Monthly Archives: April 2007

What Did You Do for Earth Day 2007?

We cut down two trees.

I know, I feel like such a hypocrite. Here we are, Crunchy Con organic gardeners, Metroparks contributors and Holden Arboretum members… cutting down trees. But both trees had grown up right next to our driveway on the neighbor’s side, and she asked George to have them taken down. They were starting to buckle the concrete and the roots were getting into her drains.

One was an American Linden and the other was a very pretty silver maple, which bums me out. We will enjoy burning the wood… and we’ll be planting new silver maples in the backyard once George takes down the dead pear tree.

Fortunately, only one arborvitae was a casualty (better than a hole in their roof or ours) and I guess it’s collateral damage. (I hate those things anyway — the neighbors don’t prune them and they hang over onto our driveway which makes it impossible to get in or out of the van).

Our neighbors across the street spent $1000 to have a tree service take down one of their trees that was similar in size… so I guess we saved a considerable amount of money.

We’ll need it, since the huge pine tree will need to be taken down next year.

Recipe Search

For those who have asked for recipes, I have finally compiled most of them and put them in a downloadable format on the Web site. Here’s a link:

My Recipes

These are listed alphabetically by name… unfortunately, I don’t have a full-text search yet, haven’t had time to code it properly.

If you can’t find something, please let me know. If you would like to add a recipe to the list, e-mail me the text and I’ll be happy to add it.

Please note, these are not ‘my’ recipes. They are a compilation of recipes given to me over the years by my Mom, my Grandma, and my mother- and sisters-in-law, along with recipes gleaned from cookbooks, magazines, the Internet, and the backs of soup cans. I have credited all recipes when possible, and if something is listed incorrectly, please let me know so that I can correct it.

Go Fly a Kite


So Georgie got to fly his kite for the first time on Friday. He did remarkably well, held on tight and learned quickly how to keep the kite up when the wind changed.

I also added another item to my list of “Things I Never Thought I’d Hear Myself Say.”

Me to Ethan: “DON’T PUT THE GOOSE POOP IN YOUR MOUTH!”

Ethan: “Huh?”

Another big deal in our house is when the boys “feed the piggies,” or add money to their piggy banks. It’s a daily ritual, as soon as Daddy gets home from work, the boys get to add loose change to their banks. We don’t say “cheese” when we take pictures; we say “money.”

And here is a video of the boys dancing around the kitchen with my mixing bowls on their heads. Rock stars, they are.
http://smg.photobucket.com/player.swf?file=http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v63/drasch/Kids/Videos/IMG0001.flv

Remind me why we live here again…

So the last week or so it’s been gorgeous here, in the seventies a few days and lots of sun. I’ve had the boys outside as much as possible: trimming ivy, pruning bushes and general yard clean up.

Today we have about two inches of snow on the ground and we’re expecting it to still be cold until after Easter. Great. I hate when there is snow on Easter.

Fortunately I got my shopping and running done earlier this week, so we’re staying holed up, coloring eggs and baking cookies and a cake for Easter dessert. Tomorrow I need to make the potato salad, red cabbage and devilled eggs… needless to say, I think we’ll be going to the library first thing tomorrow morning to find some good DVDs for the boys for the weekend.

Here’s our list for Easter dinner:

Glazed ham
Hungarian potato salad
red cabbage
salad
devilled eggs
honey dinner rolls (from Breadsmith in Lakewood)
streusel coffee cake

Doesn’t sound like much, but it is when you’re the only one doing all the cooking!

I’m trying to figure out how I want to archive my recipes and make them searchable on my site; once I do, I’ll be able to post links.