August 28, 2014

So Long, No Post....

It's been over 5 months since I've posted, anything.  That is the longest stretch of which I've been silent in the past two years. 

Just blog silent.  Sorry for neglecting any readers who may have (but probably didn't since our attention span these days is about 5 seconds) missed me.

Basically, the past four months for me have included gardening, gardening and more gardening.  Then, after all that gardening began canning, freezing, and preserving all the glorious veggies that came from, yeah you guessed it: gardening.

We have about 100 pints of green beans, 25 quarts of pickles, 35 pints of salsa, 20 quarts of spaghetti sauce, 20 quarts of veggie soup, 15 frozen squash casseroles, 15 gallons of frozen broccoli and numerous bags of frozen corn and diced peppers (I'm sure I'm forgetting something).  Needless to say, we're ready for winter.

When I haven't been gardening or preserving, I've been cooking!  I have a ton of great new recipes that I need to share.  Some of them were so good, they are way to good NOT to share.  And easy!  If they turn out good for me, they'll be good for anyone. :)

But, more has begun!  I'm always so sad when its over and so excited when it begins.  The next few days will be filled with research for the upcoming fantasy football draft and awaiting the beginning of real games rather than the preseason matchups.

Wish me luck for the draft.  Promise to keep posting without another 5 month lapse. :)

March 8, 2014

Glass Dharma 2014 Earth Day 1000 Straw Giveaway!

I've been a huge fan of Glass Dharma for a few years now and support and appreciate everything they are doing for our planet and all the people who live on it. 


They are doing yet another incredible great Earth Day giveaway this year by giving away 1000 glass straws during the month of April.

After almost two years of using my Glass Dharma straws I can honestly say they are virtuously unbreakable.  I'm  pretty rough on things and have dropped mine WAY more than once but, they aren't even chipped.  They are built to last and handmade in the USA.  And, if you do happen to break one, they come with a lifetime guarantee

I was fortunate enough to be able to help promote their 2014 Earth Day 1000 straw giveaway and also received some new straws as well as a carrying case and I couldn't be happier! 

I chose to go with the 9.5"Ice Tea Straws which are very versatile and can be used in most any "to-go" cups at any restaurant be it dine-in or fast food.  They are easily washable and with the carrying case, great and ready to go in my purse at all times. 

Not only are the straws made in the USA but the carrying cases are also made of hemp which is biodegradable and compostable. What could be more Earth friendly? 

Here is my new straw in its new case. Love!  :)

A shot of my new straw in my daily dose of soda. 

They also offer straws sets for families or friends on the go! 

My staw was all safely wrapped and completely wrapped up and ready for the purse. 

I highly recommend everyone begin to use Glass Dharma's glass straws. Not only are they inexpensive and a small thing that each person can do to help the environment are fun, easy and gorgeous!

Besides them offering the sets with carrying cases for families  they also have beautiful straws with colored "dots" so when you have friends over, everyone easily knows whose drink is who's!  How much fun is that?  You no longer have to write your name on a cup or bottle with a sharpie. 

You can find lots of facts on their site about how plastic is one of the most polluting things in our environment but also about how plastic straws are always on of the top 10 collected items cleaned off our beaches each year.  "as of March 2008, McDonald’s serves an average of 52 million meals PER DAY!" I'm sure that statistic is much higher now 6 years later.  And, that's only one restaurant chain.  Imagine what the total could be? 

You can help by simply using a Glass Dharma straw.  It's elegant, beautiful, easy to clean and carry and will most likely be asked in public about it.  Together we can make one small thing like a reusable straw change the world.  Or, you could also help out by simply purchasing a gift certificate for someone you know who may love a Glass Dharma straw but not sure which one to choose. 

So, Glass Dharma is such a generous company and cares so much for the Earth, in honor of Earth Day 2014 they are allowing me to give away at $25 gift code to get any products you wish on their site. Simply leave a comment on stating which straw you prefer and why. You will be a believer from the first sip. Promise!  Also, any possible restaurant owners out there please consider using Glass Dharma straws in your restaurant versus plastic straws.  It will make a difference. 

Please leave your comments below.  If you sign up or have signed up as a blog follower, you can leave an additional comment.  The winner will be chosen on April 1st via 

Thank you and happy sipping! 

February 13, 2014

New Banner by Bent

I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to Bent for designing the new gorgeous new top banner for my blog site!  Many thanks Bent! It's perfect and more than I could have hoped for!

I'm sure I was a pain to work with due to my constant requests for changes. However, he continued to work with me until I had the banner that I loved and felt was perfect for my blog; including the little mini-dachshund.

Bent is also helping to revamp our mini-dachshund banner and site.  I've been incredibly impressed by his design skills and customer service. 

Please check out Bents's website at: you can also contact Simon at

He's been designing graphics since college and has been drawing/creating art since he was very young.
He will soon have a website up which will showcase all his design work, hopefully including the work he has done for my blog as well as our site. 

As soon as I have that one uploaded I will post a new post and link to our upgraded page so you can all more of his great talent and how much I appreciate his work on helping me to get a more professional banner on the blog as well as more attention to his great attention to detail. 

I would sincerely recommend him to anyone and everyone who needs any graphic work done on their blogs, websites or business sites.  He has been more than gracious to work with and very patient with me and my requests. 

Thanks again!  I absolutely love my new banner!