Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year 2016

It really does not seem possible to me that another new year is upon us already. Since my retirement end of 2003 the years have really just flown by-which has really surprised me.

I wish you all happiness and health with art and creativity

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Friday, December 25, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

Good Morning

  Good morning friends

   I wanted to pop in and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and holiday season. Wow Christmas is almost here too.

   By now I have usually made lots of homemade cookies and candy to eat and to share but have not started. Actually it has been so warm here til just recently it feels more like spring then December. No complaints there at all, except all this unseasonal weather is aggravating my sinus' and allergies.

    Yesterday I did make an awesome gluten free banana bread with dark cocoa and currents added-yummy we all loved it!  Still very moist from the bananas and just a little bit of chocolate flavor. Also my newest go to baking spice is Penzey's cake spice which adds so much depth in flavor to all sorts of baked goods. I think the original spice blend was inspired by an English spice.

   So do you love to bake at Christmas time??
        I have always loved it, when I am working in my kitchen especially this time of year, it always brings back good family memories. 
     I have a vintage small trunk full of my collection of cookie cutters-many vintage, some newer. I will definately be making some cut outs. Last year I found a gluten free spritz cookie recipe that turned out so well-will be making that as well.  Of course some chocolate bark, my Grandma's recipes for peanut brittle and divinity. and can't forget my chocolate popcorn.  Good thing we have a few friends here that I can share most of these with. lol

     Last week I did get my newest usa made braided wool rug in-and fits perfectly under my small loom-so thrilled with this. It completes my living room space. Very soon I will get to working on this piece; threaded, woven off, and mailed to a friend.

  I do still have my handwoven wrap that I was hoping to find a home for. I just really lowered the price too, I want someone to enjoy this so it is not just sitting in my craft room. I have set the price way down from $175.00 to now $125.00 which will cover the cost of the yarns. Here is a link  Within the USA I will still include the free shipping, if anyone interested from overseas just message me. 

      I have to say we are enjoying our "instant" heat from our gas furnace. I was really feeling guilty at first using gas instead of our firewood-but I must say I am loving the fact that we have even heat in every room now-especially the bathroom-feels like heaven lol 

   I am so enjoying my kindle Voyage too. You know me my mind is usually back in the 1700s and 1800s lol and I ran into a book series by Dorothy Wiley  set in the late 1700s-about a family that went by wagon from established homes on the east coast to Kentucky. There listed as romantic historical novels but they are very tastefully written, and a real eye opener for me-what our ancestors went through on these journeys-I think there are 5 books in this series but each book can stand alone too. Highly recommend if you enjoy these type of novels.

       Enjoy the season everyone!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Good Morning Everyone & Hanukkah Donuts

   The sun is a shining here in the Ozarks with high 60s and 70s by friday-amazing for December-I am enjoying every minute of it-even though we have soooo much mud here.

   Today I finally finished going through boxes of files-some I couldn't get to before so those got organized, and my business files and desk drawers got a go over too-so that's a good feeling.
    Next up is going through the several boxes of cd's and dvd's and items that go into another cabinet-probably tomorrow for that one.
   I am waiting for another wool braided made in the USA rug that should arrive this week. I ordered a 4x4 size rug that should fit perfectly under my small loom--Once that is in place-soon I Will get the project threaded that is on there and get it woven off-my friend has been waiting over a year now for this scarf-and I am anxious to try some saori weaving after this piece.

   I did purchase the kindle Voyage and I love it so far. the 3G does work where I live for downloading the books which is what I needed to work. No wi fi here though so I can do everything else-purchase and review books online. It is the perfect weight too that my hands can handle now. I am also loving the light that adjusts to my surroundings and I love the page press instead of swiping the screen-which was another feature I wanted.
   I did just read though, which is actually a good thing, that ebooks are down in sales this year and "real" books are up in sales-so hoping that is a continued trend. Some of the more known authors are really expensive on kindle, cheaper to buy a used book which I find frustrating. I was able to catch a one day big sale on Sparks newest release See Me for my kindle-which was excellent reading.
    Where I live the kindle will be really nice for me, living so rural the library is too big a hassle and still small from what I have been used to. For informative books like spinning dyeing etc a hard cover book is the better option for me.

   I tried out some new recipes for Larry's Hanukkah dinner on Sunday. Everything turned out so well-for once my latkes were perfect, and I learned how to make a little jelly donut-gluten free-and I even had the cast iron pan for it.  That was fun. 
     We have owned this Griswold cast iron pan for many years and never knew for sure what it was for-now I do. We loved these and will definately make more. They "bake" on top of the stove-I figured out 3 minutes on one side-turn over and another 3 minutes and they were perfectly cooked inside. They have a custardy texture-really awesome little donuts.

Here is the recipe I found online

(photos will enlarge)

  I am off to make lunch soon and then help do some digging that Larry needs for his phone and computer line to the shop. Later.

   Enjoy the season and pass on some love and hugs.



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