The American Goldfinch is a beautiful songbird that you can easily attract you your backyard. The males have bright yellow coats with a bold black cap and black wings barred with white. The female is less striking with olive-yellow feathers. Continue Reading →
Ants are attracted to sugar and sweetness and since hummingbird feeders are made up of sugar water, they of course are going to go straight for the mixture. Here are 6 ways to keep ants out of your hummingbird feeders.
Rain! It has been pouring in the middle of winter. I have a swimming pool in my backyard where snow is supposed to be. Sorta funny! That brings me to want to make a recipe that is both a hearty and spicy comfort food to enjoy – slow cooker Jambalaya is on the menu for supper tonight.
Have a rotisserie chicken that you are going to use for meals this week? If so, save the carcass and the legs. It makes delicious bone broth slow cooker chicken stock. I love to use the broth in my soups and gravies. Continue Reading →
Finally getting around to transferring files. I created an entire set of photography cheat cards for the old site that I never got past posting anything after the second card. Cold Wisconsin winters are good for something! Getting my act together. Let’s see if I can get past card #2 in the coming weeks. Creative mode AV or A Exposed will be the first lesson in a series. There will be a printable card for each lesson. Continue Reading →
The frigid shores of Lake Michigan are still giving us a winter show by creating wonderful ice sculptures.
It is brisk out, but we turned the corner, weather wise. Spring is here, nah! But, it IS warmer. There is no snow along some of the edges of the Lake Michigan shoreline in Door County, Wisconsin. Strange but true.
Can’t think of a place I’d rather be at the present moment. Inside, warm and feeling some accomplishment adding an additional set to the artistic print collection. This gorgeous sandy beach hideout collection was taken along the shores of New Smyrna, Florida, it was a beautiful walk.
I built this to use as a multi-purpose rig for overhead video and photography. The cost was under $40.00. You will find important notes under the pictures and also a link to the clamp I used in the description under the first picture.
Only a few days before Christmas and I have everything set and ready. All the gifts are wrapped and food has been purchased. Now it is time for some winter bliss. A drive from Green Bay to Kewaunee, Wisconsin and maybe even to Algoma is what I have in store.
If you enjoy having a sweet treat for breakfast like a rich muffin or donut, replace your habit with these breakfast jam bars. They will satisfy any sugar craving and give your body a healthy morning sugar boost.
This slow cooker chicken tortilla soup is one that I enjoy making because my family members think I slaved all day creating it. In reality, it starts with shredding a rotisserie chicken, chopping an onion and opening a few cans.
Man is it cold out. The rain is bone chilling. I don’t even want to be outdoors and that is saying a lot, coming from me.
I decided last week to go back to making all our meals ahead of time. It saves me time, energy and money. Today, was the perfect time to start! I’m sharing one of my husband’s favorite morning breakfasts. Pressure cooker blueberry oats.
Want to feed some picky eaters that normally don’t always come to the feeder? Make up this dried fruit medley bird food recipe. Provide a separate tray of this speciality mix away from your main feeders to tempt some new guests.
This weekend my husband and I took a Saturday fall drive through Oconto and Marinette Counties, visiting new sites and revisiting a few old ones that I had been to. Copper Culture State Park was one of our stops.
Right now fresh ears of corn on the cob are plentiful in the grocery store and along roadside produce stands. The price is right, too. Under 25 cents a serving. Can’t beat that. Normally, that means we would be up for hosting a corn roast & flavored butter with drinks at our house. Due to scheduling this year, that might not happen. Continue Reading →
Da Yoopers Tourist Trap in Ishpeming, Michigan. My photography travels are experiences. Exploration and if you can grab a few laughs along the way … memories are made. Nobody can ever take away your experiences. Everything else can be stripped away in a heartbeat. Your memories and experiences can not be taken from you. Unless you suffer from dementia – and then you have picture proof 🙂 Continue Reading →
Whenever I can I like to use organic fertilizers. People ask me all the time how I grow such mammoth rhubarb plants and I always grin and I say I’m not sure. That grin should be a tell all – I do know, I’m just not telling. Until today. Fish pellets as fertilizer is the secret.
My daughter and I are heading out to spend a couple of days in Upper Michigan. No plans, just driving looking to get ourselves into some trouble as I told my husband. Canyon Falls was a bathroom stop that turned into a hidden treasure. Continue Reading →
Test Your Soil For Lead Before Planting Your Garden
If your garden is located near or next to a home, barn or additional structure that was built before 1978 test your soil for lead before planting your garden. Otherwise, you might be ingesting lead through your plants or tracking lead based soil into your home. Continue Reading →
Here is a fun fact for you and a reason to save your eggshells. For some reason, eggshells agitate ants enough to relocate them. The process is simple, really and cheap. For the most part, it works wonderfully to push ant hills out of an area or discourage them from going into an area.
