Project 365 Week 34

Project 365 Week 34

Project 365: Take a photo a day and see your life in a whole new way.

8/22/11 (Monday) – We met friends at Kash Park in Stevens Point.  This park is wonderful and so much fun for the kids.  And can be a little stressful for parents.  There is so much playground equipment that you can lose your child for minutes.  I was keeping a close eye on Henry and standing in the shade under one of the climbing things.  I popped out to just say “hi” to him and he told me, “looking Mama!” in a very sad voice.  He didn’t look like he was sad or lost, I guess kids can lose their parents too.  I made sure the rest of the time that he saw me every time he passed me.

I made two cakes for Charlie’s birthday because we had something planned every night this week with friends.  I thought it would be fun to share cake with our friends and it was an easy thing to bring for the potluck meals.  Unfortunately, I forgot to bring cake to one of the events.  This will be the first time our chickens get a taste of cake.

A Lego cake designed by me and Charlie.

8/23/11 (Tuesday) – Charlie is six years old!  We had two friends come to celebrate with us.  We played a little kickball, ate lunch and cake.

8/24/11 (Wednesday) – Finally we made it to Bay Beach this summer!  The favorite rides were the train and the huge slide.  Henry loved the airplanes and got sick on the race cars.

I promised the boys all summer that we would get our cotton candy at Bay Beach where it doesn’t cost “an arm and a leg”.  Unfortunately because this week was the start of their fall hours the concessions were closed by the time we got there.  So I had to pay “an arm and a leg” when we went to the New Zoo later that night.

8/25/11 (Thursday) –  I finished most of my sewing projects for the this coming weekend’s birthday celebrations.

This was my first attempt at making a bag (with no pattern – because I don’t sew with patterns).  I love the way this bag turned out and if I didn’t put Kale’s name on it before it was done I might have kept it for myself and whipped up a different bag for him.  I don’t remember how I acquired this fabric, I know it was given to me by someone.  I always envisioned this heavy denim fabric to work great for a bag. It turned out that I used every inch of this fabric for the bag and all the pockets.  The back side has little pockets across the width of it and pockets on the inside.  In my experience, little boys like lots of pockets!

I also made Kale a few animals out of felt.  Sticking out of the pocket is a whale and octopus.

I won’t fill this post up with all the photos of the animals I made, here are my two favorites the pheasant and octopus.

I also made him some food with felt.  These are my two best ones, toast and eggs, and carrots.  I attempted a blueberry muffin that I didn’t get a photo of and maybe that is a good thing because it hardly looks like a muffin.

8/26/11 (Friday) – We went to our friend’s house for a pool party.

8/27/11 (Saturday) – Jack’s family has been going to the Edgar Steam Show for over 30 years.  We have taken the boys many times and every year it is fascinating to see the big machines driving around and working the sawmill, plowing the field, harvesting oats and corn.  We saw one vendor making and selling homemade ice cream that was being made with a gas engine.

8/28/11 (Sunday) – We finished our weekend with the two birthday parties and parade in Middleton and a total of almost 9 hours of driving between Saturday morning and Sunday night.

Aprons – for sale


These are aprons I have already made and are waiting for a kitchen to cook in.

I also can make an apron for you out of my huge stash of fabric.  

Please feel free to click on the photo to see an enlarged version.

The child aprons can fit a child up to age 7 or 8.  The approximate dimensions are: 9.5 inces across the chest, 26.5 inches long, 21 inches wide, the neck strap is 21.5 inches long and the tie straps are 26 inches long.

The adult apron approximate dimensions are: 9 inches across the top, 30 inches long, 27.5 inches wide, the neck strap is 21.5 long and the tie straps are 27.5 inches long

Cost:  Child apron $12 and Adult apron $15

Child – Butterflies

 (100% cotton, lined & a pocket is on the belly area)

  Child – Sport balls

  (100% cotton, lined & a pocket is on the belly area)

Child and Adult – Fruit slices

 (Hancock Duck fabric not lined)

Child and two Adult – Green chilies

 (this fabric is a heavier cotton, Hancock Duck fabric used for pockets and straps)

Adult – Chocolate candies

 (Hancock Duck fabric not lined)

Adult – Dots

 (Hancock Duck fabric not lined)

I am willing to ship within the United States.

Please feel free to contact me at

I have a large selection of fabrics already in my stash.  I can email photos of fabrics if you give me ideas of colors and/or theme you are interested in.

Project 365 Week 33

Project 365 Week 33

Project 365: Take a photo a day and see your life in a whole new way.

8/15/11 (Monday) –  I guess this is what our boys do when they find a pile of clean underwear (thankfully) and access to the camera.

