Friday, April 21, 2017

not a post about onesies . . .

This was supposed to be a post with pictures of cute onesies that I appliqued for my new granddaughter Avery . . . with matching hair bands, but I actually forgot to take pictures of them.  How do I forgot to take pictures of anything????  I am still trying to figure that one out.  Plus I didn't even realize that I hadn't taken pictures of them for a couple of days.  What is with me?  I am pretty sure I must have been thinking only about giving them to her . . . and more importantly - just excited to go see her.  So maybe I will get pictures of them later . . . if not - they turned out really cute and I am hoping to make some more.  So instead . . . you get pictures of my Turmeric Tea . . .  or Turmeric Milk may be a more accurate description.  I have made something similar before, but I really like this recipe and having been drinking it consistently.  Turmeric is supposed to help with inflammation as well as having other health benefits.  How much it helps??? - but it is worth a try.
Plus this is just fun to make every night.  
Richard commented that I was mixing up some witches brew . . . maybe it was the moon and star spoon that gave him that idea.  (The spoon belonged to my grandma . . . and I love using it.) 
 He did agree though that this tastes pretty good.  
You start out by making a turmeric paste . . . that keeps in the refrigerator up to two weeks.
Someone else commented while looking in my refrigerator . . . that it does look like something else.  But we won't go there . . . . because who would keep a jar of that in their refrigerator?  :)
Paste Recipe
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup turmeric
Simmer on low 7-10 minutes.
Store in glass container in refrigerator.  Will keep up to two weeks.
Turmeric Mild Recipe:
2 cups coconut milk
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. - 1 Tbsp. turmeric paste
1 tsp. chopped fresh ginger
4-6 peppercorns
1 pinch stevia
Whisk ingredients together in sauce pan over low heat.
Simmer for 10 minutes - stirring occasionally.
Strain.  Top with cinnamon.

The coconut milk tends to make this a little thick.  I have found that I like it better if I use a little less coconut milk and add a little water.  (1 1/2 cup coconut milk and 1/2 cup water)
Watch out spilling this stuff . . . it turns everything yellow and I would advise using glass bowls not plastic ones . . . just so they don't stain.  
No onesie pictures . . . but here is one of our new baby girl.
She is already a month old. 
Dream big little girl . . .  

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Our Spring Break always includes the day after Easter.  Since Lily is out of school and I am off work - we usually spend this Monday together.  She was out of state the week before Easter . . . which made spending this day with her even more fun.  The highlight of the day was finding a container of lady bugs at Lowe's.  She released them in her yard . . . hoping some of them will stick around.
We had a great day which included a trip to the orthodontist and some shopping.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Spring Break . . .

 Spring Break meant a week off from work.  It also meant dying Easter eggs, going to the park, planting, painting flower pots, and holding babies.  

The days spent with my granddaughters are the best days.  Throw in some beautiful Spring weather and I have come to believe . . . that life doesn't get any better!

"Just living is not enough . . . 
one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."
~ Hans Christian Andersen

Friday, March 31, 2017

more paper crane ornaments . . .

I am still making paper crane ornaments.  I am pretty sure I will end up with more than I need for my Christmas tree.  I may have to try and sell some of these.  I love making them!

Avery Rose

"A baby is God's opinion that live should go on."
~ Carl Sandburg

We are all in love and can't get enough of her.  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

more paper cranes . . . .

So I fold them . . . then fold more of them. . . and then I have to do something with them. 
So I give them to kids and use them for my 1000 paper crane project . . . and for right now I seem to be obsessed with making these ornaments.  
I am really going to like my Christmas tree this year!

Monday, March 20, 2017

It all starts with one little bead . . .

 Jake and Kasey wanted a dream catcher to hang in Avery's nursery.  (No Avery yet, but very soon.)
I don't  think I would have ever made a dream catcher otherwise . . . and I'm not sure if I will ever make another one . . . although I do have some ideas.  
 All the beads on the table inspired Lily to make a necklace.  She spent the night this weekend . . . so we painted . . . and beaded . . . and read . . . and stayed up late eating popcorn and drinking root beer.
Fun Night!

I've been folding these cranes from old book pages . . . hoping to get enough to fill up a tree this coming Christmas.  I have over 200 so far . . . I think I will have enough by December.  

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

origami obsessed . . .

I just keep folding . . . when maybe I should be doing other things, but sometimes this is exactly what I need to do.  I have probably made about 400 paper cranes the last couple of weeks - most of them for the kids at the school where I work.  I am not sure how they caught on . . . but for right now these kids like paper cranes and I enjoy all the kids . . . so I will keep folding.  I also have plans to make some ornaments and have enough cranes made out of old book pages to decorate a Christmas tree this coming year.  I seem to be a little origami obsessed. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

origami . . . charlotte . . . and ramen

 Charlotte saw me folding paper cranes and wanted to make some herself.  She told the that she liked origami and she wanted to do it all by herself.  
She asked for a little help at first . . . then decided that she was able to do it . . . 
. . . so well in fact, that she folded this "origami bubble gum."

I love ramen . . . I have a weakness for ramen.  I think I could eat it nearly everyday.
So finally decided to find a recipe and make some.  It turned out pretty good . . . and I can't wait to make it again and try something a little different. 
. . . .and - if you haven't seen the movie - Ramen Girl - find it and watch it! 

A bowl of ramen is a self-contained universe with life from the sea, the mountains, and the earth. All existing in perfect harmony. Harmony is essential. What holds it all together is the broth. The broth gives life to the ramen.
~ Maezumi, Ramen Girl