Love Those Date Nights …

So we made the soup last week – the creamy cabbage kielbasa soup.  It was delicious!

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kilnwash-spoon-restsAnd then I moved on to some studio cleaning and glass slumping.  I had a small mishap with my spoon rests, as it’s been ages since I re-applied kiln wash, so after ruining 3, I’m prepping those molds with a few more layers of protection (kiln wash) … Doh!

Needing something successful and productive, I made a batch of Christmas cards to add to my growing stash.  I like them.

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And, we had our vitrigraph pulls – both last Friday and again tonight (date night in my house!).  All from previously prepped stacks I had sitting around.  The first is Chocolate Caramel (coe90), a light beige covering with cream and dark brown designs inside.

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Tonight’s pull is festive, and I call it Heat Mizer (coe90), with a red covering and bits of orange and yellow designs inside.  I like them … and hope to have some of both listed in our Etsy shop next week.

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In between taking care of our Ladies (the chickens who are still producing 7–8 eggs each day), and playing with the pooches, I’ve been sleeping like the dead (10+ hours each night)… I must need it!

I’ll leave with a cute photo – the birthday card DH gave me earlier this month.  Still makes me smile!  Have a safe weekend y’all!51-bd-card

Family – We Had Them out …

It wasn’t quite the way we planned, but we had all of our kids over for dinner.  It was supposed to be something along the line of mano a mano … So that we could spend time with each of our offspring in a meaningful way, with good food in a relaxed atmosphere, making each one’s favorite meal.  DH and I have spent the last 3 weeks trying to make this happen, in a way that fit their schedules.  And – it has happened.  Not quite the way we planned, as the twins – who entered into this world together, also chose to dine together … It’s all good!

spoonrestsDeciding to call it a win, I moved on to my studio.  I’m moving 24 spoon rest blanks along, as well as restocking a few ornaments – and tonight I played with card pieces.  The new Altenew Cartoon Roses – hmmm – not bad.  And an older Christmas card design I wanted to try – I like the first pass …

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I kept the Ladies well fed this week – with cabbage on a hanging chain, hot dogs, hard boiled eggs, watermelon, spinach – along with their scratch and meal worms, and their ever-present layering feed, with a separate feeder for shells and grit.  I think they’re happy – they continue to produce 6-8 eggs each day!  (And –  love to look at themselves in the mirror!  Silly Girls!)hotlips-in-mirror

I’m also trying to take photos and make listings from some older products – as we just can’t seem to make the (in person) shows:  Small (ring) dishes; medium sized stamping, with crackle and fun frit background plates, along with some involved color combination mesh spoon rests …

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So, moving on … the plan for tonight, along with making  creamy cabbage kielbasa soup, DH and I are planning a ‘vit pull’ date.  I’m excited.  Good food and glass production … He might just have figured me out by now …

Have a great weekend y’all.  Will post photos of the glass pull if it works out well!

Santas, Snowmen, and Spoon Rests–Oh My …

I’ve had some major mojo in the studio this week, while I’ve worked hard to restock some much-needed inventory …

Tonight was all about ornaments … I’m working on Santa, Snowmen and Nut-Cracker Soldiers.  In the between time, I’m building Christmas Tree night lights, along with other night lights (Caribbean, psychedelic and rainbow!) – all while restocking some much needed spoon rests for the upcoming Christmas Season!

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unicorn-shaker-cardI played with one card this week … this time a shaker.  It’s okay – kind-of cute.  I hope to make more cards next week, once I get my glass inventory under better control.

We tried a new recipe.  I didn’t love it, as it was SO SALTY … maybe it was the sausage, as I never add salt.  It was Bob Evan’s Original (- the ‘Sage’ that I typically go for was out of stock) … The rest of the ingredients were pretty basic, so I’m thinking it had to be the sausage … DH likes it.  So, good – he can have it!

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The LADIES (no photo) are having some difficulties with the time change.  The first day one of the girls was locked out.  Tonight, all but Tosh were locked out.  We have been leaving a light on, but I fear that is messing with them TOO much.  We’ve been getting 6-8 eggs each day … But, maybe it’s time to make sure they’re healthy and safe! [Dang Michigan day-light-savings time change!!!]

I’ll leave with an adorable photo of my BULLDOG sisters, who are patiently waiting for me to get tired, and go to bed!  birthday-girlz

That done, and the week rolling to a close, I’m officially celebrating my 51st birthday with nothing but studio time.  Yep, cuz I CAN … I’m OLD enough now … and just BRATTY enough!  (DH is bringing home Mancino’s!!!)  Happy Birthday To ME!!!  Have a great weekend y’all!

It’s All Good …

Lots of time spent talking with my family this week, and in the end, it’s all good!

In between phone calls, I wrapped up my spoon rests and got a few Etsy listings completed.

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Then I made a 3 pound meatloaf to keep DH happy while emptying out left-overs in our fridge, and checked on my chickens – who are regularly producing 6-8 eggs each day.  I’ve done some ‘egg-heavy’ recipe searches, DH and I have had a few talks about the best way to utilize all of this ‘bounty’ … and I continue to feed the Ladies special treats each day (- they LOVE watermelon!!!).

