30 April 2011

Weekend Book Review - A Moveable Feast

This is the absolutely most charming thing I have ever read by Ernest Hemingway. We visit Paris in the early 1920's, where he is living and attempting to make a living as a writer. He is married to his first wife and their first child has been born. He is young, happy, productive (most of the time) charming and witty. He lunches, dines and has drinks with Gertrude Stein, Ford Maddox Ford and James Joyce and takes a road trip with F. Scott Fitzgerald. The collection of anecdotes about these well known authors and his experiences with them add a lot to the book. 

27 April 2011

Etsy Favorites

Here is a sampling of some of my latest favorites on Etsy!

Party Banner by Taffie Wishes

 Tribal Terra Cotta Necklace by L'Accent Nou

Marshmallows, Oh My! by whimsy & spice

Summer Twirl Skirt by Ellie Jane Designs

 Linen and crochet pincushion by Namolio

Spools of Thread - photography by Jodi

Play Clips by Birch Leaf Designs

25 April 2011

It Could Have Been Worse

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Easter. I did. 

My computer had a rough week but it is all better now, and we're not contagious. I kind of hope you missed me...

I hope to be sharing some fun things with you this  week. I've got some knitting updates, a story about my daughter's (not) Easter dress, a feature of an Etsy shop and pictures of gardens, eggs and more.

16 April 2011

Weekend Book Review - Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs

Eben McAllister can't wait to leave Sassafras Springs. He wants to travel, to see the wonders of the world. His father challenges him to find seven wonders there at home. Full of folk tales and wonderful characters, this story will charm you and inspire you to look for wonders at home too.

14 April 2011

Signs Around the House

Just one of the many reasons a little girl in 1st grade is so much fun. I want you to know - I didn't save these up. They are all hanging up currently in the house.

After reading Ooh La La! It's Beauty Day! We had to have a Beauty Day of our own.

On the office door.

Amazingly, the 12 year old has left his birthday sign on his door for months. 
I left mine too - isn't it cute? She made up a play for my birthday and posted ads all over the house to remind us to come.

And, lest you should think that everything is sunshine and roses, her brothers are totally banned from her room.

12 April 2011

What I learned on a 3-day Trip to Utah

1. It is past time to teach my 4-year-old about fire alarms.

Fire Alarm "Pull Stations"
  • Manual fire alarm stations, often referred to as "pull stations," must be situated so that a person in a wheelchair can manually set off a fire alarm. The operating mechanism can be no more than 54 inches above the floor when approached from the side by a person seated in a wheelchair, and no more than 48 inches above the floor if the person in a wheelchair must approach the pull station from straight on. The pull handle must be easily operable with one hand without pinching or twisting the wrist and cannot require more than 5 lbs. of force to activate. Read more: ADA & Fire Alarms | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_6626998_ada-fire-alarms.html#ixzz1JGB3mJzb
As you may have guessed, the above specifications also make it possible for a small person to manually set off a fire alarm. 
Very easily. 
It could have been worse. 
He could have done it during and not after.

2. There is such a thing as the Tooth Fairy

I had a selection of the cakebites and I brought home a chocolate peanut butter cupcake 
that we (gasp) haven't eaten yet.

3. My brother's new baby is the cutest baby EVER!

4.  My mom is THE BEST!  Actually, I didn't learn that. I already knew that.

5. When they say light snow from Vail pass to the Eisenhower tunnel, take it with a grain of salt

6. Men do wait until the last minute before you get home to clean up - 
I mean, it's not every pot, pan and bowl in the house
but pretty darn close.

6. I need a new camera.

09 April 2011

Weekend Book Review - Crossing to Safety

The story is about a close friendship between two couples that survives years and distance. It is a slow moving story, full of everyday life and relationships. It would be a great book club book just for the discussion about personalities, relationships, marriages. I liked that the two women in the story remained friends in spite of differences in personality and character, and that the men remained friends in spite of one having all the success that the other wished for. What I loved about the book was the honesty. There was nothing hidden about the relationships between friends or spouses. Rather, the everyday quality of the faithfulness of the men to their women and the women to their men and the love that overcame every difficulty made the book beautiful. I have heard it referred to as a quintessentially "American" book, and I think that is true. It is as familiar as apple pie and my grandparents.

07 April 2011

Delicious Chili Con Carne

I love this quick and delicious chili. I make it in my crock pot, and serve it with corn bread or french fries or tortilla chips, whatever we have.

1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
3 T Chili powder - or to taste - we like Tones Southwest Chipotle
1 onion, diced
3 stalks of celery, diced
2 carrots, diced (optional)
1 24 oz can roasted diced tomatoes
1 can black beans
2 cans kidney beans
1 can water

Brown the ground meat until nearly done, pour off any fat and add the onions and celery. Continue cooking until the vegetables are soft.  Put the meat mixture in the crock pot and add diced carrots, tomatoes, beans and water. Cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours.
The recipe is easy to adjust. If you like vegetarian chili, add more beans and veggies and don't use meat. If you like more of a tomato sauce based chili, add a can of tomato sauce and a can of tomato paste. If you do that, I recommend a tsp. or so of brown sugar to cut the acidity.


06 April 2011

Knitting Update

I was super industrious over the weekend. It was my church's General Conference, and I had a good 8 hours of sitting and listening and knitting! This is what my UFO looked like on Saturday morning (minus the back, which is done):

This is how far I got over the weekend:

All I have left now is a couple inches of the right front and the sleeves. I am so excited!

The other project I've been working on is a pair of legwarmers for my daughter. The idea was that she could wear them during Spring soccer, which is never warm (apparently, except for this year). I work on these in the car while I wait for the kids to get out of school.


So, that's the update!

04 April 2011

Weekend Book Review - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

It's still the weekend for a few more hours...

My son was kind enough to review one of his favorite books for us this weekend. Enjoy!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a thrilling book filled with action and adventure. When I read it there was no way I would put it down. I read this book in about a day. Immediately after I finished, I read it again.
When Harry Potter and his friends realize that they have to destroy Voldemort once and for all, they embark on an epic quest to defeat him. To finish Voldemort off, they must find the Horcrux’s; Voldemort’s source of power, and have to break into the Ministry of Magic itself. Will Harry triumph, or will Voldemort reign supreme until the end of time?

02 April 2011

Charity Auction

Happy Friday, everyone!

Just a quick note to let you all know about a charity auction being hosted by my EtsyMom Team. Please stop by and take a look. You will find one of my nightgowns there...

Beginning April 1st, we will auction off several beautiful handcrafted items on our newly created charitable auction blog  The proceeds from the auctioned items will be donated to assist a long-standing team member who is in great need of financial assistance.  Stop by over the next few days and join in the fun; you never know what treasures you might find!