Monthly Archives: February 2016

menu plan monday ~ february 29, 2016

Last Wednesday we had three inches of snow and blowing wind. And Sunday, the Lenten Roses were blooming in the warm sunshine. DH dug a pot of daffodil bulbs and we watched them bloom on the kitchen counter. I continued work at the craft desk and added charms and dangles to finish a set of […]

menu plan monday ~ february 22, 2016

The twins came over for the weekend. It was a lot of fun to have them around. I sent them out with my camera to take pictures of signs of spring. Rose Red was very interested in all the camera buttons and settings. Snow white spent more time looking for interesting things to photograph. They […]

spring is in my backyard

DH found these in the back yard yesterday. I am so happy to see them! So refreshing to see the beautiful colors of crocus blooms. In the evening, Middle Daughter and I caught up on several episodes of Top Chef. A friend gave us ten pounds of pecans, so while I watched, I picked pecan […]

menu plan monday ~ february 15, 2016

We are seeing signs of spring, even if it’s only inside the house. Our late blooming Christmas cactus has a bud. And the hippeastrum is blooming. My mother called this clivia, but that isn’t the correct name. She took a start from this plant at her great-uncle’s house years ago. It is commonly called an […]

picture puzzle blocks 2

Wednesday afternoon, my friend Tricia came over and we worked on picture puzzle blocks together. I made a set four years ago. The tutorial is here: picture puzzle blocks This time, I made a set with pictures of the twins. The blocks still need another coat of Mod Podge and then a sealer. I’ll get […]

menu plan monday ~ february 8, 2016

Today is cold and windy. Overcast and snowing now and then. I’m thankful for our warm home. A good day for Winston to catnap in a comfy spot. I finished the menu for the week. I had it laid out yesterday but didn’t get around to finishing the post. Here it is. The Slow Cooker […]

a few shadow boxes and diorama ornaments from the past week

I have been using Christmas cards that were kindly shared with me to make some new shadow boxes and diorama ornaments. Following are a few of them. Note: the pictures don’t give a good sense of scale. These ornaments range in size from two inches to three and a half inches. Tutorial for shadow boxes […]

roasted ranch potatoes

I tried a new-for-me recipe this week. I based my version on this recipe that I found online. Roasted Ranch Potatoes with Bacon and Cheese I have to use dry onion (and not a lot of it) in dishes I make because my husband is allergic to onion. The dry onion flakes don’t seem to […]

menu plan monday ~ february 1, 2016

The grands were here last weekend. Their parents came to take down the last of the Christmas decorations (yeah!!). Things look a bit bare now, but it is nice to have it all stored away for next year. I worked on more soldered ornaments this past week. These are fun to make. You can find […]