Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas 2014

 
Wow, Christmas is over and the New Year is almost here.  Where does the time go?  This Christmas was a whirlwind really, I had to work until 9 in the morning on Christmas eve and as soon as I got off work I was headed to Scotty's to learn how to make pies.  Yeah, I probably could have looked up a cream pie or a coconut cream pie on Pinterest but it wouldn't have been the same.  The pies I wanted to learn to make are my grandma Hilton's pies.  I have tried to make them before without any luck at all they tasted good but never set up.  So this year I asked if I could be included in the pie making.  I think it's great that Scotty and Mikey get together every big holiday to make the pies just like she did.  Every time I take one bite they remind me of all the fun holiday memories I have that she helped to create.  This year a new memory was added to the collection.  I got to Scotty's house and the crust were already about to go in the oven, so I missed that part.  But I was there and the important part was about to start.  Let me start by saying that if Cathy and I didn't have bad luck we probably wouldn't have any luck at all on this day.  I was super excited to make meringue to top the pies with and well next time I think I will just skip that part.  We got the first few pies done and were ready to whip up some egg whites to put on top and let me tell you they looked fantastic.  Next we had to put them in the oven to toast the top just a touch.  We were all standing around talking and reminiscing about the past and what we could and could not remember from our pasts and how some of the memories we had were 20-40 years ago.  Right in the middle of all those sweet memories we realized that we had put the pie in the oven to lightly brown the top...well it was a bit more than lightly brown more like heavily black.  Yep we can remember 20-40 years ago but to heck with remembering 2 minutes ago when we put the pie in the oven...that was the first of many issues we had that morning. Burnt the meringue and had to make up some more.  It really was all down hill from there I don't  know how we made it out with 10 good and yummy pies, but we did.  We had an issue with the meringue and the mixer (the mixer decided it didn't want to play well with others and threw the meringue all over the kitchen)  Cathy picked up a pie that wasn't quite cool and spilled it all over the counter top...Yea, I really don't know how we got it done but I am betting that Uncle Scotty never lets Uncle Mike out of pie making again (he'll probably beg me not to help again that's for sure).  All in all it was a great lesson for me and I hope that when I try to make them on my own they turn out as well as they did for us this Christmas.  

Christmas eve with the family was a bit different this year, we usually have sandwiches on Christmas eve because of all the Christmas food everyone eats on Christmas day but this year we made lasagna.  Oh boy was it good.  My mom was worried that we wouldn't make enough so while shopping for all the things we needed to make it she kept "saying get two, we need to make sure we have enough, there are 11 of us you know."  I kept telling her I know what I'm doing but she kept insisting and I was just trying to get her out of Walmart.  This is probably a blog post in itself but I will clue you in...She walks slow ( like crazy slow and I worry she will fall) so the girls (Valorie & Haleigh) wanted her to drive the little buggy they have for the handicap people.  I was OK with that for all of 3 seconds until I realized how many stinking people were at the store and the fact that she drives that thing worse than she drives her car.  She had no regard for shelves or people...if it got in her way she was going to run it over, frontwards, backwards or in circles (me included while I was bending over to get something off the shelf)  The girls thought this was great though so they were no help at all.  We finally got all the things we needed and got the heck out of there. 
If you follow me on facebook or instagram you might remember one of my last garage sale finds...a HUGE roasting pan.  I used it at Thanksgiving for our turkey (BIG @#$ PAN)  Anyway, with all the stuff mom bought and all the worrying she was doing about not having enough for 11 people I pulled out the big pan and we started putting together one GIANT lasagna (thanks Val for your help)  The picture you are looking at is a nearly 20 pound $70 lasagna.  It was fabulous and all eleven people ate until they were nearly sick and guess what...we had enough leftovers for about 32 more people.  (there is still some in my fridge as I type)


Christmas day!  I love when the girls wake up to find gifts under the tree.  Yeah they know where the gifts come from but it is always fun to see them light up when they see the things they have been wishing for.  This year "Santa" left treats for the dogs under the tree as well and even though the girls were happy I am positive neither of them were more happy than our little doggies.  They were running circles and trying to decide which treat they wanted first.  It was sweet. (and Marty has not completely destroyed his stuffed toy yet either Janae)
 To top off my awesome Christmas post let me introduce you to my newest favorite kitchen item...you can call her Ruby.  She has found her new home right up on the kitchen cabinet ready to work at a moments notice.  I never really thought about what color I would like to have just that I have wanted one of these stand mixers for several years now.  But since being given this bright red beauty I don't think any other color would have worked as well as this one does.  Stephen keeps talking about taking better care of ourselves and eating better to lose some weight but I am afraid that with the addition of Ruby we are going to have to work extra hard because so far she has started off with making cookies (hope she knows how to make healthy stuff too)   ;-)

Stephen got a fancy new toy this year too (he is just as spoiled as the three of his girls) if you want to see it you will have to stop by and let him get it out of the safe to show you.

