Must Have Monday – beat the winter blues

I have found a great way to beat the winter blues, and probably just blues in general.  Coloring books for adults, not sure why I didn’t find these until a few months ago but I love them.  One of my favorites is Lost Ocean from Johanna Basford, you can find it HERE.  Enjoy, but be careful googling adult coloring books.

 

This time??

Well rinse and repeat, I have been neglectful again.  I would say so much has changed this past year, truthful but the same song and dance I gave last year about this time.

So what have I been up to? Working lots, now not working so much.  Bought an old truck, ’72 F100, that needs work but more on that another time.  Family changes, some good some sad, nothing that I really want to air on my blog.  I learned to make a rocking mac and cheese that (duh) I will be sure to share later.  Discovered I now like avocados, which surprised me.  Made new friends, and I like all of them so that’s convenient.  Got a little better at decorating, at least in my opinion.

What haven’t I bean up to?  Never did learn to drive a stick, I know I know – shame on me.  Still haven’t mastered the creme brulee.  I have not given up my love affair with fabric and sewing, even through my machine hasn’t been out in a while.

What do I want to be up to?  Stuff that make me a bad ass at this adulting thing!
Learn to make crepes, apple fritters, and a reliably good stuffed pork loin ( I may have caught one on fire, which is not a reliable method).  Sew clothes for myself, noting crazy just something for around the house. Growing more orchids, fluke accident with the heater in the green house and I lost several. Paint something that I want to hang up, where other people will see and want to see it.  Work on Patches, he is my truck!  Thin out the clutter herd, closets beware.  Learn Gregorian short hand, everyone needs something random stashed in their head, and that’s way more useful than song lyrics. –  unless you’re playing trivia, then song lyrics are helpful (domo arigato Mr Roboto).  I’m sure my mind will wonder to other things as time goes by, lets see how much makes it to the blog!

I did it again.

I can’t believe I have neglected my blog, again!  So much has happened in the past several months.

I started a new job that I worked very hard to get.  I quit 6 months later for a job that worked hard to get me. 

I became a Doctor Who fan. 

We have had a multitude of personal life changing events.  Some expected, some a surprise, some devastating, some confusing and some very wonderful. 

I learned the value of being flexible in situations.

The dogs are still lazy.

I haven’t bought a purse in six months (whaaaat?)

We had what  my sister in law and I were calling the first annual WTFgiving in November.  

Discovered the basics to a really yummy kale smoothie.

Made new work and church friends.

 But what I haven’t done, is make a list of blog topics.  *sigh*

My goodness….

Geeze where did the time go.  I can’t believe its been since March that I shared my lovely thoughts.  So much has changed and happened, sadly my blog has suffered.  The good news is the Etsy shop is cranking up for the holidays and I look forward to selling out!  I know, shameless plug.

I did spend some time over the summer designing my tags, business cards and thank you notes for customers.  I have been a busy bee!

 

The All Consuming Time Suck

Sewing and peddling on Etsy; the all consuming time suck.  My mother always says it keeps her off the streets.  I guess she is right, I’m never bored when there is fabric around.  Speaking of around, where is spring?

 

The Short Stitch

I picked the name for my Etsy shop because I had to have one and the reusable paper towels were so popular on my blog I wanted a blog similar name.  That Short Girl was already in use so I chose This Short Girl.  Cute, doesn’t completely roll of the tongue but it doesn’t trip the speaker up either.  I never liked that it didn’t have anything to do with sewing.  A few years ago I did an open air market and a friend said I was the short stitch.  I decided I liked it and wanted to keep it.  Its not really a cross road as much as a yield sign, carry on.

Stop by The Short Stitch and check out the new banner.

 

Seriously Good Orange Sticky Bread – Recipe

Seriously Good Orange Sticky Bread – Recipe

This dessert is a little bit gooey, not overly sweet and flavored with orange.  It reminds me a little of the orange cinammon rolls my mom would make when we had sleepovers.

1 tube of jumbo buttermilk biscuits, 8 count
zest of 1 orange
zest of 1 lemon
juice of 1/2 lemon
6 Tablespoons of butter (~3/4 a stick)
3/4 cup of powdered sugar

1. Cut each biscuit into fourths.

2. In a deep microwave safe bowl melt the butter and allow to cool slightly.

3. On a plate or shallow dish sprinkle the powdered sugar, zest the lemon and orange directly onto the sugar.  Mix gently with a fork to combine.

4. Dip the biscuit pieces into the melted butter and roll in the sugar zest mixture.

5. Place sugared biscuit pieces into a bunt pan, it should make a rough two layers of biscuit pieces.

6.  Once all of the sugared biscuit pieces have placed in the bunt pan sprinkle with remaining sugar, followed by 1 tablespoon of the remaining butter.

7.  Squeeze 1/2 of the lemon over the dough

7. Bake for 30 min at 350C or until the top of the bread turns a light golden brown.

Serve warm. Typically, unable to hold off our piggish tendencies, we have eaten it right out of the pan. However, if you are having company you may want to turn them out onto a plate after allowing to cool for five minutes. You probably wont have to worry about the next part; store left overs in an airtight container at room temp.

Wooty Whoo

I am an animal lover and enjoy having woods in the back yard.  We see all kinds of creatures; eastern king snakes, blue heron, ladder back woodpecker, and what appeared to be a whole tribe of racoons having a drum circle on the deck with the fish food container.  I was excited when one night we spotted a new visitor in the back yard.  Then he came back again the next morning and my husband took this awesome picture.   I read that the barred owl can and will actually eat fish, sometimes wading in shallow water in search of a meal.  Sure enough, I’m missing one Butterfly Koi.

Come on Spring!

Every spring we have finches that will nest on the front porch. They always insist on building a nest  in the middle of one of the ferns smashing and pulling until the middle of the plant is dead.  Never mind that there is a clean, covered and safe from predators birdhouse hanging two feet away.  Well, we have had a warm few days here in NC and they are starting early, by pulling apart my front door wreath and stuffing it into that birdhouse. 

Washable Sponges

I never know what to do with my left over terry cloth pieces when I make reusable paper towels.  I always end up with what looks like a heap of mascaraed hand towels and lint everywhere.  So I added washable sponges to my Etsy shop.  Check the Etsy Mini shop to the right.  Or click here.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/180246405/washable-sponge-set-of-2?ref=shop_home_active_1

 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/180246405/washable-sponge-set-of-2?ref=shop_home_active_1