Saturday, March 17, 2012

Spring Break


What's more calming than a walk in the woods?
Several walks in the woods :-)

Nathan is over for spring break so we went to our favorite place, the park.
If you get off the concrete path there's a whole other world
just waiting to be explored.


 A creek, trees, flowers, birds, snakes ....and ticks!

Yep, ticks.
I found me a few of those ticks too!
Never heard of ticks till I came south.
Maybe we had them up north, I just don't remember.

We also found this in the creek.

At this point we were pretty far in and
the trail kinda petered out,
 and since I was wearing flip-flops instead of hiking boots.....

Is it just me, or does the tree on the right look a little obscene?

Today we're going to a shabby chic, junktique, up-cycle show,
should be fun.

Till next time,

Monday, March 12, 2012

Would You Hire This Person?


Sharp, witty, intelligent individual seeks
meaningful and challenging employment opportunity.

My background includes,
quality control, customer service, production,
shipping/receiving, employee training
and a host of other skills too numerous
to mention here.

If you are tired of mediocrity
and in need of someone who is motivated,
adaptable and has common sense,
then I can be contacted at,
If you were/are an employer and saw this AD in the paper,
would you call/email this person?

If so, why?
If not, why?
Personally, I do think I would contact this individual.
They've put it all out there, probably would be an excellent employee....
What do you think?

The Screaming Tree
Till next time,

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Planets Have Aligned In My World!

 I admit it.....

I love to sew, doesn't matter what I'm sewing, I just need to do it!
Seems all things align and the world is right when I sew.
So, today was a sew day so to speak..

This is how the story goes....

A few years back I made a quilt for Nathan's bed,
a very nice quilt if I do say so myself.
Traditional piecing for the top and crazy piecing for the drop.
(I really don't quilt, I piece and then
tie the whole thing together with embroidery floss).


Our dog Red likes to lay on Nathan's bed , not allowed,
but while the masters are away.....
Apparently those embroidery floss tassels tantalized her.
A nip here a scratch there, well you can guess,
rips and tears beyond repair.
I took it apart and salvaged what I could, the crazy squares!
What could I do with these crazy squares?
It hit me today....Bedside rugs!
(We're living on concrete floors here)!!!

My Dad made the chest of drawers when I was a baby.
The legs came from a chair that the previous homeowners left here.
Crazy blocks are pieced onto a foundation fabric,
plenty enough thickness in those squares for a rug.

I had enough squares to make two, 27" x 37" rugs.

The backing is made from
a dis-assembled couch throw that didn't quite work out.

I'm back in the groove...
 Sun is shining, temps are in the 70's, life is good!

Hope You' all had a creative and fruitfull weekend.

Till next time,

Friday, March 2, 2012

Turkey And Dressing In March? Why Not?

Been mostly puttering around today.
 Finished off a few painting projects, did laundry, housework, read a few blogs,
looked at more decorating ideas at
You off stuff.

I've been thinking about making turkey and dressing
 so I decided today is the day.
Now don't misunderstand, I'm not cooking the full blown turkey day meal.
I have some leftover turkey in the freezer,
even found a couple 1/2 pint mason jars of turkey stock,
 so I'm going to improvise.
What I'm going to do is make the dressing and add chopped turkey to it.
Trust me...I've made this before.

The turkey is thawing and the freezer bag of veggie ends
(onion skins, celery ends, garlic peels) are in a pot with water, gently simmering.
Crap.... only found a few slices of bread in the freezer and no cornbread.
Texans need cornbread in their dressing!
I made some foccacia dough in the bread machine,
whipped up a double batch of cornbread batter and both are in the oven baking.
The extra cornbread will go great with beans and rice
and the extra bread is good all by itself!.

The slightly wilted celery, an onion, a couple of pepperoncini and some garlic
are chopped and waiting to be sautéed.

OK, breads are out of the oven, lets get this done!
(I oiled the foccacia bread and added herbs to the top).

1. Drain the solids off the veggie stock,
add the turkey stock to the veggie stock and set aside.
2. Cube up about 5 cups of the two breads, put in a large bowl and set aside.
(I usually do equal amounts of each bread).
3. Cube the turkey and set aside.
4. Sautee the chopped veggies.

This is where it all comes together.

5. Throw a handful of dried herbs into the bread bowl, your choice.
Add the sautéed veggies and mix.
Add the cubed turkey and mix.
Add the stock to your desired wetness, I like mine on the wet side.
Pour into an oiled 9 x 13 baking dish.
Bake uncovered at 325° for 1 hour.
You could even sprinkle on some grated cheese
in the last 15 minutes of baking, but
I think I'm going to make gravy with the leftover stock.

There you have it, turkey and dressing with very little fuss!

I'm off to Canton Trade Days tomorrow,
I don't need anything but you never know....

Till next time,