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Entries in Spring 2013 (15)

Tuesday
Jan082013

animal rescue: lola

Just the facts: Lola was rescued with the help of Chicago Pit Stop Rescue and is just 18 months old.

Before she was discovered: Lola was roaming the streets as a stray dog so Animal Control gave her shelter. When they found her, she couldn’t use her front right leg—it’s possible she was hit by a car which shattered her shoulder. She got the medical care she needed, which included the necessary amputation of her leg, and was living with a foster family until we brought her home for the weekend—and that was that! Today, she has a trainer to help with her new transition to family life and is waiting for a cart that will allow her to be more active outside.

Nicknames: I call her Ms. Lolly—my husband often greets her with “rorry ro ro”, our kids refers to her as Snugglebug or Pooh Bear, and her walker affectionately calls her Lollipop because she loves to jump up and give you a kiss.

Favorite Snack: beef marrow bones, organic turkey breast—and nitrate free bacon.

Talent Show: using her puppy dog eyes to make you fall head over heels in love with her, and she has the gift of gab—very good at barking!

Favorite hangouts: snoring the day away on a bed and playing with her rockball in the backyard.

Guilty pleasure: a total belly rub Queen who would be content to lie by your side getting belly rubs until she falls asleep and snores like Grandpa.

Monday
Jan072013

recipe: mango pineapple juice

1 large ripe pineapple—about 3 lbs
3 large ripe mangoes—about 3 pounds total
fresh ginger—about a 2” piece
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
crushed ice

Directions:
1. Peel and core the pineapple. Set aside one slice of the pineapple and cut the pineapple and mangoes into chunks for juicing.
2. Peel the ginger, grate, and set aside.
3. Using a juice extractor, juice the fruit chunks and ginger into a large glass measuring cup and whisk in the vanilla.
4. To serve, quarter the reserved pineapple slice, pour the juice over crushed ice and garnish with the quartered pieces.

Friday
Jan042013

diy: picket fence eden pendant

Supplies:
eden pendant lamp
wooden paint stirrers
paint(s)
paint brush(es)

Directions:
Paint wooden stirrers as desired, let dry as needed then hot glue and hang!

For best results, hot glue at the top and bottom wire rings of the fabric shade—and only on the exterior of the shade.

Hint: to determine the quantity of stirrers needed, divide the circumference of the pendant shade—62”—by the width of the stirrers.

Friday
Jan042013

diy: string tied eden pendant

Supplies:
eden pendant lamp
embroidery yarn
scissors

Directions:
Along the inside edge of the shade, tuck in yarn end as shown. Wrap yarn(s) as desired—when finished: cut, secure and install!

Note: to avoid a fire hazard, only wrap the shade with yarns top to bottom—do not run yarns across the shade.

Friday
Jan042013

diy: chevron stripe eden pendant 

Supplies:
eden pendant lamp
fabric paint(s)
paint brush(es)
painter’s tape
heavy weight paper
scissors
ruler
pencil

Directions:
Choose one or more fabric paint colors—then measure, mask, paint and peel!

For best results, cut tape ends cleanly and follow instructions provided with fabric paint.

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