Archives for August 2013


Baking and decorating a birthday cake is a once a year activity for me, but so much fun.  This is my fifth year of baking a birthday cake for my granddaughter Lucy.  The tradition started with a “Henry” cake when she was three.

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And here’s a blog post that I did about her fifth birthday.

Usually Lucy makes a request for what she wants for her birthday cake.  No indications this year.  I thought about just doing a “pretty” cake for her seventh birthday.  Wanting something more unique, I decided to try to capture Minecraft.  If you’re not in the know, Minecraft is a computer game (computer, iphone, ipad, etc.) that has captured the attention of kids from a young age on up.  I confess that I’m lost in the game with Lucy usually leading me around — you can be in the same game on different devices.  Really pretty cool.  You would have to be familiar with the game to recognize the features that I tried to put into the cake.


Lucy was happy with it which is what counts.

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As a side note, see the figure on the cake.  The game always has the same figure, Steve.  No girls.  Well at least on device versions.  So, Lucy composed a letter to Mojang the Minecraft developers requesting a girl figure.  We’ll see if they respond.

“Make A List – You’ll Feel Better”

When I started this Living Within Your Harvest blog, I planned to do some office product reviews.  After all, office products are so near and dear to my heart.  I’ve fallen short.  Then I fell in love with some new products, and I have to share them with you.  I first saw them at Barnes and Noble — couldn’t make a decision on which ones to get.  Then saw them at a little local store, 1887 Corner Store in La Grange.  It was a sign — I needed them.

Knock Knock proclaims they are “ardent supporters of the No. 2 pencil since 2002.”  They have the funniest (and some very useful) pads, sticky notes, journals, etc.   Here are two that I purchased.


Being a practical sort of person, I stuck with useful business pads.  You can’t have too many “to do” lists, and this one even has an “all done” check box at the bottom.  Wonder if I’ll ever be checking that box!  The other is a decision pad.  When people ask my advice on a decision, I always tell them to make a list of the pros and cons.  This little “make a decision” pad has a place for everything.  Best-case scenario, worst-case scenario, gut feelings — it has it all.  They say it will “reduce your chances of regret by more than 83.4 percent.”  Maybe I should use it to decide how much more Knock Knock stuff I should buy.

They have several post it note pads.  Here’s one I couldn’t resist.  I’ll use it on client copies of responses to the IRS, but I’m sure there are lots of other uses.


If you love office products half as much as I do, I promise you’ll enjoy a trip to their website.   I would love to hear which of their products caught your fancy.