Monday, December 27, 2010

Stitchin Along

While I was in California I decided to work on my embroidery. It was either keep my hands busy or hurt a few people. WH thought I should keep my hands busy. He wasn't too keen on bailing me out from N.D.Believe it or not I did ALL these in the time I was there. I was really diligent at keeping my hands busy.
The bad thing though is that I had really wanted these. Until I did them. The circumstances that I made them under just ruined them for me. I don't even want to look at them now. Sigh. I have a queen size quilt top that I have never been able to finish because while I was making it a dear friend passed away. So I guess I should be happy I didn't take a match to these.

Wasn't sure what I was going to do with them until a friend fell in love with them. She has been such a wonderful support for me so I think I will put them into a quilt for her. I can do that. I just don't want to see them again afterwards!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Eggs Bennedict

Does anyone have a foolproof (fool meaning me) recipe? I got so used to having them on the cruise ship and have been having horrible withdrawls! I found a couple online recipes but thought I would ask those I could trust first. :).........So can you help a girl out?

Friday, December 17, 2010

Bad Mommy




That would be me! I TOTALLY forgot a very very important anniversary for our family. Yesterday was the anniversary of Little A's adoption!


You were one of the best decisions we ever mad Little A. You make our family whole.








Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Little Quilty Goodness

Do you remember the Bargello graduation quilt I starter over a year ago? Well ITS DONE!!!!

I just got sick of seeing it in my sewing room. The quilting I did on it was a feather meander. Very basic for a boy but fancy enough for a bargello. I wish I had a picture of that part but for some reason it corrupted on my camera.

The quilt is in its new home so I would have to have them take another picture for me. Either way I was very very happy with how it turned out. The color choice was his ( recipient) and I wasnt to sure about them. Odd in my book. Was I ever wrong though. I LOVE how it turned out and best of all he absolutely loves it. Thats all that is important. :)

Now to get my house back in shape after the cruise and my tail back in gear quilting!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Are You Still With Me?

So much has happened in the last month and a half...It was pretty awful for awhile and I wasnt sure of even how to take the next breath....I was a daddy's girl big time. I guess I always will be. Mom and I have gotten pretty close though. We had to do some painful things together. After dad passed away the family and I stayed for a little bit with mom. Helped her with some things she didnt need to do by herself.

It was tough going home. Life has to go on though and my life is a busy one. so home we went. First on the agenda after we got back was the rival game between Packers and Vikings. I had this little bet going with a buddy that one of us had to wear the winners hat.Hmmmm I guess you know who won. Is this guy tall or what! Heheheh Humble too.
The next thing happening was a cruise WH and I had booked a few months back.Two other couples joined us. I needed it so badly. The sleep, the laughter (my stomach STILL hurts from laughing), the sun, and the time with just WH.I will have more pics to come. Evidently I shouldnt of taken it for granted that my new laptop came with a built in card reader. So I have to go buy one. I kyped these from one of my girls. Right now I am sitting in a Miami hotel room. WH had to pop down here after the cruise to put a showing in at some sort of work related show.

I had been hoping for some more sun before we headed home. WHo knew it would be just as cold here as it is in ND!!!!!! Oh well I had to waste some time shopping. Bummer huh....We fly home tomorrow. I promise to be better now. I even have some quilt content for you! (Pick yourselves up off the floor I REALLY do)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

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i am still in sacramento.my father passed away on sunday. this is definitely the roughest thing i have ever done. i am being strong for mom though.funeral is this sat. and then our "new" normal starts. i just miss my dad. i am so grateful though that i did get here in time to say goodbye.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Got that phone call I didn't want to get. On my way back to california.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

My Quest

To get fit. I came home from California with renewed zeal to take better care of myself. To eat healthier and start exercising. After a quick trip to the doctors here that was also impressed upon me by her. SO I found a treadmill and bought some fitness d.v.d.s.

First off the treadmill has become my best friend. 30 minutes of uninterrupted walking time. Just as with my gardening the kids and hubby see that thing going and quickly disappear.Do they think I am going to make them walk too?

