Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas Eve!

Hi! I've missed you!
It's Christmas eve and I'm finally feeling caught up. I've settled in to my new job, all holiday craft shows are finished, and gifts are all wrapped and ready to give!

Why do cats love being under the Christmas tree?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Waste not, want not!

Tonight I finally canned my last batch of fermented sauerkraut. This was the first year I tried sauerkraut and geez, it was so easy! Green cabbage and kosher salt. Seriously, that's all it takes!

Take two heads of cabbage, save a couple full leaves from the outside and then shred or slice the heads thin and sprinkle with about 3 TBL kosher salt. I use my grandmothers big enamelware pot for this. Then, with your hands, knead and mix the cabbage to get the salt distributed evenly. You'll notice the cabbage wilt and liquid will start to collect in the pot. Cover with a kitchen towel and leave for about 3 hours or so.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sunday Funday?

My Christmas cactus is starting to bloom. It's a beautiful fuchsia color. When my father-in-law was alive he had the most beautiful Christmas cactus plants! I bet they were 20 years old. I always think of him when I see these bloom.

It's been a busy week again. I'm trying to learn the balance between working a full-time job outside the home and still finding the time for the things and people I enjoy. Needless to say, I'm exhausted.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Tuesday is almost over already. I need more hours in the day...or more days in the week...or a clone of myself. But that might end up like the movie Multiplicity and nobody wants another, dumber Monica running around!

I started my new job today! Exciting new beginnings but I haven't worked full time, outside of my home, for almost five years. It's hard to find the time to fit all the other things I do into a week that's already filled with a job. Never fear! I'll make it happen.

Came home from work and made some homemade mushroom gravy and mashed potatoes to eat with the leftover Thanksgiving stuffing I still have. Don't be scared to make gravy! It's so easy!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Back in the Groove!

Sorry I've been absent this week. Life gets so busy sometimes! I fell asleep and woke up in December. Here is what I've been up to....

Spent a day in the attic sewing. Finished about 30 burp cloths for Crafty Mart. Then I made a felt rice bag with a Velcro opening for a massage therapist friend of mine.