Beyond Deweyville

Breeding, feeding, writing, reading, crafting, and photographing in Orange County, CA Where it has become a novelty to raise your own kids and mow your own grass (if you can afford some).

White Flour–How to make it a little less evil May 19, 2011

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So, I’m not going to lie, I love cooking with white flour.

I know how alarmingly BAD it is, but I still keep it around for certain things.

Am I delusional that 50,002 green smoothies might balance it out just a wee bit?

Here’s one way you can add some really good stuff back.

You won’t even notice.

I promise.

Gather three things, you can find them all at Henry’s, Mother’s, or Whole Foods, but unfortunately NOT at Trader Joe’s.

Soy Flour

Brewers Yeast

Raw Wheat Germ

For each cup of flour you use put the following into your measuring cup first

1 T. Soy Flour

1 T. Wheat Germ

1 tsp. Brewers Yeast

It should look like this:

Then fill the rest of your measuring cup up with flour, level as usual, and continue on with your recipe.

Now, do you swear you’ll go make a green smoothie after eating whatever it is you’re making with white flour??

Thank you!

I got this tip out of the following cookbook that I wish I would have found before I had three kids.


Be Good To Yer Mama May 7, 2011

Filed under: Crafts, you can do it! — mothersandothers @ 1:03 pm
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How about an easy peasy, yet fancy shmancy homemade scarf for your mom?

I have some serious love for Living Crafts Magazine.

Check out this tutorial and learn how to make this lovely scarf made out of your gently loved t-shirts (no old smellies, please).

Happy Mamas Day!



We’re a-okay with our private parts (and so are our toys) May 3, 2011

Filed under: General,Kids — mothersandothers @ 7:41 pm
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“Mommy, why doesn’t this doll have any private parts?”

I knew our dolls needed an over haul after my daughter asked this question last year.

After some serious internet searching that led to some often hilarious results, I found a great new resource.

Enter this little guy (he also has a sister that has a, gasp, vagina)

What do you know, dolls that send a message that private parts are normal.

You can find them, and a host of other cool dolls at




My trashy ways December 10, 2010

Filed under: General — mothersandothers @ 12:24 pm

If you kick it to the curb for the trash man

I will drag it in my house and store my yarn in it



If you want to capture your kid’s genuine smile… December 1, 2010

Filed under: General,Kids — mothersandothers @ 10:40 am

take a photo of them while they’re flying through the air


We dare you not to sing it November 28, 2010

Filed under: General — mothersandothers @ 10:20 pm
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The kids and I have not been able to sing anything but Flea Fly since we watched it on You Tube

Come on

Come get it stuck in your head too


I am not a fine wine, more like a loaf of bread November 7, 2010

Filed under: Crafts, you can do it!,General — mothersandothers @ 11:32 pm
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And by that I mean that I am definitely not getting better with age

the car

a minor lapse in judgment


So here’s the story (while you drink your coffee) and then we’re moving on to making bird feeders

I was picking up Ama Mama from school


the entire population of the world was in the school parking lot

I pulled the car into a spot and then turned around and started yakking away with the Wy Guy. As I did this I slowly released my foot from the gas. But you see, I was up against a curb so the car stayed put.

As I turned back around and looked down I noticed that I was still in Drive.

So I went to press hard on the brake before shifting it into Park.

But guess what?

I pressed hard on the GAS instead.

Over the curb we flew, into a chain link fence, down the hill a smidge, and into the bushes

Good Lord!!

All were fine. Oh, except for my ego. That lay crushed under the car.

Then we had to spend the next 4ish hours watching the tow trucks and eventually the fire department yank it back off the hill.

Also, I got to watch everyone who walked by stop and take a picture on their phone

But we were in good company

If I ever have to spend four long hours staring at my mess of a car again, I want to do it in the company of those friends.

Thank you sweet souls, even if you did snicker and suggest we stick to riding our bikes to school


We made a couple of bird feeders over the summer

I mentioned a while back that our picky little common sparrows did not care much for them

Someone still asked for a tutorial

You people crack me up

Here it is

You know I get a little vague during tutorials

I’m also about to use the word “screw” far too many times


As copied from a very old issue of “Living”

This is what you’ll need for one feeder (purchased at the grocery store and Home Depot):

A couple of apples

a 24″ threaded rod, I believe it was 1/4″ thick. Whatever size you get, just make sure you get the nuts and washers to match

screw hooks and eyes

a finial, preferably without the screw you see sticking out of mine up there

two squares of wood, they come just like you see there


paint, we had some red (and 30 other quarts we could have picked from)

Note: in this first shot below I photographed the wood for making TWO feeders


With the widest part of one wood square facing up (what the birds will stand on), put your threaded rod through

On the bottom of the block screw on a washer

Now turn it back over so you’re holding it by the rod and the block is sitting at the bottom

Next screw on an apple

Followed by the second block

Then the second apple

At the top of the rod screw on the finial. Note: remember my finial had that screw in it? Brian just sawed a good chunk of the bottom off which included that screw. Then he just made me a little pilot hole and I screwed it on top of the rod

Finally, screw (see I told you) in the eye hook on top, loop some cording, rope, or wire through and tie it to your branch.


Let me know if your birds are more appreciative than ours