and decided to buy them, because unlike him, I could see beyond the silly plaques.  Not quite sure what their purpose was in their previous life, but I certainly knew what I wanted them for.

So out came the paints, my faithful old blow dryer (did I tell you I’ve had this dryer for over 38 years?  I bought it during high school when I was on the drill team.  I needed a dryer for when we went on the road for the football games)…it has 100 lives, cause it’s been with me for a long time and still works perfectly!

Anyway…

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I started by applying a coat of dark brown paint for accentuated areas.

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A closeup after final coat of paint and antiquing.

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Doesn’t it look just like wood?


Here’s the outcome and it’s new permanent place…above my favorite quote on our dining room wall! (Sorry for the “not so great” photo here!)

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Never underestimate a piece of resin!  There’s beauty in everything – we just need to look for it – Mr. Boo!

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I bought 3 of these cute little beauties and have them finished except for the cross or initial.

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 [I did this little visual in case anyone prefers the "initial" instead of the cross]

Want one?

If you’re interested in ordering one, let me know.

(Size- 7.5″ x 26″) $22 + shipping.  Email or comment if interested.

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caliente stuff

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My summer “caliente” vox box arrived this summer and I anxiously opened it to find…

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some new and some tried products but anxious I was nonetheless.

One of my favorite products was this dove hair repair oil.  It left my hair shiny, soft and very manageable.  It was easy to use and I just wish the bottle would’ve been bigger–that was the only negative!

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While I’m not a “flashy nail” kinda girl, and also cause I’m too harsh on my hands due to woodworking projects, etc. I thought that since I had tried jamberry, it would be fun to try the kiss gel nails , well I did and I actually underestimated them. They were so easy to apply (less than 15 minutes) and they lasted longer than I gave them credit.  Got lots of comments and likes!

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But my absolute product was the Paula’s Choice Skin perfecting liquid.

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It went on so light and smooth and I wore it under my makeup.  It never felt built up or greasy. It actually moisturized my skin and left it feeling so smooth.  I love this product and I will most definitely buy this in the future!

As for the rice krispie bar–well, I’m not a chocolate fan and it just seemed like too much sugar for this gal.  So hubs will have to try that out.  The Hawaiian tropic sunscreen…well, being a coastal girl, I’ve used lots of that in the past.  This new product though was very light and didn’t make me feel totally waxed up!

Overall my Influenster voxbox rating…AMAZING & fun –totally caliente!

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“I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.”

weekend haps

OH Fall is in the air!  Know how I know?  Weather’s starting to change and it’s been cooler in Texas—well, 87 that is!

So what was going on here at GCC? Did a night out on the town Friday night.  Went to a live music performance, dinner, did some fall decorating and some baking and trial reviews.

FINALLY got to listen to my son’s new album and it’s so amazing.  I am in love with it!


Haps~

  • Living it up at Tavern on Main
  • Movie date (Expendables) hub’s choice but was great!
  • New hole in the wall Mexican place in San Marcos
  • 10 minute visit with the boy
  • baby gifts (yay)!
  • cupcake Sunday

Pics~

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1st baby gift for our g-baby!

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a bit of fall decorating goin’ on…

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listening to preview of my son’s new album…

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hope your weekend was as wonderful!  Stay tuned this week for a diy project, a review and new FALL cupcake recipe!

Yum~

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tea tree oil & it’s many uses


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I was thrilled when I got this bottle of Austrailian Tea Tree Oil to try out and review.  My daughter swears by this stuff and while I’ve only used it a couple of times prior to reviewing.  But I discovered that it has so many uses. (Actually too numerous to even go into!)

My daughter being a school teacher, uses it often on her hair to nourish but it is also a great lice deterrent.

The company sent me this booklet on the many -many- awesome ways you can use this stuff.

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If you want to see other uses —click HERE!

Along with loving the foot scrub, (steps below), my other most favorite use was putting one tiny drop in my mascara.  It helped extend the product but helps to nourish and help my eyelashes strengthen and grow.

*Be sure if you try this that you don’t get any in your eyes!
Anyways, here’s the foot scrub steps and I have to tell you that my little feet are so smooth and soft.  Summer sandal wearing is harsh on feet–at least it is on mine.  So this has really helped in keeping them in tip top shape!

Tea Tree Oil Foot Scrub

  • lemon juice
  • baking soda
  • tea tree oil

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Mix a tablespoon of lemon juice with two tablespoons of baking soda, and add three or so drops of tea tree oil. As lemon juice is very acidic, it can be irritating. If you have dry or sensitive skin, you might want to dilute the juice with water.

Simply mix the ingredients into a smooth paste.

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Apply to your feet, gently massaging it in circles. Wash off with warm water and pat dry.

Your feet will love you!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

mucho fabuloso GRANOLA

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Amazing looking huh?  Well it is!  I made this mucho fabuloso granola, and allow me to capture the smell and taste in verbiage.
While it’s baking in the oven, it smells like fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas all rolled into one.  Like a rainy, chilly morning and you’re sitting in your favorite chair with a cup of coffee enjoying the paper but all the while reminiscing of days gone by because that smell just takes you there.
Yep!  That’s the best I can do–unless of course you make it yourself and then you experience it.  But that combination of oats baking with the cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla—oh, serious fall going on!
This is the easiest and a whole lot cheaper than the store (processed) kind.
If you’ve never made homemade granola–you will ♥ the ease and taste of this recipe!!!  You will NEVER buy granola again.

Simply delicious GRANOLA 

  • 2 C. Rolled (old fashioned) Oats
  • 3/4 C. Nuts (I used almonds and pecans)
  • 2 Tbs. Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla bean paste
  • 1/4 C. agave
  • 1/4 C.  Oil
  • ¾ C. Dried pomegranate (or any cranraisin variety)

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.  Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

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In a small bowl, combine the oil, agave & vanilla, and mix well. Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients to coat completely.

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Pour onto a non-greased baking sheet and spread evenly. Bake 30-40 minutes.  (I set my timer for 10 minute increments so that I could stir mixture to bake evenly.)

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*Makes approximately 3 cups of granola. Store in an airtight container or glass jar for 2-3 weeks.  Chances are it won’t last that long!

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Use to top off your favorite yogurt, serve with milk or just munch away.

Just indulge~

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