Archive | February, 2014

Discovering

20 Feb

This week has been one of many discoveries.  I love the image that comes to mind when I hear the word discovery.  I imagine Christopher Columbus sailing across the Atlantic to the New World, a baby putting one foot in front of the other, an almost 30 woman realizing what she wants is to stay home and take care of her hubby and home.

Ok, that last one was about me.  You caught me.  But seriously, I love staying home and taking care of my hubby and turning our house into a home.  I love the freedom of choosing a new daily adventure, whether it’s reading Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, spending time with my aunt and making sewing machine covers, or cleaning the bathroom.  Ok, maybe I don’t love cleaning the bathroom, but it does add variety to my day.  I love trying recipes and finding new favorites.  And spending time with you lovelies.

I’ve also rediscovered my love of reading.  I’ve always loved reading and have been a pretty avid reader most of my life.  But recently, I had fallen off the wagon and maybe read two books last year.  Two! MAYBE!!  This rediscovery is partially due to me new toy – a Nook HD.  My brother won it and didn’t want it, so lucky me!  I’ve been wanting a tablet or something for over a year.  Like I said, I love trying new recipes and a lot of them come from Pinterest.  I hated lugging my computer into the kitchen, so this was the main reason for wanting something else.  Who knew this Nook would get me reading again.  I LOVE that I can check out books from the library system.  It’s going to keep me busy for a long while.

And I love crafting.  Especially sewing and quilting.  But the discovery I made this week is that I’m afraid to jump off and try new things.  I would love to learn to sew clothes, but I’m terrified I’m going to suck at it.  Or ruin something.  And I wish I would have asked my great grandmother to teach me.  She’s made a ton of clothes!  But, I have a couple projects I need to do, so hopefully that will motivate me and get me to step out of my comfort zone.  And I’m sure everything will turn out fine, it’s just the initial jump.

I also miss my friends terribly.  I feel as though I’m drifting away from some of them.  I’m not sure what it is, but it’s not a good feeling.  I don’t live near most of them, in fact some live half way across the country.  But that’s never been an issue before.  Sure, we didn’t see each other all the time, but we’d talk on the phone.  And no matter how long we would go without talking, we’d always pick up where we left off.  But it feels like something has changed and I’m not sure what to do.  Any advice?

Phew…what a week.  So many discoveries.  And probably some I can’t remember off the top of my head.  I love the feeling of discovering something, or rediscovering something.  It makes everything new, even if it’s something you’ve been doing forever.

Here’s to making discoveries everyday!

Pinterest Projects Weeks 6 & 7

18 Feb

It’s been a little crazy the last couple weeks.  My aunt was here, job interviews, snow, cold, etc.  But there’s no excuse for my lack of communication.  Please forgive me.

Anywho, here is the round-up of the last couple of weeks.  And I’m sorry, there isn’t much to share…

Crochet BowCrochet Bow

Hat PomHat Pom

Finished Hat!I had this hat pattern and thought the bow and pom would be super cute!  I think I was right! 🙂

Cheesy Sausage PastaCheesy Sausage Pasta

Pieced BattingPieced Batting

Well, that was about it for the past two weeks.  Oh yeah, the hubs and I have been keeping up with our 52 Week Money Challenge!  A woo-hoo!  I also read Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns).  I loved Mindy Kaling before I read the book, but even more now.  I love when I can read a book and imagine how the author would be saying it to me.  Anyway, if you’re looking for a light, funny read, check it out!

Pinterest Projects Week 5

6 Feb

So, there are a few projects from the 5th week of the year.  We were in the middle of getting ready to head to Minnesota for my great grandpa’s funeral, so not a lot got done.  And what did get done, was mostly in preparation for our weekend away.  So, here it is:

Dirty MicrowaveI’m a little embarrassed to be posting this picture of my nasty microwave, but it must be done.  Wait until you see the after picture!

Sparkly MicrowaveTa-Da!!  Hot water and vinegar steam

Lemon Ricotta PancakesLemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Topping

Yummy BreadYummy Bread

Now, the bread I’ve been making for the past few months, but this is the first time this year.  It is DELICIOUS!  And EASY!  I forgot to take pictures after I made the loaves, but this looks much prettier than just a shot from the top.  I made three different kinds: plain; cranberry, orange, almond; and jalapeno cheese (not pictured).  The jalapeno cheese was a big hit, so I didn’t actually get to bring any home.  Or try it.  It’s ok, I’ve still got jalapenos and cheese…

I also made Sonoma Chicken Salad for our 7 1/2 hour drive to Olivia, MN.  I also forgot to take a picture.  But let me tell you, it was also damn delicious.

I’ve got some really exciting things coming up for this week and I can’t wait to share with you!  So, until next week, Pin away!

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