About The River

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Small Business Saturday Giveaway


Back in 2013 I started The Little Garden That Could. Each year I added another piece to my business. I started out with selling flowers at my Farm Stand in front of my house. The summer of 2016 I also sold at the Bruce Farmers Market.
2017 I wanted  to try to have more control over how many flowers I would need to harvest. I created my Flower Subscription Service.

 

This week I added two more features to my website Flower Shop.

Living Gifts
sweet succulents that I can deliver to your friend or loved one
to bring a wee bit of green to the office or home

Stationery
photo cards using photos we took from our garden

 
 


Pollinators in the Garden





 Small Business Saturday Giveaway

 Small Business Saturday is November 25th.
To celebrate I am giving away four cards from our Autumn collection, featured below.
  To enter all you have to do is leave me a comment or e mail. I know I have some readers who have trouble leaving comments on the blog. I appreciate all of my readers and customers.

The winner of the giveaway will be announced on Small Business Saturday, November 25th.



Thank You for all the support and love!

Carla
 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Welcome Penelope

Welcome Penelope


 Meet our new kitten.
Penelope has stolen our hearts.


 Of course she has a story to go along with moving in with our family.
During my week on my Meals on Wheels route, while stopping into the kitchen to pick up the meals, one of the cooks mentioned she found a kitten on the side of the road. She said it was Siamese and just the sweetest thing. She asked if I knew of anyone who would like a Siamese.
She showed me a few photos of her and I knew right away who would love to have her, me.

Jane brought her to our home and showed us the wounds she had. We all felt she must have been hit by a car. My dad helped us clean her wounds. She would purr when we cleaned her wounds and put her medicine in her ears. She had mites in her ears. They were so gross!!  

She slowly began to heal. She began to eat more and more. 
She got stronger and stronger.
Then one day, we knew she would be okay. We all gave a cheer.

She loves her pet (fake) mice, cozy rugs and sitting on your lap.


 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

11.11



In  honor of today, I am sharing a journal post my son wrote. I asked if I could share it. It has to do with the visit that we took to The Highground.


The Highground is a 155 acre memorial park located in Neillsville, Wisconsin. It pays tribute to veterans of all major 20th and 21st century wars that the United States has participated in. They have monuments dedicated to all of these major conflicts, including the ongoing War on Terror. They have also left space on their Korean War monument for when the conflict is over and peace is secured. I particularly thought that leaving that space open was very thoughtful of them, it shows the level of concern that the builders of this park have towards these conflicts and the care they show to those who were involved. Very touching.


The park is quite adamant about being known as a Veteran's Memorial Park, rather than a War Memorial. I respect that about the park. Multiple efforts have been made to make this park especially dedicated to veterans. One of the coolest gestures to this, is the WW1 doughboy statue. Most of the doughboy statues in the United States are posed with their rifles at the ready and their hand posed ready to throw a grenade. Highground changed their statue to show the doughboy holding his rifle by the front stock, with his hand out in a gesture of greeting to all whom enter the park. The staff has done an amazing job of making the park a special place for veterans. 

A very stirring PTSD walking path is located in the woods. 

The Learning Center is a building located outside of the main park. It has over 4,000 books available, a computer area, and room dedicated to all the soldiers from Wisconsin who have died in recent conflicts. 

My time at The Highground Memorial Park helped me to truly appreciate the sacrifice that so many brave men and women have made for this country. It was an eye opening experience that I would recommend to anyone who is a veteran or not.


Sam TePaske


 

Friday, November 10, 2017

On the Road Friday ~ The Highground Verteran's Memorial Park ~ part 2 ~


 Welcome to On the Road Friday.
Over the Labor Day weekend our family visited The Highground Veterans Memorial Park.

The Highground is a special park. It seeks to continue to focus on the healing for all who come, regardless of the name of the battle which left scars.

It is the vision of The Highground to honor human courage and sacrifice wherever it is displayed, without either denying or glorifying the pain and suffering of war and of life.

 Kilroy Was Here
During World War II this was the symbol for the American Serviceman.

 Wisconsin Persian Gulf Tribute

An honor for our newst veterans. The mission reads " May this tribute honor all branches of America's Military who served through multiple conflicts in the Middle East while marching forward in the Global War on Terrorism and be a place of hope so that we do not walk past you but with you. Let this be an anchor for education and solace while securing in memory sacrifices made. With hope and prayer, the Wisconsin Persian Gulf Tribute will provide a safe haven for all to reflect and to heal." 



 Fragments
This was the memorial that really moved my heart.

The Vietnam Veterans Tribute
known as Fragments

is the first veterans tribute in the United States to include a women in the statuary. Under her poncho she carries the burden of the Wisconsin service men killed in Vietnam. The 1244 names are inscribed on the bundles of bamboo-shaped bronze rods in the back of the statue. They are interspersed with wind chimes ~ never meant to be read but to be voiced in sound so that the prayers left here go out to the hillsides and beyond. 

