Friday, October 22, 2010

Fast Company!

Dave hit another magazine article! This time in Fast Company Magazine. Nice to know there are some business print magazines still out there since Fortune Small Business went under:(
You can click on the picture to enlarge. His product is number 3, the pink sable make-up brush in dymondwood.

Way to go Dave! I might have to quit my j-o-b in order to be your full time press agent;)

Locks of Love

Remember that long, flowing hair? It's gone and sent to Locks of Love. Why? Because her friend did it. This time peer pressure was positive:p

Monday, October 18, 2010

Dave is in a Crochet Today article!

David was contacted by Crochet Today Magazine and asked him if he would be willing to send in a Knit-N-Spin to feature in their Nov/Dec issue. He asked me if I thought Crochet Today was the real thing, he had no idea, cute! The Magazine issue came out today and his Nosteppines and Knit-N-Spins are flying off the shelf. He was trying to prepare for this article during the summer but every times he lists stuff, his lurkers snatch them up. Oh well.... Congrats my darling Hubby!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Scooby Carnival Benefitting THSD

Texas Service and Hearing Dogs is an organization our Girl Scout Troop has been working closely with. They are having a Scooby Doo Spectacular fundraiser in Dripping Springs and would like your support. The cost is $5 per ghoul and has many events to entertain the wee ones.

Texas Hearing and Service Dogs trains dogs to assist Texans living with hearing or mobility challenges. We adopt every dog in our program from an animal shelter, rescue group or occasional owner release. We invest $17,500 and one year to train each Hearing or Service Dog team (dog and person). Thanks to your donations, we provide the dogs and training free of charge.

Hearing Dogs alert their deaf partners by touch and lead them to a variety of important everyday sounds, including a knock at the door, a smoke alarm, an alarm clock and a baby's cry. They respond to oral and sign language commands.

Service Dogs assist physically challenged individuals by opening doors and refrigerators, fetching out of reach wheelchairs, retrieving dropped items, turning lights on and off, getting help and moving paralyzed limbs. They also perform customized tasks such as assistance with clothing and specialized equipment.

Hearing and Service Dogs also provide emotional and social benefits through companionship and encouragement of greater interaction from others.
When you see a Hearing or Service Dog in Public
You may see a person using a Hearing or Service Dog, or even a Trainer, in a public place like the shopping mall. Texas and U.S. law allow public access with the dogs. When you see a person with a Hearing or Service Dog, you can ask them, "May I pet your dog?" If they say yes, follow their instructions on how to pet the dog. That way, you show respect for the person and do not interfere with the dog's training.

Texas Hearing and Service Dogs uses positive training methods. We do not use any force, punishment or corrections in our training methods. We use fun, rewards and lots of surprises to keep our dogs motivated and eager to please.

Non-scary Halloween carnival for young children up to age 10. Help Scooby and the Gang search the Haunted Maze for the Mummy, play games to win treats, decorate your own treat bag, try the Mystery Cake Walk. Costume Contest for Most Original, Scariest and People's Choice. $5/person (adults & children). All games included

Scooby's Haunted Carnival
Sat., Oct. 30
1 - 5 PM

4925 Bell Springs Rd
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Follow them on their blog here.....

Or find out more about this amazing organization here....

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A forgotten year in pictures....

Our Girl Scout Troop earning their Silver Award by organizing and hosting a health fair for 17 Brownies.

DD entering the river for her baptism at church camp.

You know who and his two sisters were ADOPTED!!

The girls volunteering at the Mighty Texas Dog Walk, a fundraiser for service dogs.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Healthy food can be simple too!!

Darling Daughter, aka DD, made a simple, colorful, nutritous dinner in 6 minutes. Oca + purple potatoes + cheese + real butter = dinner! Just wash and quarter potatoes and oca, microwave 5 minutes, add cheddar, microwave 30 seconds more, add butter and maybe salt/pepper, DONE:) Add a glass of milk and you have a simple, nutritous meal.

This meal is high in protein, both from the dairy and the potato, riboflavin, phosphorous, vitamins B12, B6, C, D, calcium, selenium,Thiamin, Niacin, folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese.

The purple potatoes have an additional nutritional value over that of regular potaoes. According to

Nutritional Value
The purple potato's striking pigment is its nutritional life force, thanks to the antioxidant powerhouse anthocyanin, which is responsible for the purple and blue color of fruits and vegetables. This flavonoid has been shown in studies to possess anti-cancer and heart-protective effects, as well as benefits like boosting the immune system and protecting against age-related memory loss. Research by the USDA Agricultural Research Service found that potatoes with the darkest colors have more than four times the antioxidant potential of those with lighter skin and flesh.

I knew potatoes that weren't fried were very healthy but when I looked up the nutritional info for this dish I was still surprised at the nutritional value it contained. It feels like a comfort food dish that most of us like but you can apparently eat guilt free. This meal with the milk is probably along the lines of 500-600 calories so it is indeed a meal and not a snack. The purple potatoes and oca make it a more interesting and colorful twist of an old favorite, the baked potato.

I blogged about Oca in an earlie post here.