Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thankful!

I recently had a week off from work and enjoyed spending time with my kids! It's crazy how we get so involved in day to day activities that we forget what’s important. We make sure we get to work on time, get everything done at work and home, spend a few hours watching a TV show that doesn’t mean anything then go to bed and start all over.

As I get older and I have time to reflect on my past and future, I realize that I am so lucky to have this time with my parents, my girls, and now my girl’s partners. I am looking forward to seeing how their lives evolve. Simple things like playing a game of Monopoly and hearing the laughter just made me realize how much I have to look forward to.

I went on a hike this week, a hike that I said no to several times. After the hike I realized that I need to spend time looking around and appreciating the little things in life, and not worry about the crazy things that in a year won't even matter.
 


Here are a few photos from the hike, remember what is important and appreciate those moments. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Unique Farmhouse Bench

I wanted to share this cute and unique farmhouse bench I found at an estate sale last weekend. It is not only a very cute bench it is a bookshelf too! I love the crescent moon cutout on each end, of course I had to put it in my bathroom.

The bench was very dirty when I took it home - again my wood preserve that I have shared with you in an earlier blog came to the rescue! It brought the dried out wood to life showing all of its unique character.





The small rag rug on top was a purchase from a sale I went to last year. Love it when the treasures you find fit so well together.  


Monday, September 5, 2016

Autumn is here, time to decorate!

I shared with you last year my love of all things autumn, decorations, cooler weather, football (Go Bobcats!) warm pumpkin drinks; I could go on and on…. 

Everything is back out again and I am ready to share my fall decor again! 



Enjoy your autumn and get your decorations out today!

Lucky has his Martha Stewart sweater on 
he is ready for the fall! 

"It's a good thing."

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Pan Protectors and Scrubby's for the Kitchen

A while back I made these red scrubbers for the Kitchen with Red Heart Scrubby yarn. It is easy to knit and it makes great scrubbers to clean up stubborn messes on your dishes. They wash up great and you can use them over and over.

I found this next project on Pinterest to make pan protectors instead of using paper towel. I am using some of my stash up and protecting my new pans! 
Since I got this set of pans I have been using paper towels to separate the pans so they don't scratch.I never thought about knitting these doilies - this is why I love Pinterest! Here is an easy pattern and you can make these while you are watching Lifetime movies or Netflix this summer! The pattern is called "The Almost Lost Washcloth"

The Almost Lost Washcloth:
No. 8 Needles (U.S.)
Cast On 14 stitches and knit back
  1.  Knit 4, yarn over, knit, leaving 2 stitches and knit back
  2.  Knit 4, yarn over, knit, leaving 4 stitches and knit back
  3.  Knit 4, yarn over, knit, leaving 6 stitches and knit back
  4.  Knit 4, yarn over, knit, leaving 8 stitches and knit back

Cast off 4 and knit to end – knit back (should be 14 stitches on the needle)Repeat for 14 points - Leave enough yarn to sew sides together and go around circle and draw circle together. - Tie ends in a double knot.
Lucky is very helpful with my knitting! 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Pizza from your garden!

My daughter sent me this recipe for homemade pizza crust. We like to make pizza with our basil leaves and small tomatoes and a little bit of Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese. The basil is growing great this year, I bought the cherry tomatoes for this pizza. I did plant cherry tomatoes this year however I have never had much luck producing tomatoes; although I'm very good at growing the plant. If you have any recommendations please let me know.



Here are the photos of the pizza. Hope you enjoy the recipe as much as we do!


Ingredients:
1 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast
½  teaspoon white sugar
½  cup lukewarm water
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 egg, beaten
Directions:
Stir yeast and sugar into lukewarm water, using a fork. Let stand in warm place until a creamy layer forms on top of the water, about 10 minutes.

Mix flour and salt in a large bowl. Mix olive oil into four and stir for 2 minutes. Pour yeast mixture and beaten egg into flour mixture and stir to make a stiff dough. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and knead until springy and smooth, about 8 minutes. Place dough into a floured bowl and cover with a piece of plastic wrap wiped with a thin film of olive oil.

Let dough rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch down and roll out to desired shape.  


Lucky says have a safe and happy Fourth of July!!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Rhubarb Crisp

I was on a rhubarb kick a few years ago and I planted three rhubarb plants. Two have taken off and produce an amazing amount of rhubarb for us. One little plant just barely survives year after year. I have transplanted it, but still it's not happy. Here is a photo of my rhubarb, iris and hollyhock patch! My grandmas Iris plants did very well this year


I wanted to share this easy recipe for rhubarb crisp. It's easy and delicious!

Total time: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.

Ingredients:
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 cups sliced fresh rhubarb
2 cups sliced peeled apples or sliced strawberries
1 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Vanilla Ice Cream Optional (but delicious!)

Directions:
1.  In a large bowl, combine sugar and cornstarch. Add rhubarb and apples or strawberries; toss to coat. Spoon into an 8-in. square baking dish.
2.  In a small bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, butter, flour and cinnamon until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over fruit. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until bubbly and fruit is tender. Serve warm with ice cream if desired. Yield: 8 servings.




Enjoy!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Lacy Wrap

This lacy wrap pattern was found on Patternworks, I used the same yarn they recommended. It is a very easy pattern and I really like the way it turned out. I also purchased the removable buttons from Patternworks. The buttons have a removable screw and can be put on any scarf or sweater. They make a nice finishing touch. This wrap definitely requires a little something extra. 

My daughter models it so nicely!