Succulent Turtle 🐢🌱
Have you seen the succulent turtles on pinterest? I thought they were neat, so I wanted to make one. There are plenty of sites with instructions, try these three:
…If you’re interested. Really though, I bet you could figure it out from the pictures.
I used what we had around. I just bought a bit of potting & garden soil which I already needed for the vegetable garden. I used an old hanging basket, door screen, two different types of wire mesh that I had in the back yard, and some zip-ties. I had planned on using chicken-wire, but the other stuff seemed better suited to the task.
I did have to buy the plants. Anyone have any hens and chicks to hand over?
Also, I didn’t have four little flower pots… only two. But, I had an old branch, nails, glue, and a chainsaw… so Timmy the Turtle got wooden legs.
At least I can say I have used the potting bench.
If you make one, be sure to share your photo in the comments! Next time I’ll have to get sculpting with the chicken wire, and make a Bantha or a Tauntaun.
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It was a fun family project. We told the kids that birthdays & Easter would be light as we were putting a lot into the swingset. I’m not sure they understood or cared. Our moms helped with the purchase, too. Bethany & I looked online at 6,487,932 swing sets, and narrowed it down to 15 or so in our price range. I made a spreadsheet to compare them, because OCD or something. Looking at the roadside swing sets at those places that also sell sheds and rocking chairs, we got a similar product for about ⅓ or ¼ of the price, albeit with no installation.
Installation is expensive, and now we know why. Ha ha. Everyone who knew we were getting one gave warning, so we weren’t surprised, but it was an interesting task.
It came in 3 boxes from Walmart.com, and we did in-store pickup because I measured & it all fit nicely in the family vehicle.
It took two weekend days with one week night in between to get it done, but the first weekend day was slowed by the kids “helping,” a move-the-tools-in-because-it-looks-like-rain delay, and maybe even a “let’s undo that part because I put it on backwards” moment. The week night was hindered by the fact that as soon as I attached the ladder & sliding board, the kids needed to test it out.
Bethany & I enjoyed the kids helping. We do the Home Depot Kids Workshops so both kids are comfortable with a hammer & a screwdriver, and we have done some other stuff at home like carpet removal and hanging curtain rods where they have actually helped.
My mom even got video of the little man showing off his ratchet skills;
We have been at the house for a few years now, but the project this year is another step to getting the back yard to where we want it, and next year we’ll work on the front. Having some trees removed recently & moving our garden really opened up some space in the back yard. I’d like to put in a fire ring, and a toy car race-track play area. I actually proposed removing the Bean House to make room for the latter, but I was vetoed by a 2yo boy saying “Unh-uh, Daddy. Hoooome. Hooome. Daddy, unh-uh.” I really hope the beans take off this year. I have some sprouts popping up already. I have some squash around it too. I don’t think the soil is all that great there though.
I even recently built this Pinterest inspired potting bench…
Back to the swing set, we even got a few extra add-ons from Amazon, like the steering wheel, telescope, telephone, and some handles. I think I want to replace the kitchen area tarp walls with some chalkboard-painted wood… and eventually when the canopy fades or dry-rots, I’d like to replace it with some type of solid roof.
At any rate, I encourage you to tackle a project as a family. I encourage you to get kids outdoors. I encourage you to not be afraid to give young kids some tools with a bit of guidance and a lot of supervision. I encourage you to get them into building, gardening, cooking, and the business of imagination. I encourage you to try projects yourself, and don’t be afraid to involve the whole family. It’s amazing how much you can learn through Google, YouTube, and a maybe a few tries.
I think the kids like it…
Posted in Dad Stuff, Family Stuff, Gardening& Backyard Stuff, Ideas, Inspiration, Life
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Unless it’s frozen and pretending to be ice cream.
My comment stands:
I’m just saying that if I was fake stranded with Bear Grylls or real stranded with Les Stroud, all the food we had was a cup of yogurt, and a hawk flew over and happened to drop a pair of mountain goat testicles, I would be like “So, call Alton Brown or get on Pinterest and find the best way to cook up these wild-ass mountain oysters!”
Posted in Food
Tagged Alton Brown, Bear Grylls, facebook, gross, Hawk, Les Stroud, maggots, mountain goat, Pinterest, Survivorman, testicles, Yogurt
I haven’t blogged about food allergies in a while. I haven’t blogged in a while. Life has been busy, and that’s a good thing.
July 2012 Living With Food Allergies Blog Carnival
I hope to participate in the FAAN Food Allergy Walk in Pittsburgh again this year, and in that spirit, here’s a blog you need to read:
You simply can’t put together a better list of resources, articles, tips, and fun related to food allergies. I suggest you read, subscribe, bookmark, or do whatever you do. Take the time to take a look at the stuff that interests you, and pass it along. We all know awareness is half (if not more) of the battle.
