Thursday, January 29, 2009

blog block

Right, so i have been meaning to blog all week, and I still have no idea what to say this week. What do you do when you know you should but dunno what to blog about really? So here is what I am up to lately.

Currently I am working on a series of projects based on colour, all in shades of whatever colour, like this one: --> Which I call "Midnight Sky" last night I did the brown and right now I am working on white, and will likely go through the rainbow. Some will be necklace and earring sets some bracelets. MIGHT do 3 part sets for a few, I dunno yet.
Hubby and I are trying to plan a few days away from the kids during Feb. break. However just as we made that decision all sorts of $ drains showed up, the energy bills practically doubled, needed some bulk basics, ect. So the "go to the spa" idea might not happen. We still need to go away and relax though, he is an accountant and tax season is about to kick in and he's stressed before it starts, NOT a good thing.
The kids are amusing and frustrating all at once. The youngest girl is left handed and keeps wanting to write backwards, the middle girl is ambidextrous (sp?) and will occasionally write the letters backwards. The eldest is old enough to be going to school dances and some of her friends have boyfriends!!! Isn't 11 a bit young, sigh! The eldest boy had a fit over an assignment that was to find a compliment for everyone in class, I mean crying pouting "it's too hard!!" fit. I don't get it. The youngest boy seems to be doing alright, but he keeps talking himself up, and I think he could be a bully magnet if he doesn't tone it down.
And on Monday I finally made an appointment to see my Dr for a physical and to look into my depression and cycle concerns. However I can't get in until Feb 23! Good thing I'm not sick or anything. Also I want to do something different with my hair, but it's so short I don't know what I can do that is easy to do in the morning. I don't have time for curling irons and detailly things. Maybe I'll shave it all except the bangs and dye them purple....

Monday, January 19, 2009

Scalloped potatoes

Lately I have been trying to get the perfect scalloped potatoe recipe figured out. Last night I think I got it... even the 2 pickiest eaters in the family thought it was very good!! This never happens, those 2 would live on bread, cheese, apples and crackers If I`d let them. so without anymore blathering here is what I came up with:

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

5-6 med potatoes thinly sliced
half an onion thinly sliced
2 Tbsp butter or margarine
2 Tbsp flour
half a cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 can cream of celery soup
milk to fill the emptied soup can
salt and pepper to taste

Toss the potatoes and onion together in a casserole dish. In a medium sauce pan melt the butter, add the flour, salt and pepper,stir and cook 1 or 2 minutes. add the soup and milk, whisk smooth, and heat until it begins to simmer. Add the cheese and remove from heat, stir until cheese is JUST melted. pour over the potatoes, toss to coat. bake covered at 350 for about 1 hour.

serves about 6.
1 Cup is about 40 carbs

Enjoy, there won`t be much, if any for leftovers!

Monday, January 12, 2009


Holy cow Andrea Baker blogged about me this week. she shares a B-day with my son so i sent her a gift, and this is how she returned the favour. See it DOES pay to be kind. Check it out:

Gerans B-day was great, I took an extra 6 5yr olds tobogganing. only 1 crash. I had the smarts to bring along my 11 yr old and her friend to help haul the sleds back up the hill while I organized the top of the hill. Hubby couldn't go due to a back injury so he baked off the pizzas I had make earlier. Tiring, but a blast!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The purse

Several weeks (months?) ago I saw a purse made from pop can tabs, naturally I needed to try it. So first I gathered up all the pop tabs I could find and got my ever patient and amused husband to collect them from his office too. This took a good while, as we aren't huge pop drinkers. Finally I thought I should have enough to start. Being me I used purple cotton DMC thread, and also being me I crocheted them all together, designing it as I made it. After about week of work I got it done.

But it needed a liner with all those holes. Luckily my parents got me a sewing machine for Christmas, so it's maiden use was to make the liner. I had some mystery fabric in lavendar and decided to use it. I think it turned out pretty cool if I do say so myself! Now I don't think I'll be selling any on my etsy shop, partially because they are a lot of work. and partially because I don't want to copy anyone and start up another round of bashing in the forums. Can't wait to go somewhere and use ( show off) it!

Friday, January 2, 2009

The new year

So, today we were planning to go out tobogganing, and the temperature plummeted and it began to get windier and windier, sigh. And the weekend is supposed to be -42 with the wind chill, so tobogganing this Christmas break is not gonna happen.

Here are current photos out the back (sheds) and front doors.

Licorice the half-grown kitten decided to nap behind the couch on the window sill and watch the snow fall.

I am crocheting and chatting with friends. I SHOULD be cleaning all the packaging off the back deck, but.... well I am not, so be it.

As for resolutions, I resolve not to make any and thereby avoid the guilt of not achieving them.
having said this, I need to lose some serious weight, and brave a visit to the Dr to see if I need depression meds.