AnGrY GiRl GEaR, Handmade Pick of the Day

Oh That AnGrY GiRl picked a “killer” handmade craft for today, with October creeping in this Friday this outta get you in the mood for all the tricks to be pulled during the greatest month of all…….
“Just in time for Halloween! Today’s Handmade Pick of the Day is this Horror Movie Monster waist cincher by CraftAnon Team member Anna Ladymoondesigns. I just wanna take this one home and wrap myself up in it… Oh. The. Horror!”

AnGrY GiRl GEaR, Handmade Pick of the Day

You Might remember us highliting some very cool custom fashions by AnGrY GIrL, well she is all about the craft, so much that she highlites others who are crafty, but you have to have soemthing special for her to pick as her “Homemade Pick Of the Day”, you have to have some real talent…  Well anyway we here at Garage-Girls are all about craftsmanship too, so we have partnered with AnGrY GiRl GeAR to share with you her “Pick Of The Day” Check this one out,,,, we Love it!

“I love this! Today’s Handmade Pick of the Day is this eco-friendly photo frame – made from a broken skateboard.  By CraftAnon Team Member Take Two Skate Shop


When you first meet me, you’d better brace yourself because you’re about to experience a big surge of love! I’m Willy, a big friendly 4 year old St. Bernard who’s looking for someone to help me become a better dog.

I’ll get the bad news out of the way first: I’m very clingy! I’ve been left by different people and returned so many times that I don’t know what to do! I’m afraid that anytime you leave me you won’t come back! I’m also a big galoot who doesn’t know his own size. So while I love kids, I do best with older children that I won’t accidentally knock over with my size! I still mouth a little bit when I get excited so I do need plenty of training as well.

The good news: I’m very affectionate and love all kinds of people. I don’t tear things up in the house and I love going for a ride in the car (if I can fit inside it!). I like other dogs and would do great with someone to help show me the ropes. Do you have enough room in your family for me? Come meet me today At Animal Friends!

Canon Ball Race Finish Line!

On Sunday September 25th after 3294 miles the riders crossed the finish line at the Santa Monica Pier.  In case your still not aware of this awesome race we’ll give you a quick run down of what went on and how the “Canon Ball” was started.
Erwin G. “Cannon Ball” Baker started to race motorcycles in 1908. He was famous for making 143 motorcycle rides across the United States totaling about 5,500,000 miles.  It took him 14 days to get from one coast to another on an Indian Motorcycle in 1914.
Today in 2010 over 70 contestants on 1915 and earlier motorcycles rode straight for 14 days on these bikes from North Carolina to California.  A few of our very own Garage-Girls were part of this event; Team Effie. piloted by Cris Sommer Simmons with a crew of Athena Ransom of Vagabond Choppers, Laura Klock of Klock Werks and Toast Boyd a member of the Motor Maids. These girls endured hour after hour of riding along the roads of America and helping not only maintain Effie, Cris’s bike but other riders as well.  We are so proud of them all and excited about this amazing historic event. Remember life is all about getting out there and living it, so one day we can pass on our memories to others as we relive them in our mind. These girls will never forget this event along with all of the other participants. Congratulations to you all!~
Winner Class 1: Katrin Boehner On J.A.P.  1907 (Class of single cylinder, single speed bikes with belt drive or chain)
Winner Class 2: Bradford P. Wilmarth On Excelsior 1913 (Class of twins and four cylinders, single speed bikes with belt drive or chain)
Winner Class 3: Rick McMaken On Harley-Davidson 1915 (Class of single, twins and four cylinders with 2 or 3-speed transmissions)

Photo by Lisa Ballard; left to right Karen Davidson, Cris Sommer Simmons, Laura Klock, Athena Ransom, Toast Boyd.


Pal is a handsome and proud 11-year-old boxer mix. His last family provided care and training, but brought him to Animal Friends because they could no longer keep him. Pal is very strong and looks a bit intimidating, but he walks very well on a leash–which he loves! Pal will even pick up your leash, unroll it, and hold it until you take him for a walk. Pal loves to learn and is fun to train. His antics make him a volunteer favorite. If you have it in your heart to give Pal a second chance, he will repay you forever. Stop by Animal Friends and meet him today!

