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Archive for March, 2013

Happy Easter! This is Woodland Whimsy’s Easter edition of Fiber Friends.

Strawberry Bunny

Strawberry Bunny

This is Strawberry(My niece,who was three at the time, named my bunnies). She is an English Angora Rabbit.

Princess

Princess

This is Princess. She is also an English Angora Rabbit. The angora fiber does not needle felt well, but does work well for wet felting. I understand it is fantastic to spin. I don’t know how to do that yet though.

Bunny Snuggles

Bunny Snuggles

My youngest daughter getting some bunny snuggles.

I hope you all have a wonderful day.

 

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Happy Friday! I hope that you all have a fun weekend planned.

Bunny fungus?

Bunny fungus?

In honor of the season, here is a fungus trying to look like a bunny.

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I’d like to introduce you to the newest arrival at Woodland Whimsy.

Hello!

Hello!

This is Herman. He is a Crested Worm. Herman came to live at Woodland Whimsy late last week.

Wormy Herman

Wormy Herman

New creatures show up at Woodland Whimsy all the time, but there always seem to be more new types in the spring for some reason.

 

Fitting in

Fitting in

Herman fits in great here. Yesterday afternoon he took a lovely walk(and gave a bit of a ride) to these fantastic little gnomes from Gniffer’s Gnomes.

Do you like Herman? You can see more of my work at Woodland Whimsy. There are links there to all of my pages.

 

 

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I found something new in my garden last week. Normally one wouldn’t be happy to find a snail in the garden. Read the story to find out why I am.

Stanely

Stanley

I’d like to introduce you to Stanley Snail. I found him in my garden last week. He is beautiful, but he is a snail. I was worried about what he would do to my garden.

Stanley with the white crocus

Stanley with the white crocus

Stanley eased my fears by assuring me that he does not eat plants. He is a garden protector.

Purple crocus

Purple crocus

“Not only do I not eat garden plants, I do eat garden pests.” Stanley explained.

Lonely daffodil

Lonely daffodil

Stanley wandered through the garden while he chatted with me. Examining the early spring plants.

Dutch Iris

Dutch Iris

“I also help out the small animals that are good for your garden like the spiders, lady bugs, and worms.”

Lilac leaves budding

Lilac leaves budding

“I keep an eye on things and let you know when something is going wrong,” continued Stanley. “I hope that you will let me stay.” I told Stanley that he was welcome to stay with me. Gardeners can always use a bit of help.

I hope that you enjoyed meeting Stanley. He is a needle felted creation. If you would like to see more of my work, you can do so here www.woodlandwhimsy.com It has photos and links to all of my pages.

 

 

 

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Happy Friday! I am planning a quiet weekend at home. I may begin my spring cleaning. I hope you are planning something good.

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This handsome guy is having quite to conversation. To me, this type of fungus always looks ready for a chat. This one even more so as it appears to have grown a lower jaw.

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Happy Spring! It is windy and pretty cold here at Woodland Whimsy this first morning of spring. Happily, we’ve had a couple of weeks of lovely spring like weather that allowed us to have our barbeque on St. Patrick’s Day. Today we’ll see how it all turned out.

Barbeque Sauce

Barbeque Sauce

The ribs are almost completely done cooking. It’s time for Gilbert to add the barbeque sauce.

Applying the sauce

Applying the sauce

“It is important to wait until the end so the sauce doesn’t burn.” explained Gilbert.

Veggie Kabobs

Veggie Kabobs

Gilbert put the vegetable kabobs on the grill while the barbeque sauce cooked into the meat. “You have to have some balance in your diet. I love vegetables.”

Cutting up the ribs

Cutting up the ribs

Gilbert helped cut the ribs up for easy serving.

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Dinner is served

“Look at all the yummy food!” said Gilbert happily.

First serving

First serving

“This looks really good, but I’m going to want more food than this.” giggled Gilbert.

Full!

Full!

I have to tell you that I couldn’t believe how much Gilbert ate. He didn’t help with clean up, he just fell asleep next to his plate after this photo was taken.

I hope you like Gilbert. You can see more of my work at www.woodlandwhimsy.com it has links to all my other pages.

 

 

 

 

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Gilbert went to my mom’s farm with me on Saturday to help plant some trees and repair some critter pens. Sadly, we were way too busy to get photos taken. So Gilbert helped us grill our awesome dinner on Sunday. He reminded me that photos are important if I want to blog about something. I know corned beef would have been a bit more traditional as a Saint Patrick’s Day dinner, but we grilled ribs and veggie kabobs instead.

Seasoning

Seasoning

The first step in really great ribs is to season the meat. We did it the easy way this time and used a prepared seasoning. We often make our own.

Wrapped in foil

Wrapped in foil

Then it needs to be wrapped in foil.

Needs more

Needs more

“Hey!” exclaimed Gilbert, “I need some more foil.” The ribs need to be completely covered with the foil.

All covered

All covered

“That’s better.” said Gilbert in a satisfied voice. “Now we need to put them in the refrigerator until closer to time to cook.” Into the ‘fridge the ribs go. They rest in the refrigerator until about an hour before cooking.

On the Grill

On the Grill

Gilbert helped put the foil wrapped ribs on the grill. “Make sure the grill is on low,” advised Gilbert. “We don’t want to burn them.” The ribs grill on low for an hour or so.

Off with the foil

Off with the foil

After the ribs had grilled for a bit over an hour, Gilbert took off the foil and put the ribs directly on the grill.

No more foil

No more foil

The ribs cook directly on the grill (still on low) until the start to feel stiff when you pick them up with the tongs.

Ready for sauce

Ready for sauce

“They are ready for barbeque sauce! Let’s get it put on.” urged Gilbert.

Finishing up and the very best part, eating, will be featured in the next blog post. As always, you can see more of my work on my web page(which links to my other pages) www.woodlandwhimsy.com

 

 

 

 

 

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