Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Wordless Wednesday, Pictures Say It All or Do They?

As I work on several projects and ponder what I can write for this weeks Wordless Wednesday, I realize that pictures often say more and then leave us thinking than words can at times. So in honor of WW I share the following with you!

Have a GREAT day!
(P.S. Thank You internet for a few quick pics!)

Thursday, May 19, 2011


What is the most popular pizza topping in America?
In honor of Farm Fact Friday and my family's tradition of eating pizza on Friday for as long as I can remember....I thought this was appropriate.

Did you know that Americans eat about 100 acres of pizza every day. That is a little over the total area of 100 NFL football fields.

I have never thought as much about pizza as I have in the past few months. I always entertained the thought about what kind I wanted to eat, why the kinds my kids wanted were so much more expensive than what I wanted (thank you advertising and package design specialists) and how many different brands of frozen pizza there are still surprises me, but I have now thought about what really makes a pizza.

I was fortunate enough to be able to spend 3 days, one each in Minot, Bismarck and Dickinson talking to and sprouting seeds in glove gardens with elementary students through the Marketplace for Kids program. It was here that we talked about food. We talked about growing food, the foods we liked to eat and fun things that we could do with food besides eat it. Most importantly we talked about where all the food mentioned came from. About 90% of the items mentioned could be raised on or grown from the ground right here in the state of North Dakota. I told them that there were not too many places that could actually claim that and that they should be proud.

We also talked about the fact that many of us can say one of our favorite foods is pizza. This can be said because the ability to mix and match toppings in infiniate and can be adjusted to meet everyone's tastes. Despite the ability to place anything on top of a ground wheat, yeast and water crust, most of the toppings (minus pinapple) all could be raised or grown in North Dakota.

So, the next time you bite into that hot, cheesy, tasty pizza, think about what you are eating, where it came from and the work that went into raising and growing the product that you enjoy eating so much!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

One Reason My Kids Are Worth It

My kids really do keep me on my toes and running in circles. But on a windy afternoon when I am trying to figure out which end is up and whether I am going forward or back I paused to record my almost 4 year old singing. This really was the best moment of the day!!

Check out my Moment from Monday on this Wordless Wednesday at http://youtu.be/piEwS2vU274 ... it is definately worth a minute!

Take Advantage of Every Moment

Ok, so it has been way too long since I have put up a post and a lot has happpened.  Today, I vow to start a new life philosophy... make use of every moment and take time to enjoy! So, being that I have 15 minutes before I have to walk out the door I am using it!

I have officially been done working  for 18 days. I am not sure what all  I have accomplished. Well wait, I have paid bills on time, made a few more home cooked meals and spent more time with the kiddos. But visually everything around me is out of control!  Small piles of this here, shoes  all around my house, laundry scattered there, and dishes that appear from no where... AHHHH!

Yesterday I came home from subbing for lunch and was amazed what I got accomplished in 75 minutes. I made a hotdish for dinner, baked lemon muffins, made a few phone calls, did a load and a half of laundry, washed dishes, picked up the toys and books from the morning, and made my 4th cup of coffee.  When I got home later it felt so good to walk into a "tidy" house with supper ready to roll.

The best part was that it just takes effort and a bit of strategic planning. So, I am thinking that on days when I have my munchkins running around all of these tasks will be accomplished while they play outside or take naps. I have learned that when they are awake and inside that everything gets undone faster than I can do it!

Anyway, here's to taking advantage and making every moment count so that we have time to enjoy the good stuff!