28 November 2018


It's a twinkle and candle light, blanket, sweater, hot tea and knitting kind of night.  Really it's been that kind of day.  Yesterday morning my throat started burning and by 9 I was in bed coughing and struggling to breathe.  This morning, full on cold.  Ugh...

So it's been lots of hot tea with lemon, some Sambucol and even my mom's "remedy" teaspoon of sugar with Jack Daniels.  (That was what my pediatrician prescribed when I was a little girl and had the croup.  I had the croup a lot.)


Yesterday was supposed to be a finish cleaning the kitchen from turkey day meal, de-bone turkey and make stock for next year kind of day.  But I became distracted.  Very distracted.  

I ended up rearranging half of my studio space.  Every time I went in there to do something I'd start panicking and feeling supremely claustrophobic. (3rd photo from the top) So, I moved some stuff around. (next photo) I'm not sure how long this will last and I may end up moving everything in the room next time.

I had stuff everywhere.  I moved most of the supplies I keep on my table into the living room and put them on the hearth.  It was covered.  More stuff ended up in piles in the living room or the other half of the studio.  I'm still sorting and trying to organize, but I feel better when I walk in there now.

Many years ago, when I was still working, I collected plants and had a house full.  Even my office desk was more than half covered in plants.  After I had to leave work, I was so sick most all of them died from neglect.  I've been trying to renew my green thumb for a few years now.  Sometimes I do well, others...not so much.  But, I'm trying.  I added a cyclamen this week and bought an amaryllis.  I haven't potted the amaryllis yet, but plan to this week.  I have paper-whites from a kit I bought this time last year and never potted.  They are looking pretty good.  My Christmas cactus is blooming (the dark pink).  I've had that plant for maybe 6 or 7 years.  My flower friend at the local farmers market had some gorgeous cacti and I just had to have one. (the light pink flowers).  

So, that's basically it for today.  I know I'm rambling a bit.  I'm trying to get back into the habit of being here.  Hopefully I'll have some more entertaining and insightful commentary soon.  Ha ha ha!

What's your best way to treat a cold?  Did you grow up with an unconventional remedy?

I'm heading back to the knitting now.  My team has a late basketball game and I'm hoping to keep myself awake for it. :-)

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love & blessings

ps...I really appreciate your comments.  I'm trying to figure the best way to reply but I'm having some issues with it.  Please don't think I'm not reading them, I am and they mean the world to me.  xoxo


27 November 2018

Comfort Food - a recipe...

Do you have a favorite comfort food?

One of mine is Hamburger Helper.  I used to live on that stuff.  In fact, I probably had it at least once a week for years.

I know.  Not a great idea, right?

Anywho, I came across a recipe for a chicken and noodles that looked good so I tried it.  It was okay, but very bland.  However, while I was making it I thought maybe I could convert it to hamburger.

I gave it a try and it was delicious!  Honestly I though it was much better than HH.  (This is like the beef pasta flavored version of HH).

So here is my Homemade Beef Pasta recipe.

1 lb ground beef (I use ground sirloin)
1 TBLS minced garlic
1 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp oregano
1/8 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp basil
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp seasoned salt (I use Crazy Jane's)
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 tsp beef boullion base (I use Better than Bouillon)
2 TBLS butter (cut into 4ths)
3 cups beef broth
4 oz egg noodles

In a dutch oven or heavy bottom pot, brown the ground beef along with the minced garlic. Drain fat (if necessary). 

 Sprinkle with the spices and top with cream of mushroom soup. Place the butter on top.  Add the bouillon the the broth.

Stir. Cover and cook over low heat for 30-40 minutes.

Add the noodles and cook another 10 minutes (or until noodles are tender). 

 Mmm.. yum. 

It's cold today and I'm wishing I had the ingredients handy to make this.  But, I have lots of turkey day leftovers to eat.  Maybe I'll make a batch this weekend.  

I'd love to know if you give this a try.

What's your favorite comfort food?

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love & blessings

26 November 2018



I've been meaning to get here for so long now.  I'll think of something I want to write about and then the next thing I know it's 6 or 7 hours later and I've completely forgotten what I wanted to post.  I don't know how time passes so quickly.  If I worked, or had a family to take care of, then I could understand not posting often.  Looking back, I posted a lot more when I was working.  Weird.

The photos above are a few snippets of my autumn.  I know Winter doesn't officially begin here until December 21st, but I always feel like winter starts around the end of November.  

I haven't really been doing much the last few months.  (Except for that little Halloween party.)  We had Thanksgiving here this past Saturday.  I'm still cleaning the kitchen.  It amazes me it takes 3 days to prepare and less than an hour to eat.  At least there are lots of leftovers. :-)

I've been knitting a bit.  I started the Tegna sweater back in September and have had to frog and re-cast on about a dozen times.  It's my first adult sized sweater and includes some lace patterning, which I've never done before.  I'm not giving up.  I'm going to keep trying until I get it right.  I'm currently in the need to cast on phase again.  Maybe this week.  

Still knitting on the Steelers Scoreboard for this season.  It's coming along nicely.

I've had a request from my brother to paint something for him.  I'm still in the mulling it over in my mind stage.  I'd probably best get on it though, since it's less than a month until that big gift holiday day.  

Well, that's all I have for today.  Hopefully I'll be back soon.  

What has your Autumn been like?

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