I truly am blessed beyond measure with the love of my family and friends.  I enjoyed my whirl wind holiday getting to spend so much time with you all.  The gifts mean nothing compared to each and every one of you.  I love you all.
 
I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and may the up coming New Year bring you exciting new adventures.  I know I am looking forward to what 2015 has to offer.

Thanks for reading

always,
tammyc

Monday, November 17, 2014

Pinterest tried it...owl bet you laugh at this one

So it's been a couple of years since I thought to myself that I would make a whole quilt out of cute little yoyos.  You know what I'm talking about, the small circles of fabric that you stitch around the outside and then pull and gather the outside in to the middle (see photo and you will be like "oh yeah, I know what those are")  Anyway when I started forever ago it was such a sweet notion but as I continued to make these little circles and stitch them by hand the more I stabbed my poor fingers with the needle the more I started thinking about quilt size...did I really need a large quilt made from these things?  Nah.  I can just do a small lap quilt, so I continued making them.  That is until I just sat them down one day and didn't pick them back up for nearly 2 years.  And when I did finally pick them back up I got to rethinking my idea about what to do with them yet again, do you have any idea how many two inch yoyos one would need for even a small lap quilt?  Yeah too many to think about.  So I had seen a lamp shade on Pinterest that I was sure I could do but even that seemed like it was going to take forever so back in the bag and into the sewing cabinet they went.  I really don't have that much time to sit and make that many of them by hand anyway and it wasn't something I could work on at work either seeing that the bosses actually want the employees to do work while at work.  Ugh!
Today however I am way out of whack with my sleep schedule and I was awake with hubs he was watching TV and I sat browsing Pinterest when I came across this cute little owl made of yoyos.  I had pinned it a few days ago and had forgotten about it until today.  I got one of those "ah ha" moments and took off to the sewing cabinet, got the all but forgotten bag of yoyos out and sat down and went to work on trying to figure out how the lady made hers.  I mean she is selling these cute little guys on Etsy for $12 each.  It looked fairly easy so I color coordinated my yoyos and started to work.  Now stop laughing, this was a trial run and I only spent about 45 minutes working on it.  After I finished I was quite surprised that it even remotely resembled an owl so that for me was good enough.  I was proud for even trying.  I can see by looking at it that it's not anywhere close to what the other lady made, mine looks like he has been starved nearly to death and his eyes are OMGoodness large  but hey he looked kinda like an owl and now I know what I did wrong if for some crazy reason I feel the need to make more of them.  (I doubt it)  ;-)
Hope this little out on a limb (bahaha pun intended☺) crafty post inspires you to try creating something even if it doesn't quite turn out how you expect it to.  You never know until you try 

Also if you would like to buy one of her cute little owls this is where I found her listing  https://www.etsy.com/listing/184786092/fabric-yo-yo-owl

Thanks for reading

always
tammyc

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Logic & Reason...Take that elsewhere Mister!


This past Friday a dear friend and I got to get away for a couple of hours of treasure hunting (garage sales but treasure hunting sounds more exciting)  anyway...while we were out and about I came across this travel tumbler sold by Starbucks.  Now I have seen this tumbler before but was never willing to pay the price for one brand new.  I mean really 20+ bucks for a cup?  No.  It never made sense to me.  But like I said treasure hunting...I found this for only $2 and yes two dollars is a bit much for one item at yard sales but after all it was Starbucks brand.  I bought it, took it home, gave it a good washing and began using it at work that night.  I keep ice water with me throughout my shift and this lid doesn't leak while in transport inside my bag.  I liked that.  But that is not the end of my amazement with this tumbler. 
If my memory serves me right I remember another of my dear friends owning one of these exact tumblers and I believe she had mentioned in the past that hers kept her drink cold most if not all of her 12 hour shift.  I filled it at 8pm and at 4am it still had ice in it from home.  I added more ice and at this point I put in a cold can of soda at 9:30 in the morning the soda was gone but the ice looked as if I had just filled it up.  WOW!  I was impressed.  It kept things cold and didn't sweat like most glasses and water bottles. 
After two nights of using it for cold drinks I asked myself..."if it keeps things this cold how am I ever going to drink my coffee out of it?  It is never going to be cool enough to drink"   So at the end of work I got home and mentioned all this awesomeness to the hubs (he wasn't nearly as impressed as I was~buzz kill)  but before going to bed I informed him I was going to be conducting "an experiment"  I want to know how long this cup will keep my coffee hot.  So I am in the kitchen with my new awesome cup in the space for cups on the Keurig waiting ever so patiently for the thing to brew my cup of hot coffee when hubs walks past