8/16/11 (Tuesday) – While I was laying down with Henry for his nap Robbie thought it would be a good idea to make jello.  I was surprised to see a pan full of jello in the fridge and no sign of it being made in my kitchen.  I told him how proud I was that he followed the recipe and cleaned up after himself.  Robbie told me he made it from memory.  And it turned out!

The extra balloons from our piñata project.  Which is going very poorly!  There won’t be any piñata at our birthday parties.   I may be able to make one of the two piñatas that we started work for a family wedding that is planned for this fall.

Falling asleep while reading is one of my favorite things to do!  I love seeing our boys doing that too.

8/17/11 (Wednesday) –  This evening I had my book club meeting and Jack and the boys put up this tent.  Robbie and Charlie slept in the tent one night by themselves and one night with Jack.

I think this is my favorite picture of Henry this week.  I am guessing that he is trying to open the door.  Look at that determination!

8/18/11 (Thursday) – I picked my first tomatoes.  They surprised me and while picking them I found three very ripe ones that the chickens enjoyed eating.

My garlic is dry, cleaned and I started braiding them.

The morning glories that we planted earlier this summer are blooming now.  Next year we will have to tie the climbing string a lot higher.

8/19/11 (Friday) – Our first real blackberry picking and still not many ripe ones.  Robbie spent more time “blazing a trail” for us than picking berries.

Blueberry milk mustache.

8/20/11 (Saturday) –  Henry loves to feed the chickens and my cow, Vanilla.  Vanilla loves sweet corn stalks, cobs, and husks.

8/21/11 (Sunday) – Charlie’s birthday cake was baked today and Henry was my clean-up helper.  (He must have gotten some kind of bite on his left eyebrow)

Robbie made this pillowcase for Charlie’s present.

Project 365 Week 32

Project 365 Week 32

Project 365: Take a photo a day and see your life in a whole new way.

8/8/11 (Monday) – Sunday night fishing near the Big Falls Dam.

Charlie’s experiment – taping two bottles together with water inside of one of them.  He wanted to see if the water could move from one bottle to the next without leaking.

8/9/11 (Tuesday) – Jack took out the microwave/range hood and replaced it with a very powerful fan and bright lights.  He patched up the holes from the microwave and primed and repainted that area with a little help.

8/10/11 (Wednesday) – Aunt Susie took the big boys to Circus World Museum (click here for the website).  Each boy earned a free ticket through the summer library reading program by reading four hours.  When the boys were in bed at the end of the day Robbie told me that next summer he will read for 12 extra hours so me, Papa and Henry can go to the circus.   Susie’s photos…

8/11/11 (Thursday) – While the boys were gone yesterday to Circus World with Aunt Susie Jack started and has almost completed the bridge to the play house.  I got their excitement on camera when they first discovered the bridge in the morning.

8/12/11 (Friday) – The garden is doing very well.  We harvested our first green pepper, sweet corn, tomato, cucumbers and sugar peas.

8/13/11 (Saturday) – We had a very productive morning making more firewood.  We can never have too much!

Jack tells me that we are now working on firewood that we will burn in the winter of 2014.

8/14/11 (Sunday) – We started getting ready for our upcoming birthdays – Charlie’s this month and Robbie’s in October.  They will each have a pinata for their birthday.

Project 365 Week 31

Project 365 Week 31

Project 365: Take a photo a day and see your life in a whole new way.

8/1/11 (Monday) –  This morning we went blueberry picking at Chet’s Blueberries.  A beautiful place with lots of space for little ones to run around after they have picked and eaten their share.

17 pounds of blueberries for $34…

Silliness with blueberries…

After picking blueberries we went swimming for the first time in the Plover River at Iverson Park.

Robbie did some bridge jumping.  I am not brave enough to jump off a bridge (I have done it once in northern MN).  I have fond memories of us playing in the river’s current in MI and my mom bridge jumping when I was a little girl.

Henry having fun jumping…

Getting ready…

Charlie getting some serious air!

8/2/11 (Tuesday) – Raining mornings slows the boys down for Lego building.  Both boys made flying things that can be one or two flying things.

8/3/11 (Wednesday) –  I mailed these pillow cases for my cousin’s children with a box of boy clothes for her new baby.  I think this is the first girl pillow case I have made and I think it turned out beautiful!

8/4/11 (Thursday) –  The boys and I went to Waupaca to visit the display at the library for World Breastfeeding Week.  While we were in town we checked out Brainard’s Bridge Park.  The park has a couple of bridges and islands and the river goes through it with pretty rapids.  A beautiful place!  Click here to see more photos from their website.

