Friday, April 30, 2010

Fun facts - Stupid Laws

Laws that are still in the books of various states. Some of them are umm yes common sense, others are like soo behind the times and some of them are like, are you kidding?

This week: Florida

Corrupting the public morals is defined as a nuisance, and is declared a misdemeanor offense.

It is illegal to sell your children. (umm this be a good law, no?)

Women may be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer, as can the salon owner.

A special law prohibits unmarried women from parachuting on Sunday or she shall risk arrest, fine, and/or jailing.

If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.

Having sexual relations with a porcupine is illegal.
It is considered an offense to shower naked.
It is illegal to skateboard without a license.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Food of the week

Germans love to enjoy a good glass of wine with a slice of onion tart. When "young wine" (FederweiƟer: a very sweet wine with 4% alcohol) is available for purchase, it is normally served with a slice of onion tart. Onion tarts can be served warm in winter or cold in the summer.

Zwiebelkuchen - Onion Cake
For the Dough:
2 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1/4 cup unsalted Butter (1/2 stick), melted
1/2 package Active Dry Yeast 1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Milk, lukewarm
Pinch of Sugar

For the Topping:
2 lbs Onions, peeled and sliced
6 slices of Bacon, chopped
2 teaspoons Oil
1 cup Cream
3 Eggs
1/4 teaspoon Salt
Fresh Ground Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Caraway Seeds
1/2 teaspoon Paprika

In a small bowl, combine the yeast and half of the milk. Mix in 1 tablespoons of the flour and the pinch of sugar. Allow this mixture to sit in a warm place for 1 hour.
Combine remaining dough ingredients then add in the yeast mixture. Mix until a smooth dough forms, then knead by hand. Allow dough to sit in a warm place until double in volume.
Add oil to a large frying pan. Cook bacon in the oil. Remove the bacon from the pan, but keep the bacon fat in the pan. Add onions to the pan and cook onions in the bacon fat until onions become transluscent.
Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
Grease a large baking sheet or square pizza pan. Roll out dough to fit the size of the baking sheet. Transfer dough to baking sheet.
Distribute onions and bacon evenly over the dough.
Combine cream, eggs, salt, pepper, caraway seeds, and paprika. Pour cream mixture evenly over the onions.
Allow dough to sit and rise for another 30 minutes.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a golden crust develops.
Remove from oven. Before serving, cut into squares. Serve warm.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Walk for Kids 2010

Ok folks.. The Walk for UVA is June 5 - I would like your help in raising funds for the children's hospital of UVA. Lennon ( my youngest) has spend more than 35 times in the hospital since Aug 2007 - short visits - long visits - we have met many other kids who need the communities help - they do tremendous work at UVA. If you like to walk with me - let me know - if you just want to donate.. that's fine too :) Thanks!
the link is  :
I appreciate your support!

Fun facts - Stupid Laws

This week I bring you again some stupid laws - this time from NJ !! Enjoy!

It is illegal to wear a bullet-proof vest while committing a murder.

You cannot pump your own gas.
It is against the law for a man to knit during the fishing season.

Automobiles are not to pass horse drawn carriages on the street.
In Blairstown, NJ: No street-side trees may be planted that “obscure the air”.

In Caldwell, NJ: You may not dance or wear shorts on the main avenue.

In Elizabeth, NJ: It is forbidden for a woman, on a Sunday, to walk down Broad Street without wearing a petticoat.

In Newark, NJ: It is illegal to sell ice cream after 6pm, unless the customer has a note from his doctor.

Trenton, NJ: Pickles are not to be consumed on Sundays.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Food of the week

One of the things I miss are waffles. Yea I can get waffles here, but are they the same? Nope. You call them Belgium Waffles.. I call them American .. haha.. I grew up with this recipe, which may not differ much from the Belgium and/or American recipe. I think the difference is however that I do add *some* sugar to the batter and that *I don't* use syrup. I use powdered sugar.. and while still sugar in a weird-funky way find this option healthier than syrup which appears to have *more* sugar.. and in reality is simply too sweet for me. 

