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Free “The Little Prince” Printable, an inspirational quote for my desk

“Look up at the sky. Ask yourself: Has the sheep eaten the flower, yes or no? And you will see how everything changes…”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

A little over a week back, I enjoyed some good advice from Home For Now on how to style a desk. I really like that her ideas cover, what seems to me, each important aspect of a desk in one straight forward, conclusive post.

Tip three, have Something Inspirational, was my call to action. I had, literally, the day before finding Home For Now, just assembled my desk. I had her other two elements down; now I just needed something that will inspire me when ever I look at it.

I fell in love with The Little Prince the first time I read it in my college library. Although I knew that most of the literary messages were beyond me, I loved the imagery and took a lot from this story of innocence and the dangers of growing up. The book touches me every time I read it and has many great quotes to pull from the text.

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Rose’s Tip of the Day #11: Southern Sweet Tea Brews Hot

Did you know that to make iced sweet tea, you have to brew it hot first before chilling it? It sounds intuitive, brew tea so everything steeps and dissolves first. This is news to me.

On a beautiful So Cal day, when the sky is clear and the sun is hot, my mom likes to brew “sun tea” in her back yard. Add tea bags, water, and desired amount (or lack thereof) sugar to a glass pitcher and let it steep in the sun for a few hours. After your tea steeps, chill it in the refrigerator.

I, therefore, believed that all iced tea was made by a mild chilling process because “sun tea” never gets too hot. I learned otherwise when Uhg made loud noises of frustration from the kitchen while making iced sweet tea. “I didn’t cool the iced tea long enough!”

Hot tea steamed from our cooking pot, the counter and floor, and what used to be our fancy glass pitcher. Literally, Mr. Husband held the pitcher bowl and handle in one hand, and the base sat on the counter.

I will tell you, unashamed, one of my virtues. I usually don’t get angry if you accidentally break my things or spill on me. Usually, all I want to do is calm down my upset friend and help clean.

Mr. Husband was so upset that he broke our fancy glass pitcher. I felt sorry for him as his upset had certainly punished him more than enough. He clearly didn’t mean to break it and cared enough for me and the pitcher to regret it. I love my Honey Bunny more than I love glass pitchers.

I was rather disappointed, though. I liked that pitcher; it was a wedding gift. Over the course of the next two days we cleaned the counters, drawers, behind our fridge, and replaced our pitcher with a less breakable plastic pitcher from Wal-Mart. Now, I have “fancy glass pitcher” on my wish list.

So, Rose’s Tips:

1. Sweet tea is made by boiling water, tea, and sugar first before chilling it.

2. Cool your hot liquids before pouring into glass. Physics, people!

3. Help clean up and be nice to your friends/family if they spill or break your things. If they already regret it, there’s no use in making sure they understand.

4. I prefer glass and ceramic dishes over plastic any day. Glass doesn’t have the potentially cancerous materials found in plastic and I doubt it breaks down the way plastic does. We bought a new pitcher that says BPA Free on the tag, so I’m putting my trust in it. But, how can I prove it? I’m no chemist. Invest in glass when you can.

To our friends who gave us the fancy glass pitcher: Thank you for the pitcher. We enjoyed tea and Kool-Aid in your glass pitcher several times before “the big sweet tea fiasco of 2014” and will remember you when we use our new plastic pitcher.

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Never too old for a pinata

“Yeah, I’m too old for a piñata. But, I want one. I still want to beat something with a stick!”

– “Steve”

Steve’s thirteenth birthday is coming up in August. I am already planning epic Minecraft shenanigans as our family is going to throw him a great thirteenth birthday party. This is what Steve told me when I asked if he was too old for a piñata. (I really want to DIY a Minecraft piñata!)

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Rose’s Tip # 10, Usagi’s Cleaning Tip: Zest your garbage disposal with citrus

Wedges of pink grapefruit, lime, and lemon, an...

Wedges of pink grapefruit, lime, and lemon, and a half orange (clockwise from top) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My sister-in-law is a very good house cleaner. Her slightly phobic nature is a virtue in the home. She likes things that are safe and doesn’t like things that are a known hazard. Usagi and I are kindred spirits; we both watch Sailor Moon and refuse to eat food with fake sugar. I can go on and on about the dangers of artificial sugars. Usagi has already saved my husband and I from my undoing several times.

So, to the point, Usagi’s most recent tip: My kitchen garbage disposal, which was starting to stink, smells like lime now.

Squeeze some extra juice from your citrus fruits into your garbage disposal to keep it smelling fresh.

Furthermore, don’t waste food: if you have citrus fruits, like lemon, lime, or orange, that are not good anymore, chop it into bits and grind it down the disposal. It will freshen your drain and make use out of food that otherwise went bad.

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Lego Back Splash Progress: Take 1, April 2014

This is only the beginning of a grander project than anyone can for see…

Lego kitchen back splash

I am building up my kitchen wall with a Lego back splash! This may take months, years, even a decade to finish. My favorite want-list item, when I’m not pining for Sailor Moon manga, is more Lego bricks. All bricks I collect, sans any builder set I may indulge in, will go directly to the kitchen wall. That is, until Hubby and I have children. That is another story… Continue reading