You will notice that not one of the figures in the statue is complete. They flow into one, much like war, each are dependent on each other and strengthen each other. The rifle is turned upside down - a sign that a Medivac is needed;  a piece of orange glass is seen as a reminder of Agent Orange. Many veterans gave their lives afterwards as a result of exposure to toxic chemicals.

The artist did not sign the statue. "It was signed with the cost of things. It was signed in sound. It was signed by us all."
 




The U.S. Military is us. There is no truer representation of a country than the people that it sends into the field to fight for it. The people who wear our uniform and carry our rifles into combat are our kids, and our job is to support them, because they're protecting us. Tom Clancy
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/veteransday
 Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.
 -Abraham Lincoln
The U.S. Military is us. There is no truer representation of a country than the people that it sends into the field to fight for it. The people who wear our uniform and carry our rifles into combat are our kids, and our job is to support them, because they're protecting us. Tom Clancy
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/veteransday
The U.S. Military is us. There is no truer representation of a country than the people that it sends into the field to fight for it. The people who wear our uniform and carry our rifles into combat are our kids, and our job is to support them, because they're protecting us. Tom Clancy
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/veteransday
The U.S. Military is us. There is no truer representation of a country than the people that it sends into the field to fight for it. The people who wear our uniform and carry our rifles into combat are our kids, and our job is to support them, because they're protecting us. Tom Clancy
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/veteransday
The U.S. Military is us. There is no truer representation of a country than the people that it sends into the field to fight for it. The people who wear our uniform and carry our rifles into combat are our kids, and our job is to support them, because they're protecting us. Tom Clancy
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/veteransday

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving it is The Hodgepodge


Thanksgiving poppers ~ another past idea for a table setting for Thanksgiving. I made poppers, I will share more down in my answer  # 6 (in the random). I also made pumpkin pretzels. Dip pretzels in orange colored white chocolate and add a green M&M.

 Pretzels
M&M's 
Candy Melt


It is Wednesday and that means it is time for the Hodgepodge.
Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the questions.






 1.  In a rut, in a jam, in the groove, out of synch, off balance, out of touch...which saying best fits some area of your life currently (or recently)? Explain.


 In the groove. We have our holiday plans all finalized for traveling to be with family. Other plans are falling into place for Christmas preparations.

 2. What is it about somebody else's style of work (coworker/employee/shared volunteer project/household chore) that makes you crazy? Why?

My buddy that I do our Meal on Wheels route with. We work two weeks on two weeks off. We will sub for each other if something comes up. Most of the time we try to schedule doctor appointments and vacations during our two weeks off.
My buddy on the the rotation, asks me the night of the next day to sub for him, if he needs. Drives me crazy, because I am a planner. He is not, so these are doctor appointments that he has known about for weeks!! He asks me the night of! Making it very difficult for me to sub for him.

 3. What's a tradition that always makes you feel at home?

Favorite foods, games, movies and stories.

 4. A favorite song with a girl's name in the title or lyrics? Any reason why this is a particular favorite?


This is my sisters favorite, it came to mind when I read the question. I am not sure why it is a favorite. I will have to ask her when I see during the Thanksgiving holiday.

 
5. Share a favorite quote, verse, or saying relating to gratitude or thanksgiving.
  
This is from my friend Anne at My Giant Strawberry
 
a reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties and graces that make life magical and to set aside time for gratitude each day

6. Insert your own random thought here. 



  What are Indian Corn Poppers? Well, you use a paper towel roll or toilet paper roll and fill it with treats. I used Kit Kat bars, stickers and added a question. We have a fun game called Family Dinner Table Topics. I had Sam and Atticus look for some fun questions to put into the poppers. Here is an example of some of the fun questions. Which wild animal would you like to tame and keep as a pet?  If you lived during the Gold Rush would you have journeyed West to strike it rich? If you could speak another language which would you choose?


 

Friday, November 3, 2017

On The Road Friday ~ The Highground Veterans Memorial Park ~ part 1 ~


 In honor of  Veteran's Day, I am going to break down our visit to The Highground Veterans Memorial Park into two posts.  We visited The Highground over the Labor Day weekend.

It is the mission of The Highground to honor veterans and their families and to educate about the cost of things --- human cost.
It is the vision of The Highground to honor human courage and sacrifice wherever it is displayed, without either denying or glorifying the pain and suffering of war and of life.

The park is located 4 miles west of Neillsville, Wisconsin on Highway 10. The park is open 24/7 and is open year round.


 One area of the  park is dedicated to PTSD. 
The area is a beautiful wooded area with in the 155 acre park. 


 Nestled in the area are four miles of hiking trails.


 Along the trails are benches that can turn into a chair and table.


