Mud pies with a side of succulent

So, I capitulated to the really nice ladies at the church I attend to do some volunteer work… namely to teach the kiddos at summer camp how to make hypertufa pots.  This seemed fairly straightforward at first – and I had such high hopes of explaining to the older ones how concrete worked and why it was important to society as we know it (including how the molecules reacted to water and how adding inert dessicants helped to keep it lightweight)…. buuuuut remarkably, they lost interest in all of that!  Can you believe it?!  Here’s some of the cute little pots they did however manage to make, despite my lack of imparting any real scientific info on the inner workings of the remarkable concrete molecules. 

Taste the Rainbow… Swiss Chard!

Well, I’ll be damned.  I’ve been lured into the world of really, REALLY healthy vegetables by unseen forces.  I have to admit to being officially charmed by chard.  No longer will it linger on the shelf of Whole Foods or wilt in the outdoor heat of the Farmer’s Market.. not if I’m around!  Next to Dr. Oz, who is almost obnoxious in his zeal for promoting this wholesome plant, I must say that I’m next in line as its new cheerleader!

And why now?  Why, indeed!  Why not!  Look at how scrumdidelyumptious these colors are, for one thing… almost as colorful as candy!  (who likes candy?!)

Crowns!

I know I’m a bit late in honoring the Queen’s Jubilee, but here it is anyway.  A few wonderful depictions of my favorite piece of jewelry, the crown.  How often in life do any women get to wear these?  Isn’t it time for a change in fashion?  Can we please bring these back?