Saturday, January 30, 2010

Saturday Scones

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So this week I was totally sick. I haven't been sick in over two years, and for those of you that get sick ever few months due to kids or a bad immune system, I don't know how you cope. I slept for hours and hours Wednesday, and I think even just taking that one day to really rest made a huge difference. It was one of those where the body aches are so bad, your clothes hurt you. So to celebrate making it through the week, and mostly feeling better I made a couple batches of scones this morning. A batch of white chocolate chip and a batch of blueberry with lemon zest.
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I have a pretty good recipe for these buttermilk scones, but I feel like they are lacking something taste-wise. Like, they taste delicious, but they don't have that punch at the end. Does anyone else have a recipe that they think is a winner? I think I will play around with a few and then report back with the best one. They are one of my favorite things to make though, and I love that you can put almost anything in them. When strawberries are in season you bet I will be making strawberry scones!
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Be back soon - I have lots more to post about. And a Valentine's Day giveaway too!

xo

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Birthday Feast

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Sunday was the feast for Billy's birthday. So much food, and so many friends! It rained, and we were one big cozy house of stories and laughing and of course one amazing dinner.

On our menu:
{smoked brisket, smoked ribs, smoked chicken, and smoked sausage}
{the Woodson caesar with homemade croutons, I aint tellin!}
{bbq'd corn with the husks on}
{homemade macaroni and cheese}
{southwest black bean salad}
{picnic beans}
{homemade garlic bread - my specialty}
{roasted potatoes piled with cheese, sour cream, bacon and green onions}
{homemade mango salsa}

Everything was delectable, and I think our friends agreed we need to do it again. The feast was glorious! The best part though - was the company we shared. The house was filled with about 20 friends and family members and that was most important. What good would a table full of food do for just a few people? It was so cozy and warm inside, I couldn't help but feel overly thankful for all that we had when I sat to eat and watch the rain fall outside. And a wonderful birthday feast it was!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Birthday Boy

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It is raining today, the soft sound of the rain on the roof is just so relaxing. Probably one of my favorite sounds ever. Rain has a way of reminding me of being washed clean, how the old things in the past get cleansed and don't matter anymore. Unequalable and refreshing.

My husband turns 29 today. It is a fantastic feeling to love someone, and to look upon times of the past and know that you love them even more now. I love us together so much now, and I am so looking forward to us in the future. Farming, babies, cooking, family - enjoying life and serving the Lord. And who knows, maybe another cat! (kidding, sort of).

So, happy birthday Billy! You are best I've ever met, love.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Leaning Tower of Macaroons

In France there is a woman with a feathered brim.
A baker, un confiseur, sung with an old fashioned hymn.
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A tower she built, of her rainbow confection-aries,
To les ├ętoiles, to the moon, and through dim galaxies.

Baking was her greatest delight, for all the city folk knew,
But what they didn't see coming was how much she could do.
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The 'gens de ville' scratched their heads, at the tower clear to the moon,
The feather brimmed woman sighed, 'mes amis!' They're just macaroons!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Admired: {Valentine's Day}

I know it is a little early but I was browsing and couldn't help it. These are some favorite Valentine's Day goodies that I found on etsy today, perhaps you might like to send some of these sweet goodies to a sister or friend!
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you float my boat valentine by paperwren, $3.50
organic cotton crochet hearts by anniedesign, $3.50
wool acorns by greenbaboondesigns, $10
perfectly pink bobby pins by cultivar, $24
vintage paper wreath by whiteserenade, $40
spun cotton valentine's day skunk boy by vintage by crystal, $20

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Forest Quilt

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I've been dying to show you the fabric I bought for this quilt for months, but since it was for a Birthday present, I couldn't spill it just yet! I made Erika this charming quilt for her Birthday this year, and there was only one issue I had with it - I wanted to keep it like no other. I am going to have to make another for myself, I love it that much. I modeled it off a quilt that I saw on Maisonnette's blog - in a class that Madeline held, a student had chosen all theses fabrics to compose her quilt, and when I saw it I fell in love. Madeline from Maisonette helped me pick out all the same fabrics, Mostly Joel Dewberry and Amy Butler, and we sized down the yardage from the original to enough for a good sized lap quilt.
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One of my favorite parts was seeing each panel sew up so quickly. Some rectangles were small, but some were huge as you can see, so it went fast. It was really difficult to measure the largest pieces, I dont have a long ruler and I dont have a very large flat surface for laying fabric out. The dinner table is oval, and I don't have hardwood floors, so yeah, it was much more difficult than it needed to be. All this aside, the deer are enchanting, and the reds and yellows make a brilliant balance.
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I hope it serves their house well! Lots of snuggles, lots of naps, lots of keeping warm and most of all, lots of cuddling.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Jonah

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I feel as though I am slowly awakening from my hibernation den. I took the week of between Christmas and New Years and pretty much shut the power off to life, if you know what I mean. No crafting, no work, just my husband, some great cooking and baking, lots of movies and naps. I needed it.

One exciting thing (wink) that happened over the break is that our buddy Jonah appeared one morning with a gash across his cheek. Apparently a few days before we had discovered him sitting under the Christmas tree with this bloody cheek, he got into a fight and was bit by another cat in the face. An absess formed and burst, it was great. In the end, he got to have surgery on his face and has had to take a slew of medications. If you have been reading my blog for a while you may remember the same exact thing happening to our Mary Jane. Jane was injured crawling under a fence, which we fixed. Jonah is a big cat, and there are lots of other cats in our community that come around. I guess there is really not a whole lot we can do about that except keep him in more.

He is healing, and we will just have to call this a bump in the road. We love our kitties too much to not care for them. Jonah, I love you!