Every plant can have an aphid issue at some point. Aphids feed on all plants and leaves by piercing stems and leaves and sucking the fluid out of them. Let’s find out what an aphid is and safe solutions for aphid removal. Continue Reading →
Spent the weekend exploring some of Jefferson County, Wisconsin as I have for the past 3 years. My husband enjoys attending the Spyder Rendezvous in Johnson Creek and I selectively attend certain portions and catch up with friends from the event. The rest of the time, I am out exploring the area. Here is what I did…
As part of my heritage I have found great pleasure in asking questions and seeking properties that still house some of the first settlers homes. I was on my way to Sugar Creek last week and decided to reshoot this old Belgian brick home and outbuilding.
I was looking for some cute framed sayings to add to my bathroom decor and I really didn’t like anything I came across in the stores. I decided to make my own printable bathroom wall art.
Then, I remembered that my daughter had given me some white, 8×10 frames for Christmas last year and I figured maybe I should just make something to print out to tie the distressed frames to. Continue Reading →
Sometimes you can pull inspiration from a negative situation like I did with this set of growing inspiration prints. When you can look at something that makes you upset and find something good in it, the world becomes a better place.
I’m a person that likes to see and hold my bulbs in my hand when selecting garden plant bulbs. So, ordering my bulbs from an online source is out of the question for me. But, sometimes, it happens that I have to order online. In that case I cross my fingers and hope I get good ones. After they arrive I still go over the 4 simple steps below. If they fail, the postmaster will get them back. Continue Reading →
Washington Island is about 7 miles northeast off the tip of Door County, Wisconsin. The island can be reach by crossing by Death’s Door in Lake Michigan’s waters by ferry from Ellison Bay at the Northport Pier. Continue Reading →
The calendar states it is spring in Wisconsin, so darn it, warm up already. Instead, we have 34-degree weather, with tiny, snowflakes drifting down from the sky every once in awhile. My teens are off for spring break and our family had decided between work schedules and additional commitments, we were staying home for spring break. This is not our family, is it?
Time to tighten the budget. How to save money on groceries. I know how to do it. But truthfully, sometimes I find it to be WORK. Just as much work as a fulltime job. Taking the time to plan out EVERYTHING is a pain. I’m not one who likes to sit down and take two hours out of my week to pre-plan before shopping. Checking store ads, price comparing, cutting and organizing coupons; ugh! I did all that back in the 90’s. Refunding and couponing was a large part of our household back then. Both are more than acceptable ways to save money. I just do not have the time and commitment for it today. Continue Reading →
One thing I absolutely love about traveling is that it provides me with a constant source of education. Over the weekend, I attended The 4th Annual Spyder Rendezvous in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin with my husband. Heavy rain prevented me from riding with the group on Friday. I admit it, I’m a wimp and my dry car provided a comfortable alternative for the day’s travels. I spent some time exploring St Coletta Jefferson Wisconsin.
Healthy obsession. That’s what I call it. Albums that are chock full of vintage Americana photography prints that I sell. Antiques, old collectables and vintage finds with fabulous little details depicting life that has past us by. You can view and/or purchase out of my SMUGMUG Portfolio HERE
You can findred-tailed hawks in every eco-system there is. This raptor will hunt down voles, mice, rabbits, birds, snakes, and squirrels. You can find them sitting high in trees and on telephone poles watching for motion on edges of fields. Once the hawk spots its prey it will swoop down and pick it up.
It is common to see red-tailed hawks visit a backyard because of the selection of feeding birds available.
If you would like to get a good feel for what the red-tailed hawk looks and sounds like, by watching the short 20-second video.
If you haven’t enjoyed a deep fried turkey as of yet, I urge you to try it this year for Thanksgiving. Deep frying provides a crispy outside skin and super juicy meat on the inside AND no, it is not greasy. Read on how to deep fry a turkey.
Spring and summer scream pasta salads. I make a variety of pasta salads because I don’t have to cook lunch for the children. It is easy for them to grab a quick bowl when they are ready to eat. Continue Reading →
Follow the recipe for these birdseed ornaments and the next day you have sweet treat for your birds. The ornaments would make wonderful holiday gifts for friends and family as well as wedding favors for your guests. Continue Reading →
How to make jello shots or shooters in syringes. Jello shots or Jello shooters as they are also called are all the rage. There are many recipes with various types of liquor and flavored Jello combinations. I will give you several to try out.
