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January 2011

from the Etowah Indian Mounds

We went to visit the Etowah Indian Mounds today.

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This is the hut that they built in what they think was the style of the Etowahs around 800 years ago.

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800 years ago is not really something I can wrap my head around, though I am quite familiar with red Georgia clay.

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They also dug this ditch around the area to help give themselves the advantage in battle.

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Beautiful, isn't it?

Coke bottle bird feeder

The bread? Let's just say buttermilk would've tasted much better than vanilla almond milk... It is edible, we just don't really want to eat any more of it. I'll try something else another day.

This morning, V and I made a bird feeder from a Coke bottle. We got the idea from an episode of Curious George, but they used a 2-liter bottle. All I had on hand was one of those little 10-ounce bottles, so we used that.

I poked two small holes, which we pushed a chopstick through. And I cut two larger holes for the birds to eat from. Then I screwed some scrap sock yarn into the cap and we hung it from a tree.

coke bottle bird feeder

I'm hoping it's not too wobbly for them (if so, I'll adjust it) and I'm planning to take some video of the birds eating from it later.

Like bread for jam

Today I'm baking bread. I have no idea how it's going to turn out. Maybe awful.

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I saw the Oat Soda Bread recipe on 101 Cookbooks and thought I'd try it because it takes almost zero time to mix it up.

The thing is, I don't have any buttermilk in my house. I don't even have any cow milk in my house. I have rice milk and I have vanilla almond milk. I used the vanilla almond milk because it's thicker like buttermilk. I didn't put lemon juice in it to try to make buttermilk because of the vanilla. That just sounded yuck to me.

So I have no idea how this little experiment is going to go, but since it took me almost zero time to mix it up...

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Yesterday we went to IKEA and bought these jams. So some good homemade bread to go with it would be nice.

I'll let you know how it turns out...

In the meantime, if you have any tried & true vegan bread recipes, do share!

Find All Cats

For Christmas, Santa brought V a really cool pad of paper. You draw on it in black ink and use the handy dandy 3D glasses that come with the paper and your artwork is in 3D! With the glasses, it even works on the computer screen. V drew this activity for her visiting Grandmo but she and I decided to share it with all of you too.

There are 12 cats hidden in this picture. You will know them by their eyes, peeking out of the trees and from behind the table. Can you find them all?

Find All Cats

Happy New Year from our family to yours!

In shop news, I got all excited this morning and put up my "something new." I've got big plans for 2011 for more weights and definitely lots more colors. Check it out and let me know what you think!