Saturday, February 23, 2013


I don’t know about you, but there is a word I have uttered every single day since the day my children were born.  You see, my children are both picky eaters, slow eaters, distracted eaters.  It seems not a day or even a meal passes without the me saying the word – EAT!  at least once to at least one of my children. 
I’ve decided to make it my family motto.  Some family have mottos that are inspiring, loving, or caring, not me.  Mine’s more of a command.  I’m not proud, but it’s what I’ve become.
So recently while at Homegoods I came across the word that haunts me on many days.  It was a black one piece sign, so I plunked down the $25 and took it home.  The only problem was it was slightly too long for the space I wanted to hang it.  So back it went.  The idea though was still in my mind, and so off to Michaels I went to pick up those 3 little letters along with some yarn that looked like twine. I came home and lovingly wrapped those letters in yarn.  I used a tab off of a pop can as a hanger on the back.


A little hot glue here there helped hold the yarn in place.

When I finished I hung those 3 letters up over the kitchen sink as a reminder of what my kids are supposed to do.  The good news is,  when the kids are grown and gone, I think I’ll switch those letters around to read Tea.  Same three letters with a whole new meaning.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Ombre wall art

Seems Ombre is all the rage these days.  It’s everywhere from hair, to clothes, to home décor.  A gentle motion of colors merging together.  It has flow and flow reminds me of yoga.  I’ve been doing yoga for 3 1/2 years now and love it so much.  My body actually craves it now.  Yesterday my yoga teach said, you don’t do yoga, you are yoga.  And I thought, yeah, that makes sense to me!  You see, for me, the thing I love most about yoga is allowing myself to make peace with things. Sometimes actually almost daily, I carve out a little time to make peace with my day, to accept the things I can’t change, and make a renewed promise to myself that tomorrow I can do better.  Most of the time I do this when I get in bed at night.  A few minutes of deep breathing, along with a review of my day calm me down, and allow me to sleep - well, most of the time.  And almost always my thoughts turn into prayers, where I turn my trouble over to God to hold for the night.  I can always pick them up in the morning.
So, WOW! that was my inspiration to make this little picture.  It’s simply an 8 X 10 canvas, some acrylic paints, and a stencil.  The words are press on sticky letters.  So simply, yet so important to remember.

                                          find peace

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Monday, February 4, 2013

How to make your own tartar sauce

I don't know about you, but I like my tartar sauce.  When I have white fish, it always taste better with some sauce to dip it in.

It seems every time I buy tartar sauce, the next time I use it, it is expired and I have to throw it away.  Sorta like all those salad dressing bottles.  I recently cleaned out my salad dressings and found one from 2008!  I swear, I'm usually really good about getting rid of expired things.  Don't know how that slipped by.  So tonight I found myself making fish and once again checking for tartar sauce.  Nope, none to be found.  I was disappointed for a second and then realized I could make up my own with only two ingredients.  

Yep, it's just mayo and relish mixed together.  I didn't measure it, but I'd say a tablespoon of mayo and a teaspoon of relish sounds about right.  You can make as much or as little as you like.  I found a list of ingredients in Hellmann's Tartar sauce.  It's long and scary.

Water, Soybean Oil, Sweet Pickle Relish (Cucumbers, Distilled Vinegar, Sugar, Dextrose, Salt, Xanthan Gum, Mustard Seed, Natural Flavor, Curry Powder), Onions, Sugar, Modified Corn Starch, Vinegar, Egg Yolks, Dijon Mustard (Water, Mustard Seed, Vinegar, Salt, White Wine, Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Spices), Salt, Xanthan Gum, (Sorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Calcium Disodium EDTA) Used To Protect Quality, Spice, Phosphoric Acid, Color Added, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid, Natural Flavor, Extractives of Paprika.


The nice part is you can use low-fat mayo, cutting down on the fat and calories.  I've used light mayo for years.  I swear it doesn't taste any different. I've been kinda smitten with the Olive oil based ones lately.

It's so easy and nice to have fresh tartar sauce just mixed up. It's just one less thing to buy and throw away.  Try it, I think you will like it.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Valentine Mantel Reveal

Welcome February!
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Notoriously the worst month of the year here in Michigan.

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Gray clouds rule the sky on most days. 

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It’s cold, and Springtime seems so far away. 


Winter coats and mittens are a mainstay, and quite frankly we all get a little cranky with cabin fever. 

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So when the sun peeks out, even for a few hours, like this morning. . .

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You get so excited that you might need to take a picture!

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And your Valentine Mantel might just be the thing to remind you that February is also the month. . .
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for love!!

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