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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

January 20th 2018

Fifty dollars worth of gluten free mixes from Bob's Red Mill!  I dislike not being able to have wheat, barley and rye could be worse!!

I made up one of the chocolate chip cookie mixes.  Here they are minus one!  A baker always has to sample whatever they bake!  They are pretty tasty but can't measure up to the ones that I use to make in Michigan when the kids were growing up!  

Our little sweetheart, Nora, came for a visit.  Look at that!  Standing up to the couch already!  She will be a year old in April.  Time goes by so quickly.

Another matching pot holder and dish cloth finished.

I saw instructions of how to make cloth bookmarks so thought I would give it a try.  I had cut out three.  Not sure how practical these are but there are still some people that would rather have a book in their hand than read it on a kindle.  That happens to be me although I do read them on my kindle too.

I am reading "Powerless The Year The Lights Went out". 
  Here's the synopsis that Amazon gives for the book:
A nationwide power cut sends the UK into darkness and the lights are going to be off for a long time. There is no mains water, no petrol and no news. Towns and cities are chaotic and dangerous. Who will survive the months ahead without electricity? But out in the country, Sandra is determined to keep going. Can she keep her family healthy through the long, wet winter? And can they all adapt to life without power?
   We have electricity but I sure miss getting outdoors with all this rain we have been having!  Hopefully soon!  Have a great week!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Feb. 11, 2018

We were blessed with a couple of nice days...........

And now we are blessed with this!

Coco needs a path shoveled to go out for her daily duties!  She has a nice "daddy" that shovels one for her!

My Christmas cactus must be preparing early for next Christmas!  It bloomed on one side before and it looks like it will only bloom on one side again.  Can anyone tell me why that is?

Nora, our great grandbaby, came for a visit!  Do you think she may become a chef?!  Or maybe she will excel at being a "taste tester"!

Have been working on this "couch" quilt made from scraps.  Need to buy some batting and backing yet.

Made this flannel baby blanket for the gift cupboard.  It is plain pink on one side and pink with white polka dots on the other.  I am hoping for more great grandbabies someday!

Just slivers left of my lotion bar so had to make up more.  I really like using these!

Why is it that my music area seems to get as messy and disorganized as my craft area!  Thank you if you visited or left a comment.  I always enjoy reading the comments and also meeting new bloggers!


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Must be Winter

It is that time of year again in Northwest Indiana!  Coco gets a path shoveled for her to go out to potty.  Similar to trudging to the outhouse!

Our courtyard looks like this.  Hubby pushed some of the snow off the cold frame but not off the protective cover so you can see how much we got.  I know others received lots more than we did.

Another picture of the small raised bed and strawberry bed.  Hubby pushed some snow off the one end.  I wonder if my strawberries will make it.  We have had some bitter cold weather.

Gluten free chicken pot pie tastes really good in the winter.  Let's face it, I think it tastes good year round!

I have been sick with the "yuck", cough and cold, so have sewed more.  Made a few of these little kleenex covers to carry in one's purse.  I don't know how practical they are but they do look girlie!! 

These are flannel hankies!  I learned about making them from the Bluebirds Are Nesting and Garden Pat blogs.  They are soft on the nose when it is sore from a cold!  Thank you for visiting and try to stay well!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Bit of Everything

The weather has been bitter cold and I don't think I will be able to do any gardening soon!

I did order and receive seeds and Trifecta fertilizer from MIgardener.  From MI of course and in the area we use to live!  I am trying a couple new things and would like to grow lots of greens for our salads.

My huge carrot harvest!  LOL  My carrots did not do well at all this year.  These were left in the raised bed with the protective cover but the top of the dirt was frozen so decided I would just pull them out.  Better luck next year!

We had a wonderful Christmas!  All our kids were home and also our grandson and his new wife from China.  It is a rare occasion when everyone can come at once!

