Best Guerilla Gardens

It is this time of year when I look out on my brown spring backyard and start to hope that this will be the year stuff grows. Of course that means actually doing work and planning. I envy those people who can just put a garden together. I get excited about different plants and end up with a mishmash of stuff that eventually just looks like overgrown weeds.

This year will be different. We’ve already built two raised beds for our urban vegetable garden. I am hoping growing veggies will inspire my 6 year old to actually consume one. I am also hoping that some guerilla gardeners will turn up in the night to seed bomb my yard. It would be a vast improvement over the skunks and raccoons that like to peel back my already pathetic lawn looking for grubs.

FullSizeRenderHere are some of my favourite guerilla gardens… idea, but skip my car and lay the sod over what the skunk dug up please.


Hoping to see all of them headed down my street this week.

mossgrafittiThat’s my kind of graffiti.

guerilla_gardening_vbBest looking sewer grate ever?

Dumpster_Garden Best smelling dumpster ever.


So next time you are packing up the family to go on vacation, don’t be surprised if you find a suitcase full of Lego when unpacking upon arrival. Then don’t be surprised when you discover it wasn’t the kids that packed it, but rather your husband who then reveals himself to be a “Dispatcher.” Never heard of that? Me neither before today.

A dispatcher is someone who repairs random walls with Lego.



The website, allows you to click on a map to see the works of dispatchers worldwide from ancient sites like the Great Wall which kinda feels destructive to me although if they aren’t willing to fix it properly themselves…

to New Jersey which could probably use a little repair here and there…

Because the Eiffel Tower had too many holes, dispatchers in Paris used this wall…

And this one…


Lego just gave this monument in Berlin another few hundred years of life…

Some of my favourites are the little tiny ones that kind of surprise you.

Some buildings need a little more filler…

And then there’s the more ambitious ones like stopping your gondola in Venice…

Now I’m thinking, why spend the money on a contractor when I can just send the kids and hubby out to fix the house up with a box of Lego??

World’s Grossest Cake?

Fact: There are 167 photos of Kitty Litter Cake on

197010Who thought up this idea?

1388077Who are the other 166 people who thought this would be a good idea to replicate?

1058255And most importantly, how can you be sure the cat didn’t get confused by it before party time?


Pass the Crickuits

It’s happening. We are going to have to eat bugs.

If you watched That’s Incredible with Fran Tarkenton, John Davidson and Cathy Lee Gifford in the 70’s like I did, you saw the charcoal results of spontaneous combustion and people in faraway lands eating beetle tacos. It wasn’t anything that happened here. It was on television, preceded by the Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. It. Wasn’t. Real.


It is happening now though. Not the humans catching on fire for no reason while watching Jeopardy! bit, but the bug bit. I knew about bugs being suspended in lollipops and there has been many an occasion when I have had to convince my 7 year-old that they were in fact GROSS and not cool but now there is cricket flour. Yes, that is flour milled entirely from roasted crickets.



“Ingredients: Cassava flour, cricket flour [Gryllus assimilis, Acheta domesticus], coconut flour, tapioca starch, xanthan gum.”

I would recommend they remove the brackets and “cricket flour” and just leave the latin bits.

I guess the beauty of cricket flour is the fact that there are no legs and bits to get stuck in your teeth. You could definitely sneak this lot under the wire at your next school bake sale…


via Bitty Foods

Although you’d have to charge $10 a muffin as the flour costs a $1 per ounce.

Here’s what Bitty has to say, “Cricket flour is a tasty source of sustainable nutrition, packed with protein, healthy fats and micronutrients. We start with sustainably raised crickets, which are slow roasted to bring out their nutty, toasted flavor. Then we mill them into a fine flour that becomes the basis of our delicious, high-protein baked goods and baking mixes.”

It’s really a great idea. It’s protein. It’s environmental. It’s sustainable. But I am definitely going to have a hard time getting past the gross factor.

The idea of “sustainably raised crickets” also reminds me a bit of the naturally raised chicken sketch from Portlandia…

Maybe I’ll catch fire in my armchair before it comes to making my biscuits with crickets.