Friday, March 7, 2014

I'm taking a break..........not from blogging although it may seem like that at times, lol.

I can't keep up with myself ...I haven't even picked my Pinterest pins for this week.  Well, actually, I am certain I am ADHD.  It's probably the reason whenever I walk into a room where people know me they always say "Here comes trouble".  Oh well, anyway, I did pick out some "pins" and then I was off to try them! LOL!  I guess I won't commit to a certain number each week but rather just show you when I've done some.....or one.   So, ADHD or not, here's what I've been up to this week so far.  I do some house cleaning too which I don't blog about as I'm sure you're already familiar with that nasty task.
It's been so unseasonably cold that I decided some new and exotic coffees were in order.  Actually, I discovered a whole section on Pinterest just for coffee....was I excited or what?  But I couldn't get out to the store so I had to use what I had.  This is called Fireside coffee and it's a mix you make so you can have it on hand. 2 heaping tablespoons to a cup of hot water and you've got yourself a toasty and tasty drink.  I used decaf so I could have it in the evening.

The recipe (on my Pinterest "coffee" board) makes 2 nice containers full.

A little whipped cream on top and off to bed I went..........(I always have a can of Ready Whip on hand for moments like this...they don't call it Ready Whip for nothing!)

I made some chicken soup this week too.  A great recipe I found over on Alicia Paulson's blog
Her husband, Andy makes it and although I had to "fudge" on some of the "fresh" ingredients (only people who live in Portlandia can find fresh dill this time of year...I mean, REALLY you guys?) The soup was still delicious and yes, Alicia, I did what you said not to do...I cooked up all the pasta and threw it in the soup and I'm still loving it. LOL!  The recipe is on her blog in her February 26th post.  Andy gets Husband of the Year Award in my book.
The recipe also called for parsnips which my little grocery did not have but they had turnips so what the heck.....I threw those in instead.
I made bread to go with it...a gal has to have her carbs or no?
I found these in the drawer here (if you didn't know, I moved to my parent's home here after they passed away and it was just how they left's tough when you're an only child and your parents pass have to go through all their things all by yourself but what doesn't kill you makes you stronger and I am tough as nails now!)  They were my Mother's and you put them in a pot to keep things from boiling over.  My Mother was famous for buying junk gadgets from mail order catalogs back in the day but since I am always "boiling over" I thought I would give them a try.  They work!
I think the bigger the pot the more you need but 2 seemed to work with the soup just fine.  I wonder if you can still get them?  They're awesome!
I made some more amigurumi gumballs.........
would you call this a highball? LOL!
I think they're multiplying........
In response to your question, Connie, I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them but probably make a garland for my Christmas tree?  I wanted to try amigurumi without getting involved in a big project but they are fun and great for crocheting while watching t.v. and a super way to use up little bits of leftover yarn.
Yes, the first robin I've spotted this Spring and "don't ya know" he came back during the rain, thunder, lightening, sleet and snow storm we had last week.  He probably thought he had flown into the North.  He does look a bit bewildered.
I'm not sure if this was Pinterest or something I copied off of Facebook (I do that a lot too).  Anyway, since I've given up on candles I am looking into scenting my home with more natural and less messy alternatives.  This is a simmering potpourri with spices from the cupboard and an orange peel.  It was good............for one day and then I had to throw it out.  But it would be nice to have simmering when you have company over but I wouldn't want to make this every day.  Plus it only scents the kitchen which is usually the best smelling room in the house anyway.
There were some caramel coffee recipes on Pinterest and I tried one that used caramel pieces that come in a bag and you use in cookies.  They don't melt well so I improvised and made my decaf, topped it with some whipped cream and drizzled caramel ice cream topping over that was a winner!
Now I'm off to catch up with all of you!  Happy Trails!


  1. I'll go look at the coffee drinks! Sounds so yummy. I have to make mine with no sugar so I have to be creative but I can use Truvia! Happy weekend my friend! Hugs!

  2. I don't like coffee, but yours sure looks good!
    You must have discovered many treasures going through your parents goods. I know what little I have from my folks means so much to me.
    BTW, how is your new TV system working out?

  3. A garland?? I saw a cute inchworm...might make a nice baby toy..but we are past the baby toy stage around here. I don't need no more projects..for sure..I found you on Pinterest..did ya notice?
    I didn't know that you were living in your parents Grandma bought every gadget there was! I thought those brown thing were pan learning that they stop stuff from boiling over would work for me as I am always doing that and then cleaning the stove top. I am not such a great cook..I do like parsnips...:)

  4. So many different ideas here, looks like you've had a real feast this last week!
    Pinterest has so much inspiration and wonderful ideas,but I find it has to be used with caution or else I find I've spent too much time looking, not enough doing, but you certainly havent!
    Have a great weekend Sam!
    Gill xx

  5. Wow you've been busy! The soup looks delish and what a great idea to make your own customized coffee! Somehow I have never thought about that!

  6. Great ideas. I agree with Gill about Pinterest. I love to use it to save ideas for projects etc but I can spend too long looking at all the lovely things on there. As far as blogging is concerned I've always found it really hard to find a method of posting that works. Mainly because each week is different and sometimes I don't have enough time. I find regular items (remember I used to post Spencer's Sunday hats) don't work for me because I find it puts me under too much pressure and the day of the week seems to come round too quickly! This morning I thought maybe I should view the posts as something I do to record memories, photos etc that might work better for me but who knows!!? Enjoy Sunday xx

  7. What a fun idea! So much of what gets pinned probably never gets looked at again, it's nice to see someone remedying that :)

  8. Oh yummy! Isn't the internet fantastic for new ideas?

  9. Hey Sam! As you can tell, I can't keep up either. My day job gets in the way and then I get home and there's too much to do to prepare for the next day so that I can do it all over again. I need longer weekends. I think working 3 days a week would be nice. Just never enough time for everything I want to do and what I really need to do is clean and organize. Ugh! You certainly are keeping busy and always trying something new. Even if I don't stop by, I'm thinking about you. Hugs and blessings, Tammy


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