Friday, April 22, 2011

The Sincerest Form…(Guest Post!)

I'd like to thank my friend Beth for writing this guest post/tribute while I'm busy getting back on my feet. She does it with her usual sense of down-to-earth wit and sincerity. It's an irresistible combination! I hope my readers enjoy it, and have a wonderful Easter! -Monica

Hello friends, I’m Beth from
The imPerfect Housewife and while Monica is busy getting her house and garden and pets and husband and library and countryside ready for the beautiful spring weather, she has asked me to come and do a guest post on her blog. Excited? UH, YES!! I think her blog was one of the first that I started “following” when I learned what that was and how blogging worked.

If they say “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”, then I hope that Monica is well flattered because I am so inspired when I visit her blog and always want to try new things and get creative. Well, I can’t say ALWAYS because I still eat canned fruits and vegetables and that would probably throw her into a tailspin but MOST of the time. I’m going to share just a few of things that I’ve done after visiting her blog and being inspired… (she is probably rolling her eyes at this point and not wanting this post to be about HER, so I want to reassure her that it’s not, it’s about things I’ve done…because of her)… J

#1 CANNING! I took my first ever canning class about a week ago. Last year she did a post about canning some peppers and honestly that’s something I’d never thought about before. Then she’d mention here and there about things on her shelves from past gardens, etc. and it was like the light suddenly went on – I can do that! I’ve made her whoopie pie recipe, I can pretty much conquer the world. My husband works for a grocery chain here in the Midwest and they have what’s called “Evening with the Experts” every so often, and it just so happened that there was going to be a canning class with a representative from the Ball Co. Since I don’t work for the grocery chain, my husband had to go along also but that’s fine, we both learned! That will come in very handy when I’m stressed out from looking at too many tomatoes and sweating and want to call out for pizza – he can finish up. It’s all good.

I didn’t know canning supplies were cute now. That makes it more fun. And did you know they have labels now that dissolve in water so you don’t have to scrape them off the jars? I know, right!? What next, a man on the moon?

Ta-dah! I realize the certificate just says it’s a “Certificate of Attendance” but in my head that means, “Watch out, this girl can CAN like nobody’s business!”

#2 CUTE BREAD! I’ve actually made this bread twice now (including last night) and both times, my son has said, “This is the best bread,” and besides it’s easy and looks impressive. I added my own spin to it by using a bread machine, but before you go thinking that’s cheating, that only covers the mixing and rising. I still had to braid it and sprinkle the seeds on. And bake it. And drink a Diet Pepsi.

#3 GARDENING! I think most things should be started out slowly, like growing your own food. I do think, however, if Monica can have a garden then so can I. I’m taking baby steps with this one because I think gardens involve a lot of time outdoors (not a big fan) and sweating (again, nuh uh) but there’s no reason why when Target has cute herb starters for a dollar that I shouldn’t jump in feet first and get that herb party started. They’ll probably grow better when I open the packets and add a bit of water.

I’m hoping that since we’ve become long-distance friends, Monica has learned from me as well and it’s a give-and-take sort of thing. Honestly, I can’t think of anything but there has to be something. Thanks, Mennobrarian, for letting me guest post and show off my new skills and I hope you all are inspired to try something new today also.
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  1. Loved this post! So hilarious, but definitely encouraging! I look forward to checking out her blog as well!

  2. So funny. I regularly read both blogs and am smiling that I identify with Beth and have Monica's recipes and instructions. I have the same little Target seed pots in my kitchen window. They have sprouted nicely. We'll talk later when I try to transplant them.

  3. monica how nice of you to do that.. It was great.. I love to can but for some reason the last time I canned peppers they went bad I think I put vinegar in them don't remember.. So if you could share how you do pepper for canning that would be great.. Thanks.. And do hope your on the mend..

  4. HAHAHA!!!! You both inspire me and I love it when you bounce into my living room (along with a couple of other blogging friends.)

    I, too, am inspired by Monica and then brought back to reality by Beth :-) I hope to accomplish some of the things I've read about but for now, just gratefuel for our online friendship!

    Thank you girls!

    PS My husband asked, "So, she can can?" I didn't answer him...

  5. I love the pictures of the bread, and it reminds me why i love bread so much.A good post. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon county.

  6. That bread is beautiful. Happy Easter! :)

  7. Thank you, I am inspired to try canning again!!!! As you say, if you can do it, so must I! Very good post!

    Debbie S.

  8. What a fun post, Beth! Thanks for filling in for Our Monica while she takes care of business! I agree with Peggy! All three of you light up my life (I feel SO like Debbie Boone here...shall I sing a few bars? no?), and I've laughed more since "knowing" you than ever before!


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