Monday, August 29

What's for dinner?

You may have heard of the "freezer cooking" concept, but it was new to me until I found this on Pinterest last week.

I'm not a cook by nature; I suppose after 25 years of cooking for my family, I'm just not that into it anymore. Well all that changed this weekend. I scoured the internet and found several dishes I thought I'd try. The idea is that you cook several different meals at once and then freeze them. Since not everything freezes well, there are exceptions to that. Even though it's been quite hot the last week, much of what I found was winter food. I don't mind... just knowing that we now have 25 dinners in the freezer makes me happy! I was surprised at how easy it was to cook for several hours straight. If I was cutting onions, garlic, carrots, etc. it was just as easy to prep for several recipes as for one. I had several pots on the stove, the oven going, and my Crock Pot to boot. I made spaghetti sauce, pesto, prepped several crock pot dinners, prepped a couple of containers of taco meat, roasted two chickens, and then shredding the meat and froze that too. Here's a little of what else I made... oh, and the pumpkin bread looked so good, I had to include that as well!

Sunday, August 14

Marbled Paper...

For the past few months I've been getting together with a fun group of women for a once-a-month art day. This weekend Pearl hosted us and offered to show us how to create marbled paper. She gathered the supplies, we all pitched in by bringing a pot luck lunch, and we spent the day together playing with paint and paper.

Pearl has a huge backyard and it was soon littered with marbled paper laying out to dry. I can't believe how much fun it was to float paints, create patterns, lay our paper on, and then pull it up to see what would be revealed. It was the first time most of us had ever tried this, and I know it won't be our last. There's definitely a learning curve to creating the exactly patterns you want, but I can't wait to try it again soon!
I also can't wait to get together with these happy, fun women next month! Thanks again for a great day Pearl (& Jeff), Connie, Suzanne, Erin and Lisa. We missed you Yvette and Cindy!!

Wednesday, August 10

Flea Market Finds...

I have no willpower over tattered, faded, glorious trim!

Monday, August 8

An Altered Journal

In just a few weeks now Nancy and I will head out on a California road trip as we make our way north to the charming, little town of Danville. We're going for Tinsel and Treasures, Iva's Folk Art Show that's in it's 4th year.
I've been gathering the elements for the three Make and Take projects I'll be teaching while we are there. It's been fun to pull out old papers, dig through boxes of black and white photographs, and rummage through baskets full of lace and trims.
I think in addition to the kits I'll let everyone pick out their favorite elements to work with. It's always fun to get a nice kit (and they will) but it can be even more fun to choose our favorite things and add those to our projects as well.

I'm heading out back now to start recycling the big bag of library books I picked up this weekend. The only way I can help everyone get a book together quickly is to do much of the prep work now. I don't mind... but I'm open for helpers if you'll work for sangria and grilled chicken salad!
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