Monday, May 30, 2011

Please excuse me.... I can't type because I have tears in my eyes.....  Oh goodness...  I don't think I'm going to make it. 

Saw this on Young House Love and had to try it for myself.  Oh Jason.  You look so professional with your big ear rings on.  How will I ever look at you the same way again? 

If you too want to Oprah-fy yourself or a loved one go here

Have a magnificent Memorial Day peeps. 


Friday, May 27, 2011

Salad Dressing. mmmmm. So good.

Flipping through my first issue of House Beautiful (thanks Mom!), I came across this mouth watering display of deliciousness.  The salad practically hollered MAKE ME, WOMAN!  So I did. And we ate.  And then I ate some more.  And then I ate more today.  I thought I'd share it with you just in case you're on the hunt, like I am, for tasty salad dressing recipes.  Note of caution:  It's extremely tangy and not for the faint of heart.  Not spicy or hot, but zippy.  I love goat cheese and blue cheese and sauerkraut and all flavors reminiscent of feet (as my husband says). Having said that, Jason, my flavor challenged husband ;) ;), also loves the dressing....

Vinaigrette Dressing (as its written)
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Juice of One Lemon
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
2 tablespoons fresh fennel fronds
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1.  In a mortar and pestle, add the garlic, salt, lemon juice, and herbs and mash to make a fine paste.
2. gradually add the olive oil, vinegar, and mustard and stir until emulsified.

I changed a few things to suit my own herb collection.  Instead if thyme, I used fresh basil.  I used dried oregano and just a few fennel seeds (I don't care for the licorice taste) and I used dried parsley.   I don't own a mortar and pestle so I used a blender.  I remained true to the recipe in every other aspect. 

If your in the mood for a great salad, pair it with some romaine hearts, tomatoes, toasted walnuts, cucumbers and goat cheese.  You'll have a salad you don't mind snacking on for a few days.

Hope you like.  Let me know how it goes if you try it.


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Trash to Treasure- Kids Edition

Hi all!  I thought since my Crafty Challenge this month is to create something useful out of trash that I'd start collecting some ideas around the web to share with you all. A round up, if you will, of things that made me go why didn't I think of that.  I started looking this afternoon and I'm overwhelmed with all the great things there are to share out there.  So I'm trying to narrow it down to things I think you might have, things that might be useful in everyday life.  Things that are unique and, of course, pretty:) 

Today I'm going to focus on some kids crafts I found that I think are especially interesting.  I came across the Disney Family Fun site by clicking here and there and everywhere and its a jackpot of recycled kids crafts that I'm excited to share with Sam when he gets a little older.  Here are some of the highlights:
This one just about knocked the socks off my feet.  I'm serious.  I'm so excited about it.  Its a rug weaved on a hoola-hoop and made out of old t-shirts.  Genius.  That's all I have to say.
HELLO.  WAY COOL!  I'm thinking of making one out of the ever growing stack of annoying junk mail on my chair.  Trash can for Sam's room?  Hmm.  Trash holder made of trash.  Ironic, eh?  
These are pillows made to block drafts from windows and doors made from old tights and rice.  Ce-UTE.
Accordion wallets made from juice and milk cartons. Sweet. 

Orange you glad I pulled this together?  Sorry.  Had to.

Well, that's all for now folks.  I'll bring you more, I promise.  What a cool thing!  I'm excited there are so many people out there that are thinking about this.

Anywho.  Hope all is well.  I'll talk atcha soon.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Ahhh, Home Sweet Home

We arrived home late Saturday evening from a fun filled trip to Yellowstone National Park.  We loved the trip, but even so, the appeal of my own bed, my flowers, my muggy Ohio summer called me home with a vengeance.  Sam too, I think.  He seemed so happy to be back.  He riffled through his toys, pulled out ones he hasn't touched in awhile and stomped around the place like he owns it. And I was pretty happy when I woke up on Sunday morning, refreshed from a delicious night's sleep, to find my peonies blooming like crazy
I cut a huge stack of them and put them in vases old glass jars around the house.  I catch a whiff here and there and it makes me feel happy.  Funny how a smell can make all the difference.  I was also happy to see that my herbs grew into monsters while we were gone

Whoa there basil.

(Anyone have any good recipes that call for fresh basil?  I'm thinking of making pizza on Friday with tomato, basil, motz and olive oil.... (I'm sure I'll have to throw meat on Jason's half). I've never done this so any suggestions are appreciated. )  

So, back to it I guess and happy to do so.  Want some highlights from the trip?

Momma bear and her two cubs marching across the snowy hillside.
The upper falls made me a weeny cry baby.  Seriously, that drop is SCARY.
Unexpectedly witnessing the bee hive geyser erupt and getting sprayed all the way over here. (look at the guy in the red jacket.  I have a few other pictures and you can see him running away!  Nothing like an unexpected shower).

Hope you all are doing well.  Currently I'm scouring Dayton for a good Sam dresser. I have a few prospects but I really want to make sure I don't settle for less than I want this time.  Something low and longish, please with solid drawers. 

How have you guys been?  Don't forget to read about this month's Crafty Challenge.  I'm still trying to think of a good project to share... how 'bout you? 

Anyway, I've missed you guys.  As usual I have so many projects I want to do and not enough time to do them so bear with me:)  I may be scarce but I haven't forgotten about you, blog. 

Ahhhhh, enjoy the warm weather. 


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Zig of the Zig Zag

Hi all! I've been playing catch up all this week in my quilting bee so there hasn't been a whole lot of time for blogging.  I made four squares and worked on my own.  Want a sneak peak at one of my squares? 

That's it hanging on my to do board.  A little closer now:
Its the zig of the zig zag in case your confused.  I'm so excited and I just can't hide it. Yeah Yeah.  I'm about to lose control and I think I like it.  

Stop staring at me to do board.  You're such a pain. I'm going to sit around and do nothing tonight so get over it!  

Do you all ever have to tell your to do board to take a hike?  

Tomorrow Jason and I are trying our hand at fly fishing at a near by park.  Oh yeah, I'm taking my camera.  This should be interesting, for sure.  

What are you all up to?  

Talk to you later.  Thanks for stopping by!


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