Monday, January 30, 2012


Scrappy WIP is going........ backwards! Yes backwards. None of my tall rows lined up right with my short rows :/ so here I am seeing the rainbow way to much as I unstitch each row one by one. I've figured piecing it back together in groups of 4 - tall tall short short. As you can see on the left things are lining up much better this way. I did find the perfect fabric in my stash to use as the backing.

Saturday, January 28, 2012


Oh thy lovely gas fireplace-
how pretty you are to thee-
But so incredibly useless if you dont heat us!
So I've covered you up.
P.S. your a gas hog too!

Friday, January 27, 2012


Time to clean the damage from last weeks storm,
can you believe it- theres actually sun shinning today,
oh and its a lovely 38degrees out,
woohoo how long 'til I'm purple?

Thursday, January 26, 2012


he packs for YTC,
this time around in just 30 short days he misses 3 Birthdays & Valentines

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Work in progress & Prison Break

Need I say more?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


No electric-AGAIN!

Monday, January 23, 2012


Coffee Hun?

I followed along in January's Monthly Challenge over on I don't have a fabric problem....

Here's my coffee cozy :)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

the last 5 days

So we awake Wednesday to this beautiful snow :)

Luke loved it too!

We then awoke on Thursday to no power.
We got to make coffee the super fun way ;)
Then hey what beats breakfast on the grill. Potatoes, sausage & eggs cooked right there in one pot on one burner.
We stayed home most of Thursday, we decided to head out but after driving around we realize everyone was w/o power too. We found one resturant open anf had a nice warm dinner. We did sleep nat home and tried to function on Friday but we started to get cold quick, the house was losing heat pretty fast. At about noon it was 47 inside. Thankfully hubby had a friend who had a hotel in a nearby city and invited us over. We packed up and headed out, the trees were down everywhere, power lines were hanging, the back roads to base were closed. After 2 hours we finally made it (normally a 45-60 min drive). Get to the hotel just to find out they are w/o power too. We made do, cooked up chicken gumbo & rice on the camping stove. Watched a movie on the laptop and hit the beds early. Saturday hubby got called in- since they didnt work all week- I headed to the house, let the dogs out, cleaned out the freezers since they were defrosted, took a shower, got the proprane filled, feed the kids lunch. We headed out to stay the night in Lacey. Here it is Sunday, I get home first thing to find lights on! say what? yep power is restored. I set up the heater, cleaned up a bit, went grocery shopping and we are home. In our nice warm beds, watching netflix, uploading a few pics, well I'm still up- all are asleep and snoring away.
I will need to call the landlord, theres tree branches all over the roof and in the gutters....


How fun!
I've never seen anything like this before.

Finally got power back today, heated up the house, let the dogs out, headed back into town to get gas & the kids.
This is what I see as I'm pumping gas :P

Saturday, January 21, 2012


Sunshine & Blue skies
enjoyed if only for a minute

Friday, January 20, 2012


Here is only 1 tree down out of the hundres that froze and split and killed power in 2 counties

Thursday, January 19, 2012

19-365 ~Thankful Thursday~

So So Very Thankful for my Propane Grill on this freezing cold no power Thursday

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


8in. fell last night.
Well at least that's what's on my car.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

17-365 & ~Tasty Tuesday~ all in one

Beef & 3 Bean Chili !

So perfect for this freezing snowy day.

Quick and easy I tell you.

Package of Chili seasoning
1 Onion-chopped
a couple Garlic Cloves-chopped
1 small can Tomato Sauce
1 regular can Tomatoes (here I used fire roasted)
1 can RoTel Tomatoes & Chiles

1 package Lean Ground Beef

I cook my own beans- black, kidney, red
I used 5 laddles worth-juice included
or of course canned works too

1 can black
1 can kidney
1 can red or pink

In my crockpot I heat up the beef, onions, garlic, seasoning.

Then just add in all the canned items plus 1 cup water.

Simmer 6 hours.

