Monday, March 9, 2015

Seussify!

Seussify something, that's what I said
What was I thinking? I'm outta my head!
I had to make something, simple and quick
So I Seussified Osa with a clip and a snip:



But it wasn't enough, it didn't quite "do!"
I needed to Seussify another thing or two!
So I pulled out my hook and some yarn in bright colors
Crocheted up some stitches, some old and some yothers...
I made a new cozy so fun and so neat


But my Seussify need still wasn't complete!
So back to my stash, I dug through and through.
I pulled out some fabric, some felt and some glue.
Thread and a needle, down I then sat
And made a BETTER cozy with CAT IN THE HAT!



This poem was the last thing I thought should be done
Seussification complete, now wasn't that fun!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Recipe Box: Peach Cobbler

I have an easy cobbler recipe that I have shared on here before but I thought I would share this one too.  It is a little different and it is nice to have options.

I do not recall my mother EVER making this....but she must have because she wrote how certain family members enjoyed it.



Here is the recipe.  The crossed out name is my sister's EX husband!  hahahaha!!


I'm glad I made it even though I didn't have fresh peaches.  I just used a large can of sliced and drained them well.  I tossed them with half a cup of sugar but the cobbler wasn't sweet enough.  Next time, I'll just use the entire cup as suggested.  After all, it is dessert!

and just the right size for me......

Everyone else had a giant serving along with vanilla ice cream...the cobbler was GONE in no time!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

February craftiness.....

Wow, this month FLEW past!  With a new puppy in the household, I stay busy with her.  She is growing and is happy....it is good to have so much energy in the house! 

I made this cozy as part of my craft challenge on my swap blog.  I had something else in mind but having recently become hooked on "The Walking Dead" series, I decided I'd make something with that in mind!    (During Mardi Gras break, we had several season marathons til 3 am.   Now we are caught up!)  





I continued with my CAL that Kerry is hosting and my stash of granny squares is growing.  I won't start putting them together until the summer.




And I made two scarves I've already blogged about here.  The color block one was supposed to be a Christmas gift but darling daughter snagged it for a friend!  

The last thing I made was a set of hacky sacks for a couple of my nephews.  I made 3 for each of them, that way they can also juggle with them if they want.




I found the pattern here via Tammy's blog.  They worked up quickly.  I already printed up the rules so all that is left is to store them away until Christmas!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Drying parsley

Each fall, I harvest and dry my oregano.   This past year, I had some extra basil and dried that too.  I bought 10 bottles from a thrift store for 50 cents each and used some labels and chalk to dress them up before giving them away.  Fresh dried herbs are the best!  You know where they come from and they aren't dust....you can actually see the leaves.




The other day, I noticed that my flat leaf parsley was out of control....in a beautiful way. I cook with parsley but there was no way I could use all this.   I didn't want to waste it or let it go to bloom so I decided it was time for a hair cut.   I can always use more dried parsley!  


Here is how I dry my herbs....

First whack them and shake them HARD to get rid of anything creepy crawly on them.   Pull out anything not pretty.  Using about 18 inches of kitchen twine, tie them in smallish bundles upside down.  I use a slip knot.  
After knotting,run the twine through a branch below the knot.  That way, as it dries, the stems won't fall out of the slip knot.




Then stuff them leaf side down into brown paper lunch bags, let the twine hang out of the bag and clip the bag closed.  I clip mine closed right by the stems.  Don't overfill the bags or you run the risk of getting mold.

You can do this step without the bags but I like to use the bags because it catches anything that dries and falls off.  Sometimes I let them dry a few days without the bags and then add them later.



Then tie them to the rail in the wash room.  I use a slip knot here too.  This room gets hot and dry.  Perfect for drying herbs and letting bread dough rise!



Now all I have to do is let time do the work.  Once dried, I can strip the stems and put the parsley into the bottles I have.  

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

another drive by hooting!

Last week, I drove through a gas station and flung this little guy out the window as a lady walked in to pay for her gas.  He landed by her car door.  





As I drove off, I saw her come out and pick him up.  She looked around and laughed and drove off with him.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Rosemary...

5 years ago I bought a little plant for 3 bucks at Wally World.  

I named her Rosemary.   

She wasn't much to look at, but I knew with a little love, she would be fine.  She looked like this girl here....




She started  life out in a trough and was very happy.  



Rosemary started crowding her neighbors so I had to give her a place of her own.  

In 2013, I moved her far away, to the other side of the yard, against the house.  She became really happy and spread out....




As you can see, Rosemary has grown into a big beautiful girl.



She is happy here, in her little corner of the yard.  The best part is that she willingly shares her bounty with us!

Friday favorites

Okay, so these aren't exactly PRODUCTS....but here goes....

Osa's guilty face after I fussed at her for chewing on a chair leg!



Osa's cute "I gots a new toy" face...



Osa's "model pose"  Girl can work it!



Osa's hedgehog imitation....awwwww




And my face...being happy instead of sad. 




This year, Valentine's Day was bittersweet.   Mojo was born on Valentine's Day.  Our sweet boy would have been 14 this year.  If he had lived just a few more more months, he would have made it to his golden birthday.
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