Friday, February 7, 2014

Well, Hello, Winter!

Imagine my surprise when I woke up to this today....

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It wasn't in the weather report...and we don't get snow often, so it's rather a treat. :) (Sorry, I know that many of you are so 'over it' already...but don't begrudge me a little fun. lol)  We usually have short spurts of snow, so it won't hang around for long.

I had plans to make an amazing pot of Split Pea and Ham Soup, but once I added the Ham Hock and it started simmering, I noticed a rather foul smell coming from the kitchen.  Turns out I bought some less than stellar ham hocks, & it ruined my whole meal.  So, I had to scrap the whole pot, & hunt for left-overs.  It didn't make me too happy, but I'll put in a batch of GF cookies, & that will make it a little better.  Tomorrow I plan to make some chicken & rice soup, which is always comforting.  These days it's all about the hot meals, hot coffee, and fleece blankets.  Hot Chocolate is thoroughly acceptable as well.  ;)

It's about time I ask a question, and get some interaction on this blog.  I'd like to find out if I'm just talking to myself.....and if this blog is even worth keeping. 

What are your favorite Winter Meals?  And what are your favorite 'in a rush' meals?

My favorite Winter meals are soups/stews, and my favorite 'rush' meals are either Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with a creamy soup, or Fried Pork Chops with Saffron Rice.  Yum, yum, yum!

Please share!!  I like to be inspired!  :)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

It's time...

It's time for another update... as utterly exciting as that may
be.  :p  I have been a little under the weather this week, so I
have spent my days stitching and watching some tv.   Mainly
Netflix, but I've also been sure to not miss a new episode of
Psych, Downton Abbey or Sherlock.   I feel spoiled at the
moment with so many new shows to watch every week, but
pretty soon the seasons will either be over or on a break, &
then I'll feel slightly lost again.   *lol*

Which brings up this point......

And that sums up my feelings about DW.  Along with -->
I don't know anything about this new guy, so I'm wary of his
abilities...but we shall see.  I had a hard time when Tennant left,
but grew to really like Smith in the role of 11....or is it 12?....
or 13?'s all so muddled!

So, I started Mirabilia 'Red' a few weeks ago, and while she's not
coming along as quickly as I had planned, she is coming along
nicely.  As some of you may recall, I recently had a bit of a melt-
down regarding this pattern on a gorgeous piece of fabric that
just did not sit well with me.  This fabric isn't quite as spectacular
as the first piece, but it just 'fits', and I am very happy with it.


In my spare time the other day I whipped up a batch of Gluten
Free Blueberry Muffins with streusel topping.  Perhaps it's not the
most fantastic looking picture, but it still makes my mouth water.
I want to tackle a Banana Nut Muffin Recipe next...I've got a
banana bunch on the counter that are past their prime.

My last headline, and then I promise to let you go....

I was finally able to purchase a piece of fabric I had been eyeing
for quite a while.  I happened to have a gift card to use, so I am
considering this my stitching splurge for the month.  After the gc
discount, it only cost about $5.... so I was thrilled!  In fact, I
already have plans for it.....
(Picture this Plus "Tempest" in Belfast.)