All of this reminds me, it’s time to get my Epi-pen prescription renewed…
Posted in Allergies, Consumer Advocacy, Food, Funny Stuff, Good Websites, Life
Tagged Allergies, Allergy, Blog Carnival, Conditions and Diseases, Epi Pen, EpiPen, FAAN, Food, food allergies, Food Allergy, Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, Food Allergy Fun, Health, June 2012, Living with Food Allergies, PA, Pgh, Pinterest, Pittsburgh, prescription, renewed, WordPress
Want 13 of these?
OK. If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that I have an entire case (& a little more) of Arby’s delicious Bronco Berry Sauce just taking up space in my dining room. I would eat it all if I could, but it’s probably not an achievable (or wise) goal. Sadly, my Bronco Berry Sauce will have to go without its perfect partner Arby’s delicious Jalapeño Bites… as they have not yet returned to the menu here in Pittsburgh. Perhaps there is still reason to Occupy Arby’s even if Hala asked me nicely not to?
I’m left with a few tasks… figuring out what to do with the sauce besides dunking Tyson’s chicken tenders in it, and trying to pawn some off on friends, family, and maybe even a busker. It expires in June, and I’d hate for any (more) to go to waste.
I was thinking it may make an excellent glaze for meatloaf, or even as an internal ingredient. It would also probably be good as a glaze on grilled or baked chicken, but I’m guessing the high sugar content would make it blacken quite quickly. I wonder if it will freeze? A Bronco Berry Popsicle could be either incredible or disastrous. Would there be a way to work it into an icing (or again as an ingredient) in a chocolate cupcake?
My readers and commenters are obviously the most enlightened and intelligent group of people I know, so I’m turning to you for ideas.
I promise to wrap it better than my last gift from Arby's if I need to mail it to you.
Here’s where the contest comes in. Give me your recipe for something including Arby’s Bronco Berry Sauce as an ingredient. You may want to familiarize yourself with it if you’ve never tried it. The name is misleading, it contains no berries or horses. It’s sweet, it’s spicy, it’s awesome. This will be like Chopped or Iron Chef, except instead of TV fame and butt-loads of money the prize is… Let’s say 13 packs of Bronco Berry Sauce, because I like the number 13. Also, I’m not Alton Brown or Ted Allen. If it’s really good, we’ll maybe eventually have to make copycat recipes to continue making the prize winner.
You have until Friday May 4th to get your recipes to me. I’ll post them in a blog, put up a poll, and have the readers vote. We’ll close the poll & pick a winner on May 13th. You can enter multiple times within reason. Voting will happen with the little poll widget here, so encourage your friends, neighbors, family, and even enemies to vote for you.
The only way to enter: You can email your fantastically delicious recipe to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject containing the hashtag “#Bronco13” & the name of your recipe. We’ll annoy people with it on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, & wherever else hashtags work.
In the event of a tie, both of you will get 13 packets of Bronco Berry Sauce.
What are you waiting for? Get to work!
Posted in Consumer Advocacy, Contests, Fast Food Fail, Food, Funny Stuff, Geek, I Need Your Feedback, Pittsburgh
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We have another maze solution! This one is from Jennifer B, she said her son worked through the Peculiarly Perplexing Path in a half hour. I hope the family is able to roll through some more of my mazes, and glad you’re having fun with this one!
From: Jennifer B.
Date: Sat, Mar 3, 2012 at 9:06 PM
Subject: I DID IT! The Peculiarly Perplexing Path – Maze Solution
I couldn’t resist sharing your latest maze with my kids. They love a challenge! Here is my 11 year old’s solution.
Check it out…
Cool! Jennifer’s kid rocks! Thanks for taking the time to solve it & for taking the time to send it in!
As always, if you try any of my mazes, send a scan or photo of the solution to email@example.com!
- Peculiarly Perplexing Path [Maze] (aixelsyd13.wordpress.com)
- Solutions to several mazes! (aixelsyd13.wordpress.com)
- Ⓣⓡⓨ Ⓐⓝⓞⓣⓗⓔⓡ Ⓜⓐⓩⓔ (aixelsyd13.wordpress.com)
- Curvilinear Course [Maze Solution] (aixelsyd13.wordpress.com)
- Sidewinder [Maze] (aixelsyd13.wordpress.com)
- Today’s Maze ⤳ (aixelsyd13.wordpress.com)
- The End is the Beginning is the End [Maze] (aixelsyd13.wordpress.com)
- Approach Arc Alter [Maze] (aixelsyd13.wordpress.com)
- ✍ Today’s Maze ✍ (aixelsyd13.wordpress.com)
- Yet Another Maze ↷ (aixelsyd13.wordpress.com)
Posted in Maze Solutions, Mazes
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