Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall/Winter Goals

I'm back from vacation!  I'm refreshed and full of  newly found energy.  I've decided I would like to make out some fall goals for myself and maybe share some with you as I progress through them.  Maybe it will keep me accountable and on track.  Pretty soon the time will change and I'll have to spend more time inside after work so this is the time of year that I spend sewing, practicing instruments, and generally being a homemaking nerd.

Personal Fitness Goals:
1.  Start to workout more.
Yoga at least three times a week and some sort of aerobic activity twice a week.  I used to do yoga six and seven days a week but that was before a 40 hour a week job and a 2 year old.  So I'm going to try and be realistic with myself.

2.  Continue eating well.
I've gotten myself down to one or two days a week eating out and bringing my lunch the rest of the time.  I've pretty much quit stopping to get breakfast on the way and instead have been having a piece of fruit, some toast, or a left over biscuit from the previous night's meal and I can tell a difference. Less carbonated beverages, more water, and less sugar in general.

Sewing Goals:

1.  Trendy kimono with fringe.
YES. Must Make STAT!

2.  Pullover knit shirts.
I got some fine knit from a great seller on eBay that provided swatches!  This is definitely the way to go.  I will never ever buy fabric online again without swatches.  Sure sign of a quality up and up seller.

3.  Maxi dress, maybe 2.
I have a great maxi dress pattern all ready to go, I even made a muslin.  Just need to pick a fabric cut and sew.

Music Goals:
1.  Just get in there and play the piano and have fun.  Don't stress about it, don't try to be perfect, just have fun.
2.  Sit outside and play the dulcimer.  I won't have a hard time with this once the weather cools off.
3.  Dear Self, please open that new guitar book you bought.

Blogging Goals:

1.  Blog at least three times a week.

2.  Write up those lovely long fact filled post I was working on a couple of months ago that are moldering away in my notebook.

3.  Bring back Mexican Monday!

And I'm going to let that be it.  I have a tendency to schedule too much for myself.  I'm not superwoman.  I have a limited amount of time during the week, but that doesn't mean I can't get some stuff done.  Dear Self, please read that previous sentence several times.  Maybe even tattoo it on your forehead.

Do you have any goals you're working on right now?  I'd love to hear about them.  Later my lovelies!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A few vacation snaps

Monday, September 22, 2014

Cowgirl in Training

My baby girl is terrified of lawnmowers, 4-wheelers, and tractors.  Refuses to ride on them with you. 

BUT put her on a 900 pound horse and she laughs and grins and says, "I ride the pony!"  

When asked after this picture was she ready to get down I was promptly informed, "NO."

My Joker man loves kids and is so careful and still when Allie sits up there.  It's slightly amazing.  Love that big dummy and this little curly haired spitfire.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Real Life

Kind readers things will just have to wait for a bit more.  Some dear sweet friends have had a terrible loss in their family and we will be with them for the next few days.  If you have an extra thought or prayer to spare I know they would appreciate your love and strength.  Have a great weekend friends and make sure you call or hug someone you love today.  Until next week.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Here lately.....

Things around here lately have been slow.  Slowing down and enjoying life.  Taking the time to not rush, not stress, and simply be.  I've needed this for a while now.  I especially need this at home because work has been so crazy!

We've been enjoying brand new markers. 

Old sewing machines.  (My Singer 99 built in 1948 was sixty six years old this April.)

Quilt piecing with my old machine. 

Pressing those quilt pieces 


And cooking and of course eating.  

Happy Tuesday friends!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mexican Monday....on a Tuesday

HELLO!!!!!  Trying to get back in the swing of things so let's start with a recipe!

I made some refried beans to go along with our lunch on Sunday so I grabbed a few quick snaps with my phone as I was cooking.  So, not the best most beautiful pictures in the world or the most sexy of dishes but it's a great staple that's fast and easy to cook and I thought I would share my recipe for refried beans. I apologize in advance, this is another one of my recipes where I don't have any measurements for the liquid portion so just bear with me and let's make something simple and good.

I've never been crazy about the refried beans we have around here in the grocery store, especially the canned ones.  They usually look like some sort of gross paste and taste even worse.  I used to make just rice or pico to go along with our Mexican dishes but really wanted to make some beans one night.  After a quick google I found a recipe that looked about right and about 20 minutes later had a great quick new side dish.  Hope you enjoy!

Simply Delicious Homemade Refried Beans

1 sixteen ounce can Pinto Beans washed and drained
1 heaping teaspoon of chopped garlic 
1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil (or if you want to be bad - bacon grease)
1 cup chicken stock
salt and pepper to taste

In a small skillet heat your oil of choice and saute your garlic for a few minutes. 

Add the drained and rinsed pinto beans and toss or stir to coat and saute for a few moments. 

To this add your chicken stock and just enough water to cover the beans about 1/2 inch and simmer for around 15 to 20 minutes.  

The way you know the beans are ready is that they will start to split and be nice and soft (aka mushy).  As you simmer the liquid will cook down so you may need to add a little more water as you cookJust keep an eye on things and make sure you have plenty of cooking liquid at all times. 

When the beans are ready, take a potato masher or a fork and mash until the beans are smooth and creamy.  If they are too runny simmer for a few minutes more making sure to use a low heat and stir often so they don't stick.  If they are too thick add a little more water or chicken stock.  Salt and pepper to taste and garnish with a good Mexican cheese, or if you live where that's not available like me use a little shredded mozzarella.  

Presto! I normally put my beans on to simmer before I start making my tacos or whatever it is we are cooking so when my main dish is done all I have to do is mash up my beans and everything gets done about the same time.     

Like I said not the best pictures, not the more interesting dish, but definitely a cheap, filling staple.  Enjoy!

As always let me know what you think!  If you try this and have any suggestions let me know.  Later my lovelies!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Getting organized. Getting motivated.

Hey there my lovelies!  Long time no post, huh?  Life has been crazy lately with travel, spending as much time outside as possible before summer ends, and just generally being unmotivated to spend time in front of a computer.  My evenings have been spent lately planning some sewing projects, which I do intend to share, watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with Allie, and honestly going to bed a little early some nights.


I do not want to neglect this space and have so many pictures and stories that just need to be typed.  I mean I have pictures from January that are edited but the text to go with them still just needs a little polish.

Thanks for hanging in there with me!