Anyway, the other day when I set up in Kent Store - they had this huge yard sale that benefits their community (awesome!) and this is found where I found a waffle iron for ... $1.00. Couldn't pass it up I was not leaving it there... nope
Waffle Recipe

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 7/8 cup milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Gratings of lemon (optional)
  1. Cream the butter and add the sugar, beating to a cream.
  2. Add egg yolks and beat thoroughly.
  3. Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder together and add to creamed mixture, alternating with the milk.
  4. Add the lemon peel and blend thoroughly.
  5. Cook on hot waffle iron and serve.
 Now I must find the time to make some!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Be Featured

 Tuesdays of every week, an artist will be featured. 
This is what you will have to do

1. I need an email indicating you want to be featured with the subject line: I want to be featured on your blog". I will need your shop name and/or URL with a description of what it is you make or do.

2. I will fill the spots I have available kind of on a first come first serve basis. All will be featured, it will just turn into a waiting list!!

3. If you want to be featured, these are some of the questions I would like to include:

1. Why did you decide to open a shop?
2. How did you get into your art?
3. What do you love about what you are doing?
4. How does your art fit into your dreams for your life?
5. What have you learned about yourself from starting your shop and learning your art form?

And of course whatever else you would like to add

*By applying, you give me permission to pull images from your shop and/or blog.*

 Send me an e-mail to and if that doesn't work try
Looking forward to featuring you!

Monday, April 19, 2010


Oh yes I am feeling it. Yesterday I changed emotions one hundred times :) today... The BF came home with a shattered driver side window. This year, this time, I am feeling it a little more than usual.. so to refresh my mind and my memory I went through my library of knowledge... if you are affected or influences by the linings of the planets then this tidbit could be for you as well! 

Here is some information from The Witch's Well!!

Mercury rules communication, travel, contracts, automobiles and such. It goes in a retrograde motion -- or motion that makes it appear to be going backwards in the night sky. 

What Not To Do During Mercury Retrograde


- Start anything new
- Make important decisions
- Buy computers, appliances, TVs, radios, etc.
- Travel without back-up plans
- Sign contracts
- Buy a car
- Negotiate a contract
- File a lawsuit
- Start a new job
- Begin a new class
- Go on a "first" date
- Expect things to move quickly
- Take anything for granted


- Angrier people
- Crazy drivers
- More accidents
- Miscommunication
- Quarrels
- Computer problems and breakdowns
- Delays
- More mistakes
- Slow mail
- Games of phone tag
- Wrong directions
- Missed appointments
- Dead cell phone batteries 


- Re-apply for a job
- Re-do hair color
- Re-write your resume
- Review your bank account
- Renew a loan
- Repair your car
- Re-contact past clients
- Research  

For more information Go to the The Witch's Well

Thought of the Week

"The are only two ways to handle tense situations: you can change them, or you can change the way you look at them. There is enlightenment to be had in changing the way you look at things."
"The Little Book Of Calm" by Paul Wilson (1996)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Eco-Friendly Notions

As a self-identified Hippie I try to stay aware about my environment. It often breaks my heart to see 100's and 1000's of trees cut down for developmental purposes.. such as homes... but really we need those trees don't we? Are they going to replace them? Probably not. today I went onto a search to identify what we can do to help preserve nature and how fitting with earth day/earth week?

  1. Bike, use public transit, carpool to work, drive slower, keep your tires inflated
    For some, like me, this may not be feasible. Living in a rural area has a challenge to car pool, though not impossible.
  2. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Compost
  3. Conserve water
    Yes, we must. Even with having well water I try to be aware of the water usage that we have.
  4. Quit smoking
    So many reasons why
  5. Don't use pesticides/herbicides on your lawn
    Eww yuck! I grow a garden without this stuff and we do okay!!!!!
  6. Keep your cat indoors
    Well this is easier said than done. When I lived in the city, yes my cat was kept indoors, but now that we are rural, not so much!
  7. Eat less meat/eat more local and organic foods
    This ranks 50-50 for me. I eat meat, but not every day. I can take it or leave it!
  8. Lower your thermostat in the winter. Raise it in the summer
    Easier said than done!
  9. Dispose of old paint, chemicals, and oil properly
    Umm yes, absolute must and requirement. Most recycle center have a spot for these kind s of things!
  10. Consider the environmental costs of major decisions and purchases
    Yes, of course. I recently decided to use recycled kraft paper pillow boxes for my soaps.
  11. Volunteer/Lobby for the Environment
    If you have the time, absolutely. I try to do my thing here at home. Plant trees when and where I can.
  12. Plant a tree with a child
    Oh this is one of the best. It teaches the child so much! My youngest loves to garden, and I always try to include him when we plant our seeds and trees! He helps water them too!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Fun facts - Stupid Laws

Today I decided to find some stupid laws...we always talk about them...joke about them and so here we go and since I live in Virginia this is where I will start!!

In the state of Virginia it is illegal to drive while not wearing shoes.

Citizens must honk their horn while passing other cars.

Children are not to go trick-or-treating on Halloween.

 It is illegal to tickle women.

Stafford County : It is legal for a man to beat his wife on the courthouse steps so long as it is before 8:00 pm.

Waynesboro: It is illegal for a woman to drive a car up Main Street unless her husband is walking in front of the car waving a red flag.

Let me know in what "stupid" laws you are interested in.. meaning what state :) 

obtained from the Dumb Network

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Food of the week - Cordon Bleu

OMG .. I love making this and I am way over due in doing so. It reminds me of the Schnitzel .. except with filling and its oh so good. 

2 Eggs
Salt and Fresh Pepper
1 tablespoon unsweetened whipped Cream
1/3 cup Flour
1 cup Bread Crumbs
4 boneless Veal Cutlets (Pork, Chicken, and Turkey can be substituted)
Vegetable Oil
4 slices Black Forest Ham or other thinly sliced Ham
4 slices Gruyere or Emmentaler Cheese
1 tablespoon Butter
Vegetable Oil for frying

Mix the eggs. Add salt and fresh pepper to season. Fold in the whipped cream.
Pour the flour onto a plate. Likewise, add the bread crumbs to another plate.

Cut a piece of plastic wrap. Lightly brush the top side with oil. Wrap one of the veal cutlets in the plastic wrap. Pound the veal cutlet thin. Remove from the meat from the plastic wrap and season it with salt and pepper. Line half of the cutlet with one slice of ham and one slice of cheese. Fold the other half of the cutlet over the side with the cheese and ham, thereby enclosing the filling. Repeat with the remaining 3 cutlets.

Dip the filled cutlet in the flour, coating both sides. Shake gently to remove any excess flour. Dunk the cutlet in the eggs, coating both sides. Dip the cutlet in the bread crumbs, coating both sides. Repeat with the remaining 3 cutlets.

Heat the vegetable oil and butter in a frying pan. Fry each cutlet until golden brown on each side. Remove the cutlets from the oil and allow to sit on paper towels for a minute or two to remove excess oil. Serve immediately.

As a side dish you can do mashed potatoes with gravy, Brussels sprouts or broccoli  or to change it up... some herbal rice!! 

Enjoy the meal!!!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Project of the Week

I am asking for your help!!! I am trying to land a feature on Funk(E)y Junk Designs but need people to vote for me!!! It will feature my bath & body shop and that would just rock!!!

You will find the poll on the right hand side on top!!

I want to thank you in advance!!!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Thought of the Week

This last week has been heartbreaking over the entire world... first the mining explosion in West Virginia that lost 29 hard working dads, brothers, uncles, sons and literally has ripped families to pieces. Then the little boy who was dropped off by his grandmother and send back to Russia due to his uncontrollable behavior.. (seriously?) The loss of Poland's President due and 96 other people due to a plane crash.. and a little girl fighting for her life with Urea Cycle Disorder and more... Taytems Fight is a facebook page.. there are other losses this past week but these to me are the most memorable ones. Every time loss occurs I realize how lucky I am, or rather how lucky my son is to still be around. In January I pledged to make soaps for the National Urea Cycle Disorder Foundation, in hopes to one day find a cure for this disease.. things are happening for some folks with this disorder.. mainly the ones who have OTC (the most common among them all). My son has CPS deficiency and underwent an ordeal after 2 liver transplants.. and while he is doing remarkable well...we need to watch him closely due to some blood clots and 'some' liver issues. Irregardless, I am continuously inspired by him as well as my other children. My middle son just turned 12... all he wanted was a picnic at a park and play some games.. my oldest is graduating in May and turning 18 in June.. its has been an incredible journey so far, heartbreaking, loving, fun, exciting, thrilling, worrisome and so much more.. and I am looking forward to more of the same (though I can do without the heartbreak and the worries!).