Hubs: Why are you making a cup of coffee, you are about to go to bed
Me:  Do you even listen to me?  I want to know how long this cup keeps coffee hot.
Hubs:  But why are you making coffee?
(it is at this moment I realize that I could have just had the Keurig heat water for my "experiment" and not wasted a cup of coffee)
Me:  Why are you coming at me with all this logic and reason? 
Hubs: shook his head and walked away 
Me:  I'm going to bed.  Don't let anyone pour out this cup of coffee...I'm doing my experiment.
(sometimes I feel like I need to repeat my self to him because I am sure he doesn't really listen to me and all my craziness)  :) 

I had it in my head that I wanted to know how hot the coffee would stay (because who drinks hot water?) and in my defense I was at the end of my 12 hour night shift and my brain was already trying to shut down for the day and he was fresh from sleeping all night long. 

Experiment findings:  the coffee that was left in the cup on the cabinet from 10:00 am until 5:30 pm was lukewarm.  I don't drink coffee lukewarm but who really leaves coffee in a cup for seven and a half hours and still drinks it anyways?  Gross!  So I believe this cup is worth the $2 I paid for it and it may have even proved to me that $20+ might not be too terrible of a price to pay for one new. 

Hope you got a giggle out of this as now every time I see or hold the tumbler I hear hubs voice asking "why are you making coffee" and my response of   "...logic & reason" and it makes me smile.  Oh the conversations we have.  Be glad I don't share all of them.  :)

Have a fantastic week
Thanks for reading

always
tammyc


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Electronic Hoarding

You all know what this means (Pinterest) and if you don't good for you.  I cannot even count the hours of a week I spend browsing this site.  But when I say that it sounds like I hate it.  On the contrary.  I love Pinterest and even though I spend countless hours on it there is always something awesome to find.  Whether its a new quilt idea or a new yummy meal for the family I am always finding things there.  It's a wish list for if I were to ever win the lottery so to speak.  Ya know how it is...new room decorating ideas, repurposed furniture that would go great in this room or that.  But in reality it is just a great place to keep stuff without having to add rooms on to your house.  Because heaven knows I could never have all that stuff in my house.  It would be bursting at the seams ( I know I know... it kind of is already without all that extra stuff)



But this morning I have been up for a few hours alone with nothing but my thoughts and the Internet (Right?  Never a good thing huh) I was on Pinterest looking through all the things that I have pinned through the last few years (72 boards, 4,021 pins & 946 likes) and have decided that I need to start doing some of these projects.  Well the ones that won't cost an arm & a leg to complete and that will serve a purpose because who really needs a vampire killing fence?  Right me neither.  Although this same thought would be handy for zombie killing as well  :)



But I have been wanting to create a space in my kitchen for my keurig and all the coffee paraphernalia that we have.  You know the old thought "everything has a place & everything in its place"  I love this thought but raising kids it kind of went out the window and we just try to do what we can to be as organized as possible so we can get by without being lost in the mess.  So this morning while looking at my pins I came across this one...Cute right?  I love the idea of this.  When I pinned it must have believed that I could make it a reality right?  Why else would I have pinned it?  For if we ever move and have a "dream kitchen" no.  I don't ever see us moving.  We have put so much work into the little piece of land that it would be silly to leave now.  So with the hopes of maybe getting this done in my kitchen in the future I pinned a cute little coffee station.  Guess what TODAY is the future!

Yes, today is that "one day in the future" that I am going to make a coffee station.  In my kitchen and it will be absolutely cute and incredibly functional.  That's right.  I am going to take the pin idea and make it reality. Yay me!

I would like to try out more pin ideas and instead of just collecting them online (electronic hoarding) make them something real...I have done this in the past, made it a point to try some of the things that I pinned.  I have a board on Pinterest that is titled "tried these love em"  You should check it out.  I am going to try more pins and build the pin count on the tried it board.  If I don't blog about them you can still check them out on my Pinterest page or either of the following.  

You can check out my Facebook page I will post updates to the blog there.
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also my Instagram page
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Have a great Sunday
Thanks for reading

always
tammyc

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!!UPDATE!!
Well I finished it.  My very own coffee station for all our coffee and tea making needs.  In the photo the only thing not finished is the hooks for the cups to hang from on the shelf.  But this afternoon hubs brought home hooks and now the cups are up handy for anyone who whats a nice cup of coffee or tea.  I love this space, it looks so cute.  Just need to decide on a color to paint the cabinet :-/

Thanks again for reading

always
tammyc