Thursday, March 31, 2016

Lamp filler

I really love this lamp that we got at Pier1, it's clear base is ready for whatever you want to add to it. My latest addition is various game pieces- Jenga blocks, Scrabble tiles, dominoes, and some Chinese porcelain pieces. I was looking for some cool Mahjong tiles but they are so pricey for the ones that I wanted but I will keep searching at yard sales and thrift shops.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Homemade Pot Pie

This was SO good! I looked at a few different recipes for a basic chicken pot pie on Pinterest and then made it my own. For the gravy I used one can of Campbell's Cream of Chicken soup, about a half a can of milk, one half of a jar of classic chicken gravy (Heinz), seasoned with a bit of salt, celery flakes and onion powder. For the vegetables, I used one Yukon Gold potato, peeled and cooked with sliced carrots. Near the end of the cooking time I added some peas and corn. Drained all and stirred into gravy along with my chopped rotisserie chicken leftovers from Costco. Put mixture into 9x13" baking dish. Rolled out the puff pastry sheet with a bit of semolina flour to keep it from sticking, laid it over pie filling, made a few vents in top and then lightly brushed top with melted butter. Bake at 400 for 30 to 35 minutes. Comfort food made so easy!

Thursday, February 4, 2016


This is an older retired set called Lucky Me! from Stampin' Up! that I think is just adorable. Being mostly Irish, I do sent St. Patrick's Day cards to my family members and always make up a batch of Irish Potato Candy. I'll be posting some pictures and a recipe in March, so stop back for a visit.
This card uses all Stampin' Up! supplies: Whisper White and Mint Macaron card stocks, Crumb Cake for the window framelit die which was then swiped with Soft Suede and Espresso to give it a wood grain look. Colored the leprechaun in markers and added textured to the "paneling" with the Wood Grain embossing folder.

I also did the inside with this set, stamping the little shamrocks in Wild Wasabi on the one side and the full leprechaun with the sentiment on the inside.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year's Eve!

My faithful little companion is helping me put away the ornaments, Rocket is such a joy in our lives! This is an awesome ball storage idea using the Costco egg containers- fits smaller sized balls. I had a lot of breakage last season just layering them in bubble wrap, they did not enjoy the trip to our new home.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Let the holiday decorating begin!

I filled a lamp base with some large outdoor Christmas light replacement bulbs. Lamp from Pottery Barn, waiting to be filled with seasonal decorations. Lots of fun!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Vintage Wishnik Trolls

I decided to display some of my troll collection until it's time to begin holiday decorating. I've had a thing for these guys since I was a little kid. The only one that is original to my own childhood is the pirate in the middle with no shirt. I can remember so clearly going with my Dad to the bank where they gave me this pirate bank. The shirt, belt, earring and eyepatch were lost. Most of these are 60's Wishniks, some are Norfin ones that I love also. I had the original "Shanty Shack" on the top shelf, this one I found on ebay.  

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Red Tent review

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, book image is from Goodreads site. 5 stars.
This novel has been around for a while and on my list of books to be read for a few years now.
This is the fictionalized story of Dinah, daughter of Leah and Jacob from the Book of Genesis. Anita Diamant does a beautiful job of bringing these women to life. The red tent was where the women went during their monthly cycles, as they were not to be around men when they were considered "unclean", where they delivered their babies, and lived a good part of their days with each other. An interesting and informative look into the lives and practices of the midwives who were truly gifted doctors and healers really, who were taught by the generations of women before them. If you have a hard time keeping track of the lineage, the Bible does a pretty good job of telling you who begat whom :)
Am looking forward to the film version, hope they do a good job with this one.