Sunday, December 11, 2011
But eight people on our gift list are in for a wonderful treat. Over a two week period I went to our local resale shop called Nifty Thrifty and did the bulk of my holiday shopping. And not only that, I told myself there would be a $10 limit for each person. The photos below show the amazing "finds". Each photo shows the collection of items I grouped for each lucky recipient. For real, all are now wrapped and under the tree --- and the combined price tag was under $80.
In honor of this splendid event, I decided I would make a little list of other unconventional things we should try - and ENJOY:
Sleep until noon.
Send Christmas Cards two months late.
(I have had people thank me for this because they said they actually have time to read & enjoy it then. ha.)
Don't attend every single sporting event your kids are in.
(Use the time to bless your whole family by working on your family photos or planning a special meal.)
Grill in the middle of a snow storm.
Spend a fraction of what you usually do at Christmas by being clever.
I can recommend ALL of the above from personal experience. Dare to do it differently.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Most of the helpful instruction is given in one or two sentence blurbs like: "A lady never asks her friends in need what she can do for them. It is better for a lady to respond to a need she sees than to expect a friend to come up with a job for her." Or "A lady knows how to make and accept an apology."
This week I let the girls pick a section to read and they happened to select "How to Deal with Divorced Friends." I appreciated the wisdom so much that I wanted to share the whole section:
Candace Simpson-Giles says "A lady regrets seeing any loving relationship break up, especially if she considers both persons to be her friends. However, her regret is for their pain, not for her own. She does not take sides in the marital strife; she does not carry tales back and forth between opposing camps. If her friends are recently divorced, a lady does not attempt to put them in situations - a small dinner party, for example - where they will be forced to encounter each other. She tries to maintain communication with both parties, but she understands that she is now friends with two people, not a couple. Maintaining these friendships may require twice as much effort - and twice as much time. After a reasonable amount of time has passed, however, a lady may feel free to include both friends in the same event, especially when a good many other people are involved. To forestall any anxiety, though, she is thoughtful enough to make sure both parties are informed ahead of time. She also makes sure that her guest list includes other single people, so that the divorced person does not feel like a fifth wheel."
Such lovely advice. I am happy to print this because I am sorry to say that I have learned that people need some help to be graceful in these circumstances. Mother Rabbit also wants to salute her friends that have known how to manage this delicate place with love and grace.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Mother Rabbit says: Send a photo(s) in your holiday greetings.
Holiday Photo Cards have been a tradition my whole life. My mother sent a photo card of my sisters and me every year. We were usually wearing matching outfits. I grew up thinking that Christmas cards were photo cards. I have an album of all these cards and it is one of my greatest treasures.
I also believe that the parents should get in the photos. While I think it is cool to see photos of my friends' children, what I really want to see is my friends. Get in the photos.
My favorite Christmas card to date was in 2008 when our children and two sons-in-law could actually spell out M-E-R-R-Y C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S! This year I have been designing cards for other families - and having a blast. Photo cards are a good investment of time and money. Tis the season to be planning and sending your holiday greetings!
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Please take note of this. This was a true gift of friendship! I got to call my precious friends and ask if they could meet me at Jane's for lunch. Let's pass this grand gift forward whenever we can. Next time you have a friend coming into town, ask the friend who she would like to see - and plan a lunch.
My "friend shower" was a mix of ladies who had not all been together before. We had such a precious time that I don't think it will be the last time either. I think Jane started something bigger than we expected.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Documentary about the original Horse Whisperer Buck Brannaman. It is as much about how to relate to human beings as it is to horses. You will want to meet this man after watching it. And you might even be in love with him. Just saying...
The Pixar Story
Go behind the scenes at Pixar Animation Studios and trace the creation and history of this groundbreaking company. (Did you know that Mother Rabbit has a secret desire to work at Pixar as a coffee girl or office helper? Anything to be around these creative geniuses.)
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
Follows two men who rescue their health with a two month diet of fresh fruits and vegetables. Wish that this was required watching for every person in America - and especially school children. We have forgotten how to eat in the good ol' USA.
Watch four babies birth and grow in four very different parts of the world. It is easy to forget into what different environments children are born... and yet some things are the same the world over.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
I came away from this with a new respect for water. The massage therapist at The Little House Day Spa said that the Winnebago word for water is "first medicine". We came face to face with that. Remember that one of the smartest things you can do for a common cold is push lots of fluids through your body.
