Betty the Foster Dog

Betty

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then surely you’ve seen Betty, our first ever foster dog. She is a sweet, older pit mix who will dance if you ask her if she wants to go on a w-a-l-k (I can’t say it out loud unless we’re really going so we’ve started spelling it in conversation)  and sleep for hours by your side. If you’re looking for the companion of all companions, Betty’s your gal. She’s well trained, and kind to everyone she meets.

Betty is house trained, sits and stays on command, is easy to bathe, and won’t chew anything but food. If you have any questions about her behavior, just ask!

We think Betty is sweet, and the perfect dog for a student or older person – someone who might not have the time to exercise a younger dog but needs some love!

She will be at the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market in her little vest on Saturday mornings until she gets adopted, so come meet her there or send me a note to arrange a meet and greet with her. You can also contact Fayetteville Animal Services with any questions about their adoption process.

refrigerator pickles

My mom taught me how to make refrigerator pickles several years ago when her garden exploded with cucumbers. We made a huge jar of them and ate them all summer. So when I found these adorable little sweet gherkins at the farmer’s market last weekend, I had to have them. Despite the fact that they are in canning jars, they are not canned. They won’t last more than a few weeks because they just keep getting more and more vinegary.

pickles

Want to make your own? It’s super simple. All you need is:

1 part water
1 part white vinegar
pepper corns
a dash of salt
a teaspoon of sugar for every 2 cups of liquid
cucumbers!

Any kind of cucumber will do, and you can cut them any way you like! Just wash and chop your cucumbers, stick them in the jar with everything else. Shake it up and stick it in the fridge. They will be ready in about 4 days and should keep for about a week after that or longer depending on your preference for vinegar!

Also, I sanitized my jars (by dipping them in a pot of boiling water for about half a minute each), but only because I use them all the time and felt like they needed it if they were going to sit in the fridge for a month.

mudroom madness

Why do all of the mudrooms in magazines have those big cabinets with hooks and drawers and stuff? My mudroom is all windows and I am grateful that it’s just a lot of empty space. It’s a nice place to walk into instead of a place full of everyone’s clutter. I’m sure over time it will grow to more cluttered, but for now this is it.

Local Spotlight: Pedal Pops

Brooke and I tried our first pedal pops at the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market on Saturday. Brooke’s was a spicy-Thai-mocha and mine was pineapple-something. (Sorry, not a great memory here.) They are made from raw, natural ingredients so if you’re looking for sticky sweet they aren’t what you’ll like. But if you like unique flavors, the real taste of real fruit, and chilling out on a hot day then they are definitely for you. This northwest Arkansas Popsicle vendor is the epitome of the Fayetteville vibe. The business actually has a cargo bike with a Popsicle cooler on it and though it’s usually stationary at the farmer’s market and other similar events, it can and has gone out on the trails. Sadly, the owner is moving to China soon so the business is up for sale and so far there aren’t any takers. We’ll be sad to see this one go and recommend that you grab yourself some Popsicle before it’s too late! You can follow pedal pops on twitter, or like them on facebook to keep up with where they’ll be and when.

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music monday: farmer’s market musicians

On Saturday we rode our bikes up to the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market on the square and found three super great local musicians gracing the crowd with their talent.

farmer's marketThere was this cowboy (above) playing Hank Williams Sr.’s “Your Cheatin’ Heart” which is a favorite of Brooke’s. I like it because it’s easy to play on my ukulele. We did a little jig as we passed him and were on to the next corner where these three (below) were playing smooth jazz! They were Brooke’s favorite becuase, well it’s a three piece band, on the street.

farmer's marketLastly, was this firecracker playing reggae with nothing but his little guitar that is so worn down it has a hole in it. He was my favorite, but I have a soft spot for dreadlocks and skateboarders.

farmer's marketCowboyWhat kind of music is there at your local farmer’s market? Have you ever thought about popping out with your guitar and singing to the world? If so, we think you’re super brave and we’d love to hear about your experiences!

farmer’s market haul

haulAt the Fayetteville Farmers Market Brooke and I picked up: green beans, some super flavorful little onions in red and white, super cool and meaty varieties of sweet bell peppers, and delicious little baby potatoes. Then, my amazing friend brought us a gigantic bag of perfectly ripe blackberries. We are loving the summer market.

What’s great at your market right now? Are you somewhere warm enough to have tomatoes galore? If so we’re jealous!

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