I also started work in the glass studio to increase my ornament inventory – including this ‘first-round’ gnome idea… Hmmm – we’ll see.

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And tonight, after touching base with family one more time, I played with a couple of cards/card-bases.  Yep – all good.  Now for some weekend ER nursing fun!  Be safe y’all!

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Food, Family and Fall …

Finally some cold working, some kiln work … some production!  And some spoon rests that I’ll be adding to our shop very soon!

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I played with paper too.  I have wanted to make fall themed backgrounds – I love these!  Now to figure out how to finish them …

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I’ve been producing in the studio, in between long RIP VAN WINKLE-like slumbers (15 hours on Wednesday) … WTH?!?

Our daughter and future son-in-law came out for dinner this week. Nothing too fancy, but here’s what we made: Creamy Herbed Chicken Stew (slightly modified, with red potatoes, spinach, parsnips, water chestnuts and mushrooms, no celery), Sweet Potato Gratin (officially known in our house as Brooke’s Potatoes), along with a salad, and brownies for dessert. [PS – thank you again for the recipe, Kalyn!]

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It was fun having our girl and her beau for dinner.  Just need to say it … Love you Baby Girl, so proud of you!!!

I’ll leave with a cute photo of Beulah Blue – our newest family member.  Have a great weekend, Y’all!

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Finally–Some Mojo!

I found my mojo this week!  We are finally moving things along in the glass area of the studio.  I’m working on an ornament request, but I’m moving spoon rests (no photo) and night lights along too!  Yay!

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no-yolk-eggI also had to keep up with the Ladies this week, giving them another ‘pumpkin treat’, a plate of cottage cheese with ground shells on top … and we tried canned peaches for the first time (not a favorite).  The ladies are really producing  – laying anywhere from five to nine eggs each day.  We’ve had a couple double-yolks along with this ‘yolk-less’ odd thing.  Hmm … it’s our first, so I’m not too worried.

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So, I’ve been digging into the cookbook for egg-heavy recipes.  Years ago, my boss gave me a sausage gravy hash brown casserole recipe that calls for a dozen eggs.  (I tried doing a quick internet search, and while many were close, I wasn’t able to find the exact recipe – let me know if you’d like a copy …), and  then we made the Zucchini pie again – so good!  While no eggs are in it, I did have to put together a vat of potato soup … because it’s fall and officially soup weather! Smile

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And I made a few cards.  I love the gift-card holder cards, so easy to make for any occasion! While DH wasn’t as much of a fan, I think the elf cards are too stinking cute.  So yeah, slowly building my card stash for gift giving …  Christmas will be here before we know it!

 

 

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Leaving with a couple of cute dog photos … Linda giving her ‘sexy’ pose and the motley crew.  Too darn cute!  Have a safe weekend y’all!

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Another Catch-Up Post

sunflowersSo, we are cleaning out the garden … gathering up the last of the ‘bounty’ and putting things to bed.  I am currently trying to dry sunflower seeds in my sunny studio window (where all the garden pre-starts began) … We emptied out  our sweet potato barrels … not an amazing amount, but enough to make me happy.  We ‘harvested’ our acorn squash, as the plants are all dead (thanks to some frost, but mostly to the awful HORDE of squash bugs our plants were infested with this year)!  And, I gathered all of my beets (about 4 pounds worth – my goodness!) along with a grocery bag full of marigold blooms for the chickens …

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bean-spinach-sausage-soupWe’ve done a bit of cooking:  Trying out Amish Sour Cream Cornbread … Meh – not our favorite; A Zucchini/Corn/Mushroom Pie (more along the lines of a quiche), it was good, earning a place in our family cookbook.  [Thank you, Lindsay!}  And, soup weather is officially here – so tonight we made our version of Bean Spinach Sausage soup (a favorite, thanks again Chungah!).  Last week we tried Creamy Cabbage soup – which was good ( I love all cream-based soups), but I will add more vegetables next time …Thank you Stacie!

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pumpkin-chicken-treatSpeaking of vegetables – I’ve been gathering pumpkins for our ladies.  They like them raw, but last week, I filled half of one with chicken ‘treat’ – to help with gaining5-eggs weight for the cold weather coming.  {Thanks Cath!)  Meanwhile, 8 of the girls are laying (!)  So, we’re getting anywhere from 4-6 eggs each day – Yay!  It’s my silly Polish ladies fox(Ava & Tosh [Natasha]) who are holding out …

I don’t blame them though, as DH recently caught this photo about 100 yards from the coop, mid-day … in full sun!  We’ll be setting some large (live) traps to see if we can re-home our new unwelcome guest.

And, I’m making cards (in between filling fused glass orders – Thank You early Christmas shoppers!)  I cistud-thankspulled a few ‘thank you’ cards together, along with an all-occasion ‘Hello’,  and finally our oldest son’s birthday card.  He is in law school, so I felt the fancy card was ‘fitting’ … Our baby turns 26 this week … Dang, have I mentioned … someone here is OLD!  [We’ll be prepping a proper home cooked meal with birthday dessert for him later this week.]

