I read a story this morning about a young girl who is changing lives with her garden. http://shine.yahoo.com/channel /life/from-seedlings-to-se rvings-11-year-old-grows-t ons-of-veggies-for-the-hom eless-2070656/
It's an inspi... Read more
It's been quite an adventure, this trip. We had our largest group ever - with attendees, volunteers and such, around 2700 folks for this youth conference. It was the best yet and I hope to be able to say that after next summer's conference. Spen... Read more
First off - this blog should be about the absolutely wonderful weekend of love, laughter and praise to God that happened this weekend. We had over 2400 attendees with lots of volunteers and Priests and incredible folks that made the weekend happ... Read more
I only had a few minutes this morning, but I wanted to check in with my SP friends! After being sick on Sunday night and into Tuesday morning, then the car accident on Tuesday, followed by driving 11.5 hours (instead of 10) on Wednesday, I was k... Read more
We had a great time this past weekend, walking constantly and dancing and moving. I was loving it! Got some great pirate pics and even went to church to commemorate the 400th anniversary of St. John's Episcopal Church in Hampton. Went on a repl... Read more
Where to start - oh, where to start???
Okay - first - I passed the state exam for Realtor - YEA! I was so scared leading up to it, but the night before I knew I had studied as much as my brain could hold (thus it was spilling over onto my ... Read more
From the NY Times
Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day; just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3
Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, and Vitamin C. Cucumbers als... Read more
I had an email from a Sparker who made some pretty great suggestions on the "booth". I appreciate them taking the time to give such a well thought out response. I didn't realize that the pic was a bit confusing and so, decided to try and clear ... Read more
We were a vendor today at a local festival. We took last weekend off so I could get stuff done and study and created a new display for the dog biscuits. I also wanted to add fruit breads and put my herbs on a new display since I wasn't totally h... Read more
Having an abundant crop (already) of zucchini and cucumbers, I looked for something in the Mayo Cookbook using them... but the Watercress and Grilled Pear Salad halted my progress! I have a good patch of watercress going, had mostly everything ... Read more
Today is a new day. It's important to focus on today. To live just for today because without today - there will be no tomorrow. A wise man once said:
"Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make m... Read more
This link takes you to a cool diagram that shows the history of Gumbo in New Orleans. Pretty cool...
http://awesome.good.is/transpa rency/usersubmissions/new- orleans/Buck/index.html
Might just have to make some ... Read more
i had a couple of queries about the butterfly-hummingbird garden from other sparkers. It excites me to be able to share any knowledge i may have! Let me say first that I am a semi-retired foodie. I only have the knowledge that has applied to me ... Read more
When I was growing up, we had no money in our huge family.
When I was married, we had money.
When I divorced, I had no money.
I worked hard and earned my own money.
I went from a size 7/9 in college, to way overweight after having t... Read more