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Friday Favorite: Stabilicers

March 21st, 2014

This winter there has been a ton of ice and even though we’re getting down to the last of it, I’m still using my Stabilicers.  These things are handy, I can head back from the chicken coop on the icy path without worry of falling and throwing a dozen eggs into the air.
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I especially like these because you can slip them on and off easily as needed. It’s nice to be able to wear them out if needed, but take them off quickly if you go to someone’s house.
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As much as I like these, it’s about time to retire them. I was wearing them yesterday and they got sucked off by the mud in front of the garage, the ice is finally giving way to mud.

Do you have any great winter products you find invaluable for dealing with the weather?

Friday Favorite: New Meals

March 14th, 2014

It’s always great to discover a new meal that you love.  A few weeks ago I made sourdough naan for a party.  The next morning, while making breakfast, I spotted them in a container and tried to think of how to incorporate them into my breakfast.  I was in the process of scrambling eggs, which are on the menu most mornings.  I remembered the cheddar cheese and pickled jalapeños in the fridge, spotted an avocado on the counter along with a red onion nearby and remembered the cilantro that had been chopped to top soup the night before.
I made a batch of guacamole, fried up the onion and then put it all in the naan. It was delicious and now it’s one of Mr Chiot’s favorite breakfasts. Discovering a new way to eat something you every day is always great. I’m looking forward to enjoying this in the summer with garden fresh tomatoes on top!

Have you discovered any great new meals recently?

Friday Favorite: Clean Boots

March 7th, 2014

It won’t be long until the snow is all gone, though thankfully we still have some around. Snow makes a fantastic book cleaner, seriously, it’s amazing stuff. After walking in the muddy driveway, hitting the chicken coop and being in other dirty places, a few steps in the snow and voilà super clean tread!
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I’m certainly going to miss my boot cleaner when it’s gone. After the snow leave mud season arrives and it’s mess, my boots won’t be this clean until the snow falls once again this fall.

Have things started to get muddy in your garden yet? 


Friday Favorite: Tiny Notebooks

February 21st, 2014

I always have a tiny notebook and a pen in my purse.  Mostly, I use it to jot down notes, lists of things I need and other important information.
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In this little notebook I also keep pertinent information that I might need while out and about.  This particular notebook is filled it information on local farms and sources for local food.
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I’m not particular to brand of notebook, I’ve had a wide variety. This past time I needed new ones I got Field Notes“>Field Notes brand and I really love them. They’re the perfect size and not too thick. I’m also a HUGE fan of quadrille paper so that makes me really love these!

Are you in the habit of carrying a notebook with you all the time? 

Friday Favorites: Lights

February 14th, 2014

I love big Christmas lights, the C7 and C9 sizes are my favorites. For our Olympic party we strung up lights in an area of our kitchen. I love the low ambient light they cast so much I’m thinking about leaving them up. I’m really sensitive to bright lights, so lighting like this is perfect for me.
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They produce the perfect amount of light, it’s not too bright and not too dark. It casts light into the kitchen, bathroom and dining room allowing us to not have to turn on lights when moving about the house in the evening hours.
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Lest you think this is a little crazy, it really fits right in with the eclectic look of this place. In this room there is outdoor board and batton siding, deer antlers and an old glass ball light, which were all here when we arrived. The lights fit right in! I was thinking about getting cafe lights for our back porch, but I might get a string for this room. They’d be slightly less kitschy than the Christmas lights.

What’s your favorite kind of lighting in the evening hours?

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