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The Last of the Quiet

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It is the last day of spring break.  Starting tomorrow there are only 9 weeks left of school.  In that short amount of time I will have field trips and concerts and school events and parties.  At the end of those 9 weeks I will no longer have an elementary school child.  But I *will* have a high schooler.  How did THAT happen?!?!?

I'm sitting here thinking this is the calm before the storm...........
(on so many different levels)

Since it was spring break and I share my computer with the locals,  I never got a chance to post my Feline Fridays or my Saturday Sky.


I now consider myself caught up. 

Meanwhile I had something happen this wknd that was odd.....I had nothing on the needles!  I finished up  two different projects.  First one was a kitty snuggle bed (you can find the link here)


I like the way it came out,  but Lucy found it a little small.


Princess would rather fall off a dresser than sit in it. 


And Hemi was too busy playing to be bothered with it.

I've left it o…

The Simple Woman's Daybook

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FOR TODAY

Outside my window...
it is gorgeous and a bit cold.   It's only 5pm and it's already 59 degrees outside.  It's gonna be another chilly night.  No complaints here.

I am thinking...that I really need to get out and enjoy the weather while it's nice.  May need to hit up the clearance section of Lowe's.

I am thankful...for medicinal steroids.  We had to make an ER run last night because Baby Girl's asthma got really bad.  None of the meds I had at home were touching it so I knew it was time for the next step up.  The staff in the front really needed to work on their bedside manner (asking me if my daughter has a history of asthma does not mean she has been to this hospital before.  Assuming the wrong answers will only piss us both off.)  That being said, the staff in the back were fantastic!!  The nurses were kind and the dr was amazing.  I love medical staff that asks questions and takes what the mom says into account.  You have seen my child for 5 min.  I …

Saturday Sky

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Well while some of you are buried in snow, we hit a high of 85 under a cloudy sky. 

Too warm for my liking but thankfully we will be cooling down as the week goes on. 

Cilantro and basil are still coming along



and the wildflowers and sunflowers are sprouting.

So far so good.

It's been a busy morning,  I was out and about by 9:30am and didnt sit down until 4pm.  I went grocery shopping, cleaned my fridge before I loaded it back up


and then made some chicken noodle soup.


Baby Girl has been fighting something the past couple of days and today it's winning.  She sounded like a frog earlier today and it made me want to make some soup.  It's my grandmother's recipe, and it took me a few tries to get it right, but tonight's soup was like she made it. 

Grandma's Chicken Soup

1 pound carrots
1 package celery
1 large onion
1 bullion cube
minced garlic
chicken

Rough cut carrots, celery, onion and brown them up in some butter in large stock pot.  Add garlic (I just took a sco…

The Simple Woman's Daybook

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FOR TODAY

Outside my window...
another gorgeous day here in Central Florida.  It got a bit warm by the afternoon (we hit 80) but I can live with it!!  Wish we had more days like today.

I am thinking...how we are entering into the last 9 weeks of school.  This means the final stretch of middle school for #1 Son and the final stretch of elementary school for Baby Girl.  I'm trying NOT to think abt it, but it's hard to do when I look at my calendar and see it fill up with all the end of year activities. 

I am thankful...that my kids do well in school.

In the kitchen...no new recipes.  I've had no time.  It was a busy wknd filled with company, errands and a funeral.   Instead I made the pork chop recipe again (dump apple pie filling, chops and then cover with stuffing) this time following the recipe exactly.  Not as good as the first time because I didnt cook it as long.  Next time will keep it covered and add 5 min to the cooking.  Tonight's dinner was a roasted chicken, ro…

More Experimenting

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There have been a few websites that I've gone to that have shown how to hard boil eggs in the oven.  I know, weird, right??  But after seeing it a few times I just had to try it.  So I pulled out my muffin pan and six eggs to try it out.


The recipe says to bake in the oven for 25-30 min at 325 degrees.   Guess what?  It worked!


They look a bit weird and I probably could have pulled them out at 27 min instead of 30 because my eggs just started getting that green outer yellow part, but they look good and tasted fine!!!   The IO thought it was interesting but couldnt figure out why you would make eggs this way instead of boiling them on the stove.  The perks are supposed to be no worries of splashing boiling water everywhere ("but you're still using a hot oven") and having no eggs crack in the pot ("but doesnt it cost more to heat the oven?").  The shells were easy to get off and they were tasty so I would probably make them this way again, at least one more t…
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FOR TODAY

Outside my window... it was rainy from the time I woke up to abt 2pm.  Now it's sunny-ish (sun is setting so not as bright as before) and cooler.  We're at 66 right now.
**I started this at 7is.  It is now 9pm.  It has taken me 2 hours to finish this post. 

I am thinking...that Baby Girl should have cut up her strawberries before she dipped them in chocolate.  She is a mess!

I am thankful... for chocolate covered strawberries!!  They are in season and cheap so we've been buying a lot lately.  Melt some semi-sweet chocolate chips and you've got a YUMMY dessert!

In the kitchen... I am going thru some cooking magazines to 1)try something new   and 2)try to weed thru some of the stacks of magazines I've got!  Tried a Taco Bake tonight for dinner.  Consensus?  The IO said it wasnt horrible, #1 Son said it's not his favorite but he'll finish it, Baby Girl said it was better as a dip than dinner.  I liked it at first but as I got close to the end it wasnt …

Saturday Sky

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The windows are open and the breeze is airing out the house.  It's also airing in lots of pollen!  This is why they make Zyrtec.

Looking up, this is what I see.


The sky does definitely change throughout the day, this AM it was a deep blue and no clouds at all.  Wonder what it will look like around 7pm?

I did mention that I would post the Best in Show from the quilt show yesterday, but there were a couple more that I wanted to share as well.  If you are familiar with quilting, then you've heard of paper piecing.  It's where you sew fabric to paper following a pattern.  It allows you to get a little more detailed while keeping sharp corners and points.  There were two that stood out to me.  This one is of flower baskets.


The other is of forest animals. 



LOVE the detailed work on all the animals but the raccoon really stood out!

Ok so the winning quilt.  It's definitely not a quilt that you would curl up with on the couch with the cat or dog.  It's a quilt that you h…

Feline & Fiber Arts Friday

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In the past two days I've battled a migraine, a sick child (allergies have been BAD this year), a drs visit, threatening motivating said sick child to do make up work, missing prescriptions from pharmacy, missing ATM cards AND a broken coffee pot!!!

It's been a rough couple of days.  Which is why I'm happy that my inlaws are coming NEXT week instead of this wknd.  AND because of the insanity that is going on right now at Happy Acres, I've had to rearrange my schedule which alleviated some free time to attend the annual local quilt show!!!  I really thought I was going to miss it because there was no way I originally could go today.  So instead of focusing on all the crap going on, I choose to focus on the pretty blankets.

Well some of them were pretty.  Every year there are a few that make your eyes hurt.





You had your falling safety pin quilt.


Embellished quilts were popular.  A woman used up all her old doilies and hankies and added them to the blocks in her quilt.


Th…