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It is March 1st and we finally have the first major storm here in New Hampshire since Halloween! It’s close to a foot in some areas and it’s days like this I am glad I am fortunate enough to work from home.

As I mentioned yesterday I am running a writing-type contest over on my Facebook page. Hop over and “like” the page and send in an entry, you have until Friday at 10am!

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

 

Also, as I mentioned yesterday there is a Photo-a-day challenge for March as well. I will not be participating in this one but February was a lot of fun so if you missed it why not try out the one for March? I am always looking for new “challenges” I love tight deadlines, short word counts, interesting angles. Script Frenzy is coming up again in April, anyone have any suggestion for other challenges. Leave me a comment if you know of something fun I should try!

Now, even though they aren’t from the challenge I’m going to leave you with a couple of pictures from the storm, just because!

 

 

 

 

 

The BIG picture window I look out every day into the backyard has the appearance of fringy bangs or monster fangs! What do you think?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of my turkey friends foraging for snacks just as the snow began to fall in earnest Wed. afternoon.

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March’s Challenge list

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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 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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So it’s a lot easier to “take” the picture every day than it is to “post” it! for the 14th I had a picture I couldn’t find, took a different one and spent a half-hour and it wouldn’t load, then the page they say they “ALWAYS” save a draft of…didn’t save. I ran out of time and now here it is the 17th. So after a cranky Blog-system and a minor illness I am now ready to post!

14th subject-“heart” I chose a vintage Valentine my Mother had on display.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 15 subject “phone” – This is a phone we had in our “Fire-themed” Bar we used to own. It resembles a call box but cleverly is an actual phone. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 16 subject -“Something New” – to expand my writing “offerings” I have branched out into framing some of my poetry along with the actual photograph or vision that inspired it. This gives people a chance to see more of my work in a more timely fashion than waiting for a kind publisher to fall in love with the manuscript enough to put it all into book format!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 17 subject “time” – This is a photo of some green olives as in “not ready” olives we purchased in the North End in Boston on our annual Christmas pilgrimage. I chose this picture because we are curing these olives – novicely – a process that if you choose to do the old-fashioned way takes a very, very, long time… as in months. I think we are nearing the point where we can try one but I have to say I am not as excited about that prospect as I was when we started! I think I’ll let the Mr. eat the 1st one 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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