Crafts & Projects

happy new year

nychampagne2016

We enjoyed a lovely 2 week winter staycation ~ Christmas… polar fleece crafts with the grand girls… lots of cooking and even more baking… My daughter, Andrea’s, New Year’s Eve birthday… lunch out at Fiesta Cancun Mexican Restaurant one day (The Chipotle Burrito and Shrimp Fajitas are AMAZING!), and Red’s Savoy Pizza another (always awesome!)…We…

a scenes post

sunshower

The weather has been unbelievable here in the Midwest. It snowed one day for about a minute and there was no trace of it an hour later. Mostly it’s just been warm, and breezy and completely lovely out there. Sunshowers, no coats, tee shirts in November. Love, love, love. We’ve been “tucking in” the back…

strawberry jam

strawjamtoast

One of my goals for this summer was to make jam. Nothing fancy… just a big batch of strawberry with no embellishments. I must admit, the whole idea of canning anything had me a little intimidated. I don’t know why exactly. I guess canning seems like one of those activities where you need to have…

scenes from the past few weeks

creamery

We’ve been patiently anticipating warm weather, and slowly but surely it is bound to arrive. It just has to. In the mean time we’ve been pre-spring cleaning and relishing the comforts of the fireplace, and quilts, and hearty, warm foods like stews, casseroles and baked stuff. We’ve gone out on little weekend jaunts and enjoyed…

paper doily heart garland

heartgarland

A Week of Valentine Treats ~ Day Seven Conversation Hearts Paper Doily Garland Happy Valentine’s Day, Lovelies! I am popping in to share this treat with you before we head to the market to get the ingredients for our lunch and Valentine’s Day celebration. I have to apologize for not sharing the full 7 treats…

peppermint pinwheel foot massage lotion

peppinwheelfinal

A Week of Valentine Treats ~ Day Six from page 56 of my book, Chin Deep in Bubbles ~ Little Luxuries for Every Day I’m back with another treat, Lovelies! This lotion is so great for foot massages. Mix the following ingredients together in a small bowl and use as foot massage lotion or as…

scenes from the last week

nigiri

I enjoyed a wonderful lunch with my darling daughter Andrea at Sakura Sushi Bar here in Red Wing… nigiri, Cali rolls, sashimi, crab rangoon and orange chicken… YUM! Really great Japanese fare and super fresh sushi…if you’re in the area, give it a try ~ I am still savoring each and every page of the…

simmering spices

simmeringspices

For a beautifully scented home, combine: 1 or 2 cinnamon sticks 1 teaspoon ginger 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon peppercorns 1 teaspoon whole or ground cloves 1 to 2 Tablespoons (or more) orange peel or zest a few drops of pure vanilla extract Place the spices and orange peel in a saucepan along with a…

lavender sugar

lavsugar1

I love meeting new facebook friends! I met a lovely lady named Jean this week and I adore her blog. It’s called “For Dragonflies and Me,” and it’s filled with all sorts of yummy recipes and beautiful gardening tips that make my heart sing. I was browsing her posts today and came across one all…