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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bike Storage in the Garage

I'm actually on time with my project challenge this week at Mary Organizes.  We were supposed to do something in the garage.

I finally got around to putting up hangers for our bike storage.

Two hooks screwed into the floor joist by Himself and it was done.

Kind of embarassing how long I put it off...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Playing With Fire

I've mentioned before how I'll kill some boredom on a trip by playing a game of "cloud shapes".   Did you know a variation of that game is 'fire shapes'?

On a recent evening we were at a friends home for a cookout, and as we sat around the fire I started up a game of fire shapes.  The big difference from cloud shapes is you have to have a camera to play with fire... too fast to see the shapes otherwise.  

It's definitely a game of the digital era!

Here's a few of what we saw that night.  Do you see anything else?  (If I ever had to take a Rorschach test, I'd drive the tester batty!)

Next time you have a fire going try your hand at Fire Shapes!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Cooking for a Crowd

A couple weekends ago I cooked a spaghetti supper for a portion of my Sunday School class (everyone was invited but with summer trips and visits we ended up with about 12 being able to make it).  That worked for me since that is about as large a number I'm comfortable cooking for and still be able to have fun.

That's me... The Iron Chef!  LOL

We used the church fellowship hall instead of the huge family life center.  We didn't need all that space and I had an my own reason for wanting the smaller space...

... the opportunity to use the stove of my dreams!  Just look at that beauty!!  Gas with ten burners and two ovens, plus a jet engine venting fan.  

I was spoiled fast.

Starting the pasta and keeping an eye out on the rest of the meal.

Which was these two large pots of my homemade spaghetti sauce.  The biggest pot on the left was the sauce with onions, the one of the right was without (onions are NOT my friends...).

While the pasta cooked I sliced the bread.  I don't bake in summer - too hot!  I let Publex do the baking.  I had a loaf each of their Tuscan garlic and rosemary olive oil, and two loaves of crusty Italian.  On the Italian I put my own spice blend.  All where buttered and toasted up in the oven.

Himself got the serving pieces I brought ready to go.  (The Italian bread when on the platter and the Parmesan cheese went into the bowl.)

Buttering up the loaves.

And here is the spread.  Everyone else brought salads and desserts.
(Paula is laughing because Himself just told me to 'hush' so he could get a picture!)

Then it was time to eat!

Our pastor Mike was first thru the line and ready to dig in.

Tired but happy.  It all worked out perfectly.  

As usual, I cooked way more than needed.  Even with the take-aways I still have a bunch of sauce and bread in the freezer.  The sauce will be another meal or two and the bread will become a nice strata.  

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Gift of Flowers

One of my guests to the tea party brought me a bouquet of zinnias and sunflowers from her garden.  She casually arranged them in a canning jar.  And they were just perfect.

Wouldn't you agree?

I think I might make a planting bed this fall just to fill up with these!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Thrifty Finds - Power Tools for my Jewelry Making

As my studio comes closer to completion, I am becoming excited over different projects I’ll be able to do.  But one project was staying unreachable… making jewelry from my sea glass and sea pottery.

I didn’t have the drill press I needed.

Then not too long ago a friend decided to sell a bunch of tools that had belonged to her late husband.  One of those tools was this drill press…

Can you see why I jumped on this?  Perfect for my needs and I know that John took excellent care of his tools.

A short time after that I found the other power tool I needed for my projects – a grinder.

I picked this Black & Decker grinder up for a mere $5 at that citywide yard sale we went to a few weeks ago. 

I’m going to be having some fun this winter making jewelry!