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Topics: Arizona,cactus,movies,photographs,prickly pear,saguaro

Thoughts on “Life in a Day” One Year Later

My family and I recently went to the big screen premiere of Life in a Day. Since a clip of mine, of my younger daughter Teagan, made it into the film, my whole family has been emotionally vested in the film. Yet, to be completely honest, I would have loved the film anyway. It’s shockingly […]

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Topics: Arizona,cactus,photographs,prickly pear,Tucson

Prickly Pear Fruit Season Again

Once again, it’s time to harvest prickly pear fruit.  Here are a few photographs of my daughters enjoying picking this year’s harvest. We’re going to have a big crop this year (over the next two or so weeks), so if there is anyone local interested in picking some, please contact me.

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Topics: food,green living,photographs,prickly pear,vegan,vegan recipe,vegetarian

Refreshing Watermelon Popsicles

To cool off this summer, my kids and I have been experimenting with making all kinds of different flavored homemade popsicles (which are far healthier and less expensive than store bought ones).  So far, our favorites have been lemonade (with and without prickly pear juice) and a mixture of lemonade and orange juice.  Yesterday, we […]

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Topics: Arizona,cactus,photographs,prickly pear,Tucson

View from My Window

I’ve really been enjoying the flowers this spring.  Here is a view from my dining room window (through the glass and screen) of the Santa Rita prickly pear blooming, plus a variety of photographs of other prickly pear blooms around my land.  I’ve also added a photo of my daughters with my mom and one […]

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Topics: Arizona,cactus,photographs,prickly pear

More Arizona Spring Flowers – April 2009

All of theses photos were taken on my land in southern Arizona.

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Topics: cookbook,dairy,food,Girl Scouts,holidays,party,photographs,prickly pear,vegan,vegan recipe,vegetarian

RECIPE: Vegan Cream Cheese Wedding Mints

Our Girl Scout troop recently had a Talent Show.  My oldest daughter’s talent was cooking.  Since each act could only be 5 minutes (or less) long, she had a difficult time deciding what to cook.  She finally decided on wedding mints (which could be shown in stages).  They are relatively simple to make, easy to […]

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Topics: Arizona,cactus,food,lowfat,photographs,prickly pear,vegan,vegan recipe,vegetarian

Prickly Pear BBQ Sauce

Due to popular demand from my “Enchilada Casserole” post, here is my Vegan-Friendly Prickly Pear Barbeque Sauce recipe. Once I realized that we were going to be able to get a large harvest of prickly pear fruit this past summer, I started reading up on various things people do with prickly pear fruit. Other than […]

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Topics: Arizona,homeschooling,photographs,prickly pear,travel,Unschooling,vegetarian

Arizona Ghost Town: Pearce

South of Willcox and east of Benson, AZ, is the little ghost town of Pearce, AZ. Some Unschooling friends of ours wanted to check this little town out on our recent visit to Annie’s Orchard (for pumpkins and a corn maze). The old gold mining town is easy to find and quite quaint (and had […]

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Topics: Arizona,books,cactus,photographs,prickly pear,saguaro,travel

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is in southern Arizona, right on the U.S./Mexico border. My family and I have been wanting to go there for a while and we recently had the opportunity. What surprised us the most was how few people we saw (only one other vehicle on the 22 mile loop). I was […]

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Topics: Arizona,guest post,homeschooling,prickly pear,saguaro,Tucson,Unschooling,words,writing

Haiku by Zoe PART THREE

Here is the last of Zoë’s series of Haiku poems for the summer of 2008. Certainly she’ll write more later. 🙂 Click here for PART ONE and here for PART TWO. Tortoise Turtle, terrapin It is neither one of those The desert tortoise Coyote Howls out my window Even though they’re far away They seem […]

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