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December Recap

Soooooo, it’s now January!  And I’m back in the land of the living.  I think.

Here’s a little recap of December:
– Made lots of costumes for the church’s Christmas pageant
– Bought lots of fleece for the Youth group to make fleece blankets for a local charity
– Made Christmas cookies for the family’s presents

– Finished some customer quilts in time for Christmas

– Finished J’s quilt for Christmas

– Made a last minute trip to Michigan
– Dealt with the death of 3 grandparents

Yeah, that was a month.  I’m quite amazed when I look at that list now- no wonder I’ve spent the 1st two days of the new year in pajamas sleeping on the couch.

In fact, I think it would be a good idea to get back to that!  Happy New Year!

Another Kid Approved Dinner From Yellowstone

Sloppy Joe’s

Back when we lived in Alaska, I worked at Boys & Girls Club where we had a lot of potlucks.  A LOT of potlucks.  I loved the dishes one of my finance friends brought- she always made them from scratch & they just tasted yummy, like I was eating something my mom would have made.  This is my favorite dish of hers & before we left, I asked her for the recipe.  It came from one of those great church cookbooks where they note the person who submitted the recipe.  So, Marion Perison of upstate New York, I thank you for taking the time to add this to the cookbook.  You probably never figured your recipe would travel from Alaska to Nebraska to Yellowstone- but I bet it would put a smile on your face!

I hope you enjoy as much as my nephews & I did!

Homemade Sloppy Joes
1.5 lbs ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
1 tsp. celery salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 c. ketchup
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. flour
1/2 c. water

– Cook beef, onion & celery salt until meat is browned
– Add pepper & flour, blend well
– Add ketchup, Worcestershire sauce & water
– Stir until thick, then simmer ~5 minutes

Reasons Why I Shouldn’t Start A Project On Vacation


1. I brought the wrong size needles- again. They are waaaay too big for this project & last time the needles were too small! Sheesh! I can’t win!
2. Not enough yarn for said project (so I guess having the wring needle size is a moot point)
3. No matter how easy the pattern looks under normal circumstances, once in vacation my brain will leave me & even doing garter stitch will be difficult.

Not to mention I’m on a “working” vacation in a place that’s hot as hell on a good summer day, so it looks like I’ll be reading the incredible fluff novels I brought! (I actually brought 4- I think my conscience knew knitting wasn’t going to happen 😉

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Hey y’all!

Hey guys! I know. It’s been almost *gasp* *choke* a year since I last posted here! Well I need to start blogging for my other job so I thought I should brush up on my writing skills & post here as well.

In the past I would have tried to recap everything that happened in the past year- but that’s not happening today. I’ve decided this is going to be a year of “refocus”. I will letting go of quite a bit in order to look ahead.

So in this sinus headache mushy haze I’m going to attempt to write about where I see myself headed.

First of all, the priorities:
1. Eat at home. This means no going out. Eating & cooking what we have here at the house. I like cooking, think I’m fairly decent at it, & j & I enjoy cooking together
2. Work a combined total of 8 hours a day. Most of you know I have 2 jobs. CREATE and my machine quilting. I will longer kill myself trying to do both full time
3. Get a home routine down. The HomeRoutine app has been great for this! Things are getting done from laundry to the litter box.
4. Loose ends will be tied up. I have lots of old projects near completion that I want to finish up & move on. This will require I only work 8 hour days to have energy for this!

So I will leave you now to do some organizing & decluttering.

Here is a pic of a fortune I got in Chicago. May we all remember this:


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Where I’ve Been

It’s been a whirlwind around here! Last Friday I headed down to Texas! I had a wonderful time hanging out with family & then meeting up with friends I haven’t seen in 4 months. The special occassion that prompted all of this- my good college friend is having a baby! I made up some knitted goodness for the little one (baby kimono & big suprise here- a quilt!)

On my way back to Nebraska, I stopped in Kansas & spent the afternoon with an aunt I haven’t seen in about 4 years.

Now I’m back home sifting through paperwork & working on so many projects my head is starting to spin.

Good news though- the garden is producing it’s first cukes!