Making a Garden Pathway: Day 2

Mud & pea gravel definitely don't make for a nice garden path!

Mud & pea gravel definitely don’t make for a nice garden path!

Today is actually not the 2nd consecutive day of my garden pathway!  I didn’t have quite as much time to invest this weekend and ran into a bit of trouble, so most of my work this time was repairing a section of the path and figuring out how to make a nice terminating end by the fence, which I hadn’t really thought through until I got into it. Continue reading

Baked Pear with Red Wine Glaze


I’ve been stuck in a bit of a rut with having my raspberries for Date Night desserts.  Judging by the constant sale on them at the local Publix, you’d think they were in season all year long!  But it’s time to force myself to start exploring something new for desserts.  So for the most recent Date Night, I still stayed with the theme of roasted fruits & ice cream by having a roasted bosc pear with a red wine glaze.  While I usually associate pears with a fall dessert, this one will probably make it’s way into my spring repertoire quite a few more times! Continue reading

Date Night Dinner: Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower

One of my newest food obsessions this spring is cauliflower.  On a recent visit to The Olive Branch, I had their roasted cauliflower for an appetizer and it could’ve easily been an entreé in and of itself!  I’ve been looking for good meat substitutes that have enough density to make me feel like I’m eating something hearty and cauliflower, especially when roasted with some spices definitely makes the cut.  It’s like a vegetable steak!   Continue reading

Rustic Farmhouse Bed – Reader Projects!

***Update***  I’m trying to get as many reader photos as I can up on my Facebook page, so check out for other reader projects.  They look great!!! ***

I confess I’m a little late getting this post up, but I wanted to highlight one of my reader’s rustic farmhouse bed projects since it turned out so nice!  Ronnie was also the reader that inspired me to rework the original queen sized plan into a king size rustic bed plan. Continue reading

How to Embed Interactive Calculations in Adobe PDF Documents

So I’m the poster child for writing niche content these days!  Here’s another one for those of you who want to put interactive calculators in your PDF documents, but need some more advanced functionality than basic arithmetic functions.  Like, who would read this stuff anyway?? Continue reading

Creating a “Torn Paper” Frame Effect in InDesign


One of the recent issues that I ran into with InDesign is that the program doesn’t have the same brushes and advanced masking capabilities that Photoshop does so when it comes to creating a document element like an object frame that looks like it was made from torn paper, InDesign presents us with some challenges.

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Who is a Refugee and How Did They Get Here?

Ran across this infographic from World Relief that is really helpful in understanding the process by which a refugee gets to the U.S.  It’s also important to be clear about who, exactly, is a refugee versus, say, an illegal alien or an internally displaced person, or an asylum seeker or a migrant.  Each term has a specific meaning (with an associated legal status).  When engaging in conversations about the current global refugee crisis, it’s important to define the terms since there’s a tremendous amount of mis-information that’s being fueled by the media.  Continue reading