8/5/11 (Friday) –  We have been looking for an ice cream maker for a long time.  I told Robbie, “We have to be patient and we will find the right ice cream maker.”   Two days later my step-grandma thought of us when she was cleaning out her basement.  Thank you, Grandma Barb! 

I invited friends over and Aunt Susie to share our ice cream and give me a good reason to clean my house.  I thought the kids would have fun cranking the ice cream.  Each boy did a few cranks and they were done. 

8/6/11 (Saturday) –  The boys and I walked in the Scandinavia Corn Roast Parade with the Scandinavia Library (and Aunt Susie – our favorite librarian).  I didn’t get any photos of the boys.  I did get a photo of my favorite entry to the parade.

Charlie went to a birthday party and took this apron for a gift.  I don’t have a picture of the apron finished with the child’s name on it.

8/7/11 (Sunday) –  The wood shed it finished and full!

Red Smoothies

Red Smoothies

Recently one of my family members told me about a red smoothie she made.  It sounded interesting enough for me to try making one for myself.  I have to say this smoothie has turned out to be one of my favorites.

Please don’t let the ingredients scare you away!

Click here to see my post and recipes on Green Smoothies.

Red Smoothie 1

1 cup of apple juice

1/2 cup of beet juice

1 cup of beets (steamed or shredded raw)

2-3 handfuls of a variety of greens (spinach, beet greens & lambs quarter)

2 bananas

1 cup of strawberries

1/2 cup of blueberries

1 T of honey

Directions:  Place liquids in blender.  Blend beets and greens.  Add fruit and honey last.  Chill the smoothie if you like your drinks cold.  I let mine chill over night in the fridge.  It thickened by morning and I added a couple of ice cubes and shook it.

Red Smoothie 2 (the only difference between these two is the liquid)

1 cup of Coconut Milk

1/2 cups of water or beet juice

1 cup of beets (steamed or shredded raw)

2-3 handfuls of a variety of greens (spinach, beet greens & lambs quarter)

2 bananas

1 cup of strawberries

1/2 cup of blueberries

1 T of honey

Directions:  Place liquids in blender.  Blend beets and greens.  Add fruit and honey last.  Chill the smoothie if you like your drinks cold.  I let mine chill over night in the fridge.  It thickened by morning and I added a couple of ice cubes and shook it.

I would love to hear of other smoothie ideas from my “smoothie drinking friends”!

World Breastfeeding Week – 2011

World Breastfeeding Week – 2011

World Breastfeeding Week is August 1 – 7. This week many people all over the world are celebrating.  I am celebrating this week by continuing to breastfeed my son, sharing this information to reach others and later in the week I will be attending the photo exhibit at the Waupaca Public Library.

Some of you may already know this:  I am a Lactivist! (and always will be)

Wikipedia defines “lactivist” as someone who seeks to promote the health benefits of breastfeeding over formula-feeding and to ensure that nursing mothers are not discriminated against.

In my 70 months of cumulative breastfeeding my three sons I was asked to leave the location I was breastfeeding my baby once.   I recently realized that I am very fortunate to have experienced this only once.  The situation ended very positively because I was confident in myself and my mothering, and later a little education was done and I received a lot of support from the head person at that facility, thank you Molly!

I feel very strongly about mothers giving breastfeeding a chance, mothers continuing to breastfeed their babies for as long as possible and feeling free and comfortable to breastfeed whenever and where ever their baby is hungry.

If you see a mother breastfeeding her baby in public, PLEASE give her a big smile, or a “thumbs-up” or maybe tell her that it is good to see her feeding her baby.  Please don’t give dirty looks or shoo your curious child away!


The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding outlines steps that can be taken to remove some of the obstacles faced by women who want to breastfeed their babies.

How many American women breastfeed their babies?

  • Three out of four mothers (75%) in the U.S. start out breastfeeding, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2010 Breastfeeding Report Card.
  • At the end of six months, breastfeeding rates fall to 43%, and only 13% of babies are exclusively breastfed.
  • Among African-American babies, the rates are significantly lower, 58% start out breastfeeding, and 28% breastfeed at six months, with 8% exclusively breastfed at six months.
  • The Healthy People 2020 objectives for breastfeeding are: 82% ever breastfed, 61% at 6 months, and 34% at 1 year.

What are the health benefits of breastfeeding?

  • Breastfeeding protects babies from infections and illnesses that include diarrhea, ear infections and pneumonia.
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to develop asthma.
  • Children who are breastfed for six months are less likely to become obese.
  • Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • Mothers who breastfeed have a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancers.

What are the economic benefits of breastfeeding?