This wasnt enough though. Oh no. When I decide to do something I go whole hog. So I give the walking a week and think yes its time to add something else into the mix. Lets do one of the D.V.D.s. I grab Jillian Michaels 30 day shred and pop that puppy in. Only 20 min and according to the wrapper in 30 days I will be a whole new me!

I would like to know WHY they do not warn you ahead of time with a label that clearly states she will try to kill you? I am now rubbing myself down with Ben gay and praying that the pain will just stop! I think I will just stick to walking.............

On a brighter note, I crawled (and yes I literally crawled) down to the studio and have been getting a lot done! Pictures to follow this week if I can find the strength to pick up the camera......

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hunting Season!

If you are sensitive to hunting pictures go no further!

I am VERY proud of WH. First deer ever by bow! The best part is right in the back yard. We have 3 more tags. Skater Boy (who soon morfs into boarder boy) has his bow and rifle license and the WH has a rifle license still. We had the back strap for dinner. YUM yum yum. We really will put this meat to good use.
WH also got his first pheasant in our yard. Right in our back yard! It promptly went into the pot for pheasant white bean chili. Oh boy good stuff!





Saturday, October 30, 2010

What Does A Packers Fan

Take to a Viking/Packers game? A cheese football of course!!!!

Let me tell you the Vikings fans wouldn't even touch it until we had taken the first bites. Lol. Then they saw how good it was and couldn't stay away. Needless to say when I get to host the next rivalry game there WILL be another Packers cheese football. Want the recipe? Easy peasy.....

2-4 Cups Sharp coarsely grated sharp cheddar cheese. (start out withe 2 cups the add more as you see it needs it. I made 3 batches and it was a different amount each time)
1 PKG softened Cream Cheese (very very soft. I put it in the micro to soften it.)
1 Can Jalapenos ( however hot you want it)
3/4 tsp Garlic
1/2 tsp Cumin
Liquid Smoke ( I think I did about 8 drops but will try more next time. So this is to taste)
Crust is Pumpernickle bread and melted butter.

Mix everything But the sharp cheddar in your mixer. Add in the two cups mixing by hand. Slowly add more until you get a good consistency that will be easy to pour into a mold and firm up.

I put the Pumpernickle bread in the food processor and added the melted butter until I could make it form a shape.Put saran wrap into the mold making sure you pat the wrinkles out when you pat the bread mixture in into the mold .Then I poured the cheese in. After it set up ( a few hours) I flipped the mold and walla! The perfect cheese football. Pipe a little more cream cheese onto the top for effect and you are done!

BTW I am not sure how I figured out how to upload this picture. I am already having a panic attack thinking about the pictures I want to upload tomorrow. Sigh.

I also want to thank you all for the hugs and warm wishes over my dad. He is hanging in there. Baby steps is all we can ask for.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Bare With Me

My laptop decided to quit last week. Great timing huh. So I went in to purchase a new one and walked out with a Mac. VERY good salesman let me tell you. Now however I am in way over my head and am having a difficult time adjusting!

I have a great post for y'all tho. A recipie I came up with for the Packers/MN game for a a cheese football! Yay Packers! Darn good thing they won too.I would of lost a very serious bet and would be wearing Vikings Horns the next game! Whew. Now my buddy gets to wear my cheesehead.Hahahahah.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Very Tired

Just got home from Cali....I am exhausted. Two solid weeks of hospital,rehab,hospital,rehab,hospital. The rehab center was more of a rest home. Dont know how to explain it. But it was very sad. Dad is holding his own right now. He is back in the Hospital but who knows for how long. All I can say is they belong to a HMO, Kaiser and I have nothing nice to say about it. In a nut shell they added his age and health condition together and came up with not worth saving.

They literally discharged him twice before he was ready (with us filing complaints and fighting for him to stay) and both times he had more strokes. Length of time they kept him the first two times 4 days. Thats 2 days per stay. I went head to head quite a few times with doctors and filed many complaints. All that did was assure that he got worse care.

So for now I am regrouping while he battles pnumonia and yet another stroke. I needed to come and get love and hugs from my kids and WH. I will wait for the phone call to go back. I spent two good weeks with him. I will cherish those days. He didnt know who i was when I left. I wish to forget those days.