Coco enjoys her treats from her stocking every year.  She gets a WHOLE carrot and a couple treats.  As you know she loves her veggies and remembers the stocking as soon as I bring it out.

I did finally finish the flannel lap quilt.  It took me forever!

And this is the material on the back of the quilt.

And I got some more garden books from the library to read.  Even though I have lots of my own I can't resist them when we visit there. 

I baked this gluten free apple crisp from the freezer that I made last fall and it is delicious!

So many fun things to do!  I need a housekeeper!  I hope you enjoyed your visit!  Please leave a comment so I will know you have been here and it will brighten my day being cooped up in the house!  No walks with Coco in this weather!!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

December Flurries

We woke up to a little snow one morning!  I guess we should expect it this time of year in our area but it was great to enjoy the nice weather we were blessed with.  It may have spoiled me a bit.

Good thing we put straw on the strawberry bed and winterized it the best we could.  Hoping the plants will make it.

My cold frame cover came to late to plant this year but I ordered seeds yesterday and will be ready when the time comes!

 It is 8 foot long and 2 foot wide but sure looks long here!

And then we received more snow!  How many days till spring?

I bought a couple more cabbages and made up more freezer cole slaw in my bread bowl!  LOL  Sure miss my home made whole wheat bread on this gluten free diet!

I bought the Udi's brand of gluten free breakfast sandwich.  It was expensive and I liked mine that I make just as well so made up more and froze.

Of course I save all those egg shells for my garden and crush them with a rolling pen.

I am thrilled to see my Christmas Cactus blooming!  What a cheery sight when I walk by.  Thanks for visiting!  Stay warm and dream about your gardens!!!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

November 28, 2017

We celebrated my birthday and Thanksgiving!  Thankful that some of our grandchildren live near us!  Now looking forward to Christmas!

We had help putting up our tree.  Since then we have gotten the rest of the decorations up and the Thanksgiving decorations down.  Bring on Christmas!!!

We have not put straw on the strawberries yet as the weather has been lovely.  I thought the color of the leaves were so pretty.  I hope they are suppose to look this way!!

Dan surprised me with an electric kettle.  It heats the water very quickly and I use it for my tea!

It is time to study and plan next year's garden!  I do hope my courtyard garden produces better than this past year!

I have been crocheting more foldover pot holders to go with the dish cloths.  You would think I would be a whizz by now but I still have trouble with the first couple of rows.  After that it is easy.

Coco says "woe is me".  I don't get near enough green beans to eat!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed your visit here today!  Stay warm and be safe!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

November 7th

Did everyone have a nice Halloween?  There are no children living in our community except grandchildren but Gracie, Cali and Nora came over so we could see their costumes.  Gracie just loves baby Nora and will make a great babysitter before we know it!

Here is grandson Travis with their darling baby Nora!

We don't use a lot of taco seasoning but needed to make up more.

Trying to prepare for winter in zone 5.  Rosemary will not survive outside in our zone but I put leaves around them and am hoping!!

I made melt and pour soap with rose essential oil.  It is a shea butter soap and is white although this picture shows cream.

It is now all packaged up in cellophane ready to give away.

At the previous house I did nothing with my hollyhock for winter.  I read to cut dead foliage off and cut back to about 6 inches and mulch.  Done!  Hoping for flowers next year.

Made up a gluten free biscuit with a mix from Bob's Red Mill.  Fixed some breakfast sandwiches for myself with egg and cheese.  On a scale of one to ten I would rate it about a six!  But "beggars can't be choosers" when trying to eat gluten free!

I have been trying to figure out how to keep my strawberries in the raised bed on legs from freezing.  We put plastic around the bottom and then I put leaves around the strawberries but read that was not good so am taking those off.  Bought a half of a bale of straw and will put some of that around them after a couple of hard frosts.  This raised bed gardening in a courtyard with a dog that has to have room to "potty" and eats all my veggies is certainly a challenge!  Thank you for visiting.  Please come again!