Tea Box

Hello Friends! Whoops, yesterday totally got away from me. How has everybody’s week been? Mine has gotten of to a great start. I have been eating well and worked out everyday! That is such an accomplishment for me after not doing much at all and stuffing anything in my mouth that caught my eye.

I have done some cleaning in a couple of the closets, I haven’t finished the closet in the spare room but I took some things out that didn’t need to be in there, which will give me room for other things.

Jules, We love cookies here! We used to make some every weekend but then we kind of got away from it. I am happy to spread the cookie love around. I am glad you are want to try the recipes. I look forward to hearing what you think of them. I am not sure I could say which one I like better. They are so different from each other. I have everything to make pizza at home too but I was feeling last weekend. The dough I got at the store is very good, made fresh everyday. I have a waffle maker as well, just a cheap one from Aldi’s. It works well for the few times we make waffles. Maybe I will get some waffle inspiration from you 😉

I haven’t been reading Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest but as I mentioned a couple posts ago I went to the library to return books that Little Man had checked out and the library’s powers took over my mind and made me check out two books. Ok, maybe I just can’t stop myself from looking at the books on the shelf.  So here is what spoke to me this time.

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The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel is a collection of short stories. I have only been reading short stories since last year and this is my third book of short stories. I have read a few of them and they are different than other short stories I have read. A couple of them I really enjoyed and a couple of others I didn’t quite get. I am still looking forward to the other stories.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley is the second book.  I got this book because in the new book section there was the seventh book in this series, As Chimney Sweepers come to Dust, and it sounded really good but I always have to start a series from the beginning. It’s about a young girl named Flavia de Luce, who is an aspiring chemist, and comes across the body of a man and is intrigued and investigates. I hope it is as good as it sounds, especially since I want to read the seventh book.

In sewing news, I did finish my box that I was making with these squares

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Here it is filled up with tea 🙂

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Here is closed and some of the sides and bottom

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It came out a lot better than I thought it was going to. I am really happy with it. It’s the perfect addition to my other tea boxes.

I am off to enjoy a little dessert and tea before bedtime. Enjoy your day/night my friends!

Slow

Hello Friends! How is everybody doing? Work and School started back up for Little Man and I last week, so we have been getting back into routine and I have been a bit lazy in the evenings. We have had bitter cold and it seemed like everyday there was a little bit of the white stuff falling from the sky.

Last post I talked about getting my sewing table cleaned and i was successful. Less so when it came to pulling out some fabric and cutting it up, maybe this weekend. I have so much fabric and a lot of it i bought because i just like the pattern, so I want to do either strips or squares and make a quilt, something to use my stash up. It’s all fabric that i say “oh but it’s so pretty i have to save it.” This way all my “so pretties” can be in one place and treasured!

I also mentioned Little Man’s new game Forbidden Island. We have played a couple more times and still have not won!! The island beat us every time.

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I think Little Man is starting to get a little frustrated. We have been halfway there a couple of times and he gets his hopes up and then an important piece of the island goes under water and the game ends. I have looked online to see if we are doing something wrong and it doesn’t seem like we are but some comments are about how easy the game is or how quick to beat and all i can think is “What are we doing wrong?” I am not giving up yet though! Little Man does enjoy playing it though so i know we will get there eventually.

I have been using my duct tape wallet that I mentioned in the last post and I love it! I don’t normally carry such a small wallet except for work because i don’t like to leave stuff like that in my locker so i just have a small wallet in my pants with the important stuff i need. My duct tape wallet is thin and much more fun than the boring brown one i was using!

I finished my P.D. James book that I was reading for the Bringing up Burns Book Challenge. Now I am on number two: A book that was made into a movie.  I chose Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larrson.

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It is the third book in a series, it started with Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I am not sure an English version of the third book was ever made but i know they made a Swedish film. I read the first two books a couple of years ago right after the other and then i needed a break from Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist. If you have not read them, they are great books and I feel like they move right along and are suspenseful. They do touch on some topics that some people might not want to read about and can be quite graphic.

In the past week I finished the puzzle that I you can see started in the last photo. It was a fun one and i love these Sheep World Characters!! I have only seen them in Germany.

IMG_2081Today I made some Oatmeal Raisin cookies. Half of them are a gift for a friend because it is their favorite cookie and the other half are for us to enjoy. I forgot how much i love homemade Oatmeal Raisin cookies. It has been years since I made some.  I had already started when i thought, oh I should share with you guys. I soaked my raisins in warm water while I got the dough together.

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Here is the butter, sugar and eggs mixed up and i added the vanilla:

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I hope you all have a wonderful night or day depending on where you are! I will be back soon! No more long absences like this if i can help it.

A Few Things

Hello Friends! It is a cold, rainy and dreary day. I have been doing some cleaning and organizing in the crafty room. Last post I said that I wanted to do some more sewing this year. Well this is a big part of the problem:

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I have managed to clear off most of the items and pretty soon I will have a clear table!! That will definitely help with being able to sew 😉

Yesterday Little Man and I had a fun day. We went for a walk after lunch and then played some games. I got Ticket to Ride for Christmas and he got Forbidden Island. So we decided to try them out. They are both really fun games that require some thinking and planning. Forbidden Island is a teamwork game and we played twice yesterday and were not able to win the game so we are determined to try to beat it sometime this weekend. Little Man is feeling a bit under the weather today so he has just been resting but maybe later this evening or tomorrow.

