“The Waddle-On Inn”

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I went out to see the kids yesterday, Jason was at work.  THIS is the latest addition . . . a new duck Taj Mahal that Tara calls “The Waddle-On Inn”!!!  Love it!!!  To try and make life a little easier with the animals that have to come in at night, Jason built this for the ducks.

The light is on a dusk to dawn sensor as well as the door!!  So when they go in at night the door will close automatically when it gets dark!

I should have took a video – those ducks waddling in is just hilarious!

Too cute!

Please Pray

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The fires are raviging the beautiful hills of Napa!  I have family and friends that are struggling with the devastation that is consuming the Napa Valley.  Please pray for the winds to die down, for the smoke to clear and the fires to stop.  The air is heavy with smoke and hard to breath.  Friends are not sleeping for fear of needing to evacuate in the middle of the night.  Praying for safety and peace for you all. xoxo

Congratulations to the Quinns!!!

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Congratulations to Sarah & Justin Quinn as they welcomed their 2nd beautiful daughter early this morning!  Little Miss Ridley Maive was born at 3:34 am. this morning and weighed in at 7.1 lbs & 19.75 inches.  Can’t wait to meet this little angel girl!  Sarah is Amie’s best friend since middle school and like a second daughter!  Love you guys!

Pumpkin – Fence Pickets

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Here is another fence picket scraps project.  I laid down 5 fence picket scraps and drew a pumpkin on them.  I used my jigsaw to cut the shapes out, one picket at a time and then I numbered the backs.  Clamping the boards down was helpful in the cutting process.  It was hard to hold them and cut them at the same time.

Then I took my orbital sander with the heavy grit pad (I don’t remember the number grit) and sanded all the rough edges.

Then I bought some orange and green outdoor acrylic paint at Joanne’s (the kind with the flip tops).  I squirted some into a cup and added water, then applied with a sponge brush.  I still have some exterior deck stain so I lightly rubbed all the edges and a bit over the orange and green.  It drys pretty quickly.

I then used wood glue and my nail gun to attach strips to the back to hold them together and to the bottom scrap for a stand.

Voila!! How stickin’ cute is that!!

Sweet, Spicy and Smokey Dry Rub

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I try to give a little “thank you” whenever I’m hosting a gathering.  Since I’d decided on a “pulled meat” competition I thought I’d make some dry rub meat seasoning for a little gift.

I found these cute little kraft boxes at Hobby Lobby and I made the tags on my computer using a “business card” template.  I forgot to take a picture of all the spices but I just put everything together and used a mini food processor to combine.  Then I scooped them into tiny baggie type bags and then put the bags of seasoning into these boxes.  Here’s the original link ( http://kneadtocook.com/sweet-spicy-and-smoky-dry-rub)  & recipe:

Ingredients:

3/4 cup of light brown sugar
2 tablespoons of salt (I used Lo Salt reduced sodium alternative)
1 tablespoon of chipotle chili powder
1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
2 teaspoons of ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Directions:  Place everything into a mini food processor, Vitamix or you can mix by hand or by adding everything to a tupperware container with a lid.  Process until well-combined.  Store in a container with a lid for up to 6-9 months.

This can be used on chicken, pork or beef.  Rub a generous amount on the meat and refrigerate for best results up to 24 hours or a minimum of 1 hour.  Place the meat on a hot grill and cook until desired temperature is achieved.  Enjoy!