Serve with Fritos, shredded cheese, sour cream, jalapenos.........

Now to be gluten free just check your seasoning package and select a different one if needed, obviously to be dairy free leave off those select toppings, slightly lowcarb/primal due to the beans you could always eliminate those and of course the Fritos too

Scrappy Quilt wip

Step 3 done
(not in the picture but it is now)
6.5 x ....rows are sewn
1.5 x .... rows are sewn
I'm really liking the look of it, it is child sized,
now for backing thoughts, I looked through all my yardage, I'm going to go Gender Neutral with this, the backing is black based with an array of colors making up the ABC's with coordinating pictures, perfect match for the scrap solids

Step 2

Monday, January 16, 2012

Snow Fun!


The shot of the day
(I'll post more seperately)

Sunday, January 15, 2012


First SNOW of 2012

Saturday, January 14, 2012


The Mr's & Mines new best friend

Friday, January 13, 2012


Ladies "Red Wine" Night

need I say more :D

My favorite red wine, adorable Madden Girl heels, and a ring made by Dinah (shes my neighbor!)

Thursday, January 12, 2012


~Thankful Thursday~

Thankful for my one of a kind, handsome, smart, artistic, clever & sometimes sarcastic oldest son. First born of 4. Today you got yourself up at 3am, did your homework, ate breakfast, packed your lunch, got on the bus at 6:20. Got home at 2:45 turned around and got your 2nd brother off the bus, ate snack with him, played a game with him. Did a bit of homework after I got home, folded your clean laundry, came down for dinner, took your shower and here it is 7:09pm and your in bed.I Love You, I appreciate all that you do, you are so intellagent and a wonderful artistist. You have really grown & come into your own over the last few years. You speak your mind, question things that may not need questioning, suck up any & all information you can. You are a Junior this year, almost 17, an A/B student. You did the fall/winter drama play, waiting now for soccer season.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


L & her friend made our snack today :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Good Morning Sunshines!

As much as I say I want to sleep alone-no more kids in the bed-stay in your bed.

This right here is why I'm so gullable to say ok come in just for tonight.

Granted they do fall asleep in their own beds, they stay there a few nights a week actually.

Here though J was with me & Lcame in when she got up- so 'bout 7

~Tasty Tuesday~ anytime egg

the anytime egg-
this is so easy, quick and versitle anyone can make this.
We have had this for breakfast, lunch, snack and yes, even dinner.

In a small pan,
heat up a tad of oil/butter/spray (whatever you like to use).
Place in corn tortilla, cook until slightly golden & flip for a minute, move it to your plate.
Place in your favorite breakfast meat (pictured here is a thick ham slice) I love bacon, it can even be sausage, heat/cook through, place on tortilla.
Add on your favorite cheese to the meat (pictured here is pepperjack) or if your dairy free (like me) skip this step.
Heat up a tad more oil/butter/spray if needed, fry egg, or scramble it if you'd like, place on cheese.
Top it off with tomato, avocado, jalapeno (or not).

Monday, January 9, 2012


My little helper,
I was looking for the measuring tape-
she found it and had to measure everything in the office.

Sunday, January 8, 2012


One of my goals this year-
learn more about quilting

First Quilt Block

I am so happy with how it turned out.
I lost 1/2 an inch some where but I added the small trim to the edge to make up for it. 12x12

I was quit impressed with how quick it came together

Saturday, January 7, 2012


Step 2 of the 12x12 Scrappy Year done

Step 1

Friday, January 6, 2012



Yes I am known to let the littles play on the laptops so I can sneak away for a few minutes.

They are both on Magic Desktop, safe, cool and came free on both pc's.

Thursday, January 5, 2012


~Thankful Thursday~

Thankful for my one of a kind, beautiful, smart, charming, slightly evil, only daughter.

The very unexpected 4th child & the greatest Birthday gift ever!

Today you are pictured here pretending it's summer time- you're at the beach.

This was you getting ready for school, PreK class, at ABC Academy with your teachers Ms Klary & Mr Matt, you love attending there.

