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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!


Grand Adventure, part 1

6 Dec

It’s been a few weeks now since my grand adventure.

What, I didn’t share with you that I was going on a grand adventure?!?!  Tsk. Tsk.

A couple weeks before Thanksgiving, a friend and I had plans to go to the Matt Nathanson concert in Minneapolis.  I was also invited to my aunt’s to help put quilt tops together for a children’s hospital in the Cities (the Twin Cities-Minneapolis and St. Paul-for those non-MN natives).  I also wanted to try to see my great grandparents.  The week after the concert I had a Dr. appointment.  And the following week the hubby and I would be heading to my folks for Thanksgiving.  Well…here’s how it went down…

Make decision about how the next couple weeks play out.  Decide to go to MN for 2 1/2 weeks.  Book flight for hubby from Milwaukee to Minneapolis.  Cancel Dr. appointment and reschedule for the next day.  Start the packing list.  Go to Dr. appointment and have 12 lab tests done (unexpectedly-Thank God for insurance).  Start packing.  Pick up house.  Buy some groceries for hubby.  Pack car.  Drive 6 hours to Woodbury.  Quilt for 3 days.  Go to Matt Nathanson concert.  Visit great grandparents on great grandma’s 95th birthday.  Drive 3 1/2 hours to folks.  Help dad with Christmas presents.  Visit friend.  Make place mats.  Sew quilt top.  Fix mom’s coat.  Go to Minneapolis to pick up hubby.  Play games.  Eat Turkey.  Open Christmas presents.  Drive 8 hours to in-laws.  Celebrate hubby’s birthday.  Go home.

I think that about sums up my grand adventure.  More to follow.  I’m exhausted thinking back to everything that happened and must now lay down and let my head stop spinning.

The spinning may also be from the fumes of cleaning our tub…

Writer’s block

14 Aug

It’s been a while since my last post.  I’ve been stuck with writer’s block.  And I still am.  The last week has been busy, but yet, I haven’t felt the need to share.  So, here are the highlights from the last week:

  • A very good friend came to see us!  We spent a couple of days in Chicago.  We hit the Art Institute of Chicago, Rebuilding Exchange, and Millenium Park.  We also spent a lot of time playing Settlers of Catan and Seafarers.  Eric and I were excited to have someone else to play with!
  • I helped bake some breads for the Lutherdale Fest which was last Saturday.  Yummy banana and zucchini bread!
  • I also helped fill cream puffs on the day of the Lutherdale Fest.  239 cream puffs to be exact ( I dropped one in the process!).
  • I’ve started taking care of the barnyard as well – about 15 chickens, 3 ducks, 1 turkey, 2 sheep, 4 goats, and a cow.  My first day was a bit rough, but I’m figuring out the best way to get things done and no one has gone without food or water, so that’s a plus!
  • I’m starting a health coaching program through the Mayo Clinic.  Our health insurance has a great program to earn some money toward medical expenses and after taking their survey, I found out I was eligible for this free service.  I have my first appointment today.  All appointments are over the phone and can be done on my schedule.  Stay tuned for updates on what’s happening!

I’m also hoping to get some painting done this week and to build our coffee table.  We finally got some living room furniture, so I think this space will be the first to get done!

A Little of This

9 Jun

We made it!  Well, we made it almost a week ago.  I can’t believe that a week ago we were driving through Montana, into North Dakota, and down to Aberdeen, South Dakota.  And so much has happened since we’ve been back…

On Tuesday we drove down to Eric’s potential new job.  I was asked to come down and check it out and get a feel for what it would be.  And I LOVED it!  It’s in a great location – an hour from Madison and Milwaukee and about an hour and a half from Chicago.  We’d be living on a lake again.  We’d have a house!  A real 4 bedroom, 1 1/2 bathroom house.  It got even better when Eric was offered the job and accepted.  Life is good!  God is good!

We’re not sure when we’ll be moving in, but there is so much potential with the house and the job.  Eric is going to grow so much with it and he’s so excited!  And I probably get to take some time off and enjoy the summer.  I can’t wait to start taking down wallpaper and painting and landscaping and planting a garden and Aaahhh!!!  My head is going in so many directions.  We’ll definitely need to prioritize and make lists…I love lists!

Half Way Home

3 Jun

It’s 7:30 am Central Standard Time.  That’s right, we’re finally in the Central Time Zone!  But I can’t help but think what time it is back in Idaho and that I’d hopefully still be sleeping there.  It’s also going to take some getting used to the fact that I’m no longer 3 hours behind friends in Maryland, 2 hours behind family in the Midwest and 1 hour behind my brother in New Mexico.  I LOVE being in Central Time!

We had a bit of a rough start to our journey.  We had planned to leave at 7:00 am on June 1.  We didn’t roll out of camp until 10:00 am; at least we made it out on June 1 (it was iffy for a while).  First, we didn’t have everything packed yet.  Most everything was in boxes, but not in the moving truck.  And we still had to clean.  I’ll miss our 432 square foot cabin for this reason – it takes no time to clean!  And then, there’s the trailer for our truck…

Eric didn’t think it would take long to get the truck on the trailer.  And it shouldn’t have taken long.  He knew exactly what needed to be done.  And he did.  The stupid trailer wouldn’t cooperate.

First, our truck is a little finicky.  But he got it most of the way on the trailer and only needed to go about 10 more inches, when CRASH!  A ramp fell out from under one side of the truck.  Holy *&$#!  The truck was fine and lucky for us we had some friends helping who jumped right in and got the ramp back under the truck.  We got it situated and were putting the ratchet straps around the tires and discovered they were too small.  You’ve got to be kidding me!  We started letting air out of the front tires and the straps finally went around.  Needless to say, we were totally stressed and I was at a breaking point.  But Eric got us going and we made it to Billings, MT our first day.  Exactly where we were going.

Nothing major happened on our drive yesterday.  It was actually very relaxing until we were about 2 hours from our destination and I was exhausted!  I had a few moments of, what the hell are we doing?  Why did we decide to do this?  What happens when we get to WI?  Eric was again on calming-me-down duty and we made it to Aberdeen, SD.  Exactly where we were going.

It’s now almost 8:00 am, and we have a much shorter day today.  We’re only going about 200 miles.  My cousin graduates and we get to see family!  It’ll be a great stopping point today.  And then off we go to WI tomorrow.  Stay tuned to see if we make! :o)

The Final Countdown

31 May

We’re a little less than 24 hours away from hitting the road!  I can’t believe we move TOMORROW!  The last couple weeks have been a whirlwind of figuring out our next adventure and where it’s taking us.  I’m so happy and at peace with the decisions we’ve made.

We pick up the moving truck in a couple hours along with last minute things we need for our trip.  It’s been crazy watching our lives go into boxes and it’ll be crazy watching the boxes go into the truck.

Last night we got to spend time with the people who have made life joyous for us here.  It was a great time of celebration with everyone.  We will miss everyone here and love them more than words can say.  We’ve had a wonderful adventure here and Idaho will always have a special place in our hearts!  It is where our happiest and saddest moments have happened.  And it will always be a place we call home.

But enough blubbering…on with the day!  The Final Countdown has begun!

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