 Welcome
 Good Bench ~ Good Spot ~ Good Company

Fun sayings were on each bench.


The Treehouse is nestled among the four miles of hiking trails. The tree house is uniquely structured around a 170 year old green ash tree.


 The wooded area is beautiful. 
The time in the woods is peaceful. I pray the PTSD program will be successful. I do believe nature can relax and clear the mind. I know it helps me to get away and outside if I am having a difficult day.



 The trails are carpets of soft moss.
 


 I am the short one!


 We found a blackberry patch!


"We heal the past by bringing its lessons into our hopes for the future."

The Highground

 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Hello November ~ It is the Hodgepodge

2016 Thanksgiving place settings. I used broom corn and acorns. Each acorn had the initial of a Thanksgiving guest.


Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the questions.


 1. What does/did Halloween look like at your house this year? Did you decorate? Pick pumpkins? Carve pumpkins? Expect trick or treaters? Wear a costume to a party or event? Make a costume? Feel glad you didn't have to come up with a costume? Cook a Halloween themed treat? Eat all the leftover candy?





Yes, I do Autumn/Halloween decorating.
We carve pumpkins and roast the pumpkin seeds.
We decided to hand out candy this year. We took a few years off after a kid was pushed off our steps by his siblings. He fell off the step and dumped all of his candy. 

As I am answering the Hodgepodge questions our lights are on and we are up to 20 Trick or Treat visitors and no mishaps. 

 
2. What are you waiting for? Elaborate

My son received some news that change his after graduation plans. 
Waiting for him to decided and praying for answers.

 3. Do you wish you were friendlier, braver, more creative, more athletic, or something else? Explain.

With the answer of question number 2 ... patience. I want to fix things, help find the answers quickly ... patience, Carla. 
One day at a time.

 4. When it comes time to paint are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you hire someone? What was the last paint job completed at your house? What room most needs painting now? How do you feel about wallpaper?

When it comes to painting, my husband is the painter. He loves to paint and does a fantastic job. We painted some outside trim on our home.
Our kitchen is in need of a re do.
I love what Kris at Junk Chic Cottage  did with her new living room using wallpaper. Love it!

 5. What is one specific thing you felt gratitude for in the month of October?

Our family enjoyed a week getaway to Madison, Wisconsin. We had great weather, awesome family time and memory making.  


6.  Insert your own random thought here. 


I am starting to create our 2017 Thanksgiving place settings. Do you have place settings at your Thanksgiving table? Any fun ideas?
  

Monday, October 30, 2017

Jack Be Little

My sister gifted me these fun metal animals to create cute pumpkins.


 Mr.Owl


 Mr. Turkey


Ms. Squirrel

Who is your favorite?

Do you have plans for Halloween night? 
Will you be watching for the Great Pumpkin?

Trick or Treat
 
 

Friday, October 27, 2017

On the Road Friday ~ Cable Natural History Museum ~ Cable, Wisconsin

On September 16th my son Atticus and I did something new together. We took an art class at Cable Natural History Museum. Click here to learn more about the museum.

The museum was hosting a Developing Your Eye with Botanical Illustration in honor of Lois Nestel, the Museum's founding director and naturalist. Lois was a talented artist.
 

 We arrived early. Cable is about an hour and 20 minute drive from our home.
Our instructor was Janet Moore.
Janet provided us with a supply list. Atticus enjoyed picking up new art supplies.
Janet also provided some of her own supplies. She gave us the most amazing watercolor paper.

  
We worked on a single leaf exercise during the morning portion of the class.


 After lunch we went out into the garden and picked our next live plant specimen to watercolor with guided instruction.


 I decided on a Viola.


 Atticus did a member of the Aster family.


Atticus and I were both very impressed with the museum, the staff and the class.

 
 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Overnight Cinnamon Apple Baked French Toast Casserole

My family and I are not huge fans of overnight egg bakes. When I spotted this recipe in The Country Today a weekly Wisconsin newspaper. I thought I would give an egg bake one more try. 
I am glad I did! Yummy!


Overnight Cinnamon Apple Baked French Toast Casserole


 1 lb loaf sourdough or French bread
cut into chunks
 3 cups chopped apples
 8 large eggs
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Grease a 9x13 inch casserole dish.
Combine the bread chunks and chopped apples and lay in the bottom of the dish. In a large bowl whisk together the remaining ingredients, pour evenly over the bread. Cover the casserole and store in the fridge overnight.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the casserole for 40 minuets.

Pull from the oven and top with Streusel. Prepare the streusel while the casserole is baking.

Streusel Topping

3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp apple pie spice
1/2 cup butter cut into pieces

combine the streusel  
mix all the ingredients until it forms a crumbly mixture

after the casserole bakes for 40 minuets top with the streusel and bake for another 10 minutes

Let the casserole sit for 5 minutes.

Serve with warm maple syrup.

Enjoy!
 
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