 

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We’re struggling through some extended family issues and drama … Here’s hoping we have made it to the sunny side of the saga … Anyone willing to send healing prayers and thoughts our way, we would surely appreciate the help.

Leaving with a cute photo of our garden-helping posse – all the bulldogs, along with Victor and Josie … Awww!

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So Long Summer …

My garden is winding down …. We do have a handful of beautiful sunflowers (standing amazingly proud and tall) in their 5 gallon buckets, as DH wouldn’t let me cut any holes in the black mat he so painstakingly installed this spring … We also have the sweet potatoes, some beets, winter squash and the last of the pole beans to collect.  And DH and I shivered through our final dip in the pool on Wednesday, before we closed it up for the winter … [Heavy sigh!]

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But, our Ladies have picked up the pace … Not only is Miss Buffy laying eggs just about every day, but someone has joined in to help out.  We haven’t figured out who it is that’s all grown up now, but we’re watching!

And, I’ve been making in the studio … Here’s our latest batch of spoon rests – with some new designs.

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bespoke-birthday-cardI’m also working on a special ornament … for a friend’s granddaughter first birthday.  Here’s the blank in the kiln and here is the design.

It started with a requested birthday card and I couldn’t resist.in-the-kiln-now  next-glass-project

I’m also working on a kiln-load of snowman ornaments for a special order.  Yep – winter time is coming … [Heavy sigh!]

Time to switch gears and start thinking ER nursing thoughts.  I’ll leave with a quick photo of Miss Linda ‘babysitting’ one of our pups … Awww  SmileLinda-babysitting

News, News and More News …

Another catch-up post!  Heeeeere we go … Eight days after Josie had her babies, our Gaia’s water broke – a couple days earlier than planned and a c-section was in order … Her pups are doing great, however first-time mom (our Miss Gaia or ‘Lady G’) has redefined the phrase ‘picky eater’ – and Mom’s Kitchen has been working in overdrive! 

So, here we are 2+ weeks later, and Gaia’s appetite is coming around.  She still doesn’t like canned food, but will eat the occasional bowl of kibble, loves puppy formula, rice with cheese and all (human-style) meat.  Instant pot and slow-cooker to the rescue as DH watches over our clan through the day and I run the kitchen while keeping all safe through the night.  A quick photo of two of Gaia’s babies earlier tonight…

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Somewhere, in the middle of it all, I survived day-walker hours to attend ACLS recert … It’s all a blur now, but I’m grateful it’s done!

We pop into the chicken coop a few times each day, to check on the Ladies, give treats and laugh at their shenanigans – like sharing the dust bath tire.  Here’s  Daisy doing her pirate parrot imitation with DH.  And Buffy finding a new perch on me …

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Speaking of Buffy … She’s had a rough couple of days, singing the egg-laying song of her people.  It worked, as she laid her first egg yesterday … Here she is getting acquainted with one of the nesting boxes, and the present she left for us!  Daisy and Miss HotLips have been singing quite a bit lately.  We’ll see …

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I’ve been doing a fair amount of cooking for DH as well.  [OK, for me too!]  This week, we had corned beef and cabbage with carrots and potatoes from our garden (no photo).  We tried sweet potato corn bread (not amazing).  Last night, I turned our latest tomato (Roma and Honey Delight) garden haul into sauce for a pan of mostaccioli I’ll make as we roll into the weekend. 

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I also collected basil (for freezer basil pesto) and marigold flowers to add to a flock-block (chicken treat) recipe.  We continue to pick beans every few days, and will have more potatoes (red and sweet potatoes), a few zucchini, tomatoes and some winter squash to harvest, but with our cooler nights, the garden is slowing down …

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I’ll leave with a silly photo of our Viola, who loves to explore in the pond … even under the bridge!

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A Busy Week …

But a GOOD week!  Our Josie had her babies while I was working Sunday night.  DH kept me updated.  So, we spent our week on ‘pup watch’, with DH taking the day shift and me watching over the nights. 

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first-august-harvestWhile I miss my studio time, it always amazes me to see our babies grow and develop.  Josie is a gentle, very careful mom, so I’m able to work in the kitchen in bits and spurts.  And, we take our early morning or late afternoon outside trips to work a bit in the garden. And visit/feed our Ladies (chickens).  Here are some of our garden harvests this week.

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I made zucchini bread, roasted beets, roasted potatoes with basil, sautéed zucchini/egg plant/pattypan squash with parmesan cheese, blanched and put up another giant batch of beans.

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egg-salad-prepTonight I made egg salad (along with some extra hard boiled eggs for Josie), prepped green onion for freezing and crushed those egg shells (calcium supplement) for the Ladies … who should start laying their own eggs within the next couple of weeks!

Yep, a good week!  Next up … 24 hours of ER nursing fun!  Leaving with  a cute photo of Miss Linda Blue …   Be safe y’all!

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