For heavens sake my friends GET your blood pressure checked and TAKE care of yourselves! My dads BP was so high it lead to Artillary Fibrillation ( I am sure I spelled that wrong) which lead to strokes and a nightmare I cant explain. Your families need you. I got mine checked when I got home and found its extremely high. While it is probably stress its something I will now monitor as this could be genetic.


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Distraction

Thats what I am calling this. I will explain at the end but right now I want to show you the candy boquets I made. Ever wanted to make one? Super easy.....

Buy a TON of different kinds of candy.As it turns out this is pretty easy to do right now.

Just a side point. Its more economical to make more then one. You want to use a variety of candy and you will be left with a bunch if you dont. You will need a vase/planter or something for your boquet. You will also need styrofoam inserts,floral tape, and those green stick thingys with the wire on the end that they also sell in the floral department. Yeah I know not really technical.
Use the wire to attach the candy to the stick. Yeah those are my jammies.

Then use the floral tape to cover the wire.It also helps hold the candy on.


Next and last arragne in your holder! All you have left is to gift them to a friend.


So I am off tomorrow to California. My dad had a couple strokes on Friday and isnt doing very well. I am not sure how long I will be gone but for right now a couple weeks. I will miss yall! I will check in if I can.




Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Randomness

Before I even go any further yall have to check out these plates!! I found this magazine that I totally love. Southern woman or something like that. These plates were on the first page! I cant seem to find them in a store but I will. Oh yes I will! The past few days have just been filled with randomness. I have strayed from making my lists. It shows belive me. I get to the end of the day and really havent accomplished anything. Just a bunch of littleness. I have a friend who is a list maker extroardinare. She color codes and makes them all pretty. At the top she writes one thing she doesnt want to do the most. She calls that eating her frog. Seriously. Eating her frog.........

She says that if she eats her frog right away then the other things fall into place. So today I decided to eat my frog. Right away I cleaned my bathroom and bedroom. I did NOT want to so this. WOW! After that I finished a customer quilt,worked on two WIPs, and loaded the mamoth bargello onto Gracie. I am almost ashamed to admit I havent quilted that thing yet.I even started a fun market bag that I am excited to finish tomorrow.

I must say eating your frog right away really works! Tomorrow I have errands to run(my frog again) and then home to play some more. So what frogs do you have to eat?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Baking day!

I wanted to sew today. BUT life had other plans for me. Good friends of ours here are farmers. They grow different things each year but this year its Flax and Wheat...I have had quite an education on farming since we have moved here and I have a HUGE appreciation that I did not have before.

This year has been a real bad year for the farmers. It has rained a LOT at night. While us homeowners have thought we were blessed this is not the case for our growers. The wheat and flax they need to harvest is not dried out enough by morning. These poor farmers are behind this year by atleast two weeks. I suppose it does not affect all the farmers the same as they grow different things but for the people I know they are hurting.

I woke up this morning ready to sew sew sew. Then I looked out the window and saw the rain. I knew that meant another day at home and another day behind. So knowing that it was not possible for me to go out and pick flax by hand I decided to bake something for my friend. He loves apple pie. Personally I hate apple pie but oh well. So I got busy.

If yall have never checked out the pioneer woman and her recipies you need to fix that and go STRAIGHT there! She has this apple pie that just looked amazing. Complete with a crumble caramel topping. Since I am not a lover of two crust pies I decided to go with that one.
I was out of caramel though so found a quick recipie online to make it. Boil a can of sweet condensed milk for about 2 to 2.5 hours. Keep it covered in water though or you could have it exploding on you.
I followed the recipie and boy did they look pretty.

Not pretty enough. So I decided they needed a touch of fall. I carefully molded little leafs,acorns, and pumpkins out of left over dough.....


NOT!!!! I used cutters from Williams Sonoma ( I looooooooooooooove WS)



When everthing was all baked I was very happy with the results! My friends were happy with their pie too.Ü. If I cheered them up just a little then it was worth giving up a sewing day. I made extra so WH and the kiddos could try it too.




