12/30/11

Do You Know Where That One Recipe Is??

Because I have NO idea where it is at.

One of my little projects the past few weeks has been to get my recipes in order. Mostly get rid of recipes I have never made and absolutely will NEVER make and to put together a cook book of our very favorites. So I could find exactly what I needed without a search of 8 or 9 different spots where the recipe might be hiding. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas I make something we refer to as "Dumplings with Sauerkraut". I made it at Thanksgiving, but do you think I could find it to make at Christmas?? It ended up being in a pile of post office receipts on top of my desk in the Studio. What??

Of course I started this project in the middle of getting ready for Christmas. Because that is SUCH A GOOD TIME OF YEAR TO START PROJECTS. It must have been just the soothing type of activity I needed, however, because I did get quite a bit done looking at it all over an afternoon. Mostly getting rid of double (triple...quadruple...) recipes for pumpkin muffins and chicken chili.

But then I put it all away and am now waiting patiently for a nice blizzard to take the clippings and recipe cards out again and organize. I also wanted to find out what recipes the rest of the family felt needed be tried or let go of.

I think if all my recipes were just in these 3 pictures, my life would be far less complicated. But there are more...far more. Will keep you posted.







Enjoy your day, Sonya

12/28/11

Callie, Mr Giraffe and a Sale!







Yes. Instead of doing anything on my list of Things To Get Done This Week, I am taking pictures of the cat and her new love. And seriously, now adorable are these two?!

In other important news, there is a 25% off sale going on until New Years in the ETSY shop as well as at the booth at Memory Lane...enjoy!
Sonya

12/27/11

Christmas 2011 Goodies:

Welcome Back!
I didn't do a TON of baking/candy making this year (or any year for that matter) but I did make some standards:


Layer Bars


Chocolate Dipped Pretzels


Chex Mix without Nuts for Bud


Honey Bee Mix With Almonds


Really Spicy Pretzels



















Things I did not make: Scotcharoos and Cut Out Sugar Cookies. I missed the scotcharoos terribly, but those cut out cookies bring me to tears whenever we have made them!

What do you make for Christmas goodies? Are there things that you SHOULD make, but simply cannot handle making with a joyful heart??

Enjoy your day, Sonya

12/24/11

Merry Christmas!

My wish for you is for a beautiful holiday spent with your loved ones. I am taking the next few days to do just that! Be back here on Monday,
Sonya

12/23/11

12/22/11

Teacher Gifts

Teacher gifts can throw me for a loop some years. Usually we get something for the classroom and something for the teacher (s). Sometimes there is a bit of baking involved and sometimes there is a bit of crafting. This year Bud's teacher (who is a close friend) received a wreath. But when I saw THIS PROJECT from Suzonne (who would be one of my very best friends if she lived anywhere near me) Bud and I decided to break out the crafting tools one more time to create these:






I am LOVING this project. Will be on the lookout now for fab vintage buttons because we MUST MAKE MORE!
Enjoy your day, Sonya

12/21/11

Christmas Manger Set

I have never seen one of these before! Made of heavy cardboard, it was fun to assemble. Unfortunately, it is missing a couple pieces, but thankfully none of the main ones.







Methinks this is a keeper for my own collection.
Enjoy your day! Sonya

12/20/11

Bud And Christmas

I am loving all the holiday artwork that is coming home from school the past couple weeks...




And finding lists of Christmas Wishes...





And seeing him spread out on the dining room table making his own calendar because it is 'more creative' than just buying one already made.

Enjoy your day, Sonya

12/15/11

More Thrift Finds-Falalalalalalalala



 This is part of a set of 8 plates, but only 4 glasses. After standing there holding it for a couple minutes, I decided that seriously...how difficult would it be to stick some vintage green glasses in the center. I think I like that even better than the red plastic, yes?
 I love him. Ilovehim, Ilovehim, Ilove him! And his little knitted stocking cap! Swoon.
 This is the second one of these books I have picked up recently. Neither one of them have made it onto Etsy yet. Because I am really, really good at procrastinating. The best at it.
And I simply cannot walk away from vintage memory books. Also, not put on Etsy. Yet.

Enjoy your day! Sonya

12/14/11

Coffee Carafe









I can't find my old trusty carafe. Which is annoying simply because this is the time of year that I use it the most! I also can't find my gravy boat, but that is whole other story.

It's not like I have a ton of cupboard space...It's not like I hoard kitchenware. Did I Goodwill it in a surge to get things simplified? I don't think so. I use the thing. Sometimes. I loved my carafe!

So I was pleased to find this one while out thrifting yesterday. It is heavy, the seal is excellent and its hardly been used from what I can tell. Actually, I love this one even more than I loved the other one, which was not vintage and a Target purchase.

Now if only I can find my gravy boat before Christmas.

Enjoy your day! Sonya

12/7/11

Still Nesting...

Our routine the last couple of days has been rawther relaxing. It would've been better if Bud had felt more like himself, but I have a sneaking suspicion it wouldn't have been quite so calm in our little basement nest.

He is feeling much better now and will be heading back to school. Thank you for your kind emails!

Enjoy your day and stay healthy,
Sonya

12/5/11

Nesting

Bud is down today with a low grade fever and a Mama who kept him home to just sleep and watch DVR'd movies in our little basement nest of pillows and cozy blankets.

While he napped (several times) I managed to get some more goodies loaded into the Etsy shop, Yay! Here are some pics of what is still coming for tomorrow:










Hopefully tomorrow Bud will be back up and running around, ready for school. Otherwise, look for us in our little nest again.
Enjoy your evening! Sonya