Knitting, spinning, pets, food and other thoughts


Happy holidays!

It sounds as if we may have a white Christmas. I’ve got mixed feelings about that – I love the way things look with snow on them, but on the other hand we and my Mom are planning to go to Kansas City to spend some time with our daughters and grandkids, and snow can certainly complicate travel!

The holiday decorating is somewhat limited, but here are some of my favorite ones πŸ™‚

Willow Tree Nativity, Santas and sheep.

I’m taking a short break from the blog – hopefully to travel and also try to get the ongoing computer issues cleared up. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!


Happy Birthday Mom!

December 15th is Mom’s 90th birthday, so my niece organized a surprise party on Saturday and 15 of us drove over near Springfield Mo and took her out to lunch. Everyone had a good time and she was definitely surprised πŸ™‚



I found a new bar cookie recipe the other day and it’s definitely going in my keeper file! I saw Cappuccino Crunch Bars on Noble Pig’s blog and they sounded so good I had to try them. Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos before they all disappeared, but her photos should be enough to tempt you. The only changes I made were to use dark chocolate chips instead of white, and dark brown sugar instead of light brown (because it was what I had on hand). I’m also going to cut smaller pieces the next time, because these are very rich πŸ˜›

Draw the Dog has done it again – anyone recognize this? What a hoot!

Monday large amounts of drywall and insulation were delivered by this truck:

By Thursday afternoon, the last piece of foam board was nailed into the ceiling of this closet, and there were insulation batts above that so it’s much warmer now. I’m hoping they’ll be putting up the drywall next week πŸ™‚

The warmer weather we were having has confused these daffodils (as well as the lilacs) – hope they make it though til spring!


Moving along …

on the construction front. The deck is mostly done except for some steps over on the left side, and a little more railing around the corner on the right. The weather was nice enough when our son, granddaughter and her fiancΓ© were here over Thanksgiving weekend that we were able to eat out there for the first time.

The last of the siding!

Now that the siding (green, not gray) is done, they should be able to put up the rest of the railing around this end. The duct and furnace installation got started this week β€” though I wish it had been done sooner, given that we’re currently having the coldest weather yet! It was 17* outside this morning, and 47* in the new basement, so it sounds like we’ll make it πŸ˜‰

The turkey soup turned out well – can you tell we like plenty of carrots and shiitake mushrooms in it along with some green peas, onions, celery and orzo?


Soup, stars & cartoons

We’re still recovering from Thanksgiving and the accompanying cold, which is getting better (cough, cough!). I just simmered the turkey carcass for a pot of soup today; it’s stock now, I just need to add onions, carrots, mushrooms, some celery and rice or pasta and it’ll be soup πŸ™‚

There’s still enough meat for more turkey and gravy, and a pan of Turkey Tortilla Casserole, which is the only recipe I can think of where I used canned soup instead of making my own sauce. This recipe is fairly close; I usually use 2 cans of Creamy Chicken Mushroom soup, broth instead of milk, chopped canned green chilis and a mix of cheddar and jack cheeses in my version.

I found a really neat night sky map from a link on the St. Louis Science Center’s website – you can change views, times and generally adapt it to any location.

If you like/love dogs, Draw the Dog has a new cartoon every day – I thought this one was especially funny πŸ˜‰

Hope everyone had a great holiday!