I do think that at times we take advantage and take for granted all that we have been given. I constantly try to remind myself how precious everyone is in my life. It's the reason I started to embrace my (many) talents, why I have returned to school (and with any luck will graduate in September) and why I am a mom! The journey to find ourselves never really ends, we just get to know ourselves better over the years and when the circle ends, we will know as much as we need to know..though I am one who thrives for knowledge. I see something that interests me, inspires me.. I will want to learn the how-to's.

This post is a gentle reminder to myself (sharing it with you) why I do what I do for the foundation and for my family! Thanks for listening!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010 ... what's that mean

Sometimes life throws in a wrench...blah.. with me not having felt good in the past weeks my schedule has gone whack.. I haven't felt very much like doing anything..anything at all.. I am burning out on my classes and school, constantly worry about my sons medical needs, graduating another son, and (today) we are finally celebrating my 12 year old's birthday (2 weeks over due). Normally on Sundays, I like to talk about eco-friendly things, but instead today I am doing a show and tell! Yesterday, I took the day to create and made some uber-cute, awesome smelling soaps!

 All these are available in my Etsy Shop or on my website!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Fun Facts - a little bit of a change up

I'm a big Beatles fan, but I am a bigger John Lennon fan (named my last kid after him..first name Lennon). I think my biggest admiration comes from the facts that he stood up for what he believed in, no matter what other folks thought of him or his views - right and/or wrong doesn't even matter. I have a big book with his history as well as a Beatles book (I got all their music on my ipod..haha) and because it is something I like.. I will be sharing some facts that I have learned or am learning reading the books...though it will not be limited entirely to just the Beatles or John Lennon.. I am hoping to fill this with some other fun facts in the future!!! 

George Harrison was deported from Germany for being under age on Dec. 5, 1960. This would be my mother's 3rd birthday at the time. 14 years or so before I'd be born.. 

Other interesting notions that happened in the 1960's

  • Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho Released
  • Brazil's Capital Moves to Brand New City
  • First Televised Presidential Debates
  • Lasers Invented 

Are you interested in being featured? Every Tuesday I feature an artist. I have a few questions for you to answer. I will pull the pictures of your Etsy shop - unless you don't want me to do that. So contact me or!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Food of the week

Kaiserschmarrn is actually an Austrian recipe, but we like to borrow from on another every now and again. This dough is quite similar (if not the same) of the pfannekuchen but the process of making this meal is different in the end. You can create this for the main course (which is what I like to do) or you can have it for dessert!! 



  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting
  • plum preserves for serving


  1. In a small bowl, combine raisins with rum and let soak 30 minutes then drain.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, beat together the milk, eggs, white sugar, vanilla, and salt. Gradually whisk in the flour to make a smooth batter. Stir in the drained raisins.
  3. In a large skillet melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Pour the batter into the skillet and cook 5 to 6 minutes, or until the pancake has set and the bottom is golden brown. Turn over the pancake and cook 3 minutes, or until this side is also golden brown. Using a spatula or two forks, tear the pancake into bite-size pieces. Drizzle in the melted butter and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Turn up the heat to medium high and use a spatula to gently toss the pieces for 5 minutes, or until the sugar has caramelized. Sprinkle with additional confectioners' sugar and serve with plum preserves.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


I have been absent due to a hectic schedule...thus the life of an intern...a terrible head cold that had me laid out on the coach...and just a craziness around here.. I will get back into the groove I promise...looking forward to post this weeks project tomorrow!!