  • Families who follow optimal breastfeeding practices can save between $1,200–$1,500 in expenditures on infant formula in the first year alone.
  • A study published last year in the journal Pediatrics estimated that if 90% of U.S. families followed guidelines to breastfeed exclusively for six months, the U.S. would annually save $13 billion from reduced medical and other costs.
  • For both employers and employees, better infant health means fewer health insurance claims, less employee time off to care for sick children, and higher productivity.
  • Mutual of Omaha found that health care costs for newborns are three times lower for babies whose mothers participate in the company’s employee maternity and lactation program.

What obstacles do mothers encounter when they attempt to breastfeed?

  • Lack of experience or understanding among family members of how best to support mothers and babies.
  • Not enough opportunities to communicate with other breastfeeding mothers.
  • Lack of up-to-date instruction and information from health care professionals.
  • Hospital practices that make it hard to get started with successful breastfeeding.
  • Lack of accommodation to breastfeed or express milk at the workplace.

What can the health care community do?

  • More hospitals can incorporate the recommendations of UNICEF/WHO’s Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.
  • Provide breastfeeding education for health clinicians who care for women and children.
  • Ensure access to International Board Certified Lactation Consultants.

What can employers do?

  • Start and maintain high-quality lactation support programs for employees.
  • Provide clean places for mothers to breastfeed.
  • Work toward establishing paid maternity leave for employed mothers.

What can community leaders do?

  • Strengthen programs that provide mother-to-mother support and peer counseling.
  • Use community organizations to promote and support breastfeeding.

What can families and friends of mothers do?

  • Give mothers the support and encouragement they need to breastfeed.
  • Take advantage of programs to educate fathers and grandmothers about breastfeeding.

What can policymakers do?

  • Support small nonprofit organizations that promote breastfeeding in African-American communities.
  • Support compliance with the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes.
  • Increase funding of high-quality research on breastfeeding.
  • Support better tracking of breastfeeding rates as well as factors that affect breastfeeding.

This info was found at:

Related Article:

Breastfeeding Courtesy

I am interested in knowing:

How have you supported a breastfeeding mother?

How many cumulative months have you breastfed?

Project 365 Week 30

Project 365 Week 30

Project 365: Take a photo a day and see your life in a whole new way.

7/25/11 (Monday) –  I purchased 50 pounds (1 bushel) of peaches for $20 last week.  Once they were to the ripeness that I like we ate as many as we could.  I made smoothies (even a green smoothie with peaches and bananas), I made peach crisp (three times), and sliced peaches put them onto cookie sheets and froze them (after they were frozen I put them in quart ziplock bags).  Out of the 50 pounds I ended up with about 20 pounds of frozen peaches in the freezer.

25 pounds of peaches, aren’t they pretty?

Two of the three pans of peach crisp I baked this week.  I doubled the peaches in the recipe and not the crisp topping.  I shared one pan with our neighbors and I shared the other with Jack.  Click here to see the recipe.

7/26/11 (Tuesday) – Jack drove the tractor out of the barn to put it outside to sell.

 For Sale: W-9 Tractor

(leave a comment if you are interested in purchasing this tractor)

7/27/11 (Wednesday) –  My boy who likes to problem-slove and invent things, set up this rain-catcher in the rain so we don’t have to waste electricity to pump water out of the well.

7/28/11 (Thursday) –  I was planning on leaving for Milwaukee today and decided not to leave until Friday morning.  We were almost packed and my cake was decorated for the weekend.  I felt like I needed a little more time to breathe at home.   I decided to meet our friends at the beach in the afternoon.  I was hoping to wear the boys out so I could get more things done after they went to bed early.  Henry fell asleep in the car on the way home from the beach.  He played so hard and was so tired.  When we got home at 5:30 I carried him into the house and he stayed sleeping until 7am!

The cake.

7/29/11 (Friday) –  I arrived at Emily’s house in the afternoon.  She took us to the community pool in her neighborhood.

Later we met my brother and his family at my Dad’s.  We took the boys to one of my favorite places from my younger years, Doctor’s Park on Lake Michigan.

7/30/11 (Saturday) – We participated in the Liver Life Walk – Milwaukee Lakefront.

Emily and John had Emily’s Energy t-shirts made for everyone.  My next post this week will be photos from the walk.


Liver Man was giving high-fives and probably dripping with sweat inside there!


The youngest in our extended family to attend the walk and my favorite boy who is still one years-old (for just another month).

7/31/11 (Sunday) – We spent the morning helping my Dad clean up a tree that fell down in his backyard.

After we were done Henry sprayed us down.

Loaded and ready to go home!