Saturday, March 20, 2010

Happy First Day of Spring?????

Well, didn’t the Vernal Equinox just dump a load of stuff on Kansas City!!!!

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We went from mid 60s and gorgeous yesterday to 30 degrees and THIS this morning. Guess I won’t be hosting any luncheons on the deck today. Bummer! (No, I wasn’t really going to do that.) Looks like we got between 3 to 4 inches of the white—with possibly more on the way. Hmmm…just when you thought it was safe to come out in the weather.

Oh, well, a perfect day to stay inside in the comfy sweats and read the new book:


A Borders coupon was “burning a hole in my pocket” (as my mom used to say) and I found so many great uses for it, but settled on this one. So glad I did! A bonus one-year subscription to Country Living magazine was included in the price of the book!!! I have followed these gals (Serena and Teri) on their blog for a while now and love all their homey touches and great recipes. It’s good to see bloggers “make it big”!!! Apparently, Teri has now retired and Serena is writing the blog on her own.

A coupla cutesy ideas from the book:



Off to the couch with my cuppa and new book! Hope your 1st Day of Spring looks a little better…

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010

Loneliest Sewing Room In Town


If the Maytag repairman took care of my sewing room instead of washing machines, believe me, he’d be plenty busy!!!

I just don’t get in there like I used to. However, this morning I braved the elements and tiptoed in. Nothing fell on me so maybe it is still habitable!


Or NOT!!!!

A few items needing my—ahem—attention:

LastBlockMaterialstTisketTasketmaterials for the last Tisket Tasket block (yes, it was the 2009 BOM from Bunny Hill!!!)

fabric for


a baby quilt…baby due April 22nd (no idea what I’m going to do with this piece!!!) But isn’t it adorable?

fabric to make a drawstring bag for new baby’s big brother who is two and a half and LOVES matchbox cars. This should make a handy grab-and-go holder for the cars.


towels and potholders to make hanging kitchen towels. These will be thank-you gifts for the friends who treated us so well in Mesa. Before I can stitch them up, I need to MaterialsForKitchenTowelsembroider something on the hotpads.

Yes, I do have my work cut out for me. And you’d think I’d be upstairs chained to the sewing machine right now. But you’d be wrong! I’m on the computer getting ready to order yet another project pattern:


This just rocked my world when I saw it on a wonderful blog (new to me) Notforgotten Farm .

I know, I know, this is a sickness. SEND HELP!!!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Bunnies In Stitches

Wow, would you look at that speeding calendar!!

March 14…..Daylight Savings Time begins

March 17…..St. Paddy’s Day

March 20…..First Day of Spring


April 4…..Easter!!!!!

Is it just me or is time getting away?

Starting to pull out spring/Easter decor. First out were the bunnies in stitches:


Today’s task will be to dig through boxes for more.

Here’s a wonderful recipe for brussels sprouts for people who don’t like brussels sprouts—even DH liked this one!


Of course, as he would say, “Everything’s better with bacon in it!”

5 pieces bacon, cut up and fried. Drain on paper towels and reserve drippings in the skillet.

1 pound brussels sprouts (cut in half) Saute the sprouts in the hot bacon grease, till crisp—about 3 minutes. Add 1 cup chicken broth and cook till broth boils. Cover and cook 5 minutes more. Uncover and cook till broth is gone, then add 1/2 cup cream. Stir till cream covers sprouts on medium heat. Remove from heat and mix in 1 t. black pepper and the bacon. Mmmmmm…mmmm!

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Ain’t It Great To Be Back Home Again…

A wonderful trip was had to Arizona to visit with dear friends. As much fun as it was, it’s always great to be back home to pamper your pets and sleep in your own bed.

Love, love, love those Southwest cacti and succulents. Just a few…







…and of course, my ole’ pal Saguaro


Side trips abounded. Saw the new (and scary-looking) bridge at Hoover Dam.



A quick stop at White Sands National Monument…


with lots of gorgeous sunrises and sunsets to boot.


This little vacation was just what we needed!