How to Build a Terra Cotta Clay Pot Garden Person. This is a creative way to spruce up your garden and use chipped or repurposed terra cotta pots. There is no “wrong” way to build a terra cotta clay pot garden person.
Brandy Slush in Ice Cream Pail Recipe is one of my favorite holiday drinks. You don’t need to limit this drink to the holiday season though. I have served it at many of my home parties as well. It goes over extremely well at summer parties!
Once you gather up the materials to make your own lip gloss and lip balms you will wonder why you waited so long. Read how to make homemade lip gloss and lip balm to get you started. Continue Reading →
It’s that’s time of year, time to get out the camping gear and become one with nature. Here are a few of our families favorite camping recipes. They are easy to prepare and a breeze to clean up after. Just my style. Continue Reading →
How to Make Fried Marble Necklaces these are inexpensive yet extremely elegant necklaces are made by baking and internally cracking ordinary marbles. Make up a few as gifts or for your next hot seller at a craft fair. Either way you will receive rave reviews and plenty of wonderful compliments. Continue Reading →
Attract Mason bees by building homes. A Mason bee pollinates early spring orchards, flowers and berry canes for about a 4 week period. They collect nectar and pollen to line their nests and thus, in doing so; are pollinating all our spring following plants. Continue Reading →
Using antiques as unique planters – Give items a second life by using antiques as unique planters and containers. Some picture ideas to get your thoughts cycling. Mostly antiques but some additional containers too.
Each year I’d purchased a spring flower arrangement for my Easter table. The flower arrangement was either a tulip, daffodil or hyacinth potted plant. Now, I just plant flower bulbs in fall for an Easter centerpiece.
I’m not sure about you, but I know for me I have noticed that life seems off balance. My husband and I spend much of our time apart, due to our winter hobbies and work. We dedicate one weekend day a month together to reconnect. The pictures included in this posting are from our Sunday drive in early March.
I get questions via private Facebook inbox at times on all subjects on this site. From garden related questions to a location that I have shared. Sorry, I can’t answer every question due to time, but do take requests and questions under advisement. Even, if I do not reply right away, I’m reading them; promise.
Chapel Ridge Heights Shrine of St Anthony of PADUA is located on the UWGB 290 acre Cofrin Memorial Arboretum. It is open to the public. The video shows how to locate the chapel and a tour of the inside and outside of the chapel.
If you would like to know a little bit of history about why roadside chapels were built, read my post Belgian Brick by Brick this will give you a better understanding about the Belgian heritage in the Brussels, Wisconsin and surrounding areas.
Do you have an obsession with something? For me, I have an obsession with rust – something old, something rusty, something with history and a story. I find myself drawn to items that you can look at or picked up and imagine a person using. What was life like back at the time this item was used. The challenges the people faced?
I focus on how time changes items and the steps the world has maybe made for the better, or for the worse. Depending how one looks at the item.
Design available on wall art, home decor, tote bags, cards & more.
Good morning and Happy New Year to you! Figured a wonderful way to start the New Year off was to get up early and photograph the sunrise. That didn’t happen! In sub zero temps I decided moving two cars to get my own car out of the driveway was too much work! Then, you find an alternative form to create art, like this set of morning verglas crystal prints.
Why Not Dare Yourself Inspirational Quote Print
A blend of soft pastel colors was used to create a lightning bug jar full of light to send out to light the darkness. The why not dare yourself inspirational quote print reads: Why not dare yourself to become a shining light where darkness is the only thing known.
QUOTE PHOTOGRAPHY SPRINKLES MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER
Sprinkles make everything better! Well, don’t they? I always think so 🙂 The quote photography sprinkles make everything better is available as a square, professional grade paper print, on canvas, metal, acrylic, wood and a slew of additional products.
Your walls are a reflection of your personality. So let them speak with this husband and wife together for life art print. Choose from up to 5 unique paper types and several sizes to create art that’s a perfect representation of you.
The eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), is a species of swallowtail butterfly native to eastern North America. It is one of the most familiar butterflies in the eastern United States, where it is common in many different habitats. Continue Reading →
The Coopers hawk in my garden, he enjoys parking himself on my deck rail or the neighbor’s fence and watching over the yard. The backyard feeder birds are an easy target for hawks, they will stand back and watch the songbirds eat their fill and then strike them in flight as they leave.