I hope you had a lovely weekend, it rained most of Saturday here and it’s a bit cool but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it. I have lots to share with you, I haven’t even shown you the furniture I collected one day when my neighbors moved at the end of term. ;-) So today I have good news first, followed by my lovely finds on Saturday (this time for the garden) and I’ll end this post with three free offers I hope you will enjoy.
Good news to start the week
- EWG (Environmental Working Group) unveiled their shopper’s guide for 2014 providing you with a complete list of which foods contain pesticides. You can view the list here or donate $10 to receive your own Shopper’s guide book.
- You may not be looking to become politically active through boycotting brands, this free downloadable boycott guide is a handy reference to know which companies use GMO ingredients or which so-called natural brands have been bought out and which corporation now owns them.
- Arizona has plenty of hot air, by 2018 , Arizona will get non-stop clean energy from all that hot air.
- And finally, something I found at my local grocery store. While GMO labeling has been fought hard on both sides of the issue, there seems to be away around labeling of GMO foods. I was picking up some peanut butter when I spotted a jar of what looked like peanut butter but said it was for people with peanut allergies. I looked to see what it was made with (curious me) and spotted this (see photo below). So it’s illegal to state a food has GMO ingredients in it, but not illegal to say a food is free from them?
Saturday morning I woke and headed out in between the rain to visit a bake goods and plant fundraiser sale. I brought home a rooting cutting of a burning bush (love these) for $5. and two pots of lamb’s ears which are famous for attracting hummingbirds and bees for $1.75. Here are a few pictures of what they will look like if you aren’t familiar with these two plants.
First the burning bush has autumn leaves which look like this.
Lamb’s ear’s are another perennial plant which grows taller stems which the butterflies, bees and hummingbirds love. In searching for a picture of the plants in summer I stumbled on this page which shares crafts as well that can be made from parts of the plants. These multiply over time so you can add just a few to get started. I used to have these all along the side of my home and the bees were so drunk on nectar they couldn’t care less we were there.
This week I wanted to give each of you something extra to start your week. The idea came to me when Kathy decided to offer her book for free just because it was her birthday. I think you will find there is something for everyone here to enjoy. If you don’t have a Kindle you can download the free app for your phone or computer to enjoy these books. If you enjoy these books it would be greatly appreciated if you left feedback at Amazon. DISCLAIMER: I have previously read both of these stories and enjoyed them greatly.
First up, Kathy’s book Finding Grace:
Ever wonder what it takes to be uniquely and passionately yourself in a world determined to make you like everyone else?
Grace Martin intends to find out as she stumbles from one life lesson to another. With a peculiar but supportive guide and mentor named Mrs. Pettermint, Grace slowly breaks free of traditional family and religion, and courageously explores life, relationships and various spiritual traditions seeking the answers to life’s big questions. Finally, just when she feels she is close to having it all figured out, her beloved mentor dies leaving her nearly $60 Million Dollars. However the only way to claim that inheritance and find the peace she longs for is for Grace to face the critics of her past, the betrayals of the present, and her doubts for the future.
Finding Grace shows that in today’s world it is possible to be spiritual without being religious. And for many women, the path to grace is often being willing to celebrate ourselves exactly as we already are.
Justin, My son is offering his story Confession this week as well
A serial killer decides it’s time to confess his sins, but not for the reasons you might think. This is his story of learning he loved to kill to perfecting his art as told to his confessor. You will find yourself inside the thoughts and motivations of one man who loves to kill.
Finally, I am offering my book: memories and recipes from grandmother’s kitchen
Rita, born in 1919, knew what it meant to give love through her kitchen. Her trays of cookies and breads always ready for guests was well-known. When you entered her kitchen you knew you were welcome. When Rita passed away in December of 2000, I inherited her collection of recipes, now I am sharing them with the world in hopes this collection will create new memories for your family.
Do you have good news to share this week?