-Check out Mommyhood is Thankless, a new blog I found with SO much going on I just keep clicking and clicking and clicking. She's runnng a giveaway for some awesome all-purpose sauce from Country Bob's. Go forth and comment!
-Mudpies and Mary Janes is giving away a Cupid Corn Cupcake Soap from Serah's website. These are so cute!
-Funky Monkey has alot of giveaways on her blog, but I commented on the giveaway for the Rifle T-shirt at Field Dressed. I'd give it to MR to commemorate his deer!
-Frugal Mommy of 2 Girls also has alot of giveaways on her blog. If I win the Expressions Paperie gift certificate, I'm giving it to Ms. Messana- Zombiegirl's teacher. She writes the nicest notes. I think I'll give her a gift certificate at the end of the year anyway. They have some beautiful things!
-Frugal Mommy again has a giveaway to Persnicketea, a very funky tea shop. Check out the names of the tea blends, and tell me you can't wait to try Carpool Queen!
-Robyn's Online World is giving away a $50 Amazon Gift card! I need that!
-Thrifty & Chic Mom is giving away a water bottle from Earth Lust. I might just get that Green Parsley water bottle anyway if I don't win!
I'll post more tomorrow. My migraine has escalated to the point where now I'm lying down and typing at the same time. If you enter any of these giveaways, please comment and let me know which one you entered.
And don't forget to check out my new Etsy.com shop. I have a few things for sale, and more on the way! Search "sew mama soo" in the search bar.
Anne and my mom were my Girl Scout Leaders for awhile. They hosted tables at the Calendar Party at St. Barnabas every year, and we went to ceramic class together for years. Anne was a regular at the Cookie Exchanges at my house, and has been to all the important events in my life. Even though she wasn't a family member, we considered her one. Anne was probably the single most generous person I know. She donated her time and talent to a church that wasn't hers, gave gifts and cards to kids that weren't hers (they were mine) and could tell a story that would result in tears streaming down your face and your stomach clenched from laughing so hard. She was extremely crafty, and mom, myself, Anne and Diane would do craft sales together. I have many things made by Aunt Anne, and still marvel at her talent.
The last few years saw Anne suffering from a rare type of cancer. She was diagnosed around the same time as my mom. They didn't talk as much as they used to, since they were both going through such a tough time with tests, radiation and surgeries. I have a heavy heart knowing I didn't get in contact with her to tell her I was thinking of her all the time, that I said her name out loud along with my mom's name when I was in church naming those who needed prayers because they were sick. When her daughter came to bring her to Florida to take care of her, I procrasinated sending flowers and a card. I can only hope while in heaven, she knows that I love her, and truly appreciated the friendship that she showed to my mom, myself, and my kids.
Lesson learned? Tell the people in your life how much you appreciate them. Be generous with your loved ones. Keep in touch regularly. Say I love you. I doesn't hurt. Really, it doesn't.
Anyway, I fixed the picture of my darling cows so go back and look!
Heart of Mary has a giveaway on her blog for some great patterns. Please post a comment on her blog, and if you win, and don't sew, I'll make the item for you! She's giving away the patterns for Favorite Things' Wallet Purse and Lazy Girl Designs' Chelsea Tote! I would love these! Most of you know that I gave/give bags and other stuff made by me for gifts. I'm thinking of showing off a little and posting all the things I made for Christmas gifts. Stay tuned.
I figure I’ll post something innocuous and not ranting or raving. So I’ll write about the newest addition to my kitchen. MR made me a cow shelf for Christmas. Before we put it up, I had to paint the kitchen. It was gray because I wanted a neutral background for the white cabinets and the colorful Fiesta dishes that can be seen through the glass cabinet doors. We went to Home Depot and picked out a softer gray- I thought the first gray was too harsh. After about a half hour of painting, I looked back at what I had already painted and couldn’t tell where I had started. I had picked out the EXACT same color. It is a little softer, however, in the finish- it’s satin. So we hang the cow shelf, and I’m finally able to unwrap my cows!
These three were found on Ebay under the Vintage Fiesta listing. I guess it was fate that two of my collections came together in one listing. Red is a creamer, yellow is a salt shaker and blue is the pepper shaker. These cows have never been packed away since they go so well with all my Fiesta.
This is my newest acquistion. I bought this one on Ebay right after Christmas. She's tired, but pretty! She's Royal Crownsford Ironstone, made in England.
But wait a minute...
I call this guy 30 times a day for help with Autocad, Archibus, my PC and general corporate crap. He probably already suspects that I'm stupid, idiotic, dysfunctional. He puts up with alot from me, as well as the rest of my team. So what am I worried about? Hey, Rick- read me! Maybe you'll get some insight into WHY I'm so crabby all day! And that it's not only work that makes me crabby! Isn't this the whole point of blogging? According to Wikipedia, the definition of a blog is "A personal or corporate website in the form of an online journal, with new entries appearing in sequence as they are written, especially as dealing with reflections or opinion, and typically incorporating links to other articles." Why else did I post a blog if not so people can read it. So come on people- read my blog! I'm reflecting. And VERY opinionated. And I ain't got nothin' to hide...
To celebrate my realization that people might ACTUALLY read what I write, I'm having a giveaway. Tell me in the comments what your favorite Girl Scout cookie is by midnight Sunday, January 11th and I'll randomly pick a number and send the winner:
A $25 iTunes gift card. I actually have this in my possession, so no owesies.
Oh, and by the way, Zombiegirl is selling Girl Scout cookies (nice segue, ya think?) They're $3.50, and shipping is free. If you actually buy a box (or more) when you comment, I'll put your name in twice for the iTunes gift card!
4 pounds sweet potatoes, pared and sliced
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup raisins
Grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup shredded coconut
Place the potatoes in a pot and add enough salted water to cover. Cook until tender. Drain. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mash and whip the potatoes. Add the remaining ingredients (except marshmallows) and mix well. Pour into a greased casserole dish. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and cover with marshmallows. Return to the oven and continue cooking until brown. Yum!
I also made corn bread using a corn muffin mix and egg nog! Just put in enough egg nog to make the batter wet. It's a dense, tasty corn bread, great for the holidays!
And just to show you my man can cook, and yes, those are the deer antlers he mounted: