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Easy Come … Easy Go

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It is in this moment and in these days that I am reminded of the ebb and flow of life. For some reason, it seems to help me understand and explain the things that really have no reason to some people. I realize that without low moments in life, there really are no highs. Our lives are filled with both and they would lack their significance without their counterpart.

It seems like a sick joke on the eve of a very exciting milestone that I would also be contemplating the end of a life (sweet chocolate lab Cali). But in the moment that this thought crosses my mind, I realize that it was the way it was meant to be. In some ways, I would prefer to experience the joy and excitement without the opposite experience waiting in the wings. It seems that if you pay attention, this is part of the human condition.

About 17 or 18 years ago, I had noticed a nest on my patio that held three bird eggs. I closely watched it over the course of a few weeks. Until one weekend day, I woke up to find that the eggs had hatched. I crawled up on a ladder and snapped a photo. They were three cute little birds just starting their life. Later that day, I took my three year old golden retriever to the park to play frisbee. She unexpectedly died at the park with the frisbee in her mouth. After a few weeks, I developed my film and saw the photo of the baby birds. It was in that moment that I first realized the ebb and flow; easy come easy go.

It might seem like a corny story, but it is something that I often think back on when I question the ‘why’ of life. For me, it is not about ‘why’, it is just the way it is and the way it is meant to be. Do I sometimes want it different, certainly. But, I submit that I have no control over these things. All the great things in life do not exist unto themselves. They are all part of the ebb and flow.

I will remind myself of this as I walk forward into this week with great anticipation for some things and with great sadness for others. And, I am mindful of a hummingbird nest just outside my back door with a small white egg waiting to hatch.

Wendy

Color of the Year – “Tangerine Tango” (Who comes up with these names?)

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So, in case you missed it, the color of the year for 2012 is Tangerine Tango.  I call it orange, but tangerine tango sounds much more sophisticated.  You can read more about it here.  You can even read about the spring fashion trends on the pantone website here.  It is kind of cool.  I am not so sure how this works…is pantone the chicken or the egg.  Do the fashion and interior designers of the world start using a certain color and then it becomes the pantone color of the year OR does Pantone select a color and THEN it is used by the designers.  I tend to think it is the former, but who the heck am I.

And, maybe I am giving it special attention because it happens to be one of my favorite colors.  So, for good measure, here is the run down of my favorite “tangerine tangos”!

Fabrics…..

Flowers…

Events….love this.

Fashion….

Texture & Architecture…

You can check out all of my other “tangerine” pins on my pinterest “orange and aqua” board here.  And, you will find all the links to the photos above on this board as well.

 

I have a new blog design coming soon and I am very excited about it.  I am also working on a few projects that I will post up soon.  Another spring quilt inspired by the jasmine in my backyard that is now in full bloom and smelling wonderful.

Have a great weekend.

Finally…A Quilt

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With the football game on and whole lot of procrastination at play (laundry, house cleaning, work, etc), I entered my sewing room.  I had no idea what was on the agenda.  I organized some fabric and a small stack of fabric caught my eye.  With no particular plan in mind, I just started sewing pieces together.  And, here’s how it went:

Bliss by Camille Roskelley

Looking at the Colors

Sewing

Putting it All Together

The Addition of an Aqua Border

So, a few hours and an assembled quilt top.  I will leave the back, quilting and binding for an another day.  Look for it soon in my etsy shop.

In the next few weeks, I will be working on a 40th Birthday commemorative quilt that should be exciting.  The design has been sketched up and approved.  Just hunting for the right fabric and will get started in the next week.  More to come on that quilt.  And, after that, a sweet memory quilt for my niece with all of her baby clothes.  I am really looking forward to that quilt.  It should be fun to put together.

The week ahead will be very busy.  My scheduled is filled every single day already.  I am thankful for a few hours this afternoon to create.  Taking the time to do those things always makes the stress and intensity of the week more palpable.  I enjoy my job every day, but am very mindful of the need to refuel what I call my “love cup.”  I do that by creating and when I don’t, everyone knows it!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

Pizza Pull Apart Bread is a WINNER

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I am using pinterest more and more to collect recipes and ideas that I see and want to try.  Rather than clip something out of a magazine or bookmark it on the computer and never use it, I seem to really use pinterest to keep ideas and actually try them.  I saw this recipe for Pizza Monkey Bread (I call it pull apart) a few weeks ago and pinned it.  Then, when checking yesterday for just the right appetizer recipe for my niece’s 6th birthday party, I decided on this recipe.

I used the idea from the recipe above and headed to the store.  I decided that I didn’t want to make anything from scratch so I set out to get items that were ready to go.

My Shopping List

  • 3 Cans Thick Pillsbury Pizza Dough
  • 1 Bag of Turkey Pepporoni
  • 1 Bag of Mozzarella Cheese Sticks (cut into small chunks)
  • 4 Tbs of Butter
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Small Container Pizza Sauce

Supplies You Need

  • Pan – I used a bundt pan. You will want a pan that is somewhat deep so that you can stack the rolls.
  • Baking Brush (not required but helpful)

So, when I had all the ingredients on the table and my husband saw the bundt pan, he was a bit confused to say the least.  He thought a dessert with pizza sauce????

Here’s how you pull it all together…really simple, but allow yourself a good 15 to 20 minutes to get it oven ready.

  • Take butter and garlic over medium head and melt until garlic starts to brown.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Take small chunks of pizza dough (a little under a Tbs) and press flat.
  • Place a piece of pepperoni and cheese piece in the middle.
  • Fold over the dough and roll into a ball.  Make sure everything is completely covered in the middle.
  • Place in the bottom of your pan and brush the garlic butter sauce on the ball.
  • Keep adding to your pan until you have finished all of your dough.
  • Cover and let sit for 30 minutes.
  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cook for 30 to 35 minutes until the top is lightly browned.
  • Remove from oven, let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Turn your pan over onto your serving dish, add pizza sauce for dipping and you are done!

So, I got too excited and forgot to take a photo of the final product!  But, it turned out great and was a hit.  It is also very kid friendly.  It would also be a fun recipe to try with kids that like to cook.  It’s a fun hands on recipe.

Here’s a photo from the website linked above for this recipe…thanks for the assistance in the final photo that I forgot to take.  And, yes, it did look something like this.

Check out my pinterest board with all of my pinned recipes for appetizers and entertaining.  Hope you have a great Sunday.  Hoping for rain here and to get a little sewing in!  Wouldn’t that be great!

Pantry Door Menu Board – Update

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I updated the pantry board menu project already with some vinyl letters.  You can see the original post here.

I added vinyl adhesive letters using my new Cricut machine which I am learning to use.  It was a Christmas present from my husband.  I can’t wait to start using it more.  For now, I am dabbling.  Here’s the update photo:

 

The menu is already set for next week and the shopping is done.  Maybe I will start sharing recipes next week…I am going for simple and quick but fresh.  So far, so good.  We tried four new recipes last week and all were winners.

Pantry Door and a New Years Resolution?

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So, this could prove to be a pretty boring post about some random New Years Resolution of which I am not particularly fond of advertising.  I tend to believe that if you advertise your new years resolution, it is a pretty good bet you aren’t going to follow through.  Let’s call this an excuse for a craft project.  One of the things that I don’t do well when I am focused (and sometimes consumed) with work is to cook regular dinners.  So, one of the things I spent my break doing is checking out different recipes on line and pinning them to my pinterest board for future use.  I have actually already made a few of them.  And, spent some time at the book store selecting the right combination of cook books for making healthy and quick meals.  The reality is that I like to make much more than I cook, but I have figured out that I can’t survive on the products I bake alone.  Wait…let’s take that back.  I can survive on the results of my baking; not so sure it would look good on me!

Back to the story…one of the things I have learned is that if I don’t plan ahead my meals, then I tend to go for the quick and easy out of the box when I get home rather than something more well balanced.  In order to better plan, I decided I needed some visual menu (reminder) of what is planned for each night.  There in lies the craft part….

I decided to make a menu board out of the door to my pantry.  Still up for debate whether I like it or not or whether I need to add more to the creation (a few cricut vinyl letters might do the trick).

First, I purchased the vinyl sheets from JoAnn‘s that are removable and can be repositioned.  Then, I figured out where I wanted them on the door and after several trials and errors, got the right fit.  I wouldn’t recommend my approach which is the “that looks about right” approach.  Rather, I would create a template and then cut the vinyl from the template before removing the backing.  It would really make it much easier.  But, I am stubborn and was eager to play with the vinyl.  And, I am not that good at reading directions (or so I am told).

It’s a simple list of supplies that you will need:

  • Adhesive Vinyl (photo below of brand that I used from Joann’s)
  • Scissors
  • Credit Card (not for a new purse either)
  • Measuring Tape
  • Template Paper or cardboard (if you desire)

Supplies Needed

 

Adhesive Vinyl That I Purchased

Things you should know:

  • This vinyl is super sticky.  Only remove the backing as you work your way down the surface you are applying to.  Do not remove all the backing and then try to adhere.  I promise you that you will make a mess and say things you don’t want to.  Trust me.
  • Reveal the top portion of the vinyl sticky back and smooth as you go down the surface removing the backing as you go.
  • Continue to smooth as you go…lift up to get out air bubbles if they don’t push out with the credit card.
  • Be patient.

Vinyl w/ Backing ... This is how it comes out of the package.

Sticky Mess - Proof that I didn't follow my own tips.

Vinyl Application Complete

Menu Board Complete

As I noted above, I think I might finish this off by using my new Cricut to cut the perfect vinyl letters to make this more permanent.  And, so far so good….three days and three home cooked meals.  Now, let’s see if we can keep this not so New Years resolution going.  🙂

 

Starting to Look a Lot Like Christmas & Pulling Teeth (Literally)

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It was a busy week trying to wrap up all the loose ends at work (as if that is really possible).  I have finally realized that I will never have everything ‘done’ before I take time off at work.  I am either at that point in my career or in my life that I realize it simply isn’t even possible.  Yet, I still try every single time.

It certainly feels like the Christmas season around the house with presents under the tree, the smell of baking and 70 degree weather (yes, southern California is lovely this time of the year).  Although, I wouldn’t mind a chill in the air.

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas…I narrowed down my Christmas decorations this year and really just kept those things that I absolutely loved.  I mean really loved.  Here’s a small sampling of this year’s tree.

The tree skirt is got to be at least 15 years old.  I made it by hand; it was a cross stitch pattern that I probably bought at Michael’s and took a few years to complete.  It needs to be updated I think; maybe a project for next year.  I am thinking it needs some type of quilt backing and an update on the edge ribbon.  We shall see.

I also tried my hand at a few hand made gifts besides the cookie baking and pretzel bag gifts in my previous post…I tried my hand at some homemade sugar scrub.  Stay tuned for that in my next post.

The biggest bummer about this week was that Cali went in to have her teeth cleaned only to come out with 11 teeth extracted.  Now, first, I feel like the biggest jerk dog owner in the world because her teeth were in this condition.  But, second, I signed up for a teeth cleaning, dropped her off and called to get a status only to find out that they removed 11 teeth.  The initial appointment was predicated on a teeth cleaning and maybe having to remove one tooth…NOT 11.  Much to my surprise when I called for her status, I was casually informed that she was doing well and that they had to remove 11 teeth.  My first response was “how many teeth does she have”.  Well, apparently they have 42.  I don’t know about you, but they would never remove 11 teeth out of a human at once.  NEVER.  I am not a happy camper.  I paid for the x-rays so that they could call and tell me ahead of time what the plan was…NOT so that they could remove 11 teeth and tell me after the fact.  They assure me that this is fairly normal and that she will be fine.  I am most unhappy that no one notified me and when I did call, they were so casual about it.  So, I am waiting for her to come home so I can make her feel better…..I feel so bad.  So, so bad.

Sweet Cali - I am so sorry!