Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Simple Chili

If you know me at all you know that I stalk certain cooking shows, blogs, facebook people, and my husband .....just saying.

But, back to the "if you know me" thing.  I do enjoy The Pioneer Woman's blog.  I find her humor is "real".  She is living out in the middle of no where and she has an unlimited budget, so she does fun stuff.  I like her photography and her cooking most of all.  I should have changed that last sentence to read, "I like her cooking and photography"...but I didn't say it that way, but that is how I meant it.  I do follow her recipes a bit.  I also watch her cooking show on Saturday morning. 

Recently on her cooking show she did a Simple Chili.  I have tried it.  But, as usual, I tweak things to fit me, and to fit what is in my pantry, and just to change it up a bit, so I don't plagiarize all her stuff.  I make it mine!  Yes, I own it.  I own Simple Chili.  And I can say that because I changed it.

I used Elk Burger!

Yeah, The Pioneer Woman is a rancher, and they raise and sell and butcher beef.  She does lots of beef, for free.  The rest of us don't get to have beef for free.  Instead, we send our husbands to roam the mountains of Idaho to kill wild game to feed our families.  The Pioneer Woman (Ree Drummond) has her husband make a phone call and they have beef delivered to their house.  Well, I don't know that for sure, but I bet I make a good guess.

Back to the Simple Chili Recipe:

Here is the cast of players I used, except for the Elk burger, which I forgot to take it's picture, because I cooked it first.... sorry,  I was in a hurry.

I added one secret ingredient.  You will love it if you like spicy and a little hot flavor to your chili or burritos, or eggs or soups or whatever.  Trust me, you will love it.  The people in Alaska love it.  They are the ones who taught me about it.  Do you want to know the secret ingredient?  I thought so.

It is.......*drum roll********************

This stuff is magical!  Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce. 
My family loves this stuff.
I season with it, but for me, I don't like really hot stuff, so I don't usually add it directly to my plate.

Okay, Lets Cook!

Brown 2 lbs of elk burger (or your preferred meat), and also brown the 1/2 chopped onion, and 2 or 3 chopped cloves of garlic, with the meat.

Try to take several photos of this step because only one photo of this step could be blurry so you need to have several to choose from.  Just saying..............

It is nice to showcase your cast iron pot, and the wooden spoon your DH hand carved for you, but it would be nice if I would show the meat in focus, since that is what I am talking about.  But this way you get a "twofer".  Two shots in one!

When you meat is browned and the onions are soft, add the seasonings, which are:
1 tsp. ground oregano
1 Tbs ground cumin
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 Tbs. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
and some pepper.....adjust the amounts to fit your taste buds. 

This is the amounts suggested by PW but I fudged on a few of them as I liked.  Since I was using Elk Burger I felt I needed to bump up nearly everything to add more flavor.

Add one 8 oz can of tomato sauce.

I also added one can of diced green chilies at this point.  I didn't take it's picture either, as it was an after thought.

This is where I added the secret ingredient, Sriracha!  Just add it to your liking.  I think I used about a .....maybe...........well..........might have been....... 1 or 2 Tablespoons.  I am not sure.  I just shook up the bottle and squirted some in.  You can do that, too, if you want.

Then it is time to add a few cans of beans. 
I chose Chili Beans and Kidney beans.  You can use Pinto if you want.

At this point you could be done.

I was.

But, I don't want you to not know the end of PW's recipe.
She added a can of diced tomatoes and 1 seeded and diced jalapeno.

With the diced tomatoes and the liquid from them, she had a watery chili so she mixed 1/4 cup of Masa (corn flour) with a little water and made a paste and added it to the pot.

We both agree that it should simmer, covered for a little while.  If it becomes thick add water.  If it is too thin add more flour paste.  If you are too hungry to wait, don't! Just dig in, or get a bowl and serve yourself like a human.  Maybe get a linen napkin and a big glass of water.  Or some crackers.  You can do what ever you want, because you have been cooking for all of 10 minutes and you are probably exhausted.

Serve with some grated cheese on top.  Add some sour cream if you want.
It is good with Fritos on the bottom of the bowl and then add the chili.
It is great on a baked potato.

Fill a red pepper with the chili and bake it until the pepper is soft.

Add a salad and some bread, and there's dinner.

I made a double batch of chili and froze some of it.  I put 2 cups in a quart freezer bag.  Just flatten out the bag and place it flat in the freezer.  Be sure to label the bag with the contents and date it.

The next time you need a quick dinner.....you have one.

Hope you enjoy it.

I have to give my Oscar speech now and thank The Pioneer Woman for the inspiration of this and many other meals I fix.  I love my kitchen and all the little things that are in it, and my cookbooks.  I could not be the cook I am today with out them.  Thank You!

Love, Me

Monday, January 30, 2012

We Have A Bunny

I have two dogs.  Two dogs who spend the largest part of a day looking out the front window or sleeping.

If these two dogs see something outside they let us know.  THEY BARK.  loudly!

They are great watch dogs.  But if the trespasser comes inside they will be licked to death.
These dogs can be useless for protection. 
The trespasser will be deaf in no time, but they can still rob us!

But, on a recent day, they were sleeping and missed a great opportunity to bark, loudly.

Their daddy saw something and the dogs missed it.

Right out our front door there was a furry little visitor.

We have an asphalt driveway that runs in front of our house, which leads to the 4 extra garages.  That is a story for another time.  I want to tell you about the fence which separates our property/park/driveway/etc from a farmers field.

The bunny came out of the field.  I have never seen a bunny out there before.

I have seen lots of other critters, ducks, geese, pheasants, quail, dogs, cats, cars, school kids, grubby teenagers, etc.  But never a bunny.

The furry little thing just sat there.  I stood at my front door and took his picture.  He didn't seem to mind a bit.

He nibbled at the dry weeds.  I am sure he was dreaming of a field of flowers and wishing that smokers butt wasn't there.  In fact, I wishing that smokers butt wasn't there.


That's better!

So, cheers to you little bunny.  Winter won't stay forever.  We will have flowers before you know it.  So, until then, continue on in safety eating a winters feast of dried weeds and whatever I can smuggle to you.

Come back soon.

You brightened my day.

Love, Me

Friday, January 27, 2012

Baked Banana Squash From Our Garden

In order for you to have some fresh squash in January, you have to plan for it the April before you want to eat it.

You have to plant the seeds in little tiny, seedling, starter, plastic, things you buy at the nursery, in April.

You water them and put them in the sunshine, inside your house. 

You transplant them into larger container things when they grow too big for the little starter things.

You plant the tiny seedlings, which now have roots and green stems and leaves, outside in the garden.

You water the garden.

You weed the garden.

You cover the little seedlings if it is going to freeze or you surround them with hot pot things.

You water them often.

You pick off a few of the runners when the plant starts to grow too big.

You pick off some of the blossoms if the plant has too many.

You water the plant often.

You watch the plant grow.

You wait until the plant is so big is crawls through the fence and has big squash growing on it.

You wait until the first frost comes so the skin of the squash is set.

Then:  You pick the squash and take downstairs to the basement and store it in a cool dark place.

In January you can carry the big squash upstairs and cut it in half and share it with your family.

The half that you keep you can now cook.

Before you cook it, you must stand back and take a picture of the miracle that was grown in your garden.  You must have a moment of silence.  You must give thanks for the blessing of having this special specimen and for not going hungry in January.

Now, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  And get busy, and work fast, because you are loosing your light and you won't be able to take good photos of this marvelous wonder.  Besides, your husband is getting hungry.  That always is an important thing to remember, especially in January.

Rotate the squash onto its side.

 Cut slices, about 3 inches wide.

Remove all the fibers and seeds from the slices of the squash.

Cut smaller sections of the squash.  This is very important.  The squash needs to cook fast because the sun is setting and your DH is getting very hungry.  So cut the pieces smaller, this one time, so it will bake faster.

Put the pieces of squash into a 9 x 13 glass pan.  Because that is the size that you got out of the cabinet.  If you would have gotten another size, you could use that if you want.

As bad as you want to stand and look at your pretty fall colored squash, don't.  Keep going and get this dish in the oven.

Slather (don't you just love that word?) some soft butter on each  piece.  I used about 3 tablespoons for the entire dish of cut up squash.  Do what you want.  Use olive oil if you want.  I don't care.

You aren't done yet.  Even if the sun is setting.
Sprinkle some brown sugar on each piece.  Don't get carried away and over do it.  The squash is sweet enough, it just needs a little boost, not drenched in the sugar.

Add a little salt and pepper, as well.
Then put a little water in the bottom of the dish.  Just enough water to cover the bottom.  It helps the squash and sugars from sticking and making the dish hard to wash later.  And it keeps the skin on the squash softer to eat.

Now, get this baby into the oven. 
Bake it for 30 minutes, or until fork tender.

Too bad the sun had set and your picture is blurry !

Too bad you put a little too much water in the  pan.  You knew you had when you did it.

I can assure you that this is the best squash you will ever eat.



PS.  It would be nice if you would take some of this to your daughter who is sick.  Just saying it would be the right thing to do.  Next time do it!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wind In Idaho

Some days in Idaho are gray and cloudy.  The sky literally touches the earth.  The clouds hang low on the foothills and everything is quiet.  The clouds absorb the sound from the traffic on the busy streets.

Some days are bright and sunny.  Even in January.  This year we have had a very warm January.  Nearly every day has been 40 degrees or higher.  The nights get chilly, sometimes in single digits and other nights it is still in the 30's.

And some days the wind blows.

It can blow very hard.  Hard enough that your make up flys off your face.
It can blow very hard.  Hard enough that your hair goes up and down faster than you can jump.

It can even blow over the little houses the pigs built.

Do you remember that childhood poem?

Do you remember the second little pig, who built his house out of sticks?

"The second little pig met a man with a bundle of sticks, and said, "Please, man, give me that bundle of sticks to build a house." Which the man did, and the pig built his house.

Then along came the wolf, and said, "Little pig, little pig, let me come in."

"No, no, not by the hair of my chiny chin chin."

"Then I'll puff, and I'll huff, and I'll blow your house in." So he huffed, and he puffed, and he puffed, and he huffed, and at last he blew the house down, and he ate up the little pig."

In Idaho, we don't need a wolf to blow our little houses made of sticks over.  Our little houses have to fight the brave fight of the wind.

Some little houses made of sticks don't do so well.

Love, Me

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Do You Read My Blog?

It is a frosty wintry morning and I want to spend the day doing something outside.

But, I found this picture and I just had to share it with you.

I cracked up when I saw it.  I lifted it off an ad online.

So, go live your life today, and then hurry home and blog about it.

Love, Me

Friday, January 20, 2012

Kim Klassen

I follow a very talented gal.  Her name is Kim Klassen.  She has the most gorgeousooooo photos and quotes.  I recently found one that fits Idaho this time of year.

I want to share it with you, but you have to know I have nothing to do with this photo or the quote.  It all belongs to Kim Klassen.  I want to be her daughter and have her teach me everything she knows.

You need to go to her website and get to know her, too.  Go to kimklassen.com

So: here is one of Kims "thing"............................................

Yep, this is Idaho. And where Kim lives looks a lot like Idaho.  And I love it!

Love, Me

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Swans In Dirt

Whenever I think of swans, I picture them in water.  Surrounded by beautiful trees, flowing water, swans should be in water.

But in Idaho, they aren't always in water.  I didn't really know this until recently.

We took a drive through the dry farm land with some dear friends.  We were going to see a potato cellar, full of potatoes.  That might sound weird to some of you, but for me, it sounds wonderful.  Especially, since farming potatoes is the backbone of this region in our country.  And the fact that I worked many years in the potato harvest.

But, today I want to tell you about the swans.

It is dry and dusty these days, as winter has forgotten to come and visit us this year.  With the temperature in the low 40's it seems more like March, but it is still January.  I looked at the calendar to be sure.

We were driving on the country gravel road.  Headed north to a potato cellar.  When we saw a flock of swans flying across the road.  I was stunned to see swans flying this time of year, and out in the farm land, the rural country side.  Where in the heck were those swans going?  We had to find out.

These magical, stately birds were wondering in a field.  I don't know what they were looking for.  It is well past harvest time, so the fields are bare.  The swans strutted about as if they owned the place.

I see these beauties on the Snake River.  They belong in the water in the Snake River.  They have a better food source there.  But, maybe the river is crowded these days with geese and ducks....I don't know. 

Maybe swans aren't very sociable and they don't want to be seen with the lower birds species, like geese and ducks.  Maybe the swans are a proud sort.  Too good for "those others".

Well, whatever their personalities are, they didn't mind me at all.  They didn't fly away.  They just sat there.  Doing whatever they were doing. 

I think they better go get a drink......as that meal looks dry and boring.

Oh, one last thing before I go.  I have to tell you about the gray looking swans.  That is last years goslings.  The babies from last year.  My, how they have grown.

OK, I can let you go now.  I just had to tell you about that, the gray thing, the babies, the little important facts that clutter my mind.

Love, Me

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


After living away from extended family for nearly 30 years, I vowed I would have a closer relationship with my loved ones, now that we live closer.  I cherish my in-laws.  They are the quietest, dearest people.  They have welcomed me into the family since the early days I was dating my, then soon to be, DH. 

So, DH and I have begun a new tradition.  We have a dinner party for his family, all the siblings and their partners during the Christmas season.  I find the first Monday of the month the best.  That makes me get my house decorated early, and there are fewer conflicts that early in the month.

I serve easy to fix, eat and clean up meals.  I could go all out and do the "hostess with the mostest" thing but I choose to sit back and relax and enjoy the company.  So I keep that night very simple.  That is because I don't have "expectations" from my dear in-laws.  We all just want to be together.

Things have changed over the past year, since our first dinner party.  My DH lost a brother.  There is a hole in our hearts since then.  He was a quiet man, quiet, tender, shy, and one of my favorite people in the world.   And everyone depended on him.  He was a mentor for my DH most of his life.  When we were first married Errol and Myrna would have us over for dinner.  Errol always took DH fishing, deer hunting, duck hunting, goose hunting, elk hunting, and even Christmas Tree hunting.

This year Myrna came, alone.  We all love her.  She is one of us.  Did I tell you how much we love her?  We do.  She is always happy, and jokes.  She tells the best stories, and pulls the funniest faces.  She is one of those people who always makes you feel better, just from being with her.

One year we went to the lava's to get our Christmas tree with Errol and Myrna.  We got a Cedar tree.  It was beautiful and fragrant.  We took it home and decorated it.  It was even more fragrant when we got the lights on the tree.  The heat from the lights made the scent stronger.  We only had one or two kids back then.  It was a very very very long time ago. 

We went to bed.....and my eyes were burning......I couldn't breathe........the tree smelled so good, so very good.  Then my eyes started to water, and I really couldn't breathe.........

My DH and I got out of bed and carried the fully decorated tree outside and sat it in the front yard.

I was allergic!

Anyway, back to the dinner party.....and the wonderful people we fed....
We laughed, we sighed, we reminisced, we ate, and laughed, and ate, and told stories of long ago.

This is Dennis.  He is the brother younger than DH.  He is quiet, tender, shy, and one of my favorite people in the world.  So is his wife, Freen. 

They have built a cabin, all by themselves, in Island Park.  They have paid for it as they built it!  It is one I covet.  The inside is all wood and they have done a remarkable job on their cabin!

This is Bowen.  He is the brother that is just older than my DH.  He is quiet, tender, shy, and one of my favorite people in the world.  So is his wife, Merlynn.

Bowen has been a bishop, TWICE.  I don't know why the camera didn't pick up his wings or his halo, because he has them.  He is very special to all of his siblings.  He had polio as a 2 year old.  He had to stay in an iron lung (they don't have them anymore).  He has always taken very good care of his body, kept his weight down, exercised, and eats properly.  He doesn't take for granted a healthy body.

He was still  pretty sick when my DH was born.  My mother in law had her hands full.....because they lived on a farm, and had a bunch of kids.  They ended up having 10 children....DH is number 6 of 10.

Bowen is married to Merlynn......the one who is always happy and laughs, and is a joy to be around.

Bowen and Merlynn got married 2 weeks before we did!  Can you imagine how hard that was on my in laws.  What were we thinking?????  Merlynn had broken her ankle just before they were married.  She was in a cast at their wedding.....  Sad huh!!!

They have 5 wonderful kids.  Their son Shilo came to stay with us for a week when we lived in Arizona.  I will always have fond memories of him coming to see us.

All through the dinner party I watched my DH.  He was in 7th Heaven.  He loves his siblings.  They all love each other.  There is never a cross word said between each other.  They don't judge, quarrel, compete, or anything like unto it.  They show respect, love, and concern at all times for each other.

DH doesn't have his beard anymore.  I like seeing it here.....because......now .... it is gone!

DH loves his siblings enough that he carved wooden spoons for each one of them for Christmas.  You have to be really high on his list to get a wooden spoon from him.  He saves them for his favorite people in the whole world.

Kaye is the oldest sister of the 10 children.  There is a brother, Terry, who was the first born, but he wasn't able to come to our party this year.  Kaye is always so quiet, tender, shy, and one of my favorite people in the world.  She and David lived in our neighborhood when we were married, and she would come over and help me with my new baby.  I remember when she came and tended me and my baby when I was suffering with a breast infection.  She was my angel!  Boy, did I need her help!

I wish I had a better picture of Kaye, on this fun night.  She is so happy all the time.  I have never heard her say an unkind word about someone.  What an example she is to me. 

My photographer was trying to be hidden and taking pictures when the subject didn't know they were in the cameras eye.  So some pictures are dark, or blurry, but they are priceless anyway, because of the person they show me/you.

Kaye lost her husband, David in 1999.  He had a fishing accident.  They had just retired.  He was 65 years young!  It wasn't supposed to be like that.  But, not many years later we lost the father of these 10 wonderful children, and we were glad then, that David was "up there" waiting for the rest of us.  He had gone ahead to prepare a place for each of us.  Since that time, 2 more members of the extended family have passed this life, as well as their brother.

DH has a sister, Rochelle.  She is older than Bowen.  Are you confused yet, as who is who, and where they all fit...me too.  It has taken a few years to get it straight.  Rochelle is married to Garth. Rochelle is quiet, tender, shy, and one of my favorite people in the world.  She is also one of the best cooks on this planet!  She has written a cookbook.  It is just for the family and not everyone got a copy of it.  She should have it published!  She would give The Pioneer Woman a run for her money.

I wish this photo wasn't so blurry.  Then you could see that she doesn't have any wrinkles.  I try to love her anyway.  She is a wonderful seamstress!  She makes quilts, and clothes and everything in between.  She even made each one of us a gift for Christmas and delivered them to us the night of our party. 

Rochelle is a nurse.  She was smart and went to school in her youth.  It came in very handy for her as she raised her children.  Rochelle and Garth have 5 children.  Unfortunately, 2 of them were born with Cystic Fibrosis.  Rochelle used her nursing knowledge and skills and cared for her sick children and gave a good life to them.  They both lived much longer than the doctors ever said they would.

Perrin, the son, came to see us in Arizona.  He took our daughter Kattie to a football game at ASU.  Perrin had connections to the players, and one in particular.  That great big football player took care of Perrin and Kattie and they had a wonderful time.  That is a special memory for all of us who saw Perrin then.  He was quiet, tender, shy, and one of my favorite people in the world.  He is missed.

So is his sister, Becky.  She was a "spit fire".  She had so much energy and determination.  Every time we came back to Idaho, Becky made sure we saw her.  We generally went to lunch at her favorite, and our favorite Mexican restaurant.  She was sometimes on oxygen, and sometimes she didn't feel very good, but she wouldn't miss out date.  Every time we eat there now, we feel her with us.

Becky did cross stitch.  We have one of her framed pieces.  It is priceless to us.

The dinner party was a relaxed and wonderful evening for us.  We don't get to spend very much time together, as we all have grown children and our own busy lives, but we sure enjoyed being together. 

We may not look like we were having fun all the time, but we were.

We ate Hors oeuvre's and then two kinds of soup, salad, rolls, and wonderful desserts.  The menu was good, but it isn't always about the food.  It isn't always about the paper bowls that I used for dessert, because I was out of clean glass bowls.  It is about the love we partook of.  It wasn't about the rolls, that weren't the prettiest I have ever made.  It was about the unconditional love in this family.  It was about the "missing" those who weren't able to make it this year.  We missed three younger sisters who live too far away to come.  We missed an older brother who couldn't make it.  We missed a brother in law who was away with his work, and couldn't make it back in time.  It was about the family.  The memories.  The way they are so different, but so much a like.  The way each one has carried burdens, and do today, and how we all support one another through the hard times.  How we all cherish our time together.  It is all about being a family.  They are quiet, tender, shy, and some of my favorite people in the world. 

I have to say, "Thank you to this wonderful family.  They love me.  They accept me.  They have influenced my life in so many good and wonderful ways.  I will love them forever.  Thank you for letting me share in your lives.  Thank you for sharing your brother with me.  I love him with all my heart.  He is my Darling Husband everyday, because of the family he came from.  Thank You!"

A family forever.  That is what it is all about.

Monday, January 9, 2012

January Means: Clean It Out

Sorry, I have been gone a little bit lately.  I have found a few things that scream for my attention.

#1.  I can't seem to get better at "cleaning out my nose."
I have been sick for 2 weeks.  I feel good for a day and then I over do and then I am sick again for 3 days.  I have not had a voice for days, (DH is missing me, I am sure). I am not really really sick, just kind'a sick.  Like, I have no energy, a stuffy and runny nose, coughing until I think I am going to spew a lung out, incredible thirst, stuffy nose, can't breathe at night, coughing, heaviness in my chest, stuffy nose, runny nose, drippy nose, coughing, etc.  Everyday I manage to take a nap on the sofa.  Then I can't sleep at night.  So, while I am up wiping my runny nose, I play Solitaire on my phone, or Words With Friends, and "Clean Out My Nose".

I won't post any pictures of me during this time.  It isn't pretty.  It isn't pretty at all!

#2.  We "Cleaned Out Our Garage"!
First, I have to tell you that we have incredibly anal neighbors.  The kind who have spotless garages.   They even paint the garage floor.  They have dinners in their garages in the summer time.  Yep, they are totally anal.  They don't have clutter.  They don't have drying onions, camping gear, 34 boxes of Christmas decorations, 6 coolers, some of their children's belongs, 3 mops, 2 brooms, a snow shovel, 6 card table chairs, 2 banquet tables, one picnic table with attached seating, cast iron pots, dog food in a 50 lb. sack, .....well.....I better stop there.  Because, I do have all those things.  But now it is all organized and in see through plastic totes and are labeled!  They are tidy.  They are off the floor.  And DH and I did it when it was 27 degrees outside.  (That could be why I can't seem to get better!)

I won't post any pictures of the garage because I don't have a before or after.

#3.  I have found a new hobby.
Besides sleeping on the sofa and wiping my nose, I have gone to the Internet and have been seeking help with organization.  I need to Clean Out My Hall Closet.  It has table linen, computer stuff, frames, easels, baby toys, vacuum, gifts to give, booster seats, wrapping paper, lots of linen napkins, more table linen, pillow cases, dish towels, and some other stuff in it.  So, I have gone on line and found this wonderful place called PINTEREST.  It is a viral infection sweeping the country.  There is no known cure for this infection.  But, I don't want any of you to be left out and not get it so this is what you have to do..........
You will be asked a question like....."do you need an invite?"  Why they ask that is beyond any common reason I can think of....but you have to be invited.....I know it is dumb.....but do it!  You will be a member of the Pinterest Community before you know it.  Then your life will never again be the same.  You will have a dirty hall closet just like mine.  You will have folders and files galore of wonderful ideas to help you "Clean Out" the hall closet, but you won't get off your buttocks and go do it.... Because you will continue to look at ideas....and then you will check out the blogger who posted the idea, and then that will lead you to learn how to build a vacuum and that will lead you to know how to make your own pottery and then you will sew new upholstery for you boat that you are going to buy with all the money you saved from building vacuums and hair clips and ............... well,

I will just show you some of the things.  Hang on to your seat.  You are going to love the ride!

If you were planning a wedding and need ideas:
Illustrative Pinboard

If you want to redecorate and need some ideas:
Illustrative Pinboard
Pinterest is a virtual pinboard to organize and share the things you love.

You can steal ideas from someone and save it on your own board.

Do want to see a new way to set the table...Really like these dishes, mimicking leaves, on rattan
and will only need 42 sets of dishes to do it.......

Or do you need help in doing your hair?.......fishtail braid updo how-to
Are you getting the idea of what can be found there? 

You can even leave notes for your siblings....I found one today.....From Ty to Kattie
Kattie these are so for you!!!! I love them! The note was below this picture......and Ty is right.

I have a board of quotes....you can find the best, funniest, inspirational stuff...

Professors who involve students make all the difference I think.Pinned Image I happen to love this!

And then you are going to want to make so much stuff!  The ideas are endless:

beautiful...Baked S'moresBacon, egg, and toast cups. I'm making this for sure.

valentinesCute storage for or trash bags or all those pesky store bags that I reuse for trash bags in the bathrooms.Maharam Letters in Taupe  by Gunnar Aagaard Andersen http://tinyurl.com/18r   #Pillow #Maharam #Typography #Gunnar_Aagaard_Andersen

And you will see some incredible photography!
Incredible I tell you.
Shikhei GohRainbow drink: make colored ice cubes (with KoolAid or juice), stack in tall glasses and pour in sprite! So cute in party theme colors!Bracelets

so..... Now you know where I have been....and you know I have cleaned out the garage, and I still need to clean out the hall closet.....

And then I can Clean Out some files of crafts and recipes I have and will convert myself into a Pinterest girl.

Love, Me

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