Tuesday, September 21, 2010

My Journey Back

back into the sewing studio involved a little more shopping then sewing! I needed just a couple things for the project I was starting.

One trip the the local QS then JoAnnes for supplies and I walked away with patterns! I justified these at the time because I always NEED a new apron. I also need a couple new bags for our cruise....... Yeah I may have forgotten to metion the cruise..On one of my little meltdowns last month I booked us for a cruise. Southern Carribean. It was a MAJOR meltdown. I get dangerous during those. Thankfully WH is extremely easy going. I kinda didnt tell him until afterit was booked....Hehehe Ooops!
Well of course I saw the fancy schmancy new materials in for the holidays. Then that resulted in a trip back to the pattern table. Sigh. I know you see where this is going. I am spinning out of control and just couldnt help myself.....I love the red one.Ü
Bel went along for the ride. She was no help what so ever. In fact she all but took my credit card out of my purse and onto the counter! Yeah thats what happened.

Doesnt she look guilty?


Monday, September 20, 2010

I HAVE to share this website with you! Mila's Daydreams

This made me smile. I really think this is going to be my happy website!




Sunday, September 19, 2010

We Interrupt

The craftiness going on for this very important YAY!!!!Bell could not contain her excitement Ü.... Ok now back to work......



















Friday, September 17, 2010

Hey Crazy Lady!!!

I have taken on two new projects.

When I made my Dear Jane it became apparant that Skater boy was the most interested in it out of all my kids. He in fact is the one that came up with the name "I Love You Turtles", after a game we would play together. So I decided that when he marries it will be his.

Hmmm what do you do for your other children. Well I found the perfect quilt to start for Little A. The Farmers Wife. It is such an interesting read. What a great concept this lady had for designing a quilt. I havent started it yet but the book is in and I am getting ready too! I also ran across this in TN. I SWORE and I mean SWORE that I would never ever in a million years do another wedding ring. The first one I did was painful. I have jokingly told others it was worse then giving birth. I do still stick by that BUT......... I for some odd reason could not pass this up! Yes I may have lost my mind. That is still not clear.
Today was the first day in two months that I spent all day in the studio. OMG I have missed it sooooooooooooo much! I was so twitterpated to have a summer. I still dont regret taking advantage of the sun. But wow I missed Gracie and my fabric! I got 2.5 customer quilts done, an apron cut out, and a whole heck of a lot of playing! In the words of my Jan "GO ME!!!!"
BTW Thank you for being my friends and hanging in their with me!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Tennessee

So I havent really made a secret that this has been a rough summer on our family. I kind of just crawled into a cave and have been having a hard time coming out of it. I have been dwelling on all of it and thinking poor poor me. Its easy to dwell isnt it.... Well I had a real wake up call.

I have talked before about my girlfriends back in Alaska. My Martini girls. When we moved two of the 4 also moved. One here as our hubby's work together and one to TN, to join her parents. We left one behind..Leaving her and My Jody Bob was sooooo hard! These girls are my sisters. They have helped me through so much. M (I wont use her full name here) who moved to TN with her family is very very special to me. She was our little Martha Stewart. A sweetheart through and through. 2 weeks ago her baby brother died unexpectedly and through everyone for a tail spin. They were so close.She, her hubby,kids, and her parents are just so heartbroken.

WH and I didnt even have to think.Along with my other Martini buddy we loaded up the camper and took off. I am so happy we did. All of my problems which are still there are so dealable. So incignificant compared to what they are going through. How sad and broken they are. Yet how strong and beautiful.They are coping the best they can. We cried a lot, got mad a lot, and still we tried to remember the good things we remembered about him. There were so many good memories. Having to leave to come back home was not easy and it came way too fast. We have already made plans to meet up again.


Bel is a traveling dog!
This wonderful store was just down the street from M's.

I have fallen in love with Tennessee.




My beautiful Martini buddies (minus 1) and our newest member Ms mom.

I am so thankful to have them in my life. I can only hope that they found some comfort from our visit. It helped me so much to put my life back in perspective and remember that its not all about me. I love these ladies.