Wednesday, January 27, 2016


A few weeks ago I decided I was ready to pass on Missy's things so I contacted a local pet rescue group and gave them her things. They were grateful for the supplies.
I came across her collar a few days ago sorting through a basket on my dresser. I wasn't going to keep the collar at first, just the name tag. Then I saw the stuffed dog I sewed and decided it could wear Missy's old collar and tag.


Hubby bought me a cool microwave gadget to cook eggs in for breakfast sandwiches.

I have to admit I like it very much! For years I was opposed to owning and using a microwave and I definitely did not have room for one in the camper. But after reheating our leftovers by warming them in the oven for an hour or more, I gave in.

I still don't know what I think about our food being cooked in one, but I have decided not to worry about it anymore.

And the taste benefits are amazing!!

Monday, January 18, 2016

And another use at that!

I was thinking what else I could use the wine totes for and after looking up ideas on Pinterest, I came up with another idea...

Mason jar holders. The totes are padded so they offer a bit of insulation. It holds a standard quart jar. I don't have any wide mouth jars on me so I don't know if they will fit. But if you're like me and liked to drink tea or lemonade out of a mason jar, it works great! You can also hold a pint sized jar in it. Taking some soup or salad to work? It even holds a half pint jar to keep your croutons or crackers in. Add a fork or spoon and a napkin and you're all set!

Unlike other tote patterns I found that have an attached handle, this one is built in so no chance of it coming loose!

Not just for wine...

I was looking closer at my wine totes and realized that they would make great knitting bags too! They hold two skeins of yarn (like peaches and cream) and a pair of straight knitting needles.

I love knitting dishcloths with my Brittany straights and now have a portable way to carry them.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Wine bottle holder

This is my latest sewing project. They are reversible and easy to sew. I like fun projects.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Beef and barley

Made beef and barley for lunch today. Hadn't made it in a long time. I realized after making it that I was out of marjoram so I substituted basil. Still turned out great though.

For supper I baked scalloped potatoes to go with chicken and so glad I learned to make it from scratch. It's easier than I thought and tastes better than the store bought stuff!

I was sewing potato bags today for the quilt shop and hoped to finish them by the afternoon but ran into some problems with my sewing machine and didn't get them done. Then I got a text that needed my attention at the kitchen store so I ran up there to take care of it.

I rushed home to put the scalloped potatoes in the oven and get dinner started. Surprisingly we ate on time!

Hubby mentioned granola bars today and it reminded me that I found a recipe nearly 8 years ago for some. So I whipped up a batch. I blended the oats because the recipe said to use a blender but then I find out the author meant to say mixer. I kind of like how it turned out. More like a cookie in texture than a chewy granola bar, but we liked it just the same.

Tomorrow a friend is coming over for a visit and Friday I'm going to help a friend count inventory at her business. It's been a busy week!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Banana pumpkin leather

Last night I blended some frozen bananas, and canned pumpkin together for a frozen treat. I added some cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to it. The original recipe called for allspice and cloves. (Which I didn't have) and maple syrup.

I thought it was plenty sweet. While it was tasty, I found it a little bitter. Probably due to the nutmeg. So, I froze the leftovers to dehydrate the next day.

I have to say this is far better than I thought it would be. Plenty sweet and the flavor is amazing! The dehydrated squash was good but had brown sugar and cinnamon in it. I have been trying to avoid drying snacks with added sugar in them.

The bananas give it just enough sweetness without being too sweet.

I had an extra banana leftover so I mashed it up and added a tiny bit of leftover pumpkin to it. No spices. I have yet to try it since it's still drying.

On a crafty note, I have been trying to use up all my facric stash. I cut out more material today to sew into knot bags.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Just walk

I decided to take two challenges this month.

Day 1 

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Cell phone zippered pouches

Last week a friend asked me to sew her a cell phone holder that she wanted to give to a friend. So I took out my supplies and started to d...