Monday, September 8, 2008

Vote for your fave art..and more...

The voting has begun over at "Mind Wide Open" for this month's art challenge.

Hop on over and take a look at all of the pretty art creations.(see side bar/left hand side of blog)
Of course I hope that you'll vote for mine..hee hee..but if not..that is o.k...I have fun with this anyhow..and I don't mind if I win or not..the fun is in challenging my creative side to come up with something different.
And allowing myself some "play time"
Well..I have been given another blogging! Thank you!
To both Rosalie from :
and Tara from:

I am feeling quite honored lately to have received 3 blogging awards in the last 2 weeks!
The rules for this blogging award are that I must in turn award it to at least 7 other blogs that I LOVE visiting.

Goodness..I love all of your blogs... and wish I could visit them all more frequently.
But I'll try to "play by the rules"
Here are the "rules" for this one:
1. Please put the logo on your blog.
2. Link the person from whom you received your award.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put the links of those blogs on to your blog.
5. Leave a message on their blogs to tell them!
I'd like to pass this award on to the folowing 7 blogs:

Deena at:
Rhonda Jean at:
Gayla at:
Mary Jane at:
Sandi at:
Lilla at:
Meg at:
The last few days I have been cleaning out a few items in the master bedroom..packing up a few things that can be put away for now, and then going through magazines and getting rid of them.
Next up I will tackle the things stored beneath the bed..yes..I do that things under the bed..and then items in the closet. Sort out what to keep/what to get rid of/haul to the thrift.
What I want to retain for the new home and worry about moving or not.
Then on my list is to tackle the youngest children's room and do a major/major clean out in there.
Yes, always something to do/that needs doing.
We got one of those Wii Fit boards a few days ago..and the entire family has been having fun with it.
I love it! It's lots of fun!
It tracks your center of balance, your bmi, your weight, your calorie burn rate and more.
There are such things as hula hoop games, yoga moves, strength training and more.
Very well worth the $89 for something everyone in the family can do, and get fit with as well.
I do recommend this to anyone wanting to get in shape and lose weight.
The other day(Friday to be precise) I spent some time cooking up a crockpot full of pears with ginger candy in it...actually the ginger candy was crystallized ginger cubes that you can find at the health food stores...anyhow I had a crockpot filled with pear slices fresh from our pear tree this year(we wound up with a laundry basket full of pears this year..twice our last years harvest amount) So they had to be cooked down for canning.
So into the crockpot they went with half a bag of ginger chunk candy and about 1-2 tablespoons cinnamon and about 1 and 1/2 cup sugar.
Let cook on high for 4-6 hours.
Then spoon into sterilized jars and seal. Boil in hot water bath for 10 minutes to make sure all is safe.Yum!
A few days before the gingered batch of pears... I did a batch using half a package of cinnamon red hot candies, cinnamon and sugar. Now I really should have used the entire package of cinnamons...but someone had gotten into the candies before I could use all of I used what was left..again the pears turned out very yummy.
Each crockpot full of pear slices cooked down yeilded about 5 full pints of pear sauce.
The sauce is great to use over waffles, pancakes or as a dessert topping.
or "as is"
I hope that you have all had a wonderful day today.
Thank so much for stopping by!
Have a lovely evening.
~The Garden Goose~


Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Yummy! Those pears would be perfect with the ice cream we've been making.
I think we are the only one's without a Wii... That will be on santa's list this year (for Mr & Mrs Claus)
Thanks for the award!!

Emilyc941 said...

The pears sound sooo yummy...and I don't think I like pears!

meg said...

Yum! We had pear, plum & apple trees growing up & I miss having that fresh fruit; last week, we stopped off at Apple Hill on a way home & spent lots of money on fruit (though not enough to can)
Thanks for the award- I don't know when I'll get around to posting anything new- 'real' life keeps getting in the way :-S

eden said...

I just had to comment on the pears, I have an espielled ( I know I didn't spell that right)pear tree, this is it's 3rd year and I have 4 pears on it I was sooo happy because last year there were none. Kudos to you for canning it seems to be a lost art. Although in some circle it is becoming fashionable again. Stay well, TTFN

Rosalie said...

Wow have to look into that Wii fit board I never heard of it. Sounds great though I do need to get back into shape. I have added a few extra pounds I don't need. Your pears sound yummy didn't know you could add candy to them, now I know.

sara said...

MMm...the pears sound delicious! We have some crystallized ginger in the pantry too... :P

I'm glad to hear that you recommend the Wii fit board! I've been dying to try one.

(Hi, btw. Long-time lurker here. :) ) said...

My friend, Connie, who runs the local Special Olympics program that I volunteer with owns a Wii Fit thing and LOVES it. I have yet to use it but she has raved over it many times. Of course, Josh doesn't need such a thing but I certainly do!

Congratulations on your award! You deserve it! I'll have to check out the blogs you mentioned!


~Red Tin Heart~ said...

Thank you so much for the kind, kind comment you left on my site the sparrows heart.
Your recipe for the pears sounds delicious! I will try it because I love pears.
sending you warm thoughts,
nita <--<3--<

Gayla said...

Thanks for the award. I truly appreciate it. My, can't it rain? Hugs from me to you!