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So it is Leap Day, which means an entire extra day to do whatever you wish. Will you do the usual or will you try to squeeze in something fun or just catch up on a project you’ve put off? How about entering a contest?! I am running a short contest in honor of Leap Day over on my Facebook page.

“Like” my page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Melissa-Rossetti-Folini-Bee-Leaf-Works/123347344351416

You must visit the page and “like” it in order to enter the contest. It’s short and fun and there will be a prize for the best entry!

Good luck!

Now for the last day of the February Photo challenge.

Day 29 subject – “something you are listening to”

Since we get an extra day today I’m going to give you an extra photo as well!

This is a new CD I got that I just love. I play it sometimes while cooking our Big Sunday Dinner and I may have “snuck” “Volare” onto my husbands new iPod when he asked me to charge it the other day! heehee Nothing like getting ready to crank out a 400lb deadlift and switching from Deep Purple to Dean Martin! Hey, it’s his fault for leaving it on shuffle!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now for your bonus photo!

There is a photo-a-day challenge for MARCH! So, if you missed this one or want to try your own here is the list put out by the same person. I am undecided as to whether I’ll participate but you just never know. I do love a challenge!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Story Times Good Enough to Eat! : Thematic programs with edible story crafts” by Melissa Rossetti Folini – Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO – Jan. 2010 – 3 5-star reviews on Amazon.com, also available from Barnes and Noble  or from the author.

 

 

 

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Day 28 subject “money”

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Royal Caribbean’s “Oasis of the Seas” One of the newest and biggest ships in their fleet! It has a zip line, wave rider, skating rink..yes, it’s enormous and we’ll be sailing on it in a couple of months so every penny found in a parking lot is going straight into the fund!

 

Contest alert! OK over on my Facebook page I will be announcing a contest tomorrow in honor of Leap Day! details will be posted on my facebook page only and you must “like” the page in order to participate. The prize will depend on the proximity of the winner to me! Get your creative juices flowing and come visit me on Facebook and I’ll “see” you tomorrow!

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Day 27 Subject – something you ate!

Ok this photo is going to make some of you say, “ewwwww.” However, this is a tradition started with my Dad when I was little. Tradition is a very important part of my life and now that my Dad is gone I have been trying to pass these things on to my nephew as he would have done. I learned also that my husband has a few traditions from his family but not nearly as many as I do and one of the things he loves about me is my holiday traditions and my ability to make an ordinary meal special. He appreciates my going the “extra mile” by adding festive paper goods or a decoration or something to commemorate a special day. Just last week we celebrated Mardi gras. It was a really a regular old Tuesday for us but I added some beads he’d “caught “for me at a parade, some paper goods and a Mardi gras mask wearing rubber duck. It took less than 3 minutes to decorate and Voila a regular Tuesday became “Fat Tuesday.” These little touches don’t take a lot of time or a lot of money, just a bit of creativity. Don’t you owe it to yourself to enjoy a weeknight dinner just as much as a special occasion?! Your family will appreciate it! You might even be able to make a new tradition out of it!

Back to “what I ate.” We are Italian and the North End in Boston, Mass. is one of my favorite places in the World, not just for the food but for the sights, sounds, experiences, and the memories it brings back. This “memory” is a tradition from our annual week before Christmas pilgrimage. My Dad would always get a raw clam on the half-shell and I always participated! My husband LOVES them and my nephew tolerated it! But I secretly think even though it wasn’t the best tasting thing he ate that day that he loved the idea and tradition behind it and THAT is what it’s all about!

These can be eaten, 1. plain 2. with a squeeze of lemon 3. with a dash of tabasco (&lemon.) Me, I eat them plain and VERY QUICKLY before my brain can register what I just put in my mouth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 25 subject – “green”

My entry for this is a picture of our brand new basil plant. I had been nursing 2 smaller plants leftover from the summer and they finally gave up on me. It’s too far from planting/growing season to go without our homemade pesto and bruschetta so we had to bring a new “Basil” home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You get a bonus photo today as well. Here is a suggestion for how to use basil if you see these cute little plants in the store and wonder “Hmmm, what do I do with that?” This is Bruschetta I made using the recipe from Giada DeLaurentiis.

 

 

 

 

Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Bruschetta

From the book, Everyday Italian.

Makes 36 pieces

Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Bruschetta
1 (32-ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained
1 cup fresh basil leaves, washed and spun dry
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 cloves garlic, peeled
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 large French baquettes, sliced 1-inch thick (about 36 slices)
1 ½ pounds fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced ¼-inch thick
Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Bruschetta
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In the bowl of a food processor, add drained tomatoes, 1 cup basil leaves, olive oil and 2 cloves garlic. Pulse until smooth, but somewhat chunky. Season with salt and pepper.
On a baking sheet, line up baguette slices. Toast in oven for about 3 minutes or until light golden brown. Working quickly, rub the remaining garlic on the toasted side of each slice and then lay a piece of mozzarella cheese on top. Place bread back in oven and melt cheese slightly, about 45 seconds. Remove from oven and spread one tablespoon of the tomato mixture on each piece.
Place bruschetta on decorative platter and garnish with basil leaves.

 

Here is a link to her website. http://giadadelaurentiis.com/

 

Day 26 subject – “Night”

This photo was taken on the night of a full moon and we were desperately trying to capture, with our borrowed camera, the gorgeous view we were seeing. The moon didn’t come out so well. But some spur of the moment shots of a wild thistle plant are some of my favorites and one of the bestsellers in my notecards!

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Day 24 subject – “inside your bathroom cabinet”

Well we don’t really have a cabinet per se but we do have a closet. It’s not very inspiring, interesting, or thought provoking but..here it is!

 

 

 

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Day 23 subject “shoes”

I had a hard time deciding on this one. It’s not because I have an extraordinary amount of shoes as some women do (I am a sunglasses addict not a shoe addict.) But rather I didn’t know what kind of “message” I wanted to portray. I hovered over my pink fuzzies for a moment as that’s what I wear at home – in the winter. For most of the year I am barefoot. I thought about my sneakers as I have been exercising up a storm these last few months. I briefly thought about my high-heeled black boots that I have yet to wear this year and thought “NO.” I chose instead the big, black, wedge sandals that, if it weren’t February in New England I would be wearing every day. I am not a flip-flop kinda girl. I like giant, clunky wedges that add several inches to my height, to the dismay of my slightly shorter husband. So in honor of spring, our cruise, and the fact that there is no snow on the ground in February. Here are my sandals!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only a few days left of the challenge – see what’s coming up!

 

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Day 21 subject “where you work” –

I am very fortunate to work from home doing my writing full-time. It’s a bit of a challenge, as being your own boss doesn’t mean it’s vacation every day, especially when the only person responsible for work product is you! I do enjoy the freedom being at home allows me creatively speaking and I am an uber multitasker so household chores get wound in to everything else so they don’t eat at me while I’m working. My photo is the view from my desk which is both inspiring and distracting some days. I do understand now the theory behind having workers in cubicles, no windows, nothing to look at and distract their focus. However, in this line of work an errant turkey or porcupine meandering into my line of sight can spawn a poem or even a children’s book! So you can keep your cubicle, I’ll “suffer” the distraction of my view!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This challenge will be over in a few days and I hope you have enjoyed following along! Did any of you participate by taking your own photos or did this inspire you to come up with a challenge of your own? Leave a comment and let me know!

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