Weekly Roundup: Life Gets in the Way of the Blog

Sometimes I feel like I don’t really “get going” until the middle of the week. This was one of those weeks. I haven’t done or seen anything that is “blog worthly” and I don’t have the time to write up the blog ideas I have in my notebook. A good, informative blog post easily takes 4-5 hours from start to finish.  So instead of just being strangely silent or publishing something mediocre I decided to give you all a peek at what has been keeping me so busy.

My biggest project/pain-in-the-butt is this baby quilt. Like any good crafter I waited till the last minute to begin working on it. Also, this is the first quilt I have ever made. I always seem to give myself a challenge when I have a deadline. (I do NOT recommend this.) I finally have all the squares cut out but I am fully aware that sewing them together isn’t going to be a quick project either. Wish me luck.

Hundreds of squares. Not sure if I will ever do this again.

Hundreds of squares. Not sure if I will ever do this again.

Keeping in the world of ‘craft’ I have three yarn-based projects keeping me busy. The teal one is an easy project I made up to use up that yarn and I need some new items for my Etsy shop.  I am almost done with it. The red and grey cowl is a pattern I am working on. I have several patterns that are waiting in the wings to get published. The brown is a Valentines gift. It was supposed to be a Christmas gift but that didn’t happen. Some people may wonder why I have so many projects going on at once but if you are at all crafty you probably understand me completely.


Thank God these are portable projects.

Thank God these are portable projects.

I spent most of yesterday baking or cleaning up from baking. My husband has a tendency to skip breakfast unless there is something quick to grab as he is going out the door. Of course there are store-bought granola bars but we both wanted something homemade to cut down on the “unknown ingredients factor” and cost.

The first recipe I decided to try was Healthy Avocado Chocolate Cookies. Basically you are using the avocado as a substitute for butter. Even though it sounds weird I could see how, in theory, that makes sense. I followed the recipe exactly except I used honey instead of coconut sugar; I didn’t have any coconut sugar and honey was the recommended substitution. Also I used regular chocolate chips instead of dark chocolate chunks.

My first problem with these was my own fault; my avocado was too ripe so my batter was too thin. I knew this wouldn’t work for cookies so I threw in a hand full of all purpose flour so the batter would have the right amount of stiffness. Also, when I tasted the batter I could totally taste avocado. Kinda grossed me out.

They LOOK good.

They LOOK good.

Fortunately my husband really liked the finished product. To me they just aren’t sweet enough. But I kind of have an aversion to “healthy” baked goods. My feeling is if you want a cookie have a COOKIE. Just don’t have ten. I find healthier versions to be much less satisfying so then I want to eat more.

My second baking adventure turned out much better. Flourless Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies sounded like it might make us both happy.

Batter ready to go on the cookie sheets.

Batter ready to go on the cookie sheets.

This recipe was easy to follow and turned out great. I used a half cup of brown sugar instead of the 2/3 cup the recipe calls for but otherwise followed all the instructions. Once again my batter seemed a little thin but once I folded in the oats and chocolate chips it seemed to have the right consistency. I would make these again.

The finished product.

The finished product.

I think we are going to buck tradition this year and go out the night before Valentine’s day instead of Saturday night. Every place that is worth going to is either already booked up or will have hour long waits. I am not sure where we will go tomorrow night – my husband is supposed to have it all figured out. Saturday we are going to have a little celebration at home; grill some brats, get some good craft beer, and watch Netflix. Sometimes simple is best.

Have a great Valentine’s Day!



Back in the Swing

I am excited to get going on this blog again. I knew I needed to get back to it but I was feeling totally uninspired. I haven’t figured out how to “turn on” my writing yet…I am either in the mood or I am not! And when I am not my writing is miles away from publishable.

I have decided to let go of the once a week Wooly Wednesdays. It was too hard to come up with topics every week so instead I will publish whenever I have something good to share. I will keep doing the Foodie Friday weekly because I never seem to run out of stories about food!

On a more somber note…today is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the notorious concentration camp Auschwitz. The dwindling number of survivors have traveled hundreds of miles to commemorate this day in Poland. I hope everyone takes a moment to remember those who lost their lives at the hands of evil and those who survived and who were able to emerge from one of the darkest times in history and put their lives back together. I know history isn’t always pleasant to re-visit but it is so important not to forget. There are many news stories about the survivors and Netflix has some wonderful documentaries about the holocaust.

On a lighter note I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and I hope those of you who are back east are enjoying the snow. We haven’t had more than an inch here and I kind of miss it!


Ta Ta for Now……


We miss you Vermont! Send some snow our way.

I am taking a short break from the blog so I can focus on family and fun for the next two weeks. I have enjoyed sharing all of our travel adventures, my LYS finds, and my crafting and cooking creations with all of you. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! I look forward to being back in the new year!


Cyber Monday = FREE SHIPPING


Warm, soft goodies at the Etsy shop.

As some of you many have noticed I do have an Etsy shop where my handmade items are available for purchase. And you also probably know tomorrow is “cyber Monday”. To get you in the shopping mood I am offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders from now until 12/10.


One of my new favorites, the Vermont Cold Weather Cowl.


Sadly we will be leaving Vermont soon so my Etsy shop will be CLOSED after 12/10. I plan on being back up and running in the new year with great new finished items and PATTERNS!!

So head on over to my Etsy shop, and use the code “MERRY100” when checking out.  And don’t forget; today is the LAST DAY to enter the Wooly Wednesday contest. Information on that HERE.

Happy Shopping!!


Memorial Day

Supposedly its Memorial Day Weekend…..I say “supposedly” because it is down right chilly here next to Seattle! I am originally from Kansas and by Memorial Day Weekend it was already consistently in the 80s and 90s- already hot and dry. It feels like autumn here.

Every year during Memorial Day Weekend we would hop in the family vehicle and head out to spend some time with relatives. We would visit with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and people I wasn’t real sure who they were but I knew we were related somehow. In between the visits we would visit the cemeteries where relatives were laid to rest and carefully place flowers around the headstones, making sure the gravesites were neat and in order.

You would think this would all be boring to a kid but honestly I enjoyed it. Not only was it a chance to see family we didn’t usually get to see but it was also a chance to learn about some of the people who had lived before us. I learned things about my deceased relatives that might not have otherwise come up in conversation. To me Memorial Day was about taking time to honor all those who went before- military and civilian.

This year I am too far away to go with my dad to put out flowers but I am comforted knowing someone is doing it. My sister, who is a Marine, is also unable to assist but is participating in one of the many military ceremonies of remembrance around the country. I am…well, writing this blog post I suppose.

So with Memorial Day in mind, I am sharing this picture with you. My mom had come out to the front porch to wave goodbye to me as I headed back to Kansas City. She is standing next to the Marine flag which was hanging in honor of my sister.

Eileen Ruth Grauer

My mom seeing me off.

She has been gone for almost six years now but going out to her headstone every Memorial Day is still hard. But also somehow cathartic. Not that I think the deceased are hanging around the cemetery but it gives you a chance to honor and remember them. I hope to make it out there the next time I am home.

I hope you all had a great weekend and took a minute to remember those who have gone before you.