Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Favorites: Waters + Woods

Hope everyone is having a very foresty friday.  I for one can't wait for a weekend in the woods!    I'm dreaming of going to the forest by the lake, wearing a woodgrain one-piece, swimming, logrolling, and taking pictures!  


print by Frida Clements

This print really sums up summer for me.  The geometric patterns, the blues and greens blending into a forest and river blur...

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Welcome to Guitar Lake!  This picture reminds me of a place in my town I like to call 'Slingshot Pond'  which has an old tree in the perfect Y shape.  I've always wanted to use a bungee cord to make a human slingshot to launch into the pond.  I love places like this...

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Ooh, Lost Lake would be an amazing vacation spot!  
The name conjures up images of mystery, like an old Nancy Drew novel...


I feel like my town's lake looks an awful lot like Lake Hylia from the Legend of Zelda series...


On my reading list for the weekend?  Thoreau's Canoeing in the Wilderness!





Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Music Monday: Rivers and Roads


Rivers and roads, rivers and roads, rivers till I reach you...

This song always reminds me of summertime.  Roadtrips, camping, the forest and the river.  I haven't been to as many "rivers" this summer as much as "roads" so I'm hoping I can do more aquatic activities in July...


Recipe: Porcupine Potatoes


Hi, forest friends!  Our company's subdivision, Forest Foods has developed a new recipe: Porcupine Potatoes!  These are extremely simple to make and perfect for keeping kids busy while you're cooking.  First, bake the potatoes to soften them up.  Carve a small face in the front then insert sliced almonds to represent a hedgehog-like texture.  Just another way to add forest flair to your dinner.



Monday, July 14, 2014

Coin-Operated Rides




One of my weird obsessions are coin-operated rides.  Whenever I see a new one I pop in a quarter and go climb on... Some people like to go to photobooths, I like to go on rides.  They make a mundane errand as fun as going to an amusement park!  I would love to own a ton of little rides like this on a small plot of land to open a miniature forest theme park!  Who knows, maybe one day I'll get a few of these rides for the Forest store I want to open!  Now if only I could find a coin-operated boy like the Dresden Dolls...



Look at this little log!  We have a Flintstone's ride in our town, but it's a purple dinosaur...


A train going round and round a tree?  How cute and cool!  It reminds me of the tree boss in  Kirby 64!  




A cute little squirrel with a bow tie on a mossy log with mushrooms...what's not to love about this ride?  It's reminiscent of the lyrics 'saw a squirrel in the yard doing backflips for change' by Neva Dinova...






Monday, July 7, 2014

Summer Fun in the Forest: 3 Outdoor Activities

Summer is the perfect time for fun games in the forest!  Whether you're going to a field, forest, or stream we've rounded up the best outdoor games you can make yourself.   Here are some of the best ones we've posted this year...


A Forest Bowling Set made with green plastic bottles is perfect for family gatherings and bbqs!


Make and fly your own kite on a picnic...


Try our Pokeyball Pingpong Set for the park or forest!





Host a Summer Forest Barbeque


It's summertime in my neck of the woods; which means fun in the forest, the lake, and bbqs!  I recently has a small one in our backyard for two.  We don't like to barbeque meat, so we had...


Rosemary and mushroom kebabs...


Corn on the cob with tons of butter and salt + pepper...


And water with lime and mint.  I used free astroturf samples from Home Depot as coasters.






Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Forest of July!


Happy Fourth of July, friends of the forest!  Hope you celebrate the freedom we have to wander the woods...