Tonight you helped cook the rice for dinner, added the rice, water, ginger powder & sesame oil. Then of course that's all you ate with seaweed pieces.

Right this minute you are screaming my name- from bed- it's 8:28

and you are fighting your sleep/bed time.

P.S. You are the Puzzle Queen!

I Love You,


Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Can we say "Holy Scrapage" .....

I'll be trying my hardest to follow along with SassyBlog's 12x12 scrappy year.

The picture today shows Step 1 me filing through my scraps so I can organize them by color.

Anyone care to come by and help?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Dinner for the next 2 weeks

No particular order.
Meats are already bought and in the freezer, staples like Rice/Pasta/Potatoes are already on hand.
Fresh/frozen veggies were bought today.

  • Nacho/Taco/Burrito Night, chicken flavored rice and the following toppings lettuce-tomato-avocado-onion-cheese-sour cream

  • Sausage Soup w/mushrooms & spinach, bread rolls

  • Salmon, rice, garlic green beans

  • Grilled Flank Steak, baked potatoes, grilled Zucchini & eggplant

  • Grilled BBQ & Red Hot chicken pieces, pasta salad w/ cucumbers, tomatoes, bacon

  • Sesame Pork Lo mein w/ broccoli, squash, onion, mushroom

  • Brats & Peppers w/broth , rice

  • Pork Chops, rice, beans

  • Spaghetti w/ground pork red sauce

  • Chili w/beef & beans, Frito's, saltines

  • Creamy Broccoli Pork chops, garlic bread, peas

  • Burgers, fries, corn on cob

  • Chicken Alfredo Pasta

  • Corn Beef on rice w/ corn & fries

3-365 & ~Tasty Tuesday~ all in one

Jalapeno Beef!

1 small can tomato sauce, 1 large can Jalapeno (whole/halved/sliced whichever) save liquid, remove carrots if there are any, 1 can tomato & chilies, 1 package Thin Sliced Beef (its usually pretty cheap and super thin huge pieces)

Slice up beef into thin strips, place in large pan, add in all three cans, simmer for 20-30 mins.

Serve with beans, rice, tortillas, tomatoes, avocado.....

Pictured here is what I served up for myself

tomato & avocado, 3bean trio (pinto,black,kidney) & Jalapeno Beef!

primal / lowcarb / dairy free / gluten free / grain free

Monday, January 2, 2012

Time for bed yet?

So I can wake up!
Woot! School starts tomorrow!
This was a long Winter Holiday for sure.
Mr was home on half days and had 2 4 days in a row. The monkeys were off from the 16th thru today. C planned out his work & play pretty well, J was starting to hint on cabin fever, L was honest and admitted missing school about 4 days ago. A is .... well .... locked up :( that boy!
We picked up a new to us Explorer-here's to hoping it helps the Mr's hip abit.
I decorated the outside with tons of white lights-just for them to keep blowing out every few hours. The tree was mine this year- I worked it up in Purples & Golds, vintage wooden ornaments and red bows. Just lovely I tell you. The house was also decorated in Wooden Objects only.
I'll get up a few pics shortly.
Christmas was a hit, we toned it down compaired to what we've done in the past. The kids got to ask "Santa" for one big thing, and ask "us" for a couple little items.
We stuck to it well.
Heres a toast (with my glass of Pinot) to a great Year ahead for us all and GoodNight.


Rain Rain Rain

Yes we know we are in a very wet state but I admit I was enjoying the dry odd winter we were having.

Sunday, January 1, 2012


The Three Kings came a few days early this year ;)
Of course the 2nd is not the 6th, well after talking it over, we agreed it was easier to have Epiphany tomorrow since school is still out and the Mr is home.
Yes our Kings fill our Stockings.

Happy New Year!

An online friend posted this today-
Thought I'd share it with you all too-
An Irish blessing for you all.
Wishing you always...
Walls for the wind,
A roof for the rain
And tea beside the fire.
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire