Thursday, February 28, 2013

so long, mr. mouse!

i went out to the camper this afternoon to give things a look see. i was afraid of water perhaps leaking in with all of the snow and melting that has been going on lately. thankfully everything looked a.o.k.!!

and i must tell you an interesting thing. someone told me that you should take cotton balls soaked with peppermint essential oil and place them where you don't want mice. i've had a few furry winter visitors in the past out in the camper, so i really loaded that thing up with peppermint cotton balls. really, it smelled like a candy cane factory when i was through! i've checked out there a couple of times this winter, and i see absolutely no "evidence" of mice!!! so great! plus, it smells really nice in there! i may have overdone it a bit, but it's a nice smell! so, i'd say that this method has worked quite well!

looking forward to hanging out in there in the not-so-far-away future!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

new sweater for rosco and a winter wonderland!

this was our yard at about 6:00 a.m. on monday. absolutely gorgeous!  today's weather can be described in one word: Y-U-C-K! slushy rain................

a couple of years ago i started this sweater for rosco. i was "winging it" , so to speak, and got it 99% finished and decided it wasn't quite right,  and put it away. the yarn is beautiful NORO, japanese yarn that i got at an odd shop that used to sell model trains and......yarn. an unusual combination. they were getting rid of the yarn section and selling it all 1/2 price, which was very nice, and the only reason i would be knitting a dog sweater with NORO!

i found the sweater the other day and made a couple of adjustments, and i think it came out pretty good! rosco was being completely uncooperative having his picture taken...i would love to know what goes on in that little mind of his. he hates having his picture taken! but he's happy to wear the sweater, so that's o.k.!

Monday, February 25, 2013

full SNOW moon

big full moon tonight! crazy dog, crazy cat, chickens laying eggs!

the february full moon is called the "snow" moon because of heavy snowfall during this month. the indians also called it the "hunger" moon, as hunting was often difficult with all of the snow.

we got a lot of wet, heavy snow yesterday. sure was beautiful this morning (will post photos!), but the warm sun melted a lot of it today.

happy monday!

Sunday, February 24, 2013


went to the farmers' market yesterday. i tasted this  chocolate and had to buy some. it has dried blueberries and pine nuts in it!

we made the BEST shrimp tostadas last night for supper. we cooked the shrimp with chipotles in adobo.(you can buy these at the grocery store in a little can.) they were absolutely delicious!  we used two of the chipotles chopped fine with a bit of oil, butter and a few drops of beer, then just cooked the shrimp in this mixture-quick and so good!

i'm working on my  socks. this yarn is crazy  but really fun to knit with.

happy sunday!

Saturday, February 23, 2013


these are the pictures i was hoping to take last weekend when i locked myself out...(and there was some sun!)

soooooooo, time to announce the LUCKY WINNER of this garland!!!!!

and the winner is.................................................


yahoo!!!!!!! once again, thank you all for reading my blog, and thanks to all who participated in this drawing!

looks like we might be getting another big snowstorm!  i'm ready!!  enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

make sure you comment for the garland giveaway!

violet is here reminding you to leave a comment on last saturday's post, by TOMORROW, friday, february 22nd, so that your name will be entered in the drawing for a sweet crocheted garland!!!!! the drawing will be held on SATURDAY, february 23rd. sooooooo exciting!!! time's a-wastin'!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

happy colors

pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty.

collecting up lots of new colors to make 1,000,000 of these!

Monday, February 18, 2013

pantry art

hi john!

hi rosco!


hi weird floating men with umbrellas!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

it's a GIVEAWAY!!!

i had big ideas for some lovely pictures of this sweet garland for today's giveaway. however, leaving the house this afternoon to take said lovely pictures, i closed the locked door behind me and then realized that i had no, i spent the afternoon locked out of the house and with no car keys, and let's just say the afternoon did no go as planned. ahem.

ANYhoo, this is my 100th POST!!!!!!!!!!!  for the occasion, i am having a

                                                GARLAND GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!

in order to have a chance for the drawing,  please leave a comment here on this blog post by friday, february 22nd. i will choose and announce the lucky winner NEXT SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd!!!!!!!!!

thanks to everyone who takes a look at my blog, i really appreciate it! make your comment, and good luck!

Friday, February 15, 2013

mmmmm, chocolate

last night for a special dessert, i made chocolate quiche. if you like chocolate, this is about the most delicious thing you will ever eat (in my opinion, of course!) it's also super easy to make, especially if you have a pre-made crust! here is the recipe:


make 1 pie crust (bottom crust only)

melt 18 oz. chocolate chips, cool slightly.

beat 1 3/4 c. heavy cream with

7 egg yolks.

beat til just mixed. beat in chocolate. pour into crust.

bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes!



remember to tune in tomorrow for a new and exciting giveaway!!!!!  happy friday night!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

sneak preview!

you may have noticed a few days ago that i mentioned a "thrilling upcoming event"!!! well, here is a sneak preview and i'm just gonna say that maybe you should be sure to read this blog on saturday!!!

happy valentine's day to you all!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

i love my dishes!

one of my favorite things to find at the flea markets is a beautiful plate. i love the ones with flowers, and especially ones with birds or animals. they are a great thing to collect because they can be found quite cheap. i'm really not one for "sets"-i like to mix 'em up!

getting itchy for flea market season........

Monday, February 11, 2013

newest obsession


you can make them too! there is a wonderful tutorial here.

have fun!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

ayuh, it snowed!

this was saturday morning, while  snow was still falling! the town next to us reported 32"- it was very hard to tell how many inches we got because of the crazy drifting! i walked out yesterday and into a thigh high drift! brian had suggested i bring the snowshoes into the house on friday "because you might not be able to get to the garage", he said, , to which there was a bit of eye rolling, but he was right! i would never have gotten out to the chicken coop without them.

i balled up some yarn for a thrilling upcoming event!!! stay tuned!!!!!

i shoveled some serious tunnels! thankfully the snow was light and fluffy-perfect snow!

finished mom's socks. hi mom!! (and dad!)

 played with dishes!

i hope you enjoyed the blizzard too!

Friday, February 8, 2013

it's a blizzard!

i thought i'd better post early today in case we lose power. it's sure coming down!! we're expecting up to two feet-yay! it's quite beautiful out there, and nice and warm in here. i have lots of projects to keep me busy and hope to get out snow shoeing tomorrow.

i'm also going to make a bunch of meatballs. there was a restaurant in portsmouth, nh called "rosa's" that i used to love. they were open for 80 years (!) and made the BEST meatballs ever! i was really sad when they closed. i ran into the chef a while back and asked if there was any way i could get that meatball recipe, and he gave it to me! i was so happy! so, rosa's meatballs it is! i can't wait!

keep safe if you have to go out, and enjoy the blizzard!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

ghost hearts

gearing up for you-know-what at the bakery. these linzer hearts are deeeeeeee-licious!

two feet of snow predicted for the next couple of days! sounds like a knitting, crocheting, cooking and snow shoeing kind of weekend to me!