I remembered that Mireille Guiliano said in French Women Don't Get Fat that French women respect the importance of water intake and recommended drinking a full bottle of water first thing every morning to "hydrate". Mother Rabbit has decided to make this part of her morning ritual again.
Friday, November 11, 2011
We have a quirky family "thing" of calling out whenever it is 1:11 on the clock - or 11:11. Abby Bunny started this years ago... now we all join in. So in honor of the calendar hitting 11/11/11 I wanted to celebrate the date at 11:11am - so I decided to BLOG!
Here's to a great tradition - posted in Abby's honor on 11/11/11 at 11:11am!
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
It is a real treat to put on clean underwear that even look clean & fresh! I recommend this. You don't even have to wait until your birthday... just declare an Underwear Day.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Sorry for the lack of posts. Most of my advice would relate to "how to survive cancer treatments" which you can read on MikesLongRide... This is a day to open your ears to leaves crunching under foot - and the fun of wearing your cashmere sweater for the first time of the season!
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
A sweet treat was having Katie Bunny with us. She hopped across the street to our house every day when we lived in Dallas and I have long considered her an adopted daughter. These new memories made us remember sweet times when these bunnies were little and played together.
It is always a good investment of time and money to plan adventures with your children - or bunnies.
It is amazing to know that this is Ms. Stockett's first novel. I smiled when I heard she had 60 rejections before a publisher picked it up. It is a beautiful story. Don't miss out.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
End of August and first of September can mean that you have more garden tomatoes offered to you than you can safely eat... or it could mean that you don't have enough to have an all-out canning session. May I recommend "freezer canning" for both? Follow these easy steps
1. Select ripe red tomatoes that have no bad spots. (My mother doesn't waste a thing. But she learned from her mother that you don't use tomatoes with bad spots for canning.) Rinse off to remove any dirt. Remove stems.
2. Fill a big pot with rapidly boiling water. Submerge your tomatoes into the boiling water and remove with a slotted spoon when the skins begin to pop or loosen. (It usually takes about 30 seconds.)
3. Then plunge the tomatoes into an ice water bath (which will stop the cooking and make the skins even looser.)
4. Remove the skins from the tomatoes. Use a paring knife for any tough spots and to remove the core. Compost the skins.
5. Tomatoes can be frozen whole, or in halves or quarters. Place the tomatoes in good quality freezer bags. Squeeze the air out and zip close. Lay the bags of tomatoes flat on your freezer shelves. They will keep for up to a year. Add to your favorite recipes through the long, cold winter.
I have a personal goal to never again buy a "styrofoam tomato" from the supermarket and thus support an industry that has ruined one of our most glorious fruits. (Can you tell that I have been reading "TomatoLand: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed our Most Alluring Fruit" " by Barry Estabrook?)
Anyway, eat all the fresh tomatoes you can, while you still can - and can or freeze as many as possible for winter.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Check out eyebobs.com for a refreshing bit of trendy.
Monday, August 1, 2011
1. Pour cream into churn.
2. Turn the crank.
At about 15 minutes of churning I asked Mike to Google "making butter" to see how long this process was suppose to take. All of a sudden, almost as the words were coming out of my mouth, I couldn't turn the crank anymore. The butter turned into a pretty yellow solid and separated from the buttermilk. It seemed amazing to me.
3. Place the butter in a bowl and press down with a spatula to squeeze out the excess buttermilk (liquid). Add a dash of sea salt as you stir and press.
4. Mold your butter and enjoy!
For a real treat, try it. I have heard it even works to just shake the cream in a jar until the "butter happens".
Thursday, July 28, 2011
I have to hand it to my friend Nancy for this clever idea: Growing your swiss chard right in with your flowering plants! It is certainly pretty enough and will produce into the fall.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
It is time for a new addition: "Don't leave your bottled water in a hot car." The scorching temperatures affect the plastic bottles and release dioxin into the water. Probably a similar reason why we are not suppose to microwave Saran-type wrap over our food. When you carry the groceries into the house, take the water too.