The Government and your Food………

Ok this was just a little too shocking for us NOT to share with you, we found this at “the Blaze” written by Meredith Jessup
New government regulatory crackdowns on certain foods and beverages across the country are forcibly shaping new dietary habits for many Americans. To make things easier, we thought we’d consolidate and break down a number of the bureaucratic overreaches for you.
How is government working to limit your scrumptious individual liberties? Let us count some of the ways…
• As we’ve reported, officials in Boston, Mass., are contemplating a ban on “sugary” beverages from the vending machines of all city municipal buildings in an attempt to whittle down public employees’ waistlines.
• Likewise, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom used his executive order power to ban sodas and other sugary beverages from public building vending machines, replacing them with diet drinks and soy milk products.
• In a separate executive order, the San Francisco Mayor also single-handedly banned the use of city funds to purchase bottled water. “[Bottled water manufacturers] are making huge amounts of money selling God’s natural resources. Sorry, we’re not going to be part of it,” he said.
• In New York, a Brooklyn Democrat introduced a bill in the state legislature earlier this year to ban the use of salt in restaurant cooking.
• The New York Times dubbed the state of California a “national trendsetter in all matters edible” when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill in July to ban trans fats from the state’s 88,000 restaurants.  “Under the new law, trans fats, long linked to health problems, must be excised from restaurant products beginning in 2010, and from all retail baked goods by 2011.”  Other places that have banned trans fats include New York City, Philadelphia, Stamford, Conn., and Montgomery County, Md. — a suburb of Washington, D.C.
• In perhaps one of the most outrageous cases of regulations restricting small business, health officials in Oregon shut down 7-year-old Julie Murphy’s roadside lemonade stand in August for failing to secure a $120 “temporary restaurant” license.
• Kids may also be also be getting the shaft in San Francisco where officials are launching a campaign to ban “Happy Meals” or any other meals that come with a toy.  The so-called “Healthy Meals Incentive” would ban toys if the food contains too much fat, sugar or salt.  It wouldn’t be the first time meal-time toys would be nixed in California; earlier this year, Santa Clara County approved an ordinance “to break the link between unhealthy food and prizes.”
• New York City has banned school bake sale as part of a new wellness policy that also limits options in vending machines and student-run stores.  Proceeds from the ventures generally used to help help finance school-related activities like pep rallies and proms.
• Under state laws in Texas, a single piece of candy landed a 10-year-old Brazos Elementary School student in detention for a week in May.
• In May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent this letter to General Mills, warning that the company’s claims about Cheerios helping to lower cholesterol represent “serious violations” of federal law.
• And in the news today, the state of Florida may become the first in the country to ban chocolate milk from public school cafeterias.  The Florida Board of Education voted Tuesday to remove all sugary drinks in schools, including soda and flavored milk.  The board is considering allowing only three types of drinks for younger children—water, unsweetened juice and plain, low-fat milk.  High school students would be allowed diet sodas and other low-calorie drinks.
Are government regulations limiting your right to tasty foods and drinks?  Send me your stories by emailing!


Doodles is a gorgeous, happy little terrier that you may see leaping into the air one moment as if on a pogo stick and then cuddling with a volunteer the next. This sweet, entertaining, bouncy guy walks great on a leash and will jump onto a bench to snuggle up to a volunteer.
On a recent outing to the park, Doodles walked well with other dogs and rode very well in the car. Doodles is a bright, high-energy dog who would excel in obedience training and with an active family who has terrier experience and older or no children. Parson Russell Terriers are very intelligent dogs who thrive when given lots of exercise and mental stimulation.

Are you looking for an adorable companion for long walks and who would be great fun learning tricks and commands in behavior classes? If so, silly little Doodles is your guy! Come meet Doodles at Animal Friends today!


What Is THON?  The largest student-run philanthropy in the world! The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately referred to as THON, is ready to do battle in the fight to conquer childhood cancer.

In 1973, a small group of dedicated Penn State students held the first Dance Marathon. That year, 39 dancer couples participated and raised $2,000. Since then, THON’s presence in the Penn State community has grown exponentially. THON now has 15,000 student volunteers, 700 dancers, and has raised more than $69 million, benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

THON is now a year-long effort that raises funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. With the support of students from all across the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and THON Alumni all around the world, we continue to make great strides towards finding a cure for all childhood cancers!

Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie

It’s Apple Pickin’ Time! So what are you going to do with all those Apples???? How about this tasty treat!
• 1    recipe Pastry for Single-Crust Pie (see below)
• 1  cup  packed brown sugar
• 1/2  cup  all-purpose flour
• 1/2  cup  quick-cooking rolled oats
• 1/2  cup  butter
• 1/2  cup  granulated sugar
• 3  tablespoons  all-purpose flour
• 1  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
• 1/8  teaspoon  salt
• 6  cups  thinly sliced, peeled cooking apples
• 1/2  cup  chopped pecans
• 1/4  cup  caramel ice-cream topping
1. Prepare Pastry for Single-Crust Pie. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a 12-inch circle. Transfer pastry to a 9-inch pie plate. Ease pastry into pie plate, being careful not to stretch pastry. Trim; crimp edge as desired.
2. For Crumb Topping, stir together brown sugar, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, and the oats. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until the topping mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
3. In a large mixing bowl stir together the granulated sugar, 3 tablespoons flour, the cinnamon, and salt. Add apple slices and gently toss until coated. Transfer apple mixture to the pastry-lined pie plate. Sprinkle Crumb Topping over apple mixture.
4. To prevent overbrowning, cover edge of pie with foil. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes more or until top is golden. Remove from oven; sprinkle pie with pecans, then drizzle with caramel topping. Cool on a wire rack. Makes 8 servings.
Pastry for Single-Crust Pie: In a bowl stir together 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in 1/3 cup shortening until pieces are pea-size. Using 4 to 5 tablespoons cold water total, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of water at a time over the flour mixture, tossing with a fork until all of the dough is moistened. Form dough into a ball.
nutrition facts
• Calories554, Total Fat (g)25, Saturated Fat (g)10, Cholesterol (mg)31, Sodium (mg)260, Carbohydrate (g)81, Fiber (g)3, Protein (g)5, Vitamin A (DV%)11, Vitamin C (DV%)6, Calcium (DV%)3, Iron (DV%)15, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet