March 7th, 2013 / 3 Comments » / by mandyadmin
Lately I have….
-Been doing taxes, taxes, and more taxes. Now I definitely know the REAL meaning of tax season. I even worked on my own taxes the other day. It always feels good to get your own out of the way.
-Making, baking, and freezing. I have been working on new recipes and a lot of making things from scratch and freezing for later.
-Dancing! I started taking dance classes. Ballet and tap. They are only a half hour each once a week, so not too much but they are both so much fun!
-I have applied to go back to college!
-I somehow found a day to paint my office. Although it’s been over a week and everything is still in the middle of the room because I need to paint the trim still. Hopefully this weekend. Yeah right.
This morning I took my first Spring time drive through the state park. I guess it’s still Winter and still cold. I was actually checking out all the hoar frost on the trees. I think I got some pretty good shots, so maybe I will share them later. Well, those are just a few of the things that I am up to lately. I hope you are all keeping busy too! -mandy
February 22nd, 2013 / 1 Comment » / by mandyadmin
My February has been a whirlwind, I can’t begin to imagine how my Spring time will go when I add in gardening and outdoor activities.
This last week I…
-celebrated a beautiful life leaving us, on the same day that I celebrated a life on it’s way into this world
-spent one amazing night with my girlfriends
-worked in a Kindergarten room
-worked as a Librarian
-worked in the school kitchen
-hauled in 10 loads of wood before a big storm got it all wet
-actually went a walk for an hour without getting rained/snowed on or blown over
-traveled, cooked, baked, cried, read, studied, shoveled, you name it.
It’s been an exhausting week, and I’m very lucky to have this snow day to get some things done around the house before I jump right back into it tonight!
Cheers, and have a great weekend! -mandy
February 14th, 2013 / 1 Comment » / by mandyadmin
Woooeeee! There sure has been some crazy stuff going on here lately. Studying for tax law has really been taxing. I don’t know what I was thinking. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy peasy, but it’s been sooo much work. Bleh. On top of it all, we spent a whole week with cancellations and delays. They only went for one full day out of a whole week! Then last week Mary was sick with a fever for the whole week. Poor thing.
Needless to say, I haven’t had a chance to do any of the things that I have had to do for sewSpun. I had originally given myself an expected date of February 11th to fill up the shop. Now I see that is officially not going to happen. Not only have I not had the time but the weather has been so shotty and it’s been so dark for taking pictures of anything. So, I really need to push this date back and give myself some more time.
Maybe next week? Hopefully. (Fingers crossed.)
FYI, I wrote this on Monday and am only now posting. If that gives you any idea to how my week is going. Happy Valentine’s Day and have a nice weekend! -mandy
February 6th, 2013 / No Comments » / by mandyadmin
January 29th, 2013 / 1 Comment » / by mandyadmin
Learning tax law. Will return next week. Have a good week! -mandy
January 25th, 2013 / 3 Comments » / by mandyadmin
First in this weeks love is this article found here on etsy. This is a friend of ours who is still using old printing presses that date back to the beginning of the 1900′s and before. I had the opportunity to work with him for a few weeks while he was putting out his yearly publication the Wapsi Almanac. It was so cool to work in his huge shop full of presses. The first machine that I worked on was from 1890! How amazing is that?
I love how my corduroys looked after carding wool yesterday. Full of little wooly pills.
I love that when I went for a run this morning, my snot did not freeze to my face!
I love learning new skills.
Have a great weekend! -mandy
January 24th, 2013 / No Comments » / by mandyadmin
I had that amazing goal of spinning 365 unique skeins of yarn in one year. Well, what I didn’t take into consideration was how many times I spin the same skein over and over for the yarn of the month club. So, I may actually be spinning 365 but they are not all unique. So, I kind of gave up in a way. I really like the idea of cataloguing my yarn though. So, I am going to start adding to the 365 page again. I’m not going to number them anymore. I’m just going to keep adding the pictures. Here I go! -mandy
January 23rd, 2013 / No Comments » / by mandyadmin
January 22nd, 2013 / 3 Comments » / by mandyadmin
I cannot believe with all the cooking and baking around here that I don’t have more posts on my food page. I have been making tons of things in January. Mostly stand bys, but also trying some new things too. I got so busy sewing, subbing, and being sick in December that I really felt like I left out some part of our Holiday experience by not baking more. I think I’ve been making up for it the past couple of weeks though. You can check out the sewSpun food page here. I will actually be adding to it more, starting now.
Here are just some of the things we have had in the past week.
Roasted veggies, of course they are so easy and yummy that we’ve probably had them 3 times this last week.
Cranberry tart. I made the first one 2 weeks ago, so last week when I made another one I just went ahead and made 2 batches of the cranberry yumminess and froze one.
This morning I whipped up some coconut butter. Yum! The recipe is from here.
Here is my coconut after I toasted it in the oven.
Here it is whir whir whirring in the blender.
All mixed up and ready to eat! I actually just ate a little bit by itself. Then I spread some on a lemon bread that I made last night.
Also last night I made a homemade pasta sauce with tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil, carrots, mushrooms, zucchini, and some other spices. It turned out pretty yummy, tonight we had it with spaghetti and meatballs. I also made extra of this sauce so I could have some to stick in the freezer. Sometimes you just need to be able to grab something homemade and yummy, but without all the dishes. What have you been making lately? -mandy
January 21st, 2013 / No Comments » / by mandyadmin
I didn’t know this failed yesterday, so…