Monday, February 24, 2014

An Amazing Breakfast

Start your Monday with this amazing breakfast.  This came to me in an email from Martha Stewart.  I miss ol' Martha on TV.  You can sign up for her newsletter though and get some yummy healthy recipes in your in box. I gave this a try and really liked it.  Here's the basics.  One grapefruit, one banana and 1/2 of an avocado.  Cut this all up.  Enjoy.  Yesterday, I wanted to add just a bit of protein, some crunch and some dried cherries(just because I love them) and the result was divine.

Here's the quick recipe.

1 grapefruit cut up
1 banana sliced
1/2 avocado diced - for good fat
sprinkle with slivered almonds, pepitas(pumpkin seeds) and dried cherries

Try it and let me know what you think.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Change Your Life Sundays - WORD KICKS- Feb. 23,1014

It's Sunday, which means it's time for a kick in the seat to start your Monday.  Here we go...

In the end we only regret the chances we didn't take.

Go for it this week.  Do the thing you fear, the thing you have procrastinated on, the thing you are dreading.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Our Third Boy Scout

     My cavesons aren't the sportsy types.  Sure, they have all played a little t-ball and some flag football but none of them are very competitive.  It just isn't in their nature.  No surprise as neither caveman nor I am competitive either.  I did run track in HS, my only team sport, but I rode horses too.  More of a loner type activity.  Caveman ran track too, oddly enough, and he was a weight lifter, as well.  I have been a lifter for 30 years, that's how we met.
      Any hoo, guess that's how the guys inherited that non competitive spirt.  Not that I  don't think sports  aren't great.  On the contrary, I think every kid should be on a collection of sports teams growing up for all of the great benefits that come with that territory.   But alas, it's not meant to be.  Better yet, our boys are all  Boy Scouts.  They all went through Cub Scouts and the youngest crossed over into Boy Scouts last night.  Caveman and I have both been den leaders along the way so it was very bittersweet that the time has come to leave Cub Scouts behind.  Between the three boys we were with the pack for 10 years.  I was the foodista for most of those years  planning the food for the Pinewood Derby, Blue and Gold Banquet, end of the year picnic and such.  Lot's of planning and work.  I think they are going to miss me as much as I'll miss them!
     One of the things that I love about Cub Scouts is the opportunity to be privy to the growth and maturity of the boys as they move up through the years, from Tiger cubs to Weblos 2's.   They are pretty mature (sort of - ah, we're talking about 10 year old boys here) by they time they cross over.  It has been fun to watch.  But all good things must come to an end.  But with that comes a new beginning, as well.  A third Boy Scout in the family.  I'm looking forward to watching them become Eagle Scouts.  It will be 12 year journey between the three of them.  A journey I am both pleased and privileged to take.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

New Stitchery Patterns

All of this frigid and snowy weather has led to plenty of designing this year.  I have several new designs that are photographed, written up and ready to be put together in a PDF format.  Here's a little preview.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Book Review -" Put Your Stamp On It"

Time for a craft book review.  This week I have chosen "Put Your Stamp On It, stationery, aprons, totes, and more", by Meagan Lewis.  This is not the usual "how to use rubber stamps" book.  Meagan has 20 great projects plus instructions for making your own hand carved stamps.  Stamping isn't just for stationery and cards anymore.  In this book, there are a number of out of the ordinary projects.

As you can see on the cover, there are some paper projects like this pretty card.

And this monogram stationery.

And these pretty lined envelopes.

But there are also instructions for home dec items like this jewelry organizer.  Plus there's a lamp shade and storage organizers, too.

I like to stamp on fabric more often than not.  Mostly, I'm working on fabric journals.  Meagan has several fabric stamping projects like an apron, tote bags, scarf and this nifty hair bow.

And this bright, sunny pillowcase.

There are plenty on instructions on carving, color combining, using stamping supplies and caring for your supplies.  This book is definitely worth a  second look.  I purchased it not necessarily for the projects shown but for the techniques it teaches me.  Check it out.

Change Your Life Sunday - WORD KICKS

Today's WORD KICK is all about not giving up - with a bit of humor.

If your plan A doesn't work, the alphabet has 25 more letters!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Wordless Wednesday Feb. 12/14

Oops, missed Wordless Wednesday.  Look who's in my backyard.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Beanie Quinoa Salad

I am making a concentrated effort to phase out some meat in our diet.  I eat too much caveman food, if you ask me.  But then there's the Paleo diet that touts meat as a main staple with grains being on the naughty list.  Sheesh, I don't know how to eat anymore, to tell you the truth.  I worry about all of the hormones in regular store bought meat.  I'd like to buy local grass fed meat but we just don't have the freezer space to store a lot of meat.  So I'm on  a campaign to use more beans and tofu as protein.  I found a good bean salad recipe on Pinterest but added and deleted ingredients to suit our taste.  Here's the finished dish which rated a thumbs up from the cavemen.  Give it a try.  Let me know what you think.


Beanie Quinoa Salad

2 cans beans of your choice, drained and rinsed
2 Roma tomatoes chopped
1/2 red onion chopped
1 small zucchini diced
1 small red, yellow, or orange pepper diced
1/2 jalapeƱo diced - optional, if you want a little kick
1/2  to 1 cup cooked quinoa, to your taste
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
2 Tbl. canola oil
1/2 tsp. sugar
feta cheese to top it off

Combine the beans, all vegetables and quinoa in a bowl.  Set aside.  Combine vinegar, oil and sugar.  Pour over the salad. Mix and  allow ingredients to combine for a couple of hours.  Top with Feta cheese when ready to serve.  Printable Recipe

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

My Son Has Entered Jimmy Fallon's Kid Invention Program

At some point in their childhood, each of my three cave sons has participated in Camp Invention, a summer science/invention program for kids.  The boys really enjoyed their experiences but two activities stand out to them.  Participants had to bring in a few things: boxes, containers and tubes to build with and a broken appliance or two.  They work in groups to build some crazy buildings, robots and contraptions.  With their appliance, they get to take it apart and rebuild it into something else.  Camp Invention is loved by students everywhere.
    Well, a few weeks ago we got an email from CI regarding a contest that Jimmy Fallon is having for kid inventors.  The kids had to make a 1-2 minute video telling about an invention of theirs.  My youngest son, the big inventor in the family, had a fabulous idea that he came up with a few years ago.  He put together a presentation and we are keeping our fingers crossed that, with any luck, he'll get picked to be on the show.  I know it's a long shot but you never know.  Somebody has to win.  Why not him. It truly is a very useful invention.  Wish us luck.  I recommend Camp Invention to all students. Check out your nearest summer program.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Change Your life Sunday-Word Kick 2-9-14

Today's WORD KICK to get you through the week:


Saturday, February 8, 2014

I Just Don't Get Facebook

So I never wanted to get on Facebook.  As a busy mom and designer - and chef and maid and farmer and gardener and sub teacher and chicken whisperer and goat herder and laundress and friend and wife (need I say more) I just don't have time to get tangled up with long lost friends from High School.  I hear my pals talk about their time on Facebook and I just don't want to go there.  But I am trying to put together a Facebook Fan page for my business "The Stitchin' Coop" where I sell PDF patterns.  But quite frankly, I just don't get it.  I'm trying to figure out how to post the right pictures and write great information.  But really I don't get the appeal of Facebook, the way it's set up I mean.  It doesn't seem user friendly somehow.  Maybe it's the tech challenged part of me talkin' but  it could have been designed with more pizzaz, I think.  Better layout, different design, maybe more blog-like.  What do you think?  Are you  on Facebook?  What do you think about the way it's designed?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Another Snow Storm and More Designing!

Would you believe we are having ANOTHER SNOWSTORM!  We've had about 6" so far.  It's blowing and drifting like crazy.  A perfect day for designing.  Here's a pretty pattern I have listed on Etsy.  I call it Tri Bloom Perfecta.

Right now, I'm beading a beautiful heart pattern that I created.  I hope to have it available soon.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Every Day Feels Like Groundhog Day - Winter 2014

We have set a record this year for the highest snowfall totals EVER!  But everyday feels like a repeat of the last. Snow and cold, then snow and cold, then the next day it's snow and cold all over again.  Imagine that.  We're in the  throes of a snowstorm right now.  The good thing about it is that I have taken a lot of time to design new stitchery patterns.  I have 11 new patterns ready to stitch.  I have cut my cotton backing and chosen my floss colors for all.  A new winter/holiday stitchery is half done and I'm already looking ahead to the next project.  Gotta love winter from that standpoint.  Here's a photo of a stitchery that's available in my Etsy shop, "The Stitchin' Coop".

"Skylacs" is embellished with beads which gives this pretty whimsical flower stitchery a bit of sparkle and bling.  Check it out.