Friday, July 23, 2010

Crumpled News: Blog Interview 2010-2

On a recent trip to Wells Gray Country in Clearwater, British Columbia, I had the pleasure of visiting an old friend from high school, Marnie Peters, and staying at her Bed and Breakfast which she runs with her husband, Al. And today I am interviewing her...

Thank you Marnie for letting me interview you. I know you just started blogging in May of this year. You're a real newbie blogger! Why did you decide to start blogging? I have always been curious about blogging but didn't know much about it until you came for a visit earlier this year; showed me what its all about and well I guess you could say... I'm hooked, Yup! definitely hooked!
What is the name of your blog? As you know we had so much fun writing down ideas but thanks to your creative sparkle [and some serious brainstorming], "Crumpled News" was born.
What date did you blog for the very first time? My very first post was May 15, 2010. I introduced my hubby Al of 25 years. I wasn't too sure what my blog would look like all I new is that I wanted it to be a place where women can come to be encouraged.
Did you design your blog or did you have it professionally done? I have to thank all those who are so creative and generous with there free sites to help the newbies like me. They make it easy to put together.
What does your "About Me" read on your blog? I am a mother of three 24, 22 and 18. I have been happily married for 25 yrs. to a wonderful man who has been there supporting me as I go through ups and downs of a medical misfortune of being paralyzed. But I had Faith in a Big God and He delivered in a big way! I praise my Lord for what He has done and what He is going to do! I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. Phil 4:13 I am walking though not perfect......I think perfect is highly over rated anyway! This blog is my way of encouraging all those who are struggling with something like I have had to over come through the grace of God. I pray God richly Blesses all who visit my site.
What themes would best describe your blog? Inspirational, comfort, encouraging, believe!
Anything else you would like to say? I want to thank all who have already visited my site and would like to invite those of you who haven't yet stop by for a visit to do so, and if you can't quite decide on where to go on your next vacation, why not Check out Wells Gray Park! Its a must! We would love to have you as our guest at Wyndhaven Cottage Bed and Breakfast.
Visit Crumpled News and tell Marnie you read this interview!
NOTE: I personally highly recommend staying at Wyndhaven Cottage Bed & Breakfast. The rooms are clean and cozy and the Peters Family is accommodating and friendly.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thinking about ... Dandelions

What child at some point doesn't proudly produce a bouquet of dandelions to someone they love?
Like childhood's innocence itself, however, the fondness of this bright wonder is left behind when we grow up and become adults. Suddenly this once loved flower becomes Enemy Number One. While children see the beauty, adults busy themselves ridding their lawns and gardens of them. They don't want these "noxious" weeds messing with their perfectly manicured lawns.

But why do folks hate these beauties when we can make all sorts of things with them ~ salads, soups, dandelion wine, cookies and more.
Look at all the things you can make with dandelions. Then there are the apparent health benefits of these common flowers as well.

And did I mention cookies...?

Dandelion Flower Cookies

1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup honey
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup unbleached flour
1 cup dry oatmeal
1/2 cup dandelion florets
**Tips for Removing Florets:
For this recipe you need to remove the florets from their base. Hold the florets with one hand and pinch the green flower base very hard with the other, give a little twist and that should do it.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Blend oil and honey and beat in the two eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, oatmeal and dandelion florets. Drop the batter by teaspoonfuls onto a lightly oiled cookie sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes. Let cool and eat. Yum and so easy to make!

Next time you see cheery dandelions appear ~ before you grab your weed killer ~ consider the many good things that the lowly dandelion can be used for.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Homemade's simply better!

Reading my good friend, Arlene's blog, Artdeme the other day,
I was inspired to give her pizza recipe a try.

Her recipe isn't just a list of ingredients with clinical preparation procedures. Arlene talks to you in terms such as "two or three good glugs of olive oil" and "[The dough] shouldn't be like sludge from the black lagoon, hanging between your fingers" which makes the whole exercise a lot more fun.

Notice, at first my dough was a tad gooey ... I had to add a little more flour,
and then shape the pizzas into pans.

Arlene suggested several topping ingredients. My pizza had shredded pepperoni, (onions, garlic, red and orange peppers which I saut├ęd), corn, crushed pineapple, fresh spinach, feta cheese, aged and extra aged cheddar cheese over a herbed tomato sauce.

Cooking this yumminess takes a mere 20 minutes...

The recipe is good for one large and two individual pizzas ...

Scrumptiousness which simply cannot be outdone by buying $50 worth at a take out joint
or worse yet, a frozen one from the supermarket!

Check out Artdeme and try Arlene's pizza for yourself. It is surprisingly simple to make and worth every minute it takes to prepare.
Your family will love you for it.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Sneak Peek

I'm painting a new chair ~ yay!
It features an entirely new theme.
Here's a sneak peek ... wanna take a guess what the theme might be this time round?