Monday, February 7, 2011

Honeybear Lane to do list

So there is a lot of resolutions that were made a month ago and already forgotten. Honeybear Lane wrote something that really touched me.
I total side note: I love her blog
See her post here
She has a list of things at the end. I am going for it to the best of my ability
And for those of you who don't really like making New Year's Resolutions, I challenge you to accomplish ONE of the following items during 2011:
1. Touch your toes (without bending knees!)-done
2. Bake a loaf of bread from scratch.-done
3. Write a short story.
4. Call your mother.-can't do this one because Mom passed 4 years ago
5. Make a baby.- Don't know how husband will like this one. last pg was a rough one
6. Run a mile without stopping.
7. Meet your neighbors.
8. Organize your medicine cabinet.
9. Take one piano lesson.
10. Read a book by Charles Dickens.
11. Take a trip to a state you've never visited.
12. Learn to sew.
13. Get a too-small pair of pants to zip up.
14. Ask your husband "How was your day?" right when he gets home.
15. Share your testimony of God with someone.
16. Feed some ducks.-done
17. Learn how to make pie crust.-I already can do this
18. Write a poem.
19. Buy something red to wear.
20. Forgive yourself of something.

What can you accomplish????

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Connor's Cowboy Party

I'm thinking that after being buried in this snow that I should post some pictures from a time, not to long ago, that we were all outside enjoying the perfect fall weather here in New England. I have to say, this was one of the easiest and most fun party that we have ever had.
So without further adu

The Birthday Boy

So we had
-cowboy hats, sheriff badges, and bandanas on arrival
-tractor wagon rides
-relay races including hay bales, potato sacks, (hobby) horse riding, and leave pile jumping
-smores and hot dogs in the fire pit
-tacos for meal (bday boys favorite food)
-pinata with cowboys and indians inside (should have taken a pic sorry)
-Cowboy cookie mix to go
-and fun, fun, fun

Friday, January 7, 2011

Pay it Forward

Oh I found this great idea via
She got it from
and she got it from... it goes on and on. I don't know who originated the idea, but I found some great blogs by clicking through to see where each lady got their's from.
Here is the deal
It's Pay it Forward for 2011 and this is the deal:

Pay it forward 2011: I promise to send something

handmade to the first 3 people who leave a comment here.

To be eligible, you must also post this in your blog,

offering the same thing to 3 other people.

The rules are that it must be handmade by you and it

must be sent to your 3 people *sometime* in 2011.

I suggest if you are playing along you give yourself an

approximate *due by* date so the people that signed up

arent waiting terribly long.

If this goes well I might be able to do this again later

in the year!

Ready, set, GO!

I am willing to do this. I think it is an amazing way to give someone a pick me up or little surprise! I will do one a month starting in February. Let me know if you want to be one of my lucky three!
While you are here, feel free to follow my blog. i am just starting out, but I promise to have some great projects coming up including the DIY renovation on a shoestring budget of my kitchen.
Have a great day!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Easy Peasy Homemade Bread

One of my loopies sent me this recipe for bread. trying it later today or first thing tomorrow.

In the bread machine pan mix 1 cup of warm water, 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1/4 oz. of active dry yeast (1 packet, or 2.25 teaspoons). Allow 10 minutes for the yeast to activate. Do it this way even though it is contrary to your machine's recommendations. (Just trust me, ok?????) After 10 minutes has passed, add 1/4 cup of vegetable oil (I use canola), 1.5 teaspoons of salt, and 3 cups of any combination of white and wheat flour (I use 2 cups white + 1 cup wheat- you can go as much as half and half. More white is ok, more wheat will mess with your yeast). Set your machine for a 1.5 pound dough cycle. When the cycle is finished set your bread- I use two loaf pans, but two free-form loafs are fine too. Raise for about an hour until double in size. Bake 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees until top is lightly brown and loaves sound hollow when tapped with your fingernail.

That's it! It is important to do it in the order stated here- I stubbornly added the ingredients in the order my machine manufacturer recommended the first time and it wasn't nearly as good. Best bread EVER!

Monday, January 3, 2011

I've Been featured!!!

What a great little collection on Etsy! Check it out

Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Year...New Goal

Ah, a second post in the new year. See, I am already working on my 2011 goals.
Well, if you look to the left, I am taking part in the 21 Day Challenge at Bowl Full of Lemons! Just what I need to get started with my organization!
Sad thing is I spent 3 hours cleaning my room today and 1 hour cleaning and organizing the bathroom vanity drawers yesterday and didn't take pictures. So, I will have to start tomorrow.

Wish me luck! ( I am really going to need it)
As a total aside, I did give my husband the gift of organizing for a Christmas Present. He is allowed to pick one room a week that I purge and get ship shape. I will give him at least a half hour but probably more. I just had to give myself some lead way in case the boutique gets hopping!

Meal Plan for the Week

In an attempt to organize more, post more, and spend less... I have decided to jump into the Meal Plan Arena. So For the first week of January, here we go.
I am trying to use the magazines I receive in the mail to get some new recipes so you'll see some Cooking Lights in here a lot.

Sunday-Left overs to clean out the fridge-chopped salad and chinese
Monday-Lemony Chicken Saltimbocca via Cooking Light Jan 11 w/ garlick spinach
Tuesday-Mini Cheese Meatloaf Minis with mashed potatoes and carrots
Wednesday-Beef Tagine via Cooking Light Jan 11
Thursday- Turkey Tacos Thursday
Friday- away for the weekend
Saturday- Christmas Dinner with the Dalton's- away for the weekend

I will be back later this week with the outcome of my "Union Station Clock" redo via
Attempting Aloha! Let me just say, so easy and I so love it!!!! It is perfect for my new DIY Kitchen redo. Oh joy, another reason to post! So stay tuned