Besides being thicker and richer, did you know that Greek yogurt has a lower sugar content and higher protein content than their runny counterparts? Pick up some Greek yogurt next time you are at the market for a real taste sensation and super healthy snack. I recommend Fage, Chobani and Greek God's Greek Yogurt brands. (My personal favorite right now is the later in "honey" flavor - but I am still conducting my research. Smile.)
Monday, July 11, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Mother Rabbit's Advice: Enjoy as many fresh fruits and vegetables straight from the garden as you can this summer. Even though it can be a lot of work.
Friday, July 8, 2011
1/4 cup Listerine
1/4 cup water
2 t. vanilla extract
I put mine in a little spray bottle that I keep in my purse. Or make it in larger quantities for bigger bottles. Here's hoping that the only thing that BUGS you this summer is the heat.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Jane Erye is a classic written by Emily Bronte in 1847. All three of my bunnies have told me it is their all-time favorite book. One even plans to name a daughter Jane. I am currently listening to Jane Erye via book-on-CD in my car. I can't get enough! I am trying to plan a long car trip just so I can finish the adventure. (Two trips to Minneapolis have me in the middle of the book.)
Treat yourself to a friendship with Jane for a summer blessing.
It is an anti-inflammatory drug that is especially helpful with tissue and muscle issues. It is a perfect choice for period cramps, muscle aches & pains, sore backs, head ache - and is a perfect choice right before a bikini wax. I usually buy the Target or store brand for Naproxen Sodium which you will find right by the Alleve.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Last time Mike and I stayed at a hotel we were amazed how long it took to find some television worth watching. (Fun memory... when the girls were little we would say "it that television worth watching??" 80% of the time the answer was no.) We actually do not have cable service in our house. Don't feel sorry for us. We have a 52" plasma TV, a Bose sound system and hundreds of movies.
But the challenge is to make sure you aren't spending too much on something that is not giving back. Maybe the money could be used for something that would yield more benefits. The challenge is just to look at your bill and think about it. Mother Rabbit loves this sort of thing.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
This post was stimulated by Abby's current trip to Italy. She invested much time in planning & packing. She bought a large backpack for her suitcase so they could move from city to city in Italia with greater ease. Low and behold, AA lost her bag / backpack. She is 8 days into the trip and she still doesn't have it. Her first day in Florence was very stressful because she wanted to be out exploring the city instead of out shopping for underwear. She did finally just go out and buy what she needed (and AA will be getting that bill.) But I know she wishes she had at least some of the things she packed.
Check out LLBean to see the carry-on bag that I love - TA248839 Carryall Rolling Pullman, Medium $149. See this item now at llbean.com.
I remember hearing that the fastest muscles to tone are your arms, and have heard that actresses do push-ups before wearing their Academy Awards gowns
I have also heard my Marine husband say that push-ups and sit-ups are two of the most complete exercises and that you don't need a whole bunch of fancy ones.
I recently heard my massage therapist recommending push-ups to a client to strengthen her core and her back.
I have learned in my workout class that push-ups and planks strengthen your abs.
So Mother Rabbit encourages a push-up regimen. Start small and build up. Form is everything. Arms shoulder distance apart. Head straight. Abs in tight. Try it everyday for a month. Start with 20 per day. (And let's not do sissy girl-push-ups.) You can do it.
Monday, June 6, 2011
I love it that all of my bunnies have handwriting that people get confused with mine. They learned that pretty handwriting can be learned & developed. Abby was just asked to address wedding invitations for dear friends... I couldn't resist photographing one of the envelopes.
If you would like different handwriting, you have the power to tweak it to something you like better. You can even use a computer font to "copy" and develop into your own. Start with a signature and move on from there.
It has always been a family rule that there is NO EATING in my vehicle. If you want a simple way to keep your car nicer for longer, this is it. It might be inconvenient at times, but it is amazing how much cleaner your vehicle will be!
People are often amazed at the cleanliness of the interior of my 15 year old Expedition. (Now granted, the steering wheel and torn leather driver's seat look their age - but for the most part anyone would say 'that's a clean vehicle'.) On a recent drive to Minneapolis my odometer passed 265,000. I never dreamed when we bought this vehicle that I would still be driving it 15 years later, and you better believe that I am thankful that the NO EATING rule has been mostly enforced.
My Expedition still gets me where I need to go... And any car trip is better with a book on tape (I recommend Jane Eyre!) and some fresh flowers in a cup holder.