Planting Trees

Planting Trees

My dad has a tree farm in southern Virginia and asked that we help plant some longleaf pines. Just about 2,000 of them or so. Easy!  I told my dad I was going to blog about it and asked for a quote or summary. He said it would be a very long quote and started by telling us that there used to be 93 million acres of longleaf pine in the South, but now it’s down to 3 million. Then…

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Flying Saucer Cookies & Alien Eggs

Flying Saucer Cookies & Alien Eggs

Obviously I had to have appropriately-themed baked goods at the Halloween party! I also challenged myself to make them gluten- and dairy-free. I’d say they were a success! Flying Saucers I googled around and found a basic GF sugar cookie recipe. I don’t think it matters which one you use, but as I learned, it DOES matter which FLOUR you use. It’s not something I’ve ever had to think about before. GF flours can be made of different stuff –…

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Papier Macheliens: Alien Home Haunt

Papier Macheliens: Alien Home Haunt

The first time I saw American Scream, I was like WHAT? THIS IS A THING PEOPLE DO? HAUNTED HOUSES IN YOUR OWN HOUSE?!?! And ever since then I’ve wanted to do some sort of haunt in my house. My previous house wasn’t very conducive to that sort of thing, but we may or may not have mentioned our haunt aspirations to our realtor and the house we have now has plenty of space for such things. According to Home Haunting for Mere…

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Putting on a Belly Dance Show: How Do?

Putting on a Belly Dance Show: How Do?

Earlier this month I survived my fifth annual (except I missed a couple years) big belly dance show! I wanted to share a bit about what putting on a show entails and what lessons I’ve learned. This isn’t really a step-by-step process and I’ve just sort of organized Things I Think are Good Ideas in general sections. This is about self-produced belly dance shows that are small in the scheme of things, but big compared to the informal stuff we…

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Meg Squats’ Uplifted 8-Week Program

Meg Squats’ Uplifted 8-Week Program

“This was too long for an Insta caption” is my new blogging philosophy I guess.  😀 I still have one week left in Meg Squats’ Uplifted program, but I’m just gonna go ahead and talk about it now. The final week is a deload so there won’t be much if anything to update. The program is based around powerlifting (squat, bench, deadlift, and then later she adds my ol’ pal the overhead press) but also includes a lot of bro…

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My Life with Nut Cheese

My Life with Nut Cheese

(alternate title: DEEZ NUT CHEESES) I got a reminder that my domain was up for renewal and I was like “shit, I should write on that thing.” There are many things that I’ve considered blogging about and I’ll start with FOOD. Obviously. As many of you know, I’ve gone gluten- and dairy-free on an experimental basis at the suggestion of a nutritionist. This is my story (dun dun). Why I Went to a Nutritionist in the First Place I’d been…

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Cleaning & Re-Using Bacon Fat

Cleaning & Re-Using Bacon Fat

Got a jar full of bacon fat in your freezer? Want to get that fat all over your person and general area? Boy, do I have a project for you: cleaning your bacon fat to re-use for other things. I have done this before. The first time I tried it, I microwaved the jars and then scooped the fat out. It took forever and got everywhere. Then I read somebody else’s blog where they recommended putting the jars in hot…

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Collegium Maius

Collegium Maius

On our last day in Krakow, we went to the Collegium Maius. This building is the oldest building at the Jagiellonian University and was built in the 14th century.  BTW, the university was the second founded in central Europe – the first was in Prague. The university acquired the building thanks to funds from King Jadwiga. BAM KING JADWIGA IS A WOMAN Due to a bunch of royal and political tomfoolery, Jadwiga (aka “Hedwig” if you must) of Hungary ended…

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Wieliczka Salt Mines

Wieliczka Salt Mines

I know “salt mine” is usually not super high on peoples’ honeymoon visit lists but Wieliczka is really fun and interesting. I think this is my 5th visit and I’ve enjoyed it every time. YES: you can lick the walls. But our guide reminded us that innumerable people before us had also licked the walls, so maybe not. I did try some of the salt water that was trickling out of a fountain elsewhere in the mine. Yep, pretty friggin…

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Vampire Bones: Slavic Folklore

Vampire Bones: Slavic Folklore

Rynek Underground was something I was so excited about I was telling people about it before we even left. Under the Rynek (market square) that exists now are remnants of an older square: cobblestones and support structures for the original wooden Sukiennice (Cloth Hall). They turned the site into an underground museum about the history of Krakow from about the 14th century up until WWII. They had cool exhibits about life at that time, including recreations of buildings (homes, blacksmith,…

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