Thursday, March 27, 2008

Two Dog Pond Granola Recipe

Mmmm....this is the best Granola ever - I've promised the recipe to several people and now to entice them to visit my blog-o-rama, I'm posting it here.... and no, Rhoda, you can't substitute chocolate chips for the wheat germ! And no, Bonnie - Drinking a Double Dirty Dry Martini with Granola doesn't make it healthier!

8 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cups wheat germ
8 oz coconut
1 1/2 cups of nuts (walnuts, sunflower seeds, cashews, whatever you like!)
1/2 cup salad oil
3/4 cup honey
2 tsp vanilla

Stir the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, coconut, and nuts together in a big bowl.
Heat the oil, honey and vanilla until it gets bubbly (stirring often)
Mix it all together.
Spread the granola evenly on two large cookie sheets and bake at 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes, stirring once at halftime.

Chicken House Update

Tim has been out working on the chicken house every evening when he gets home from work. He can get done in two hours what it would take me in two days - he's amazing! He's put in new rafters and replaced some rotten 100 year old boards with new ones and it's all slowly coming together! When I quit sneezing and coughing, I'll be out there to help too, meanwhile - he's got Farley as a Foreman.

Drink It. Break It. Wear It.

Here are a couple of Drink It. Break It. Wear It. Bracelets I made for a friend. She loves her Reisling in the Housewife size bottle, and her Baileys - so that's what I made her bracelets out of. The glass is thicker than the normal wine bottles, but it still took just three bandaids to get it all cut! ...and a closeup - so you can see the curve in the glass - this makes easier for the bracelet to curve around your wrist. Most of my bracelets have five pieces of glass, but Glo likes just three - and what Glo wants, Glo gets!

And a few of the pendants I've been making:

Thursday, March 20, 2008

First Day of Spring!

Finally - the First Day of Spring. Although here in Nebraska that doesn't necessarily mean beautiful sunny warmth, it's a good place to start believing we'll have it all soon.
Tim and I were on the deck drinking some lovely Reisling (no, we didn't make this one...) and noticed this rainbow dipping into our glasses. This has to be some sort of good omen, right?

Necklace of the day: Surf and Turf

Monday, March 17, 2008


Operation Chicken Coop (under the direction of Captain Ryan) went off without a hitch. The coop has landed at Two Dog Pond and is ready for remodeling. It was a two-day event - the first day was spent getting the coop up on the trailer and transporting it, the second day getting it back off and settled down under the pear tree. Then it started snowing....will this winter never end?
Sometimes I get an idea in my head and just have to do it...such was the case with these match boxes. I bought some vintage match box images, scanned them, printed them and deco-mod-podged onto match boxes. Then I cracked myself up by adding a Two Dog Pond warning on the bottom side. "Warning: Play with matches / Wet the bed".
Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Friday, March 14, 2008

New Charms for Liberty House

Liberty House Bed and Breakfast in Seward, Nebraska is having an Anniversary Celebration on Saturday. Aunt Patty (the owner), and Aunt Jeannie (the little sister that gets bimped about -just kidding, Aunt Patty!) are celebrating just about anything - new merchandise, old treasures, long winter, early Easter - anything! So they asked me for some new charms to add to their extensive selection and here's a sampling of what I made for them:
...charms to combine

"I See London, I See France"

"I Kiss My Dog On The Lips" and "Love Me~Love My Dog"

"There's No Place Like Home" and "Wherever You Go~There You Are"

....and this one is mine!
Go see them! Meet Aunt Patty, Aunt Jeannie, and Aunt Joanie - See all the new things including some great cards by my sassy friend Leah from Moxie Photo and Design - spend the night at the bed and breakfast! It is guaranteed delightful.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

...and this is what I do:

This is a sample of the jewelry that I make. That photo is of me and one of my wonderful sisters. The other side of the photo charm says 'sisters'. The word charm says "My Sister" on one side and "My Friend" on the other side. That photo was taken a long time ago which is why I can sit like that.... Anyway - if you want to know more about having soldered glass charms made from your photos or words, check out my website and especially the page on Custom Orders.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Future Home of the Pond Chicks

YAHOO! On Sunday, Tim took me on a drive to look at chicken houses...the first one was too big, the second one was too holey, and this one is just right! Except that it needs a ton of work. It's Tim's old chicken house!! Hopefully we can get it moved to Two Dog Pond this weekend and start the renovations. Jonathon - want to come home and work on this?? Any suggestions for how to make this the cutest chicken house ever are welcome! I'm thinking stained glass windows...hanging flower pots....


Welcome to Two Dog Pond! It's my first day of the blogging world, so bear with me as I'm giving birth here....

The question I'm asked most frequently is "where did you get the name Two Dog Pond?" the answer is simple: we have two dogs and a pond. Since I love the name so much, I call my business Two Dog Pond, my car has plates that say "2DG POND" and we call our wine Two Dog Pond...of course our acreage is referred to as Two Dog Pond, and all of our time is spent at Two Dog Pond.
These are the Two Dogs. Farley is the yellow lab and Reese is the beautiful mixed mut. Both boys are 11.5 years old and act like they are puppies in old man bodies.