After dinner we made duct tape wallets. It was a bit tricky and sticky 😉 and took longer than I thought it would but we still had fun and are both very happy with how they turned out. I used a couple different tutorials online because of how Little Man wanted his wallet to look and one had some easier steps than the other one.

Here we are making our duct tape sheets.

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Then we cut it down to size and since we made our duct tape sheets big enough we had enough to make the pockets, which Little Man was happy about. He was struggling a bit with the sticky and making his sheet.

Here we are setting up the pockets and I.D. section to be taped.

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Here they are all done!

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We are super happy with how they turned out, especially for our first time. There are little things that could be better, wrinkles and some crooked tape but overall I think they turned out great. I am super proud of how Little Man’s turned out and he did most of it himself and barely wanted my help. It is a bit sticky but I see us making these again.

On Instagram the other day I came across a reading challenge that is on Bringing Up Burns. It’s called 26 Books to read in 2015. There are 26 prompts that you follow. You don’t have to do them in order and I am not sure if I will or not. But to start I am doing the first one.  It is A book you own and haven’t read. I am not lacking in choice.

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Some are newer and some have been around for a while. I wanted to make sure I picked one that has been sitting around for a while.

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I picked this one up at a library used book sale. I have never read P.D. James before but I have heard good things and I really enjoy mysteries.

So after making donuts this morning for breakfast as requested by Little Man. I go the recipe from here.

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I sat down at the table and enjoyed a couple of chapters and a couple donuts. They are really yummy. I didn’t have buttermilk on hand, so I just used regular milk and they came out fine.

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Well dinner is almost done so I hope you all have a cozy weekend.

The Marsh

Hi Friends! How are you? I am snuggled up on the couch with Little Man away from the cold that is hovering outside my front door. We got some snow today. Yuck, but I am thankful it was only a little bit. Some people have been hit really hard.

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It is pretty, I just don’t like driving in it and because it was so cold the roads were quite slick.

So on Friday I told you we were hoping to go to the Marsh over the weekend and we did! We layered and bundled ourselves up and went over to the marsh for a wonderful walk. I could have stayed there all day but the men aren’t quite as keen as i am to be doing all that walking in the cold but I took some pictures to share our walk with you.

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This is when we first got there. Then we started walking on our favorite trail but Little Man wanted to do it in reverse this time.

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You can see that the water was completely frozen in places and then there was a section where the water started flowing over the ice.

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This is a part of the marsh that is normally filled with water but you can see there isn’t much in there right now. I love seeing the changes from season to season.

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My men playing with their sticks 🙂

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Love that pop of red within all that brown. It isn’t as bright in the picture as it was there.

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Me all bundled up in my handknits!! That the Gap-tastic cowl and the Wurm hat. I had warmed up a bit by then since we were further into our walk but before that I had my cowl wrapped around a third time and all you could see were my glasses.

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Along the way we found that the beavers in the area had been busy!! They had chewed five trees and started a sixth one but didn’t it. then you could see the drag marks of the trees going down to the water. Little Man thought it was so neat and we both too some of the shavings that they left behind.

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It was hard to get a picture of but here is where they have built their dam a little ways down from where the trees were taken.

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Bubbles under the ice that Little and Big Man had to “free” with their sticks.

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Mushrooms growing on trees.

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That was our walk, enjoyed very much by all.

By the road that leads to the marsh there is a sign for a farmers bakery in the area. it has been there forever but we never checked it out so today we thought we would be adventurous and see what it is all about. It turned out to be super cute little place that had some delightful looking pastries, donuts, pies and even fresh-baked bread. We got a loaf of rye bread and some sweet treats. Then I came home, made some coffee and enjoyed my treat with a book.

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I borrowed the book from a friend, it’s Wild Tales by Graham Nash. It is his autobiography and when I read the back of it, it sounded really interesting. I am about four chapters in and while still interesting for me it has slowed down a bit so when I was at the library on Monday it was very easy for me to be tempted by a different book.

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This is the third book in the Century Trilogy that started with the Fall of Giants by Ken Follett. This is the Edge of Eternity. It just came out last month I think so when I saw the library had it in I had to check it out. I really enjoyed the first two books, they are very hefty, both close to if not over 1000 pages long but they really pull you into the lives of the different families that you are following starting in the early 1900’s. Book three is starting in 1961 and with the American families it is about segregation and Communism in Cuba. The German families are dealing with the split between East and West Germany and where I am at the Russians have just put up the fence that divides Berlin. The Russians are dealing with JFK and playing nice or maybe not so nice and they have their own kind of revolution going on. We have only seen a little bit of the English family but they all have their struggles whether it is personal, professional or with the country they live in. I can’t wait to read more later tonight.

Hope you are all well. Tomorrow I am hoping to show you a couple upcoming crafts that I am planning on starting, not knitting but I must do something!! Have a great day!